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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A team from Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition achieved a second-place finish in the elite DARPA Robotics Challenge, which featured 16 of the best humanoid robotics development teams in the world. IHMC will advance to the final eight next year, where the winning team in 2014 will [...]
Gov. Rick Scott reported Florida's unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in November, down from 6.7 percent in October. The mark is the lowest for the state since July 2008.
ST Aerospace, the Malaysian-based company that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Pensacola to bring 300 jobs to the airport commerce park, has given permission that the MOU be released. Dear Richard Outzen, As a show of good faith, ST Aerospace has given the City of [...]
BP unveiled yesterday a significant oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. The British oil giant said it made the large discovery in the Gila prospect, which is co-owned with ConocoPhillips. The well is about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans and required drilling to a depth of 5.5 miles. Here is [...]
Did Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement of the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Pensacola and ST Aerospace violate the confidentiality agreement he signed? That is the question being debated by the attorneys with the city, county and the Greater Pensacola Chamber. [...]
The Downtown Improvement Board announced today the extended holiday hours for many Downtown businesses. In order to accommodate holiday shoppers, some restaurants and retailers will be open on Sunday, December 22nd. The extended hours allow customers an extra day of shopping before Christmas. [...]