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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 [...]

Big day for City Council

Big day for City Council

What will the Pensacola City Council do about pensions? City Manager Al Coby has recommended a study of wages and benefits. Price tag $25K. Will it accomplish anything except maintain status quo? Councilwoman Megan Pratt offered to pension plan changes that she believes will save $2 million a [...]

Bingo parlor never came to planning board

Bingo parlor never came to planning board

On my earlier post, I wrote that the bingo parlor had been approved by the planning board. It was not. The plans never came before the planning board for an interpretation. Instead, the plans were approved by county staff.

Meanwhile another shooting

Meanwhile another shooting

This time at the Red Roof Inn - in the Third World location formerly known as University Mall area. WEAR TV reports the shooting happened around noon on Sunday. The ECSO is searching for two men wanted for shooting a local hotel guest in the head.

DOJ: ECSO is 20 years behind

DOJ: ECSO is 20 years behind

At the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association meeting, Sheriff David Morgan said a Department of Justice investigator told him that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office is 20 years behind the rest of the country when it comes to police procedures and policies. DOJ has wrapped up the jail review [...]

“Bloods are here”

Sheriff David Morgan told a homeowners association on Saturday afternoon that the national gang founded in Los Angeles --The Bloods--- is in Escambia County. Bloods are are identified by the red color worn by their members. Over 50 members of the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association listened to [...]

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