Friday, March 17, 2017

Only In Pensacola...Hayward Crawls Out of Bed to Suck Up to His Supporters!

Everyone in Pensacola loves Mardi Gras!  It is a celebration that includes everyone. Black, white, young, old, drunk, sober.  But this year may be the last year floats will parade down Palafox.

This year two Palafox business owners were not happy with the parades.  It made them sad!

So what did they do?

They called a three hour DIB meeting on Saturday to voice their concerns and complaints.

And one member of the DIB used their purchased influence with the Mayor to get him to come to the meeting...on a Saturday.

The Mayor that can't come to a City Council meeting during the work week, took his Saturday to attend a DIB meeting.

Once his royal highness heard the pleas of his patrons and financial backers, he made the following statement:

We may need to reevaluate the City's parade route to keep it off of south Palafox.

I understand the statement is on tape and I will post the audio of the gripe session when I receive it.

Over a hundred years of City tradition scrapped for the benefit a few upset Hayward patrons!

You see...Palafox exists for his people.  Maybe they will start charging admission to Palafox?

16 comments:

CJ Lewis said...

Be sure to post the DIB meeting minutes when they become available.

Sherri Myers said...

Don't assume there is a tape of the meeting. I was recently told by a DIB employee that they do not tape the DIB meetings. Don't know if that is true. Was the meeting advertised? Was it held in a public place? Were any sunshine laws violated? How can we forced the DIB to tape all of its meetings? I assume you will make an open record request, and so will I. Sherri

Kathy said...

Thank you for letting the community know. I and a lot of other Krewe's here in Pensacola were unaware of this. Kathy

Mike. Andel said...

As President of the Board of Directors of the Krewe of Lafitte it is hard to imagine moving any parade off of Palafox, the heart of downtown, would even be considered. Did anyone ask the thousands of people who attend these parades what they think? Palafox is the heart and soul of the parade route. When we enter the two way part of Palafox with our thirteen floats the excitement is deafening and Palafox is filled from wall to street with people. What kind of business would not want the foot traffic that these parades provide? I think only those who do not love this city and those who don't understand the social and economic impact of a simple parade. Mr. Mayor, I do believe you do love this city and hope you do not cave in to these few.

Anonymous said...

That's a good one Mike...

Anonymous said...

Bring it on down S. DeVillers into Belmont/DeVillers... we love a parade!

Anonymous said...

I, for one, will not shop at any store that wants to stop the Parade down Palafox Street!

John Peacock said...

Maren
I am more than willing to sit with you for a full interview if you want the facts about what did and did not occur at this or any other DIB meeting. Let me know if you are interested

Anonymous said...

you already dont shop at any of the shops on palafox already

Maren DeWeese said...

John,

Thanks for posting. I have been told by people present what the Mayor said, who he said it to and the specifics regarding the parade route. I am getting the audio of the meeting. I will listen to it and I will be sharing it here on my blog. Once we have all heard the audio I promise you an opportunity to deny what he said, spin what he said and claim that he really didn't say what we heard him say.

I am trying not to bring the individual business owners into this as the real issue is the Mayor attempting to satisfy supporters. If you think specifics regarding the meeting would help, I can go through the specifics.

Have a great morning!
Maren

John Peacock said...

I am unaware of any recording. I always think facts and specifics. I have no reason to spin anything. i will always shoot straight with you or anyone else. Context matters. Feel free to call me if you want to chat

Dorothy Dubuisson said...

Maren- I made a recording of the public Mtg which I have shared with others. I have sent you a copy so that you may hear the conversations. There were several topics of interest on the agenda of the meeting which was held on an unusual day, and different location from previous DIB mtgs which I had regularly been in habit of attendance. I plugged in my I phone and set it out in full view of the board , believing a publicly advertised Mtg to allow such under public mtgs laws. There is some invindiaryconversation which has occurred and three different individuals have asked for my recording. It might behoove the Dib to follow the lead of other public bodies and record meetings to guarantee correct miinutes and available quoting.

Anonymous said...


Banning Mardi Gras parades from Palafox Street is a marvelous and progressive idea. The Mayor should share this idea with others, perhaps even calling the mayor of New Orleans and suggesting that he not allow the Crew of Rex to parade down Canal Street. I'm sure that the mayor of New Orleans would appreciate Hayward's input.

Dorothy Dubuisson said...

Invindiaryconversation is fat finger typing of incindiary conversation

Dorothy Dubuisson said...

To be fair the conversation was about more than MardiGras parades. But a member of the city staff was there to provide information on how often Palafox was completely shut down. Reducing the number of closures was discussed. Discussion of alternate parade route; beads in trees and tree fund money for maintenance; weight of parade throws; regulations on parades established by organizers. Incomplete information was shared and real parties to the specialevents (organizers) were not there to discuss. Mayor did suggest charge more for Seville Square events to reduce use there, and direct to Maritime; alternate routes, supporting businesses that he encouraged to come downtown. John is right that context of conversations impacts statements. And it would have been better for topic to be widely advertised with organizers and historical participants made aware of meeting. I also believe special meeting time and location meant fewer attended in audience. It was a lovely affair with great coffee, fruit, muffins and downtown ambiance. Glad I was over my bug crud and able to go. Other important items were on agenda.

Anonymous said...

Do these businesses have any idea how much money is actually spent on Palafox for the parades & wells leading up to them? Oh my? I think these "business owners" need to find a new hobby! The street is shut down like 4x a year for parades, for less than 3 hours at a time. Meanwhile the people lining the streets are patronizing their businesses. This sounds shady & ridiculous!