Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Port of Pensacola's Strong 2010

http://www.portofpensacola.com/live/?pid=2775

The Port of Pensacola had a very strong 2010. We paid all our bills and put some money in the bank. In a pretty bleak financial year for the City as a whole, we are proud that the Port was able to provide a bright spot.

Following items are taken directly from the Director of Finance's Quarterly report…

“Port operating revenues of $1,854,400 exceeded expenses of $1,680,500 at fiscal year end by $173,900.”

“At the beginning of Fiscal Year 2010 the Port reserve was $244,000 and increased by $309,300 at the end of Fiscal Year 2010 for a total balance of $553,300.”

By the Numbers: Offshore Inland data in Oct. 2010 press release...
• 2000 ft of deep water access,
• 9 acres of available fabrication and project lay-down area,
• Over 100,000 sq ft of covered warehouse,
• Large electrical power on site,
• Large selection of cranes and handling equipment,
• Large available workforce,
• One block off of major interstate,
• Closer to the Mobile Sea buoy then Downtown Mobile

http://offshoreinlandservices.com/Oilfield_Services.html

We are looking forward to more of the same successes in 2011.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PEDC AWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION BID FOR DOWNTOWN TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Oct. 25 - The Pensacola-Escambia Promotion and Development Commission (PEDC) voted to approve Green-Simmons as the construction contractor for the infrastructure associated with the Downtown Technology Campus.

Green-Simmons' construction bid for the project was $2,061,011 which includes the extension of Salamanca Street from Florida Blanca to Ninth Avenue, utility infrastructure, sidewalks and a public park area as well as other amenities. The project is scheduled to start construction later this fall with a construction time of 240 days. Green-Simmons is locally owned and is a registered small business enterprise.

The project is a partnership between Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, PEDC and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The city and the county contributed 9.2 acres of property for the project. The county and the U.S. Economic Development Administration will fund the on site infrastructure. The project is estimated to accommodate more than 1,000 jobs in downtown after full build out. The chamber has already started marketing the campus to potential employers.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pink Fire Trucks are Rollin into Town TODAY

The Pink Fire Truck Parade is rolling into town today. As part of the kick off to their Month-long Cancer awareness campaign the Pink Fire Truck Parade is visiting cities around the Southeast.Also on Saturday our own Pensacola Fire Fighters will be wearing blue & pink lettered watch shirts to show their support.

Here is their updated plans for Pensacola:

Friday

430 Pink Fire Trucks Arrive at Station 1 on Cervantes
530 Georgio's Pizza on Cervantes is treating them to DINNER
7pm Pensacola State College at the Public Safety Day site.

Saturday Morning

9am Depart from PSC Public Safety Day for Parade to Orange Beach...the public is welcome to join in!!

Come out and see this one of a kind Parade.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chambers Unite!!!

CHAMBERS UNITE TO PROMOTE MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Sept. 21 - The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership Monday to help maintain and expand minority, women and small business enterprises in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Additionally, the chambers will offer a mentor-protégé program as well as host workshops, networking events, conferences and seminars with the Small Business Development Center, at the University of West Florida. Together, the groups will present 10 workshops, seminars and conferences, covering topics from construction bonding and marketing to doing business with government and education sectors. Nearly 35 percent of the Small Business Development Center's clients are racial minorities, and nearly half are woman-owned businesses.

"Our immediate objective is to strengthen the long-term stability of disadvantaged firms by focusing on those critical business skills they need to compete successfully in the marketplace," said Collier Merrill, incoming chairman of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

"Both chambers already have programs in place to assist business owners who are at a disadvantage, but by working together, we'll have a wider reach and a greater impact," added George Hawthorne, executive director of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce. "Together, we will grow minority business opportunities and better educate participants about the resources available to them."

The mentor-protégé program will pair disadvantaged companies with a mentor who specializes in their industry sector. The program will pilot pairings in construction, accounting, insurance, banking/finance and retail.

Both the mentor-protégé program and the workshop series will be highlighted through a strong marketing campaign to increase outreach and awareness to all segments of the community.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WILDfest 2010


The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida
Invites you to attend the eighth annual
WILDfest 2010
Sweet Prospect Band
Children’s Wildlife Games
Wildlife Gift Items
Feed the Pelicans
Roving Animal Displays
Temporary Tattoos Booth
Food & Bake Sale Booths
Reusable Shopping Bags
WILDfest Tee Shirts for Sale designed by Paula Payne
See new gift shop items and wildlife tee shirts
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Wildlife Sanctuary
105 North “S” Street, Pensacola FL
433-9453

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thougts about our Tree Canopy Plan




Our Environmental Advisory Board has been tasked with looking at our Tree Canopy within the City and develop some preliminary information to help create our canopy plan. We lost 50% of our tree canopy after Hurricane Ivan and this directly affects the quality of our ozone. Here are some thoughts from WFRPC

Establish Tree Canopy Targets
To maximize the benefits provided by urban forests and to track its condition in a specific location, the first step is to establish a goal for tree canopy cover. Tree canopy cover (the percent of a city’s land area shaded by trees) targets provide a useful way to assess how close a city’s green infrastructure comes to its potential. Such targets take into account factors such as local climate and other natural ecological conditions. While the ideal tree canopy for Philadelphia, for example, is very different than Phoenix, each has a tree cover target or goal that is ideal for them. To help guide city leaders in setting tree cover targets for their communities, American Forests produced the following generic guidelines for specific zoning categories for cities in the United States east of the Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest:
• Metropolitan area—average tree cover counting all zones = 40 percent;
• Suburban Residential zones = 50 percent;
• Urban Residential = 25 percent;
• Central Business District = 15 percent.
Cities are starting to incorporate these guidelines into public policy. For example, less than a year after their urban ecosystem analysis revealed that the Roanoke, Va., area had only a 32 percent tree canopy; the city council passed an Urban Forestry Plan. The top priorities include reaching a 40 percent citywide tree canopy goal within ten years and requirements for more tree planting and tree protection during new land development. The city has also updated their zoning ordinance that specifies tree canopy cover by land use and specifies minimum tree canopy cover in parking lots.
While these percentages are a good starting point for communities, they should be used only as a guide. Geography and local climate are important factors in establishing more precise local targets. The average urban tree cover for 20 states in the northeastern quarter of the country is 30 percent.
American Forests analyzed tree cover in about a dozen metro areas nationwide and found them to be 25 to 35 percent depending on their underlying environmental conditions. As you might expect, cities in the Southwest United States have less tree cover than cities in the Mid-Atlantic States. From the analysis, American Forests was able to identify potential, if somewhat generalized, tree cover targets. As previously stated, these recommendations find that average tree cover in metro areas east of the Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest should be about 40 percent, while cities in the dry Southwest and Plains states with much smaller natural tree covers should shoot for tree targets of about 30 percent.
A decision to maintain a specific percentage of the green infrastructure must be made at the highest levels of government so that the managing departments can carry out the detailed actions needed to meet those goals. The tree cover targets and the challenge to incorporate trees into all growth and development activities must be shared by key departments of city and county governments as well as by the private building industry.
Allowing construction practices that damage, kill, or remove trees—whether they occur on public or private property—without replacing them should no longer be acceptable. Assuring trees will live is not a small challenge, but one that must be accepted by everyone that builds infrastructure.

