The Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission hosted a stormwater symposium Friday morning, with both promising to cooperate on ways to control flooding. The session was held before a packed room at the Pensacola Bay Center.
Torrential rainfall in late April totaled 27 inches in the Pensacola area in a 24-hour period. The resultant flood caused massive damage to roadways – including four parts of Scenic Highway that were washed out. Flooding also swamped some businesses downtown.
Scott, when running for Governor in 2010 initially denied the impact of human-induced global warming, saying that he’s not convinced that there's any man-made climate change. He has since been reluctant to engage on the issue.
Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer ran his fifth Boston Marathon on Monday. After the race he spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett on his cell phone from the finish line. They started with the atmosphere at the start of the race.
Brian Spencer says, "Absolutely celebratory and at the same time solemn... more than 30,000 people observed a moment of silence."
On running by the blast site:
"I wanted to focus on the families and the victims who were affected by this event. I think I did that."
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.
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.
The Pensacola City Council Thursday evening gave unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement with the Escambia County Commission, to help bring ST Aerospace and its 300 jobs to Pensacola International Airport.
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.
The Pensacola City Council Thursday voted unanimously for an amendment to the homeless ordinance regarding “camping” on city property and the use of blankets and other covering while doing so.
The Council approved the ordinance last May, with strong backing from Mayor Ashton Hayward and his staff. Attorney Alistair McKenzie told the panel that the backlash from the ordinance has extended well beyond the city limits.
The Pensacola City Council Thursday evening deadlocked in voting on a food and drink concessions deal for Pensacola International Airport. The 4-4 outcome means the proposal fails.
Council members PC Wu, Megan Pratt, Charles Bare and Sherri Myers voted against the connection plan. Those voting in favor were Jewell Cannada-Wynn, Larry B. Johnson, Andy Terhaar and Gerald Wingate. Councilman Brian Spencer abstained.