Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Redfish Harbor before the County Planning Board

Will the Mayor speak as an owner?

Link to Posting

Posting of documents including Matt Pair, the Mayor's partner with City Contractor Cody Rawson, signing off.

Planning Documents

Page 7 and 8 shows the assignment by Pair and Hayward as Heron Bay to Redfish Harbor also known as Pair, Hayward and Rawson.

The Mayor's autograph is on page 7 and 8 at the link above.

One page 8 the Mayor is identified as a member of Redfish Harbor.  Clear as a bell!

The Mayor is supposed to be running the City not developing a subdivision.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sweetheart Tower Lease Approved in August 2012...No Payments til 2013

In the account history at the link below, Divine Word began its lease by going directly into default. City of Pensacola financial ledgers reflect that the first payment under the lease was not received until January 11, 2013, 5 months after inking the deal.

But that's OK because Tricky Dick Barker's crack accounting system had nothing in it to reflect the non-payment as the system also shows that Tricky Dick and the City did not record any lease payments due until they received the check for $5,000 on January 10th.  They conveniently enter $5,000 in bills dated the day before the $5,000 check is processed.

Late Rent

Hit the circus music button.

Our City's Operations are terrible:

  • Planning allows deals that are not eligible under zoning
  • Legal misses the zoning issues in review and evens draft the illegal lease
  • Leases are signed before they are reviewed by legal
  • Accounting systems are reactive to payments rather than proactive with bills.
  • Orders to remove the concrete are allowed to "change" to be OK when reviewed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Another Longhollow Tower Question

From the Longhollow tower lease:

Section 9. Assignment and Subletting. The rights of the Parties under this Agreement are not assignable. Tenant may not sublet all or any part of the Property without the prior written consent of the City in the City's sole discretion. City's consent to any subletting will not constitute a waiver of the necessity for consent to any subsequent or additional subletting. No subletting agreement or occupancy will release Tenant from the complete performance of any provision or condition or payment required in this Lease.

Divine Word is subleasing tower space to other radio stations including AM 1620 I understand.

Where is the City's written consent?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Longhollow Tower: Messer Missed Forest; Caught the Trees

In reviewing the Longhollow Tower lease and City's approval sheet, I noted the following timeline on the City's approval sheet:
  • August 3, 2012 Al Garza's assistant, Lee Smith, signed the lease
  • August 3, 2012 Sent by Al Garza for approval.
  • August 3, 2012 Received and approved by George Maiberger
  • August 3, 2012 Received by Asst Risk Manager
  • August 14, 2012 Sent to Mayor
  • August 15, 2012  Received for Mayor by Reynolds; its architect
  • Messer's review is undated.
City Attorney Messer states:
"Please have two witnesses sign.  He cannot attest to his own signature."

In the final lease Gene Church does attest to his own signature.  Two witnesses are added.

Is Messer's comment an "either" or "both" ?  

Obviously since the signed lease only indicates the Secretary is to attest with no typed individual names, the lease MUST have been signed by Church prior to the Messer review or he would not have known to make the statement; "He cannot attest to his own signature"

Was the lease signed prior to being forwarded to City staff for approval?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Reynolds / Church Back and Forth Over Tower

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Reynolds
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:19 AM
To: ''
Subject: RE: FW: Divine Word Tower lease


Here is our take on your concerns. 

In regards to "Broadcast Facility vs. Radio Broadcast Facility" - This agreement contemplates radio.  If you want to expand the scope in the future you can certainly request amendment. 

Change from "Prior" to "following" on the removal - We can agree to amend to a date certain.  If two weeks will suffice, we can make it "no less than fourteen days after..."

In Section 9, Assignment and Subletting - We are comfortable with the language as is.  However, please provide the language on survivorship and assignment you would propose. 

Limit on Insurance Coverage - The $1,000,000 limit refers to the general liability limit of insurance.  It is not related to the cost of the structure.  There is a provision in the lease for the Tenant to acquire and maintain property insurance which would be in the amount of the cost of the structure.  The general liability limit is for claims alleging bodily injury or property damage based on a negligent act of the insured.  A limit of $1,000,000 for general liability is generally the standard and we would not change this limit for general liability.

Auto policy - We can agree to revise the language to require that evidence of automobile liability coverage be provided for anyone who will be accessing the tower.  Minimum limits of $300,000 combined single limit would be sufficient and that can be personal automobile insurance. 

"Divine Word Communications" - We can change it. Please provide the proper signature set-up according to your Florida incorporation

My best,

William H. Reynolds
City Administrator

City of Pensacola
222 W Main St.
Pensacola FL 32502

 For Non-Emergency Citizen Requests
or visit

Notice:  Florida has a very broad public records law.  Most written communications to or from state and local officials regarding government business are public records available to the public and media upon request.  Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 3:37 PM
To: Bill Reynolds
Subject: Re: FW: Divine Word Tower lease


Thanks for getting this to me.  On the first read through, I see a few problems that may need to be addressed.  First of all, I would prefer to refer to our lease as a "Broadcast Facility" as opposed to a "Radio Broadcast Facility."  The reason is that across a 20 year period, licensing and technology could change such that what we are doing digitally might not be referred to as radio, and it may seem quaint over time.

In Section 3, I would prefer that it be changed from "Prior" to "following" on the removal.  Otherwise, we will have to go off the air for a period of time.  If we construct the new tower, we can swap over and remove the old one with little, to no, downtime.

In Section 9, Assignment and Subletting, the language is a little problematic.  To help pay for the costs of the tower, I would be literally subletting space on the tower to others.  Usually, these leases would also be assignable in case we ever sold the station to someone else, since they are usually purchasing the antenna with the station.  Usually, these clauses include some type of right of survivorship and assignment.

While I recognize that the insurance language appears boilerplate, given the costs associated with the structure is inside $100,000, would it be possible to set the limit at $500,000, versus $1,000,000 in coverage?

The language calls for a business auto policy.  We do not have business autos, so I am not certain about this coverage provision.

I saw that you use the name "Divine Word Communications" in the Lease.
This is, in fact, the official name of our business, but in Florida, we are required to use the name "Divine Word Radio, Inc."

I haven't checked the legal description in Exhibit A, but I assume the description matches the other lease.

Thank you so much for your assistance on this.  I am looking forward to moving ahead with this.

God bless,

Gene Church

> Gene,
> Please find the draft lease I discussed attached.  Let me know of any
> issues or concerns...
> My best,
> Bill
> William H. Reynolds
> City Administrator
> City of Pensacola
> 222 W Main St.
> Pensacola FL 32502
> 850-435-1623
> For Non-Emergency Citizen Requests
> or visit<>
> Notice:  Florida has a very broad public records law.  Most written
> communications to or from state and local officials regarding
> government business are public records available to the public and
> media upon request.  Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.
> From: Stephanie Tillery
> Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:28 AM
> To: Bill Reynolds
> Subject: Divine Word Tower lease
> Contains your latest revisions.
> Stephanie Clark Tillery, Attorney
> City Attorney's Office
> City of Pensacola
> P.O. Box 12910
> Pensacola, Florida 32521
> (850) 435-1615
> For Non-Emergency Citizen Requests, Dial 311 or visit


Friday, December 11, 2015

How The Mayor's Employees Deliver the Results the Mayor Wants

Read this email a few times.  It is as clear as a bell what is occurring between staff and management.

