Barrineau Estates Proposed With 305 Lots On Highway 95A

July 10, 2024

A new 305 lot single family residential development has been proposed near Molino.

If approved, Barrineau Estates would be located on 305 acres on Highway 95A between Chipper and Straughn roads, with a proposed density of about one lot per acre.

Each of the lots would have a private septic system, with water provided by Molino Utilities.

According to applicant Hammond Engineering, the project would be constructed in a single phase.

The application for Barrineau Estates has been submitted to the Escambia County Development Review Committee and has not yet been set for a final vote. Following a pre-application meeting, county staff asked for additional information.

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Red, White And Blues: Here’s The Pensacola Beach Air Show Schedule

July 10, 2024

Pensacola’s hometown heroes will be front and center at the 2024 Pensacola Beach Air Show, hosted by the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA), July 10-13. The elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline all events culminating on Saturday, July 13 with the official Air Show.

In addition to the Blue Angels, there will be a host of world-class aerobatic performers, as well as interactive exhibits, military recruitment stations and all types of vendors on the ground.

“Every year we look forward to hosting this world-class air show along our world-class beach to really showcase our hometown heroes, the Blue Angels,” said Robbie Schrock, Director of Administration for the SRIA. “It’s an awe-inspiring tradition that tens of thousands of locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the spectacle every summer.”

The SRIA is requiring the public to suspend all flights of unmanned aircraft, or drones, during the air waiver hours of the Pensacola Beach Air Show. In addition, glass is always prohibited on the beach, and leashed dogs are only allowed at the two designated dog beaches on either side of the island.

Kicking off the air show week is “Breakfast with the Blues,” on Wednesday, July 10 around 7:30 a.m. when the Blue Angels arrive and circle overhead to mark the show’s coordinates and center points along Pensacola Beach.

On Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m., the Blue Angels hold a practice show over Pensacola Beach.

Friday, July 12, is the Pensacola Beach Air Show dress rehearsal where flight demonstrations and civilian aerobatic performances begin at noon, with the Blue Angels overhead at 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, marks the official Pensacola Beach Air Show, and follows exactly Friday’s dress rehearsal schedule.

Prior to the official waivered air space closure signaling the start of the air show on Friday and Saturday, expect to see the following aircraft overhead, announced by radio personality Rob Williams:

  • Pilot Julian MacQueen flying his vintage 1943 Grumman Widgeon seaplane overhead.
  • Pilot Sheldon Heatherington will be flying his Zenith 75 STOL aircraft named Redbird.
  • Navy pilot Tanner Matheny will be flying over in his 1946 North American Navion airplane named Olivia.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration from the back of a HH-60J Blackhawk helicopter.
  • Local wing of the Commemorative Air Force flying WWII and Korean War-era trainer and liaison aircraft.
  • Then, at 11:45 a.m., spectators will be cleared from the Gulf waters and the official air space waiver begins.

The show begins precisely at noon with presentation of the colors by the Red Bull Team parachutists jumping from Aaron Fitzgerald’s helicopter over show center, followed by a brief teaser of what’s to come from the Red Bull Air Force team and Kevin Coleman later in the show. The Red Bull Air Force team is assembled from the most accomplished aviation experts on the planet who continually push the limits of human flight.

The Veterans Flight team takes the stage at 12:13 p.m. in their bright yellow, vintage World War II-era biplanes and possibly other WWII vintage aircraft. Organized by Pensacola attorney and pilot Roy Kinsey, around a dozen Stearman pilots from all over the Southeast are flying in the show to pay tribute to all WWII and Korean War vets.

Next up at 12:28 p.m. is a newcomer to the air show, the incredible wingwalker Carol Pilon and the Third Strike Wingwalking team. Pilon is the first, and only, woman to walk on a jet-propelled aircraft. Expect to see Pilon traveling atop a bright red, vintage Stearman biplane with lots of billowing smoke.

At 12:39 p.m., keep your eyes peeled as Redline Aerobatic Team pilots Ken Rieder, Adam Baker, and making his inaugural debut at this air show, Austin Rieder, Ken’s son, perform some exceptional formation aerobatics.

Then, at 12:54 p.m., hang onto your hat as pilot Skip Stewart wows the crowds next with his high-skill passes and jaw-dropping maneuvers from his famous red, white and black-checkered bi-plane, Prometheus. Don’t miss his signature inverted ribbon-cutting pass over the Pensacola Beach Pier.

Next up, at 1:06 p.m., Patty Wagstaff, the first woman to win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic champion and a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, will wow the crowds over Pensacola Beach in her Extra 330 aircraft. Her breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of hard-core aerobatics.

