Friday, July 31, 2015

PFD...Where are they now?

Over the past two weeks you have read of the dismal racial history of the Pensacola Fire Department. You have read affidavits regarding racist acts and outright discrimination. You have seen the City Administration dismissing the issues and instead of punishing the firefighters committing these unthinkable acts...they were promoted.  In fact, in some cases, promoted all the way up to Chief. 

Despite the inaction of City leadership both prior to Hayward and over the last 4.5 years of Hayward's neglect, the PFD has moved on.  They have healed from the past and thankfully most, if not all, of the racist individuals are no longer with the Pensacola Fire Department.  The Fire Union membership has elected as their President for the past two terms one of the firefighters that was party to the lawsuit.  The Union has also added anti-discrimination language to their bylaws. 

Our Fire Department is strong.  They are courageous and they are their for their "brother" and for the Citizens.

On the other hand, our Mayor has perpetuated the racial discrimination issues with his actions over the past 4.5 years.  He has stated he can't get past the lawsuit and taken the stance that the issues within the lawsuit are untimely.  In essence punishing the parties to the lawsuit long after their court case. He has neglected to appoint a leader as in doing so, he must make a decision between supporting the actions of the past or setting the future direction.

Of even greater concern are his actions with regard to the lawsuit and it's appeal. 

Why did he through HIS attorneys object and object to a case that's facts were prior to his administration and could easily been settled out of court?

In the past, I have documented the meetings and apparent close friendship between Judge Rodgers and Mayor Hayward.

Jaco's lunches  hayward-used-tax-dollars-for-lunch-with-judge
Going to DC for a FEDERAL Courthouse wth-how-is-federal-courthouse-worth-city-tax-dollars
Daughter interns with the Mayor
Darma Blue lunches
R.E.A.P. travel together  hayward-went-on-reap-related-trip-on-city-dime

Another question that must be asked is why Judge Rodgers has recused herself in some cases involving the City of Pensacola and not others?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So...Where Are We At? The Extent of Doing Nothing

It is one thing to say Ashton Hayward is doing nothing about the fire department.

It is another to show undeniable proof and let it speak for itself.

Below are the official city job descriptions for the Assistant Chief and Chief positions.

Remember, Pensacola has had an interim Chief for 5 years.  The Chief position has NOT EVEN BEEN ADVERTISED.

After 2009, the Assistant Chief role requires:
  • a 4 year college degree
  • 10 years experience 
  • 5 years with the PFD as a Captain or above
The CURRENT Chief description required ONLY seven (7) years experience and according to the document, reports to THE CITY MANAGER.

Other requirements that preclude anyone from outside the Pensacola Fire Department from obtaining the position:
  • Thorough knowledge of the City building code
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography and street layout of the City.
If Hayward was serious about the PFD, would the job description be so out of date and the position not be advertised.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Lawsuit

Ashton Hayward took office in 2011.

At that point, the Federal lawsuit from the minority firefighters was in it's second trip through the Pensacola Federal Court System after Judge Rodger's had been overruled by the Appeals Court for ruling for the City in error.

He had a choice at the time, he could be the hero and take this issue head on.  Acknowledge the dismal past of the PFD and heal the current environment.  Or he could take someone's sage advice and continue to ignore the racial discrimination of the past at the PFD and punish the parties to the lawsuit.

Did Ashton Hayward attempt to settle the suit to everyone's satisfaction?  No!
Did Ashton Hayward  put new policies and procedures in place to stop another occurance?  No!
Did Ashton Hayward stop a suit that IN NO WAY would effect HIS administration? No!

He kept paying HIS lawyers to fight the case and object on procedural grounds.

Ashton Hayward thought based on his administration's positions in Court that:

  • The claims of the black firefighters were "untimely"
  • There "was no record evidence to support the remainder of the claims"
Read the appeal ruling for yourself.

Ashton Hayward instructed his attorneys to beat the suit NOT THE FACTS.  

Not timely!!  So go away firefighters.

