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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 [...]

No more cuts by Magaha

Spoke with Lisa Bernau, Chief Deputy for Escambia County Clerk of Courts/Comptroller Ernie Lee Magaha, about the change in funding for the Clerk that will go into effect July 1. Other clerks around the state are announcing huge layoffs because of the change which will place their funding under the [...]

Press release: Innisfree gets Hyatt Place franchise

Press release: Innisfree gets Hyatt Place franchise

Innisfree Hotels, Inc., in partnership with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, announces plans to build a 127-room Hyatt Place® hotel in Pensacola, Fla. that connects directly to the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Expected to break ground early next year, the hotel combines state-of-the-art amenities [...]

Photos from the Prostitution sting

Photos from the Prostitution sting

Cuts may be coming to Clerk offices

Here is a story that we will follow up on today. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill that changes how Florida funds its 67 clerks' offices, putting them on the same budget process as judges, public defenders and state attorneys. The paper predicts it will force court [...]

Staff proposes using General Funds for ECUA debt

There are three big items up for discussion during today's committee meetings of the Pensacola City Council: billing non-profits for parades, compensation and benefit study, and amending the inter-local agreement with ECUA over demolishing the Main St. sewage plant. The last item has attracted [...]

Scarborough honored at The Fish House

Scarborough honored at The Fish House

Collier Merrill hosted a party and book signing for Joe Scarborough,host of "Morning Joe," our former Congressman and one-time publisher and editor of our paper. Joe's book, "The Last Best Hope", is a bestseller that focuses how true conservatism can regain its national prominence. Speaking at [...]

Rubio picks up conservative endorsement

Miami Herald is reporting that South Florida conservatives aren't happy Gov. Charlie Crist being described as ''GOP's Barack Obama'' and ``the man who might be the answer to the GOP's problems.'' The GOP right wing wants someone more conservative to replace Bob Martinez in the U.S. Senate. That [...]

FBI looking at Sansom case

The St. Pete Times reports that the FBI is investigating the dealings of State Rep. Ray Sansom, former NWFS College Pres. Bob Richburg and developer Jay Odom. The trio is facing felony charges over allegedly securing $6 million in state funds for a college building that Odom may have planned to use [...]

Economic Development free week

Until Commissioner Gene Valentino or the Chamber releases any new or modified plans for economic development, we're taking a break. The pro GV side wants to focus on attacking the Chamber or individuals. No one seems to want to give any concrete reasons for supporting the elements of the GV plan [...]

Bingo hearing snafu

The Board of Adjustments wasn't canceled as I reported earlier. According to sources, Beth Barrios of Key Development (Bingo Casino and GV supporter) called the Perdido Key Chamber to let them know that the meeting had been canceled. Valentino’s aide, Dean Kirschner, mistakenly confirmed [...]

Buzz: Downtown post office may be closed

Buzz: Downtown post office may be closed

There is rumor buzzing downtown that the Palafox Place post office may be closed due to budget cutbacks. Not sure where the post office boxes would be relocated.

Tell me what you like about the Valentino plan

Tell me what you like about the Valentino plan

Post here what you like about the Gene Valentino Economic Development Plan. Share your reasons. Try to avoid general statements. Give the details that you believe make it better. If you have a specific link to supporting documentation, please include it. Do it without attacking the Chamber or [...]

Valentino gets a pass

The Escambia County Commission decided tonight to not vote on Gene Valentino's Pensacola Economic Development Authority. They apparently don't want to embarrass Valentino and would rather let the issue be discussed by the PEDC on July 2 ...before the commissioners vote down the PEDA, 4-1. I see [...]

Crist visits Pensacola

Lewis Bear, Jr. and Collier Merrill, III --the 2009 and 2008 IN Power list winners-- hosted a fundraiser for Gov. Charlie Crist tonight at The Fish House. State Sen. Don Gaetz introduced Gov. Crist and announced his endorsement of Gov. Crist's candidacy for U.S. Senate (which is hardly a surprise). [...]


What would Ronnie McNesby do? The PNJ's online editorial says that Ronnie McNesby would have done a better job of handling the K9 attack on Vickie White than Sheriff Morgan. Really? Really? In February 2005, a K-9 attacked a Gulf Breeze High School senior, Addison Salter, at a Valentine's Day [...]

Morgan responds

"We are still not sure what happened in this incident," Sheriff David Morgan tells the IN. "We have set protocols for these types of incidents." Morgan said that Internal Affairs has walked through several times what happened at the Heritage Oaks mobile home park where Vicki White was mistakenly [...]

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