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Feeling Sleepy? FHP Cracking Down On Drowsy Driving

Feeling Sleepy? FHP Cracking Down On Drowsy Driving

Do you fight to keep your eyes open and your head up when you are tired? All too often this scenario is real on Florida’s roadways. To help prevent crashes caused by driver fatigue and to bring awareness to the  dangers of drowsy driving, the Department of  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation are teaming up with lawmakers and safety advocates this week for  Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week September  1–7 in memory of Ronshay Dugan, who was killed by a drowsy driver in 2008. “Alert drivers make for safer roads,” says DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “To help get everyone home safely, the Department reminds motorists never to drive tired.” FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “The department recognizes that making our roads safer includes driver  responsibility and encourages all motorists not to drive drowsy. Be alert every trip, every time you get behind “Six years ago, the life of a little girl was tragically taken in a crash that easily could have been prevented,” said  state Representative Alan Williams, who sponsored the legislation in 2010. “Drowsy driving can be eliminated by simply planning and making a conscious decision to pull over and rest when you’re tired. I applaud Ronshay’s family for keeping her memory alive and fighting to prevent other senseless deaths.” Here are some tips to prevent drowsy driving from the Florida Highway Patrol Allow plenty of time to get to your final destination. Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. Get a good night’s sleep before you travel. Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours. Take a nap—find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. Use the buddy system, switch drivers when needed.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »

Scattered Showers Today

Scattered Showers Today

\Here is your official North Escambia area forecast: Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tuesday Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Calm wind. Thursday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. Friday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind. Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind. Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Sunday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »


Animal Shelter Cat Adoptions Resume

The Escambia County Animal Shelter has resumed cat adoptions. Adoption were suspended last Friday as a result of widespread upper respiratory infections in the shelter’s feline population. Over the past several days, cats with upper respiratory infections have been treated and tested by the shelter’s medical staff. Anyone looking to provide a forever home for a cat is encouraged to visit the Escambia County Animal Shelter during regular business hours, Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. Also, anyone who has a lost an animal can visit the shelter to see if their cat or dog has been taken to the shelter. For more information, please contact the Escambia County Animal Shelter at (850) 595 – 3075. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »


Escambia Commissioners Revise Meeting Schedule

The Board of County Commissioners’ (BCC) Agenda Review regularly scheduled for Thursday, September 4, has been cancelled. The revised schedule for Thursday, September 4, is: 9 a.m. – Public Forum 9:30 a.m. – Regular BCC Meeting Additional Board meetings held in September are as follows: Tuesday, September 9: 5:01 p.m. – First BCC Public Hearing on the Proposed 2014/2015 Fiscal Year Budget 5:02 p.m. – Meeting to adopt the special assessments for MSBUs 5:03 p.m. – Special BCC Meeting Thursday, September 11 9 a.m. – Committee of the Whole Tuesday, September 23 5:01 p.m. – Second BCC Public Hearing on the Proposed 2014/2015 Fiscal Year Budget 5:02 p.m. – Special BCC Meeting Thursday, September 25 9 a.m. – Agenda Review 4:30 p.m. – Public Forum 5:30 p.m. – Regular BCC Meeting All BCC meetings will take place in the Board Chambers, first floor, 221 Palafox Place, Pensacola.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »


Tate Grad Awarded Prestigious Southern Illinois University Scholarship

A Tate High School graduate has been named has been named a Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor’s Academic Scholar. Elizabeth Blalock is the daughter of Robin and Timothy Blalock.  A National Honor Society member, Blalock graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a 2014 selection for Tate High School’s Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, Rho Kappa honor society and her Tatel’s social studies student of the year and senior social sciences award recipient. She was a member of the student council, French club, and cross-country and tennis teams. She plans to major in psychology. The Chancellor’s Academic Scholarship, SIU’s most prestigious award, is a significant achievement for the students as it covers tuition, fees and room and board for four years. More than 560 students participated in the Chancellor’s and University Excellence Scholarship interview weekend, vying for the competitive scholarships. Each scholarship is based on information that includes the students’ ACT or SAT scores and the students’ academic credentials submitted at the time of admission along with personal interviews. The applicants also show leadership roles in their community and participate in numerous activities. The award is renewable for four years, contingent upon the students maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »


Faulk Graduates From Basic Military Training

Air Force Airman Randy Faulk graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Faulk is the son of Volante Henderson of Augusta, Ga., and grandson of Junius McGee of Century.  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »

Wahoos Win Season Finale

Wahoos Win Season Finale

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (29-41, 60-80) took the season finale 4-3 over the Birmingham Barons (31-39, 60-80) at Regions Field on Monday afternoon. With the victory, the Blue Wahoos took the season series over the Barons winning eight of 15 games. The Blue Wahoos got a spot start from RHP Drew Hayes in the season finale. RHP Michael Lorenzen was originally scheduled to pitch, but had reached his innings limit for the season. Hayes tossed 4.0 superb innings for the Wahoos and struck out four batters. He did allow one run on four hits. The Barons got on the board in the fourth inning off a Rangel Ravelo RBI triple that scored Tim Anderson all the way from first base. The Wahoos kept the Barons lead to just one when Kyle Waldrop threw Ravelo out at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Blue Wahoos countered in the top of the sixth when Seth Mejias-Brean scored Travis Mattair on an infield single to the left side. Mejias-Brean hustled down the line and just beat out the throw from Barons’ third baseman Chris Curley. The Barons re-took the lead in the seventh on a single from Michael Earley off Wahoos’ reliever James Walczak, which scored Joey DeMichele from second base. Birmingham’s Nelvin Fuentes could not coax a shutdown inning as Mattair hit a two-out RBI single to score Brodie Greene, who had stolen second earlier in the inning. The Wahoos then loaded the bases on Fuentes and veteran Ray Chang came up with the big hit, scorching a base hit past the third baseman Curley. Mattair and Mejias-Brean both came home to score to give the Blue Wahoos a 4-2 lead. RHP Shane Dyer earned his franchise leading 22nd save of the season for the Wahoos in the ninth. He did allow a run in the inning, but struck out Anderson to end the game. RHP James Walczak earned his sixth win of the season and Fuentes took the loss for the Barons. This is the first time in Blue Wahoos’ history that the team won on the season’s final day. by Tommy Thrall  Read More →

