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Grover speaks out on hotel-condo idea

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson (version 4.0) has issued a position paper on the hotel-condo issue. He is recommending the maximum stay be cut from the proposed 16 weeks to 12 weeks.  The projects have central reservation systems and standard furnishings. The largest share available [...]

Gulf1 webmaster threatens single mom

This email was forwarded to me by a single mom (with two small children) who wanted to unsubscribe from the email blasts of gulf1.com. After several attempts, she asked for help from the webmaster. All she got was a rude, demeaning email from the webmaster. She then sent an email with a phone [...]

SRIA will decide what’s a hotel

SRIA will decide what’s a hotel

SRIA chairman Vernon Prather is drafting an ordinance to define what is a hotel room. The broad will discuss and vote on it at its May 8th meeting. What's at stake: Pensacola Beach has reached its cap on residential units - which includes condos - Portofino has about 700 units. Hurricane Ivan [...]

Better Osceola idea

Better Osceola idea

Mark O'brien makes a strong argument against the Osceola Golf Course - General Fund has paid $260K over last three years to operate it. For Jan-Mar rounds played are down - which could be more a function of the weather, but Mark concludes it's due to lack of interest. What MOby misses is the [...]

FPL to help pay for going underground

Currently FPL (and Gulf Power) require local governments to pay all costs to place utility lines underground. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a proposal by Florida Power & Light (FPL) intended to provide an incentive for local governments to move overhead power lines [...]

A lesson from Va. Tech murders

The mass murderer at Va. Tech, Cho Seung-Ho, was a stalker. The first victim was a girl - Emily Hilscher - with whom Cho was infatuated. Other female students also had problems with Cho: At Virginia Tech, in September 2005, poet Nikki Giovanni had Cho removed from her class at Virginia Tech after [...]

More GOP Congressmen in trouble

More GOP Congressmen in trouble

The Miami Herald has an article about two more Republican Congressmen in trouble for illegally profiting from their party leadership positions when the GOP held the majority in the House. On successive days, Wednesday and Thursday, Reps. John Doolittle (Calif.) and Rick Renzi (Ariz.) disclosed FBI [...]

Girls Gone Wild founder sentenced

Girls Gone Wild founder sentenced

It took a Panama City judge to put GGW founder Joe Francis behind bars. Francis pled guilty yesterday to a contempt charge and was sentenced to 35 days in jail. ``I am sorry for my behavior. It was wrong. I had heard about appeals and things and I was confused. I am sorry, I really am,'' said [...]

Robo calls under fire

Robo calls under fire

If you hate those automated phone calls from candidates, their wives, supporters and family pets, then take heart. State Sen. Jim King (Rep - Jacksonville) has introduced a bill that curtails pre-recorded political "robo calls" to voter. It passed the Senate Commerce Committee on [...]

House sales tax proposal hurts young, locals and active

House sales tax proposal hurts young, locals and active

The South Florida Sun Sentinel did a great story analyzing the House tax proposal that would raise state sales tax to 8.5 percent. Jonathan Hamilton, chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Florida. says it impacts young people more than other age groups. He says the reason [...]

Has daily axed local columns?

Has daily axed local columns?

Last column by Mark O'Brien is dated April 16. Last column by Carl Wernicke - April 15 Last column by Reggie Dogan - April 14 The only opinion columns have been from Earle Bowden (on the Beach road named after him) and Richard Scheider (explaining why he put a photo of a mass murderer on [...]

Infant mortality close to Miss. levels

Infant mortality close to Miss. levels

Sunday edition of the NY Times had an article on infant mortality Mississippi among blacks. In 2005, 17 out of every 1,000 children born to black parents died, up from 14.2 per 1,000 the year before. The paper blames the reversal on a combination of obesity, poverty and cuts to social [...]

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