Politics

Roads Inc paid $12.3 million

February 22, 2008

As per a public request, we have found that Roads, Inc has been paid $12,352,346.36 this decade for work for Escambia County. FY 2001 $586,588.99 FY 2002 $600,261.71 FY 2003 $692,557.91 FY 2004 $1,719,261.77 FY 2005…

Sheryl Crow coming to Pcola

February 22, 2008

WILDFLOWER TAKES A DETOUR THROUGH PENSACOLA! SHERYL CROW ON APRIL 26! Pensacola, Fla – 9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will breeze into the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday April 26th. The celebrated singer/songwriter has sold over…

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What’s wrong with Escambia County

February 22, 2008

Last night’s county commission meeting is the perfect example. A contractor – who has made hundreds of thousands from the county in the Hurricane Ivan clean-up and who employs the former county administrator’s son (or at…

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County code enforcement

February 22, 2008

The 2007-08 budget for code enforcement is $2,454,000. It’s funded by fines and fees ($1,654,000), General Fund ($300,000) and Solid Waste ($500,000). Two years ago the budget was $1,296,349. Hmmmmm – budget has doubled. Must be…

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Roads Inc catfish pond

February 22, 2008

Last night the Escambia County Commission revoked the stormwater permit for a pit that Roads, Inc has claimed for two years was a catfish pond. According to the PNJ article, Roads Inc. president Cody Rawson said…

Showdown on court funding

February 22, 2008

Our court system is expensive. In this area, law enforcement has an “arrest everybody” attitude. State attorney has a “try everybody” attitude. And the courts get clogged. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Legislature wants to…

Code enforcement has problems

February 22, 2008

This week Sheriff Ron McNesby took away the badges and arrest powers of the Code Enforcement officers. Why? Because of the liability. The Bubbas have overstepped their authority and have two civil lawsuits. Yesterday the county…

Education of the Superintendent

February 21, 2008

Whether the Superintendent of Schools has a PHD doesn’t matter. It is a false issue. The School Superintendent needs to be a leader. He can hire educators, financial experts, etc. Don Gaetz was the Okaloosa County…

Arnold pre-files

February 20, 2008

Asst. Superintendent Ronnie Arnold has filed to run for the Escambia County Superintendent of Schools. We also received this email this morning from Arnold: I will be out of the office until Monday, February 25 on…

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Presidential Politics

February 20, 2008

On IN Your Head Radio, two of top political writers in the South: Jackson Baker (Memphis Flyer) and Max Brantley (Arkansas Times). Listen online from 1-2 p.m. newsradio1620.com…

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Notes on Council fire vote

February 20, 2008

The Pensacola City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 707. Councilman Mike Wiggins was absent from the meeting. Councilwoman Jewel Cannda-Wynn asked whether the proposed…

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State still pursues Allstate

February 20, 2008

From Orlando Sentinel: Insurance regulators on Tuesday filed a complaint seeking to suspend Allstate’s authority to write new insurance policies in Florida in response to what they said was the company’s continued failure to provide requested…

St. Joe Co. loses big in 2007

February 20, 2008

St. Joe Co. reported quarterly net income plunged to $1.0 million, compared with earnings of $22.3 million in the last quarter of 2006. For 2007, St. Joe reported net income of $39.2 million, a 23-percent drop…

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Okaloosa counts on military to weather recession

February 20, 2008

The Daily News reports a study released by Enterprise Florida concluded that military spending remains one of the state’s leading growth industries. It’s particularly valuable to Northwest Florida, where defense-related spending accounts for 35 percent of…

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Pace Award winners

February 20, 2008

Emerging Leader Of The Year was given to Mike Hicks – CEO of Hixardt Technologies Business Leader Of The Year was given to Keith Gregory – Cox Communications Professional Leader Of The Year was given to…