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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…

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Bay Co. cuts impact fees

April 2, 2008

In an attempt to stimulate a lethargic economy, the Bay County Commission, in a split vote, approved a steep reduction in impact fees for 18 months. Fees for fire protection, parks and library needs were reduced…

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Springdale set to open baseball park

April 2, 2008

The Springdale, Ark. held a referendum for a 1-cent sales tax to pay for a minor league baseball park in July 2006 – about six weeks before Pensacola approved the Community Maritime Park. Springdale did not…

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Hospital scores are in

April 1, 2008

The HCAHPS are in for our hospitals and are available on the federal website:www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov HCAHPS is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care. HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers…

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Gannett Blog looks at PNJ

April 1, 2008

Jim Hopkins and his Gannett Blog take a look at the new front page design of the Pensacola News Journal – Hot Off the Press: Pensacola News Journal. The At-A-Glance link gives an interesting read on…

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Board closes 7 schools

April 1, 2008

Not here. The Volusia County School Board will close seven schools in three years. The five board members overwhelmingly voted to close the schools, saying they had no choice because they were “held hostage” by a…

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Business 101

April 1, 2008

Florida House leaders have proposed a $65.1 billion budget with no pay raises for state employees, but willl allow Gov. Charlie Crist to use reserves and trust funds if Florida’s tax collections continue to fall short.…