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County property values drop more than city

County property values drop more than city

I realize I'm trailing the PNJ on releasing this information, but I've been working on the Valentino emails. According to County Budget Director Amy Lovoy: "Based on the Property Appraiser’s estimate, the County’s property taxes will be about $6.5 million less than in the current year. [...]

GE land was considered as casino site

GE land was considered as casino site

There is a very brief email from Commissioner Gene Valentino to Cy Keefer dated 12/2/08 in which he mentions GE and Jeff DeWeese: "Cy...FYI... this what I got back from Jeff DeWeese on the GE site on Scenic Hwy." Valentino did not release the attachments ---which means he still hasn't [...]

“He sees bingo people”

“He sees bingo people”

On February 23, Commissioner Valentino ran into Haley Joel Osment, the child actor in the "Sixth Sense," at the Jellyfish Bar. According to an email from Valentino to Stephania Wilson, Osment, now in his 20s, was in the area with his business partners looking to buy a lot of 'repo's' in the area. [...]

Why Valentino hid emails

It gets worse for Commissioner Valentino. I can see why he hid these so long before he released them. Here is a March 06 email to Cy Keefer in which Valentino discusses the need to meet with School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, how they can say the bingo casino will "help the kids" and how mad [...]

Even more Valentino emails….you have to read them

More than 150 pages of emails have been released by Commissioner Gene Valentino on his dealings with the proposed bingo casino on Perdido Key. I’m pouring through them now. Here is one interesting set that was sent out on the day Carlton Proctor wrote in the PNJ about a meeting between Valentino [...]

Aronberg to run

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) has announced that he will run for Florida Attorney General in 2010. He won't be the only Democrat running. Fellow State Senator Dan Gelber of Miami Beach and 2006 Dem. governor candidate Rod Smith may also file soon. According to one party insider, [...]

Pensacola property values drop less than expected

Many people worried that the property values inside the Pensacola city limits would drop 5 to 8 percent. The preliminary valuation report from County Property Appraiser Chris Jones show only a little over 2.6 percent decrease---$84.6 million. The impact on the budget is about $382,000.

RJR to appeal $28.3 judgment

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that R.J. Reynold will appeal the $28.3 judgment awarded the estate of Bennie Martin by a Pensacola jury. "It is our position that the trial proceedings were unconstitutional and otherwise inconsistent with law," David Howard, a Reynolds spokesman, said. "We [...]

Consolidation Commission almost set

The officers of the Escambia County Consolidation Commission were elected last night. Two positions have yet to be appointed--one by NAACP, one by Ministerial Alliance. Former Florida Supreme Court Judge Ken Bell is the chair. Dr. Rick Harper of the UWF HAAS Center is the vice chair and retired [...]

Mobile mourns air crash death

One of the people killed in the Air France crash is Erich Heine, 41, of ThyssenKrupp. Heine was in charge of two major projects for his company: a $6 billion steel plant under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the $4.6 billion steel processing plant being built in north Mobile County. [...]

Commissioners can’t cut pay

The Bay County Commissioners are finding that they can't cut their salaries. The News Herald reports that the Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take a 10 percent pay cut starting this October. Sounds great, right? Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson tried a similar move last [...]

It’s official

Press release: The University of West Florida has announced the appointment of Kyle Marrero as interim vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida effective Aug. 1. Marrero currently serves as the director of the UWF School of Fine and Performing Arts and chair of [...]

PEDC minutes

PEDC minutes

The draft of the minutes of the May 28 PEDC meeting have been released, as per our records request last Friday. Chairman Gene Valentino did tell the group that the meeting was scheduled at the request of Sam Hall and himself and that they had met to discuss setting the agenda for the PEDC [...]

Solutia completes sale of Pensacola plant

Solutia Inc. completed yesterday the $50 million sale of its nylon business to an affiliate of SK Capital Partners II, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the chemical, material and health-care sectors. SK Capital paid cash. Read St. Louis Business Journal article.

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