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Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Coast, Space Florida, and the Florida Small Business Development Council (SBDC) Network are joining forces for an exciting high-tech business plan competition that will help innovators jumpstart big ideas in a variety of tech fields. Open to businesses and entrepreneurs across the [...]

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

I asked Tamara Fountain who hired the Coastal Association Law Group attorney to represent the city on its dealings with Robert de Varona. I also requested who approved the letter that Trawick sent on Friday - Varona. Fountain said that Trawick was hired by the city attorney, Jim Messer. "I [...]

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Mayor Ashton Hayward warned the Pensacola City Council that the city would be sued if it didn't give the concessions contract to OHM Group. Apparently he did get his lawsuit, not from OHM but from Varona Enterprises of Florida. Sources close to Robert de Varona told me last night that he felt he [...]

Florida second worst state for harassment and discrimination in the workplace

Florida second worst state for harassment and discrimination in the workplace

The EEOC just released its 2013 report on harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The state of Florida ranked 2nd in the U.S. with 7,597 harassment and discrimination charges in 2013. Here is a breakdown of some of the categories: State FY 2013 charges  % of Total US [...]

de Varona responds to Hayward’s threat, claims it is physically impossible to get everything out by midnight tonight

de Varona responds to Hayward’s threat, claims it is physically impossible to get everything out by midnight tonight

Here is an email that Robert de Varona sent his supporters on the Pensacola City Council after he received notice from the city that he had two business days to get all his stuff out of the airport: From: Robert Varona Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 7:54 PM To: Megan Pratt; Sherri Myers; [...]

Hayward continues to play hardball with Varona

Hayward continues to play hardball with Varona

Mayor Ashton Hayward has notified Robert de Varona that he wants the company out of the Pensacola International Airport by midnight tonight. If he doesn't complete the task by 12 a.m. April 2, the City will "undertake the task itself and will have the property removed and placed in storage"... [...]

ECAT DBE and Small Business Workshop, April 9

Escambia County Area Transit would like to cordially invite you to our ECAT DBE and Small Business Workshop - "Transit Linking the Community to Business Opportunities" on April 9, 2014 from 9:00 am-11:30 am. It will be held at the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive, [...]

One issue resolved: City gets FAA approval today

One issue resolved: City gets FAA approval today

In a letter dated March 27, Gene Roth, National Team Lead and Southern Region Compliance Specialist with the FAA, has approved the OHM contract. The city was granted approval because: "The airport has stated that such an agreement is needed in part because the airport is requiring the current [...]

WCOA morning show broadcasts live in downtown Pensacola tomorrow

WCOA morning show broadcasts live in downtown Pensacola tomorrow

WCOA 1370 AM's Don Parker and Jim Sanborn will broadcast live tomorrow morning from Bodacious Olive, 407 S Palafox Street. Rishy Studer will open the store at 6 a.m. and will be serving free coffee and pancakes from 6-8 a.m. I will join them at 6:30 am to talk about the March 27 issue which goes [...]

Latest stats on Visit Pensacola

Latest stats on Visit Pensacola

The Visit Pensacola Board of Directors meets today from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Perdido Community Center. The Tourism Statistical Report for February 2014 shows that bed tax collections were up 11.2 percent over February 2013, Fiscal Year-to-date were up $13K, 0.2 percent. Visitor Center walk-ins [...]

City Environmental Advisory Board discusses fish hatchery on Wednesday

City Environmental Advisory Board discusses fish hatchery on Wednesday

The City of Pensacola Environmental Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Conference Room, 1st floor, City Hall, 222 West Main Street. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the City's website:  [...]

OHM Concessions Group must have contract. They are hiring next week

OHM Concessions Group must have contract. They are hiring next week

OHM Concessions Group - the group that includes Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, etc -must feel confident that it will get the airport food concessions contract. Mayor Ashton Hayward must have decided to wait to see if the Pensacola City Council will override his veto. Here is the press [...]

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