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HT Land Co.’s Second Offer

HT Land Co.’s Second Offer

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 was wrapping up its lengthy discussion about a possible Maritime Overlay District and what impact that would [...]

No Panhandling in the Upside

No Panhandling in the Upside

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 will prevail,” said Councilwoman Sherri Myers, who cast [...]

COW Rundown

COW Rundown

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 council approve a lease with Maritime One, LLC—the holding company established by [...]

Homeless Ordinances Find Home

Homeless Ordinances Find Home

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 Council. Council President P.C. Wu introduced the Chinese [...]

Picnic Protest at City Hall

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 is a protest—but they’ll probably be people there with signs as well,” [...]

Council passes panhandling ordinance, ‘Cosson Rule’ for internet use

By Brandy Volovecky The Pensacola City Council voted to approve an ordinance to the city code that would prohibit aggressive panhandling in downtown Pensacola at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Councilwoman Sherri F. Meyers, District 2, expressed serious concern about the [...]

Myers: Table ‘Aggressive’ Panhandling Proposal

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 proposals—addressing ‘camping,’ [...]

Boy Scouts’ Late Night with City Council

Boy Scouts’ Late Night with City Council

After an expected 6-3 vote on the first ordinance, everyone knew how the rest of the evening would go. The Pensacola City Council would hold steady on the first reading of a group of ordinances that some say target the area’s homeless. “This is like a bad dream,” said Councilman Charles [...]

At-Large and Homeless

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 in public and using public restrooms for bathing. This will be the [...]

Council’s CMPA Divide

Council’s CMPA Divide

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 councilman. “In order to establish a process or [...]

Ordinances Finding a Home

Ordinances Finding a Home

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 in my car,” she told the council. “That was very scary in and of [...]

Homeless Ordinance, Round Two

Homeless Ordinance, Round Two

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” and “absolutely, quite frankly, [...]

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