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Water World Day – Hopjacks

Water World Day – Hopjacks

By IN reporter Ryne Ziemba Local Environmental Group to Host World Water Day Event at Hopjacks According to the website www.worldwaterday.org, 1.1 billion people in the world rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Similarly, a report on the United States' water quality done by the EPA in 2002 [...]

Buzz: Rubio may have other issues

Buzz: Rubio may have other issues

The persistence buzz out of Tallahassee is that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio may have other issues to battle as investigative reporters dig deeper. The GOP credit card charges may only be the tip of the iceberg. Will post the information as I get it.

Thomas to close three schools

Thomas to close three schools

WEAR TV 3 reports that Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas wants to close three alternative schools: Sidney Nelson, AV Clubbs and E-Seal. I couldn't find anything about the closures on the school district's website. There was a Closure and Consolidation Task Force. Its last [...]

Beach Master Plan catching heat

Beach Master Plan catching heat

The SRIA has been working on a new master plan for the commercial core of Pensacola Beach. The buzz is that the SRIA has gotten such a bad response from the general public at the last two meetings, that the chair Tammy Bohannon has called a special meeting for Friday, March 5 at 2 p.m. to allow for [...]

Phantom jobs

Phantom jobs

WUWF radio interviewed State Sen. Don Gaetz this morning on how the legislature will balance the budget this year. Gaetz talked about phantom jobs - jobs that are in the budget, but not filled. He believes that there are millions in savings if they eliminate those positions. The Pensacola City [...]

Navy News: NAS Pensacola CO fired

Navy News: NAS Pensacola CO fired

The News Journal and other local media reported that NAS skipper, Capt. William P. Reavey, was removing pending conduct investigation. Base officials called it temporary. The Navy News says Reavey was fired and points out that he is the sixth commanding officer to be fired this year. Read more. [...]

DeWeese continues district-wide clean-up

Got this note from Councilmember Maren DeWeese: Bay Cliffs residents in District 3 braved a cold rain to improve the view of Escambia Bay at the entrance of their subdivision off of Scenic Highway. In two short hours 3 truckloads of material was removed. What a difference 2 short hours on a [...]

Photos on Chili Earthquake

Photos on Chili Earthquake

People have been posting their photographs of the Chili Earthquake. The albums give a much more personal look at the disaster: Album #1 Album #2 Album #3 Album #4

Blog is 5 years old

Blog is 5 years old

Last month marked five years for Rick's Blog. It began as a Wordpress blog that I only posted to once or twice a week. Today it's a demanding monster that is read religiously by people from all over the state with an average of 12,000 page views a day. In 2008, we established posting rules to [...]

City Council not serious about jobs

City Council not serious about jobs

We hear it everywhere: The number one priority for this community is jobs. Nearly every city council member will tell you that. However, the City has drastically reduced over the past three years its funding for economic development. 2008 $1,148,000 2009 $525,492 - 54% cut 2010 $420,000 - 20% [...]

Gambling interests in Tallahassee

Gambling interests in Tallahassee

The Miami Herald is reporting that gambling is back on the table for this legislative session. Once again the state lawmakers will be presented with several options to expand gambling in Florida. Read more.

Here is the what

Here is the what

The daily marketing solution (see) asks this question in its Sunday editorial- If not consolidation, then what? The Escambia County Commission and the constitutional officers met on Thursday, Feb 25 and decided the first whats of functional consolidation for their entities. Commissioner Wilson [...]

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