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Collier says CMP developer may be playing the Council

May 26, 2009

Today, the Pensacola City Council debated the agreements of the Community Maritime Park. CMP developer, Scott Davidson, has been working the council members individually over the weekend trying to convince them that University of West Florida…

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Storm surcharge drops off Gulf Power bill

May 26, 2009

Press release: A surcharge used for hurricane repairs will be dropped from Gulf Power bills starting in July. The electric utility will stop collecting the $2.57 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours fee that was approved by the Florida…

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Pensacola airport boarding down 17 percent

May 26, 2009

The Panama City News Herald is reporting that the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport has been hit hard by the recession. While the airport still has more boardings than either Panama City or Okaloosa airports (58.518…

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Economic Development update

May 26, 2009

From Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: # $2,000,000 – We received confirmation late last night from the US Economic Development Administration that we have been awarded $2 million toward the construction of infrastructure improvements on…

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Pratt tackles pensions and benefits

May 26, 2009

Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt has posted on her website her recommendations for city pensions and benefits. She has reviewed the plans from Gulf Power, Baskerville-Donovan, O’Sullivan Creel, Escambia County, and others to see how we…

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Little more on 2008 Mobile successes

May 23, 2009

I found a copy of the 2008 Mobile Chamber annual report (anlrpt). The majority of Mobile’s 2008 economic development expansions were with local shipbuilders: Atlantic Marine, Austal USA, C&G Boatworks, Evonik Degussa, SSAB Alabama Inc. and…

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Chamber behind Mobile success

May 23, 2009

Commissioner Gene Valentino and his PR person, Jane Birdwell, make much of the Mobile success story. Mobile outshines Pensacola in the economic development arena. I wouldn’t want to live there but there is no disputing that…

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Miller and Payne try to take out Cronley

May 22, 2009

The day after the November 17 Enterprise Operations Committee meeting, Airport Director Frank Miller and Asst. City Manager Robert Payne focused on how to discredit Jim Cronley who spoke out against the Airport Hotel Lease. From:…

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IN investigation of the Airport Hotel deal

May 22, 2009

The two primary negotiators of the Airport Hotel Lease are gone – Frank Miller and Robert Payne. In December 2008, IN paid $187.16 to get copies of the city emails concerning the deal. The second appraisal…

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Buzz: Rumors flying about County Complex

May 22, 2009

State Attorney’s office is questioning county employees and others about possible Sunshine Law violations by Commissioner Gene Valentino. Jane Birdwell is trying to convince people that the Comm. Valentino was the winner of the Tuesday meeting…

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Whatburger closes 14 FL stores

May 22, 2009

The Corpus Christi, Texas-based Whataburger company is closing 14 of its Central Florida locations. About 400 people will lose their jobs. Whataburger has been in the Pensacola area for over 40 years and our locations appear…

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McCollum speech on violence in the black community

May 21, 2009

Attorney General Bill McCollum spoke today at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community that is being held in Jacksonville. Last year’s conference brought 1,600 participants. The conference is a collaborative effort sponsored…

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Jamal Lee case thrown out

May 21, 2009

No good witnesses….and the statements given by witnesses were too inconsistent to allow the case to proceed, according to Judge Linda Nobles. Lee was to go on trial for the murder of Pine Forest High School…

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Kerr waffles on ice hockey

May 21, 2009

Tim Kerr is telling the PNJ that his team may not be able to play hockey this season. Kerr is under the gun to sell sell 1,250 season tickets in a 90-day period that began May…