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.
Citing what he sees as a need to restore the separation of powers in city government, Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare is proposing a number of changes to the five-year-old city charter.
The amendments from Bare -- who’s a candidate for mayor – would give the council the ability to set financial controls, including changes to the city budget, and in other ways re-determine the organization of city government. He refers back to the City of Hialeah’s charter – the basis for Pensacola’s.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward Tuesday vetoed an extension of the current food and beverage lease agreement at Pensacola International Airport.
Hayward plans to award the ten-year contract to Missouri-based OHM, which represents Chick-fil-A, Corona Beach House, Surf City Squeeze and Einstein Brothers Bagels. It takes effect when the Varona’s Restaurant contract expires at the end of this month.
The City of Pensacola's plate is full these days given the work to lure ST Aerospace, develop a fish hatchery downtown, a major change in a city ordinance, and upcoming elections. WUWF's Dave Dunwoody sat down recently with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.
The City of Pensacola Tuesday rescinded its claim to back royalties and interest, from two restaurants that are on city-leased property downtown.
City officials backed off their claims that Collier Merrill and his firm, Great Southern Restaurants owed more than five million dollars in default lease payments over the past 13 years involving the Fish House and Atlas Oyster Bar.