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Dogtrack can increase ante

Dogtrack can increase ante

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 [...]

Kids Soccer lose LOST funds

Kids Soccer lose LOST funds

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 [...]

Big day for City Council

Big day for City Council

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 [...]

Bingo parlor never came to planning board

Bingo parlor never came to planning board

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.

Meanwhile another shooting

Meanwhile another shooting

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.

DOJ: ECSO is 20 years behind

DOJ: ECSO is 20 years behind

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 [...]

“Bloods are here”

Sheriff David Morgan told a homeowners association on Saturday afternoon that the national gang founded in Los Angeles --The Bloods--- is in Escambia County. Bloods are are identified by the red color worn by their members. Over 50 members of the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association listened to [...]

Another city study for $25K

Another city study for $25K

Pensacola City Manager Al Coby is recommending to the city council a $25,000 comparative study of the city's compensation, benefits and pension plans. The city employees and unions have endorsed the proposal. Read Recommendation. I understand where Coby is coming from. Such a study will validate [...]

Judge approves decree on Santa Rosa schools

Press release: In a consent decree approved today by a federal judge in northern Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida won the final chapter of a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of two Pace High School students who alleged that school officials regularly promoted [...]

Joint county-city meeting date set

The next joint meeting of the Escambia County Commission and Pensacola City Council has been set for May 19 at 4 p.m. No agenda has been posted, but we have heard Commissioner Valentino will present his economic development plan.

Some seniors may not graduate

At least 170 Escambia County high school seniors may not receive their diplomas this spring after failing portions of the 10th-grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in their last stab at the exam before graduation. 218 students retook the Reading test and only 22 percent passed. 72 [...]

Littlejohn to leave PSO

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has named Christina Littlejohn, director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, as its new executive director.

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