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Video: Hot Stove Politics in Escambia and Pensacola

On Jan. 8, I was invited to sit in with attorney Bill Rankin on his television show "Within Reason." Segment One - Ernie Lee Magaha handing out bonuses and pay raises to his employees - "The Danger of the Lame Duck" Segment Two - Gun Violence, Cycle of Poverty and Possible [...]

Buzz: YMCA may replace Maritime Museum

Buzz: YMCA may replace Maritime Museum

I'm hearing that there is a possibly that that downtown YMCA may be relocated to the Maritime Park. There has been a concerted effort to find a suitable,high-traffic replacement for the maritime museum. The park was originally designed to have a conference center and maritime museum that would have [...]

Studer Negotiations

Studer Negotiations

Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer met with officials from the city of Pensacola and the Community Maritime Park Association this morning in an attempt to hammer out a lease for a parcel of property located at the Maritime Park. “We’re close,” said CMPA Chairman Collier Merrill at the end of [...]

EBO Report: ‘Fluff and Stuff’

EBO Report: ‘Fluff and Stuff’

Members of the Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee met last night to digest the final report concerning minority participation in the park project. While the mood initially had the hint of a finish-line celebration, it quickly soured. “This is a good [...]

Final EBO Report

The Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee will hear a final report tonight concerning the Equal Business Opportunity Program. The program was an effort to realize minority participation in the construction of the new park. George Hawthorne, who oversaw the [...]

MPDP partner’s Brass Real Estate lost project in Corpus Christi

Who is Rick Rodriguez and Brass/Magi? The daily newspaper in Corpus Christi, TX ran this article. The article (Oct 2009) says Rodriguez was new to development with three unfinished projects in San Antonio, San Marcos and Pensacola, Fla.---this is while he was in Pensacola breaking ground on [...]

MPDP Out of Compliance with EBO

MPDP Out of Compliance with EBO

Promises Kept or Broken - Part IV The problems with the Maritime Park’s EBO Agreement program and the failure to live up to the Covenant with the Community became obvious last night at the meeting of the Equal Business Opportunity Committee of the Community Maritime Park Associates. The [...]

MPDP battles EBO complaint

MPDP battles EBO complaint

Promises: kept or broken? -- Part 2 The man who drafted the Equal Business Opportunity agreement between Community Maritime Park Associates and Maritime Park Development Partners says that Scott Davison has never followed through with the agreement or the commitments that he made in his 2008 [...]

Promises: kept or broken?

The Community Maritime Park Associates board agreed to a Covenant with the Community which promised the park would be the most inclusive project in the city’s history. That Covenant has been supplanted by the Equal Business Opportunity agreement with the CMPA board and the developer. Is the [...]

The Gang who couldn’t tell time

The Gang who couldn’t tell time

Jamie Page attended yesterday's press conference held by the Donovan/Nobles gang where they essentially cried that they shouldn't be penalized for not knowing how to tell time. His tale of their journey to find someone, anyone, to accept their petition signatures is hilarious. The motley crew of [...]

Maritime Film tells story of the park

Maritime Film tells story of the park

With the help of Barnes West, we produced a film on the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park---how it started, who worked on it, why it's named for Vince Whibbs, Sr., etc. It seems like every six months we have to fend off another revision of history and the facts about this public-private [...]

What Charlie Fairchild said about Maritime Park in 2005

What Charlie Fairchild said about Maritime Park in 2005

The year was 2005. Pensacola had finished a series of town hall meetings on a proposed community maritime park. Charlie Fairchild, C.C. Elebash and Marty Donovan were working behind the scenes to defeat the project. I actually interviewed Fairchild in July 2005 about the project ("Save Our City," [...]

If Marty and Jack didn’t like the stadium…

The right to petition a Pensacola City Council decision is not one that should be taken lightly. If the citizens have voiced their concerns in the hearings involving a decisions, participated in the process and the council votes against their wishes, then a petition is the only course. That isn't [...]

Donovan/Nobles PAC is formed

It's Park Yes Stadium No. And here is the website: http://www.parkyesstadiumno.com/ City Attorney Rusty Wells, according to PNJ reporter Jamie Page, has determined the former city councilmen Marty Donovan and Jack Nobles have until August 20 to turn in their petition signatures. The petition [...]

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