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Evers hosts Community Preparedness forum next Tuesday

Evers hosts Community Preparedness forum next Tuesday

September is National Preparedness Month and State Senator Greg Evers invites you to take action and make a plan. Residents and business owners are invited to the join a panel of experts on Tuesday, August 25th at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio Building in the WSRE Studio for this one [...]

Paddle through the Past: Deadman’s Island kayak tour

Paddle through the Past: Deadman’s Island kayak tour

Press release: The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and Pensacola Paddlesport are partnering to create a guided archaeology kayak tour of Deadman’s Island in Gulf Breeze. The area known as Deadman's Island in Pensacola Bay has served as a careening ground (ship repair), shipbuilding [...]

Gulf Coast Kid’s House wins Ethics award

Gulf Coast Kid’s House wins Ethics award

Gulf Coast Kid’s House is proud to be the 2015 Winner, Better Business Bureau® Foundation of Northwest Florida Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Ethics are essential in effective philanthropy. Gulf Coast Kid’s House Executive Director, Stacey Kostevicki, stated “We are grateful to be the [...]

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Organization to oversee Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds recovered by attorney general Press Release: The University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity is organizing the inaugural meeting of Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. [...]

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

City Administrator Eric Olson did not send a mandate to his department heads about how to reply to emails sent from government accounts until July 7, five days after he called the boss of North Hill Preservation Association president, Melanie Nichols. Here is the email: From: "Eric [...]

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

The News Service of Florida reports that Andrea Minyard, David Stewart, Jon Thogmartin And Barbara Wolf have been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott as district medical examiners. Minyard, of Gulf Breeze, is chief medical examiner of District 1, which includes Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton [...]

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

The Florida Ethics Commission also dismissed a series of allegations against Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer. From the report: No probable cause was found to believe that Pensacola City Councilmember BRIAN SPENCER had a voting conflict when he voted on a measure in February 2012 [...]

Ethics Commission dismisses Valentino’s complaint against Sheriff Morgan

Ethics Commission dismisses Valentino’s complaint against Sheriff Morgan

The Florida Commission on Ethics met on July 24 to consider and vote on Gene Valentino’s ethics complaints against Sheriff David Morgan. The Commission voted that there was no probable cause to believe that Sheriff Morgan committed any violation of Florida’s Code of Ethics. Valentino failed [...]

UWF Argos release 2016 football schedule

UWF Argos release 2016 football schedule

The University of West Florida football program has announced its schedule for the team's inaugural season in 2016. The schedule will feature eight games against Gulf South Conference opponents, which will be played after the team’s three non-conference games to begin the season. All of UWF’s [...]

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

Few are surprised that Tamara Fountain is no longer working for Mayor Ashton Hayward. If we have learned anything about the mayor over the past five years, it's that Ashton's loyalty to his employees lasts as long as the positive headlines keep coming. John Asmar, Bill Reynolds, Colleen [...]

COO Fountain resigns

COO Fountain resigns

Press Release: The City of Pensacola announced today that Tamara Fountain would step down as Chief Operations Officer in order to pursue other opportunities. During her tenure, Fountain has managed the City’s enterprises – including Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Energy, and [...]

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

From the perspective of education and work history, Mayor Hayward’s hiring of Tamara Fountain as his Communications Administrator, at a salary above the market, doesn’t make sense. But it does if she was hired to help him win a second term. In other words, Hayward brought in Fountain to [...]

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

When Mayor Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, tried to defend to PNJ reporter Will Isern why she did not have a resume in her personnel file, she told Isern that she was initially contracted by the mayor to review the city's dealing with The Zimmerman Agency. That review [...]

Communications Administrator Fountain paid $20K more than counterpart at Escambia County

Communications Administrator Fountain paid $20K more than counterpart at Escambia County

When Mayor Ashton Hayward hired Tamara Fountain to be his Communications Administrator in July 2013, her starting salary was $84,988. In January 2014, Hayward gave her a 17-percent pay raise, increasing her salary to $100,006. The only other comparable job in local government is the Public [...]

Mayor Hayward issues statement on Fountain, he will talk to her next week

Mayor Hayward issues statement on Fountain, he will talk to her next week

In the furor over the qualifications of Tamara Fountain to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the City of Pensacola, one voice has been missing--Mayor Ashton Hayward. The PNJ's article on Fountain's education (she has a BBA from UWF, not a MBA) and experience has gone through several [...]

Fountain cries foul

Fountain cries foul

City Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain issued this evening a statement to the Pensacola News Journal accusing reporter Will Isern of printing "allegations and innuendo" after he and Fountain had arranged an interview next week to discuss her background and current position. She wrote that [...]

Sallis says city to change ethics policy on board voting, no comment from Olson

Sallis says city to change ethics policy on board voting, no comment from Olson

by Jeremy Morrison According to a planning board member who triggered ethical questions with his participation and vote on a matter his business partner brought before the board on behalf of a client, the city of Pensacola is reversing its policy of allowing such participation. The city itself [...]

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