How do you PROVE words?  
How do you PROVE hostile work environment?

A leader meets with the parties to the issue, works for resolution and finds a win/win.

But as previously stated Ashton Hayward is not a leader!  Your Mayor has stated, to Citizens and Fire Fighters as well, that he can't get past the lawsuit.  So my question is this...Mr. Mayor if you believe the incidents happened and lawsuit aside, why have you done nothing to build a better fire department?

Why has the department gone half of a decade under your leadership without a permanent leader?

Oh, I remember the quotes:
Hayward on Station 3: Who cares about the fire station Maren? It's not economic development.
Hayward on 2 in 2 out: What's the big deal Maren? Nobody's dying.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hayward Has Done...Nothing

Over the last week, you have seen the dismal racial history of the Pensacola Fire Department.  You have seen the neglect by the City leaders over 25 years to not just address the issues but their insistence that the issues detailed in the Federal lawsuit were, according to Chief Dixon to the PNJ when the suit was filed:

"mostly lies and innuendos"..."Their accusations are so off based and so wrong, it would take me a long time to sort it out."

PNJ Article

Many have asked

  • "Did Hayward know?"  YES HE DID!  He told the black firefighters, black community leaders, city council members (including me) and the Fire Union that things would be different when he was elected.
  • "Has Hayward done anything?"  YES HE HAS! 
    • He has continued to pursue the defense of the lawsuit against the City by the Firefighters spending thousands of dollars on his lawyers Allen Norton & Blue to deny the claims of the firefighters, to call them liars, and resorted to years of legal maneuvering to have their case dismissed.
    • He has refused to make the changes necessary in the leadership at the PFD, including leaving an interim chief in place for 5 years who is not remotely as qualified as several others within the department, both white and black.
    • He has not advertised for a chief in 5 years.  At all.
    • He has continued to neglect the facilities in which ALL of the firefighters must live including buildings with severe noted mold problems SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE.
    • He had his Chief of Staff (Asmar) say that no changes would be made UNLESS the officers drop the lawsuit.
    • He had his City Administrator (Castille) say that no changes would be made UNLESS the officers drop the lawsuit.
Ashton Hayward has met a party to the lawsuit and stated to his face that he would not promote him due to the lawsuit against the City.

Ashton Hayward has no courage!  That's why he:
  • No longer takes questions from the press
  • Never personally attends meetings that are anything more than PR opportunities.
  • Communicates only through press releases and facebook posts.
  • Only does what his spinmistress Tamara Fountain tells him to do.
His lack of leadership on this issue is shameful.

This week I will detail further evidence of his inaction.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reindeer Games

As stated the allegations detailed in the previous posts were the foundation of a 2005 Federal lawsuit filed by four brave black firefighters who essentially stated "enough is enough".

The case was before Judge Casey Rodgers...remember that one.

After the case was filed against the City it was time for the City of Pensacola under Tom Bonfield, Al Coby and Rusty Wells to begin their reindeer games.

First came an attempt by City Manager Tom Bonfield to begin to show the City's action on racial issues.  AFTER the suit was filed, AFTER the allegations were sworn to, he needed an action. So Bonfield filed a complaint against a Captain in the PFD for making a derogatory statement about a black officer's promotion.  The black officer didn't file it.  Bonfield did.  Him being such a civil rights leader and all.

The black officer responded that he had handled the situation as this was just a window dressing show for the legal issues the City was in.

 Sadly the only person reprimanded officially was the black officer for "failure to place this matter in the proper channel for investigation."


So technically the only person EVER reprimanded for racial issues in the City is one of the courageous firefighters who has done so much to end it.  HOW PENSACOLA.

The second slap in the face came when a report was filed against a Captain for harassment and retaliation after the suit was filed.  The City hired the rocket scientists at ALLEN NORTON AND BLUE to investigate and make sure it all went away and no adverse findings were noted.  As the response says...these are the types of proceedings that has contributed to the current situation.

