Author page: Derek Cosson

ARB won’t reconvene after blocking public input

On Tuesday, the City’s Architectural Review Board held a special meeting to decide whether or not to issue a demolition permit for a the historic Pensacola Vocational School building on West Garden Street. Despite the fact that at least five citizens were waiting patiently to speak to the board, chairman Carter Quina quickly moved to get a motion and have the board…

We can save this 1941 school building. And we should.

On Wednesday, Pensacola’s Architectural Review Board will decide the fate of year another historic building. Built in 1941, the building at 215 West Garden Street was originally home to the Pensacola Vocational School, the community’s first public trade school. The building features art deco touches, distinctive rounded copper roof vents, and brick corbelling, among other architectural features. In later years, the building…

How I’m voting on judges

This year, the ballots of Pensacola-area voters feature retention questions on six judges: one Florida Supreme Court justice and five First District Court of Appeals judges. Why? That’s just the way it works in Florida. In some states, judges are appointed and that’s just that. In others, judges are elected. In Florida, we elect local judges (county and circuit courts) while state judges…

How I’m voting on Florida’s proposed constitutional amendments

Every couple of years come election time, friends and family are always asking me about the proposed constitutional amendments on their ballots — because there are always proposed amendments, and they’re almost always confusing.  Unfortunately, Florida law allows for proposed amendments to be placed on the ballot even when they’re deceptively worded or even combine multiple unrelated issues into one amendment. Sometimes…

Gulf Power gives big to Florida conservatives

Since the beginning of the year, the Gulf Power Company has contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to mostly conservative PACs and candidates, including controversial figures like Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.  DeSantis — who is running against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, a black man — has been criticized for what some call racist comments. In an Aug. 29…

If you don’t vote, you’re an asshole

This Tuesday — October 9 — is the deadline in Florida to register to vote in this year’s general election, and I want to be clear about something: If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, you’re an asshole. I don’t care if that language bothers you. Get off your ass and vote. Or hell, stay on your ass and vote. You can…