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County code enforcement

The 2007-08 budget for code enforcement is $2,454,000. It's funded by fines and fees ($1,654,000), General Fund ($300,000) and Solid Waste ($500,000). Two years ago the budget was $1,296,349. Hmmmmm - budget has doubled. Must be tremendous pressure to collect fines.

Roads Inc catfish pond

Roads Inc catfish pond

Last night the Escambia County Commission revoked the stormwater permit for a pit that Roads, Inc has claimed for two years was a catfish pond. According to the PNJ article, Roads Inc. president Cody Rawson said after the commission's decision that he likely would take the matter to court. Here [...]

Showdown on court funding

Our court system is expensive. In this area, law enforcement has an "arrest everybody" attitude. State attorney has a "try everybody" attitude. And the courts get clogged. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Legislature wants to cut nearly $17 million from the state courts budget by June [...]

Code enforcement has problems

This week Sheriff Ron McNesby took away the badges and arrest powers of the Code Enforcement officers. Why? Because of the liability. The Bubbas have overstepped their authority and have two civil lawsuits. Yesterday the county commission voted to fund the legal defense of Code Enforcement [...]

Education of the Superintendent

Whether the Superintendent of Schools has a PHD doesn't matter. It is a false issue. The School Superintendent needs to be a leader. He can hire educators, financial experts, etc. Don Gaetz was the Okaloosa County Superintendent from 2000-2006. Okaloosa Schools moved up from a C rating by the [...]

Arnold pre-files

Asst. Superintendent Ronnie Arnold has filed to run for the Escambia County Superintendent of Schools. We also received this email this morning from Arnold: I will be out of the office until Monday, February 25 on personal leave. Please contact Cindy Paulk at 850-469-6135 or [...]

Presidential Politics

On IN Your Head Radio, two of top political writers in the South: Jackson Baker (Memphis Flyer) and Max Brantley (Arkansas Times). Listen online from 1-2 p.m. newsradio1620.com

Notes on Council fire vote

The Pensacola City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 707. Councilman Mike Wiggins was absent from the meeting. Councilwoman Jewel Cannda-Wynn asked whether the proposed firefighters' salaries [...]

State still pursues Allstate

From Orlando Sentinel: Insurance regulators on Tuesday filed a complaint seeking to suspend Allstate's authority to write new insurance policies in Florida in response to what they said was the company's continued failure to provide requested documents. The administrative complaint was required [...]

St. Joe Co. loses big in 2007

St. Joe Co. reported quarterly net income plunged to $1.0 million, compared with earnings of $22.3 million in the last quarter of 2006. For 2007, St. Joe reported net income of $39.2 million, a 23-percent drop from the 2006 total of $51.0 million. The company is in the preliminary phase of [...]

Okaloosa counts on military to weather recession

The Daily News reports a study released by Enterprise Florida concluded that military spending remains one of the state’s leading growth industries. It’s particularly valuable to Northwest Florida, where defense-related spending accounts for 35 percent of gross regional product. Rick Harper [...]

Pace Award winners

Emerging Leader Of The Year was given to Mike Hicks - CEO of Hixardt Technologies Business Leader Of The Year was given to Keith Gregory - Cox Communications Professional Leader Of The Year was given to Dale Knee - CEO, Covenant Hospice Community Leader Of The Year was given to John [...]

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