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Other Hayward Highlights

FEMA finally pays Ivan bills
Mayor Hayward got the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the city for $1,012,389 for costs incurred eight years ago after Hurricane Ivan.

Growth by annexation
Mayor Hayward got the city council to approve the voluntary annexation of 30 parcels. Approximately 10 acres of land will be added to the City through this annexation, which will increase revenues from ad valorem property taxes and stormwater fees.

Mayor wins lawsuits
The mayor is two-for-two in the courtroom. Councilwoman Sherri Myers challenged his memo requesting council members direct inquiries to his office and lost. Occupy Pensacola lost its lawsuit over its right to protest on City Hall grounds. Next up is former Councilwoman Maren DeWeese’s lawsuit over the mayor’s budget veto.

Disparity study done
For years, the city administration fought having a disparity study that would help be the basis for a more inclusive procurement program. In 2011, Mayor Hayward got the city council to approve the study.

And Lowlights

EDATE flub
The city nearly lost its Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption when the mayor almost forgot to put it on the Nov. 6 ballot. Fortunately, the voters approved it.

Failed re-opening east end of Government Street
Mayor Hayward proposed opening up Government Street to allow for better access to the city’s historic district. The residents protested. Hayward backed down and dropped it.

Mayor has no coattails
Mayor Hayward supported the re-election bids of both Sam Hall and John Jerralds, two of his strongest supporters on the city council. Neither won.

Functional consolidation dead
Early in his administration, Mayor Hayward had his staff meet with the county and the sheriff’s office to implement functional consolidation of emergency dispatch operations. Nothing happened and there have been no other press releases on any consolidation meetings.

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