From: Ryan Winterberg-Lipp
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:21 PM
To: John Asmar; Bill Reynolds
Subject: RFP for Plaza de Luna Concession

Good afternoon - I'm preparing a new RFP for a concession operator at the Plaza de Luna concession building. Do you have a preference for the selection process?  The Mayor could establish a selection committee or chose the most qualified applicant.

The last time the RFP was issued in 2009, there was only one response.  I'd like to reach out to existing restaurant operators and ideally select an owner-operator, so if the Mayor prefers a selection committee, it would need to be carefully chosen to not eliminate the target applicants.

Please let me know how you would like to proceed. Thanks!

Ms. Ryan Winterberg-Lipp
CRA Administrator
Community  Redevelopment Agency
P.O. Box 12910
Pensacola, FL 32521

And people wonder how open RFP's are rigged.

Nonstops No One Can Use!!

According to Chip Henderson, no-bid marketing contractor to Pensacola Intergalactic Airport:

It was a great announcement! The airport has been working on air service development for our community. It was one of the identified areas of focus in Visit Pensacola's Vision 2020 plan. Now, we need the community to actively use the routes for sustainability.

So what caused his uncontrolled burst of scripted and planned social media exuberance ??

In summer 2016 Southwest is expanding service to Kansas City and Dallas...WOW!

One flight a week on Saturday.
Then you have to wait until the next Saturday to come home.

I'm sure the demand for one week stays in Dallas and KC is HUGE!

What a win for the Upyours of Florida!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Barker's Financial Circus Continues

From Page 427 of the City Budget

Enterprise Zone Advisory Board (EZAB) - (13 members appointed by City Council) Mandated by the State of Florida for each community with an Enterprise Zone designation (Florida Statutes 290.0056). Is utilized to bring volunteer knowledge and interest in economic revitalization issues to the City Council and city staff and to assist with the development and implementation of the Enterprise Zone Development Plan.

Mandated...but hasn't met since 2008, hasn't filed required documents since 2008.

This is another Barker failure.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

After Longhollow, Council Should Question Staff's Advice On EDATE Legality

Rusty Wells, who allegedly is being transferred due to his expressed desire to not work directly with Council President Charles Bare, sent Council a memo through the Council Executive that stated:

“I do believe the council could, if it so chooses, adopt the ordinance with the understanding that it may be repealed at a later time if it is subsequently deemed to be ineffective under Florida law.”

Council if you do not get Rusty's subtle wording....INEFFECTIVE EQUALS ILLEGAL.

A little smoke and mirrors.  See...he's the James Bond of attorneys I recall.  :)

If EDATE is Illegal; Mayor has a Million Dollars for Quint

Downtown is abuzz about whether City Council will vote for an EDATE for Quint Studer's apartment development.

Questions being asked:

  • Is the Mayor forcing Council to approve an illegal action?
  • Will Bondi reply to the question posed by Chris Jones in time?
  • What if Council approves an illegal act what are the implications?
  • Why won't the Bobblehead render an opinion ahead of the AG?
  • Is Bobblehead stating that even though Florida Statutes were not followed regarding the process, Council can proceed?
  • Will Quint actually pull the project without the incentive?

I have been briefed on the financials by Quint's team.  The projections do count on subsidies.

But if the EDATE is illegal, where does the City get the subsidy?

The Mayor has voiced his support for the project.  How much support Mr. Mayor?  The City of Pensacola has a $1 million dollar Economic Development Trust Fund readily available.

No strings.  Just Mayor request and Council approval and DONE!  

More can be appropriated in any year.

Mr. Mayor, as Bob Sugar stated "It's not show's show business!"

How important is a $50 million development in downtown Pensacola to your legacy?

Tricky Dick can always dig up a few Mason jars in the courtyard!

Rick Outzen once told me "Government finds money for what government wants to find money for."

What will the City do here?

Can you imagine how Kerrigan would react?  He may explode!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

For all of the Discussion; Amtrak Not Coming According to Reynolds in 2012

From Bill Reynolds in 2012

From: Bill Reynolds
To: City Council
Cc: Ashton Hayward
Subject: Amtrak Service Restoration
Date: Sunday, March 04, 2012 12:58:25 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen of the City Council,

Below is an analysis for the restoration of passenger Amtrak travel along the former Sunset
Limited Amtrak Route that was halted following hurricane activity. As you know, many of the
rail lines west of Pensacola were damaged and that was the cause of the suspension of the
service. Essentially, the line has not been restored due to lack of funding.

Amtrak was last reauthorized through the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of
2008 (P.L. 10-432). Section 226 of that legislation required Amtrak to develop a plan to
restore service on the Gulf Coast.

Amtrak met the plan requirement and published its report which can be found at
c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245669222 (look for Gulf Coast Service Plan Report under PRIIA submissions and reports - PRIIA Section 226).

The report laid out three different plans to restore service to the region. The plans for
restoration ranged in cost between and initial $32.7-$96.6M start-up, with an annual
operating loss ranging between $4.8-$18.4M.

Despite the damage to the lines west of Pensacola, CSX restored the 100 miles of track and 12
bridges over a 6 month time frame between New Orleans and Alabama. While CSX resumed
service on the line, Amtrak has obviously not restored service from New Orleans to Florida.
Interestingly, Amtrak did resume the service from Louisiana west which connects New
Orleans and Los Angeles and has some of the lowest ridership for one of their longest routes
(and is consistently hammered as being wasteful). By all accounts, cash-strapped Amtrak is
focused on the NE high speed corridor. While the annual operating loss/subsidy issue is
probably the largest hurdle facing the Sunset Limited route, the other upfront costs that
Amtrak would face in restoring the route are substantial and include rehabilitation of rail
stations (making them ADA compliant), replacing rail cars, replacing station tracks (which
have not been replaced by rail carriers like CSX), and restoring personnel.

Congressman Miller has been intimately involved in the results stemming from the Amtrak
report, but he is very strongly against having tax payers subsidize the losses of the route. If
there is a way that Amtrak can restore the routes with existing funds, then he is all for it – but
that is very unlikely. In addition, Governor Scott refused $2B in stimulus funds from Obama
for Florida high speed rail, making it unlikely that the Administration will be sympathetic to
the State’s pleas for restoration of Amtrak service. A large part of the efforts in the last decade
with Amtrak have been focused on the NE corridor and on high speed rail service.

Just wanted to give everyone a reality check. In a different life, I was involved in funding
issues with Amtrak. During that time (2000-2008), it was clear that Amtrak was looking for
an opportunity to ditch those routes it was operating at a loss. It is going to be a real political
struggle to have this route reengaged.

