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Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

The buzz is the old AV Clubbs School on Cervantes between 12th and 11th and the commercial offices on that block will become home to a Publix. Sources inside city hall say that the design presented to the mayor's office calls for architecture that will fit in with the East Hill neighborhood. Expect [...]

Evers endorses Valentino

Evers endorses Valentino

I just received an endorsement letter from State Senator Greg Evers for Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino, who is battling Doug Underhill in the District 2 race. Evers wrote, "I have worked with Gene tirelessly in Tallahassee over the last eight years and I know his work ethic is very [...]

Valentino campaign denies any connection to robocalls

Valentino campaign denies any connection to robocalls

Press Release: The Gene Valentino Campaign is totally unaware of who is in charge or who is involved in creating and releasing these robo calls. Gene, and his supporters, look forward to continuing a clean campaign and letting the community know how much District 2 has achieved and there is so much [...]

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Press Release: ECUA Board Member Vicki Campbell endorses Doug Underhill, cites Underhill’s “desire to collaborate on solutions” for Escambia County Emerald Coast Utilities Authority member Vicki Campbell announced today that she is endorsing Doug Underhill in the Republican primary for [...]

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Pitiful Escambia The most profitable illegal business in Escambia County appears to be dirt. The Board of County Commissioners learned last week that only one borrow pit has a permit to operate legally. Horace Jones, Jr., interim director of the county’s Development Services Division, [...]

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 [...]

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