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A year later PNJ writes on pensions

In its Sunday edition, the Pensacola News Journal has a story on how pensions are breaking the city budget. On April 24, 2008, we wrote about this issue (Feed the Beast). We even led with the example of Police Chief John Mathis - just as Jamie Page does: When he retires sometime before June [...]

Sacred Heart to start Internal medicine residency

Sacred Heart announced today that it will start a three-year residency program for internal medicine thanks to an Innovate Workforce grant from Florida's Great Northwest - $200K - and $1M of state funding. Sacred Heart will match the grant with $312K of its own funds. The program will start July [...]

CMP developer agreement finished

The final master developer agreement as been negotiated and agreed to by all parties. It and a cover memo from City Manager Al Coby are posted on City website. CMPA Board will meet Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. to discuss.

Keesler appeal hits snag

Bryon Keesler's appeal of Judge Bell's dismissal of his and Leroy Boyd's suit against the CMPA is not going so well. The First District Court of Appeals has issued an order that grants summary judgment against Keesler (dated April 15, 2009): - Derek Cosson helped to clarify this. The appeal by [...]

Sansom, Richburg indicted

St. Pete Times is reporting that the Tallahassee grand jury has indicted former Florida Speaker of the House Ray Sansom and Northwest Florida State College president Bob Richburg. For official misconduct dealing with the $6 million Sansom secured for an airport building once sought by developer [...]

Pensacola got punked at tea party

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Susan Boyle

Ok, if you missed this, then you've not been watching any of the news channels. But you've got to see and hear this. A must for Fridays. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

Pensacola Tea Party

Pensacola Tea Party

About 500 Tea Party protesters lined up in front of University Mall on Davis Highway, one of the busiest streets in Pensacola. Pensacola is a conservative stronghold lying in the Bible Belt and a home to a major military base -- Pensacola Naval Air Station. President Barack Obama earned only 39.8 [...]

Tourism update

The Bed Tax reports are in for March and YTD collections are down $65,044 compared to last year - 3.73 percent Areas hit hardest YTD are: Zip code 32504 - south of I-10 around University Mall and the Airport: down $49,550 - 13.7% 32505 - West Pensacola, north of Gulf Beach Hwy: down $26,859 - [...]

Economic Update

Received this email newsletter from Charles Wood of the Pensacola Chamber: This email is the result of a renewed effort to push information out about our economic development efforts to our members. This email is only provided to our Core Level members and above however, the information included [...]

BTW: Consolidation bill passes the house

The Florida House has approved the Escambia County consolidation commission bill with a 120-0 vote and no discussion. The bill now goes to the Florida Senate for approval.

Oops, Equestrian Center gets bigger subsidy

The 2008-2009 budget for the Equestrian Center shows that it is getting $182,306 in LOST funds. This is a 45 percent increase over last fiscal year - $56,963 more. Here is the budget: equestrian-center-budget

IN Hockey Proposal

Let the Southern Professional Hockey Team keep all the concessions and parking. It will give them an incentive to offer special promotions and take the pressure off making all their money from ticket sales. However, the team will have to pay for security, supplies, insurance for the games and [...]

Other deaths

Hosea Bell, a homeless man, gets arrested Aug. 9, 2005 for urinating on a sidewalk outside Weis Elementary School. He's found mentally incompetent by a judge to stand trial Nov. 30, 2005 but 11 days later the 55-year-old is taken in handcuffs by a police car to Sacred Heart Hospital after appearing [...]

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