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Seville Rotary

Seville Rotary

I spoke last night to the Seville Rotary, Pensacola's newest Rotary club and the only one that meets in the evenings. The club meets at Seville Quarter on Tuesday and has about 65 charter members, according to Jay Overman. The members are primarily young professionals and I wish them well. The [...]

Notes from Gulf Power Leadership Forum

Last Thursday, Gulf Power held a leadership forum. President/CEO Susan Story presented how her company sees the region. While the most are predicting the U.S. unemployment will bottom out in the last quarter of 2009 at around 10 percent, Florida is lagging behind the rest of the country and [...]

Escambia County Community Land Trust

What is it? Who is it? Found a December 2005 Florida Trend article by Charlotte Crane. "In 2003, three businessmen incorporated the Escambia County Community Land Trust to develop housing to help relieve a shortage of affordable homes for the county's low- and moderate-income residents." The [...]

Wyche arrested

Perennial candidate John Wyche has been arrested and charged with the misappropriation of almost $480,000 in state funds intended for use by Life Skills Center, a local charter school that was closed last summer. Wyche, president and director of the not-for-profit Escambia County Community Land [...]

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

Pensacola starts curbside recycling June 15

The City's new curbside recycling program begins next week. Garbage and recyclables will be collected on a once-a-week schedule beginning June 15th. These collections are made on separate days so customers should refer to the label on the lid of their recycling cart to determine their new [...]

This day in blog history

On June 9, 2008, we reported Buzz: Benz will be interim UWF prez: There is persistent buzz that Dr. Judy Benz will be named the interim president of the University of West Florida.... Note: Of course, Dr. Bense (not Benz) has held on to the position much longer than expected. On June 9, 2007, [...]

DIB takes away more free parking

DIB takes away more free parking

For years, the parking area at the corner of Intendencia and Baylen streets has been free. In fact, it was the last free public parking area within a block of Palafox Street. It now has been posted as a two-hour parking zone. More tickets, more money for DIB.

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

Rick’s Blog is on twitter

We've had a few readers request a more iPhone compatible feed for the blog, so I've added a Twitter account that should help. I've added the comments feed, too. http://twitter.com/routzen

MPDP Davison responds to criticism

Scott Davison, the vice president of development for Maritime Park Development Partners, has sent at letter to the CMPA. Davison writes that he did have discussion with City Council members regarding the need for a meeting between all stakeholders in the project to discuss the flexibility of [...]

CMP Buzz

The Pensacola City Council approved the Conditions Precedent that are in the Master Lease and Master Development Agreement, which set the lease commencement date as May 29, 2009. Before the Master Development Agreement can be signed, Maritime Park Development Partners (MPDP) must get a Design [...]

Raad Cawthon: Never got paid

Raad Cawthon: Never got paid

I asked Raad Cawthon about the work he did for Cy Keefer and the bingo casino - as per the emails that were released by Commissioner Gene Valentino last week. "Not much too it," says Cawthon. "Keefer contacted me to help him roll out the project. They were planning a big announcement in [...]

Elcano is big hit

Elcano is big hit

The Spanish tall ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano, has been a huge hit. Not only have there been long lines for the free tours, but the downtown restaurants and bars have been packed every night since the ship docked last Wednesday. Downtown Pensacola needs more events like this. Forget about [...]

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