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Pensacola mask ordinance stays; council rejects mayor’s idea to repeal

Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal
Published 7:13 p.m. CT Sept. 24, 2020

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Wearing a mask in public indoor spaces is still required in the city of Pensacola after the City Council on Thursday unanimously rejected Mayor Grover Robinson’s proposal to end the mask mandate.

Robinson put forward a proposal to repeal an emergency ordinance that mandated wearing a mask in public indoor spaces in the city. 

The mayor argued that with the daily hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients below 50, it was time to repeal the ordinance.

He said he would bring the mandate back if the number of cases increased again and said it was akin to a hurricane warning.

“At this time, it’s like giving a mandate on a sunny day,” Robinson said.

He said he was worried that if cases increase again, the city would have no tools left to encourage the public to practice social distancing

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City Council Extends Liability Protections For Struggling Restaurants, Small Business Owners Until April 2021

The City Council voted this week to extend liability protections for restaurant and bar owners until well into 2021, an important piece of legislation for an industry that is increasingly desperate for help as winter approaches.

The Council voted on Wednesday to temporarily suspend personal liability provisions for restaurants and other small business owners who have been affected by the pandemic and have been unable to pay their rent.

Small business leases often have provisions that hold a business owner personally liable if they are unable to pay rent; this bill protects business owners’ personal assets from being taken if their business has been affected by the COVID-19 safety guidelines. In addition to restaurants and bars, this also covers businesses that were required to close to the public and cease operations altogether, like gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services.

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Council Post: Business Planning For The ‘Next’ Normal, Part 2: Business Resiliency

Mike Ford is the Managing Director and Founding Member of PBO Advisory Group.

As I discussed in Part 1 of this series, leaders are slowly emerging from a business paralysis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and determining what their next business norms will be. The previous article covered what steps you should be taking in terms of cash flow planning. Now let’s turn attention to your business’s resiliency and how you can prepare for the next business interruption.

Since March, leaders have experienced unpreceded business challenges. Businesses have been forced to deal with situations they could never have imagined in February. If there is a silver lining, it is the fact that you can now apply the lessons learned from the past several months by planning and preparing for the next disaster, no matter what or when it may be.

Disasters like a pandemic or a natural disaster, such

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Tucson City Council holds off on business district expansion, keeps transit free through December | Local news



A man enters the Tucson Streetcar at the Tucson Streetcar stop on N. 4th Ave in Tucson, Ariz., on September 23, 2020. Tucson City Council voted to keep public transit free until the end of the year.




The Tucson City Council voted to renew the Central Business District for an additional 10 years Tuesday, but opted to delay expansion discussions as community members continue to express their concerns.

The district was created in 2012 as a way to boost economic development through financial incentives. Businesses located within the district are eligible to apply for up to eight years of property tax abatement, which is called a Government Property Lease Excise Tax, or GPLET.

After a proposal was made to expand the central business district earlier this year, some community members and neighborhood associations scrutinized the incentive process, saying it contributes to the gentrification of

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Tucson City Council votes to renew Central Business District, holds off on expansion | Local news



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The AC Marriott hotel at 151 E. Broadway Boulevard, located in the Central Business District, is an approved city GPLET project and was completed in 2017.




The Tucson City Council voted to renew the Central Business District for an additional 10 years Tuesday, but opted to delay expansion discussions as community members continue to express their concerns.

The Central Business District was first adopted by the council in 2012 as a way to boost economic development within the city through financial incentives. Businesses located within the designated district are eligible to apply for up to eight years of property tax abatement, which is called a Government Property Lease Excise Tax, or GPLET.

After a proposal was made to expand the central business district earlier this year, many community members and neighborhood associations scrutinized the incentive process, saying it contributes to the gentrification of historic

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City council passes renewal of current Central Business District, tables expansion

TUCSON, Ariz. — Barrio Neighborhood Coalition demonstrators gathered downtown Tuesday morning again to fight against the expansion of a Central Business District.

Expanding the district would give businesses who move into the area the chance to apply for partnerships with the city and tax incentives.

Activists say that type of benefit for business could come with a downside for historic neighborhoods.

Organizer Trish Muir said “By it’s own report, the city says that there are 7,500 housing units inside of the business district — 60 percent are rental properties. People who don’t own homes — When we see gentrification when we see property values go up, when we see rents go up, there is a very good chance that those 60 percent of the population could be displaced.”

A central business district does already exists in Tucson, but this action would expand that district to include parts of the south

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5 Eye-Opening Benefits of Using Facebook Business Manager For Your Business | by IIB Council | Digital Marketing Made Simple | Aug, 2020

After creating your business manager account on Facebook, the first thing you’re probably going to do is add people under your account, and when you do, you will immediately see how everyone in your company will fit in.

As you can see in the screenshot below, all people will be added under one of four main categories (the last two shown here are seen once you click on “Show Advanced Options”).

Employee Access

This is the option that would be selected by default, and rightly so, as this will fit most of the users that you’re adding to your account. I recommend using that option for anyone on your marketing team, interns, or anyone on your payroll who is not an owner.

Admin Access

The second option is basically the highest level of access you can give on the business manager. With this level of access, users can have full

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Lawton City Council approves contracts for roads, parks master plan

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) – Lawton City Council members approved two road construction contracts.



a man doing a trick on a counter: Lawton City Council approves contracts for roads, parks master plan


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Lawton City Council approves contracts for roads, parks master plan

These represent phase 1-D and 1-E of the 2017 Ad Valorem Streets and Road Programs.

Road work will begin in the next few weeks at 78th and SW Oakcliff.

That project will be done by MTZ Construction.

Their bid was more than 2 million dollars.

Work will also begin soon on 3-point-4 miles of Southwest 7th by AE construction, costing just north of 1 million dollars.

In New Business, council approved a contract for the Parks Master Plan to Halff Associates.

They will now develop plans to spend nearly 20 million dollars, from the CIP, on parks and recreation in the city of Lawton.

“Part of the scope of services includes input from citizens. They will have meetings,

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City Council look at private sector desalination plant proposals

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This illustrative video shows the seawater desalination process in action.

Corpus Christi Caller Times

In 2018, 10 private companies presented to city of Corpus Christi staff their proposals for alternative water sources for the city.

The city never followed up for more information, including cost, about the companies’ proposals. 

However, the city is still pursing a $222.5 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board to build a seawater desalination plant within the Inner Harbor of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

City Council members Rudy Garza, Gil Hernandez, Ben Molina and Paulette Guarjardo want to know more about the private companies’ proposals. They submitted a request to add the private-sector 2018 presentations to the Sept. 29 agenda. 

During its regular meeting Tuesday, council approved the request. City staff will give a summarized presentation of the 10 companies’ proposals.

Freese and Nichols engineering firm is researching sites for two seawater

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Neighborhood revitalization, economic development top priorities in District 5 Metro Council race | News

The two candidates running for the District 5 seat on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council both say neighborhood revitalization and small business development would be top priorities if they’re elected come November.

The district, which is currently represented by councilwoman Erika Green, covers much of north Baton Rouge and stretches from Monte Sano Park and Zion City through Merrydale and into Monticello. Its population is 88 percent Black and 9 percent White. 

Green, 35, a Democrat, was first appointed to the seat in 2016 after her predecessor, Ronnie Edwards, was elected to the statehouse. She later won reelection and she says she is running again to complete the work she’s started. 

She’s facing off against Darryl Hurst, a small-business owner who describes himself as a solutions-oriented problem solver, interested in strengthening families and filling in the gaps he’s encountered in his role running a sports-oriented nonprofit.

“I believe that

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