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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 [...]

Task force on homeless established by Pensacola City Council

Task force on homeless established by Pensacola City Council

The Pensacola City Council did pass a resolution at its Feb. 13 meeting to establish an 11-person task force to "tweak" the three ordinances recommended by Mayor Ashton Hayward and passed by the body last May. The task force is expected to make recommendations on viable solutions to help the city [...]

Analysis: Spencer seeks re-election

Analysis: Spencer seeks re-election

City Councilman Brian Spencer, a local architect, filed on Thursday the paperwork to run for a second term on the City Council in District 6. "Four years ago, I decided to run for City Council after watching a single broken lamppost in downtown's Seville Square go unrepaired for months," said [...]

WTF moments pile up for Hayward and Pensacola

WTF moments pile up for Hayward and Pensacola

For Mayor Ashton Hayward, the homeless issue has been one of over~reaching in he is battle against it and the Occupy movement. His homeless ordinances and the subsequent backlash after Winter Storm Leon expose his lack of political acumen and understanding of the needs of his city. They show his [...]

Taylor files to run for City Council District 6 seat

Taylor files to run for City Council District 6 seat

Press Release: Small businessman Mark Taylor filed today to run for the District 6 seat on the Pensacola City Council. Taylor, 33, is the owner of Mark Taylor Construction and co-founder and volunteer coordinator of Pensacola World Changers, a charity that has replaced 105 roofs, built wheel [...]

City attorney gets ‘independent’ opinion on airport food concessions lease

City attorney gets ‘independent’ opinion on airport food concessions lease

The Pensacola City Council contemplated last month extending the current least of the city's airport food concessions vendor, Varona's, for the time necessary for Mayor Ashton Hayward to issue new RFP and make another recommendation to the council. City Attorney Jim Messer asked for an outside [...]

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