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Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Directors on Wednesday passed leases for parcels 3, 6 and 9 that contained the 24 changes that Mayor Ashton Hayward's attorney - John Daniel of Beggs & Lane - wanted made to the agreements that were approved by the same board more than a month [...]

BP settlement could be good news for Corrine Jones project

BP settlement could be good news for Corrine Jones project

In July, County Administrator Eric Olson told the Pensacola City Council that the proposed Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park was placed on hold because the bids had come back higher than the grant funds received. Over half of the recently announced BP settlement [...]

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

by Jeremy Morrison After hearing from a fairly evenly split gallery full of neighbors, the Pensacola City Council gave their unequivocal answer: half of the last real remaining open space along the bluffs in the East Pensacola Heights Neighborhood, the right of way along a short defunct stretch [...]

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare passed out at last night's meeting his reasons why he has no confidence in Eric Olson serving as the city administrator: Why No Confidence? Definitions: Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, [...]

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

by Jeremy Morrison It’d been a long night by the time Melanie Nichols was hugging supporters in the lobby of Pensacola City Hall. She’d already thanked them once, as she spoke before the city council and Mayor Ashton Hayward, for being the element that “sustained me during this [...]

Ethics and the City Council

Ethics and the City Council

The Pensacola City Council will hear from Planning Board member Scott Sallis on Thursday. Unfortunately, the council will not hear from the planning department about their role on his vote that violated the state's ethics laws. Here is how the council discussion went at the Agenda Review [...]

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Mayor Ashton Hayward wanted to move forward. He wanted the discussion on his city administrator's phone call to the bosses of North Hill Preservation Association president to end. After all, he solely controls the employment fate of Eric Olson. The "No Confidence" vote has no real impact. [...]

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare provided to the media his add-on item for the Aug. 20 Council meeting. We're hearing that council members are lobbied to drop the matter of Olson threatening the president of a homeowners' association. They are being told it's best to not discuss the matter [...]

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

And the walls come tumbling down

And the walls come tumbling down

The PNJ is reporting that Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will call for a vote of no confidence in city administrator Eric Olson to be taken at next week's city council meeting. Bare said, "We don't have say in the administrator's hiring or firing, but I think we definitely need to take [...]

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

The Florida Ethics Commission also dismissed a series of allegations against Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer. From the report: No probable cause was found to believe that Pensacola City Councilmember BRIAN SPENCER had a voting conflict when he voted on a measure in February 2012 [...]

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

Few are surprised that Tamara Fountain is no longer working for Mayor Ashton Hayward. If we have learned anything about the mayor over the past five years, it's that Ashton's loyalty to his employees lasts as long as the positive headlines keep coming. John Asmar, Bill Reynolds, Colleen [...]

Two dropped from Council Executive search, new name added

Two dropped from Council Executive search, new name added

On July 21, the City released the names of the four finalists for the city council executive position: Daryl Betancur of Palm Springs, Ca; Dennis Kelly of Holiday Island, Ark; Octavien Spanner of Methuen, Mass.; and Angie Whisnant of Palatka, Fla. This morning we received the agenda for this [...]

Paper trail on Food Truck debate

Paper trail on Food Truck debate

Most issues at city hall are tied to communications problems. The recommendation that City Council approved, per video from the meeting, on March 26 was: "The City Council refer the issue of regulation and permitting of mobile vending providers (food trucks) to the Planning Board for [...]

Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

source: guactruck.com The daily newspaper reported this weekend on the difficulties the city of Pensacola has had getting an ordinance drafted regulating food trucks - Food trucks could face delay. Two years ago, Inweekly brought of the idea of food trucks. For the next six to eight months, the [...]

Will Mayor’s office fix broken CMP lease process

Will Mayor’s office fix broken CMP lease process

In an article by Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, indicated that the mayor's office is working to better define the process by which interested parties negotiate leases for parcels at the Community Maritime Park. With Mayor [...]

Podcasts: Roundabouts, Opening up Government Street, Planning Board and Food trucks…hmmmm

Podcasts: Roundabouts, Opening up Government Street, Planning Board and Food trucks…hmmmm

The Greater Pensacola Chamber's public policy executive director, Todd Thomson, gives his update on local government meetings. Is there a roundabout in the future for Government Street? What is the role of the city's planning board? Can it create its own legislation? Pensacola City Council [...]

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