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Buzz: Business Challenge has overflow crowd

The Studer Business Challenge had booked the DIB meeting room for its orientation meeting tonight. By 5:15, the room was so packed that they moved the entire meeting into the big hallway on the first floor of the Rhodes Building and commandeered every available chair they could find - Studer [...]

Buzz: Sexual battery at West Pensacola Elementary

Buzz: Sexual battery at West Pensacola Elementary

The cover-ups continue in the Escambia County school system. A female child was allegedly inappropriately touched by an older student at a bus stop. The third grader tried to tell the bus driver, but was told to be quiet and sit down. She tried to tell her teacher and was told to be quiet and go to [...]

Buzz: City Fire Union Passes New Contract

Buzz: City Fire Union Passes New Contract

My sources inside the City of Pensacola firefighters' union tell me that yesterday they passed the new contract proposed by Mayor Ashton Hayward by a unanimous vote, 88-0. This has to be a first for the city. For those trying to create a wedge between the mayor and the rank-and-file workers, [...]

Buzz: Studers to make big announcement

The word I received late yesterday is the Quint and Rishy Studer will be making a big announcement today that will further increase their investment in this community and add to the momentum of the recent downtown redevelopment. What I love about this is the naysayers went nuts earlier this fall [...]

Buzz: Riggleman and Reds executives coming to P’cola

We are hearing that the Wahoos are planning a big press conference this week, presumably to announce the naming of Jim Riggleman as the manager. The buzz is very positive around downtown about this news.

Buzz: And he is coming to Pensacola

We keep hearing that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is coming to Pensacola. Not sure if it will be in December, but definitely before Jan. primary.

Buzz: Did 2009 land deal sink Bob Cole?

Yesterday's FBI raid on the home and business of Bob Cole may be tied to a suspicious 2009 land deal. As a Santa Rosa County Commissioner, Cole was instrumental in helping Lifeguard Ambulance Service land a big contract to provide service to rural Santa Rosa County. The local franchise is [...]

Buzz: Raid on Bob Cole tied to land deals

Buzz: Raid on Bob Cole tied to land deals

We're hearing that feds' raids on Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole's home and business are tied to questionable land deals the IN reported on in 2009 (Santa Rosa in The Dark). The State Attorney's Office dropped the case, but it appears that the FBI and IRS have found something wrong. Other [...]

Buzz: FBI raids Cole Automotive

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole had some unexpected visitors this morning- IRS and FBI- at his Pensacola business, Bob Cole Automotive. No word yet on what they are looking for.

Buzz: Pratt and/or Bray could be on the hook for CRA atty fees

I've made some calls to people familiar with Community Redevelopment Agencies and trust funds. What I've been told is that without a board approving the hiring of Doug Sale, the Panama City attorney that has been serving as the Pensacola CRA attorney since June, and and instructing Pratt to sign [...]

Buzz: Baby Gaetz fails to oust mayor

Found this little tidbit in Northwest Florida Daily News. Pat Bates has been reelected as the mayor in Altamonte Springs, despite local State Rep. Matt Gaetz campaigning against her. According to the article, Bates lobbied in favor of the federal government raising its debt ceiling and has opposed [...]

Buzz: Thomas schedules secret meeting on closed school property

Buzz: Thomas schedules secret meeting on closed school property

Although Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has not filed to run for re-election, he's heavy into damage control. He is holding a private, invitation-only luncheon meeting today at the Captain's Room at the Atlas Oyster House from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Debbie King, the school district's volunteer coordinator, [...]

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