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Pensacola city government under federal investigation

Interim City Administrator Dick Barker notified the city council by email that the Feds are investigating the city and staff members are being questioned. No specifics were given. Maybe we will have press release tomorrow.

State Capital Briefs:  Primary results within a hour of polls close, victory for net fishermen

State Capital Briefs: Primary results within a hour of polls close, victory for net fishermen

MORE THAN 1.1M VOTERS CAST ABSENTEE, EARLY BALLOTS More than 1.1 million votes were cast in Florida before Tuesday's primary-election day began, with over 850,000 through absentee ballots and almost 300,000 during early voting, according the Department of State. During a press briefing Tuesday [...]

Marcus Pointe Country Club closing, can Pensacola afford to keep Osceola open?

Marcus Pointe Country Club closing, can Pensacola afford to keep Osceola open?

The News Journal is reporting that Marcus Pointe Golf Club that it will close its course at the end of this year. Rodney Sutton at Sperry Van Ness has the listing for the property. The reasons given for the closure are the downtown in golf popularity and the damage to the course and its [...]

NorthEscambia: Century and Pensacola lock horns over natural gas

NorthEscambia.com reports the Town of Century has finally received the records it requested from Pensacola Energy to investigate how the city of Pensacola has encroached into the small town's franchise area. Pensacola Energy currently provides natural gas service 47 of customers within the Town [...]

DJJ cancels service with controversial Santa Rosa provider

DJJ cancels service with controversial Santa Rosa provider

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has canceled a contract with a controversial operator of a 40-bed residential facility in Santa Rosa County, with potentially far-reaching implications for the way the state rehabilitates juvenile [...]

Slow voting

Slow voting

Reports from Santa Rosa and Escambia polling places are the voting turnout is very low. At 8:45 am only 68 people had cast their votes at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center.

There is a written report on jail blast, but we cannot see it

There is a written report on jail blast, but we cannot see it

Yesterday afternoon, we were told that attorney Ed Fleming had delivered to County Attorney Alison Rogers a written report on his investigation of the April 30 explosion at the county's Central Booking and Detention Center that killed two men, paralyzed a corrections officer and injured over 200 [...]

Benson attacks cowardly negative ads against Doug Underhill

Benson attacks cowardly negative ads against Doug Underhill

Anonymous automated phone calls and illegal mailers have flooded District 2 in Escambia County. All attack the challenger Doug Underhill, none of them mention the incumbent Commissioner Gene Valentino. None. In the past, these illegal negative ads have failed to win local elections - it was [...]

Dragons are coming, Sept 6

Dragons are coming, Sept 6

Inaugural Dragon Boat Festival to support Gulf Coast Kid’s House Come out to Bayview Park on September 6, 2014 beginning at 9AM for the inaugural Pensacola Dragon Boat Race and Festival, benefiting Gulf Coast Kid’s House. The event is hosted and organized by Northeast Pensacola Sertoma and [...]

PSC Receives $1 Million Gift from Lamar, Reilly and Switzer Families

PSC Receives $1 Million Gift from Lamar, Reilly and Switzer Families

On behalf of the Lamar, Reilly and Switzer families, Pensacola philanthropists Bobby, Charlie and John Switzer presented Pensacola State College President Edward Meadows and the District Board of Trustees with a $1 million gift today. As the lead gift, the $1 million goes toward construction [...]

Pensacola city boards filled mostly with white males

Pensacola city boards filled mostly with white males

The Pensacola City Council was given a report on the demographics of the 23 boards of the city. The boards aren't that diverse and don't reflect the demographics of the city. Women only make up 32 percent of the appointees.  Minorities - African-American, Hispanic and Asian-Americans comprise only [...]

350 Pensacola gains support of Climate Change Task Force

350 Pensacola gains support of Climate Change Task Force

From 350 Pensacola: Last week, more than 50 people attended a presentation by Mayor Patsy Parker of Perdidio Beach, AL. In November 2013, Parker was selected as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Parker spoke on how her community is smartly [...]

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