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Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Mayor Ashton Hayward notified the Pensacola City Council on Friday that he has vetoed Ordinances 26-14 and 27-14 that were passed by the council to better manage the mayor's power to enlist outside attorneys. In an email to the council, Hayward said that the City Attorney (Jim Messer) and CFO [...]

Scenic Highway Open to Traffic

Scenic Highway Open to Traffic

courtesy Governor's office The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has completed the reconstruction of Scenic Highway (U.S. 90/State Road 10A) south of Scenic Highway Circle and has opened the road to traffic. The $1.2 million repair project south of Scenic Highway Circle began May 14, [...]

Underhill racks up third major endorsement

Underhill racks up third major endorsement

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority member Dale Perkins announced this morning that he is endorsing Doug Underhill in the Republican primary for Escambia County Commission, District 2. “We have many challenges facing Escambia County and we need a commissioner that will work with all [...]

Campaign sign shenanigans in judge race

Campaign sign shenanigans in judge race

The race for Circuit County Judge between Michelle Inere and Jenny Kinsey is heating up, and as in most heated races, reports of sign tampering surface. We got a phone call yesterday that gray pick-up truck stole two large Inere campaign signs on Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Ninth Avenue [...]

Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Escambia County Budget Director Amy Lovoy told the Board of County Commissioners this morning at the budget workshop that the costs of the April 29-30 flooding and the jail explosion could cost the county up to $150 million. Yikes! County Administrator Jack Brown told the board that they have [...]

Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf C&D Disposal Facility began accepting waste the fall of 2006. In just two years, monitoring wells detected problems with the groundwater --vinyl chloride, aluminum, iron and sulfate above the Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards. The landfill was built without a liner. The [...]

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Since "A Shame Before God" was published, several residents in the Wedgewood, Rolling Hills and Olive Heights neighborhood have shared stories about growing up there. Wanda Shakir said that the majority of the families who moved into Wedgewood in 1962 - 1969 were veterans from World War I, World [...]

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Mayor Ashton Hayward chose a viewpoint in the daily newspaper to explain his firing of Council Executive Lila Cox and defend the charter --unamended or, more accurately, only as he wanted it amended. The News Journal added a note after Hayward's viewpoint: "After the City Council voted last week, [...]

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Escambia County’s RESTORE Advisory Committee Chair Bentina Terry and Pensacola City Administrator Colleen Castilee will present at a public workshop, hosted by the City of Pensacola, regarding the RESTORE Act on Tuesday, July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will be held in the large conference [...]

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

The Escambia Board of County Commission chambers were packed yesterday with residents from the Wedgewood community. The public forum normally lasts only 30 minutes. Yesterday it went over 90 minutes. The residents spoke one after another about the living conditions in their neighborhoods and the [...]

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Commissioner Gene Valentino has added to tonight's agenda a recommendation that there be a wholesale review of the previously enacted pit ordinances and current department duties and come back to the Board with a recommendation as to how the county can consistently enforce regulations. Read [...]

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