Buzz

Buzz: Hayward delivers hot water

May 26, 2011

Yesterday Mayor Ashton Hayward ordered that the hot water be turned on at Pensacola City Hall. Apparently some time ago, former City Manager Al Coby and his team decided city staff didn’t need it and ordered…

Education

Education insanity, no home rule

May 26, 2011

The Okaloosa County School system wants to start classes on August 4. State says they can’t do so. The state legislature passed few couple years ago a law saying school districts must start the school year…

Buzz

Buzz: Communications consolidation will work

May 26, 2011

How can Mayor Hayward be so sure? Because it has been done successfully in Mobile, Ala. Hayward had lunch yesterday with Mike Dow, the strong mayor that turned around that city. Dow said that his city…

Politics

Functional Consolidation beginning

May 25, 2011

Press Release: County Administrator Randy Oliver, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Chief of Staff John Asmar, and Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons met Monday afternoon to discuss moving forward with a plan to…

Buzz

Buzz: GBMS out at 1:30 pm next school year

May 25, 2011

The daily newspaper wrote about the Santa Rosa public schools dropping a period for both the middle and high schools. The savings will help the district deal with the $12 million cut passed by the state…

Education

FCAT scores release tomorrow

May 25, 2011

The Department of Education will release the results of the Spring 2011 FCAT 2.0 Grade 3 Reading and Mathematics assessments tomorrow, May 26th, at approximately 10:00 a.m. EDT. Thank you.…

State & National News

Scott gets another veto request

May 25, 2011

Infrastructure—road, bridges, etc —is seen as a key element of economic development. The state legislature passed as part of its budget sweeping $150 million from the state’s road-building fund to the general fund. This marks the…

News

Little turkey for the panhandle

May 25, 2011

Florida TaxWatch recommended the governor veto 105 “turkeys,” projects it said were either added to the budget after bypassing normal review processes or were not requested by an agency or the governor -total cost $203 million.…

News

Badlands VI – Bella (view) version

May 24, 2011

Press Release: The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and The Las Brisas Neighborhood Watch, along with other agencies, will conduct an “Operation Clean Sweep” event on Thursday, May 26, 2011 in the Bellview Community. The clean-up will…

Caring

Greater Escambia Community Foundation Awarded $500,000

May 24, 2011

Press Release: The Greater Escambia Community Foundation announced today that they have received a $500,000 grant from the Fund for Gulf Communities (“the Fund”) to continue supporting residents across Florida’s Gulf Coast still struggling to recover…

News

Race – more than concerts

May 24, 2011

George Hawthorne is upset with me for questioning Mr. “Cadillac” Banks’ concert proposal. We have this battle much too often–fighting over small dollars while bigger issues are ignored. He writes: You need to stop “playing the…

Entertainment

DeLuna Fest Scavenger Hunt

May 24, 2011

DeLuna Fest is releasing the line up on Tuesday, May 31 with a ticket giveaway scavenger hunt and party. The DeLuna Fest Lineup Release “Mission for the Musicians” is a scavenger hunt that will take place…