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350 Pensacola: What are legal and policy responses to climate change

350 Pensacola: What are legal and policy responses to climate change

Press release: Florida’s coastline is slowly drowning as a warming planet pushes seas higher, and all levels of government are taking steps to plan for and adapt to the rising seas. Join attorney Erin Deady as she guides us through the latest regulatory, policy and legal context of sea level rise [...]

Only 30 days remain to submit RESTORE project ideas

Only 30 days remain to submit RESTORE project ideas

Press release: Escambia County is reminding citizens who wish to submit their ideas for Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) projects to do so before the submission deadline of Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The County’s RESTORE [...]

BP settlement could be good news for Corrine Jones project

BP settlement could be good news for Corrine Jones project

In July, County Administrator Eric Olson told the Pensacola City Council that the proposed Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park was placed on hold because the bids had come back higher than the grant funds received. Over half of the recently announced BP settlement [...]

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees, not hardly

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees,  not hardly

In today’s News Journal, Levin Papantonio Brian Barr praises Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward for negotiating such low attorney fees on the BP settlement – $963,346 on the $5.4 million settlement, 18 percent. “In my view, (Hayward) negotiated the deal of the century,” Barr said. “…The [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Visit Pensacola and Emerald Coastkeeper

Pensacola Speaks:  Visit Pensacola and Emerald Coastkeeper

Today, we have two great interviews lined up. Steve Hayes of Visit Pensacola will be on the show during the first half-hour to talk about the summer tourism season and Destination 2020. In the second half, we have Laurie Murphy, the new Emerald Coastkeeper. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk [...]

The Big Float this weekend

The Big Float this weekend

THE BIG FLOAT! - Sponsored by Adventures Unlimited and SweetWater Brewery Emerald Coastkeeper is having a fundraiser this weekend, The Big Float. It's 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Adventures Unlimited in Milton, Florida. Participants are asked to rent a canoe, kayak or tube for the 4-, 7- or [...]

Tropical Weather Outlook: Danny and two other storms

Tropical Weather Outlook: Danny and two other storms

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 800 AM EDT SUN AUG 23 2015 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Danny, located a few hundred miles east of the Leeward [...]

Why anti-fracking resolution was important

Why anti-fracking resolution was important

Last night, the Escambia Board of County Commissioner voted, 3-2, for a resolution that supported a statewide ban of fracking. One of the citizens who spoke in favor of the resolution was Amy Datz. Here is the statement she read to the commissioners: Every decision has a consequence. [...]

Escambia County Commission considers fracking ban

Escambia County Commission considers fracking ban

Press release: Escambia County is poised to consider a resolution calling for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and well stimulation performed for the purposes of exploration or production of oil or natural gas. Escambia County Commissioners will vote on the resolution at [...]

Hobbs returns as president of Emerald Coastkeeper

Hobbs returns as president of Emerald Coastkeeper

We received this email late last week. Chasidy Hobbs is the new president of Emerald Coastkeepers Hello Fellow Clean Water Lovers! It has been awhile since you have heard from me, and so very much has happened since then. Exciting things are in store involving Emerald Coastkeeper and I am [...]

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. to hold first meeting

Organization to oversee Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds recovered by attorney general Press Release: The University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity is organizing the inaugural meeting of Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. [...]

Escambia County Deploys Air Quality Monitors in the Wedgewood Neighborhood

Escambia County Deploys Air Quality Monitors in the Wedgewood Neighborhood

Press Release: In an effort to address concerns from residents following the Florida Department of Health’s release of the Rolling Hills Landfill Health Consultation, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners recently announced that the second of four hydrogen sulfide (H2S) monitors has [...]

Nelson has concerns with BP settlement

Nelson has concerns with BP settlement

FYI – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has said he has concerns with the government’s proposed settlement with BP. He raised those concerns in a letter he sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Following is the text of his letter: July 31, 2015 Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. [...]

Massive dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

Massive dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

From Gulf Coast Restoration Network: Today’s Dead Zone announcement from Louisiana researchers revealed that EPA failed to meet a major goal it set in 2001 to reduce Mississippi River water pollution that is destroying aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana University Marine [...]

Help coming to restore Pensacola oyster beds

Help coming to restore Pensacola oyster beds

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $4.4 million to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement the Oyster Cultch Placement project that will restore oyster beds in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew bays. This award is part of the [...]

New Emerald Coastkeeper

New Emerald Coastkeeper

We received this email: After a lot of hard work and perserverance, Emerald Coastkeeper is up and running! We are stronger now than we have ever been, and I want to let you folks know that we are here for your concerns about drinkable, swimable, fishable waters in your community. My name is [...]

Escambia County to receive $58 million from BP settlement

Escambia County to receive $58 million from BP settlement

Press Release: The federal government and five Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative settlement with BP for approximately $18.7 billion for the environmental and economic damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010. Under terms of the agreement, the State of [...]

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