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Posts Tagged ‘Bay County’

SRIA misuses beautification funds

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has a beautification fund. Has the SRIA used that fund to buy equipment to get the tar balls and oil off the beach? No. How about buying a skimmer or another sand rake/sifter? No. The SRIA voted last Wednesday to pay $500,000 to build a stage on private [...]

News: Bay County has its turn

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 have dreaded for weeks but knew were coming. Read more.

LA Times buys into BP outreach here

LA Times buys into BP outreach here

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 a couple of weeks. So why are they so important to BP? Because they and the BP community [...]

BP contacts can’t answer many questions, no surprise

BP contacts can’t answer many questions, no surprise

State Senator Don Gaetz emailed last week to the media and his constituents the list of BP Contacts in Florida. I had reporter Ryne Ziemba contact them to find who they were, what were their levels of expertise and how long they have been working with British Petroleum. Four of them took his phone [...]

Commissioners can’t cut pay

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 County Commissioner Grover Robinson tried a similar move last [...]

PCB rethinks Spring Break

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 force event sponsors to develop a more in-depth plan [...]

Public works projects create jobs

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 told the News Herald that number of workers at the site should swell to at least 500 and as many as 700. [...]

Bed tax may be raised

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 currently at 4 cents. Read more.

Escambia – Murder Capitol of NWFL

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 in 2006), although Bay County is closing in with 8 murders (up from [...]

Bay Co. cuts impact fees

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 by half, while transportation impact fees were dropped completely. Read News Herald [...]

Bay Co. airport in court

A three-judge panel from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan will hear arguments from three organizations that challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the $330 million Panama City-Bay County International Airport in late 2006. The Natural Resources Defense [...]

Bay County deals with landfills

Florida DEP is praising the Bay County commissioners for adopting ordinances to better regulate construction and debris landfills. Maybe the Escambia and Santa Rosa county commissioners should check into it. From News Herald: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has expressed [...]