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Buzz: Century factory

Got this email: Someone close to Patel told me that what was really going to be produced are "EV Ports" that are going to be installed at their hotels for people to charge electric as well as hybrid cars. These Electric Vehicle ports are going to have LCD screens in which they plan to sell [...]

Lawsuit filed over fishing bridge

Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge, Inc. has filed a suit against Escambia County over how the county handled the FEMA funds for rebuilding the fishing bridge near the Visitor Center on the north side of Pensacola Bay and canceled PBFB’s contract to run the fishing bridge. Here are the facts and [...]

County comptroller once handled ECSO finances

According Lisa Bernau, the chief deputy in the Escambia County Clerk/Comptroller's office, their agency has handled the accounting/budget functions for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office when Joe Flowers was the county comptroller. They have found memorandums of understanding from Sheriff [...]

Blog is talk of BOCC meeting

The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber officials attended yesterday's Escambia County Commission meeting. Both Commissioners Kevin White and Grover Robinson wanted to know what the chamber knew about Wayne-Dalton's lay offs and why they had to read about it on this blog to learn what's happening. The [...]

Santra Rosa County warning system fails

The "Reverse 911" warning system is offline in Santa Rosa County and it put residents at risk in Navarre when a fire at the Aqua Water Treatment facility, which is in the Holley-Navarre area, sparked worries of harmful fumes. A "reverse 911" warning system can automatically call phones within a [...]

Pensacola deserves more from Jerralds

It's ironic that on the day we publish a story about a new African-American leader who built a bipartisan campaign team (Lumon May), PNJ columnist Reggie Dogan writes how John Jerralds tried to get his comments retracted from Dogan's column. Not only did Jerralds try to take his words back, he said [...]

Psst, PNJ is chasing after the Wayne Dalton story, too

I think we're ahead of them on this one. Expect to see it in tomorrow's paper. Do you think the blog will get credit for breaking the story?

Wayne-Dalton has $244,500 in tax exemptions

In 2003, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners gave Wayne-Dalton a property tax exemption for creating 43 jobs - estimated tax exemption about $186,000 annually. In 2008, the BOCC gave the company another tax exemption for creating 146 jobs by 12/31/09 - estimated tax exemption about [...]

Boone report: Watch drinking on Gallery Night

By IN reporter Sean Boone Last month, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco wrote up 17 downtown businesses during Gallery Night for not abiding by permit laws they possess with the state. The confusion came when the Northwest Florida Arts Council was able to obtain a [...]

Oops, Donovan campaigner has criminal past

Yesterday, PNJ reporter Jamie Paige exposed Tim Eagan, a Pensacola decorative concrete worker, who created a $1 billion private development plan for the Port of Pensacola that includes a cruise ship port, $300 million convention center, parks, marina, retail and restaurant space. Paige found Eagan [...]

WEAR TV 3 GM passes away

Carl Leahy, who has been the general manager at WEAR TV 3 for the past 20 years, passed away yesterday while playing golf. He was 63. According the WEAR website, Leahy was their operations manager for several years in the late 1970's and early 1980's. He left for a short while to serve as general [...]

Dalton has tax exemption from the county

On March 6, 2008, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners held public hearing for consideration of adopting an Ordinance establishing an Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Wayne-Dalton Corporation, for 100% of their expansion, for 10 years. The Board passed the [...]

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