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Pensacola International Airport: Traffic up slightly for December

Pensacola International Airport: Traffic up slightly for December

From the airport newsletter: In December, Pensacola International Airport regained 1 percent more seat capacity over December 2011. Total enplanements for December 2012 were up approximately 2 percent over December 2011 and total passengers for the month of December 2012 reported 114,931, an [...]

AT&T gives $50K to UWF BEST Robotics Hub

AT&T gives $50K to UWF BEST Robotics Hub

Press Release: Continuing its dedication to the University of West Florida and BEST Robotics, AT&T presented a $50,000 contribution to support the Emerald Coast BEST Robotics hub at the University of West Florida today at the School of Science and Engineering. The program hosts an annual robotics [...]

Escambia tourism up 12 percent

Escambia tourism up 12 percent

Press Release: Tourism in Escambia County is presently setting all-time lodging revenue records for FY 2012-2013 to date, with lodging revenues generated in October and November 2012 totaling $24.1 million, a 12 percent increase over revenues collected in the same period in 2011. In FY [...]

Hobby Lobby employee touts generous pay and benefits

Hobby Lobby employee touts generous pay and benefits

The Daily Beast reported last Friday that national retailer Hobby Lobby became the largest corporation to defy new Affordable Care Act regulations, after the Oklahoma-based chain announced that it would refuse to comply with requirements to provide employees with insurance coverage for emergency [...]

Alfresco food court to open first food trailer in February

Alfresco food court to open first food trailer in February

Alfresco’s, the food court on the corner of Palafox and Main streets, is close to opening, at least partially. Two Airstream trailers are being placed on the property. Z Taco, with a Fresh Mex menu, is set to open late February. Gouda Stuff, with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, will open [...]

R.I.P. Distinctive Kitchens

R.I.P. Distinctive Kitchens

A downtown retail mainstay since 2004, Distinctive Kitchens has closed. The doors have been locked for weeks. A "Closed for Inventory" sign has been on the front door throughout the holiday shopping season. Owner Robin Martin gambled on downtown Pensacola taking his business Pensacola Appliance, [...]

Now the bad news about fiscal check. Your paycheck will be hit

Now the bad news about fiscal check. Your paycheck will be hit

The Payroll Tax Cut, which reduced your share of payroll taxes by 2 percent and increased your net pay, expired on Dec. 31, 2012 and was not renewed by Congress. I'm told that there are bills currently being considered in Congress that may change this but until the lawmakers act to further [...]

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

The Florida state sales tax deduction has been extended for two year, as part of the fiscal cliff deal between Congress and the White House. Had it not been extended, then we would not have been allowed to claim the deduction on our 2012 federal tax return. It would have also put Florida at a [...]

Good news on fiscal cliff deal: GE keeps wind tax credit

Good news on fiscal cliff deal: GE keeps wind tax credit

A one-year extension of the tax credit for the wind industry was included in the fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed yesterday. The tax credit, which was critical to GE Energy staying open in Pensacola, is worth 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy produced by new wind installations for their [...]

Falling off fiscal cliff could hit your next paycheck

CNN has figured out that if no deal happens today the falling off the fiscal cliff will have a full impact for a few weeks. The biggest immediate impact will be on Social Security taken out of your first 2013 paycheck. Workers will see 6.2 percent taken of their wages---up from the 4.2 percent [...]

Top Five Economic Trends to reshape Moblie, Escambia County and Pensacola

Top Five Economic Trends to reshape Moblie, Escambia County and Pensacola

The Mobile Press Register has published the top five economic trends that it believes will reshape Mobile in 2013. Of course, the Airbus assembly plant tops the list. The $600-million plant to be built at Blakely Field is expected to employ 1,000 people by 2016. The groundbreaking is set for [...]

Sticky fingers caught with $18 million of maple syrup. Mrs. Buttersworth?

New York Times reports that Quebec police have arrested three men in connection with the theft of $18-million worth of maple syrup from a warehouse. The commodity was owned by the Canadian syrup cartel and part of the Canadian maple syrup reserve. Wait a second. There's a syrup cartel and syrup [...]

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