Escambia County

Buzz: CMPA has signed developer agreement

March 7, 2009

Last night, CMPA/City of Pensacola reached agreement with the proposed master developer, Maritime Park Development Partners. The agreement needs approval by the CMPA board and the Pensacola City Council.…

Escambia County

Radical idea – invest in Pensacola

March 7, 2009

INVEST PENSACOLA This is a radical idea, one that really requires people thinking “outside of the box.” Why we don’t have the city pension funds invest in the Community Maritime Park by buying the CRA bonds?…

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Dead birds on Palafox

March 5, 2009

Dead birds are dotting the sidewalk along South Palafox Street. It’s a strange, eerie sight. None have been given parking tickets…yet.…

Politics

Be a part of history

March 5, 2009

There will one permanent marker of this City’s 450th Celebration – the DeLuna statue at the foot of Palafox. Fiesta of Five Flags/Celebrate Pensacola are selling engraved pavers – starting at $100 – that will be…

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Buzz: Purge coming at School District

March 5, 2009

There are rumblings that Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas will be moving his people into Administration. Several Jim Paul people will be not have their contracts renewed or will be demoted. Some of the changes should…

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Update on Stimulus package

March 4, 2009

From Jerry Maygarden: COMMUNIQUE CAPITOL HILL GROUP Wednesday, March 04, 2009 TALLAHASSEE—The process for distributing federal stimulus funds to state and local governments remains elusive. Moreover, the State of Florida does not seem to have a…

Politics

Geography of a Recession

March 4, 2009

NY Times has a cool graphic – The Geography of a Recession Escambia County has the worst unemployment in the area: Escambia County, FL 7.7% Santa Rosa 7% Okaloosa 6% Walton 5.8% Baldwin, AL 5.7% Mobile,…

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Fabre challenges park design award

March 4, 2009

As I reported earlier, County staff is recommending that the Chimes Way Park Design project be awarded to the Hilton Head Island firm Wood+Partners. On December 11, 2008, local engineer Frank Fabre protested the award in…

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Oops, city pensions lost another $40M

March 4, 2009

At its committee meetings last week, City Finance Director Dick Barker told the Pensacola City Council that the city pension funds have lost about another $40M in value since Sept. 30, 2008.…

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Public pensions are a national issue

March 3, 2009

Bloomberg.com reports: Public pensions in the U.S. had total liabilities of $2.9 trillion as of Dec. 16, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Their total assets are about 30 percent less than…

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CMPA attorney comments on Bell ruling

March 3, 2009

Ed Fleming, who represented the Community Maritime Park Associates, has issued this statement on Judge Frank Bell’s ruled in favor of the CMPA: Judge Bell did precisely what a judge’s oath requires him to do;he applied…

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McLaughlin did save money

March 3, 2009

We asked Patty Sheldon , administrator for Financial Services for Escambia County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, to compare the county’s payroll for the first quarter of this fiscal year (Oct-Dec 2008) with last year’s first…

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CMPA wins Sunshine lawsuit

March 3, 2009

Circuit Judge Frank Bell has ruled in favor of the Community Maritime Park Associates in the lawsuit filed by LeRoy Boyd and Byron Keesler that claimed the board had violated Florida Sunshine laws saying the organization…

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Possible Engineer bid solution

March 3, 2009

The issue of using local engineering firms is being heavily discussed both inside and outside county government. Here is a possible solution to the problem: Give preference in the review process to firms who employ local…