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ECSO re-accredited

July 5, 2011

Press Release: Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan presented staff with a certificate acknowledging The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office being awarded full re-accredited status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The presentation was made…

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Is it time to dissolve SRIA?

June 8, 2011

The Santa Rosa Island Authority survived two efforts in the Aughts –or what some in Pensacola are starting to call the “Bull$#% Decade”–to abolish it. First, W.D. Childers and then later George Touart entertained the idea…

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Escambia County avoids budget crisis

June 6, 2011

Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver stopped by the IN offices to discuss the 2011-12 budget. The good news is the budget is balanced without a tax increase despite a projected 3.5 percent decrease in property taxes.…

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Cadillac Banks writes BOCC

May 31, 2011

Music promoter William “Cadillac” Banks has written the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners asking that the board either fund his two-day music festival that will target African-American tourists and performers or send the issue back…

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Salaries for commissioner aides

May 20, 2011

Commissioner Gene Valentino can be an easy target for criticism. His methods are heavy-handed at times and he steps into “it” quite often. However, I can’t fault Valentino for wanting to get the salary of his…

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Bubba’s on Patrol, Part 2

April 13, 2011

In 2007, County Administrator George Touart and Sheriff Ron McNesby devised a plan to deputized the code enforcement officers. While the beefing up code enforcement in the unincorporated areas was much needed, the power went to…

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Century wants a marketing strategy

April 11, 2011 reports that Century leaders recently met to discuss how to attract economic development (Read more). Two suggestions: 1. Hire one of the sign people that the daily newspaper interviewed today to flag people off Highway…

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Where did Ingram’s money go?

March 25, 2011

Clay Ingram spent $119,342.41 on his first campaign for public office, according to the state’s Campaign Finance Database ( see Ingram Expenditures. For that $119,342.41, he won a the state representative, District 2, office, which pays…

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Commissioners sworned

November 16, 2010

Escambia County Commissioners Gene Valentino and Grover Robinson, IV were sworn in this morning in BCC chambers packed with elected officials, county employees and citizens. Judge John Simon swore in Valentino, Judge Bill Stafford handled Robinson.…

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History of Escambia County Administrators

September 20, 2010

The job of county administrator was created in 1977. Escambia County has had 14 people hold the job — average tenure 1 year, 8 months if you include the interim and acting administrators. Exclude them –…

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Buzz: White and Valentino at it again

September 1, 2010

We’re hearing that Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White wants to appoint Karen Sindel to the county planning board and fellow commissioner, Gene Valentino, isn’t happy. Sindel was Valentino’s appointee to the board until she resigned last…

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Post-Election Responses

August 25, 2010

Last night proved to be a closely fought election for many local seats. The IN talked with several candidates and their campaign heads after last night’s primary to get their reaction to the results. Pensacola Mayor…

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Valentino Officially Cleared

August 18, 2010

The State Attorney’s Office announced today that they would not appeal last week’s court ruling that dismissed charges against Commissioner Gene Valentino. Press Release: “State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the State of Florida will…