Friday, August 12, 2016

Airport / Mayor's Office Explored Circumventing Council with Innisfree Jet Center Deal

Documents reveal that in November of 2011 as the issue of whether or not Mayoral supporter Innisfree could be made an FBO or an SASO at the Airport, the Airport Staff and the Mayor's office directly discussed whether either the minimum standards changes or a "lease amendment" would need to go before City Council or if the Mayor's office could just amend the lease.

Yes, the Mayor's Office directly investigated circumventing the approval process to give the Mayor's supporter exactly what he wanted with no outside approval.

November 15, 2011 - Mayor's office sends an email to the Airport Director stating:
"I need be briefed on the Airport's propose min standards specifically, the FBO issue"

November 16, 2011 - Mayor's office sends an email to the Airport Director stating:
"I need to be briefed on the FBO and Julian issue ASAP"

November 17, 2011 - Airport consultant Michael Mulroney advised the Mayor's office:
"You asked for authority on the process of amending the Minimum Standards. The following is from the federal advisor circular on Minimum Standards. As you can see there is no requirement per se for a process prior to adoption of change. We did learn that airport staff has told some airport tenants that they would be involved in future changes to the Minimum Standards."

November 17, 2011 - Airport consultant Michael Mulroney advised the Mayor's office:
"Attached is a preliminary draft lease amendment clarifying Aerose's role as a SASO. This preliminary draft is a work in progress. With your approval Melinda will present it to Aerose for approval and acceptance. The target schedule for Aerose's acceptance of this amendment is the week of December 4th."

Proposed Innisfree Amendment

November 18, 2011 - The Mayor's office asks the City Attorney the following:

"Issue:

Does an amendment of the min.standards for the Airport operations have to be approved by
council?

Does an amendment to an existing lease to an airport tenant have to be approved by council?


If so, what is the legal authority?"

Clearly,

  1. The City's consultant had the lease amendment to give Innisfree everything already drafted.
  2. The Airport Director was willing, with the Mayor's office approval, to merely get Innisfree's approval and let them begin operations doing exactly what they wanted within 2 weeks.
  3. If the City Attorney had ruled in his favor, the Mayor would have executed the amendment for his supporter with no Council input.
Transparency in the Upside!

Another mandate from the Mayor taking care of his supporters at any cost.




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maren,

Your well-documented misfeasance, malfeasance and blatant corruption of Hayward and his administration seems to be endless! I'm totally ashamed of what Pensacola has become. The latest saga regarding the airport and now the gas tax debacle is unbelievable. Lysia Bowling falling on her sword for Ashton by attempting to convince everyone that she finally had an original thought and chose to act unilaterally when she filed the appeal to the governor's office is utterly ridiculous. If there was an ounce of justice in this town there would be a lot of people moving from City Hell to the City Jail. I initially misspelled City Hall on accident but decided to leave it because its apropos.