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Hayward sends out newsletter defending the charter

Hayward sends out newsletter defending the charter

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward defends the 2010 city charter via his newsletter "Upwords:" Five years ago, I stood with citizens across our community to push for leadership, accountability, and vision. Voters approved a new City Charter and “strong mayor” form of government by a wide [...]

Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Shannon Nickinson has written a viewpoint on the Bruce Beach lease for a fish hatchery. City officials are finalizing a lease agreement to build a fish hatchery and research facility on city-owned property at Bruce Beach. We've been talking about this since June of 2011. The agreement would [...]

Pensacola City Council will review rules for food truck pilot program

Pensacola City Council will review rules for food truck pilot program

Here are the draft regulations for the trucks: Food truck must be licensed. They cannot be parked within 20 feet of any intersection or traffic signs and signals. The truck will not be allowed on South Palafox Street between Garden and Main streets. They can not sell alcoholic beverages or place [...]

Weekend Buzz: North Hill, New County Administrator, More Food trucks Coming

Weekend Buzz:  North Hill, New County Administrator, More Food trucks Coming

Food trucks coming in May Sherry Morris, the city of Pensacola’s Planning Services Administrator, has sent to the city council a draft document outlining the City's upcoming Food Truck Pilot Program, which is modeled after in New Orleans. “We believe that this program will be a good [...]

Notes on Airport Concessions hearing yesterday

Notes on Airport Concessions hearing yesterday

Judge Gary Bergosh heard arguments for nearly five hours on a temporary injunction request by Robert de Varona, the airport’s food concessionaire, to prevent the city from removing and storing his restaurant kitchen equipment, furniture and other items. Begun at 2 p.m., the hearing didn’t end [...]

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

I asked Tamara Fountain who hired the Coastal Association Law Group attorney to represent the city on its dealings with Robert de Varona. I also requested who approved the letter that Trawick sent on Friday - Varona. Fountain said that Trawick was hired by the city attorney, Jim Messer. "I [...]

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

by Mark Taylor There is not much I despise more than a bully. We’ve all been around them, in school, at the playground, and maybe even in our adult lives at work or play. No matter where you come down on the OHM vs. Creative Food Groups, on Temporary Vendors vs. Varona’s, on Out of Town [...]

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

The Pensacola News Journal has confirmed what Jesse Rigsby, attorney for Varona Enterprises of Florida, suspected--Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward failed to get FAA approval to give OHM Group a 10-year exclusive contract for airport food concessions without competitively bidding it. PNJ reporter [...]

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract. Did city hide key information from council?

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract.  Did city hide key information from council?

Jesse Rigby, who represents Varona Enterprises of Florida, has pointed out to the City Attorney Jim Messer and the Pensacola City Council a potential violation by the city of 49 CRE 23.75 - which requires FAA approval of exclusive long-term contracts. Rigby wrote that he assumed that the Airport [...]

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

The city of Pensacola, not the MSA or Escambia, is ranked No. 6 on the most dangerous small cities in America. They looked at 234 cities with populations between 50,000 and 75,000. Then used the FBI's most recent crime data to rank them based on murders, violent crimes, and property crimes per [...]

City Environmental Advisory Board discusses fish hatchery on Wednesday

City Environmental Advisory Board discusses fish hatchery on Wednesday

The City of Pensacola Environmental Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Conference Room, 1st floor, City Hall, 222 West Main Street. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the City's website:  [...]

OHM Concessions Group must have contract. They are hiring next week

OHM Concessions Group must have contract. They are hiring next week

OHM Concessions Group - the group that includes Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, etc -must feel confident that it will get the airport food concessions contract. Mayor Ashton Hayward must have decided to wait to see if the Pensacola City Council will override his veto. Here is the press [...]

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