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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, [...]

The Big Slim Down

The Big Slim Down

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 Movement for [...]

Does Size Matter?

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 his fellow members at last night’s Committee of the Whole [...]

Johnson Guns for Gunther, At-large Seats

Johnson Guns for Gunther, At-large Seats

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 city’s legislative body, he’s also likely to ask that Fred Gunther be removed [...]

Wrestling with the CMPA & Selling the City

Wrestling with the CMPA & Selling the City

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 declarative statement: the CMPA negotiates the lease,” he told the [...]

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