Thursday, May 28, 2015

The City Administrator in his own words...Lazy!

I came across this nugget in the harvest of Queen Fountain's emails.  It gives us some insight into the Mayor's choice as 2nd in Command (at least on paper, Tamara...calm down)

Here is what we learn:

  • He is waaaaaay too wrapped up in grammer...I'm thinking something that rhymes with peek.
  • And in his own words not mine...he is "lazy"
That's a great thing for a consumer of over $125,000 tax dollars to be.

LAZY

Maybe this one will stick...around! He may be too "lazy" to find another job.

Someone should tell the Mayor what his goals are sooner or later.  Don't be too lazy!

The Mayor isn't even copied. Typical.
 
From: Eric Olson <EOlson@cityofpensacola.com>
Date: February 27, 2015 at 5:56:23 PM CST
To: Tamara Fountain <
TFountain@cityofpensacola.com>
Subject: Standing Goals
Recommend using active voice and perhaps even present tense for the goals.  I left them in passive and future because I am lazy and practical (but not pessimistic).  Departments should have no problem aligning their goals with these upper level goals.  By having a set of standing goals we maintain the flexibility to have additional mayoral goals that go beyond our core City services.

r/
 
Eric Olson
Assistant City Administrator
City of Pensacola
(850) 435-1696

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What is Missing From the Play Pensacola Guide?

Below is a link to your City Parks and Recreation Department's guide to what is being offered by the City this summer.

City Park and Rec Guide Link

Wow...the City offers so much.

Page 5...Eight (8) Recreation Facilities with their City Point of Contact
Pages 6 and 7...Summer camps
Pages 8 and 9...Pools
Pages 10 and 11...Youth Programs
Pages 12 and 13...Adult Programs
Pages 13 - 15... Adult Enrichment Programs
Pages 17 - 22...Senior Programs
Page 23...Dance
Page 24...Athletics
Page 25...Golf
Pages 26-28...Tennis
Pages 29 and 30...Maritime Park
Page 31...Special Events
Page 32 and 33...Facility Rental costs for every? facility

Here is the $3.6 million dollar question....what's missing?

$5 gift card to Constant Coffee for the first to notice...Don't Spoil it Colonel!




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Someone Doesn't Get It...Airport Facebook an Insult

I don't know who is to blame... the contractor or the potted plant, but the Airport's Facebook page for Memorial Day was offensive to many who reached out to me to share the below.

 

Memorial Day...I don't think Happy and Memorial Day belong together.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Post 6 of 6: THE BIG TRUTH...At the Airport, Marketing Before Safety

After all of the pokes and jokes about the new Potted Plant Airport Marketing Manager, the real issue here are the following truths:

TRUTH 1: The Mayor claimed there was no money available for adequate fire protection at the Airport in 2013.  He used that claim to reduce the funding for the Airport Fire Department to levels below the recommended levels of Homeland Security.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2013/07/pensacola-airport-will-not-be-homeland.html

I covered that travesty then, noting that with ST Aerospace building and coming, Military training stable to growing, 2 not 1 FBOs, a helicopter rework facility AND regular airline traffic increasing it was stupid and reckless for the Airport to downsize the airport safety crews.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2013/07/come-to-pensacola-intergalactic.html

The fire department agreed issuing the following flyer.

























TRUTH 2: In 2015, the Mayor can allow his flunkies to fund $50,000 to $70,000 (guess) for a made up position occupied by a hopelessly unqualified daughter of the City Budget Director that has been handled professionally by a senior staff member for over a decade.

TRUTH 3: The overinflated marketing budget can fund almost $50,000 to "sponsor" Pensacon to feed the marketing contractor's Star Wars obsession.

TRUTH 4: The overinflated marketing budget can sponsor the Blue Wahoos on the jumbotron for a league where the Wahoos use a bus and the visiting teams use a bus and the vast majority of the fans are local  and use the Airport regardless.

TRUTH 5:  This Mayor only cares about perception, political gain, pomp and pageantry and does not care a bit about making the fundamentals of any City department, enterprise or service safer, better or more efficient.

and THE BIGGEST TRUTH OF ALL, no one cares a bit until there is another flood, another airline crash, another gas leak, another whatever and when that happens the Mayor will have ample spin masters in place to convince the public the results could never have been expected and are not the Mayor's fault.

