These are excerpts from Rick's Blog, dated March 3,2016, Pensacola City Attorney opines council resolution on city hall access not binding
My business is not a grandfathered non-conforming use but is a grandfathered conforming use as art galleries and functions are legally allowed in PR-2. There is no time limit on this unlike in a non-conforming use. Event functions are legally allowed on my property and are documented online in Pensacola’s council file record to prove it as I have repeatedly pointed out. The continued accusation that functions are not allowed at my business is false and contrary to the documented evidence. I have never refused an inspection by the Fire Department and I have passed them all.
I only want what I am allowed by law and which I was illegally forced to stop based on apparent illegal/criminal actions by City Officials to include the violation of my constitutional right for due process.
I don’t understand the hostility, false charges and threats directed at me in illegally closing my business and continuing even after since I have broken no laws and have harmed no one. Pensacola City Attorney Wells, State Attorney Eddins and City employee Sherry Morris even conferred to make a report to FDLE containing false charges against me to try to justify the illegal closing. I think lying to law enforcement to libel and falsely accuse me is a serious matter.
My small business provided a great deal of pleasure to many people and I have received thanks for it from our clients especially from the young military people at the Naval Air Station who wanted to get married. We provided a beautifully decorated historic house which was candle-lit, made arrangements at their convenience (usually at night) and all at a nominal cost. I performed the ceremony as I am a notary. They and their friends then left for a celebratory dinner.
I will continue to defend my legal business because that business is what I am good at and I can make it a success again. I want to pass this business and my property on to my children and grandchildren. One is a gifted artist who has not been allowed to show her art in my legally authorized business because City Officials illegally closed it down.
I try to open my legally authorized business everyday by having the illegal prohibition of operating my legally authorized business removed so I can open without continued harassment and without exposing myself to false arrest and bodily harm, after all, I am elderly.