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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 [...]

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

When faced with a request, government bureaucracies talk about budgets and workloads. Public servants ask how can they help. The Florida Department of Transportation made the decision to enforce state laws requiring at a MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) certified by an engineer when parades use or [...]

Officer report on Patel incident tells a different story

Officer report on Patel incident tells a different story

Nash Patel and his wife had an incident with Escambia County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday night when he reported an alleged burglary at his brother-in-law’s Marcus Point home. He and his brother appeared before the the Escambia County commissioners last night during the Board of County [...]

Commissioner May comes to aid of parade organizers

The daily newspaper has an article on how the volunteers that have organized the Pensacola Veterans Day believe that they have been given the runaround by the city of Pensacola. The Florida Department of Transportation toughened requirements this year for its “Maintenance of Traffic” [...]

Interesting buzz is floating around: Dead pets, ECUA vs. County, Photo Ops and problems on Palafox

Interesting buzz is floating around: Dead pets, ECUA vs. County, Photo Ops and problems on Palafox

Pet lovers are still talking about two more pets being killed at the Escambia County Animal Shelter. Both are under investigation by the county. In one incident, the euthanasia occurred when a dog owner changed her mind the same day she turned custody of her aggressive pit bull over to the shelter. [...]

Oakcrest teacher named to People Magazine Teacher of the Year list

PEOPLE magazine has announced the six winners of the magazine’s second annual “Teacher of the Year” Awards (#teacherofyear. John Herber, a fifth grade teacher at Oakcrest Elementary School in Pensacola, Florida is one of the six winners. They will be featured in the October 28 issue of PEOPLE [...]

Deputies will not be charged in Middleton shooting

Deputies will not be charged in Middleton shooting

The Grand Jury reviewing the shooting death of James W. McGlothlin and the wounding of Roy Middleton by Escambia County deputies has returned No True Bills in both cases. “This means that the Grand Jury has found insufficient evidence to establish that any criminal violations were [...]

SOE holds candidate workshop Wednesday morning

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford will conduct a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for anyone interested in running for office at County Commissioner’s Chambers on 221 Palafox Street. Candidates, campaign staff and volunteers are encouraged to [...]

Coffee Party: Water Quality

The Pensacola Coffee Party and The League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area Invite the Public to Dinner and a Discussion WATER QUALITY GOOD AND BAD Monday, September 30, 6PM Franco’s Italian Restaurant 523 East Gregory Street, Pensacola Join us for an evening of good food [...]

Visit Pensacola delivers new bylaws to the county, they decide who minority director is (No surprise)

Visit Pensacola delivers new bylaws to the county, they decide who minority director is (No surprise)

Hotel lobbyist Ron Ellington has delivered a new set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola to the county attorney. The new bylaws allow for a permanent seat for a minority. However, that minority isn't chosen by any outside group and is instead chosen by the rest of the directors. Hmmm, to whom do you [...]

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

Last night, the Escambia County Tourism Development Council met to hear from Ron Ellington about Visit Pensacola, the new entity that has been proposed to take over the $5.5 million tourism marketing budget. I've been told that, other than Denis McKinnon, Jr., few board members asked questions. [...]

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Tale of Two Bylaws Ron Ellington drafted on July 10 a set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola that he shared with the Greater Pensacola Chamber officials. The final set delivered to the county commission on Sept. 16 is significantly different. The new version strengthens the hoteliers control over [...]

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