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Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning Board member Scott Sallis read a written statement into the record at the Aug. 11 board meeting. He said that he voted on the his client's item in July because of the counsel he was given by city staff---that vote violated Florida ethics law. Read PBR. Although he felt uncomfortable [...]

Podcast: Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival

Podcast: Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival

On News Talk 1370 WCOA's "Pensacola Speaks," Greg Litton of Northeast Sertoma talked about the 2nd Annual Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival. Check out the website.

Fiesta of Five Flags announces headliners for the 38th annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

Fiesta of Five Flags announces headliners for the 38th annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

Country music star Drake White and his hit known as “the song of the summer” to kick off the weekend Press Release: Southern rock, blues and soul will sound throughout the streets of Pensacola from Friday, Sept. 25, to Sunday, Sept. 27, during the Pensacola Seafood Festival, presented by [...]

Medical marijuana signatures piling up

Medical marijuana signatures piling up

From The News Service of Florida: Backers of a ballot proposal to legalize medical marijuana are moving toward getting a key Florida Supreme Court review, with nearly 22,000 valid petition signatures submitted to the state as of Thursday morning. The effort, known as United for Care, needs [...]

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

The News Journal asked the First Amendment Foundation about City Administrator Eric Olson ordering city employees to not read emails from government accounts. FAF President Barbara Peterson was also asked about Olson's calling the employer of North Hill Preservation Association president Melanie [...]

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

Pensacola is an exciting place to live. Downtown Pensacola is booming and more development is on the way. The YMCA of Northwest Florida this morning held a groundbreaking for its new downtown facility that is being built in the parking lot behind Seville Quarter. The construction on the [...]

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera objects to U.S. embassy opening in Havana

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera objects to U.S. embassy opening in Havana

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who is running for the U.S. Senate, issued this statement: “The Obama Administration’s refusal to invite pro-democracy leaders to Friday’s U.S. Embassy ceremony in Havana is a shameful embarrassment that emboldens Castro's repressive regime. Once [...]

Podcast: Studer on Blue Wahoos, Joe Scarborough

Podcast: Studer on Blue Wahoos, Joe Scarborough

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos had a great home stand. The Sunday game was nationally televised, and Joe Scarborough threw out the first pitch on Tuesday.

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

On WEAR TV, City Administrator Eric Olson admitted that he called the boss of the president of the North Hill Preservation Association, but he said he didn't try to get her fired from her job at the Naval Air Station. "She is not permitted by federal regulations to send e-mails from her [...]

Miami developer drops out again, CBRE offers to negotiate with Studers the day the deal fell apart

Miami developer drops out again, CBRE offers to negotiate with Studers the day the deal fell apart

On July 23, CBRE sent former Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain an update of its efforts on marketing the Community Maritime Park. The Miami developer, MCM-BAP, was to send a revised proposal for its hotel and residential projects at the park by July 9. CBRE notified Fountain it had not [...]

Buzz: Buck Lee resigns, effective Jan. 15

Santa Rosa Island Authority manager Buck Lee is turning in his resignation, effective Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

Escambia County Deploys Air Quality Monitors in the Wedgewood Neighborhood

Escambia County Deploys Air Quality Monitors in the Wedgewood Neighborhood

Press Release: In an effort to address concerns from residents following the Florida Department of Health’s release of the Rolling Hills Landfill Health Consultation, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners recently announced that the second of four hydrogen sulfide (H2S) monitors has [...]

UWF Football to impact Downtown, Beach Tourism

UWF Football to impact Downtown, Beach Tourism

By Duwayne Escobedo Picture full hotels on the beach. A bustling downtown. Packed restaurants. And, oh yeah, the University of West Florida Division II football team drawing record crowds in 2016 to the waterfront stadium on Pensacola Bay. Football coaches, sports administrators and the [...]

Scarborough says Pensacola government isn’t working

Scarborough says Pensacola government isn’t working

Joe Scarborough was interviewed on The Daily Brew. He lamented how dysfunctional local government is in Pensacola. "We had wanted a strong mayor in the city for a very long time," said Scarborough. "We got one, as far as the position goes, but it's chaotic and you hate to see it." He added, [...]

Word on the Street: What was Ashton thinking?

Word on the Street: What was Ashton thinking?

The Cease and Desist letter from attorney Alistar McKenzie regarding the City Administrator Eric Olson allegedly threatening the president of the North Hill Preservation Association was dated July 20. When Mayor Ashton Hayward announced on August 10 that Olson would assume the duties of his [...]

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

The News Service of Florida reports that Andrea Minyard, David Stewart, Jon Thogmartin And Barbara Wolf have been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott as district medical examiners. Minyard, of Gulf Breeze, is chief medical examiner of District 1, which includes Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton [...]

Montgomery mayor welcomes Sky Warrior project

Montgomery mayor welcomes Sky Warrior project

WSFA reports that Montgomery, Ala. Mayor Todd Strange is excited about his city being considered for Sky Warrior's Initial Flight Screening Program, which could include a possible hotel or dorm to house up to 2,000 airmen. "It's a project that we've been aware of. We've made it known that we'd [...]

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