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Economic Development free week

Until Commissioner Gene Valentino or the Chamber releases any new or modified plans for economic development, we're taking a break. The pro GV side wants to focus on attacking the Chamber or individuals. No one seems to want to give any concrete reasons for supporting the elements of the GV plan [...]

Bingo hearing snafu

The Board of Adjustments wasn't canceled as I reported earlier. According to sources, Beth Barrios of Key Development (Bingo Casino and GV supporter) called the Perdido Key Chamber to let them know that the meeting had been canceled. Valentino’s aide, Dean Kirschner, mistakenly confirmed [...]

Buzz: Downtown post office may be closed

Buzz: Downtown post office may be closed

There is rumor buzzing downtown that the Palafox Place post office may be closed due to budget cutbacks. Not sure where the post office boxes would be relocated.

Tell me what you like about the Valentino plan

Tell me what you like about the Valentino plan

Post here what you like about the Gene Valentino Economic Development Plan. Share your reasons. Try to avoid general statements. Give the details that you believe make it better. If you have a specific link to supporting documentation, please include it. Do it without attacking the Chamber or [...]

Valentino gets a pass

The Escambia County Commission decided tonight to not vote on Gene Valentino's Pensacola Economic Development Authority. They apparently don't want to embarrass Valentino and would rather let the issue be discussed by the PEDC on July 2 ...before the commissioners vote down the PEDA, 4-1. I see [...]

Crist visits Pensacola

Lewis Bear, Jr. and Collier Merrill, III --the 2009 and 2008 IN Power list winners-- hosted a fundraiser for Gov. Charlie Crist tonight at The Fish House. State Sen. Don Gaetz introduced Gov. Crist and announced his endorsement of Gov. Crist's candidacy for U.S. Senate (which is hardly a surprise). [...]


What would Ronnie McNesby do? The PNJ's online editorial says that Ronnie McNesby would have done a better job of handling the K9 attack on Vickie White than Sheriff Morgan. Really? Really? In February 2005, a K-9 attacked a Gulf Breeze High School senior, Addison Salter, at a Valentine's Day [...]

Morgan responds

"We are still not sure what happened in this incident," Sheriff David Morgan tells the IN. "We have set protocols for these types of incidents." Morgan said that Internal Affairs has walked through several times what happened at the Heritage Oaks mobile home park where Vicki White was mistakenly [...]

PNJ tackles K-9 attack

The daily newspaper is on Sheriff David Morgan on the Monday attack by one of the ECSO dogs on Vicki White. This morning they printed an online editorial that essentially called out Sheriff Morgan for his and his agency's handling of the attack The paper says that the Sheriff "should initiate a [...]

Unrest in the black community

The arrest of John Wyche for allegedly misusing nearly $500,000 has got leaders in the black community nervous. Though some will admit off the record that Wyche maybe a crook, there still is fear that the black leaders are being targeted. There is "circle the wagons" mentality developing. The [...]

Oops, Sansom letter went to reporter

The major daily newspapers in Northwest Florida have articles on Randy Sansom, the older brother of State Rep. Ray Sansom, raising money for the indicted official's legal defense. Ray Sansom has been charged with official misconduct and perjury over dealings with then Northwest Florida State [...]

Valentino recruited Sindel to run against Grover

We've published the email in which Commissioner Gene Valentino cursed his fellow commissioners Grover Robinson and Kevin White and said he wanted to garner support to run a candidate against them (Read email). Commissioner Valentino told PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien: ""I regret those comments" [...]

The Economic Development Question

Does the Escambia County Commission want to create the PEDA - Pensacola Economic Development Authority - or any government body to control and handle day-to-day operations of economic development in the county? Yes or No. Commissioner Gene Valentino's motion should be "I move that the [...]

Pensacola: focus of Naval Aviation Centenniel

Craig Dalton, senior vp for military affairs at the Chamber, says the Pensacola will be the focal point of the Navy's celebration of the first 100 years of Naval Aviation in 2011. As part of the celebration, Pensacola will host the commissioning of the USS William P. Lawrence. The USS William P. [...]

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