For the past 20 minutes, the Pensacola City Council has spent time convincing each other that the Escambia County School Board should give the city land - for low income housing, business incubator. What a waste of time! The topic is the City's interlocal agreement over school planning. Mayor [...]
The Florida House and Senate did agree on a gambling agreement with the Seminoles. One benefactor of the agreement, if it's signed by Gov. Crist, is the Pensacola Greyhound Track. Poker rooms at pari-mutuel facilities will get expanded hours and larger table limits. Daily hours of operation for [...]
In the Neighborhood Service agenda is a recommendation to take $200,000 of the Penny for Progress funds (Local Option Sales Tax) that had been planned for soccer fields and use it to complete nine clay tennis courts at Roger Scott. The county had given the City $1M for the project, but more funds [...]
What will the Pensacola City Council do about pensions? City Manager Al Coby has recommended a study of wages and benefits. Price tag $25K. Will it accomplish anything except maintain status quo? Councilwoman Megan Pratt offered to pension plan changes that she believes will save $2 million a [...]
On my earlier post, I wrote that the bingo parlor had been approved by the planning board. It was not. The plans never came before the planning board for an interpretation. Instead, the plans were approved by county staff.
This time at the Red Roof Inn - in the Third World location formerly known as University Mall area. WEAR TV reports the shooting happened around noon on Sunday. The ECSO is searching for two men wanted for shooting a local hotel guest in the head.
At the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association meeting, Sheriff David Morgan said a Department of Justice investigator told him that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office is 20 years behind the rest of the country when it comes to police procedures and policies. DOJ has wrapped up the jail review [...]
Sheriff David Morgan told a homeowners association on Saturday afternoon that the national gang founded in Los Angeles --The Bloods--- is in Escambia County. Bloods are are identified by the red color worn by their members. Over 50 members of the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association listened to [...]
Pensacola City Manager Al Coby is recommending to the city council a $25,000 comparative study of the city's compensation, benefits and pension plans. The city employees and unions have endorsed the proposal. Read Recommendation. I understand where Coby is coming from. Such a study will validate [...]
Press release: In a consent decree approved today by a federal judge in northern Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida won the final chapter of a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of two Pace High School students who alleged that school officials regularly promoted [...]
The next joint meeting of the Escambia County Commission and Pensacola City Council has been set for May 19 at 4 p.m. No agenda has been posted, but we have heard Commissioner Valentino will present his economic development plan.
At least 170 Escambia County high school seniors may not receive their diplomas this spring after failing portions of the 10th-grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in their last stab at the exam before graduation. 218 students retook the Reading test and only 22 percent passed. 72 [...]