Under the guise of frugal landscape management, the Pensacola City Council is poised to limit and restrict the use of Plaza Ferdinand VII. In doing so, they are stomping on our constitutional rights to assemble in public places.
There is no shortage of grass seed, sod, or landscapers in the area as far as I know. Just as there is no shortage bums that reside there. The ‘shortage’ seems to be somewhere in City Hall. It smacks of a more nefarious way to limit public assembly for dissent or any other reason.
The constitutional right to assemble is not dependent upon the amount of money in the bank.
The matter will come before the City Council for a final yes/no vote on August 13. Locals should make plans to attend that council meeting and tell City Council what you think. I think that grass does not trump the constitution.
related link: Council moves to restrict use of Plaza Ferdinand VII