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Charlotte’s Web hearing set for April 14

Charlotte’s Web hearing set for April 14

Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth McArthur has scheduled an April 14 hearing in a legal challenge to a proposed regulatory framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry, according to a document posted on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. The case challenges a [...]

Seminole Tribe still looking for some love from Scott

Seminole Tribe still looking for some love from Scott

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In the latest hand in a public game of poker between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, tribal leaders provided a glimpse Wednesday into behind-the-scenes negotiations --- or lack of negotiations --- on renewing a lucrative part of a $1 [...]

IMPACT 100 breaks Million Dollar ceiling

IMPACT 100 breaks Million Dollar ceiling

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, is pleased to announce that its 2015 Membership Drive has successfully concluded with a record of 1060 members. The organization will give back to the community by awarding 10 grants of 106,000 each to non-profit agencies in [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 6: Reeves on CBRE

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 6: Reeves on CBRE

The chairman of the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees told Inweekly that the board did not have any knowledge of the new fee structure for its real estate broker until the presentation on Wednesday. "We were handed three documents, one of which had the new fee arrangement," [...]

Backroom Briefing: Charlie and Debbie narrow the field

Backroom Briefing: Charlie and Debbie narrow the field

By BRANDON LARRABEE AND JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With two big-name potential candidates bowing out, the field is starting to take shape in the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. Former Gov. Charlie Crist and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz this [...]

PS Podcast: Mollye Barrows talks about PATS Center cover up

PS Podcast: Mollye Barrows talks about PATS Center cover up

On Pensacola Speaks, I spoke with Pensacola Today investigative report Mollye Barrows and parent Wendy Underhill on the cover up regarding the PATS Center. Barrows has uncovered district emails that revealed Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has been secretly planning the closure of the PATS Center [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 5: Spears separates

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 5: Spears separates

The fallout of the CBRE Bait & Switch appears to be Ed Spears, the executive director of the Community Maritime Park, leaving the city of Pensacola. The PNJ reports that City COO Tamara Fountain saying the Spears "did separate from the city" yesterday. What's next? Will the RFP be [...]

PS Thursday, March 19 edition:  The truth about PATS and the Punk Rock Doc

PS Thursday, March 19 edition: The truth about PATS and the Punk Rock Doc

On Pensacola Speaks, We will have Pensacola Today's investigative reporter Mollye Barrows will talk about what she discovered from the school district emails on the gifted "delivery system," and she will be followed Wendy Underhill, one of the parents fighting to keep the PATS Center. In the [...]

UWF Downtown Lecture Series: Sebastian Junger

UWF Downtown Lecture Series: Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed author, will present a lecture on international reporting and the impact of war across the globe on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce, located at 201 East Zaragoza St. in [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 4:  CMPA was made aware of new CBRE fee structure last November

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 4: CMPA was made aware of new CBRE fee structure last November

Let's add one more wrinkle to this convoluted mess. The CMPA board knew about the new fee structure for CBRE that was set forth in the RFP as early as November 2014, according to attorney Scott Remington. Remington, who represents the Studer Community Investments, wrote the CMPA board a response [...]

CBRE: CMPA did not want to keep catching the javelin

CBRE: CMPA did not want to keep catching the javelin

Jim Reeves, chairman of the CMPA Board of Trustees, emailed Inweekly after reading the "CBRE Bait & Switch" post. He reminded me that it was the mayor who insisted CBRE be hired. He called the MOU a desperate attempt by CBRE to keep their contract with the city. “Their listing with the City [...]

RFP with new CBRE fee structure issued without CMPA approval

RFP with new CBRE fee structure issued without CMPA approval

I asked City COO Tamara Fountain about the RFP for the CMP parcels that changed the fee agreement for the broker CBRE. She said that she believed that it was former City Administrator Colleen Castille who approved the RFP and the new fee structure, but she is trying to confirm it. Fountain said, [...]

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