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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

Edwards coming to Destin

The Daily News reports that Democratic candidate John Edwards is coming to Harbor Docks in Destin. It ain’t gonna be cheap to get in to see him. Tickets to the event are selling for $1,000. A contribution of $2,300, the maximum allowed for an individual donor, comes with the privilege of [...]

Why is 450th worth celebrating?

Pensacola is the only city in the U.S. that can do this. We are the oldest settlement and the celebration reinforces our claim to fame. All the major TV networks are talking about coming here. Unlike, Mark O'Brien I believe we should celebrate our history. I see it as part of what separates us [...]

Moby says no statue

PNJ columnist Mark "Moby" O'Brien doesn't like the Deluna statue idea. Somehow he ties the statue to the lack of better parks in the poorer neighborhoods. I haven't seen Councilmen Jerralds or Townsend - who Moby says oppose the statue, too - make any requests for parks in their districts. Both [...]

Bay County gets out of Spring break business

Panama City Beach grows up. From News Herald: The Bay County Tourist Development Council this week reaffirmed its intent to get out of the college Spring Break marketing business. During a meeting Tuesday, board members voted 7-1 to reaffirm an earlier policy change that slashed taxpayer [...]

Councilman censured

Fort Walton Beach city council censured one of its members for requesting emails from city employees. Huh? Public records are public - it's not about the employees. Read FWB council censures Pullen for 'beating dead horses'

County wants to know what you think

Press Release: The Escambia County Citizen Survey is underway! TLG Marketing Research, Inc. has started calling residents for their input on County services. This is the citizens' opportunity to share how they feel about county services. There will be a total of 500 telephone calls, with 100 [...]

City council misses the point

City council misses the point

In an effort to show they are fiscally responsible the Pensacola City Council is delaying its decision on the funds requests for Palafox Pier park completion, repairing the Pensacola Cultural Center and Springfest. By doing so, many of them are missing the point about the requests. First, as [...]

Landfill lessons

Landfill lessons

The daily newspaper carries the latest escapades of the Saufley Landfill (Landfill owner jailed, released). There is a lesson here. Escambia County needs a more stringent permitting process for private landfills. Owners need to verify that they have the expertise to operate the facilities. Bonds [...]

Free, free at last

Sheriff Ron McNesby pleads no contest to charges that stem from a 2004 hunting trip in Wisconsin. The judge adjudicates McNesby guilty of two counts of illegal hunting/possession of game/birds and placing bait with nondegradable material. McNesby has to pay a fine of about $2,500, and his hunting [...]

Taking UWF to the next level

There are two ideas being floated out in the community about how to grow the University of West Florida. One is add football. Central Florida, South Florida and Florida Atlantic - which were on the same level as UWF at one time - have done so and become major colleges. The University of South [...]

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