Outtakes 9.09

by Rick Outzen CHANGE COMES HARD I’m not sure that change is harder in Pensacola, but it surely seems so. For decades, a benevolent aristocracy took care of the town. White men met in…

Winners & Losers 9.09

Winners BASKERVILLE-DONOVAN, INC. The Pensacola-based engineering firm was recently awarded the 2010 NAACP Pensacola Industry Award. BDI was selected for this award due to its lengthy partnership with the NAACP Pensacola branch in supporting…

Rant & Rave 9.2.10

BOYCOTT LOCAL BUSINESSES Having lived downtown for the better part of my 28 years, I’ve become very familiar with the problems that have hindered our poor community from reaching its potential. Every week, countless…

Outtakes 9.2.10

BP BETRAYAL The day after the Aug. 24 primary, I stood in the middle of a throng of 250 laid-off oil response workers. It was a blistering hot day on the unforgiving asphalt parking…

Winners & Losers 9.2.10

Winners KAREN SINDEL The rookie candidate fell just 152 votes short of beating incumbent Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. With little money or name recognition, Sindel received more votes than State Rep. Dave Murzin…

Winners & Losers-Marty Donovan

Loser: Marty Donovan In recent history, few communities have had an elected official as fickle as Martin Jude Donovan: realtor, occasional environmentalist and one-time Pensacola city councilman. His opinions on the maritime park, referendums…

Outtakes: Simple Rules

by Rick Outzen… SIMPLE RULES City computers are for city business. It’s an official city policy. City email accounts are to be used for “the efficient conduct of City business,” as per the City…

Winners & Losers: 8.19.10

  Winners GENE VALENTINO It was only a misdemeanor charge, but Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino had to fight it if he wanted to be re-elected. On Aug. 14, Okaloosa County Judge James Ward…

Outtakes: World Class Risk


By Rick Outzen

When city leaders list the reasons why someone should live inside the Pensacola city limits, fire protection is at or near the top of that list. At the recent mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Mike Wiggins, Councilwoman Diane Mack and all the candidates bragged about the city’s fire department.

Winners & Losers 8.12.10

August 12, 2010 issue


JAN KURTZ The Fiesta of Five Flags Association announced recently that this local artist will be the featured artist for the 33rd annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. Kurtz is best known for her marine biology research and translating her fascination with the environment around us into brilliant naturescapes. One of her paintings has been selected as this year’s Pensacola Seafood Festival’s official artwork. Her work is currently displayed at Blue Morning Gallery in downtown Pensacola.

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