Here is the video of former City Attorney Don Caton addressing the Pensacola City Council on the charter proposal during open forum.
The Tallahassee charter review that Caton mentions took place in 1996—13 years ago. Caton doesn’t mention that they actually adopted a hybrid form of strong mayor, called a leadership mayor, which is very different from the current mayor/council system that we have in Pensacola today. Why didn’t Caton mention that?
This year, Tallahassee actually went through another review of its charter and recommended further expansion of the mayor’s powers and duties, particularly in the area of economic development (Read crc-report).
Either Caton didn’t do enough research to fully understand how Tallahassee’s city government operates or he intentionally misled the council and the public.