Ucci on fire call stats

February 28, 2008

According to PC Ucci – with whom I’ve not always agreed – the majority of the fire calls of the Pensacola Fire Department aren’t fire related. They are medical related. What are we really paying for?…

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Fire tax on council agenda

February 28, 2008

Pensacola City Council holds a public hearing tonight on the fire tax. Let’s see if the council really understands how they are taxing community to death. Also hear Sam Hall do the pledge from memory. COUNCIL…

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Cantonment Catfish pond

February 27, 2008

We have gotten a copy of the actual stormwater permit that Roads, Inc. got for the super, duper catfish pond in Cantonment. The permit – issued 3/14/06 – says that the excavation is for a catfish…

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Fear in high schools

February 27, 2008

The high schools are under tight security after the slaying of high school student Daryl Williams, 15, was fatally shot Saturday night during an altercation in the Burger King parking lot on Pensacola Boulevard. The word…

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Notes: Pensacola Committee of the Whole

February 26, 2008

Yesterday the Pensacola City Council met as the Committee of the Whole and its individual committees. Here are our notes on the meeting: All city council and committee members were present. The items discussed at the…

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Roads awarded county business without bids

February 25, 2008

In 2006, the Escambia County Board of Commissioners approved staff recommendations that awarded Roads, Inc. $3,578,380.16 in paving and drainage work without bids. Road, Inc., like other contractors, offered a general price for such work earlier…

Catfish expert on the radio

February 25, 2008

Curious about just how big a catfish pond should be? Listen to IN Your Head Radio today to find out. I will be interviewing an expert of catfish ponds from Mississippi State University. He may be…

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Building green

February 25, 2008

The Mobile Press Register reports that builders there are building more environmentally friendly homes and offices. Building green is the new buzz word, said Mark Swanson, president of the Home Builders Association of Metro Mobile. Everybody’s…

Dems to caucus

February 25, 2008

Who will be the official delegates to the Democratic National Convention from this area? We don’t know yet if they will be seated, but the party needs to decide who will go. The Florida 1st Congressional…

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Ricks Blog: Most Influential Political Blog

February 24, 2008

Once again, this blog has been ranked the Most Influential Political Blog in Florida by Blognetnews.com. This is truly a surprise. Last month we established more defined rules for commentary on this blog. We set up…

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Sheriff concerned about Bubbas July 07

February 23, 2008

Through our record requests, we received a copy of letter from ECSO legal advisor, Darlene Dickey, to asst. county attorney Ryan Ross regarding “Law Enforcement Authority of Code Enforcement Officers.” It is dated July 2, 2007.…

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Bubbas disarmed and de-lighted

February 23, 2008

On Feb. 19, two days before the county commission voted to pay for the legal defense of its code enforcement officers, County Administrator Bob McLauglin sent a memo to Charlie Walker, head of code enforcement. The…

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Bubbas on Patrol cases

February 23, 2008

Through a public record request, we received copies of the lawsuits against county code enforcement and the Sheriff Ron McNesby. There are common threads. Both cases involved Saufley Landfill, construction debris haulers, Charlie Walker and Sotirios…

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City insisted Fire Captains get 10 percent

February 22, 2008

At meeting today with Fire union members, we were told that the union sought an 8 percent across-the-board raise for all ranks during the negotiations on the recently approved bargaining agreement. However, the City negotiators demanded…