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Pensacola airport bonds downgraded

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the City of Pensacola’s 2008 Airport Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds (about $35.2 million outstanding) from to 'BBB' from 'BBB+,' according to Reuters. The rating outlook remains negative. The Pensacola International Airport’s debt burden and net cash flow are [...]

Six lessons to take from Nov. 6 election

Six lessons to take from Nov. 6 election

1. Negative campaigns still don't work in local races. Hugh King and his handlers did everything they could to  discredit Lumon May, including creating a website called Lumon Lies. Mike Whitehead ran a negative campaign against Tax Collector and also failed to win. Voters want to be given reasons [...]

Wingate beats Jerralds by 45 votes

Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds didn't believe he had to campaign for re-election. His hubris was his downfall. Gerald Wingate, with all the precincts counted, has beaten Jerralds - 1,652 to 1,607. Now these are unofficial results and they will be recount if this margin holds.

Jerralds has slight lead over Wingate, less than 100 votes

For Pensacola City Council, incumbent John Jeralds has a slight lead in the early voting over Gerald Wingate: John Jerralds 942 to Gerald C. Wingate 849 This race is too close to call based on early voting.

DIB on MURAC Report

The Downtown Improvement Board is embarking on a search for a new permanent executive director. When the board began discussing the recently released report from the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee this morning, members wondered if the search was worth the effort. “If this is [...]

Councilman Pays for Party

Gallery Night will run until midnight. At least this month. During this morning’s Downtown Improvement Board meeting, Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer ponied up $2,500 of his discretionary spending to ensure that the Nov. 16 event features the extended hours. “That’s the [...]

John Jerralds uses megaphone to get votes for Hugh King and himself

John Jerralds uses megaphone to get votes for Hugh King and himself

City Councilman John Jeralds has parked his jeep at Macedonia Baptist Church and is using a megaphone to shout at voters. He is soliciting votes for himself and county commission candidate Hugh King.

DIB to Discuss Gallery Night, MURAC

The Downtown Improvement Board may be having some meaty conversation during its meeting tomorrow morning. The agenda includes a discussion on Gallery Night logistics, as well as the recently approved report from the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee. After extending Gallery [...]

Third Party Mystery, or Larkin’s Leftover Leak

Last week, Rob Larkin, Esq., a Tallahassee attorney handling the contract negotiations between the city of Pensacola and local police union, said a city councilman told him over the summer that he could deliver the union if city administration fired the mayor’s chief of staff. “That is [...]

City Council to Look at Libraries

The Pensacola City Council has scheduled a Special Committee of the Whole meeting. The subject of the meeting is the West Florida Public Library’s budget and operations. The city of Pensacola, together with Escambia County, funds the library system. Recently, the city cut hours for the [...]

MURAC’s Final Plan

The Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee has been at work since February. Today it approved its final report, a document chock-full of recommendations concerning downtown Pensacola. “People are going to criticize this report and that’s ok,” said committee Chairman Brian Hooper. [...]

Treading Uncharted Waters

Members of the Pensacola City Council have some questions following the local police union’s request to investigate Mayor Ashton Hayward following an incident in which he allegedly misused his position and intimidated officers as they reopened streets to traffic during the Oct. 19 Gallery [...]

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