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Buzz: City employees may form union

June 17, 2009

We have heard the Pensacola city employees are considering forming a union. Attorney Roy Kinsey has reportedly been approached to be their attorney.…

Escambia County

Nodine misstated private commitment

June 16, 2009

Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine misstated the private sector’s commitment to economic development. He said it was $10 million commitment over two years. The program called Partners for Growth is a five-year commitment. 80 Mobile area…

Escambia County

Lee’s Summit EDC close to Chamber plan

June 16, 2009

One of Gene Valentino’s experts was Jim Devine, president/CEO of Lee’s Summit (MO) Economic Development Council. It is a public-private partnership with the business community providing significant dollars….sounds like the Chamber concept. Its public and utility…

Escambia County

No need for PEDC review, only one decision

June 16, 2009

Economic Development hinges on one decision that only the Escambia County Commission can make: Should Valentino’s PEDA (Pensacola Escambia Development Authority that has the commissioners appointing themselves or personal representatives) be in charge of economic development?…

Escambia County

Valentino/Birdwell strategy

June 16, 2009

Their strategy is clear–delay voting on economic development as long as possible in hopes of building a ground swell against the Chamber. Yes, against the Chamber, not for Commissioner Valentino’s vague proposal. It’s clear in Valentino’s…

Escambia County Politics

Commissioner Valentino’s comments

June 16, 2009

The BOCC referred the economic development to the PEDC for further discussion. Here are Commissioner Valentino’s comments on today’s meeting (the emphasis is his): I’m excited and grateful that the dialogue and engaging conversation surrounding economic…

Escambia County

Valentino show

June 16, 2009

Commissioner Gene Valentino presented his “plan” to the Escambia County Commission. Jane Birdwell worked the PowerPoint presentation and coached the commissioner during the meeting. Valentino led a series of “experts” through conference calls. GV had prepared…

News

Gainer school closing no surprise

June 16, 2009

The PNJ is reporting today that the “Ruby J. Gainer Charter School, a high school for at-risk teens, will not reopen in the fall because of low enrollment and looming legislative budget cuts.” The school has…

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Century votes down gas tax

June 16, 2009

The Century Town Council voted 3-2 Monday night against supporting the tax for Escambia County Area Transit. According to NorthEscambia.com, the sticking point was ECAT officials wouldn’t give any guarantees that one bus route to their…

Escambia County

Sen. Nelson is coming

June 15, 2009

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. at Plaza de Luna at the end of Palafox. He is holding a series of press conferences along Northwest Florida to lambast a…

Escambia County

Charter commission sets public hearing

June 15, 2009

This is a big week for local government. On Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m., the Escambia County Commission will discuss economic development at its Committee of the Whole. The hockey lease and a funding request…

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Memorial service set for Mayor Gilchrist

June 14, 2009

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15 at St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze from 4pm to 6pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 2pm at…

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Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

June 12, 2009

For his 27 years of public, Lane Gilchrist was paid a total of $27. He was fair and had no hidden agendas. Lane didn’t worry about Sunshine Laws because he spoke freely at public meetings and…

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Gulf Breeze mayor dies

June 12, 2009

Long-time Gulf Breeze Mayor Lane Gilchrist, 72, has died. I received a phone call early this morning that Lane had passed away during surgery. Lane first was elected to the Gulf Breeze City Council 27 years…

Escambia County

County may drop longevity pay

June 12, 2009

Escambia County is looking for $17.1 million in budget cuts. County Budget director Amy Lovoy has made these recommendations to the BOCC: — Eliminate longevity pay after Sept. 30, 2009. Those already receiving longevity raises would…