Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Louisiana Fines Brian Spencer's Firm for Cheating?

Rules may not apply to Brian Spencer's firm here in Florida, but the State of Louisiana recently smacked SMP Architecture for breaking the rules in their state.

Naughty!

SMP-Naughty

Monday, December 23, 2013

Shocking Frontline Documentary on ST Aerospace and their Work Quality

http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/flying-cheaper/multimedia/video-watch-frontline-documentary/

Above is a link to a PBS Frontline documentary of ST Aerospace. Shocking!!

Was it a good idea to gut the airport fire department with a jet repair facility coming.  Test flights?

Is this type of operation good for a residential neighborhood in the flight path?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

With One "Sweetheart Lease" in Hand Russenberger wants a "New Marina" at Pitts Slip

Remember, there are other parcel leases which are still unrenewed at Pitts Slip (Parking lots and Marina)

In the email below from Marina Management to DIB Director Ron Butlin, Marina Management shows their plans for the reconstruction of their marina and a new breakwater.

And here is a shocker, it appears Russenberger and crew will be looking to tap the Oil Spill funds to fund their for-profit marina's construction because they threw in allowing fishing on the breakwater they need.

FYI City staff was well aware of Russenberger's plans as the memo says they helped with the conceptual plan.

WHY CAN'T THE CITY DO THE PROPER THING AND PUT OUT AN RFP TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES AND STOP INSIDER DEALS?

From: Leo Cyr [mailto:leoc@marinamgmt.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:30 PM
Subject: Seville Harbour Breakwater and Marina Rebuild


Ron – this will give you a good overview of the project.

Leo

Check out the documents and drawings at the link below:

New Marina Proposal

Bus Stop Fishing Pier

Entire Marina





Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Anyone seen the Mayor?




  • Airport Concession RFP
  • Merrill / Fish House
  • ST Aerospace Announcement

Hate to stop the boy when he is on a roll!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Special Treatment for the Chairman??? Free Water for Everyone?? Abuse of Office??

Check out this email string over the period of a month.  Notice how the DIB Director transitions the discussion as he asks the City for water for the Chairman (at CITY expense). The issue bounces around the entire City staff before Chairman Davis pulls out the Friend of Brian and Ashton card to get his free water.

Then watch as Spencer gets involved and all of the sudden...The City Jumps.

But still no water?
  • Can any business get a key for free water access?
  • Who has keys for free water?
  • Why only Palafox? 
  • Can Seville Square businesses tie into the parks water for cleaning?
  • Can Belmont Devilliers businesses tie onto City water for cleaning?
  • I bet the business with barf piles could use some City water...Do they get it?

From: Hilary M. Gilles <hilary@downtownpensacola.com>
To: Kim Carmody; Bill Kimball; Ryan J. Novota
Cc:
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Sent: Thu Sep 05 10:32:47 2013
Subject: Palafox Market contacts
Good Morning,

Not sure who the contact would be for the following:

There is a handrail that is loose and leaning against the brick wall in the middle median of the MLK Jr. Plaza.

We have water access and sprinklers in the plaza. Everything is fine but I would like a contact if we have an issue, such as no water or sprinklers come on during market (happened a few years ago). Also, would this poc be the same for other water access in downtown?

Thanks,

Hilary

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Palafox Market contacts
From: Bill Kimball <
bkimball@cityofpensacola.com>
Date: Thu, September 05, 2013 11:22 am
To: "'
hilary@downtownpensacola.com'" <hilary@downtownpensacola.com>, Kim
Carmody <
kcarmody@cityofpensacola.com>, "Ryan J. Novota"
<
RNovota@cityofpensacola.com>
Cc: "'
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com'"
<
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Hilary
Cindy Taylor will be the contact for the sprinkler and water issues. The best way to contact her is contact me and I will contact Cindy. My cell phone number is 850-380-9583 or you can also email me any issues. If for some reason you can not in touch with me you can contact Cindy at 393-1062. If you need anything else, please let me know.
Thanks
Bill Kimball


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Palafox Market contacts
From: <
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Date: Thu, September 05, 2013 12:54 pm
To: "Bill Kimball" <
bkimball@cityofpensacola.com>
Hi Bill,

Thank you for the offer of assistance.