My best,
William H. Reynolds
City Administrator

Monday, December 7, 2015

How Long Does Council Want People to Wait to Speak?

With City Council poised to make yet another needless bonehead error sure to add to their already diminished perception with Citizens over ending the Boyd Forum at the beginning of meetings, I wanted to be exact in how long Council wants Citizens to have to wait through Council doing nothing before having a chance to speak.

Over the last year according to the length of Council videos, Citizens would have to wait the following times before addressing their concerns to the Council.

Nov 12 - 4 hours 48 minutes
Oct 8 - 4 hours 36 minutes
Sept 17 - 4 hours 57 minutes
Aug 20 - 6 hours 17 minutes
Jul 16 - 53 minutes plus 54 minutes
June 18 - 3 hours 4 minutes
May 14 - 4 hours 19 minutes
Apr 9 - 2 hours 4 minutes
Mar 12 - 4 hours 2 minutes
Feb 12 - 2 hours 52 minutes
Jan 15 - 3 hours 46 minutes

Waiting til after 9 pm to be addressed by YOUR BOSSES.

Council, is it to much to ask since you only meet once a month, that the Citizens you work for get to speak first?

Anyone who votes for this measure should be recalled and fired.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Have Messer's Mistakes and Failures Led to Longhollow Tower Debacle?

As previously posted, when Hayward brought Messer on, I as Council President raised the questions regarding the Messer Law Firm.

I stated:

"Many City contracts are of such a nature that the implications of malpractice could have dire consequences.  As such, without a required level of insurance this Council could expose the City to financial harm if we do not protect the citizens with amble insurance."

The Mayor objected and the Messer Law Firm was hired.

Memo to Council

Meow!...from the Crazy Cat Lady.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tower Issue...Messer Malpractice...Sue Him?

At the bottom of the 2012 lease between the City and Divine Word is a very important statement and signature.

Legal in Form and Valid as Drawn

/s/ Jim Messer
City Attorney

Did Jim Messer commit malpractice in not reviewing the legality, zoning, case law surrounding the lease of the Longhollow tower??

Back when I was on City Council and opposed Messer's appointment as City Attorney I made direct inquiries regarding the malpractice insurance carried by the Messer Law Firm.

From Inweekly Article

His tenure as Mayor Ashton Hayward’s first appointed city attorney began with controversy. Council President Maren Deweese and blogger Derek Cosson worked hard to derail the appointment, waging a four-week campaign trying to convince the Pensacola City Council to vote against the mayor’s recommendation to hire Messer.

In her memorandum to the council, Deweese criticized the proposed contract because it was with Messer’s law firm and not an individual. She believed the city should have advertised for law firms that offered a “broader range of talents.” Deweese also questioned whether the Messer law firm had adequate malpractice insurance to cover the city.

Despite her protests, the council approved an interim agreement with the Messer law firm. Later in the year, they voted for a three-year contract for Messer, which expired in December 2014.

Link to Inweekly Article

It is funny to me that what was a valid question and concern then, portrayed me as the crazy cat lady.


Is the $1 million policy limit enough?

Hate to tell you I told you so...BUT!

Assistant City Attorney Drafted Tower Lease...No questions of Zoning

Assistant City Attorney Stephanie Tillery, under the expert oversight of City Attorney Jim Messer, drafted the Longhollow tower lease for City Administrator Bill Reynolds.

Any issues noted by Tillery?  Nope!

From: Stephanie Tillery
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:28 AM
To: Bill Reynolds
Subject: Divine Word Tower lease

Contains your latest revisions.

Stephanie Clark Tillery, Attorney
City Attorney’s Office
City of Pensacola
P.O. Box 12910
Pensacola, Florida 32521
(850) 435-1615

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reynolds Worked Tower Lease for Six Months

Six months and no one reviewed legality?

-----Original Message-----
From: Elisabeth Buswell
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 12:54 PM
To: 'Divine Word Radio'
Subject: RE: Divine Word Radio Tower on City of Pensacola property

Mr. Church,

I have been working on Mr. Reynolds schedule and can you please tell me some dates you have available the last week of November (28th) and the first week of December.

Thank you,
Elisabeth Buswell


From: Bill Reynolds
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:12 PM
To: ''
Subject: FW: Radio tower

Survey attached.  We are moving forward and I will let you know when to expect at council.  No issues remain.
My best,


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Divine Word Used Funds For Campaign Contributions... IRS Violation...Oops!

TypeDateCandidateOfficeContributor/VendorAmountCont Type
Cont8/13/2010HAYWARD, ASHTON-332City of Pensacola MayorDivine Word Radio
600 W. Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
$500.00BusinessIn KindRadioStationF3

In order to maintain tax-exempt status, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cannot engage in political campaigning. Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status should be ever vigilant about this prohibition -- a violation could result in severe consequences.

The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization's tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.

In other words, the IRS is serious about this issue, and your board of directors and officers should be equally serious in making sure that your organization complies with federal law in this area.

What Does "Participating in a Political Campaign" Mean?

Organizations with 501(c)(3) status cannot participate in political campaigns.

What is a political campaign? In general, the IRS rule refers to campaigns between people who are running for offices in public elections. These can include: candidates running for president of the U.S.; candidates running for governor; candidates running for mayor; and also candidates for lower elected offices such as school board officials, city supervisors, and county trustees.

What is "participating?" Your organization cannot participate in a campaign, directly or indirectly, on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. If your organization takes a stand in any campaign, supporting or opposing one or another candidate, this violates the prohibition.

The IRS Rule

The IRS uses what is called a "facts and circumstances" test to help it determine whether an organization has violated the prohibition on political campaigning. This means that the IRS will evaluate any potential misconduct within the context of the organization's other activities and the current political climate. So, an activity might be considered political campaigning two weeks before an election, but not two years before an election.

Some activities that the IRS has found to violate the prohibition on political campaigning include:
  • inviting a political candidate to make a campaign speech at an event hosted by the organization
  • using the organization's funds to publish materials that support (or oppose) a candidate
  • donating money from the organization to a political candidate
  • any statements by the organization's executive director, in his or her official capacity, that support a candidate
  • criticizing or supporting a candidate on the organization's website
  • inviting one candidate to speak at a well-publicized and well-attended event, and inviting the other candidate to speak at a lesser function
  • inviting all candidates to speak at an event, but arranging the speaking event or choosing the questions in such a way that it is obvious that the organization favors one candidate over the others
  • conducting a "get out the vote" telephone drive in a partisan manner by selecting caller responses for further follow-up based on candidate preference, and
  • using the organization's website to link to only one candidate's profile.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thought for the Day

If Bohemian Rhapsody starts playing and the person you're with does not start singing along AND at least attempt the different voices, you really need to leave them alone.

You just don't need that kind of negativity in your life!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Congratulations President Bare!

