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Food and beer now available at Pensacola International Airport

Food and beer now available at Pensacola International Airport

It has taken nearly a year, but Mayor Ashton Hayward's vision of having national brand food service at the Pensacola International Airport has become a reality. Einstein Bros. Bagels will no longer be serving from a kiosk in the pre-security area. The vendor will join Pensacola Beach House in [...]

Pensacola State College displays historic Civil Rights photographs

Pensacola State College displays historic Civil Rights photographs

Historic Civil Rights photographs by acclaimed photojournalist Art Shay and eclectic works by the Pensacola State College Visual Arts faculty are on display at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts Jan. 20 - March 13. A world class, street photographer and writer, Shay spent more than [...]

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

The Internal Revenue Service has been auditing Escambia County's volunteer fire departments. The agency ruled the stipends paid to volunteer firefighters are taxable wages subject to all employment taxes. Escambia County will have to pay the IRS over $78,000. Volunteer firefighters receive [...]

Guns on campus bill moving through Florida House

Guns on campus bill moving through Florida House

A House panel is expected next week to take up a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities. The bill (HB 4005), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the House Criminal [...]

BeulahFest R.I.P.

BeulahFest R.I.P.

The BeulahFest Committee announced this morning that BeulahFest has been permanently canceled due to the lack of sponsorships and donations. In press release this morning, the organizers said, "With heavy heart however, the committee has decided to forgo the 2015 BeulahFest and any subsequent [...]

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

The Naples News reports that former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey was forced out of office by Gov. Rick Scott. Why is that an issue? The FDLE commissioner is a Florida Cabinet appointment and can't be removed without a vote of the cabinet - which includes Scott, [...]

CyberThon 2015 coming to National Flight Academy

CyberThon 2015 coming to National Flight Academy

Joining forces to increase cybersecurity awareness and promote workforce development, local and regional technology leaders are giving students the opportunity to experience authentic cyber operations scenarios while learning from security experts. CyberThon 2015, hosted by the AFCEA Blue Angels [...]

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meets on Friday

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meets on Friday

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will hold its first meeting on Friday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 until 4:45 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building in Tallahassee’s capitol complex. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live on the Florida Supreme Court’s Gavel to [...]

Florida Chamber offers alternative health insurance plan

Florida Chamber offers alternative health insurance plan

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its "Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida" plan, a seven-point comprehensive healthcare plan that "calls for bending the cost curve for Florida’s families and job creators by eliminating the $1.4 billion in hidden healthcare taxes." The Florida [...]

UWF Archaeology Institute receives $290k grant to explore De Luna fleet

UWF Archaeology Institute receives $290k grant to explore De Luna fleet

The University of West Florida Archaeology Institute recently received a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to explore a Spanish fleet associated with Tristan Luna from the 1500s. The archaeological remains of the Spanish ships, [...]

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask lawmakers to provide the highest per-student funding for education in state history during the legislative session that begins in March. Scott said his "Keep [...]

DEP sets up real-time monitoring of Apalachicola Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection now has real-time monitoring platforms in Apalachicola Bay. Maybe at some point such platforms could be installed in the waterways around here. Here is the press release: Four new, real-time monitoring platforms have been constructed in Apalachicola [...]

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