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Varona hearing on temporary injunction today, 2 p.m.

Varona hearing on temporary injunction today, 2 p.m.

Varona Enterprises of Florida will have its day in court today, that is unless the city can reach an agreement. As of last night, the hearing was set for 2 p.m. Varona has asked Judge Gary Bergosh for a temporary injunction enjoining the City of Pensacola from removing the company's equipment [...]

de Varona responds to Hayward’s threat, claims it is physically impossible to get everything out by midnight tonight

de Varona responds to Hayward’s threat, claims it is physically impossible to get everything out by midnight tonight

Here is an email that Robert de Varona sent his supporters on the Pensacola City Council after he received notice from the city that he had two business days to get all his stuff out of the airport: From: Robert Varona Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 7:54 PM To: Megan Pratt; Sherri Myers; [...]

City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

According to City Attorney Jim Messer, Mayor Asthon Hayward is not bound by Council Resolutions. Therefore, Hayward was free to give a 10-year food concession contract to OHM Group over council objections and without competitive bids. Messer's opinion means that all the resolutions that govern [...]

Community Forum on Homelessness tomorrow

Community Forum on Homelessness tomorrow

The City of Pensacola will host a Community Forum on Homelessness that will be conducted by Dr. Robert Marbut, who has been working with other Florida communities to make dramatic and consequential change in how they deliver services to address the growing number of homeless families and [...]

City of Pensacola to hold public records workshop for media

City of Pensacola to hold public records workshop for media

City Invites Members of Press to One-Hour Workshop WHAT: The City of Pensacola invites members of the press to attend a one-hour workshop to gain knowledge of the City’s Public Records System, Domestic Partnership Registry, and an update on the 3-1-1 System. WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. [...]

Mayor Hayward and his financial headaches

Mayor Hayward and his financial headaches

The agenda is out for next week’s Pensacola City Council meeting. Dick Barker, city finance director, has included the financial report for the first quarter (Oct-Dec, 2013). The Osceola Golf Course continues to lose money--$119,100 deficit for the first quarter. Usage is down 52 percent from [...]

Outtakes #2: Can’t Make This Up

Outtakes #2: Can’t Make This Up

My friends in other parts of the country often write about this paper’s reporting. They wonder how could such a small place have so many weird political characters and antics that seem more like characters in an Elmore Leonard novel than real people. My reply is we can’t make this stuff [...]

City Council will discuss adopting city motto. City of Five Flags vs. Upside of Florida

City Council will discuss adopting city motto. City of Five Flags vs. Upside of Florida

Councilman Charles Bare has put on the city council's agenda for Dec. 12 a resolution that would make the city's official motto: "The City of Five Flags." The mayor introduced his motto, "Upside of Florida," in July 2012. This could be an interesting discussion. Read Five Flags.

Pensacola names initiative coordinator, looking for citizen investors (update, see comments)

Pensacola names initiative coordinator, looking for citizen investors (update, see comments)

We've heard that the City of Pensacola has appointed Eric Olsen as its Initiatives Coordinator. One of his jobs may be to oversee a proposed new community initiative that will allow citizens to help pay for city projects. The program, Citizinvestor, uses crowdfunding - financing method that [...]

DIB employee terminated over dispute regarding Palafox celebration, was about to go on medical leave

DIB employee terminated over dispute regarding Palafox celebration, was about to go on medical leave

Hillary Gilles, the Downtown Improvement Board's manager for Gallery Night and Palafox Market, was upset that she wasn't included in Mayor Ashton Hayward's Palafox Celebration on Oct. 24 to honor those who have made Palafox Street one of "America's Top 10 Great Streets." Her outspokenness may [...]

City cannot be broke, it still has checks

City cannot be broke, it still has checks

What has happened to the URAC report? People see the bollards closing vehicle traffic on Palafox for events, but those took 10 months to install and a sizeable contribution from the Escambia County Commission. In February 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward formed the Urban Redevelopment Advisory [...]

War on Pensacola’s homeless continues

War on Pensacola’s homeless continues

Occupy Pensacola hasn't disappeared. The group is still fighting to help the homeless in the city of Pensacola. As the weather turns cooler, many of those living on the streets are at risk. We have reports of City of Pensacola Code Enforcement officers taking away the few meager possessions these [...]

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