Charles Bare was elected Council President today defeating Andy Terhaar in a runoff.  I sincerely hope that Charles will work with his supporting council members to restore the legislative branch to its rightful stature as a separate but equal branch of our City government.

Council was also clear in its vote that a President should only serve one consecutive term.

Outgoing President Terhaar is now free to resume his role as Grand Champion of the Royal Turkey Heads.

Andy, this picture is now the annual official kickoff of the Thanksgiving holiday for my blog!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving Andy and congratulations on completing your term.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Longhollow Tower Starting to Smell...Hayward was Involved. Church Knew He Couldn't Rebuild

In the October 27, 2011 email below, Gene Church emails Elisabeth Buswell, the Mayor's secretary, who is assisting Mr. Church with the Longhollow Tower PURCHASE.

What this email clearly shows:

  • Church believed he was going to be able to purchase the tower from the City.
  • Mayor Hayward was aware as Hayward arranged to have the property surveyed.
  • Church was aware he would be dealing with Bill Reynolds on the purchase
  • A sale price was to be developed.
  • Church understands the tower is a nonconforming use.
  • Church is aware that the Conservation zoning would not allow broadcast towers to be built.
  • The FCC will not allow the tower to be moved.
  • The current tower did not meet current hurricane and wind resistance standards.
  • He does not state a new tower would be built but merely "needed repairs and maintenance"
  • He had met with Hayward at least once as he states "with Mayor Hayward again"
  • What did the Boy Wonder promise Church and when?
  • Why is this a matter dealing with the Mayor, Mayor's secretary and the City Administrator?
  • How did the sale morph into a lease?
  • When did the "needed repairs and maintenance" turn into a new tower and why?
  • It appears Reynolds would have known about the Conservation zoning and restrictions based on Church being so forthcoming about it.  Why did the Mayor's staff not fully disclose all of this to Council?

This whole deal stinks like a City garbage can the day before our once a week collection!!

Church to Buswell on Page 3

Friday, November 20, 2015

Well That Didn't Take Long

In September, Mayoral flunkies Derek Cosson and Drew Buchanan started The Pulse.  Their stated mission included:

"Our mission is simple: to provide Pensacola and the Gulf Coast with a locally-owned, independent, un-coopted source for news, commentary, and more."

"The Pulse is your community destination for bold ideas and forward thinking that matters."

"We want to provide a news product which is better, more professional, and more ethical than anything else on the market."

"The Pulse is not going to be a gossip site. We go beyond the superficial to tell untold stories and to highlight issues relevant to the lives of real people in our community."

Cosson and Buchanan set off with nice photographs, interesting historical articles and tons of press releases.  Initial advertisers were only Buchanan's pedibus business and another business that shares the offices with The Pulse.  The ONLY present advertiser is Bob Kerrigan.

The Pulse is a stalwart supporter of all actions by the Mayor.

Well... we all knew that sooner of later, the inner Derek, the one that has come to overshadow all of the talent the boy has, would come out.

In a recent Dick's Blogesque "satire" piece, the Boy Wonder writing as "Dirk Scuttlebutt" issues an article entitled Mitchell: Food Trucks Signal End of Days

The article is printed below without edit...and is clearly the same type of shameful attacks as the former Dick's Blog.

Wilmer Mitchell has seen a lot in his days, but for the 109-year-old patriarch of the Seville Quarter empire, nothing compares to the danger presented by food trucks. “Stop the food trucks!” screeched Mitchell from his perch somewhere inside Rosie O’Grady’s. “The end is nigh! The floodgates hath been unleashed!” Mitchell is referring to the food trucks ordinance tentatively passed last month by Pensacola’s city council. Tomorrow night, the council is set to take a final vote on the issue, and Mitchell warns that destruction and damnation await us all if the ordinance is approved. “I can’t overstate what a post-apocalyptic hellscape downtown Pensacola will be if we let food trucks in here,” said Mitchell. “Thousands of food trucks will descend on our streets, taking every parking space for miles. Before long, every brick-and-mortar restaurant within fifty miles will shut its doors. And that’s when the food truck people will seize city hall and open up the re-education camps.”
Mitchell says that food trucks have been responsible for most of humanity’s lowest points, including the stock market crash of 1929 and Hurricane Katrina. “Multiple people report seeing food trucks near Dealey Plaza on the day Kennedy was shot,” Mitchell said. “Coincidence? I think not.”

Wilmer Mitchell is president of Seville Quarter. He didn’t actually say any of these things.

Derek Derek Derek.  You just can't help yourself.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sunshine Law Violation?

In my previous post, I referred to the Council Communication section of the last meeting where President Terhaar stated:

"and also, December meeting, because of a conflict, there's an Admirals dinner I think that night, that a lot of Council members, or at least I've been told its highly attended, so I'm going go to move our meeting in December from Thursday the 10th to Wednesday the 9th.

See 3:25 mark of Council Communications

On January 15, 2015, City Council voted 6-2 on the following:
"That City Council establish a schedule of one regular meeting per month on the dates set forth on the attached schedule..."


  • If Council had to vote on the meeting dates, by what authority can the Council President arbitrarily change the date without any discussion or vote of Council?
  • If a Council Member told the President their desire to change the date, and WHY they want the date changed and the date of meetings requires a vote of Council, it that not a sunshine law violation?
  • If a Council Member went to the Council Executive and asked the Council Executive to recommend a change to the Council's voted on dates, and transmitted the reason for the requested change, when the Council Executive expressed the reason for the request to the President, hasn't he violated the Sunshine law and acted as a conduit of information to the President from another member?
  • City Council rules and procedures expressly states The Council may reschedule or cancel the monthly meeting.
  • Who gave the Council President supreme authority to change dates?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Council Wants to Party Baby!

Pensacola City Council is a joke!

They have shown no ability to act on anything.  What's their priority right now?

  • Food truck ordinance...Nope
  • The sale of the Hawkshaw property...Nope
  • Longhollow tower failures...Nope
  • Anti Discrimination ordinance...Nope
  • A completely ignored comprehensive plan...Nope
  • The fact that the Mayor hasn't appointed a Fire Chief in almost 6 years...Nope
  • The fact that the Mayor hasn't appointed an Airport Director in 2 years...Nope
Council just wants to P...A...R...T...Y!

At the 3:25 mark of the Council Communications section of the last Council meeting, President Terhaar states he is unilaterally moving the December 10 meeting to December 9 so Council can attend "the Admiral's Dinner"on the 10th.

Shouldn't Council vote on that?  The schedule was set by Council vote wasn't it?


If they want to attend the party, then they should skip the Council meeting they scheduled at the beginning of the year, and show the voters what their personal priorities are.

Then when they don't get reelected for neglecting their constituents, they won't have to worry about the Admiral's party because they won't be invited.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mayor Hayward Backs McNesby for Sheriff

Redfish Harbors owners are Mayor Hayward, County Contractor Cody Rawson and Matt Pair.

