Thursday, November 30, 2017

Public Records I Want for Christmas

Rick Outzen has shared the Mayor's criminal defense bills he submitted to the City for payment.  Thank you Mayor!  City funds for what you said you would not charge the City for.

According to the Mayor's Attorney Nixon Daniels who asked for payment the case is closed.

That makes all documents PUBLIC RECORD.  As such I will be requesting access to review the following PUBLIC RECORDS listed in the Beggs & Lane bills now that they were PAID FOR BY THE CITIZENS.

  • 10/22/14 Review message from Tiffany Eggers (with attachments). Send message to David McGee  I want those messages with attachments
  • 10/23/14 Reviewed notice of warrant  I want that notice
  • 10/23/14 Yahoo emails  I want those emails
  • 11/11/14 Continue review of documents received from the City of Pensacola and of client emails  I want those emails
  • 1/15/15 Conference with David L. McGee regarding bank records, begin review of CD of documents produced from bank subpoena.  I want those bank records
  • 1/19/15 Receive and review insurance document from client I want that insurance document
  • 8/29/14  Statements by John Asmar I want those statements
  • 9/2/14  Draft and send letter to AUSA Eggers I want that letter
  • 9/4/14  Prepare documents and notebooks for use at meeting with US Attorney's office.  I want those documents and notebooks
  • 9/8/14 Reviewed documents produced by Mayor.  I want those documents
  • 9/9/14 Reviewed financial documents from client bank files.  I want those bank files.
  • 9/10/14 Continue review of voluminous bank and client financial documents  I love voluminous
These are now public documents, supposedly about the Mayor's role as Mayor and paid for by the Citizens of Pensacola.

We are entitled to them!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mobile vs Pensacola...

I spent the past weekend in Mobile enjoying some down time.  As I walked around downtown Mobile I tried to compare our city with our larger neighbor to the West not from a demographic or economic standpoint but Downtown vs Downtown.

Its not a fair comparison as Mobile is an international city with a vibrant downtown on the rebound but here are the points that jumped out at me.

International City - Winner Mobile - Mobile has a vibrant international port accommodating international businesses who have invested in facilities in Mobile from all over the world.  Mobile has Foreign Diplomatic Consulates representing the interests of their countries in the region.  Mobile has international companies with billion dollar investments in their area.
  • Airbus
  • Nippon Steel
  • ST Aerospace
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Lenzing AG
Pensacola celebrates satellite locations of Mobile companies.  VT MAE is a Mobile satellite.  Offshore Inland is a Mobile satellite.

Port - Winner Mobile - Mobile has a 24 hour 365 day operating port industry.  They have:
  • A container terminal
  • A Naval Shipbuilder
  • A tugboat builder 
  • Marine terminals
  • The offshore industry
  • A shipyard
  • and a cruise line
     Pensacola has 2 boats wrapped in shrinkwrap.

By the time the Mayor and Amy Miller run the Port of Pensacola completely into the ground all of the industries in Pensacola that do use the Port of Pensacola will have to use the Port of Mobile.  Then just a matter of time and dollars and cents until they move over there.

Vibrant Downtown - Tie - Mobile has the Retirement System of Alabama.  Mobile has a vibrant downtown for all socio economic levels.  Dauphin Street has the bars, music venues and affordable restaurants.  Royal Street has upscale dining and signature hotels with actual international flags.  Construction and revitalization are everywhere as historic buildings are remodeled and refurbished.  Mobile has beautiful parks and a new festival park.  Mobile has a history museum in their old city hall.

Pensacola has Quint Studer.  Pensacola has a vibrant downtown for all socio economic levels.  Palafox has the bars, music venues and affordable restaurants.  SOGO has upscale dining and a new hotel with a budget flag.  Construction and revitalization are everywhere as Studer builds new buildings.  Pensacola has beautiful parks and a new festival park that includes a Multi-use stadium.  Pensacola has a history museum in their old city hall.

History - Winner Mobile - Lets face it.  Our history in Pensacola is as manufactured as Disney World.  The Historic Village is beautiful but mostly recreations and relocations. We have destroyed all of the authentic buildings in the Seville District for 4,000 square foot houses that "look like" they are historic.  Our downtown historic hotel doesn't even have a name.  Sorry but "the Crown" is not even a "Crown".

Our history museum features tee shirts that say "I saw the petrified cat"

Mobile has the historic Battle House Hotel, a historic district with the actual authentic buildings preserved, City historic codes that state that old facades must be maintained in new construction.

Mobile has 10 times the old growth oaks, 10 times the historic markers and the ability to like New Orleans, celebrate the old while incorporating it into present day uses.

Self Induced Drama - Winner Pensacola - Pensacola has a lawsuit it is fighting for a cross in a remote neighborhood park.  We are spending thousands of dollars needlessly as we continue to look like morons nationally.

Mobile has a cross in their main square.  No one cares.  No lawsuits, no protests.

Pensacola has self induced drama surrounding our five flags exchanging the state of Florida flag for the confederate flag.  Public outcry from both sides.  National press over it.  All the while the confederate flag is still on the Fire Department shield, the Police Cars, the Police patches and their badges. Pensacola has mayoral induced drama surrounding 1 confederate memorial monument and its location.

