Myers endorses Robinson for mayor

From Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers:

I am honored to announce my enthusiastic and unequivocal support for Grover Robinson for Mayor of the City of Pensacola.

The office of the mayor is the single most important elected position in the City of Pensacola. Under the present strong mayor form of government the person who is elected to the position of mayor will have the power to impact the lives of every city and county citizen.

I have served on the Pensacola City Council for eight years representing the citizens and residents of District 2. District 2 is the home of Sacred Heart Health Care the 3rd, largest employer in Escambia County, Pensacola State College, hundreds of retail stores, hundreds of local professional businesses, Cordova Mall with 125 stores under one roof, great hotels and an airport. District 2 has the highest property tax valuation in the city of Pensacola. In spite of generating a large portion of city property taxes, retail sales tax revenue and other revenue sources, the needs of district 2 businesses, professionals and residents have been ignored by the office of the mayor and city council.

Grover Robinson is a friend to district 2. While city officials have ignored the needs of district 2, Grover Robinson has stepped up to fill the void, time and time again. Grover worked with the county to get sidewalks on Sander’s Street so school kids walking, skating and biking could have a safe route to three public schools, including Workman Middle, Washington High and Holm elementary.

When residents of Parker Circle Neighborhood begged the Mayor and city council for help, getting sidewalks and improved drainage on Burgess Rd., residents were ignored. However, Grover Robinson stepped up and got a live saving four way stop at Burgess and Sanders Street. Grover got the county to commit funds for sidewalks on Burgess Road.

When environmentalist and concerned citizens submitted a project idea to use BP oil funds to help restore Carpenter’s Creek that feeds into Bayou Texar, Grover stepped up and selected the Carpenter Creek/Bayou Texar project to receive millions of dollars in RESTORE Funds. Carpenter’s Creek is an impaired body of water because the city allowed clear cutting and unbridled development along its riparian zone. RESTORE funding for Carpenter’s Creek is vital to the restoration of Bayou Texar.

When the 8.5 acre head waters of Carpenter’s Creek was for sale by private owners eager to sell to private developers, Grover stepped up and got the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners to purchase the land to preserve it forever for the use and enjoyment of the people of Escambia County and the city.

When people with disabilities went to the Restore Advisory Committee and ask for help to make Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key accessible for all people, Grover Robinson stepped up and selected Project Universal Access to receive RESTORE funds to improve access to our beaches for people with disabilities who have been unable to enjoy our most cherish natural resources.

When the Deepwater Horizon disaster struck the Gulf Coast, Grover Robinson used his leadership skills to play a central role in ensuring that Escambia County and the City of Pensacola receive our fair share of the millions of dollars of BP funds. Grover was the chair of the Gulf Consortium, the organization overseeing the process of securing and allocating the millions of BP dollars coming to our gulf coast region. Grover still serves on the board of directors.

Grover Robinson is the leader the citizens of Pensacola need. Grover is engaged and involved with the constituents he serves. He knows the needs of the city. He knows the issues. Grover is highly knowledgeable of regional, state and federal sources of revenues. Grover understands economic development and actively assisted the city of Pensacola in obtaining the funds the city needed to incentivize the development of VT. MAE MRO hanger project that promises to bring about transformative job opportunities in the city of Pensacola in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul industry.

Grover Robinson has proven to be a vital asset to District 2, and the entire city of Pensacola. Grover will be the show up and on time mayor we need to deliver on the promise of the new charter, a strong mayor working collaboratively with the city council for the benefit of all residents, businesses and neighborhoods. Grover will not just build Pensacola, but he will ensure that progress will benefit all citizens – and that we all rise together.