Escambia County

Cadillac Banks writes BOCC

May 31, 2011

Music promoter William “Cadillac” Banks has written the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners asking that the board either fund his two-day music festival that will target African-American tourists and performers or send the issue back…

BP Disaster

Gulf Coast Restoration meeting tomorrow

May 31, 2011

Press Release: The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, which President Obama has directed by executive order to develop a restoration strategy for the Gulf of Mexico, will hold a meeting in Pensacola on Wednesday, June…

News

Budget signing a private event

May 29, 2011

Current.com reports Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the state budget at The Villages retirement community was not open to the public, despite being in a public square. Declaring the town square event to be “private,” Scott’s…

State & National News

Gov. Scott called

May 28, 2011

Actually it was a robo call that the Republican Party of Florida paid for. Gov. Scott praised his “Jobs” budget and how it meets his commitment to “put job creation front and center.” He also bragged…

Buzz

Buzz: DIB tickets funeral

May 28, 2011

The buzz around downtown is the Downtown Improvement Board meter brigade actually ticketed a funeral procession. There is also talk of a possible lawsuit against the DIB for not having an independent judicial appeals process for…

Education

Escambia FCAT – Third Grade Math

May 26, 2011

Three highest performing third grades were at Pensacola Beach Charter (100 percent scoring 3 or above), Byrneville Charter (96 percent) and A.K. Suter (95 percent).  Three most improved schools:  Montclair (up 24 pts.), Weis (+14 pts.)…

Education

Escambia FCAT – Third Grade Reading

May 26, 2011

The Byrneville and Pensacola Beach charter schools have the highest percentage of student scoring 3 or above. The three most improved schools were Spencer Bibbs (up 12 pts), L.D. MacArthur (up 11) and Cordova Park (up…

Education News

FCAT overview – not bad

May 26, 2011

I’m working out of the office this morning. Looked at the test results for the area school districts. Escambia County matched the state average for percentage at 3 or above on the reading for third graders…

BP Disaster

Scientists seek truth on BP impact on Gulf

May 26, 2011

The St. Pete Times covered a meeting at the University of Central Florida on how scientists across the Gulf region are trying to determine the impact of the BP disaster on the Gulf of Mexico and…

Buzz

Buzz: Hayward delivers hot water

May 26, 2011

Yesterday Mayor Ashton Hayward ordered that the hot water be turned on at Pensacola City Hall. Apparently some time ago, former City Manager Al Coby and his team decided city staff didn’t need it and ordered…

Education

Education insanity, no home rule

May 26, 2011

The Okaloosa County School system wants to start classes on August 4. State says they can’t do so. The state legislature passed few couple years ago a law saying school districts must start the school year…

Buzz

Buzz: Communications consolidation will work

May 26, 2011

How can Mayor Hayward be so sure? Because it has been done successfully in Mobile, Ala. Hayward had lunch yesterday with Mike Dow, the strong mayor that turned around that city. Dow said that his city…