Thursday, January 19, 2017

Date Night DC Style on US!!! How much did this boondoggle cost us?

Pensacola First Lady An Hayward is documenting her travels with the Mayor to DC this week for the Inauguration.  Her instagram shows:

  • Hanging with the Family in DC at DBGB Kitchen and Bar...Family meal not City expense Mr. Mayor!
  • A tourist visit to the Washington monument and 
  • a City of Pensacola Citizen sponsored date night at the Governor Scott's Florida Sunshine Ball (I find it ironic that no press was allowed at the "sunshine" ball)

Hope the Taxpayers are keeping the Hayward's up to their standards.  Can't wait to get the bills when they get back.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

349 Demolition Permit

I made the following public records request last week.

"Copy of Demolition application , permit and all documentation for Hallmark School."

Below is a link to the documents I received.

What is going on inside City Hall?  Let me ask the following questions regarding the issuance of the demolition permit for the Mayor's wife's (wink wink) former real estate development.
  • How does a demolition permit get issued in the name of a FORMER owner?
  • Notice how the screen shot of the permit I have in the initial post states the owner is Escambia County School Board...but it changes in the new online permit?  Did another permit get issued? Covering up this error comedy?
  • Why doesn't a demolition contractor have to have any document evidencing that they are authorized by the owner to pull a demolition permit?
  • Could I go pull a demo permit for Cordova Mall?
  • Does anyone call the owner to confirm?  Where is that evidenced?  Or in this case did they just ask the owner (wink wink)?
  • Why didn't 349 LLC have to pay the notary fee that other filers have to pay? Rush? Favoritism?
  • Why is the handwriting of the person that witnessed the signature different than Bill Weeks?
  • Did Weeks witness the execution or just sign it?  Might be why the fee wasn't charged?
  • Maverick gave his phone number on the application as 469-8880 who is at 478-5887? How does that change from the application to the permit?  Autofilling?
  • The permit says its valid for 6 months but the online permit says expires 3/11/2017?  Which is it?  How can these be different?
  • They better only be cutting down the old historic building because that's the only square footage applied for.
  • The original building says 27,625 square feet and built in 1936
  • Another building is 8,109 square feet and built in 1949
  • Another building is 8,357 square feet and built in 1999
They are not permitted to demolish the gym or the new building in the rear!!

Our City permitting operations are such a circus!

What do we pay you for?  To print receipts?

No wonder we can't figure out Longhollow, or Corrine Jones, or 417 E Government, or a simple curb cut.

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK on Truth

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Next Special Favor The Mayor Needs to Do for Fred

The next action item for the Mayor regarding Hallmark Elementary is to push through changes in zoning for his wife's former property.

You see the property Fred, Fred V, An (Wink Wink) and Matt originally purchased is now under contract with DR Horton Construction to build residential homes.

But the soon to be demolished Hallmark Elementary is zoned C-3 (Wholesale and light Industry)

From the City Code

"The C-3 wholesale and light industry zoning district's regulations are intended to provide for general commercial services, wholesale distribution, storage and light fabrication."


Quick Brian write up a Zoning Ordinance so they can flip you the bird and skip that one too.

Ashton...jump boy, jump!  Time is money! Better get Sherrie Morris on it now!

Taunter? I'm no Taunter... THIS is a Taunter

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Marlette Nails It...Makes Spencer Look Like a Stooge

Andy Marlette's editorial today analyzes Brian Spencer's ridiculous demolition ordinance before the Council tonight.

Here is my highlight:

"Basically, it sounds like a “historic” property qualifies as one where the president slept. Whereas a “significant” building could potentially be one where the president’s cousin said she once heard that a milkman hooked up with a senator’s aunt who was also having an affair with a landscaper who told a dude he knew from high school that he once high-fived Bill Murray in the backyard at a house party. In other words, “significant” is in the eye of the beholder. It would be up to the Planning Board to make the final call."

The most important factor is taking away the Council's authority and granting it to an unelected body, the Planning Board.

This ordinance could be revised easily.  Set a classification system for every building in Pensacola.

  1.  Historic - Hands off; no demolition; should not be too many
  2. Old (some significance) - internal demo ok; remodel inside & keep facade; (Penko Building, Jacksons)  Demo only upon review
  3. Other - Up to the property owner
UWF can do the survey of the City to classify buildings, subject to Citizen review and appeal to City Council.

Problem with this method:  Doesn't give Spencer the power to pressure and intimidate Planning Board members.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Should Brian Spencer be Voting on His Client's E-Date?

FS 112.3143 (3)(a) No county, municipal, or other local public officer shall vote in an official capacity upon any measure which would inure to his or her special private gain or loss; which he or she knows would inure to the special private gain or loss of any principal by whom he or she is retained or to the parent organization or subsidiary of a corporate principal by which he or she is retained, other than an agency as defined in s. 112.312(2)

Brian Spencer's architectural firm SMP (He's the S), is the retained architect on Mr. Studer's coffee shop presently under construction at Baylen and Main Street.

Brian's firm was previously architect for the One Maritime building and other Studer projects.

This isn't the six degrees of Kevin Bacon he played with DAG Architects and the Community Centers.  Its his Firm.  

Might be best to abstain. 

I do, however, believe that if the Mayor's promise to Studer when the EDATE was issued was to give ten years of tax abatement, then the Mayor should ask Council to approve the EDATE revision under the new state laws to allow for the promised 10 year EDATE.

The promise of a Mayor is the word of a City.  Do we really want to be known as a City that goes back on promises?