Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Should Brian Spencer be Voting on His Client's E-Date?

FS 112.3143 (3)(a) No county, municipal, or other local public officer shall vote in an official capacity upon any measure which would inure to his or her special private gain or loss; which he or she knows would inure to the special private gain or loss of any principal by whom he or she is retained or to the parent organization or subsidiary of a corporate principal by which he or she is retained, other than an agency as defined in s. 112.312(2)

Brian Spencer's architectural firm SMP (He's the S), is the retained architect on Mr. Studer's coffee shop presently under construction at Baylen and Main Street.

http://fl-pensacola.civicplus.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/05192016-1225

Brian's firm was previously architect for the One Maritime building and other Studer projects.

This isn't the six degrees of Kevin Bacon he played with DAG Architects and the Community Centers.  Its his Firm.  

Might be best to abstain. 

I do, however, believe that if the Mayor's promise to Studer when the EDATE was issued was to give ten years of tax abatement, then the Mayor should ask Council to approve the EDATE revision under the new state laws to allow for the promised 10 year EDATE.

The promise of a Mayor is the word of a City.  Do we really want to be known as a City that goes back on promises?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maren- perhaps if the Studer group had not forced the grandfathering in under Enterprise Zone opportunities, I could be sympathetic to your call. However, they were not content to play by the rules and wait and apply during the year that tax appreciation went into effect, instead claiming non-existent job gains that were clearly described as transfer jobs. When asked about the clock running, Andrew Rothfeder said he would rather have effectively eight years of tax abatement than take a chance on no abatement. Did Hayward promise something beyond what was approved by council? Someone is taking advantage of our fair city and the tax deferments possible. I note that Sfuder is advertising that his development at the news Journal site will generate $400,000 of annual taxes. Is that on top of the edate? Or lost for ten years when edate is expanded to be effective for 12 yrs total?