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Pensacola

Escambia County

PNJ article another indicator of great divide

March 16, 2009

There is a great divide between local government employees and the public they serve. Sunday’s article on the city compensation in the News Journal shows how out of sync things have gotten. We’ve been chipping away…

Escambia County

Two big meetings today

March 13, 2009

This morning at the Extension offices, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is meeting to discuss the 2009-10 budget. The BOCC who failed to get Sheriff Ronnie McNesby to make any significant cuts in his…

Escambia County

Pension buying CMPA bonds may work

March 13, 2009

The idea (Read Outtakes) is gaining momentum. Pensacola City Council member Maren DeWeese has asked Dick Barker to bring to the council his recommendations for financing the City’s $40 million commitment on the Community Maritime Park.…

Escambia County

Beitsch reviews signed agreement

March 9, 2009

How does the developer agreement between the City and the Maritime Park Developers answer the concerns that City Manager Al Coby expressed to the Pensacola City Council? Should MPDP assume [all roles] it brings into question…

Escambia County

Radical idea – invest in Pensacola

March 7, 2009

INVEST PENSACOLA This is a radical idea, one that really requires people thinking “outside of the box.” Why we don’t have the city pension funds invest in the Community Maritime Park by buying the CRA bonds?…

Escambia County

Dead birds on Palafox

March 5, 2009

Dead birds are dotting the sidewalk along South Palafox Street. It’s a strange, eerie sight. None have been given parking tickets…yet.…

Politics

Be a part of history

March 5, 2009

There will one permanent marker of this City’s 450th Celebration – the DeLuna statue at the foot of Palafox. Fiesta of Five Flags/Celebrate Pensacola are selling engraved pavers – starting at $100 – that will be…

Politics

Fabre challenges park design award

March 4, 2009

As I reported earlier, County staff is recommending that the Chimes Way Park Design project be awarded to the Hilton Head Island firm Wood+Partners. On December 11, 2008, local engineer Frank Fabre protested the award in…

Politics

Oops, city pensions lost another $40M

March 4, 2009

At its committee meetings last week, City Finance Director Dick Barker told the Pensacola City Council that the city pension funds have lost about another $40M in value since Sept. 30, 2008.…

Politics

Public pensions are a national issue

March 3, 2009

Bloomberg.com reports: Public pensions in the U.S. had total liabilities of $2.9 trillion as of Dec. 16, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Their total assets are about 30 percent less than…

Politics

CMPA wins Sunshine lawsuit

March 3, 2009

Circuit Judge Frank Bell has ruled in favor of the Community Maritime Park Associates in the lawsuit filed by LeRoy Boyd and Byron Keesler that claimed the board had violated Florida Sunshine laws saying the organization…

Politics

Nobles-Wiggins lands state post

March 2, 2009

Ryan Nobles Wiggins has been named a deputy director of communication for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. She is the daughter of former Councilman Jack Nobles, daughter-in-law of Mayor Mike Wiggins and once was an intern…

Politics

Bring back idea of selling City Hall

March 2, 2009

In April 2005, the Pensacola City Council considered whether to sell City Hall or repair it. The City Council voted 9-1 -Mike Wiggins was the sole dissenting vote- to repair the building damaged by Hurricane Ivan.…

Politics

Others give preference to locals

March 2, 2009

The website newrules.org lists these cities that offer preference to local businesses as a means to nurture small businesses and local economies. This is not impossible to do. Local Purchasing Preferences – Albuquerque, New Mexico The…

Politics

Pensacola does well in healthcare cost study

February 26, 2009

There is new study by that Dartmouth Atlas project which is published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the rising costs of healthcare. For 20 years, the project researchers have been examining geographical disparities…