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GE land was considered as casino site

GE land was considered as casino site

There is a very brief email from Commissioner Gene Valentino to Cy Keefer dated 12/2/08 in which he mentions GE and Jeff DeWeese: "Cy...FYI... this what I got back from Jeff DeWeese on the GE site on Scenic Hwy." Valentino did not release the attachments ---which means he still hasn't [...]

“He sees bingo people”

“He sees bingo people”

On February 23, Commissioner Valentino ran into Haley Joel Osment, the child actor in the "Sixth Sense," at the Jellyfish Bar. According to an email from Valentino to Stephania Wilson, Osment, now in his 20s, was in the area with his business partners looking to buy a lot of 'repo's' in the area. [...]

Why Valentino hid emails

It gets worse for Commissioner Valentino. I can see why he hid these so long before he released them. Here is a March 06 email to Cy Keefer in which Valentino discusses the need to meet with School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, how they can say the bingo casino will "help the kids" and how mad [...]

Even more Valentino emails….you have to read them

More than 150 pages of emails have been released by Commissioner Gene Valentino on his dealings with the proposed bingo casino on Perdido Key. I’m pouring through them now. Here is one interesting set that was sent out on the day Carlton Proctor wrote in the PNJ about a meeting between Valentino [...]

Aronberg to run

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) has announced that he will run for Florida Attorney General in 2010. He won't be the only Democrat running. Fellow State Senator Dan Gelber of Miami Beach and 2006 Dem. governor candidate Rod Smith may also file soon. According to one party insider, [...]

Pensacola property values drop less than expected

Many people worried that the property values inside the Pensacola city limits would drop 5 to 8 percent. The preliminary valuation report from County Property Appraiser Chris Jones show only a little over 2.6 percent decrease---$84.6 million. The impact on the budget is about $382,000.

RJR to appeal $28.3 judgment

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that R.J. Reynold will appeal the $28.3 judgment awarded the estate of Bennie Martin by a Pensacola jury. "It is our position that the trial proceedings were unconstitutional and otherwise inconsistent with law," David Howard, a Reynolds spokesman, said. "We [...]

Mobile mourns air crash death

One of the people killed in the Air France crash is Erich Heine, 41, of ThyssenKrupp. Heine was in charge of two major projects for his company: a $6 billion steel plant under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the $4.6 billion steel processing plant being built in north Mobile County. [...]

Solutia completes sale of Pensacola plant

Solutia Inc. completed yesterday the $50 million sale of its nylon business to an affiliate of SK Capital Partners II, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the chemical, material and health-care sectors. SK Capital paid cash. Read St. Louis Business Journal article.

Buzz: Around town

Conversations heard about town. Consolidation: People are wondering where are the top community leaders. Why aren't any of them on the Consolidation Commission? The Constitutional officers are appointing their top people, but the rest appear to be the "B" team. Charter: ECUA board member Lois [...]

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

The New York Times is reporting the Starbucks is now the official coffee of Joe Scarborough's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Read more.

More problems with casino bingo developer

We have done a little more research into Cy Keefer, the principal member of the bingo casino project that Commissioner Valentino has been emailing. Cyrus Joseph Keefer, Jr. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas in 2001. It was discharged in [...]

San Antonio papers pick up airport hotel lease audit

News of the audit report on the Airport Hotel Lease has reached San Antonio and the new bosses of former Pensacola Airport director Frank Miller. Miller now heads the San Antonio International Airport. The San Antonio Express-News gave San Antonio Assistant City Manager Penny Postoak-Ferguson a [...]

Buzz: UWF to name Marrero

We are hearing that the University of West Florida will name Dr. Kyle Marrero, the director of the Pensacola Opera and chair of the Department of music, to replace Dr. Dean Van Galen, Vice President for University Advancement.

Bingo casino team member has legal problems

Once again, it looks like Commissioner Gene Valentino jumped on another "economic development" idea without researching who the developers are. First, it was the electric car plant, now the Bingo Casino proposed for Perdido Key has problems. One development team member, Matt Piell, is facing [...]

Chapter 12 – Walker Holmes mystery

Finally found time to write another chapter. To catch up, reread the earlier chapters here. Chapter 12 Friday Fallout

Buzz: PEDC meltdown

The Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission met yesterday. I talked with five attendees who have said it was a circus, leading to Commissioner Kevin White walking out of the meeting. Commissioner Gene Valentino opened the meeting by saying that he and Sam Hall did meet privately and they did [...]

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