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Gulf Dead Zone continues to loom

Gulf Dead Zone continues to loom

This week the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement of the Gulf Dead Zone, which measured 5,008 square miles, almost as large as the state of Connecticut. The Dead Zone doesn’t just threaten the fish and fishing communities in its immediate footprint. A [...]

350 Pensacola: Mayor Patsy Parker on Climate Change

350 Pensacola: Mayor Patsy Parker on Climate Change

courtesy Governor's office 350 Pensacola hosts "Preparing Our Communities for Climate Change," a presentation by Mayor Patsy Parker of Perdido Beach, Alabama. In November 2013, Parker was selected as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the [...]

Battle for Wedgewood update

Battle for Wedgewood update

Rolling Hills Construction & Debris Recycling Center is still operating. The owner, South Palafox Properties, LLC, is allowed to keep the facility open pending a hearing on Sept. 9. The residents of the Wedgewood community have not signed up with attorney Kenneth Williams yet. Community [...]

Wedgewood Air Quality Health Alert lifted

Wedgewood Air Quality Health Alert lifted

Press Release: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:00pm Effective immediately, in response to air quality monitoring performed by Escambia County, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is rescinding the health alert that was issued on July 22, 2014, for the area [...]

BP petitions SCOTUS

BP petitions SCOTUS

British oil giant, BP, petitioned on Friday the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in its battle over claim payments resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP asked the high court to enforce requirements for claimants to prove that they were directly harmed by [...]

DEP hammers Rolling Hills dump

DEP hammers Rolling Hills dump

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection revoked the permit for the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility and said that it will file a lawsuit against the owner, South Palafox Properties, LLC. The announcement should be seen as another huge [...]

Ingram negotiates agreement between Escambia County and ECUA on recycling

Ingram negotiates agreement between Escambia County and ECUA on recycling

Today, Representative Clay Ingram released the following statement regarding a potential recycling agreement between Escambia County and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA). “I am pleased to announce that after a series of meetings with administrators from Escambia County and ECUA, [...]

County report: Wedgewood Pit Tour Video

On July 18, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May and State Representative Mike Hill toured the Wedgewood neighborhood to get a firsthand look at the various pit and landfill projects currently in operation in the neighborhood. The tour took place after Commissioner May and the entire Escambia [...]

Floridians overwhelmingly are concerned about climate change

Floridians overwhelmingly are concerned about climate change

courtesy Governor's office Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald reports that nearly seven in 10 likely Florida voters are concerned about climate change and nearly 80 percent want limits on carbon pollution from power plants, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group. "The [...]

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Pitiful Escambia The most profitable illegal business in Escambia County appears to be dirt. The Board of County Commissioners learned last week that only one borrow pit has a permit to operate legally. Horace Jones, Jr., interim director of the county’s Development Services Division, [...]

Tour de Force for Hill, May and Wedgewood

Tour de Force for Hill, May and Wedgewood

The tour of the Wedgewood area landfills and pits yesterday was a perfect example of what can happen when state and county officials work together on an issue. For the first in nearly half a century, the residents of the Wedgewood area neighborhoods felt their elected officials were listening. I [...]

Health Department issues air quality alert for Wedgewood neighborhood

Health Department issues air quality alert for Wedgewood neighborhood

Health Alert: Wedgewood Air Quality Effective immediately, in response to air quality monitoring, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is issuing a health alert for the area surrounding the Wedgewood Community Center and the Rolling Hills Construction and [...]

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