September 2, 2014 | Read the story »

Celebrating 100 Years: Extension’s Role In The Community

For 100 years, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension program has been enhancing and sustaining the quality of life by making university research accessible to the public. UF/IFAS Extension is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences. UF/IFAS has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research on the university campus, which is extended into every community in the state through county extension offices.  The local branch of UF/IFAS is typically referred to as “extension,” with “extension agents” tasked with carrying out educational programs. Since inception, the Escambia County extension agents have translated research from the UF campus into useful instruction for members of the community, taking a highly engaging approach to learning. For example, natural resource agents lead clientele in kayaking trips over seagrass beds to teach them about coastal ecology, while the agriculture agent hosts a biannual farm tour for elected officials. Horticulture agents teach physically and intellectually challenged youth to grow vegetables in a wheelchair accessible garden, while 4-H youth learn legislative procedure at mock sessions in the state capital. Customer service surveys performed in 2012 indicated 96% of residents who used Escambia County Extension were satisfied with their experience, and 90% of walk-in clientele said the information they received answered their questions or solved their problem. Annually, Escambia County Extension agents train over 700 volunteers to further the reach of our educational efforts, with a total contribution (in 2012) of 54,035 hours valued at $983,437. Individuals in classes and workshops return to Extension time after time, due to the agents’ ability to utilize relationships with UF and local community members to provide targeted, science-based information through creative teaching methods. ll of these efforts promote the advancement of agriculture, natural resources and sustainable economic development in Escambia County. Program area advisory committees, comprised of local citizens, assure that programs meet community needs. Pictured top: Escambia County Extension Agent Carrie Stevenson and 4-H caretaker Ellis Miller blow out the candles on a 100th birthday cake for Escambia Extension.  NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.  Read More →

September 1, 2014 | Read the story »

GED Classes Offered Beginning This Week In Molino

GED classes will resume Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Molino Community Center. Classes will be on Monday and Thursday evenings in Room 124. New students can take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) on for free on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Molino Community Center for students age 18 and over. A photo identification is required for the test. Students under 18 need to get a special waiver obtainable only at the George Stone Technical Center (call 941-6200). Students may also register online by clicking here. For more information, call George Stone at (850) 941-6200.  Read More →

September 1, 2014 | Read the story »

Scott To Pitch New Round Of Tax Cuts As Tag Fees Drop

A rollback in vehicle-registration fees, the key part of a $500 million package of tax and fee cuts approved this spring, kicks in Monday as Gov. Rick Scott starts to campaign for a new round of tax cuts. The election-year reduction in vehicle-registration fees (SB 156), one of two new laws going into effect Monday, is expected to save motorists $17 to $25 a year depending on the size of the vehicles. The other new law (SB 242) is intended to keep people from stealing the identities of children. The Keeping I.D. Safe (KIDS) Act, backed by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, would allow parents or guardians to open a file in their child’s name with a major consumer credit bureau and then immediately put a freeze on the account. However, the reduction in vehicle-registration fees will be the law highlighted over the next two weeks as Scott goes out on his latest campaign tour, this time hop-scotching the state with a pledge to cut $1 billion in taxes over the next two years. At each stop, Scott will maintain support for a number of sales-tax shopping holidays, along with touting plans to cut the communications-services tax imposed on cable and phone services, eliminate a manufacturing sales tax, phase out both the corporate income tax and a sales tax on commercial leases and enact a constitutional amendment that would prevent residential property taxes from being increased when home values don’t go up. Little information was immediately available Friday about how each cut could impact the state budget or local government revenues. The planned tax-cut tour follows similar campaign runs in which Scott has pledged to maintain or increase funding for transportation, the environment and schools. During the tour, scheduled to touch down in 28 cities, Scott will also play up that the vehicle-registration fees were raised as part of a 2009 law signed by Democratic gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist, then the Republican governor. Crist’s campaign sent out a release seeking to re-label Scott’s campaign stops as the “empty promises tax tour.” Scott considered the vehicle-registration fee reduction one of his “critical” priorities during the spring legislative session. The cut to vehicle-registration fees is expected to trim state revenue by $309.1 million during the current 2014-15 fiscal year and $394.6 million in later years, when the cuts will be in effect for a full 12 months. The vehicle fee change was included as part of the wide-ranging, $500 million “patchwork of awesomeness” tax package, so named by one of its chief architects, House Finance & Tax Chairman Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne. Among the items in the package were sales-tax holidays, a reduction in the insurance premium tax on bail-bond premiums, and the permanent elimination of sales taxes on college meal plans, therapeutic pet foods, child car seats and bicycle helmets for kids. The Sept. 1 effective date for the vehicle registration-fee rollback was set to ensure the change could be implemented smoothly, said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokesman John Lucas. “With the amount of work that’s required to reduce fees and enter it into our system for more than 14 million vehicles that are affected by this fee reduction, it took some time,” Lucas said. “So, we thought September 1 would be a good target date to start from.” Scott has made cutting taxes and fees a major focus of his administration and his re-election campaign. The Republican first pledged to eliminate the state’s corporate income tax when he ran in 2010, along with calling for a $1.4 billion property-tax cut as part of a sweeping economic plan he said would not reduce school funding. Efforts to cut taxes on commercial leases and the communications-services tax have stalled in the Legislature in recent years. And Scott in 2013 requested a permanent tax cut for manufacturing machinery. Instead he had to wait until the final week of the legislative session before getting lawmakers to include a three-year temporary cut as part of a larger economic-incentives package. During the campaign, he has repeatedly hammered Crist on tax issues. Increasing vehicle-registration fees was among a number of tax and fee measures that the Republican-dominated Legislature approved in 2009 as the state grappled with a budget shortfall that stemmed from the economic recession. Other increases in 2009 included a hike in late-payment fees on driver’s license renewals, from $1 to $15. Also, the cost of an original driver’s license went from $27 to $48, first-time registrations of cars went from $100 to $225, and cigarette taxes were increased by $1 a pack. As part of the upcoming tour, Scott will call for “eliminating more of Charlie Crist’s tax and fee increases,” including the hike on first-time car registrations, according to information released Friday by his campaign. by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida  Read More →

