City of Pensacola

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The City of Pensacola is the incorporated portion of the Pensacola metropolitan area and the municipal government which administers it. As of the federal census in 2000, the population of the City of Pensacola was 56,255 (see Population). The City of Pensacola is the county seat of Escambia County and the anchor of a metropolitan area with a population of over 400,000.

The City of Pensacola maintains its administrative offices at Pensacola City Hall, located at 180 Governmental Center in Downtown Pensacola.

Population[edit]

As of the federal census in 2000, the population of the City of Pensacola was 56,255. In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population at 54,055. The City of Pensacola has seen a steady decrease in population in recent years as more residents migrate to outlying suburban areas in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The population of the Pensacola metropolitan area, encompassing both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, is estimated to be 439,877 (2005).

City limits[edit]

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Main article: Pensacola city limits

The city limits were originally set by Andrew Jackson in 1821 with an area of 9.75 square miles. This was increased to 17.2555 square miles in 1953.[1] Other areas have been annexed since then, such as in the 1980s, when the area including Cordova Mall was incorporated into the city.[2] The city now occupies 22.7 square miles. However, there is a movement to annex more unincorporated urban areas of Pensacola to better represent the actual metropolitan area.

Codes and ordinances[edit]

A complete copy of the City's Code of Ordinances is available online.

City government[edit]

The City of Pensacola operates under the mayor-council form of government. Legislative powers of the City are vested in the nine-member Pensacola City Council, while executive powers rest with the Mayor of Pensacola.

The City Council is comprised of seven members elected by district and two members elected by the City at-large. The Council elects a Council President annually, who develops meeting agendas and chairs Council meetings.

Elected Officials[edit]

The current Mayor of Pensacola is Ashton Hayward.

Pensacola City Council
Seat Council Member
District 1 P.C. Wu
District 2 Sherri Myers
District 3 Maren DeWeese
District 4 Larry B. Johnson
District 5 John Jerralds
District 6 Brian Spencer
District 7 Ronald Townsend
At-Large A Megan Pratt
At-Large B Sam Hall

References[edit]

  1. http://www.cityshowcase.com/pensacola/
  2. "City eyes annexation of areas." Pensacola News Journal, May 17, 2005.