Pathetic but true!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post 5 of 6: The Potted Plant Forgets to Do Her Job

Rebecca McLellan was tasked with assembling information for Haywards 7654321 propaganda on what has been done in each district.  The problem is the potted plant doesn't actually do her job but merely forward responses to Cosson.

Cosson calls her out on it.  Yes, Derek has a sweet no bid contract, but dang, he has to do at least two jobs:
  • Write speeches and releases for the Mayor and
  • do the job of the City's newest "leader"
Just the sort of person we need as the Airport Marketing Manager!  She is ready to go!




From: Rebecca McLellan
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:31 AM
To: Derek Cosson
Subject: Re: Information Needed by 3/25 - District 5

Sorry forgot. Will do.

Sent from my iPhone


On Mar 18, 2015, at 11:25 AM, "Derek Cosson" <dcosson@cityofpensacola.com> wrote:
You are missing the whole point of putting this in the Rebecca column… the point was that you were supposed to receive these responses, combine them into one list, compare that list to what we asked for, follow up on anything that’s missing, and THEN give it to me. LOL.

Derek Cosson

Technology Resources
City of Pensacola
222 West Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Work: (850) 436-5626
Cell: (850) 530-6133

From: Rebecca McLellan
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:55 AM
To: Derek Cosson
Subject: FW: Information Needed by 3/25 - District 5

From: Helen Gibson
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 3:12 PM
To: Tamara Fountain
Cc: Rebecca McLellan
Subject: RE: Information Needed by 3/25 - District 5

1.                Please list any projects within District 5 which your department has managed since Mayor Hayward took office in January 2011. Do not include projects which were completed before Mayor Hayward took office. For each project, please include the project cost, and if the project was funded in whole or in part by grant dollars, please include the grant amount and source.

2.                Please also list any major upcoming projects within District 5. For each project, please include the anticipated project cost, and if the project will be funded in whole or in part by grant dollars, please include the grant amount and source.

3.                Please provide the number of sidewalk blocks added in District 5 from FY2012-FY2015.

4.                Please provide the number of street blocks reconstructed in District 5 from FY2012-FY2015.

5.                Please provide the number of street blocks resurfaced in District 5 from FY2012-FY2015.

6.                Please provide the number of potholes repaired in District 5 from FY2012 to present.

7.                Please provide the total number of 311 requests from District 5 since the inception of 311.

8.                Please identify any new neighborhood associations in District 5 which staff helped organize (since 2011).

No new associations.

9.                Please list any studies, plans, or reports which have been completed since 2011 which relate to District 5 (stormwater studies, traffic studies,  neighborhood plans, etc).

               No new neighborhood plans.

10.             Please provide code enforcement statistics for District 5 since 2011 – number of cases processed, number of lots cleared, number of abatements, etc.

11.             Please list anything else you feel may be important relating to District 5 (success stories, etc.)
 

M. Helen Gibson, AICP
Chief of Neighborhoods
Office of the Mayor
City of Pensacola
222 W Main St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 436-5650
Neighborhoods: Strong, Sustainable and Inclusive

Hurricane Preparedness; Hayward Style

Yesterday a Category 4 Hurricane hit Pensacola. Well...they practiced for one.  The PNJ reports that the County, City and first responders all practiced in case a storm should visit our area.  The City was represented by City Administrator Eric (I am a bit lazy) Olson.

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/escambia-county/2015/05/20/county-city-train-respond-hurricane/27650481/

Mayor Hayward had his own preparedness drills.

  • He issued 3 mock press releases.
  • He posed at a mock photo op.
  • And held a mock news conference where no questions were taken.
His biggest dilemma was since he was simulating a hurricane which usually occur after Memorial Day, could he wear white pants for the photo op or is white before Memorial Day just not done under any circumstance.

