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Paddle through the Past: Deadman’s Island kayak tour

Paddle through the Past: Deadman’s Island kayak tour

Press release: The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and Pensacola Paddlesport are partnering to create a guided archaeology kayak tour of Deadman’s Island in Gulf Breeze. The area known as Deadman's Island in Pensacola Bay has served as a careening ground (ship repair), shipbuilding [...]

County seeks to clarify Fire MSBU Assessments

County seeks to clarify Fire MSBU Assessments

Press release: Several Escambia County residents have contacted the Board of County Commissioners with questions regarding the "Notice of NON-AD Valorem Assessments for Escambia County Fire Protection District Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) 2015-2016 Assessments" that was recently [...]

UWF Parking Opera (video)

Cute, creative approach

State security details cost $2.9 million

State security details cost $2.9 million

Protection for Gov. Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott, other officials and the governor's mansion cost the state about $2.9 million in the recently completed fiscal year, according to an annual report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The "Report of Transportation and Protective [...]

Gulf Coast Kid’s House wins Ethics award

Gulf Coast Kid’s House wins Ethics award

Gulf Coast Kid’s House is proud to be the 2015 Winner, Better Business Bureau® Foundation of Northwest Florida Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Ethics are essential in effective philanthropy. Gulf Coast Kid’s House Executive Director, Stacey Kostevicki, stated “We are grateful to be the [...]

Trump still leads GOP presidential field

Trump still leads GOP presidential field

The latest Fox News poll shows Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field nationally with 25%, followed by Ben Carson at 12%, Ted Cruz at 10%, Jeb Bush at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Scott Walker at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 5%, John Kasich at 4%, Marco Rubio at 4%, Chris Christie at 3% and Rand Paul [...]

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

In a face-to-face interview with Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Mayor Ashton Hayward said he wants to put past mistakes behind him and move city government forward for the betterment of the community. One area that would have a significant impact is investigating the cell [...]

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

The News Journal asked eight questions of Mayor Ashton Hayward about his former Chief of Operations, Tamara Fountain,(Editorial: Mayor Hayward responds). He provided written answers that the newspaper published in its Opinion section. The mayor said he was introduced to Fountain by "a member of [...]

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Broward School District could owe $1.8 million for closed charter schools

Broward School District could owe $1.8 million for closed charter schools

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Broward County School District may have to reimburse the state $1.8 million for two closed charter schools that failed to keep proper enrollment records for two years. Read more. The State Auditor General found the jointly owned charters schools could not verify [...]

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

In a comment posted earlier this morning, Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, wrote that she had clearance from both her supervisor and the legal department to use her federal email account for community service. Last month, City Administrator Eric Olson called [...]

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will host a Town Hall meeting at the Pensacola Bay Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and town hall begins at 12:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit PensacolaTownHallwithJeb.eventbrite.com. JEB2016.COM

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Attorney Fred Levin sent late yesterday a letter to the News Journal and Inweekly in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward and requesting that we print it in its entirety. Levin is longtime friend and once was a business partner of Hayward. They were partners in WAMMA (World Alliance of Mixed Martial [...]

And the walls come tumbling down

And the walls come tumbling down

The PNJ is reporting that Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will call for a vote of no confidence in city administrator Eric Olson to be taken at next week's city council meeting. Bare said, "We don't have say in the administrator's hiring or firing, but I think we definitely need to take [...]

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Planning Board member Scott Sallis has signed a Form 8B - Memorandum of Voting Conflict. It is for the vote that occurred on July 14. The conflict is the measure before the planning board "inured to the special gain of our client Paula and Laura Austin - Austin Residence." The form does not [...]

Local Filmmakers Host Short Films Premiere

Local Filmmakers Host Short Films Premiere

Press release: Pensacola filmmakers Zack Kepner and Jeffrey Frame, under the mantle of Seed Pictures, will be hosting a premiere viewing of their short films at the mainstage of the Pensacola Little Theatre (400 S. Jefferson St. in Pensacola, FL) Monday, August 17, at 7:30pm. The Seed Pictures [...]

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Organization to oversee Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds recovered by attorney general Press Release: The University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity is organizing the inaugural meeting of Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. [...]

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