Friday, August 20, 2010

212

The Parks and Recreation Team at the City of Pensacola has a motto they live by... 212 degrees. This is the extra degree that brings something to the boiling point, changes it's make-up and transforms it. Every member of the Parks & Recreation team has 212 on their shirt, they have 212 pins and coins that are only earned by exceptional performance. This is what they live by and how they operate. Check out the beautiful parks they maintain and the activities available to every citizen of Pensacola. They are the feet on the street keeping our City the beautiful and inviting place that it is...

212 degrees

Here's a little about their hard work and the Park's PLAY PENSACOLA Programs...

visit their Facebook page at PlayPensacola or www.playpensacola.com

Welcome to PlayPensacola!

Your City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing quality programs and services to the citizens of Pensacola. Our mission is to improve and promote the quality of life for all citizens and visitors of Pensacola by protecting the heritage of our parks while providing a wide range of recreational, social and educational opportunities.

Besides promoting health and wellness, the Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department contributes to the quality if life by fostering community pride, increasing cultural unity and creating opportunities for lifetime experiences.

According to George Bernard Shaw, "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." Those words ring so true. All one has to do is find his or her passion, whether it's get in shape, connect with nature and family, or appreciate what the city of Pensacola has to offer. Our PlayPensacola programs, services, and events allow the residents of Pensacola the ability to immerse themselves in the abundance of recreation and leisure programs provided by the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nominations for Various City Boards

There are 4 different requests for nominations on various City of Pensacola advisory boards and committees:

Code Enforcement Board deadline is August 26th at NOON

Enterprise Zone Advisory Board deadline is September 3rd at NOON

General Pension Board deadline is August 26th at NOON

Human Relations Commission deadline is August 26th at NOON

Please let me know if you are interested by sending me an email to mdeweese@ci.pensacola.fl.us

Friday, August 6, 2010

It just keeps getting better!!!

More jobs at the Port of Pensacola


Offshore Inland Marine and Oilfield Services (OIMOS)
August 5, 2010


Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services announces that they will hire 20 - 30 new employees as part of an expansion of their commercial service operations at the Port of Pensacola which will double their indoor Marine / Oilfield manufacturing and fabrication space. The project is expected to continue throughout next year. This is the first of a possible three phases of projects. This work is in addition to their on-going marine service work at the port.
For more information please contact Buddy McCormick of business development and public relations at 850-554-9113.

Port of Pensacola
700 S Barracks St, Pensacola, 32502
www.PortofPensacola.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sports Camp with Pensacola's Finest




Chief Simmons and 40 volunteer officers joined forces with the Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor their 1st ever Sports Camp in Holice Williams Park today. The PPD has given citizens a glimpse of the wonderful events that can be held in the Greenway space tucked under I-110.

Tomorrow is the 2nd half of the camp with tee shirts and a backpacks for each child. The kids learn about personal safety, team building and basic skills in tennis, flag football, soccer and basketball...all from 1-5pm.

I even hear the kids took down the officers in a tug-o-war game.

Come out and enjoy some good old summer fun!!! Thanks to your Pensacola Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Team.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

POOL PARTY!!!!!!




Play Pensacola has splashed into another great idea...

Roger Scott Swimming Pool is hosting two night swims this weekend. Both Friday and Saturday night of this week from 7:30 til 9pm there will be a special night swim.

There will be a DJ on the deck playing everyone's favorite summertime tunes so this promises to be the best place in town to be on Friday and Saturday night.

Bring some towels & a few friends and let's have some Summertime FUN!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

BP Oil Operations Deposit

July 17, 2010

RE: BP Deposit for Bayou Chico operations

To Whom it may concern:

In an effort to clarify my position for our City Manager with regard to BP’s oil operations in Bayou Chico I feel it necessary to explain my perspective on several critical issues.

As I have explained before BP’s oil operations are site specific and on- going with oil being transported into our waterways on a daily basis and oil contaminating our waterways as a result of the operations. These operations simply cannot be likened to claims for a one time incident nor are they random oil contaminations. It is not a question of “IF” there is oil in our bay but only how much as a result of BP operations.

Pensacola’s economy has suffered as have our friends to the west in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana yet they all have long standing relationships with BP and other oil companies. They have all benefited for many years as oil producing states and were aware of the risks for easy oil. We all know the days of easy oil and low risk drilling are gone and oil companies have now entered into a new & more dangerous realm of exploration and drilling. What has happened in our Gulf Waters should shake us all awake and at least refocus BP’s commitment to responsible policy and stronger relationships with the cities that have lost so much.

BP’s oil disaster knows no boundary and has found it’s way into Florida waters. We find ourselves forced to participate in a business transaction that, out of necessity, has found it’s way to our shores. Pensacola has born 100% of the risk with zero benefit. Our city can not be expected to carry the financial burden of BP’s oil operations should an accident happen. BP is the worldwide enterprise; Pensacola is the small city of 54,000. This refundable deposit is just the right thing to do…it is good business and shows BP’s commitment and their good faith to our city.

A refundable deposit for your operations in our waters and on our shores is not a great deal to ask considering the situation.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Perfect idea for Saturday with the Kids!!

Touch a Truck

Where can children put there imagination in “gear and go”? Well, at the Play Pensacola Touch-A-Truck event, kids can get a chance to be behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Come and climb on and explore some of your child’s favorite vehicles including fire engines, police cars and construction trucks. This community event will provide families the opportunity to learn about and explore these vehicles and public safety equipment. Each truck will have a driver present to answer questions, help kids sit in the truck, and let kids honk the horn. The first hour of the event will be a silent hour for smaller children. Admission is FREE to the public. So come join us at the Vickrey Community Center Saturday July 17, 2010 from 10am -1pm!

