Friday, March 21, 2014 – Governor Rick Scott calls NHPA President, Melanie Nichols to inform the neighborhood that the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office will NOT be moving to the North Hill Neighborhood and to say that they will remain at 3100 North Davis Highway in the M-1 Light Industrial District.
This has been a long, difficult three weeks for all of us and we’re sure that you all screamed shouts of joy when the Governor of Florida and the Mayor of Pensacola each issued their statements with the good news…..that the Probation Office will STAY where it is in the M-1 Industrial District, far removed from residential neighborhoods.
NHPA is very grateful to everyone who dropped everything to write letters, make phone calls, deliver flyers, attend Council Meetings, research zoning codes, and carry picket signs to make sure the Governor knew we were here. Special thanks to our amazing legal champions, Erick Mead and Robby Rushing who never gave up and attacked the issue from every direction possible. Thank you Councilman Charles Bare and Councilman Brian Spencer for diving into this battle and working so hard to support North Hill, and to the Mayor for never giving up the fight to protect neighborhoods. NHPA is especially grateful to all the work by State Representative Clay Ingram for all his work at the Tallahassee level working with the Department of Corrections and the Governor’s office to enlist their support for a solution that protected the residential community. This was an amazing team effort and everyone should be very proud!