Politics

SRIA meeting halted

August 7, 2008

The special meeting set for the Santa Rosa Island Authority yesterday was stopped before it began. Chairman Tom Campanella, vice chair John Peacock, Ed Guernsey and Vernon Prather were in attendance. Fred Gant was in route.…

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How much does the HR director at the PNJ make?

August 7, 2008

About $133K, according to a jury decision July 23 involving a former Gannett human resources chief for Pensacola, RoseMary Shell, who sued her fiance for breach of contract after he canceled their engagement. The Gannett Blog…

Black reporter kicked out of McCain rally

August 7, 2008

News Herald reports that Stephen Price, a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, was among four Florida capital press corps reporters behind the scenes at Panama City rally for John McCain last Friday. Price is black. The…

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PNJ endorses Evers, Murzin

August 7, 2008

The News Journal loves Greg Evers and Dave Murzin’s experience. No mention of what that experience has ever done for this area. Daily newspaper=status quo Will the PNJ endorse anyone other than an incumbent? Let’s see.…

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IN Your Head Radio Backtracks 8.06

August 6, 2008

Mobile County Commission Chair Steven Nodine on tankers Condo owners at the Portofino Towers on Pensacola Beach must now pay property taxes – Chris Jones, Escambia County Property Appraiser on yesterdays ruling Rick Outzen rant (on…

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More Gulf Power/North Hill

August 6, 2008

Email sent to interim Pensacola City Manager Al Coby: Dear Mr. Coby: Thank you for responding. It is my understanding that a meeting with myself, Ms. BessAnn Watson, Pres. of the NHPA, Mr. Hutchinson and a…

Miss Philippines of South USA

August 6, 2008

This beauty pageant was held in Pensacola and is it getting attention in Phillippines. The Miss Philippines of South USA is a biennial event. At its last staging in 2006, Narciso disclosed that they grossed about…

Crist tax amendment has weak support

August 6, 2008

Amendment 5 is the proposal to replace school property taxes with higher taxes elsewhere. It will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. It would eliminate about 25 percent of your property owner’s tax bill in return…

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Real estate bubble has officially burst

August 6, 2008

State economists report that the loss in market value of all Florida properties, from houses to businesses, between 2007 and 2008 is $153 billion. The state’s total property value is estimated to drop an additional 4.92…

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WEAR TV 3 picks up beach tax story, too

August 6, 2008

This is from the news telecast last night: Court Denies Appeal – Condo Owners To Pay Taxes A court ruling announced today… Will mean another 19 million dollars for Escambia County coffers. The bottom line of…

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Gulf Power blinks on poles

August 6, 2008

The daily newspaper reports that Gulf Power has delayed the installation of the behemoth poles in the North Hill area. Late last night, I got a phone call that Gulf Power may have had issues with…

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Beach can be taxed

August 5, 2008

Hot News…details to follow. There has been a court ruling issued in one of the tax cases against Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones regarding property taxes on Pensacola Beach. The word we get is that…

Freddie Mac ignored signs

August 5, 2008

NY Times reports that they have an internal 2004 memo that warned of problematic loans at the mortgage giant, but the questionable practices continued. The memo stated that the firm’s underwriting standards were becoming shoddier and…

WCI files for bankruptcy

August 5, 2008

The daily newspaper reports that Lost Key developer WCI Communities filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. WCI was one of the developers that the naysayers were pushing as an alternative to the Community Maritime Park proposal.…

FWB Medical Center has problems

August 5, 2008

The Daily News reports that the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is trouble with the federal and state governments. It has been given until Aug. 18 to correct three “conditions of participation” as a Medicare provider…