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Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

The city of Pensacola is one of a handful of city's that has a domestic partnership registry. In December, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 41-13 that created the registry that provides registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Recently Southerners for the Freedom to [...]

Climate Change debate comes to Pensacola

Climate Change debate comes to Pensacola

Press Release: 350 Pensacola calls for the Pensacola City Council to support proposed Climate Change Task Force resolution. The Pensacola City Council is set to consider a resolution to create a Climate Change Task Force to help our community mitigate the causes and adapt to the impacts of our [...]

Councilwoman Myers holds town hall on LOST, July 15

Councilwoman Myers holds town hall on LOST, July 15

From Councilwoman Sherri Myers: I am hosting a Town Hall meeting to provide City Council District 2 residents and businesses with an opportunity to have input on how the city and the county should spend future Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds. Because the LOST is a county initiated [...]

Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

The Independent News received a phone call last night that another gas leak occurred at the Escambia County Jail. The facility was not evacuated, but the building is showing its age. The county should release the details this morning. The fact the Escambia County allowed Douglas Griffith to [...]

Larry Johnson thanks voters for not running against him

Larry Johnson thanks voters for not running against him

Statement by Pensacola City Councilman Larry B. Johnson on his reelection without opposition I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to continue serving my constituents on the Pensacola City Council. During my time on Council, I am proud to have led the way on important issues like curbside [...]

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