Caring

Rise of Domestic Violence [podcast]

February 15, 2017

Sue Hand, the executive director of FavorHouse, discussed the rise of domestic violence in Escambia County on “Pensacola Speaks.” FavorHouse of Northwest Florida is a domestic violence center serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. FavorHouse shelters…

Politics

Gaetz: ‘I’m not afraid of protests’

February 15, 2017

Yesterday on “Pensacola Speaks,” I interviewed Congressman Matt Gaetz about the possibility of protests at his “Open Gaetz Day” events on Feb. 23. “First, let me say I’m not afraid of protests,” he said. “I think…

Business Caring Education

Achieve Escambia boss resigns

February 15, 2017

After less than four months on the job, Achieve Escambia’s Director Greg Voss has resigned. Achieve Escambia was founded in early 2016 by Navy Federal Credit Union, Gulf Power and other community leaders to improve public education.…

Business

Scott keeps up pressure in Economic Development debate

February 14, 2017

From The News Service of Florida: After making three appearances Monday, Gov. Rick Scott continues trying to build public pressure against lawmakers who want to kill the state’s business-recruitment and tourism-marketing agencies. Scott held a roundtable…

Business Entertainment

Bike to Fort Pickens on March 4

February 14, 2017

The public is invited to peddle, hike, and climb their way through the archaeology of Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Pickens Area with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and the National Park Service on Saturday,…

Education

Escambia County continues to lose students

February 14, 2017

For the third consecutive year, the Escambia County School District saw its student enrollment drop. Meanwhile Santa and Okaloosa counties have experienced steady growth. The districts of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa this year alone increased by 733 and…

Environment Escambia County

Rolling Hills on fire again

February 14, 2017

Last night, the Escambia County Public Information office sent out this announcement: Escambia County Waste Services, Environmental Code Enforcement, Public Safety, Fire Rescue and the Florida Forest Service are responding to a fire at the Rolling…

Entertainment

Park Service suspends primitive camping in Perdido Key area

February 13, 2017

The Gulf Islands National Seashore has temporarily suspended hike-in/drive-in primitive camping at the Perdido Key Area. The suspension is effective immediately. During the closure, the park will explore management alternatives to address significant resource impacts. Over…

Business

What is the impact of cutting tourism marketing?

February 13, 2017

The U.S. Travel Association and Visit Florida have data to show what happens when state’s top promoting tourism. Pennsylvania cut its state tourism marketing budget from $30 million to $7 million in 2009. Every dollar cut…