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Friday, October 9, 2015
Email Fan Letters to the Mayor
When you get a public records request, the truth is not always as good as you read in Upwards. The emails below from Citizens to the Mayor show that all is not perfect in Hooville and even his supporters are jumping ship due to him and the actions of his administration.
>>Eric Olson should have apologized to Melanie Nichols for
trying to stifle a citizen's right to speak freely, her constitutional right in
case we have forgotten. Instead he chose
to apologize to the public for being "misperceived" Arrogant acts like this don't help you
accomplish the good things we know you want to be remembered for as mayor. A simple and direct apology would go a long
>> Dear Ashton,
>> As early and strong supporters of your political
campaigns, we have been enthusiastic about the growth of Pensacola generally in
the right direction. Things are vastly
different than they were when we arrived here twenty years ago, and we're
excited about developments on the way.
>> However, recent actions by your administration
are disturbing and mar this generally good record.
>> Most recent and egregious is the outrageous
effort by Eric Olson to go to Melanie Nichols' boss and complain about her
sending emails to city staff.
Intimidation is the wrong way to do things, and this was a naked effort
to intimidate a citizen advocating for her community. You should terminate Mr. Olson
immediately. To not do so means you
accept his behavior, which we hope you don't.
>> You are trying to emphasize transparency in our
local government, but there seems to be a lack of real transparency in real
world situations. We hope this can
>> Thanks again for your hard work on
behalf of our great city. All the best
to you and your family.
> Mayor Hayward,
> I could have sworn that you would have made the
offer to sit down and talk to me. The system is broken and there will be more
turmoil until you fix it.
> I intentionally lost it at the end of my 3 minutes.
I wanted to show you and the Council the MOOD of the public in attendance. You
are dealing with a very hostile crowd.
> I will be back at City Council for my 3 minutes
until I am finally given the explanation I deserve.
>>I would like to know since the
Mayor's office is a public office, working for the City of Pensacola, can I get
any and all information that I request? I too would like to know who forgave
the fines to the developer for University Heights. And here is the reason
why..............those are dots, see if you can connect them. I will start at
the bottom and go up the ladder. The attorney for the developer of University
Heights is Kerrie Anne Schultz. Ms. Schultz is a partner with Kenneth R.
Fountain at Fountain, Schultz & Associates, in Navarre, Florida. Mr.
Kenneth Fountain is married to Tamara Fountain who worked with the Mayor until
just recently. Now, most married couples will share with one another what
happened during their day at work. I'm thinking that Mr. & Ms. Fountain
talked about their day, as Ms. Schultz talked to Mr. Fountain since they are
both attorneys and licensed real estate agents. Up until the minute that Ms.
Fountain left the mayors office, there was a hugh CONFLICT OF INTEREST. As
usual, we the people were not heard. If you think that I am wrong with my
reasoning, let me know, I'm a big girl and can take what comes my way. NOW,
another issue: I had a visit from Latasha Buchanan well over a month ago. Ms.
Buchanan said she would get back to me as soon as she found out why the trash
is still sitting outside of the two houses across from me. All I can say is the
city works mighty slow to their advantage or is it to the developer or maybe
The Fountains advantage??? Either one, the trash is still outside. I don't care
who owns the property across the street, I want the trash removed. I now live
in the HOOD. I know that there is a law against trash being left in the front
yard, on the porch, etc . I would suggest that the Mayor pick up the phone and
make a call. That is all it will take.
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8:00 AM To: Ashton Hayward Subject: Recent city events
City government seems to be out of control! Just to refresh
my memory on why I voted for you, could you please repost your resume?