The Buzz 10/10/19

2019 Rat Pack Reunion Council on Aging of West Florida announced the ninth annual Rat Pack Reunion has been set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Skopelos at New World. Every year, a committee selects four outstanding business and philanthropic leaders to honor. The black-tie fundraiser allows the senior services agency to increase resources […]

Outtakes – First 100 Days

By Rick Outzen In our May 5, 2011 cover story, “Hayward’s First 100 Days,” we compared newly-elected Mayor Ashton Hayward with Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, S.C., and former Mobile, Ala., Mayor Mike Dow. We had no previous strong Pensacola mayors to use as yardsticks. Now we do. His successor, Grover Robinson, hit his 100th […]

Outtakes—Vindictive Politics

By Rick Outzen Last week, Inweekly broke the news that former Mayor Ashton Hayward last October settled the discrimination lawsuits filed by Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joe Glover, whom he fired in May 2016, for $575,000. We don’t have a good explanation for why the Hayward administration placed the chiefs on […]

Fire Chiefs ‘Vindicated’

By Rick Outzen Did you hear the City of Pensacola settled the discrimination lawsuits filed by former Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joe Glover for $575,000? You wouldn’t be the only one if you didn’t know about the settlement that was finalized in the last weeks of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s administration. The […]

Outtakes—Pensacola Renaissance

By Rick Outzen Under Mayor Grover Robinson, city government and civic engagement are going through a renaissance as citizens are given unprecedented access with city officials and leaders to discuss how they want their city run. His predecessor, Ashton Hayward, introduced “Taking City Hall to the Citizens” town halls during his first term. For three […]