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Psst, someone needs to tell Pensacola City Council a hard freeze is coming

Psst, someone needs to tell Pensacola City Council a hard freeze is coming

Late this afternoon, the Pensacola City Council will release its agenda for its Jan. 15 regular meeting. Will the council discuss the recommendations made by its task force on homelessness? Cold, arctic weather is coming. A hard freeze is predicted for Wednesday night. The city council last [...]

Interesting Job Description for City Attorney leads to charter questions (update)

Interesting Job Description for City Attorney leads to charter questions (update)

The job description for the Pensacola City Attorney has been posted on The Florida Bar website: The City Attorney shall serve as the chief legal adviser to, and shall represent, elected or appointed officials, boards and commissions, and employees in the course and scope of their official duties [...]

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Sheriff David Morgan sent the Florida Ethics Commission his formal response to ex-County Commissioner Gene Valentino's complaint against him. Of the four complaints made by Valentino, the one that has received the most attention in the media concerns is a voice message the sheriff left the [...]

City attorney shake up: Messer out, search begun for in-house lawyer

City attorney shake up: Messer out, search begun for in-house lawyer

Mayor Ashton Hayward has made the decision not to renew the Messer Law Firm as the city attorney. Jim Messer's contract expired on Dec. 14, and he will work month-to-month until a replacement is found and approved by the city council. In an email dated Dec. 5, City COO Tamara Fountain told the [...]

Mayor Hayward places hold on EDATE applications

Mayor Hayward places hold on EDATE applications

Last week, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward withdrew the EDATE (Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions) application for an assisted living facility on the site of the former Pensacola Racquet Club when it was discovered the city had not submitted the application and the necessary [...]

Pensacola City Council debates Fire Boat House tonight

Pensacola City Council debates Fire Boat House tonight

A stir has been created by a request from the mayor’s office to use sidewalk funds to build a boathouse at the Port of Pensacola for the fire department’s boat. The lowest bidder for construction is Southeastern Construction, Inc. for a total cost of $453,437.61. The city has a grant that [...]

How Pensacola City Council voted on its officers

How Pensacola City Council voted on its officers

We've had the ballots for the Pensacola City Council's election of president and vice president for some time, but the ATF report on the county jail blast took our focus in a different direction. Two weeks ago, the council elected Andy Terhaar and Larry Johnson, as president and vice president [...]

Institute for Women in Politics issues its report on 2014 local elections

Institute for Women in Politics issues its report on 2014 local elections

Women make few gains in 2014 elections in Escambia and Santa Rosa There are five new women in the halls of government and the judiciary in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties but a gain of just one seat for women as a result of this year’s election cycle. Jennie Kinsey is the newest circuit [...]

Mayor Ashton Hayward: ‘We’re going to continue to do amazing things’

Mayor Ashton Hayward: ‘We’re going to continue to do amazing things’

Mayor Ashton Hayward, Council members Larry Johnson, Sherri Myers and Brian Spencer were all sworn into office yesterday. After several rounds of voting, Andy Terhaar beat out Jewel Cannada-Wynn to become the new council president. Johnson edged out Sherri Myers for the vice president [...]

Who will be next council president and vp

Who will be next council president and vp

Tomorrow after the swearing-on of Mayor Ashton Hayward and the city council, the council will elect its president and vice-president that will serve for the next 12 months. Four council members have been nominated for president: Incumbent Jewel Cannada-Wynn by herself, Larry Johnson and [...]

City Council considers Airport Stormwater Pond expansion

City Council considers Airport Stormwater Pond expansion

The Pensacola City Council meets next week. On the agenda is a recommendation to award Panhandle Grading & Paving a $2.8 million contract to renovate and expand the stormwater pond on the southwest quadrant of the Pensacola International Airport. The project is funded with the help of a $2.7 [...]

Four observations from 2014 Pensacola City Elections

Four observations from 2014 Pensacola City Elections

City of Pensacola voters returned all three incumbents to office - Mayor Ashton Hayward, Councilpersons Sherri Myers and Brian Spencer. Four observations can be made from the results: Hayward has a mandate Mayor Ashton Hayward outspent his relatively unknown challenger, Donna Clark, 4 to 1 - [...]

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