Everyone suddenly forgot...Time to move on

Then finally when one of the lawsuit's principals objects to the process and procedures surrounding the appointment of the new interim chief... before the appointment of the next intern chief, ALLEN NORTON AND BLUE starts a rant of circular doublespeak about how chiefs are appointed, eligibility for the job, non posted jobs and filling them and the that's how we have always done it mentality that will make you sick to your stomach.

Allen Norton & Blue Have An Answer for Everything...As Usual

You would think Al Coby would be sympathetic to the plight of the firemen, that he would go to HELEN back to solve the issues.  He did not.  CHALK that one up to experience.

Don't forget that the manner detailed in the report is exactly how things are done in Pensacola.
  • Al Coby was Interim City Manager until over time he just became the City Manager.
  • Rusty Wells became City Attorney when a selection process was halted and he was declared City Attorney at 10pm on a Thursday night.
In Pensacola, Interim is the easy way to slide someone into a role until you can figure out a way to make it permanent.

All this brings us to the end of 2010 and the beginning of the Hayward era.  True to Hayward form he promised so much and did so little.

The job of Fire Chief has not even been posted since the Mayor took office...not even posted.  On Monday, I will share the how and why.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

And More Sworn Statements

The sworn statements below continue to show what our firefighters endured under a City structure that would not change or acknowledge the culture it allowed in the PFD.

These  affidavits show:
  • More references to DAN
  • More supervisors wearing sheets simulating the KKK
  • More racists jokes and repercussions if black firefighters objected
  • More roadblocks to advancement by the Civil Service Board
  • More nooses in the workplace
  • An affidavit from a white firefighter that these allegations DID OCCUR.
  • Assigning black officers to do menial tasks while white officers were sitting back in their chairs
  • Officer trucks with confederate flags on it
  • Black cadets not being allowed in the air conditioned spaces of stations

As hard as these items are to read, what if this was your everyday workplace?  What if you did not know going into work each day if you would be subject to such actions today?

The stories are repeated over and over.  The entire time officers were objecting to City Administration (PRE-HAYWARD).  Nothing is ever done.

One name with the City continues to appear over and over and over in the documents.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Firefighters Say Enough - 2000s

Eventually, after years of the harassment and discrimination unchecked by the City leadership, four black leaders within the PFD made the bold statement that these actions should not be tolerated by filing a lawsuit in Federal Court.

As part of the suit, these firefighters made SWORN affidavits as to their experiences in the Pensacola Fire Department and their attempts in vain to get City leadership to make the necessary corrections to the environment.

They stood up for what was right!
They stood up for all of the firefighters, white and black, that wanted change within the department!

Read three of their stories below

Read about the nickname DAN
Read about how they met with Bonfield, Rusty Wells and Al Coby
Read about unfair evaluation processes
Read about unequal promotion ceremonies
Read about a black firefighter being hosed down and laughed at.
Read about a Civil Service Board that won't ensure equal treatment.


Affidavit 2a

Affidavit 2b

Affidavit 2c

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Slurs and Nooses... The 1990s in the City of Pensacola

Imagine its your first day of work and your boss is taking you around to meet folks and see your new place of employment.  You are a large guy with a military background.  As you begin your tour, the boss turns to you and states:

"You are a big guy.  I'm not gonna have any trouble with you if someone calls you a _igger am I."

Welcome to the City of Pensacola...where thousands live the way millions shouldn't have to.

Well, your career continues with you working for the City and you rise in the ranks due to your superior education, skills and determination.  You go on two weeks military duty to serve your country and when you get back to the Upside of Florida, there is a hangman's noose in your assigned vehicle.

What do you do?

If you are courageous, you make your superiors aware of the issue and expect some action to be taken by them.

But this is Pensacola, they just write it up, gloss it over and move on down the road.

No investigation.
No punishment.
Just a memo to "meet the intent of the Administrative Appeal Procedure."

Interoffice Memorandum

Will a pattern develop?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Undeniable Documentation of Harassment and Discrimination - 1980s

Below are links to undeniable instances of harassment and discrimination suffered by black firefighters in the City of Pensacola in the 1980's.  These documents are shocking and also dated. They show the type of treatment received by black firemen over the past 25 years under previous leaders.

