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Scott praises Trump, falls short of endorsing

January 6, 2016

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he “currently” doesn’t plan to endorse a candidate before the March 15 Republican presidential primary in Florida. But in an opinion piece for…

Politics

Hill proposes electing Secretary of State

January 6, 2016

Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola Beach, on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment that would lead to the return of an elected secretary of state who would serve on the Florida Cabinet. The proposal (HJR 1129) would ultimately…

Business

Gaetz: EDATE extension a ‘heavy lift’

January 6, 2016

On “Pensacola Speaks” on News Talk 1370 WCOA, I asked State Senator Don Gaetz for his take on the whether the Florida Legislature will do anything on extending the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions (EDATE)…

Education

2015 Graduation rates jump up dramatically

January 5, 2016

The Florida Department of Education released its graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year. They showed a dramatic improvement for Escambia County in the rate for African American students -improving by 12 percentage points. Whites 2014…

Business

City Hall Food Truck program starts Thursday

January 5, 2016

The city of Pensacola announced today that food trucks will be parked at the corner of the City Hall parking lot at the intersection of Spring and Main streets on Thursday, Jan. 7. According to the…

Environment

Viewpoint: Grover on improving environment

January 4, 2016

A viewpoint by Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson: It’s 8:15 a.m. on the Saturday before Christmas at the Bayou Texar boat launch at the foot of the Cervantes Bridge. My feet are actually warmed by…

Business

Lowe’s now hiring for 150+ seasonal spots

January 4, 2016

CareerSource Escarosa has partnered with Pensacola State College to host a recruitment event for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pensacola State College Jean & Paul…

Business

Bubba’s Sweet Spot to open soon

January 4, 2016

On News Talk 1370’s “Pensacola Speaks,” Quint Studer said that pro golfer Bubba Watson’s candy store, Bubba’s Sweet Spot,” will open in early 2016 in a temporary location. “We are moving up the candy store quicker…

Environment

Arsenic found in Wedgewood and Perdido ballparks

January 4, 2016

The Wedgewood/Rolling Hills/Olive Heights Homeowners Association has written the Environmental Protection Agency for help. A recent soil report indicates the Lewis Powell ballparks near the opening gate of Rolling Hills landfill are covered in arsenic. The…

News

City Hall 2015 highlights, lowlights

December 31, 2015

TOP FIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY-JUNE 2015: 1. Removal of the Confederate flag. 2. Opening of OHM Food Concessions at the Pensacola International Airport (food concession revenue exceeded budget by $154,815). 3. $940,000 Emergency…

News

ECUA and County work out recycling at Perdido Landfill

December 30, 2015

When Inweekly interviewed him last year, the last item County Administrator Jack Brown brought up was a proposed partnership with the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority on a recycling facility. During the last George Touart era, the…

Pensacola

City Hall 2015 Review: Airport, Disparity and Lobbyists

December 30, 2015

When Inweekly interviewed Assistant City Administrator Eric Olson and COO Tamara Fountain in December 2014, we asked about the airport operations, disparity study and lobbyist registry. Airport Airport Director Greg Donovan resigned in July 2014 to…