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County subsidizes another arena

The Pensacola Civic Center is not the only county facility subsidized by tax dollars. And hockey wouldn't be the only sport. The Equestrian Center is subsidized with Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Initially General Fund dollars were used but the County Commission moved the expense over to LOST [...]

Pensacola makes USA Today as destination bargain

USA Today is featuring Pensacola and Pensacola Beach - Bargains, beaches and Blue Angels beckon in Pensacola. The Global Grill, Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, The Oar House and The Fish House get special attention. Great article. Kudos to the Pensacola Chamber, EW Bullock & Associates and am sure [...]

Should Kerr get the same deal as Studer?

The Escambia County Commission has staff drafting an agreement for a Southern Professional Hockey League team to be owned by Tim Kerr to lease the Pensacola Civic Center. Now people get upset that Quint Studer lives on Pensacola Beach and has only lived here for 15 years. Kerr lives in New [...]

Sheriff recommends mental health court

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is recommending to the recently revived Public Safety Coordinating Council that the County fund the implementation of a mental health court via the county allocation of $834,000 from the Recovery Act: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Local [...]

Meek seeks signatures

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (Dem) is in town - introducing himself, shaking hands, picking up campaign checks and collecting signatures to be the first U.S. Senate candidate ever to qualify by petition. Meek needs 112,476 signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot through the petition process. Meek [...]

BOCC heads towards another ED committee

The Escambia County Commission was shorthanded today for its Committee of the Whole meeting. Both Grover Robinson and Kevin White were out of town. The remaining three voted to proceed with a "Blue Ribbon" task force on economic development that will take the proposal out forth by Mort O'Sullivan [...]

Hockey is a go…maybe

The Escambia County Commission instructed County Administrator Bob McLaughlin to negotiate a contract for hockey at the Pensacola Civic Center by May 1. The commission will still have to approve the final agreement so don't start buying tickets just yet.

Rare find at Downtown Library

In September 2008, a hand-bound booklet, very old in nature, of 96 pages was discovered in the Downtown Library garage in a Donations box placed out by the Book Sale Committee.The item was included with several pieces of old sheet music in a brown paper bag. Judi Patrick identified the item as a [...]

Kerr owned Ice Pilots for two seasons

Tim Kerr bought the Pensacola Ice Pilots in 2003. His first season (2003-04) he reportedly lost $420,000. The next season despite dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the team won the Brabham Cup that signifies the league's regular-season championship while amassing franchise records for [...]

Round 2: Economic Development Polka

Two weeks ago, Mort O'Sullivan and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce delivered to the Escambia County Commission and the Pensacola City Council their proposal for revamping economic development. Tomorrow the Board of County Commissioners tackles economic development with their own [...]

Engineers make recommendations on bidding process

The Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society is making its recommendations to Escambia County Commission on how to improve its process for awarding professional services contracts. Here are some of them: 1. Award engineering contracts on studies under $25K for projects with [...]

Hockey proposal

Southern Professional Hockey League is on the County Commission's agenda for tomorrow. In Feb. 26 letter to Commissioner Wilson Robertson, former Ice Pilots owner Tim Kerr made the following offer to lease the Pensacola Civic Center: 1. $2000 per night per game 2. $1 per ticket sold 3. 15% of [...]

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