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Terhaar explains his film commissioner proposal

Terhaar explains his film commissioner proposal

Council President Andy Terhaar told Inweekly his intention with his film commission ordinance was to begin the process of attracting outside companies to film in Pensacola. "It was never my intention to prohibit any local or small film or photography company from filming or taking photos in [...]

Thomas blames staff for not keeping school board informed on Newpoint

Thomas blames staff for not keeping school board informed on Newpoint

1620 News Radio's Andrew McKay interviewed Superintendent Malcolm Thomas this morning about his recommendation to terminate the charter contracts for the three schools run by Newpoint Education Partners - Five Flags Academy at Newpoint, Newpoint Academy and Newpoint Pensacola. Thomas blamed his [...]

Podcast: LaRuby May on her victory

Podcast: LaRuby May on her victory

All the provisional votes have been counted. Pensacola native LaRuby May has been declared the victor - by 80 votes - in her bid for Washington, D.C. Ward 8 city council seat. We had her on Friday's Pensacola Speaks. Her interview starts around the 1:00 mark.

Local photographers and filmmakers have questions about proposed City Film Commissioner

Local photographers and filmmakers have questions about proposed City Film Commissioner

Local photographers and filmmakers have concerned about the Mayor Ashton Hayward's setting up his office as the focal point for film productions in the city of Pensacola. Some photographers worry that the language is to broad and may prevent them from taking wedding, modeling and portrait [...]

Newpoint administrator vows to fight terminations

Newpoint administrator vows to fight terminations

The parents of students at the three charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners received a letter, via email, yesterday from Carla Lovett, an officer of NEP. NEP is no longer denying the allegations, but is claiming they are "exaggerated to appear to be more significant than they really [...]

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, like Major League Baseball teams, hospitals should share profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in health-care spending. In a letter to the president of the Florida Hospital [...]

Evers interested in Congress

Evers interested in Congress

If Congressman Jeff Miller decides to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, State Sen. Greg Evers is interest in his Congressional seat. Sen. Evers, R-Baker, told the Northwest Florida Daily News: “I feel like the people of this district deserve continuing good representation in Washington. I feel [...]

Breaking News: Superintendent recommends terminating Newpoint charters

Breaking News: Superintendent recommends terminating Newpoint charters

The May 19 agenda for the Escambia County School Board was released yesterday. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is recommending the board give 21st Century Academy of Pensacola, Inc. (the non-profit set up by Newpoint Education Partners to get charters) 90-day notice of termination of the charter [...]

Kelley Bradford and other jail explosion victims face uncertain future under state’s workers comp law

Kelley Bradford and other jail explosion victims face uncertain future under state’s workers comp law

By T.S. Strickland This month hasn’t been a good one for Kelley Bradford. The Escambia County jail employee, who saved the life of Corrections Officer Chris Hankinson during last year’s explosion at the Central Booking and Detention Facility, is among 13 county employees injured in the blast [...]

PS Podcast: Who will run in 2016

PS Podcast: Who will run in 2016

On Pensacola Speaks, Full Contact Strategies CEO Ryan Wiggins played "Political Musical Chairs" with me. The key catalysts will be Jeff Miller leaving Congress to run for U.S. Senate and State Sen. Greg Evers running for Santa Rosa County Sheriff. If either or both happens, a lot of offices [...]

Mr. Mayor, please let the people talk with you

Mr. Mayor, please let the people talk with you

One person missing from the Destination 2020 event was Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. As I watched the slides of hundreds of citizens - white, black, Hispanic, Asian, young, old - participating in meetings on tourism, I was saddened that over the past 16 months the mayor hasn't led an open [...]

Community engagement key to Destination 2020

Community engagement key to Destination 2020

Four hundred people gathered yesterday at the Rex Theater for a multimedia update by Visit Pensacola on Destination 2020, its five-year strategy for marketing the greater Pensacola area ---Pensacola Beach, Pensacola and Perdido Key--- as a destination. I'm not easily impressed with these top of [...]

PS Today: Tale of Two Charter Schools

Are all charter schools treated equally by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas? On Pensacola Speaks today, Rev. Lutimothy May will talk about his dealings with the superintendent when he tried to help a failing charter school, A. A. Dixon. In 2011, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas wanted to close [...]

DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB open to meeting with bars and restaurant owners

DIB Executive Director Ron Butlin has reached to the downtown bar and restaurants to discuss the Gallery Nights: Good Morning Joe, I wanted to make sure you are aware that the DIB has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday May 13th at 5:00pm. This is the replacement meeting you and I discussed a [...]

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