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Sopranos to sleep with the fishes

Sopranos to sleep with the fishes

HBO's "Sopranos" has its final episode this weekend. How do you think it will end? Feel free to suggest possible local plot lines.

MOBy likes Mike

MOBy likes Mike

Of course, while most of Pensacola thinks Commissioner Mike Whitehead is Escambia County's own Yosemite Sam, the daily newspaper's columnist writes that he likes Mike ( Mark O'Brien: Frustration taxes Mike Whitehead's patience over rollback ). Most of us believe county government is bloated and [...]

FCAT problems continue

FCAT problems continue

Jeb Bush leaves office and problems with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test continue to crop up. This time the school scores/grades are delayed because of the problems with FCAT grading for third-graders in 2006. At least, the Crist Administration isn't sweeping the issue under the rug. I [...]

Inweekly updates

Inweekly updates

FriDaily Dose Group dares to ban Blue Angels. More arrest reports. Destin drowning. Toxic fish in Bay County...Blah, Blah, Blah Music: June Mixtape New month, new mood, new music Feeling Festive? So many music festivals, so few vacation days. Road Trips Fill up your tank (if you can [...]

PNJ misses FEMA clarifications

PNJ misses FEMA clarifications

Both Santa Rosa & Escambia counties issued clarifications on FEMA reimbursements. The PNJ story has misleading headlines based on the original press release by Sen. Martinez PNJ: "$12.1 million for Escambia; Santa Rosa to get $8.9 million" It's not until you read the article that you realize [...]

WCI Communties being raided

WCI Communities owns Lost Key on Perdido Key. Some wanted WCI to bid on the Trillium property as an alternative to Studer-Fetterman-Cavanaugh proposal. According to Sun-Sentinel Billionaire investor activist Carl Icahn is making another attempt to buy Florida luxury homebuilder WCI Communities [...]

Palm Beach County gets it

Palm Beach County gets it

Some counties are being pro-active and not waiting for the State Legislature to make up its mind on property taxes. From Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach County may slash property tax rate by 11% Under pressure from state legislators, Palm Beach County administrators unveiled a scaled-down budget [...]

IN: June 7 issue

IN: June 7 issue

While the daily newspaper is writing about car crashes and FEMA reimbursements, the Independent News has two strong news stories on human trafficking in the Panhandle and on the recommendations before the Escambia County commission on fire protection. These are two stories the daily won't [...]

INweekly: daily newspaper highlights

INweekly: daily newspaper highlights

ThursDaily Dose News Journal writes about FEMA reimbursement (which this blog has already covered). The Panama City News Herald has the best stories today. On TV: Robot Chicken: Star Wars Seth Green has teamed up with Lucasfilm to create an epic sized (30 minute) version of his Adult [...]

Guess who is replacing Imus

Guess who is replacing Imus

No, it's not Luke McCoy. MSNBC is trying out Pensacola's Joe Scarborough. Read: Morning Joe and MSNBC Eyes Scarborough as Possible Imus Replacement The reviews so far are very positive. Don't know if it will stick - 6-9 am (5 am -8 am CDT) is a tough gig, but then Joe is free for the rest of [...]

Touart called

County Administrator George Touart called to say the county's general fund reserves are only $13 million. I got my figures from the budget so I sending what I read and hope to get clarification later today. ....The power of the blog

Gulf1.com still sends emails

We've gotten emails from several locals who keep trying to unsubscribe from gulf1.com. Mike West sent this unsolicited email out for Sen. Don Gaetz - read the note at the end which somehow makes it okay: Your Florida State Legislature is getting ready for a special session concerning your [...]

Sen. Martinez overstates FEMA checks

Escambia County is getting $1.8 million from FEMA - not the $12 million that Sen. Mel Martinez reported on Monday. Oops.

County Con Game

County Con Game

Escambia County government would like you to believe that they wisely used the 2006/07 revenue increase for additional services and capital projects. They have a schedule of sources and uses that they have released to the press. It's really a game with numbers in which they can attribute any [...]

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