September 1, 2014 | Read the story »

Wahoos Win Close Contest 2-1 Over Birmingham Barons

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (28-41, 59-80) defeated the Birmingham Barons (31-38, 60-79) 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Regions Field. The Blue Wahoos pitched spectacularly well, allowing just one run and striking out 12 batters in total. The story of the game was RHP Robert Stephenson’s stellar outing for the Blue Wahoos. Stephenson pitched 7.0 innings of one-run ball against Birmingham, notching his seventh win of the season. The righty struck out nine batters in the contest, two off his season-high of 11. Stephenson struck out five batters swinging and four were caught looking. He retired the 11 of the final 12 batters he faced from the fourth through the seventh inning. Stephenson’s 140 strikeouts lead the Southern League and are a Blue Wahoos team record. The Barons got a run off of Stephenson in the bottom of the first to take a quick 1-0 lead. Rangel Ravelo scored Tim Anderson on a sacrifice fly to deep center field, but the Barons would strand a runner on third base to end the inning. The Wahoos took the lead from the Barons in the top of the fourth inning. Kyle Waldrop launched his eighth home run of the year to the right field bleachers to tie the contest at one. In the following at-bat, Travis Mattair hit a ground rule double into the Wahoos bullpen. Mattair moved over on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning. The Wahoos took that same 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and the Barons first two batters of the inning reached base against RHP Shane Dyer. Joey DeMichele put down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position with just one out in the inning. Chris Curley came off the bench to pinch-hit and laced the first pitch he saw right at Seth Mejias-Brean who snagged the ball out of the air for out number two. Dyer coaxed a ground ball down the third base line and Mejias-Brean fired a bullet to Mattair at first base to end the game. It was Dyer’s franchise leading 21st save of the season, which is also good for second in the Southern League. RHP Terance Marin pitched incredibly well for the Barons in his second Double-A start of the season, but still took the loss. Marin struck out nine batters over 7.2 innings and he allowed two runs on eight hits. The Blue Wahoos final game of the season begins at 12:30 p.m. at Regions. RHP Michael Lorenzen (4-6, 3.13) will make his final start of the season for the Wahoos. RHP Myles Jaye (4-12, 5.54) is scheduled to start for the Barons. by Tommy Thrall  Read More →

September 1, 2014 | Read the story »

Semper Fi Charity Run Is Saturday

The Marine Corps Aviation Association announced the date for the 31st annual Semper Fi Charity Run/Walk. The Semper Fi run will be held on Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Race will start near Radford Gymnasium and feature a scenic route throughout the Naval Base. The race is a USATF sanctioned event. Post race events including food, drink, and music, will be held on base at the finish line. The Semper Fi Charity Run race participants may register online or with a mail-in form. Both forms are available at www.semperficharityrun.org/registration.html. Registration rates are $30 per runner until September 6th. Prices go up to $35 on race day. The Semper Fi Charity Run began in 1983 with the goal of helping the families of the 241 American service members killed in the bombing attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut. Today, the purpose of the race is to give back to the Pensacola community. All proceeds will benefit the local outreach programs: New Horizons of Northwest Florida, Escambia Westgate School, The Miracle League of Pensacola, Gulf Coast Kids House, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. In 2013, Marine Corps Aviation Association was able to raise over $35,000 for the local charities.  Read More →

September 1, 2014 | Read the story »

Flood Survivors: Group To Access Needs At Cantonment Interviews

Volunteer interviewers will meet with flood survivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear picture of what it will take to recover. BRACE and the Escambia County Long-Term Recovery Group have requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with flood survivors at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church at 200 Pace Parkway in Cantonment from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m on Wednesday, September 3; Friday, September 5; Monday, September 8; Wednesday, September 10; and Friday, September 12. An appointment is not necessary. The process will help to prioritize individual and family needs and connect survivors with organizations offering long-term support.  Several voluntary organizations have committed to sending volunteer reconstruction teams to the community to assist survivors in their recovery once the needs can be defined and prioritized.  Those volunteer organizations will be assisting survivors with unmet disaster caused needs with reconstruction. Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. For more information contact the Escambia County Long-Term Recovery Group, at (850) 292-8024 or email brace@bereadyalliance.org.  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Underway

Farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) beginning  through October 7. The program, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 crop year until the Stacked Income Protection Plan, a new insurance product also created by the legislation, is available. Details on the plan will be released by mid-August. CTAP applications approved before Oct. 1, are subject to Congressionally mandated automatic reductions of 7.2 percent for the 2014 crop year. Applications approved after October 1 will be reduced the required 7.3 percent for the 2015 crop year. The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires USDA to implement these reductions to program payments. For more information about CTAP, visit a local FSA office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov. NorthEscambia.com file photo.  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Sunny Days: Growing Sunflowers

by the Santa Rosa Extension Service Sunflowers not only make the garden beautiful but can also be used to bring the beauty of outdoors inside. It may be towards the end of summer, but you can still plant sunflowers and enjoy them during the fall. In north Florida, try to complete sunflower planting by the third week in August. Depending on the variety, sunflowers will bloom about 55 to 75 days after planting – 60 days is a good average. Some sunflowers are sensitive to day length and may yield shorter plants and earlier bloom when planted in late summer. This corresponds to the reduction in daylight hours as summer progresses toward autumn. To begin, choose cultivars that fit your landscape. There are now more sunflowers than just the seed bearing giants that many gardeners are familiar with. Just take a look at the gardening catalogs. Sunflowers can be broadly divided into two types: those grown for production of edible seeds and those grown as ornamentals and cut flowers. Most gardeners will be interested in the ornamental sunflowers, also known as Helianthus annuus. Sunflowers come in heights ranging from less than one foot to ten feet and also come in a wide range of flower colors. While brilliant yellow will always be popular, you can also choose from creamy white, bronze, mahogany, rusty red, burgundy and orange. Some types produce flowers with more than one color. The center disk of the sunflower also adds to the display and goes through color changes as the flower matures and seeds form. Sunbright, Sunrich Lemon, Sunrich Orange, Soraya and Moulin Rouge are some that are recommended for Florida. For best bouquet results, choose cultivars that are pollen-less to prevent pollen from shedding onto a tablecloth or other flowers in an arrangement. If you want to grow sunflowers for the delicious, nutritious seeds, make sure you choose varieties bred for seed production, such as Mammoth Russian – also known as Mammoth, Russian Giant and Gray Stripe. These tall-growing sunflowers produce a single enormous flower at the top of the plant. To grow a really big seed head, apply general-purpose fertilizer when the flower head begins to appear. Just be sure to place them so that you can stake them if necessary. Sunflowers are true to their name, they need to be grown in full sun. Prepare a sunflower bed as you would for planting most vegetables. They tolerate heat and dry conditions and almost any soil type. The pH preference is 6.5 to 7.5 and the addition of composted organic matter is beneficial. Plant seeds about one-quarter inch deep directly into a prepared garden bed. It’s common to plant sunflowers into landscape beds, and many gardeners include a row of sunflowers in spring and fall vegetable gardens. After sowing the seeds, water the bed well and thesun water it as needed to keep the soil moist – even lightly every day if the weather is dry. Sunflowers should be harvested in early morning before 10:00 a.m. It is best to cut the stems and place them in warm water right away for best results. The versatility and variety of today’s sunflowers offer something for almost every garden and gardener. If you haven’t tried this plant lately, give it another look. Theresa Friday is the Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for Santa Rosa County.  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Pack A Better School Lunch

by Dorothy Lee, Escambia County Extension It’s that time of year again.  With kids off to school they are  again faced with the important question: What’s for lunch? With childhood obesity on the rise, having a nutritious lunch is an important part of an overall healthful diet. Since most kids  consume one-third of their daily total calories at lunch, here are  some tips on helping them eat more super-nutritious foods: Plan ahead. It helps to have all the right ingredients on hand for making the best lunch. You might even consider coming up with a weekly menu. Involve the kids in planning whenever possible. Avoid last-minute rushing by preparing all or part of lunch the night before. Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with sandwiches, etc. Make sure you always include at least one fresh fruit or vegetable – both is even better. Hide special notes or cards in the lunch box. Best beverage bets include skim milk, water or 100% fruit juice. Try to use more low-fat snack and cookie items – see the list below for ideas. Remember food safety. It is better if you keep foods chilled in insulated lunch boxes with either  an ice pack or frozen juice box. And consider options when choosing ingredients for lunches: Dorothy C. Lee, CFCS, is an Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences with the Escambia County Extension Service.  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: The Inevitable Battle Begins

