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Chamber Board Chairman gives update on gift card audit

From Sandy Sansing, chairmen of the Greater Pensacola Chamber, to the board and Vision 2015 partners: Dear Colleagues, I know there is a lot of conversation in the community about the ongoing audit concerning the BP gift cards. I want you to know that your Greater Pensacola Chamber executive [...]

AMEX cards may not have been handed out as told

AMEX cards may not have been handed out as told

Chamber CEO Jim Hizer told his board last week that the process for handing out the AMEX gift cards was the visitor presented a hotel receipt and his driver’s license. Those were photocopied along with the jacket for the gift card, which displayed the amount of the card. Those copies were then [...]

Emeril’s Florida to include McGuire’s, The Fish House and Joe Patti’s

Press Release: The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present this week’s Emeril’s Florida. On Sunday’s show, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will feature restaurants in Pensacola. “This unique series, hosted by Chef Emeril, gives viewers the chance to [...]

State Attorney agrees to not prosecute Vision Airlines

When the Vision Airlines pulled out of the Okaloosa County airport leaving behind more than $100,000 in Passenger Facility Charges, the state attorney filed charges for First Degree Grand Theft. Today State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that he has entered a Nolle Prosequi (not prosecute) in the [...]

City Council has power to decide Y lease

The City's bond attorneys have finally issued an opinion on whether it's the city council or the CMPA that makes the decision about the proposed lease for YMCA at the Community Maritime Park. The CMPA is an agent of the city when it comes to leasing the private parcels at the park, but it can [...]

Hizer’s message to Chamber membership

Good Morning, Before we tell you about the great events lined up for this week, I would like to take a moment to address some of last week's news coverage regarding questions our auditors raised during our regular annual audit that we brought to the attention of our full Board of Directors on [...]

Another Hayward staged showdown on YMCA and CMP

Another Hayward staged showdown on YMCA and CMP

The stage is set for another melodramatic showdown. This one is on whether the YMCA will be allowed to lease a parcel at the Community Maritime Park for its new $10-million downtown facility. Alas, as of this writing, no one is sure where Mayor Hayward stands on the lease or even if the [...]

Pensacola Chamber Board vows to restore trust

Chamber chairman Sandy Sansing asked his board to vote for its auditor Saltmarsh, Cleavland & Gund to expand its current audit of chamber finances to include tracking down all the BP AMEX gift cards used by the organization for tourism since 2010. The motion passed unanimously. Board treasurer [...]

NAIOP NW FL Announces the Development of the Year Award Winners

Press Release: Pensacola Country Club was the scene for the 10th Annual Meeting and Development of the Year Awards Program hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Developers Association, NAIOP Northwest Florida. Bo Johnson, former Speaker of the House for the State of Florida and 2012 NAIOP NW FL [...]

Annual Chamber Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction Rates

Press Release: The Greater Pensacola Chamber, a business association devoted to promoting and improving the Pensacola Region through economic improvement, community involvement and workforce development, announced the results of its annual membership survey on Tuesday. The survey results reflects [...]

ATU 1395 video to City Council

The city council will discuss the new gas tax today:

More on City losses at Port of Pensacola

More on City losses at Port of Pensacola

The daily newspaper followed up on my blog post regarding Northwest Florida Cold Storage and reported that the company is no longer in operation. Derek Cosson, the city's public information officer, said that city has had a letter from the company since November 2012 asking to be released from [...]

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