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Notes from Gulf Power Leadership Forum

Last Thursday, Gulf Power held a leadership forum. President/CEO Susan Story presented how her company sees the region. While the most are predicting the U.S. unemployment will bottom out in the last quarter of 2009 at around 10 percent, Florida is lagging behind the rest of the country and [...]

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

The City's new curbside recycling program begins next week. Garbage and recyclables will be collected on a once-a-week schedule beginning June 15th. These collections are made on separate days so customers should refer to the label on the lid of their recycling cart to determine their new [...]

This day in blog history

On June 9, 2008, we reported Buzz: Benz will be interim UWF prez: There is persistent buzz that Dr. Judy Benz will be named the interim president of the University of West Florida.... Note: Of course, Dr. Bense (not Benz) has held on to the position much longer than expected. On June 9, 2007, [...]

DIB takes away more free parking

DIB takes away more free parking

For years, the parking area at the corner of Intendencia and Baylen streets has been free. In fact, it was the last free public parking area within a block of Palafox Street. It now has been posted as a two-hour parking zone. More tickets, more money for DIB.

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

We've had a few readers request a more iPhone compatible feed for the blog, so I've added a Twitter account that should help. I've added the comments feed, too. http://twitter.com/routzen

CMP Buzz

The Pensacola City Council approved the Conditions Precedent that are in the Master Lease and Master Development Agreement, which set the lease commencement date as May 29, 2009. Before the Master Development Agreement can be signed, Maritime Park Development Partners (MPDP) must get a Design [...]

Elcano is big hit

Elcano is big hit

The Spanish tall ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano, has been a huge hit. Not only have there been long lines for the free tours, but the downtown restaurants and bars have been packed every night since the ship docked last Wednesday. Downtown Pensacola needs more events like this. Forget about [...]

Walker Holmes: Chapter 14

I had a little more time on my hands this weekend and knocked off another chapter. Read Chapter 14 Murray in The Elbow Room

Blues to fly over tonight

Blues to fly over tonight

As a special salute to the visiting Spanish tall ship, Elcano, the Blue Angels will fly over this afternoon from east to west between 6:40 to 7:10 pm.

My analysis of Valentino emails -all 235 pages

I’ve tried to break up this analysis into sections and note what emails support my comments. PUBLIC RECORD REQUESTS The public record request for GV’s emails regarding the proposed bingo casino for Perdido Key began in March 2009 when attorney Gregory Smith filed an administrative appeal [...]

Walker Holmes: Chapter 13

Another chapter in the Walker Holmes mystery, "Deadline": Chapter 13 March on the Jail. You can read the other chapters here.

Valentino is a murder suspect

My Crackerjack staff found this tidbit in Bella: June 13 Murder Mystery Theater: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at New World Landing. The Escambia Federated Republican Women will present a murder mystery fundraiser, "The Case of the Hardhearted Housekeeper." Some of the featured actors in this [...]

Valentino claims PNJ will spin his side

Commissioner Valentino tells Cy Keefer on March 15: "I have called the publisher at the newspaper. While he keeps his professional distance, he is a good friend. I am meeting with him next week and with Jamie Page (a reporter better than Carlton Proctor) and will put OUR spin on what's been [...]

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 [...]

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