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Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

For his 27 years of public, Lane Gilchrist was paid a total of $27. He was fair and had no hidden agendas. Lane didn't worry about Sunshine Laws because he spoke freely at public meetings and encouraged the other council members to do so, too. Lane ran a very open council meeting. If there were [...]

Gulf Breeze mayor dies

Gulf Breeze mayor dies

Long-time Gulf Breeze Mayor Lane Gilchrist, 72, has died. I received a phone call early this morning that Lane had passed away during surgery. Lane first was elected to the Gulf Breeze City Council 27 years ago. He has served as mayor of Gulf Breeze since 1992--the year I first was elected to [...]

County may drop longevity pay

Escambia County is looking for $17.1 million in budget cuts. County Budget director Amy Lovoy has made these recommendations to the BOCC: -- Eliminate longevity pay after Sept. 30, 2009. Those already receiving longevity raises would continue at their current rate. Currently county employees get [...]

Walker Holmes: Chapter 15

The pace is picking up as the print deadline nears. Read Chapter 15 Boardroom Hell. To help you catch up, you may want to re-read the last three chapters: Chapter 12 - Friday Fallout - chapter-12 Chapter 13 - March on the Jail -chapter 13 Chapter 14 - Murray interview at The Elbow Room [...]

Complaint filed against Valentino

Attorney Greg Smith has filed a complaint with State Attorney Bill Eddins concerning Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino's emails. Smith represents two Perdido Key residents who have filed a appeal of the site approval for a bingo casino on Perdido Key. We plan to request a copy of the [...]

Nuclear power coming to Escambia County?

Nuclear power coming to Escambia County?

Is Gulf Power planning to build a nuclear power plant in north Escambia County? William Reynolds of NorthEscambia.com thinks its possible. The electric utility has spent over $2.1 million to date to purchase about 550 acres in the Cox and Roach Road areas and another 55 acres nearby along the [...]

Seville Rotary

Seville Rotary

I spoke last night to the Seville Rotary, Pensacola's newest Rotary club and the only one that meets in the evenings. The club meets at Seville Quarter on Tuesday and has about 65 charter members, according to Jay Overman. The members are primarily young professionals and I wish them well. The [...]

Notes from Gulf Power Leadership Forum

Last Thursday, Gulf Power held a leadership forum. President/CEO Susan Story presented how her company sees the region. While the most are predicting the U.S. unemployment will bottom out in the last quarter of 2009 at around 10 percent, Florida is lagging behind the rest of the country and [...]

Escambia County Community Land Trust

What is it? Who is it? Found a December 2005 Florida Trend article by Charlotte Crane. "In 2003, three businessmen incorporated the Escambia County Community Land Trust to develop housing to help relieve a shortage of affordable homes for the county's low- and moderate-income residents." The [...]

Wyche arrested

Perennial candidate John Wyche has been arrested and charged with the misappropriation of almost $480,000 in state funds intended for use by Life Skills Center, a local charter school that was closed last summer. Wyche, president and director of the not-for-profit Escambia County Community Land [...]

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

The City's new curbside recycling program begins next week. Garbage and recyclables will be collected on a once-a-week schedule beginning June 15th. These collections are made on separate days so customers should refer to the label on the lid of their recycling cart to determine their new [...]

This day in blog history

On June 9, 2008, we reported Buzz: Benz will be interim UWF prez: There is persistent buzz that Dr. Judy Benz will be named the interim president of the University of West Florida.... Note: Of course, Dr. Bense (not Benz) has held on to the position much longer than expected. On June 9, 2007, [...]

DIB takes away more free parking

DIB takes away more free parking

For years, the parking area at the corner of Intendencia and Baylen streets has been free. In fact, it was the last free public parking area within a block of Palafox Street. It now has been posted as a two-hour parking zone. More tickets, more money for DIB.

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

We've had a few readers request a more iPhone compatible feed for the blog, so I've added a Twitter account that should help. I've added the comments feed, too. http://twitter.com/routzen

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