McLaughlin stays

January 14, 2009

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners held a retreat yesterday on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton. One topic discussed was whether or not the commissioners wanted Bob McLaughlin to continue as the county administrator. The consensus…

New Young Professionals forming

January 14, 2009

Jayer Williamson is heading up a group that wants to form the Santa Rosa Young Professionals. They are working on their by-laws and mission statement and will hold an organizational meeting soon. The Independent News is…

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Buzz: Coby no longer interim

January 13, 2009

Mayor Mike Wiggins stunned yesterday’s crowd at the city council meeting when he referred to Al Coby as the city manager. “Al agreed to stay on, not as interim city manager – we have made him…

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Council committee assignments

January 13, 2009

FINANCE COMMITTEE Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Chair Mike Wiggins, Vice Chair Sam Hall John Jerralds Ronald Townsend P.C. Wu NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES Sam Hall, Chair Maren DeWeese, Vice Chair Jewel Cannada-Wynn Larry B. Johnson Megan B. Pratt ENTERPRISE OPERATIONS…

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Hard hiring freeze in school system

January 13, 2009

This memo has been sent out to school administration and principals: TO: ALL PRINCIPALS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS FROM: DR. ALAN SCOTT, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT KEITH LEONARD, DIRECTOR JERRY CAINE, MANAGER DATE: January 12, 2009 SUBJECT: 2009 HARD…

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Oops, no public forum

January 13, 2009

The Pensacola City Council held two council meetings yesterday. One to honor the outgoing council and to ratify all their actions over the past two years; the other to swear in the new mayor and council.…

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Sacred Heart hurt by budget cuts, too

January 13, 2009

Mike Burke, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Sacred Heart Health System says. “If the proposed budget cuts go through, Sacred Heart’s reimbursement would be cut by 4 percent or another $1.5 million annually. With…

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No more preaching in Santa Rosa schools

January 12, 2009

We wrote about this suit last September. Press Release: Federal Judge Orders Santa Rosa School District to Discontinue Religious Advancement United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers granted a preliminary injunction late Friday in the…

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State budget cuts hurt Baptist Hospital

January 12, 2009

The special session has come up with a budget that will reduce Medicaid reimbursement to area hospitals. We’ve asked both Baptist and Sacred Heart how they will be impacted. Kerry Vermillion, chief financial officer for Baptist…

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Old City Council leaves office

January 12, 2009

Today, 52 years of government experience left the Pensacola City Council. Everyone was there to honor the old guard and welcome the new council members. Everyone, except Marty Donovan, who Mayor Fogg said was in Houston…

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IN goes to Obama Inauguration

January 12, 2009

Reporter Sean Boone and Production Manager Joani Delezen will be reporting from Washington, D.C. on Barack Obama’s Inauguration. We received tickets from Congressman Jeff Miller.…

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Economic Development update

January 12, 2009

From Charles Wood, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: * Pensacola Unemployment 7th Lowest in State – For the month of November, Pensacola’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, that means out of 23 MSAs in the state…

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Pensacola Wish List

January 12, 2009

Councilman Sam Hall passed on this wish list that Al Coby sent to the Florida League of Cities and to Miller and Nelson: Curbside Recycling (Acquisition of Containers) $1,000,000 CMP (Remediation/Sitework/Utilities/Landscaping) $18,712,824 Police Station (Expansion/Renovation) $2,365,138…

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Traffic tickets go up in lean times

January 12, 2009

When government revenues dry up, police write more speeding tickets, according to the Charlotte Observer. After analyzing 14 years of data, two economists found that for every 1 percent drop in government revenue, the number of…

Buzz: Mandatory unpaid vacation for PNJ

January 12, 2009

The Gannett Blog reported over the weekend that: “Gannett is about to announce that U.S. newspaper workers — as many as 30,000 — will be required to give up a week’s pay in the current quarter.…