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Another observation from Monday Council Marathon

Another observation from Monday Council Marathon

The height of dysfunction is to hold a council workshop on a film commission, have city staff make a presentation, and not have any council support for the proposal. A simple request for a show of hands from city council members in June would have been enough to see if there was any interest to [...]

Mayor’s office sneaks in bad news updates at end of five-hour meeting marathon

Mayor’s office sneaks in bad news updates at end of five-hour meeting marathon

The Pensacola City Council met for nearly five hours yesterday: agenda review, CRA meeting and council workshop. At the very end of the last meeting, City Administrator Eric Olson chose to give updates on a litany of outstanding city projects. Some of the news was good, but most of it was [...]

Chief Simmons retirement celebration on July 15

Chief Simmons retirement celebration on July 15

A retirement celebration is scheduled for Wednesday (July 15) to honor Police Chief Chip W. Simmons, who is retiring after 29 years with the Pensacola Police Department. The reception will begin at 2 p.m. at the Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center, 913 South I St. Simmons began his [...]

Former DEA agent pre-files for Escambia County Sheriff

Former DEA agent pre-files for Escambia County Sheriff

Press Release: John D. Johnson, a local law enforcement veteran and resident of the Oak Grove community in Escambia County pre-filed for the office of Escambia County Sheriff. Johnson, a Republican, is a 34-year law enforcement veteran. Johnson was first employed in 1979 by the Commanche County [...]

Pensacola City Council workshops film commission and climate control

Pensacola City Council workshops film commission and climate control

The Pensacola City Council holds its monthly week of meetings this week (Calliope music playing in the background). The city leaders will its regular meeting on Thursday. Today the council has the agenda review, CRA and a workshop. At the workshop, Mayor Ashton Hayward's Pensacola Economic [...]

Pensacola celebrates 194th anniversary of becoming U.S. territory on Friday, July 17

Pensacola celebrates 194th anniversary of becoming U.S. territory on Friday, July 17

Historian John Appleyard called the office. This Friday, July 17, Pensacola celebrates becoming part of the United States. Military Gov. Andrew Jackson accepted the West Florida territory from the Spanish at 10 a.m. on July 17, 1821 in what is now Ferdinand Plaza on South Palafox. The American flag [...]

Orlando attorney pours funds into medical marijuana effort

Orlando attorney pours funds into medical marijuana effort

A political committee leading a renewed effort to pass a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana raised nearly $293,000 in June, with about $233,000 of the money coming from an Orlando law firm headed by prominent trial attorney John Morgan, according to a newly filed report. The [...]

What do the Twitter accounts of the presidential candidates tell us?

What do the Twitter accounts of the presidential candidates tell us?

If Twitter voted for the Presidential Primary, it would be Hillary Clinton (3.81 million) versus Donald Trump (3.11 million), according to website Spokeo.com. The contest might be even closer, using twitteraudit.com – we find that a full 35% of Hillary’s followers are fake followers (based [...]

NRSC Memo: Miller close to making decision on U.S. Senate race

Ward Bake, executive director of National Republican Senatorial Committee, sent out a memo giving his analysis of the various U.S. Senate races in the 2016 election cycle. His analysis on Florida said that Rep. Jeff Miller and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera "appear to be close to making a [...]

Lutimothy May laid off by city of Pensacola

Lutimothy May laid off by city of Pensacola

Rev. LuTimothy May is no longer Mayor Ashton Hayward's community outreach administrator. The man who chaired the mayor's transition team in 2010, and whom Hayward has referred to as being one of his spiritual advisers, was told on Monday that the city was reorganizing and his position had been [...]

National Sheriffs’ Association Presidential Straw Poll has Huckebee leading

National Sheriffs’ Association Presidential Straw Poll has Huckebee leading

Several candidates for president spoke at the the National Sheriffs' Association's (NSA) 75th Anniversary Conference and Presidential Forum in Baltimore, MD last week. NSA members voted in the first-ever straw poll, giving top support to Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Ben [...]

Hayward fails to put Studer leases on July agenda

Hayward fails to put Studer leases on July agenda

(Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today) Mayor Ashton Hayward isn't starting off the second half of 2015 much better than the first half. The most talked about new projects for downtown Pensacola are the University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and the conference center that the [...]

Podcast: Bergosh pre-files for County Commission District 1 seat

Podcast: Bergosh pre-files for County Commission District 1 seat

School Board member Jeff Bergosh has pre-filed to run for Escambia County Commission District 1 seat. Incumbent Wilson Robertson has already announced that he will not seek another term. Bergosh came on News Talk 1370 WCOA yesterday to talk about his decision and give an update on the Newpoint [...]

Mayor Hayward 2015 midterm: chicken biscuits and confederate flag

Mayor Hayward 2015 midterm: chicken biscuits and confederate flag

The Hayward administration has struggled to find significant wins to tout during the first six months of 2015. Press releases on airport food can only take you so far. If he can turnaround the projects that have hit snags, Hayward's second half could finish strong. If not, the private sector [...]

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