Ashton Hayward

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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Hayward Out of City TV Show
11:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Hayward Withdraws Involvement with City TV Show

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward
Credit City of Pensacola

When it begins airing this summer, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s upcoming television show will be missing – Mayor Ashton Hayward.

The Mayor announced Wednesday that the program on BLAB-TV, would be produced. But he’s backing away from the project amid blowback from the community. 

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Pensacola City Charter
1:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Bare Proposes Changes To City Charter

Credit Charles Bare

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.

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DOC Office Pensacola
5:34 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott Scuttles DOC Move to North Hill

Credit skyscrapercity.com

Gov. Rick Scott’s trip to Pensacola last week involved more than just a closed political fundraiser. He also heard about the controversial plan to relocate a state probation and parole office to the city’s North Hill neighborhood.

The Governor  Friday directed Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews to renew the office’s existing lease at the current facility on North Davis Highway. Plans were to move the offices to the old Coca-Cola plant on Palafox. That drew fire from a number of North Hill residents at the last City Council meeting.

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Pensacola International Airport
3:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Hayward Taps New Airport Vendor

Credit flypensacola.com

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.

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ST Aerospace
4:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pensacola City Council Will Vote On ST Aerospace Funding Deal

Credit ST Aerospace

The Pensacola City Council is expected to make a final decision Thursday evening, on a financial package to bring ST Aerospace – and at least 300 jobs -- to land adjacent to Pensacola International Airport.

City officials held a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Vickery Center to explain the project and get feedback. Issues such as noise, traffic and environmental concerns were addressed by representatives from the city, the airport, and Bill Haffner -- Vice President of Operations for ST’s Mobile plant.

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Local News
3:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LISTEN: Catching Up With Mayor Ashton Hayward

Dave Dunwoody interviews Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.
Credit WUWF

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.

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