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Highly political week ends

Here is the scorecard: City of Pensacola: No strong mayor, but will review charter. No to another industrial tenant to the Port of Pensacola - Rinker withdraws lease offer. Escambia County: Daily newspaper reveals County Administrator George Touart had business relationships with the parties [...]

Touart survives

The Bauer Road deal got canceled. Touart may have his contract modified so that three votes on the BOCC can remove him from office. The commissioners may even suspend him in September for not disclosing this relationships with Neal Nash and Ronnie Swaine. It's obvious that this Board of County [...]

PNJ offers no opinion of Touart/Land deal

The daily newspaper has devoted two days to the George Touart/Bauer Road land deal. Yet their editorial board has written no opinions on the issue. Mark O'Brien has also avoided the issue. I'm at a loss as to why they would present the story as such a major issue, then not weigh in on what they [...]

Not first time for ethics policy

In January 2004, then-County Commissioner Janice Gilley brought up the idea of instituting such a code of ethics for county employees and an annual performance review of Touart and County Attorney Janet Lander. The discussion went nowhere. It was the time of the Arety's credit card scandal - [...]

Musings on Touart/Land deal

First, I believe that the Bauer Road land deal is fair and fulfills a public recreation need. There is a danger when powerful county officials mix personal business with county business. And the County Commissioners need to decide how important appearances are to county government and public [...]

Touart updates

Touart updates

The INDaily has been following up on the Touart/Bauer Road land deal. We have the statement that the County Administrator plans to read tomorrow before Board of County Commissioners; the statement of financial interests that Touart filed with Supervisor of Elections and a report of a new ethics [...]

Firefighter letter to BOCC

From the Firefighters Union: August 22, 2007 Dear Commissioner, Since March ‘07, the Escambia County Professional Firefighters Union has presented the County with numerous unsafe situations for the career personnel, the citizens of Escambia County and for the volunteer firefighters. The core [...]

Touart must come clean

Tomorrow morning the Escambia County Commission will hold a special meeting on the Bauer Road land deal and I assume on the employment of County Administrator George Touart. You bet Touart and his supporters are working the commissioners pretty hard so that he will keep his job. However, it's [...]

Internet rules on news today

Internet rules on news today

Today reporting on the Internet was fast and furious. PNJ.com came to battle with articles on Touart's land dealings - posting a full article for the first time before it appeared in print.  They also posted the letter from Clerk of Courts Ernie Lee Magaha, verbatim transcript of the commission [...]

Touart should have disclosed relationship

After reviewing the documents, the County purchase of land from Christine Marks and Martine's Corp. appears to be a solid business deal. The land was appraised fairly. It meets a public need. The problem is not the deal. It is that County Administrator George Touart didn't disclose he had a [...]

PNJ nails Touart

The Pensacola News Journal has posted an article by Michael Stewart detailing a business relationship between County Administrator George Touart, developer Neal Nash (whose mother-in-law owned the Bauer Road property) and Ron Swaine (developer whose company is located in Neal Nash's office and who [...]

Latest on County/Touart land issue

The INDaily has posted the appraisals and the payment request on the $1.41 million purchase of land on Bauer Road by Escambia County. Appraisals: Appraisals for Bauer Road Land Payment Request: Payment Request on Bauer Land

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