There will be free bottled water, donated by Coastal Body Works, and Food will be available for purchase from Famous Daves Barbeque.

I hope to see you there!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Senator Nelson's efforts for Troops

Nelson pushes for more military assets to combat, cleanup oil spill
PENSACOLA, Fla. – With oil drifting closer and closer to this area’s world-famous beaches, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson continues to insist the White House should call in the military to help keep the slime at bay.

No one expects the military to be able to cap the gushing well. As the chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen says, the military isn’t suited or equipped to do so. But Nelson believes the military can bring what former Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a recent interview: “The military brings organization. It brings control. It brings assets.”

“This is the largest environmental disaster in our nation’s history,” Nelson said today, as he departed Orlando for a trip to the Pensacola area for a first-hand look at preparations to combat the spill. “If this doesn’t call for more organization, control and assets – like, subsea mapping by the Navy, for instance - then nothing does.”

Nelson’s stop at area emergency operations centers comes as the Panhandle confront the stark reality of oil washing ashore in Florida. Government forecasters are closely tracking a significant plume of oil 35 miles off Pensacola Beach. None of that oil was expected to make landfall before Saturday. But officials warn tar balls could started hitting area beaches by tomorrow.

A long-time opponent of offshore drilling off Florida’s Gulf coast, Nelson was instrumental in getting the first live images of the well disaster made public, leading to a re-evaluation of the amount of oil actually gushing from the well. He’s also filed legislation to raise the liability cap for economic and environmental damages for the spill from $75 million to whatever it costs to fix the mess and compensate folks for their losses. He’s filed another bill to toughen regulation of the oil industry and end lax oversight by the federal government. And, he’s called on the president to establish a military-like command and control structure to help clean up the spill.


Briefing at Escambia County Emergency Operations Center
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (local time)
6575 North W Street, Pensacola

Briefing at Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (local time)
4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton

Friday, May 21, 2010

Mallory Heights New Neighborhood Association



The following link gives Mallory Heights residents an opportunity to join their new Neighborhood Association. The campaign includes speed awareness, beautification and community building through better communication. Mallory Heights is a beautiful neighborhood off of Scenic Highway with approx. 150 residential homes.

Best of luck to everyone working so hard to make their neighborhood a wonderful and safe place to live.

http://malloryheights.com

Monday, May 17, 2010

Scenic Highway Foundation Lecture Series: Pensacola's Maritime Brick Industry

Beginning in January 2010 the Scenic Highway Foundation in partnership with IHMC began hosting a series of evening lectures about Pensacola History specific to the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs area. The lectures are held at IHMC located at 40 S. Alcaniz Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The next lecture is Tuesday, May 18th

Guest Speaker: Dean Nones,Graduate Student,
Division of Anthropology and Archaeology,
University of West Florida.

Topic: “Pensacola's Maritime Brick Industry: 1750-1900”

The presentation is divided into three parts. The first part is a history of Pensacola's brick industry, the second part provides a brief overview of the brick making process and how it evolved over time, and the third part deals with Mr. Nones research on a shipwreck in Pensacola/Escambia Bay, known as the Brick Wreck, that is associated with the historic brick industry. This section will include the discovery and test excavations of the wreck and a description of the artifacts that were recovered and conserved.

An RSVP is not required.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Understanding Oil Dispersants

I have had many questions both about the content of the dispersant being used in the Gulf and the longterm impact of it's use to limit exposure to birds, fish and marshlands. The following is from Nalco the supplier of the Corexit dispersant being used on the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill:

Oil Spill Dispersants
Response to an oil spill at any stage has one important primary goal - to minimize the impact of the spill on the environment. Complete recovery of oil is rarely possible due to weather conditions or the size of the spill. The challenge then becomes one of preventing oil from reaching the shoreline where damage to natural and commercial resources can be considerable.

All of Nalco’s oil spill dispersants have to pass stringent third-party performance evaluations before being accepted for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Furthermore, extensive environmental testing has to be performed on all oil spill dispersants to ensure that their impact on the aquatic environmental is minimal. For this reason, only those components that are known to have favorable environmental properties are used in oil spill dispersant products. Many of these components are readily used to stabilize food products, cosmetics or in pharmaceuticals.

How Dispersants Work
Dispersants contain both surface-active agents (surfactants) and solvent systems. Each surfactant molecule has both a water-soluble ‘head’ group and an oil-soluble ‘tail’. After contacting an oil slick on water, these molecules diffuse through the oil to the oil/water interface under the slick.

The surfactant acts to lower the oil/water interfacial tension, which means it lowers the energy needed to mix the oil into the water. This makes it easy for the oil to disperse into the water phase as discrete droplets. Each droplet has a molecular layer of surfactant molecules around it which helps to prevent the droplets from recombining and keeps them dispersed in the water phase. Through wind and wave action, the droplets are dispersed throughout the water column and removed from the surface spill location, thereby minimizing the adherence to fish, birds, boats and the shoreline. The tiny oil droplets are then consumed by natural microorganisms in the water column removing the oil from the ecosystem.

BP Gulf of Mexico May 10th Update

UPDATE ON GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL RESPONSE

BP today provided an update on developments in the response to the MC252 oil well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Subsea Source Control and Containment

Subsea efforts continue to focus on two fronts: first, reducing the flow of oil spilled by physical containment and second, further work on stopping the flow using a “top kill” option.

The containment dome that was deployed last week has been parked away from the spill area on the sea bed. Efforts to place it over the main leak point were suspended at the weekend as a build up of hydrates prevented a successful placement of the dome over the spill area.

A second, smaller containment dome is being readied to lower over the main leak point. The small dome will be connected by drill pipe and riser lines to a drill ship on the surface to collect and treat oil. It is designed to mitigate the formation of large hydrate volumes. This operation has never been done before in 5,000 feet of water.

In addition, further work on the blow out preventer has positioned us to attempt a “top kill” option aimed at stopping the flow of oil from the well. This option will be pursued in parallel with the smaller containment dome over the next two weeks.

All of the techniques being attempted or evaluated to contain the flow of oil on the seabed involve significant uncertainties because they have not been tested in these conditions before.

BP continues to do everything it can, in conjunction with governmental authorities and other industry experts, to find a solution to stem the flow of oil on the seabed.

Work on the first relief well, which began on Sunday May 2, continues. It is expected to take some three months to complete.

Surface Spill Response and Containment

Work continues to collect and disperse oil that has reached the surface of the sea. More than 275 vessels are being used, including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels.

