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Tallahassee insiders seek pot license

Tallahassee insiders seek pot license

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Influential Tallahassee insiders --- and a former lawmaker who is the grandson of one of Florida's most-renowned citrus barons --- have banded together with the owner of an abortion clinic to get in on the ground floor of the state's burgeoning [...]

Northwest Florida hosts first-ever XTERRA Triathlon

Northwest Florida hosts first-ever XTERRA Triathlon

Press release: XTERRA, the global sport of off-road triathlon that has been contested world-wide for over 20 years, comes to Northwest Florida this weekend. On Sunday, August 2 a sold out field of 150 athletes will swim, bike, and run in and around Bear Lake in hopes of claiming the first ever [...]

Forbes: Florida has six of top 10 metro areas for job growth

Forbes: Florida has six of top 10 metro areas for job growth

Gov. Rick Scott is proud of the state's showing in Forbes list of "Best Cities for Job Growth." Naples tops the list at number one with Cape Coral, Orlando, Ocala, Port St. Lucie, and North Port ranking in the top 10. Scott said in a press release, “Forbes has picked Florida as the best [...]

Top five City of Pensacola salaries

Top five City of Pensacola salaries

Through a public record request, Inweekly got the salaries of city employees that are listed on the city's website: Lysia Bowling, City Attorney: $154,980 Eric Olson, City Administrator: $133,016 Richard Barker, CFO: $123,219 Tamara Fountain, Chief Operations Officer: $114,982 Lloyd [...]

Miller and Ingram to speak at Florida Chamber Foundation summit on military

Miller and Ingram to speak at Florida Chamber Foundation summit on military

Florida Chamber Foundation to host Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit The 2015 Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit will gather leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the [...]

Podcasts: Roundabouts, Opening up Government Street, Planning Board and Food trucks…hmmmm

Podcasts: Roundabouts, Opening up Government Street, Planning Board and Food trucks…hmmmm

The Greater Pensacola Chamber's public policy executive director, Todd Thomson, gives his update on local government meetings. Is there a roundabout in the future for Government Street? What is the role of the city's planning board? Can it create its own legislation? Pensacola City Council [...]

Lopez-Cantera and Rick Wilson today on Pensacola Speaks

Lopez-Cantera and Rick Wilson today on Pensacola Speaks

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will be my guest on Pensacola Speaks. He will talk about the recent announcement by Rep. Jeff Miller to forgo the U.S. Senate race We will also have political strategist Rick Wilson, founder of Intrepid Media, to talk presidential politics. This is a show you [...]

Carlos Lopez-Cantera issues a statement on Miller’s decision

Carlos Lopez-Cantera issues a statement on Miller’s decision

From Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera who is running for the U.S. Senate: “I learned today that my friend Representative Jeff Miller will not enter the United States Senate race. Jeff is a dedicated leader for North Florida who has fought tirelessly for our veterans and their families,” said [...]

Official statement from Rep. Miller, forgoes Senate race to continue VA reform efforts

Official statement from Rep. Miller, forgoes Senate race to continue VA reform efforts

From Congressman Jeff Miller: "Yesterday, my VA Accountability Act passed the House of Representatives under the shadow of a veto threat from the President. It became clear to me that this Administration is not committed to reforming the VA. My personal commitment to the veterans of this [...]

Buzz: Miller decides not to run for U.S. Senate

Buzz: Miller decides not to run for U.S. Senate

I've received several emails that Congressman Jeff Miller has decided to not run for the U.S. Senate being vacated next year by presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. We have asked for confirmation from Congressman Miller's camp and have not heard back. However, our sources have been reliable in [...]

West Florida Literary Federation sponsors Youth Creative Writing Class

West Florida Literary Federation sponsors Youth Creative Writing Class

West Florida Literary Federation is sponsoring a free monthly Youth Creative Writing class for writers still attending school. The class is held every third Thursday of the month at the Pensacola Cultural Center, Suite 212, 400 S. Jefferson St., for students of approximately 14-18 age range. [...]

No clear roadmap yet on Senate Districts

No clear roadmap yet on Senate Districts

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After reaching an agreement this week with voting-rights groups, Florida lawmakers face the chore of going into special session in October to redraw Senate districts. But the agreement with the League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause [...]

Gambling regulators make concessions

Gambling regulators make concessions

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gambling regulators have backed down on a number of proposed changes to the state's pari-mutuel rules after a legislative oversight panel and industry representatives challenged the Department of Business and Professional Regulations' authority to issue [...]

Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare several months ago submitted to the council a food truck ordinance. The City Council asked the Planning Board to review it. Councilman Bare has written COO Tamara Fountain charging the Planning Board exceeded its authority, as set for in the city code, and [...]

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