The Red Bull Air Force Team with Kevin Coleman and Aaron Fitgerald are back with a full act at 1:21 p.m., creating a visual spectacle like no other. The trio will perform a joint aerial demonstration that will last 25 minutes.

As always, closing out the show at 2 p.m. will be your U.S. Navy Flight Demonstrations Squadron, the Blue Angels. Look to the Gulf horizon as the famous C-130J aircraft, affectionately known as Fat Albert, followed by six signature blue and gold F-18 Super Hornets, make their way over Pensacola Beach.

For the next 45 minutes, spectators will get a glimpse of the Blues’ aeronautic maneuvers like the Diamond Dirty Loop, the Double Farvel, the Vertical Pitch, the Fleur-de-Lis, the Opposing Knife-Edge pass, and the crowd-favorite Sneak Pass. These are just a few of the mind-blowing displays of choreographed precision flying the Navy’s flight demonstration team has perfected over the past 78 years.

Pilot and Announcer Rob Reider will be the voice of the Pensacola Beach Air Show this year and Paul Entrekin, a retired Marine Corps aviator and former full-time air show pilot performer, will mark his 31st year as the Air Boss over the show.

Scammers Targeting Owners Of Lost Pets, Claiming To Be Escambia Shelter

July 10, 2024

There is a new scam targeting people that have lost a pet in Escambia County.

The Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare says they have received reports of fraudulent text and social media messages from persons claiming to represent Animal Welfare staff. These messages are being targeted to citizens with lost pets, claiming their pet has been brought to the shelter and asking for a Google verification code to retrieve the pet.  The department says the messages are not legitimate and are not associated with Escambia County and the Department of Animal Welfare.

If animal control officers locate a missing pet in Escambia County, the owner will be notified by phone, email or a letter. Staff will ask the owner to visit the shelter in person to verify ownership.  Animal Welfare staff will never ask for funds to be sent digitally to redeem a pet or access to a personal item. Redemption fees will be calculated at the time of redemption and paid in person.

If your pet is missing,heck 24petconnect.com under your zip code and the “Escambia County Florida Animal Services” location. Visit the shelter in person to identify your missing pet. The shelter is located at 200 W. Fairfield Drive and open Monday toFriday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until4 p.m.

Molino Woman Charged With Cutting Roommate With A Knife

July 10, 2024

A Molino woman has been charged after allegedly cutting her roommate with a knife.

Inez Yaminah Lyons, 40, was charged with felony aggravated  battery causing great bodily harm.

According to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report, Lyons cut the right forearm and left wrist of her roommate.

The victim told deputies that Lyons came home and confronted him about owing her money, leading to an argument. She jumped up and unsheathed a knife from her back pocket and jabbed him in the right shoulder, and he suffered cuts to his wrist and arm while trying to grab the knife, according to deputies.

Lyons “was making statements that she was going to kill him and end his life while cutting him,” the report states. He ran next door and called deputies.

Lyons remained in the Escambia County Jail Wednesday morning with bond set at $15,000.

Unrelated I-10 Crashes Near Madison, Florida, Claim Lives Of Century Woman, Atmore Man

July 10, 2024

Unrelated crashes on I-10 in Madison County have claimed the lives of a Century woman and an Atmore man this month.

According to local media citing Florida Highway Patrol reports, both crashes happened near the Madison, Florida, exit, about 55 miles east of Tallahassee.

Century Resident Fatality

A 78-year-old Century woman was killed in a multiple vehicle crash about 5 p.m. on July 1 near the Madison exit.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a heavy rainstorm in the Madison area has diminished visibility and led to standing water on the interstate. FHP said the driver of a car failed to slow down and hit standing water. The car hydroplaned and struck a vehicle that had pulled over and stopped in the emergency lane.

The Century woman was the left-rear passenger in the first car; she was pronounced deceased on the scene. The front right passenger was transported to a a Tallahassee hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Atmore Resident Fatality

An unrelated single crash also on I-10 near the Madison exit about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 claimed the life of a 56-year-old Atmore man.

FHP said the man was towing a boat when he drove his truck off the roadway for unknown reasons. The truck reentered the travel lanes and jackknifed before colliding with a guardrail.

FHP has not released any names from either crash.

Furious Finish Sends Wahoos To 6-4 Comeback Win In Rocket City

July 10, 2024

written by Erik Bremer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos came to life late, scoring six runs in the final two innings to beat the Rocket City Trash Pandas 6-4 in comeback fashion on Tuesday night.

Jakob Marsee ignited a comeback with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cody Morissette tied the game with a two-run blast of his own in the ninth. After an infield error kept the rally alive, Jacob Berry continued his hot streak with a go-ahead, two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning as the Blue Wahoos took the opener over the Trash Pandas.

