Charter of the City of Pensacola
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No fewer than three different charter documents have been used before, and there have been unsuccessful efforts at several points in Pensacola's history to propose the adoption of alternate charters.
History of charter documents
The 1895 charter abolished the Provisional Municipality of Pensacola and organized the City of Pensacola under a mayor-council government. This form of government and charter remained in place until it was superceded by the 1913 charter, which provided for a city commission government.
In 1913, the City of Pensacola adopted a new charter and transitioned to a city commission government. In 1915, the Florida Legislature appointed a "Charter Board" to study that charter and recommend any necessary revisions. The Charter Board recommended that the City return to the previous mayor-council government, and a referendum was held to decide the issue. The initiative failed by a large margin and the commission government was retained until 1931.