With the unofficial beginning of campaign season just around the corner, Florida voters headed to the polls this week to choose their nominees for governor and seats in the Legislature. Or, at least, to finish the predetermined coronations in many of those races. There never seemed to be any real danger that either of the leading gubernatorial candidates would lose their primaries. And virtually every incumbent on the ballot Tuesday was still standing on Wednesday. But the election wasn’t the only battle that moved into a new phase. As candidates began to turn their attention to the broader electorate, opponents of the state’s de facto school-voucher program were going from the court of public opinion to the actual courts. Almost four months after the Legislature followed through on a promise to expand eligibility for the voucher program, groups opposed to the move filed a lawsuit that could lead to the entire system being overturned. NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT For the most part, there were few surprises in the primaries Tuesday night. Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, cruised through primaries against lesser-known candidates. Crist easily defeated former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich and was officially welcomed by his new party as its nominee. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Broward County, praised Crist and running-mate Annette Taddeo as working-class champions. “Charlie and Annette have embraced policies that will help Florida’s middle-class families, a stark contrast to the current governor, Republican Rick Scott, who is beholden to special interests and radical tea party ideology,” she said in a statement. Scott handily defeated two obscure GOP opponents, Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder. But the Scott team’s primary focus has long been on Crist. “The next few months are about talk versus action,” Scott said. “That means Florida will have a choice between a governor who sent our state into a tailspin and a governor who gets results.” In a marginally competitive statewide race, former Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon beat House Minority Leader Perry Thurston in the Democratic primary for attorney general. “I believe the attorney general is the people’s lawyer, not the governor’s lawyer, and not the Legislature’s lawyer,” Sheldon told supporters during a victory party at the Wine Loft Wine Bar in Tallahassee. “Help me give Pam Bondi the job she really wants, as an anchor on FOX News.” Bondi wasted little time in both congratulating Sheldon and challenging him to a debate. “The voters will have a clear choice between candidates in this election, and they deserve to hear directly from us on the distinct difference in visions and leadership that each candidate will offer to the attorney general’s Office,” Bondi said in a prepared statement. Races in the House provided the sole state-level incumbent to go down and the usual bit of Florida elections drama. In Central Florida, Rep. Ricardo Rangel, D-Kissimmee, was defeated in his bid for a second term by John Cortes, vice chairman of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida. State Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant seemed just fine with Cortes beating the incumbent. “From his time as a police officer to his extensive work as an activist in Osceola County, John has always put his fellow community members ahead of himself,” Tant said in a statement. “I look forward to working with John to ensure that the residents of District 43 continue to have representation that puts the middle class first this fall.” Meanwhile, the costly and bitterly fought Republican primary in Duval County’s House District 15 turned into a nail-biter between Jay Fant, a tea party-style candidate, and Paul Renner, who had much of the local establishment behind him. Fant, who loaned his campaign $375,000, ended up with a two-vote margin of victory after a manual recount and is now almost certain to replace Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville. SCHOOLING THE ELECTORATE Scott didn’t wait until he had officially dispatched his challengers to start rolling out what will clearly be one of the central themes of his campaign. He unveiled an education agenda Monday that included promises to review the number of tests being administered to Florida students and to take further steps to rein in the cost of college if he wins a second term in November. “We want to make sure that our students have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in their careers, and we want to make sure our teachers have every tool they need to make that possible,” Scott said. The call for an investigation of standardized testing is noteworthy, given that Republicans interested in education reform have long looked at assessments as a way to judge how well schools are educating children. In 2011, Scott signed a bill that more closely tied teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests A brochure outlining Scott’s proposals seemed to place the blame for the amount of testing on local school districts. But Kathleen Oropeza, co-founder of the advocacy group Fund Education Now, said blaming local school districts was disingenuous, because many of the tests they require are tied to state laws. Districts will have to create tests for some courses under the teacher-pay law that Scott signed, Oropeza said. On higher education, Scott said he would push for a requirement that colleges outline the costs of textbooks and other materials before students register for classes. In his official capacity, the governor joined Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on a jaunt across the state to welcome students back to school. Crist’s campaign cried foul on that. “Floridians should not be fooled by Rick Scott’s shameful, taxpayer-funded campaign events this week,” spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said in a statement. “Scott’s back-to-school tour should be an apology tour for the $4.8 billion he wanted to cut and the $1.3 billion he did cut from education.” WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT “That’s all I can stands; I can’t stands no more,” the cartoon character Popeye used to say — and a coalition of groups including the state’s largest teachers union essentially said the same thing this week in launching a legal assault on Florida’s de facto school-voucher program. The lawsuit comes after the Legislature approved a bill this spring that would expand eligibility for the program and increase the value of scholarships given to participating students. While one of the central claims of the lawsuit — that the program gets in the way of the state’s responsibility to provide a quality education to all children — could have been made for years now, those filing the challenge said the expansion forced their hand. Ron Meyer, an attorney for the groups, said while education advocates were willing to allow the program to go forward initially, “this has become an industry.” “It’s a money-maker for scholarship-funding organizations,” Meyer said. “And it’s a program that we think is a dereliction of the constitutional requirement (to provide public education).” The Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which could raise as much as $357.8 million this year, provides tax credits to companies that donate money to nonprofit entities that pay for children to go to private schools. Without the scholarship program, critics say, those tax dollars could be used to help fund public education. But supporters say the program provides better opportunities for low- or middle-income children trapped in failing public schools. Republicans, who led the charge to institute and then broaden the voucher program, saw things a bit differently. Those attacking the scholarships were actually the special interests. “This lawsuit is just the latest attack on parental choice by an entrenched education establishment more concerned about protecting the status quo than providing families the opportunities afforded by a great education,” said former Gov. Jeb Bush, who signed the legislation creating the program and is still an influential figure in the state’s education debates. STORY OF THE WEEK: Primary elections cleared the way for general elections, including the long-awaited battle between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist for control of the Governor’s Mansion. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We’re not the Rick Scott campaign. We can’t go whenever and whatever we want on TV. We have to make choices. So why would we make the choice to go spend a bunch of money in a primary that we know we’re going to win?”—Steve Schale, a consultant for the Crist campaign, on why the former governor essentially ignored primary opponent Nan Rich. by Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Wahoos Drop Second Straight 6-3

