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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 [...]

Raad Cawthon: Never got paid

Raad Cawthon: Never got paid

I asked Raad Cawthon about the work he did for Cy Keefer and the bingo casino - as per the emails that were released by Commissioner Gene Valentino last week. "Not much too it," says Cawthon. "Keefer contacted me to help him roll out the project. They were planning a big announcement in [...]

Last batch of Valentino emails

Last batch of Valentino emails

I will try to summarize all these emails and give my analysis by Sunday morning. Part 2 pages 1-20 Part 2 pages 21-35 Part 2 pages 36-50 Part 2 pages 51-72

Actual Valentino emails for you to read

I realize it may be frustrating for you to get the emails in a piecemeal fashion. Here is the first batch received as part of the third public record request made by attorney Gregory Smith. I apologize for the lightness of some of the emails, but these are copies of copies of copies. Pages [...]

County property values drop more than city

County property values drop more than city

I realize I'm trailing the PNJ on releasing this information, but I've been working on the Valentino emails. According to County Budget Director Amy Lovoy: "Based on the Property Appraiser’s estimate, the County’s property taxes will be about $6.5 million less than in the current year. [...]

Consolidation Commission almost set

The officers of the Escambia County Consolidation Commission were elected last night. Two positions have yet to be appointed--one by NAACP, one by Ministerial Alliance. Former Florida Supreme Court Judge Ken Bell is the chair. Dr. Rick Harper of the UWF HAAS Center is the vice chair and retired [...]

Commissioners can’t cut pay

The Bay County Commissioners are finding that they can't cut their salaries. The News Herald reports that the Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take a 10 percent pay cut starting this October. Sounds great, right? Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson tried a similar move last [...]

It’s official

Press release: The University of West Florida has announced the appointment of Kyle Marrero as interim vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida effective Aug. 1. Marrero currently serves as the director of the UWF School of Fine and Performing Arts and chair of [...]

PEDC minutes

PEDC minutes

The draft of the minutes of the May 28 PEDC meeting have been released, as per our records request last Friday. Chairman Gene Valentino did tell the group that the meeting was scheduled at the request of Sam Hall and himself and that they had met to discuss setting the agenda for the PEDC [...]

Crossing government lines

The discussion on Sam Hall's stance on ECAT - that it should bring a better operational plan before the City Council approves a dedicated funding source, i.e. gas tax - drew several comments yesterday. I do believe that it's not the City Council's role to manage ECAT. I understand the argument [...]

Mack responds to Pension ideas

From Councilwoman Diane Mack: Dear Rick, In response to today's blog post regarding Dr. Pratt's pension proposal, I would ask that you give thoughtful attention to the following: * If Dr. Pratt's proposal passes, the actual savings to the FY 2010 budget would be, at maximum, [...]

FYI: U.S. Commerce press release on $2M for Tech Park

Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Announces $2 Million Investment to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Pensacola, Florida EDA Grant Expected to Create 670 Jobs and Generate $27 Million in Private Investment WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a [...]

Consolidation Special Advisory Committees set

SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Charles Wood Elected Chairman; Meeting to be set at in next two weeks Pensacola Junior College: Dr. June Line Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Charles Wood Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce: Dana Story Pensacola Downtown Improvement [...]

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