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Escambia Eyes ECAT

Escambia Eyes ECAT

Since March, Escambia County Director of Human Relations Tom Turner has been interviewing mass transit employees following complaints about the system’s management company. “Right or wrong,” he concluded in a report to county commissioners, “a large percentage of current ECAT employees [...]

Valentino attacks detention deputies in WEAR interview

Valentino attacks detention deputies in WEAR interview

Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino has gotten off his negotiations with Sheriff David Morgan on the county's response to the U.S. Department of Justice's findings of longstanding "systematic" problems at the Escambia County Jail to an incredibly bad start. The county commission voted [...]

Escambia’s Garbage Showdown

Escambia’s Garbage Showdown

The Escambia County Commission made moves today meant to block the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority from following through on a waste-disposal contract with a private company that’s looking to turn trash into marketable fuel. At the same time, commissioners decided to continue assessing the [...]

Talking Trash

Talking Trash

After months of unsuccessful negotiations between Escambia County and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority over the fate of the area’s trash, county commissioners decided to show up at the utility board’s May 24 meeting. It did not go well. After an hour of stewing in the public gallery, [...]

RESTORE Council Coming to Town

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council recently released an initial draft of the Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy, along with a draft environmental assessment. A meeting in Pensacola next week kicks off a public input tour, prior to the release of a final [...]

County Jail cited by DOJ as unsafe, needs more staff and better mental health program

County Jail cited by DOJ as unsafe, needs more staff and better mental health program

The Civil Right Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded its five-year investigation of the Escambia County Jail and its findings are as bad as Sheriff David Morgan tried to warn the Escambia County Commission. While the report commends Morgan for his efforts to reform the [...]

Toll Plaza Construction Update

Here’s an update from Escambia County on the toll plaza construction project: Today, May 16, one lane is closed on the Pensacola Beach Boulevard bridge until the foot of the roadway approaching the toll plaza and three toll plaza lanes are open to motorists. Tomorrow, Friday, May 17, all [...]

Home(less) Schooling

Home(less) Schooling

Prior to considering the collection of proposed ‘no camping’ ordinances currently on their table, members of the Pensacola City Council were provided with a presentation from the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless. City Administrator Bill Reynolds said the presentation was meant to “educate [...]

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting in the county’s downtown administrative building this afternoon. The relocation allows for the meetings to be videoed and broadcast. Today’s RESTORE meeting includes two economic development presentations. The [...]

County tries to block Jail Study from being released

County tries to block Jail Study from being released

There is a budget battle about to break out between interim County Administrator George Touart and Sheriff David Morgan. The fight is inevitable. This first volley has been over the Escambia County Jail—which is severely understaffed according to the county’s consultants National Center for [...]

The Calming Clarification

The Calming Clarification

A state senate bill amendment pertaining to RESTORE Act funds made local officials a bit nervous this week. It’s calmer now, after some language-tweaking and assurances from state lawmakers that counties will not be circumvented when the Clean Water Act windfall finally hits. Escambia County [...]

Wading Into RESTORE

Wading Into RESTORE

After dispensing with formalities earlier this month, the Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee got down to business Monday during its second engagement. “Does the light mean it’s on?” Committee Chair Bentina Terry motioned to her microphone and began the session. Still early [...]

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