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Tuesday October 6th 2015

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Bad air in Escambia

PNJ reports that the EPA has announced ozone levels in Escambia County are higher than the federal standards. The county is among 345 nationwide and nine in Florida with ozone levels higher than the revised standard. We have 12 years - that's right 12 years - to come in compliance. Yeah, I'm [...]

GOP to meet with NAACP

Not in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. The Daily News reports that the Okaloosa County Republicans want to know how much interest there is among blacks in what their party has to offer. And leaders of the county’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People want to see what the [...]

More on Bubbas on Patrol

WEAR TV has picked up our story on code enforcement officers also becoming corrections officers. Dan Thomas reported: Code enforcement made a big splash in neighborhood like this one a few months ago when they did a clean up sweep through here, citing people for overgrown lawns and in [...]

Political buzz

Political buzz

One of the GOP candidates for Escambia County Superintendent of Schools will be dropping out of the race today. I've been able to confirm it directly, but you can expect an announcement today or tomorrow. West Florida Hospital/Baptist marriage is still one or two weeks away...I almost hate to [...]

Vote for Pelicans logo

The Pelicans logo is one of 64 minor league baseball team logos in the Second Annual CNBC.com Minor League Logo Awards. The contest is set-up in a single-elimination tournament. The Pelicans round one match-up is today against the Southern Illinois Minors. The poll is open all day until 9 a.m. [...]

Budget sinks, leaders asleep

The Miami Herald reports that Florida's sagging economy is giving lawmakers $2.9 billion less than they expected. State economists said Tuesday that all state revenues -- from sales taxes to documentary stamp taxes to corporate income taxes -- have fallen sharply behind forecasts. Many warned that [...]

RV Park 2, Neighbors 0

The Escambia County Board of Adjustments denied yesterday the appeal of the neighbors of Development Review Committee's approval of a RV park and campground for Wilde Lake Blvd - near I-10 and Pine Forest Road. The grounds for the appeal were that the DRC and county staff did not consider the [...]

Gozilla leaves workshops early

Jeff Bergosh has had a problem staying for the entire regular workshops since August 2007. Sept missed it. Oct missed it. Nov left 12:35 pm - meeting lasted until 1:50 pm Dec left 11 am - meeting lasted until 12:40 pm Jan left 10:50 am - meeting lasted until 12:22 pm There aren't any [...]

School Board attendance

The School Board has one regular meeting and one regular workshop per month. On top of that they had 14 special meetings and workshops in 2007 - mostly on budget. As per school board website, here is their attendance record (alphabetical order): Jeff Bergosh, Total absences: 5 Regular Meetings [...]

Lot owner pays $1100

Remember the story (Sept 2006) about a house being dumped on a lot on Lee and X Street. Otis English dumped the house without permission. English was hired to demolish the house. Instead, he hauled the structure on metal skids to the corner of X and Lee streets and left it there. English admitted [...]

One shoe diaries

A Florida couple's dream of traveling has lead to an adventure filled with shoes. Their trip started in Pensacola after Hurricane Ivan destroyed their home. And now they are traveling the country trying to solve a mystery. How do shoes end up on the roads? To learn more about their travels and the [...]

CEOs are partners in recycling business

CEOs are partners in recycling business

Code Enforcement Officers Sotiri Thagouras and Steve Littlejohn (who are the subjects of this week's IN cover story - Bubbas on Patrol ) are partners in Environfirst Services Inc - a company that handles Catalytic Converter Recycling according to www.scrapspot.com. Wonder how this fits under the [...]

Memo: Combining Code and Corrections

....Looks like my rumor was true. Here is a memo we got from our public records request: To: Bob McLaughlin, County Administrator, Alison Perdue Rogers, County Attorney From: Ryan E. Ross, Assistant County Attorney Date: March 10, 2008 Re: Combining of Code Enforcement and Animal Control [...]

Second time around- Baptist dates West Florida

For the second time around Baptist Heath Care is talking about uniting with West Florida Hospital. In August 2006, talks between West Florida Hospital and Baptist Heath Care about a possible cost-saving alliance have been called off after news was leaked to the press. This time Al Stubblefield, [...]

Moving code enforcement

Moving code enforcement

We heard over the weekend that there is some discussion inside the county government to move Code Enforcement under the Road Prison so that code enforcement officers can be re-classified as corrections officers and get their badges back. We will pursue this lead today.

More special PNJ websites

More special PNJ websites

Last year the Pensacola News Journal launched its moms website - stretchmarks.com... I mean pcolamoms.com. According to Gannett's 2007 annual report more websites may be coming - sort of sounds like their 2006-07 launch of monthly tabloids, doesn't it?: Online sites for dads, pets, college [...]

Gannett newspapers focus on over 40s

The Gannett Blog reports that the owner of the Pensacola News Journal has Gannett Newspaper Division Print Task Force that has concluded Print's future is all about local news and baby boomers. Newspaper division chief Sue Clark-Johnson sent the report to publishers in the last month or so. The [...]

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