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Fish hatchery makes one question the consistency of Hayward’s economic development plans

Fish hatchery makes one question the consistency of Hayward’s economic development plans

In his 2013 State of the City address, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward declared that economic development is his top priority. "I see Economic Development as the number #1 priority for securing a greater share of the future for Pensacola," said the first-term mayor. His biggest personal win [...]

$hovel Ready

$hovel Ready

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee heard from the Greater Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce this week and got a feel for the organization’s preferences for spending Clean Water Act fines resulting from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Chamber CEO Jim Hizer listed two [...]

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting in the county’s downtown administrative building this afternoon. The relocation allows for the meetings to be videoed and broadcast. Today’s RESTORE meeting includes two economic development presentations. The [...]

Honest Abe’s IP and the Rest of It

Honest Abe’s IP and the Rest of It

The weirdest moment in last night’s Pensacola City Council meeting? That was probably when “the last living descendent of Abraham Lincoln” presented a young Boy Scout with a decorative plate to hang on the wall. The most surreal moment? That was undoubtedly when City Administrator Bill [...]

Council Catches the Bus

Council Catches the Bus

As the Pensacola City Council discussed the fate of the recently passed 4-cent gas tax last night, Mike Lowery said he was “probably the most nervous person in this room.” “I can tell you, I”m shaking,” said Lowery, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395, “because I’m [...]

Wu Juggles Zimmerman, Gas Tax

Wu Juggles Zimmerman, Gas Tax

It looks like the gas tax and Zimmerman Agency contract will be on the Pensacola City Council’s table next week. The topics didn’t make the agenda, but Council President P.C. Wu said last night he plans to add them. “To me, the logical thing is, why wouldn’t it be there?” the president [...]

The Vision (2015)

The Vision (2015)

The Greater Pensacola Chamber, along with its regional partners, unveiled Vision 2015 this afternoon. The five-year economic development strategy was described as a “roadmap” to creating “really great jobs” and “jobs that are better than we have now.” “We are on a continuing quest, [...]

City on ECAT: ‘No Decisions Have Been Made’

City on ECAT: ‘No Decisions Have Been Made’

Pensacola City Council members this week spoke out against Mayor Ashton Hayward’s apparent intention—relayed via a public statement from Escambia County Commission Chairman Gene Valentino—to use a recently passed gas tax to further economic development efforts instead of contributing to mass [...]

A Little Fuzzy in the Nebulas

Before authorizing the mayor to execute a $2 million Economic Development Transportation Project Fund Agreement between the city of Pensacola and the Florida Department of Transportation Monday, City Council Vice President Jewell Canada-Wynn had a question: was it “free money.” “Now, [...]

Big Deal at the Airport

A big deal is brewing at the Pensacola International Airport. While local officials have kept the lid on the details fairly tight, it appears something is in the works. During last night’s Pensacola City Council meeting, City Administrator Bill Reynolds noted that Mayor Ashton Hayward wished [...]

Budget Amendments, Pay Raises & RESTORE

The Escambia County Commission will be looking to take care of more than a half million dollars worth of supplemental budget amendments tonight. Commissioners plan to send additional funds to the Escambia County Sheriff’s budget and also designate some for economic development purposes. On the [...]

On the County’s Plate

During its morning work session, the Escambia County Commission’s discussion ranged from boxing regulations to development regulations, from library funding to preparing to battle it out with the state over RESTORE money. One item on tonight's agenda that was not discussed was the county [...]

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