Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lets Unpack This Comment

Since Amy Miller has so much spare time perhaps she should also be given the task of managing the multiuse intergalactic 1910 fishing village (aka baseball stadium). 

Response:  Actually not a bad idea.  Right now we are paying for someone else to Not Manage the property. Since Amy is not doing anything at the port, "event management" at the CMP would only save money on the outside service.

With regards to the baseball stadium, you must have been in hibernation not to notice that UWF played their football home games there and it was a huge success.  True multi-use!!

The promoter(s) of this fiasco told the taxpayers that the stadium would be in constant use for everything from lacrosse tournaments to Ping-Pong matches, yet our huge investment sits idle for 97% of any given year. Here are some ideas to get Amy started.

Response:  Your facts are so wrong that it defeats your intended impact.  97% idle...lets unpack your false comment.

  • 70 Wahoos games
  • 5 UWF games
  • 2 day Eggfest
  • 1 day Soul Bowl
  • 3 days PSA College Tournament
  • 2 daysEaster Service
  • 1 day High School games
  • 1 day Subway All Star Game
That's 85 days just there.  85/365 = 23% usage...seven times your claimed usage amount.  But I'm missing bunches of other events.  So you see how not stating facts hurts your case?

1. Why are there acres of pasture land sitting totally vacant? 

Response:  Because Ashton Hayward denied the YMCA space, denied Studer 2 leases for two more buildings. Thats three additional building leases that lay at Hayward's feet.

Can't we make money raising cattle on that land? No one has yet to show up wanting to build six-story office buildings. 

Besides the 2 office buildings that have already been built?  And the three buildings Hayward nixed?

Ah, but the renderings were SO pretty.....

Response:  The renderings are pretty...I have the work ups in my garage on the wall.  

2. What should we do with a baseball stadium that usually has no baseball games? 

Response:  See above.  You are baseball obsessed evidently.  Have a hot dog!  Enjoy a beverage. Watch a game.  Throw with your grand kids in the outfield after a game.  Embrace the success!

Let's try to rent the stadium to Space-X for it's launches. Plenty of seating for everyone to watch!

Response:  Actually, you may be on to something.  Pensacon should look at expansion since the Civic Center and the Grand aren't big enough.

3. There is a marina but no boats. Can't we rent those slips to overflow ships from the port?

Response:  The port has few ships as it is.  A day marina (no overnights) is in the plan I believe.

4. And an amphitheater with no theater? Let's see if we can get the Academy Awards to come to Pensacola next year. Never mind that the amphitheater has no parking. No one will mind parking on the street and walking miles to the park.

Response:  I agree with you completely. The amphitheater is a disaster.  Remember all the organizations that came and begged for the back of the house so they could have events there. Remember all of the organizations that said they would move their events to CMP.  Crickets!

BUT Hayward could change it immediately anytime he wants to by charging  $10,000 to a organization for Seville Square and only $1,500 for the Amphitheater and green.

Remember, Hayward took full credit for the completion of the Park when he came into office. He has been in office over 6 years.  WHAT HAS HE DONE???

One word...Failure!

Response:  I agree.  Hayward is a failure!

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Difference is Day and Night

Every day Pensacola Airport Director Dan Flynn has to manage an enterprise of the City of Pensacola that:

  • has thousands of users arriving and departing daily
  • manages the bags of those users while insuring they contain nothing dangerous
  • has tenants operating huge jets, rental cars, small aircraft and helicopters
  • has military training operations passing through constantly 
  • keeps the traffic moving and the users safe providing both police and fire protection
  • makes sure the vendors in the building have what their contracts require the City to do
  • makes sure his Government oversight organizations can operate effectively
  • makes sure the runways, lighting and equipment are operating effectively
  • oversees a major construction project occurring inside his fence line
  • adjusts on the fly (pun intended) to weather delays around the country and their impact to his operation
  • makes sure someone waters the Potted Plant
All while trying to market the City's airport that competes in a regional daily price competition that he doesn't control.

Every day Pensacola Port Director Amy Miller has to manage an enterprise of the City of Pensacola that:
  • may go literally weeks or months without a ship ever coming to a dock
  • if one is here might have a total crew of 20 most of which never leave the port facility
  • if one is here more often than not is either NOT LOADING ANY CARGO or is loading cargo obscure to the rest of the Port industry
  • if one is here more often than not is NOT USING the expensive shore power she lobbied for
  • operates a rail spur that rarely is used because rail freight other than aggregate rarely comes through the port
  • has tried for a decade to get rid of the one tenant that uses that rail line
  • has so many empty warehouses and buildings that it appears Mardi Gras float storage is actually a revenue producer
  • spends tens of thousands of dollars annually maintaining security to protect those empty buildings
  • has a marque tenant that has been placed on COD status by the City CFO
All while "trying" to market the City's port that spends less on marketing than it does the Mayor's Facebook page in a pricing market that the City unilaterally controls.

