Busy COW

The Pensacola City Council has a fairly busy slate today for its Committee of the Whole meeting. The board will make appointments, confirm a department head and hear a presentation regarding the reopening of East Government Street.

The East Government Street presentation is one of the more anticipated items on the agenda. The West Florida Regional Planning Council will present the public input it gathered during a series of workshops; throughout the process the public was decidedly against the street reconnection.

The WFRPC’s report states that there are three options the city could choose from: do nothing, make pedestrian improvements without the reconnect, or open up East Government and Florida Blanca to automobiles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit modes of transportation.

The council will also be taking a look at a proposed lease with Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer and the Community Maritime Park Association. The lease has been hammered out at the negotiating table for some time, and is still somewhat unresolved due to questions about parking spaces, as well as concerns about the CMPA’s budget deficit.

Several boards are also due for new appointments. The council will make appointments to the Internal Relations Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

The council will also look at approving an ordinance seeking to ensure “minority/nonminority representation and balance on Boards, Authorities and Commissions.”

Other business during the council’s meeting today includes confirming Mayor Ashton Hayward’s appointment of Neighborhood Services Director, hearing about a supplemental budget resolution pertaining to the port and tending to stormwater assessments.

The Pensacola City Council meets for its Committee of the Whole today at 3:15 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.