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Good news from city hall

Good news from city hall

Mayor Ashton Hayward's office sent out its digital newsletter highlighting good news in the city of Pensacola. From Private Sector Three projects have gotten approval from the Architectural Review Board. The PNJ estimated total investment from private sector for these projects to be $60 [...]

Special session falls apart

Special session falls apart

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A special session called to redraw state congressional lines was derailed Friday, the latest sign of growing acrimony between Republican leaders of the House and Senate. The end of the session without agreement on the shape of Florida's 27 [...]

Pratt featured in MIT Technology Review

Pratt featured in MIT Technology Review

I found this nice article about Dr. Jerry Pratt, senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. In October, he will be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Read Robotics researcher keeps droids on their feet.

Florida Senate reconvenes, votes to extend session

Florida Senate reconvenes, votes to extend session

The Senate reconvened at 11:32 a.m., President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, presiding. Gardiner said the House declined to accept the Senate congressional redistricting offer. "It's 11:32 and ticking," Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said. Galvano said he put in a [...]

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

by Jeremy Morrison After hearing from a fairly evenly split gallery full of neighbors, the Pensacola City Council gave their unequivocal answer: half of the last real remaining open space along the bluffs in the East Pensacola Heights Neighborhood, the right of way along a short defunct stretch [...]

Breaking news: Special Session could be at impasse

Breaking news: Special Session could be at impasse

The Senate and House failed to agree Friday morning on a congressional redistricting plan, increasing the likelihood they will not finish a special legislative session by a noon deadline. Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and House Redistricting Chairman Jose Oliva, R-Miami [...]

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

By JIM TURNER AND JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott says the state's business-recruiting arm is running short of cash for incentives, and he wants to increase pressure on lawmakers to inject more money into enticing companies to Florida. During what one attendee of an [...]

Why anti-fracking resolution was important

Why anti-fracking resolution was important

Last night, the Escambia Board of County Commissioner voted, 3-2, for a resolution that supported a statewide ban of fracking. One of the citizens who spoke in favor of the resolution was Amy Datz. Here is the statement she read to the commissioners: Every decision has a consequence. [...]

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare passed out at last night's meeting his reasons why he has no confidence in Eric Olson serving as the city administrator: Why No Confidence? Definitions: Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, [...]

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

by Jeremy Morrison It’d been a long night by the time Melanie Nichols was hugging supporters in the lobby of Pensacola City Hall. She’d already thanked them once, as she spoke before the city council and Mayor Ashton Hayward, for being the element that “sustained me during this [...]

Subway Pensacola Cycling Classic returns

Subway Pensacola Cycling Classic returns

The 6th annual SUBWAY® Pensacola Cycling Classic, September 12th and 13th, will bring a professional field of cyclists back to the Pensacola area. Regional professional and top amateur cyclists will be racing in this three-stage event for $10,500 in prize money and valuable USA Cycling points. [...]

U.S. Attorney announces resignation

U.S. Attorney announces resignation

Press release: Pamela Cothran Marsh announced her resignation today as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, effective September 4, 2015. Since 2010, U.S. Attorney Marsh has served as the leading federal prosecutor for Florida’s 23 panhandle counties, from Alachua to [...]

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

By Rick Outzen, Inweekly publisher In her editorial today, PNJ editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara writes about how Hayward's staff and supporters have tried to discourage the daily newspaper from reporting on the missteps of city hall: "Letters to our shareholders claiming imagined biases or [...]

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the City's AFSCME collective bargaining unit, representing the City of Pensacola’s general employees. “Our front-line employees are one of our City’s strongest [...]

Chamber announces staff structural changes

Chamber announces staff structural changes

Leonard, Newby promoted; Ryman hired Press release: The Greater Pensacola Chamber announces structural changes of the organization’s staff in order to better focus on programming and improve functionality. Maegan Leonard is stepping up to serve as the Chamber’s Director of Membership, and [...]

Escambia County Commission considers fracking ban

Escambia County Commission considers fracking ban

Press release: Escambia County is poised to consider a resolution calling for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and well stimulation performed for the purposes of exploration or production of oil or natural gas. Escambia County Commissioners will vote on the resolution at [...]

Revolutionary technology  detects precise path, power and location of a storm … in real time

Revolutionary technology detects precise path, power and location of a storm … in real time

Locally-based company introduces next-gen weather-reporting system that can monitor any home or property in the world, right down to its exact address, with 95% accuracy. Press release: The National Storm Center (NSC) unveiled for the first time yesterday its revolutionary technology that [...]

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