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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, [...]

Kugelman Family commits  $150,000 to the downtown YMCA

Kugelman Family commits $150,000 to the downtown YMCA

Press Release: The Kugelman Family Foundation has committed $150,000 to the YMCA of Northwest Florida toward the construction of a new facility in downtown Pensacola. The family’s gift continues their legacy of giving back to local community organizations, a practice that the late Jack [...]

PS podcast: Political blunders and John Morgan hurt Crist campaign

PS podcast: Political blunders and John Morgan hurt Crist campaign

On Pensacola Speaks, I interviewed Peter Schorsch, creator the most influential political blog in the state, SaintPetersBlog.com. When former Governor Charlie Crist announced on Monday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, Schorsch wrote the announcement signaled the end of a [...]

CBRE Bait and Switch

CBRE Bait and Switch

Yesterday, CBRE presented its draft of the Memorandum of Understanding that would make Miami-developer MCM-BAP the master developer of the remaining parcels of the Community Maritime Park. CBRE has changed its commission on the deal. The city contract has the real estate broker getting a [...]

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

On News Talk 1370 WCOA's Pensacola Speaks, I talked with Sen. Don Gaetz on how the Florida Senate wants to provide health coverage for the uninsured. “Basically what we have is the Obama Administration saying expand Medicaid. Put another million Floridians on a program that frankly doctors and [...]

State and counties still battle over juvenile justice costs

State and counties still battle over juvenile justice costs

Editor's Note: The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) owes Florida county governments about $170 million from overcharging them for the costs. Escambia County is owed $6.6 million, Santa Rosa County $962,000. Commissioner Grover Robinson and the Florida Association of Counties have been [...]

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