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Weekend Buzz:  Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Weekend Buzz: Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Uncertain Future The topics of discussion for some this weekend were the federal grand jury investigation of the Hayward administration and what will happen at the county now that Commissioner Gene Valentino is a lame duck. Hayward discussions are divided into two camps. Supporters argue that [...]

Scott campaign tour bus coming Sept. 10

Scott campaign tour bus coming Sept. 10

Governor Rick Scott "Let's Keep Working Tax Cut Bus Tour" will be in Pensacola on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at New World Landing, 600 South Palafox Street. Joining Scott will be Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and other VIPs. Organizers have said, "This is a [...]

How city of Pensacola dealt with questions about Molton Allen and Williams

How city of Pensacola dealt with questions about Molton Allen and Williams

On Wednesday, the city of Pensacola will deliver to a federal grand jury in Tallahassee its response to a subpoena, dated August 15 (See MX-2300N_20140827_180518). Five city directors and department heads have also been summoned to appear. The federal grand jury meets in private. The U.S. [...]

Flora-Bama no longer only 2014 concert for Chesney

Flora-Bama no longer only 2014 concert for Chesney

Kenny Chesney's promoters told his fans that his August 23 concert at the Flora-Bama on Perdido Key would be his only concert this year. He did another six days later. CMT reports Kenny Chesney and his band set up shop Friday night in Athens, Georgia, to play a pop-up concert in front of 500 [...]

City showed investments were competitively bid

City showed investments were competitively bid

The federal grand jury subpoena requested from the city of Pensacola documents related to the city investments and that it include Requests for Investments disseminated by Pam Childers "on or about Nov. 1, 2011 and Feb, 7, 2012." Childers, who was elected Escambia County Clerk of the Courts in [...]

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

As I reported, the federal grand jury process is done in secret. Mayor Ashton Hayward does not know what the jury is investigating, only the documents that the jury has subpoenaed from the city and which staff members have been summoned to testify on Sept. 3 in Tallahassee. Interim City [...]

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

This post was updated at 7:45 a.m. See note below. In an interview with PNJ reporter Rob Johnson yesterday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said the federal investigation into possible bribery involving city officials was a distraction, but he denied any wrongdoing within his [...]

Sea monsters and BP oil spill

The Bellona Foundation reports the Louisiana shrimpers are reporting an ever-rising rash of horrifically mutated shrimp, crabs and other sea life covered with oozing growths and extra limbs, shrimp and crabs lacking eyes and eye sockets, and fish of all manner swollen with apparent [...]

Pensacola airport bonds downgraded, but outlook stable

Pensacola airport bonds downgraded, but outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' its rating on the city of Pensacola's (Florida) approximately $33.5 million in outstanding series 2008 airport capital improvement revenue bonds issued on behalf of Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable [...]

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

Inweekly has been officially notified by Pensacola city officials that Mayor Ashton Hayward has declined our request for an interview. Also the mayor has no plans to hold a press conference.

Escambia County releases jail report summary

Escambia County releases jail report summary

County Attorney Alison Rogers has released a summary of attorney Mr. Fleming’s summary of findings related to his interviews with employees associated with the April 30 jail explosion. "Upon further diligent review of legal authority and caselaw, it appears the work product privilege with [...]

More changes at WEAR TV 3, news director fired

More changes at WEAR TV 3, news director fired

Inweekly has confirmed the News Director Kyle Brinkman was fired from WEAR 3 on Thursday. Last month, Sinclair,owner of the station, let off the station's general manager. Last week NorthEscambia.com terminated its agreement with WEAR 3 that allowed the station to use its stories/photos. The [...]

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