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Economic Development: who will be in charge

Politics may take over Economic Development in Escambia County. Some may argue that it already has, but now we have two options facing us. Mort O'Sullivan, chairman of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, has been meeting with a task force to restructure how the county handles economic [...]

Anderson post confirmed

The Pensacola News Journal confirmed my post about Cindy Anderson becoming the new assistant county administrator of Escambia County. Carlton Proctor reports that Escambia County Administrator Bob McLaughlin plans to ask the County Commission to name Santa Rosa County's top economic development [...]

Council meeting lasts eight hours

The Pensacola held its committee meetings from 3:15-11:00 p.m. yesterday. The city staff appears to be out to wear down, The curbside recycling presentation took 90 minutes. The SBE discussion took 90 minutes. Most, if not all, of the recommendations were approved unanimously. There has to be a [...]

Buzz: Cindy Anderson new Asst. County Administrator

We are hearing that Cindy Anderson, the executive director of TEAM Santa Rosa, will be named the new assistant county administrator for Escambia County. Part of her responsibility will be economic development.

Sheriff Morgan disputes McLauglin’s statements

A letter from Sheriff David Morgan to Commission chair Marie Young: 20 March 09 Honorable Chairperson Marie Young Escambia County Board of County Commissioners 217 North Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Dear Chairperson Young, I am writing you and fellow [...]

Anti-CMP 0-3

The anti-Community Maritime Park are 0-3 on proving their wild allegations - really they're lies, but I'm trying to be nice. Federal Judge Lacey Collier was not appointed and controlled by Quint Studer. Judge Collier was appointed by the Martime Museum board to replace the late Vince Whibbs, Sr. [...]

Others see Pension Crisis

John Charles Thomas, director of Policy and Political Affairs for the Florida League of Cities, wrote a viewpoint for the Tampa Tribune, "Pension Crisis is Looming for Cities." The trouble stems from a series of laws and other measures that have significantly increased pension benefits for [...]

CMP financing on the agenda today

The Pensacola City Council’s Finance Committee meeting will hear from Finance Director Dick Barker an update on the financing of the Community Maritime Park. The meeting is at 3:15 p.m. today, in the second floor conference room of City Hall. Here is the agenda for that meeting. We are [...]

Consolidation bill passes commitee

CS/HB 1431, the Florida House bill that creates Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission to develop consolidation plan, was reported favorably out of the Military & Local Affairs Policy Committee on Friday, March 20. The original bill has been replaced with a committee substitute, which [...]

Thugs battle on Pensacola Beach

We are hearing more complaints about thugs taking over Pensacola Beach - Casino Beach and the Boardwalk areas. WEAR TV reports there was a fight involving a pistol at Casino Beach over the weekend. Here's the script of the newscast: Escambia County Deputies say a man charged with assault [...]

Gaetz sponsors bill to halt double dipping

The Daily News reports that State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is sponsoring Senate Bill 1182 "to end what I consider to be the abuse of the DROP system." The bill would prohibit "a retired person from receiving both a salary from an employer in the state-administered retirement system and [...]

Oops, C.J. is wrong on CRA

In an earlier post on this blog, C.J. Lewis posted: "My only other concern with the Community Maritime Park remains uncertainty about what is going to happen if/when the Community Redevelopment Agency sunsets in 2010? The Council should at least discuss the topic in public as they consider how to [...]

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