Ashton Hayward

Pensacola Mayoral Race
3:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensacola Mayoral Candidates: Ashton Hayward

  Besides other state and local races, Pensacola voters are also deciding who will serve as Mayor for the next four years. 

On bringing jobs to Pensacola:

“We have to put people to work. We have to create the environment to be a business-friendly city. That’s one of my number one goals that we set out to do and I think we’ve achieved that. We’ve been very fortunate to bring UPS into Pensacola; Southwest Airlines, DeepFlex had been in the works for a little over two years. That’s a big part of my job, getting out and telling Pensacola’s story.”

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Pensacola Mayoral Race
2:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensacola Mayoral Candidates: Donna Clark

Credit Donna Clark for Mayor

  Voters in Pensacola are going to the polls to decide the city’s next mayor, between incumbent Ashton Hayward and challenger Donna Clark. 

On running for Mayor, her first attempt at seeking elected office:

“The whole campaign itself, from the get-go I’ve been a dark horse. Each step I’ve moved towards this end result has been incredible.”

On bringing jobs into Pensacola:

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Grand Jury Docs to be Made Public
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

City Docs Due for Release Wednesday

Credit City of Pensacola

Some of the documents subpoenaed in a federal bribery investigation involving the City of Pensacola last month are due to be made public on Wednesday. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

The records in question – which went to a federal grand jury and prosecutors in Tallahassee – deal with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and no-bid contracts for city projects that were awarded to Jerry Pate Design – owned by the pro golfer, who’s a longtime friend of Hayward’s.

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PPD Promotions
3:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Alexander Becomes Assistant Pensacola Police Chief

Alcuin Alexander (wife) pins on the new badge. They have been married 29 years.

The Pensacola Police Department has a new second-in-command.  David Alexander, III was promoted from captain to Assistant Chief, becoming the first African-American to be named to the post, since it was created in 1994.

Family and friends filled a large room at police headquarters on Thursday for a ‘badge pinning ceremony’ in honor of new Assistant Chief Alexander, and also to acknowledge Tommi Lyter’s advancement from Lieutenant to Captain.

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City Officials Subpoenaed
4:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Federal Investigation Focuses On Potential Bribery At City Hall

Credit City of Pensacola

    

Interim Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Dick Barker is one of five Pensacola city officials scheduled to appear Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Tallahassee as part of a bribery investigation.

The documents requested for the grand jury's review relate largely to city contracts involving road work. The investigators have zeroed in on at least one personal associate and friend of Hayward's, professional golfer Jerry Pate, who owns a Pensacola landscape design business that has done work for the city.

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Pensacola Road Contract Probe
11:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Grand Jury To Investigate Pensacola Road Contracts

Credit City of Pensacola

A federal investigation is underway involving road contracts with the City of Pensacola dating back to 2011, along with related expenses paid on behalf of Mayor Ashton Hayward and others. A federal grand jury in Tallahassee will get the case next Wednesday.

One subpoena released by the Mayor’s Office is requesting numerous records related to the "Main Street Rehabilitation Project” between the city and Jerry Pate Design. Those include bids, bid sheets, selection of contractor documents, all emails referring to the bids and copies of all payments to the contractor.

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Purifoy Murder Reaction
4:46 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Church Leaders Call For Action After Pensacola Student Is Shot

Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father address the gathering on Monday, called for "cease fire".
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Shaquille Purifoy, a 20 year old graduate of Pine Forest High School who went on to play football for Grambling State University was shot Friday night in Pensacola.

He died Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital. In reaction to the shooting, church and community leaders held a Stop The Violence meeting Monday morning at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola.

"I don't want retaliation. I don't want revenge. I want cease fire!" said Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father, as he addressed the crowd of about three dozen at Monday morning's gathering.

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Hurricane Season 2014
4:50 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Governor Scott Talks Hurricanes In Pensacola

Gov Rick Scott at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A hurricane season information session turned into a campaign appearance Monday morning as Governor Rick Scott and other officials addressed the media at the Escambia County Emergency Management Center.

The governor appeared with members of the state emergency management team and the national guard to talk about hurricane preparedness. Nothing new was said, just reinforcement of the basic message from the Governor: have three days worth of food and water, make a plan, and have an emergency kit available.

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Hurricane Preparedness
1:37 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Hurricane-Disaster Preparedness Day Event Held On Saturday

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward address the crowd at Community Maritime Park
Bob Barrett WUWF News

The threat of thunderstorms kept the early morning crowds light but over a dozen service organizations and agencies set up at Community Maritime Park Saturday morning for the first annual Hurricane-Disaster Preparedness Day.

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Flood Recovery
2:47 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Governor, FEMA Come To Town

Gov Scott greets FEMA officials as he arrives at Piedmont Road in Pensacola
Bob Barrett WUWF News

Christy Ball's Piedmont Road home suffered major damage in last week's flood. She attracted a crowd as she talked to the Governor and other city and county officials about what she and many other Pensacola residents are up against. Ball said she's been spending thousands of dollars out of pocket just to begin repairs to her home.

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