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County Jail cited by DOJ as unsafe, needs more staff and better mental health program

County Jail cited by DOJ as unsafe, needs more staff and better mental health program

The Civil Right Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded its five-year investigation of the Escambia County Jail and its findings are as bad as Sheriff David Morgan tried to warn the Escambia County Commission. While the report commends Morgan for his efforts to reform the [...]

Toll Plaza Construction Update

Here’s an update from Escambia County on the toll plaza construction project: Today, May 16, one lane is closed on the Pensacola Beach Boulevard bridge until the foot of the roadway approaching the toll plaza and three toll plaza lanes are open to motorists. Tomorrow, Friday, May 17, all [...]

Home(less) Schooling

Home(less) Schooling

Prior to considering the collection of proposed ‘no camping’ ordinances currently on their table, members of the Pensacola City Council were provided with a presentation from the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless. City Administrator Bill Reynolds said the presentation was meant to “educate [...]

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

Economic Development on RESTORE Agenda

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting in the county’s downtown administrative building this afternoon. The relocation allows for the meetings to be videoed and broadcast. Today’s RESTORE meeting includes two economic development presentations. The [...]

County tries to block Jail Study from being released

County tries to block Jail Study from being released

There is a budget battle about to break out between interim County Administrator George Touart and Sheriff David Morgan. The fight is inevitable. This first volley has been over the Escambia County Jail—which is severely understaffed according to the county’s consultants National Center for [...]

The Calming Clarification

The Calming Clarification

A state senate bill amendment pertaining to RESTORE Act funds made local officials a bit nervous this week. It’s calmer now, after some language-tweaking and assurances from state lawmakers that counties will not be circumvented when the Clean Water Act windfall finally hits. Escambia County [...]

Wading Into RESTORE

Wading Into RESTORE

After dispensing with formalities earlier this month, the Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee got down to business Monday during its second engagement. “Does the light mean it’s on?” Committee Chair Bentina Terry motioned to her microphone and began the session. Still early [...]

Perdido Key (Beach) Statement

Escambia County has released a statement on the Perdido Key (Beach) signage issue. The Escambia County Commission will apparently look at rescinding an earlier resolution requesting that the Florida Department of Transportation change the Key’s designation in an effort to see signs placed on [...]

Molino Library Opening

The Molino Branch of the West Florida Public Library will open April 1. The public is invited to attend an opening-day reception. Located on Highway 95A, the branch will serve Molino residents, as well as surrounding communities. It will be open 52 hours each week. The facility will be open from [...]

Perdido Snorkeling Reef

Perdido Snorkeling Reef

Escambia County officials intend to construct another snorkeling reef, this one in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Perdido Key. Here’s the press release: Escambia County has received approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to construct a [...]

RESTORE Committee Gets Rolling

RESTORE Committee Gets Rolling

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee convened for the first time today. The body will advise the county commission on how best to use the still-undetermined Clean Water Act fines headed for Escambia as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “We’re dead serious [...]

Hobbs’ Reminder

Hobbs’ Reminder

Last night, Escambia County recognized Chasidy Hobbs for her service on the Citizens Environmental Committee. Commissioner Grover Robinson—who appointed Hobbs to the committee—also thanked her for her efforts in response to the BP oil spill. Hobbs was the Emerald Coastkeeper at the time of [...]

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