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Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Shannon Nickinson has written a viewpoint on the Bruce Beach lease for a fish hatchery. City officials are finalizing a lease agreement to build a fish hatchery and research facility on city-owned property at Bruce Beach. We've been talking about this since June of 2011. The agreement would [...]

Does OHM Group have a basis for suing the City of Pensacola?

Does OHM Group have a basis for suing the City of Pensacola?

Mayor Ashton Hayward has repeatedly hinted in public meetings, press releases and Facebook videos that OHM Group might sue the city if the company is not awarded the airport food concessions contract. Hayward claims that he is protecting the city from a lawsuit. The Request for Proposal (RFP) [...]

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer has opined that the mayor can unilaterally award the airport food concessions contract without council approval because there is no city ordinance requiring him to do so. Based on that opinion, Mayor Ashton Hayward vetoed yesterday a council action to extend the [...]

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City Attorney Jim Messer sent the following email to the Pensacola City Council stating that competitive bidding of the airport food concessions was a council policy and not a city ordinance. Therefore, the mayor is not required to do so. He wrote, "When the airport requires a vendor to serve [...]

Hayward has five days to veto Varona contract

Hayward has five days to veto Varona contract

Will Mayor Ashton Hayward veto the Pensacola City Council's month-to-month extension Varona's food concessions contract at the Pensacola International Airport? According to the 2010 City Charter, the mayor has five days to veto it. The current contract is set to expire on March 31. Mayor [...]

Public input and the Pensacola City Council

Public input and the Pensacola City Council

Over the past year, the Pensacola City Council has made an effort to limit public input at its meetings. This is a complete reversal with the openness that the city council began with three years ago when then-Council President Maren DeWeese instituted the Boyd Forum to give the citizens more time [...]

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Homeless expert: Ordinances should never be first step in dealing with the homeless, calls the laws ‘silly’

Mayor Ashton Hayward, Pensacola City Council and the City of Pensacola garnered international ridicule for its homeless ordinances, particularly the one that outlawed blankets. An online petition by Rev. Nathan Monk has 20,110 signatures. The city council amended the no-blanket, but balked at [...]

What do council districts think about the direction of Pensacola city government?

What do council districts think about the direction of Pensacola city government?

District 5, which is represented by Gerald Wingate, has the smallest percentage of voters who believe city government is going in the right direction. It also has the largest percentage that is unsure, 42%. District 3 (Andy Terhaar), 4 (Larry Johnson) and 6 (Brian Spencer) have the highest [...]

Blankets allowed, moratorium on any other changes to Pensacola homeless laws

Blankets allowed, moratorium on any other changes to Pensacola homeless laws

The Pensacola City Council approved Councilwoman Sherri Myers' ordinance amendment to allow people to cover themselves with blankets in city parks. However, when it came to dealing with the other “homeless ordinances,” the debate became heated at last night's city council meeting. Councilman [...]

Pensacola City Council has a busy night set (update)

Pensacola City Council has a busy night set (update)

The Pensacola City Council meets tonight. They have a full agenda. Here is what happened at their agenda review meeting: Homeless Blanket Debate Round 2 The Pensacola City Council voted, 4-3, to prevent the city council from changing any of the city's homeless ordinances, including the [...]

Buttercup on the Pensacola City Council agenda for Feb. 27

Buttercup on the Pensacola City Council agenda for Feb. 27

Buttercup's owner Laura Kirkman wrote to me about the next Pensacola City Council meeting: I just wanted to let you know that Buttercup, the pot-belly pig, is slated to be on the agenda for the city council meeting on Feb. 27th. My children, Molly and Warren, are getting ready to do the [...]

Maybe Pensacola City Council should put fish hatchery on the ballot

Maybe Pensacola City Council should put fish hatchery on the ballot

Mayor Ashton Hayward's proposal to lease Bruce Beach for a $1 a year for 50 years and allow a fish hatchery to be built in the city's urban core has become a controversial issue, particularly since it will only create about 15 jobs on the site. The facility will be built with NRDA dollars, but [...]

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