Escambia County

Charter commission sets public hearing

June 15, 2009

This is a big week for local government. On Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m., the Escambia County Commission will discuss economic development at its Committee of the Whole. The hockey lease and a funding request…

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Memorial service set for Mayor Gilchrist

June 14, 2009

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15 at St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze from 4pm to 6pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 2pm at…

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The press conference that never happened

June 14, 2009

Commissioner Gene Valentino needs a “win.” His economic development “plan” has flopped. His emails regarding the bingo casino are less than flattering. And the State Attorney’s office is still looking into a possible Sunshine Law violation…

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Walker Holmes: Chapter 16

June 13, 2009

Walker’s Sunday doesn’t get any better. He visits Dennis in the hospital. Read Chapter 16. Check out all the chapters here.…

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Gilchrist was a statesman, public servant

June 12, 2009

For his 27 years of public, Lane Gilchrist was paid a total of $27. He was fair and had no hidden agendas. Lane didn’t worry about Sunshine Laws because he spoke freely at public meetings and…

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Gulf Breeze mayor dies

June 12, 2009

Long-time Gulf Breeze Mayor Lane Gilchrist, 72, has died. I received a phone call early this morning that Lane had passed away during surgery. Lane first was elected to the Gulf Breeze City Council 27 years…

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County may drop longevity pay

June 12, 2009

Escambia County is looking for $17.1 million in budget cuts. County Budget director Amy Lovoy has made these recommendations to the BOCC: — Eliminate longevity pay after Sept. 30, 2009. Those already receiving longevity raises would…

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Walker Holmes: Chapter 15

June 11, 2009

The pace is picking up as the print deadline nears. Read Chapter 15 Boardroom Hell. To help you catch up, you may want to re-read the last three chapters: Chapter 12 – Friday Fallout – chapter-12…

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Complaint filed against Valentino

June 11, 2009

Attorney Greg Smith has filed a complaint with State Attorney Bill Eddins concerning Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino’s emails. Smith represents two Perdido Key residents who have filed a appeal of the site approval for a…

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Nuclear power coming to Escambia County?

June 11, 2009

Is Gulf Power planning to build a nuclear power plant in north Escambia County? William Reynolds of NorthEscambia.com thinks its possible. The electric utility has spent over $2.1 million to date to purchase about 550 acres…

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Seville Rotary

June 10, 2009

I spoke last night to the Seville Rotary, Pensacola’s newest Rotary club and the only one that meets in the evenings. The club meets at Seville Quarter on Tuesday and has about 65 charter members, according…

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Notes from Gulf Power Leadership Forum

June 10, 2009

Last Thursday, Gulf Power held a leadership forum. President/CEO Susan Story presented how her company sees the region. While the most are predicting the U.S. unemployment will bottom out in the last quarter of 2009 at…