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Work begins on Navy Point bridge

Work begins on Navy Point bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation began construction activities on replacing the bridge located on County Road 292A (West Sunset Avenue) over Bayou Grande to the Navy Point neighborhood the week of July 20. Scott Bridge was awarded the $5,476,808.54 contract to replace the existing [...]

Hayward fails to put Studer leases on July agenda

Hayward fails to put Studer leases on July agenda

(Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today) Mayor Ashton Hayward isn't starting off the second half of 2015 much better than the first half. The most talked about new projects for downtown Pensacola are the University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and the conference center that the [...]

Podcast: Bergosh pre-files for County Commission District 1 seat

Podcast: Bergosh pre-files for County Commission District 1 seat

School Board member Jeff Bergosh has pre-filed to run for Escambia County Commission District 1 seat. Incumbent Wilson Robertson has already announced that he will not seek another term. Bergosh came on News Talk 1370 WCOA yesterday to talk about his decision and give an update on the Newpoint [...]

No version of the Confederate flag will fly over Escambia County buildings

No version of the Confederate flag will fly over Escambia County buildings

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners last night voted unanimously to no longer fly the Confederate flag in its five-flag displays and to replace it with the state flag of Florida. The county's current resolution regulating flag protocol called for the county to fly whatever flags [...]

Battle over Confederate flag plays out today at BCC

Battle over Confederate flag plays out today at BCC

The battle over the Confederate flag continues today at Escambia Board of County Commissioners. On the agenda is an item for the county to remove all flags from county grounds except for the U.S. and Florida state flags. This is what the BCC passed last December, but the board voted in March to [...]

Podcast: Grover on juvenile detention costs

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson, president of the Florida Association of Counties, talks about the proposed solution with the state on juvenile detention costs.

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

PS Today: SaintPetersBlog.com

PS Today:  SaintPetersBlog.com

Peter Schorsch, creator of SaintPetersBlog.com, will be on the show today. He has been watching the Jeff Miller situation: If Jeff Miller runs for Senate, North Florida dominoes will begin to fall. ensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in [...]

Castle Greyskull gets a reprieve…until next meeting

Castle Greyskull gets a reprieve…until next meeting

The meetings of the Escambia Board of County Commissioners are circular events. Ideas, opinions and facts go round and round, and sometimes a decision pops out. Such was the case in today's discussion of the Escambia County Jail ("Castle Greyskull") at the Committee of the Whole. The BCC needs [...]

Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

County commissioners from various parts of the state urged lawmakers Wednesday to approve a proposal that could end a long-running battle about how to split juvenile-detention costs. Commissioners told the House Appropriations Committee they are looking for a "50-50 split" on the disputed costs. [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

On Pensacola Speaks, I talked with investigative reporter Duwayne Escobedo about his coverage of the fall of W.D. Childers and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the 2004 death of former Escambia County Commissioner Willie Junior. Duwayne also takes about his battle with brain [...]

By 3-2 vote, Spanish, British, French and Confederate flags brought back to Pensacola Bay Center

By 3-2 vote, Spanish, British, French and Confederate flags brought back to Pensacola Bay Center

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners voted, 3-2, to allow the five historical flags approved by the Pensacola City Council to be flown over all county buildings. Commission Grover Robinson, who sponsored the resolution, was joined by Wilson Robertson, who made the motion in 2000 to fly [...]

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

The Pensacola branch of the NAACP has sent a letter to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners titled: "Economic Development Committee Flag Response and Proposed Compromise Solution." While citing how divisive the Confederate flag is in the community, it appears that George Hawthorne, [...]

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

By Duwayne Escobedo In a roomful of the best and brightest newspaper and TV reporters from Mobile and Pensacola, no one dared ask the one question weighing on everyone's mind. No one put State Attorney Bill Eddins, State Attorney Investigator Allen Cotton, Medical Examiner Andrea Minyard or [...]

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