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-41, 58-80) fell for the second straight night to the Birmingham Barons (31-37, 60-78) 6-3. With the win, the Barons take a two games to one lead in the series. The Wahoos benefitted from a couple of errors to get on the board in the first inning. Yorman Rodriguez reached on an error, stole second and third, and a throwing error by the catcher allowed him to score. The Barons would take a 3-1 lead into the sixth thanks in part to solo home runs from Dan Black and Kevan Smith. Pensacola cut into the lead on a two-out RBI single from Travis Mattair in the sixth. They would add one to tie the score at three when Ryan Wright followed Juan Silverio’s triple with an RBI single. The big blow came once again off the bat of Joey DiMichele, who singled home Kevan Smith off of RHP Kyle McMyne in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trayce Thompson put the game away with a two-run double down the right field line to give the Barons a 6-3 lead. McMyne took the loss for the Blue Wahoos. RHP Kevin Vance earned the win in relief for the Barons. Vance struck out six batters over 2.2 innings and surrendered just one hit. Gulf Breeze native Ben Lively made his final start of the season for the Blue Wahoos. Lively got the no decision going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He added five strikeouts to his season total of 171 and finished the night tied for second in the minor leagues in punch-outs. Sunday’s game marks the penultimate contest in the Blue Wahoos season and starts at 3:00 p.m. at Regions Field. The Wahoos will send Cincinnati’s top prospect RHP Robert Stephenson (6-10, 4.93) to the mound. Terance Marin (0-1, 9.00) will start for the Barons. by Tommy Thrall  Read More →

August 31, 2014 | Read the story »

Construction Activities Suspended For Labor Day Weekend

To promote safety and reduce congestion over the Labor Day weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending normal road construction activities on all major roads in Northwest Florida.  There will be no work on state roads requiring lane restrictions from Friday through Monday. Work on projects requiring lane closures will resume Tuesday, September 2.  All major roads will be open to normal traffic. If an emergency situation occurs during the upcoming holiday weekend requires a lane closure, repairs will continue until that lane is reopened to the traveling public and all safety issues related to the traveling public have been addressed. Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones around barricades and equipment on current projects. Travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines, and at www.FL511.com to receive updates on travel in the area.  Read More →

August 30, 2014 | Read the story »

Northview Rolls Past The Bozeman Bucks, 49-7

The Northview Chiefs rolled into Panama City Friday night and left the Bozeman Bucks behind with that deer in the headlights look as the Chiefs opened their season with a powerful 49-7 rout. The Chiefs were first on the board with a play that left the Buck standing in disbelief.  Cameron Newsome called for a fair catch on a punt in the first quarter, but there was no whistle. Newsome then took off, scoring on a 70-yard run. Northview expanded their lead to 14-0 with just a minute in the first with a 35-yard pass from Gavin Grant to Jacob Dunsford and a good kick from Chasen Freeman. The Chiefs added another 14 in the second quarter with a 40 yard pass from Grant to Dunsford, and an an 84-yard interception return from Newsome for a 28-0 lead at the halftime buzzer. In the third, Grant found senior Nick Lambert with a 24-yard touchdown pass, and with a two-point conversion from Dunsford, the Chiefs were up 35-0. And to round out the third with no time on the clock, Keondrae Lett scored on a 10-yard pass, 43-0. The Bucks added their only seven with 3:30 to go in the game on a two-yard run. And with just 30 seconds to go, the Chiefs scored again on a 55-yard kickoff return from Lett. The Northview Chiefs (1-0)  will play their home opener next Friday night in Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium at 7:00 against the Bulldogs of Marianna (0-0).  Read More →

August 30, 2014 | Read the story »

Wahoos Fall 1-0

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-40, 58-79) fell 1-0 to the Birmingham Barons (30-36, 59-77) at Regions Field Friday night. It was a game dominated by pitching with both starting pitchers going 7.0 innings. RHP Tim Adleman started for the Wahoos and lowered his ERA as a starter to a miniscule 2.38.  He pitched 7.0 strong innings and allowed just one run in the fifth. Adleman added five strikeouts and walked just one batter, but still took the loss for the seventh time this season. Rangel Ravelo led off the fifth inning with a triple to right field and Jason Coats followed it with an RBI single. It was all the Barons would need to prevail. Birmingham did not leave a single runner on base and went 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the Wahoos were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine batters on base. Yorman Rodriguez, Ryan Wright and Kyle Waldrop were the only Wahoo players with hits and Waldrop had the only multi-hit game for Pensacola. RHP Mike Recchia earned the win for the Barons and spun a gem. Recchia did not allow a run over 7.0 innings and surrendered just four hits in the contest. RHP Braulio Ortiz earned his first save of the season for the Barons. The Wahoos would once again put multiple runners on base in the ninth, but Ortiz got Brodie Greene to fly out to right field to end the contest. RHP Drew Hayes pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth while striking out one Baron batter. He’s posted a 1.72 ERA during the month of August and hasn’t allowed a hit over his last 4.0 innings pitched. Pensacola’s series continues with Birmingham on Saturday. The Blue Wahoos will look to take control of the series in game three at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at Regions Field. The Blue Wahoos will send RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.76) to the bump on Friday. Terance Marin (0-1, 9.00) will start for the Barons. by Joey Truncale  Read More →