From John Hill:
Big sign went up last week on Innerarity Road.
Yep, it is on the Redfish Harbor's site. Checking the current Financial Reports, there is already a lot of money contributed to McNesby and Morgan.…
Always interesting to see who is backing which candidate. Quite a few $1,000.00 donors. 5 candidates, but McNesby and Morgan are way ahead in contributions.
Ron McNesby has $43,895.00
David Morgan has $35,970.00

Outzen Nails It

In a clear and irrefutable manner, Rick Outzen points out that the City failed in it's process regarding disposal of surplus property surrounding the Long Hollow Radio tower.

How many ways did the City mess up or override processes in this matter?

  • Failure by the City to follow established policies
  • Failure of the City to require proper permitting and oversight
  • Failure of the City to notify residents
  • Failure of the City to require proper planning
  • Failure of the City to follow required zoning
  • Failure of the City to follow public records laws

Incompetence or deception?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Who's featured on Divine Word Radio Facebook?

Anyone shocked?

National show but DWR pimps the Mayor's buddy's March.  Coincidence?

Longhollow tower in Conservation District for Stormwater.
Who's on Northwest Florida Water Management District's Board?

NFWMD Mission Includes:
Flood Protection
Promoting flood protection through non-structural techniques. These methods include acquiring and maintaining floodplains, regulatory activities, and providing technical expertise to local governments and state and federal agencies for flood protection programs.

Look through the facebook for any other mention of that show.  Still looking?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Data Request of Mr. Gene Church

Mr. Church,

Thank you for stopping by Maren's Blog Dot Biz.  I appreciate you weighing in on the posts regarding your tower and I invite you to keep sharing your side of the issue at any time.

I am requesting the following documents from you pursuant to your statements and claims in your 2013 Form 990 return.

In that return you state in Section C Disclosure #18 that 990's are available upon request.

I am requesting:

  1. A copy of your 501(c)3 determination letter
  2. A copy of the DWC 2012 Form 990
  3. A copy of the DWC 2011 Form 990
  4. A Copy of the DWC 2010 Form 990 and
  5. Any tax filings made for years 2009, 2008 and 2007 
Additionally, Section C Disclosure #19 states : Describe in Schedule O whether (and if so, how) the organization made its governing documents, conflict of interest policy and financial statements available to the public during the tax year.

You answer that question in Schedule O as follows:

"Governing documents are made available to the public by request."

Therefore, I am requesting financial statements for 2015 back to 2009 as well as the Corporate By-Laws and conflict of interest policy.

Finally, you answer Part IV Item #2 in the affirmative that a Schedule of Contributors is required, yet the copy of the 990 I have does not contain that Schedule.

I am specifically requesting Schedule B for each year in the years 2010-2015.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Please forward the documents to me at

I will also be mailing this request to the various addresses listed on your Form 990 to ensure receipt.


Maren DeWeese

Hey Bobblehead...It Doesn't Get Clearer Than This

Here we are again, seems almost like yesterday we were in the middle of a comprehensive plan discussion with little or NO comprehension from the City. Remember the Manna Food proposal for construction of their new facility on the old Escambia School District site?

Time to whip out the actual City of Pensacola Code:

Sec 12-1-6 Nonconforming Lots Structure and Uses

(D)Nonconforming uses of land and structures. Where a legal use of land exists that would not be permitted under the terms of this title, as enacted or amended, such use shall be declared a nonconforming use and may be continued subject to the following provisions:
Extension of nonconforming use. No such nonconforming use may be extended to occupy any greater area of land or extended to occupy any land outside any buildings on the same parcel.

Time to whip out some case law:

455 So.2d 642
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Second District.
Elisa INNOCENTI, Appellee.
No. 83-2422.
Sept. 14, 1984.
Property owner denied building permit to add second story to his residence brought suit against city. The Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Allen C. Anderson, J., entered judgment granting relief requested, and city appealed. The District Court of Appeal, Lehan, J., held that where town's noncumulative zoning code prohibited an extension of an existing nonconforming use, owner of residence in area zoned commercial tourist facility was not entitled to add a second story to residence.

Reversed and remanded.

An extension of a nonconforming use, which the record shows would occur here if the second story were permitted, is not lawful. See Bixler v. Pierson, 188 So.2d 681 (Fla. 4th DCA 1966). As in Bixler, appellant's zoning code prohibits an extension of an existing nonconforming use.

If you peel back all the layers of why this tower is wrong, at the basis is the NON CONFORMING USE based on our comprehensive plan.

The Zoning is Conservation District.  That is it. It's just that simple!!

We have not one but two opinions from attorneys, one for DWR and the other our City Attorney.

Fleming Opinion


Both appear to be wrong!

So here we are again with a non conforming use being rebuilt.  THIS IS NOT ALLOWED.  There are no exceptions, there are no continuous use options, the old tower was torn down and NOTHING can be rebuilt. 

The statute is simple.

Only in Pensacola...Ridiculous!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Divine Word Tax Return

Do we have some tax issues with this not for profit?


  • 2013 filed in 2015?
  • No salaries for Church?  40 hours a week for no salary?
  • Where is tower construction in progress?
  • Did the NFP use donated funds to build a tower for Church to sell?
  • Were all necessary returns filed each year?  Were returns for  2011 and 2012 filed?
  • What were donors told about tower construction?  Resale?

Of further concern is the proposed sale of the radio station. 

1. Divine Word (NFP) holds the lease with the City of Pensacola.

2. The tower was built by Divine Word, were NFP funds used  for construction??

3.  Upon the sale of the radio station currently held by Divine Word (NFP) this separates them from the tower itself.  How is this legal?

4. Would this not negate the lease with the City of Pensacola??

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

More from Julius Spencer

Over the last weeks of January a citizen reached out to Councilman Spencer for clarification on the Longhollow Tower status. 

The following are comments made by Councilman Spencer:

Citizen:  So what Happened?? I thought they weren't going to issue a new permit.

BS: Convoluted long, long saga that resulted in the issuance last Thursday morning after I submitted my concerns as well as supplemented with my inquires with research by North Hill President about Long hollow drainage, conservation easement, etc.  I asked Bill Weeks to please confer with City Attorney and Mayor's office and research.  Compliance with NO variance requests needed for fall zone of 340' tower (not meters) + FCC + FAA approval all were secured.  I suggested citizens contact a storm water expert to weigh in on impact of not being able to remove island.  Council voted to allow this tower in August 2012.

Citizen:  on 1/23 after BS is informed that construction is beginning on Long hollow tower.

BS: No Way!!  permit was yanked.  Why are you doubting the legitimacy of our last conversation or what was communicated to me from the office of Building Dept ??  I have confirmed with Bldg Dept.  Director/Chief that NOTHING is happening with tower.  Your source of RUMOR is incorrect. 

Citizen:  Drove by today and tower is being built (Feb 1, 2015)

BS:  I know!!  It's about 180' right now.


Spencer knows a whole lot more about this mess than he wants to admit.  Also, Mr. Mayor, you are smack in the middle of this and it's yet another mess compliments of your hack team. 

