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County planning and zoning seeks to stretch power

Expect more delays in construction and development in Escambia County if this policy change is allowed to be enacted: --Email-- TO: All Engineers FROM: Frank Breaux, Chief Short Rang Planning Director, Planning and Zoning DATE: February 8, 2007 RE: Submittal Procedures for As-Built [...]

City has budget shortfall – $5 million

City has budget shortfall – $5 million

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM SAM HALL: All: I received a phone call today from Tom Bonfield. The City is expecting a $5.4 million shortfall this year. Council will meet on Monday, February 26, 2007 to discuss options. The date was set earlier when the shortfall was expected to be $1.8 [...]

Brownsville is tough to clean up

Brownsville is tough to clean up

Operation Brownsville isn't the first attempt by Sheriff Ron McNesby to clean up that area. However, it may be the most intensive. (You will need a West Florida Regional Library card to check out the links) After McNesby took office in 2001 he tried to clean up Brownsville March 2001: 23 [...]

State property tax solutions have problems

State property tax solutions have problems

Gov. Crist's idea of doubling homestead exemptions has a heavy price tag for local governments - $608.6 BILLION.  He has already backtracked some and said that it won't apply to education budgets, but Crist is overlooking the impact on police, fire and health services that all depend on property [...]

Blog Views – 2/12/07

Blog Views – 2/12/07

Brownsville case for Annexation

Brownsville case for Annexation

If Brownsville was inside the city limits of Pensacola, would it have been allowed to deteriorate to level it was before Operation Brownsville? No, the Pensacola Police Department, the City's code enforcement and neighborhoods departments would have been fighting to improve that area on a daily [...]

Operation Beat David Morgan?

Operation Beat David Morgan?

I've been hearing and reading on the PNJ website that the real impetus for Sheriff Ron McNesby's 30-day effort to clean up Brownsville was a BLAB program by 2008 Escambia Co. Sheriff candidate David Morgan. Found this copy of the show on Morgan's campaign web site (David Morgan for Sheriff 2008 [...]

Blog Views – 2/11/07

Blog Views – 2/11/07

Local GOP splintered

Local GOP splintered

There is no organized local Republican Party - yes. the women meet, but they don't have much say in who runs or doesn't run for local offices. The negative side of the House District 3 primary has upset the Scarborough camp which has successfully backed such winners as Esc. Co. School [...]

Oops, Whitehead forgot these

Oops, Whitehead forgot these

In the daily newspaper, Commissioner Mike Whitehead defended his and his fellow Escambia County Commissioners' decision to not rollback taxes when they had $31 million windfall in property tax revenues - Viewpoint: Necessities, mandates took majority of tax increase. According to Commissioner [...]

PNJ Sunday Paper Review

PNJ Sunday Paper Review

Woke up early with too much time on hands: At the crossroads - Washington bureau chief Larry Wheeler writes of the gov't red tape involved in rebuilding a two-lane road from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach. Apparently it's easier to build a road in Iraq. Wheeler is a good reporter. Residents [...]

Inside the head of Pensacola workforce

Inside the head of Pensacola workforce

CMPA, Community wins

Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA) board approved the master developer request for proposal and hired a search firm to do a national search for an executive director. Those who worried about insider deals - it isn't happening. This board is doing it right. 1. Master developers must show [...]

Other Hawkshaw updates

Website almost ready. City of Pensacola has given us conceptual approval of the site. We're negotiating with Budweiser and Miller to see which will be the beer sponsor which means I will have to switch from Corona. Q100 & Cumulus are helping us find bands. Booking agents have be contacted [...]

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