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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 [...]

BP agrees to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims.

BP agrees to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims.

This morning BP announced that it has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreement involves the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Texas as well as claims made by 400 local [...]

New Locations Announced for Upcoming RESTORE Project Submission Workshops

New Locations Announced for Upcoming RESTORE Project Submission Workshops

Escambia County will host five community workshops intended to introduce the public to the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) project submission portal. The portal is expected to open the first week of July and will remain open for 90 [...]

Seville Quarter goes smoke-free August 1

Seville Quarter goes smoke-free August 1

Press Release: Seville Quarter will be going Smoke Free inside its premises effective August 1, 2015. Wilmer Mitchell, Rosie O’ Grady’s, Inc. President, and family patriarch says: “We have been considering this change for some time and agree with the decision taken recently by some of our [...]

Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Stronger Storms

Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Stronger Storms

Dr. Roger Jones shares his expertise on the science behind more frequent and intense storms. The heart of hurricane season is approaching, and scientists predict that Earth’s changing climate will create more of the most powerful storms along the Gulf coast. 350 Pensacola hosts this talk by [...]

Rolling Hills continues to burn

Rolling Hills continues to burn

These dump fires can be challenging to put out. Stay tuned.

DEP issues final order closing Rolling Hills

DEP issues final order closing Rolling Hills

Shawn Hamilton, the director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest District office, issued this statement: After a thorough review of the Recommended Order issued on March 2, 2015, by Administrative Law Judge D.R. Alexander and the filings by all parties, the Florida [...]

Rolling Hills landfill on fire

Rolling Hills landfill on fire

This morning, Inweekly received a phone call that the Rolling Hills landfill had caught fire. When we arrived Rolling Hills workers were spraying the smoldering embers with water. Wedgwood residents were standing at the gate. Escambia County staff was on the scene to ensure the fire was completely [...]

Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Projects released

Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Projects released

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) released a draft plan today that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. The f The Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental [...]

County shuts down Rolling Hills

County shuts down Rolling Hills

Press Release: Update on the Status of Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:15pm Escambia County regrets to announce that it will be enforcing the Final Order issued by a Special Magistrate with the Office of Environmental Enforcement and [...]

Lionfish on the menu

Lionfish on the menu

by Jeremy Morrison Lionfish are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The invasive species — filling local waters at an alarming rate in recent years— threatens to take a serious bite out of the native environment. “These lionfish are not only established, they are thriving and they are [...]

PS Today: Everglades Foundation CEO

PS Today: Everglades Foundation CEO

Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation, will be on Pensacola Speaks today. We will talk about the implementation of Amendment 1 and his efforts to get lawmakers to buy land from U.S. Sugar to help the Everglades. Eikenberg is the guest speaker for Pensacola Bream Fisherman's [...]

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