Escambia County

Arrest made in Billings murder case

July 12, 2009

Sheriff David Morgan and State Attorney Bill Eddins just completed a press conference to announce the arrest of Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr. for tampering with evidence in the Billings murder case. According to Morgan, Gonzalez tried…

Escambia County Politics

How Valentino plan was formed

July 10, 2009

The IN requested the emails of Commissioner Gene Valentino regarding his economic development plan. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of the details of his plan and how it was developed. We will publish…

Politics

See Pullum’s island and Gordon Goodin

July 10, 2009

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Gordon Goodin may have an ethics problem with his free vacation to Clark’s Cay, an island owned by Navarre developer Bill Pullum, according to the daily newspaper. Gordin and his wife had…

Escambia County Politics

VIC responds to PNJ article

July 9, 2009

This email was sent to the partners of the Visitor Information Center & Convention Bureau. It’s a shame that one reunion fell through the cracks and 200 visitors will go to Mobile. However, Ed Schroeder and…

News

Downtown CRA values are down, too

July 8, 2009

Downtown CRA valuations are down 4.6 percent. Property Appraiser Chris Jones explained that the DIB decline is greater because it includes tangible property. CRA only involves land and buildings.…

Escambia County Politics

Downtown Pensacola takes big hit

July 8, 2009

Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has turned his tax rolls into the Department of Revenue. County and City valuations are down slightly, but the Downtown Improvement Board district is off 11.5 percent; County down 3.8…

News

Gainesville forces early retirement

July 8, 2009

Gainesville, Florida has a $7-million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year. The city seeks to balance the 2010 budget that has a projected $4 million decline in revenues and a $2.6 million increase in expenses…

Politics

City workers considering union?

July 7, 2009

As I reported earlier on this blog, the City of Pensacola workers are exploring joining a union. Here is a notice we received today: Representatives of the United Steel Union and the City of Pensacola will…

Escambia County

ECSO releases Dear John letter

July 7, 2009

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has released a copy of a letter that will be sent to the registered owners of the vehicles involved in arrests for violations of Florida prostitution laws. The letters will be…

Politics

EPA celebrates clean up

July 7, 2009

Press Release: On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will celebrate $2.5 million in new funding awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to accelerate the cleanup and eventual reuse of the…

Politics

Palin strategy may work

July 7, 2009

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a favorite of local Republicans. They packed the Pensacola Civic Center when she made a campaign stop here. While the general consensus is that Palin may have shot herself in the…

News

Crist picks up key endorsements

July 7, 2009

Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and his brother Mario, who is also a Congressman, have endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate. These two staunch conservative Cuban-Americans are a boost to Crist’s campaign that has been lacking…

Escambia County

Southern Heroes sought

July 6, 2009

Press Release SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), announced today it has launched its fifth Southern Heroes promotion. From now through Aug. 31, 2009, go to www.southernheroes.com to nominate a small business, business professional or…

Escambia County Politics

Newest PEDC member suggests name change

July 1, 2009

This email was forwarded to me by Rhette Anderson, the newest PEDC member: From: Rhettean To: blandrum@amstaff.com, ttait@whitneybank.com, fdonovansr@baskervilledonovan.com CC: eemerson@pensacolachamber.com, cwood@pensacolachamber.com, sasarisi@osullivancreel.com Sent: 7/1/2009 12:50:01 P.M. Central Standard Time Subj: PEDC I would like to…

Escambia County

Five nominated for Judge

July 1, 2009

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the First Judicial Circuit has submitted five names to Gov. Charlie Crist to fill the Escambia County Court vacancy resulting from the retirement of Judge G.J. Roark, III: Tom Dannheisser (Santa…