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Arrest made in Billings murder case

Sheriff David Morgan and State Attorney Bill Eddins just completed a press conference to announce the arrest of Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr. for tampering with evidence in the Billings murder case. According to Morgan, Gonzalez tried to alter the appearance of the red van used in the murders. The [...]

How Valentino plan was formed

The IN requested the emails of Commissioner Gene Valentino regarding his economic development plan. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of the details of his plan and how it was developed. We will publish these emails for your review without commentary. I will provide my analysis later. [...]

VIC responds to PNJ article

VIC responds to PNJ article

This email was sent to the partners of the Visitor Information Center & Convention Bureau. It's a shame that one reunion fell through the cracks and 200 visitors will go to Mobile. However, Ed Schroeder and his group are rated that top VIC/CB in the Southeast and mistakes happen. Dear [...]

Downtown Pensacola takes big hit

Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has turned his tax rolls into the Department of Revenue. County and City valuations are down slightly, but the Downtown Improvement Board district is off 11.5 percent; County down 3.8 percent; City down 2.6 percent

ECSO releases Dear John letter

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has released a copy of a letter that will be sent to the registered owners of the vehicles involved in arrests for violations of Florida prostitution laws. The letters will be sent to vehicle owners along with a copy of Florida Statute 796.07 which prohibits [...]

Southern Heroes sought

Press Release SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), announced today it has launched its fifth Southern Heroes promotion. From now through Aug. 31, 2009, go to www.southernheroes.com to nominate a small business, business professional or work team from Alabama, Florida, Georgia or [...]

State attorney has Valentino computer

Commissioner Gene Valentino has turned over his personal computer to the state attorney's office which is investigating a complaint by atty. Greg Smith that the commissioner had not released all his emails regarding a bingo casino on Perdido Key. We discovered that Valentino no longer had his [...]

Newest PEDC member suggests name change

This email was forwarded to me by Rhette Anderson, the newest PEDC member: From: Rhettean To: blandrum@amstaff.com, ttait@whitneybank.com, fdonovansr@baskervilledonovan.com CC: eemerson@pensacolachamber.com, cwood@pensacolachamber.com, sasarisi@osullivancreel.com Sent: 7/1/2009 12:50:01 P.M. [...]

Five nominated for Judge

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the First Judicial Circuit has submitted five names to Gov. Charlie Crist to fill the Escambia County Court vacancy resulting from the retirement of Judge G.J. Roark, III: Tom Dannheisser (Santa Rosa County Attorney) Michelle A. Inere Fred T. Ratchford, [...]

More PEDC notes

The meeting was heavily attended. All PEDC members were present: Gene Valentino, Sam Hall, Century Mayor Freddie McCall, Comm. Kevin White, Councilwoman Maren DeWeese, Mort O'Sullivan, Collier Merrill, and Rhette Anderson. Blaise Adams participated over a speaker phone. The meeting was held in [...]

ED battle is over

The battle of the Economic Development plans is over. Councilman Sam Hall made a motion today at the PEDC meeting for the body to let both the Escambia County Commission and the Pensacola City Council the PEDC's preference for the plan proposed by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The [...]

Pensapedia Reaches 2,000 Articles

Press Release: Pensapedia ( http://www.pensapedia.com ), a wiki-style online encyclopedia for the Pensacola area, has reached a major milestone with the creation of its 2,000th article, "Henry C. Mustin." The article was created on June 25 and includes information about Henry Croskey Mustin, [...]

Maren DeWeese releases goals

Councilwoman Maren DeWeese has released her goals for the upcoming City Council workshop: Establish an Education Funding Committee to evaluate scholarships through Pensacola Promise that will be used as an economic development tool. Improve Quality of Life through neighborhood partnerships [...]

Top local firms named Best Places to Work

The Studer Group and Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc. have been named among the “Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America” by The Great Place to Work Institute, Inc. and the Society for Human Resource Management. Studer is ranked No. 11 and Landrum is No. 18.

How does Chamber spend County money?

We made a record request of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to find out how it spends the money it receives from the County. We received their Form 990 Tax Return for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/08 and the expense reports for the Visitor Information Center, Military Development and [...]

GOP roundup

Our Congressman, Jeff Miller, has endorsed Marco Polo Rubio who is running for the GOP nomination for the US Senate against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Some local Republicans are scratching their heads at why Miller would step out so soon. Crist is not getting many endorsements from Conservative [...]

Oops, State Attorney Meggs released Sansom testimony

State Attorney Willie Meggs' office accidentally released Ray Sansom's testimony to the Tallahassee grand jury to three media outlets, St. Pete Times, Palm Beach Post and the Bay Beacon in Niceville, late last week. For a short while, the St. Pete Times had it posted on its website, but later [...]

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