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Commissioner Valentino on Bay Bridge Toll

Earlier this month, the Escambia County Commission passed a resolution opposing a toll on the bay bridge. State transportation officials invited Commission Chairman Wilson Robertson to Tallahassee this week to let him know they were miffed at the move, arguing the funds for needed improvements on [...]

Dirty Smurfs

Escambia County officials have no interest in seeing a recycling center on a collection of remediated Superfund sites. They also don’t want to see any little blue men on the properties. In December, the county was primed to hand off the properties until officials learned that Pensacola could [...]

Nodine stands trial today

Nodine stands trial today

Stephen Nodine is a true Pensacola phenomenon, a rising star that soared into the Pensacola on the back of a Northrop Grumman Air Tanker and today, two years later, stands trial for murder. From 2008-2009, Nodine could do no wrong. He was billed as the politician that understood economic [...]

Buzz: White and Valentino at it again

We're hearing that Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White wants to appoint Karen Sindel to the county planning board and fellow commissioner, Gene Valentino, isn't happy. Sindel was Valentino's appointee to the board until she resigned last November to run against him. I'm not sure that [...]

Valentino re-elected, Touart’s political career dead

Valentino re-elected, Touart’s political career dead

The dismissal of the charges against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino narrowly propelled him past political newcomer Karen Sindel, 1,810-1,660. Two veteran politicians, Dave Murzin (state representative, 2002-2010) and George Touart (county administrator, 2002-2007) barely showed in the [...]

Gilmore Deposition for Valentino trial

Tomorrow, Okaloosa County Judge Jim Ward will rule on a motion by Barry Beroset to dismiss the misdemeanor charges for campaign solicitation in a government building against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The actual trial is set for Aug. 16 in Crestview. I strolled over to the [...]

Unofficial transcript of Touart-Valentino phone call

On Sunday, the Pensacola News Journal published an article on a taped conversation between former County Administrator George Touart and County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Valentino was making the call with the State Attorney's office listening in because he believed that Touart was trying to [...]

Problem on Alabama side of Key

Problem on Alabama side of Key

Spoke last night with Commissioner Gene Valentino who drove late yesterday an ATV on the beach from Perdido Pass to Eden Condominiums. He said that the Alabama side had "dinner table size" mats of oil mousse on the beach. The Florida side was peppered with tarball specks...and that wasn't [...]

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

At the Sunday, June 6, 4:30 pm press conference, BP had no representative. I asked Commissioners Gene Valentino and Kevin White, "Shouldn't BP be a part of this press conference since that are actually responsible for this? Shouldn't they be at every meeting we have?" "They should be at every [...]

News: Should beaches be closed?

News: Should beaches be closed?

The Associated Press spent a significant part of yesterday's press conferences focusing on whether our beaches should be closed. The Pensacola New Journal used some of the AP coverage for their article today on that issue. While the Escambia County Commission is the final authority on the [...]

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

I returned to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center for the first time in four weeks...and I got some memorable quotes and answers that reputed much of what BP spokesperson Lucia Bustamonte said on WEAR TV last evening. Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson welcomed me back to [...]

Beast Corps: Cabinet visits Escambia County

From Beast Corps correspondent Franklin Hayes: As the largest potential economic disaster loomed in the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles off the coast of Pensacola Beach, the Sunshine State’s sitting Governor addressed reporters gathered in Escambia County’s Emergency Operations Center [...]

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