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Latest poll: Rubio leads Crist in Northwest Florida 2-1

Latest poll: Rubio leads Crist in Northwest Florida 2-1

From Marketing Metrics Media: According to their most recent study of 353 voters with a 100% voting record living in Northwest Florida for the last ten years; Marco Rubio leads Florida Governor Charlie Crist by a margin of 2 to 1 leading with 45% of the vote and Crist receiving 22% of the vote [...]

ECUA upset with IN…and me

ECUA upset with IN…and me

At yesterday's Leadership Pensacola session, ECUA officials made it clear they aren't happy with the IN. The fact is ECUA is the least open of all our local government agencies. You can't find the current budget on their website. They have pdf files on their meeting agendas, but none of the [...]

Councilwoman DeWeese makes motion on ECUA

Councilwoman DeWeese makes motion on ECUA

At last night's Pensacola City Council meeting, Councilwoman Maren DeWeese made a motion to ban waste transfer station inside the downtown CRA district. Mayor Mike Wiggins refused to hear it and instead said that he would place on it on the agenda for the next council meeting.

ECUA needs BOCC permission

ECUA was formed by a special act of the Florida Legislature. It got the rights to the county's sanitation through a transfer agreement with the Escambia County Commission. I asked County Attorney Alison Rogers whether these agreements gave ECUA the right to build transfer stations. It's her [...]

ECUA doesn’t need downtown transfer station

I've now heard from more than one source that ECUA officials and, at least, one board member have been talking about placing a downtown transfer station on the site of the current Main Street Sewage Treatment once it's demolished. This may be more threat ---or what some at ECUA like to call a [...]

Grover replies to PB master plan viewpoint

Grover replies to PB master plan viewpoint

Mr. Rotenberry, Thank you for your email and concerns. Many of your points are valid but some are the same political stereotyping that gets us nowhere. I write to you as a reasonable person and I hope you will evaluate these comments as I have yours. Like the meeting Friday, the community is [...]

Viewpoint: On Tanker Contest

Viewpoint: On Tanker Contest

From: Stephen Nodine I would like to express my most sincere appreciation to all our friends and partners along the Gulf Coast who joined Mobile’s fight to build America’s next generation of refueling tankers here. I know we are all sickened by the way things played out: a Northrop [...]

More FCAT analysis

More FCAT analysis

The FCAT statistics indicate that the test scores vary from class to class as the students move through the Escambia County Public School District. Teachers don't have the same impact year to year. Edgewater (percent below 3) 2007 Third grade 41% 2008 Fourth grade 38% ...3% improvement 2008 [...]

Beach Traffic study doesn’t match master plan

Beach Traffic study doesn’t match master plan

As part of the Beach Master Plan process Tindale-Oliver was hired to do a traffic study, which was completed Oct. 14, 2009. Recommendations: Bob Sikes Bridge Toll Booths: Short-term: Maintain four lanes during peak demands Long-term: Stagger toll booths Pensacola Beach [...]

FCAT Tomfoolery

FCAT Tomfoolery

Dark chocolate supposedly boosts a person's mood. Teachers are putting dark chocolate Kisses on students desks. Also some students are allowed to chew gum while taking the test because it will supposedly keep their minds active. In addition, many Escambia County parents got automated calls from [...]

Story appointed to State Education Board

Story appointed to State Education Board

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Gulf Power CEO/President Susan Story has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the state Board of Education. Read more.

FCAT prep- is it working? No

FCAT prep- is it working? No

We know that many of our public schools are spending hours of class time preparing for the FCAT tests. In the schools that have the lowest scores, they have replaced most reading, math and science classes with FCAT prep. What has it done? Very little to improve FCAT scores. Let's track the test [...]

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