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Commissioners Consider Cap Increase

The Escambia County Commission today will consider increasing its caps on electric and natural gas franchise fees. If this morning’s work session was any indication, the commission may not have the appetite. “I made it clear I’ve never supported any increase all along,” Commission [...]

The Randy Conversation

The parameters of a discussion regarding Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver’s contract remain a mystery. The county commission is scheduled to take up the matter during tomorrow’s work session. “I guess we’ll find out tomorrow,” Commissioner Kevin White said this [...]

Preparing for RESTORE

County commissioners Grover Robinson and Gene Valentino reported to the board this morning on their venture to the Florida Association of Counties meeting last week. One topic of discussion during the Panama City Beach meeting was the money stemming from the RESTORE Act and fines derived from BP [...]

Franchise Fees and Medicaid Predictions

The Escambia County Commission is considering raising the caps on electric and natural gas franchise fees by 50 percent. Such an increase would generate between $2.5 and $3 million for the county. “I think the jump is too aggressive,” said Commissioner Grover Robinson, allowing that the caps [...]

4th Cent Tally

The Escambia County Commission divvied up more than $1.5 million between area organizations earlier this week. The money stems from the fourth cent of the Tourist Development Tax, or bed tax. The collected tax revenue is meant to be spent on entities that impact tourism. The largest chunk of the [...]

Chickens, Noise and Taxes

During its Committee of the Whole workshop this morning, the Escambia County Commission tended to chickens, the county’s noise ordinance and allocation of the fourth-cent tourist tax. Commissioners first plowed into the tax allocation. There was around $1.5 million to spread around to outside [...]

Beulah Landfill’s Contamination Costs

The bill for the work at the Beulah Landfill is going to be a bit higher than originally thought. The price increase is due to the early June flooding the area received. During its meeting tomorrow, the Escambia County Commission will be asked to approve an additional $144,509.82 to go toward [...]

Escambia County Commission, District 1

The Escambia County Commission, District 1 primary race has two candidates trying for the seat. One is the commission’s current chairman, Wilson Robertson, who’s hoping for a swan song. The other is newcomer Jesse Casey, who hopes to inject some new energy into the county commission. Both [...]

Pink Slime Time

The Escambia County Commission is about to wade into the slime. Pink slime. During their meeting this Thursday, commissioners will consider a resolution in favor of labeling meat products that contain “lean finely textured beef”—otherwise known as “pink slime.” Commissioner Grover [...]

Third-Cent Question

Fat on BP penance money last year, the Pensacola area saw great tourism numbers. With the extra funds inflating tourism-marketing coffers to a level toping $5 million, Visit Pensacola—the marketing arm of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce—was able to better advertise the area. Now, [...]

Digging Out of the Hole

The Escambia County Commission heard a bit of good news this morning. The county’s $9.6 million budget deficit has been whittled down considerably. “The deficit that we’re working with today is $410,382,” County Administrator Randy Oliver told commissioners, adding that after planned [...]

‘Trustees’ Approve Sale

After months of emotional debate on the subject, Escambia County commissioners put the issue to bed in about two minutes this afternoon. Acting as the “trustees” for the local 4-H organization, the commissioners approved the organization’s decision to sale 240 acres of land to Navy Federal [...]

Commissioners Face Gibbs Alone

Three Escambia County Commissioners facing individual lawsuits may be on their own. The lawsuits stem from decisions each commissioner made in an official capacity. “I don’t know how the board plans to proceed on this point,” said Escambia County Attorney Alison Rogers “It is true that [...]

Proclamation Infestation

Proclamation Infestation

The Escambia County Commission is gearing up to make a good many proclamations during this week’s meeting. This Saturday may be proclaimed as “Rosamond Johnson Beach Day.” In designating May 5, 2012 as this day, the county intends to honor Private Johnson, an “African-American hero and [...]

Commissioners Snub Plan B

Commissioners Snub Plan B

After hearing overwhelming sentiment from their constituents, Escambia County commissioners cannot see their way to go ahead with a suggested infrastructure project on Pensacola Beach. “If there’s three votes not to do A or B, are we gonna sit through all the speakers,” asked Commissioner [...]

More Sausage

More Sausage

Faced with a nearly $10 million budget shortfall, Escambia County commissioners again  discussed possible solutions during this morning’s commission workshop. “Nobody wants us to cut any services, nobody wants us to raise taxes, nobody wants us to try anything new—which puts us in a [...]

May Day or Law Day?

The Escambia County Commission will consider today adopting a proclamation declaring May 1 as ‘Law Day.’ In recent history, the date has been celebrated as International Workers’ Day—commemorating an 1886 clash between police and striking workers, resulting in several deaths. The [...]

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