Corruption Allegations? Pensacola?
Julian MacQueen is giving up on his Fixed Base Operation at Pensacola Intergalactic. MacQueen started the Innisfree Jet Center as an upscale alternative to the Airport's other FBO Pensacola Aviation Center. The Innisfree Center was to be a high end facility which attempted to cater to wealthy travelers.
During the July 2016 City Council meeting, Council approved the assignment of the Innisfree lease to Pensacola Aviation who will take over the space.
In exchange for approving the assignment, Pensacola Aviation agreed to drop their complaint against the Airport for illegally allowing Innisfree to operate a second FBO at the Airport and making political accommodations to Innisfree.
In the complaint at the link below, Pensacola Aviation alleges that:
"Innisfree is owned primarily by Julian MacQueen, a well-known hotelier and friend of the Mayor of Pensacola."
"This complaint arises out of the Respondent's manipulation of the Airport's Minimum Standards to reduce requirements for FBOs in order to enable a politically connected party to sell fuel without making an appropriate investment in the Airport."
The complaint is not very flattering of the Mayor's former Chief of Staff's actions.
The complaint details the Mayor's alleged actions to deceive City Council on the appropriateness of making Innisfree a FBO able to provide fuel to aircraft.
"The March 5, 2012 Committee Memorandum (the "Memorandum") prepared by or on behalf of Mayor Hayward contains outright misstatements, all of which boost Innisfree's effort to obtain the right to fuel independent aircraft."
Lying to Council....Na! They wouldn't do that would they?
Guess it is all in the context!
- How much have been spent in legal fees defending this Hayward folly?
- Was Council briefed on the allegations?
- Was this an assignment or a settlement?