They are official memorandum, not rumor and innuendo.

As you read them remember, this is the 1980s.  Not the 1960s.  They show:

  1. Inadequate hiring practices regarding minorities
  2. Lack of opportunities for promotion
  3. Training discrimination
  4. Pure race discrimination
  5. Attempts to solve the issues through the chain of command
  6. Failure to properly advise eligible black firefighters of promotion tests
  7. Fire department leadership simulating the Ku Klux Klan.

Allbritton to City

PFD in the 1980s

They show a pattern of behavior by the PFD and the City that become the foundation of a lawsuit brought later by the firefighters.

The names have been removed by me.  This is about the City and Fire Department leadership, not individuals.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Courageous v. Oblivious

By definition an act of  Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, uncertainty or intimidation. Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of opposition, shame, scandal or discouragement.
Further, by definition to be oblivious is to not be aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one; lacking remembrance, or mindful attention; unmindful or ignorant of an issue. 

Over the past several years, I have always supported and continue to support our courageous firefighters. I have stood up for the  Fire Department regarding budget issues they have faced over the years at the hands of this and previous City Administrations. I have also researched and discussed many issues that our black firefighters have faced in the past while serving our City within the Pensacola Fire Department. 

In the coming weeks,  I will share my understanding of a former culture of racial discrimination and harassment endured by some of these public servants as well as a lawsuit brought by several brave minority firemen to stop these practices. The courage that has been displayed is, not only in their efforts to end racial discrimination, but also in their determination, in decades past, to work under Fire Department Leadership that allowed or even encouraged the racially hostile environment.  I will also discuss the new environment within the Fire Department.

The oblivious behavior I will show includes decades of inaction from City Hall as well as current City leadership either not understanding the issues black firefighters have faced or not being able to accept the fact that these firefighters took action to change the environment within the Pensacola Fire Department. 

Finally, I will detail Mayor Hayward's knowledge of these actions and his inaction to do anything to resolve the issues. 

Mayor Ashton Hayward has made it clear, over the past 4 years, he can't get past the firefighters' lawsuit.  Members of his staff had asked that the lawsuit be dropped but it was not.  I also understand that his staff has stated that our City can't have a Fire Chief that would dare to file suit against the City regardless of whether that suit was just, right and totally with merit.

I will detail how Ashton Hayward is stuck when it comes to a way forward. Does he support the current leadership that allowed much of the previous discrimination to occur or support the new leadership that stood up to that legacy leadership to say NO MORE!

What it will show above all is that Ashton Hayward is no leader.  He is NOT Courageous, He is Oblivious to a path forward that would allow the iniquity of the past to heal and the prospects for the future of the PFD to brighten.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Olson Public Records...What City Hall Isn't Telling You...Or Council

I received my first public records request of City Administrator Eric Olson.  I had been told by a Citizen that Olson was caught in a lie.  More to come on this.

What I did learn in the email harvest is interesting.  Let me tell you what is going on.  Council, email me if you want the documents since they won't be shared with you otherwise.

