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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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's Sunday doesn't get any better. He visits Dennis in the hospital. Read Chapter 16. Check out all the chapters here.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The pace is picking up as the print deadline nears. Read Chapter 15 Boardroom Hell. To help you catch up, you may want to re-read the last three chapters: Chapter 12 - Friday Fallout - chapter-12 Chapter 13 - March on the Jail -chapter 13 Chapter 14 - Murray interview at The Elbow Room [...]