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Rick’s Blog is on twitter

June 8, 2009

We’ve had a few readers request a more iPhone compatible feed for the blog, so I’ve added a Twitter account that should help. I’ve added the comments feed, too. http://twitter.com/routzen…

Escambia County

MPDP Davison responds to criticism

June 8, 2009

Scott Davison, the vice president of development for Maritime Park Development Partners, has sent at letter to the CMPA. Davison writes that he did have discussion with City Council members regarding the need for a meeting…

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CMP Buzz

June 8, 2009

The Pensacola City Council approved the Conditions Precedent that are in the Master Lease and Master Development Agreement, which set the lease commencement date as May 29, 2009. Before the Master Development Agreement can be signed,…

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Elcano is big hit

June 8, 2009

The Spanish tall ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano, has been a huge hit. Not only have there been long lines for the free tours, but the downtown restaurants and bars have been packed every night since the…

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Blues to fly over tonight

June 7, 2009

As a special salute to the visiting Spanish tall ship, Elcano, the Blue Angels will fly over this afternoon from east to west between 6:40 to 7:10 pm.…

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Valentino is a murder suspect

June 5, 2009

My Crackerjack staff found this tidbit in Bella: June 13 Murder Mystery Theater: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at New World Landing. The Escambia Federated Republican Women will present a murder mystery fundraiser, “The Case of…

Escambia County

County property values drop more than city

June 5, 2009

I realize I’m trailing the PNJ on releasing this information, but I’ve been working on the Valentino emails. According to County Budget Director Amy Lovoy: “Based on the Property Appraiser’s estimate, the County’s property taxes will…

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GE land was considered as casino site

June 5, 2009

There is a very brief email from Commissioner Gene Valentino to Cy Keefer dated 12/2/08 in which he mentions GE and Jeff DeWeese: “Cy…FYI… this what I got back from Jeff DeWeese on the GE site…

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“He sees bingo people”

June 5, 2009

On February 23, Commissioner Valentino ran into Haley Joel Osment, the child actor in the “Sixth Sense,” at the Jellyfish Bar. According to an email from Valentino to Stephania Wilson, Osment, now in his 20s, was…

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Aronberg to run

June 5, 2009

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) has announced that he will run for Florida Attorney General in 2010. He won’t be the only Democrat running. Fellow State Senator Dan Gelber of Miami Beach and 2006 Dem. governor…

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Pensacola property values drop less than expected

June 4, 2009

Many people worried that the property values inside the Pensacola city limits would drop 5 to 8 percent. The preliminary valuation report from County Property Appraiser Chris Jones show only a little over 2.6 percent decrease—$84.6…

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RJR to appeal $28.3 judgment

June 4, 2009

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that R.J. Reynold will appeal the $28.3 judgment awarded the estate of Bennie Martin by a Pensacola jury. “It is our position that the trial proceedings were unconstitutional and otherwise inconsistent with…

Escambia County

Consolidation Commission almost set

June 3, 2009

The officers of the Escambia County Consolidation Commission were elected last night. Two positions have yet to be appointed–one by NAACP, one by Ministerial Alliance. Former Florida Supreme Court Judge Ken Bell is the chair. Dr.…