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Buzz: Around town

Conversations heard about town. Consolidation: People are wondering where are the top community leaders. Why aren't any of them on the Consolidation Commission? The Constitutional officers are appointing their top people, but the rest appear to be the "B" team. Charter: ECUA board member Lois [...]

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

The New York Times is reporting the Starbucks is now the official coffee of Joe Scarborough's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Read more.

More problems with casino bingo developer

We have done a little more research into Cy Keefer, the principal member of the bingo casino project that Commissioner Valentino has been emailing. Cyrus Joseph Keefer, Jr. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas in 2001. It was discharged in [...]

San Antonio papers pick up airport hotel lease audit

News of the audit report on the Airport Hotel Lease has reached San Antonio and the new bosses of former Pensacola Airport director Frank Miller. Miller now heads the San Antonio International Airport. The San Antonio Express-News gave San Antonio Assistant City Manager Penny Postoak-Ferguson a [...]

Buzz: UWF to name Marrero

We are hearing that the University of West Florida will name Dr. Kyle Marrero, the director of the Pensacola Opera and chair of the Department of music, to replace Dr. Dean Van Galen, Vice President for University Advancement.

Bingo casino team member has legal problems

Once again, it looks like Commissioner Gene Valentino jumped on another "economic development" idea without researching who the developers are. First, it was the electric car plant, now the Bingo Casino proposed for Perdido Key has problems. One development team member, Matt Piell, is facing [...]

Chapter 12 – Walker Holmes mystery

Finally found time to write another chapter. To catch up, reread the earlier chapters here. Chapter 12 Friday Fallout

Buzz: PEDC meltdown

The Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission met yesterday. I talked with five attendees who have said it was a circus, leading to Commissioner Kevin White walking out of the meeting. Commissioner Gene Valentino opened the meeting by saying that he and Sam Hall did meet privately and they did [...]

UWF faculty negotiations breakdown

UWF faculty negotiations breakdown

This letter is being circulated among UWF faculty: Dear fellow UWF faculty member, As the chief negotiator of your UFF, I feel the need to object, most stridently, to the characterization of the current impasse situation provided by UWF's chief negotiator, Jane Halonen. To analyze her [...]

Are text messages public records?

I've noticed that during the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission meetings several of the elected officials appear to be getting text messages on their cellphones. The IN made a public request for those text messages to see what influence that they may have on the issues being [...]

Crossing government lines

The discussion on Sam Hall's stance on ECAT - that it should bring a better operational plan before the City Council approves a dedicated funding source, i.e. gas tax - drew several comments yesterday. I do believe that it's not the City Council's role to manage ECAT. I understand the argument [...]

Valentino finally turns over casino bingo emails

It took a final demand letter from Gregory Smith, the attorney representing the Perdido Key residents, a possible lawsuit and one more letter from County Attorney Alison Rogers imploring Commissioner Valentino to "once more search your County and private email accounts for the requested records to [...]

Mack responds to Pension ideas

From Councilwoman Diane Mack: Dear Rick, In response to today's blog post regarding Dr. Pratt's pension proposal, I would ask that you give thoughtful attention to the following: * If Dr. Pratt's proposal passes, the actual savings to the FY 2010 budget would be, at maximum, [...]

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall explains his vote against helping to fund ECAT on his blog. Hall objects to 1) ECAT's performance with the money; 2) The tax does more to eliminate Escambia County's general fund support than increasing ECAT's budget; 3) He believes ECAT needs a new business [...]

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