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Palafox Market director fired, but the event will continue

Palafox Market director fired, but the event will continue

In small room in the Rhodes Building, over 30 people attended the Nov. 5 meeting of the Downtown Improvement Board. Many were vendors at the Palafox Market, the DIB's outdoor market held every Saturday morning on North Palafox Street. They learned that Hillary Gilles, the manager of both [...]

Oh no, Mayor – Big Airports are looking for local flavor

Oh no, Mayor – Big Airports are looking for local flavor

Mayor Ashton Hayward, his airport director and food services consultant may be a few years behind in trends for food services at airports. QSR Magazine reports that local flavor are becoming a "must" for airports. Airports across the U.S. are adding a more local feel to their concourses in an [...]

Interesting buzz is floating around: Dead pets, ECUA vs. County, Photo Ops and problems on Palafox

Interesting buzz is floating around: Dead pets, ECUA vs. County, Photo Ops and problems on Palafox

Pet lovers are still talking about two more pets being killed at the Escambia County Animal Shelter. Both are under investigation by the county. In one incident, the euthanasia occurred when a dog owner changed her mind the same day she turned custody of her aggressive pit bull over to the shelter. [...]

Union reaches agreement with ECAT management company

On Wednesday night the union members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395 approved and accepted a tentative agreement reached between the Union negotiating team and the Management of First Transit which manages the Escambia County Area Transit fixed route bus system on behalf of the Escambia [...]

DIB reacts to complaints and will close Palafox for Trick or Treat event on Oct. 30

DIB reacts to complaints and will close Palafox for Trick or Treat event on Oct. 30

From DIB: We are planning for this year's Downtown Trick or Treat event and have heard from several sources that closing Palafox Place would be a good idea given the size of the crowd and the fact that we are encouraging lots of small children to come to Downtown Pensacola. We understand [...]

City and DIB to celebrate Great Street honor…by closing it next Thursday

City and DIB to celebrate Great Street honor…by closing it next Thursday

Recently, the American Planning Association (APA) announced the designation of Palafox Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. APA singled out Palafox for its European influences, eclectic mix of Spanish Colonial and Chicago School architecture, expansive medians and sidewalks, and the planning [...]

Radio Free Pensacola, momentum continues to build

Radio Free Pensacola, momentum continues to build

From Phread: So, cool stuff, I just got a text from some friends in Tallahassee. One of which is a DJ at V89 which is the FSU college radio station (the other is her husband), and the text read that she was doing her shift at the radio station and heard about our station and they got excited and [...]

Harper and Gilley honored

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network has honored Dr. Rick Harper, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and Janice Perkins-Gilley, Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations at UWF [...]

CBRE contract questioned by local broker

CBRE contract questioned by local broker

Mayor Ashton Hayward has announced that he wants to engage CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) to represent the city's properties, including the Community Maritime Park, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International Airport. He is using a state contract to avoid issuing a request for proposals on real estate [...]

Bentina Terry delivers Florida Chamber State of the State address

The state of Florida’s foundation is strong and poised for growth in workforce, innovation and economic activity in the coming year, according to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual state-of-the-state report presented today at the Foundation’s 2013 Future of Florida Forum. Bentina [...]

Florida Chamber study shows 150,000 potential jobs tied to exports, imports over next five years

The Florida Chamber Foundation today released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2.0), identifying a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years. The TL2.0 study was released at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum [...]

Boles jumps PNJ ship, heads to Gulf Power

Rebecca Boles, interim publisher of the Pensacola News Journal, has been selected as Gulf Power Company’s Corporate Communications director. From Press Release: Boles has served in various leadership roles at the Pensacola News Journal since 2005, including Marketing Development director and [...]

2008 City Council unsung heroes for Palafox Street honor

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the designation of Palafox Street—from Wright Street to Pensacola Bay—as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. The honor is a testament to the Pensacola’s Historic Preservation, Architecture Review and Downtown Improvement boards and to [...]

Mayor recommends hiring another out-of-town firm

Mayor Ashton Hayward wants to hire Coldwell Banker-Richard Ellis (CBRE) to market the Port of Pensacola, Pensacola International Airport and the remaining parcels at the Community Maritime Park. CBRE was hired last March for $46,500 to develop a marketing strategy for those properties. [...]

Buzz: Shutdown impacts local bases

Jeremy Lau, an aircraft mechanic with L-3 Vortex on NAS Pensacola and president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 2777, just stopped by my office. He and 300 of his fellow union members were sent home today and told the base wasn't sure when they can report [...]

DISH customers lose WKRG in Mobile, Pensacola

Press Release: Media General has blocked DISH customers in Mobile and Pensacola from accessing WKRG (CBS channel 5) as the two parties continue to negotiate a new carriage agreement. "We’ve attempted to reach a fair agreement via many avenues, but Media General remains immovable in its [...]

Remembering 20 Solutions for 2011

Remembering 20 Solutions for 2011

Last night's debate over whether it is better for the Pensacola International Airport to have national brands or Pensacola-based foods for its food services brought to mind Mayor Ashton Hayward's campaign platform - 20 Solutions for 2011. The very first solution on the platform, under "Create [...]

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