Petition for Mayor Ashton Hayward to repeal no blanket ordinance gets over 1200 signatures

January 31, 2014

This petition by Rev. Nathan Monk has gotten over 1,200 signatures:


For the first time in recent memory, parts of Florida will be under a state of emergency due to winter weather. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures will drop as freezing rain and sleet move in, roadways will become icy, and snowfall is expected. All of this will happen on top of already wet ground, due to rain happening throughout the day today.

However, city officials are refusing to examine an… ordinance they passed last year making it illegal for the homeless to even use a blanket to cover themselves. Last week at the regular council meeting, the council members were requested by members of the public and another council person, to review the ordinance and vote in a more humane way. They refused.

Two years ago, when the city council first considered these ordinances at the request of the mayor, and hundreds of people showed up in protest, the city refused to listen citing, “The silent majority.” that wasn’t present as their reason for moving forward on the ordinance.

As this extreme freeze comes into the panhandle, it will be illegal for the homeless to seek shelter from the cold. This is unconscionable and our city leaders have refused to respond to reasonable requests for them to accommodate the homeless in any way. I am asking for everyone on my page to take the time to share this post, write the mayor and council, and forward this to your favorite media outlet.

The city may not listen to us, but hopefully they will listen if people around the world let them know how Pensacola will be viewed if they do not overturn this inhumane ordinance.

Sign petition.

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  • R. Hobbs February 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Maybe some good old fashion protests will change their minds. To everyone reading this, please take a moment to sign this petition if you have any compassion for those less fortunate. Pensacola needs a new Mayor. This is an outrageous violation of the most basic human rights, UNBELIEVABLE!!! I’m posting this petition all over facebook, spending the whole day doing it in all my groups and to all my friends. I have many that live in Fla., and they’ll probably plan a protest, that’s how great my friends are!

  • Patricia Porter February 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I firmly believe that WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. Ashton Hayward, You are heartless and soulless, the epitome of cruelty. You may be in a position of power now, making others suffer and lose their lives without punishment of any kind, but KARMA will catch up with you, sooner or later. You will then deeply regret your present actions, but it will be too late.
    We should all pity you and those like you. Your future life will reflect your actions, more than you could ever dream now. I believe in non-violence, for violence is not necessary, nature will take its course.

  • Rachel February 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Rick who are you to talk about homelessness? You live in a segregated community – Gulf Breeze – which has no resources for the homeless and just pushes them over the Three Mile Bridge where they are someone else’s problem.

    • Rick Outzen February 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Rachel, I’m reporting on a petition. According to our Bill of Rights, I am allowed to do so.

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