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Biggest Pensacola Wins

Biggest Pensacola Wins

Where did the greater Pensacola area have its biggest wins last week? The Santa Rosa Island Authority finally looking at plans for a public parking garage on Pensacola Beach; Derrick Brooks being honored; County commissioners careful review of budget recommendations; and the vote on the half-cent [...]

Biggest Pensacola News Stories

Biggest Pensacola News Stories

The three biggest news stories for last week were clearly the rejection of the half-cent sales tax for healthcare; the revelation of the magnitude of the drug problems in Century; and the Constitutional officers of Escambia County all asking for budget increases with the sheriff leading the way - [...]

RicksBlog.biz: Most Influential in Florida

RicksBlog.biz: Most Influential in Florida

We moved into the #1 spot of BlogNetNews.com's list of the Most Influential Political Blogs in Florida: BNN Influence Index. The Access Escambia issue is probably what drove it ahead of other blogs in larger cities and those tied to major daily newspapers. The month of June was by far the busiest [...]

Sunday newspaper roundup

Sunday newspaper roundup

Pensacola: Our daily newspaper finds the money to send a reporter to Biloxi and cover the opening to the Hard Rock Cafe. Yet they didn't send anyone to cover the visits to Mobile by Pres. Bush or Atty. General Alberto Gonzalez. A cynical person might say it was because the Biloxi casinos advertise [...]

John Stuart cut by Q100, Cumulus

John Stuart cut by Q100, Cumulus

Station program director and the sole survivor of the Q100 morning crew - John Stuart - was let go by Cumulus on Friday. Q100 had the least drop in audience in 2006 of the three local Cumulus stations (Pensacola Cumulus stations slipping ). Stuart will be replaced by a syndicated morning [...]

Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

SatDaily Dose PNJ has School FCAT scores. So do the Daily News and News Herald.

General Fund budget cuts

Here is one of the handouts given to the Escambia County Commissioners at the budget workshop yesterday. Note the commissioners wanted to return Escambia Community Clinics and Lakeview to full funding. Read:  budget cuts.pdf

News coverage of budget workshop weak

News coverage of budget workshop weak

Escambia County Commission held its first budget workshop yesterday. WEAR TV focused on the cuts on funds given to non-profits like the Florida Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Michael Cemetery, Clean & Green, 4th of July Fireworks. No mention of proposed cuts in the more essential services like public [...]

Budget tricks may work

Budget tricks may work

The county commissioners are working to stop in any cut in the Escambia Community Clinics. However, they should be working to increase what is spent. By proposing a cut, county staff has positioned the clinics as lucky to just get what it received last year. The Sheriff is even bolder. Ask for [...]

Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

FriDaily Dose PNJ:Derrick, Dr. Dino's wife and no insurance drop. There is alliteration inside the Pensacola daily's news coverage just have to understand the code. Daily News: Jeff Miller comes out for Fred Thompson for president. Will he install a pole at his house? News Herald: Battle [...]

What’s happening with other officers

Ernie Lee Magaha, Clerk of Courts, $4,676,281 (up 1.67%) but needs $2,111,446 from County general fund (up 15.9%) because his revenues are projected to be down $212,567. David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections, $2,299,302 (up 6.8%) has an extra election next year - the presidential [...]

Sheriff asks for $10 million increase

At the Escambia County commissioners budget workshop today, Sheriff Ron McNesby submitted $85,870,017 budget for next year. His current budget is $75,858,215. Sheriff's Office $52,962,824  - up $7,037,466 - 15% Jail/Detention $31,019,263 - up  $2,747,360 - 10% Court Service $1,887,930 - [...]

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