Trash Pandas starter Chase Chaney scattered three singles over 7.0 shutout innings, and Rocket City held a 4-0 lead heading to the top of the eighth.

Adam Laskey (L, 3-3) escaped with three earned runs allowed on a season-high 10 hits over 3.2 innings in his start for the Blue Wahoos. In the first inning, RBI singles from Eric Wagaman and Tyler Payne put the Trash Pandas up 2-0. Nelson Rada added an RBI single in the fourth to force Laskey from the game, and Payne laced his second RBI single of the night off reliever Tyler Eckberg in the fifth inning.

Justin King, signed as a free agent by the Marlins last week, impressed in his Blue Wahoos debut with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning.

The game was paused in the bottom of the eighth inning as intense rain moved through the area. After a 34-minute delay, the game resumed as Raffi Vizcaíno (W, 4-2) breezed through the eighth inning.

In the ninth, Zach Zubia led off with a double against Camden Minacci (L, 0-1) before Morissette hit the game-tying, two-run homer. A pair of outs followed before Diego Infante reached on a throwing error from first baseman Sam Brown to keep the inning alive. Joe Mack singled and Paul McIntosh walked to load the bases for Berry, who ripped the first pitch he saw into the right field corner for the game-winning two-run double.

Vizcaíno issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, but buckled down to seal the Blue Wahoos win.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series against the Trash Pandas on Wednesday. First pitch from Toyota Field in Madison, Alabama is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Photo: Construction Work Leads To Chemstrand Water Geyser

July 10, 2024

A construction project on Chemstrand Road south of Nine Mile Road led to a geyser of water shooting high into the air.

According to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, vibrations from the construction caused a service line to one home separate from a water main.

ECUA said they were able to valve-off the leak and make repairs before the water system for the one house was flushed. A boil water notice was not issued by the utility.

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New Beulah Fire Station Opens This Week. Here’s A Sneak Peek.

July 9, 2024

The ribbon will be cut Thursday on the new Bradshaw-McNair Beulah Fire Station.

NorthEscambia.com got a sneak-peek at the station recently, and today we are taking your inside and learning more about the state-of-the-art facility that has been years in the marking for the fast-growing Beulah community.

For a photo gallery, click here. (Note that the front bay doors you see are temporary with the permanent doors order, and there was final work ongoing at the time of our July 5 tour.)

The new Station 2, now known as the Bradshaw-McNair Fire Station, pays tribute to two individuals who greatly contributed to fire service in the Beulah area. The late Escambia County Fire Rescue District Chief Dwain Bradshaw, 42, lost his life in the line of duty during the early morning hours of November 6, 2019, while on scene of a fatal crash on the Muscogee Bridge. He was a volunteer district chief at the Bellview Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, volunteer assistant district chief for the Beulah Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and lived a life of public service. Retired ECFR District Chief Steve McNair served the Beulah community as a volunteer firefighter for over 50 years. He helped rebuild the current station after fire destroyed the original Beulah Fire Station in 1977.

“It’s named for two great men,” District 1 Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh said, sitting the new training room of the new Bradshaw-McNair Beulah Fire Station. The training room will double as a community meeting room or public use.

“This has been a seven-and-a-half-year evolution,” Bergosh said. “When I took office, my predecessor Wilson Robertson said, Jeff you’ve got continue to work on Beulah. So, I took the torch, and it has been a long process. I took me three years to get the (fire department) volunteers at that time to come up with the appropriate paperwork so we could sell it (the old Beulah fire station) to the county. We got that bridge crossed, and then we had to come up with the funding and cobbled it together.”

“Millions and millions of dollars and it just took time. Then we had to get the property, we had some environmental issues with an adjacent property, we were able to get that mitigated and here we are seven and a half years later and if you count the time, you know, Wilson had, I think he broached the subject a few times, uh, you know, and then I kind of took the torch. These projects take long time,” he said. At about $8.5 million, the fire station was funded with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue.

The new station was designed to be used by a combination paid and volunteer fire department. There are even four pantries and four refrigerators, plus four lockers in each bunk room — one for each of three paid shifts and one for volunteers.

Paid crews will staff the new Bradshaw-McNair Beulah Fire Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“For many, many years, we had dedicated volunteer firemen that protected our area and served the community and over the years, over the last 10-15 years, the number of people who volunteer, not just here but nationwide,” the commissioner said. “I’m not throwing shade on anyone, but just the number of people who volunteer in general has diminished.

“We now have the ability with this modern fire station to not only have a modern fire station but now have a 24/7 around the clock full-time paid crew as well as a compliment of volunteers who will also assist and support. So, I think it’s a win-win. It’s a beautiful station.”

