Evers-led nonprofit offers to lease Bayview Cross from City – UPDATED

A nonprofit preservation group chaired by State Senator Greg Evers (2010 – 2016) has submitted a formal offer to lease Bayview Cross from the City of Pensacola.

Evers, yesterday, delivered a proposal for The Historical Preservation Society to Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Office.

Under the proposed agreement, the Historical Preservation Society would lease the Cross, the amphitheater behind it, and the four-foot area surrounding both structures for $250 per year.  The group would be responsible for maintenance, taxes and insurance.

The document proposes a 99-year lease, with options for two additional 99-year terms.

“Our company has a very strong desire to protect and preserve our City’s historical monuments, fixtures and history so that our heritage can be learned about and enjoyed for generations to come, and we firmly believe that this arrangement will be in furtherance of that purpose.  Thus, we hope for a positive response from the City on this matter,” Evers said in an attached letter.

Read the proposal here:  Proposal to City to lease Bayview Cross

######UPDATE ######

The offer was submitted as an unsolicited proposal under a new provision to Florida as public private partnership statute that was passed by Senator Evers during his last term in office.  The new statute creates an accelerated procedure for creating public private partnerships without requiring a municipality to first issue an RFP (Request For Proposal). “I never thought for a moment when I was working on the revision to this statute that I would have an opportunity to use it to save a historic monument less than a year after I passed it,” said Evers.


  • Barbara Mayall says:

    Thank you Senator Evers!

  • Dorothy Dunaway says:

    Thank you. Cross is a part of my childhood and my life.

  • Shirley says:

    Absolutely wonderful…my hometown continues to strive for and protect our traditional values!

  • Laura Reed says:

    Thanks you so much

  • Marilyn Oest says:

    Thank you for working on a solution for us to be able to keep the Cross.

  • Linda Groves says:

    Thank you Senator! America needs more citizens like this in leadership!

  • Russ Swinney says:

    Thank you Senator!

  • Debbi Y Lewis says:

    Thank you Senator Evans!

  • Elaine Moseley says:

    Thank you so much, we need that cross to stay.

  • Michael Anthony Castro says:

    The city should do this. They have leased land to developers for the 99 years deals before. Look at Downtown with Quint Studer

  • Rusty Messick says:

    Might want to draft another proposal to lease the land at the beach where another cross is located

  • Susan says:

    Thank you Senator! This cross is for generations of Pensacolians.

  • Terrie Grammer says:

    Thank you so much!! ❤️

  • Lisa Shaffer says:

    Thank You Senator Evers>

  • Ron Small says:

    Thank you senator. We need more people like you.

  • Linda Gascoigne says:

    May God Bless you Senator and thank you.

  • Mary Kelly says:

    Thank you Senator

  • Mary says:

    Thank you for standing for what is right

  • David Suhor says:

    Will they allow it to be reserved?
    Limit/discriminate about who can use the property on Easter and year round? Won’t the City still own it? What if others want to lease it for more money? Is this part of the park’s master plan, long in place? Or just a scheme to appease one relifious group? Will the area be fenced off, as in other similar cases? Why take the ANY part of the park away from the public? Will this idea survive a court review?
    This is a bad idea suggested for political purposes and pandering. Quit bending over backwards for ONE religion. Just obey the judge. That’s the simplest, moat fair solution.

    • Caroline says:

      Yes, no, yes, please read the proposal, again please read the proposal, no, maybe, this will not, yes. I hope this answers some of your stupid questions! God bless you

  • Thank you Senator my BELATED BROTHER Woody Kirby who was a resident at Mallory and Osceola street looked out his window everyday as he suffered with cancer and his desire was to have friends and family gather at the BAY VIEW CROSS. GOD , I ask if it” BE YOUR WILL” keep the CROSS in the BAY VIEW PARK”! GOD BLESS “SENATOR- FOR- EVERS.


  • Delila Parker says:

    Thank you so much.

  • NotaGOB says:

    Evers crossed a serious line about separation of church and state. He is pandering to the Conservative Christian community that has a large problem with following the laws of our country. The Cross needs to go away. Leasing a strip of a public park for pennies to one religion will only open up the right for any group to lease space in the same park for mounting things like Satanic themed Pentagons. If the residents of Pensacola need to look at a cross in order to worship their religious beliefs, then ask them to get off their lazy fat behinds (yes I said it…Pensacola is full of obese folks that need some exercise other than crying about their inability to hang their religious idols all over the community) walk a few blocks down the street to the nearest church where they can view as many crosses as they wish without any complaint from those of us that would prefer following the Constitution and not a book about some guy living in the clouds above our heads.

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