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More Pensacola Exodus

April 7, 2008

Since I wrote the Outtakes on Pensacola Exodus, I’ve received a steady stream of emails on young people that have become discouraged about their futures in Pensacola. Here is the latest. I’ve taken out some of…

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Port costs Pensacola $1.45 mil

April 7, 2008

According to the 2007 audit, The Port of Pensacola revenue was down 41 percent last year. The operation lost $1.45 million. The staff is projecting fiscal year 2008 estimated revenues of $2.6 million – higher than…

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Area blanked out Dem delegate slate

April 7, 2008

The Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee elected Saturday a slate of 27 party leaders and elected officials for the Democratic National Convention. NONE ARE FROM NORTHWEST FLORIDA….just proves my recent Outtakes. Of the 27, three…

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Code Head Walker out

April 6, 2008

Code Enforcement Division manager Charlie Walker is taking early retirement – as we first reported. Walker has cost the county two lawsuits (Bubbas on Patrol), possibly more. WEAR TV 3 – Asked him about the packager…

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Petition to Crist for Markes

April 6, 2008

Dianna Fitzgerald and the Lissencephaly Network have an online petition asking Gov. Crist to help Erin Markes: Dear Governor Charlie Crist: Erin’s son was dealt one of the cruelest hands in life. Now, DCF in Florida…

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Wall Street Journal tackles hospitals

April 5, 2008

WSJ focused on the huge profits reported by non-profit healthcare systems – Nonprofit Hospitals, Once For the Poor, Strike It Rich. Riding gains from investment portfolios and enjoying the pricing power that came from a decade…

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Baptist merger costs county $1.07 million

April 5, 2008

If Baptist mergers/buys West Florida Hospital and the Davis Highway complex becomes a non-profit entity, Escambia County will lose $1,070,436 in property taxes annually. Not saying the merger/purchase is a bad thing, but the property tax…

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Escambia – Murder Capitol of NWFL

April 5, 2008

The Uniform Crime Reports Program of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released the 2007 Annual Statewide Crime Report. Once again, Escambia County is the Murder Capitol of Northwest Florida (20 – up from 11…

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County ombudsman to be created

April 5, 2008

The PNJ story on county reorganization missed a key point. The restructuring creates an “Ombudsman” position. The Ombudsman will hear taxpayers’ complaints or suggestions about county service and be tasked with helping the county improve or…

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Notes: BCC regular meeting 4.03.08

April 4, 2008

Rawson’s Providence Manor final plat passed unanimously. His Roads, Inc was given two more road contracts – Blue Pit Drainage Improvements for $126,126; Ziglar Road Improvements for $136,126.90. This was very good meeting for Rawson/Roads Inc.…

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Ford suggest deep cuts to commission salaries

April 4, 2008

According to WEAR’s Dan Thomas, Clay Ford has suggested to putting county commissioner pay on equal footing with state legislators. In Escambia County that would mean a pay cut of about 44 grand a year… Santa…

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Review of BCC add-ons

April 3, 2008

We’ve gone back a year and reviewed the minutes of every Escambia County Commission regular meeting. We can’t find another time that a commissioner has added a final plat to the agenda as an add on.…

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Notes: BCC agenda meeting 4.03.08

April 3, 2008

All County Commissioners present except Commissioner Grover Robinson, District 4. Call to order at 9:05 a.m. Items to be added to the agenda: Commissioner Kevin White added the “property exchange” issue to the evening’s agenda. Commissioner…

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Murzin polls voters

April 3, 2008

State Rep. Dave Murzin polled 1129 voters prior to this legislative session. They told him that they don’t want to make it easier for felons to get back their voting rights (64%). They overwhelmingly don’t want…

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Please be consistent, Mark

April 2, 2008

In his column today, Mark O’Brien praises the relocation of the Main Street Sewage Treatment plant. Call me crazy, but I feel optimistic about Greater Pensacola’s economy. The official ground-breaking takes place April 11 on what…