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Ordinances Finding a Home

May 7, 2013

As the Pensacola City Council considered blessing a collection of ordinances that are “not directed toward any particular group,” a young woman relayed to them her experience years ago of being homeless. “I had to sleep…

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Homeless Ordinance, Round Two

May 6, 2013

Last time Mayor Ashton Hayward lobbed such a proposed ordinance onto the table, citizens referred to the effort as “sick,” “bonkers” and “immoral and very, very sad.” Pensacola City Council members called it “too broad,” “unconstitutional”…

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The Big Slim Down

April 26, 2013

Several members of Pensacola’s African-American community expressed concerns Thursday night as the Pensacola City Council considered cutting its two at-large seats. “In the African-American community, we have angst about decreasing representation,” said Dr. Marion WIlliams, of…

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Does Size Matter?

April 23, 2013

While some members expressed concerns about cutting two seats from the Pensacola City Council, most were inclined to follow Councilman Larry B. Johnson’s lead. “Our council is too big, we need to shrink council,” Johnson told…

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Johnson Guns for Gunther, At-large Seats

April 22, 2013

It looks like Pensacola City Councilman Larry B. Johnson will be throwing a couple of suggestions on the table this afternoon during council’s Committee of the Whole meeting. In addition to his push to downsize the…

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Wrestling with the CMPA & Selling the City

April 11, 2013

Toward the tail end of Monday’s two-plus hours of discussion regarding the leasing process for properties at the Community Maritime Park, City Attorney Jim Messer boiled it down to one sentence. “This is just a simple…

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For Sale in the City

April 8, 2013

The Pensacola City Council will be discussing the city’s policy regarding the disposition of city-owned property today at its Committee of the Whole meeting. The policy pertains to property other than parcels located at the port,…

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‘Streamlined’ at the COW

April 5, 2013

When the Pensacola City Council meets for its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, members will consider approving “streamlined guidelines” for the disposition of city-owned property. Currently, policy dictates that the mayor identify properties that the…

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Airport, ECAT, YMCA … ‘Civility’

March 29, 2013

The new director of the Pensacola International Airport spoke last night about the city enterprise’s financial outlook and how it might be improved. “We’re gonna run our airport like a business,” Greg Donovan told the Pensacola…

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The Long and Y-ending Road

March 26, 2013

After another marathon session—after Voltaire and a Chinese proverb—the Pensacola City Council is no closer to landing the YMCA at the Community Maritime Park. “What you’re watching is democracy in action,” Council President P.C. Wu told…

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The How of the Y – video added

March 15, 2013

The Pensacola City Council formalized their approval last night of locating a new YMCA at the Maritime Park—in concept, with lease details to be worked out—but not before a conversation about how the deal came before…

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Camelot’s Town Hall

March 13, 2013

Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers will host a town hall March 19; the forum will focus on the development of Camelot Park. Here’s the city press release: Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers will hold a town…

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Today’s COW

March 11, 2013

The Pensacola City Council meets this afternoon for its Committee of the Whole session. An item pertaining to possibly relocating the YMCA to the Community Maritime Park has gotten a lot of attention, but there’s also…

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City Council, CRA Meetings

March 5, 2013

The Pensacola City Council will be meeting tomorrow for a second rules-and-procedures workshop, then again on Thursday when they convene as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board. Tomorrow’s workshop is a continuation of an earlier meeting with…

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‘No Further Comment’

March 4, 2013

It remains unclear who exactly instructed the city of Pensacola’s spokesman to launch an anonymous blog-commenting campaign in which he endorsed various aspects of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s agenda while criticizing entities viewed by the administration as…