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City Aid for 1st Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers may now find a financial leg-up in the city of Pensacola. The city has announced its new First Time Homebuyer Program. The program aims to assist income-qualified buyers with down payments and closing costs. Eligible home-buyers may get up to $10,000 in the form of a [...]

Apologies and Subpoenas

While there was no commitment to an investigation, the Pensacola City Council did decide to continue exploring. “It’s not about guilt or innocence, just fact-finding,” said Council President Sam Hall. Two weeks ago, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 71, requested that the council [...]

Council to Discuss FOP Request

Council to Discuss FOP Request

The Pensacola City Council will consider during today's Committee of the Whole meeting if it should investigate Mayor Ashton Hayward after the local police union approached it with concerns that he misused his position and complaints of intimidation. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 71, [...]

Curb Appeal?

Curb Appeal?

Judge Roger Vinson’s recent ruling on Occupy Pensacola’s lawsuit against the city of Pensacola could prove costly for the protest group. “Today, the City of Pensacola informed my clients, regular citizens of Pensacola, who have merely sought to have their constitutional rights vindicated [...]

Hammering Out the Libraries

The West Florida Public Library system got a Band-Aid yesterday for fiscal year 2013. Now the city of Pensacola and Escambia County must figure out a long term funding solution for the system. “We still have a lot of homework to do on it,” City Administrator Bill Reynolds told the Pensacola [...]

Occupy Pensacola ‘Denied’ in Suit Against City

Occupy Pensacola ‘Denied’ in Suit Against City

Occupy Pensacola was handed a defeat yesterday in its lawsuit against the city of Pensacola. The United States District Court, Northern District of Florida ruled that the city was within its right to remove tented protesters associated with the Occupy movement from the north lawn of Pensacola City [...]

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. [...]

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