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2008 City Council unsung heroes for Palafox Street honor

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the designation of Palafox Street—from Wright Street to Pensacola Bay—as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. The honor is a testament to the Pensacola’s Historic Preservation, Architecture Review and Downtown Improvement boards and to [...]

Outgoing Council Members Recognized

Outgoing Council Members Recognized

Prior to swearing in new Pensacola City Council members yesterday, outgoing members were honored. Each was given a framed resolution in recognition of their service on the council. “This has been a remarkable trip,” said outgoing council president Sam Hall. “Both the highs and the lows of [...]

Hayward Engages District 7

Hayward Engages District 7

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and a roomful of residents from District 7 covered a myriad of subjects during the latest meeting in the Taking City Hall to the Citizens series. “Do y’all like it when I sit down or stand up?” Hayward asked, settling in to last night’s public [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Council Eyes Executive Finalists

Council Eyes Executive Finalists

The Pensacola City Council may select its new council executive tomorrow. The board has been presented with four candidates. “I’m ready to make a selection,” said Councilman Ronald Townsend on Tuesday. “I’m hoping we can go ahead and finalize this.” The city council met three of [...]

Johnson Predicts ‘Tough’ Budget Season

Johnson Predicts ‘Tough’ Budget Season

The Pensacola City Council offered a glimpse last night of what upcoming budget workshops might look like. Council members signaled to Mayor Ashton Hayward that it could be a rough ride. Councilman Larry B. Johnson questioned why the mayor needed both an administrator and a chief of staff. He [...]

‘Big Boys & Girls’ Clash with Mayor

The continuing back-and-forth between the Pensacola City Council and Mayor Ashton Hayward has found its newest venue: the audit selection committee. “I almost wish I didn’t care,” Councilwoman Maren DeWeese charged onto the battlefield. “It’d been a lot easier to let this shuttle on by [...]

Council to Meet Executive Candidates

Council to Meet Executive Candidates

Months after its top candidate flinched just before taking the job, the Pensacola City Council may soon be meeting a few more applicants for its council executive position. The board has been searching for someone to handle the body’s administrative needs. During Monday’s Committee of the [...]

Council to Discuss Environmental Advisory Board

Council to Discuss Environmental Advisory Board

During the last Pensacola City Council meeting, Jan. 26, a citizen expressed concern about the city’s environmental advisory board not having met since March 2011. Councilwoman Sheri Myers said that she brought the issue up previously, but it had failed to appear on an agenda. “I was told [...]

What to expect in the mayor’s race

What to expect in the mayor’s race

Conventional political wisdom says that an incumbent must have 45 percent of the primary vote to win a run-off. If this holds true, then Mike Wiggins is in trouble. However, there are a few mitigating factors: 1. The run-off is more than 60 days away--plenty of time for Wiggins to shore up [...]

What can one council member do?

What can one council member do?

What can a council member do about crime in her district? Ask Maren DeWeese. For years, her neighborhoods have avoided the Bluffs park on Scenic Highway because of sexual activity happening at that park. It was a known "hook up" spot for homosexual men, who openly had sex in the park. Like the [...]

#1 Pensacola Drug Dealer Spot

#1 Pensacola Drug Dealer Spot

The corner of A and Jackson streets is where drugs are sold daily openly on the street. It's not secret. Everyone in that community knows it. You can drive by there at all hours of the day and see young black males waiting for customers, making deals. On IN Your Head TV, I had a caller on [...]

Buzz: Other races

Buzz: Other races

. Some locals have been hoping that another Republican would jump into the State Senate race that now has Greg Evers, Dave Murzin and Mike Hill. The name that I heard most often was former Escambia County Commissioner Janice Gilley, but with the state GOP firmly behind Evers, a Gilley campaign [...]

Johnson wins, Marty gone

Larry B. Johnson took an early lead in the City Council District 4 run-off and never looked back. He beat incumbent Marty Donovan, 1296-819. Donovan got 37% of the vote in the Nov. 4 General Election. He got 39% in the run-off. It's a sound defeat - not of Whitehead proportions, but a solid [...]

Halcorp gives Townsend $750, too

Councilman Ronald Townsend also got $750 from Halcorp and its officers during this last campaign reporting period. Interestingly, fellow Councilman Marty Donovan gave him $150. Townsend reports that he spent $328.72 on food and drink, $100 to himself for gas, $40 to his son for working on the [...]

Council approves airport deal anyway

By IN Reporter Sean Boone Airport deal lives after city hiccup After a week long fiasco described by Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn as "The clash of the hotel titans," Sandspur Development was ultimately awarded an 11.44-acre airport property lease at Thursday night's City Council [...]

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