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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 [...]

UWF faculty negotiations breakdown

UWF faculty negotiations breakdown

This letter is being circulated among UWF faculty: Dear fellow UWF faculty member, As the chief negotiator of your UFF, I feel the need to object, most stridently, to the characterization of the current impasse situation provided by UWF's chief negotiator, Jane Halonen. To analyze her [...]

Are text messages public records?

I've noticed that during the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission meetings several of the elected officials appear to be getting text messages on their cellphones. The IN made a public request for those text messages to see what influence that they may have on the issues being [...]

Valentino finally turns over casino bingo emails

It took a final demand letter from Gregory Smith, the attorney representing the Perdido Key residents, a possible lawsuit and one more letter from County Attorney Alison Rogers imploring Commissioner Valentino to "once more search your County and private email accounts for the requested records to [...]

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall explains his vote against helping to fund ECAT on his blog. Hall objects to 1) ECAT's performance with the money; 2) The tax does more to eliminate Escambia County's general fund support than increasing ECAT's budget; 3) He believes ECAT needs a new business [...]

Pratt may try one more time on pensions

One of the big issues during the 2008 city election season was the city pensions - which are costing about $14 million a year to fund. Councilwoman Diane Mack has tried to get funding for a comprehensive study of pensions and benefits, but they failed at the Monday committee [...]

CMP developer responds

Scott Davison of Maritime Park Developers called in response to Judge Lacey Collier comments yesterday at the Pensacola City Council committee meeting and my subsequent blog post. He categorically denied asking that the Maritime Museum site be moved. What he has asked for is flexibility in the [...]

What is Frank Lay thinking?

The daily newspaper has a front page report on Pace High School principal, Frank Lay, speaking out against the School District's policy that limits graduation speakers from the student body to only the valedictorian and salutatorian. Is Lay too popular to fire? Or is he using this to [...]

Oops, Mobile port is losing money

Oops, Mobile port is losing money

The Mobile Press Register is reporting that Alabama State Port Authority has reported that state docks operations lost $3.6 million in April as revenue fell in most areas. The docks had budgeted a profit of $741,000 for the month. Year to date, the docks is $5.8 million in the red. Read more.

Richburg challenges firing

Richburg challenges firing

The president of Northwest Florida State College, Bob Richburg, is challenging his firing---claiming that the board committed a breach of contract when it fired Richburg on April 28. Richburg has been charged with official misconduct and perjury in regards to a hangar being built at the Okaloosa [...]

Collier says CMP developer may be playing the Council

Today, the Pensacola City Council debated the agreements of the Community Maritime Park. CMP developer, Scott Davidson, has been working the council members individually over the weekend trying to convince them that University of West Florida should move the Maritime Museum away from the [...]

Storm surcharge drops off Gulf Power bill

Storm surcharge drops off Gulf Power bill

Press release: A surcharge used for hurricane repairs will be dropped from Gulf Power bills starting in July. The electric utility will stop collecting the $2.57 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours fee that was approved by the Florida Public Service Commission after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and extended [...]

Pensacola airport boarding down 17 percent

The Panama City News Herald is reporting that the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport has been hit hard by the recession. While the airport still has more boardings than either Panama City or Okaloosa airports (58.518 in April). The Pensacola airport's boardings for April are down 17 percent from [...]

Economic Development update

From Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: # $2,000,000 – We received confirmation late last night from the US Economic Development Administration that we have been awarded $2 million toward the construction of infrastructure improvements on the technology campus in downtown Pensacola. Many [...]

Final request for Valentino’s bingo emails

Final request for Valentino’s bingo emails

Attorney Gregory Smith sent on Friday, May 22 his final request for the emails concerning the bingo casino on Perdido Key that Commissioner Gene Valentino has on his personal and business email accounts. Smith did receive the emails that Valentino had on his official county email account, but those [...]

Pratt tackles pensions and benefits

Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt has posted on her website her recommendations for city pensions and benefits. She has reviewed the plans from Gulf Power, Baskerville-Donovan, O’Sullivan Creel, Escambia County, and others to see how we can get the city benefit/pension packages in line with [...]

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