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Mack delivers the smack

Councilman-elect Diane Mack is upset with the political appraisal given by an Innisfree director on the chances of passing the airport lease. Mr. Richard Chism Director of Development Innisfree Hotels Baybridge Professional Park, Bldg. 113 Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Dear Mr. Chism: I have [...]

Fogg bets on SEC championship

The Mobile Press Register reports that Mayor John Fogg has a bet with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on Saturday's Alabama-Florida game. If Alabama wins, Fogg has to donate $150 in cash or goods to the Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile. If Florida wins, Jones donates the same amount to the MANNA food bank in [...]

Bed tax may be raised

Get ready for a battle over tourism dollars. Bay County (Panama City Beach) is set to raise its bed taxes 2 cents which moves its rate to 5 percent. Okaloosa, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are currently at 4 cents. Read more.

Who owns training facilty property

The land for the proposed $22-million training facility to build by PJC is owned by RMS Timberlands, LLC. The purchase price is $3,278,400. Resource Management Service (RMS) Timberlands is a Birmingham-based company that buys, sells, and manages timberland for investors and landowners. Check [...]

Okaloosa County has training facility

There is tremendous pressure by Escambia County Sheriff's Office and Pensacola Junior College for Escambia County to give----yes, give---$11 million to Pensacola Junior College to buy 684 acres north of Molino and build a regional training facility for police, fire and emergency medical personnel. [...]

Few more facts about Sansom’s college job

The St. Petersburg Times has been reporting more details on House Speaker Ray Sansom's new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom will be paid $110,000 --- nearly $25,000 more than his predecessor. The vice president position at the college was never advertised and only offered to [...]

County bonds that never got paid

In doing some research I came across the debt portion of the county budget. It appears that for nearly two decades Escambia County has been continually refinancing its bonds that are tied to the LOST funds and never paying them off - or least not paying off a significant portion of [...]

Call for Sansom to resign

Florida Democrats are calling for Ray Sansom to resign either from Northwest Florida State College or the Florida House speaker. Press release: Today Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Speaker Ray Sansom to step down from his position with Northwest Florida State College [...]

Florida fails at higher education

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released its latest report that evaluates the state's colleges and universities. Florida didn't do too well. • Only 27 percent of Florida high school students take at least one upper-level science course, compared with 46 percent in [...]

Former editor blasts Gannett

As announced on this blog yesterday, Gannett has mandated further cuts at the News Journal. This is a real shame because it will impact this community - both in jobs lost and in coverage. Former San Bernardino (Calif.) Sun sports editor, Paul Oberjuerge, blasts the media giant on his blog with [...]

Who will replace Mel Martinez

The biggest name being batted around is popular former Gov. Jeb Bush. However, I wouldn't rule out MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Yes, he's moved to the Washington, D.C., but I don't think he's sold his Pensacola home yet. Joe did very well as political analyst during the [...]

CMP could begin Feb. 2009

The summary of the Master Developer Agreement has a timeline for the various phases. It shows that Land Capital plans to start moving dirt on the site in February 2009. Stadium will be completed by October 2010. See: draft-cmpa-mdp-summary-11-30-08

Boone Report: Port director says lease is good deal

by IN reporter Sean Boone by Sean Boone Pensacola Port Director Clyde E. Mathis says the proposed Council amendment to the lease between the Pate Stevedore cold storage company and the city will be a great benefit for the community. "We've been negotiating for several months with Pate and [...]

More layoffs

This time it's at the Pensacola News Journal. Owner Gannett has ordered another 10-percent cut throughout the system. We hear the cuts include three employees from the Sports staff, a features writer and a photographer.

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