Panama City Beach has a Community Redevelopment Agency to take care of its infrastructure needs. It can do so since its beach residents and businesses pay property taxes. The Pensacola Beach leases are just another example of bad decisions made decades ago that we are stuck with today. Read [...]
The Daily News reports that the ongoing legal case has delayed construction on the huge residential/retail development known as Port Navarre for more than two years may be nearing resolution as a February court date has been set. Port Navarre was announced about two years ago as a $400 [...]
There is a buzz that BOCC is considering selling the Pensacola Civic Center. It sleeps 6000, ten bathrooms, large family room, no yard to mow, no windows. Interested?
Two months after I wrote about the Chamber's magnet program, the daily newspaper writes that they are popular: Magnets showing up everywhere, and chamber hopes they will stick. My Oct. 4 Outtakes (HEROIC PENSACOLA) was on the program announced last September. Our Best of the Coast issue was [...]
Panama City has an Intermodal Distribution Center to go with its port. It's an industrial park near Hwy 231 for companies who agree to use its port. The News Herald reports that B&C Technologies has signed a pending agreement to build a facility at Port Panama City’s Intermodal Distribution [...]
The Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association will get its ball park. Escambia County commissioners on Thursday approved, by a 4-1 vote, the purchase of 217 acres on Bauer Road for $1.41 million from the Marks family. It was this property that was rejected by the commission in August when the PNJ [...]
Three days have you read it here on the blog, Pensacola News Journal reports Touart fighting for his pension. The county commissioners didn't take the bait and did nothing about Patterson's letter. It's apparent former County Administrator George Touart doesn't have enough support on the BOCC to [...]
In Springdale, Ark., a referendum passed on July 11, 2006 to build a baseball park by extending a 1% sales tax. The vote was close - passing by only 15 votes, 2,408 to 2,393. The government leaders didn't hesitate to get started. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new 6,500-seat park was held on [...]
Here is how another city moved quickly to get its baseball park built: In Billings, Montana, city residents passed a referendum for a new park on Nov. 7, 2006. On June 11 bonds were issued to fund the construction of a new, 3,500-seat park. The park will be ready in 2008.
From Mobile Press Register Mobile area employers expect 2008 to start much stronger than 2007 in terms of hiring, according to the results of the most recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. None of the companies interviewed plans to shrink payrolls from January to March, while 17 [...]
I've been trying to figure out what is the Touart game plan with this last minute move to get on the 12/13 BOCC agenda: 1. The new BOCC chairman is vocal Touart friend and supporter Mike Whitehead. He controls the meetings, agenda and the meeting schedule. 2. December 13 meeting is only a [...]
Former (?) County administrator George Touart's attorney has sent a letter to Escambia County Commissioner Mike Whitehead that says Touart was never terminated by the county and is still a county employee. Mike Patterson writes: Mr. Touart is currently employed under an employment agreement [...]
Here is the draft for Request for Proposal for the master developer of the Community Maritime Park: rfpmaritime-park.pdf Enjoy!
The Fred Thompson campaign team working with NewsRadio 1620 to get presidential hopeful Fred Thompson on the show today. We have a shot to get him on my show between 1 to 2 p.m. or Marty Stanovich's show between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Let's see what happens.
Last week, a big show was made to send Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall emails in support of the Community Maritime Park. The Friends of the Community Maritime Park reported over 50 emails were sent. John Merting of the CMPA board attended his town hall meeting to talk about the plans. Yet [...]
Notes on the Pensacola city council's discussion on the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park at its committee of the whole meeting: The Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park’s pre-development budget and site plan were approved, as was a $50,000 pre-diversity study relating to minority [...]
The Pensacola City Council wasn't in the holiday spirit at its Committee of the Whole meeting yesterday. SpringFest board president Bobby Marcus was eager for the committee to reach a decision about the festival’s request for $50,000. But he didn’t get one on Monday. SpringFest officials had [...]