Envision Escambia 2028: County Releases First Round Of Survey Results

September 16, 2014

Just after Labor Day, Escambia County launched an online survey to gauge the opinions of residents about a variety of topics of importance to the future of Escambia County.

Called “Envision Escambia 2028: Tell Us What’s Important to You,” it was the first in a series of articles, videos, public meetings and surveys developed to facilitate an ongoing dialog about issues of concern to the community.

A second survey entitled “Envision Escambia: Traffic Safety” is currently available online. Future surveys will ask questions about storm water drainage, public safety, parks and recreation, job growth and natural resources.

“Envision Escambia 2028: Tell Us What You Think” Results

Question 1: In which area of Escambia County do you currently live?

Residents who live in the area south of State Road 98, west of Navy Boulevard and out to Innerarity Point were most represented in the survey results, followed closely by people living between north of Cantonment, between Cantonment and Nine Mile Road and residents on the West Side, as well as residents in the area bounded by I-10, Pine Forest Road and Saulfley Field Road. No one on Pensacola Beach responded.

Question #2: What do you like most about your neighborhood?

More than 44 percent of respondents said their neighborhood was a good place to raise a family, 42 percent touted the safety of their neighborhood and 40 percent like their neighbors. Almost 32 percent felt their neighborhood was attractive and 30 percent cited its location near amenities and entertainment.

Among the comments received:

I can safely walk and bicycle to my daily needs without having to get into a car.”

“Live Oak trees and awesome parks”

“It’s rural so far so the houses are not as close together as they are in other parts. The future land use maps seem to be changing that and I am disappointed with the increased density”

Question #3: Use of revenue generated from the Local Option Sales Tax is restricted to specific project categories. Rank which of the following categories you think exemplifies the best expenditure of Local Option Sales Tax funds, with #1 being your highest priority and #10 being your lowest priority.

Storm water drainage system improvement projects were the number one priority of the survey’s respondents with close to 73 percent ranking it in their top three. Transportation improvements – including bridges and dirt road paving – came in at number two with almost 60 percent. Ranked third with almost 32 percent of the vote was public safety improvements, including the purchase of fire trucks and ambulances, as well as enhancements to fire stations and training facilities.

Here’s the list of answers to Question #3 ranked in order of priority according to the survey respondents:

  1. Storm Water Drainage improvements
  2. Transportation improvements
  3. Public Safety improvements
  4. Sidewalk construction
  5. Initiatives to support and facilitate job growth
  6. Protection of natural resources (beach restoration and water quality)
  7. Development and improvement of parks and community centers
  8. Enhancements to public libraries
  9. Americans with Disabilities Act enhancements to public facilities and properties
  10. Improvements to correctional facilities

Question #4: This fall County staff would like to meet with community members to gather ideas from neighborhoods across Escambia County with the goal of understanding residents’ priorities for funding potential future Local Option Sales Tax projects. With that in mind, what kind of event or activity are you most likely to participate in?

Almost 72 percent of the people who answered the online survey would answer another online survey. Other popular results included attending community meetings, either near their home or at a central location that could be streamed onto Escambia County Television (ECTV).

Question #5; Do you have any comments, questions or suggestions for us?

Here are some of the answers we received:

“New fire station in the Beulah area would be very much needed”

“Emphasis on Economic Development and Public Safety”

“Remember the working class neighborhoods, families and concerns.”

“The west side needs more attention”.

“Keep Pensacola clean, welcoming, and mindful of our prized resources”

“The elected officials need to listen to their community. You are our voice in government, use it the right way.”

Highway 164 Residents Lose Power For Hours Following Wreck

September 16, 2014

Residents in the area of Highway 164 and Green Village Road near Walnut Hill were without power for over three hours Monday evening following a single vehicle accident. The driver of a pickup truck reportedly left the roadway and struck the pole before continuing a short distance. The collision  splintered the pole and downed power lines. The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.  There were no injuries reported. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

CareerSource Escarosa Offers Skill Assessment Testing

September 16, 2014

CareerSource Escarosa will offer Skill Assessment Tests to Escambia County residents as part of the Escarosa Community Occupational Talent Search (E-COTS), a targeted workforce development initiative.

Results obtained from the skill assessments will help to identify and assess local resident’s skill levels, educational obtainments, employability within current demand occupations, and identify future workforce needs.

A series of assessment tests will be offered at community organizations throughout Escambia County beginning October 2. All Escambia County, FL,  residents who are seeking employment, looking to further their career, or enhance their skills and education, are urged to participate in this free program.

