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Mayor Ashton Hayward wishes Pensacola a Happy Thanksgiving, thanks community for eight great years

"Thanksgiving is today and I want to say thank you to all my friends in Pensacola and throughout our region. You have been so supportive of me, An, Aiden and our family. It's been a real honor and I'm forever grateful to all of you for supporting me in this endeavor these past eight years. Thank you for allowing me to be your mayor. I'm going to miss you."

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From all of us at City of Pensacola...

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We hope your day is full of great company, positive reflection and delicious food

Mayor-elect Grover Robinson to be sworn in November 27

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Grover C. Robinson, IV was elected to be the next Mayor of Pensacola on November 6. 

On November 27, he will be sworn into office during a ceremony in the Council Chamber at Pensacola City Hall beginning at 12 p.m.

Robinson is a seventh generation Pensacolian who grew up in Escambia County.  He is married to Jill Robinson and has two children, Grover V, 21 and Anna Lowery, 17.  He and his family are active parishioners at the Christ Episcopal Church. 

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Robinson graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1992 after obtaining a BS in Economics.  In addition to serving as a county commissioner, he is also a commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Bankers, United Realtors. He is actively involved with a large variety of community activities and hold positions on the Baptist Healthcare Foundation and Pensacola State College.

City Council to welcome two new members November 27

Pensacola City Council will hold a special meeting on November 27 at 11:45 a.m. for the outgoing members. 

Councilman Brian Spencer and Councilman Larry B. Johnson will be vacating their seats. 

Spencer has represented District 6 since November 2010. He served as President of the City Council from 2016-2017. 

Johnson has represented District 4 since 2008 and has previously served as Vice President.

Ann Hill will be filling the District 6 seat. 

Jared Moore will be filling the District 4 seat. 

Their swearing in ceremony begins directly after the 11:45 a.m meeting.

Don’t forget! Operation Backpack: Resupply collection blast is Tuesday, November 27

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Parks and Recreation will host a special collection day for their Operation Backpack: Resupply on Tuesday, November 27, at Skyzone Pensacola trampoline park for Giving Tuesday. If you donate a backpack with supplies at Skyzone Pensacola on that day you will receive a buy one get one free jump pass!

Operation Backpack: Resupply helps families who have students attending Parks and Recreation Department's After School programs for the second semester.  This year, Parks and Recreation has expanded the drive to include collecting school supplies for Springfield Elementary School in Bay County who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

There is a specific list of supplies for the Springfield Elementary students that differs slightly from the Escambia County schools list. While donations of backpacks full of supplies are encouraged, we will accept donations of single items on the either list. Both lists are available online at PlayPensacola.com

Haynes Van and Storage will store supplies for Parks and Recreation as needed and Two Men and a Truck has offered to take the supplies to Panama City. 

For more details on collection sites and a complete list of supplies needed for Operation Backpack: Resupply please visit PlayPensacola.com

City launches Gulf Coast Cross Country team

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department has launched a Co-Ed Cross Country Team that will compete in local, regional, and national meets including the AAU Cross Country National Championship December 1, 2018.
The name of the team is the Gulf Coast Cross Country GOAT FARM (Greatest of All Time). The goal of the GCXC GOAT FARM is to provide opportunities for young men and women to train and compete in the sport of cross country running, while mentoring and coaching them to be outstanding young women and men representing the greater Pensacola and Gulf Coast area. 
Team practices are held at 6:00pm on Friday evenings at Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street.
Thank you to our sponsors Running Wild and Zarzauar Law, P.A. We have more sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available to support the team. To find out more contact Michael Mims at mmims@cityofpensacola.com.

Winterfest takes over downtown Pensacola November 23

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Winterfest is about to take over downtown Pensacola.

Our historic streets will transform into a Christmas town, complete with dazzling lights, a Polar Express Trolley and of course, Santa.

The Elf Parade will kick off the event on November 23 at 4:45 p.m. Following the parade, the holiday lighting ceremony will begin the First City Lights Festival.  

Winterfest is an all-volunteer organization.

For a complete list of activities go visit pensacolawinterfest.org

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Looking for a holiday gift that also benefits a good cause?

Pensacola Energy still has copies of their Fiesta Seafood Cookbook on sale for $15.

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The recipes in the book have been collected over the past 14 years of cooking demonstrations at Pensacola Seafood Festival. These recipes are valuable because they are created by Pensacola's top chefs!

This beautiful hardcover cookbook is packed with more than 200 recipes and is perfect for gift giving and creating memorable meals for family and friends. Proceeds from cookbook sales benefit the Escambia Utility Assistance Program.

For ordering information and retail locations, visit Pensacola Energy's website.

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