Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lyter Double Speak

Not enough officers for funerals ... but let's cut part timers at the Airport and replace with 2 full time.

His own words!  Which is it Chief...no money for officers or money for full timers.

Why don't we just escort funerals for a few laps around the airport runways.  Plenty of folks there!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pensacola 16th Worst City In America to Raise Children

Today, MSN had an article ranking Pensacola the 16th WORST CITY IN AMERICA TO RAISE KIDS.


In a country as large and diverse as the United States, not all areas are equal when it comes to raising children. While the number of factors that can affect a child's development is seemingly limitless, there are a few core measures related to safety, school district quality, and amenities that can make all the difference between one area and another. And in some parts of the country, children are at a considerable disadvantage.

24/7 Wall St. created an index to identify the 25 worst U.S. metro areas in which to raise a child. All but two cities on this list are located in the either the western or southern United States.

The ideal city in which to raise children should be safe and have quality schools and plenty of recreational amenities. Only metro areas with some combination of high violent crime rates, low preschool enrollment rates, low high school graduation rates, and limited access to parks and recreation centers made this list.

Relatively violent cities with fewer amenities and worse educational outcomes also often tend to be relatively poor. In 21 of the 25 cities on this list, the child poverty rate is higher than the 20.7% U.S. rate.

Serious financial hardship is likely partially the result of poor economic conditions. As of June 2017, the unemployment rate was higher than the 4.4% U.S. jobless rate in 18 of the 25 cities on this list.
Likely due in part to the low desirability of many of the cities on this list, home values in these areas are relatively low. In 21 of the 25 cities on this list, the median home value is less than the typical American home value of $194,500.

The Upside Indeed!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why Some But Not All?

Five part-time officers are being let go at the Airport because they are City retirees.

But why not all part-timers who are City retirees?  There is another!

The PPD has one retired part-time officer who participated in the DROP but has not worked at the airport. He has been working off-duty jobs such as Blue Wahoos games, festivals, 5k runs etc. Since he was not employed at the airport, he was not on the list of part-time officers who were axed from the airport. Part-timers have always been all able to work off-duty jobs as well. 


I understand the "Airport Five" would like to remain as part-time officers in order to work events.

The PPD general order on part-time officers does not require part-time officers to work at the airport to be eligible to work off-duty jobs. Off-duty jobs are paid by individual businesses therefore they do not receive any kind of benefit from the city. A letter was submitted to the Chief asking if the retirees being let go will still be permitted to work off-duty jobs, per the General Order.  The policy on part time officers is clear. There is no reason for the five part-time officers being let go to not remain classified as part-time officers and allowed to work events.

Come on Chief, Olson, and Sisson...Fair for one, Fair for all!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Hope Barker Is Discussed This Way One Day

On September 5th, Dick Barker sent the memo below to the Airport Director and Police Chief.


In the memo, Barker states:

...the following part time officers will not be paid by the City after pay period ending September 24, 2017.

He continues:

Please take the appropriate action necessary in order to insure these part time officers are no longer working after September 24, 2017.


  • He copies Olson and Sisson.  Neither have the "intestinal fortitude" to put their names on it.
  • The Airport Director and Police Chief are taking orders from the CFO, not their boss.  Is this legal and within Tricky Dick's job description?
  • Barker shows no respect for the careers these men have given the City and comes off kinda like a cold jerk.  
  • Are they banned from the building?  Will Flynn shoo them with a broom?
  • Can they volunteer in trade for a delicious chicken sandwich?  Except on Sundays!
I can't wait to make records requests for police overtime at the Airport!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

City to Terminate 5 Airport Police Officers Sept 24

In a brilliant move by the City Administrator, Ed Sisson and Chief Lyter, the City is terminating the employment of five police officers with a combined experience of greater than 100 years in order to put current full time officers in the roles and PAY THEM OVERTIME to work the airport.

The current airport police presence includes 5 retired PPD officers who work PART-TIME to supplement the airport operations.

Due to alleged issues with the Florida Retirement System, all of which local attorney Ed Fleming believe could be worked out, tricky Dick Barker used the proverbial City Coconut telegraph to let the officers know they would be terminated on September 24.

My understanding is:

  • Olson told Barker
  • Barker emailed Lyter
  • Lyter emailed the Captain of the Uniform Patrol Division
  • who emailed the officers a memo informing them of their termination.
Individuals who all have served the City over 20 years get..."Here read this memo...your fired!"

More to come!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

City Third Quarter Financial Report...Highlights Barker Won't Talk About

Airport Fund

Overall Airport operating revenues were $565,700 below the FY 2016 operating revenue for the same time period. Airline Revenues were $673,900 below the prior fiscal year and Non-Airline Revenues exceeded the prior year by $108,200. This decrease in Airline Revenues is mainly attributed to the reduction in the Air Carrier Landing Fees for this fiscal year compared to the prior fiscal year.

Great Job Mayor!

Port Fund

Operating revenues for FY 2017 were $548,800 below the FY 2016 operating revenues for the same time period. The majority of this decrease is due to a decrease in dockage revenue. The decrease in dockage is the result of fewer vessel dockage days being logged through the third quarter of FY 2017 as compared to the same time period in FY 2016.

Great Job Mayor!

Sanitation Fund

Effective June 1, 2017, the monthly Sanitation rate of $22.80 increased by $1.26 to a new monthly rate of $24.06 as well as a $1.00 per month Sanitation Equipment Surcharge followed by an increase in that surcharge by an additional $1.00 in FY 2019. 

Great Job Mayor!

Roger Scott Tennis Center

Roger Scott Tennis Center expenditures exceeded revenues by $64,600 through the third quarter. 

Great Job Mayor!

Municipal Golf Course Fund

Golf Course expenditures (including total City sponsored pension costs) exceeded revenues by $193,500 before the General Fund subsidy of $165,000 through the third quarter.

Great Job Mayor!

Looks like the CEO of the City is running all of the NON-TAX related operations fabulously!
Keep up the losses sir!

But the Airport has delicious chicken sandwiches....except on Sundays!