  • The City's lease for the parking lot for the to be built Holiday Inn Express downtown is done.  Beggs & Lane got right on that one, Rick.
  • The Amtrak train station has an offer to be rented by a bar and restaurant for 10 years.
    • 4,535 square feet
    • two five year renewals
    • $2,645 per month plus sales tax
  • A fight broke out at Seville Quarter and an off duty officer was injured requiring 20 stitches with severed tendons and nerves.  If he was hurt off the clock does City workers comp pay and how is his leave handled?  Future chief Tommi Lyter briefed everyone
  • The BP Settlement funds that Escambia County is receiving are HALF of what was expected.
  • SkyWarriors at the Airport has a proposal to the military for $178 million but the owner is proposing a sight other than Pensacola International Airport because his experience with PIA is so bad he would rather propose for somewhere else.
  • The City has a copy of a FTC complaint against UBER.
  • Tim May wanted to take July 14-17 off.  Shouldn't be a problem.
  • The City outsources 311 calls to Panhandle Alarms.
  • Dave Penzone, the Mayor's guru, is working on a massive parking project for the City of Pensacola.
  • The new Economic Policy Coordinator called Rick Harper about everything from fees to best practices for film commissions.  Wasted time Dr. Harper.
  • Key Staff meetings for the rest of the year - Ashton Hayward not even copied.
    • July 15 - Oops missed it
    • Aug 12 - 9 to 10:30 Whibbs Conf Room
    • Sept 16 - 9-10 Hagler Mason Conf Room
    • Oct 7 - 9-10 Hagler Mason Conf Room
    • Nov 6 - 9-10:30 Hagler Mason Conf Room
    • Dec 9 - 9-10 Whibbs Conf Room
I will post emails as able.

The Potted Plant Weighs In.

Windcreek has ads at the Airport.

The Potted Plant has had a flash of brilliance.  Windcreek (Casino) wanted to advertise near baggage claim.  The Plant is worried that guests with children MAY learn the Casino is for GAMBLING.  So she wants Windcreek to advertise in baggage claim as a....Spa or...a cooking school.

She is on it that crack marketing wiz!  

Windcreek Cooking School in Atmore, Alabama... its worth the drive.

Drive an hour to another state to the Windcreek Spa and then drive back an is worth the stress!

If you don't want to advertise the CASINO don't take their MONEY, Honey!

From: Rebecca McLellan []
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:47 AM
To: Robin Bloomston
Cc: Andrea Kvech; 'Chip Henderson - Emagination Unlimited'
Subject: RE: WindCreek

Hi Robin – I have looked at the three image choices and would really like to not focus on the casino/gambling aspect of the casino down in baggage since that is an area where a lot of our guest with children visit.

Maybe we could focus a little more on the other amenities Wind Creek has to offer like the fun hands-on cooking classes or the relaxing spa.


Rebecca A. McLellan
Marketing Manager

Pensacola International Airport
2430 Airport Blvd., Ste. 225
Pensacola, FL  32504
(O) 850.436.5019
(C) 850.377.1301
(F)  850.436.5006

Florida has a very broad public records law. As a result, any written communication created or received by City of Pensacola officials and employees will be made available to the public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt. Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this office. Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.

From: Robin Bloomston []
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:03 AM
To: Rebecca McLellan
Cc: Andrea Kvech
Subject: WindCreek

Hi Rebecca -

The WindCreek would like to update the artwork for their baggage claim wall mural. Attached are 3 images choices. Let me know which one you like the best!
Hope all is great!

Monday, July 13, 2015

New City Attorney Squarely in Hayward Pocket...Shocker!

In the email below to the COO and the City Administrator, the new City Attorney shows she has already figured out where her bread is buttered in her desire to brief the Mayor's staff before answering a Council persons question.

Second verse, same as the first, just a little bit louder and a little bit worse.

-----Original Message-----

Good Morning Eric and Tamara:

I would like to please speak with you prior to responding to Councilmember Spencer.

Please see the question asked in the email below.

Thank you kindly,


-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Matteson
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015 8:10 AM
To: Lysia Bowling
Subject: FW: DIB / alcohol / Gallery Night

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Spencer
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015 6:36 AM
To: Legal
Cc: Ashton Hayward; Tamara Fountain; Eric Olson
Subject: DIB / alcohol / Gallery Night

May 7, 2015


Today's online and printed edition of INWEEKLY includes an article about DIB's recent action associated with Gallery Nights and the serving of alcohol outside establishments and within the city's ROW.  The article represents that you have conducted research on this topic and that your findings indicate that the DIB does not "have the power to limit or control" the sale of alcohol sales".
Please reply with confirmation that the INWEEKLY's statement is accurate regarding your findings.  

Thank you,
Brian Spencer

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fountain Runs DIB...Peacock is...Well a Peacock

When things need to get done or decided at the DIB, Executive Director Ron Butlin doesn't waste his time explaining matters to DIB Chairman John Peacock.

