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Saturday August 30th 2014

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Judge and CMPA Board aren’t the problem

Today PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien writes: "Judge Lacey Collier may do fine in the court of law, but he lacks the patience and temperament to run an inexperienced, nonprofit group of volunteers trying to build a maritime park with $40 million of taxpayer money" The problem with the Community [...]

PNJ article another indicator of great divide

There is a great divide between local government employees and the public they serve. Sunday's article on the city compensation in the News Journal shows how out of sync things have gotten. We've been chipping away at the issue since August 2007 when we published all the city and county salaries [...]

“We are a broken city”

From Brian Spencer: Dear Newly Elected Council Members, Perhaps I can ask Al Coby to write a donation check to cover the cost for Congress for New Urbanism's (CNU) subscription which features how to FIX broken cities and their suburban neighborhoods. CNU's newsletter would be a valuable tool [...]

Two big meetings today

This morning at the Extension offices, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is meeting to discuss the 2009-10 budget. The BOCC who failed to get Sheriff Ronnie McNesby to make any significant cuts in his budget over the past eight years wants to the new sheriff, David Morgan, make [...]

Pension buying CMPA bonds may work

The idea (Read Outtakes) is gaining momentum. Pensacola City Council member Maren DeWeese has asked Dick Barker to bring to the council his recommendations for financing the City's $40 million commitment on the Community Maritime Park. The word we're getting is the idea of letting the city [...]

Compass Bank Robbery (photos)

Compass Bank Robbery (photos)

At approximately 9:00 A.M this morning, a white male walked into the Compass Bank located at 6701 N. Davis Hwy and presented a note to the teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed and the suspect was last seen walking away from the bank towards the interstate. K-9 was summoned but the track [...]

Broxson pre-qualifies for Evers seat

Press Release: Broxson Pre-Qualifies for State Representative, District One. Midway resident and local businessman Douglas Broxson 59, has pre-qualified to campaign for the seat of State Representative District 1. This is the last term for Republican Greg Evers who currently holds the seat. [...]

Fabre responds to Chimes Way award

From: Frank J. Fabre, P.E., P.S.M. Fabre Engineering & Surveying RE: Chimes Way Park Design and Selection of Professional Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors Chimes Way Park Design To set the record straight, I wrote a letter to the County Staff requesting a review of the proposed [...]

Air tanker deal may be shot down

CQ Politics is reporting that the White House directed the Pentagon to delay procurement of air refueling tankers by five years and cancel plans for a new long-range bomber---which ends the Gulf Coast region's chances of getting Northrop Grumman Corp. to build a plant in Mobile. Read more.

ECSO Prostitution Sweep (photos)

ECSO Prostitution Sweep (photos)

Last night, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office did a prostitution sweep of the county. Here are the photos of the johns and the prostitutes that were arrested:

You read it first here

Today's News Journal is like reading last week's blog. Front page tells you that there is a signed developer agreement on the CMPA. It doesn't look like City Manager Al Coby is in any hurry to get the agreement to the City Council for a vote. The PNJ reports Coby might not present it until [...]

Beitsch reviews signed agreement

How does the developer agreement between the City and the Maritime Park Developers answer the concerns that City Manager Al Coby expressed to the Pensacola City Council? Should MPDP assume it brings into question the future role of the CMPA. – CMPA has active management, advisory, [...]

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