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Mystery MOU

Mystery MOU

Did Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement of the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Pensacola and ST Aerospace violate the confidentiality agreement he signed? That is the question being debated by the attorneys with the city, county and the Greater Pensacola Chamber. [...]

Downtown Retailers open Sunday for holiday shopping

The Downtown Improvement Board announced today the extended holiday hours for many Downtown businesses. In order to accommodate holiday shoppers, some restaurants and retailers will be open on Sunday, December 22nd. The extended hours allow customers an extra day of shopping before Christmas. [...]

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

I had a conference phone call this morning with Interim County Administrator George Touart and past Pensacola City Council President P.C. Wu about Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement that he signed yesterday a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with ST Aerospace. Touart was emphatic that [...]

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Mayor Ashton Hayward needed a “win.” His "negotiation strategy" with The Fish House didn't play out as he expected. There were no more big grants coming from the federal or state governments before the end of the year. No, Hayward needed a big job announcement, something that has eluded him [...]

Big Tobacco wins an appeal

From News Service of Florida: COURT REJECTS AWARD IN COSTLY TOBACCO CASE A state appeals court Tuesday sided with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and ordered a new trial in a case in which the family of a dead smoker was awarded $28.6 million in damages. The ruling was the second time the 1st District [...]

Credit card debt impacts African-American middle class differently than white counterparts

Credit card debt impacts African-American middle class differently than white counterparts

New research by Demos, a New York City-based public policy organization, finds that many African-American families are using credit cards as a “plastic safety net” to help them stretch their resources when paychecks and savings are not enough to cover essentials. The report, National Survey [...]

Upside of Florida: H8GAYS, Pensacola International Airport , Delta

Upside of Florida: H8GAYS, Pensacola International Airport , Delta

Chicago Tribune published a story today on how airlines deal with complaints. The article led off with Jeff White of Pensacola and his confirmation code on his Delta Airlines boarding pass: "H8GAYS." "At first I didn't think I read it right," says White, a student at the University of West [...]

Warnings for Auburn fans about BCS tickets

Warnings for Auburn fans about BCS tickets

For many Auburn football fans in Northwest Florida, a ticket to the VIZIO BCS National Championship may be a popular item on wish lists this holiday season. Between now and the National Championship game on Jan. 6, 2014, thousands of tickets will be listed on classifieds websites, offering buyers [...]

Times-Picayune former employees sue over layoffs

Times-Picayune former employees sue over layoffs

Seven former longtime employees of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans who were laid off from their jobs in the fall of 2012 have filed suit against the newspaper and its owner Advance Publications, alleging “unlawful employment practices.” The suits, filed individually in Orleans Parish Civil [...]

Merrill elected first chairman of Visit Pensacola board

Merrill elected first chairman of Visit Pensacola board

Yesterday, the Visit Pensacola board of directors held its first meeting. The meeting was primarily organizational and was properly held in the "Sunshine." The board approved its bylaws and elected Collier Merrill its first chairman, Robin Reshard Vice Chair, Tosh Belsinger Treasurer and Gen. Duane [...]

And poof, Mayor Hayward rescinds his notification of default against The Fish House

And poof, Mayor Hayward rescinds his notification of default against The Fish House

Mayor Ashton Hayward has rescinded his notice that The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House owed the city five percent of their gross sales retroactively to April 2000. The mayor claimed in a letter that he had his attorney Nix Daniel sent on Nov. 15 to Seville Harbor (Ray Russenberger) and [...]

Ala. Supreme Court turns down Tyler Toyota appeal of $7.5 million slander judgment

Ala. Supreme Court turns down Tyler Toyota appeal of $7.5 million slander judgment

The Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the $7.5 million slander judgment against Bob Tyler Toyota--which is the largest slander award ever upheld by Alabama’s highest court. In November 2011, a Mobile County jury ruled the dealership had slandered Eastern Shore Toyota and its owner, [...]

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