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Gaetz: No deep cuts for K-12 funding

State Sen. Don Gaetz reports that funding for K-12 will remain about the same per student for the upcoming school years: Escambia County will earn $6,577.03 per student in 2010, a slight increase over this year’s $6,575.88. But the district will have $6,569,828 less in income next year [...]

Commissioners vote to cut own pay

Not in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. It is in Pinellas County where the commissioners voted 4-3 during a budget workshop to cut their salaries by 4 percent next year---a $3,638 cut. According to the St. Pete Times, the county faces an $85 million budget shortfall next year, and hundreds of [...]

Wood: Hall called about PEDC

Just got off the phone with Charles Wood, the senior vice president for economic development for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 28, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wood received a phone call from Councilman Sam Hall. Hall did the call over a speakerphone. We know based on [...]

Did Hall and Valentino violate Sunshine Laws?

Did Councilman Sam Hall and Commissioner Gene Valentino violate Florida Sunshine Laws? Hall and Valentino both serve on the Pensacola-Escambia Economic Development Commission (PEDC). Valentino is the chairman, Hall vice-chair. According to Commissioner Valentino’s appointment calendar, the [...]

Missing the point about ACLU suit

North Escambia.com has an article on the Northview High School seniors holding a baccalaureate service. The class is "not going to let a federal judge and the ACLU put an end to the school’s history of holding a Baccalaureate service." (Read) The ACLU suit with the Santa Rosa County schools, [...]

Wiggins gives Pensacola Promise the cold shoulder

Wiggins gives Pensacola Promise the cold shoulder

After listening to hours on schools, bathrooms for Roger Scott, freedom of speech lawsuits and wage/benefit comparison studies, Mayor Mike Wiggins shot down Council member Maren DeWeese's college scholarship before she even had a chance to explain it and ask the council to form a task force. [...]

Enterprise lasts under 10 minutes

Go, P.C.! Go! The only bumps in the road were Diane Mack asking about using local contractors for airport demolition of existing rental car service facilities... answer: No.; Larry Johnson asked about some lot clearing on 12th avenue....answer: Working on overflow parking lot and some ECUA work on [...]

Neighborhood committee lasts an hour

Fairly heavy agenda. Sam Hall did a good job of keeping it moving. Other than the Roger Scott Tennis bathrooms, the other big item was the possible lawsuit of Saint Faustina Old Catholic Church v. City of Pensacola. Hall made the motion to have staff and the legal department work with the attorneys [...]

Tennis bathrooms win over youth soccer

Tennis bathrooms win over youth soccer

The Neighborhoods committee approved the reallocation of LOST funds from youth soccer fields to bathrooms for the new clay courts at Roger Scott Tennis Center. City staff argued that the fields aren't needed. Although Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Diane Mack questioned the reallocation, the committee [...]

OMG: City Council spends 20 minutes discussing schools

OMG: City Council spends 20 minutes discussing schools

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 [...]

Dogtrack can increase ante

Dogtrack can increase ante

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 [...]

Kids Soccer lose LOST funds

Kids Soccer lose LOST funds

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 [...]

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