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Autumn On The Beach

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   Early one morning this week, coffee cup in hand, I walked down to Santa Rosa Sound from our home on Pensacola Beach and noticed something. For the first time since spring the morning breeze carried a chill, a hint of the coming fall rather than the warm breath of what has been a hot summer.

City of Destin

Former Destin Mayor Mel Ponder is the apparent successor to Matt Gaetz in the Florida House of Representatives, according to unofficial figures from Tuesday’s primary. 

Ponder collected a plurality of the vote, just over 29 percent, against four other Republicans in House District-4, which covers Okaloosa County from the Gulf of Mexico to Interstate 10 and north of I-10, including the city of Crestview.

escambiaso.com

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is a step closer to a third term, winning the Republican primary Tuesday night. 

In unofficial returns. Morgan took 61 percent of the vote over three candidates, including former sheriff Ron McNesby, who Morgan beat in the 2008 GOP primary. But strategically, Morgan says his third campaign was actually easier than his first two.

Florida GOP

  

Martin Simmons had a busy day Tuesday. He’s the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida for Congressional District One. He likes to talk about the history of the district. "The last time an incumbent lost running for reelection to the US House from this district was 1934".

Sandra Averhart

The ballots have been counted and the unofficial results have been announced in Tuesday’s Primary Election in Florida.

Statewide, Amendment 4 won approval with 73 percent of voters in favor of it. The measure would authorize the Legislature to exempt property tax on solar equipment.

In the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, incumbent Marco Rubio easily defeated Carlos Beruff in the Republican Primary. Patrick Murphy won the Democratic Primary over top challengers Alan Grayson and Pam Keith. Paul Stanton won the Libertarian Party Primary.

cdc.gov

A mosquito-borne illness advisory is going out from the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, after the first case of West Nile in 2016 was confirmed.

The advisory means there’s a heightened concern that other Escambia County residents and visitors could become ill from a bite by a mosquito carrying the illness.

“In the state of Florida, there’s a threat of the West Nile virus essentially 12 months out of the year,” said Dr. John Lanza, Director of DOH-Escambia. “We do realize that it’s more significant from July through November.”

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Updated 12:11 p.m. August 30, 2016.  

    

A tropical depression that formed in the Florida Straits over the weekend is now churning in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and is forecast to strengthen.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf, and it could intensify before landfall.

Voters in Florida go to the polls Tuesday for the state primary: that is, those who haven’t already taken advantage of casting ballots early or by mail.

Escambia County ended just shy of 9,000 early voters, 8,826 is the unofficial turnout figure for the early voting period, August 20-27. David Stafford, Escambia County’s Supervisor of Elections, adds that figure is 103 percent over the 2014 primary, and up 32 percent over 2012.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Florida’s senior U.S. Senator was in Pensacola Monday morning, with a number of stops around town. 

Bill Nelson’s first stop was a tour of the federal courthouse downtown, which is closed because of health-threatening mold and water damage. In April, the Senate approved spending the $32 million needed to renovate the facility. The House followed suit, but something else has cropped up.

myescambia.com

In part two of our look at the Escambia County Commission District-5 race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with incumbent Steven Barry.

Barry ran his first winning race four years ago, when he was elected with 70 percent of the vote. He says running as an incumbent this time around is considerably different.

“The biggest difference [is] the managing of the responsibility that I currently have while auditioning for another opportunity for that job,” said Barry.

Sandra Averhart

On the Primary Election ballot in Santa Rosa County, voters are being asked to support two half cent local option sales taxes. Both would be collected for five years, with one aimed at generating funds for infrastructure and capital projects. The other proposed (half-penny) tax is the latest effort to raise funds for a new county courthouse.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Danny Smillie is no stranger to the inner workings of Escambia County. He retired in 2014, after 30 years working a number of county jobs. During that time, he says he’s seen a lot of waste and abuse of funds during his time as a corrections officer and a bridge inspector in the county’s Road Division, the latter primarily in District-5. 

“We’ve got bridges that are 80, 90 years old,” says Smillie. “These columns are made for only 75 years, so we’ve run way over their limit. We have school buses, loaded down with kids, crossing [them].”

 

    

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about a recent CNBC poll that finds many in the economic field are unsure of the Federal Reserve’s plans. He also discussed how the unexpected fall of existing homes sales creates uncertainty in the marketplace.

 

Fictional characters help tell the story of actual events in the Pensacola area before and during the Civil War in a new book titled Blackwater Betrayal: The Ruthless Treatment of Milton and Pensacola by the Confederacy. It was written by Milton native Richard Kyle Smith.

Smith is a retired certified public accountant, but says he’s always been a lover of words and local history. And those two passions have come together in his first literary effort.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Cris Dosev is 54, a Florida Gator, and served as a Marine Corps aviator during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Next he wants to succeed retiring Congressman Jeff Miller.

He’s spent the last 22 years developing commercial and residential real estate in his native Chicago and his adopted hometown of Pensacola.  

According to published reports, which Dosev has confirmed, he has three main issues. First up, national security.

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