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Mayor Robinson holds second Transition Team meeting

It was another packed room for Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV's second Transition Team meeting  on Tuesday, December 4.

At last week's Transition Team meeting, Chairman Quint Studer directed boardmembers to begin the process of scheduling time to speak one-on-one with City employees, community members and stakeholders in their assigned beats to collect feedback to help Mayor Robinson in his new role. Many members reported on Tuesday that they had already held several meetings. 

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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 Transition Team has launched the website TransitionPensacola.com to gather feedback from the citizens of Pensacola.

The team will be working on putting together a Transition Report to have to Mayor Robinson by March 1, 2019.  

“Keep the Wreath Green” Fire Safety Campaign underway

The Pensacola Fire Department, in collaboration with Escambia County Fire Rescue, has launched its annual “Keep the Wreath Green” Fire Safety campaign. As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. Firefighters hope to reduce the number of fires by promoting simple, life-saving holiday safety tips each day in December. 

A fire safety wreath

During the month-long campaign, five-foot wreaths will be on display at five city fire stations, and 18 county fire stations, with wreaths also placed outside of the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, Pensacola City Hall and Cordova Mall. Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential homes. In 2017, seven bulbs were changed to red on city wreaths. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 43 percent of home Christmas tree fires. Two of every five, or forty percent of home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den. All of the fatalities and roughly three quarters of the injuries resulted from fires started in this area. The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. A working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 or Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-4376 for more information on obtaining a smoke alarm. .

Pensacola Police rewarding kind acts for holiday season

Like a sugared-up toddler springing from the minivan at a Christmas tree farm, the Pensacola Police Department has launched OPERATION POLICE NAVIDAD!

Pensacola Police Department badge

Police will be prowling the highways, byways, and alleyways of our fair city looking for folks doing the right thing. When officers find them, they will get the gift card from the department and our friends at Pen Air Federal Credit UnionOlive Baptist Church, and Modern Woodmen of America, along with some free meals from Chick-fil-A Bayou Boulevard.

Keep doing the right thing and you may find your pocket $50 heavier. Police Navidad! 

Congratulations to our November Employee of the Month

A photo of Mayor Robinson and Nicole Louie

Nicole Louie of the Housing Division

Citizen pens letter to City’s Housing Department  thanking employees

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City’s new cross country team places second at national championship

A cross country team that was started just last month by the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department has already taken their first national award at the AAU Cross Country National Championships today. 

Eight young men representing Escambia and Santa Rosa counties ran in the 5K contest Saturday, December 1 at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, collectively taking second place amongst 6 other teams in the 15-18 year old age group. 

"The race was a grind, but through our hard work and perseverance the team was able to pull through and become national runner-ups," said Rory Carmody, West Florida High School Senior. 

The GCXC G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Farm is comprised of eight high school cross country runners who have been training together for just three weeks. Team members  include Francisco Ramirez-Pace High School, Brandon Knieja-Tate High School, Richard Whatley-Pine Forest High School, James Simkins, Jr.-Pensacola High School, Rory Carmody-West Florida High School, David Milburn-Booker T. Washington High School, John Trawick-Booker T. Washington High School, and Daniel Holzknect-Booker T. Washington High School. 

The team holds weekly practices at the Fricker Resource Center where the athletes are trained and coached by Michael Mims and Lendward Griffin of Pensacola Parks and Recreation. The team is open to area high school boys and girls to participate in local, regional and national runs and supplement their regular high school cross country training during the off-season. The GCXC team is sponsored by Running Wild and Zarzaur Law, P.A. 

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Save the date! Pensacola Exchange event is Feb 5, 2019

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