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Final request for Valentino’s bingo emails

Final request for Valentino’s bingo emails

Attorney Gregory Smith sent on Friday, May 22 his final request for the emails concerning the bingo casino on Perdido Key that Commissioner Gene Valentino has on his personal and business email accounts. Smith did receive the emails that Valentino had on his official county email account, but those [...]

Chamber behind Mobile success

Commissioner Gene Valentino and his PR person, Jane Birdwell, make much of the Mobile success story. Mobile outshines Pensacola in the economic development arena. I wouldn't want to live there but there is no disputing that Mobile has been tremendously successful over the past 20 years. We [...]

Buzz: Rumors flying about County Complex

State Attorney's office is questioning county employees and others about possible Sunshine Law violations by Commissioner Gene Valentino. Jane Birdwell is trying to convince people that the Comm. Valentino was the winner of the Tuesday meeting and is trying to drum up support for his [...]

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

That’s the question that I and others had after Commissioner Gene Valentino’s prerecorded presentation and the follow-up Q&A on Tuesday, May 19. The only change in the presentation from the one handed out last week was BPM deleted St. Lucia from one of the slides. When I interviewed [...]

Show begins at 4pm

Show begins at 4pm

Today's Joint meeting of the commission and council event will be a highly orchestrated event. BPM Marketing - who designed the Chamber's magnet campaign, but is now working for Commissioner Valentino - has been calling around town asking people to speak out in favor of Gene's plan. Apparently [...]

Too much to think tonight

Gene Valentino is an accomplished actor. I remember watching play Billy Flynn in the PLT production of "Chicago." Though I tease him about being too verbose, I expect the Commissioner to be in rare form tomorrow at the joint meeting of the county commission and Pensacola City Council. It's a role [...]

Former SRIA board member says he was micro-managed

Former SRIA board member says he was micro-managed

IN interviewed Kelly Robinson to find out what really happened in 2007 when Commissioner Gene Valentino removed him for the Santa Rosa Island Authority board. The heart of the problem was the proposed changes that would allow condo-hotels on Pensacola Beach (A Hotel of a Problem). “I [...]

Comparing Escambia County to St. Lucia

Comparing Escambia County to St. Lucia

Comm. Valentino singled out St. Lucia as "Recognized Winner" (page 4). In my research online, it appears the key to the revitalization of the St. Lucia economy was that in 1996 the U.S. Government gave St. Lucia $242 million package of which $104 million was used to build infrastructure and help [...]

Other cities mentioned by Valentino

In reviewing my notes from the Thursday, May 14 meeting with Commissioner Gene Valentino and County Administrator Bob McLaughlin, the Commissioner mentioned several other cities that he had studied. They aren't in the presentation synopsis that he sent the County Commission and Pensacola City [...]

Mobile County

Mobile County

The Mobile County website is one of the least informative. It lists accomplishments but has little about structure (See). I did go through the county budget and found $485,703 for Economic Development, of which $352,905 goes to the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. Based on this, I deduced that the [...]

St Lucia????

St Lucia????

Commissioner Valentino also lists Saint Lucia - which I think is not a city, but a country in the Caribbean. Not sure it applies at all.

Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Galveston Economic Development Partnership Form: Private/Chamber Funding Source: Memberships The City of Galveston recognized the Chamber of Commerce as the economic development engine of the Island, granting $50,000 to launch GEDP in 1997. The website is under construction so I could not find [...]

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