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Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

source: guactruck.com The daily newspaper reported this weekend on the difficulties the city of Pensacola has had getting an ordinance drafted regulating food trucks - Food trucks could face delay. Two years ago, Inweekly brought of the idea of food trucks. For the next six to eight months, the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mid-Bay Bridge Authority releases new toll options for the Mid-Bay Bridge and Spence Parkway

Mid-Bay Bridge Authority releases new toll options for the Mid-Bay Bridge and Spence Parkway

Press realize: In the first of two information sessions scheduled for this week, the executive director of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority briefed the public on options for its new toll rates, scheduled to take effect in October 2015. The Authority was required to raise toll rates based on the [...]

State, Seminole Tribe at odds on poker

State, Seminole Tribe at odds on poker

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Seminole Tribe of Florida is refusing to fold on its push to continue hosting blackjack and baccarat at most of its casinos, but Gov. Rick Scott's administration is trying to shut down the lucrative "banked" card games. Letters swapped Monday [...]

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

What's next for the Community Maritime Park? Several questions need to be answered before the city puts the parcels back on the market. 1. Who markets the remaining eight parcels at the park? The CMPA Board says that CBRE is no longer the real estate agent for them. COO Tamara Fountain has told [...]

Studer Leases: Negotiation strategy fails, CMPA chair embarrassed

Studer Leases: Negotiation strategy fails, CMPA chair embarrassed

Council President Andy Terhaar stopped by the Inweekly offices. He said he saw yesterday's press release by the mayor's office as part of the negotiations. He had hoped that the Studers would have come back with a counter, rejecting some of the 22 demands and accepting others. The council [...]

Is $15 minimum wage in the future for Florida workers?

Is $15 minimum wage in the future for Florida workers?

State Senator Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, has filed a bill (SB 6) that would raise Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour. This past year, Bullard filed a similar proposal but it would have only raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. It was never taken up in committees. The state's minimum [...]

Bayfront Parkway Corridor Feasibility Study Meeting July 28

Bayfront Parkway Corridor Feasibility Study Meeting July 28

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public kick-off meeting concerning a feasibility study of State Road (S.R.) 196 (Bayfront Parkway) from Tarragona Street to S.R. 30 (U.S. 98/East Chase Street) in Escambia County. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 28, from 5:30 to [...]

What is the most meaningful job?

What is the most meaningful job?

PayScale.com, the world’s largest crowdsourced salary database, released today a study on how different kinds of employees feel about their jobs. The data is broken down to show the Most Meaningful Jobs, the Least Meaningful Jobs as well as Jobs that Make the World a Worse Place. Most [...]

Airport concessions: OHM ROI vs. Customer Service

Airport  concessions: OHM ROI vs. Customer Service

Yesterday's post about bottled water not being offered at the gift shops at the Pensacola International Airport caught the attention of another Inweekly reader. In February, Interim Airport Director Dan Flynn suggested that some resolution might be reached to allow the gift shops to sell bottled [...]

Employment math: smaller work force, fewer employed, unemployment drops

Employment math: smaller work force, fewer employed, unemployment drops

On July 17, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent—the lowest rate since March 2008. In June 2015, 12,200 private-sector jobs were created across Florida. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate, up to 3.9 percent, has exceeded that of the [...]

Sunday food services at Pensacola International Airport has issues

Sunday food services at Pensacola International Airport has issues

Yesterday, I received this email from a reader about the Sunday food concessions at the Pensacola International Airport: I fly at least 25 times a year from Pensacola to destinations throughout the East Coast and Caribbean. Today was an awful representation to visitors to our city. Trash [...]

CMPA shoots shot across the mayor’s bow, approves Studer leases

CMPA shoots shot across the mayor’s bow, approves Studer leases

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees did in less than 48 hours what Mayor Ashton Hayward and his COO Tamara Fountain failed to accomplish in four weeks. The CMPA Board negotiated and approved leases for parcels 3, 6 and 9 with the Studers. How will Hayward and Fountain [...]

Chicken biscuits vs. UWF Downtown Campus

Chicken biscuits vs. UWF Downtown Campus

In September 2013, Mayor Ashton Hayward wanted to award the airport food concessions contract to OHM Concessions, which agreed to bring Chick-Fil-A to the airport. The economic value to the taxpayers was $100,000 in revenue for airport per year for 10 years. Chick-Fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, [...]

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