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Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare several months ago submitted to the council a food truck ordinance. The City Council asked the Planning Board to review it. Councilman Bare has written COO Tamara Fountain charging the Planning Board exceeded its authority, as set for in the city code, and [...]

Southerland passes on rematch vs. Graham

Southerland passes on rematch vs. Graham

Despite the possibility of a more-favorable district in 2016, former Republican Congressman Steve Southerland will not seek to regain a spot in the U.S. House, according to reports Tuesday in the Tallahassee Democrat and other media outlets. "I believe it's time for someone else to have the [...]

Walton County comes up with Confederate flag compromise

Walton County comes up with Confederate flag compromise

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After nearly three hours of emotional testimony Tuesday about a Confederate flag rippling just outside, the Walton County Commission decided on a "compromise" that will do away with the banner but left one side fuming. In a surprise move, the [...]

Podcasts: Andy Marlette and Larry Johnson discuss Studer leases

Podcasts: Andy Marlette and Larry Johnson discuss Studer leases

On Monday, PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette was interviewed on Pensacola Speaks about his take on the Studers withdrawing their proposal for the Community Maritime Park. We discussed the city's new "Transparency Section" that popped up two hours before press announcement. Marlette said, [...]

Breaking News: Special Session set for October

Breaking News: Special Session set for October

Florida lawmakers will hold a special session in October to redraw Senate districts, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli announced Tuesday afternoon. The special session is scheduled from Oct. 19 through Nov. 6 and stems from a Senate agreement with voting-rights [...]

State, Seminole Tribe at odds on poker

State, Seminole Tribe at odds on poker

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Seminole Tribe of Florida is refusing to fold on its push to continue hosting blackjack and baccarat at most of its casinos, but Gov. Rick Scott's administration is trying to shut down the lucrative "banked" card games. Letters swapped Monday [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Andy Marlette @ 5:30

Pensacola Speaks: Andy Marlette @ 5:30

PNJ Andy Marlette will be my guest today on News Talk 1370 WCOA's "Pensacola Speaks." We'll talk about his Sunday cartoon and his column: "The Official Pop Song of Pensacola." Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion [...]

Podcast: Quint Studer explains his decision to walk away

Podcast: Quint Studer explains his decision to walk away

On Friday, lightning struck the studios of News Talk 1370 WCOA. We fought through the technical difficulties and somehow went on the air. Quint Studer had previously agreed to come on the show. I thought we would be discussing that he and his wife Rishy and Mayor Ashton Hayward had finalize the [...]

Weekly Roundup: Battle Lines and Power Lines

Weekly Roundup: Battle Lines and Power Lines

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 24, 2015..........In case you were wondering, the 2016 general election is still more than 15 months away. But with new congressional districts about to be crafted by lawmakers and a Republican presidential [...]

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

What's next for the Community Maritime Park? Several questions need to be answered before the city puts the parcels back on the market. 1. Who markets the remaining eight parcels at the park? The CMPA Board says that CBRE is no longer the real estate agent for them. COO Tamara Fountain has told [...]

What should be the Hayward theme song? (video)

What should be the Hayward theme song? (video)

In his Sunday column, PNJ cartoonist Andy Marlette suggests Meghan Trainor's "Lips are Movin" for the mayor's theme song. I prefer Blue Traveler's "Hook." What are your suggestions?

Effort forming to push for open-government protections

Effort forming to push for open-government protections

Worried that lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott's administration are chipping away at Florida's open-government laws, a coalition of groups is being formed to try to "push back," a leader of the effort said Thursday. Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said a meeting was [...]

Jeb has double-digit lead in Florida poll

Jeb has double-digit lead in Florida poll

Former Gov. Jeb Bush has "separated himself" from other Republican presidential candidates in Florida, leading all of them by double digits, according to a Mason-Dixon Florida Poll released Friday. The poll, conducted Monday through Thursday, said 28 percent of Florida Republicans support Bush, [...]

Hayward sends staff on road trip to New York and D.C.

Hayward sends staff on road trip to New York and D.C.

In his latest "Upwords" newsletter, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said that his Constituent Services team, the group that manages the city's automated citizen complaint system (Pensacola 311), recently visited 311 operations in New York and Washington, D.C. The system was launched four years [...]

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