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Friday April 17th 2015

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Bigger oops, Whitfield fired by Santa Rosa sheriff

The man the Escambia County Commission wants to make the Deputy Fire Chief - Robert Paul Whitfield, Jr. - was fired by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff on Dec. 22, 2005. He was fired for untruthfulness and for misdirecting action of the fellow officer under investigation. Whitfield was a Lieutenant at [...]

Oops, who does county hiring?

Last week, the daily newspaper announced that Robbie Whitfield was named the new deputy fire chief for Escambia County at the Tuesday, Jan. 13 retreat of the county commission. The only problem is the County's HR department was still accepting applications for the job. The application deadline was [...]

City fails disparity test

The draft of the MGT Study of the City of Pensacola's Procurement and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is close to being released. We received a copy of the draft and the numbers aren't good. From FY 2005-FY 2007, the City of Pensacola used 1,616 vendors only 12 were minorities (less than [...]

Maren DeWeese is upset!

Council member Maren DeWeese is upset with Commmunity Director Thaddeus Cohen's decision to not fund neighborhood projects tfor which neighborhood associations raised money in anticipation of matching funds from the city. According to DeWeese, the only neighborhood getting its funds is Seville - [...]

Library scramble

Next week the Pensacola City Council will consider issuing a RFP for the downtown library that is currently proposed to be built on the site of the old Spring St. fire station. However, there are several discussions in various camps about other possible locations, spending up the building schedule [...]

You can be a movie star

Got this email from Carol Kahn Parker: Seeking extras for THE NEW YEAR, an independent film being shot in the Pensacola! It is a low, low budget film that is considered a “dramedy”. They are looking for extras, so if you want to add something to your résumé, this might be a good thing to [...]

Ingram files first

Press Release: Clay Ingram to run for Florida House of Representatives Vows to fight for Escambia County's future PENSACOLA-Escambia County native Clay Ingram has filed to run for the Florida House of Representatives, District 2. Ingram cited his concerns about the future of Escambia [...]

CMPA board positions

Mayor Mike Wiggins and Council member Megan Pratt have been nominated to fill John Fogg's seat on the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees. Wiggins has told me that he doesn't want to sit on the board because he wants the freedom to talk to the CMPA board members without violating [...]

Gas tax for education?

Yesterday the IN reported that Escambia All for One is putting together an effort to save the K-8 Carver School in Century that is scheduled to close next year. The group is in talks with County Commissioners and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to try and pull $400,000 a year from the [...]

Spooneybarger makes comeback

Pressbox.com has an article on the Pensacola native Tommy Spooneybarger's comeback after two Tommy John surgeries. Spooneybarger pitched professionally for the first time since 2005. He played last summer for Single-A Aberdeen. He is trying out for the Orioles. Read more.

McLaughlin stays

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners held a retreat yesterday on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton. One topic discussed was whether or not the commissioners wanted Bob McLaughlin to continue as the county administrator. The consensus was McLaughlin should stay on for at least another year.

New Young Professionals forming

Jayer Williamson is heading up a group that wants to form the Santa Rosa Young Professionals. They are working on their by-laws and mission statement and will hold an organizational meeting soon. The Independent News is supporting the effort. If you're interested, email Jayer - [...]

Buzz: Coby no longer interim

Mayor Mike Wiggins stunned yesterday's crowd at the city council meeting when he referred to Al Coby as the city manager. "Al agreed to stay on, not as interim city manager - we have made him city manager, " Wiggins said when representing Coby with a certificate of appreciation. Apparently [...]

Council committee assignments

FINANCE COMMITTEE Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Chair Mike Wiggins, Vice Chair Sam Hall John Jerralds Ronald Townsend P.C. Wu NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES Sam Hall, Chair Maren DeWeese, Vice Chair Jewel Cannada-Wynn Larry B. Johnson Megan B. Pratt ENTERPRISE [...]

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