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Passing of the gavel at Escambia County Commission meeting had humor and gratitude

Passing of the gavel at Escambia County Commission meeting had humor and gratitude

A standing room-only crowd packed the commission chambers to see the gavel passed from outgoing chairman Gene Valentino and his successor Lumon May. May took the opportunity to both honor and poke fun at the outgoing chairman. May called up Maureen Valentino to stand with her husband while he [...]

Weekend Buzz: Mud, Dollar General, Grover and Stallion

Weekend Buzz: Mud, Dollar General, Grover and Stallion

Pensacola’s Mud Island Eighteen months after the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park opened, the city has a problem with the retention pond at the park. The liner has floated to the surface, forming a mud island. Mark Taylor, a CMPA board member, said that it is too early to conclude [...]

Commissioner Robinson top local campaign fundraiser in October, followed by Mayor Hayward

Commissioner Robinson top local campaign fundraiser in October, followed by Mayor Hayward

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections has the October campaign finance reports for the 2014 elections on his website. Starting last month, all candidates must report on their campaign finances on a monthly basis, instead of quarterly. Only six candidates reported any money contributions [...]

Daily reveals who selected Visit Pensacola board

Daily reveals who selected Visit Pensacola board

Carlton Proctor wrote in today's daily newspaper about the selection process of the initial board of directors of Visit Pensacola - the 501(c)6 non-profit formed to replace the Greater Pensacola Chamber's Tourism Advisory Committee that managed tourism marketing for the county (and its $5-$6 [...]

Why question Visit Pensacola? Because the public has been left out of the process

Why question Visit Pensacola? Because the public has been left out of the process

More than likely Visit Pensacola, Inc. --the new non-profit formed by the hotel industry to be laser-focused on tourism -- will be approved today to be in charge of the county's $5-$6 million of tourism tax revenue. The public has only had two days to review the documents that its organizers [...]

Visit Pensacola and its bylaws gain approval, final vote may be Thursday…or not

Visit Pensacola and its bylaws gain approval, final vote may be Thursday…or not

By Jesse Farthing Yesterday's Committee of the Whole meeting of the Escambia County Commission focused heavily on Visit Pensacola, Inc. and its proposed governance and bylaws. Ron Ellington opened by immediately asking that the commission move the proposed voting date from Dec. 5 to Nov. 21, [...]

Visit Pensacola in the Sunshine

Visit Pensacola in the Sunshine

This morning Escambia County citizens will get to hear, for the first time in a public forum, about the latest set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola, Inc. -- the new 501(c)6 organization that wants to control $5-6 million in tax dollars generated by the hotel industry. The discussion will be held [...]

Musical chairmanships at Escambia County Commission

Musical chairmanships at Escambia County Commission

The part of the BCC Nov. 7 meeting that got me the most text messages wasn't the Patels protesting their near-arrest. No, people were fascinated and disturbed by the discussion over the rotation of the commission chairmanship. The board has a policy to rotate the chairmanship in order of the [...]

Weekend Buzz: Great quotes, missing check, DIB murmurs and taming the stallion

Weekend Buzz: Great quotes, missing check, DIB murmurs and taming the stallion

Quote of the Week: "Everyone is shrugging shoulders up here as if the guy next to them is crazy." --Gene Valentino, Escambia Board of County Commission chairman Second best quote, via Tampa Tribune: “George LeMieux is a Mount Everest of ambition shoehorned into a molehill of a man." --GOP [...]

Officer report on Patel incident tells a different story

Officer report on Patel incident tells a different story

Nash Patel and his wife had an incident with Escambia County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday night when he reported an alleged burglary at his brother-in-law’s Marcus Point home. He and his brother appeared before the the Escambia County commissioners last night during the Board of County [...]

Commissioner May comes to aid of parade organizers

The daily newspaper has an article on how the volunteers that have organized the Pensacola Veterans Day believe that they have been given the runaround by the city of Pensacola. The Florida Department of Transportation toughened requirements this year for its “Maintenance of Traffic” [...]

Transit union delays strike

Transit union delays strike

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395 Negotiating team has agreed to postpone the strike it set for next Monday, Oct. 21. The union will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday with the First Transit --the company that runs Escambia County Transit Authority for the county. The negotiating session will be [...]

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