And that is IF a ship is here.   How does she kill 8 hours a day the majority of the time when the only activities going on are maintenance of the empty facility and taking sunset Facebook photos.

What does she do all day everyday?

Everyone involved in the history of Pensacola from De Luna to Hayward recognizes the value of our harbor and port but the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MAYOR and his crack Port Director can't figure out how to utilize this resource.

One word...Failure!

Friday, February 24, 2017

More on Hayward's Personal Liability

It is clear from ongoing case law that the City will need separate counsel from Hayward.
Hayward could always hire Bobby K.

See this wrongful termination case ongoing in Maui:

"His wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit seeks unspecified “general, special, consequential, compensatory, double, treble, exemplary and/or punitive damages”; pre- and post-judgment interest; and attorneys’ fees and costs.

It is the federal discrimination claims that made the federal court in Honolulu a more appropriate place to file the lawsuit, his attorneys said.

The named defendants are Maui County and Arakawa, as mayor and personally. The county had no comment on Watson’s ruling, saying that it covered Arakawa’s role in his personal — not his official capacity.  Arakawa’s personal attorney, former Attorney General David Louie, had no comment on the ruling Tuesday."


Dang...“general, special, consequential, compensatory, double, treble, exemplary and/or punitive damages”; pre- and post-judgment interest; and attorneys’ fees and costs."

Mayor Hayward better start looking for the change in that couch.


Mayors New Theme Song - Crapped Out Again

Flat broke and busted, it just don't seem fair
The Man in Heaven, don't hear my prayer
And these dice are loaded, and I still can't win
Flat broke and busted, crapped out again

Maybe tomorrow, I'll see the light
And I'll know the difference, tween wrong and right
My ship is out there, but it can't come in
Flat broke and busted, crapped out again

And now I'm hangin on tight, to the end of my rope
Somebody call me a preacher, yeah, let's call the Pope
Just the flip of a coin, the turn of a card
I'll be back up on top, damn, I'll be livin' large

My ship is out there, but it can't come in
Flat broke and busted, all crapped out, crapped out again

Thursday, February 23, 2017



How is it not a conflict of interest for Ashton Hayward who is now PERSONALLY being sued for his alleged violations of Matt Schmitt's civil rights to be able to make any statement to the City Council or act on behalf of the City in any way regarding any potential settlements with the Plaintiff?

If he settles it without Council permission like he did the Reynolds case, is he not using City funds to settle a personal potential liability?  Conflict of Interest?

If he recommends Council settle the case, isn't that also self serving and a conflict?

If he lobbies or discusses the matter with Council is he not lobbying in a matter that might inure to his special benefit?

Since the City is now a separate defendant from Ashton J. Hayward III, individual, and he is individually a defendant shouldn't the City retain separate counsel from the Mayor?

And shouldn't all communications between their separate counsel and them be done in the shade, away from Hayward?

Is it not very possible that the City could chose to settle the matter separate from any potential liability the Mayor has individually?

Is it not conceivable that the best interest of the City would be to settle with the Chiefs but let the case against Ashton J. Hayward III, individual, continue to trial where his personal assets are at stake?

This case is the very DEFINITION of Conflict of Interest.

This makes my brain hurt.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hayward In His Individual Capacity

First Here...Came Down Today

ORDER - The defendants'  Partial Motion to Dismiss is DENIED, to the extent that it seeks dismissal of the claim against Mayor Hayward in his individual capacity. Per the Stipulation of the parties, Olson and Sisson are hereby DISMISSED from this action, and the claim against Mayor Hayward in his official capacity is also DISMISSED. This action shall continue against the City, and against the mayor in his individual capacity. Signed by SENIOR JUDGE ROGER VINSON on 2/22/2017. ERIC OLSON and EDWARD SISSON terminated. (djb) (Entered: 02/22/2017)

What does this mean?
  • He could lose his personal assets
  • He is responsible for his own attorney fees
  • No longer in office means NOTHING...He leaves...case stays
  • Who wants to be partners with him with this hanging over him...PERSONALLY?