The volume of dispersant applied to the spill on the surface amounts to over 315,000 gallons since the spill response began.

Intensive operations to skim oil from the surface of the water also continued. Some 90,000 barrels of oily liquid has now been recovered.

The total length of deployed boom is now more than 1 million feet as part of the efforts to stop oil reaching the coast.

The cost to date of the response amounts to about $350 million, including the cost of spill response, containment, relief well drilling, commitments to the Gulf Coast States, settlements and federal costs.

BP Press Office London +44 20 7496 4076
BP Press office, US: +1 281 366 0265
Unified Command Joint Information Center +1 985-902-5231
www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com
www.bp.com/gulfofmexico

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Final Answer

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is now in it's 17th day and our community as well as the rest of the Gulf Coast is facing the worst environmental disaster in it's history. The helplessness that citizen's feel has turned to anger then blame. Our very way of life, our coast's natural beauty and the livelihood of our lifelong residents is being obliterated. When did we have a say in the decisions being made about our Gulf waters?

The Federal Government gave it's "rubber stamp" of approval last year without an environmental impact study. BP made a calculated risk based on a potential spill being less than 4600 barrels and projections that it would not reach the coast. They also left off the most expensive safety measures due to potential costs for re drilling the well. Their decision was a financial one with no concern for the far reaching impact of their actions. Gulf oil production is but a mere spec on the map of international drilling and in hind sight is it necessary? The Gulf of Mexico has some of the richest supplies of natural gas deposits in the world with an almost endless supply, this should be our contribution to the nation's energy supply. More natural gas escapes on a daily basis than we could pump out of wells for our use, a gas spill or well failure can be shut off in 30 seconds.

I have watched my 3 children closely as they process the news of the oil spill and make their judgements on what must be done. My children are 11yrs, 9yrs and 5yrs old and each has come to different conclusions. This disaster has transformed their lives and changed their sense of what is needed in their daily lives. The oldest says NO MORE OIL...simply find a different source to fuel our vehicles and stop the insanity. The 9 year old is worried and sad about sea life that has died as a result of our needs, he keeps asking why we would make such a poor decision and take oil from the Gulf if this kind of thing can happen. My youngest whispers to me every time he sees the news about the oil spill... "What about all the sea animals they have hurt?? The Final Answer he gives...God is not proud of those people...

Sadly, we are ALL...those people...we put ourselves and our needs ahead of the most precious resources we've been entrusted to take care of. This should shake us awake and make us redirect our energies, focus and most importantly our priorities. If we stop demanding so much oil and find other sources this problem will slowly take care of itself. We have some decisions to make...what do you say???

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

President Obama to speak in Kalamazoo

"I have promised to speak at a high school commencement every year to highlight schools that are encouraging excellence and preparing their students for college and careers," Obama said today, before adding a shout out to Kalamazoo Central's mascot: "Go Giants!"
President Obama

Here is the link to ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/president-obama-speak-kalamazoo-central-high-school-winner/story?id=10552979&page=1

Kalamazoo Promise has been in place since 2006 and the community has been transformed in every area yet the most important part of their success in "Raising the Bar" is that each student now EXPECTS to go to college...The Promise has changed their lives and the future of Kalamazoo.

Pensacola's Promise can do this too...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Oil Spill May 3rd update

03 May 10 (1000 EDT)
USCG Response to DEEPWATER HORIZON
(*new)

BLUF:

Sub-sea dispersant started Sunday 2 May at 1000 for 24 hr test. As of 0800 03May2010 dispersant test continues until 1000 at which time the test will be completed. Dispersant is being pushed until test conclusion at 1000. DASH-8 (7sorties) conducted afternoon of 02May, imagery is at NOAA for analysis. DAH-8 Flight conducted to film area around well head to evaluate effectiveness of Sub-Sea dispersant efforts. DASH-8 sorties today with a CG observer onboard; first sortie was launched at first light. Bottom conditions were rough at BOP. At 1800 02 May, pressure was relieved for approx 2 mins. On 03 May focus will be on the lower annular and the capping of drill pipe will proceed in prep for the pollution dome. ROV’s could possibly take a look at “Choke and Kill” points along the pipe today in effort to crush piping and reduce flow. D8 will advise on progress of this effort. Seas were reported at 7 to 10 feet yesterday with an anticipated reduction in seas to approx 4 feet. If seas are less than or equal to 4 ft then skimmers could possibly be deployed this date. MOBILE has produced its first IAP. Finalized Volunteer plan remains unsigned. Senior leadership is aware and D8 is progressing to achieve a signed version of the VOLPLAN as soon as possible.

Situation Bullets:

• Drill pipe capping operation update,
• Plan: The intent is to cut off the end of the drill pipe and install a valve on the end to secure leak #3. This will eliminate one of the three identified leaks. The effect that this will have on the other two leaks is not specifically known, though a reduction to 2 breaches in the pipe will simplify mitigation efforts somewhat. Execution: The end of the drill pipe was successfully cut off, producing a clean cut. The RoV with the valve was unable to be splashed/deployed due to weather. Next steps: Weather permitting, the valve will be sent down on an RoV to be installed on the cut end of the pipe. Once the valve is installed on the pipe, the valve will be closed, effectively 'capping' it.
• Sensitive Area- MSU/SECTOR NOLA AOR: 13 identified, 10 protected (77% protected), SECTOR MOBILE AOR: 37 identified, 21 protected (57% protected).
• Skimming could proceed if seas lay down to 4 feet or less.
• DASH-8 launched at first light with CG observer onboard.
• Finalized Volunteer plan remains unsigned. Senior leadership is aware and D8 is progressing to achieve a signed version of the VOLPLAN as soon as possible.
• Still no confirmed reports of land fall have been received by IC.
• Temporary Flight Restriction (FDC 0/7326) centered over the incident site, surface to 4000' MSL, 35-nm radius. It was issued 27APR and is in effect until further notice. Concerns for air traffic safety is being addressed, solution forthcoming, Air Traffic management planning is under review.

Booming Info:
Deployed Boom to date: 274,260 ft

Total Boom (staged / available)
• Houma- 217,210 ft
• Mobile-480,981 ft
• Total= 564,511 ft

Total Sorbent Boom (staged / available)
• Houma- 34,590 ft
• Mobile-96,864 ft
• Total= 83,670 ft

Total Sorbent pads (staged / available)
• Houma- 180
• Mobile-2940
• Total= 3120

*Future Booming operations:
• TBD
• ICS-209 Period 13 from Sector Mobile and ICS-209 Period 13 from LA applies
• Weather is impacting the effectiveness of boom by reducing its capacity to contain or act as a barrier to the passage of oil and may result in changes to the planned orientation of boom by exceeding the allowable safety parameters for the work groups setting the boom. Weather is improving.
Current Operations:

Coast Guard Non Coast Guard
Surface: CGC HARRIET LANE u/w for SAR.

