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Brevard School Board selects new superintendent

Brevard School Board selects new superintendent

Most large school districts in Florida have an appointed school superintendents. Escambia County is the largest district that still elects its school leader. Yesterday, the Brevard County School Board picked Desmond Blackburn to be the new superintendent of Brevard Public Schools. The board [...]

Andrews hires former Penn State AD

Andrews hires former Penn State AD

Press Release: Baptist Health Care and the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are pleased to announce that David M. Joyner, M.D., has been selected as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operation of [...]

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

I spoke with Jim Reeves, chairman of the CMPA Board of Directors, last night. He agrees the June 8 offer by MCM-BAP is very different than the one his board voted on in January. Reeves described the new offer as "ridiculous" He also pointed out that if MCM-BAP used the same formula to calculate [...]

Silver Airways postpones NOLA flights

Silver Airways postpones NOLA flights

The much ballyhooed Pensacola to New Orleans air route has been postponed indefinitely by Silver Airways. Apparently there is little interest in the flight among locals. "Despite robust marketing efforts, this market is not able to support flying this route at this time," the airline said in a [...]

Pensacola writers launch new online literary magazine

Pensacola writers launch new online literary magazine

Pensacola poets Katheryn Holmes, Jeff Santosuosso and Andrea Walker are looking for innovative, international voices for Panoply, a new online literary magazine. The trio is bringing Santosuosso’s vision to reality after months of developing criteria, creating submission guidelines and building [...]

CRA contributes to West Moreno Strategic Plan

CRA contributes to West Moreno Strategic Plan

By Claudia Carlson Plans are underway to improve West Pensacola with the help of Live Work Learn Play (LWLP), an international real estate development and advisory firm, Baptist Hospital, Escambia County, and city of Pensacola. At the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Monday, funding for [...]

Newpoint teachers told to find lawyers

Newpoint teachers told to find lawyers

Yesterday, the Escambia County School Board held a workshop. A former Newpoint teacher attended and reported on the discussion to his fellow teachers. The email was share with me: I attended the working group that started at 9 am and remained until 1 pm. The meeting was still going on when I [...]

City loses money on MCM-BAP deal

City loses money on MCM-BAP deal

I called Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones and asked him to estimate what the real estates taxes would be on a $33-million investment at the Maritime Park. Jones estimated around $590,000 a year. With the Miami developer only wanting to pay $150,000 a year for lease, real estate [...]

Miami developer makes substantial changes on Maritime Park deal

Miami developer makes substantial changes on Maritime Park deal

The Pensacola City Council will hold a workshop on Thursday afternoon to review the Maritime Park lease proposals of Studer Community Investments and MCM-BAP, LLC. The MCM-BAP, LLC offer is substantially different from one the city's real estate broker, CBRE, presented to the CMPA Board of [...]

Miami Herald names Gaetz surprise star at Jeb rally

Miami Herald names Gaetz surprise star at Jeb rally

The Miami Herald writes State Sen. Don Gaetz delivered some of the best one-liners at Jeb Bush's campaign launch yesterday in Miami. Gaetz was the last speaker before Bush took the stage. Gaetz didn't hesitate to take a jab at Marco Rubio: "After eight years, we've learned this much: The [...]

Lawmakers pour $301M into last-minute projects

Lawmakers pour $301M into last-minute projects

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA House and Senate budget negotiators struck a deal on a state spending plan Monday night moments before the stroke of midnight, pouring $301 million into projects at the last minute and closing out one of the more-raucous legislative debates in [...]

Panhandle TigerBay Club: LEO and Race Relations

Panhandle TigerBay Club: LEO and Race Relations

Press Release: On Friday, June 19, Panhandle TigerBay Club will host Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Pensacola Chief of Police Chip Simmons and Reverend LuTimothy May to discuss the relationship between local law enforcement and the African-American community. The luncheon will examine [...]

Hatch Mott MacDonald moves downtown

Hatch Mott MacDonald moves downtown

The Pensacola office of Hatch Mott MacDonald has moved from near the Pensacola airport to a new location in downtown Pensacola. HMM began its relocation to the SunTrust high-rise office tower on Friday, June 12, with normal operations resuming at the new location today. Nick DeNichilo, President [...]

Apply for Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Apply for Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

The Board of County Commissioners is soliciting applications for representatives to join the Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which was established per Florida Statute (F.S.) for the purpose of reviewing affordable housing incentives available within the County and [...]

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