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Buzz: City musical chairs

Buzz: City musical chairs

This is the buzz on the Pensacola city elections. We are expecting to see people file for the mayor's race before the end of the month. Mayor Mike Wiggins appears to be ready to make a run at strong mayor. Council member Diane Mack may even announce today that she is running for mayor. If [...]

UWF will have its offer before CMPA

UWF will have its offer before CMPA

The University of West Florida offer appears to be very similar to one being discussed by the master developer and university during the holidays. The master developer had already offered to reduce the size of the commercial building. The marine research had been discussed as being adjacent to the [...]

Videos on Maplewood bid

Videos on Maplewood bid

Here are the comments from the different commissioners on the motion to reverse the re-bid of the Maplewood drainage project: KEVIN WHITE: GROVER ROBINSON: GENE VALENTINO: WILSON ROBERTSON: DISCUSSION ON THE SEALED BID PROCESS:

There was no error by Roads

There was no error by Roads

Through a public records request, I have the bids made by Gulf Equipment and Roads Inc on the Maplewood drainage project. As you would expect, the two companies have differences on several items - pluses and minuses - that result in Gulf being $22,982.26 less than Roads, Inc. Given a chance, either [...]

Valentino/Roads remix (updated)

Valentino/Roads remix (updated)

So here is what we have with the Maplewoods drainage project: 1. Bids are open Nov. 18. Gulf Equipment is the low bidder at $1,768,621. Purchasing Department prepares recommendation for Gulf to be awarded the contract. 2. Commissioner Gene Valentino holds a 45-minute meeting with Cody Rawson [...]

County Purchasing Rules are clear

County Purchasing Rules are clear

Escambia County has a set of general terms and conditions for all its sealed bids (Read). The Maplewood drainage project request for bids clearly states on page 14 that these terms and conditions are part of this request. Here are the terms for Mistakes: 5.03 Mistakes Vendors are expected to [...]

Roads Inc awarded $1.94 million last half ’09

Roads Inc awarded $1.94 million last half ’09

Roads, Inc has done very well with Escambia County since June 2009 7/23 Awarded Molino Road Resurfacing $858,713.50 and Saufley Field Road Resurfacing $433,836 8/15 Innerarity Point MSBU $342,430.45 10/1 Santa Monica Subdivision Resurfacing $300,324.45 Total awards for July-Dec. 2009 [...]

Valentino backtracks…too little, too late?

Valentino backtracks…too little, too late?

Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino has a problem. He can't get his stories straight, according to the PNJ. We know that he met with Cody Rawson of Roads, Inc in November 2009 in his commissioner office. If Valentino discussed the Maplewoods Drainage bid, then the commissioner may have [...]

Roads wanted to protest its own bid, no really

Roads wanted to protest its own bid, no really

Here is the video of Russell Weaver of Roads Inc. The heart of his argument is that Roads Inc's protest of its own bid "broke new ground." ..."I don't know how to follow the rules if I'm not told the rules to follow." Sounds like an excuse a five-year-old would have. Try not to laugh while [...]

Did Valentino solicit campaign contributions from his office?

The Florida Statutes state it is illegal for an elected official to solicit campaign contributions from his government office. PNJ reporter Jamie Page reports on his blog that Comm. Gene Valentino told him that he met with Cody Rawson in the commissioner's office to solicit campaign support from [...]

Why the county has sealed bids

Why the county has sealed bids

Why is the sealed bid process so sacred? Because Escambia County has a history of backroom deals and preferential treatment for certain contractors. It wasn’t that long ago when four county commissioners were removed from office - for bribery and Sunshine law violations. The late Willie Junior [...]

Three-Mile Bridge has six years left?

Three-Mile Bridge has six years left?

Navarre Press is reporting Jim DeVries of the Florida Department of Transportation told members of the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization yesterday at their meeting in Milton that the Pensacola Bay Bridge is "structurally deficient" and must be replaced within six years. "The [...]

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