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Grant writing

March 22, 2007

Spoke with some friends that do grant writing for a living. Standard commission for a grant writer ranges from 1% to 5%. The whole administrative side budget for a grant (which includes commission and all other…

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What did Front Porch audit find?

March 21, 2007

The auditor found several problems with the  financials of Front Porch. We’ve obtained copy of the board’s response to the issues raised by the auditor and the board’s plan to make the necessary corrections. Read pdf: …

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MacNeil resigns

March 21, 2007

We just received information that Front Porch chairwoman Michelle MacNeil has tendered her resignation from the Pensacola board.…

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Susan Story letter on Front Porch

March 21, 2007

Here is the letter from Gulf Power that Thelma Manley mentioned at her press conference on Front Porch. The letter (dated Aug 8, 2003) is a request from Susan Story to the Gulf Power Foundation board…

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Pelicans on TV

March 21, 2007

Cox Sports Television (CST) and the Pensacola Pelicans have announced its three-game television schedule today. In the second year of a two-year agreement, CST will broadcast three home games for the Pelicans from Pelican Park on…

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MOB idea – sell parks for housing

March 21, 2007

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien writes today: The city has more than 90 parks and recreation sites, which offer lots of open space but are costly to maintain. The smart thing: Sell a few of those that…

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FAMU money problems

March 21, 2007

I almost hesitated posting this because I felt it might look like I’m piling on African-American leaders for poor financial management. But this is news. Miami Herald reports that auditors have found several problems at Florida…

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Manley-Front Porch analysis

March 21, 2007

Yesterday’s Front Porch press conference leaves more questions than answers. There is still conflicting information. The state is doing the right thing by suspending the operations of Front Porch until the inspector general can fully investigate…

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Buzz: Front Porch press conference

March 20, 2007

IN editor Duwayne Escobedo attended the press conference and reports: Surrounded by about two dozen friends, family, black community leaders and some of the Governor’s Front Porch Revitalization Council of Pensacola board members, Thelma Manley denied…

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Thelma Manley

March 20, 2007

A review of the PNJ newspaper archives reveals that Pensacola Front Porch had a rocky start. Manley became community liason after director Johnny Crawford was ousted for excluding community input. State leaders had to intervene and…

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History of Pensacola Front Porch

March 20, 2007

The daily has had two articles on possible irregularities with Pensacola’s Front Porch and allegations of community liason Thelma Manley misusing funds. PFP was part of Gov. Jeb Bush’s faith-based initiatives – similar to what his…

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Global Warming, Local Solutions

March 19, 2007

Press release: PENSACOLA, FL March 19, 2007 – Sustainable West Florida and Gulf Coast Environmental Defense, in coordination with other local organizations, today announced a campaign to raise public awareness about global warming and address climate…

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IMPACT 100, now IMPACT 472

March 19, 2007

…not really. They’ll keep the IMPACT 100 name, but the good news is they will now give 4 grants of $118,000 each. Press release: IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, is pleased…