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Commissioner Valentino’s comments

The BOCC referred the economic development to the PEDC for further discussion. Here are Commissioner Valentino's comments on today's meeting (the emphasis is his): I’m excited and grateful that the dialogue and engaging conversation surrounding economic dev and the future of it will continue [...]

Valentino show

Commissioner Gene Valentino presented his "plan" to the Escambia County Commission. Jane Birdwell worked the PowerPoint presentation and coached the commissioner during the meeting. Valentino led a series of "experts" through conference calls. GV had prepared questions that he led the callers to [...]

Gainer school closing no surprise

The PNJ is reporting today that the "Ruby J. Gainer Charter School, a high school for at-risk teens, will not reopen in the fall because of low enrollment and looming legislative budget cuts." The school has barely stayed afloat for the past five years. IN reported in May 2007 that the school [...]

Century votes down gas tax

The Century Town Council voted 3-2 Monday night against supporting the tax for Escambia County Area Transit. According to NorthEscambia.com, the sticking point was ECAT officials wouldn't give any guarantees that one bus route to their town wouldn't be cut in the future. Council member Nadine [...]

Sen. Nelson is coming

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. at Plaza de Luna at the end of Palafox. He is holding a series of press conferences along Northwest Florida to lambast a plan that would open up the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling.

Charter commission sets public hearing

This is a big week for local government. On Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m., the Escambia County Commission will discuss economic development at its Committee of the Whole. The hockey lease and a funding request for Gulf Coast Aerospace Defense (which was tabled on May 14) are also on the agenda. [...]

Memorial service set for Mayor Gilchrist

Memorial service set for Mayor Gilchrist

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15 at St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze from 4pm to 6pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 2pm at St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze. Official press release from the City of Gulf [...]

The press conference that never happened

Commissioner Gene Valentino needs a "win." His economic development "plan" has flopped. His emails regarding the bingo casino are less than flattering. And the State Attorney's office is still looking into a possible Sunshine Law violation in regards to a private meeting with Councilman Sam [...]

Walker Holmes: Chapter 16

Walker's Sunday doesn't get any better. He visits Dennis in the hospital. Read Chapter 16. Check out all the chapters here.

Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

For his 27 years of public, Lane Gilchrist was paid a total of $27. He was fair and had no hidden agendas. Lane didn't worry about Sunshine Laws because he spoke freely at public meetings and encouraged the other council members to do so, too. Lane ran a very open council meeting. If there were [...]

Gulf Breeze mayor dies

Gulf Breeze mayor dies

Long-time Gulf Breeze Mayor Lane Gilchrist, 72, has died. I received a phone call early this morning that Lane had passed away during surgery. Lane first was elected to the Gulf Breeze City Council 27 years ago. He has served as mayor of Gulf Breeze since 1992--the year I first was elected to [...]

County may drop longevity pay

Escambia County is looking for $17.1 million in budget cuts. County Budget director Amy Lovoy has made these recommendations to the BOCC: -- Eliminate longevity pay after Sept. 30, 2009. Those already receiving longevity raises would continue at their current rate. Currently county employees get [...]

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