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Poarch Creek Indians are constructing a building for Escambia County casino

Poarch Creek Indians are constructing a building for Escambia County casino

NorthEscambia.com reports that the Poarch Creek Indians have begun construction on a building in the Nokomis community in north Escambia County where they want to open the county's first casino, or as William Reynolds writes "or it may just become a one-stop marijuana shop." He reports: "They [...]

Buzz: Pensacola City Council may be awakening…very slowly

Buzz: Pensacola City Council may be awakening…very slowly

Councilman Brian Spencer is asking the city administration to look into panhandling and homelessness. He wants the city to review the Florida League of Cities' recommendations. Councilwoman Sherri Myers has already asked to place on the March agenda repeal of the city's 2013 homeless ordinances [...]

Civil Rights leader tells story of plot to kill him

Civil Rights leader tells story of plot to kill him

Last night the Escambia Democratic Womens Club honored Rev. H.K. Matthews for his role in the Civil Rights history of Pensacola. Matthews talked about "Bloody Sunday." "Bloody Sunday" was depicted in the Oscar-nominated film "Selma." On March 7, 1965, 600 marchers assembled in Selma, Alabama [...]

Pot farm or casino – which is in Escambia County’s future?

Pot farm or casino – which is in Escambia County’s future?

Once again, Escambia County is in the middle of statewide, possibly national, controversy. This rumoring has been bubbling for months. The Poarch Creek Indians - who own the Pensacola Greyhound Track and the Atmore, Ala. Wind Creek Casino - have been pushing Gov. Rick Scott to get the rights to [...]

The civil rights story of Rev. H.K. Matthews

The civil rights story of Rev. H.K. Matthews

On my office wall is the cover of our March 25, 2010 autographed by Rev. H.K. Matthews. He will be speaking tomorrow at a special event, hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Escambia County on the legacy of Selma. It is at The Improv, 375 N. Pace Blvd from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free and open to [...]

Gaetz family pushes for greyhound racing reform

Gaetz family pushes for greyhound racing reform

When Florida senators start the annual legislative session March 3, one of the first issues they will take up is a bill that would require reports to be filed with the state about injuries to racing greyhounds. The Senate has put the measure (SB 2), filed by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, atop a [...]

Florida First Amendment Foundation writes Governor and Cabinet

Florida First Amendment Foundation writes Governor and Cabinet

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR SCOTT AND THE MEMBERS OF FLORIDA'S CABINET We are writing today to express our deep concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding the firing of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey and the hiring of his replacement, Rick Swearingen. There is intense public [...]

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners will be receiving a $5.4 million FEMA grant for flood control improvements. The plan, which was approved last night by the BCC, has the county contributing an additional $1.25 million. The work will cover Bristol Creek, Bristol Park, Ashbury Hills, Pin Oak [...]

Commissioner Barry’s initiative started – Operation Night Light

Commissioner Barry’s initiative started – Operation Night Light

Press Release: The Operation Night Light Project has begun in the Ensley Redevelopment District. The resolution was adopted by County Commissioners in 2014. The purpose of the outdoor lights is to help lower crime rates, increase property values and deter activities that can negatively affect the [...]

City to hold public meeting on engineering study. Will mayor attend?

City to hold public meeting on engineering study. Will mayor attend?

The city of Pensacola announced this afternoon it will hold a public meeting to discuss engineering study findings for the April flood event for the Long Hollow and Downtown Pensacola areas. City consultants will make presentations on report findings and proposed solutions. Funding and grant [...]

Local Rising Star stays on Atwater leadership team

Local Rising Star stays on Atwater leadership team

SaintPetersblog.com reports that Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced a number of changes in leadership. Ashley Carr,an IN Rising Star, who currently serves as Deputy Communications Director, will remain the department's chief spokesperson and media relations contact. Jon [...]

Court upholds ban on openly carrying guns

Court upholds ban on openly carrying guns

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In what judges described as a first-of-its-kind case, an appeals court Wednesday upheld a Florida law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms, finding that the restriction does not violate constitutional rights to bear arms. The ruling [...]

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