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Job Fair for the Homeless

Local churches helping out the homeless community is nothing new. But Heirs of the Kingdom, a Pensacola church, is taking it to another level. The church is stepping beyond its usual offerings—shoes, clothes, a shave—and hosting a job fair for the homeless. “This is the first time [...]

Pensacola council overpaid, more verbose and less decisive than better councils

Pensacola council overpaid, more verbose and less decisive than better councils

What are the traits that a city must have to attract business? We know Mayor Ashton Hayward is working hard to attract businesses to this area, as are the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Escambia County, but is the Pensacola City Council holding this city back? The Pen Air Federal Unions fiasco [...]

Council Executive Search 3.0

The search has entered another phase. With two candidates over the past year having declined the position, the Pensacola City Council decided today to look to an outside agency in its continued search for a council executive. “Like a Landrum,” Council President Sam Hall told the [...]

Council Executive (Redo, Again)

The Pensacola City Council will take another shot at hiring a council executive this afternoon. The board is holding a special meeting today to tackle the issue. Last month, council members selected from a handful of applicants for the position. The winning candidate—a college professor from [...]

How Chattanooga Partied to Way to a Better City

Walter Cronkite called Chattanooga, Tennessee, the "dirtiest city in America" in 1969. For 30 years, the city struggled with how to literally clean up its act and somehow retain talent----sound familiar? In 2007, Helen Johnson and Jeff McManus launched CreateHere, a nonprofit dedicated to [...]

Park Receives Stormwater Award

The city of Pensacola’s Admiral Mason Park recently received the Florida Stormwater Association 2012 Project Excellence Award. The association presents the award annually to stormwater projects which demonstrate creativity and excellence. According to a city press release: Admiral Mason [...]

Hayward expands city limits

Press Release: Council approves thirty annexation requests submitted by Hayward... The Pensacola City Council recently approved, by unanimous vote, thirty requests for voluntary annexation submitted by Mayor Ashton Hayward. The requests are the first submitted under Mayor Hayward’s new [...]

The Coal Ash Question

Two years ago this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed federal standards for coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal. That proposal never went anywhere. Yesterday—two years to the day from the EPA proposals—the U.S. House of Representatives voted to instruct the [...]

Candyman Comes to Town

Majestic Candies Company is coming to town. The arrival has just been pushed back a bit. “We’re not on schedule for July, unfortunately,” said Majestic’s Don Perrotta on Wednesday. Hailed by local officials as a company that will invest $6 million and bring over 100 jobs to the area [...]

One more down: City and Fire Union agree, only police remaining

Press Release: City, fire union tentatively agree on new contract The City of Pensacola and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 707 have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract which would close the Firefighters’ Relief and Pension Fund to new entrants [...]

Myers vs. Hayward

Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers is suing Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. The councilwoman’s attorney, Alistair McKenzie, reported that the suit was filed this afternoon. Myers is suing Hayward over a memorandum the mayor sent out to city council members last month. The May 15 [...]

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The city of Pensacola will soon play host to The 16th Annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference. This year’s conference runs from July 12 to 14. The event—a meeting of The Florida Neighborhoods Conference, Inc.—is meant to provide information and networking opportunities to the state’s [...]

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