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For three years, we have pushed the City to clean up the Community Maritime Park site and consider making it available to the public. We were told that the land had environmental issues, but our suspicions were that the real issue may have been the homeless colony living on the property. For years, [...]

Obama Care

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has published its analysis of the controversial America’s Affordable Health Choices Act and its impact on each Congressional district. The report shows that in our district that up to 15,400 small businesses could receive tax credits to provide [...]

Arts have $84M impact

Arts have $84M impact

The Arts Council of Northwest Florida and Americans for the Arts announced the local results from the Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity III, the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Local data [...]

The newspaper guys pressed Avalex for answers

PNJ business reporter Carlton Proctor reports on his blog that a "board member tried to drag Cohen's name from Avalex CEO Tad Ihns whose decision to build an $18 million headquarters in Gulf Breeze set off a wave of recriminations within the Pensacola business community." The Chamber board [...]

Pelicans clinch playoffs

Pelicans clinch playoffs

Pelicans Clinch Playoff Spot With 8-3 Win Over the Captains The Pensacola Pelicans are the 2009 Second Half South Division Champions. With an 8-3 victory in front of 2,292 fans in Pensacola, the Pelicans return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The Pelicans will make their first [...]

And the crime scene photos

And the crime scene photos

The reporters today also viewed 2076 crime scene photos that were not only of the murder scene, but also of the home of Leonard “Lenny” Gonzalez, the vehicles used and the Wiggins’ backyard where the safe was buried under debris. The photos filled two volumes. Many were repetitive. The [...]

Billings 911 Calls

billings redacted 911 call 1 Second call: Listen

What I saw…

The videos from the surveillance cameras from the Billings’ residence are haunting. The 16 cameras captured both the inside and outside of the home while the seven intruders drove onto the property and five masked men stormed into the house. The cameras caught on tape everything but the actual [...]

Valentino fined

This morning Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino pleaded no contest this morning to a noncriminal violation of the state’s public records law. Actually it was his attorney, Ed Fleming that entered the written plea through his lawyer. He was fined $500.

Favorite Rex Blackburn moment

Favorite Rex Blackburn moment

Over the years, Lt. Rex Blackburn has done his best to intimidate and harass the IN. My favorite moment was when he delivered a gift to the office during the 2007 Christmas holidays. It was a large box wrapped in old issues of our newspaper. The box came with a card that had Barack Obama's face [...]

48 minutes with 48 Hours

I spoke with a producer from 48 Hours yesterday about the Billings case. We talked about the dozens of twists and weird angles in this story: the 17 children, the brutality of the murders, the histories of the suspects, Mexican mafia and overall seediness of the used car business in Pensacola. I've [...]

Toned down PNJ article in USA Today

The table talk around town yesterday was the daily newspaper's Sunday cover story on the Billings' case in which the paper called those arrested a gang of fools and mocked Sheriff David Morgan for calling the case a "humdinger." The News Journal's take on the 1000 pages of documents released by [...]

Billings’ camera system

Billings’ camera system

On Thursday, the media will be allowed to view the video from the surveillance system at the Billings' residence. The State Attorney released more documents yesterday that describe what the cameras captured inside the house. 7:06:11 pm Camera 2 - which covers kitchen and living room - Bud [...]

Will City Council act on Museum funding?

The CMPA board passed the recommendation to use New Market Tax Credits as a funding mechanism for the Maritime Museum. Today the Pensacola City Council will have a presentation of the funding plan. There is a worry that the Council and city staff will drag their feet on this---as they do with [...]

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