The emergency response team is ready;
  • Cosson has extra batteries for his laptop to issue speeches in rapid fashion.
  • Bogan has an extra wide angle lens to catch the destruction the Mayor is standing in front of.
  • Henderson is ready to put Darth Vader in every shot of the rebuild and charge the City for the outfit.
  • Fountain is threatening to fire every employee who can't report to work while being stuck in Navarre.
  • Mayor Hayward has a case of teeth whitening strips in case the roads are cut off.
  • McLellan has drafted a tweet on combating poofy hair when the power is out.
  • Barker is digging up the Mason jars of hidden money in the Council emergency funds.
We are ready now folks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Post 4 of 6: So how bad is Rebecca McLellan at her Job? Let's See

In yesterday's post, we saw just how handcrafted Rebecca McLellan's Airport Marketing Director job was.  Derek Cosson took the existing position, dumbed it down, then dumbed it down some more for the ill equipped McLellan and let her review it.

Well let's look at the "quality" of her work in how everything she touches has to be revised and reviewed by Cosson.

At the link below are emails where Cosson has to constantly help McLellan or correct her work. 

  • Email 1 - It takes over a week to get a Hayward quote out and numerous revisions.  Note HAYWARD is never even copied on HIS OWN QUOTE.
  • Email 2 - McLellan writes, Cosson revises, McLellan is propped up again.
  • Email 3 - McLellan writes, Cosson revises, McLellan is propped up again.
  • Email 4 - Olson asks for a task to be done; It is way over the Potted Plant's head; She just punts to Cosson; Cosson does her job; The Plant responds "You're the jam"
  • Email 5 - Cosson makes fun of the Plant; the Plant responds "Whatevs"
  • Email 6 - The Plant gets a little testy when Cosson follows up !!!
  • Email 7 - The impatient Plant gets testy with the man doing her job.
  • Email 8 - Mommy can you help?...I think coordinates is just City code for "begs for help from everyone"
  • Email 9 - Press Release for Bowling...Unapproved Plant !!!
McLellan-Corrections

Now that Cosson is an external consultant with a no-bid contract, we the Citizen's will have to pay his consulting fee to perform the job given to the Airport's newest decoration, McLellan.

Is she gonna be without her Jam??

Another layer of Hayward waste!!!


 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Post 3 of 6: Cosson begins Dumbing Down the Airport Role for McLellan

On March 12 and 13, Mayoral word burper Derek Cosson turned his talents to rewriting a job description that Rebecca McLellan might actually qualify for.  The document below was listed in the last post as "RV-Manager of Air Service Development Marketing.doc"

The effort made by Cosson was to take the job description of the REAL Manager of Air Service Development Marketing and make it fit the former Air Conditioner Service Call Order Taker.

The entire redline document as at the link below.

RV-Manager-of-Air-Service-Development-Marketing-1053-2

Items of Note:
  • Notice the Name of the Document and the New Job Classification in the Document.
  • Seven (7) years experience becomes four (4)...oops, gotta drop that to two (2)
  • No aviation/airline experience needed anymore.
  • Must add communications because she actually did that
  • Gotta add in COO or she would work JUST for the Airport Director.
  • Eliminates all aviation related duties
  • Eliminates actually doing anything and makes it just a coordinator.
  • Eliminates required "thorough knowledge of domestic aviation trends and operations
  • Do you actually think McLellan has a "thorough knowledge of Federal State and local laws and ordinances governing the department"?
Cosson's redline crafting is then forwarded to McLellan for her review.

Derek forwarded the revisions without comment.  It would have been rude to say "is this dumbed down enough for you yet?"

Based on other emails to come, she couldn't do most of the stuff in THIS description.

Airport Marketing Potted Plant?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Post 2 of 6: Constructing a Job; Step 1 Assemble Current Job Description

Once Blab and Gaber Rebecca McLellan had her meeting with COO Tamara Fountain about constructing her job description for her made up job, then the task turned to making up the role.

You see, there was a problem. 

Since 2001, YES 2001, the Airport has had a role of Air Service AND Marketing Manager.  The role has been filled by Ms. Belinda Zephir.  Ms. Zephir was part of the team that ensured Air Tran's service to Pensacola and helped bring Southwest to Pensacola.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/belinda-zephir/14/189/116

She knows the airline industry and has been in the role since Rebecca McLellan was 12 years old.  McLellan was still over a decade away from sending out air conditioner service calls.

So on March 12, 2015, "Webmaster" Derek Cosson sends the current job description of the Air Service Development Marketing role to McLellan modified to be a Airport Marketing Manager redlined to dumb it down from a seven year experience requirement of airline related experience to a 2 year requirement of general "marketing and communications" experience.


