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Poker coming to dogtrack

November 25, 2009

Mobile Press Register is reporting: “Officials at Pensacola Greyhound Track in western Escambia County expect the track’s poker room to open “around the end of January,” general manager Nick Schlikin said in a Pensacola News Journal…

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Tourism boomed this summer

November 24, 2009

Press Release: Despite a slow economy, tourism numbers in the Pensacola Bay Area were the second-highest in history. From Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009, overnight visitors to the area generated $133 million in lodging…

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Rawlins conduit to DC funds for NBM

November 23, 2009

From our research, one of the stronger links between No Boss Mayor and the ICMA is Beth Rawlins, a Clearwater political strategist who specializes in helping Florida cities stop efforts to convert to Mayor-Council formats and…

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Take Stock in Children

November 18, 2009

I attended today a luncheon for Take Stock in Children – a college scholarship program for Escambia County’s public school students. Each year, sixth grade public school students who are financially eligible can apply for this…

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ECSO seeks murder witness

November 16, 2009

Press release: Escambia Sheriff’s Investigators are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Terri Lynn Lewis, (40) of Pensacola, to call the Sheriff’s Office at 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers 433-STOP. Ms. Lewis may be a…

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Palm Beach Post questions Crist appointee

November 12, 2009

Dara Kam, political reporter for the Palm Beach Post, is in town investigating the recent Gov. Crist appointment of former ECSO CFO and current bar owner Steve Stevens to the Florida Public Service Commission. She caught…

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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 4

November 10, 2009

Opinion 4 THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY MUST STEP UP According to the most recent Quality of Life Survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, the leading concerns among local citizens are the “economy and job security.” The…

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Bay bridge not expected close

November 9, 2009

Latest Press Release: **Tropical Storm IDA – Lengthening Windy Period** The most current forecasts call for IDA to make land fall in Mobile county, AL. and to turn east sharply once it makes landfall. Although this…

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Valentino gains another opponent

November 2, 2009

Karen Sindel has filed to run against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino in 2010. Valentino now faces five opponents in the Republican primary, including former County Administrator George Touart, Andy Kowalski and Robert Kelley.…

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More on pensions

October 30, 2009

The comparisons are even worse. The Escambia County Public School District: 2006 5,668 employees, pension costs $14.9 m, cost per employee $2,632 2007 5,765 employees, pension costs $19.5 m, cost per employee $3,381 2008 5,676 employees,…

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Pension plan train wreck

October 30, 2009

One of the biggest examples of the financial risks in having an administrative branch of city government that isn’t directly answerable to the public is the city pension/retirement system. The staff – with the approval of…

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What is the CMP bond plan?

October 27, 2009

The bond financing plan recommended by staff and approved by the council uses New Market Tax Credits which will allow UWF to get $12,256,785 for the maritime museum (if the NMTC portion is approved in November).…

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Another regional alliance

October 26, 2009

Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama and Gov. Haley Barber of Mississippi will announce today the formation of “The Aerospace Alliance” —a four-state region from NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to Panama City, Florida whose mission…