CGC OAK On Scene Pensacola, FL

CGC HARRY CLAIBORNE u/w 3 May en-route Gulfport, MS Surface: Task Force MSRC 1, 2 and AMPOL will be working with the HOSS barge near the source location.

Task Force MSRC 3 (OSRV FLORIA RESPONDER) working the eastern finger of the oil slick.

Air: NTR Air: NTR
COMMS Enhanced Mobile Incident Command Post (EMICP) & Communications Vehicle (MCV) arrived Slidell, LA

Future Operations/Assets:
• Relief well to spud down.
• Evaluate success of subsea dispersant application.
• Pollution control dome complete working on the piping system that brings the oil to the surface for collection. Expected to be complete in next 7-10 days.
• SLG – Monday 03 May, 1730 EDT.
• NRT – Monday 03 May, 1800 EDT.
• Congressional Overflights to be provided by USCG aircraft :
03 May Flight scheduled :
 Rep Miller
 Senator LeMieux and (1) staff
 Senator Sessions and (2) staff
 Senator Shelby (possible)

Personnel:
• 54 NSF Personnel on Scene
• 24 GST / 15 AST / 12 PST / 1 NSFCC/ 2 PIAT
• 541 USCG (99), MMS, Transocean, BP, NOAA, LA & FL personnel at Unified Area Command in Robert, LA.
• 492 USCG(89), Transocean, BP & NOAA personnel at Unified Incident Command in Houma, LA.
• 428 USCG(8), BP, Transocean & others at Housto

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pensacola's Promise Plan

My Motion to the Committee of the Whole on April 19,2010:

That City Council adopt the Pensacola Promise, an economic development plan to provide last dollar tuition assistance to eligible residents of the City of Pensacola and commit to annual funding of an initial amount of $250,000 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year and a recurring amount up to but not exceeding $400,000 thereafter. Funding for this program is to be 100% funded through either contributions from ESP rate payers or thru a return on the Citizens investment in their gas utility.

Point of clarification that the 1st source of funding is to be a voluntary amount added to ESP rate payers,(@ 50 cents per customer you pay for the plan, or $1.00 per city resident) the 2nd source being the return on investment to the citizens of Pensacola from their revenues at ESP. My discussion about marketing and ESP's current funding levels came from the fact that ESP will most certainly get regional and national recognition for their commitment to fund the Pensacola's Promise. Our city manager has pointed out that ESP is in direct competition with other local utilities for new customers. ESP already contributes to Unite Escambia, Foundations for the future @ the chamber, PEDC for economic development and promotion, Bill Bond Baseball, The Saenger Theatre, and we even publish our own cookbook to market ESP and local restaurants. An investment in the growth of our city, access to education for our citizens, and attracting new businesses to our area are all within the mission of ESP and the City of Pensacola.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Who Benefits from Pensacola's Promise???

Just in case anyone missed the point yesterday...who benefits from the Promise Plan?


WE
ALL
DO!!!!















Pensacola’s Promise Plan
A place-based Universal Scholarship for City Residents

Who benefits from Pensacola’s Promise?
City of Pensacola Residents graduating from our schools

What is the Pensacola’s Promise?
A scholarship for post secondary education

When can a student use the promise scholarship?
Upon HS graduation & up to 4 years for college

Where can a student use the Pensacola’s Promise Plan?
PJC, UWF and Trade Schools

Why is Pensacola looking at having the Promise Plan?
For Workforce & Economic Development

How does the scholarship work?
It is a Last Dollar funded plan after Pell Grants & Bright Futures funds

Pensacola's Promise Scholarship Agreement

Unanimously Approved April 14, 2010 by Pensacola's Promise plan committee

Pensacola’s Promise SCHOLARSHIP AGREEMENT
PURPOSE
To provide each City of Pensacola resident graduating from Escambia County Schools with the opportunity to attend post –secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship .City of Pensacola residents graduating from Private and Parochial schools will receive benefits at a reduced rate with the opportunity to increase their eligibility through verified volunteer hours.
ELIGIBILITY
1. All City of Pensacola residents who graduate from Escambia County Public Schools, Private and Parochial schools, and have been residents of the City of Pensacola for four years or more. (Enrollment and residency must be continuous.)
2. Admitted to and enrolled at Pensacola Junior College, University of West Florida, George Stone Technical Center, other approved trade/certificate schools in Escambia County.
a. Make regular progress toward a degree or certification.
b. Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average at the post-secondary institution.
c. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
d. If the GPA drops below 2.0, a student will enter a one semester probationary period and a student may be reinstated if he/she is able to bring their GPA back to at least a 2.0.
EXTENT OF BENEFITS
The tuition benefit will be graduated on the basis of length of residency in the City of Pensacola and student transcripts for school enrollment.
Length of Attendance.......Public Schools Benefit Private/Parochial Benefit
K-12.....................................100% ........................................50%
1-12.......................................95% ......................................... 45%
2-12.......................................95% ..........................................45%
3-12.......................................95% ..........................................45%
4-12.......................................90% ..........................................40%
5-12 ......................................85% ...........................................35%
6-12.......................................80% ...........................................30%
7-12.......................................75% ............................................25%
8-12.......................................70% ............................................20%
9-12.......................................65% ............................................15%
10-12.......................................0% .............................................0%
11-12.......................................0% ..............................................0%
12.............................................0% ..............................................0%
Private/Parochial benefits increase based on volunteer hours within the City of Pensacola during their enrollment outside the public school system.
TERMS OF SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship program provides up to four (4) years of tuition (120 credit hours, additional credit hours approved based on eligibility) for post-secondary education (per the scale above). The students must be a full-time student, taking 12 credit hours per semester minimum. Individual summer school classes will be covered as long as the class applies toward the degree or certification program in which the student is enrolled and is taken at their designated school of choice. A special permission form must be completed AND approved in order to take summer classes at other than the school of choice.

