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Exclusive: Military feared Wall South funds would be diverted to a drinking hooch. They were right

The former treasurer of the Wall South Foundation says that Commander of the Defense Commissary Agency that raised half million dollars for the ongoing maintenance of the Wall South project in Pensacola feared that some of the Pensacola veterans involved in the project would "build themselves a [...]

Mack, Nelson Rally Local Supporters

Mack, Nelson Rally Local Supporters

Both candidates for Florida’s U.S. Senate race made their way to Pensacola this week en route to Election Day. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) started off the week with a visit to Dharma Blue, followed by Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) today at Seville Quarter. During their local stops, each candidate [...]

City Council’s Back

After a lengthy break due to technical difficulties at city hall, the Pensacola City Council will meet today for its Committee of the Whole. The council will be making appointments to several local boards and commissions, as well as discussing the possibility of municipal charter schools and [...]

Crime, Code Enforcement and District 6

By Shelby Smithey... Crime and code ordinances were hot topics at Mayor Ashton Hayward’s “Taking City Hall to the Citizens” town hall meeting last night for residents in district 6. Hayward held his 14th town hall meeting since he took office at the E.S. Cobb Neighborhood Resource [...]

Mayor Hosts District 6 Town Hall Meeting

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward will be hosting a town hall meeting this evening. The meeting is a continuance of the Taking City Hall to the Citizens series. The mayor will meet with residents tonight at the E.S. Cobb Neighborhood Resource Center to discuss concerns and answer questions. The [...]

Weekend news roundup: trial, Airbus, Impact, new website

Weekend news roundup: trial, Airbus, Impact, new website

1. Last trial on Okaloosa County Sheriff kickback schemes Former Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office employee Randall Holcombe faces court today in Pensacola charges for racketeering and grand theft charges--the last trial involving Sheriff Charlie Morris' bonus kickback schem. Morris’ [...]

Library Wars

Following a week of back-and-forth over library funding during which city of Pensacola Administrator Bill Reynolds equated recent positions taken by Escambia County as “extortion,” county commissioners unloaded this morning, connecting the library issue with other points of contention like Gulf [...]

Library Letters in ‘Chinatown’

The library system was a topic of discussion last time the Escambia County Commission met, and chances are it will be tomorrow as well. While it’s not on the commission’s Committee of the Whole agenda, enough has transpired over the past week to fuel a conversation. During its Oct. 4 [...]

A Bicyclist’s Dream

Today’s roadways are designed for the automobile. On many stretches, bikers and walkers finds themselves living on the edge between the curb and the cars. “As in, if-you-suck-in-your-gut-and-pray-real-hard-you-might-make-it,” Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt described a particularly [...]

Pensacola and Escambia County have never really been pro-library

Pensacola and Escambia County have never really been pro-library

Most communities take pride in their public libraries. There are seen in many cities as facilities that transform communities and the great equalizer by making books available to all people. This community has always lacked a commitment to those ideals. It was 1957 when Lucy Tryon founded [...]

County wants its libraries like downtown libraries, plans to cut fund transfer

NorthEscambia.com reports that County Administrator Randy Oliver plans to ask the county commissioners to withhold a portion of their funding for the library system in order to hire the city’s library employees to fully staff libraries in the county so that staffing at all library branches in the [...]

Walkable/Bikeable Community Meeting

Local environmental organization Sustainable Gulf Coast is hosting a discussion tomorrow night entitled Linking Pensacola’s Neighborhoods for Bicyclists and Pedestrians.’ The Tuesday night meeting will feature a presentation by Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt. She will speak about [...]

Shhh, Library Talk

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White hit hard and early this morning, pouncing on what he termed “this garbage going on with the Northwest Florida Library.” He opened this morning’s commission work session expressing concern about the reduced hours recently announced by the library system [...]

Myers vs. Hayward Round 2, back in court

Councilwoman Sherri Myers has filed a Motion for Clarification or Rehearing. She is asking Judge Scott Duncan to delineate the proper scope of the Mayor's communication policy authority, "such that employees of the City of Pensacola, as well as Council Members, may be aware as to what the proper [...]

CNG Fueling Station Opens

A compressed natural gas fueling station is now open on Pine Forest Road. The station is due to a partnership between the city of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA). “This station marks a new day for the city of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy and ECUA,” [...]

Council Meetings Cancelled

Next week’s meetings for the Pensacola City Council have been cancelled. The cancellations are apparently due to technical difficulties experienced at Pensacola City Hall in recent days. The council was scheduled to meet Oct. 8 and 11 for its Committee of the Whole and regular meeting. The [...]

Council Selects Executive

Council Selects Executive

After two years of searching, the Pensacola City Council may soon have a new executive. The council decided last week to offer the position to Lila Cox. Cox was among a group of candidates put forth to the council after it recently turned to the Landrum staffing agency to provide a pool of [...]

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