The taxpaying citizens, that elected you, are in need of your leadership and once again you are absent from the conversation.


Who reviewed the fall zone information?

Where are the engineering plans submitted by Divine Word to the City?

Where is the legal review for zoning and conservation district information?

Why did the Mayor and Councilman Spencer allow work to continue after they became aware of unpermitted work being done?

Has Mayor Hayward cut a deal with Divine Word? 

Who communicated to Divine Word that no issues exist and gave the tower the green light?

Is unpermitted work WITHOUT inspections acceptable to FAA and FCC?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Julius Spencer has been pressured by the GOBs on the Longhollow Tower for a Long Time

Date: February 4, 2015

From: "Reid Rushing" <> 

To: "Brian Spencer" <> 
Subject:Divine Word Radio - Radio Tower

Brian, I just wanted to send you a message on my thoughts of the Radio Tower for Divine Word Radio. I have been working with Gene Church for the last few months trying to get everything in place on the insurance side to get this radio up and running. I know he has spent numerous months and money getting all of the proper approval from FAA, Airport, and City of Pensacola. He has gone through all of the correct channels to apply for and build this radio tower. He even had to get special approval from the Airport to build the 400’ Tower, which was granted. This tower is not only going to benefit the Catholic radio station, but it will also benefit other local stations that will be leasing space on this tower. I feel that he has followed all the correct processes and channels, so to slow or stop this tower from being built now is against everything we are in Pensacola. We honor our word, not only as business people, but also as elected officials.

I understand the water and drainage problem needs to be fixed, but this should have been addressed months ago while the beginning phases of the tower process was starting. Yes, this is unfortunate that the flooding and drainage problem needs to be addressed, I just don’t feel it should affect a business man that is investing in our community.

I would love to know more if you have conflicting information from what I have. I do know Gene Church has been a great person to work with over the past few months, and I hope to see this station finished in the near future.

Thanks Brian for your time!


The fact is undeniable that Spencer knew this was an issue since the beginning of 2015 and here we are in November and only after the PNJ got involved and blew up the story did Spencer lift any finger.

It will be fun to see Spencer waffle all over the place like a mullet thrown up on the dock!

Monday, November 9, 2015

George Biggs Does Right Thing When He Learns What Church was Doing

In this mess that is becoming the Longhollow Tower debacle, we are learning one local businessman wanted no part of Gene Church's shady dealings, George Biggs.

In the letter to Church below, Biggs makes it CRYSTAL CLEAR in February 2015 that everything Church was doing was unsatisfactory and illegal under the permits.

Biggs goes as far as:
  • quitting the project
  • disavowing all responsibility
  • and contacting the City to suspend the permit
Biggs also states that Church should notify:
  • vendors
  • the FCC 
  • the FAA and
  • all other entities
regarding the current status.  Evidently the City didn't really care.  Olson told the City to just keep pushing it through.

George Biggs...He did it right!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hayward's Desire for Image Ruins Wedding...He Doesn't Care!

Of course, no one responded.  These folks NEVER get this back.  All for the Mayor's Cup tournament.  Mr. Mayor, you like to call yourself the CEO of the City.  CEO's are responsible to their customers and the quality of their offerings.  You obviously don't get that part.

From: Redacted
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2015 2:10 PM
To: Ashton Hayward; Andy Terhaar; Larry B. Johnson; P.C. Wu; Sherri Myers; Gerald Wingate; Brian Spencer; Jewel Cannada-Wynn; Charles Bare
Subject: Osceola Municipal golf course

Mr. Hayward,

I am reaching out to you again in regards to the email I sent you on 10/13/15. The email was about my wedding that took place at the osceola municpal golf course on 10/10/15. We were wronged for the sake of your vanity. At least that is what the golf course caterer and manager told us. They purposely destroyed our wedding area "to please the mayor." 


As previously stated, I have not received any reply or acknowledgement that you have decided to look into the matter. I felt it necessary to email the city council members as well. 

Thank you, 

This is the initial email I sent to you:
Mr. Hayward, 

We come to you with great concern in regards to the management of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course. My wife and I signed a contract with Fusion Grill, the in house caterer for the golf course, back in January to have our wedding ceremony and reception at the golf course. The event planner at the time, Amanda, informed us that if we used the in-house caterer we would receive a discount on the venue. We were also told that “they,” meaning the golf course and caterer hold their wedding ceremonies on the east side of the club house in between three oak trees. The day we signed the paperwork we agreed to use the in-house catering service to receive the discount on the venue and to be able to have our wedding ceremony in the designated area. This agreement, to the layman, would mean that the caterer and the golf course work as one entity. 

The day before our wedding, Friday 10/9/15, we along with our wedding party made it to the golf course at approximately 5pm for our walk-through rehearsal. We immediately noticed the golf course was holding a special event for the mayor on this day. As we approached the designated ceremony area our hearts sank. We were greeted by a 2 foot pile of dry/rotting pine straw that had been strewn across the entire wedding ceremony area. There was no way we could have a wedding ceremony in this pile of pine straw. It was unsightly, smelly, and full of bugs. We approached the new event planner about this and she informed us that “they,” meaning the caterer fusion grill, could not do anything about this because the golf course manages that area and they are two separate entities. Now, after they have taken our money, the caterer and golf course have become two different entities. We asked why this was done the day before our wedding and she told us that they had to cover up the dirt patches to impress the mayor so he did not have to stare at nasty patches of dirt. She told us that the golf course bends over backwards for the mayor to cater to his every beck and call. We asked if she could do anything about it or ask the golf course manager to do something about it. The golf course managers solution was to “irrigate and flatten,” the pine straw. Basically, he wanted to make a soupy mess of the pine straw for us to wade through on our wedding day. We asked if they could rake it out of the way the morning of our wedding and move it back afterwards. The golf course manager and event planner told us that we could move it and put it back if we wanted to but they would not be doing anything about it. The event planner then said to us “I mean you guys only paid $300 for the venue and they have a bigger event today so that outweighed your wedding.” However, we did not only pay $300 for the venue. The total price, after using the in house caterer, bordered around $2000. 

We only decided to have our ceremony at the golf course because of the designated ceremony area. We were initially told that it would look exactly the same as it did the day we signed the contract. Fusion grill as well as the golf course led us to believe that they could not, nor would not, do anything to help us find a solution to this issue as to not displease the mayor. We asked the event planner multiple times who the golf course manager’s supervisor was so we could contact a superior about the issue She told us that she did not have to give us that information because the golf course and fusion grill are two separate entities. We were literally left to our own devices to fix this issue less than 24 hours before our wedding. 