The post-secondary education must be completed within 5 years of the date of high school graduation. Four years shall be defined as the receipt of a bachelor’s degree or 120 credit hours towards a degree, whichever occurs first. This education must be pursued per the requirements listed above.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Scholarship recipients must submit:
* FAFSA application and eligibility determination
• A Pensacola’s Promise application form.
• A Pensacola’s Promise scholarship acceptance form.
• A transcript from the previous semester indicating as a minimum: classes taken, grades and credit hours for those classes and cumulative GPA. (Provisions may be made to have this submitted by the post-secondary institution.)
• All changes to contact information as they occur. This includes home and school addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
• A Pensacola’s Promise scholarship transfer form if changing school of choice.
• A Pensacola’s Promise summer school exception form in order to take summer classes at other than the school of choice.

DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
All funds will be paid directly to the educational institution. Funds will be paid a maximum of three times per year. Payments will be paid after the drop/add period of the fall, winter and summer/spring semester as defined by each educational institution. Any refunds due to the scholarship will be paid directly to the Pensacola’s Promise.

EXCEPTIONS
No exceptions to the above requirements will be allowed unless approved by the Pensacola’s Promise Board, its Appeals Committee or their designee.
Appeals are initiated by contacting the Pensacola’s Promise Executive Administrator.

ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS
Pensacola Junior College
University of West Florida
George Stone Technical Center
Other approved Trade/Certificate Schools within Escambia County.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Promise Plan to be presented...Mack is Wrong!

Tomorrow at 3:15 the Pensacola Promise committee will submit the final report on the proposed plan and its costs. I am immeasurably proud of the work our committee has done in all 7 Council Districts and the plan we have developed.
Pensacola's Promise Plan:
1) guarantees City residents (after attending a minimum of 4 years)upon graduating from an Escambia County School (public, private & parochial)up to 100% tuition for PJC, UWF or George Stone.

2) will cost less than $400,000 per year of NON TAXPAYER FUNDS

3) will establish Pensacola as a City that is committed to improving our labor force, attracting good industry, giving back to its citizens and raising our education levels.

Our committee could not have done more to make this project a comprehensive low cost HOME RUN for Pensacola, yet before we have even been heard naysayers such as Councilwoman Mack (who obviously hasn't read or heard the actual plan) have come out against it. In her combination council member/candidate website, Ms. Mack states

"COMMENTARY -- When the Pensacola City Council agreed to consider a proposal from Councilwoman DeWeese regarding this scholarship concept, there were two elements that were clearly identified by at least several Council members as critical to a favorable consideration: (1) that the program must be equitable to all City students whether they attend public, parochial, or private schools, and (2) that the major source of funding for the program must be private funds. I am deeply disappointed to see that the final proposal discriminates against students in non-public schools and is dependent solely on City contributions, and I will therefore not support the program."

The councilwoman is WRONG on both counts. The plan does provide a means for private school kids to participate and get up to 100% of needed funds for PJC, UWF and George Stone. The committee was in fact thanked by the principal of Catholic High School for including their children in the program.

Second, NO TAX dollars are used to fund the program. All administrative costs will be borne by a not-for-profit and the City's ONLY responsibility will be its contribution.

I am concerned that this sort of uninformed decision making and lack of respect for our committee by not even listening to the presentation before passing her judgment shows a trait that may keep Ms. Mack from being an effective Mayor. A strong mayor should be deliberative, listen to the community, allow the process to be completed,analyze the facts and weigh all options before making a decision about a proposal like Pensacola Promise which will impact generations to come. At least listen to the proposal and discuss the Promise plan with your peers before passing such judgements.

My hope is for the remainder of my colleagues to see this opportunity for what it can do: Promise every child in Pensacola the chance to be whatever they dream!

Monday, March 22, 2010

PPD Canines Rule the Region!!

Once again, the City of Pensacola Police Department K-9 teams had to certify at the USPCA Regional Field trials in Lady Lake Fl last week. As always they represented Pensacola in a professional manner and came home with a boatload of recognition and trophies. They competed against 60 other teams in obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search, criminal apprehension and criminal apprehension with gunfire. We had four teams place in the top twenty overall and brought back the 4-man departmental team trophies we took from Lakeland P.D. last year. These large agencies break a sweat when they see Pensacola show up at a regional certification because they know the Pensacola P.D. K-9 teams are prepared and will consistently come out on top. Congratulations to all.

Randy Rickard and "Charief" 10th place overall
Bruce Harris and "Shedow" 12th place overall
Chris Geraci and "Bady" 13th place overall
Alex Bell and "Rusty" 16th place overall

Chris Geraci and "Bady" 4th place for search work (evidence and suspect search)

Harry Barraclough and "Justus" 1st place agility and 5th place obedience

David Hausner and "Kyros" 2nd place in the Novice division

TOP FOUR MAN DEPARTMENTAL TEAM (2009 and 2010)
Randy Rickard and "Charief
Harry and "Justus"
Bruce and "Shedow"
Chris and "Bady"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

District 3 Beautification Day...Bay Cliffs Again



Thanks to all the citizens of Bay Cliffs that came out on Saturday for Round 2 of Scenic and Brookshire. The differences are almost unbelievable. Our work was the talk of Duffy's Tavern at Saturdays St. Patricks Day extravaganza and I believe that Penacola has added a new Scenic overlook to our Escambia Bay.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Evolution of City's Reserve Policy Document from June 1998

COMMITTEE:Finance
DATE: June 11, 1998
SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 1999 Budget-General Fund Reserve

RECOMMENDATION:
That City Council approve a $2,800,000 General Fund reserve for the fiscal year 1999 budget.
BACKGROUND:
Over the last several fiscal years, the City Manager has recommended and Council has
approved a General Fund reserve in the budget. As part of the fiscal year 1998 budget process, Council requested that they provide prior approval of the recommended reserve amount before it is presented as part of the proposed budget- The following table compares the budgeted General Fund reserve over five fiscal years
Fiscal Year Reserve Amount Percent of GF Revenue
1999___________$2,800,000___________7.5%
1998___________$2,661,800___________7.2%
1997___________$1,600,000___________4.5%
1996_____________$800,000___________2.4%
1995_____________$200,000____________.6%

Most financial literature and rating agencies recommend maintaining a minimum five
percent (5%) General Fund reserve
. However, indications have been, and staff certainly concurs, that a 10 percent (10%) reserve may be advisable due , in large part, to the unpredictability of Pensacola's weather and the resulting impact on General Fund revenues sources. In recommending a $2.8 million reserve, staff took into consideration the stagnant revenue level this fiscal year. and the anticipated revenue growth of 3.2% in fiscal year 1999. Staff believes that holding reserves to a five percent (5%i increase is reasonable given the fact that the proposed General Fund expenditures budgeted for fiscal year 1999 increased by less than one
percent (1%) due to the number of increases departments have been asked to absorb.