From: Derek Cosson
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:25 PM
To: Rebecca McLellan
Subject: RV - Manager of Air Service Development Marketing 1053.doc

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Did McLellan Get Her Made Up Airport Job. Post 1 of 6

The plan to create a managerial post at the Airport for self described big hair Blab and Gaber Rebecca (My mom found the Budget!) McLellan began in early March in the below email from COO Tamara Fountain.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Fountain
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:42 AM
To: Rebecca McLellan
Subject: Job description

By the end of the week, I want to have our marketing team firmed up. I have to have Chip's revised contract back. I need you to run that down. We need to schedule a meeting toward end of day to go over your job description. Please include Derek.

Also, I need to meet with Randy Hammer on the Woodland Heights Center.

T

Sent from my iPhone
_______________________
 
To sum up this email:
  • Finish up Chip's (not Emagination Unlimited) no-bid crony contract
  • Lets meet about how we can craft a job description you qualify for
  • Any mention of posting for candidates? Nope.
  • Sounds like she's hired for the marketing team before there is a job description.
  • Nice to work on your own job description.  Makes it easier to meet the requirements.
  • Where is any direction from the Mayor in this process?  Fountain initiative?
I wonder if Tamara Fountain had an Easy Bake Oven when she was little?

Sniff Sniff...Rack of Lamb?
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Announcing our Manufactured Airport Marketing Manager

Self described big hair girl Rebecca McLellan, daughter of City Budget Manager Yvette McLellan, has found a home at Pensacola Intergalactic Airport as the Marketing Manager.

This gives a whole new meaning to take your kids to work day.

Such an important job must have had a long list of local and regional talent apply, right? 

Airport marketing experience, right?

More than a few years of questionable experience, right?

How did they find the BUDGET to fund this new position at the Airport?

Well, this is Pensacola.  It's not what you know, but who you know.

Check out the qualification of the person charged with leading the airport's marketing efforts...IN HER OWN WORDS.


Rebecca McLellan
Experience


Pensacola International Airport
April 2015 – Present (2 months) Pensacola, Florida Area


City of Pensacola Office of Mayor Ashton J. Hayward
August 2013 – April 2015 (1 year 9 months) Pensacola, Florida Area

Assisted in the development of press releases and other communications, coordinated media inquiries and interview requests, and performed scheduling and other administrative tasks. Responsible for the development of the Mayor’s UPwords digital newsletter. Played an instrumental role in planning and executing special events such as the Mayor’s State of the City Address, the Southwest Airlines Inaugural Breakfast and Celebration, and the Palafox Street Celebration for being named a Top 10 Street in America. Coordinated production of the seven-episode TV series The Upside of Florida, which highlighted City of Pensacola departments and services as well as other topics like storm recovery and downtown businesses. Developed the concept and worked with the production team to plan and produce each episode.


April 2014 – December 2014 (9 months) Pensacola, Florida Area

Co-hosted a mid-morning variety program showcasing Pensacola businesses, restaurants, arts and culture, and special events. Conducted on-screen interviews, brainstormed programming ideas, and researched businesses and individuals featured on the program. Regularly featured on social media to promote program and engage audience.


November 2010 – July 2013 (2 years 9 months) Pensacola, Florida Area

Performed duties involving coordination of customer service calls as well as maintaining employee daily schedules and customer invoicing. Additional role as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator includes the development and supervision of the company’s Facebook page as well as maintaining company blogs and other social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Angie’s List. Additional responsibilities include coordination with web designer as well as creating graphic designs for billboards and advertisements and responsible for creating newsletters and customer mail-outs.


May 2009 – May 2010 (1 year 1 month)Pensacola, Florida Area

Completed a rigorous internship working closely with the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator in promoting various activities within the Fiesta of Five Flags organization. Designed various announcements, invitations, brochures, newsletters and other publications promoting various activities such as The Pensacola Crawfish Festival and The Pensacola Seafood Festival.
_________________________________________
  • BLAB Host?
  • Customer service calls?
AirPort...Air Design....I see it now!


Wait till you see how this job was constructed just for her by Fountain and Cosson.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hayward Fountain Disregard Charter and Approved Budget; City Org Chart is a Lie!

