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Unrest in the black community

The arrest of John Wyche for allegedly misusing nearly $500,000 has got leaders in the black community nervous. Though some will admit off the record that Wyche maybe a crook, there still is fear that the black leaders are being targeted. There is "circle the wagons" mentality developing. The [...]

Oops, Sansom letter went to reporter

The major daily newspapers in Northwest Florida have articles on Randy Sansom, the older brother of State Rep. Ray Sansom, raising money for the indicted official's legal defense. Ray Sansom has been charged with official misconduct and perjury over dealings with then Northwest Florida State [...]

Valentino recruited Sindel to run against Grover

We've published the email in which Commissioner Gene Valentino cursed his fellow commissioners Grover Robinson and Kevin White and said he wanted to garner support to run a candidate against them (Read email). Commissioner Valentino told PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien: ""I regret those comments" [...]

The Economic Development Question

Does the Escambia County Commission want to create the PEDA - Pensacola Economic Development Authority - or any government body to control and handle day-to-day operations of economic development in the county? Yes or No. Commissioner Gene Valentino's motion should be "I move that the [...]

Nodine misstated private commitment

Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine misstated the private sector's commitment to economic development. He said it was $10 million commitment over two years. The program called Partners for Growth is a five-year commitment. 80 Mobile area businesses have pledged $9.24 million over five [...]

Lee’s Summit EDC close to Chamber plan

One of Gene Valentino's experts was Jim Devine, president/CEO of Lee's Summit (MO) Economic Development Council. It is a public-private partnership with the business community providing significant dollars....sounds like the Chamber concept. Its public and utility members include: • City of [...]

No need for PEDC review, only one decision

Economic Development hinges on one decision that only the Escambia County Commission can make: Should Valentino's PEDA (Pensacola Escambia Development Authority that has the commissioners appointing themselves or personal representatives) be in charge of economic development? All the other [...]

Valentino/Birdwell strategy

Their strategy is clear--delay voting on economic development as long as possible in hopes of building a ground swell against the Chamber. Yes, against the Chamber, not for Commissioner Valentino's vague proposal. It's clear in Valentino's comments that his issue is with the Chamber. A very [...]

Commissioner Valentino’s comments

The BOCC referred the economic development to the PEDC for further discussion. Here are Commissioner Valentino's comments on today's meeting (the emphasis is his): I’m excited and grateful that the dialogue and engaging conversation surrounding economic dev and the future of it will continue [...]

Valentino show

Commissioner Gene Valentino presented his "plan" to the Escambia County Commission. Jane Birdwell worked the PowerPoint presentation and coached the commissioner during the meeting. Valentino led a series of "experts" through conference calls. GV had prepared questions that he led the callers to [...]

Sen. Nelson is coming

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. at Plaza de Luna at the end of Palafox. He is holding a series of press conferences along Northwest Florida to lambast a plan that would open up the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling.

Charter commission sets public hearing

This is a big week for local government. On Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m., the Escambia County Commission will discuss economic development at its Committee of the Whole. The hockey lease and a funding request for Gulf Coast Aerospace Defense (which was tabled on May 14) are also on the agenda. [...]

County may drop longevity pay

Escambia County is looking for $17.1 million in budget cuts. County Budget director Amy Lovoy has made these recommendations to the BOCC: -- Eliminate longevity pay after Sept. 30, 2009. Those already receiving longevity raises would continue at their current rate. Currently county employees get [...]

Nuclear power coming to Escambia County?

Nuclear power coming to Escambia County?

Is Gulf Power planning to build a nuclear power plant in north Escambia County? William Reynolds of NorthEscambia.com thinks its possible. The electric utility has spent over $2.1 million to date to purchase about 550 acres in the Cox and Roach Road areas and another 55 acres nearby along the [...]

Escambia County Community Land Trust

What is it? Who is it? Found a December 2005 Florida Trend article by Charlotte Crane. "In 2003, three businessmen incorporated the Escambia County Community Land Trust to develop housing to help relieve a shortage of affordable homes for the county's low- and moderate-income residents." The [...]

Wyche arrested

Perennial candidate John Wyche has been arrested and charged with the misappropriation of almost $480,000 in state funds intended for use by Life Skills Center, a local charter school that was closed last summer. Wyche, president and director of the not-for-profit Escambia County Community Land [...]

MPDP Davison responds to criticism

Scott Davison, the vice president of development for Maritime Park Development Partners, has sent at letter to the CMPA. Davison writes that he did have discussion with City Council members regarding the need for a meeting between all stakeholders in the project to discuss the flexibility of [...]

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