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Posts Tagged ‘Pensacola’

Buzz: Around town

Conversations heard about town. Consolidation: People are wondering where are the top community leaders. Why aren't any of them on the Consolidation Commission? The Constitutional officers are appointing their top people, but the rest appear to be the "B" team. Charter: ECUA board member Lois [...]

San Antonio papers pick up airport hotel lease audit

News of the audit report on the Airport Hotel Lease has reached San Antonio and the new bosses of former Pensacola Airport director Frank Miller. Miller now heads the San Antonio International Airport. The San Antonio Express-News gave San Antonio Assistant City Manager Penny Postoak-Ferguson a [...]

Mack responds to Pension ideas

From Councilwoman Diane Mack: Dear Rick, In response to today's blog post regarding Dr. Pratt's pension proposal, I would ask that you give thoughtful attention to the following: * If Dr. Pratt's proposal passes, the actual savings to the FY 2010 budget would be, at maximum, [...]

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Hall explains vote against gas tax for ECAT

Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall explains his vote against helping to fund ECAT on his blog. Hall objects to 1) ECAT's performance with the money; 2) The tax does more to eliminate Escambia County's general fund support than increasing ECAT's budget; 3) He believes ECAT needs a new business [...]

FYI: U.S. Commerce press release on $2M for Tech Park

Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Announces $2 Million Investment to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Pensacola, Florida EDA Grant Expected to Create 670 Jobs and Generate $27 Million in Private Investment WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a [...]

Pratt may try one more time on pensions

One of the big issues during the 2008 city election season was the city pensions - which are costing about $14 million a year to fund. Councilwoman Diane Mack has tried to get funding for a comprehensive study of pensions and benefits, but they failed at the Monday committee [...]

Pratt tackles pensions and benefits

Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt has posted on her website her recommendations for city pensions and benefits. She has reviewed the plans from Gulf Power, Baskerville-Donovan, O’Sullivan Creel, Escambia County, and others to see how we can get the city benefit/pension packages in line with [...]

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 [...]

IN investigation of the Airport Hotel deal

The two primary negotiators of the Airport Hotel Lease are gone - Frank Miller and Robert Payne. In December 2008, IN paid $187.16 to get copies of the city emails concerning the deal. The second appraisal and the appraisal review came to light when Bob Kerrigan made a public records request [...]

What happened on November 17, 2008?

I have reviewed the actual video of the Enterprise Operations for Nov. 17. Jack Nobles is the chairman. Robert Payne, then asst. City manager, is the one who gave the background on the agreement. Rusty Wells was present. Frank Miller, Airport Director, is presenting the lease to the committee [...]

New City Charter near completion

The Pensacola City Charter Review Commission is almost ready to release their proposed charter. It calls for a strong mayor will be "exercise the executive powers of the City and supervise all departments." He will serve a four-year term. The City Council will become the legislative branch. [...]

Inner City Soccer update

Steve Sharp has been working hard to bring youth soccer to the inner city area. Although the Pensacola City Council chose to move LOST funds away from soccer and use it for bathrooms for the new tennis courts at Roger Scott, Sharp and his group are forging ahead. In all fairness, many of the [...]

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