I have an issue, a business owner on Palafox place wants to connect to a water spigot in a planter in order to pressure wash the sidewalk in front of their property.  I want to encourage this merchant behavior, if we can. It is possible to connect and how would that take place?  I know we don't generally just want to leave access open. 

Please let me know your thoughts, thanks

Ron Butlin
Executive Director 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [FWD: Access to water in the downtown planter beds
From: <
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Date: Fri, September 13, 2013 3:01 pm
To: "Bill Kimball" <
bkimball@cityofpensacola.com>

Hi Bill,

I know it is Friday afternoon, I am not trying to get an answer today just cleaning out the weeks ideas. 

Were you able to find out any information on this request?

Thanks Ron

From: ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com [mailto:ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com]
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 12:40 PM
Subject: [FWD: [FWD: Access to water in the downtown planter beds]

Hi Bill,

Sorry to be a pest but I haven't found the answer to this question yet.  Can you direct me to who can get me information? 

I am looking for access to water in the downtown flower beds for store owners to pressure wash the sidewalks.

Thank you, Ron

 
From: Bill Kimball
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 12:57 PM
To: 'ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com'; Charles Morgan
Subject: Re: [FWD: [FWD: Access to water in the downtown planter beds]

Charlie
Can you please see the email below and share any ideas, thoughts or suggestions.
Bill

From: Charles Morgan [mailto:CMorgan@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 2:07 PM
Subject: RE: [FWD: [FWD: Access to water in the downtown planter beds]

Bill,

                They need to see the DIB about this issue. They control access to the water which is available in the flower beds. Thanks

Charles Morgan
Administrative Officer IV
Public Works

 From: corbett davis jr <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Date: October 4, 2013 at 11:57:39 AM CDT
To: Brian Spencer <
brian@smp-arch.com>
Cc: "
ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Reply-To: corbett davis jr <
corbett2@bellsouth.net>

is there anyone that I can contact to get access to the water bib in front of our store? I would love to start pressure washing the sidewalk weekly. no one seems to know how to get access. thanks

From: Brian Spencer [mailto:brian@smp-arch.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 10:15 AM
To: Derrik Owens
Cc: Colleen Castille; Ron Butlin, Exec Director; Ashton Hayward; Sherry Morris
Subject: Water supply / hose bib access

Derrik,

I have been trying and trying to help retail store owner and downtown property owner, Corbett Davis, get access and use of water in front of his store, Jewelers trade shop. The hose bib boxes in the planters have a "key access". Corbett wants to use the water for what they were originally intended for, and that was to provide a connection for a hose to wash down dirty sidewalks and grimy storefronts.  Becky Bray and Thaddeus Cohen oversaw this project.   If store owners can't access the hose connections, we can't benefit from their participation in assisting in cleaning our streetscape.  

Thank you for helping.  Corbett has been trying to resolve this for quite a length of time.  

Brian

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: Derrik Owens [mailto:DOwens@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2013 10:27 AM
Subject: RE: Water supply / hose bib access


I checked into this and keys for the hose bib boxes have been distributed before to the DIB, some business owners and others warranting access.  We will follow up with Corbett to get him a key to access the box adjacent to his business.  Thanks for letting us know.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: water service on S. Palafox
From: Brian Spencer <bspencer@cityofpensacola.com>
Date: Mon, October 07, 2013 6:55 pm
To: Corbett Davis <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Cc: Derrik Owens <DOwens@cityofpensacola.com>, Colleen Castille
<CCastille@cityofpensacola.com>, Exec Director Ron Butlin
<ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>

Corbett,
Please let me know when you have the water access issue resolved and that it is "working" for your storefront and sidewalk cleaning needs.
Thank you,
Brian

From: "ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
To: Brian Spencer <bspencer@cityofpensacola.com>; Corbett Davis <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Cc: Derrik Owens <DOwens@cityofpensacola.com>; Colleen Castille <CCastille@cityofpensacola.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:45 AM
Subject: RE: water service on S. Palafox

Tim Crutchfield met with Corbett III yesterday and provided a key to the sprinkler vault (by the post office) and provided an explanation of how it worked.  It is a little complicated so Corbett if you have a guy who will be doing the work he can contact Tim and go through the process again.

