Escambia County

Council meeting lasts eight hours

March 24, 2009

The Pensacola held its committee meetings from 3:15-11:00 p.m. yesterday. The city staff appears to be out to wear down, The curbside recycling presentation took 90 minutes. The SBE discussion took 90 minutes. Most, if not…

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Sheriff Morgan disputes McLauglin’s statements

March 23, 2009

A letter from Sheriff David Morgan to Commission chair Marie Young: 20 March 09 Honorable Chairperson Marie Young Escambia County Board of County Commissioners 217 North Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Dear Chairperson Young, I am…

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Anti-CMP 0-3

March 23, 2009

The anti-Community Maritime Park are 0-3 on proving their wild allegations – really they’re lies, but I’m trying to be nice. Federal Judge Lacey Collier was not appointed and controlled by Quint Studer. Judge Collier was…

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Others see Pension Crisis

March 23, 2009

John Charles Thomas, director of Policy and Political Affairs for the Florida League of Cities, wrote a viewpoint for the Tampa Tribune, “Pension Crisis is Looming for Cities.” The trouble stems from a series of laws…

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CMP financing on the agenda today

March 23, 2009

The Pensacola City Council’s Finance Committee meeting will hear from Finance Director Dick Barker an update on the financing of the Community Maritime Park. The meeting is at 3:15 p.m. today, in the second floor conference…

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Consolidation bill passes commitee

March 23, 2009

CS/HB 1431, the Florida House bill that creates Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission to develop consolidation plan, was reported favorably out of the Military & Local Affairs Policy Committee on Friday, March 20. The original bill…

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Gaetz sponsors bill to halt double dipping

March 23, 2009

The Daily News reports that State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is sponsoring Senate Bill 1182 “to end what I consider to be the abuse of the DROP system.” The bill would prohibit “a retired person from…

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Oops, C.J. is wrong on CRA

March 20, 2009

In an earlier post on this blog, C.J. Lewis posted: “My only other concern with the Community Maritime Park remains uncertainty about what is going to happen if/when the Community Redevelopment Agency sunsets in 2010? The…

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Text message hoax

March 20, 2009

Several readers have told us that received text messages warning of gang violence at a Wal-Mart store: “Police are asking all women not to go to Walmart tonight. There is a gang initiation, and three women…

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Judge orders mandatory foreclosure mediation

March 19, 2009

The courts of the First Judicial Circuit have taken aim at high residential foreclosure rates which are damaging the economies of the counties and congesting the court dockets. Pursuant to the direction of Chief Judge Kim…

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Crazies come out as CMP vote nears

March 19, 2009

We are caught in a real life version of the movie “Groundhog’s Day” as we have to repeatedly deal with those opposed to the Community Maritime Park and repute the same old attacks again and again-…

Where is Perkins coming from?

March 18, 2009

It’s both perplexing and disturbing that ECUA board member Dale Perkins tried to do an end run around the consolidation effort and get the Emerald Coast Utility Authority excluded from the study. 1) ECUA could not…

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Put up the money

March 18, 2009

I love how so many of those against the Community Maritime Park now say that the Maritime Museum should be priority. To date, Quint and Rishy Studer are the single largest contributors to the Maritime Museum…

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What did Sheriff Morgan say?

March 18, 2009

How much did David Morgan say he would cut the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office budget if he was elected? I’ve reviewed our archives and those of the PNJ and can’t find a dollar amount, especially not…