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Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

SatDaily Dose PNJ has School FCAT scores. So do the Daily News and News Herald.

General Fund budget cuts

Here is one of the handouts given to the Escambia County Commissioners at the budget workshop yesterday. Note the commissioners wanted to return Escambia Community Clinics and Lakeview to full funding. Read:  budget cuts.pdf

News coverage of budget workshop weak

News coverage of budget workshop weak

Escambia County Commission held its first budget workshop yesterday. WEAR TV focused on the cuts on funds given to non-profits like the Florida Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Michael Cemetery, Clean & Green, 4th of July Fireworks. No mention of proposed cuts in the more essential services like public [...]

Budget tricks may work

Budget tricks may work

The county commissioners are working to stop in any cut in the Escambia Community Clinics. However, they should be working to increase what is spent. By proposing a cut, county staff has positioned the clinics as lucky to just get what it received last year. The Sheriff is even bolder. Ask for [...]

Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

FriDaily Dose PNJ:Derrick, Dr. Dino's wife and no insurance drop. There is alliteration inside the Pensacola daily's news coverage just have to understand the code. Daily News: Jeff Miller comes out for Fred Thompson for president. Will he install a pole at his house? News Herald: Battle [...]

What’s happening with other officers

Ernie Lee Magaha, Clerk of Courts, $4,676,281 (up 1.67%) but needs $2,111,446 from County general fund (up 15.9%) because his revenues are projected to be down $212,567. David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections, $2,299,302 (up 6.8%) has an extra election next year - the presidential [...]

Sheriff asks for $10 million increase

At the Escambia County commissioners budget workshop today, Sheriff Ron McNesby submitted $85,870,017 budget for next year. His current budget is $75,858,215. Sheriff's Office $52,962,824  - up $7,037,466 - 15% Jail/Detention $31,019,263 - up  $2,747,360 - 10% Court Service $1,887,930 - [...]

Beach parking garage plan

Beach parking garage plan

The Pensacola daily had an article on a proposed parking garage for Pensacola Beach. Here is a drawing of the garage's location from Baskerville Donovan Engineers. This is just one location being considered by the SRIA board. Another possible spot is at the SRIA offices. View PDF:  Beach garage [...]

GoLeft TV interview on sex trafficking

GoLeft.tv has an interview with Shauna Newell (Shauna’s Story of Slavery ): See Video

County may cut public clinic budget

We just got a phone call that the county commissioners are discussing cutting the budget of the Escambia Community Clinics by $225,000. Escambia Co. already spends less on public health than 65 of the state's 67 counties. Didn't think people's health would be considered a luxury item in the 07-08 [...]

State has budget crisis of its own

State has budget crisis of its own

The reports from Tallahassee are that since March, the state has taken in millions less in sales taxes than it anticipated. The state collected nearly $300 million less sales taxes than expected for the months of March, April and May. The budget shortfall could be as much as $1.2 billion - $400 [...]

Strippers boost golf scores

Here's an idea that I'm surprised none of the local golf courses have tried yet - having strippers set up lap dance stations in between holes ....on the course. The Pocono Recorder not only reports the story. It has video! More than 140,000 Web surfers eyed amateur video of the antics, with [...]

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