We bring this to your attention because we are concerned citizens of Escambia county/ Pensacola. We do not know if you knew about this or not. We do know that your event was used as the scapegoat to explain why we were dropped on our heads hours before our wedding. As tax paying citizens we do not appreciate how this situation was handled. It was very unprofessional and disrespectful. We were already experiencing incredibly high volumes of stress and this only added to it. The caterer and golf course manager were unwilling to reach a compromise or try to accommodate us. We had to rake out the pine straw 3 hours before our wedding into unsightly piles that will forever remain in our wedding pictures. A constant reminder of how we were wronged on such an important day of our lives. We asked about receiving a discount on our total bill or some sort of compensation for having to do this work ourselves and we were told no because it was not the caterers fault and that they are two separate entities. It seems like the golf course and the caterer are only two separate entities when anything goes wrong or requires any sort of accountability. 

In addition to this, we were forced to vacuum the inside of the building where we were holding the reception because the fusion employees working the bar that morning informed us that was the responsibility of the golf course not theirs. Also, in our contract we had paid for everyone to have free soft drinks. It was brought to my attention, in the midst of our reception, that fusion was in fact charging people for sodas. We then contacted fusion employee mike about this. He claimed to have forgot that was in our contract. It is amazing to us how up to date he was on the contract when we needed help but when it came to taking our money he wasn’t so knowledgeable about it. It may be in the city’s best interest to rewrite their agreement with fusion or find a whole new caterer. We will never use this facility again and will do what we can to inform people how we were treated on such an important day. We will also be sending this letter to members of the city council as well as the parks and rec division and to the Escambia county commissioners. We do expect the mayor to look into this issue and to follow up with us.  

Thank you, 

Thursday, November 5, 2015


When the Mayor unilaterally seized the lease for the airport concessions from Council, his reason was that the OHM lease he supported over a Citizen driven recommendation was that OHM was going to pay off in increased revenues to the airport.

Well, buried deep on page 272 of the 461 pages of supporting material for the Council Agenda Conference is a supplemental budget appropriation that Tricky Dick Barker slides through every year to make the year end numbers in each fund agree to what he wants them to be using such descriptions as

"Increase estimated revenue from miscellaneous revenue"   How clear and transparent is that?

Well, in the airport section is the line item:

"Decrease in estimated revenue from restaurant and lounge"       $255,185

Therefore, it is clear that OHM has provided the Airport with over a quarter of a million dollars LESS in revenue than expected by the Mayor in HIS 2014- 2015 budget.

Congratulations!  But Chick Fil A's taste good...except on Sundays.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Longhollow Tower Heats Up

For months, the Longhollow radio tower owned by one of the Mayor's supporters has been brewing just below the surface at City Hall.
  • It was the subject that prompted Eric Olson to target Melanie Nichols with her supervisors.
  • It has been a topic Brian Spencer has tried to dance around with supporters on both sides
  • Many concerned citizens have been researching public records on what actually happened
  • Will Isern has waded in with a "placekeeper" story in today's PNJ where he essentially ends it by saying "I haven't finished looking at the issue for an upcoming story but you heard it in the PNJ first"

Councilman Spencer has added an agenda item on the subject requesting that council and staff review what has occurred with the tower and the possibility the lease can be cancelled and/or the tower taken down.

The issue may be...should the lease have been entered into in 2012 since this is a conservation area?

Someone's head at City Hall may be on the block for this one!

So much more to come.

Let the festivities begin!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

City Attorney Job Classification...Perception vs Reality

At the link below is the job description of the City Attorney, the highest paid employee of the City of Pensacola with a salary of $154,980.80 (yes, and 80 cents)

City Attorney Job Description

Lets look at some of the items listed as responsibilities and how the Bobblehead is doing.

  • Provides competent legal representation to the City in ALL internal and external matters.
  • Directing ALL legal aspects of the City's day to day operations including...litigation, contract negotiation...employment matters.
  • Negotiates, reviews and/or prepares documents including...contracts...real estate...litigation documents
  • Recommends the use of outside attorneys for specialized matters
  • Draft and/or reviews...contracts, leases
  • Plans legal strategy in litigation matters, represents the City in litigation, defends the interests of the city and its officers before courts, prepares pleadings, discovery documents, motions and briefs
If the Bobblehead was doing the above, why has the City allegedly spent over $2 million on attorneys?

Remember folks, the City's legal department includes:
  • the Bobblehead at $154, 980.80 (yes, and 80 cents), 
  • Rusty Wells at over $100,000 per year, 
  • the Public Records dude that Bowling brought with her from Texas (what's up with that?) at $65,000
  • Stephanie Tillery at $100,000
  • and a paralegal who makes $65,000
Add bene's at 25% and we are paying over $600,000 per year of INTERNAL compensation and benefits for City legal and allegedly still outsourcing over $2,000,000.

Total legal costs over $2,600,000 for a City of just over 50,000 people?

Now lets look at what the Bobblehead has led since arriving:
  • Studer lease review...nope, Beggs & Lane
  • Merrill/Russenberger litigation...nope, Kerrigan and Beggs & Lane
  • Bill Reynolds case...nope, Allen Norton & Blue
I do see where she is nugging out some mortgage foreclosure matters where the City has an interest.

That's big value for $154, 980.80 (yes, and 80 cents)

Monday, November 2, 2015

What does the City Attorney Do?

When the City gets sued, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane.
When the Mayor is under criminal investigation, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane.
When the City has employment issues, the Mayor calls Allen Norton & Blue.
When the City has ethics issues, the Mayor calls Allen Norton & Blue
When the City has Charter issues, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane AND Allen Norton & Blue

Now, on October 15, 2015 the City entered into a contract with Smith and Associates of Tallahassee to represent the City in Purchasing and Contract Matters at the following hourly rates:
  • Shareholder   $ 350.00
  • Associates     $ 275.00
  • Paralegals     $ 125.00
So lets summarize:
  • Lawsuits...Nope
  • Investigations...Nope
  • Employment...Nope
  • Ethics...Nope
  • Charter...Nope
  • Purchasing...Nope
  • Contracts...Nope
What the heck does the City BobbleHead Attorney do for over $150,000 per year?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Is the Mayor Participating in Redfish Harbor?

Mayor Hayward is a partner in Redfish Harbor, along with City contractor Cody Rawson and recurring business partner Matt Pair.  The LLC owns property on Innerarity Point Rd in Perdido.

Redfish has been a financial disaster for a number of years after the Mayor and Pair sucked some serious cash out of the sale and refinance of the property in 2005.  Since then Redfish Harbor has had:
Well, the future is looking up and Hayward doesn't have to lift a finger to make some dollar bills.

Matt Pair who was business partners "with the Mayor's wife An" in another investment, 349 LLC, which bought Hallmark Elementary, has printed up some pretty pictures and listed the lots for sale for $60,000 each.

81 lots at $60,000 each is $4,860,000 not even considering the extra for the waterfront lots.

County records indicate the project is moving forward.  I'm sure Cody Rawson's company will do the roads and infrastructure.  Matt Pair will do the sales.

The Mayor just cashes checks baby!!

So what does it look like on the seventh floor of City Hall??

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Question: Is Gulf Breeze a City of Vampires?

In this Halloween week, everyone is on the hunt for scary creatures.

