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Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Context Florida: Here we go again, another Pensacola ‘what-if?’

Shannon Nickinson has written a viewpoint on the Bruce Beach lease for a fish hatchery. City officials are finalizing a lease agreement to build a fish hatchery and research facility on city-owned property at Bruce Beach. We've been talking about this since June of 2011. The agreement would [...]

Judge rules in online defamation case, anonymous does not stay anomymous forever

Judge rules in online defamation case, anonymous does not stay anomymous forever

A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owners of Philly.com to disclose the identity of a person who posted a comment online calling the plaintiff a pedophile. The ruling came in a defamation suit filed by John J. Dougherty, who sued the anonymous poster and had subpoenaed Philadelphia Media [...]

Hayward continues to rake in campaign contributions

Hayward continues to rake in campaign contributions

The Airport Food Concessions and North Hill/DCC controversies had no impact on Mayor Ashton Hayward's ability to raise funds for his 2014 re-election campaign. Hayward raised $12,050 in March, bringing his monetary total to $92,175. The March figure is the third best fundraising month for the [...]

Weekend Buzz: North Hill, New County Administrator, More Food trucks Coming

Weekend Buzz:  North Hill, New County Administrator, More Food trucks Coming

Food trucks coming in May Sherry Morris, the city of Pensacola’s Planning Services Administrator, has sent to the city council a draft document outlining the City's upcoming Food Truck Pilot Program, which is modeled after in New Orleans. “We believe that this program will be a good [...]

Jack Brown selected new Escambia County administrator

Jack Brown selected new Escambia County administrator

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners voted today to name Jack Brown, Taylor County administrator, its new county administrator. Though the final vote was 5-0, the process to get to that vote was torturous...for Chairman Lumon May, the audience and the news media. Chairman May opened the [...]

County taking ECUA to court

Coming out of its 'shade' meeting, the Escambia County Commission voted to go back to court and ask ECUA to be the joint receiver of the Innerarity Island utility system. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

County will discuss resolution of DJJ cost sharing formula, savings $750K annually

County will discuss resolution of DJJ cost sharing formula, savings $750K annually

The Escambia County Commission will discuss today a settlement with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice that will split the shared detention costs. The Department of Juvenile Justice issued a letter dated November 27, 2013 on the reconciliation of shared detention costs for FY 2012-2013 [...]

Notes on Airport Concessions hearing yesterday

Notes on Airport Concessions hearing yesterday

Judge Gary Bergosh heard arguments for nearly five hours on a temporary injunction request by Robert de Varona, the airport’s food concessionaire, to prevent the city from removing and storing his restaurant kitchen equipment, furniture and other items. Begun at 2 p.m., the hearing didn’t end [...]

Varona tells employees good bye and thank you

Varona tells employees good bye and thank you

Note: Steve Barnes sends in articles occasionally for this blog. His focus has been sports, but he sent me this on Robert de Varona's final meeting with his employees. Robert de Varona hosted on Tuesday a dinner at O’Brien’s Bistro for his former employees and their families. In fact, it [...]

Varona attorney confirmed no deal

Jesse Rigby of Clark Partington Hart called to confirm there is no deal between his client, Robert de Varona, and the city of Pensacola. He said his firm has had no direct communication with Mayor Hayward, City Attorney Jim Messer or Airport Director Greg Donovan. All conversations have [...]

Wait a second. Varona says there is no deal

Just got off the phone with Robert de Varona. There is no deal with the city. "There is no agreement at all," said Varona. "This is very unprofessional of the mayor to release anything about items of a potential agreement while we are still negotiating."

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

I asked Tamara Fountain who hired the Coastal Association Law Group attorney to represent the city on its dealings with Robert de Varona. I also requested who approved the letter that Trawick sent on Friday - Varona. Fountain said that Trawick was hired by the city attorney, Jim Messer. "I [...]

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