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Council Holds Off On Discussing Demolition Moratorium

Pensacola City Council members barely discussed a proposed moratorium on the demolition of historic structures during their agenda review session Monday afternoon.

The only discussion had on the issue came in the form of questions from Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn, who wanted to know what impact the proposed moratorium would have on property owners who were already in the process of seeking a demolition.

No one could answer that question. Council Executive Don Kraher noted that the measure’s sponsor — Councilman Brian Spencer — was running late due to a delay at the Atlanta airport.

“Some Delta issues,” Kraher explained. “He may not be here.”

The council held off on any further discussion until it takes the issue up during its regular meeting Thursday. Spencer proposed the moratorium in an effort to buy the city time to assess how best to afford Pensacola’s historic structures adequate protections.

The proposed 180-day moratorium would put the brakes on demolishing structures built in 1916 or before. The measure is in line with the protection offered in the city’s designated historic districts, where tearing down a structure is a more involved process than elsewhere in the city.

The Pensacola City Council will take up this meeting Thursday, 5:30 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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