From Wiki: A vampire is a mythical being who subsists by feeding on the life essence of living creatures.

Does the City of Gulf Breeze subsist by feeding on the life essence of others?

In the 2014-2015 budget at the link below, Gulf Breeze, a city of 5,763 residents with 22 full time employees in their police department, BUDGETED $540,000 in Revenue from TRAFFIC CITATIONS.

Heck, the traffic citations have their own fund AND it is called Sales Revenue in the budget.

Gulf Breeze-2015-Budget-Summary

Contrast that with the City of Pensacola, a city of 54,283 residents with 203 full time employees in their police department, BUDGETED only $ 115,000 in revenue from Traffic fines in our 2014-2015 budget. (Source page 69 of 2014-2015 budget)

Pensacola - 10 times bigger in population
Pensacola Police Department - 10 times bigger in employees

Gulf Breeze - traffic fines 5 times as much!

Gulf Breeze  - $ 24,545 in traffic fines per police employee
Pensacola - $ 566 in traffic fines per police employee


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pate Failed...Now Pate Makes Moulton a Liar

After Jerry Pate's company screwed up the landscaping at the Airport and Davis intersection creating an intersection to nowhere, their customer, the Moultons, were forced to send a letter to the State of Florida stating:

"All trees, shrubbery, and sprinkler systems currently located in the DOT right of way at the corner of Davis and Airport Blvd will be removed and replaced with sod in 21 days from the date of this letter or sooner"

Letter dated September 22, 2015

Today's date October 27, 2015

Replacement done...Nope!


  • Did Moulton lie?
  • When do fines kick in?
  • Has the Mayor intervened?
  • Are special favors being given?
  • Has Vice Chair Pate used influence with the Northwest Florida Water Management District for the project?
  • Does everyone need to pile on Jerry's plane and go play Doral or Augusta to discuss?

Monday, October 26, 2015

SHOCKER! Wilkins picked as Olson's boy!

PNJ Article regarding Wilkins

Welcome to the Thunderdome, Keith!  How long will he survive?  What's the over / under?

Since you have officially joined the Dark Side of the Force let me give you a friendly introductory blog post.  I look forward to reading your emails regularly.  Hope you know how to text.

FYI here in the City we the Citizens ask questions so you can't get so testy as in the interaction with the Citizen below!

Remember transparency in appearance but not in practice!

So yesterday I emailed Keith Wilkins to ask him about Robert Turpin's attendance at the Gulf Council meeting and apparentlythat pissed him off. I had emailed Robert a week prior to the meeting to ask him if he was planning on attending. He waited until the day before the meeting and then replied back that "At present, that has not yet been determined." So when about 20 Escambia County citizens walked into the Hollywood Casion Hotel to find Robert Turpin attending the Gulf Council meeting we were all very suprised to say the least. Then Robert actually stood up, as Escambia County Chief of Marine Resources, and claimed to be representing the citizens of Escambia County. So I decided to ask Keith Wilkins, Director of Neighborhood and Environmental Services (Robert's boss,) what it takes to get information out of Robert. Apparently you are not allowed to ask that of your County Government. It is a huge problem for me that someone is claiming to represent me on fisheries and reefing issues, but won't even tell me if he is attending a meeting on these issues.

Here is my first email to Keith:


Can you tell me on what date it was determined that Robert would be attending the recent Gulf Council meeting on January 28 in Bay St. Louis, MS? In an email on January 21, 2009 I asked Robert if he would be attending the Gulf Council meeting. In his email reply on January 26, 2009 Robert responded to my question, "At present, that has not yet been determined." Much to our suprise on January 28, 2009 Escambia County citizens walked into the Hollywood Hotel to attend the Gulf Council meeting and found Robert Turpin sitting in the Gulf Council meeting. Not only did he attend, but he also got up and addressed the Council. I was never afforded the opportunity to address with the Chief of Marine Resources for Escambia County my position on the Red Snapper issue as it related to the Gulf Council. This is a problem for me Keith. If my representative is not only going to attend a meeting that personally affects me, but also speak, I feel as though I should have an opportunity to discuss that with him before hand (especially when I specifically ask him about it.)

This is just one more instance of the public losing faith in the Marine Resources Division. I hope that we can count on you to fix the problem. Until accountability and transparency are brought to the Marine Resources Division problems like these will continue to occur. In the future, if Robert plans to attend any fisheries or reef related meetings at the federal, state, or local level I would like to be notified. I should not have to pry this information out of Robert, but this is apparently what it has come down to.


Here is Keith's reply:

Mr. Redacted,

If there is a factual problem then we are more than anxious to address it at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator. However, I will not tolerate or entertain your misguided personal attacks on Robert. Your representatives are the elected officials, they have an Advisory body, the Marine Advisory Committee. We work at the direction of the County Administrator, upon guidance from the Board and the MAC. If you are not pleased with the County's direction, please present me with factual, objective information and I will address it. If you fee like your position wasn't represented, then you should discuss it with the MAC who we utilize for guidance.

I totally believe in and support transparency. I count on our citizens and interested parties to do the same but to date have not found that to be the case in my discussions with many of those involved in these issues. If you have a specific public records request on county travel arrangements or travel plans you may request so.

In that vein, we will provide you with the Travel Authorization Form for Robert's trip to the Gulf Council meeting. However, please keep in mind that authorization to travel is not verification of travel. Trips may be cancelled due to other circumstances or tentative depending on other demands. Robert may have had authorization to attend but not decided to do so until a later time than your discussion.


And here is my reply to that:


First, I fail to see how asking for clarification on a county employee's travel to a meeting in which he wore his Escambia County Marine Resources shirt and stood up and stated that he was representing the Marine Advisory Committee, the Board of County Commissioners, and the citizens of Escambia County before addressing the Gulf Council as the Chief of Marine Resources is a "misguided personal attack on Robert." Second, I should not have to force you or Robert to be open and honest with the citizens which he claims to represent, especially when it is an issue that directly affects me. Thirdly, the idea that the onus of providing transparency falls on the citizens and not the government employee is ludicrous.

I simply asked you to clarify Robert's attendance of this meeting since Robert refused to do so when directly asked. You do not get to dismiss that as a personal attack. That is a legitimate question. The day that a County employee is no longer accountable to his constituency is the day that you as a government employee have lost focus on your role as our servant.

So let me ask my question again, and if need be consider this an official public records request, can you tell me on what date it was determined that Robert would be attending the recent Gulf Council meeting on January 28 in Bay St. Louis, MS? I would like to know if he specifically discussed the Gulf Council meeting with the Marine Advisory Committee, or the Board of County Commissioners and what their input was. I would like to be sent a copy of Robert's travel authorization form as well.

I do not find it acceptable to ask a County employee if he plans on attending a federal meeting to represent our County and not getting an answer. That will continue to be unacceptable to me, and that should be unacceptable to you.


PS Good Luck Keith!  Enjoy your how to violate the sunshine law briefing!