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Bay County

Newpoint Investigation

Newpoint in trouble in Bay County

May 12, 2015

The company that runs three charter schools in Escambia County had its grant applications for two new schools in Bay County denied. The Florida Department of Education said the schools, Newpoint Bay Preparatory Academy and Central…

Politics

Bay County cracks down on Spring Break

April 1, 2015

After seven people were shot and numerous arrests over the past week, the Bay County Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday to ban drinking in the unincorporated beach area until April 18. The commission also voted in…

BP Disaster

News: Bay County has its turn

June 20, 2010

Panama City News Herald: Cleanup crews were stretched out along western Bay County beaches Saturday, picking up the first coined-sized tar balls and smaller tar “flecks” from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that residents and officials…

BP Disaster

LA Times buys into BP outreach here

May 13, 2010

I’ve been highly critical of the British Petroleum local community outreach because the BP reps here have no knowledge, no technical expertise and no authority. Most have only worked for BP for a few days or…

Escambia County

Commissioners can’t cut pay

June 3, 2009

The Bay County Commissioners are finding that they can’t cut their salaries. The News Herald reports that the Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take a 10 percent pay cut starting this October. Sounds great, right? Escambia…

Politics

PCB rethinks Spring Break

March 30, 2009

The Bay County Tourist Development Council is rethinking its partnership with mtvU’s, the gold standard for marketing to college students. The Panama City Beach City Council has agreed to toughen requirements for special-events permits that would…

Politics

Public works projects create jobs

January 26, 2009

Bay County is building a new area that it plans to open in May 2010. There are currently 293 workers at the site, including 150 from Bay County, or about 51 percent. Project manager Jeff Dealy…

Politics

Bed tax may be raised

December 4, 2008

Get ready for a battle over tourism dollars. Bay County (Panama City Beach) is set to raise its bed taxes 2 cents which moves its rate to 5 percent. Okaloosa, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are…

Politics

Escambia – Murder Capitol of NWFL

April 5, 2008

The Uniform Crime Reports Program of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released the 2007 Annual Statewide Crime Report. Once again, Escambia County is the Murder Capitol of Northwest Florida (20 – up from 11…

Politics

Bay Co. cuts impact fees

April 2, 2008

In an attempt to stimulate a lethargic economy, the Bay County Commission, in a split vote, approved a steep reduction in impact fees for 18 months. Fees for fire protection, parks and library needs were reduced…