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Winners & Losers-Marty Donovan

Loser: Marty Donovan

In recent history, few communities have had an elected official as fickle as Martin Jude Donovan: realtor, occasional environmentalist and one-time Pensacola city councilman. His opinions on the maritime park, referendums and even his own city district have flipped and flopped over the years.

When Trillium I, the 2002 city plan to build a new city auditorium and festival park on the nearly 30 acres across from City Hall for $40 million, was being discussed by the Pensacola City Council: “It has gotten totally out of control for a city of 56,000 people.” — Independent News, “Trilliumzilla,” May 9, 2002

When petition signatures forced a referendum on the Trillium I plan: “The citizens earned the right to their election, and the council should be bound by this election. Let’s be true to our city code. Let the people speak at the ballot box.” — Pensacola News Journal, “Voters to decide Trillium,” Feb. 26, 2003

When Donovan won re-election in 2004: “Obviously 60 percent of the people appreciate the job I’ve done. You can’t ask for more than that.” — Pensacola News Journal, “Three City Council contests will go to Nov. 23 runoff,” Nov. 3, 2004

Note: Four years later, Larry Johnson would beat Donovan in a runoff. Johnson garnered over 61 percent of the vote.

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