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Another rig in the Gulf explodes

Media is reporting Two people were killed, another two were reported missing and at least four were airlifted in critical condition after a fire and explosion at a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles south of Grand Isle this morning. Read more.

Lunch suggestion: Carmen’s Lunch Bar

Lunch suggestion: Carmen’s Lunch Bar

By Shelby Smithey... The saying “the best gifts come in the smallest packages” rings true for downtown Pensacola’s newest restaurant Carmen’s Lunch Bar, winner of the Pensacola Business Challenge. Nestled into a small space next to the Bodacious Olive, Carmen’s is small in size but [...]

Pensacola airport bonds downgraded

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the City of Pensacola’s 2008 Airport Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds (about $35.2 million outstanding) from to 'BBB' from 'BBB+,' according to Reuters. The rating outlook remains negative. The Pensacola International Airport’s debt burden and net cash flow are [...]

DIB on MURAC Report

The Downtown Improvement Board is embarking on a search for a new permanent executive director. When the board began discussing the recently released report from the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee this morning, members wondered if the search was worth the effort. “If this is [...]

DIB to Discuss Gallery Night, MURAC

The Downtown Improvement Board may be having some meaty conversation during its meeting tomorrow morning. The agenda includes a discussion on Gallery Night logistics, as well as the recently approved report from the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee. After extending Gallery [...]

Touart hired by 3-2 vote

I wish that I had been wrong. Five years of progress wiped out. How soon before the purge?

MURAC’s Final Plan

The Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee has been at work since February. Today it approved its final report, a document chock-full of recommendations concerning downtown Pensacola. “People are going to criticize this report and that’s ok,” said committee Chairman Brian Hooper. [...]

Hayward pushes EDATE renewal

On Nov. 6, Pensacola voters will be asked to renew the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption. Mayor Ashton Hayward has sent out this viewpoint in favor of renewal. City EDATE renewal last on the ballot but first tool for jobs By Ashton Hayward This fall, City of Pensacola voters [...]

Readers tell what happened at Gallery Night

We asked readers for their takes on how the Pensacola Police Department handled the re-opening of Palafox at 9 p.m. at the end of the October 19 Gallery Night. The opinions are on both ends of the spectrum. Many expressed support for keeping the street closed until midnight. One reader emailed [...]

Grand jury clears TEAM Santa Rosa of any criminal charges

The Santa Rosa County Grand Jury has completed its review of numerous allegations involving TEAM Santa Rosa, which handled the county's economic development efforts until this year. The grand jury returned a No True Bill, meaning it found insufficient evidence for the filing any criminal [...]

Studer Group Ranked Fourth on 2012 Best Small and Medium Workplace List

Press Release: Great Place to Work named Studer Group as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Ranked #4, the list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. [...]

Engineers give Florida infrastructure in Coastal areas a D-

To balance the state budget over the past few years, the governor and state legislators have raid the state's transportation trust fund. A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Florida Section shows the price of such short-sightedness is that Florida’s infrastructure has [...]

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