South Florida Sun-Sentinel: The Florida Legislature ended its annual session without achieving its No. 1 goal: reducing property taxes. Legislators did, however, vote to increase property taxes by $546 million. It happened because of the way Florida allocates money for schools. The new state [...]
St. Petersburg Times: A St. Petersburg Times analysis of county property appraiser data has found that one out of 10 homes would not benefit from a plan recently floated by House Speaker Marco Rubio. Many of those who would be left behind live in lower-cost housing, including mobile homes or [...]
The Florida Association of Counties has put together a "communications tool kit" to help local officials influence public opinion through the media, the Internet and volunteers. Let's see if our local politicos will use it.
Last night's Escambia County Commission meeting had State Rep. Dave Murzin in attendance as the County Administrator George Touart and the Commissioners danced around how they will deal with reduced revenues if the state legislature rolls back tax rates (County blasts legislator). It gave Com. [...]
Rick's Blog has been added to Blognetnews.com (www.blognetnews.com/Florida ). The site carries the best of Florida's blogs, plus a quick guide to where debates are raging in the comments, a list of news stories bloggers are linking to and which blogs are attracting the most readers
Finally woke up. Slept all day Monday to recover from Hawkshaw. Festival went off without a hitch, Cowboy Mouth/Zac Brown Band/ Dash Rip Rock closed the weekend strong. Over 5000 active duty and their families enjoyed the weekend free. The bands loved the event. Special thanks to [...]
We had 1,002 paid customers and about 3,200 active duty military throughout the day. No bad incidents. The crowds heard great music all day long. Highlights: 60 Cycles of Sound, Ligion and Coffey Anderson. Ligion spent an hour signing autographs in Q100 tent for Marines and others. [...]
Today Jeff DeWeese and I spoke at 6:30 p.m to 2000 Marines at NAS Pensacola about this weekend's music festival. We personally invited them to come. The past two hours we have had 1000 visitors to INweekly.net. The power of the Internet is awesome.
A reliable source reported that WCOA's Pensacola Speaks host Luke McCoy will retire. Trying to find out a few more details. Since the Community Maritime Park vote, WCOA's ratings and ad revenues have fallen drastically. McCoy used his show to champion Marty Donovan and the Save Our City clan - [...]
SATURDAY Mostly Sunny Mostly sunny and beautiful for the morning. Mostly sunny and beautiful in the afternoon. Clear in the evening. Clear overnight. High 81; Low 59 SUNDAY Partly Sunny Partly sunny in the morning. Partly sunny in the afternoon. Clear during the evening. Clear overnight. [...]
Seminole County has a problem. In April, a fingerprint analyst was suspended with pay, mostly for identifying prints that other analysts have since said were inconclusive. The Orlando Sentinel reports: "The analyst at the center of a growing fingerprint controversy worked for a boss who didn't [...]
Wonder how the phone industry got the Florida Legislature to rewrite the cable franchise laws and allow the phone companies to offer TV cable service without getting any approval from local governments? BellSouth spent at least $1,020,110 -- an average of $11,460 daily -- to lobby state agencies [...]