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County report: Wedgewood Pit Tour Video

On July 18, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May and State Representative Mike Hill toured the Wedgewood neighborhood to get a firsthand look at the various pit and landfill projects currently in operation in the neighborhood. The tour took place after Commissioner May and the entire Escambia [...]

City Public Records System still too political

City Public Records System still too political

This time last year, the State Attorney's Office issued a report on its investigation of how Hayward's administration mishandled public record request Four recommendations were made: 1. That outside training be brought in to train city employees regarding the Florida Public Records Law. [...]

Another Robocall for District 2 (audio link fixed)

Another Robocall for District 2 (audio link fixed)

Escambia County District 2 voters have been hit with another illegal, anonymous automated phone call attacking Doug Underhill. Underhill is running against Gene Valentino, who is seeking a third term. All the negative phone calls have focused on Underhill, none on Valentino. According to his [...]

Prisoners get invoices for medical care after jail blast

Prisoners get invoices for medical care after jail blast

Apparently Escambia County has not paid for the medical bills of inmates caught in the April 30 jail explosion. Prisoners who were treated for injuries suffered have started receiving invoices from the hospital. Here is one invoice that I was sent: DOC072

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Press Release: ECUA Board Member Vicki Campbell endorses Doug Underhill, cites Underhill’s “desire to collaborate on solutions” for Escambia County Emerald Coast Utilities Authority member Vicki Campbell announced today that she is endorsing Doug Underhill in the Republican primary for [...]

County could have as many as 100 borrow pits; some active, some not; all but one unregulated

County could have as many as 100 borrow pits; some active, some not; all but one unregulated

I was reviewing county records and news articles on Escambia County's feeble attempts to regulate borrow pits. In August 2011, Lloyd Kerr, then-director of Escambia County Planning and Zoning, told the commission that the county had six pits that weren't operating with a license and had at [...]

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American [...]

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Floridians really, really support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll released Monday morning. The poll found that 88 percent of Florida voters approve of medical marijuana, including 83 percent of voters age 65 and older and 95 [...]

Floridians overwhelmingly are concerned about climate change

Floridians overwhelmingly are concerned about climate change

courtesy Governor's office Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald reports that nearly seven in 10 likely Florida voters are concerned about climate change and nearly 80 percent want limits on carbon pollution from power plants, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group. "The [...]

Today is last chance to register to vote in August primary

Today is last chance to register to vote in August primary

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford reminds everyone that the last day to register to vote or change political parties for the August Primary is Monday, July 28. The Elections office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. on Monday, July 28. Florida law mandates that [...]

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Pitiful Escambia The most profitable illegal business in Escambia County appears to be dirt. The Board of County Commissioners learned last week that only one borrow pit has a permit to operate legally. Horace Jones, Jr., interim director of the county’s Development Services Division, [...]

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock [...]

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