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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 [...]

Buzz: Visit Pensacola added to next TDC agenda

Just got a phone call. Visit Pensacola has been added to the Sept. 17 meeting of the Escambia County Tourism Council. Will the TDC be given documents or only a PowerPoint presentation?

The role of TDC in the decision to give $5.5 million to Visit Pensacola

The role of TDC in the decision to give $5.5 million to Visit Pensacola

Ron Ellington, his hoteliers and the Escambia County Commission are jumping over a very important step in their rush to give control of $5.5 million in tourism taxes to the new group. By law and county ordinance, it appears this issue should have been considered, debated and approved by the [...]

Time to call bulls#$t

Time to call  bulls#$t

Ron Ellington made several commitments to use local marketing firms and talent for his new group's tourism efforts. The requests by the commissioners came from what appeared to be the Greater Pensacola Chamber's decision to use an Nashville-based firm, Bohan Advertising, for the tourism [...]

Buzz: Chamber lawsuit dismissed

This morning, Judge Boles dismissed the lawsuits by the former CFO of the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Brian McBroom, against the chamber and its former CEO Jim Hizer. The judge did give the plaintiff's attorneys an opportunity to refile their suits on breach of contract and defamation. However, the [...]

Double standard for tourism

Double standard for tourism

Any organization that comes from the Escambia County Commission for funds has had to show that they are viable corporation, especially if they are a non-profit. Ron Ellington, spokesman for a hotel group that has held its meetings out of the Sunshine, wants the commissioners to hand over tourism [...]

Gulf Coast African-American Chamber concerned over tourism plan

Admiral LeRoy, Jr., the executive director of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber, has sent a letter to Escambia County Commission Chairman Gene Valentino over concerns that his organization hasn't been included in the discussions regarding the transfer of county tourism from the Greater [...]

Transit Union sets strike date

Transit Union sets strike date

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395 which represents all bargaining unit employees of Escambia County Area Transit and Pensacola Bay Transportation, Inc. voted last week unanimously to allow the Executive Board of the Local Union to schedule a strike date. After careful review and in good [...]

Baptist Leadership Group sold

Baptist Leadership Group sold

HealthStream, based in Nashville, Tenn., has acquired Baptist Leadership Group, the consulting practice owned by Baptist Health Care. According to the announcement to a news release. HealthStream paid approximately $8.5 million for the assets, subject to a working capital adjustment, where $8 [...]

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