Why Is The Port of Pensacola Failing So Badly?

Amy Miller!  Period.

Amy Miller, in all likelihood, will be the last port director in the 450 years of ports in Pensacola. Let's recap her successes.

  • She came in with much fanfare about being one of the few female Port Directors.  Whoo hoo what does that get you in the Global Port Marketplace...Nothing!
  • She is a big proponent of..."If you have it, they will come."
  • She essentially quit marketing for cargo to come through the port thinking the offshore industry would be her meal ticket. 
  • She doubled down on the offshore industry jumping in blindly to the Deepflex fiasco.
  • She made the Deepflex debacle worse due to her lack of experience in project management.
  • She kept betting on the come by letting her only customer stack up accounts receivable due to a lack of other customers
  • According to the Port Quarterly financials presented by Dick Barker, she is the reason the Port Grant with OIM is screwed up, encouraging them to pay for items out of their own money in violation of the grant requirements.  Now the grant is all jacked up, FDOT is not happy and she is begging Tricky Dick for help.
  • She has let the Port's traffic diminish so much that the Port has to pay a Port Pilot to do nothing because every port must have a pilot IN CASE a ship was coming to the dock.  A Pensacola rarity unless it gives tours to tourists.
  • She sits idly by waiting to retire and pass the torch of port closure to Clark Merritt whose only experience prior to Port Development was real estate and Navy aircraft maintenance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/clark-merritt-2827789
Just to show you the lack of confidence Ashton Hayward has in the Port as a current operation, just look at the current year budget.

Council was presented with an initial budget for 2016-2017 of $82,500 to market the port.

The Ports budget for marketing was cut in the final budget to $32,310.

Lets put this in context, the Mayor of the City of Pensacola pays more monthly and annually for his official photographer, Laura Bogan, than he does to market 50 acres of the most prime industrial property in Northwest Florida.

Amy Miller, the first port director in 450 years to make others start thinking Dr. Elebash may be right after all.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Port Business? Who's paying the Bill?

The Port of Pensacola declares in what has recently been rare news that an actual ship is coming to the Port.

The website shows that Eagle Stavanger, a HUGE tanker, is coming in for repairs from February 20 to March 3.


A few questions that you might ask:

  • It's the 21st of February and no ship.  Where is it?  Well as of 09:41:07 this AM it was anchored outside the Pensacola Pass.
  • Bigger question, is this an Offshore Inland project?  If so, GREAT!
  • Biggest question, has CFO Tricky Dick Barker realized that you can't kill your golden goose when you only have ONE goose? (Offshore Inland)
You see Barker has Offshore Inland in a financial pickle.  The following is from the December Quarterly Report to Council.

All Port lease payments have been paid and are current. The lease payments due from Offshore
Inland Marine are current. However, dockage and other vessel fees, which Offshore Inland recovers from its customers then remits to the Port, continue to be slower to pay. At the end of the fourth quarter this account had an outstanding balance of $665,422.33.

As previously reported to Council, the Port received a $2 million FDOT economic development grant
for construction of a heavy-lift overhead crane facility to support Offshore Inland’s operations. Currently, grant reimbursement of certain project-related expenses incurred by Offshore Inland is in question. To assist Offshore Inland with their cash flow while this issue is being resolved, Port – with the Chief Financial Officer’s consent – is allowing Offshore Inland to hold open up to $363,000 in receivables which represents an amount approximately equal to the amount which Offshore Inland is claiming to be “out of pocket” on the crane facility work. 

In light of Offshore Inland’s inability to maintain their account balance within those parameters, they have been advised that dockage and vessel fees on all future vessels must either be paid in advance of the vessel’s departure or they will be billed directly to the vessel. Once the grant reimbursement issue is resolved, Offshore Inland’s outstanding receivables balance will be addressed further.

  • The ship's captain better have a Black AMEX card, or
  • Offshore Inland may have some cash to pay before it leaves or
  • Tricky Dick is making deals that Council has not been informed of and contrary to his communications to them.
We shall see!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Little Thursday Fraud Waste and Abuse...Courtesy of the City

On February 13, 2017 most of us were looking for a little something for our Valentine.

Mayor Hayward likes to send out a few little Valentines himself.  But his Valentine's cost US, the Citizens, money.

Have you ever been to the Aviation Discovery Park?  It's between Pensacola Aviation and the Air Ambulance buildings on the back side of the airport.

It was a project of some great Citizens that was almost totally privately funded and then turned over to the City to be neglected like many of the 92 other parks in Pensacola.