August 30, 2014 | Read the story »

Vehicle Registration Fees Drop In Florida

Florida motorists will save on  motor vehicle registration fees beginning Monday, September 1. Floridians will save approximately $17 to $25 when renewing their registrations, depending on the size of vehicle. The fee reductions were proposed by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year  and were approved by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session. While the reductions will save Floridians millions of dollars each year, it will not affect the level of service provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, officials said. “This year, we set out to cut many taxes and fees on Florida families, and starting next week we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations. This fee cut will result in an annual savings of about $25 per typical motor vehicle. Families deserve to keep more of their hard earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money,” Scott said. “The reduction in vehicle registration fees will benefit both individuals, as well as the Florida business community,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “There are more than 14 million registered vehicles here in Florida that are covered by these fee reductions and that is a lot of savings for the people of Florida. Example reductions are as follows: Motorcycles — $17.05 reduction Autos/Trucks under 2,500 lbs — $18.55 reduction Autos/Trucks between 2,500-3,500 lbs — $21.55 reduction Autos/Truck more than 3,500 lbs — $25.05 reduction The reductions will apply to vehicle registrations renewed on or after September 1, 2014.  Read More →

August 30, 2014 | Read the story »

Friday Night Finals

Here are final scores from around the North Escambia area Friday night: Northview 49 Bozeman 7 [Read more...] Tate 19 West Florida 7 [Read more, photo gallery...] Flomaton 42 Jay 20 [Read more, photo gallery...] Pine Forest 36 East Gasden 0 Baker 30 Graceville 27 Tallahassee Lincoln 31  Pensacola High 27 Navarre 31 Catholic 21 Niceville 55 Rutherford 7 Choctaw 36 Pace 28 Milton 28 Crestview 14 W.S. Neal 27 Escambia County (Atmore) 6 T.R. Miller 21 Tallassee 10 Milton 28 Crestview 14 Escambia Academy 21 Autauga 20  Read More →

August 30, 2014 | Read the story »

Escambia Prostitution Sting Nets 15 Arrests

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit has arrested 15 people for prostitution related crimes following an undercover operation. The anti-prostitution operations took place over the past week and targeted both those individuals engaged in prostitution and the clients that sought their services. The arrests occurred after the suspects either offered to perform sexual acts in exchange for money with undercover investigators or sought sexual acts with undercover officers. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue to target prostitution related crimes which are often linked to human trafficking and the exploitation of minors,” the ECSO said in a released statement. The following arrests were made, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office:  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Atmore Hospital To Be Managed By Infirmary Health; Baptist Out

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA) voted during a called meeting Thursday afternoon to move forward with a management agreement with Infirmary Health of Mobile rather than renewing a 20-year old agreement with Baptist Health Care of Pensacola. Baptist entered into an agreement in 1995 to manage the 49-bed facility; that agreement expires in June 2015. ECHA issued a request for management proposals as part of an inquiry period that began in late 2013. The proposals, including one from Baptist Health Care, were analyzed by the ECHA Executive Committee which ultimately recommended Infirmary Health. “I am confident the board has recommended the option that will be best for employees, providers, our patients and the communities we serve. Now the hard work begins as we complete due diligence and negotiate the new contract. Be patient with us because we don’t have all the answers yet but will be working diligently to ensure the final contract represents the best interests of our staff, providers and the community,” said Ruth Harrell, chair of the ECHA. As the largest non-governmental, not-for-profit healthcare system in Alabama, Infirmary Health is composed of three acute care hospitals, three post-acute care facilities, three diagnostic centers, and more than 22 medical clinics and other affiliates serving an 11-county area along the Gulf Coast and treating more than 800,000 patients annually. Infirmary Health currently operates Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital in Fairhope and North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette. The company employees more than 4,900 people with about 700 physicians on staff. The company is the largest private employer in Mobile. “We are pleased to have been selected to manage Atmore Community Hospital and are dedicated to providing superior healthcare to residents of the Atmore community. As a community-based health system, Infirmary Health has a 104-year history with a demonstrated record of exceptional quality and safety measures, high employee and physician engagement and commitment to the communities we serve,” said Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health. Pictured: Atmore Community Hospital. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Photos: Ernest Ward At Jay HS Football

The junior varsity Jay High Schools Royals defeated their Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles Thursday in Jay, 24-12. Ernest Ward’s Eagles will be in action again next Thursday, September 4 on the road in Fairhope, AL. For a photo gallery, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Calendar Change: Escambia Schools Cancel ‘Late Start’ Days

Three “late start” days on this year’s Escambia County School District calendar are being removed. Schools were scheduled to start late on September 17, November 5, and December 3, but school will now begin on those days at the regularly scheduled time. “This decision is based on a large number of concerns that parents have expressed regarding the late start days. Many parents have indicated that starting school late will create a hardship for them. As a result, we believe it is in the best interest of the families that we serve to cancel the three late start days,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Marcanio said in an email to school administrators on Thursday. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas will recommend the calendar change at the September 10 meeting of the Escambia County School Board for formal approval.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Felony Fraud Charges Filed Against Former Escambia Schools Food Services Director

