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Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

The City of Pensacola’s fiscal year 2016 budget, totaling $211,183,000, has been uploaded to the city's website. As we reported earlier, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has projected a 2.7 percent increase in taxable property values within the city limits. The increase in [...]

CRA contributes to West Moreno Strategic Plan

CRA contributes to West Moreno Strategic Plan

By Claudia Carlson Plans are underway to improve West Pensacola with the help of Live Work Learn Play (LWLP), an international real estate development and advisory firm, Baptist Hospital, Escambia County, and city of Pensacola. At the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Monday, funding for [...]

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

Another city deal appears to have fallen apart, according to Pensacola Today's Shannon Nickinson. In her article "Choices for Maritime Park coming to City Council," which was posted this morning, Nickinson reports that Michael McShea and Lee Ann Korst of CBRE sent City COO Tamara Fountain a [...]

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

Pensacola City Hall came into this week with three contentious issues: CMPA Board of Trustees, Film Commission and Gallery Night. The first two involved the Pensacola City Council and third the Downtown Improvement Board. As the week comes to an end, little has really changed. The few changes [...]

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Two weeks ago, Inweekly reported on a local delegation that visited Cuba seeking to build relationships and test the waters for possible business opportunities ("Creating a Pensacola-Cuba Connection"). In today's Tampa Tribune, Albert Fox, president of the Tampa-based Alliance For Responsible [...]

Convention Center deja vu

Convention Center deja vu

The success of Pensacon has reignited a discussion for a convention center. It's a worthy topic. The fourth-cent of the bed tax was originally presented as a funding source for just such a venture. The penny tax on short-term rentals was used to finance the Pensacola Civic Center. When that tax [...]

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The Huffington Post published an article ("How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless") yesterday that questions the ideas of Robert Marbut, the national consultant that the city of Pensacola paid $30,000 to come up with recommendations on how the city should deal with its homeless [...]

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

When Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had the UWF Haas Center conduct a phone survey of his constituents, he and his administration received a C+ for their communication program. Last year, several neighborhood issues popped up - Dollar Store in Cordova Park and parole and probation office in [...]

Pensacola Speaks returns at 5 pm today: Pot farms, casinos, D.C. political intrigue and Pensacon up for discussion

Pensacola Speaks returns at 5 pm today: Pot farms, casinos, D.C. political intrigue and Pensacon up for discussion

Pensacola Speaks returns to WCOA 1370 AM after a six-year hiatus. The original popular talk show on WCOA began in 1960, and featured many well known personalities through its history including Don Priest, Dave Pavlock, Russ Minshew, Don Parker and Luke McCoy. The show will run from 5-6 p.m. [...]

Hayward lands another grant for city

Hayward lands another grant for city

The City of Pensacola has been awarded a $940,000 Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The funds will be used to restore and stabilize areas along Carpenter’s Creek and Baywoods Gulley that were [...]

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

The Panama City News Herald published today an article by Marlene Womack on how free blacks fled Pensacola in the years before the Civil War as the state's laws became more oppressive, eventually mandating that they become slaves. In 1829, the number of free blacks and mulattoes (those of mixed [...]

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

The Greater Pensacola Career Pathways initiative may be much more vital to our local economy than earlier believed. Our area's Job Skills Index wasn't much better than the state average and was below the national metro area averages. The University of West Florida Haas Center released its latest [...]

Leon Martin and his People of Pensacola told the stories of the homeless

Leon Martin and his People of Pensacola told the stories of the homeless

A reception was held Tuesday to honor Sgt. Leon Martin, who is retiring after being employed the past 26 years with the Pensacola Police Department. The press release said Martin was initially hired by the department as a police officer on Jan. 2, 1985, and was employed until Sept. 1, 1990 when [...]

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