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Buzz: Huckabee to stump for Romney in Pcola on Saturday

A source close to the Mitt Romney campaign told the IN that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be in Pensacola Saturday to campaign for the GOP presidential candidate. The site for the rally hasn't been selected, but the rally is expected to be in the early evening. Stay tuned.

Council Beats Hayward-Piñata

It looks like Thursday is shaping up as the main event, but last night’s Pensacola City Council meeting was nothing to sleep through. The stage was set, new storylines were pitched. One man in attendance supplied the gallery with popcorn for the show. During its Committee of the Whole meeting [...]

Messer’s Statement

Earlier this month, the Pensacola City Council made two amendments to Mayor Ashton Hayward's proposed 2013 budget. The mayor then vetoed one of council's amendments. In vetoing the amendment—which removed marketing money from the MIS budget and placed it into the council's own budget—Hayward [...]

Myers, Hayward Tell It to the Judge

Myers, Hayward Tell It to the Judge

Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers and Mayor Ashton Hayward will have to wait until the end of the week to find out which will prevail in their legal battle. “This obviously is an important case, it’s important to the citizens of Pensacola,” said Circuit Judge J. Scott Duncan after [...]

Possible conflict concerning council audit selection committee

Possible conflict concerning council audit selection committee

The Pensacola City Council took over in May the selection process of the audit firm for the city's annual audit. Instead of having the city's finance director, Dick Barker, on the committee, the council replaced him with a CPA from the community. Two people were nominated for the CPA spot. [...]

Romney campaign hosting events in Pensacola today

Romney campaign hosting events in Pensacola today

Congressman Jeff Miller is joining the Students for Romney today at 9 a.m. on the main campus of Pensacola State College. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward is another one at the Maritime Park stadium at 2:30 p.m. To RSVP for Hayward event - visit here.

Myers v. Hayward

Myers v. Hayward

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and City Councilwoman Sherri Myers will meet this morning for a court hearing over a lawsuit filed against the mayor after he issued a memorandum requesting that council members go through his office when communicating with city staff. In May, Hayward issued the [...]

Attorney General and how the City Council picked its audit firm

Attorney General and how the City Council picked its audit firm

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has ruled that the original request for proposal (RFP) for an audit firm that was created by City Finance Director Dick Barker and found to be defective could not be made valid by an approval by the council's audit committee. See Bondi letter. The selection [...]

The Long Search

The Long Search

With a list of three finalists for the job, Pensacola City Council members met this morning to discuss the ongoing search for a council executive. When President Sam Hall threw a fourth name on the table, the already long and winding process experienced another hiccup on the road towards the [...]

Branden Rathert and Larry B. Johnson (NewsRadio 1620 audio)

Branden Rathert and Larry B. Johnson (NewsRadio 1620 audio)

Here is the audio of Branden Rathert's segment on Pensacola City Councilman Larry B. Johnson and what does or doesn't happen when you google "Pensacola." Click here.

What did the Charter Commission decide about the Mayor’s veto power

What was the discussion by the City of Pensacola's Charter Commission regarding the mayor's veto powers? At its Feb. 18, 2009 meeting, the Pensacola Charter Commission discussed the mayor's veto power, focusing on limits to that power. Mr. Robert Holmes made a motion --"Mayor may veto any [...]

Sidewalk Rules: DIB’s Version Recommended

Taking a look at proposed regulations governing outdoor cafes, the Pensacola Planning Board decided yesterday to embrace changes suggested by the Downtown Improvement Board. Most notably, the planning board rejected a suggestion by city staff to ban live and recorded amplified music in the sidewalk [...]

Mayor Hayward listens to District 1

Mayor Hayward listens to District 1

By Shelby Smithey... Mayor Ashton Hayward held his “Taking City Hall to the Citizens” town hall meeting on Monday at the Gull Point Neighborhood Resource Center to address issues from residents in District 1. The neighborhoods of Cordova Place, Eastgate and Scenic Heights, as well as the [...]

Hayward Discusses Veto

Mayor Ashton Hayward issued the first veto of his term yesterday afternoon. Before heading out to a town hall meeting in the evening, he sat down for a few minutes to discuss his decision. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” Hayward defended his veto. During last week’s budget [...]

Mayor Issues 1 Veto

Mayor Ashton Hayward has vetoed one of the amendments that the Pensacola City Council made last week to his proposed 2013 budget. In a statement issued this afternoon, the mayor vetoed an amendment that removed $220,000 from a marketing budget and placed it into the city council budget. The [...]

Upcoming Issues for Council

While the Pensacola City Council had a relatively light agenda during its regular meeting yesterday, the board did offer a preview of upcoming issues. Council President Sam Hall and Councilwoman Sherri Myers will soon be meeting to further discuss the hiring of a council executive. The board has [...]

Myers, LBJ motions: more council staff, chief of staff not target

Myers, LBJ motions: more council staff, chief of staff not target

Pensacola City Council members explain their motions to amend the 2012-13 city budget Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers said she would like to use the money city council recently moved out of marketing budgets and into their own for hiring a staff to assist the board. “I think that we [...]

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