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Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf C&D Disposal Facility began accepting waste the fall of 2006. In just two years, monitoring wells detected problems with the groundwater --vinyl chloride, aluminum, iron and sulfate above the Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards. The landfill was built without a liner. The [...]

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Since "A Shame Before God" was published, several residents in the Wedgewood, Rolling Hills and Olive Heights neighborhood have shared stories about growing up there. Wanda Shakir said that the majority of the families who moved into Wedgewood in 1962 - 1969 were veterans from World War I, World [...]

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Mayor Ashton Hayward chose a viewpoint in the daily newspaper to explain his firing of Council Executive Lila Cox and defend the charter --unamended or, more accurately, only as he wanted it amended. The News Journal added a note after Hayward's viewpoint: "After the City Council voted last week, [...]

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Escambia County’s RESTORE Advisory Committee Chair Bentina Terry and Pensacola City Administrator Colleen Castilee will present at a public workshop, hosted by the City of Pensacola, regarding the RESTORE Act on Tuesday, July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will be held in the large conference [...]

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

The Escambia Board of County Commission chambers were packed yesterday with residents from the Wedgewood community. The public forum normally lasts only 30 minutes. Yesterday it went over 90 minutes. The residents spoke one after another about the living conditions in their neighborhoods and the [...]

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Commissioner Gene Valentino has added to tonight's agenda a recommendation that there be a wholesale review of the previously enacted pit ordinances and current department duties and come back to the Board with a recommendation as to how the county can consistently enforce regulations. Read [...]

City Survey questions focus on rating city services

City Survey questions focus on rating city services

City Communications Administrator Tamara Fountain called to further explain the city's survey that will be conducted by the HAAS Center for Mayor Ashton Hayward. The questions will focus on city services and ask city residents to rate them. "We need to create a baseline so that we can properly [...]

Wedgewood families to show up in numbers, wearing orange

Wedgewood families to show up in numbers, wearing orange

The families in the Wedgewood, Rolling Hills and Olive Heights neighborhoods have organized to protest the dumps surrounding their area. A flyer has been circulated in that community urging families to attended the public forum at tomorrow's Escambia County Commission meeting. The flyer [...]

Hayward unites Council…against his decision

Hayward unites Council…against his decision

The Pensacola City Council called a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, after learning that Mayor Ashton Hayward fired Dr. Lila Cox, who served as the council executive. City Council members let it be known with their comments and their votes that they have had enough of Hayward’s autocratic [...]

Hayward announces own Quality of Life survey

Hayward announces own Quality of Life survey

Since 2007, Mason-Dixon Polling has conducted a survey to measure the attitudes of voters in the city of Pensacola and Escambia County on Quality of Life issues. Quint Studer formed the non-profit Better Pensacola Forum to manage the survey and Jerry Maygarden was its first executive director. A [...]

What happened at the charter workshop

What happened at the charter workshop

On Monday, June 16 the Pensacola City Council held a workshop on possible city charter amendments that could be placed before the voters during the 2014 election cycle. Last year, when the mayor wanted to get rid of the at-large seats, the city council agreed to place such an amendment on the [...]

Wells sends out his first memo as council executive

Wells sends out his first memo as council executive

MEMORANDUM TO: City Council President Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Members of the Pensacola City Council FROM: William D. (Rusty) Wells VIA: Office of the City Clerk RE: Council Executive Position DATE: June 23, 2014 Following recent conversations with the Mayor's staff, I believe that there is [...]

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