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Tuesday April 28th 2015

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County Enterprise Funds report

The first quarter reports for Escambia County were submitted to the county commission earlier this month. They cover from Oct. 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2008. The Solid Waste Fund is ahead of budget, having already made $827,666 from its operations and an additional $237,689 in interest income and from [...]

Staff told to draft regulations for bingo halls

Council member Maren DeWeese got the Pensacola City Council to approve asking city staff to draft an ordinance to regulate bingo operations. Other cities have such laws and the city council has recently approved a code variance for Innerlight owner JB Schluter to put a bingo hall on Ninth [...]

Another marathon City Council meeting

The Pensacola City Council is working hard. They held another 3 hour-plus meeting last night. IN reporter Sean Boone was there: News:Speed Limit Reduced For $12k by Sean Boone Drivers will now be forced to drive 5 mph slower in neighborhoods--but it will come with a price tag. City Council [...]

ECSO beefs up traffic enforcement

Sheriff David Morgan says that during his campaign one of the top five complaints he heard was the lack of traffic enforcement. "I still hear at my meetings with citizen's groups and neighborhood associations complaints about speeders and drivers running traffic lights," Morgan says. ECSO [...]

Street level law enforcement

Thyrie Bland reports in the daily newspaper that Sheriff David Morgan is walking the neighborhoods. I spoke with Sheriff Morgan this morning. He is also visiting with neighborhood associations and without any publicity stepped up arrests. Over the past month, approximately 39 drug dealers have [...]

Pay to quit plan

Last year the county commissioners paid about 50 senior leaders $2.7 million to quit. This year, the county is considering pay $4 million to get some 370 more county employees to quit. Who else gets such a deal? Isn't it nice that county government can use its reserves and our tax dollars to [...]

Only 1 out of 10 is very satisfied with county government

I’ve spent some time reviewing the 2008 Escambia County Citizen Survey. The county press release touts that "85.5 percent of the residents responded with a neutral to a very satisfied rating." The county did improve its number of somewhat satisfied and somewhat good, but there are several [...]

PJC Faculty- greedy union

I received this email yesterday: I am commenting about your article, "PJC FACULTY OUTRAGED OVER CUTS". The article, very well written by the way, showed just how selfish, and greedy the PJCFA union is. The faculty says their issue is not about the 2% raise. Every time they voice their [...]

Another view on using locals

Mark O'Brien brings up an interesting point on his blog: "What happens when Mobile, Milton and Gulf Breeze also decide to keep their dollars in their communities? Better to get the lowest and best bid for the job -- all citizens here are helping to pay that bill." A couple flaws in this [...]

Commissioner upset about Saenger

Commissioner Grover Robinson isn't happy about a Michigan paint contractor getting the work over a local business that was apparently the low bidder. Robinson thought that Robertson Curtis had the contract. "This is a problem. If a local sub-contractor is the low bidder, then they should get the [...]

Local contractor was low bidder on Saengar paint job

By IN reporter Sean Boone When Dooley-Mack was awarded as the contractor for the Saenger Theatre's renovation project, Robertson-Curtis Inc. was under the impression it was going to be working as a painting sub-contractor. The company was told they held the lowest bid for the work, but [...]

Boone Report: Locals would paint Saenger for $16/hour

IN reporter Sean Boone interviewed the protesters: Members of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades stood outside the Saenger Theatre on Tuesday morning to protest the use of out-of-town contracted painters for its building renovations. "They are using a lot of people from up [...]

Local painters picket Saenger Theatre

The painters working on the renovation of the Saenger Theatre are making $26/hour, but unfortunately they are from Michigan, not Pensacola ---according to the leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The local members of the union are picketing the Saenger Theatre [...]

Petland to be picketed

The Junior Humane Society of Pensacola will mark St. Valentine's Day by sponsoring a protest at PETLAND at 6235 Davis Highway in Pensacola from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Anyone interested in joining this protest is welcome to meet in the shopping center by 11 a.m. They even invite [...]

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