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Scott begins hospital witch hunt May 20

Scott begins hospital witch hunt  May 20

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created panel on health-care funding is scheduled to spend 90 minutes next week receiving overviews of issues such as hospital financial data, the Low Income Pool and what is known as the "certificate of need" process, according to an agenda posted on the governor's website. [...]

Panama City Beach bans alcohol on the beach for next Spring Break

Panama City Beach bans alcohol on the beach for next Spring Break

Tonight Downtown Improvement Board and downtown business owners will meet to discuss the future of Gallery Night. Last week when the bar and restaurant owners met, several owners and managers said they had been warned that changes had to be made to avoid a "Panama City Beach incident." The [...]

Lionfish on the menu

Lionfish on the menu

by Jeremy Morrison Lionfish are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The invasive species — filling local waters at an alarming rate in recent years— threatens to take a serious bite out of the native environment. “These lionfish are not only established, they are thriving and they are [...]

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

The Shakopee City Council yesterday voted to enter into negotiations with Bill Reynolds, former Pensacola city administrator (2011-2013), as Shakopee’s next city administrator. The city of Shakopee has an estimated population of 39,167. It's southwest of Minneapolis and the county seat of Scott [...]

Local ad group opposes film ordinance

Local ad group opposes film ordinance

I received this email from the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation: To All AAF Members: The Pensacola City Council is considering an ordinance that would require a special permit (and fees) to do commercial photography or filming on public property. It is scheduled for a [...]

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Two weeks ago, Inweekly reported on a local delegation that visited Cuba seeking to build relationships and test the waters for possible business opportunities ("Creating a Pensacola-Cuba Connection"). In today's Tampa Tribune, Albert Fox, president of the Tampa-based Alliance For Responsible [...]

Terhaar explains his film commissioner proposal

Terhaar explains his film commissioner proposal

Council President Andy Terhaar told Inweekly his intention with his film commission ordinance was to begin the process of attracting outside companies to film in Pensacola. "It was never my intention to prohibit any local or small film or photography company from filming or taking photos in [...]

Local photographers and filmmakers have questions about proposed City Film Commissioner

Local photographers and filmmakers have questions about proposed City Film Commissioner

Local photographers and filmmakers have concerned about the Mayor Ashton Hayward's setting up his office as the focal point for film productions in the city of Pensacola. Some photographers worry that the language is to broad and may prevent them from taking wedding, modeling and portrait [...]

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, like Major League Baseball teams, hospitals should share profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in health-care spending. In a letter to the president of the Florida Hospital [...]

Community engagement key to Destination 2020

Community engagement key to Destination 2020

Four hundred people gathered yesterday at the Rex Theater for a multimedia update by Visit Pensacola on Destination 2020, its five-year strategy for marketing the greater Pensacola area ---Pensacola Beach, Pensacola and Perdido Key--- as a destination. I'm not easily impressed with these top of [...]

DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB Executive Director Ron Butlin has reached to the downtown bar and restaurants to discuss the Gallery Nights: Good Morning Joe, I wanted to make sure you are aware that the DIB has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday May 13th at 5:00pm. This is the replacement meeting you and I discussed a [...]

Council to discuss removal of CMPA board members

Council to discuss removal of CMPA board members

The Pensacola City Council has a long day next Monday. They will hold a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, Agenda Review and a workshop on the report that was given to them over six months ago by its task force that made recommendations on how the city should help its homeless population. [...]

Downtown business owners ask city for clarification and help

Downtown business owners ask city for clarification and help

The downtown restaurant and bar owners have asked the mayor's office for help: May 2, 2015 Tamara Fountain Chief Operations Officer 222 W. Main St. Seventh Floor of City Hall Pensacola, FL 32502 By and through the press, the bars and restaurants on Palafox were advised of the [...]

Around the state, leaders take action on NY Times report

Around the state, leaders take action on NY Times report

Yesterday, we reported that Escambia County is one of the worst counties in the nation for children of poor families as they try to move out of poverty. The county ranked 47th...from the bottom. Leaders in other Florida counties have reacted to the study and have called for action. A study [...]

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