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Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Long-sought regulations on Florida's commercial parasailing industry, along with a measure about crimes against unborn children, are among 32 laws that go into effect Wednesday. A number of the new laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2014 [...]

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Critical City Council Vote Last week, the daily newspaper cited the city's natural gas utility, Pensacola Energy, for having some of the oldest pipes in the country. The situation could be worse if not for the foresight of city leaders in 2011. Mayor Ashton Hayward, with the help of then-Chief [...]

Mayor works on lasting solutions to April flooding

Mayor works on lasting solutions to April flooding

courtesy Governor's office In his latest "Upwords," Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward writes that the city has taken action on 62 different flood recovery projects, completing 37 of them. He said, "Staff is working through the FEMA process simultaneously and I expect the City to be fully [...]

City Employee and Police pensions graded D

City Employee and Police pensions graded D

A report released Thursday by the LeRoy Collins Institute said local-government pension plans continue to place a significant burden on municipalities across Florida. The report evaluated 151 local pension plans, including the city of Pensacola general employee and police pensions. The two [...]

Women candidates to speak Sept. 30

Women candidates to speak Sept. 30

Six of nine women candidates running for office in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will bring their campaign messages to the Women’s Civic Forum on Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the large meeting room of the downtown Pensacola library at 239 North Spring [...]

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Arthur Shimek sent me an email this morning that his client, Paul Galusha, won his case,#2013 CA 001565, against the city of Pensacola and received a verdict for $ 318,541.58. However, because the city has sovereign immunity, Galusha will only receive $100,000. Inweekly published a story on [...]

Poll show Governor’s race too close to call

Poll show Governor’s race too close to call

By DARA KAM and JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Less than two months before Election Day, Florida voters are split between their top two choices for governor, but they agree on one thing --- neither candidate turns them on. That's according to a poll by Quinnipiac University [...]

Political Forum for State House and Congress tomorrow

Political Forum for State House and Congress tomorrow

On Thursday, September 25th, 11:15 am - 1 pm, Women for Responsible Legislation will be hosting a political forum at Pensacola City Hall with candidates running for Florida State Representative, and for Congress. These forums are open to the public so all are invited and encouraged to attend. [...]

County murmurs

County murmurs

Last night the Escambia Board of County Commissioners approved its 2014-15 budget. At request of a commissioner (mostly likely Gene Valentino), the Escambia County Sheriff's budget request for $750,000 for additional deputies was voted on separately. Commissioners Valentino and Wilson Robertson [...]

Marriage Equality Celebration in Pensacola tonight

Marriage Equality Celebration in Pensacola tonight

Tonight at Seville Quarter, the ACLU of Florida and the Pensacola Alliance for Equality are hosting a celebration of the federal court decision striking down Florida’s ban on allowing and recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples, as well as discussing opportunities to advance LGBT equality [...]

Weekend Buzz: Millers appeal, Mean Gene

Weekend Buzz:  Millers appeal, Mean Gene

Attorney Robert Rushing told Inweekly over the weekend that Terik Miller and his parents will appeal his eligibility to the FHSAA. People on the west side aren't surprised Superintendent Malcom Thomas didn't offer leniency, only disappointed. ---- Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

Volume 1 of the Main Street Projects has 1,250 pages, which seem daunting to review but hundreds of the pages are duplications of the same memos, specifications and reports. Roads, Inc of Northwest Florida was awarded the $1.4 million contract. There were four change orders, last including a [...]

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