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Buzz: Ronnie Mac wants back

Buzz: Ronnie Mac wants back

Former Escambia County Sheriff Ronnie McNesby is telling former supporters that he plans to run against Sheriff David Morgan in 2012. The former campaign donors are stunned. They admit they didn't laugh in his face, but they don't believe he has a chance. Rising $200,000+ in campaign funds was easy [...]

Deconstructing Arts Council statement

Deconstructing Arts Council statement

The Board of Directors have responded to the Clerk of Courts audit report and recent news reports on its finances. While I think the statement is well-meaning, it doesn't really answer the questions raised by the auditor. As the local arts organization of Escambia County, being an advocate of our [...]

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Received this evening: January 2, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arts Council of Northwest Florida Mission Our mission is to create a premiere arts and culture community in Escambia County to enrich the quality of life, to support cultural diversity and to enhance the economic prosperity by [...]

United Way shows how to handle funds

United Way shows how to handle funds

United Way of Escambia County is very transparent in how it handles the $125,500 that it gets from the City of Pensacola ($30K) and Escambia County ($95,500). A set of volunteers on its Human Services Appropriations Committee reviews the applications of non-profits and determines how to dole out [...]

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

The IN has obtained more financial reports of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. The October 2009 Profit & Loss report that was given to the Board of Directors showed that the Arts Council ran that month primarily on "Credit Card Pass Through" ($8,710.63) and funds taken from the Kobacker [...]

Valentino to back new arts group

Valentino to back new arts group

According to today's PNJ, Commissioner Gene Valentino will introduce a resolution at the BOCC's Jan. 7 meeting to cease funding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and will instead support giving the allocation to a new all-volunteer group, Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE), which will be [...]

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

The county audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida didn't cover the credit cards the group processed for local artists. We are still get emails and calls on people owed as much as $1,000 by the Arts Council. Some have been told that the records are locked in the old courthouse and no [...]

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

We've obtained a draft copy of the audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida that was conducted by the Escambia County Clerk/Comptroller. The audit was sent to County Administrator Bob McLaughlin on Dec. 21 and will be presented to the BOCC at its Jan. 7, 2010 meeting. The Clerk's office not [...]

Derek finds possible Sunshine violation

Derek finds possible Sunshine violation

Derek Cosson and Progressive Pensacola requested the emails of the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission (ECCSC) and he have uncovered communications which, in his words, appear to violate Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws. Read his post.

Arts Council finances are a mess

The problem with the Arts Council of Northwest Florida is not that it "over-allocated" funds. In documents received by the IN, it appears the arts organization was not giving its member organizations, which includes the Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Little Theater, Pensacola Children's Chorus and [...]

McLaughlin contract not renewed

At this morning's meeting, Escambia County Commission voted 4-1 to not renew County Administrator Bob McLaughlin's contract. As expected, Marie Young was the sole vote in favor of renewal.

Thomas strongarms church

Without talking with Rev. May, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas goes on television and says that he has made a deal to sell Brownsville Middle School. He was asked by the school board to negotiate with the Rev. May and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, but there were not negotiations...just [...]

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