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Jerralds and the GCAACC

May 2, 2012

There’s another forum on the calendar to discuss the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce. Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds has scheduled a May 9 meeting at city hall.

Recently, Jerralds has begun questioning the viability of the GCAACC. A public meeting was held on the subject previously in which the councilman had the chamber’s current head, George Hawthorne, thrown out.
Jerralds has never been a member of the GCAACC. He is not a businessman, but has said he wants to help the minority business community reorganize a chamber that better serves its needs.

“What I’m doing is providing a place,” Jerralds said. “Since they have no office, no staff, no phone number, I am providing a place for them to hold the meeting so they can get their house in order.”

The GCAACC has an office at 321 N De Villiers St. in Pensacola. The phone has been turned off for months.

Calls to Hawthorne’s personal phone have not as of yet been returned. He has previously dismissed Jerralds as misguided in his efforts.

Councilman Jerralds’ meeting is scheduled for May 9 at 5 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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  • Jimbob May 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

    The saddest part about this charade is the fact that the local media let it play out for years before Rick finally blew the whistle a couple of weeks ago.

  • grandot May 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Please check your information. I believe that the chamber was relocated last year after failing to pay rent to the building owner as per commitment.

  • Jimbob May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Can you say “grandstand” or “photo opp”?

  • Betty May 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Who is the “them” Jerralds is referring to? The GCAAC has no staff, no members – it is an optical illusion.

  • The Situation May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Just another opportunity for Jerralds to pontificate, grandstand and attempt to make himself relevant. Should provide good fodder for more Council antics on the blog. Why is he calling to talk about an entity that very few think is necessary? Who are the constituents that are joking up and down about this matter?