Was Don Gaetz with this Company in 2002, 03 & 04?

“Chemed Corp. and VITAS Hospice Services agree to pay $75 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations relating to billing for ineligible patients and inflated levels of care.”

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Something Smells Real Fishy

Mr. Studer is circulating a survey that he claims supports his change of mind on the Hatchery. He attributes the survey results to The Political Matrix, though he claimed he hired them. No such organization is listed in Florida for a fictitious name. They appear to have a web site and their number one listed client is Rick Outzen. On their Linkedin page they claim “we are proud to be working with Rick Outzen and the Independent Weekly”. Of course Mr. Outzen is proud to work with Mr. Studer for a number of economic reasons.

Understanding Mr. Studer is the master of the survey technique where the survey results are used to sell or influence others. For many years he sold hospitals on how to convince the patient that their care was better than it actually was so the patient survey results were improved based on his nursing scripting techniques. Hospitals loved it because it meant they could get better survey results (hence greater government reimbursements) but not materially improving health care, for example, by hiring adequate nursing staff or giving patients private rooms. Nurses disliked the scripting because it required them to make phony caring comments and disingenuous patient friendly chit chat.

So, it is with respectful cynicism we wonder about these survey results that support Mr. Studer’s relentless push to shut the Hatchery project down. The primary questions are push-poll questions, suggesting the answer he wanted in the question asked. The intellectually honest first question would be: “Are you familiar with the proposed fish hatchery to be built in downtown Pensacola?” I would bet 90% would say they were not. That would render the survey invalid with any additional related questions. Instead the survey uses push-poll questions that intentionally and dishonestly provide the respondent with a negative impression of the hatchery.

1. Do you support the State of Florida investing nearly 10 million dollars of BP remediation money for the construction of an experimental fish hatchery on downtown waterfront property and an additional 8 million for its operation?

Notice the use of “experimental” and “waterfront property” and an unsourced need for 8 million more.

2. Do you think the mayor or the city council has provided adequate communication with the public regarding the details of the proposed experimental Pensacola Fish Hatchery?

Mr. Studer ran a full page ad laying out every conceivable detail when he supported it. The issue was widely covered in the media. Most people do not care.

3. If you knew that the $18 million experimental Fish Hatchery would only guarantee 8 to 12 permanent jobs for five years, on a scale of 1 to 5, how likely are you to support the project?

Notice the use of “only guarantee” and “experimental”. None of the other many benefits of the hatchery are noted.

4. Of the following locations, which area would you prefer an experimental fish hatchery be located between a new custom build facility at Bruce Beach or in an existing vacant warehouse at the Port of Pensacola?

Notice “custom built” implying a Cadillac where a Ford Focus would be adequate. Existing vacant warehouse suggests a facility was available and they could be moved in tomorrow which is not true for many reasons.

5. Would you rather see the largest city owned bay front property developed into a publicy [sic] accessible waterfront park or an experimental industrial fish hatchery?

Waterfront Park, next to massive storage tanks? Not suggesting how this would be paid for is not disclosed. He finally finishes off the push poll by “experimental industrial fish hatchery” . Tossing in industrial to make it all the more awful.

6. How happy are you with the Mayor’s leadership in promoting an experimental fish hatchery for Bruce Beach?

Everyone knows how Studer and Outzen dislike the mayor. The mayor’s leadership – Outzen and Studer just can’t let that go. The recurrent theme: promoting unhappy with the mayor’s leadership. Outzen is so oddly fixated on the mayor while Studer desperately wants to act like the mayor. A happy match.

So would it be rude to ask what does Mr. Studer have to do with this polling? Regardless, and more pointedly, did he write these push-poll questions? I suspect he did. It takes skill to write push poll questions like the ones used in this non-scientific, invalidly sampled survey —a survey he admits he paid to have conducted.

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Just Do What Mr. Studer Wants Done with the Hatchery

Brian Spencer should not be faulted for doing what his client, Mr. Studer wants. For the rest of the Council however, reneging on a contract, especially with the State of Florida, could have dire consequences for our city. Casually tossing out a suggestion of a “better site” at the Port is the kind of half-baked poor decision making typical of a weak city beholden to one man who is subject to change his mind again tomorrow.

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Following Our Community Leaders

They were against it before they were for it, which explains why they are against it now.

Are we headed for a  different end than the lemmings?

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Our Own “Jared Kushner”

Trump has nothing on us.

We have a man who has more titles and talents than Kushner will ever have. Our guy is in charge of community health care, early childhood education, entrepreneur development, civic-con leadership — whatever that is, strong city advocate for weak cities, head of local baseball operations, strings attached philanthropic pace setter, motivational speaker, author, investor, coffee expert, survey results presentation specialist, olive and candy retailer, used car salesman ( waiting confirmation), major sponsored EDATE political candidate funder, self-help seminar sponsor and keynote speaker, landlord, restaurateur, full time volunteer, mentor to many and friend and adviser to all.

Top that Donald!

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Has The Big Fish Flipped & Flopped?

May 5, 2014 — Letter addressed to Mayor Ashton Hayward and the Pensacola City Council from Quint Studer regarding Bruce Beach and The Fish Hatchery…

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Loss Analysis – Beach Lease Conversions to Fee Simple

No county commissioner has ever asked for an economic impact analysis of fee simple conversion of beach leases. We understand why they have not. The county will lose millions if these leasehold conversions take place.

1. ½ of the residential leases on Pensacola Beach are not considered in perpetuity; meaning the land is not taxed. In many cases the land is as valuable as the structure. These lease holders will not convert to fee simple because it would amount to as much as double the county ad valorem tax

2. The other ½ of residential leases will convert to fee simple title because they will pay no more taxes than they are now being assessed because their leases are taxed as if they own the land. Net annual loss to the county on the loss of those lease fees – $2 million.

3. Condos: The recent decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal exempts condo owners from paying any tax attributable to the land. They will not convert. Estimated annual loss — at least $2 million.

4. Commercial leases. Any commercial lease holders that convert to fee simple will cause those lease fees to be lost and the taxes now assessed will not increase. Unknown loss of revenue, however, revenue will be lost. In addition, the 5% surcharge on beach sales will be lost if leases are converted to fee simple. Current annual revenue — $1 million.

5. Escambia County will lose millions. No public official will dispute this basic truth. Why has Escambia County paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a federal lobbyist lobbying congress since 2011 for passage of this act?

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