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Wait a second. Varona says there is no deal

Just got off the phone with Robert de Varona. There is no deal with the city. "There is no agreement at all," said Varona. "This is very unprofessional of the mayor to release anything about items of a potential agreement while we are still negotiating."

Hayward says deal struck with Varona

Statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward regarding airport concessions In order to ensure a smooth and orderly transition, the City has agreed to carefully store Varona’s equipment, at no cost, for a period of 60 days. Our new concessions vendor, OHM, is up and running and we are getting great [...]

UWF Downtown Lecture Series to present John Markowitz, April 2

The University of West Florida College of Arts & Sciences will host the UWF program director of art, John Markowitz, as guest speaker for the upcoming UWF Downtown: A Lecture Series Honoring the Arts and Humanities event. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Pensacola [...]

Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Coast, Space Florida, and the Florida Small Business Development Council (SBDC) Network are joining forces for an exciting high-tech business plan competition that will help innovators jumpstart big ideas in a variety of tech fields. Open to businesses and entrepreneurs across the [...]

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) yesterday attended Governor Rick Scott’s signing of House Bill 7015, the Florida GI Bill, at the Florida National Guard Armory on Lisenby Avenue. The bi-partisan legislation, unanimously passed by both the House and Senate during the first two [...]

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

I asked Tamara Fountain who hired the Coastal Association Law Group attorney to represent the city on its dealings with Robert de Varona. I also requested who approved the letter that Trawick sent on Friday - Varona. Fountain said that Trawick was hired by the city attorney, Jim Messer. "I [...]

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Mayor Ashton Hayward warned the Pensacola City Council that the city would be sued if it didn't give the concessions contract to OHM Group. Apparently he did get his lawsuit, not from OHM but from Varona Enterprises of Florida. Sources close to Robert de Varona told me last night that he felt he [...]

Florida second worst state for harassment and discrimination in the workplace

Florida second worst state for harassment and discrimination in the workplace

The EEOC just released its 2013 report on harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The state of Florida ranked 2nd in the U.S. with 7,597 harassment and discrimination charges in 2013. Here is a breakdown of some of the categories: State FY 2013 charges  % of Total US [...]

Community invited to kickoff National Volunteer Month at celebration hosted by Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Escambia County tomorrow

Community invited to kickoff National Volunteer Month at celebration hosted by Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Escambia County tomorrow

On April 1, volunteers from across the community are invited to kickoff National Volunteer Month hosted by Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Escambia County, in conjunction with the City of Pensacola. The event is an effort to recognize the positive impact volunteers make in the [...]

Pensacola is going “blue” for April

Pensacola is going “blue” for April

Beginning today, blue bows are up along Palafox Street to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention month. “We want to thank Gulf Power Company and the Downtown Improvement Board for their cooperation and assistance with this bow placement,” said Stacey Kostevicki, executive director of [...]

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Judge James Fensohe has tossed out two of the five counts in Panama City drug case because of the reported evidence tampering involving a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist in its Pensacola lab. Back in August 2012, Bay County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jeremiah Beazley on [...]

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

by Mark Taylor There is not much I despise more than a bully. We’ve all been around them, in school, at the playground, and maybe even in our adult lives at work or play. No matter where you come down on the OHM vs. Creative Food Groups, on Temporary Vendors vs. Varona’s, on Out of Town [...]

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