The station with a total of 14,503 square feet and four vehicle bays, including one for EMS, also features smart fire station technology.

“This one is truly state of the art,” Escambia County Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore said. “When the station gets a call, the system of the house takes over and opens the bay doors. It turns off any gas appliances that are going. If it’s nighttime, it does a night vision type of thing where it does not blindly wake people up. It kind of brings the house to life to open things, close things, and get the firefighters out the door in a quicker time period.”

The Mach interface is a $25,000 add-on to the county’s computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, but Motorola is paying for it so the county can determine if it might be beneficial at other fire stations.

“It’s kind of like an Alexa smart home kind of thing,” Gilmore added.

The station has numerous features to comply with what is commonly called the Florida Heart and Lung bill to provide health protection for firefighters. Many are aimed at keeping potential carcinogens at bay with bunker gear staying in the truck bay and never entering the living quarters.

RIBBON CUTTING

The public is invited to the Bradshaw-McNair Beulah Fire Station ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the new fire station at 6400 West Nine Mile Road. The Bradshaw-McNair Fire Station is located directly behind the current Beulah Fire Station. Parking for the event is at Beulah Middle School, 6001 West Nine Mile Road. ECAT shuttles will transport attendees to and from the fire station beginning at 10:15 a.m.

For a photo gallery, click here. (Note that the front bay doors you see are temporary with the permanent doors order, and there was final work ongoing at the time of our July 5 tour.)

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Quintette Neighborhood Cleanup Day Is Wednesday

July 9, 2024

A neighborhood cleanup will be held in the Quintette community on Wednesday, July 10.

The cleanup is a chance for residents to dispose of items such as old furniture, appliances and household waste free of charge. Yard debris is eligible for removal during this cleanup.

During neighborhood cleanups, Escambia County departments team up to bring services to residents in an effort to keep local neighborhoods clean and safe. Participating is easy: Residents in the cleanup area simply leave eligible items at the curb to be disposed of free of charge by Escambia County and partnering agencies.

All debris must be at the curb directly in front of residences in the area by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Tires and paint cans should be separate from all other debris. Debris piles should not be placed under low-hanging lines or near poles, fences or mailboxes. All items, including containers, will be collected.

Only residents in the designated cleanup area (click map above to enlarge) are able to participate in the neighborhood cleanup. Items left at the curb outside of the cleanup area will not be collected.

Items eligible for removal include:

  • Household appliances and electronics
  • Household junk and debris
  • Bicycles and toys
  • Old furniture and mattresses
  • Barbecue grills
  • Household hazardous waste (old paint, motor oil, chemicals, batteries)
  • Tires (limit 10 per household)

Items NOT eligible for removal include:

  • Building materials (concrete, bricks, blocks, roofing, drywall or lumber)
  • Explosives or ammunition
  • Auto parts
  • Dirt or sod
  • Vehicles or vessels
  • 55-gallon drums of fluids

The neighborhood cleanup initiative involves an aggressive cleanup effort, targeting different neighborhoods throughout the county, with crew members and volunteers picking up a variety of debris and waste, including electronics, furniture and household items.

Since 2016, more than 6,683 tons (13,366,000 pounds) of debris have been collected and disposed of through the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Safe Neighborhood Program.

The county’s neighborhood cleanup program is hosted by the Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency’s Safe Neighborhood Program.

Applications Open For Pine Beetle Assistance And Prevention Program

July 9, 2024

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program for non-industrial, private forest landowners. The program runs through July 26 and includes 44 northern Florida counties – the southern pine beetle’s known range.

“Pine forests are vital to Florida’s economy and our natural environment, and the southern pine beetle is one of the most economically devastating forest pests in the southeast” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson. “This program protects our important timber resources by assisting the small, private landowners who manage almost half of our state’s forest lands.”

First offered in 2005, the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program has been implemented on more than 210,000 acres and helped thousands of Florida landowners.

“Active and preventative forest management programs like this are the most effective way to prevent losses and outbreaks,” said Rick Dolan, Director of the Florida Forest Service. “These same management practices also benefit timber growth, wildfire prevention, and wildlife habitat.”

Previous outbreaks have destroyed thousands of acres of timber. Florida’s last major southern pine beetle outbreak caused an estimated $59 million in timber losses on over 24,000 acres between 1999 and 2002.

The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, supported through a grant by the U.S. Forest Service, provides incentive payments for landowners who have overstocked pine stands and need to conduct a first thinning. In addition, it offers partial cost reimbursement for activities that can mitigate southern pine beetle activity, such as prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, and the planting of longleaf or slash pine rather than loblolly pine, the beetle’s preferred species. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

To obtain an application or to learn more about the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, visit: FDACS.gov/SPBPrevention.

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