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State owes Escambia County $1.7 million, says it cannot pay it

State owes Escambia County $1.7 million, says it cannot pay it

We keep hearing how much money the state of Florida has, thanks to the leadership of Rick Scott. In September, Florida had a projected surplus of $845 million in fiscal year 2014 even after meeting current enrollment needs for schools and health care programs such as Medicaid and setting aside $1 [...]

Outtakes #2: Can’t Make This Up

Outtakes #2: Can’t Make This Up

My friends in other parts of the country often write about this paper’s reporting. They wonder how could such a small place have so many weird political characters and antics that seem more like characters in an Elmore Leonard novel than real people. My reply is we can’t make this stuff [...]

News story #2: Failure to Serve

News story #2: Failure to Serve

At September Escambia County Commission meeting, a half-dozen disabled citizens and bus drivers appeared before the commissioners to speak against the extension of the ADA contract with Pensacola Bay Transportation (PBT), the Mobile, Ala.-based company that has handled since 2001 transportation for [...]

Weekend Buzz: Missing doc in Hayward vs. The Fish House, Charlie Ward to coach in Pcola, more buses for disabled

Weekend Buzz: Missing doc in Hayward vs. The Fish House, Charlie Ward to coach in Pcola, more buses for disabled

Hayward’s Case Against The Fish House Weakened The city had to admit to us that it doesn’t have a signed partial assignment of the Pitt Slip with Seville Harbour to Merrill Land. The partial assignment is a lynchpin in Mayor Hayward’s claim that the restaurant and Atlas Oyster House [...]

Outtakes #4: Sucker USA

Outtakes #4: Sucker USA

For a place that is so tough on its leaders and anyone who tries to push this community, it’s amazing how susceptible we are to hucksters, scam artists and out-of-towners looking for “sweetheart” deals. Show us a slick PowerPoint presentation, tell us how great you are, maybe hand out a [...]

IN cover #4: Get Out of Jail Free

IN cover #4: Get Out of Jail Free

This story by Jesse Farthing was largely ignored by mainstream media. An inmate at the Escambia County Work Release Facility checked himself out of lock-up every day to go to a job that did not exist. While out in the community, he allegedly committed burglary, grand theft and murder. Read more. [...]

Outtakes #5: How Do You Like Us Now

Outtakes #5: How Do You Like Us Now

Last year, Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson blasted the local media declaring we were the worst enemy of the county. Most of his ire was directed at the Pensacola News Journal for their coverage of his alleged involvement in the personnel decisions at the county’s equestrian center, [...]

News story #6: Into the Sunshine

News story #6: Into the Sunshine

The control over Escambia County’s tourism marketing and its $5.5 million was moved this fall out of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and into the hands of Visit Pensacola, Inc.--an independent non-profit formed by the hotel industry. What seemed like a simple process became complicated as groups [...]

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

I thought last week was going to be quiet, my bad. Maybe--just maybe--this week we can step away from the melodrama of Pensacola politics. In the days between Christmas and New Year's Day, I will post my top five IN Cover stories, Outtakes, News stories and Florida Voices/Context Florida [...]

December timeline for ST Aerospace MOU

December timeline for ST Aerospace MOU

I thought it might be helpful to have a timeline of this month's events regarding the MOU with ST Aerospace. The sequence of press releases and statements made to the media is significant. Thursday, Dec. 5 Scott Luth, Greater Pensacola Chamber VP for economic development, asks the Escambia [...]

Escambia County will discuss ST Aerospace in January, City says it has a Plan B

Escambia County will discuss ST Aerospace in January, City says it has a Plan B

The County has said they will discuss ST Aerospace in January. Meanwhile Tamara Fountain, the mayor's spokesperson, told Pensacola Digest: “Of course we are still hoping that the county wants to participate. But if they for some reason can’t provide that money, we have some other options [...]

Stephanie George gets sentence commuted by Obama

Pensacola native Stephanie George was sentenced in 1997 to a mandatory life sentence when police found drugs in a lockbox in her attic. The drugs were her ex-boyfriend's who testified against her and got out of jail six years ago. The New York Times wrote about her case. Read more. Today [...]

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