In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest Gross Domestic Product. The GDP report released last week was the second of three estimates for the second quarter. “The good news is that it’s up relative to the initial estimate,” says Harper.
The initial estimate had been 4 percent. The revised rate is 4.2% GDP growth. The biggest gains were in the areas of consumer spending, exports, and business investment spending.
Rules for using the roughly 6,000 parking spaces in downtown Pensacola are undergoing a makeover by the Downtown Improvement Board.
DIB Director Ron Butlin says that, along with growth and busier times in the downtown area are leading them to take another look at the big parking picture, and ways to make things better. The primary change is extending the two-hour time limit on Palafox from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Pensacola area residents, whose cherished photos were damaged by the April 30, 2014 flood, are getting some help with digital restoration from the group, Operation Photo Rescue. Volunteers from OPR will be in the area this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27), working out of Covenant Hospice in Pensacola from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Gulf Breeze High School Drama will perform a production of the new Broadway musical comedy Addams Family the Musical on Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. It’s a one-night only performance that’s part of a state competition.
The play is based on the Addams Family TV show, which originally aired in the 1960’s. Addams Family the Musical opened on Broadway in 2010 and now it’s a production of Gulf Breeze High School Drama…initially performed last spring.
The rabies alert, first issued last week, lasts for 60 days and is designed to notify the public of a concentration of animals testing positive for rabies in the area.
Dr. Karen Chapman, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County, says this is a relatively unusual occurrence but residents should be aware that rabies can be found in all kinds of wild animals, "In this case it happened to be bats, that is we had three rabid bats associated with contact with humans or domestic animals in a 30 day period."