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City welcomes Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, two new councilmembers and new administrator

The Pensacola City Council Chamber was standing room only on Tuesday, November 27 as Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV, Councilwoman Ann Hill and Councilman Jared Moore each took the Oath of Office.

Mayor Robinson was joined by his wife, Jill, daughter, Anna Lowery, Michael Wiggins and Marie K. Young as he was sworn into office. Mayor Robinson’s son, Grover V, was not able to attend the ceremony. Mayor Robinson thanked the community for its support.

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“I truly love this community and I’ve spent much time thinking about how to make it better,” Mayor Robinson said. “We have great natural assets, amazingly talented people. Our challenge has been truly working together. This does not mean in agreement. This means respectful support, even in disagreement.”

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Along with Mayor Robinson, Councilman Moore and Councilwoman Hill will be joining the team. Councilman Moore will be representing District 4.

“Very honored and proud to be able to represent my neighborhood, my district,” Councilman Moore said. “It’s an exciting time in Pensacola.”

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Councilwoman Hill will be representing District 6.

“This is a really amazing moment for me,” Councilwoman Hill said. “I feel that I’ve gotten to know hundreds of you, learned what makes you happy, what you’re not happy with, what we can do to improve our City, and we need to be listening and that’s what I intend to do.”

Councilwoman Sherri Myers was also sworn in for another term. She has served on the council for eight years.

“I love serving on the city council,” Councilwoman Myers said. “I have worked very hard for the city, for my district and to better the city council.”

Councilman Andy Terhaar was voted to serve as Council President and Councilman P.C. Wu will serve as Vice President. 

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City of Pensacola also has a new City Administrator. Mayor Robinson brought Chris Holley on board to help with the transition.

Holley is a seasoned professional in local government. 

He has served in several interim positions with government organizations in the region since retiring from the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) in 2015.  Holley was the Executive Director of FAC from 2005-2015. Before that, he spent three decades in administrator and manager roles of several Florida counties and cities, including Okaloosa County. 

Holley received a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Florida

Holley will assume leadership of the City's daily operations.

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Mayor Robinson to hold second Transition Team meeting on December 4

Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV has created a Transition Team to hold public meetings and gather community input to help him adjust into his new role. 

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Quint Studer serves as chair of the board. Boardmembers include Connie Bookman, Michelle Salzman, Rev. Isaac Williams, Kristie Tobias, Christian Wagley, Sena Maddison, Brian Wyer, Drew Buchanan, David Peaden, Bruce Vredenburg and Julie Sheppard.

The boardmembers were selected by Mayor Robinson to represent these categories: crime and safety, education, neighborhoods, governance, environment, transparency, economic development, traffic and walkability, government efficiency, finance and budget and legal.

The first meeting was held right after Mayor Robinson was sworn in on November 27. The second meeting will be held on December 4 at 3 p.m. in the Hagler-Mason Conference Room.

If you missed the first meeting, you can watch a recording of it on our website.

Follow Mayor Robinson on social media

You can now follow City of Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV on social media!

Like his page on Facebook.

Follow his account on Twitter.

Follow his account on Instagram.  

Mayor Robinson's social media handle for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is @PensacolaMayor. Be sure to like and follow his accounts to receive an inside look of the mayoral transition, important updates about the City and other information.    
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UWF Haas Center releases results of community survey

Two-thirds of City residents say that Pensacola is on the right track according to the Haas Center's fifth annual community survey. Residents are satisfied with the appearance of the City, the ease of obtaining information and the value of the services they receive.

Other key findings in the report included:

  • Overall, residents are highly satisfied with core City services
  • Recreational facilities and opportunities also consistently earn high marks
  • Some residents have concerns with streets, sidewalks, and lighting
  • Residents continue to rank as their top priorities Police and Fire services

In 2017, 11% of respondents expressed the City was moving in the wrong direction. This year, the percentage of respondents who expressed the City was going in the wrong direction dropped to 9.1%. The Haas Center report flagged five "areas of concern":  sidewalk, street lights, streets, community centers, and City appearance. The City has been working to address each of those areas. 

You can read more about the survey results by visiting our website.

It's the last day to sign up for the annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry luncheon

City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation is holding their annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry Christmas luncheon again on Friday, December 7 from 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Enjoy a catered lunch from Patrella’s Italian Café and a Christmas-themed performance by Oakcrest Elementary School.

This year it will be held at Brownsville Community Center while Bayview Senior Resource Center is undergoing renovations.

Please call 850-436-5188 TODAY to register. The lunch fee is due at sign-up.

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Pensacola International Airport Runway Run 5k is this weekend

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to RUN ON THE RUNWAY!

This 6th Annual 5k will take place on Saturday, December 1 at Pensacola International Airport! Join us for a new look at the airport & to run down the runway. All registered participants receive an event t-shirt, finishers medal and BIB with timing. Proceeds benefit USO Northwest Florida.
For more info about the USO, visit USO.org or visit our website.

The last day to pay $35 for registration is today!

Packet Pick-Up & Race Day registration is $45 November 30 -December 1.

Kids under 10 are FREE with an adult but will NOT be timed or receive registration benefits.

FYI: Pensacola Parks and Recreation will host Holiday Break Camps again

Winter break is coming up soon! If you need something for the kids to do, our Parks and Recreation Department has you covered.
Just like Fall Break, parents can register ahead of time. Camps ensure that kids ages 6-12 have a safe, fun place to go when school is out. 

Week one runs December 24 and 27-28. Week two runs December 31 and January 2-4.

The camps are from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Parents can register at these locations: Cobb, Fricker, Vickrey and Woodland Heights Resource Centers.

Cost varies depending on the site.

Save the date: Fishing/Archery Day at Community Maritime Park is December 21

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Fishing/Archery Day at Community Maritime Park is on December 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids can spend the day fishing and shooting with awards and prizes for games. Lunch is provided and space is limited to 20 participants.

The event is for children ages 7 and older. Cost is $35.

Registration is available online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com  

Pensacola Police officers served hundreds of Thanksgiving meals  

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The PPD served upwards of 1100 Thanksgiving meals at Englewood Baptist Church on November 20. The event was hosted by Linda “Sonshine” Moorer of Magic 106.

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