HIP squad on patrol

November 26, 2007

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has a new unit that will fight crime during this holiday season – High Intensity Patrol unit (HIP). The Hippies (our name for them – not the ECSO) will patrol mall…

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What we wrote about Actigraph

November 26, 2007

The daily newspaper writes today on Actigraph – seven months after we report on it ( Andrews pays and heals). This means the PNJ may report on the volunteer fire departments any day now.…

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Insurers have record profits

November 26, 2007

The Pensacola News Journal reports that insurers area worried about 2008 hurricane season. Allstate and the Hartford companies want major rate hikes that they claim are needed to get through the 2008 hurricane season/ They are…

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Thanksgiving mysteries

November 23, 2007

We need Jessica Fletcher (“Murder She Wrote”) or Frank Grissom (“CSI”) to help us solve these Thanksgiving Weekend mysteries: 1. What happened to the Escambia Volunteer Firefighters reorganization and audit? 2. Is “Front Porch” dead? 3.…

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Does budget process matter?

November 23, 2007

The SRIA asking for $10 million from the Escambia County Commission begs an even larger question. Why wasn’t the beach parking in the 2007-08 budget for the county or SRIA? We are seeing half a dozen…

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20 years still no beach parking

November 23, 2007

The daily newspaper has an article on the Santa Rosa Island Authority asking the county commission for $10 million for more beach parking. The key paragraph that really speaks to local government’s inability to act on…

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2007

Taking today and tomorrow off. Have a great Thanksgiving. Will be back Friday. -Rick…

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Tampa lays off city workers

November 20, 2007

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced he was laying off 100 more city workers. He also outlined a three-year plan to make 11 changes to make government more efficient. The changes…

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How about being proactive?

November 20, 2007

The thought struck me this morning – Why didn’t Escambia County government have a plan to help out local cultural groups while the Saenger Theater is being renovated? Shouldn’t there have been a plan to help…

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Perdido Beach mouse moves to Alabama

November 20, 2007

From the Mobile Press Register U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Darren LeBlanc holds an Alabama beach mouse that was caught as part of a trapping project aimed at giving scientists a better idea of how…

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Time for White to grow up

November 19, 2007

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White showed his lack of maturity once again over the Pensacola Children’s Chorus’s request for a reduction in rent for its performances at the Pensacola Civic Center. White is still upset that…

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Too many elementary schools

November 19, 2007

The daily newspaper catches up with we have been talking about on the blog for awhile: school enrollments. The pdf of the actual number of pupils in each elementary school is very interesting. Remember in an…

Former Zoo Director speaks out

November 19, 2007

The Daily News has a video interview from former Zoo Director Doug Kemper. Kemper stays supportive of the facility. Check out video…

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Edwards coming to Destin

November 16, 2007

The Daily News reports that Democratic candidate John Edwards is coming to Harbor Docks in Destin. It ain’t gonna be cheap to get in to see him. Tickets to the event are selling for $1,000. A…

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Why is 450th worth celebrating?

November 16, 2007

Pensacola is the only city in the U.S. that can do this. We are the oldest settlement and the celebration reinforces our claim to fame. All the major TV networks are talking about coming here. Unlike,…