News

Florida Legislature overrides 7 Crist vetoes

November 17, 2010

The Republicans with their super majority flexed there muscle yesterday by overriding 7 vetoes by Gov. Charlie Crist. However, they didn’t tackle the most controversial vetoes: SB 6 teacher tenure package and a bill to require…

News

Top 10 words and names of 2010

November 17, 2010

Every year the Global Language Monitor does a global survey of the English language. Here are the top words, phrases and names of 2010: Top words: 1. Spillcam – BP’s camera on the Gulf oil rig’s…

Buzz

Buzz: ESP has sales tax issues

November 16, 2010

We are hearing that during recent sales tax audit it was discover Energy Services of Pensacola (ESP) incorrectly coded several local my businesses as “tax exempt” and failed to collect sales taxes from them. I was…

Politics

ECUA mystery agenda

November 16, 2010

The Emerald Coast Utility Authority also meets today at 2:30 p.m. at Ellyson Industrial Park. The utility is the least transparent of the governmental bodies. Its meetings aren’t available to be viewed on online, live or…

Education

School Board agenda – light

November 16, 2010

The Escambia County School Board meet tonight at the Hall Center at 5:30 p.m. On the agenda, the board will vote to purchase 20 modular classrooms for Blue Angel, Pleasant Grove and Suter Elementary schools, total…

News

Morgan named to transition teams

November 16, 2010

I did speak with Sheriff David Morgan after the BCC ceremony. He has been appointed to the transition teams of both Gov-elect Rick Scott and Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi. For Bondi, his focus will be helping…

Escambia County

Commissioners sworned

November 16, 2010

Escambia County Commissioners Gene Valentino and Grover Robinson, IV were sworn in this morning in BCC chambers packed with elected officials, county employees and citizens. Judge John Simon swore in Valentino, Judge Bill Stafford handled Robinson.…

Pensacola Politics

Committee of the Whole – no fun

November 15, 2010

All three CMPA board members will be recommended for additional terms to regular council meeting for approval: Dick Baker, Collier Merrill and Juanita Scott. City Council decided to not do anything about hiring a firm regarding…

Pensacola

City CRA report: Maritime Park update

November 15, 2010

Council members Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Ron Townsend and John Jerralds expressed their concerns about the proposed apartments for the Maritime Park. They asked for assurances that the rentals will be affordable to the average person. Developer Scott…

Politics

Evers will chair Criminal Justice committee

November 15, 2010

Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos today announced the Chairman of each of the Senate’s 27 standing committees and subcommittees and one joint legislative committee. Group I Agriculture * Gary Siplin, Chair Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities…

Politics

Pensacola Committee of the Whole could be fun

November 15, 2010

The Pensacola City Council holds its Committee of the Whole this afternoon. The agenda is filled with items that will fun to watch. CMPA Board of Trustees: CMPA board recommended reappointing all four members: Collier Merrill,…

Politics

Story named new Southern Co. president

November 15, 2010

Press Release: Susan Story, who has served as Gulf Power President and CEO since 2003, has been named President and CEO of Southern Company Services in Atlanta. She will be succeeded by Mark A. Crosswhite who…

Education

Thomas sang a different tune in February

November 12, 2010

Commercial realtor Danny Zimmern told the school board that current real estate market obviously isn’t very good. He admitted that there have been zero sales in the past year that match up to a property the…

News

The disillusionment of Generation X

November 12, 2010

Interesting column in The Washington Post on Generation X. Their conclusion: “…if leadership is about values and direction, the Gen-X Disillusionment may contribute to the broader sentiment that our country might be stuck, in need of…