Why explain anything to a guy that is merely dictated to by his puppet masters?

He goes straight to the real boss...Tamara Fountain

Do you see the DIB "chair" copied anywhere on the emails below?  No. He doesn't matter.  Once the decision makers decide how to proceed, the mouthpieces will be trotted out before the press.

City Hall makes decisions, gets no criticism.  The DIB are cannon fodder for the Mayor.

Full Disclosure for "Chairman" Peacock
  • The DIB are volunteers who serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
  • They all serve for different reasons.  Some want to feel special, others want perks, others want to be buddies with the Mayor. None have power to do anything. 
  • John Peacock is a difference maker...just ask him.
  • Feel free to call him and tell him what a great guy he is. He left his number in a post yesterday.
And finally...often when I express an opinion that is not appreciated by someone on my blog, the sexist, elitist Good Ole Boy's in this town feel the need to contact my husband to "get me in line".  

"Chairman" Peacock did it yesterday.

My email has been displayed on this blog since 2008.  Feel free to use it anytime.

Okay sounds good.  I will come by your office at 11:30 if that is still open.

Thanks Ron

-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Fountain []
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 4:29 PM
To: Ron Butlin
Subject: Re: Gallery Night

I can do Friday. No need for attorneys.

Sent from my iPhone

On May 5, 2015, at 5:54 PM, "Ron Butlin" <>> wrote:

Hi Tamara,

FYI, the DIB is already planning a meeting next Wednesday May 13th at 5:00.  We were hoping to hear the ideas that the bars and restaurants were working on as well as any other interested parties.  I don't think that is exactly the meeting Mr. Abston is requesting, however we can use it to kick things off if you thought it appropriate.  He appears to be interested in rewriting the special event ordinance, which by the way I am also in support of albeit that will take some time.

Would it make any sense for yourself, the City Attorney, the DIB Attorney and I to meet in the next 2 or 3 days so I can explain what I am thinking at this point?

Mike Stebbins and I are available Wednesday the 6th between 2:00 and 4:00 (done by 4:00) or Friday the 8th anytime from 10:00 to 5:00.


Ron Butlin


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Peacock the Puppet asks his Master What to Do...Asmar to Represent Bar Owners

The PNJ is just throwing darts at the wall.  Gallery Nights are all about the Mayor's desires.

Peacock is nothing but the Mayor's stooge on the DIB.  Blah Blah Budget,  Blah Blah Cost.

The Mayor wants 6 gallery nights but wants political cover.  It will be six!

Speak John,  Good Boy!

Unless Asmar threatens the Mayor to talk to the Feds, then it might be Gallery Night every night!!

There is a meeting currently scheduled for 5/13 at 5. To discuss with bar owners.  Will city attend?

Sent using OWA for iPhone
From: Tamara Fountain <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:45:31 AM
To: John Peacock
Subject: Re: Gallery night

Yes. The Mayor strongly feels six a year is enough.

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 5, 2015, at 1:40 AM, "John Peacock" <> wrote:
> We can regulate the number of gallery nights correct?
> Sent using OWA for iPhone
> ________________________________________
> From: Tamara Fountain <>
> Sent: Monday, May 4, 2015 5:32:13 PM
> To: John Peacock
> Subject: Re: Gallery night
> Councilman Bare asked an important question of our new City Attorney.
> He asked if the DIB has the authority to regulate alcohol sales. We have all operated under misinformation that the special permit pulled allowed the event sponsor to regulate the rules regarding alcohol sales (DIB sponsors Gallery Night).
> According to our new City Attorney, the DIB is not a regulating authority.
> The right of way is owned by the City. The City can regulate alcohol sales in the right of way.  Possession of a liquor license does not qualify you to sell alcohol in the City's right of way.
> I will get back to you with an official position.
> T
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On May 4, 2015, at 3:21 PM, "John Peacock" <> wrote:
>> I understand the bar owners may be lawyering up and hiring Asmar.  May need support
>> Sent using OWA for iPhone

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gallery Night Saga...It's the Mayor not his puppet Peacock

In the email below, Tamara Fountain, defacto Mayor and Hayward's enforcer, takes Joe Abston to the woodshed over his positions and battles on behalf of Gallery Night.

