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Lionfish on the menu

Lionfish on the menu

by Jeremy Morrison Lionfish are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The invasive species — filling local waters at an alarming rate in recent years— threatens to take a serious bite out of the native environment. “These lionfish are not only established, they are thriving and they are [...]

Newpoint update: Bergosh speaks out, FDOE letter, NEP fights, Edgar investigates

Newpoint update: Bergosh speaks out, FDOE letter, NEP fights, Edgar investigates

School Board member Jeff Bergosh has issued a statement on the Newpoint issue. Last Friday, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas recommended that the school board terminate its charter agreements for the three schools run by Newpoint Education Partners. Bergosh is upset with how the superintendent's [...]

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

The Shakopee City Council yesterday voted to enter into negotiations with Bill Reynolds, former Pensacola city administrator (2011-2013), as Shakopee’s next city administrator. The city of Shakopee has an estimated population of 39,167. It's southwest of Minneapolis and the county seat of Scott [...]

A Better Way to Give debuts at council workshop

A Better Way to Give debuts at council workshop

A city council workshop was held Monday to discuss the issue of homeless people in Pensacola and how they should be handled. As of right now, there are ordinances that prohibit people from “camping” in public areas, like parks and under the I-10 interstate, as well as “panhandling”, which [...]

Pensacola Opera appoints new director

Pensacola Opera appoints new director

Press Release: Pensacola Opera’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Maestro Jerome Shannon as the company’s new Executive Director. Shannon has been acting as Interim Executive Director since January, and has been involved with the Opera as Music Director and Principal Conductor [...]

Viewpoint: The Murky History of CMPA Board

Viewpoint: The Murky History of CMPA Board

By Christopher Lewis At 4 pm today, the Pensacola City Council will hold an extraordinary "emergency" special meeting during which it may vote to remove all 12 Trustees of the private developer Community Maritime Park Associates, Inc. (CMPA) Board – the 11 appointed by the Council and the one [...]

Local ad group opposes film ordinance

Local ad group opposes film ordinance

I received this email from the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation: To All AAF Members: The Pensacola City Council is considering an ordinance that would require a special permit (and fees) to do commercial photography or filming on public property. It is scheduled for a [...]

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Two weeks ago, Inweekly reported on a local delegation that visited Cuba seeking to build relationships and test the waters for possible business opportunities ("Creating a Pensacola-Cuba Connection"). In today's Tampa Tribune, Albert Fox, president of the Tampa-based Alliance For Responsible [...]

Newpoint in trouble in Bay County

Newpoint in trouble in Bay County

The company that runs three charter schools in Escambia County had its grant applications for two new schools in Bay County denied. The Florida Department of Education said the schools, Newpoint Bay Preparatory Academy and Central High School, were denied based on "serious concerns" about [...]

Podcast: Evers looking at Congressional race

Podcast: Evers looking at Congressional race

State Senator Greg Evers said yesterday on “Pensacola Speaks” that his seriously looking at running for Congress. “We keep all options open, but yes, we're definitely looking at that very seriously,” said Evers. “Keeping in mind, this all hinges on what Jeff does. If Jeff does not run [...]

Special meeting on CMPA board tomorrow

Special meeting on CMPA board tomorrow

The Pensacola City Council will hold an Emergency Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, beginning at 4:00 P.M., Council Chambers, 1st Floor of City Hall, 222 West Main Street. To discuss Community Maritime Park Associates, Inc. (CMPA) – Appointment and Removal of Trustees on the CMPA, and [...]

PS Today:  Greg Evers and his political future

PS Today: Greg Evers and his political future

State Sen. Greg Evers is being mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress (should Jeff Miller go for the U.S. Senate), Santa Rosa County Sheriff and even Commissioner of Agriculture in 2018. He will be on Pensacola Speaks today at 5:12 to talk about all these options. Pensacola Speaks [...]

Nothing said about Newpoint issues with the school gave its quarterly report

Nothing said about Newpoint issues with the school gave its quarterly report

In its press release today, Newpoint pointed out: "Over the past 4 years of operation, Newpoint Pensacola High School and Academy have had numerous levels of oversight which indicate solid operations. Some examples include: AdvancED Accreditation review, monthly financial reports submitted to the [...]

Newpoint claims terminations politically driven

Newpoint claims terminations politically driven

The daily newspaper has received an email from Carla Lovett, Newpoint Education Partners’ vice president for curriculum and instruction. The tone is more combative than what has been sent to Pensacola Newpoint parents and faculty. She said that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas’ recommendation [...]

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