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Advocate questions need to expand panhandling laws

Advocate questions need to expand panhandling laws

Nathan Monk, a local advocate for the homeless, has concerns over the city of Pensacola considering stricter panhandling laws and only partially repealing the homeless ordinances passed in 2013. “My biggest concern is from a Constitutional perspective,” Monk told Inweekly. “I think it is [...]

City Council agenda cut to 30 items for Thursday meeting

City Council agenda cut to 30 items for Thursday meeting

The Pensacola City Council has moved 19 items from its March 12 regular meeting to a special meeting on Thursday. March 26. What will be discussed tomorrow? The Council staff and furnishings Panhandling Restriction for Bayfront Pkwy and 17th Avenue intersections Repeal of two of the [...]

City attorney nomination derailed

City attorney nomination derailed

The Pensacola City Council has delayed its approval of Mayor Ashton Hayward's nomination for city attorney. It will not be discussed until the next March council meeting---yes, the council realized it needs two March meetings. Councilwoman Sherri Myers asked the item be pulled because she [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

On Pensacola Speaks, I talked with investigative reporter Duwayne Escobedo about his coverage of the fall of W.D. Childers and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the 2004 death of former Escambia County Commissioner Willie Junior. Duwayne also takes about his battle with brain [...]

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The Huffington Post published an article ("How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless") yesterday that questions the ideas of Robert Marbut, the national consultant that the city of Pensacola paid $30,000 to come up with recommendations on how the city should deal with its homeless [...]

City of Pensacola wants public input on 2015-16 budget

City of Pensacola wants public input on 2015-16 budget

The City of Pensacola will hold two public meetings tonight to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The first meeting is tonight while the Pensacola City Council is wrestling with its 49-item agenda. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. at Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource [...]

Hayward taps Texas lawyer for city attorney

Hayward taps Texas lawyer for city attorney

Mayor Ashton Hayward announced late Friday afternoon his choice for Pensacola City Attorney, Lysia Bowling, the city attorney for the City of San Angelo, Texas. “Lysia is extremely impressive, well-qualified candidate, and I am thrilled to nominate her as our City Attorney,” said Mayor [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

We had Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson on Pensacola Speaks earlier this week. He talked about the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and the flag controversy. Pensacola Speaks is on News Talk 1370 WCOA weekdays from 5-6 p.m.

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

Joe Vinson has written an informative column for Pensacola Today - "5 things to keep in mind about Pensacola’s five flags." Vinson points out that the Pensacola City Council considered adopting the "City of Five Flags" motto twice and rejected it both times. In February 1960, Calvin L. [...]

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

The Pensacola branch of the NAACP has sent a letter to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners titled: "Economic Development Committee Flag Response and Proposed Compromise Solution." While citing how divisive the Confederate flag is in the community, it appears that George Hawthorne, [...]

Pensacola City Council agenda has 49 items

Pensacola City Council agenda has 49 items

The Pensacola City Council may have set a record for its March 9 Agenda Review. It has 49 items. The agenda packet is 1,032 pages. They will be voting on contracts and expenditures totaling more than $5.6 million. Council President Andy Terhaar is proposing four hires for the council's staff. He [...]

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

When Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had the UWF Haas Center conduct a phone survey of his constituents, he and his administration received a C+ for their communication program. Last year, several neighborhood issues popped up - Dollar Store in Cordova Park and parole and probation office in [...]

IN 2010: Victor Steen and the pursuit for justice

IN 2010: Victor Steen and the pursuit for justice

By Sean Boone Inquest Decides Wrongdoing In Teen's Death The nightly news flickers with a shot of blue lights. A voice follows with information regarding the death of a teenager in Brownsville. It's Oct. 4, 2009 and Cassandra Steen has just settled in for the evening--flipping television [...]

Move To Amend goes to Pensacola City Council in March

Move To Amend goes to Pensacola City Council in March

Yesterday on Pensacola Speaks, we interviewed Mike Potters on Move to Amend. The Northwest Florida (Pensacola) Move To Amend Chapter will attend the Pensacola City Council meeting on March 12 to support discussion of a Council Resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that [...]

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