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Watch Tuesday's action-packed council meeting

Got four hours? The video from Tuesday's heated Committee of the Whole meeting (including the Gallery Night discussion) is now online. Read full story

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Whose line-item: defining the mayor's veto and purchasing powers

The city council will challenge Mayor Hayward's veto, but even if certain funds aren't reallocated to marketing, what's to stop them from being spent that way? Read full story

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City auditor selected illegally, says Florida attorney general

According to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the city's auditor selection process violated state law. Shouldn't someone have known better? 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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Council seeks final word on audit RFP

At the prompting of Councilwoman Sherri Myers, the Committee of the Whole voted to request an opinion from the Attorney General on the legality of the "invalid" audit RFP. Read full story

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Much ado about auditing

At Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, the Pensacola City Council wrested back control over the selection process for the city’s independent auditor. 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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Messer OK'd for city attorney, bonuses questioned

The Committee of the Whole voted yesterday to extend interim city attorney Jim Messer's private contract. Read full story

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CRA power struggle ends in Mayor's favor

Ann Regan examines the legal ramifications of yesterday's vote by the CRA Board to relinquish hiring and firing authority to the city mayor. 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