FINANCIAL IMPACT:
Adequate reserves enhance the City's financial position and allow for continued current service levels to citizens should unforeseen emergencies or downturns in the economy occur. The City's adequate reserve level has been a factor in the favorable bond ratings we have recently received.

Evolution of City's Reserve Policy Document from Nov 1999

Memorandum
TO:Thomas J. Bonfield, City Manager
FROM: Richard Barker, Jr., Director of Finance
DATE:November 10, 1999
SUBJECT: Financial Planning and Administration Policy

RECOMMENDATION:
That City Council approve an amended Financial Planning and Administration Policy revising General Fund and enterprise funds reserve minimums and the target level of the budgeted ESP transfer to the General Fund.
BACKGROUND:
On July 23,1998, City Council approved the current Financial Planning and Administration Policy.
At this time, several refinements to the policy are being recommended.
General Fund Reserves:
Current policy calls for a desired General Fund reserve of between 10-12 percent of annual revenues. Based on the potential for weather-related revenue shortfalls in the Tax and Franchise Fee Debt Service Fund and Gas Fund impacting transfers to the General Fund, it is prudent to establish a targeted minimum General Fund reserve of 15 percent of annual revenues. The projected reserve balance for FY 2000 is $3,100,000 or 8.49% of budgeted revenues.
Enterprise Fund Reserves:
According to current policy, enterprise fund reserves should be maintained at levels adequate to support the needs of the various enterprises. Under the proposed policy the City Manager will develop and present to Council a reserve implementation plan for each of the enterprise funds. Each plan will include a minimum l5 percent operating reserve. However, based on the volatility of revenues in certain enterprise
funds due to weather or other risk factors beyond our control, the target reserve may be greater than 15%.
Bond covenants will also be considered when developing the reserve implementation plans. In addition to the operating reserve, enterprise funds will also establish capital reserves to ensure that ongoing capital and infrastructure needs are adequately met. In these funds, the reserve goal will be reached by continuing to treat each fund as a full enterprise with revenues and expenditures budgeted at a level that meets fund needs.
ESP Transfer: Currently, the budgeted ESP transfer to the General Fund has a long-term target of 15 - 20 percent of budgeted ESP revenues. The proposed policy eliminates the percentage range and establishes a straight 20 percent target. This will be accomplished by reducing the transfer a minimum of $100,000 each fiscal year
while continuing to expand the customer base.
The minimum level of reserves should be reached in the General Fund and all enterprise funds within eight years. Reduction of the budgeted ESP transfer to 20% of budgeted ESP revenues should be accomplished within the same time frame.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
The strengthening of reserve policies and reduction of the budgeted ESP transfer will have a positive impact on the continued fiscal stability of the City. Bond ratings may be enhanced and further savings achieved when entering the debt market for future borrowings.

Evolution of the City's Reserve Policy Document from Nov 2006

TO: Thomas J. Bonfield, City Manager
FROM: Richard Barker, Jr., Director of Finance
DATE: November 6,2006
SUBJECT: Amendment to the Financial Planning and Administrative Policy
RECOMMENDATION:
That City Council approve changes to the Financial Planning and Administrative Policy.
BACKGROUND:
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recommends that, at a minimum,
financial policies in the areas of financial planning, revenue and expenditure policies, be developed by staff,adopted by the governing board and most importantly reviewed during each budget process.
As part of the annual budget process the Director of Finance reviews the City's Financial Planning and Administrative Policy to ensure continued relevance and identify any gaps that should be addressed with new policies. With the Fiscal Year 2007 budget process, there were
three line items within the Policy that were found in need of amending and one new policy was identified to enhance financial planning. The Fiscal Year 2OO7 Annual Budget addresses all three changes in the Budget Message.
The City's Financial Planning and Administration Policy has been amended two times since its adoption in 1998. The last amendment by City Council was September 30,2004' The Policy is published in the appendix of the City's annual budget document.
Amendment #l The General Fund reserve which is used for unanticipated needs and/or emergencies will be amended to include two additional growth factors; proceeds from the sale of surplus real property and annual interest earnings.
Policy
A minimum reserve of 15 percent of budgeted annual revenues should be incrementally
established and maintained in the General Fund for use in meeting unanticipated needs and/or emergencies. Proceeds from the sale of City (general government) owned surplus real property will be used to increase the reserve.
amount of the reserve will be reported in each fiscal year budget.
Amendment#2 The transfer from ESP to the General Fund is being reduced from 20 percent of budgeted ESP revenues to 15 percent.
Policy
It is understood that the citizens of Pensacola are entitled to a return on their investment for the purchase of the natural gas utility from Gulf Power in 1948. However, with the competitive nature of the energy industry the amount of transfer from ESP to the General Fund should be adjusted each year to assure ESP's competitive edge. Long-term, the budgeted transfer should not be more than l5 percent of budgeted ESP revenues. The amount of the transfer will be reported in each fiscal year budget.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
While there is no direct financial impact by amending the financial policies it will further assure the continual accomplishment of the first of the six strategic goals adopted by City Council: Financially sound,sustainable City government.
should be no more than 3 percent of budgeted revenues.

Florida Government Finance Officers Association

Section 4 - Budgeting Overview –

Budgeting is one of the most important activities undertaken by governments. The budget is a plan of financial operation embodying an estimate of proposed expenditures for a given period and the proposed means of financing them. The budget serves as the primary tool in allocating financial resources to programs and services. This process should involve all stakeholders – elected officials, governmental administrators, employees, citizen groups, and business leaders – and reflect their overall needs and priorities. A budget process that is well-integrated with the other activities of the government and involves those stakeholders will lead to a more efficient and accepted government. Specifically, the budget can serve as a policy making tool, a management tool, a financial tool, and a communication tool. The end result should be a balanced budget that has been well planned and communicated among all stakeholders.

A brief description of the budget cycle is as follows:
Input
a. Elected and appointed officials gather information from citizens, taxpayers and other sources about financial and non-financial priorities
b. Officials meet with staff and convey the goals, objectives, priorities and concerns that will guide the development of the budget.


Preparation
a. Revenues are estimated to determine how much financial resources will be available to fund operations
b. Expenditure requests and forecasts are prepared by the departments
c. The chief administrator submits a proposed budget that reflects the community needs and desires to the local government governing body for review.


Adoption
a. The governing body reviews the proposed budget
b. Proposed budget is approved by governing body
c. Changes are made according to the governing body’s recommendations and public comments
d. The budget is adopted.