The PNJ has a story today that DIB Chairman John "the Puppet" Peacock is seeking the reduction in the events due to funding.

Peacock just does as he is told.  Sit John, bark John, stay John.  Good John!

Don't get mad at the puppet, get mad at the puppet master.
Fountain pulls the strings on Peacock for the Mayor! 

The PNJ has the story today, but this conversation has been going on privately for over 2 months based on the date of the email below.
Why does Fountain and the Mayor want to reduce Gallery Nights?  Don't ask Peacock!
He just totes the water for Fountain and Hayward.

-------- Original message --------
From: Tamara Fountain <>
Date: 05/07/2015 9:16 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: Joe Abston <>
Subject: What's in the Cup


You are the only bar owner I have talked to about the number of gallery nights the Mayor favors. I told you the Mayor favors six gallery nights. I never once said or insinuated that the Mayor favors no gallery nights.

Rick Outzen published a story stating I told a bar owner that the Mayor favored six or no gallery nights. I know you copied Rick on your correspondence  (received and sent) previously. I hope this is a misunderstanding as I am working with you in good faith. I am happy to confirm any position or correct any misinformation about a position the Mayor takes.

I will see you tomorrow for the meeting at 11:30 with Ron Butlin. I am glad you will able to join us when I called to tell you about the meeting. I think it is much more productive to get everyone in one room to talk.


Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UPDATED: LuTimothy May Fired

I have heard a rumor that LuTimothy May has been fired from the City of Pensacola by Tamara Fountain for his defiance of the officer's requests associated with the Lumon May traffic stop.

Once May is away from City Hall, it will be interesting to ask Tim what he did for the Mayor's campaign while on City time.

Fountain Telling Folks Not to Email Her...Because of Me

I understand Tamara Fountain is openly asking people not to email her as she is attempting to keep her City emails to a minimum since I keep asking for copies of them.

If she was proud of the actions she was taking, she shouldn't mind the review.

If you flip on the lights, they scatter.

Team Hayward Gives the US Coast Guard the Finger

Does Mayor Hayward support our military and encourage expansion of its mission here in Pensacola?  ONLY IF IT PAYS THE CITY.

In May, the US Coast Guard requested permission for the cutter Cypress to dock at Plaza De Luna for a week since the docks at NAS Pensacola were full of foreign and visiting US Navy ships.  Ships that were pouring money into the Pensacola economy.

The waiver amounted to $4,668.73.

Now, the Cypress serves the Gulf Coast region and has been a great supporter of our community.  It switched its homeport from Mobile to Pensacola in 2012.

The ship gives back to our community.  The ship hosted the "haunted ship" tours last Halloween that collected 6,200 lbs of food for Manna and 127 pints of blood for our citizens.  The ship also serves as center point for the Blue Angel beach shows annually.

The crew of 48 would have been in our downtown for a week spending money and yes the requesting officer in her letter states the ship would be available for limited tours. 

But Hayward's short sighted crew of misfits could not see the opportunity to continue a community relationship.

No pictures for Ashton, no provision of dock space.

How much City time did it take for City crews to buy and put up the Spanish flags down Palafox for the El Cano visit?

Keep this snub of our Coast Guard in mind if the Boy Wonder runs for Jeff Miller's seat.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Fountain
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 5:44 PM
To: Eric Olson
Subject: Re: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

 I agree.


 Sent from my iPhone

 > On May 8, 2015, at 5:27 PM, "Eric Olson" <> wrote:

> Tamara/Amy,

> Absent a more public purpose I will deny the request for a fee waiver.  Please respond and indicate whether or not you agree.  If we need to discuss we will do that on Monday.

