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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Blasts Gambling Bill

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Blasts Gambling Bill

Tourism and hospitality leaders of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today came out strongly against late filed legislation to allow the expansion of gambling in the Sunshine State. House Bill 1233 by Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa), filed on the eve of Florida’s Legislative Session, [...]

Sweeping House gambling bill has casinos, more slots

Sweeping House gambling bill has casinos, more slots

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Las Vegas-style casinos, greyhound tracks without dog racing and slot machines at two pari-mutuels outside South Florida are all on the table in a sweeping House proposal released Monday. A statewide commission to oversee the gambling industry is [...]

Robinson seeks resolution on DJJ costs

Robinson seeks resolution on DJJ costs

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice owes Escambia County $6.6 million because it overcharged the county for juvenile detention costs. As FAC president, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson has been working to get some resolution on the issue. He mailed this letter to State Senator [...]

STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (LUNCH EDITION): MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (LUNCH EDITION): MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

By THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA SWOOPE TO HEAD NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FIRM Gray Swoope, whose last day as Florida's commerce secretary was Friday, will lead a new economic-development firm along with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Mississippi-based Butler Snow LLP on Monday announced [...]

Florida TaxWatch founder passes

Florida TaxWatch founder passes

Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog. "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a great Floridian, an esteemed Florida TaxWatch Founder, Chairman [...]

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

When Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had the UWF Haas Center conduct a phone survey of his constituents, he and his administration received a C+ for their communication program. Last year, several neighborhood issues popped up - Dollar Store in Cordova Park and parole and probation office in [...]

Weekly State Capital Roundup:

Weekly State Capital Roundup:

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The tickets to Associated Industries of Florida's annual legislative session-eve party are pinned to the bulletin board. Suits and sweaters are back from the dry cleaners. And Tallahassee's fickle pre-spring weather promises to turn balmy just in time to [...]

IN 2010: Victor Steen and the pursuit for justice

IN 2010: Victor Steen and the pursuit for justice

By Sean Boone Inquest Decides Wrongdoing In Teen's Death The nightly news flickers with a shot of blue lights. A voice follows with information regarding the death of a teenager in Brownsville. It's Oct. 4, 2009 and Cassandra Steen has just settled in for the evening--flipping television [...]

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

By Duwayne Escobedo In a roomful of the best and brightest newspaper and TV reporters from Mobile and Pensacola, no one dared ask the one question weighing on everyone's mind. No one put State Attorney Bill Eddins, State Attorney Investigator Allen Cotton, Medical Examiner Andrea Minyard or [...]

Life in the Florida Senate Thunderdome

Life in the Florida Senate Thunderdome

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pension reform. Gambling. Pot. Alcohol wars. Many of this legislative session's thorniest issues --- and more --- rest in the hands of Sen. Rob Bradley, a laid-back junior legislator and chairman of a committee dubbed by Senate President Andy Gardiner [...]

PPD reissues its crime statistics….friendly competition?

PPD reissues its crime statistics….friendly competition?

The Pensacola Police Department reissued its 2014 crime stats. How do they compare with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office? Overall Reduction in Crime PPD 8.0 percent ECSO 9.6 percent Violent Crimes Decrease PPD 5.1 percent ECSO 1.2 percent Burglary Decrease PPD 3.2 [...]

Grover sends viewpoint on flag debate

Grover sends viewpoint on flag debate

From Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson: Recently in talking with a citizen I mentioned the County spends over $300-million annually on its budget with little to no comments from the public. However, four pieces of cloth or historic flags send nearly everyone into comment. This is a [...]

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