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DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB Executive Director Ron Butlin has reached to the downtown bar and restaurants to discuss the Gallery Nights: Good Morning Joe, I wanted to make sure you are aware that the DIB has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday May 13th at 5:00pm. This is the replacement meeting you and I discussed a [...]

Council to discuss removal of CMPA board members

Council to discuss removal of CMPA board members

The Pensacola City Council has a long day next Monday. They will hold a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, Agenda Review and a workshop on the report that was given to them over six months ago by its task force that made recommendations on how the city should help its homeless population. [...]

Downtown business owners ask city for clarification and help

Downtown business owners ask city for clarification and help

The downtown restaurant and bar owners have asked the mayor's office for help: May 2, 2015 Tamara Fountain Chief Operations Officer 222 W. Main St. Seventh Floor of City Hall Pensacola, FL 32502 By and through the press, the bars and restaurants on Palafox were advised of the [...]

Around the state, leaders take action on NY Times report

Around the state, leaders take action on NY Times report

Yesterday, we reported that Escambia County is one of the worst counties in the nation for children of poor families as they try to move out of poverty. The county ranked 47th...from the bottom. Leaders in other Florida counties have reacted to the study and have called for action. A study [...]

DIB May Meeting Schedule

DIB May Meeting Schedule

Downtown Improvement Board Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Special Meeting For DIB: Holiday Decorations Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Parking & Traffic Committee Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Special Events Committee Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. [...]

Where are you eating on Mother’s Day?

Where are you eating on Mother’s Day?

According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), nearly half of Americans will dine out or order restaurant takeout or delivery on May 10. New NRA research also shows dinner as the most popular meal period to dine out, and that six in 10 consumers who plan to celebrate the occasion by dining [...]

City attorney: DIB does not have power to regulate alcohol sales

City attorney: DIB does not have power to regulate alcohol sales

A hot issue on Palafox has been the DIB vote to ban liquor sales at the outdoor bars during Gallery Night. The bars would be allowed to only sale beer and wine as early as the May 22 Gallery Night, if the DIB action stands unchallenged. Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare wondered whether the [...]

DIB chairman talks about banning outdoor liquor sales on Gallery Night

DIB chairman talks about banning outdoor liquor sales on Gallery Night

DIB chairman John Peacock yesterday came on Pensacola Speaks to talk about future Gallery Nights. The DIB board voted on Tuesday to limit outdoor alcohol sales during Gallery nights was an effort to prevent any incidents that might ruin the reputation of downtown Pensacola being safe. The vote [...]

UWF graduate named CEO and Executive Director of the National Court Reporters Association

UWF graduate named CEO and Executive Director of the National Court Reporters Association

The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, has announced that Michael S. Nelson, CAE, will take the reins as CEO and Executive Director of the association on June 1. Nelson brings [...]

Hayward may have jumped gun on FDOT financing for VT-MAE

Hayward may have jumped gun on FDOT financing for VT-MAE

Last week, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said in his "Upwords" that he had "over the last few months, we’ve worked with FDOT to reprioritize projects in our five-year work program in order to fill the gap in funding.” The gap in funding is $3.5 million that the city had thought it would [...]

Pensacola Historic Preservation Conference today (podcast)

Pensacola Historic Preservation Conference today (podcast)

On Pensacola Speaks last week, Alan Gray talked about the Pensacola Historic Preservation Conference that is today 2-4 p.m. at the Pensacola Cultural Center in the PLT theater. Following the conference, Robert Overton, executive director of UWF Historic Trust, will give a walking tour of the [...]

Mayor Hayward says FDOT has agreed to adjust 5-yr plan to fund VT-MAE project

Mayor Hayward says FDOT has agreed to adjust 5-yr plan to fund VT-MAE project

Around 6 p.m. yesterday, Mayor Ashton Hayward sent out an "Upwords" newsletter on the VT-MAE project at the Pensacola International Airport. At the end of March, we had reported that the FAA had turned down a request for $3.5 million grant for a runaway extension to the proposed hangar for [...]

Mike Papantonio inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Mike Papantonio inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Mike Papantonio, #1 on the 2014 Power List, was recently inducted into The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, which is hosted by Temple University. Here is his HOF write-up: Mike Papantonio is a senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America. He has worked [...]

Federal courthouse to get Congressional attention

Federal courthouse to get Congressional attention

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be in Pensacola tomorrow to inspect the Federal Courthouse. As the daily newspaper has reported, the courthouse is dangerously infested with mold and in need of immediate repairs. The GSA is [...]

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