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Former House Speaker Bo Johnson had college job, too

When Bolley "Bo" Johnson was rising to the top of the Florida House, he had a job at Okaloosa-Walton Community College (now named Northwest Florida State College). He was paid $57,827 to be an assistant to OWCC president...who is now president of NWFSC. However Johnson resigned the post in 1992 [...]

Beggs & Lane, Hook Bolton win $12.9M Accutane case

Hook Bolton and Beggs & Lane, along with Seeger Weiss, won in New Jersey Superior Court judgments totaling $12.9 million from pharmaceutical maker Hoffman-La Roche on the behalf of three Florida residents took Accutane as teens and developed inflammatory bowel disease. The three plaintiffs are [...]

District 2 campaign expenses

Sam Hall $19,328.11 Votes: 2,257 Printing: $3,115.72 Mailing Services: $2,922.31 Design Work: $2,453.40 Signs: $2,235.93 Advertising (Print/Digital): $1,010.00 Demographic Behavior: $957.00 Movement For Change/We Vote: $950.00 Food & Beverage: $650.00 WRNE $584.00 Stamps [...]

Boone report: No cuts at IP or Solutia expected

By IN reporter Sean Boone Although the struggling economy has created a trend of corporate employee layoffs nationwide, the two largest corporate plant facilities in Escambia County--International Paper and Solutia--are not expecting to cut their core employee base in the near [...]

Staff has not come clean on airport appraisals

There aren't three full appraisals on the airport hotel property. There are two - by Charles Sherrill Jr. and Asmar Appraisal Co. - and one review of them by Brantley & Associates. I have copies of the appraisals and Brantley's report. Sherrill and Asmar submitted their reports to Daniel E. [...]

District 1 expenses

P.C. Wu: $3,832.70 Votes: 3,197 City of Pensacola: $189.98, filing fees Escambia County General Fund: $30.00, voter information WalMart: $24.51, labels, pens Postmaster: $215.00, postage WalMart: $24.00, labels Postmaster: $252.00, postage OfficeMax: $33.31, ink cartridge Domain Registry [...]

Maygarden on state board

Press release: Jerry Maygarden, former Mayor of Pensacola and Republican majority leader for the Florida House of Representatives, was recently appointed to serve as a board member and director for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation by Governor Charlie Crist. The Florida Housing Finance [...]

Court rejects Strand rehearing

The Florida Supreme Court has refused to rehear Dr. Gregory Strand's case on the use of the tax increment financing by local governments. The vote was 5-0. This ends Strand's attempt to block Escambia County use of TIF funds to widen a road on Perdido Key. Also let's the Pensacola Community [...]

Memo explains $1 million error, oops

Al Coby has sent the Pensacola City Council an email explaining that there are three appraisals for the airport property on which Sandspur Development wants to build a Hyatt hotel, not one as the staff had told the Enterprise Committee on Monday. "Upon further review of the project files, it is [...]

Boone report: Coby admits error

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to City Manager Al Coby, city staff did not recognize two appraisals that were made for the 11.44-acre airport property that council has recommended to be leased to Sandspur Development to construct a hotel. Coby says a formal appraisal of $7.1 million and [...]

From It Smells Dept: Speaker Sansom gets college vp job

Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom is the VP of Planning and Development for Northwest Florida State College. The job pays $110,000 per year. Duties: 1) Oversight of the college foundation 2) Development of agreements with local governments for training related to the college's new Community [...]

Too much to think tonight

This week is a microcosm of what is wrong with City of Pensacola government and the current city council. Staff hid from the city council the fact that there were other higher appraisals for the airport hotel property. The Enterprise Committee - Jack Nobles, Mike DeSorbo, Marty Donovan and Mike [...]

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