E-COTS participants will have access to a variety of no-cost programs and services offered through CareerSource Escarosa which include; educational workshops, career training and guidance, tuition assistance, skill enhancement  sessions, and more.

Testing sessions are available at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

October 2: Wedgewood Community Center – 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola
October 9: Woodland Heights Resource Center – 6505 Wagner Road, Pensacola
October 16: Brownsville Community Center – 3100 W. DeSoto Street, Pensacola
October 23: Lexington Community Center – 700 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola
October 30: Carver Community Center – 7040 Jefferson Avenue, Century

A basic skill assessment is required for program participation. To register, call (850) 607-8750 or visit  careersourceescarosa.com/ECOTS.

Volleyball: Northview Beats W.S. Neal (With Gallery)

September 16, 2014

The Northview Chiefs beat W.S. Neal of East Brewton, AL, Monday afternoon in Bratt in both varsity and junior varsity volleyball action.

Northview over W.S. Neal
JV 25-13, 25-20
Northview over W.S. Neal
Varsity 25-15, 6-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-12.

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Lady Chiefs will be back in action Thursday as they host Central. JV plays at 4:30;  varsity to follow at about 5:30.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Bethany Reynolds, click to enlarge.

More Rain Possible Today, Sunny And Dry Skies To Return

September 16, 2014

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Tuesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
  • Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 67. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.
  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
  • Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
  • Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68.
  • Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Pictured top: A distant thunderstorm as seen from South Highway 99 in Oak Grove late Monday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Tate Grad Lorzeno Long Leads Wofford College To Big Win

September 16, 2014

2013 Tate High School graduate Lorenzo Long led Wofford College Terriers to a 42-27 win over North Greenville Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Long had 138 yards on 15 carries for the 1-1 Terriers and three touchdowns.

Long scored with 3:23 in the third on a four-yard touchdown run. After North Greenville went three and out and punted. With the ball back, Wofford used a 46-yard run by Lorenzo Long to move downfield. Long ended the drive with a one-yard run for a 35-20 lead with 12:33 left in the game.

After one first down from North Greenville, Wofford regained the ball and Long recorded his third touchdown of the day on a on a four-yard run for a 42-20 lead with 9:43 left on the clock.

ECSO Seeks Witnesses To Weekend Convenience Store Murder

September 15, 2014

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a possible witness to the Saturday homicide of a 50-year old store clerk on Michigan Avenue.

The witness is described as a white male in his mid to late 40’s, between 5-8”and 5’-9” tall and weighing between 150-180 pounds. He had salt and pepper hair and was in the company of another white male. Both individuals were in a newer model white Honda Pilot with tinted windows.

The body of  50-year old Phuong Nguyen Truong was found behind the counter of  the TM Food Mart in the 1000 block of Michigan Avenue just before 2 p.m. Saturday when deputies responded to a reported shooting. Investigators believe the witnesses were in the store just prior to, or during the time the crime occurred. They are also believed to be frequent customers of the store.

Anyone with information on the incident or a witness is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. Callers are not required to give their name and may earn a cash reward for information that helps solve the crime.

Cobb Graduates From Basic Military Training

September 15, 2014

Air Force Airman 1st Class Avery N. Cobb 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.

Cobb earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Cobb is the daughter of Timothy and Kathy Cobb of Pensacola She earned a diploma in 2010 from Tate High School in Cantonment and a bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Auburn University.

All West Florida Libraries To Close A Couple Of Days Next Week

September 15, 2014

All West Florida Public Library System locations will be closed to the public on next Monday and Tuesdeay, September 22-23. During this time the libraries will undergo a new software migration featuring expanded services to better serve the community. All library staff will receive training on these days.

While the libraries will be closed, patrons will be able to view the library system’s website, MyWFPL.com and online databases accessible through the library system.

Greater Escambia Relay For Life Kickoff Event Set For Tuesday

September 14, 2014

Team captains, survivors and community members are invited to attend the 2015 Kickoff of Relay for Life of Greater Escambia. The event will be held at  Heritage Baptist Church on Highway 297A at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The 2015 Relay for Life of Greater Escambia  will be at  Tate High School on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

“We look forward to seeing a huge community turn out for the meeting,” said Pat Clements, event chair.

Pictured: The 2014 Greater Escambia Relay for Life at Tate High School’s Pete Gindl Stadium. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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