SAM HALL After nearly 25 hours of budget workshops, someone on the Pensacola City Council tried to bring order to one of the strangest budget deliberations in recent memory. Hall realized the council needed to pass an Energy Services of Pensacola rate increase before the council approves or disapproves the FY 2012 budget. The rate increase will have two public hearings. If the council denies it, then it will have to amend the budget before Sept. 28.
GROVER ROBINSON Tired of the whisper campaign accusing him of Sunshine Law violations, the Escambia County commissioner lashed out at his critics. For anyone to think Robinson, who is one of the wealthiest elected officials in the county, would be beholden to Denis McKinnon is laughable. Robinson is honest and sincere. The only complaint you hear about him is that he’s too nice, which isn’t a crime in most communities.
CITY PARKS AND RECREATION The City of Pensacola received the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s 2011 Agency Excellence Award for the state’s most outstanding community Park, Recreation and or Leisure Service Agency for cities with a population of 35,000 to 74,999. The award is given to agencies that excel in park development, administration, programming, and citizen involvement.
BP According to a recent federal report, BP deserves much of the blame for last year’s oil disaster that killed 11 men and spewed nearly 5 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The investigators reported that complacency and cost-cutting led BP to make “a series of decisions that complicated cementing operations, added incremental risk, and may have contributed to the ultimate failure of the cement job” that led to the explosion.
PENSACOLA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Two disputes with employees should have been handled internally by Chamber CEO Jim Hizer and the Executive Committee. Ed Schroeder, former vice president for tourism, finished the most successful summer tourism season in the county’s history. He deserved better treatment. There needs to be a new circle magnet with the word “Dysfunctional.”
PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE The college built its campus around a public road, Rawson Lane. Now it wants Escambia County to give them a section of the road from Brent Lane to St. Eusebia Street. Neighbors who have lived in the area for decades are upset that if the county vacates it, they will be forced to drive on busier roadways. A vote on the measure has been tabled until Nov. 3.