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Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Courthouse rumblings Criminal defense lawyers are watching closely the case of Herchel Royals, who was arrested in July 2013 on drug charges. His case is one of those possibly impacted by the current FDLE lab investigation of a supervisor allegedly stealing drugs from the lab. Royals’ trial is [...]

Rebooting momentum for fish hatchery: City says same project as 2011, News reports tell a different tale.

Rebooting momentum for fish hatchery: City says same project as 2011, News reports tell a different tale.

In his final meeting as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), City Councilman Brian Spencer brought up for discussion the Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries and Hatchery Enhancement Center. The proposed $18.8-million facility, which will be funded primarily with BP funds, has been under fire [...]

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Mayor Ashton Hayward, Pensacola City Council and the City of Pensacola garnered international ridicule for its homeless ordinances, particularly the one that outlawed blankets. An online petition by Rev. Nathan Monk has 20,110 signatures. The city council amended the no-blanket, but balked at [...]

Hayward continues to have problems with zoning and neighborhoods. Why?

Hayward continues to have problems with zoning and neighborhoods. Why?

In the past five months, we’ve had two zoning issues come up inside the Pensacola city limits—Dollar General on Spanish Trail and Dept. of Corrections on North Palafox. The residents in both neighborhoods have felt that their city government was not acting in their best interests. They [...]

North Hill Preservation send out update on city council meeting

North Hill Preservation send out update on city council meeting

From their digital newsletter: Monday, March 10th, 2014 Dear Neighbors, The City Council met today at their committee meeting, and by a very narrow margin, approved our Discussion item for the proposed Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office planned for the Coca Cola [...]

Mayor Hayward issues a corrected statement on North Hill issue

Mayor Hayward issues a corrected statement on North Hill issue

Statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward regarding 1625 N Palafox: While I personally do not believe this facility belongs in a historic residential neighborhood, my administration is bound by the laws and ordinances adopted by the City Council. I have directed the City Attorney to review the [...]

Lack of follow-through continues to plague Hayward

Lack of follow-through continues to plague Hayward

For several of the Escambia County Commissioners, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward's pledge to work for more job training and for ST Aerospace to hire locals rang hollow. The mayor has a long list of commitments that began with a lot of publicity and pomp but have quietly faded to the [...]

North Hill residents will get a chance to be heard by the Pensacola City Council

North Hill residents will get a chance to be heard by the Pensacola City Council

Despite the best efforts of Council members Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Larry Johnson, the residents of North Hill will be allowed to discuss at the March 13 council meeting the city's permit for the old Coca-Cola plant on north Palafox to become a state probation office. Councilman Charles Bare had [...]

City of Pensacola shows little progress implementing disparity study

City of Pensacola shows little progress implementing disparity study

Buried in the Pensacola City Council's agenda packet for this week's set of meetings is Mayor Ashton Hayward's quarterly Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013. The report shows the payments to SBEs and awards to SBE subcontractors. For this past quarter, [...]

Weekend Buzz: County Jail, Valentino rakes in the cash and Hayward signs up Hill consultants

Weekend Buzz: County Jail, Valentino rakes in the cash and Hayward signs up Hill consultants

Escambia County to rebid jail contracts Corrections Department Director Gordon Pike told the Escambia County Commission at its agenda review meeting on March 6 that he plans to rebid all the jail contracts. He made the statement when the commissioners questioned his recommendation to amend [...]

Mayor Hayward opposes Parole facility in North Hill area

Mayor Hayward opposes Parole facility in North Hill area

Another grassroots effort may have won. City Communications Director Tamara Fountain has announced that Mayor Hayward opposes the proposed Probation and Parole Center on North Palafox. The North Hill Preservation Association sent out this email last night: Dear Neighbors, WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! [...]

Six people attend two Pensacola budget input meetings

Six people attend two Pensacola budget input meetings

The city of Pensacola held this week two public input meetings on its 2014-15 budget. A grand total of six citizens attended them, which should be a clear indication that city needs to do more than simply issue press releases if it wants public input. Yesterday's meeting was held at 9 a.m. at [...]

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