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No Fix for Hicks

December 8, 2015

The nut of the issue lay in Pensacola City Councilman P.C. Wu’s primary reason for not wanting to tinker too much with the city’s efforts to sell a piece of Government Street property. “Because Mr. Hicks…

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Closing the Loop on the CRA

May 22, 2013

When it came time for the Community Redevelopment Agency report during the May 9 Pensacola City Council meeting, Councilman Brian Spencer—who also serves as the CRA chairman—was out of the room. He’d left a moment earlier,…

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Quick Hix Nix

April 4, 2013

It was a light, quick affair. It was the end of the Hixardt deal. For now, anyways. “We want Pensacola to stay our home,” Mike Hicks, CEO of Hixardt Technologies, Inc., assured the Pensacola Community Redevelopment…

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CRA Considers Hixardt

April 3, 2013

A few hours before the Blue Wahoos season opener at the Community Maritime Park, the Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency Board will meet across the street at city hall. There is only one issue listed on the…


Another Hayward staged showdown on YMCA and CMP

March 11, 2013

The stage is set for another melodramatic showdown. This one is on whether the YMCA will be allowed to lease a parcel at the Community Maritime Park for its new $10-million downtown facility. Alas, as of…

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Pitching the Plan

March 8, 2013

When Brian Hooper dove in to the downtown-redevelopment think tank last year, he was awaiting the arrival of his first child. On Thursday, that baby sat and listened in the public gallery as his father presented…

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City Council COW Rundown

February 11, 2013

During Pensacola City Council’s Committee of the Whole this afternoon, members will discuss the follow-through from a discussion had last week regarding the body’s rules and procedures. Last Thursday, the council met with an attorney from…

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Spencer Gets Round 2 as CRA Head

December 12, 2012

The Community Redevelopment Agency, made up of the Pensacola City Council, selected new leaders this week. Councilman Brian Spencer was reelected as CRA chairman, while Councilwoman Megan Pratt, who previously served as chair, was elected as…

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MURAC’s Final Plan

October 31, 2012

The Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee has been at work since February. Today it approved its final report, a document chock-full of recommendations concerning downtown Pensacola. “People are going to criticize this report and that’s ok,”…

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CRA’s Backdoor?

February 7, 2012

Pensacola City Council members are once again split on what Mayor Ashton Hayward can and cannot—and should or should not—do. The familiar debate over the particulars of the city’s new strong-mayor form of government this time…

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New CRA Leadership

January 10, 2012

Pensacola’s Community Redevelopment Agency has a new chairman and vice chairman. The CRA board—comprised of the Pensacola City Council—chose its new leadership Jan. 9. Councilman Brian Spencer is the CRA’s new chairman, while Councilman John Jerralds…