Thanks Ron 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: water service on S. Palafox
From: corbett davis jr <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, October 09, 2013 8:18 am
To: "ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>,
Brian Spencer <bspencer@cityofpensacola.com>
Cc: Derrik Owens <DOwens@cityofpensacola.com>, Colleen Castille
<CCastille@cityofpensacola.com>

ron,

    my son said he did not get a key or an explanation. he said all tim said was that they were one step closer to getting it figured out. how can this be such a difficult task? and he said a kimsey at the city was working on it. how frustrating is it that I have been trying to get water access for over a month in front of my store. someone has to know this answer. all we know at this point is that somewhere near the post office lies the answer. maybe we need a pirate map to hunt for the treasure.

Corbett

FYI, A PLUMBER CAN RUN A PIPE TO THE FRONT AND YOU CAN USE YOUR WATER FOR ANY PURPOSE YOU DESIRE.

 

 

Monday, December 16, 2013

In Upside Downtown, Weekly Piles of Barf on the "Great Street"

According to this email sent to select DIB members and the Mayor, there is a really nasty aspect to the well hyped hip downtown bar scene.  Our downtown is full of drunks late on Friday and Saturday nights.  Drunks who evidently throw drinks on shop doors and get sick in shop doorways.

Shop keepers who continually find vomit piles in front of their shops. Nice! 
If I were a shop owner located elsewhere in Pensacola, let me come on down for some of that!!
I'll spare you the pictures.

I feel sorry for these business owners who have invested downtown for years having to deal with this growing problem and are turned away by the DIB when they object.

This business owner wants a joint meeting with the DIB and the City about the problem.  They shouldn't hold their breath, the City will point them to the press release about how great Palafox is.


From:
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2013 3:17 PM
To: ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com
Cc: Scott Sallis; brian@smp-arch.com; Corbett Davis; corbett davis jr; Ashton Hayward; Peacock Jr,John L; burney@merrillland.com
Subject: Re: cleanliness downtown

Everyone,

 Attached are several pictures of our storefront this morning.  I am out of town and haven't had a chance to review video footage just yet.  It either happened on Saturday or Sunday night.

The pictures show three different piles of puke in front of our store.  It's hard to tell, but the picture of our front door shows that someone threw a drink on the door.  

 Also, in one of the pictures you will notice some graffiti that has happened over the last three days.  In addition to all of this since my last email a little less then two weeks ago,  we had additional graffiti that I have reported to PPD.

 I would like to propose a joint meeting with the dib and city to discuss ways to improve the current situation.  

This problem isn't going away and I am personally tired of watching this stuff continually happen...


 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Who is Running the DIB? It isn't the Board! The Mayor?


From: corbett davis jr [mailto:corbett2@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 10:07 AM
Subject: gallery nites

hey ron,

 I had an employee and a customer both tell me they heard on the radio this morning we are going to have 12 gallery nights per year now. I am a little stunned. as chairman of the DIB this is the first I have heard of it. who exactly made that decision? and why wasn't the board notified. better yet, how are we to pay for it and are all merchants supporting it? I know as a retailer I have not been asked. seems like someone has jumped the gun. does not the DIB make this decision? who notified the press? who made the decision to change to 12?

thanks

corbett

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIB...Any Issues Here?


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Additional information for August meeting
From: "Peacock Jr,John L" <John.Peacock@edwardjones.com>
Date: Mon, August 12, 2013 11:22 am
To: "ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Any prep info available for WOB discussion
________________________________________________________


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Additional information for August meeting
From: <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
Date: Mon, August 12, 2013 12:12 pm
To: "Peacock Jr, John L" <John.Peacock@edwardjones.com>
Hi John,

Well I didn't put that topic on the agenda, both it is early in the process with mostly conceptual ideas and we have tons to cover tomorrow and I am a little worried this might de-rail us.  If we get through the agenda we can bring it up under new business.

Attached are three items

1)    is a simple drawing of what is there now and a possible option widening the entire sidewalk,

2)    An exterior rendering of what the finished building and sidewalk cover might look like, and

3)    is a compromise Tim drew maintaining (expanding ?) the loading zone, expanding some sidewalk and maintaining two parking spaces.  The tenants tell us the loading zone is really important.

