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Gannett is transforming, not like the movie

Gannett is transforming, not like the movie

Poytner Online has a memo from Gannett CEO Craig Dubow to his employees that lauds the success of USA Today and discusses the "transformation" of Gannett: Right now, Gannett is again in the middle of a transformation. We have a very powerful vision of where we need to be and now are on the [...]

Super exemption losing steam

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has found support of the Florida Legislature's super property tax exemption referendum is slipping. Florida voters support 47 - 22 percent the Super Homestead Exemption plan with two-thirds of voters saying the proposal must be explained more clearly, [...]

Port expands

The Herald Tribune reports that Port Manatee that is south of Tampa is preparing for the widening of the Panama Canal. The port is in the midst of an expansion, aided by a fresh $3 million state grant, that will allow it to handle hundreds of thousands of semitrailer-sized containers of cargo per [...]

Lights out for SR parks

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners has a proposed budget that cuts the $125,000 that the county has used to pay utilities at county-owned parks. Of course, parents and sports associations are up in arms. This is a classic debate over what services should county government provide. One [...]

Culture wins

Culture wins

The Committee of the Whole of the Pensacola city council approved spending up to $6 million more on the renovation and expansion of the Saenger Theater. The city will use funds from a capital improvement bond. Our cultural organizations - Pensacola Children's Chorus, Opera, Symphony and others - [...]

Strong mayor at PYP Meeting

The Pensacola Young Professional’s will host its next Forward Focus meeting Sept. 11 beginning at 5:15 p.m. with networking, meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m. The main agenda item is the strong mayor issue. Jerry Maygarden and John Peacock will address the pros and cons of the strong mayor [...]

Cold beer, pizza and music coming to Palafox

Cold beer, pizza and music coming to Palafox

It has been confirmed Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom is coming to downtown Pensacola in the spaces formerly rented by Margarita's Downtown and The Pillars. Hopjacks will seat about 200-250 people and will have live music. Our kind of place: great food, great beer and great music! Check out [...]

How safe is I110 bridge

How safe is I110 bridge

A reader sent us this photo the bridge at the Cervantes I-110 exit. Look by the pole.

Calling for Change

From John Peacock: DESPARATELY WANTED/NEEDED – CHANGE!!! Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion within our community about our system(s) of government, consolidation of services, and the overall leadership abilities or capabilities of our elected officials.  This is a great [...]

Hall asks for input on Saenger funding

Got his email from Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall: Fellow Pensacolians: Here's the scorecard regarding additional funding for the Saenger Theater renovation: Phone calls and e-mails in favor of the funding:  SEVERALPhone calls and e-mails against the funding:  ZERO Regardless of which [...]

Drop FCAT. Save money

According to Florida Department of Education, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) costs $12.84 per student - about $22 million annually. The state spends another $157 million rewarding schools and districts for their scores. If we drop FCAT, we save a minimum of $179 million - 16 to [...]

State budget crisis

Psst, when we look at the state $71-plus billion budget, remember Gov. Charlie Crist cut a record $459 million from it using his line item veto power. Rep. Murzin, Ford and Evers, along with Sen. Peaden and Gaetz, would rather us overlook that. It's much more fun picking on local [...]

Santa Rosa County – NFL

Santa Rosa County had two players on the TV yesterday: Chicago Bear fullback Jason McKie - Gulf Breeze High grad- and New York Giant kicker Lawrence Tynes - Milton High graduate. Pensacola has Derrick Brooks, of course. It is truly amazing how many great athletes this area produces.

GAO: Homeland Security failing

In this age of accountablility, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) stands for independence as ti reviews various government programs and initiatives. This past week, the GAO issued report card on the Dept. of Homeland Security - which has ballooned to 220,000 employees. The DHS has [...]

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