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Tampa lays off city workers

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced he was laying off 100 more city workers. He also outlined a three-year plan to make 11 changes to make government more efficient. The changes are expected to save the city about $3.4 million annually. Last June Iorio laid [...]

How about being proactive?

The thought struck me this morning - Why didn't Escambia County government have a plan to help out local cultural groups while the Saenger Theater is being renovated? Shouldn't there have been a plan to help these groups - Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Children's Chorus, [...]

Perdido Beach mouse moves to Alabama

From the Mobile Press Register U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Darren LeBlanc holds an Alabama beach mouse that was caught as part of a trapping project aimed at giving scientists a better idea of how many of the endangered mice are living on the Fort Morgan peninsula and in Gulf Shores. [...]

Time for White to grow up

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White showed his lack of maturity once again over the Pensacola Children's Chorus's request for a reduction in rent for its performances at the Pensacola Civic Center. White is still upset that the citizens would question his stewardship of county monies and hire [...]

Too many elementary schools

The daily newspaper catches up with we have been talking about on the blog for awhile: school enrollments. The pdf of the actual number of pupils in each elementary school is very interesting. Remember in an earlier post I wrote that officials of the Okaloosa public school district - one of the [...]

Former Zoo Director speaks out

The Daily News has a video interview from former Zoo Director Doug Kemper. Kemper stays supportive of the facility. Check out video

Edwards coming to Destin

The Daily News reports that Democratic candidate John Edwards is coming to Harbor Docks in Destin. It ain’t gonna be cheap to get in to see him. Tickets to the event are selling for $1,000. A contribution of $2,300, the maximum allowed for an individual donor, comes with the privilege of [...]

Why is 450th worth celebrating?

Pensacola is the only city in the U.S. that can do this. We are the oldest settlement and the celebration reinforces our claim to fame. All the major TV networks are talking about coming here. Unlike, Mark O'Brien I believe we should celebrate our history. I see it as part of what separates us [...]

Moby says no statue

PNJ columnist Mark "Moby" O'Brien doesn't like the Deluna statue idea. Somehow he ties the statue to the lack of better parks in the poorer neighborhoods. I haven't seen Councilmen Jerralds or Townsend - who Moby says oppose the statue, too - make any requests for parks in their districts. Both [...]

Bay County gets out of Spring break business

Panama City Beach grows up. From News Herald: The Bay County Tourist Development Council this week reaffirmed its intent to get out of the college Spring Break marketing business. During a meeting Tuesday, board members voted 7-1 to reaffirm an earlier policy change that slashed taxpayer [...]

Councilman censured

Fort Walton Beach city council censured one of its members for requesting emails from city employees. Huh? Public records are public - it's not about the employees. Read FWB council censures Pullen for 'beating dead horses'

County wants to know what you think

Press Release: The Escambia County Citizen Survey is underway! TLG Marketing Research, Inc. has started calling residents for their input on County services. This is the citizens' opportunity to share how they feel about county services. There will be a total of 500 telephone calls, with 100 [...]

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