Politics

Northwest Florida Cold Storage a front for who?

December 9, 2008

The amendment to the Pate Cold Storage—which is really a new contract with a new entity—is not dead. Enterprise Operations Committee chairman Jack Nobles can bring it forward to the regular council meeting on Thursday night…

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Who is pulling Evers chain

December 9, 2008

We hear the PBA—Police Benevolent Association— is pressuring State Rep. Greg Evers on the consolidation issue. IN reporter Sean Boone interviewed Evers this morning: News: More representation needed for Evers support by Sean Boone State Rep.…

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Okaloosa politicians try to derail consolidation

December 9, 2008

Last night our legislative delegation held an open forum at Pensacola Junior College. State Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) and State Rep. Greg Evers (R-Baker) made a rare appearance in Escambia County to tell citizens that they…

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More problems for Sansom

December 9, 2008

Palm Beach Post reports Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom used his state office to pursue the $110,000 vice president job at Northwest Florida State College. As we earlier reported, Sansom was the only person considered for…

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Notes: Council committee meetings

December 8, 2008

Just got out of the meetings. Let me give you the highlights and will fill you in more later. Ronald Townsend and Mike DeSorbo were absent. P.C. Wu said that DeSorbo had just gotten out of…

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1993 County Bonds

December 8, 2008

Last week, I wrote about the county bonds tied to sales tax revenues and how they have been continually refinanced – 1993 and 2002. Read County bonds that never got paid. In 1993, Escambia County issued…

IN punished for asking first

December 8, 2008

Here is Frank Miller’s response to my request for a refund on my original records request: Mr. Outzen, Your request for information was made prior to that of Mr. Cosson. My staff had completed the research…

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New council may be slow, too

December 8, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien points out in his column today that Mayor-elect Mike Wiggins has called for a goal setting workshop. This sound great, right? Only problem is the workshop is 33 days after the new…

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City held hostage for 20 more days

December 8, 2008

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…

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Varona closes

December 7, 2008

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…

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Ice Pilots make Fetid Five

December 7, 2008

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…

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Escambia County clones first man

December 7, 2008

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,…

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PNJ editor explains further cuts

December 7, 2008

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…

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Sansom still in trouble

December 7, 2008

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…