Business Education Escambia County Pensacola Politics

Pensacola wrap-up: week ending Sept. 10

September 10, 2016

Road to Crosby Hall
The UWF Presidential Search Committee narrowed down its list of candidates for the President of the University of West Florida to four: Frank Ashley, Don Gaetz, Martha Saunders, and Mike Sherman. The interviews with these candidates will take place on Sept. 11, 12, 13 and 14. UWF Board of Trustees selects the new president on Sept. 15.

Wake Up Call
Not since his college days at Florida State University has Mayor Ashton Hayward gotten such a bad report card. The 2016 Quality of Life survey showed the public has grown tired of the steady stream of snafus coming out of City Hall. The good news is two-thirds of the community are happy about our quality of life.

UWF Historic Trust Rocks
The UWF Historic Trust had two big announcements this past week. The Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail opened. The walking history tour stretches from the Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial Park to the Community Maritime Park. The UWF Historic Trust also hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Fort of Pensacola’s Commanding Officer’s Compound, a new outdoor exhibit located in Museum Plaza behind the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum. This project marks the first major reinterpretation of a stop along the Colonial Archaeological Trail, highlighting the rich history of downtown Pensacola.

It’s Good to Serve the Mayor
Resignations at Pensacola City Hall can come with hefty payouts. Through a public record request, we learned that Colleen Castille was paid $180,000 to serve as Hayward’s administrator for 11 months and 11 days – salary plus severance. Others faired well, too.

ITT Tech Scramble
The profit-school ITT Technical Institute shut down Tuesday amid a federal investigation. Pensacola State College is reaching out to the 200 students locally impacted.

Hayward Promotes His Agenda
The last time Mayor Ashton Hayward promoted to the public items he placed on the agenda was in January. Then it was his request to use LOST funds to rebuild the Bayview community center and to repair Fire Station No. 3. On Friday, we got two press releases – a call for a special meeting on VT-MAE and a request for a joint meeting with the city council.

And Donald Trump came to town.

You Might Also Like