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Independent review of Wells employment

In light of the letter from Bert Oram that questions whether then asst. city attorney Rusty Wells did work for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office while also being paid by the City of Pensacola, the Pensacola City Council should appoint an independent counsel to review Rusty Wells work history [...]

Buzz: Benz will be interim UWF prez

There is persistent buzz that Dr. Judy Benz will be named the interim president of the University of West Florida. The popular professor will hold the fort while the search committee finds a permanent replacement. Expect the new president to be named by the end of the year, if not sooner.

Wells relationship with ECSO questioned

Local attorney Bert Oram questions if new City Attorney Rusty Wells has accurately described his side work for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Wells has told councilmen and the media that he worked for the ECSO after hours and only on forfeiture cases. Here is Oram's letter to the Pensacola [...]

Publix to buy Albertson’s

Looks like Publix will come into Escambia County - not through new construction, but by purchasing the four Albertson stores here. The acquisition is part of larger 48-store buy by Publix of Albertson locations.

Bay Co. sheriff wants to run jail

According to News Herald, Sheriff Frank McKeithen wants to run Bay County's jail. The Bay County Commission will meet June 17 and is expected to vote on McKeithen's proposal to run the jail, taking over the job from the private Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA. I wonder if our [...]

PNj misses the point on CMP

The Pensacola News Journal ran another negative story on the Community Maritime Park. The information is fairly accurate, but they overlook how responsible Save Our City and Councilman Marty Donovan are for the increases in costs. They delayed the overall process for two years by forcing the [...]

WEAR TV 3 misses real story on BCC

Channel 3 appears to have totally missed what really was behind Mike Whitehead's resignation from the county chairmanship. The station reported it without any reference to Kevin White or a possible vote to remove Whitehead had he not resigned. This is unusual, because they have done some good [...]

PNJ reports on PCB problem

The daily newspaper has finally picked up the story on the high level of PCBs in the fish of Escambia Bay. I could link to the story - but PNJ links go dead after a few days because they need the space for bloggers, podcasts and Pcola Moms. Obviously our assumption that newspaper websites should be [...]

Buzz: More names for mayor

There are more names being batted around for mayor of Pensacola. None of them have prefiled: Carol Carlan - retired city president for Wachovia Bank; Buzz Ritchie - president/CEO of Gulf Coast Community Bank, former state rep.; Adm. Tim Wright - IHMC; David Bailey - architect, former city CRA [...]

IN Your Head Radio 6.6

Today, get ready to rant: the phone lines will be open at 850-437-1620. I will also be talking to William Post, the author of Deceit Beach, a comprehensive history of the controversial issue of taxation on Santa Rosa Island. Read more. Tune in to IN Your Head Radio at 12:00 on News Radio 1620. [...]

The world turns…

On May 22, I wrote in Outtakes (Tall Tales) that Mike Whitehead should resign as the chairman of the Escambia County Commission. Last night - June 5 - he did. I had no idea that Whitehead would or if the community would agree with my position. The Pensacola News Journal never took an editorial [...]

Notes: BCC 6.05.08

Board of County Commissioners Meeting June 5, 2008 – 5:30 p.m. Governmental Complex – First Floor The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. All commissioners were present. "I am going to go off the agenda for one second," Commissioner Mike Whitehead said. "After much consideration [...]

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