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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds has been pushing for a teen curfew since last spring. After nearly six months of preaching its virtues, Jerralds has garnered little political support for his idea. We hear that Mayor Ashton Hayward and Sheriff David Morgan don't support curfews. It's [...]
School Board member Jeff "Godzilla" Bergosh wants to put another obstacle in front of law enforcement investigating crimes on public school campuses. "I believe the district needs a better policy which affords parents the opportunity to be present when their children are questioned at school for [...]