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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 [...]

Council takes step today on diversity

Council takes step today on diversity

The Pensacola City Council will review today a proposed ordinance to create and implement a minority and woman-owned business program for city procurement. The ordinance is the result of nearly four-year process. In 2011, Mayor Ashton Hayward recommended and the council approved the hiring of [...]

Kids for Camp 2015 Kick-Off Meeting, Feb. 3

Kids for Camp 2015 Kick-Off Meeting, Feb. 3

Autism Pensacola is kicking off the Kids for Camp 2015 application period with an informational meeting at 6 p.m. February 3, in the Pollak Training Center, Arc Gateway, corner of Fairfield Drive and 10th Avenue. The meeting will give interested families an overview of Camp, along with [...]

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

By Jac Wilder VerSteeg, Context Florida Florida’s national ranking by Education Week has dropped precipitously, to No. 28. In 2013, Florida was ranked No. 6. When Florida’s public education system rose to No. 6, politicians raced to crow and claim credit. The ranking proved, they said, that [...]

Women’s Civic Forum: Sherri Myers, A Life Dedicate to Civil Rights

Women’s Civic Forum: Sherri Myers, A Life Dedicate to Civil Rights

Councilwoman Sherri Myers will be the speaker at the next Women’s Civic Forum at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 21, at the IHMC, 40 South Alcaniz Street. Diana Mack, founder of the organization, said in email to the media, "Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers has a fascinating story to tell about her [...]

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