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And what about the Police Pension

And what about the Police Pension

Ten years ago, the city's contribution to the Police Pension plan was a whopping $126,396. In this current fiscal year, it's $4,004,489! If the police union wants to ponder why there isn't any money for pay raises, they don't have to look too far. Less than 14 percent of the police officers live [...]

What do the city pension plans cost its residents

What do the city pension plans cost its residents

In 2000, the City of Pensacola had 56,255 residents and its total contribution to its fire, police and general pension plans was $2,479,380 ---or $44.10 per citizen. In 2008, the City of Pensacola had shrunk to 54,055 people and its total contribution to its fire, police and general pension [...]

Pensacola to rebrand itself

Following the re-brand of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Mayor Ashton Hayward will unveil the city of Pensacola's new brand on Wednesday, July 18 at special event at the Saenger Theater. We hear that he will change the city's name to [...]

Final EBO Report

The Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee will hear a final report tonight concerning the Equal Business Opportunity Program. The program was an effort to realize minority participation in the construction of the new park. George Hawthorne, who oversaw the [...]

City of Pensacola has a pension problem

City of Pensacola has a pension problem

Our paper has been writing the about the city's pension problem since 2008. The City of Pensacola can not afford the current pension plans offered to its general, fire and police employees. Past city council and city administrations have made terrible decisions regarding these plans that could be [...]

Mean Streets of Pensacola

Mean Streets of Pensacola

Quint Studer, co-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and founder of the Studer Group, stopped by the office this morning. We talked about the Memorandum of Understanding with the CMPA and City of Pensacola concerning his proposed office building at the Maritime Park, which will part of a future IN [...]

Farnborough International Air show means something this year

Farnborough International Air show means something this year

Mayor Ashton Hayward and the Greater Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce are in England for the biggest aerospace event in the world. This isn't the first time Escambia County has attended, but it may be the most important time. Airbus's announcement last week that it plans to build a [...]

Reconnect Disconnect

Reconnect Disconnect

Today’s meeting at Pensacola City Hall was billed as a Complete Streets Workshop, but the primary issue on everyone’s mind was much more specific. After a broad presentation by noted Complete Streets-guru Dan Burden, the floor was opened up for comment from the public, who cut straight to the [...]

The Yogi and the Brewer

Both businesses on the southwest corner of Seville Square offer customers relaxation. The current mood in this nook of Pensacola’s historic district, however, is anything but relaxed. “What we’ve got is an issue with a couple of tenants butting heads with each other,” said Robert [...]

CMPA executive director applies for Ft. Walton Beach city manager job

CMPA executive director applies for Ft. Walton Beach city manager job

Ed Spears, executive director of the Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA), is among the 33 people who have applied to be the city manager of Fr. Walton Beach. Their former city manager, Bob Mearns, was fired five months ago. To date, the city has received 33 applications for the job and [...]

Government St.-Reconnect Public Meeting

The city of Pensacola tomorrow will host the first in a series of meetings to discuss the reconnection of East Government Street. The public meetings were planned after a number of residents living on the street showed up to a Pensacola City Council meeting in March and expressed concerns about [...]

Rubio’s Right-Wing Dimples

Rubio’s Right-Wing Dimples

Back by the Science-Fiction section, at the end of the line, he was being referred to as “very visionary,” “very sincere” and “very  smart.” At the front of the line people described him as “fantastic,” “bright” and “something to reckon with.” It was a friendly [...]

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