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Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Escambia County Budget Director Amy Lovoy told the Board of County Commissioners this morning at the budget workshop that the costs of the April 29-30 flooding and the jail explosion could cost the county up to $150 million. Yikes! County Administrator Jack Brown told the board that they have [...]

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

The Escambia Board of County Commission chambers were packed yesterday with residents from the Wedgewood community. The public forum normally lasts only 30 minutes. Yesterday it went over 90 minutes. The residents spoke one after another about the living conditions in their neighborhoods and the [...]

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Commissioner Gene Valentino has added to tonight's agenda a recommendation that there be a wholesale review of the previously enacted pit ordinances and current department duties and come back to the Board with a recommendation as to how the county can consistently enforce regulations. Read [...]

County Human Resources comes under scrutiny

County Human Resources comes under scrutiny

The daily newspaper reports today that Escambia County allowed a man arrested for using his county cell phone to solicit sex from a minor to come back to work while he awaits trial.  Only after PNJ reporter Kevin Robinson brought the matter to the attention to County Administrator Jack Brown was [...]

Rolling Hills landfill may be in violation of county permit

Rolling Hills landfill may be in violation of county permit

Two weeks ago, residents from the Wedgewood and Longleaf communities spoke out at a Escambia Board of County Commission meeting against the numerous construction and demolition debris facilities in their area. What county staff failed to tell citizens and the commissioners was that at least one [...]

Wedgewood Community Center battles fumes and clouds of dust from nearby landfill

Wedgewood Community Center battles fumes and clouds of dust from nearby landfill

This morning Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May met with his constituents at Marie K. Young Wedgewood Community Center. Standing outside the community center near where the children were playing the commissioner and others could smell the fumes from nearby Rolling Hills landfill. A dust cloud [...]

Weekend Buzz: Filing deadlines, Jack is back and Miracle Max headline

Weekend Buzz: Filing deadlines, Jack is back and Miracle Max headline

The qualifying deadline for county and city offices is noon on Friday, June 20. Candidates who have pre-filed must submit petition signatures or pay the filing fee. City Hall is anxious to see if anyone else jumps into the mayor's race and whether Councilman Larry Johnson of District 4 will get a [...]

Expenditures associated with jail explosion exceed $13 million

Expenditures associated with jail explosion exceed $13 million

Readers have pointed out other emergency purchase orders associated with the April 29 explosion at the county's Central Booking and Detention Center. The purchases orders total $13,394,556. This time last year Commissioners Gene Valentino, Grover Robinson and Wilson Robertson said that they [...]

Jail Explosion costs county over $5.4 million in May alone

Jail Explosion costs county over $5.4 million in May alone

The emergency purchase orders resulting from the April 29 jail explosion have cost Escambia County to date: $5,435,054.  Those does not include the cost of replacing vehicles under the Department of Corrections that were damaged by flooding, another [...]

Main Jail without hot meals and laundry

Main Jail without hot meals and laundry

My sources inside the Main Jail have shared how much more things have deteriorated in the Main Jail since Central Booking and Detention exploded on April 29. Yesterday's gas leak has closed down both the kitchen and the laundry -for a facility that is already overcrowded. In the past, CBD was the [...]

County Road Camp is hell for those injured in jail blast

County Road Camp is hell for those injured in jail blast

Commissioner Lumon May has been handling dozens of calls from the families - white and black - of those prisoners caught in the April 29 explosion at the Central Booking and Detention Center. Those hurt in the blast and currently housed at the county road camp are being treated harshly if they ask [...]

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