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City held hostage for 20 more days

The current Pensacola City Council will hold the city government hostage for 20 more days. Jack Nobles, Mike DeSorbo and Marty Donovan will ram as much as possible down our throats as possible. It's as if asst. City Manager Robert Payne has a wish list and the "Three Amigos" want to make it happen [...]

Varona closes

This morning Robert DeVarona met with the employees of Varona’s and told them that Varona’s Restaurant had closed as of Saturday, December 6. Mr. DeVarona expressed his thanks for the community for their support and to the employees for their hard work and dedication. The closing is a result of [...]

Ice Pilots make Fetid Five

The Reading (Penn.) Eagle lists the 2007-08 Pensacola Ice Pilots as the one of the all-time lousiest teams in the ECHL: 2007-08 Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-44-9) Pensacola had several bad seasons, but last year was the cream of the crap. Despite hiring veteran John Marks as coach, the Ice Pilots [...]

Escambia County clones first man

Apparently Escambia County has figured out how to clone its Human Resources Director, Rod Powell. Powell is still listed as the county's HR head (see website), but is also listed as the HR director for Augusta, GA (see website). (more…)

PNJ editor explains further cuts

The executive editor of the Pensacola News Journal, Dick Schneider, explains in today's edition the paper's plans to make further cuts in its coverage. As some had predicted, the daily will shrink to two sections on Mondays and Tuesdays - News and Life/Sports. This will start in January. [...]

Sansom still in trouble

St. Pete Times reports this morning that Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom did more than help his new employer, Northwest Florida State College. Sansom also got his friend and campaign contributor, Jay Odom, $6 million to build a jet hangar....oh, it's also a training facility for the [...]

Tale of public records request from airport

From: Rick Outzen Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:41 AM To: Frank Miller; Al Coby Cc: Sean Boone Subject: Public information request Mr. Miller and Mr. Coby: I am writing to request all internal memos, emails and reports and any other written communications regarding the 11.44-acre [...]

BTW: Patels wrote more checks to BOCC

Did a little more digging on the campaign contributions to the incumbent Escambia County Commissioners. The Patels, who have proposed the electric car factory in Century, has contributed to the campaigns of Marie Young ($500) and Kevin White ($500) through their hotel business. 6/15/2008 YOUNG, [...]

More on proposed PJC training facilty

Spoke with County Attorney Allison Rogers. The actual purchase price for the land is around $2.7 million. The $11 million dollars was gifted in 2005 to PJC. The college was able to get the matching funds passed by the state legislature in 2006. However, the deal won't go through unless the [...]

It’s late

Have spent much of my afternoon and night pouring over emails on the airport hotel lease. Frank Miller and his staff wanted a hotel on the airport property. That is very clear. Didn't matter that the private sector had built several hotels nearby. When he was approached by Julian MacQueen about [...]

Tale of Airport Appraisals

as told by emails: The day before the Pensacola City Council approves the Exclusivity Agreement with Innisfree Development (Dec. 12, 2007), Dan Flynn, Manager of Properties and Development at the airport, sends an email to appraisers Joel Asmar and Charles Sherrill. (more…)

How the exclusivity agreement came about

Spent three hours today reviewing internal staff emails and other correspondence regarding the Airport Ground Lease with Sandspur Development. It cost the Independent News over $200 for the privilege of seeing the documents and getting copies made of a few choice ones. Some of these same documents [...]

Boone report: HCA/West Florida says deal is alive

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to West Florida Hospital spokesman Kendrick Doidge, the $550 million deal that would have West Florida buyout Baptist Healthcare has been delayed. Rumors have recently speculated the two had canceled the deal. "They were having a delay in getting their [...]

Buzz: Baptist/West Florida deal off

Update: Baptist spokesman says the deal is still on, but is delayed until the bond market recovers. We are hearing the Baptist Hospital purchase of West Florida Hospital may be off. There is a rumor that there will be a press conference later today to announce it. The Independent News is trying [...]

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