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City Papers: Travel expenses

City Papers: Travel expenses

The city of Pensacola compiled 727 pages of travel and mileage expenses for Mayor Ashton Hayward and his former chief of staff, John Asmar. For Asmar, there isn't much. A planned trip to St. Louis with three councilmen, Larry Johnson, Ronald Townsend and Brian Spencer, that I think got canceled. [...]

Escambia High Football: Court denies petition for temporary emergency injunction

Escambia High Football: Court denies petition for temporary emergency injunction

Kevin and Cynthia Miller, parents of Terik Miller, asked Judge Ross Goodman to let their son complete his senior season on the Escambia High football team. The judge denied yesterday their request. A track coach at West Florida High had alleged in March that his coach, Willie Spears, was [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 2

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 2

Another 1,250 pages. Points of interest for me (but you may see something else): Chief of Staff John Asmar had George Maiberger, Purchasing Director, bid out the owner's representative contract. Hatch Mott and Volkert submitted bids, but Maiberger had to send an email to Steve Dana of Jerry Pate [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

Volume 1 of the Main Street Projects has 1,250 pages, which seem daunting to review but hundreds of the pages are duplications of the same memos, specifications and reports. Roads, Inc of Northwest Florida was awarded the $1.4 million contract. There were four change orders, last including a [...]

Coach Spears fired, but that is not all the story

Coach Spears fired, but that is not all the story

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas refused to listen to the pleas and requests of his school board and an overflow crowd of Escambia High student, teachers and parents, as well as ministers, civil rights leaders and representatives from the teachers' union. Over the course of four hours, they asked [...]

Guns vs. Hose Charity Softball Tournament tomorrow

Guns vs. Hose Charity Softball Tournament  tomorrow

In honor of the 13th anniversary of September 11th, area first responders are teaming up to help others. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Pensacola Police Department are hosting the first annual GUNS vs. HOSES softball game Saturday, September 13, 2014 at beautiful Wahoo’s [...]

Letter from Gulf Breeze Mayor on her retirement

Letter from Gulf Breeze Mayor on her retirement

On Friday Gulf Breeze Mayor Beverly Zimmern announced that she would not seek another term. Her current term will end in December. Mayor Zimmern sent out this message to the Gulf Breeze City Council and city staff: To My Fellow Councilmembers and the Dedicated Staff of the City of Gulf [...]

Weekend Buzz: Nothing in writing; Hizer vs. 10 Does; Scott cannot win on personality; Bob Mc is back

Weekend Buzz: Nothing in writing; Hizer vs. 10 Does; Scott cannot win on personality; Bob Mc is back

Nothing in writing Two weeks ago, the city released a federal subpoena for several city records (Read more). Inweekly, other media outlets and private citizens made requests to inspect the documents. Jane Ballard, Hayward's Public Records Coordinator, denied the requests and issued this [...]

Sea monsters and BP oil spill

The Bellona Foundation reports the Louisiana shrimpers are reporting an ever-rising rash of horrifically mutated shrimp, crabs and other sea life covered with oozing growths and extra limbs, shrimp and crabs lacking eyes and eye sockets, and fish of all manner swollen with apparent [...]

Underhill wins

Apparently Lamar Brazwell's poll was wrong. Doug Underhill is new commissioner for District 2, 2,785 (62.5%) to 1,672 (37.5%). All precincts reported. Note: There will be a general election against the Democratic primary winner, Deb Moore, but a Democrat has not held that seat in nearly two [...]

Slow voting

Slow voting

Reports from Santa Rosa and Escambia polling places are the voting turnout is very low. At 8:45 am only 68 people had cast their votes at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center.

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

One of the strangest interviews I did while covering the Billings murders was with Mark Turner. He shared a lot of insights on the used car business. At the time, Turner was involved with a large civil case and was appealing a conviction on money laundering. He was waging a social media [...]

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