EyeIt has been a week since the Community Maritime Park passed. Everything is the same, but everything has changed.

The Pensacola City Council, except for Marty Donovan, is more unified than ever. Mayor John Fogg is becoming a stronger mayor each day. His participation in the discussion on the future of Pensacola on WSRE last Thursday was insightful and inspiring.

The Pensacola Young Professionals have already moved on to their next projects – affordable housing and internships for college students.

On the Missing Persons List are Marty Donovan, C.C. Elebash, Sam Hall, Luke McCoy, Blair Stevenson, Melanie Nichols and P.A. Ucci.

We’ve got to build on the momentum of the CMP vote. The city council needs to vote in favor of the referendum for the expansion of the DIB area. Our downtown is more than Garden and Palafox streets.

Once that is passed. The next step is for the City of Pensacola to begin annexation procedures. We have too many urban areas that benefit from city services but don’t pay city taxes. The city limits need to be expanded to Nine Mile Road on the north and Blue Angel Parkway to the west. The annexed areas will benefit from better law enforcement and fire protection as well as better recreation and overall public services.

For the life of me, I can’t understand the daily newspaper’s editorial position of waiting. When you have a victory, you need to take advantage of that political capital and keep pressing ahead.

The future of Pensacola is only as bright as we believe it can be.


Aragon East in the Raw

September 12, 2006

shockHere are the raw scores on the Aragon East proposals:


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 47
Esplanade 64
Hawkshaw Eastside 85
Technology Bay 78
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 90


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 49
Esplanade 65
Hawkshaw Eastside 73
Technology Bay 81
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 90

Downtown Pensacola Hotel 49
Esplanade 59
Hawkshaw Eastside 82
Technology Bay 64
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 93

Downtown Pensacola Hotel 28
Esplanade 53
Hawkshaw Eastside 70
Technology Bay 58
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 62


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 45
Esplanade 91
Hawkshaw Eastside 91
Technology Bay 79
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 80


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 43
Esplanade 59
Hawkshaw Eastside 84
Technology Bay 73
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 58


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 35
Esplanade 41
Hawkshaw Eastside 94
Technology Bay 41
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 40


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 27
Esplanade 40
Hawkshaw Eastside 50
Technology Bay 48
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 81


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 56
Esplanade 57
Hawkshaw Eastside 74
Technology Bay 78
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 76


Downtown Pensacola Hotel 49
Esplanade 57
Hawkshaw Eastside 86
Technology Bay 63
Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 95


  1. Hawkshaw Eastside 789
  2. Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 765
  3. Technology Bay 663
  4. Esplanade 586
  5. Downtown Pensacola Hotel 428


  1. Hawkshaw Eastside 645
  2. Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 630
  3. Technology Bay 541
  4. Esplanade 455
  5. Downtown Pensacola Hotel 345


  1. Hawkshaw Eastside 83
  2. Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 80.5
  3. Technology Bay 68.5
  4. Esplanade 58
  5. Downtown Pensacola Hotel 46


  1. Hawkshaw Eastside 78.9
  2. Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 76.5
  3. Technology Bay 66.3
  4. Esplanade 58.6
  5. Downtown Pensacola Hotel 42.8


RO NOTE: Councilman John Jerralds really skewed the votes by ranking Hawkshaw Eastside 53 points higher than any other proposal. Nobles was almost just as bad as he ranked Technology Bay at Hawkshaw 31 points higher than Hawkshaw Eastside.

If you take Jerralds and Nobles votes out – Hawkshaw Eastside (645) still beats Technology Bay at Hawkshaw (644) by one vote.

The voting process was set prior to the RFP being awarded. We have to live with it.

lensYesterday’s CRA meeting had its share of controversy when developers protested the award of the Aragon East project to Hawkshaw Eastside. The PNJ covered the meeting (Attempt to overturn project fails).

Here is the actual memo from David Bailey on the selection process:  Aragon East Memo