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Weekend Buzz: Affordable apartments in the future of downtown Pcola, Scott bets on FSU, Stand Your Ground

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Finally Affordable Apartments Downtown
Quint and Rishy Studer purchased the downtown headquarters of the Pensacola News Journal and its surrounding parking lots for $3.4 million from Gannett Company Inc.

On Friday, Jan. 3, Quint Studer gave preview into how he and his wife to develop the 5.85 acres between Jefferson and Tarragona streets. Studer talked about their expectations for the property at “Brain Food with Quint Studer” luncheon held at SoGourmet Pensacola, located above Bodacious Olive.

The current plans, which he admitted may change based on market conditions, are to build 350 apartments on the site. “Approximately 60 units will be studio apartments, 30 three-bedroom units and the rest will one- and two-bedroom apartments,” he said. Studer expects the monthly rents to range from $850 to $1,700.

Key Lime vs. Toomer’s Drugs lemonade
The governors of Florida and Alabama have wagered on the BCS National Championship Game. Gov. Rick Scott is betting a key lime pie. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has put up receive a gallon of Toomer’s Drugs lemonade if FSU wins.

Stand Your Ground Back In Courts (News Service of Florida, Brandon Larrabee)

A divided appeals court on Thursday threw out second-degree murder charges against a man who fatally shot two others outside a Chili’s restaurant in a case that could renew debate on the state’s “stand your ground” law.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruling, which overturned a decision by a lower court, could once again put Florida’s first-in-the nation “stand your ground” law and its meaning before the Florida Supreme Court.

In Thursday’s 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel found that Gabriel Mobley should be immune from charges in the 2008 deaths of Jason Gonzalez and Rolando “Roly” Carranza in Opa-locka. The two men were later found to be unarmed, though two knives were found near one of their bodies.

You can expect to see this ruling challenged in the Florida Supreme Court. We have Sen. Greg Evers on IN Your Head Radio at 11:35 a.m. today. I’m sure Stand Your Ground will come up.

Welcome, Bubba
AP put together an analysis of U.S. Census county-to-county migration data and provided a list of Florida’s metro and micro areas. Where do most of Pensacola’s new residents come from? Alabama.

It must be our selection of WalMarts and Dollar stores that’s drawing them.

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BTW: I won a bet for not mentioning Ashton Hayward in this buzz. No time for “Small Ball” this weekend.