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Zoo director not fired

Zoo director not fired

The Fort Walton Daily News has stayed on top of the Gulf Breeze Zoo story. This Sunday they interviewed Doug Kemper, the former zoo director, and the new one, Danyelle Lantz. Read Brave Zoo World. In the article Lantz reports the Zoo has collected over $600,000 towards its $1 million fundraising [...]

HIP squad on patrol

HIP squad on patrol

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office has a new unit that will fight crime during this holiday season - High Intensity Patrol unit (HIP). The Hippies (our name for them - not the ECSO) will patrol mall parking lots in hopes of curbing car burglaries and parking lot muggings. The HIP Squad missed [...]

What we wrote about Actigraph

What we wrote about Actigraph

The daily newspaper writes today on Actigraph - seven months after we report on it ( Andrews pays and heals). This means the PNJ may report on the volunteer fire departments any day now.

Insurers have record profits

The Pensacola News Journal reports that insurers area worried about 2008 hurricane season. Allstate and the Hartford companies want major rate hikes that they claim are needed to get through the 2008 hurricane season/ They are challenging state denials in administrative court appeals. Allstate [...]

Thanksgiving mysteries

Thanksgiving mysteries

We need Jessica Fletcher ("Murder She Wrote") or Frank Grissom ("CSI") to help us solve these Thanksgiving Weekend mysteries: 1. What happened to the Escambia Volunteer Firefighters reorganization and audit? 2. Is "Front Porch" dead? 3. What is going on with the Chamber's word program: [...]

Does budget process matter?

Does budget process matter?

The SRIA asking for $10 million from the Escambia County Commission begs an even larger question. Why wasn't the beach parking in the 2007-08 budget for the county or SRIA? We are seeing half a dozen big funding requests at the county and city levels right now: more $$$ for Saenger Theatre [...]

20 years still no beach parking

20 years still no beach parking

The daily newspaper has an article on the Santa Rosa Island Authority asking the county commission for $10 million for more beach parking. The key paragraph that really speaks to local government's inability to act on an issue: The Island Authority has been talking for 20 years about the need [...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Taking today and tomorrow off. Have a great Thanksgiving. Will be back Friday. -Rick

Tampa lays off city workers

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced he was laying off 100 more city workers. He also outlined a three-year plan to make 11 changes to make government more efficient. The changes are expected to save the city about $3.4 million annually. Last June Iorio laid [...]

How about being proactive?

The thought struck me this morning - Why didn't Escambia County government have a plan to help out local cultural groups while the Saenger Theater is being renovated? Shouldn't there have been a plan to help these groups - Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Children's Chorus, [...]

Perdido Beach mouse moves to Alabama

From the Mobile Press Register U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Darren LeBlanc holds an Alabama beach mouse that was caught as part of a trapping project aimed at giving scientists a better idea of how many of the endangered mice are living on the Fort Morgan peninsula and in Gulf Shores. [...]

Time for White to grow up

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White showed his lack of maturity once again over the Pensacola Children's Chorus's request for a reduction in rent for its performances at the Pensacola Civic Center. White is still upset that the citizens would question his stewardship of county monies and hire [...]

Too many elementary schools

The daily newspaper catches up with we have been talking about on the blog for awhile: school enrollments. The pdf of the actual number of pupils in each elementary school is very interesting. Remember in an earlier post I wrote that officials of the Okaloosa public school district - one of the [...]

Former Zoo Director speaks out

The Daily News has a video interview from former Zoo Director Doug Kemper. Kemper stays supportive of the facility. Check out video

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