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Women’s Civic Forum to present review of 2009 Pensacola city charter

In November 2009, City of Pensacola voters approved the adoption of a new city charter establishing a mayor-council form of government. In January 2011 the new government, in the person of an executive mayor, took office. Read full story

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Veto lawsuit dismissed

Mayor Ashton Hayward has praised the decision in a video press release. The plaintiffs are awaiting a written decision from Judge Terrell and contemplating an appeal. Read full story

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Do we even need a city council?

We've already reduced the number of council seats from nine to seven. Why not just get rid of them all? Read full story

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Clarification in Myers lawsuit denied

Judge Scott Duncan said that he was constrained by the narrow scope of the original lawsuit, so his September 28 order stands as written. Read full story

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Hayward wins one, loses one

The mayor showed up at a council meeting, and everyone was so glad they upheld his veto, and then a judge ruled that both sides won a lawsuit. Or something. Read full story

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Ruling on council communication lawsuit expected this week

On Monday morning, in Circuit Court Judge Scott Duncan’s courtroom, Mayor Ashton Hayward and Councilwoman Sherri Myers squared off in a legal battle over separation of powers. Read full story

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Hayward vetoes budget amendment

Mayor Hayward has vetoed a $220,000 line item of the amended budget, originally intended for the city's marketing campaign. But where does that money go now? Read full story

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A farewell to at-large?

Councilman Larry Johnson is expected to propose a voter referendum to reduce the city council to seven members. UPDATE: No he won't. Read full story

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It's the first part!

Another day, another mayor-council flap over the new charter. But what does the charter actually say? Read full story

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City's reorganization in spotlight as key staff members depart

The City of Pensacola has recently seen turnover in key positions. Just don't call them (or their replacements) "department directors." Read full story

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Council urges civility, threatens priest with police removal

So, a priest walks into a city council meeting — stop me if you've heard this one — and is nearly hauled away by the police for speaking calmly to his elected officials. Hilarious, right? Read full story

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As city charter turns two, questions remain

Yesterday was the second birthday of our mayor-council form of government. Are the "terrible twos" still ahead? Read full story