Immigration battle comes to Santa Rosa

February 5, 2008

Yesterday, 13 workers at Panhandle Growers, a Santa Rosa County nursery, were arrested and charged with giving their employer Social Security numbers of people who are in the united states legally. Reportedly, some of the social…

AllState defends itself

February 5, 2008

AllState Insurance had its day before the Senate Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability to answer claims it was gouging Floridians on their home insurance. Daily News reports: Allstate Floridian Chairman and CEO Joe Richardson reminded…

Baldwin Co. out does Escambia again

February 5, 2008

PNJ columnist Reggie Dogan will be pleased to know that Baldwin County has better prostitution than Escambia County…or at least they can arrest more people when they have a sting operation. The Mobile Press Register reports…

Bay Co. Airport on again…maybe

February 5, 2008

The News Herald reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reinstated a Section 404 permit clearing the resumption of construction work on the Panama City-Bay County International Airport. Hundreds of miles away – in…

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Tax Watch: Cost for General Govt Services

February 4, 2008

The per capita expenditure for general government services: State avg: $215 Escambia: $244 Leon: $189 Manatee: $206 Marion: $169 TaxWatch did say that it’s possible Escambia County may classify its General Government Services differently than the…

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TaxWatch preliminary report

February 4, 2008

Florida Tax Watch CEO/President Dominic M. Calabro reports that Escambia County’s operating millage rate is higher than the state average and three comparable counties: Leon, Marion, Manatee. From 1999 to 2006, the rate stayed the same…

No Springfest this year

February 4, 2008

Press Release from Bobby Marcus: — For the last nine months the Springfest Board has aggressively pursued public and private sector sponsorships needed to produce Springfest 2008. Due to the current business and economic climate, Springfest,…

Tax Watch report at Noon

February 4, 2008

Tax Watch will issue its report today at the Pensacola Five Flags Rotary Club meeting – Noon at New World Landing. I will report on their findings on this blog and NewsRadio 1620AM this afternoon. Tax…

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Weatherall did not trust FSU athletic department

February 4, 2008

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell told the Orlando Sentinel in an exclusive interview that he did not trust the school’s athletic department to conduct an investigation into allegations of academic fraud involving approximately 50 athletes.…

Eli did it

February 4, 2008

Being an Ole Miss grad, I am a big Manning fan – Archie, Peyton and Eli. Here is my favorite post-Super Bowl quote from Eli: “I’ve talked about it before with Peyton about what situation do…

Rove speaks in DeFuniak Springs

February 4, 2008

The former deputy chief of staff for President Bush – who has a home in South Walton County – spoke Saturday at the Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs. Rove was the keynote speaker for the Florida…

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City staff resists mixed-use at Port

February 4, 2008

City staff continues to resist adding anything other than industrial to the Port of Pensacola. The problem may be the staff fears that anything other than industrial could lead to the closure of the facility. So…

Another task force ignored

February 4, 2008

I’ve written many times that local government loves to appoint citizens to task forces and blue-ribbon committees on the tough issues. The citizens advisory meets for months working on the issue. When they issue their report,…

Athletic directors make more than teachers

February 3, 2008

This article really surprised me. The Daily News reports that Okaloosa County has high school athletic directors that are making $91K and $85K! Who do they think they are….Escambia County Sheriff Office administrators? Read The education…

Mobile family to get Extreme Makeover

February 3, 2008

Lydia Gaudet and her family have been selected by the ABC television reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to have a new home built for them. Read: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” comes to Mobile…