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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 [...]

Little more on 2008 Mobile successes

I found a copy of the 2008 Mobile Chamber annual report (anlrpt). The majority of Mobile’s 2008 economic development expansions were with local shipbuilders: Atlantic Marine, Austal USA, C&G Boatworks, Evonik Degussa, SSAB Alabama Inc. and Silver Ships, which resulted in 1,641 high-paying jobs [...]

Chamber behind Mobile success

Commissioner Gene Valentino and his PR person, Jane Birdwell, make much of the Mobile success story. Mobile outshines Pensacola in the economic development arena. I wouldn't want to live there but there is no disputing that Mobile has been tremendously successful over the past 20 years. We [...]

Miller and Payne try to take out Cronley

The day after the November 17 Enterprise Operations Committee meeting, Airport Director Frank Miller and Asst. City Manager Robert Payne focused on how to discredit Jim Cronley who spoke out against the Airport Hotel Lease. From: Frank Miller Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:35 PM To: Robert [...]

IN investigation of the Airport Hotel deal

The two primary negotiators of the Airport Hotel Lease are gone - Frank Miller and Robert Payne. In December 2008, IN paid $187.16 to get copies of the city emails concerning the deal. The second appraisal and the appraisal review came to light when Bob Kerrigan made a public records request [...]

Buzz: Rumors flying about County Complex

State Attorney's office is questioning county employees and others about possible Sunshine Law violations by Commissioner Gene Valentino. Jane Birdwell is trying to convince people that the Comm. Valentino was the winner of the Tuesday meeting and is trying to drum up support for his [...]

Whatburger closes 14 FL stores

Whatburger closes 14 FL stores

The Corpus Christi, Texas-based Whataburger company is closing 14 of its Central Florida locations. About 400 people will lose their jobs. Whataburger has been in the Pensacola area for over 40 years and our locations appear to be safe.

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