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Aronberg to run

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) has announced that he will run for Florida Attorney General in 2010. He won't be the only Democrat running. Fellow State Senator Dan Gelber of Miami Beach and 2006 Dem. governor candidate Rod Smith may also file soon. According to one party insider, [...]

Pensacola property values drop less than expected

Many people worried that the property values inside the Pensacola city limits would drop 5 to 8 percent. The preliminary valuation report from County Property Appraiser Chris Jones show only a little over 2.6 percent decrease---$84.6 million. The impact on the budget is about $382,000.

RJR to appeal $28.3 judgment

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that R.J. Reynold will appeal the $28.3 judgment awarded the estate of Bennie Martin by a Pensacola jury. "It is our position that the trial proceedings were unconstitutional and otherwise inconsistent with law," David Howard, a Reynolds spokesman, said. "We [...]

Consolidation Commission almost set

The officers of the Escambia County Consolidation Commission were elected last night. Two positions have yet to be appointed--one by NAACP, one by Ministerial Alliance. Former Florida Supreme Court Judge Ken Bell is the chair. Dr. Rick Harper of the UWF HAAS Center is the vice chair and retired [...]

Mobile mourns air crash death

One of the people killed in the Air France crash is Erich Heine, 41, of ThyssenKrupp. Heine was in charge of two major projects for his company: a $6 billion steel plant under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the $4.6 billion steel processing plant being built in north Mobile County. [...]

Commissioners can’t cut pay

The Bay County Commissioners are finding that they can't cut their salaries. The News Herald reports that the Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take a 10 percent pay cut starting this October. Sounds great, right? Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson tried a similar move last [...]

It’s official

Press release: The University of West Florida has announced the appointment of Kyle Marrero as interim vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida effective Aug. 1. Marrero currently serves as the director of the UWF School of Fine and Performing Arts and chair of [...]

PEDC minutes

PEDC minutes

The draft of the minutes of the May 28 PEDC meeting have been released, as per our records request last Friday. Chairman Gene Valentino did tell the group that the meeting was scheduled at the request of Sam Hall and himself and that they had met to discuss setting the agenda for the PEDC [...]

Solutia completes sale of Pensacola plant

Solutia Inc. completed yesterday the $50 million sale of its nylon business to an affiliate of SK Capital Partners II, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the chemical, material and health-care sectors. SK Capital paid cash. Read St. Louis Business Journal article.

Buzz: Around town

Conversations heard about town. Consolidation: People are wondering where are the top community leaders. Why aren't any of them on the Consolidation Commission? The Constitutional officers are appointing their top people, but the rest appear to be the "B" team. Charter: ECUA board member Lois [...]

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

Starbucks: Official brew of Morning Joe

The New York Times is reporting the Starbucks is now the official coffee of Joe Scarborough's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Read more.

More problems with casino bingo developer

We have done a little more research into Cy Keefer, the principal member of the bingo casino project that Commissioner Valentino has been emailing. Cyrus Joseph Keefer, Jr. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas in 2001. It was discharged in [...]

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