Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers notified Inweekly that she plans to ask her fellow council members to repeal the anti-panhandling ordinance passed earlier this month and signed into law by Mayor Ashton Hayward. The ordinance was sponsored by Mayor Hayward and Council President Brian Spencer and drafted by the City Attorney Lysia Bowling.
The city is facing a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the constitutionality of the law. Despite having a legal opinion supporting the ordinance from Bowling, city officials have announced they will not enforce the law until the lawsuit is resolved.
Stay tuned….cue circus calliope music.
BTW: The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners are holding a summit on homelessness as part of its Committee of the Whole. The meeting starts at 9 a.m.