Implementation
a. Revenues are collected and expenditures incurred in accordance with the budget
b. The budget may be modified or amended in accordance with procedures established by State law.
Evaluation
a. Internal reports may be prepared as needed for financial data, as well as for performance measurement
b. Other evaluation is done through internal audits, performance audits and external audits.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Partnering with PPD

Over the past year I have worked closely with the PPD to clean up our Scenic Bay Bluffs Park. My first endeavor was an on site visit with Officer Donahoe to assess the CPTED opportunities. CPTED is a law enforcement process of environmental design to deter criminal activity and increase safety. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

The Pensacola Firefighters completed the first CPTED clean up by clearing 8 areas for safety and access within the Bluffs Park. PPD has stepped up patrols, done sting operations and undercover enforcement within the park. The Fire Department donated additional lighting and the PPD increased their camera coverage of the area. Officer Donahoe has done 2 more site visits and identified areas to clear for safety and design in support of the concepts within CPTED.

Recently, while doing a city wide beautification project with the Bay Cliff residents, I became aware of an issue with youth entering the Bay Bluffs Preserve after hours at the North end of the park.

From: Maren Deweese
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 8:38 AM
To: Al Coby; David Flaherty
Cc: John Mathis
Subject: Bay Bluffs Park Request

Good Morning,

While doing our city wide beautification at Brookshire & Scenic Hwy this past weekend, I became aware of a situation that may need some work.

The Bay Bluffs Park extends north to Brookshire Dr. The situation is a large group of teens & young adults come from Santa Rosa County (the license plates have been checked by residents) and they park along Brookshire & Montaigne and enter the Bluffs Park on Scenic Hwy at Brookshire.

Residents have contacted the PPD, yet our officers are not aware that the park extends all the way to Brookshire Dr and they tell residents there is nothing they can do to the partying teens since it is private property.

It would be useful to post one of our park closing signs on the Bluffs at Scenic & Brookshire and let the PPD know they can enforce park closure in that area as well. A wooden sign designating the Bay Bluffs Park would be great, yet I know that is more of an investment than the white closure signs.

Please let me know your thoughts as well as any background info you may have.

Thanks for your time and attention to this matter.

til soon,

Maren DeWeese
City Councilwoman District 3


PPD response:

From: John Mathis
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 9:27 AM
To: Jay Worley
Cc: Al Coby; David Flaherty; Maren Deweese; Chip Simmons
Subject: RE: Bay Bluffs Park Request

Jay make sure your officers are aware and respond accordingly.

thanks

John W. Mathis
Chief of Police
Pensacola Police Department


The PPD is responsive to resident's requests and addresses enforcement needs within the park and has been the driving force in creating a safe and accessible Bay Bluffs Park.

The citizens of Pensacola now have access to their Bay Bluffs park and can enjoy the natural beauty and experience all the trails the park has to offer.

Monday, March 1, 2010

ESCAMBIA-PENSACOLA CONSORTIUM CDBG/HOME/ESG PROGRAMS

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Our housing department is accepting completed surveys until March 15, 2010.

Escambia Consortium is currently in the process of developing its 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. The City of Pensacola receives approximately $961,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year for housing and community development projects. Escambia County receives approximately $2.1 million in CDBG federal funds; approximately $1.8 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME) federal funds; and approximately $92,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) federal funds.

We would like to get your input regarding housing and community development needs and priorities in your community. You can assist us by completing this survey. We ask that only one survey per resident, business, or agency be submitted.

Please follow the link:

http://www.cityofpensacola.com/upload/images/Housing/2010%20Escambia-Pensacola%20Consortium%20Needs%20Assessment%20Survey.pdf

Friday, February 19, 2010

Letter to NWFL Legislative Delegation

Thank you for your email Senator Gaetz.

I will not be able to attend the Escambia County Legislative Delegation meeting as I am a City of Pensacola Councilwoman and we have our committee meetings on Monday afternoon and evening.

I would like to restate my concerns about the plan that the ECCSC has presented to you. The process was rushed and the analysis of issues within the recommendation of "complete consolidation" is incomplete and almost nonexistent. The practical application of this plan is flawed at best and needed more time to be fully developed.

The plan as proposed is a bad financial deal for the citizens of the City of Pensacola, whom I represent, and I cannot, in good faith, support this plan as it deteriorates our infrastructure and does not improve our economic position.

Please do not file the plan as a bill in the upcoming legislative session.

Respectfully,

Maren DeWeese
City of Pensacola Councilwoman
District 3

Monday, February 15, 2010

Strong Mayor's Total compensation

I have received the total value of compensation for the new Mayor from our Finance Director.

Salary 100,000
medicare tax 1,500
SS 6,200
Health group/family 9,000
FRS 18,800

total 135,500

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Consolidation...Really?

Forecasting and Economic Development Subcommittee
Draft Report
December 8, 2009
Subcommittee Members:
Rick Harper, Chair
Jeremy Brown
Doris Harris
John Peacock
Richard Stone

Page 10 Of FINAL REPORT

Nevertheless, we can draw several relevant conclusions from existing studies. First, although there are some government service provision activities that will likely experience gains in quality, effectiveness (in service delivery) and modest gains in efficiency, the literature suggests that significant gains in efficiency are unlikely. Second, consolidation efforts may make it possible to achieve more effective long-term decision making processes that encourage regional development. These may result in a small increase in economic development, but these increases are perhaps more likely to improve income distribution than to encourage broad-based economic growth. Third, the morale problems that may arise from efforts to consolidate could potentially diminish any sort of benefits consolidation could bring—especially when governmental units, pay, and tax structures differ considerably. Beyond this, it is difficult to speculate based on the existing literature and its review of existing cases as to whether a proposed consolidation would be beneficial to a community.

Link to Entire document:
http://eccsc.org/subcommittees/edfc_final.pdf

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pensacola's Promise

On Monday January 11th I will have to opportunity to present the Pensacola's Promise plan during the Committee of the Whole at 3:15pm in the Hagler Mason Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall.

The Promise plan offers the City of Pensacola an opportunity to transform the fabric or our community by allowing citizens graduating from our public schools to attend college on the Pensacola's Promise Plan.

The following links are resources from a national network that has developed over the past 3 years in Communities around the United States that have implemented similar scholarship programs.

www.promisenet.2008

www.promisenet.us


I will ask our City Council to form a Committee of Community Leaders and Educators to investigate this opportunity further. Please join me on Monday!