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Mayors Transition Report

Neighbors. Our new Mayor’s Transition Committee report is in:

Mayoral Transition Team unanimously approves City of Pensacola Mayoral Transition Committee Report

Mayor Grover Robinson’s Transition Team presented and unanimously approved the City of Pensacola Mayoral Transition Committee Report during their final meeting on Monday, March 4. Mayor Robinson said the 90-page report, now available online, will serve as a road map to develop a strategic plan for the City.

“I was even more impressed than what I thought it was going to turn out to be,” Mayor Robinson said during the meeting. “We’re going to work to get everything in this report and get it moved forward in our community, it’s just going to take a little bit of time trying to do all these things at once. I know I have a great staff here at the City of Pensacola. So we’re going to begin to work and get this moving together and we will be moving forward to bring something to you, the citizens, that really implements all the things that are in here.”

The report includes a scope of review, key observations, recommendations, measurable achievement and barriers from each of the 12 team members, biographies of each team member and a list of names of people who provided public input. Over the past 90 days, the 12-member team of volunteers met with members of the public and City staff to receive input, suggestions and concerns to develop recommendations for Mayor Robinson.

“The City of Pensacola will be better because of what you did, the time you took, each of you, to make this better,” Mayor Robinson told his team members. “It amazes me when I look at this report, what it can do for our community moving forward.”

Quint Studer served as chair of the board. The team members were selected by Mayor Robinson to represent 11 categories: Connie Bookman, crime and safety; Michelle Salzman, education; Rev. Isaac Williams, neighborhoods; Kristie Tobias, governance; Christian Wagley, environment; Sena Maddison, transparency; Brian Wyer, economic development and entrepreneurship; Drew Buchanan, traffic and walkability; David Peaden, government efficiency; Bruce Vredenburg, finance and budget; Julie Sheppard, legal.

Each team member gave a brief summary of the feedback they received and presented their recommendations to citizens and Mayor Robinson. The Mayoral Transition Team unanimously voted to approve the report.

The report was put together by Barbara Scott Payne, Walker Wilson and DC Reeves and laid out by Bryan and Michelle at Duncan-McCall.

Click HERE to view the report


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Mayor announces initiative for complete streets in Pensacola

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Mayor Grover Robinson announced his commitment for Complete Streets in Pensacola. Mayor Robinson is beginning the process of hiring staff to specifically evaluate streets in the City of Pensacola and identify improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. 
Mayor Grover Robinson

“The real complete street is not just built for cars, it’s built for every other use we do there,” Mayor Robinson said. “We want to encourage a lot more walking and biking. If we encourage more mass transit, walking or biking, we put fewer cars on the road.”

A Complete Street, defined by the National Complete Streets Coalition, is designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. There is not a single design or format for Complete Street, but it must be user friendly for everyone.

Mayor Robinson believes having Complete Streets in Pensacola will help contribute to a nationwide goal to stop traffic-related injuries and fatalities called “Vision Zero.”

“It’s something we believe is necessary here as we go forward with Vision Zero, so we definitely want to be moving that direction and making ourselves better,” Mayor Robinson said.

A position is expected to be posted on the City of Pensacola job board soon. Check back on our website

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Outdoor Movie Night at Bayview Park, Saturday March 2, 6PM

Saturday March 2, 6PM,

Kids of ages will enjoy Inside Out.

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, refreshments, popcorn and join your neighbors for a East Hill Neighborhood Assoc & City of Pensacola sponsored, movie night. The movie is: Inside Out (click for a Youtube preview) The movie will be located in the area of Bayview park between the cross and the tennis courts. The Movie is free. Please help us keep the park clean by removing any trash you bring. See you at dark about 6PM

Rotten Tomatoes review on the movie Inside Out
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. — (C) Pixar
Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and some action)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Written By: Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter
In Theaters: Jun 19, 2015 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Nov 3, 2015
Box Office: $264,317,903
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Disney/Pixar

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East Hill in 1928

1928 East Hill Greenery Float

Charles T. Cottell, Photographer. The East Hill Greenery float-A Lincoln automobile covered with fresh flowers and carrying four pretty girls. This was considered one of the most beautiful floats in the June 28, 1928 parade. Picture taken prior to the parade, with their place of business at 1428 East Gonzalez Street in the background. Charles T. Cottrell, Photographer.
2nd photo: Parade on Palafox Street, June 28, 1928, looking North from Government Street. The American Legion No. 33 float was the head of the parade. (Photoshop Restoration by Duncan McDavid, Jr. Photos courtesy University Archives and West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries, Pensacola.)

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Gull Point Resource Center

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(850) 436-5672

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Feb. 19
for Gull Point Resource Center 

Mayor Grover Robinson and the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the reopening of Gull Point Resource Center, located at 7000 Spanish Trail. 

Gull Point was recently renovated with interior improvements including refinished flooring in the dance classrooms and the gym, new LED lighting and ceiling in the gym, restroom upgrades, lobby and reception area improvements, and an expanded kitchen. Additionally the outdoor pavilions were improved with new restrooms and lighting.   

Gull Point Resource Center offers a comprehensive dance program for youth and adults, after school programming and summer camps, senior adult programming, as well as a variety of fitness and enrichment classes for adults. The center’s hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 

For more information about Gull Point Resource Center please call 850-494-7360 or visit  ###
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