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City Council Declines Investigations

July 15, 2013

While attempts at two different investigations into Mayor Ashton Hayward’s administration failed to gain enough traction, Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare’s recommendation that the mayoral budgetary authority be curtailed will live to see Thursday’s regular council…

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Bare Calls for Investigations

July 14, 2013

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare has placed several items on this afternoon’s agenda that are aimed at the mayor’s office. Two are budgetary in nature, and one entertains an investigation into the “situation on the 7th…

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HT Land Co.’s Second Offer

July 12, 2013

Pensacola City Council President P.C. Wu looked looked a bit confused this morning as to why he had not heard from the woman in the back of the room before. She had waited until the council…

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No Panhandling in the Upside

June 14, 2013

The final installment of the so-called ‘homeless’ ordinances was approved by the Pensacola City Council last night. The new ordinance targets panhandling. “I know it’s going to be challenged in court, and I suspect the plaintiff…

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COW Rundown

June 7, 2013

The Pensacola City Council has a fair amount of meat on the table for Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Here’s a taste: Maritime Park Land Lease – Mayor Ashton Hayward is recommending that the city…

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Homeless Ordinances Find Home

May 24, 2013

The Pensacola City Council’s passage of the so-called homeless ordinances has been an uncomfortable affair. During the first reading, it was the Boy Scouts. Thursday, it was a Chinese visitor with the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy…

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Picnic Protest at City Hall

May 22, 2013

A protest/no-money yard sale/picnic is scheduled for tomorrow on the Pensacola City Hall lawn, prior to the Pensacola City Council meeting. “It is a protest, as well as giving away of items—that in and of itself…

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Myers: Table ‘Aggressive’ Panhandling Proposal

May 20, 2013

The Pensacola City Council will be discussing a proposed ordinance this afternoon aimed at “aggressive” panhandling. It is the final proposal in a collection of proposed ordinances that critics charge will “criminalize” homelessness. The first three…

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At-Large and Homeless

May 9, 2013

The Pensacola City Council will consider this evening if the dropping of its two at-large seats should be put before voters, and also continue discussing a trio of proposed ordinances that prohibit activities such as sleeping…

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Council’s CMPA Divide

May 7, 2013

Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer seemed unclear on exactly what City Councilman Brian Spencer was wanting of him during last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. “They’re are certain grounds to remove trustees,” Messer told the…

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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…