Jeff Bergosh

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For the past few months, a citizen’s group has been ramping up their appeal for legislation to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge in honor of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.  

While the proposal has been gaining momentum, it doesn’t yet have the unanimous support needed to move forward this year.

But, backers are undeterred.

Navy Federal Credit Union

An offer by Navy Federal Credit Union to purchase land next to its campus in Beulah could mean new jobs and a leg up in acquiring BP oil spill money.

Navy Federal is offering $4.2 million for the 100-acre parcel, a part of what was known as Outlying Landing Field,  OLF-8, for choppers flying in and out of NAS Whiting Field. Spokesman Bill Pearson says it’s an opportunity to finalize their campus build-out project.

Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation took time out this week to address the many questions and concerns that have arisen following news of cracks in the concrete of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge.

myescambia.com

Jeff Bergosh kicked off his year as Chairman of the Escambia County Commission last week. Before he took the gavel from outgoing chairman Doug Underhill, he sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

The new chairman, who also represents District-1, served for ten years on the county School Board and says his experiences on that panel was a great training ground for his new gig.

“Because of structure there, with the strong, elected superintendent,” said Bergosh. “Here, the lines are a little blurred because you have an administrator, but he’s actually an employee.”

myescambia.com

One year after his election to the Escambia County Commission, Jeff Bergosh is preparing to take over the chairman’s seat. One of his first acts is aimed at the panel’s feud with county law enforcement.  

Bergosh will receive the gavel from outgoing Chairman Doug Underhill at Thursday’s Commission meeting. Almost immediately, Bergosh is expected to offer a proposal to resolve the funding issue with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Escambia Schools

The Escambia County School District has set up a new hotline for reporting fraud and waste. Previously, callers had to provide their name and employee serial number to file a report. The old line went directly to the assistant superintendent of human resource services.