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Poll: U.S. Senate race is wide open

Poll: U.S. Senate race is wide open

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Though Florida will have a closely watched U.S. Senate race next year, voters know little about the candidates who could wind up on the ballot, a new poll shows. "The U.S. Senate candidates in Florida might want to put their pictures on milk [...]

Another worthless city study, price tag $46.5K

Another worthless city study, price tag $46.5K

In my research on MCM-BAP and CBRE, I came across the 2013 market analysis that CBRE did for the mayor's office. It was to be the blueprint for how the international real estate firm marketed available property at the Community Maritime Park, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Backroom Briefing: Medical Marijuana supporters fired up

Backroom Briefing: Medical Marijuana supporters fired up

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Last week, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan wrote a $150,000 check to jump-start an effort to get a medical-marijuana initiative back on the ballot in 2016. This week, United for Care --- the political group behind the proposal --- started hiring [...]

Gaetz outlines $700M our area has earmarked in the FY 16 budget

Gaetz outlines $700M our area has earmarked in the FY 16 budget

The 2016 state budget to be voted on tomorrow will include an estimated $700 million for Northwest Florida education, transportation, economic development, environmental and cultural projects. “I am very grateful to our legislative delegation and to President Gardiner and Speaker [...]

MCM-BAP backs up, will submit a third plan

MCM-BAP backs up, will submit a third plan

At the Pensacola City Council workshop, Miami developer MCM-BAP said it will submit a revised proposal within the next three weeks. The new proposal, the third in six months, will include real estate taxes and common area maintenance fees. Meanwhile, I hope that the mayor's office and CBRE will [...]

Missing pieces to MCM-BAP MOU puzzle

Missing pieces to MCM-BAP MOU puzzle

A few more odd points concerning the MCM-BAP MOU: 1) The cover letter is on MCM-BAP letterhead but addressed to Willy A. Bermello of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. and Eric Valderrama of MCM, Munilla Construction Management LLC--the heads of MCM-BAP. There is a space for the City of Pensacola [...]

Podcast: State Rep. Clay Ingram tells how Northwest Florida did in FY 2016 budget

Podcast: State Rep. Clay Ingram tells how Northwest Florida did in FY 2016 budget

State Rep. Clay Ingram says the Naval Flight Academy, Pensacola International Airport and UWF did very well in the FY 2016 budget.

Mayor Hayward, CBRE against MCM-BAP proposal

Mayor Hayward, CBRE against MCM-BAP proposal

Mayor Ashton Hayward -through his COO Tamara Fountain- has come out against the modified deal from a Miami developer for four parcels at the Maritime Park, according to an article published in the daily newspaper today. Since January, CBRE, the city's real estate broker, has been negotiating a [...]

Clay Ingram on Pensacola Speaks today

Clay Ingram on Pensacola Speaks today

State Rep. Clay Ingram will be my guest on "Pensacola Speaks" today at 5 p.m. The show airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116. For iPhones and iPads, download the WCOA app from iTunes. For Androids, go to Google Play. [...]

Clinton leads Rubio, Bush in Florida

Clinton leads Rubio, Bush in Florida

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Democrat Hillary Clinton holds slight edges over Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in potential 2016 presidential battles in Florida, but voters are concerned about the honesty and trustworthiness of the former secretary of state, a new poll [...]

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

I spoke with Jim Reeves, chairman of the CMPA Board of Directors, last night. He agrees the June 8 offer by MCM-BAP is very different than the one his board voted on in January. Reeves described the new offer as "ridiculous" He also pointed out that if MCM-BAP used the same formula to calculate [...]

Miami Herald names Gaetz surprise star at Jeb rally

Miami Herald names Gaetz surprise star at Jeb rally

The Miami Herald writes State Sen. Don Gaetz delivered some of the best one-liners at Jeb Bush's campaign launch yesterday in Miami. Gaetz was the last speaker before Bush took the stage. Gaetz didn't hesitate to take a jab at Marco Rubio: "After eight years, we've learned this much: The [...]

Alexander nominated to be new Pensacola Police Chief

Alexander nominated to be new Pensacola Police Chief

It's official Chip Simmons is retiring as Police Chief and David Alexander will be nominated to the Pensacola City Council as his replace. Captain Tommi Lyter, who was once seen as the officer next line to replace Simmons, will be promoted to Assistant Chief. Here is the official press [...]

State Capital Briefs

State Capital Briefs

'LIP' DEAL STRUCK AS BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE Lawmakers have agreed on a formula to divvy up about $2 billion in local, state and federal funding for hospitals, resolving an issue that helped derail the regular spring legislative session and forced lawmakers to return to Tallahassee for a rare June [...]

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