Mayor Grover Robinson

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A COVID-19 update, city park usage, social distancing and a message to hoarders – all in Monday’s weekly news conference with Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson.

First, an update on the numbers; the good news, said the mayor, is there’s a substantial number of test results being returned from the area’s largest testing center at Ascension-Sacred Heart Hospital.

“Out of the 1,700 roughly that have come in – 1,688 – out of that roughly 84 are positive in our area,” said the mayor. “So the positives are definitely up, but it’s running about still five percent.

Among them:

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Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is asking residents for a little more time, to help put the brakes on the local coronavirus outbreak.

Robinson, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May, and other leaders this week met with officials from Baptist, Sacred Heard and West Florida, along with Northwest Florida Community Health and the Florida Department of Health. One topic dealt with the number of patients being checked for coronavirus as of Thursday.

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In accordance with safeguards against coronavirus, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson held his weekly news conference outdoors in City Hall’s courtyard.

On a cool, breezy morning, chairs for the media were set about three feet apart to practice “social distancing.”

“The city of Pensacola is very focused on the whole, well-rounded picture of everything,” said Robinson. “We’re not simply looking at it from one angle; we’re looking at it from 360 [degree] position as far as all of our citizens.”

Mayor Grover Robinson

In his first Monday news conference in three weeks, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson delivered a look at his recent trip to Singapore, and to the home office of ST Aerospace.

Speaking to the media, Robinson said he “could not me more impressed,” going there with the feeling that the things the city’s doing with ST Engineering and their working relationship, but also “blown away” by what else he saw there.

City of Pensacola

The Port of Pensacola — established in 1743 — is moving into 2020 on the strength of a major revenue increase in fiscal year 2019.

The port finished at $2.41 million — compared to $1.26 million at the beginning of the fiscal year — that’s a more than 91% surge, according to port director Amy Miller – who’s not surprised in the least.

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A centennial celebration, and an update on gun violence and police training highlighted Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s Monday news conference.

After some preliminary remarks on other matters, the mayor honored Frances Johnson on her 100th birthday, including a chorus of “Happy Birthday” by the assemblage and members of Johnson’s family.

Robinson spoke of Frances’ and her husband’s involvement in Pensacola’s black business community, having operated a paint store for decades.

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Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s urging those in, or contemplating, a life of crime to explore other options – including with one growing company.

Speaking at his weekly news conference, Robinson based his remarks on last week’s shooting involving four men who fired gunshots at each other near the intersection of East Cervantes Street and North Ninth Avenue. Police are searching for them.

National League of Cities

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson has been named to a task force charged with developing a platform, plan and partnership for the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

Set up by the National League of Cities and announced at its summit conference in San Antonio, the “Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda” will focus on priorities important to cities and communities throughout the United States. Robinson discussed it at his weekly news conference at City Hall.

Pensacola PD

Last week’s grand jury decision not to return charges against a former Pensacola police officer in the shooting death of Tymar Crawford has begun the next chapter in the case.

“I’d just like to thank the family of Tymar Crawford and the entire community for their patience as they’ve waited for this investigation to be completed,” said Mayor Grover Robinson. “We understand it’s been a difficult process for everyone, and we are hopeful that we can continue to come together as a community and move our community forward.”

City of Pensacola

With a grand jury set to investigate the July shooting of an African-American man by a Pensacola police officer, city leaders are watching from the sidelines — for now.

Earlier this week, Pensacola area residents got a second chance to review and comment on Florida Department of Transportation plans to improve pedestrian safety on Cervantes Street. Most aspects of the road safety project are getting thumbs up. But, at least one proposed feature is drawing some push back.

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While preparations are ongoing for the formation of a gun safety task for in and around the city of Pensacola, another issue – more police scrutiny – came up during Mayor Grover Robinson’s weekly news conference at City Hall on Monday.

“Our men and women in the Pensacola Police Department do an excellent job, and it’s a tough job they have to do; and I appreciate the work that they do every day protecting us,” said Robinson.

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Almost four months after a “Homeless Summit” in Pensacola brought together both government and private entities, it appears the issue is being revisited.

Much of the work has been on hold, since the mass exodus of top-ranking officials in Escambia County government, and the hiring of several people at Pensacola City Hall. At his weekly news conference Monday, Mayor Grover Robinson said a meeting was held earlier this month with new administrators: Chris Holley for the City of Pensacola, and Escambia County’s Janice Gilley.

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Visitors to downtown Pensacola may have noticed the purple ribbons that adorn the many trees along Palafox Street. The ribbons symbolize the designation of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month throughout the city.

“We’re very happy to part of the Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and we will be reading the proclamation on Thursday night,” said Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson, who is expected to will read and sign the proclamation at tonight's (June 13) City Council meeting.

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Almost eight in 10 Pensacola city employees have responded to a new survey, gauging their on-the-job engagement and satisfaction.

Conducted during April and May by the Atlanta-based firm Sperduto & Associates, the survey results were released to department heads last week, and now go public.

“We had 76% of employees participate. So that was a very large number. We beat what our goal was, so we’re excited about that. It told us a lot of things,” said Mayor Grover Robinson, who made the announcement at Monday’s weekly news conference.