> r/

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Helen Gibson
> Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 4:40 PM
> To: Eric Olson
> Cc: Sherry Morris
> Subject: RE: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

> Please see attached Fee Waiver Request.  The requested docking period is  May 15- May 19.

> M. Helen Gibson, AICP
> Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator Planning Services Division
> City of Pensacola
> 222 W Main St.
> Pensacola, FL 32502
> (850) 436-5650
> Neighborhoods: Strong, Sustainable and Inclusive

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Eric Olson
> Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:36 AM
> To: Helen Gibson
> Cc: Sherry Morris
> Subject: RE: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

> Before we make a decision please find out a more about the public benefit that we can expect from the May visit.  Will there be an opportunity for people to visit the ship, will the ship attract extra visitors to the downtown area, will allowing the ship to moor downtown serve our partnership with NAS Pensacola in some way?  I believe that the fee waiver can be justified but we cannot base it on past benefits alone.  I'll forward a separate email with historical information from the last visit so you can see how we processed the previous request.

> r/

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Helen Gibson
> Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:12 AM
> To: Eric Olson
> Cc: Sherry Morris
> Subject: FW: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

> Per the email below, the Coast Guard is asking for a waiver of the fee to dock at Plaza DeLuna from May 15 through May 19.  The Mayor granted the fee waiver for their previous "Haunted Ship" docking in October.  Please advise. Thank you.

> M. Helen Gibson, AICP
> Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator Planning Services Division
> City of Pensacola
> 222 W Main St.
> Pensacola, FL 32502
> (850) 436-5650
> Neighborhoods: Strong, Sustainable and Inclusive

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Melody Tillman
> Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015 12:39 PM
> To: Helen Gibson
> Cc: Sherry Morris
> Subject: FW: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

> Melody S. Tillman
> Planning Technician
> City of Pensacola
> 222 W Main St.
> Pensacola FL 32502
> Office: (850) 435-1677
> Fax:  (850) 595-1143

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Knaup, Stephanie ENS []
> Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015 12:26 PM
> To: Elizabeth Schrey; Melody Tillman
> Subject: CGC CYPRESS Berth Availability Plaza De Luna

> Good afternoon,

> I had previously worked with Alan Gray for CGC CYPRESS to moor at Plaza De Luna for our Haunted Ship community event; in which we raised 6,200 lbs for food for Manna Food Pantry and collected blood from 127 persons. These emails were listed as contact information when I tried to contact Mr. Gray.

> CGC CYPRESS is hoping to be able to moor at Plaza De Luna from the afternoon of 15 May until the morning of 19 May. There will be heavy ship traffic around NAS Pensacola and it would alleviate the situation to be able to moor at Plaza De Luna. We always enjoy working with the City of Pensacola and having the Coast Guard presence and exposure downtown.

> I was hoping you could check into pier availability. Would we be able to qualify for the fee waiver from the Mayor? If not, what would the cost be? We will not be requiring any services. I can also send you the Berthing Application. I just wanted to touch base and see if this would be a possibility for CYPRESS. Thank you for your assistance!

> Very Respectfully,

> ENS Stephanie Knaup

Monday, July 6, 2015

WEAR Now Officially A Propaganda Tool of the Mayor

I will be releasing the next treasure trove of emails from Tamara Fountain, de facto Mayor of Pensacola. 

In the email below from WEAR's Christina Leavenworth to Fountain, Leavenworth confirms in writing what we have all known.  WEAR is just another outlet for the Mayor's spin machine.

Notice Christina was TOLD BY HER GM. Hope she doesn't ask any tough questions or she may end up like previous reporters.

Can you call me now-850XXXXXXX

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> On May 20, 2015, at 10:00 AM, Tamara Fountain <> wrote:

> Great. When are available?

> Sent from my iPhone

>> On May 20, 2015, at 9:55 AM, "Christina Leavenworth" <> wrote:

>> Hey Tamara,

>> Our GM told me I would be working with you guys and doing weekly segments with the Mayor. Can we touch base soon and talk about what days/times it would be best to do this

>> Christina

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