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2008 City Council unsung heroes for Palafox Street honor

October 7, 2013

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the designation of Palafox Street—from Wright Street to Pensacola Bay—as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013.

The honor is a testament to the Pensacola’s Historic Preservation, Architecture Review and Downtown Improvement boards and to the business and property owners along this great street – but also to city staff and the 2008 Pensacola City Council.

In the announcement, APA CEO Paul Farmer recognized the impact of opening up South Palafox to two-way traffic — which was a controversial decision five years ago.

APA CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP, said, “Planners also helped improve business activity along the street and enhanced Palafox as a successful entrance to downtown by converting the street back to a two-way thoroughfare.”

The Pensacola City Council passed making Palafox two-way in October 2008. John Fogg was the mayor and the council included P.C. Wu, Sam Hall, Mike DeSorbo, Marty Donovan, John Jerralds, Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Ronald Townsend, Jack Nobles and Mike Wiggins. Tom Bonfield was the city manager. Kim Kimbrough was the DIB executive director.

Sometimes it takes years for a decision to have an impact and be recognized. That was one of those decisions.

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  • Pensacola Publius October 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Sad State – I completely agree. Unfortunately, what you and I (and most people) consider to be “ethical, honest, & offered their best advice & counsel” Hayward and his cohorts call obstructionist, power hungry, and old-guard.

  • Sad State October 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Pensacola Publius — You’re right. Hayward got rid of city staff who were ethical, honest, & offered their best advice & counsel to him. He only wants people who do as they’re told. It’s a shame really. Staff has been decimated & morale is beyond bad. Who would want to work for this administration given the way they fire employees without any conversation about what the employee did wrong or what they would need to do to improve? Anyone who has an option has left. Those who are left just lay low & hope they can limp along without drawing his displeasure.

  • Dot October 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    The DIB’s market has only recently gone year round. When it took the ‘winter’ off a private group did one on that vacant lot. Not the same market though some vendors participated in both.

  • Hilary Gilles October 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    EPenn, The Palafox Market has been year round for the last two seasons and before that it was “monthly seasonal” and continued to grow each year. During that time there was another market, Port City Market, and they had a many of the same vendors and operated when the Palafox Market was closed.

  • EPenn October 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Didn’t Hayward and company try to move, limit or shutdown the Palafox Market just last summer? I remember him moving them to the south end of Palafox on a small lot for a few months, and it was terrible. Now its growing a lot and hope it goes all year round.

  • CJ Lewis October 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Someone should send a copy to Kim Kimbrough for his scrap book. He provided the energy for many of these improvements. Deborah Dunlap deserves a lot of credit too as does Hillary Giles for her efforts with Palafox Market.

  • Pensacola Publius October 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    It’s too bad that most of the city staff that was involved in making this transformation happen have either moved on or been driven out by the current administration.