See you tomorrow, Ron 




From: "ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
To: corbett jr <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 12:15 PM
Subject: [FWD: RE: Additional information for August meeting]

Hi Corbett,

Just a heads up, John may bring this up or more likely Deborah will.  Here is my response to John. see you in the morning, Ron
________________________________________________

From: corbett davis jr [mailto:corbett2@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: [FWD: RE: Additional information for August meeting]


i was afraid of that. do we have the authority to make these decisions? i thought this would come under city business. also the last thing i want to start doing is letting deborah dictate what she wants done. and even worse getting in the middle of hers  and WOB continual feud. nothing good can come of that. i bite my tongue as it is.

when we get to that committee report can we just say it is informational report only.

did you ever talk with brian about this?

should be interesting and thanks for the heads up

corbett

ps who is tim? an architect?


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mr. Marcille, Does admission constitute sufficient evidence...even in Pensacola?

In an email I posted yesterday, DIB Chairman Corbett (Jewelers Trade) Davis stated to DIB Executive Director Butlin:

hey ron,

  what exactly is it you want from me? I do not keep my e-mails. all I remember is us speaking on phone about her attitude and options.

Corbett

After I pressed for more from the DIB, Mr. Davis sent me this signed admission that he deletes his emails daily (personal, business, etc)

He tries to do the Palafox 2 step that he copies Ron Butlin on all DIB emails and its Ron's job to save the emails.

Corbett-Letter-DeWeese-12-6-13

What about DIB emails that Chairman Davis receives from people that he doesn't respond to.  Is there a magical Butlin Fairy that makes sure that record is preserved.

Are there conversations with Mayor Hayward concerning the DIB to his yahoo account that maybe you didn't copy the Butlin Fairy with?  We will see.

Chairman Davis is crabbin on this one. And I'm goin' crabbin.

Mr. Marcille, is it "Parking Ticket" time???

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DIB Chairman does not understand public service

Corbett Davis = Volunteer Public Servant, DIB Chairman
Maren DeWeese = Public

Davis job = Do what Maren asks.

Got it! Evidently not!

FYI:
  • Keeping your emails is a LAW
  • Never met the man
  • Never shopped at Jewelers Trade
  • Hope I don't bump into him on Palafox.
  • Sadly there is more of these...worse
_________________________________________________

From: corbett davis jr [mailto:corbett2@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:39 PM
Subject: Re: Maren DeWeese Public Records Request

hey ron,

  what exactly is it you want from me? I do not keep my e-mails. all I remember is us speaking on phone about her attitude and options.

Corbett

   can we bill her for the time it takes to collect all of this for her unnecessary witch hunt?

it is a sad day when we work so hard to move our city forward and we have people with no life that want to be someone and the only way it is possible is to attack everyone and make false accusations which start false rumors. from the looks of her ridiculous blog, ms. deweese is obviously a very angry and unhappy person. I hate that we have to waste so much time with her unreasonable requests.

    please let me know what you need from me to move forward.




From: "ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com" <ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com>
To: Jr Peacock <
John.Peacock@edwardjones.com>; corbett jr <corbett2@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:24 PM
Subject: Maren DeWeese Public Records Request

Hi John and Corbett,

I just met Brian Hooper with Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon to get a little direction on this request.  I am planning on putting the information on a thumb drive to distribute to Ms. DeWeese.  Please let me know when you think you can have this done, I would like to give all the information to Ms. DeWeese at one time, however that is not a requirement.  I have just begun looking at all my communications, it will be a fairly large task.

Thank you, Ron

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Public Records Request
From: Maren DeWeese <
jklmn246@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, November 19, 2013 2:01 pm
To:
dib@downtownpensacola.com, ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com
Good afternoon,
I am writing to request the following documents or files, pursuant to the Public Records Act, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes. This request includes electronic copies of every document related to the matter, regardless of the format in which the information is stored.

DIB documents:

1. The version of the Personnel (employment) policies of the Downtown Improvement Board that were in effect on November 1, 2013.

2. Any documents in effect of November 1, 2013 indicating that Ron Butlin has the authority to terminate an employee of the DIB without approval from the DIB Board of Directors.

DIB Communications:

 I am writing to request the following documents or files, pursuant to the Public Records Act, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes. This request includes electronic copies of every document related to the matter, regardless of the format in which the information is stored.

3. Any communications regarding the DIB sent to, or received by Corbet Davis,including but not limited to all personal email accounts, for the period July 1 ,2013 to present.

