Councilwoman Sherri Myers is holding a special town hall meeting to celebrate the county’s purchase of land to protect the headwaters of Carpenter’s Creek. The celebration will be 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at Asbury Place behind Cokesbury on 9th Avenue.
“Words cannot express the joy I feel now that Escambia County owns the 8-acre headwaters of Carpenter’s Creek on Olive Rd. Never in my wildest dreams did I image that this land would belong to the people,” wrote Myers in her invitation. “We now have the most important piece of the Carpenter’s Creek watershed in the hands of the people. Without the headwaters, we would be fighting an uphill battle in our efforts to save and restore Carpenter’s Creek.”
Myers published the following agenda for the meeting:
1. A five-minute video of the 8-acre headwaters.
2. Recognition of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners.
3. A discussion of all ideas from the charrette held on February 2, 2017, moderated by Pat Murphy. Professional urban creek and stream experts will also be on hand to discuss possible strategies for restoring Carpenter’s Creek and developing greenways, including the opportunities for early access to the Olive Road headwaters.
4. Plans to obtain Triumph Gulf Coast and Restore Funds (BP) and other funds.
She added, “We will have a Carpenter’s Creek Celebration cake, pizza and drinks. Come, celebrate, get inspired and energized.”
I believe Myers is the only Pensacola City Council member to hold a town hall meeting in her district this year. This is her second. Most of the Escambia County commissioners are on their second and third rounds of individual town halls.