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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 [...]

A New Day?

Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall opened up Thursday night’s council meeting by requesting that things stay “upbeat.” “I want Kumbayah tonight,” he said. The president knew the weight of the room’s contentious subtext. Councilwoman Sheri Myers’ recent threat to sue Mayor [...]

Executive Decision

In a couple of hours, the Pensacola City Council will consider selecting its Council Executive. The board will be taking a look at four candidates. The council has been searching for someone to handle its administrative needs for more than a year. Recently, the city’s HR department presented [...]

The 2011 City Budget Process

The 2011 City Budget Process

The City Budget process last year was one of the most bizarre of any local government entity in recent memory.  The closest comparison is the Escambia County School Board during Superintendent Jim Paul’s first term. Over 30 days, then-Council President Maren DeWeese and Mayor Ashton Hayward [...]

Council Eyes Executive Finalists

Council Eyes Executive Finalists

The Pensacola City Council may select its new council executive tomorrow. The board has been presented with four candidates. “I’m ready to make a selection,” said Councilman Ronald Townsend on Tuesday. “I’m hoping we can go ahead and finalize this.” The city council met three of [...]

Legion Field Project, Breaking Ground by September

With plans to break ground by the end of summer, the city of Pensacola hosted another public input meeting last night for the Legion Filed Resource Center. Dave Flaherty, the city’s director of Neighborhood Services, opened the meeting by assuring that concerns pertaining to the library [...]

City Administrator cleared of Sunshine allegation

City Administrator cleared of Sunshine allegation

The State Attorney's Office has issued a letter clearing City Administrator Bill Reynolds of Sunshine Law violations raised by Pensacola City Councilwoman Maren DeWeese in regards to a series of emails between DeWeese, Reynolds and Parks & Rec subcommittee chair Jake Renfroe. DeWeese had expressed [...]

Occupy Pensacola: More than a trespass case

Occupy Pensacola: More than a trespass case

By Stephanie Sharp... This week David Burden was found not guilty of a trespassing misdemeanor. His attorney, Eric Stevenson, fought for his client’s not guilty plea in a case involving the Occupy Movement and city property. Stevenson saw Burden’s case as begin different from most [...]

Occupy Pensacola on today’s trial

Press Release: Pensacola, Fla. May 15, 2012 – The trial for Melody Castro and David Burden, the two who were arrested at City Hall in December, will begin Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The two were standing on a walkway that runs through the City Hall green space when Pensacola City Police [...]

Mayor hears from citizens at District 2 town hall

By Stephanie Sharp---- Two extra rows of seats had to be added in the meeting room of the Tryon Branch Library for last night’s Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Ashton Hayward. The mayor stood at the front of the room, flanked on either side by seven city officials. These officials included Chief [...]

Johnson Predicts ‘Tough’ Budget Season

Johnson Predicts ‘Tough’ Budget Season

The Pensacola City Council offered a glimpse last night of what upcoming budget workshops might look like. Council members signaled to Mayor Ashton Hayward that it could be a rough ride. Councilman Larry B. Johnson questioned why the mayor needed both an administrator and a chief of staff. He [...]

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