4. Any communications regarding the DIB sent to or received by John Peacock, including but not limited to all personal email accounts, for the period July 1, 2013 to present.

5. Any communications sent to or received by or on behalf of Ron Butlin for the period March 1, 2013 to present.

Please confirm your receipt of this request as well as time frame for completion.

Also, please provide the contact information for the custodian of public records for the Pensacola Downtown improvement Board.

I look forward to your timely response.

Respectfully,

Maren DeWeese
850-316-7671


Monday, December 9, 2013

PREDICTION: Battle for the Fish House

Predicted Outcome
  • Back "rent waived"  Merrill $5 million win.  Statute of limitations limited recovery period regardless.
  • Other 2 outparcel leases rolled into new lease.  Merrill win.
  • City renews new 30 year lease.  Merrill win
  • Entire lease avoids an RFP process that would bring in maximum revenue to the City. Merrill win
  • No competition.  Merrill win
  • Fish House agrees to 5% percentage rent going forward.  Hayward win.
  • Prices go up 5% at Fish House.  We lose.
  • Council refuses to investigate why this issue festered for years and who is to blame.  Barker win.
Merrill and Hayward meet for drinks at Jackson's.  They both claim victory.

We lose.

Airbus to Pensacola..."We have no eyes for your prize"

Oops.

40 folks
  • City of Pensacola
  • Pensacola International Airport
  • Escambia County
  • Pensacola Chamber
  • UWF
  • PSC
  • PNJ
  • AM 1620
At the first meeting this morning, 1620 morning anchor Rob Williams reported that a Airbus Supply Chain Director stated to the group:

  • Airbus plans to ship all components to Mobile from Germany via container
  • No plans for ANY suppliers to need to locate in the US as long a shipping is cheap
  • Don't expect any variance from this plan for AT LEAST 5 to 7 YEARS.
  • Thanks for coming but we see no need for anything in your area.
WOW!  Rob Williams brought some Grinchly news this morning.

PNJ confirms. 

"Stefan Berndes, head of department Air Transport, equipment and materials, said the companies he deals with are not even talking about expanding to the U.S at this time."
http://www.pnj.com/article/20131209/NEWS01/131209002/Aviation-suppliers-No-plans-as-yet-to-move-to-U-S-?nclick_check=1

Well my recommendations for the rest of your week:
  • A Fuerst Bismarck in the lobby bar at the Hotel Hamburg Hafen
  • The Christmas market in front of the Rathaus is best 
  • The miniature train museum is a world wide attraction
  • The view from the Michael is breathtaking
Enjoy the vacation because we as a community have been dismissed on day one.



Sunday, December 8, 2013

PNJ Pimps For Fish House...LOL!



















Marketing Solution Indeed...Notice the side Ad to the Editorial!

Journalism in Pensacola...Need an advocate...buy an ad!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Barker proposes City's Contribution to Hayward for Mayor

Looks like Mayor Hayward had CFO Tricky Dick Barker, who is extended past his DROP date and serves day-to-day at the pleasure of the Mayor, slide in a nice little campaign contribution from the City in the form of a budget rollover going into an election year.

Conveniently snuggled onto the middle of page 129 of the 212 page Council packet for Monday the item states:

"Within the Mayor's office, the funds remaining in Professional Services and Other Contractual Services in the amount of $31,328 are being carried forward to provide funding for cost related to various advertising and PSA announcements."

How convenient going into an election year.

Does he want to use it for legal fees in the Fish House debacle? No
Does he want to use it to help put Rescue trucks on the streets? No
Does he want to use it to repair a building or pave a road or enhance our City? No

He just wants to tell YOU how good HE is with YOUR money!

Look for city subsidized BLAB "I'm so great" shows and City wide mailers for annual "success" stories.

The Strong Mayor campaigns with our money Citizens.

http://www.cityofpensacola.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/12092013-512

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Et Tu Bru-ce...Is that a knife in my back?

Mayor Ashton Hayward is on the verge of getting taken to the $5,000,000 woodshed by his own attorney, Bruce Partington.

The Bruce Partington that was on his transition team.

http://www.fox10tv.com/news/pensy-mayor-elect-searches-for-city-administrator

The Bruce Partington that swore him in.















The Bruce Partington that drafted the City's Code of Ethics.

