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Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

During a recent trip to Key West, Pensacola City Councilman Larry Johnson discovered the island had a large chicken population. When he went out for lunch, the birds roamed freely around his feet. “In Key West, they have chickens everywhere,” Johnson told his fellow council members during [...]

Golf Carts and Chickens

Golf Carts and Chickens

Pensacola residents may soon be able to drive their golf carts down streets lined with backyard chicken coops. These are among the issues the Pensacola City Council will consider today. For several months, back-to-the-land-in-your-own-backyard advocates have worked with city officials to rewrite [...]

Weekend Review

Weekend Review

Our reporter Jeremy Morrison had one heck of week covering local government: Pink Slime Time Asmar, the Union and the “Third Party” EBO Report: ‘Fluff and Stuff’ First Grade and the Long Day Reconnect Disconnect, Part Two ------------------------- The other posts that [...]

Reconnect Disconnect, Part Two

Reconnect Disconnect, Part Two

After informing members of the public of “our come to peace moment last meeting,” the regional  planner explained that the city of Pensacola’s second public input session concerning the historic district’s street grid would be based on the premise that the area “had some issues.” He [...]

EBO Report: ‘Fluff and Stuff’

EBO Report: ‘Fluff and Stuff’

Members of the Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee met last night to digest the final report concerning minority participation in the park project. While the mood initially had the hint of a finish-line celebration, it quickly soured. “This is a good [...]

Asmar, the Union and the “Third Party”

Asmar, the Union and the “Third Party”

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has painted the police union’s vote of No Confidence in his chief of staff as an “unfair labor practice” related to ongoing contract negotiations. The union doesn’t see it that way. “Let me just say, the Mayor’s office’s press release is totally [...]

And what about the Police Pension

And what about the Police Pension

Ten years ago, the city's contribution to the Police Pension plan was a whopping $126,396. In this current fiscal year, it's $4,004,489! If the police union wants to ponder why there isn't any money for pay raises, they don't have to look too far. Less than 14 percent of the police officers live [...]

What do the city pension plans cost its residents

What do the city pension plans cost its residents

In 2000, the City of Pensacola had 56,255 residents and its total contribution to its fire, police and general pension plans was $2,479,380 ---or $44.10 per citizen. In 2008, the City of Pensacola had shrunk to 54,055 people and its total contribution to its fire, police and general pension [...]

Pensacola to rebrand itself

Following the re-brand of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Mayor Ashton Hayward will unveil the city of Pensacola's new brand on Wednesday, July 18 at special event at the Saenger Theater. We hear that he will change the city's name to [...]

Final EBO Report

The Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee will hear a final report tonight concerning the Equal Business Opportunity Program. The program was an effort to realize minority participation in the construction of the new park. George Hawthorne, who oversaw the [...]

City of Pensacola has a pension problem

City of Pensacola has a pension problem

Our paper has been writing the about the city's pension problem since 2008. The City of Pensacola can not afford the current pension plans offered to its general, fire and police employees. Past city council and city administrations have made terrible decisions regarding these plans that could be [...]

Mean Streets of Pensacola

Mean Streets of Pensacola

Quint Studer, co-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and founder of the Studer Group, stopped by the office this morning. We talked about the Memorandum of Understanding with the CMPA and City of Pensacola concerning his proposed office building at the Maritime Park, which will part of a future IN [...]

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