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More on the great chicken debate

T.S. Strickland, a recent graduate of the University of West Florida, has been working on various assignments for us this summer. I asked him to cover yesterday's Committee of the Whole. After sitting through hours of council discussion, he got to hear the "Great Chicken Debate." I had hoped that [...]

Another person turns down Pensacola Council Executive position

City Administrator Bill Reynolds has notified the Pensacola City Council that Mr. Terence Milstead has turned down their city council executive position. Milstead is the second person to reject the job in the past six months. Here is the communication from Milstead: June 12, 2012 Sherrer [...]

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Backyard-chicken advocates encountered what Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall termed “a friendly council” Monday. The board unanimously decided to instruct city staff to explore loosening ordinances pertaining to raising chickens in city neighborhoods. The council was presented last [...]

Hayward’s Blueprint

Hayward’s Blueprint

Delivering the 2013 budget today, Mayor Ashton Hayward discussed the city of Pensacola’s future in a State of the City address that was both optimistic and sobering. While touting recent successes, the mayor also noted that the city must deal with a ballooning pension commitment and shrinking [...]

Citizens are voting for pension cuts

The City of Pensacola is negotiating union contracts with fire, police and its general government worker unions. Pensions have to be a big part of the negotiations. What these unions shouldn't want to see is a referendum on their pension benefits. If the unions declare an impasse, the city may move [...]

City Budget Presentation

At the request of Mayor Ashton Hayward, the Pensacola City Council will hold a special meeting Monday. The meeting has been scheduled in order for the mayor to present the council with the city’s proposed FY2013 budget. The June 11 presentation will be in the council chambers inside Pensacola [...]

Disparity Study Pushed Back

The disparity study currently being conducted for the city of Pensacola should be done by the end of June. Originally, the study was to wrap up in May. “Our hope is to present that to the council during the July meeting,” said city spokesperson Travis Peterson. Peterson attributed the [...]

Fight For Your Right (to Vote)

A judge’s temporary injunction blocking key provisions of Florida’s new election law has voter registration groups hopeful as they head toward this year’s primary and general elections. “I get calls everyday from volunteers who are very eager to get back to voter registration,” said [...]

Pensacola City Council filing deadline a week away

Pensacola City Council filing deadline a week away

The 2012 municipal elections have the potential to be a mid-term test for Mayor Ashton Hayward and the 2010 city charter. There are five city council seats up for election. P.C. Wu, Maren DeWeese, John Jerralds, Ronald Townsend and Sam Hall are up for re-election. Only Wu and DeWeese have [...]

Buzz: Townsend not to run again, candidates line up

The buzz is Ronald Townsend will not run for re-election as the District 7 City Council member. Jimmie Perkins and Robbie Carl Andrews have filed for the seat. Others will follow.

Masters of the Universe?

Masters of the Universe?

The daily newspaper called this morning about a second public request made last night by Councilwoman DeWeese, who copied them on the request but not the Independent News. The councilwoman apparently is now asking for all communications between Chief of Staff John Asmar and our paper in an [...]

Council Selects Executive

As the appointed time for the Pensacola City Council’s special meeting to select its new executive came and went, Councilwoman Megan Pratt began to wonder where the majority of her fellow board members were. “Wasn’t that a unanimous vote that we meet at five?” she asked. “We’ve [...]

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