At the park are plaques of the donors and of significant aviation figures in Pensacola.

Well evidently there is a problem with the plaques and they need to be removed and relocated.


The Hayward Administration has asked the City's outside engineer to:

"Provide the City of Pensacola (CP) with plaque layout planning services for Aviation Discovery Park.  The plans shall identify existing plaques to be removed and relocated on site,  Two alternative layouts will be prepared, and a method for installing the plaques in their new locations will be detailed."

For engineering the plaques, the City external engineer will receive a HAYWARD VALENTINE of $2,650.

Folks we are at a point where our City staff spends thousands of dollars of our money on Plaque Layout.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Opinion: Hayward a Gentleman in Public...Julius...Not so Much!

I have been a tad bit critical of Ashton Hayward. No...its true!

Yet no matter how much I am probably not his favorite Citizen and am not on his Christmas card list, every time I see him in public he is polite, cordial and, frankly, a gentleman.

I respect that about him. Although we don't agree on much, when we are in the same space we can act like adults.

Julius...not so much!  The new banty rooster is an elitist, self centered jerk.  It's all about him 24-7 365.

Last weekend I went grocery shopping and was somewhere between the fruits and the vegetables. Who did I come across?  Julius!  Face to face!  As he stared me down, I did what any normal adult would do in a grocery store with someone they had known for 10 years.

I said...wait for it..."Hello"

Julius immediately cuts into me about he's not in the mood, family issues, blah blah blah.

All I said was HELLO!

Now I recognize that I have...at times pointed out the many shortcomings of Julius.  The insider deals, the power plays, the votes for friends, the control of any process he can control.

But, man, I must be in his melon big time when Hello leads to the reaction I got in the grocery store.

Poor form Julius!

Ashton...Thank you!  I appreciate it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let's See If Council Waffles on Interfering with Hayward

Back in the Fire Chief debacle, the Council was presented with taking action in supporting the Chiefs.

Big brave Wu made big statements about being told not to interfere with employee matters.

"As you know, we've been cautioned what to say and not to say"

Here are some quotes from Jewel:

  • Cannada Wynn "We don't even have any input into hiring and firing"
  • Cannada Wynn "Council in our capacity now does not have the authority"
So have the sheep actually grown some horns?

We will see.  But in the end I predict...baaaabaaaabaaaa

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

City Confirmed Another EEOC Complaint Has Been Filed

A response to my records request:


Maren DeWeese
2435 Semoran Drive
Pensacola FL 32503

RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of 2/1/2017 Reference # W001722-020117 for the following information: 

Any and ALL EEOC complaints filed by any city employee against the City of Pensacola for the following time frame:November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

Dear Maren DeWeese:

Pursuant to F.S. Section 119.071(2)(g)1, the records you requested above are exempt from F.S. Ch. 119 and the Florida Constitution, and thus no public right of access to these records exists at this time.

Thank you for using the Sunshine Center.

Matt Shaud

Public Records Coordinator
City of Pensacola
222 W. Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 435-1629

By claiming exemption they acknowledge the existence.  Once again the complaint is with the practices at the Fire Department.

Monday, February 6, 2017

OWN IT! YOU did it!

The PNJ is reporting that the Mayor and his henchmen are trying to get the Judge to throw out the PERSONAL aspects of the Fire Chief lawsuit.

You see, the Chiefs are looking to make the individuals responsible pay for their actions not just the taxpayers.  The RESPONSIBLE parties are crying that they were acting ONLY in their capacity as City officials.

Sisson's decisions were made because of his PERSONAL animosity to the Chiefs not the HR directors.

Hayward's decisions were made PERSONALLY as he continually makes decisions only based on how it benefits him not the City.


A computer program didn't make these decisions.

Deliberate calculated decisions from staff...people...INDIVIDUALS.

Until INDIVIDUALS are personally responsible for their actions they won't change.

I was only taking orders!  Where have we heard that before?


Thursday, February 2, 2017

One Year Ago...The Witchhunt Began




One year ago today was the beginning of Hayward's folly!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Flags, Flags, Flags Everywhere...Its all Talk with Hayward

Flag on the new patch

Flag on the front of the building

Flags on Every Truck

Deposition Questions for Ashton Hayward:

When you ordered the five flags changed to the State of Florida flag, did you not consider removing it from every City reference?

Mr. Mayor, you found the money to put your million dollar swave on every park, sign, and building but you never thought to remove a symbol many firefighters who had sued the City for racial harassment found offensive?