Markes back in court

April 10, 2008

Both the News Journal (Mom back in court ) and the Daily News ( Erin Markes headed to court ) have stories on Erin Markes, the Pace mother charged with criminal neglect. I also have an…

Radio: DCF safety net

April 10, 2008

On April 9, I interviewed Janice Thomas, Circuit Administrator for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) about the safety net for single mothers like Erin Markes. The conversation moved quickly into how many abused children…

Politics

CMPA Board nominees

April 9, 2008

Here are the nominees to replace Hugh King on the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees. The vote should be Friday – by the CMPA – for the replacement. Nominees: Bentina Terry Darnell Sims Sam…

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What Dave Murzin is doing

April 9, 2008

When I wrote about the lack of substantive bills being proposed by our local legislative delegation, state Rep. David Murzin sent me this note: On Tuesday, March 4 the 2008 Legislative Session began, and like my…

City commission cuts salaries

April 9, 2008

In recognition of the budget-slashing era in which local governments and their constituents find themselves, Hillsboro Beach’s commissioners voted to halve their salaries. Previously, four commissioners earned $3,600 a year; Mayor Carmen R. McGarry was paid…

Meadows new PJC president

April 8, 2008

Pensacola Junior College’s District Board of Trustees extended an invitation to Dr. Charles E. Meadows to become the college’s sixth president during a special session Tuesday, April 8. The trustees elected him unanimously. PJC Board of…

West FL RPC gets $1mil from EPA

April 8, 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding four communities in Florida with $2.2 million in brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. The…

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Notes: Council Committee meetings 4.07

April 8, 2008

April 7 Committee of the Whole meeting notes: In talks about the Penny for Progress capital projects list, and the creation and possible closure of community centers in particular, Deputy Mayor John Jerralds said he had…

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Florida Senate to raise property taxes

April 8, 2008

The Florida Senate wants to raise the millage rate for the Northwest Florida Water Management District to come in line with the rest of the state from 0.05 to 1.0 mill. On a house valued at…

Radio: More on Erin Markes

April 8, 2008

The first half of the April 7, 2008 edition of IN Your Head Radio focused on the Erin Markes story – the teenage mother who is accused of neglecting the medical treatment of her 4-year-old son.…

Politics

Miller skips two votes

April 8, 2008

Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Chumuckla) did not vote on two bills recently. H.R. 5501, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, by a…

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City spends $12 mil on pensions

April 8, 2008

According to its latest audit, the City of Pensacola pensions cost the taxpayers $12,081,768 in 2007. General Pension Plan: $5,962,692 – June 2007 closed plan moved to Florida Retirement System Retirees & beneficiaries receiving benefits: 559…

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More Pensacola Exodus

April 7, 2008

Since I wrote the Outtakes on Pensacola Exodus, I’ve received a steady stream of emails on young people that have become discouraged about their futures in Pensacola. Here is the latest. I’ve taken out some of…

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Port costs Pensacola $1.45 mil

April 7, 2008

According to the 2007 audit, The Port of Pensacola revenue was down 41 percent last year. The operation lost $1.45 million. The staff is projecting fiscal year 2008 estimated revenues of $2.6 million – higher than…

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Area blanked out Dem delegate slate

April 7, 2008

The Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee elected Saturday a slate of 27 party leaders and elected officials for the Democratic National Convention. NONE ARE FROM NORTHWEST FLORIDA….just proves my recent Outtakes. Of the 27, three…