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Gene Valentino

BP Disaster

Problem on Alabama side of Key

June 10, 2010

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…

BP Disaster

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

June 7, 2010

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…

BP Disaster

News: Should beaches be closed?

June 7, 2010

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.…

BP Disaster

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

June 6, 2010

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…

BP Disaster

Beast Corps: Cabinet visits Escambia County

June 4, 2010

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…

Buzz News

Buzz: Late night phone calls

May 12, 2010

My phone rang several times late last night on several topics. Here the rumors that seem to have some legs – but understand they are only buzz and haven’t been proved…yet 1. Commissioner Gene Valentino may…

Escambia County Politics

Transparency Challenge for District 2

May 10, 2010

The race in the Republican primary for Escambia County District 2 is a dogfight. The top candidates – incumbent Gene Valentino, former County Administrator George Touart, State Rep. Dave Murzin and newcomer Karen Sindel – all…


IN kicked out of DEP/BP meeting

May 1, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist is in Pensacola to see firsthand the preparations for the impending oil slick that is approaching Florida. Before Gov. Crist arrived – which was about noon. Members of the Area Unified Command met…

News Politics

Buzz: Charlie Crist will suspend Gene V.

April 23, 2010

Two more phone calls received late last night: 1) Gov. Charlie Crist will suspend Commissioner Gene Valentino because of the indictment. 2) A source close to State. Rep. Dave Murzin said the District 2 representative is…

Escambia County Politics

Valentino framed…or so it goes

April 19, 2010

Valentino supporters are alleging that the commissioner’s political opponent, George Touart, is behind the grand jury investigation of Gene Valentino’s campaign fundraising. They point to how quickly the Escambia County Grand Jury will be convening. Still…


Quotes of the day from the PNJ

April 8, 2010

“On a personal note, I can see why good people don’t run for office.” –Commissioner Gene Valentino, who is facing a grand jury over alleged improper solicitation of contributions for his re-election campaign. “And I can…


Valentino case sent to Grand Jury

April 7, 2010

The State Attorney’s Office announced today that its review of the allegations involving Commissioner Gene Valentino and possible improper solicitation of campaign funds did the find the allegations sufficient to warrant further investigation. The allegations will…

Escambia County Pensacola Politics

SAO reports to be issued soon

March 31, 2010

Spoke with assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille yesterday on his investigations into the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Marcille said the Arts Council investigation should be finished in the next…

Escambia County Politics

Page has phone records

January 24, 2010

Jamie Page has a solid investigative piece in Sunday’s daily paper. Through public records requests, Page got the cell phone records and message logs from the Escambia Commissioners. There are four troubling points about this fiasco.…