Legislative Update: January 24, 2017

Meeting Recaps

Take the Chamber’s Issue Survey before the City Council/County Commission Joint Meeting!
On Monday, Jan. 30th the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission will hold a joint meeting to discuss a number of local issues. Go here to let the Chamber know what issues are most important to the business community.

Escambia County Commission Committee of the Whole
At the January Committee of the Whole, the commission delved into the topic of local criminal justice reform.  Commissioner Grover Robinson brought the issue forward as a way to look at easing the pressures at the Escambia County jail and as a way to potentially save the county some money. Read more here.

Downtown Improvement Board Meeting
The DIB discussed the wrap up off the First City Holiday Lights at their latest meeting.  Chairman John Peacock said that the feedback that he has received has been overwhelming positive and that the board needs to start preparations for next year’s lighting by working with the city, county and Visit Pensacola. Read more here.

Pensacola City Council Meeting
At the January Pensacola City Council meeting, the council approved the first contracts for the street repaving that will be done over the next few years.  The first paving will begin in the western part of the city in the coming months. Read more here.

Escambia County Commission Meeting
The commission urged our local state legislative delegation to consider allowing Escambia County to have more discretion in how it handles certain law offenders.  Commissioner Grover Robinson brought this issue up at an earlier Committee of the Whole as a way to help lower costs and not negatively impact individuals that commit minor offenses. Read more here.

Upcoming Meetings

Downtown Improvement Board Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 7 p.m.
Bowden Bldg., 120 Church St.

Santa Rosa Island Authority Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 5 p.m.
1 Via de Luna Dr., Pensacola Beach
Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Board Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 26th at 2 p.m.
9255 Sturdevant St.

Joint City Council/County Commission Meeting
Monday, Jan. 30th at 1 p.m.
City Hall, 222 W. Main St.

Escambia County Commission Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
221 Palafox Pl.

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