Candidates for Escambia County Administrator are in Pensacola this week for a series of meetings and interviews.
The selection process with the five finalists were re-scheduled from late January, when a rare winter storm hit the Pensacola area. In all, 20 applicants were submitted to a local search committee by the Dallas-based firm Waters Consulting.
Committee Chairman Dave Pavlock says nothing really jumped out from the collected resumes, as they worked to determine the best candidates for the job.
Robert Marbut, a 30-year veteran of working on homeless issues, is the featured speaker this afternoon at a Community Forum on Homelessness sponsored by the City of Pensacola.
Marbut has worked with dozens of cities to reduce homelessness. He also led the Haven for Hope in San Antonio from concept to opening. After conducting a nationwide “best practices” study of homeless services, he developed the Seven Guiding Principles of Homeless Transformation, which have been adopted by a dozen communities.
Beginning Tuesday cohabitating unmarried adults, gay and straight, will be able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.
Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, setting up a Domestic Partnership Registry, or DPR, and providing registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will also be open to those who live outside the Pensacola city limits.
New lighting at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola is being tested, ahead of a formal ceremony scheduled for later this month.
The new lights – which illuminate Wall South at the park are the first to be installed since before Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
“It’s a moving experience to see those lights catch the names on the wall,” said Jack Brown, President of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation which oversees operations at the park. “Because when they shine vertically up the Wall they don’t illuminate the black marble, they illuminate the engraving.”
During Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session, WUWF Public Media will provide highlights of action in the House and Senate. Each week, we’ll conduct weekly interviews with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).