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DOJ sends County settlement agreement on jail

DOJ sends County settlement agreement on jail

The Department of Justice has sent Escambia County its settlement agreement regarding the Escambia County Jail. Brief History: DOJ finished its five-year of investigation of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the jail this past May. Sheriff Morgan estimated that it would cost $15 million [...]

Mystery MOU

Mystery MOU

Did Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement of the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Pensacola and ST Aerospace violate the confidentiality agreement he signed? That is the question being debated by the attorneys with the city, county and the Greater Pensacola Chamber. [...]

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

I had a conference phone call this morning with Interim County Administrator George Touart and past Pensacola City Council President P.C. Wu about Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement that he signed yesterday a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with ST Aerospace. Touart was emphatic that [...]

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Mayor Ashton Hayward needed a “win.” His "negotiation strategy" with The Fish House didn't play out as he expected. There were no more big grants coming from the federal or state governments before the end of the year. No, Hayward needed a big job announcement, something that has eluded him [...]

Grover tops campaign fundraising for second consecutive month

Grover tops campaign fundraising for second consecutive month

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson (R-District 4) raised in November the most of any local candidate--$18,075. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was second ($3,550) and School Board candidate (District 3 race) Sabrina Wallace-Jordan was third with $2,147. Robinson $18,075 Hayward [...]

Study says Escambia County is the 13th worse election offender

Study says Escambia County is the 13th worse election offender

Escambia County Election Supervisor David Stafford questions validity of recent report that ranks his office as the 13th worse "election offender" in Florida. The Democrat-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund issued Monday a report, “Florida’s Worse Election Offenders,” that [...]

Weekend Buzz: Wilson, new TDC head, Fish House lawsuit and laughing at Hayward

Weekend Buzz: Wilson, new TDC head, Fish House lawsuit and laughing at Hayward

Touart Decision Aftermath Commissioner Wilson Robertson wasn’t too happy about the 3-2 vote to remove George Touart from the list of candidates to be considered for the county administrator’s job. He openly accused after the meeting Commissioners Steven Barry, Lumon May and Grover Robinson [...]

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

One of my favorite investigative reporters, Tom McLaughlin with the Fort Walton Daily News, reports today that auditors found the Walton County TDC had "inadequate" controls that prevented completely accounting for $121,000 worth of gift cards. The auditors found $10,750 worth of the cars that [...]

Mayor takes communications adminstrator with him to Germany

Mayor takes communications adminstrator with him to Germany

The Northwest Florida Daily News listed yesterday some members of the 35-person delegation headed to Germany in hopes of landing companies in the supply chain for the Airbus assembly plant being built in Mobile, Ala. The Greater Pensacola Chamber has one delegate--Scott Luth, VP for Economic [...]

Commission agenda review notes

Commission agenda review notes

Escambia County Clerk of Courts Pam Childers has told the Board of County Commissioners that she has heard from the federal government that the BP RESTORE funds could start being dispersed to the county as early as September 2014. ------- On County Administrator selection, the commissioners [...]

Escambia County State Legislative Delegation sets date for hearing on local bills for Jan. 21

Escambia County State Legislative Delegation sets date for hearing on local bills for Jan. 21

The Escambia County State Legislative Delegation will a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, located at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. Delegation members will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities and [...]

Game of Thrones, Escamiba County edition debuts today

Game of Thrones, Escamiba County edition debuts today

Today the Escambia County Commission will discuss, possibly as early as this morning, who will be the next county administrator. Here is the list: Vincent Akhimie, Lakeland, FL - Management Consultant Peter Bieniedk, Rising Sun, MD - Chief of Solid Waste, Cecil County, MD Danny Blair, Albany, [...]

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