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Outtakes—What’s Really Going On

Outtakes—What’s Really Going On

For all the job growth that Escambia County has had over the past four years, our public school enrollment is flat. In the 2011, Escambia County had 40,495 children in enrolled in pre-kindergarten [...]

Outtakes—Stormwater, Part II

Outtakes—Stormwater, Part II

When I attended the Storm Water Advisory Team (SWAT) meeting on January 6, I was reminded of meetings I attended 15 years ago on the stormwater.  Back then the issue wasn’t flooding, it was [...]

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

By Duwayne Escobedo Five times in the past half century, Escambia County voters have resisted a nationwide trend. Unlike 99 percent of the more than 14,500 public school districts across the [...]

The Buzz 1/15/15

The Buzz 1/15/15

Wedgewood Wants More The residents of Wedgewood weren’t much interested in the stricter ordinances being proposed to regulate borrow pits and construction & debris landfills. No, they made [...]

2015 To Do Lists

2015 To Do Lists

By Rick Outzen and Duwayne Escobedo We are coming upon the midpoint of the second decade of the 21st century. The past four years we’ve dealt with an environmental disaster and leadership [...]

The Buzz 1/8/15

The Buzz 1/8/15

City Lobbyist Registry On Oct. 10, 2014, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced in his digital newsletter that he wanted the city to adopt a lobbyist registry that would require those paid to lobby [...]

The Buzz 1/2/15

The Buzz 1/2/15

City Attorney Shake-up Mayor Ashton Hayward has made the decision not to renew the Messer Law Firm as the city attorney. Jim Messer’s contract expired on Dec. 14, and he will work month-to-month [...]

Rebuilding County Corrections

Rebuilding County Corrections

By Rick Outzen Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown recently made his first big hire—Michael Tidwell as the new Corrections Director. Tidwell replaces long-time director Gordon Pike who [...]

The Buzz 12/18/14

The Buzz 12/18/14

Only One Flag Will Fly Escambia County will no longer fly the Confederate battle flag or the Spanish, French or British flag, at the Pensacola Bay Center. After an emotional discussion, the Board of [...]

Outtakes—A Not So Simple Plan

Outtakes—A Not So Simple Plan

It was a simple plan. It had buy-in from Mayor Ashton Hayward, Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and Sheriff David Morgan. The county would provide nominal seed money, the majority of it [...]

Outtakes—Years In The Making

Outtakes—Years In The Making

The City of Pensacola has signed a lease with VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering. The deal calls for an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to be built at the airport that will add 300 [...]

The Buzz 7/31/14

The Buzz 7/31/14

Increase the Peace Local organization Increase the Peace is looking for support for the Back to School Summer Jam, Aug. 16 from 12 to 5 p.m. in Morris Court. The event's aim is to get children ready [...]

Pattern Book

Pattern Book

While reviewing our year in stories for this issue, we noticed a few recurring topics that kept popping up. Here are the issues and overachieving themes we identified and reported on repeatedly [...]

Outtakes—2014 Elections Are Critical

Outtakes—2014 Elections Are Critical

The local elections next year may be the most important in recent memory, which is saying a lot considering how the past three were game-changers. In those elections, we completely changed the [...]

Outtakes—Sucker USA

Outtakes—Sucker USA

For a place that is so tough on its leaders and anyone who tries to push this community, it’s amazing how susceptible we are to hucksters, scam artists and out-of-towners looking for [...]

Outtakes—Stamp Out White Crime

Outtakes—Stamp Out White Crime

It’s an unpleasant subject. Escambia County has a problem with white crime. From 2008 through 2012, the sheriff’s office reports that of the 41,054 offense reports where the race of both the [...]

Buzz 7.25.13

Buzz 7.25.13

Time to End It The discussion took over an hour and a half, but the Escambia County Commission passed a motion at its Committee of Whole meeting on July 18 that made it clear that Interim County [...]

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