Adam Smith says race isn’t over

October 24, 2008

Adam C. Smith, St. Pete Times Political Editor, gives five reasons we should not write off John McCain: 1. The primaries told us something. McCain closes strong and Obama doesn’t. 2. Polls aren’t gospel. 3. Complacency.…

Obama pulls further ahead in FL

October 24, 2008

A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 49 percent to 42 percent in this state McCain cannot afford to lose. Independents favor Obama by a 2-to-1 margin. Read…

Todd Palin rally instructions

October 24, 2008

Todd Palin canceled his visit to the Panhandle this week. But the word I get is that the McCain campaign was wanting people to come to his rally wearing camos.…

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PNJ saves $18.3 million

October 24, 2008

Drinks are on Kevin Doyle, publisher of the Pensacola News Journal. The Florida Supreme Court refused to recognize “false-light” invasion of privacy as grounds to sue. It upheld a lower-court ruling that tossed out an $18.3…

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Curbside Recycling

October 24, 2008

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority board passed curbside recycling that will start Jan. 1. The base rate drops from $19.62 to $17.97 for both garbage and recycling pickup. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on…

McCain campaign in disarray

October 24, 2008

First, Joe Scarborough, ex-Congressman (Rep.) and current MSNBC political analyst and PNJ columnist, writes that McCain is losing the presidential race in three critical areas: fundraising, ads and grassroots support. Yesterday, I interviewed Roger Stone (stonezone.com…

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Do not close the Port

October 22, 2008

I am not arguing to close the Port of Pensacola. However, we should not extend, renew or amend any long-term leases at the port until we’ve pursued other uses for at least some of the land.…

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Port costs us real money

October 22, 2008

Blog reader Robert insists “The City has not contributed taxpayer dollars to the Port in more than 5 or 6 years.” This got me curious since I wanted to know how it could lose nearly $10…

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Buzz: Fighting for city pensions

October 21, 2008

Someone is calling former and current city workers and saying that Megan Pratt – City Council candidate- wants to do away with all city pensions. Not true, but this goes to show once again how resistant…

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Feb. 25, 2005: Council passed policy for mixed use

October 21, 2008

On Feb. 25, 2005, the Pensacola City Council passed the Port Administration and Operations Policy. It states: Mixed-use development opportunities on appropriate parcels of land within the port, particularly on border parcels where such development could…

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Oops, Port was suppose to have a profit

October 20, 2008

BST Associates submitted to the Pensacola City Council a study of the Port of Pensacola in Sept. 2004. It considered mixed use, a cruise ship and maritime museum. According to BST, the existing contracts at the…

Times-Union gives no endorsement

October 20, 2008

Probably the most conservative daily newspaper in any large Florida city,Jacksonville’s Times-Union, refused to give an endorsement for John McCain or Barack Obama. Its editorial board was too split on the issue. This comes the same…

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Port net loss is $5.6 million over past five years

October 19, 2008

There is a lot of misinformation about the finances of the Port of Pensacola. Some will insist that the Port of Pensacola is not losing money. I checked the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports that are…