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Our minor mayor

Here is an editorial that appeared in alt-weekly The Arkansas Times on 6/8/06 about Little Rock and its weak mayor system. Much of it applies to Pensacola Our minor mayor Published 6/8/2006 With Jim Dailey’s announcement last week that he will not seek another term as Little Rock’s [...]

Little Rock votes for strong Mayor

Little Rock votes for strong Mayor

Little Rock voters on Tuesday approved measures making the mayor's job full time and granting him veto power over the city's Board of Directors. The vote settles years of debate over whether Arkansas' largest and capital city ought to have a mayor with more than mostly ceremonial [...]

Close public libraries

Close public libraries

Today's Pensacola News Journal reports that the City of Pensacola, who runs the public library system for Escambia County, is considering further cuts ($972,000) to the library budget. The cuts would shutdown all libraries on Mondays. The City would shutdown all branches but the ancient, [...]

Another bad indicator for Escambia County

Another bad indicator for Escambia County

Last year the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce issued its Prosperity Pensacola report that had several indicators by which we could benchmark the community's progress. One indicator was Births to Teen Mothers. In 2004, 13.2% of all births in the county were to teenage mothers - among white [...]

Pensacola misses most literate list

No surprise here. Central Connecticut State University compiles the list. A total score is tallied for each city across six different literacy categories: Booksellers; Educational attainment; Internet Resources; Library Resources; Newspaper Circulation; and Periodical [...]

FOX News caught changing Wikipedia

FOX News caught changing Wikipedia

On the website - Geek are Sexy - Brian Boyko writes on an news story that is tearing through the blogosphere - Fox News has been changing entries on the Wikipedia website to attack its rivals and promote Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Brit Hume and other Fox talking heads. Read: Fox News Changes [...]

What is the legislature thinking on insurance

Does big insurance control the state legislature? First we have special session to deal with property insurance that in the end did nothing. Insurance companies still raised their rates and cancelled policies. Now Florida's no-fault auto insurance law is set to expire on Oct. 1, unless the [...]

IN disappears from Blanchard Judicial Center

We have had several people who work at the Blanchard Judicial Center call to tell us our papers have vanished from the racks on the first and second floors. They have been searching for papers around downtown. The rack in front of our office has gone through 200 copies. We don't know if the ban [...]

Pensacola Sam’s Warehouse gets new paint job

...that's how our local economic news compares to the surrounding counties. Notice any difference? Who is at the helm of our economy? When will county and city officials get engaged? The issue isn't about how many county and city jobs we can save in the 2007-08 budgets. The issue is reviving our [...]

New Mobile, Ala steel plant may increase revenue $3.7 million

Mobile Press Register reports: Southwest Alabama cities and counties can expect about $3.7 million a year in extra tax revenue from the ThyssenKrupp steel mill in northern Mobile County, according to a new study. Those figures include an estimated $1.5 million a year boost to Mobile County and [...]

Destin continues to grow

Destin continues to grow

The Daily News reports that more businesses are opening in Grand Boulevard in the Destin/Sandestin area. The first store at the Howard Group’s 52-acre Grand Boulevard development opened its doors in March. Since then, a dozen more retailers and restaurants have started doing business in the [...]

Ax the Homestead Tax files PAC organization papers

Press Release: The citizens' constitutional petition initiative to amend Florida's constitution by replacing the current property tax system with a sales tax-based system took another step forward when Ax the Homestead Tax.com PAC of Florida mailed its organization papers to the Florida [...]

Sen. Martinez in town

- and Commissioner Mike Whitehead hasn't challenged him to a fight. Sen. Martinez tours JACC U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) was in Pensacola in the early morning hours of Monday 13 August on a fact-finding tour of the DoD-VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center.

County land sale buzz

From a concerned citizen: Can you look into why the county is selling what they call surplus land at the Equestrian Center? The land in question is 18 acres of the Equestrian Center. The 18 acres sits next to a new subdivision that will add more houses right next to the center on its west [...]

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