If Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward gets his way, those paid to lobby him, the City Council and other city staff would be required to register.
Besides their names and affiliations, the registry would oblige lobbyists to disclose their clients, and the subject matters they want to influence.
Hayward announced through his digital newsletter last fall that he wanted the adoption of such an ordinance. Three months in the making, the proposal is set to go before the City Council in the next few weeks.
In September, Pensacola was announced as the new home for a portion of V-T Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. -- formerly known as ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks back at the project – originally code-named “Project Stallion.”
Meeting in special session, the Pensacola City Council voted 7-0 to approve the 30-year lease – which was signed immediately after adjournment by Mayor Ashton Hayward.
Beginning in March cohabitating unmarried adults – gay and straight – were able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.
Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, 2013, 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 was also opened to those living outside the Pensacola city limits.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s second term is underway, having been sworn in last month. As Hayward sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody, he touches on that victory, downtown renaissance, and the City Council.
DD: Mayor Hayward, you won re-election last month with 65% of the vote. What mandate does that margin of victory carry into your 2nd term?
The Pensacola City Council met in special session Tuesday, electing new leadership and overseeing the swearing-in of Ashton Hayward to a second term as Mayor.
The new-look City Council features Andy Terhaar as President and Larry B. Johnson as Vice President for the coming year. Terhaar was selected on the third ballot, fending off challenges from outgoing president Jewell Cannada-Wynn and Charles Bare.
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.”
Savings in fuel costs and maintenance are among the positives, two years after Energy Pensacola and Emerald Coast Utilities Authority teamed up on a compressed natural gas program.
“Today is a big day for Pensacola,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, speaking in 2012 at the opening of the first CNG fueling station on Pine Forest Road in 2012. “We’re not just opening a natural gas fueling station. We’re embarking on a new energy future for our community.”
Voices of Pensacola is a multicultural resource center highlighting the city’s diverse history and it’s now open to the public. It officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Voices of Pensacola is a project of UWF Historic Trust, which used a $605,000 gift from Gulf Power Company and its parent Southern Company, to transform one of its historic downtown properties, previously known as the Beacon Building.
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.