Mobile has a dozen confederate monuments.  But also historical markers at the location of its slave exchange, to its civil rights accomplishments and its Mardi Gras history.

If you haven't been to Mobile lately, after reading this take a drive.  You will enjoy yourself.

Then, when you return, you will see that Pensacola is a pretender not a contender.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fire Department...Nothing Ever Changes!

Below is a link to the Streeter lawsuit against the City.

This will get even more interesting when the circumstances around the promotion of Edward Dees are investigated and brought out.  My sources tell me the process for him was unprecedented in the history of the Fire Department.  Curious when he is a key ingredient in the ongoing lawsuit with the Fire Chiefs.

I'm digging.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wow! City Funnies, We just can't help ourselves!

In his weekly "interview" with Andrew Tallman on AM1620 FM 92.3, the Mayor went after Quint Studer regarding his opposition to the fish hatchery at Bruce Beach.  The Mayor actually called Studer's opposition to the hatchery CHILDISH.

Other Statements:

  • "The hatchery will draw other businesses in the sector to the area."  What businesses, fish poop processors, fish food processors?
  • "The hatchery will draw people to the waterfront."  For what? You have to win a grant to have any amenities added to the project.
  • "The hatchery will enhance our position as a sportsfishing destination."  What? Really?  Little bitty fishing poles and little baby nets.
  • Opposition to the hatchery "is very bizarre to me"

"It's sad if we are going to have one person control everything in our community"

"Its Childish!"
"Its Petty!"

Well then Mayor, is NAIOP childish and petty?  Good luck running against Grover if you call NAIOP childish and petty.

While we are on it, the Governor doesn't care where we put it.

Moving on.  Congrats to Cat Country for winning SMALL Market radio station of the year.
SMALL MARKET?  What?  Pensacola is a small market?  Good thing we have a small minded Mayor!

Pensacola is a buy Mr. Mayor!  If you are looking to downsize to a smaller market!

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Pulse Flatlines__________________________

The moral authority in Pensacola is no more.  For all their efforts to be big boys, Derek and Drew couldn't make it work evidently.

According to the Florida Secretary of State's site, Pulse Gulf Coast LLC  has been dissolved!

The Pulse Flatlines

Drew's acute business acumen also appears to have waned as his pedicab company also is dissolved.

Hope he doesn't hit anyone with that thing.  Can you say personal liability??

Stop the Pedals!

If they hit me, I'm going to get Kerrigan as my attorney, that way his contingency fee can go toward paying him back for supporting those two zany kids in their evidently failed endeavor.

Sorry guys!  I guess it was good while it lasted.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Free Hatchery to Cost the City

My recent review of the hatchery permitting and plans uncovered a previously undisclosed fact.


Based on the permit review that the project failed, item number 22 states:

"Reconstruction of Clubbs Street to comply with City Standard Street Reconstruction Detail.  Detail attached to this document.

R:  The intent of the Clubbs Street improvements was to provide some rehabilitation of the existing pavement.  The FBC has met with City Administration discussing some improvements to Clubbs Street and for the City to absorb the cost of rehabilitation."

Hold the phone!  Its not a free project if we have to pay for it!

R continues:  It is our current understanding that the City may not have the funding available for this rehabilitation.  If City funding is not available, the FWC may choose to remove these improvements from the plan set.

So...the free, useless hatchery will actually end up costing the Citizens how much?

Hatchery Time Line

As with most issues we are seeing Mayor Wayward's complete lack of concern for process...a timeline speaks volumes as to how things have gone so wrong.

Recently I visited the City Permitting Department to inspect ALL plans & documents contained with in permit #17-02-0258.  Mr. Weeks was out for the day yet the permitting department was in good hands during his absence. I was met with professional & courteous staff that were helpful during my review of public records.  

The Official name of the project is Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery / Enhancement Center

17-02-0258 was issued for 7 acres...presumably for the building site.

Sam Marshall is Architect of Record
BDI is Engineer of Record

Previously posted permit issued on 2/13/17

A permit number was assigned upon receipt of the civil engineering & building plans.  Review began immediately for the plans as well as  review date stamps for the following:

Plumbing: K Burg 2/16/17
Mechanical : K Lupton 2/22/17
Electrical:  Whitmire 2/21/17

Engineering Review was also completed  and FAILED on 2/21/17 by Brad Hinote.  Resubmission was received 10/18/17.

DEP documents reflect Permit Issuance Date: March 22, 2017
Permit Construction Phase Expiration Date March 21, 2022

Environmental Resource Permit- Granted
State-owned Submerged Lands Authorization - Not Required.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Authorization - Separate Corps Authorization Required.

Escambia County Permit #0351411-001-EI/17

Florida DEP
Pearce Barrett NRPA Project Coordinator

The City Staff timeline reflects immediate and complete review,  only FWC and Mayor Hayward can speak to the long gap in between.  The Mayor often cites his "Real Estate background" yet the management of this and other contracts speaks to his failure to manage deadlines and his complete lack of attention to detail.