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Council votes for more time to ponder airport food services

By Jesse Farthing Mayor Ashton Hayward’s proposal to give a 10-year concession contract at the Pensacola International Airport to OHM Concessions was put on hold last night when the City Council moved to postpone the vote after hearing impassioned pleas from the public, urging them to vote to [...]

Brand On Us Unveils the New Pensacola Humane Society

Press Release: idgroup has successfully completed their First Annual Brand on Us™ project. Mona Amodeo, idgroup President, says her team is “passionate about giving back to our community and believes our initiative will have a tremendous impact on the selected organization and our community.” [...]

Tourism drama ends with smiles, handshakes and hugs…until December 5

Tourism drama ends with smiles, handshakes and hugs…until December 5

The Escambia County Commission voted, 5-0, last night to move the supervision of tourism marketing with its $5.5 million budget out of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and into the newly-formed Visit Pensacola, Inc. They instructed staff to work with Visit Pensacola's lawyers and the ethics commission [...]

850 Open Water closes indefinitely

850 Open Water closes indefinitely

850 Open Water at 22 S. Palafox Place has closed. The restaurant was located in a tough spot - a former pool hall under Helen Back's. We contacted owner Joe Abston who commented on the closure: "We've indefinitely closed 850 Open Water. The building owners will be looking for a new concept. We [...]

How Tampa Bay area does economic development

I got this email today: TAMPA BAY PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES NEW REGIONAL MARKETING INITIATIVES Economic development organization blends cutting-edge technology with hands-on approach TAMPA BAY, FLA. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Regional marketing of the Tampa Bay region is one of the top priorities [...]

Chamber speaks out against lodging industry plan

Chamber speaks out against lodging industry plan

The rush for approval of the structure, budget and transition plan for Visit Pensacola, the new entity created by the lodging industry, to assume control of $5.5 million of tourism development tax dollars has hit another obstacle. The Greater Pensacola Chamber has sent a letter to Interim [...]

Studer Group Ranked Seventh on Great Place to Work 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Studer Group Ranked Seventh on Great Place to Work 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Studer Group was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best small workplaces in the United States on their annual 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. Ranked seventh, this is the sixth consecutive year Studer Group has received this honor and the third consecutive year in the top ten. [...]

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

Last night, the Escambia County Tourism Development Council met to hear from Ron Ellington about Visit Pensacola, the new entity that has been proposed to take over the $5.5 million tourism marketing budget. I've been told that, other than Denis McKinnon, Jr., few board members asked questions. [...]

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Tale of Two Bylaws Ron Ellington drafted on July 10 a set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola that he shared with the Greater Pensacola Chamber officials. The final set delivered to the county commission on Sept. 16 is significantly different. The new version strengthens the hoteliers control over [...]

Visit Pensacola tabled until next week

Visit Pensacola tabled until next week

The hoteliers delivered yesterday the bylaw, transition plan with the chamber and business plan for Visit Pensacola, the new "independent" corporation that they want to assume control of $5.5 million in tourism dollars for 2013-14, while the Escambia Board of County Commissioners were holding [...]

Ellington had plenty of time to give BCC and public more details (draft Visit Pensacola bylaws)

Ellington's history with the tourism budget goes back beyond the last few weeks: From: Ron Ellington Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 7:53 PM To: Gene Valentino (district2@co.escambia.fl.us); Wilson Robertson (district1@co.escambia.fl.us); Grover Robinson (GCROBINS@co.escambia.fl.us); [...]

Lobbyist tried to dictate who would represent the arts community on new tourism board

Lobbyist tried to dictate who would represent the arts community on new tourism board

Ron Ellington, paid lobbyist for the hotel industry, apparently has his Visit Pensacola board chosen to run tourism for Escambia County. According to David Bear, head of Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc (ACE), Ellington told him that his volunteer group that represents the cultural [...]

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