Politics

First question to ask

January 24, 2011

The Aquarium misrepresentations are the latest indication that local boards need to change their approach to proposals. The very first question should be of staff, not the vendor or proposer: Has staff verified the representations made…

Politics

Why sue MPDP?

January 24, 2011

The question for some around town is: Why sue Maritime Park Development Partners when they have no money? I asked Community Maritime Park Associates attorney Ed Fleming. He said that CMPA has several MPDP invoices in…

Politics

Brownsville Land Deal

January 24, 2011

That is what Diversity Program Advisors’s purchase of the dilapidated Brownsville Middle School is. George Hawthorne, founder of DPA, has exciting plans for the property, which will work if he convinces other agencies and non-profits to…

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Buzz: Hostile Homeless

January 24, 2011

Downtown Pensacola is battling a new crop of homeless and this winter’s group is more hostile than past seasons. A female bartender was knocked nearly unconscious by a drunk homeless woman who charged into the bar…

Education State & National News

States with Smartest Kids

January 24, 2011

Every year, 4th and 8th graders are tested in reading and math, and some states produce far more top achievers than others. The Daily Beast ranks which states are acing, and which are failing. See how…

News

New High: Bath Salts

January 22, 2011

Now that Synthetic pot (Spice) has been taken off the market, the new high is synthetic cocaine (brand names: Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Ocean, Charge +, White Lightening, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove and White Dove)…

Politics

Hayward has busy week 2, orders pizza

January 21, 2011

Not really. Press Release: Mayor Ashton Hayward Week Two Update: Economic Recovery, Naval Aviation, Search Firm Selected for City Administrator (Pensacola, FL) – Ashton Hayward spent much of his second week as Pensacola’s Mayor diving into…

Caring Education Politics

Cart before the Horse?

January 21, 2011

Next Friday, Jan. 28 George Hawthorne will announce at City Hall at 1 p.m. his acquisition of Brownsville Middle School for his P.A.T.H ((Providing Avenues To Hope) one-stop facility. He will be asking local officials to…

Education

Brownsville Middle School sales contract

January 21, 2011

George Hawthorne emailed me the sales contract for Brownsville Middle School. Diversity Program Advisors is buying the property for $1 million in “as is” condition. The company paid $10,000 in escrow when it signed the agreement.…

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Buzz: Thomas-Daily link

January 21, 2011

Have you noticed how over the past week the daily newspaper responds to any post on the blog about Superintendent Malcolm Thomas with a positive story? Last week I broke the story about the proposed closing…

Politics

Moore Hunting Camp

January 20, 2011

Engineers, contractors, developers and power brokers use hunting camps to wine and dine elected officials and county department heads. There are no ethics requirements for county commissioners or department heads to report these trips and overnight…

Politics

Robertson and Moore business partners

January 20, 2011

Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson and Donald Moore, the former owner of AES, are partners in MBR of Northwest Florida, LLC. Moore is under investigation for AES, payroll processing company, writing worthless payroll checks to its…