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Varona closes

December 7, 2008

This morning Robert DeVarona met with the employees of Varona’s and told them that Varona’s Restaurant had closed as of Saturday, December 6. Mr. DeVarona expressed his thanks for the community for their support and to…

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Ice Pilots make Fetid Five

December 7, 2008

The Reading (Penn.) Eagle lists the 2007-08 Pensacola Ice Pilots as the one of the all-time lousiest teams in the ECHL: 2007-08 Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-44-9) Pensacola had several bad seasons, but last year was the…

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Escambia County clones first man

December 7, 2008

Apparently Escambia County has figured out how to clone its Human Resources Director, Rod Powell. Powell is still listed as the county’s HR head (see website), but is also listed as the HR director for Augusta,…

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PNJ editor explains further cuts

December 7, 2008

The executive editor of the Pensacola News Journal, Dick Schneider, explains in today’s edition the paper’s plans to make further cuts in its coverage. As some had predicted, the daily will shrink to two sections on…

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Sansom still in trouble

December 7, 2008

St. Pete Times reports this morning that Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom did more than help his new employer, Northwest Florida State College. Sansom also got his friend and campaign contributor, Jay Odom, $6 million to…

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Tale of public records request from airport

December 5, 2008

From: Rick Outzen [mailto:rick@inweekly.net] Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:41 AM To: Frank Miller; Al Coby Cc: Sean Boone Subject: Public information request Mr. Miller and Mr. Coby: I am writing to request all internal memos,…

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BTW: Patels wrote more checks to BOCC

December 5, 2008

Did a little more digging on the campaign contributions to the incumbent Escambia County Commissioners. The Patels, who have proposed the electric car factory in Century, has contributed to the campaigns of Marie Young ($500) and…

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More on proposed PJC training facilty

December 5, 2008

Spoke with County Attorney Allison Rogers. The actual purchase price for the land is around $2.7 million. The $11 million dollars was gifted in 2005 to PJC. The college was able to get the matching funds…

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It’s late

December 4, 2008

Have spent much of my afternoon and night pouring over emails on the airport hotel lease. Frank Miller and his staff wanted a hotel on the airport property. That is very clear. Didn’t matter that the…

Politics

Tale of Airport Appraisals

December 4, 2008

as told by emails: The day before the Pensacola City Council approves the Exclusivity Agreement with Innisfree Development (Dec. 12, 2007), Dan Flynn, Manager of Properties and Development at the airport, sends an email to appraisers…

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How the exclusivity agreement came about

December 4, 2008

Spent three hours today reviewing internal staff emails and other correspondence regarding the Airport Ground Lease with Sandspur Development. It cost the Independent News over $200 for the privilege of seeing the documents and getting copies…

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Boone report: HCA/West Florida says deal is alive

December 4, 2008

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to West Florida Hospital spokesman Kendrick Doidge, the $550 million deal that would have West Florida buyout Baptist Healthcare has been delayed. Rumors have recently speculated the two had canceled…

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Buzz: Baptist/West Florida deal off

December 4, 2008

Update: Baptist spokesman says the deal is still on, but is delayed until the bond market recovers. We are hearing the Baptist Hospital purchase of West Florida Hospital may be off. There is a rumor that…

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Mack delivers the smack

December 4, 2008

Councilman-elect Diane Mack is upset with the political appraisal given by an Innisfree director on the chances of passing the airport lease. Mr. Richard Chism Director of Development Innisfree Hotels Baybridge Professional Park, Bldg. 113 Gulf…

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Fogg bets on SEC championship

December 4, 2008

The Mobile Press Register reports that Mayor John Fogg has a bet with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on Saturday’s Alabama-Florida game. If Alabama wins, Fogg has to donate $150 in cash or goods to the Bay…