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City of Bradenton - population: 53,662 - no fire dept. County provides it. City of Homestead - population: 53,767 - no fire dept. County provides it. City of Ocala - population: 52,482 - Budget: $13.4 million ($537K capital outlay) Employees: 146 City of North Port - population: [...]

Pensacola Fire Expensive

According to US Census, Pensacola has a population, as of July 2006, of 53,248. Port Orange has 54,851. Margate has 55,974. Sarasota has 52,942. Pensacola has 138 employees in its fire department with at total budget $11.628 million - which will increase to nearly $12 million if the council [...]

New Fire salaries boost upper ranks the most

New Fire salaries boost upper ranks the most

The proposed collective bargaining agreement between the City of Pensacola and the Firefighters Union is online . The new agreement, which will be voted on by the city council today, substantially raises the pay of the Fire Captains. The city staff estimates the impact on the current budget of this [...]

Tammy Pescatelli on the radio

Tammy Pescatelli on the radio

I will interview comedian Tammy Pescatelli today on IN Your Head Radio at 1:15 p.m. You can listen online at newsradio1620.com. Tammy will be performing at special benefit for SubWest Rotary on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Pensacola Cultural Center. Silent auction begins at 6:30. Show start at 7:30 [...]

The 30-day sex challenge

Ybor City's Relevant Church pastor Paul Wirth offered a unique challenge to its members Sunday: 30 straight days of sex, or no sex at all. It's called the 30-Day Sex Challenge. Married couples are expected to have sex at least once a day, every day, for a month. Single people are to abstain from [...]

Monkeys and/or Angels

The Orlando Sentinel has good story on Florida's State Board of Education vote on Tuesday on the proposed new science standards, including a first-time proposal that would require students to learn about evolution. It is done in Q&A format. Read What you should know about Tuesday's vote on [...]

Moby misses the mark

PNJ columnist Mark "Moby" O'Brien in his column today (Fire fee fallout: Property tax cut would hurt waterfront plans) misses the mark. I'm not sure why O'Brien has taken the position that the property tax itself is bad. I opposed Amendment 1 because it only treated the symptoms, not the real [...]

Chef Irvine may not be real deal

Last June, Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Channel's Dinner Impossible was in Pensacola for a special dinner at eat!. Around 100 people showed up and paid $175 a plate for the meal. We wrote about it (Mission Possible ). Today the St. Pete Times reports Irvine has problems with his two St. [...]

No undocumented workers in Escambia

WEAR TV reports that while Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties have held raids on undocumented workers since the first of the year, Escambia County has had none. Scott Haines/Santa Rosa Sheriff's Spokesman: "Escambia County's Sheriff's Office has participated in the initial planning stages of [...]

DCA says no, no, no to Perdido

The Florida Department of Community Affairs rejected the Escambia County Commission plan to raise the building caps on Perdido Key. Currently, a maximum 7,150 dwelling units — and 1,000 hotel or motel rooms are allowed on Perdido Key. The county's proposal would have increased that amount to [...]

Jubliee project doomed from the start

Last spring, the original investors of the huge housing development in the Pace area put on an expensive "grand opening" event in the Saenger Theater. Travi Tritt performed. There were tons of free food and booze. Palafox Street itself was redecorated for the event. Hundreds of the local leaders [...]

Friday night fish fry buzz

Comments heard as I moved around Big Sexy Foods' banquet area during a Fiesta of Five Flags Party: Pensacola City Council is crazy if they pass a fire protection fee. Local governments are out of control. When will the maritime park be built? When will Tax Watch finish its [...]

Paul will not seek third term

Escambia Co. Superintendent of Schools Jim Paul is notifying his supporters that he will not seek a third term. Expect Ronnie Arnold, Alan Scott and Malcolm Thomas to file next week.

City Fireman pension nearly doubled in three years

Wonder where your city taxes have gone? Or why the city staff is pushing a $377 fire fee? Check out the fireman's pension. In 2004, the City spent $1,712,568 on the fireman's pension. This year's budget for it is $3,205,300. Up $1,492,732, 87 percent!!!! The actual payroll of the City's fire [...]

Wiggins pre-files for city council

Well, it looks like Pensacola citizens will have an opportunity to keep things running the same. Another incumbent city councilman has pre-filed - Mike Wiggins. I like Mike - he has tried to speak out on several issues, but at what point does an elected official say, "I've done all I can. It is [...]

Pier Park at PC Beach

Panama City Beach has a new 900,000-square-foot open-air mall that. Pier Park anchor stores include Dillard’s, Old Navy, JCPenney and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant. It is anticipated that about 40 retailers will open in February and March at the 900,000-square-foot open-air [...]

O’Brien: City needs another committee

PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien is pushing the idea of another citizens committee that will review City of Pensacola finances. So far city staff and the city council have been lukewarm on the idea. Mark, citizen input is always helpful but the elected officials have a very, very poor record of [...]

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