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Orlando firm recommended for $200K county project

Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt is being recommended by county staff for $199,793 worth of engineering work on sidewalk project for Gulf Beach Highway. They are based in Orlando. Second place - American Consulting Engineers of Florida, LLC - state-wide firm with an office in Pace Third place - [...]

Hilton Head, SC firm recommended for park design

Escambia County staff is recommending that the design work for Chimes Way Park - $68,745 - be given to the Hilton Head Island, South Carolina firm Woods+Partners, Inc.. Second place - Fabre Engineering - a locally-owned firm. Third place - Hatch Mott MacDonald - a national firm with a [...]

Evers files Consolidation Bill

It's HB 1431. Read it here .

McLaughlin adds buy-out to consent agenda

Escambia County Administrator Bob McLaughlin has added to the Board of County Commissioners agenda for its March 5 regular meeting a resolution for the "Separation Incentive Program." It's on the Consent Agenda - which means the BOCC did not have an opportunity to discuss the plan at its last [...]

Nobles-Wiggins lands state post

Ryan Nobles Wiggins has been named a deputy director of communication for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. She is the daughter of former Councilman Jack Nobles, daughter-in-law of Mayor Mike Wiggins and once was an intern at the IN. The Pensacola native was working for Florida DOT. She [...]

Bring back idea of selling City Hall

In April 2005, the Pensacola City Council considered whether to sell City Hall or repair it. The City Council voted 9-1 -Mike Wiggins was the sole dissenting vote- to repair the building damaged by Hurricane Ivan. The council was told that "employees are stressed and morale has declined." At the [...]

Weekly Economic Development report

From Charles Wood, Pensacola Chamber Senior VP for Economic Development: * Trip to Century – I met with the Mayor of Century, Freddie McCall and toured Century’s business incubator on Tuesday. While the facility does not currently have a tenant, the community is working to fill the [...]

Others give preference to locals

The website newrules.org lists these cities that offer preference to local businesses as a means to nurture small businesses and local economies. This is not impossible to do. Local Purchasing Preferences - Albuquerque, New Mexico The city provides a preference to local manufacturers, local [...]

Okaloosa County Sheriff indicted

WEAR TV reports that We have breaking news out of Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has been indicted on multiple federal charges and has been suspended as sheriff. On Wednesday, the United States District Court issued a warrant for arrest for Charlie Morris that charged Morris with theft [...]

Sansom friend wants a toll road

St. Pete Times reports that Jay Odom, a developer closely linked to former House Speaker Ray Sansom, is pushing for a new toll road to slice through a nature preserve that taxpayers spent $16.5 million to save from development. The eight-member board in charge of building the toll road was [...]

Pensacola does well in healthcare cost study

There is new study by that Dartmouth Atlas project which is published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the rising costs of healthcare. For 20 years, the project researchers have been examining geographical disparities in healthcare by using data from Medicare, which has the most extensive [...]

Lack of strong mayor hurts CMP negotiations

The representatives of Scott Davidson have sent out emails stating that Davidson and his company have answered all the information requests of the City and its consultants. The problem is not entirely a paper issue. It's the final terms of the master developer contract for the Community Maritime [...]

Buzz: Pensacola not on stimulus list

The Buzz in the business community is the City of Pensacola failed to get on the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors report of "shovel-ready" projects. Mayors of this state submitted their projects. Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins did not apparently. See: Stimulus Watch.

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