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YouTube: IN Your Head Radio interview with Gene Valentino

Yesterday I had Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino on IN Your Head Radio:

The Fish House Lawsuit Documents

The Fish House Lawsuit Documents

We also have a copy of the lawsuit of Merrill Land and Great Southern Restaurant Group against the city of Pensacola. The two companies are also seek a declaratory judgment from the court: Merrill Land and Great Southern request that this Court make such declarations and rulings to resolve [...]

Pitt Slip Lawsuit Documents: Seville Harbour seeks declaratory judgment and jury trial on damages

Pitt Slip Lawsuit Documents: Seville Harbour seeks declaratory judgment and jury trial on damages

We received a copy of 109-page lawsuit filed by Seville Harbour against the city of Pensacola concerning the Pitt Slip marina lease and Mayor Ashton Hayward’s notice of default that was sent in November 2013. First, Seville Harbour is seeking a declaratory judgment on the lease. COUNT I [...]

PNJ gets a new publisher

Gannett Co. announced earlier today that Terry Horne has been named president and publisher of the Pensacola News-Journal. Horne had been publisher of the East Valley Tribune in Arizona and general manager of 1013 Communications, which offers digital services in Phoenix, Dallas and Houston. [...]

Varona asks when will city council decide on airport food concessions

Varona asks when will city council decide on airport food concessions

Varona Enterprises has the food concessions contract at the Pensacola International Airport. That contract expires March 31,2014. Robert de Varona sent a letter on Jan. 3 to Mayor Ashton Hayward and the Pensacola City Council requesting a decision on who will have the new contract. The city did [...]

Long Odds for gambling deal?

Long Odds for gambling deal?

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida Gambling operator Resorts World Omni, Gulfstream Park and the horse industry have struck a deal aimed at getting slots rolling in downtown Miami. The proposal, being pitched to lawmakers as they consider the shape of the state's gambling footprint during [...]

Scott wants $100 million for Visit Florida

Scott wants $100 million for Visit Florida

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott will seek $100 million to help bring 100 million visitors a year to the Sunshine State. Scott announced Friday that he intends to ask the Legislature for the record amount of funding for Visit Florida, the state's tourism-promotion [...]

PETA goes after Gulf Breeze Zoo

PETA goes after Gulf Breeze Zoo

PETA has filed formal comments with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) opposing the Gulf Breeze Zoo's (GBZ) application for a permit to breed endangered animals. PETA points out that captive-bred wildlife permits require licensees to enhance the propagation or survival of the species in the [...]

House of Sticks: Another history repeats itself

House of Sticks:  Another history repeats itself

By Kent Lyndon What do Orange County, California, Detroit, Michigan, and--yes, just a four hour drive from where you all live--Jefferson County, Alabama, have in common in bankruptcy court twenty years apart? Their bankruptcies were accelerated by the use of a little known (to the general [...]

Palafox Market proforma budget for 2013-14

Palafox Market proforma budget for 2013-14

The executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, Ron Butlin, has done a good job of giving his board budgets for its events. The Palafox Market has a weekly operating budget of $853, based on 50 markets per year. See Palafox Market proforma.

PYP revisits the 2012 Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee Report

PYP revisits the 2012 Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee Report

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Pensacola Young Professionals Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Teams will host a public meeting to revisit the Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee Report that was released in November 2012. The URAC was appointed by Mayor Ashton Hayward to help guide the [...]

House of Sticks: Where have all the retirement savings gone

House of Sticks: Where have all the retirement savings gone

By Kent Lyndon Inside Wall Street and the world of stocks, bonds and banking with someone who knows where the skeletons are: When stock markets are rising, people tend to forget the risks they have taken. Looking back a mere seven to eight years ago, retired people could earn 3 percent to 5 [...]

News story #4: Calming the Chamber Storm

News story #4: Calming the Chamber Storm

The Greater Pensacola Chamber imploded during the first half of 2013. Former Pensacola Mayor and House Majority Leader Jerry Maygarden was called in to restore public trust in one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the state. Paul South wrote an insightful profile of the Pensacola native. Read [...]

Another reporter exits daily newspaper

Rhema Thompson, education reporter for the Pensacola News Journal, announced today in a column in the paper that she is leaving the area. Thompson is another promising young reporter departing from the PNJ, following Nate Monroe, Erin Kourkounis and Eric Heisig. The daily is reloading its [...]

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