We are getting reports that residents downtown heard gunshots around 4 a.m. None of them appeared to have been fired at my office.
The award-winning New Orleans daily newspaper, Times Picayune, is announcing massive lay-offs today. We are hearing that it will only print three days a week — Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. They will instead focus more on their online edition. A few weeks ago, PNJ executive editor wrote a [...]
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with a other law enforcement agencies, is rounding up copper thieves this morning. After a month-long investigation, deputies and Pensacola Police officers have 27 warrants for thieves that have been plaguing Pensacola and Escambia County [...]
Councilman Larry Johnson doesn't like Bobby Switzer, who owns the Theisen Building. At yesterday's council committee meeting, the councilman was willing to risk the loss of 100-200 Pen Air Federal Credit Union jobs moving downtown because of this dislike. A few years ago, I watched [...]
The cuts to Medicaid that the Florida Legislature is considering will be pushed down to the counties. Escambia County will have to come up with $6 million. This could mean cuts to public libraries, ECAT and any outside agencies like the Chamber and United Way.
We are hearing that The Crab Trap on Main Street is closing on March 15 and re-opening as a little more upscale place named Nick's Boat House on April 1 or so in time for the Wahoos' season opener.
The Wall St. Journal is reporting that BP and the lawyers for those hurt by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are discussing a possible $14 billion settlement, which will be paid out of the $20 billion fund the oil giant set up for its Gulf Coast Claims Facility. BP still faces [...]
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey is scheduled to meet this morning with sailors at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Mobile and EADS didn't get the Air Force Air Tanker contract, but, according to The Seattle Times, the Alabama port city could be getting an Airbus plant. The heavy favorite for an A320 final assembly line is Mobile, Ala., which would make that city the latest node in an emerging [...]
We're hearing that the owners of Tom Ann Buddy's, the site of frequent public disturbances and violence over the years, paid their nearly $40K lien. Neighbors had hoped the liens would have lead to the closing of the lounge and liquor store.
I'm hearing that the U.S. Senate and House are balking at the Restore Act - which would guarantee that the majority of the BP fine money related to the 201o oil spill would come to the the states most effected by the disaster - Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Both Republicans [...]
Pensacola City Council on Monday, will take up the issue of filing a lawsuit against the owners of Tom, Ann, Buddy’s. Frequently attracting the attention of authorities— recently a police officer shot a patron in the parking lot—the bar may also now face foreclosure. The city is looking to [...]
We are hearing that the Studers have entered into a contract to buy the other Penko building on the northeast corner of Palafox and Main streets----next to Jackson's. It's another step in the revitalization of downtown Pensacola.
I'm hearing that the District administration is asking teachers send in copies of front page of their federal income tax returns to comply with an internal audit. This seems like a huge invasion of privacy. I thought conservative Republicans ran the Escambia County Public School District.
At the Mitt Romney rally on Saturday, I got a chance to talk with some of Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign people. They believe Northwest Florida is the key to their Republican candidate having a big win in tomorrow's presidential primary. "If we take this area, then we will have a big win in the [...]
Pam Mauldwin, Volunteer/Social Media Coordinator for United Way of Escambia County, has been offered and, I believe, accepted the manager position at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.
I've been able to confirm through two independent sources that former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will visit Pensacola on Saturday morning. No word on where he will hold his rally, but I suspect it will be downtown Pensacola.