The last week of September was a good one for the Pensacola mayor. His veto of the city council’s amendment to the 2013 city budget survived an override attempt with six councilmen standing with him. The next day Judge Scott Duncan ruled in his favor saying that he has the power to have individual council members communicate with his employees by going through his office.
The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) has picked owner of Sandra J. Ward Realty and former board member, Sandra Ward, to fill the position of interim Executive Director, a role she also held in 2004 before Franklin Kimbrough was hired. Kimbrough resigned last month to become President and CEO of the Independence Chamber of Commerce in Missouri.
The utility has won a national award for its water reuse project with Emerald Coast Utility Authority, after reusing nearly 5 billion gallons of treated wastewater at its Plant Crist electricity generating plant north of Pensacola. The WateReuse Association named Gulf Power the Water Reuse Customer of the Year, which recognizes customers who have advanced the acceptance of water reuse through innovative marketing and/or unique applications of reclaimed water.
Escambia County Commission
The county leaders surprised Sheriff David Morgan by cutting his budget by more than $350,000 before they approved the county’s 2013 budget. Morgan told the media that he had been blindsided by the sudden turnaround and may have to eliminate six to seven positions in the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He had no time to mount support for his budget.
Pensacola City Council
Mayor Ashton Hayward has reached out to the city council asking them to take the “high road” and work together to move Pensacola forward. He asked them to move beyond manufactured controversies. Six members agreed to do so and voted against overriding his veto. The next step will be for Councilman Larry Johnson to make a motion to put the money back in the mayor’s budget that he transferred to police training. Let’s see how far Johnson is willing to travel on the high road.
Strategic Allied Consultants
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating allegations that the Virginia-based voter registration firm that was hired by the Republican Party of Florida had faked or destroyed voter registration applications. Escambia County had reported irregularities with a “significant” number of suspicious voter registration forms.