Politics

Don Gaetz: Real power

December 19, 2008

State Sen. Don Gaetz has been appointed by Senate President Jeff Atwater to head the Senate Select Committee on Florida’s Economy. According to Atwater: “The mission of this Select Committee on Florida’s Economy is to create…

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Sansom bumper stickers

December 19, 2008

Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom deserves a bumper sticker to honor his special relationship with Northwest Florida State College. Here are a few suggestions: Got state funds? Got job! Honk, if you never attended a NWFSC…

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How will state lawmakers serve us?

December 19, 2008

Our state representatives, Greg Evers, Dave Murzin and Clay Ford, have been given their committee and council assignments. We have two chairmanships: Evers votes on Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee and Murzin on Economic Development…

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NWFSC loves Sansom, not Gaetz

December 19, 2008

“I have never been invited to a meeting of the Northwest Florida State College board of directors in my life.”—my favorite from today’s Daily News article on a special meeting the Board of Trustees of Northwest…

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Beware of gift cards

December 18, 2008

If you bought a gift card at Experience Salon, you are out of luck. The new owners – former employees of Experience – have told customers that will not honor gift cards issued by their former…

Bits and pieces

December 18, 2008

We heard yesterday that the negotiations between new Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and the teachers union have broken off. Union wants a larger pay increase than Thomas can give, especially with projected cuts coming from…

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Bye, Luke

December 18, 2008

WCOA host Luke McCoy has his last show on Friday, Dec. 19. It has been reported that Cumulus will replace him and “Pensacola Speaks” with syndicated programming. Luke saw the candidates for which he campaigned so…

Best and worst nursing homes

December 18, 2008

The Federal government has a new rating system for nursing homes. According to the system, the best ones (Five stars overall ) in Pensacola are Bayside Manor, Haven of Our Lady of Peace and Rosewood Manor.…

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Light day

December 17, 2008

Little under the weather today. Will try to catch up this afternoon.…

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Council will have to approve any Pate renewal

December 16, 2008

Check out this series of emails regarding the current lease at the Port of Pensacola with Pate Stevedore for Warehouse No. 5: ——– Original Message ——– Subject: Port Stevedore lease Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:43:40…

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Misdemeanors, maybe

December 16, 2008

The possible illegal campaign contributions by the Pensacola Port Users Association could lead to certain city council candidates being charged with misdemeanor crimes. In Florida, it is illegal for candidates to solicit campaign contributions from non-profit…

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Local bank ratings

December 16, 2008

BauerFinancial is widely followed analyst of financial institutions. These are their latest ratings for locally-owned banks along the Panhandle: 5.0 Warrington Bank 5.0 First Navy Bank 5.0 Bank of the South 3.5 First National Bank and…

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Boone interviews Nobles on Hall’s retreat

December 15, 2008

Councilmember says Hall’s absence ‘unfortunate’ by Sean Boone Pensacola Councilman Jack Nobles told the IN on Monday that Sam Hall’s abrupt departure from last Thursday’s Council meeting was something that should not have happened. “I think…

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Port users association may have broken the law

December 15, 2008

The Port of Pensacola Users Association contributed $3,500 to campaigns of various Pensacola City Council candidates: 8/21/2008 Pratt, Megan Benson: $500 8/26/2008 Nobles, John ‘Jack’ W.: $500 9/4/2008 Donovan, Marty: $500 9/24/2008 Hall, Sam: $500 10/6/2008…

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Oops, Pate released from surety bond

December 15, 2008

According to its February 2004 lease agreement for Warehouse No. 5, Pate Stevedore Company was required to post an annual security deposit, either in cash or by performance, equal to the total value of each year’s…