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The ‘Fresh Start’ Offer

July 24, 2013

The Escambia County Commission will consider an offer this week from Sheriff David Morgan to continue managing the county jail until October 2014. The offer provides the county—which is scheduled to take over the jail by…

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HT Makes Second Offer on ECUA Property

July 23, 2013

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has received a second offer from HT Land Co. to purchase a 19-acre parcel of property in downtown Pensacola. “I just got the offer a couple of hours ago,” ECUA Executive…

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Wilson Breaks Rib, Punctures Lung

July 23, 2013

Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson has a broken rib and punctured lung, but says he still plans to make it to Thursday’s commission meeting in order to discuss Sheriff David Morgan’s recent offer to continue running…

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City Airport, Fire Budgets Heat Up Workshop

July 23, 2013

Some of the meatier moments on the first day of the city of Pensacola’s budget workshop came during discussions regarding the budgets of the Pensacola International Airport and the Pensacola Fire Department. City council heard from…

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Pretty Pictures and a Game of Charades

July 22, 2013

A couple of hours into today’s city of Pensacola budget workshop, Councilwoman Megan Pratt took an opportunity to express a “sense of futility” with the budgetary process. “I was tempted not even to show up,” Pratt…

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City Council Declines Investigations

July 15, 2013

While attempts at two different investigations into Mayor Ashton Hayward’s administration failed to gain enough traction, Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare’s recommendation that the mayoral budgetary authority be curtailed will live to see Thursday’s regular council…

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Touart Makes Top 5

July 15, 2013

The Escambia County Administrator Search Committee has drawn up a list of five applicants to submit to the Escambia County Commission later this week. Interim Administrator George Touart is on that list. “We’ve had a hot…

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Bare Calls for Investigations

July 14, 2013

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare has placed several items on this afternoon’s agenda that are aimed at the mayor’s office. Two are budgetary in nature, and one entertains an investigation into the “situation on the 7th…

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HT Land Co.’s Second Offer

July 12, 2013

Pensacola City Council President P.C. Wu looked looked a bit confused this morning as to why he had not heard from the woman in the back of the room before. She had waited until the council…

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Group Therapy with Dr. Touart

July 12, 2013

If tensions have been rumbling in the undercurrents of the Escambia County Commission, they bubbled to the surface yesterday in spectacular fashion. It began in the morning’s agenda review session, when Commissioner Grover Robinson—absent, attending an…

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Grover’s Rationale

July 11, 2013

On his way back from a regional economic development meeting in Panama City, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson defended his recommendation to reopen the applicant pool for the county administrator position. His fellow commissioners soundly rejected…

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Hiccup in Escambia’s Administrator Search

July 11, 2013

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson lit the fuse this morning, then got a safe distance away before the fireworks began. It was a move Commissioner Wilson Robertson described as “ridiculous” and “just about ludicrous.” Chairman Gene…

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Pensacola Calls on Open-Government Guru

July 10, 2013

The city of Pensacola is turning to the First Amendment Foundation in an effort to address issues with its public records process. “We deal with nothing but open government,” said Barbara Petersen, president of FAF. “We’re…