The Bruce Partington that opined that the Mayor's dealings with family members and business partners was okie dokie.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2012/10/conflict-of-interest-opinion.html

The Bruce Partington that will be trying to destroy the City's lease claim against Russenberger and Merrill.

The Bruce Partington that will be trying to make the City Attorney and the Mayor's staff look bad.

The opinion letter to the City is addressed to Ashton Hayward, City of Pensacola.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/108699714/CPH-Conflict

The City paid the bill.  Is there a conflict of interest by Partington?

Does Partington have a signed waiver of conflict of interest?  I'll be asking tomorrow.


Outzen Pimps for Business Partners

Today's IN Weekly is entirely a pimp job marketing solution for the Fish House lease issue.

Outzen's editorial is entitled The Greedy Partner regarding the City attempting to milk its successful businesses such as Studer and now Russenberger and Merrill.

The cover story is a fluff piece on the Fish House being a landmark, how customers have reacted and a complete one sided legal analysis and alluded links that the Pitts Slip lease issue is about the Airport deal and how Merrill lobbied Council to deny the Mayor.

FINALLY, Outzen admits in teenie weenie small print that Merrill owns a 5% interest in the In Weekly and Russenberger owns a 2.5% interest.

Fish House has a half page ad.
Jackson's has a half page ad.

Read it here now.  Don't give Outzen the power to make you wait.  It's online.

http://issuu.com/inpublisher/docs/dec.5issue

Outzen...bought and paid for "journalism".  Need an advocate, buy an ad.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another "Sweetheart" Lease...Oar House?

I want to build a restaurant next to my marina.
It needs volleyball courts.
It needs a horseshoe pit.
It needs a wooden observation and dining deck on the shoreline
It needs a gravel parking lot
It needs signage
It needs a "semi-permanent island style thatched roof or "Chickee" roof over the deck."
It needs to be able to sell alcoholic beverages
It needs to serve meals and offer dining.

Problem is that while I am a millionaire, own multiple marinas, multiple businesses, and give thousands away to political candidates every election cycle, I can only come up with an annual license fee for the City property of:

A)  $50,000 per month
B)  $50,000 per year
C)  $500 per month
D)  $500 per year

The answer Citizens is......D

D is for DAMN!

Read it and Weep

Oar-House License to Use

But lets open back up Studer's lease.  Really??  $500 PER YEAR



Monday, December 2, 2013

Mayor/Barnhart/Asmar... Pitts Slip Games?

In the post below, I detailed the off the record discussions Mayor Hayward and lobbyist Scott Barnhart were having involving parcels in and around the port property for David Freeman, a Nashville developer.  The email directly mentions the Russenburger plots in and around Pitts Slip.

Link to discussion below.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/search?q=Barnhart

Well in the January email below, Barnhart asks then Chief of Staff Asmar about an outline of the deal that Asmar was putting together.


From: Scott Barnhart [mailto:scott@jenkinshillconsulting.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:45 AM
To: John Asmar
Subject: follow up on call with David Freeman

John:

I hope all is well.

I wanted to follow up on our last call and see if you have been able to put an outline on the deal together yet.  Please let me know.  

I was planning to set up a visit to Pensacola for David in the next several weeks.  I would appreciate your counsel to make sure we meet with the appropriate community leaders and political influentials.  At this point, I want to do meetings with the County Commissioners (those who will have appointments to the Escambia County RESTORE Act committee – project assessment), City Councilmen, possibly Homyak and possibly the UWF folks.

Please let me know.

Thanks

C. Scott Barnhart
Principal
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC
Jenkins Hill Group, LLC
444 N. Capitol Street, NW
Suite 645
Washington, DC  20001
Office 202-544-7990
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 Questions:
  1. Was an outline of the deal done by Asmar?  Where is it?
  2. Has Freeman begun lobbying for Federal Restore act money?
  3. Is the CAO, who has links to Jenkins Hill, brokering a deal for the City?
  4. How much of the Pitts Slip lease issue is a play to get Russenberger and Merrill out of the way?
  5. Wouldn't Freeman be better able to respond to a good ole fashioned RFP with Merrill and Russenberger precluded from bidding since they are in default?
  6. Is the Nashville based developer going to swoop in 2 years after the spill and take a lions share of the Restore money for a private development?
Hmmm