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Food and beer now available at Pensacola International Airport

Food and beer now available at Pensacola International Airport

It has taken nearly a year, but Mayor Ashton Hayward's vision of having national brand food service at the Pensacola International Airport has become a reality. Einstein Bros. Bagels will no longer be serving from a kiosk in the pre-security area. The vendor will join Pensacola Beach House in [...]

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

The Internal Revenue Service has been auditing Escambia County's volunteer fire departments. The agency ruled the stipends paid to volunteer firefighters are taxable wages subject to all employment taxes. Escambia County will have to pay the IRS over $78,000. Volunteer firefighters receive [...]

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

The Naples News reports that former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey was forced out of office by Gov. Rick Scott. Why is that an issue? The FDLE commissioner is a Florida Cabinet appointment and can't be removed without a vote of the cabinet - which includes Scott, [...]

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meets on Friday

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meets on Friday

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will hold its first meeting on Friday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 until 4:45 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building in Tallahassee’s capitol complex. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live on the Florida Supreme Court’s Gavel to [...]

Pensacola City Council may change law so it can meet less often

Pensacola City Council may change law so it can meet less often

Council President Andy Terhaar has proposed changes to the city code and city council rules that will require that the Pensacola City Council only have one regular meeting a month. The recommendation is based on the discussion held at council workshop on December 11. Over the past few years, [...]

Proposed new contract of Escambia County Administrator

Proposed new contract of Escambia County Administrator

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners will vote tonight on a new contract of County Administrator Jack Brown. The new contact ■ Would supersede the existing contract and thus would commence January 9, 2015 and run through January 8, 2018; ■ In addition to an initial three (3) year [...]

Randy Oliver new Citrus County administrator

Randy Oliver new Citrus County administrator

Randy Oliver, the former administrator of Escambia County, is the new county administrator for Citrus County, Florida. Yesterday Citrus Commissioners unanimously approved his $140,000 contract . Oliver was the unanimous choice of commissioners, who interviewed five finalists in December. He had [...]

Psst, someone needs to tell Pensacola City Council a hard freeze is coming

Psst, someone needs to tell Pensacola City Council a hard freeze is coming

Late this afternoon, the Pensacola City Council will release its agenda for its Jan. 15 regular meeting. Will the council discuss the recommendations made by its task force on homelessness? Cold, arctic weather is coming. A hard freeze is predicted for Wednesday night. The city council last [...]

Walton clerk joins Santa Rosa and Okaloosa in halting courthouse weddings

Walton clerk joins Santa Rosa and Okaloosa in halting courthouse weddings

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports the Walton County Clerk of Courts Alex Alford and his staff will no longer conduct wedding ceremonies at the courthouse. Alford joins Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in halting courthouse weddings before they had to deal with same sex marriages Alford [...]

Viewpoint: Let’s Tell the Truth About the CSA Battle Flag Origins

Viewpoint:  Let’s Tell the Truth About the CSA Battle Flag Origins

By George Hawthorne President, Diversity Program Advisors, Inc. I have seen and heard the comments from “CSA Battle Flag” supporters that have invoked the “teachings of tolerance” of Dr. M.L. King to justify flying the CSA battle-flag. However, Dr. Martin Luther King said two things [...]

Memorable quotes from Florida governors still resonate

Memorable quotes from Florida governors still resonate

I'm a fan of Peter Schorsch and his SaintPeters.blog. Today he highlighted a few memorable quotes from the inauguration speeches by Florida governors. Each is a gem. Reubin Askew, 1971: "It has been said that government cannot solve all of society's problems. In that, I could not agree more. But [...]

Weekend Buzz: County government sprints into 2015

Weekend Buzz: County government sprints into 2015

This week is packed with important meetings that will impact Escambia County on various levels. New regulations for borrow pits and C&D landfills, RESTORE funds, storm water, three-year contract for county administrator and tourism will be discussed this week. Escambia County will hold two [...]

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