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North Hill creates Facebook page: Not In Anyone’s Backyard

North Hill creates Facebook page: Not In Anyone’s Backyard

The North Hill residents are following the example of the Spanish Trail and Cordova Park neighborhoods. They created a Facebook page to update each other and the community on the city's actions regarding the Florida Dept. of Corrections relocating to the nearby old Coca-Cola facility on North [...]

Mayor Hayward uses Facebook to deliver his message on airport concessions

Mayor Hayward uses Facebook to deliver his message on airport concessions

Using Facebook,  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward delivered his message on the status of the airport food concessions contract. Last Thursday, the Pensacola City Council voted to extend Varona's contract on a month-to-month basis until a new RFP process could be completed. In a video, Hayward [...]

Former Veterinarian talks about deaths at Escambia County Animal Shelter

Former Veterinarian talks about deaths at Escambia County Animal Shelter

In an exclusive interview with the Independent News, Dr. Alphonso Steward III, the former veterinarian for the Escambia County Animal Shelter, blamed the three animal deaths in his surgical unit last month on his assistant not following his instructions and claimed that other shelter staff were [...]

Decision on Hayward veto expected later today

Decision on Hayward veto expected later today

Mayor Ashton Hayward's Communications Director Tamara Fountain sent me this email on the possible veto of the city council's decision to extend Varona's contract at the airport on a month-to-month basis until the new RFP process can be completed: The deadline is the 18th. I expect to have [...]

Hayward has five days to veto Varona contract

Hayward has five days to veto Varona contract

Will Mayor Ashton Hayward veto the Pensacola City Council's month-to-month extension Varona's food concessions contract at the Pensacola International Airport? According to the 2010 City Charter, the mayor has five days to veto it. The current contract is set to expire on March 31. Mayor [...]

Public input and the Pensacola City Council

Public input and the Pensacola City Council

Over the past year, the Pensacola City Council has made an effort to limit public input at its meetings. This is a complete reversal with the openness that the city council began with three years ago when then-Council President Maren DeWeese instituted the Boyd Forum to give the citizens more time [...]

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Courthouse rumblings Criminal defense lawyers are watching closely the case of Herchel Royals, who was arrested in July 2013 on drug charges. His case is one of those possibly impacted by the current FDLE lab investigation of a supervisor allegedly stealing drugs from the lab. Royals’ trial is [...]

County commission delays vote on county administrator another two weeks

County commission delays vote on county administrator another two weeks

Today's special meeting of the Escambia County Commission was filled with shouting, accusations and finger-pointing. In the end, the only decision made was to delay the vote for the next county administrator. Commissioner Grover Robinson took much of the abuse from Commissioners Gene Valentino [...]

Rebooting momentum for fish hatchery: City says same project as 2011, News reports tell a different tale.

Rebooting momentum for fish hatchery: City says same project as 2011, News reports tell a different tale.

In his final meeting as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), City Councilman Brian Spencer brought up for discussion the Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries and Hatchery Enhancement Center. The proposed $18.8-million facility, which will be funded primarily with BP funds, has been under fire [...]

County commission delays county administrator decision until noon tomorrow

County commission delays county administrator decision until noon tomorrow

For three and a half hours, the Escamabia County Commission listened to its five finalists for the county administrator position and deliberated who should replace George Touart. A motion to simply name interim administrator Larry Newsom failed, 2-3, but he still is in contention. The other [...]

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Mayor Ashton Hayward, Pensacola City Council and the City of Pensacola garnered international ridicule for its homeless ordinances, particularly the one that outlawed blankets. An online petition by Rev. Nathan Monk has 20,110 signatures. The city council amended the no-blanket, but balked at [...]

Hayward continues to have problems with zoning and neighborhoods. Why?

Hayward continues to have problems with zoning and neighborhoods. Why?

In the past five months, we’ve had two zoning issues come up inside the Pensacola city limits—Dollar General on Spanish Trail and Dept. of Corrections on North Palafox. The residents in both neighborhoods have felt that their city government was not acting in their best interests. They [...]

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