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City to hold another marathon workshop

The Pensacola City Council is meeting in less than to two hours to hear presentations on the 2009-2010 budget. The meeting is scheduled to run from 1:30 to 8 p.m. and will be capped off by a vote to approve the budget. through 6 1/2 hours of presentations? The pressure will be on the council [...]

Gannett Buzz

We know about the Pensacola News Journal efforts to continue downsize and increase profit margins by outsourcing its newspaper printing. Here is the other Gannett (owner of the PNJ) buzz: Yahoo Finance reports Gannett shares were up 39 percent Thursday, April 9 after a regulatory filing showed [...]

Should Obama follow Eisenhower example

Jean Edward Smith, the John Marshall professor of Political Science at Marshall University, wrote in today's NY Times http://100days.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/11/how-to-end-a-war-eisenhowers-way/. Smith tells how Pres. Dwight Eisenhower was willing to go against his own Republican Party and [...]

Florida Political Buzz

The Sunday editions of the daily newspapers around the state are filled with political buzz. Sarasota Herald Tribune writes that many consider it a lock that Gov. Charlie Crist will run for the U.S. Senate in 2010. In Hot campaign brews in Florida, but not the one you think, it reports that [...]

Pensacola and Escambia get stimulus check

The City of Pensacola is getting $606,500 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Escambia County will get $2,361,900. These grants are part of the $168 million given to the state of Florida to help local [...]

County subsidizes another arena

The Pensacola Civic Center is not the only county facility subsidized by tax dollars. And hockey wouldn't be the only sport. The Equestrian Center is subsidized with Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Initially General Fund dollars were used but the County Commission moved the expense over to LOST [...]

Pensacola makes USA Today as destination bargain

USA Today is featuring Pensacola and Pensacola Beach - Bargains, beaches and Blue Angels beckon in Pensacola. The Global Grill, Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, The Oar House and The Fish House get special attention. Great article. Kudos to the Pensacola Chamber, EW Bullock & Associates and am sure [...]

Should Kerr get the same deal as Studer?

The Escambia County Commission has staff drafting an agreement for a Southern Professional Hockey League team to be owned by Tim Kerr to lease the Pensacola Civic Center. Now people get upset that Quint Studer lives on Pensacola Beach and has only lived here for 15 years. Kerr lives in New [...]

Sheriff recommends mental health court

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is recommending to the recently revived Public Safety Coordinating Council that the County fund the implementation of a mental health court via the county allocation of $834,000 from the Recovery Act: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Local [...]

Meek seeks signatures

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (Dem) is in town - introducing himself, shaking hands, picking up campaign checks and collecting signatures to be the first U.S. Senate candidate ever to qualify by petition. Meek needs 112,476 signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot through the petition process. Meek [...]

BOCC heads towards another ED committee

The Escambia County Commission was shorthanded today for its Committee of the Whole meeting. Both Grover Robinson and Kevin White were out of town. The remaining three voted to proceed with a "Blue Ribbon" task force on economic development that will take the proposal out forth by Mort O'Sullivan [...]

Hockey is a go…maybe

The Escambia County Commission instructed County Administrator Bob McLaughlin to negotiate a contract for hockey at the Pensacola Civic Center by May 1. The commission will still have to approve the final agreement so don't start buying tickets just yet.

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