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Oops, city pensions lost another $40M

At its committee meetings last week, City Finance Director Dick Barker told the Pensacola City Council that the city pension funds have lost about another $40M in value since Sept. 30, 2008.

Public pensions are a national issue

Bloomberg.com reports: Public pensions in the U.S. had total liabilities of $2.9 trillion as of Dec. 16, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Their total assets are about 30 percent less than that, at $2 trillion. With stock market losses this year, public pensions in [...]

CMPA attorney comments on Bell ruling

Ed Fleming, who represented the Community Maritime Park Associates, has issued this statement on Judge Frank Bell's ruled in favor of the CMPA: Judge Bell did precisely what a judge's oath requires him to do;he applied the law as written by the legislature to the facts before the Court. He [...]

McLaughlin did save money

We asked Patty Sheldon , administrator for Financial Services for Escambia County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, to compare the county's payroll for the first quarter of this fiscal year (Oct-Dec 2008) with last year's first quarter to see if Escambia County did save money by offering it's senior [...]

CMPA wins Sunshine lawsuit

Circuit Judge Frank Bell has ruled in favor of the Community Maritime Park Associates in the lawsuit filed by LeRoy Boyd and Byron Keesler that claimed the board had violated Florida Sunshine laws saying the organization did not violate the Sunshine Law. Read lawsuit-resolution

Possible Engineer bid solution

The issue of using local engineering firms is being heavily discussed both inside and outside county government. Here is a possible solution to the problem: Give preference in the review process to firms who employ local engineers to do the work. A firm headquartered elsewhere could bid, but [...]

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IN merchandise available

We've set up an online IN merchandise shop. Check it out - here.

Orlando firm recommended for $200K county project

Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt is being recommended by county staff for $199,793 worth of engineering work on sidewalk project for Gulf Beach Highway. They are based in Orlando. Second place - American Consulting Engineers of Florida, LLC - state-wide firm with an office in Pace Third place - [...]

Hilton Head, SC firm recommended for park design

Escambia County staff is recommending that the design work for Chimes Way Park - $68,745 - be given to the Hilton Head Island, South Carolina firm Woods+Partners, Inc.. Second place - Fabre Engineering - a locally-owned firm. Third place - Hatch Mott MacDonald - a national firm with a [...]

Evers files Consolidation Bill

It's HB 1431. Read it here .

McLaughlin adds buy-out to consent agenda

Escambia County Administrator Bob McLaughlin has added to the Board of County Commissioners agenda for its March 5 regular meeting a resolution for the "Separation Incentive Program." It's on the Consent Agenda - which means the BOCC did not have an opportunity to discuss the plan at its last [...]

Nobles-Wiggins lands state post

Ryan Nobles Wiggins has been named a deputy director of communication for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. She is the daughter of former Councilman Jack Nobles, daughter-in-law of Mayor Mike Wiggins and once was an intern at the IN. The Pensacola native was working for Florida DOT. She [...]

Bring back idea of selling City Hall

In April 2005, the Pensacola City Council considered whether to sell City Hall or repair it. The City Council voted 9-1 -Mike Wiggins was the sole dissenting vote- to repair the building damaged by Hurricane Ivan. The council was told that "employees are stressed and morale has declined." At the [...]

Weekly Economic Development report

From Charles Wood, Pensacola Chamber Senior VP for Economic Development: * Trip to Century – I met with the Mayor of Century, Freddie McCall and toured Century’s business incubator on Tuesday. While the facility does not currently have a tenant, the community is working to fill the [...]

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