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Question of the day

Question of the day

When is a decision not a decision?  When the "decision" is made by the Pensacola City Council. Case in point: The Pensacola City Council voted a couple years ago to bring mixed use to the Port of Pensacola. It even had a Blue Ribbon Task Force headed by Jerry Maygarden in 2004 recommend it. [...]

Copycat version Best of the Coast Contest started

Our daily newspaper has started trying to sell its own "Best of" contest...just as we've closed the most successful voting session in the history of Best of the Coast. The Gannett version is Best of the Bay and will broken up into a series of mini-polls in the Life section. Oh well, the problem [...]

Another jail death

The daily newspaper reports another jail death: A 34-year-old man died at the Escambia County Jail on Thursday. The cause of the man's death was not immediately known. An autopsy may be performed today, Sheriff's Office spokesman Glenn Austin said. There were no signs of foul play, Austin said. [...]

Bizarre BOCC meeting

First it starts 6 minutes late. Mike Whitehead walks in as the gavel is sounded. Grover Robinson arrives five minutes after meeting starts and spends the next three to five minutes getting ice and water before he joins the discussion. Gene Valentino and Marie Young leave before the Touart issue is [...]

Would you stay for a whole BOCC meeting for $74K?

The Escambia County commissioners are paid $73,818.99. Is it too much to ask them to stay for an entire meeting, especially one as important as the one yesterday on George Touart's severance package? Both Gene Valentino and Marie Young were gone by time there was any vote on the item. Valentino [...]

Fate of the Park

The daily newspaper is reporting that the bond issue for the public portion of the Community Maritime Park may have to go to a countywide referendum. I've spoken with several bond attorneys in Pensacola and Tallahassee. The Florida Supreme Court ruling has hurt the bond status of counties, [...]

Move on

This morning the Escambia Board of County Commissioners meets to discuss County Administrator George Touart's severance package. I have the feeling that some deal was brokered prior to Touart's retirement/resignation annoucement on Thursday. His speech was written and worded a very specifically. [...]

Palm Beach County to spend $87 million to attract business

The Sun-Sentinel reports this morning that the Palm Beach County commission approved an $87 million proposal to help bring German research giant Max Planck to Jupiter. The proposal calls for the Max Planck Society to receive $190 million to build a facility on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic [...]

Gannett is transforming, not like the movie

Gannett is transforming, not like the movie

Poytner Online has a memo from Gannett CEO Craig Dubow to his employees that lauds the success of USA Today and discusses the "transformation" of Gannett: Right now, Gannett is again in the middle of a transformation. We have a very powerful vision of where we need to be and now are on the [...]

Super exemption losing steam

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has found support of the Florida Legislature's super property tax exemption referendum is slipping. Florida voters support 47 - 22 percent the Super Homestead Exemption plan with two-thirds of voters saying the proposal must be explained more clearly, [...]

Port expands

The Herald Tribune reports that Port Manatee that is south of Tampa is preparing for the widening of the Panama Canal. The port is in the midst of an expansion, aided by a fresh $3 million state grant, that will allow it to handle hundreds of thousands of semitrailer-sized containers of cargo per [...]

Lights out for SR parks

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners has a proposed budget that cuts the $125,000 that the county has used to pay utilities at county-owned parks. Of course, parents and sports associations are up in arms. This is a classic debate over what services should county government provide. One [...]

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