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Game of Thrones, Escamiba County edition debuts today

Game of Thrones, Escamiba County edition debuts today

Today the Escambia County Commission will discuss, possibly as early as this morning, who will be the next county administrator. Here is the list: Vincent Akhimie, Lakeland, FL - Management Consultant Peter Bieniedk, Rising Sun, MD - Chief of Solid Waste, Cecil County, MD Danny Blair, Albany, [...]

Passing of the gavel at Escambia County Commission meeting had humor and gratitude

Passing of the gavel at Escambia County Commission meeting had humor and gratitude

A standing room-only crowd packed the commission chambers to see the gavel passed from outgoing chairman Gene Valentino and his successor Lumon May. May took the opportunity to both honor and poke fun at the outgoing chairman. May called up Maureen Valentino to stand with her husband while he [...]

Weekend Buzz: Mud, Dollar General, Grover and Stallion

Weekend Buzz: Mud, Dollar General, Grover and Stallion

Pensacola’s Mud Island Eighteen months after the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park opened, the city has a problem with the retention pond at the park. The liner has floated to the surface, forming a mud island. Mark Taylor, a CMPA board member, said that it is too early to conclude [...]

Commissioner Robinson top local campaign fundraiser in October, followed by Mayor Hayward

Commissioner Robinson top local campaign fundraiser in October, followed by Mayor Hayward

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections has the October campaign finance reports for the 2014 elections on his website. Starting last month, all candidates must report on their campaign finances on a monthly basis, instead of quarterly. Only six candidates reported any money contributions [...]

Daily reveals who selected Visit Pensacola board

Daily reveals who selected Visit Pensacola board

Carlton Proctor wrote in today's daily newspaper about the selection process of the initial board of directors of Visit Pensacola - the 501(c)6 non-profit formed to replace the Greater Pensacola Chamber's Tourism Advisory Committee that managed tourism marketing for the county (and its $5-$6 [...]

Visit Pensacola and its bylaws gain approval, final vote may be Thursday…or not

Visit Pensacola and its bylaws gain approval, final vote may be Thursday…or not

By Jesse Farthing Yesterday's Committee of the Whole meeting of the Escambia County Commission focused heavily on Visit Pensacola, Inc. and its proposed governance and bylaws. Ron Ellington opened by immediately asking that the commission move the proposed voting date from Dec. 5 to Nov. 21, [...]

Commissioner Grover Robinson has an opponent, ATU local president Mike Lowery

Commissioner Grover Robinson has an opponent, ATU local president Mike Lowery

Michael A. Lowery, the union president for the transit workers' union, has pre-filed for County Commissioner, District 4 in the 2014 Election. Lowery will be running as a Democrat.

Visit Pensacola in the Sunshine

Visit Pensacola in the Sunshine

This morning Escambia County citizens will get to hear, for the first time in a public forum, about the latest set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola, Inc. -- the new 501(c)6 organization that wants to control $5-6 million in tax dollars generated by the hotel industry. The discussion will be held [...]

Fraud at school cafeterias

Fraud at school cafeterias

Now we know why the Escambia County Public School District set up a toll-free fraud hotline. The daily newspaper reports that an outside audit of the district's free and reduced lunch program has revealed that at least two schools--Tate High School and Ferry Pass Elementary-- were reimbursed by the [...]

Visit Pensacola draft bylaws. Group will be like a mini-chamber

Visit Pensacola draft bylaws. Group will be like a mini-chamber

Last week the Escambia Board of County Commissioners were given the latest draft of the bylaws of Visit Pensacola, Inc. -- corporation proposed by the hotel industry to control the bed tax dollars earmarked for tourism promotion (between $5-$6 million annually). The draft isn't online yet so we [...]

Musical chairmanships at Escambia County Commission

Musical chairmanships at Escambia County Commission

The part of the BCC Nov. 7 meeting that got me the most text messages wasn't the Patels protesting their near-arrest. No, people were fascinated and disturbed by the discussion over the rotation of the commission chairmanship. The board has a policy to rotate the chairmanship in order of the [...]

Weekend Buzz: Great quotes, missing check, DIB murmurs and taming the stallion

Weekend Buzz: Great quotes, missing check, DIB murmurs and taming the stallion

Quote of the Week: "Everyone is shrugging shoulders up here as if the guy next to them is crazy." --Gene Valentino, Escambia Board of County Commission chairman Second best quote, via Tampa Tribune: “George LeMieux is a Mount Everest of ambition shoehorned into a molehill of a man." --GOP [...]

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