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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…

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Frozen chicken deal is more than amendment

December 15, 2008

Spent part of my weekend rereading the so-called amendment to the Pate Cold Storage contract. Let’s get real this isn’t an amendment. It is brand new lease….a bait and switch. The lessee is a brand new…

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Stalking Sam Hall

December 15, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien tells today the story of how Pate Cold Storage owner Mike Pate sent his son, Jeremy, and his girlfriend..described by Pate as “a real good-looking woman.” To go to Hall’s home and…

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Florida: land of convicted politicians

December 15, 2008

NY Times ask, Which is the most corrupt state? My guess would be Louisiana, but I have too many fond memories of Gov. Edwin Edwards. In a Department of Justice tally covering the last decade, Florida…

Paperless Daily

December 14, 2008

Wall Street Journal reports that the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News may only publish web versions of its paper Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays. The papers are owned by Detroit Media Partnership L.P. – Gannett…

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Boone report: CMPA meeting

December 13, 2008

Community Sounds Off Over Park by Sean Boone Every local resident has his or her own opinion to what should be put into the Community Maritime Park. But Friday was the day when those in charge…

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Boone report: Odd vote at city council

December 12, 2008

by IN reporter Sean Boone Sometimes politics beats logic. For Jack Nobles and the rest of City Council, they proved just that on Monday night by voting down a proposed port lease amendment for Pate Stevedore…

No regional training facility

December 12, 2008

Escambia County voted 5-0 to pull out of a $22 million deal to purchase 684 acres north of Molino for a regional police, fire and EMS training facility. Sheriff-elect David Morgan had said he didn’t want…

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Commission rescinds West Frazer tax break

December 12, 2008

NorthEscambia.com reports that Escambia County Commission voted 5-0 Thursday night to repeal the West Fraser’s ad valorem tax breaks, and voted 5-0 to delay action on cutting those given Wayne Dalton.West Fraser cut between 75 and…