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Outgoing Council Members Recognized

November 28, 2012

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…

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Sam’s Announcement

August 21, 2012

Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall made an announcement of sorts last night during the board’s Committee of the Whole meeting. “I’m at a state now where I’m not able to perform 100 percent all of…

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Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

June 12, 2012

Backyard-chicken advocates encountered what Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall termed “a friendly council” Monday. The board unanimously decided to instruct city staff to explore loosening ordinances pertaining to raising chickens in city neighborhoods. The council…

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A New Day?

May 25, 2012

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…

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‘Big Boys & Girls’ Clash with Mayor

May 9, 2012

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…

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Council to Meet Executive Candidates

April 25, 2012

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…

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CRA’s Backdoor?

February 7, 2012

Pensacola City Council members are once again split on what Mayor Ashton Hayward can and cannot—and should or should not—do. The familiar debate over the particulars of the city’s new strong-mayor form of government this time…

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The Sam Hall Question

January 10, 2012

It seems Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to the free-speech debate he sparked when attempting to have Father Nathan Monk removed from the public-comment microphone. During…

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New CRA Leadership

January 10, 2012

Pensacola’s Community Redevelopment Agency has a new chairman and vice chairman. The CRA board—comprised of the Pensacola City Council—chose its new leadership Jan. 9. Councilman Brian Spencer is the CRA’s new chairman, while Councilman John Jerralds…

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Free Speech Standoff

December 16, 2011

Holding his three-minute ground at the public lectern, Father Nathan Monk chanced an arrest during last night’s Pensacola City Council meeting. Two members of the board walked out of the chambers in protest of the scene.…

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Sam I Am The President

November 22, 2011

Pensacola City Council members voted for their new leadership on tiny, folded ballots this morning. Let’s throw their cards on the table. Councilman Sam Hall beat out Councilman John Jerralds in a 5-4 split. The VP…