A few weeks ago I got a threatening letter from attorney Rob (Independent Investigator) Larkin regarding my contention that under the City organizational chart, on the airport website and in the budget approved by City Council, the Airport Director reported to the City Administrator as all department heads do in the official city organizational chart in the Budget submitted and approved by Council.

I sent the following to substantiate my position:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/265084693/Airport-Director-to-CAO

Well evidently the City's organization structure has changed and no one with the City Council, PNJ, Inweekly, Pensacola Today, WEAR, etc. etc. etc. noticed or cared.

The airport website now states:

A Department of the City of Pensacola Interim Airport Director reports to the City's Chief Operations Officer Carries out policies set by the Pensacola City Council

http://flypensacola.com/page/About-Airport

Now in the City of Pensacola, Department Directors must be approved by Council, but report to someone that is a political flunky who then reports to someone approved by Council.

Approved by Council.....Political flunky....Approved by Council

Perfect!

Only in Pensacola can you interject a person politically appointed into a direct employee chain specifically stated in the Charter to be subject to Council approval.

If there is a mishap, incident or situation at the Airport, Mr. Flynn needs to pick up the phone and call the Marketing Princess rather than the Mayor or she will send another insubordination email like she did when he emailed the Interim City Administrator regarding the out of control marketing contractor.

Hot Mess!

Monday, May 11, 2015

More Airport: Contractor Henderson Places Self Between Airlines and Airport Staff; Fountain Approves

On January 14, 2015, COO Tamara Fountain requested from the airport staff a list of the airport's 2015 marketing contacts.  The list includes:
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Silver Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines &
  • United Airlines
These are the marketing contacts at the airlines, the real customers of the Airport.

Pensacola Intergalactic has a role for Manager of Airport Service Development. 

That job description calls for a minimum of seven (7) years experience with the airline industry.  It is the primary liaison between the airlines and the Airport.  This person reports directly to the Airport Director.

But in a rush to provide ultimate power to Hayward Insiders with NO EXPERIENCE IN AIR SERVICE WHATSOEVER, no-bid contractor Chip Henderson of Emagination Unlimited is forwarded the information provided to Tamara Fountain.

The over zealous, self promoting Henderson immediately responds to Fountain:

"This is great. I'd like to send a brief introductory email and let them know to contact me directly regarding any marketing related needs, etc.

I'd like to pre-empt them from calling for Belinda and being passed through multiple layers."

Pre-empt the airlines from calling an experienced industry expert so they can call a man whose only airport or airline management experience is scoring a no-bid contract due to who he knew and using the Mayor's buddies as contractors?

The COO responds to her buddy "go for it"

Does anyone else think this is beyond ridiculous and now moving into the pathetic.

I plan to be reviewing FAA requirements to find any area I can to notify the FAA of the farce that the Pensacola City Hall seventh floor is operating our airport under by moving unqualified people into leadership positions at the Airport, at airport and airline expense.

Airport knowledgeable folks, you can post here anonymously.  I moderate all posts so if you don't want the comment posted but just want to pass info put DO NOT POST in the first part of the post and I will keep it confidential.

I will be going into the manufacturing of a job for someone's pet over the remainder of this week.  It will make you sick.
___________

From: Tamara Fountain
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:43 AM
To: Chip Henderson
Subject: RE: Marketing Contacts


go for it

From: Chip Henderson [mailto:chip@getemagination.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7:26 PM
To: Tamara Fountain
Cc: Rebecca McLellan; Derek Cosson
Subject: Re: Marketing Contacts

Tamara,

This is great. I'd like to send a brief introductory email and let them know to contact me directly regarding any marketing related needs, etc.

I'd like to pre-empt them from calling for Belinda and being passed through multiple layers.

Thanks,

Chip

Sent from my iPhone. Not closely proofread.

On Jan 14, 2015, at 7:06 PM, Tamara Fountain <TFountain@cityofpensacola.com> wrote:
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Andrea Kvech <
akvech@cityofpensacola.com<mailto:akvech@cityofpensacola.com>>
Date: January 14, 2015 at 4:29:26 PM CST
To: Tamara Fountain <
TFountain@cityofpensacola.com<mailto:TFountain@cityofpensacola.com>>
Cc: Dan Flynn <
DFlynn@cityofpensacola.com<mailto:DFlynn@cityofpensacola.com>>, Rebecca Donahue <RDonahue@cityofpensacola.com<mailto:RDonahue@cityofpensacola.com>>
Subject: Marketing Contacts

Tamara,

Per your request, I have attached a listing of the 2015 Airline Marketing Contacts.

