I have written my weekly column “Outtakes” for The Independent News since 1999. The columns show my struggle to help my paper and Northwest Florida battle the “storms” of hurricanes, oil spills and corrupt politicians. Someone has to be that guy that challenges the status quo. I’m that guy.
In Northwest Florida, readers argue over my columns, but they have to read them every week. That is just the way I like it.
People like to joke that Pensacola is five years behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, but once something catches on here, it spreads exponentially across the community. How [...]
This week another slice of the Greater Pensacola Chamber turkey is about to be carved off the carcass. At a special board meeting of the chamber, CEO Jerry Maygarden discussed the need to separate [...]
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s missteps are never his fault. The blame is often placed instead on his staff, former city managers or the Pensacola City Council. Last year, he and his former [...]
I appreciate when a politician breaks ranks and looks past the surface of an issue to take a stand that his party might not initially approve of. We live in an age of sound bites and tweets that [...]
The recent controversy over food trucks in downtown Pensacola has brought to the surface a problem that city officials and the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) have avoided discussing publicly. [...]
Last week George Touart sent the Escambia County Commission his resignation letter. He isn’t well and said his body could no longer keep up with demands of being the county administrator. The [...]