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College bowl games are boon for Florida economy

College bowl games are boon for Florida economy

Upcoming college football playoffs and postseason games are expected to bring additional revenue to state and local economies, according to the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute. Florida is hosting eight of the [...]

Update on Airport Concessions

Update on Airport Concessions

Pensacola Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain told Inweekly that the long-awaited new food vendors at the Pensacola International Airport will open next year in three stages. The Pre-security concessions - Einstein's Bros. Bagels and Pensacola Beach House - are set to open the week of Jan. [...]

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Sheriff David Morgan sent the Florida Ethics Commission his formal response to ex-County Commissioner Gene Valentino's complaint against him. Of the four complaints made by Valentino, the one that has received the most attention in the media concerns is a voice message the sheriff left the [...]

Scott declares Jobs victory

Scott declares Jobs victory

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott declared Friday that Florida has reached his 2010 campaign goal of creating 700,000 jobs within seven years, as the state's unemployment rate was posted at its lowest rate since May 2008. Four years ago, Scott's jobs pledge was [...]

Studers drop out of CMPA RFP presentations

Studers drop out of CMPA RFP presentations

Yesterday afternoon, the Studers' attorney, Scott Remington, sent a letter to the CMPA executive director, Ed Spears, and the board's attorney, Lisa Minshew, withdrawing their response to the CMPA Request for Proposals for the parcels at the maritime park. "Based on the discussion at the [...]

Clay Ingram to head Greater Pensacola Chamber

Clay Ingram to head Greater Pensacola Chamber

Today, the Greater Pensacola Chamber Board of Directors announced that Clay Ingram has been elected to serve as the Chamber's new president & CEO. Ingram, who was unanimously voted by the Board to oversee all operational aspects of the Chamber, will begin his new role on Jan. 5, 2015. "Clay [...]

CMPA rejects childcare facility at the park

CMPA rejects childcare facility at the park

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board rejected yesterday a proposal from Quint Studer for two parcels at the maritime park. Last month, Studer Community Investments responded to a Request for Proposals for parcels at the park. The company was the only one who proposed specific plans for [...]

DIB offers free parking next week

DIB offers free parking next week

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is offering a gift to last minute shoppers venturing Downtown the week of Christmas: Free Parking. In effect from Dec. 22 through Dec. 26, all surface lots and parking meters will be free of charge to Downtown holiday shoppers, excluding Jefferson Street [...]

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Fodor’s Travel has just finalized its 2015 Go List of the top 25 places to visit next year, from Cleveland to Chile. The Florida Panhandle was chosen as a 2015 must-see destination. Throughout the past year the experts at Fodor’s Travel have logged over a million miles traveling across the [...]

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads the nation in mortgage application fraud, according the Annual Mortgage Fraud Report released Monday by LexisNexis. This the fifth consecutive year that Florida has led in loans investigated for fraud. Nationwide, mortgage application fraud also is on the rise, with nearly [...]

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Escambia County averages wages have been flat over the past 10 years. Don’t feel bad-Santa Rosa County is down 3.3 percent for the period from 2004 through 2013. The Wall Street Journal created an interactive map – “Wages Winners and Losers Since 2004.” One-third of all U.S. counties [...]

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

The University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research & Economic Development recently completed research that shows that Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties produce fewer payday loans per person than the state does as a whole. The new study contradicts earlier reports from [...]

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