Let me know if you need more information.

Thanks.

Andrea Levitt Kvech
Assistant Airport Director - Finance
Pensacola International Airport
2430 Airport Blvd., Ste. 225
Pensacola, FL  32504
Office: 850.436-5000
Fax:    850.436-5006

Friday, May 8, 2015

Economic Development Hayward Style: Give Crony Cosson A No-Bid Contract

Only in the cesspool of cronyism that is the Hayward Administration can the following be allowed and not reported by the media.
  • Political beast Derek Cosson caught catfishing on blogs.  Letter of reprimand.
  • Cosson caught beating up Council and rivals on Dicksblog.  He resigns in December but keeps working at City Hall for months.
  • In January he forms a new company. No, not Campfire, another one.  Verse and Voice Media LLC.
https://www.scribd.com/doc/264641802/Verse

  • COO Tamara Fountain's husband is the Registered Agent. Shocker!!
  • Cosson "leaves" City Hall and gets a nice, fat, no bid City contract.  He will receive $60 per hour of OUR tax dollars to provide the City with such critical services as:
    • Speechwriting...with taxpayer dollars
    • Copywriting...with taxpayer dollars
    • Copyediting...with taxpayer dollars
    • Strategic message development...with taxpayer dollars
    • Research...with taxpayer dollars.

















Waste by this government is disgraceful. 

The PNJ is beating Gulf Breeze and Ed Gray up over giving donations to charities such as the wounded warriors and sponsoring events from a financial engine that powers that City.

The PNJ won't touch the fact that a City of 50,000 has a no-bid contract to the Mayor's crony to write speeches and press releases.

Even watchpup Outzen who tried to have Cosson arrested over Dick's Blog won't touch it.

Aunt Ginny isn't working for Studer...yet.  Why not give her a chance to pimp you too, Mr. Mayor? 

Queue the circus music.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fountain Using Taxpayer Time for Studer For-Profit Entity

Based on the email from Dawson Company representative John Myslak to the design committee of Quint Studer's PNJ Development it appears that the design committee meets during the day at Studer's SOGO complex.

Questions:
  • Why should Tamara Fountain, City COO, on taxpayer time, participate in Quint Studer's for profit endeavor?
  • Is Studer paying the City for her consulting expertise?
  • Is Fountain reimbursing the City for her time away for other private business interests?
  • Has the City approved Fountain's participation in a for profit project on City time?
  • Is Fountain using vacation time to participate in the outside for profit activity?

If this is OK then can you, Mr. Mayor, send over a Parks & Rec crew to my house?  The grass is getting a little long and the bushes need trimming.

From the City Human Resource Manual

To the extent possible, work should be scheduled during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
______________________
 
I forwarded my concerns to Quint. His response is below. 
 
Maren 
 
As always respect your passion and dedication to the citizens and your looking into many important things.
Rishy and I include many in processes including city staff from before we start a rehab to assure what we do is acceptable for permitting, etc.
For apartments to not include the city from step one would not be right in that this project is too important not to make sure we are following all steps.
Thank you for letting us and your readers know your thoughts.
My very best 
______________________
 
Opinion:
 
I understand and support the project but disagree with Quint. 
 
Bringing in the City COO in design is not like running a design by the planning department or asking code enforcement a question. Access to City staff is available under current operations via a roundtable process.  Tamara Fountain's participation is positioning the City to be in an uncomfortable position should differences arise.
 
Smart for a business man!  Dumb for the City!
 
I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A SEPARATION OF FOR PROFIT DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY.  ONE PLANS, BUILDS AND PROFITS, THE OTHER REGULATES AND HOLDS ACCOUNTABLE.
 
What do your think?
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Now that's One Way to Fast Track a Development!

Quint Studer's company is planning a large apartment development on the old PNJ site.

One sure fire way to get stuff past the City Boards unimpeded is to put the Mayor's job threatening COO on the Design Committee.