The State Attorney’s Office has filed felony fraud charges against Gail M. Szoboszlay, former Escambia County School District Director of Food Services, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. Szoboszlay was hired by the Escambia County School District in July 2012 at a salary of $82,875. She subsequently resigned in February 2013 after issues were raised regarding the circumstances of her hiring. The criminal charges resulted from an investigation of Szoboszlay by the State Attorney’s Office, with assistance of the Escambia County School District, which revealed that she had submitted a fraudulent job application and resume to the Escambia County School District. According to court records, Szoboszlay falsified or misrepresented her previous work experience, education, and arrest history. Szoboszlay was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $10,500 bond. Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar, who directed the investigation, will prosecute the case. Editor’s note: Szoboszlay’s mugshot was not available from the Escambia County Jail Thursday night.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Northview Grad Neiko Robinson Makes College Football Debut

Northview High School graduate Neiko Robinson made his college football debut Thursday night for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs as they rolled passed Northeast 41-8 in Perkinston, MS. Robinson, a freshman defensive back, recorded  five tackles, one quarterback sack and one pass breakup for the Bulldogs. “I’m proud of the way our guys came out strong. They had a lot of energy and played fast and hard,” said new Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff after his first win. Gulf Coast, ranked #9 in the NJCAA, takes on Northwest (0-1) Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Thompson Indicted For Santa Rosa Double Murder

A Santa Rosa County grand jury Thursday indicted Derrick Ray Thompson for a double murder last month. Thompson was indicted  for two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 60-year old Steven Tyrone Zackowski and 59-year old Debra Lynn Zackowski, both found shot to death in their Goliath Road home  July 20. Thompson was previously indicted in Bay County for the killing of Allen Johnson. The State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit intends to move forward and prosecute both cases at the same time. Thompson allegedly fled Santa Rosa County and subsequently murdered Johnson in Bay County. Johnson was discovered deceased on July 21. in his residence on Wilson Avenue when family members, concerned when they could not reach him by phone, went to his home, made entry and found his body. Thompson, already a person of interest in the double homicide in Santa Rosa County, was quickly identified as a suspect. Thompson’s vehicle had been left in Johnson’s driveway and Johnson’s vehicle, a silver Toyota Tundra, was missing. Law enforcement believed Thompson had taken it. Subsequent investigation revealed that while in Johnson’s vehicle, Thompson used money obtained from Johnson and Johnson’s cell phone to purchase illegal narcotics in Bay County shortly after the homicide. Based on this information, a warrant was obtained for Derrick Ray Thompson for the murder of Allen Johnson. Information on the suspect and the vehicle was distributed to local media and media in the Alabama area when it was suspected that Thompson might go there. Thompson had done electrical work on a hunting lodge in that area. A citizen in Troy, AL, familiar with a description of the vehicle from media reports, spotted the Toyota Tundra entering the hunting lease and reported it to local law enforcement. A team comprised of the US Marshals, the Troy Police Department, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office formed a perimeter and, due to the fact Thompson was believed armed and dangerous and weather was bad, decided to wait for daybreak to move in on the suspect. Thompson attempted to leave just before daybreak. When he got out of the Tundra to open the gate and leave the property, SWAT teams deployed a flash bang device and took the stunned Thompson into custody on the warrant from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office without further incident. Law enforcement from Bay and Santa Rosa counties traveled to Pike County, Alabama and spoke with Thompson. After interviewing Thompson, investigators believe he committed the double murders in Santa Rosa County on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He fled Santa Rosa County and stayed that Saturday night with a friend on Panama City Beach. Sunday morning, Thompson went to Chipley and stayed overnight in a motel. After checking media reports online, he found out law enforcement had connected him to the double homicide in Santa Rosa County. On Monday, Thompson used a borrowed phone from the motel clerk and called Allen Johnson and asked if he could come to Johnson’s home on Wilson Avenue under the guise of borrowing money. It is believed that Allen Johnson, an acquaintance of Thompson’s, was unaware that Thompson was a person of interest in the double homicide in Santa Rosa County. Thompson was able to give law enforcement details about the murder of Allen Johnson not yet released to the public. Allen Johnson was a deputy with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office from 1974 to 1988, working as a confidential informant prior to becoming a law enforcement officer. Johnson was the first to work undercover in drug enforcement for the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Volleyball: Northview Wins Beats Holmes County; Ft Walton Over Tate

The Northview Lady Chiefs earned a couple of big wins on the road Thursday at Holmes County, while the Tate Lady Aggies opened their season with a district loss. In varsity action, Northvew beat Holmes County 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14. In junior varsity play, Northview downed Holmes County 25-19, 25-21. The Northview Chiefs will host the Baldwin County Tigers  on Tuesday. Play begins at 4:00 for junior varsity, 5 p.m. for varsity. The Tate Aggies opened District 1-7A play with a loss to Fort Walton Beach, 25-13, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »

Experts Learn About Local Stormwater Issues

Stormwater is a hot issue in Northwest Florida after the April 30 flood that did millions in damage in the local area.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District and the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) held the Northwest Florida Stormwater Conference Thursday in Pensacola for local governments, engineers, consultants, architects and other experts. The conference was designed to highlight some of the key issues DEP and NWFWMD review for permitting and compliance of stormwater treatment systems to ensure proper design and functionality. Appropriate stormwater treatment system design and maintenance ensures that development activities will not cause violations of water quality standards in receiving waters or adverse impacts to on-site and off-site property. The conference also provided information on stormwater regulations and thresholds, operating agreements between DEP and NWFWMD, design criteria and best management practices, compliance, and online permitting tools. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.  Read More →

August 29, 2014 | Read the story »