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Posts Tagged ‘Pensacola City Council’

City Budget Workshops

In a series of workshops next week, the Pensacola City Council will dive into the Fiscal Year 2013 Proposed Budget. Mayor Ashton Hayward delivered his proposed budget to the city council in June. The $221 million budget comes in $600,000 below the previous year’s budget. It is also [...]

Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

During a recent trip to Key West, Pensacola City Councilman Larry Johnson discovered the island had a large chicken population. When he went out for lunch, the birds roamed freely around his feet. “In Key West, they have chickens everywhere,” Johnson told his fellow council members during [...]

Golf Carts and Chickens

Golf Carts and Chickens

Pensacola residents may soon be able to drive their golf carts down streets lined with backyard chicken coops. These are among the issues the Pensacola City Council will consider today. For several months, back-to-the-land-in-your-own-backyard advocates have worked with city officials to rewrite [...]

CMPA executive director applies for Ft. Walton Beach city manager job

CMPA executive director applies for Ft. Walton Beach city manager job

Ed Spears, executive director of the Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA), is among the 33 people who have applied to be the city manager of Fr. Walton Beach. Their former city manager, Bob Mearns, was fired five months ago. To date, the city has received 33 applications for the job and [...]

Pensacola council overpaid, more verbose and less decisive than better councils

Pensacola council overpaid, more verbose and less decisive than better councils

What are the traits that a city must have to attract business? We know Mayor Ashton Hayward is working hard to attract businesses to this area, as are the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Escambia County, but is the Pensacola City Council holding this city back? The Pen Air Federal Unions fiasco [...]

Council Executive Search 3.0

The search has entered another phase. With two candidates over the past year having declined the position, the Pensacola City Council decided today to look to an outside agency in its continued search for a council executive. “Like a Landrum,” Council President Sam Hall told the [...]

Council Executive (Redo, Again)

The Pensacola City Council will take another shot at hiring a council executive this afternoon. The board is holding a special meeting today to tackle the issue. Last month, council members selected from a handful of applicants for the position. The winning candidate—a college professor from [...]

Myers Explains & Mayor Responds

Myers Explains & Mayor Responds

She describes the issue at the center of her recent lawsuit against Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward as “not too complicated.” “The issue is very simple, it has a lot to do with the separation of powers,” said Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers. “The charter was very clear about [...]

Myers vs. Hayward

Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers is suing Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. The councilwoman’s attorney, Alistair McKenzie, reported that the suit was filed this afternoon. Myers is suing Hayward over a memorandum the mayor sent out to city council members last month. The May 15 [...]

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Backyard-chicken advocates encountered what Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall termed “a friendly council” Monday. The board unanimously decided to instruct city staff to explore loosening ordinances pertaining to raising chickens in city neighborhoods. The council was presented last [...]

City Budget Presentation

At the request of Mayor Ashton Hayward, the Pensacola City Council will hold a special meeting Monday. The meeting has been scheduled in order for the mayor to present the council with the city’s proposed FY2013 budget. The June 11 presentation will be in the council chambers inside Pensacola [...]

Council Selects Executive

As the appointed time for the Pensacola City Council’s special meeting to select its new executive came and went, Councilwoman Megan Pratt began to wonder where the majority of her fellow board members were. “Wasn’t that a unanimous vote that we meet at five?” she asked. “We’ve [...]

A New Day?

Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall opened up Thursday night’s council meeting by requesting that things stay “upbeat.” “I want Kumbayah tonight,” he said. The president knew the weight of the room’s contentious subtext. Councilwoman Sheri Myers’ recent threat to sue Mayor [...]

Executive Decision

In a couple of hours, the Pensacola City Council will consider selecting its Council Executive. The board will be taking a look at four candidates. The council has been searching for someone to handle its administrative needs for more than a year. Recently, the city’s HR department presented [...]

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