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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 [...]

Gov. Scott makes decision not to locate DCC near North Hill

Gov. Scott makes decision not to locate DCC near North Hill

Mayor Ashton Hayward is reporting that Gov. Rick Scott has made the decision not to locate a Florida Department of Corrections probation and parole office at 1625 North Palafox Street, near the historic North Hill neighborhood. The Department of Corrections has decided to instead to extend their [...]

Does OHM Group have a basis for suing the City of Pensacola?

Does OHM Group have a basis for suing the City of Pensacola?

Mayor Ashton Hayward has repeatedly hinted in public meetings, press releases and Facebook videos that OHM Group might sue the city if the company is not awarded the airport food concessions contract. Hayward claims that he is protecting the city from a lawsuit. The Request for Proposal (RFP) [...]

North Hill residents picket Rick Scott fundraiser

North Hill residents picket Rick Scott fundraiser

Residents from North Hill stood outside The Fish House on the corner of Barracks and Main streets to protest the relocation of a state parole and probation office to North Palafox Street. The signs asked Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Ashton Hayward to "Protect Our Families." Inside Councilman Brian [...]

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer has opined that the mayor can unilaterally award the airport food concessions contract without council approval because there is no city ordinance requiring him to do so. Based on that opinion, Mayor Ashton Hayward vetoed yesterday a council action to extend the [...]

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City Attorney Jim Messer sent the following email to the Pensacola City Council stating that competitive bidding of the airport food concessions was a council policy and not a city ordinance. Therefore, the mayor is not required to do so. He wrote, "When the airport requires a vendor to serve [...]

Florida Dept. of Corrections letter to Mayor Ashton Hayward, dated March 13

Florida Dept. of Corrections letter to Mayor Ashton Hayward, dated March 13

Barbara Scala, Regional Director for North Region of Community Corrections, sent Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward a letter on its Probation and Parole Office that is being relocated to North Palafox in the old Coca-Cola building. She wanted to "clarify some misunderstanding" about the new [...]

North Hill creates Facebook page: Not In Anyone’s Backyard

North Hill creates Facebook page: Not In Anyone’s Backyard

The North Hill residents are following the example of the Spanish Trail and Cordova Park neighborhoods. They created a Facebook page to update each other and the community on the city's actions regarding the Florida Dept. of Corrections relocating to the nearby old Coca-Cola facility on North [...]

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