City Council and CRA are not the same

November 29, 2017

The Pensacola City Council members are also members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. However, they are two distinct legal entities under Florida law. A council vote is not a substitute for a CRA vote.

When the CRA meets, it cannot vote on matters outside of its defined geographical area. For instance, the council approved the VT MAE deal at the Pensacola International Airport, not the CRA because the airport is not in the CRA district.

Conversely, the CRA is the body that bid out the Hawkshaw property and approved its buyer. Once the CRA took the action, the city council held another public hearing on the matter and voted on the sale and development agreement. Florida law prevented the mayor’s office from skipping the CRA steps.

Florida Statute 163.356 Creation of community redevelopment agency.—
(1) Upon a finding of necessity as set forth in s. 163.355, and upon a further finding that there is a need for a community redevelopment agency to function in the county or municipality to carry out the community redevelopment purposes of this part, any county or municipality may create a public body corporate and politic to be known as a “community redevelopment agency.”

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  • Rick Outzen December 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The graphic is from the 2010 CRA Master Plan.


  • EPenn December 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    The graphic you are showing is not even factually correct by scale. It’s like a bobble-head doll of Bruce Beach with Bruce Beach property being the head…lol
    # 6 should split the area between the western edge of Bruce Beach and the maritime park and go due south, not jetting off toward the Maritime Park.
    Also, your drawing either eliminates the BDI building or the #6 FDEP Conservation Area jets through Nick’s Boathous, because you only show one building and there’s two north and south of each other…
    I’m guessing number 1’s are Coyle street and some other street extending south to Government?
    The paths to the west seem to extend into the tank yard, which is weird…