Politics

Fred Levin vs. County

August 8, 2008

The County is suing “SmartCop” – whose major stockholder is Fred Levin – because the Public Safety Department says the software has never worked properly. The PNJ has an article on it – somewhere after the…

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Don’t spend the beach tax dollars yet

August 8, 2008

The $9 million-plus that Escambia County is reportedly owed by Portofino Towers condo owners is just that owed … and unpaid. It may take a while to collect because some of those owners are going to…

Holly Benson named whistleblower suit

August 7, 2008

Florida Health News reports that a lawsuit has been filed that accuses Benson, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, of improperly intervening in cases involving her friends and political allies. The accusations cover some…

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IN Your Head Radio Backtracks 8.07

August 7, 2008

Bill Bishop, the author of The Big Sort, the untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided. Read More Click here to hear the interview  …

Unpaid Pensacola Beach taxes

August 7, 2008

Tax Collector Janet Holley presented at today’s agenda workshop a summary of the outstanding property taxes from Pensacola Beach leaseholders. All Pending Beach Litigation Cases – taxes from 2004-2007 Unpaid: County $8,100,419.33 School $7,624,603.03, Water Mgmt…

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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…