Questions:
  • Does Tamara Fountain threaten the ARB (Architectural Review Board) the way she did the airport director?
  • Is her participation on the design committee a conflict of interest?
  • Why not just put the Code Enforcement Director and City Planning Director on the team to speed it up even faster?
  • Enter another Campfire member, Drew (Let Me Troll the Web to Pimp Your Project and Harass Anyone Who Objects) Buchanan.
Full Disclosure:  Quint has kept me in the loop on this project from the beginning.  I support the project totally.

I DO NOT SUPPORT SENIOR CITY STAFF ON COMMITTEES PREPPING STUFF TO COME BEFORE SUBORDINATE CITY STAFF AND CITY BOARDS.


From: John Myslak [mailto:johnmyslak@thedawsoncompany.com]
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 12:01 PM
To: Bailey Pope; 'Andrew Rothfeder'; 'drew@startyourcampfire.com'; Tamara Fountain; Rishy Studer (rishy@bodaciousolive.com); Jeff Smith
Cc: Studer, Quint; Annalise Davis
Subject: design committee minutes and next meeting

Design committee:

Thank you for the productive session today. As usual I am providing notes from the meeting so as to memorialize the concepts discussed. Please feel free to amend as you see fit.

·        John Myslak began by bringing the committee up to date on comments received from meetings with ARB board members. Comments about character reflecting multiple buildings, southern vernacular, etc. were shared.

·        Jeff explained layout changes from the last site plan version and the overall aesthetic and economic impact of those changes. The committee felt positive about the changes being positive from both a design and economics standpoint. We now have more double loaded corridor, lower height type 5A construction in Tarragona, which is more cost effective and a smaller parking footprint, which again saves the project money.

·        Jeff polled the committee about the retail portion of Jefferson in regard to sun shading for the retail tenants. Would canopy or arcade be preferred. The committee has asked for examples which Jeff will provide. It seems however that the committee is leaning towards canopies so as not to give up retail square footage, which would be required to construct an arcade.

·        Rishy and the other members would like to retain the flexibility to “personalize” frontage areas for retail tenants. This helps identify their spaces and adds interest to the long fa├žade.

·        Jeff and Bailey described the change in location to the roof top amenity. The new south facing location is driven by cost and code and by placing it atop the leasing office we can construct in such a way as to not need to use a higher level of masonry and steel construction. The view from the new location will still be terrific.

·        Jeff and Bailey described the function and layout of the newly re-designed parking structure. They described the nesting area and how and where the gates are located.

The next meeting will be March 27th at 10:00 AM at SoGo. By this time Jeff will begin to have some new elevations with the character beginning to show. If anything changes in meeting date or location I’ll get a note out to let you know.

Thanks again everybody!

 John V. Myslak
The Dawson Company
41 N. Jefferson St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
850-356-0907 cell

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Even Cosson Choked on the Bogan Proposal: A 900% Increase!

When Laura Bogan finally got around to submitting her proposal, she shocked even Derek Cosson and Tamara Fountain.

SHE WANTED $90,000 TO HANDLE SOCIAL MEDIA.  A 900% increase from the current cost at the time according to Cosson.

But remember Cosson's objection was before Cosson and Bogan were business partners sitting around that Campfire together.

http://startyourcampfire.com/about-us/

The City ultimately agreed to a 300% increase.

Bogan Contract

It's all good now according to Derek's thumbs up.



















 
 
From: Derek Cosson
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 3:22 PM
To: Tamara Fountain
Subject: RE: Proposal. Thank you very much!

That’s more than a 900% increase. $90k/year for social media services is not tenable.

Derek Cosson
Public Information Officer
City of Pensacola
222 West Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Work: (850) 436-5626
Cell: (850) 530-6133

For Non-Emergency Citizen Requests, Dial 311 or visit Pensacola311.com.

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: Tamara Fountain
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 3:16 PM
To: Derek Cosson
Subject: Fwd: Proposal. Thank you very much!

We may have to reduce what we can get. 

From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.

-------- Original message --------
From: Laura Bogan <
laurabogan@me.com
>
Date:
To: Tamara Fountain <
TFountain@cityofpensacola.com
>
Subject: Proposal. Thank you very much!

Dear Tamara,

Attached is my proposal.
Please feel free to contact me anytime, including the weekend, with any questions.  

Thank you very much!
Laura