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Several local organizations have teamed up to address homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Their immediate goal is to end 'veteran' homelessness by the end of this year.

 “And, it’s going to take our whole community and all of our community partners to unite and provide a crisis response system to help veteran homelessness.”

That’s Sarah Yelverton, Executive Director of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care. The organization has formed a homeless task force called the “Initiative for Veterans of Okaloosa and Walton” or IVOW.

A familiar visitor from Pensacola’s original mother country sailed into the Port of Pensacola Wednesday morning. The Spanish tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano is part of Pensacola’s 66th annual Fiesta of Five Flags.

The reception at the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum welcomed the crew of the ship, a training vessel that’s the third tallest tall ship in the world.  

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

 To a lot of people, Guy Harvey is just a name on tropical shirts and hats.

But this summer in downtown Pensacola, he is the main attraction at the museum of art. Through the month of August the Pensacola Museum of Art is featuring the artwork Dr. Harvey as its Summer Blockbuster exhibit called “Guy Harvey – The Lure of the Ocean.”  Mary Hartshorn, Director of Communications for the Museum says having the exhibit available all summer long was important to make Harvey's art available to the widest audience possible, young and old - local and visitor.

Boy Scouts of America

Delegates at last week’s annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America in Atlanta heard a call for an end to the organization’s ban on gay troop leaders.

BSA President and former Defense Sec Robert Gates told the meeting that they can neither overlook the growing in-house challenges to current leadership policy, nor what’s going on nationwide.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

    

On Tuesday morning Chris Carter was loading the metal skeleton of a pop up beach tent onto the trailer of his truck. The Gulf Breeze resident says things looked a lot different over the weekend. "Over the weekend it looked like a catastrophe. There were these pop-up tents and tents and air mattresses and floats. The storms came through...Sunday morning and everyone left in a panic and the beach was in disarray."

New Hurricane Maps Focus On Storm Surge

May 26, 2015
NOAA

Contrary to what most people might think, the number one killer from a hurricane is water, not wind. A hurricane warning, however, has always been issued for the wind, not the water. 

This conflict of messaging has prompted the National Hurricane Center to re-think their products in recent years.  Social science research and upgrades in GIS technology have enabled them to better define where and when the water might be life-threatening, and this is not always at the same location or at the same time the hurricane force winds may arrive.

Do you have any old bank accounts or security deposits you may have forgotten about? The state of Florida is inviting you to go on a treasure hunt and see what might be out there with your name on it. 

stpetersblog.com

Gov. Rick Scott's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding meets for the second time on Tuesday in Orlando. The panel is sifting through mounds of data, to determine whether hospitals that receive tax money are being managed efficiently.

During last week’s inaugural meeting, commission members were incredulous when learning that 72% of all services provided by one facility -- UF Health Jacksonville -- were Medicare or Medicaid — that is, paid for by tax dollars. Chairman Carlos Beruff asked the state Agency for Healthcare Administration for help in sorting out the data.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Hundreds of people turned out for Sunday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola.

Veterans Park Foundation President Butch Hansen served as Master of Ceremonies for the program, which was held under some clouds with gusty winds, along with typical late spring temperatures well into the 80s.

“We’re very honored that you’re sharing this very solemn time to remember those who made this sacrifice, in this place that memorializes them every day,” Hansen said. “This remembrance is what Memorial Day is all about.”

About half a million students across the state took Math tests this year that will end up not counting towards their final grade. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke with Escambia County School Superintendent about this latest situation involving testing in Florida.

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