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Project FightBack

Patrick Gonzalez's self defense group was called "Project FIGHTBACK." It was described as providing Abduction Awareness and Kidnap Prevention Training to children in the North West Florida Area and Women's Self Defense and Rape Awareness Classes free of charge to All participants.

Damn, Santa Rosa County commissioners break Sunshine

I've been delivered a set of emails that show that Santa Rosa County Commissioners Bob Cole and Gordon Goodin used their email accounts to discuss county business, which may be a violation of the state's Sunshine Laws. Check these out and specifically see how the commissioners discuss votes and [...]

More GV emails

I think this is the last set of emails to/from Commissioner Valentino with BPM on economic development. There are some duplicates from earlier posts. I am posting as I received them without comment. (more…)

Accused Billings murderer – “Born Again” self defense instructor

Patrick Gonzalez (Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr.), one of the two men accused of murdering Byrd and Melanie Billings, is a south Santa Rosa County resident who tried to make a living as Taekwondo instructor teaching self defense to women and children in the Gulf Breeze area. Part of his sale pitch [...]

Santa Rosa has Sunshine issues, too

The Daily News reports that former assistant public information officer Romi White has filed several complaints against the Santa County Commission for “multiple and egregious violations” of Florida’s Sunshine Law and “concerted efforts” between commissioners to keep private e-mails [...]

Arrest made in Billings murder case

Sheriff David Morgan and State Attorney Bill Eddins just completed a press conference to announce the arrest of Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr. for tampering with evidence in the Billings murder case. According to Morgan, Gonzalez tried to alter the appearance of the red van used in the murders. The [...]

How Valentino plan was formed

The IN requested the emails of Commissioner Gene Valentino regarding his economic development plan. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of the details of his plan and how it was developed. We will publish these emails for your review without commentary. I will provide my analysis later. [...]

See Pullum’s island and Gordon Goodin

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Gordon Goodin may have an ethics problem with his free vacation to Clark's Cay, an island owned by Navarre developer Bill Pullum, according to the daily newspaper. Gordin and his wife had a free vacation on the island in 2005. This past February Goodin voted, along [...]

VIC responds to PNJ article

VIC responds to PNJ article

This email was sent to the partners of the Visitor Information Center & Convention Bureau. It's a shame that one reunion fell through the cracks and 200 visitors will go to Mobile. However, Ed Schroeder and his group are rated that top VIC/CB in the Southeast and mistakes happen. Dear [...]

Downtown CRA values are down, too

Downtown CRA valuations are down 4.6 percent. Property Appraiser Chris Jones explained that the DIB decline is greater because it includes tangible property. CRA only involves land and buildings.

Downtown Pensacola takes big hit

Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has turned his tax rolls into the Department of Revenue. County and City valuations are down slightly, but the Downtown Improvement Board district is off 11.5 percent; County down 3.8 percent; City down 2.6 percent

Gainesville forces early retirement

Gainesville, Florida has a $7-million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year. The city seeks to balance the 2010 budget that has a projected $4 million decline in revenues and a $2.6 million increase in expenses by offering employees early retirement. The city is offering early retirement to [...]

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