Just got off the phone with Charles Wood, the senior vice president for economic development for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 28, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wood received a phone call from Councilman Sam Hall. Hall did the call over a speakerphone. We know based on [...]
Did Councilman Sam Hall and Commissioner Gene Valentino violate Florida Sunshine Laws? Hall and Valentino both serve on the Pensacola-Escambia Economic Development Commission (PEDC). Valentino is the chairman, Hall vice-chair. According to Commissioner Valentino’s appointment calendar, the [...]
North Escambia.com has an article on the Northview High School seniors holding a baccalaureate service. The class is "not going to let a federal judge and the ACLU put an end to the school’s history of holding a Baccalaureate service." (Read) The ACLU suit with the Santa Rosa County schools, [...]
After listening to hours on schools, bathrooms for Roger Scott, freedom of speech lawsuits and wage/benefit comparison studies, Mayor Mike Wiggins shot down Council member Maren DeWeese's college scholarship before she even had a chance to explain it and ask the council to form a task force. [...]
Go, P.C.! Go! The only bumps in the road were Diane Mack asking about using local contractors for airport demolition of existing rental car service facilities... answer: No.; Larry Johnson asked about some lot clearing on 12th avenue....answer: Working on overflow parking lot and some ECUA work on [...]
Fairly heavy agenda. Sam Hall did a good job of keeping it moving. Other than the Roger Scott Tennis bathrooms, the other big item was the possible lawsuit of Saint Faustina Old Catholic Church v. City of Pensacola. Hall made the motion to have staff and the legal department work with the attorneys [...]
The Neighborhoods committee approved the reallocation of LOST funds from youth soccer fields to bathrooms for the new clay courts at Roger Scott Tennis Center. City staff argued that the fields aren't needed. Although Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Diane Mack questioned the reallocation, the committee [...]
For the past 20 minutes, the Pensacola City Council has spent time convincing each other that the Escambia County School Board should give the city land - for low income housing, business incubator. What a waste of time! The topic is the City's interlocal agreement over school planning. Mayor [...]
The Florida House and Senate did agree on a gambling agreement with the Seminoles. One benefactor of the agreement, if it's signed by Gov. Crist, is the Pensacola Greyhound Track. Poker rooms at pari-mutuel facilities will get expanded hours and larger table limits. Daily hours of operation for [...]
In the Neighborhood Service agenda is a recommendation to take $200,000 of the Penny for Progress funds (Local Option Sales Tax) that had been planned for soccer fields and use it to complete nine clay tennis courts at Roger Scott. The county had given the City $1M for the project, but more funds [...]
What will the Pensacola City Council do about pensions? City Manager Al Coby has recommended a study of wages and benefits. Price tag $25K. Will it accomplish anything except maintain status quo? Councilwoman Megan Pratt offered to pension plan changes that she believes will save $2 million a [...]
On my earlier post, I wrote that the bingo parlor had been approved by the planning board. It was not. The plans never came before the planning board for an interpretation. Instead, the plans were approved by county staff.
This time at the Red Roof Inn - in the Third World location formerly known as University Mall area. WEAR TV reports the shooting happened around noon on Sunday. The ECSO is searching for two men wanted for shooting a local hotel guest in the head.
At the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association meeting, Sheriff David Morgan said a Department of Justice investigator told him that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office is 20 years behind the rest of the country when it comes to police procedures and policies. DOJ has wrapped up the jail review [...]