The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the designation of Palafox Street—from Wright Street to Pensacola Bay—as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. The honor is a testament to the Pensacola’s Historic Preservation, Architecture Review and Downtown Improvement boards and to [...]
The agenda for next week's Pensacola City Council has nothing about the Airport Food Services contract that Mayor Ashton Hayward has recommended be given to the St. Louis-based firm, OHM Concessions. The city council had voted last week to postpone its vote on the recommendation until Oct. [...]
In June, I posted on this blog that the buzz around city hall was that Mayor Ashton Hayward was not giving a State of the City address to outline his vision for the city and how his budget helps make that vision a reality. Hayward gave such speeches in August 2011 and June 2012. The speeches [...]
Maybe the Escambia County Commission should contribute bed tax dollars to the Andrews Institute for all the publicity Dr. Andrews and his patients give the Pensacola area. Today, NFL player Terrill Thomas writes for Huffington Post about his rehab in Pensacola: "A Journey Back to the NFL."
By Jesse Farthing Local firefighters are picketing outside Pensacola International Airport in protest of a money-saving proposal by the city that will reduce the number of on-site firefighters at the airport from three to two. Airport Director Greg Donovan initiated the proposal as a way to [...]
Seven local women today announced the formation of the Institute for Women in Politics of Northwest Florida, Inc. The non-profit corporation has been established, according to its bylaws, “to provide a nonprofit education, training resources, and counseling services to promote and fulfill the [...]
The Pensacola Firefighters will be picketing city hall and the Pensacola International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from noon-6 p.m. over Mayor Ashton Hayward's 2013-14 budget which proposes to reduce the number of on-site firefighters at the airport from nine to six. In a flyer received by the [...]
The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, ACLU of Florida and Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials are launching a series of town hall meetings, "Florida Speaks Tour." The first will be held in Pensacola on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Bethel AME Church. The meetings are [...]
The IN August Poll found that only 43.4 percent of city voters still believe that the city of Pensacola is on the right track. Twenty-two percent believe Mayor Ashton Hayward is doing an excellent job and 34.6 percent said he is doing a good job---which gave Hayward an overall positive rating of [...]
This apparently is the week to drop "interim"---sorry, George, not you though. Mayor Ashton Hayward will be naming Colleen Castille as his new city administrator. She will no longer be an interim. Expect the press release soon.
Councilwoman Sherri Myers wants to amend the Council Financial Planning and Administrative Policy to put a ceiling on how much the mayor can move around between categories, departments and programs without city council approval. She would like to see a $50,000 cap of such fund transfers. It will [...]
In April, attorney Eric Stevenson told the Community Maritime Park Associates board that he represented an anonymous donor who pledged $25,000 to the CMPA board to construct a children's playground. He challenged the CMPA and City to initiate a 120-day pledge drive to raise $250,000 for the [...]