Air Safety Company Moving To Escambia County

March 4, 2015

Aero Sekur, specialist in helicopter lift-raft and flotation systems, is moving from New Jersey to Pensacola.

The move provides the aviation safety and protection systems designer with a larger facility and closer geographic links to many of the US helicopter operators in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I’m looking forward to Aero Sekur joining our community,” said Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May. “Businesses like Aero Sekur that create great jobs and make new investments have choices about where they locate. We’re pleased that they have chosen Escambia County.”

John Hutchinson, president of the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) said Aero Sekur’s decision is another indication that the aerospace industry has its eyes on Northwest Florida. “This industry has huge growth potential and we are winning important projects that will demonstrate to other companies that they can be successful in our region. We must continue to make economic development a priority.”

“For more than 100 years, aviation has been part of the very fabric of our community, and we’re leveraging that experience to compete for the aviation-sector jobs of today and tomorrow. Aero Sekur is a leader in aviation safety and protection systems, and a great addition to Northwest Florida’s growing aerospace and aviation cluster. We’re excited to welcome them and to partner with them as they look to grow their business and enhance their distribution network,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

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Potential Applicants Learn About The $25K Century Business Challenge

March 4, 2015

About 10 potential applicants attended an organizational meeting Tuesday night to learn about the Century Business Challenge.

The business challenge is a business plan competition in which the winning company will receive a prize package valued at more than $25,000. The Pensacola-based Studer Institute and the Haas Center are sponsoring the competition in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, which is providing business planning software and conducting orientation and workshop sessions for participants.

Prizes for the winner of the Century Business Challenge include space at the Century Business Center on Pond Street at a lease rate of $1 per year, with the possibility of an extension of that rate for two more years based on the company’s performance. They will also receive $25,000 in operating funds from the Studer Institute.  And the Century Town Council has recently approved offering the same $1 per year lease rate at the Century Business Center for the second place finisher.

“We do know that not all businesses will go in that space;  it’s just an added perk,” Allison Tyler, Century’s economic development coordinator, said Tuesday night. “Regardless, we want to keep those businesses in Century.”

It’s not too late to learn more and submit business ideas for the Century Business Challenge. Another public meeting will be held Tuesday, March 17, and the final application deadline is March 31. After March 31, several closed-door workshops will be held, with a winner expected to be announced on June 25.

The Century Business Challenge is part of an economic development partnership of the Haas Center, the Town of Century and the Studer Institute. Applications and more information about the business challenge can be found at www.CenturyBusinessChallenge.com.

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Burglar Gets More Prison Time

March 4, 2015

Craig Warren Jackson, sentenced last month to prison for a string of Cantonment area burglaries, received another decade in prison Tuesday for additional crimes.

Jackson, 36, was sentenced to an additional 10 years by Judge Linda Nobles on additional burglary related charges.

In Escambia County, he has been charged with burglaries during early 2014 on Southern Oaks Drive, Woodrun Road, Filly Road and Tanager Circle. During those burglaries, jewelry, electronics, weapons and safes were stolen. He was also charged with burglaries in the city of Pensacola in which thousands of dollars worth of electronics, jewelry and other items were stolen.  Many of those items have been recovered.

Jackson is still facing trial on several additional burglaries.

Grilled Seafood — Fire Heavily Damages Delivery Truck

March 3, 2015

Fire heavily damaged a seafood delivery  truck Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29 north of Champion Drive in McDavid. The fire apparently began with the brakes on the truck before spreading to tires and the delivery box. The truck was partially loaded with frozen seafood headed to Pensacola area restaurants. There were no injuries reported. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Northview Congratulates Escambia Teacher Of The Year Anna Barry

March 3, 2015

Northview High School welcomed Escambia County Teacher of the Year Anna Barry back to work Tuesday morning. Teachers, staff and faculty held a small reception for Barry prior to the start of school.

Barry was named Escambia County Teacher of the Year last Thursday night, just a few hours before she departed on a school field trip to Orlando. Tuesday was her first day back in the classroom after returning late Monday night.

Barry is the first county teacher of the year from Northview. She is now in the running for Florida’s teacher of the year award.

Pictured top: A sign welcomed Escambia County Teacher of the Year Anna Barry to Northview High School Tuesday morning. Pictured inset: Barry (left) and Northview Principal Gayle Weaver. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Revenue Bonds To Be Issued To Cover Gas Leak Repair Under Highway 29

March 3, 2015

The Century Town Council Monday night authorized the issuance of up to nearly $700,000 in revenue bonds to secure financing for a now-completed project to repair a gas leak under Highway 29.

The project, financed by USDA Rural Development, will likely come in with a bottom line cost closer to $400,000, Century Mayor Freddie McCall said, which means all of the bonds may not be issued.

It has been about four years since the leaking section of pipe was publicly revealed as a “major public safety issue”. The project included large pipes bored under Highway 29 that will connect a new 4-inch pipe on west side of Highway 29 with a new 2-inch pipe to be installed on the east side of the highway, eliminating the need to install individual service lines under the road to service natural gas customers. Pipes were installed where existing easements exist or were obtained at no cost, otherwise, it was installed under existing sidewalks.

R.A.W. Construction, LLC of Tallahassee worked to install the new natural gas lines along the right-of-way of Highway 29 (North Century Boulevard) from about McCurdy Lane to West Highway 4 near the courthouse. Town employees then completed the addition of individual taps and service lines.

Pictured: Gas line replacement work along North Century Boulevard at West Highway 4. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Man Claims $57K Lottery Prize

March 3, 2015

A Cantonment man has claimed a $57,384.10 prize for a winning Florida Lottery Fantasy 5 ticket sold last week in Cantonment.

fant5.jpgCharles T. Harris of Cantonment purchased the ticket for the February 26 drawing at CMP Food Mart. . Other winning tickets matching all five numbers were sold  in Aventura, West Palm Beach and Parrish.

The 354 tickets matching four numbers won $104.50 each. Another 10,610  tickets matching three numbers are worth $9.50 each, and 103,236 ticket holders won a free Quick Pick ticket for picking two numbers.

Winning numbers in the February 26 drawing were 7-11-15-18-35.