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Buzz: CMPA has signed developer agreement

Last night, CMPA/City of Pensacola reached agreement with the proposed master developer, Maritime Park Development Partners. The agreement needs approval by the CMPA board and the Pensacola City Council.

Radical idea – invest in Pensacola

INVEST PENSACOLA This is a radical idea, one that really requires people thinking “outside of the box.” Why we don’t have the city pension funds invest in the Community Maritime Park by buying the CRA bonds? The city general, fire and police funds total nearly $200 million. They lost more [...]

Dead birds on Palafox

Dead birds are dotting the sidewalk along South Palafox Street. It's a strange, eerie sight. None have been given parking tickets...yet.

Be a part of history

There will one permanent marker of this City's 450th Celebration - the DeLuna statue at the foot of Palafox. Fiesta of Five Flags/Celebrate Pensacola are selling engraved pavers - starting at $100 - that will be placed at the base of the statue. There are only 350 available at this price and they [...]

Buzz: Purge coming at School District

There are rumblings that Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas will be moving his people into Administration. Several Jim Paul people will be not have their contracts renewed or will be demoted. Some of the changes should be expected. Thomas made no big staff changes when he took office and [...]

Update on Stimulus package

From Jerry Maygarden: COMMUNIQUE CAPITOL HILL GROUP Wednesday, March 04, 2009 TALLAHASSEE—The process for distributing federal stimulus funds to state and local governments remains elusive. Moreover, the State of Florida does not seem to have a clearly defined methodology for [...]

Geography of a Recession

NY Times has a cool graphic - The Geography of a Recession Escambia County has the worst unemployment in the area: Escambia County, FL 7.7% Santa Rosa 7% Okaloosa 6% Walton 5.8% Baldwin, AL 5.7% Mobile, AL 6.5%

Fabre challenges park design award

As I reported earlier, County staff is recommending that the Chimes Way Park Design project be awarded to the Hilton Head Island firm Wood+Partners. On December 11, 2008, local engineer Frank Fabre protested the award in a letter to Paul Nobles, county purchasing supervisor. Fabre points out to [...]

Oops, city pensions lost another $40M

At its committee meetings last week, City Finance Director Dick Barker told the Pensacola City Council that the city pension funds have lost about another $40M in value since Sept. 30, 2008.

Public pensions are a national issue

Bloomberg.com reports: Public pensions in the U.S. had total liabilities of $2.9 trillion as of Dec. 16, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Their total assets are about 30 percent less than that, at $2 trillion. With stock market losses this year, public pensions in [...]

CMPA attorney comments on Bell ruling

Ed Fleming, who represented the Community Maritime Park Associates, has issued this statement on Judge Frank Bell's ruled in favor of the CMPA: Judge Bell did precisely what a judge's oath requires him to do;he applied the law as written by the legislature to the facts before the Court. He [...]

McLaughlin did save money

We asked Patty Sheldon , administrator for Financial Services for Escambia County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, to compare the county's payroll for the first quarter of this fiscal year (Oct-Dec 2008) with last year's first quarter to see if Escambia County did save money by offering it's senior [...]

CMPA wins Sunshine lawsuit

Circuit Judge Frank Bell has ruled in favor of the Community Maritime Park Associates in the lawsuit filed by LeRoy Boyd and Byron Keesler that claimed the board had violated Florida Sunshine laws saying the organization did not violate the Sunshine Law. Read lawsuit-resolution

Possible Engineer bid solution

The issue of using local engineering firms is being heavily discussed both inside and outside county government. Here is a possible solution to the problem: Give preference in the review process to firms who employ local engineers to do the work. A firm headquartered elsewhere could bid, but [...]

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