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Good news from city hall, Sept. 5

Good news from city hall, Sept. 5

Late yesterday afternoon, the mayor’s office sent out its digital “Upwords” newsletter. From Non-Profit sector: Mayor Hayward--"As I've said before, Pensacola is incredibly blessed to have kind and generous people who care deeply about helping the less fortunate in our [...]

PSC Nursing Program Ranks in Top 25 Schools for Nursing Specialties

PSC Nursing Program Ranks in Top 25 Schools for Nursing Specialties

Press release: Pensacola State College’s Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse program is ranked 17th nationally in the Top 25 Schools for Nursing Specialties by Nursing School Hub. Among the institutions in the ranking are Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, [...]

Buzz: Will Bob McLaughlin be a assistant city administrator?

Buzz: Will Bob McLaughlin be a assistant city administrator?

Former Pensacola City Councilwoman Maren Deweese thinks so (Read post). Bob McLaughlin was Escambia County Administrator from 2007-early 2010. His contract was not renewed by the County Commission. He has been working as a consultant to the city helping the mayor's office identify and secure [...]

Go4theGoal partners with Nemours to support local kids battling cancer

Go4theGoal partners with Nemours to support local kids battling cancer

Press release: Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation is thrilled to partner with Nemours’ Children’s Clinic, Pensacola this September during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and funds for local kids battling cancer. The face of this campaign in Pensacola is 5-year old [...]

Scott nemesis pops up in pot snafu

Scott nemesis pops up in pot snafu

BY DARA KAM AND BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Steve Andrews, a perennial thorn-in-the-side of Gov. Rick Scott and his administration, popped up again recently in one of the Tallahassee lawyer's more obscure public-records requests, this time regarding pot. Andrews has garnered [...]

Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Wisdom prevailed at the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting last night. Rather than negotiate the percentages of how the Local Option Gas Tax revenues will be distribution with the city of Pensacola and Town of Century in the meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to [...]

Gas tax allocation may be tabled

Gas tax allocation may be tabled

After watching today's discussion of what is a fair allocation of the local option gas tax revenues for the next 10 years, the commmissioners had more questions than answers. For the city of Pensacola, a million dollars a year is a stake. City Administrator said in an letter to county officials [...]

2015 Pensacola Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic, Oct. 9

2015 Pensacola Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic, Oct. 9

Press release: Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward will host the 2015 Pensacola Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic on October 9 at Osceola Municipal Golf Course. All proceeds from the event benefit The First Tee of Northwest Florida. The annual Mayor’s Cup event is a four-person scramble with a double [...]

State board approves Bense as UWF president thru Dec. 2016

State board approves Bense as UWF president thru Dec. 2016

Judith Bense, president of the University of West Florida since 2007, received approval Thursday to remain in the post as the Pensacola school plans to start looking for a new leader. The state university system's Board of Governors unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Bense --- a move [...]

Lopez-Cantera challenges Murphy to debate on Iran deal (podcast)

Lopez-Cantera challenges Murphy to debate on Iran deal (podcast)

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera called on Representative Patrick Murphy to join him at a joint town hall with Florida voters so Murphy could explain his embrace of Barack Obama's reckless Iran concessions. “After research and consideration, I chose to oppose the Iran deal, and continue to do [...]

Gulf Power bills could drop $3.71 per mo.

Gulf Power bills could drop $3.71 per mo.

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Millions of Floridians could find it a little cheaper to run the air conditioning in 2016. The state's four major investor-owned utilities --- stretching from Miami to Pensacola --- say they expect residents' monthly electric bills to drop by a few [...]

City of Gulf Breeze funds street paving using other sources, not just gas taxes

City of Gulf Breeze funds street paving using other sources, not just gas taxes

Gulf Breeze City Manager Buz Eddy told Inweekly that the city of Gulf Breeze spends about $450,000 on paving and sidewalks. Half of the expenditures are funded by the city's allocation of the Santa Rosa local option gas tax revenues. The remainder is funded from the general fund and other revenue [...]

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Included with Olson's letter is a spreadsheet that shows how the old allocation formula was calculated in 2006. The city expenditures were much higher from 2001-2005 than they have been the past five years. The discussion today at the BCC should provide an explanation. I suspect either port or [...]

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Yesterday afternoon, Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson sent Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown a letter requesting the county continue the current Local Option Gas Tax allocation of 18.22 percent. He also included a proposed Interlocal agreement that would extend the percentage until [...]

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

Amy Lovoy, Assistant County Administrator, calculated the new allocation formula for Local Option Gas Tax revenue. Here are the notes she provided with her spreadsheet: Attached are the distribution percentages based on the last five years of transportation expenditures as calculated by figures [...]

Bad News: City could lose $1 million-plus in local option gas tax

Bad News: City could lose $1 million-plus in local option gas tax

City of Pensacola may lose $1,086,400 in local option gas tax revenue if the Escambia Board of County Commissioners passes a proposed resolution to adjust the formula used to allocate the gas tax revenue between the county, city of Pensacola and Town of Century. According to Florida law, the gas [...]

Bud Light Charity Tennis Challenge returns Oct. 23-24

Bud Light Charity Tennis Challenge returns Oct. 23-24

Press release: The Pensacola Sports Association, in partnership with the Lewis Bear Company, is hosting the 11th Annual Bud Light Charity Tennis Challenge October 23 and 24 at the Roger Scott Tennis Center. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Pensacola Sports Association and Arc [...]

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