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  1. Vernon Stewart

    Public Information Officer

Public trust is a critical dynamic of a world-class city. From day one of his administration, Mayor Hayward has made a firm commitment to making city government more open, accountable, and accessible to the residents of our great city. This page is designed to accomplish two critical elements:

  • transparency 

    — access to information about what is really happening; and
  • accountability 

    — ways to hold decision-makers and partners accountable for the decisions we make.
Do you have any questions or would you like to see something added to this page? It is very easy to contact us.
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Lee Square Monument

Pensacola has a rich and diverse history and it is important to honor our history. The Office of the Mayor will continue to promote inclusivity; but as you see across the nation, these confederate monuments are becoming increasingly divisive.

We are currently examining this monument's history and purpose. We are also weighing our options as it relates to any laws and discussing how to move forward. Mayor Hayward would like to see the monument in a better context that promotes inclusiveness, but there is a process that we need to abide by.

Mayor Hayward has stated that he wants the statue down. He wants the monument at Lee Square on North Palafox Street to come down and possibly put in a museum where it can be presented in the proper context.

Read Establishment, Naming and Preservation of Historical Resources - Adopted by Council Action June 22, 2000; Amended by resolution August 21, 2010 effective Noon, January 10, 2011.

Mayor Hayward spoke to Andrew McKay of NewsRadio 1620 about the confederate monument on August 16, 2017.

Brick Streets in City

Known brick streets were deliberately not included within the city’s resurfacing plans, some streets scheduled to undergo resurfacing were suspected to be brick.

Before the current program started care was taken by the public works department to not include any streets that were known or suspected to have historic paving.

We will continue to follow the instructions and policy once were are notified –

Instructions if found.

  1. Stop milling immediately
  2. Take picture of other roadway material at milling stop point
  3. Cover milled location where other roadway material was found to make safe
  4. Inform City of findings
  5. Move to next location

The City will then make a determination on what actions needs to be taken after that point.

Inaccurate claims regarding stormwater system

Posted June 22, 2017

In June 2017, inaccurate reports were circulating of breached manhole covers, raw sewage flooding the Tanyard area, and the failing of the City of Pensacola's stormwater system.
These claims were incorrect. In fact, properly securing manhole covers is an ECUA function. The stormwater system did not fail. The system reached capacity and was overwhelmed due to the nine inches of rain in the last 48 hours. No stormwater system is expected to properly function under those extreme conditions.
The downtown streets were flooded not because of a failed stormwater system. It was because the area received nearly nine inches of rain in 48 hours.

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Pensacola

 Once again stories of the City's legal fees are circulating. Those stories do not give you all of the facts regarding the City's position and its defense of lawsuits which have been brought against it by others.

Read the letter here.

New Orleans Pelicans in Pensacola

Click here to see the power point presentation presented to New Orleans Pelicans.

Introducing the City of Pensacola Speaker's Bureau
Speakers Bureau

Welcome to the City of Pensacola Speakers Bureau.  The City of Pensacola Speakers Bureau is a program that is available to provide public speakers for any event and can be of interest to local clubs, schools, civic groups, neighborhood associations and community organizations. It is comprised of a collection of speakers that offer to speak on an array of topics.

Our speakers are experts in their fields who are eager to share their knowledge and department information with the community. They are an excellent resource with many stories to share and are capable of providing answers to many important questions about the City of Pensacola.

Presentations include anything from the budgeting process to environmental awareness. This service is free of charge. Please note that submissions should be placed 2 to 3 weeks prior to the date that you would like the speaker to present.

Click here to learn more. 

The City of Pensacola Launches OpenGov, an Interactive Financial Transparency Platform

The City of Pensacola is happy to announce the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials and staff unprecedented access to the city’s finances. The OpenGov financial transparency platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the city’s finances.

The platform may be accessed from

Viewpoint: Infrastructure Matters

Pensacola is experiencing an exciting period of growth.  Housing starts are up and commercial property development is accelerating.   There has been more than a 6% increase in business permits issued in the past year and permit revenue has once again exceeded forecasts.

I’m really proud of what we are accomplishing, but I’m also aware that many Pensacolians have real concerns about the state of the city’s infrastructure. 

The condition of that infrastructure greatly influences the economy’s ability to function and grow.  Commerce requires well-maintained roads, airports and reliable public energy services.  Every city needs infrastructure improvements that have the potential to pay off economically in private sector investment and job growth.  Besides economic benefits, investments in new and improved infrastructure – things like better roads that provide access to well-designed and maintained parks and other public amenities – can improve residents’ quality of life.

Read the entire viewpoint here.

Street resurfacing and natural gas infrastructure upgrades

To stay up to date on the current status of the Street resurfacing and natural gas infrastructure upgrades please visit the Infrastructure and Improvements Projects page.

