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FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

Pensacola City Hall came into this week with three contentious issues: CMPA Board of Trustees, Film Commission and Gallery Night. The first two involved the Pensacola City Council and third the Downtown Improvement Board. As the week comes to an end, little has really changed. The few changes [...]

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Cuba impressed by Pensacola delegation

Two weeks ago, Inweekly reported on a local delegation that visited Cuba seeking to build relationships and test the waters for possible business opportunities ("Creating a Pensacola-Cuba Connection"). In today's Tampa Tribune, Albert Fox, president of the Tampa-based Alliance For Responsible [...]

Convention Center deja vu

Convention Center deja vu

The success of Pensacon has reignited a discussion for a convention center. It's a worthy topic. The fourth-cent of the bed tax was originally presented as a funding source for just such a venture. The penny tax on short-term rentals was used to finance the Pensacola Civic Center. When that tax [...]

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The Huffington Post published an article ("How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless") yesterday that questions the ideas of Robert Marbut, the national consultant that the city of Pensacola paid $30,000 to come up with recommendations on how the city should deal with its homeless [...]

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

Hayward reconnects with neighborhoods via digital newsletter

When Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had the UWF Haas Center conduct a phone survey of his constituents, he and his administration received a C+ for their communication program. Last year, several neighborhood issues popped up - Dollar Store in Cordova Park and parole and probation office in [...]

Pensacola Speaks returns at 5 pm today: Pot farms, casinos, D.C. political intrigue and Pensacon up for discussion

Pensacola Speaks returns at 5 pm today: Pot farms, casinos, D.C. political intrigue and Pensacon up for discussion

Pensacola Speaks returns to WCOA 1370 AM after a six-year hiatus. The original popular talk show on WCOA began in 1960, and featured many well known personalities through its history including Don Priest, Dave Pavlock, Russ Minshew, Don Parker and Luke McCoy. The show will run from 5-6 p.m. [...]

Hayward lands another grant for city

Hayward lands another grant for city

The City of Pensacola has been awarded a $940,000 Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The funds will be used to restore and stabilize areas along Carpenter’s Creek and Baywoods Gulley that were [...]

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

The Panama City News Herald published today an article by Marlene Womack on how free blacks fled Pensacola in the years before the Civil War as the state's laws became more oppressive, eventually mandating that they become slaves. In 1829, the number of free blacks and mulattoes (those of mixed [...]

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

The Greater Pensacola Career Pathways initiative may be much more vital to our local economy than earlier believed. Our area's Job Skills Index wasn't much better than the state average and was below the national metro area averages. The University of West Florida Haas Center released its latest [...]

Leon Martin and his People of Pensacola told the stories of the homeless

Leon Martin and his People of Pensacola told the stories of the homeless

A reception was held Tuesday to honor Sgt. Leon Martin, who is retiring after being employed the past 26 years with the Pensacola Police Department. The press release said Martin was initially hired by the department as a police officer on Jan. 2, 1985, and was employed until Sept. 1, 1990 when [...]

Downtown hit with string of burglaries

Downtown hit with string of burglaries

On the day I post a story about crime soaring in Okaloosa County, Pensacola Police report a rash of burglaries in downtown Pensacola on Monday. The burglaries are believed to have occurred between 10 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday at businesses on Tarragona and Main streets. The burglaries [...]

Cohen named new city planner for Key West

Cohen named new city planner for Key West

Thaddeus Cohen, the former Community Development director of the city of Pensacola, has been hired as the city planning director for Key West. His annual salary is $122,500, and will report for work on March 30. Cohen, an architect,served as secretary of the Florida Department of Community [...]

Road to Resiliency continues Thursday night

Road to Resiliency continues Thursday night

Escambia County and the city of Pensacola slowly, methodically and deliberately move ahead with their stormwater management plans and projects to prevent, or at least mitigate, another disaster like the one we had in April 2014. On April 29, 2014, a storm dumped almost two feet of rain and [...]

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