Stormwater Management - Carpenters Creek

Water quality has been a top priority in the City of Pensacola the last several years. There have been some significant concerns as to the water quality being released into Bayou Texar. City officials took steps to address these concerns thus improving and treating storm water runoff tenfold. 

The stormwater assessment study that was completed in May of 2000 gave the City a gameplan on how to move forward to address stormwater runoff.

The Vortechs stormwater vaults are an essential recommendation from this study. These vaults cost anywhere from $50k to $150k depending on the unit type and size. Offset by the stormwater utility fee, 83 of these vaults have been installed with 21 serving Carpenter’s Creek. The money that the City of Pensacola has put towards treating stormwater runoff is starting to have a huge positive impact.

We continue to seek out ways to address stormwater concerns. The City of Pensacola has made major strides in the last few years to address stormwater infrastructure. This is a strategy that we plan to maintain.

City of Pensacola Community Survey
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The City of Pensacola has a great local partnership with the UWF Haas Center and we are pleased with the results. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said that the City of Pensacola is headed in the right direction. Although we still have work to do, we have a plan in place. Click below to learn more.

View the Annual Community Survey Results

Viewpoint: Building a sense of optimism

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tells a story about asking a successful investor whether, in trading parlance, Dallas was a buy, a sell or a hold.  It came to him as no surprise that the investor enthusiastically replied, “A buy”.

Looking back at all that we have accomplished in the last six years and seeing what is happening all around the city I am not surprised that people say the same thing about Pensacola.  When city residents were asked in the most recent Haas Center survey, “Is the city on the right track?”, their answer was a resounding “yes”.

The signs of success are all around us – the successful opening of...

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Bill Gregory Park Stormwater Project

"R" Street at Maggie's Ditch Project

Government Street Stormwater Project
Government Street Pond Rendering

Viewpoint: Filling the Gap with Workforce Housing

Mayor Hayward - October 6, 2016

There’s no place like home.
It’s where we are sheltered, find our peace, start our day, plan our future, raise our children and keep all that is precious to us.  As Pensacola and the rest of the country rebound from the recession and housing crisis, some segments of our community are still struggling in the wake of the recovery.  Living on the outskirts of the American dream, too many hard-working families cannot afford the costs of homeownership.  It’s an unrelenting problem, not easily addressed and never fully solved.  Nevertheless, we must devote ourselves and our resources to increasing our affordable housing inventory.  Why, you ask?

… Because homeownership is at the root of a vested citizenry and contributes to the long-term stability and growth of the region.

A thriving, competitive economy needs secure, productive workers who are confident in the future of the community in which they live so that they will remain a permanent part of a growing population.  The median annual income for a single-person in the Pensacola metropolitan area is $47,700 and a family of four is $59,600.  Yet many of our local households earn far less than the average income.  Individuals in these households provide essential services to our community – they are our child care providers, our firefighters, our law enforcement personnel.  

In its 2016 Home Matters Report, the Florida Housing Coalition found that among essential service providers in Florida that were surveyed, only elementary school teachers and registered nurses have median incomes high enough to purchase a home in the Pensacola area.  That means that vital segments of our workforce need quality housing that costs no more than 30% of their gross income.  For these families, every penny counts and if they cannot make ends meet in Pensacola they will be forced to look for jobs elsewhere.  We need to show our citizens, as well as companies looking to relocate to our area, that the City is invested in our workforce and that we are not willing to lose our most valuable resource – our people – to competing communities.

Even during this era of diminished public funding, the City of Pensacola’s Housing Division has managed to increase our community’s affordable housing options.  But we want to do more and we are willing to put some of our own skin in the game.  By moving city-owned property back into productive use we can create more opportunities for families to live in the city where they work and play.

Affordable housing is an integral component of regional economic development and we cannot afford to ignore the issue simply because it is a complex problem that requires multiple programs and multi-agency cooperation.  What we propose is not a return to the large, distressed public housing complexes of yesteryear.  Instead we are seeking to spur the development of innovative, aesthetically pleasing housing that preserves the character of neighborhoods.

In the coming months my staff will assemble a comprehensive list of city-owned land and recommend to the City Council that the City sell some of the parcels to provide funds for new or existing housing programs.  Some of these lots will be bundled with homebuyer assistance programs to help qualified families finance homes in mixed-income neighborhoods.  By utilizing for-profit and non-profit developers, federal and state incentive programs, and local private investors, we intend to manage our city-owned infill properties in a manner that can serve as a model for the growth of mixed-income neighborhoods and lead to the elimination of “pockets of poverty”.  The intended result:  a transformative mix of new affordable and market rate housing that will improve neighborhoods and provide more people with a place to call home in the City.