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What's in a name?
5:57 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Wahoos Seek Naming Rights For Ballpark

An aerial view of the stadium.
Credit Blue Wahoos

“Bayfront Stadium,” “Blue Wahoo Stadium,” “Community Maritime Park” – the home of baseball’s Pensacola Blue Wahoos goes by many names, but by next season it may have just one – for a price.

Ed Spears, the Executive Director of Community Maritime Park Associates, say that work is underway to sell the naming rights to the ballpark in downtown Pensacola, for a large chunk of change – between $250,000 and $500,000.

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Economic Report
5:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Harper: Local Job Growth Impressive, World Growth Disappointing

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projecting economic growth for 2014.

“It’s down somewhat...and a little disappointing” says Harper, noting IMF’s world GDP growth forecast of 3.4 percent for the remainder of the year. That's a little better than the 3.2% the world economy managed in 2013. However, their April forecast had been 3.6%. “So it’s a slight slowdown and we’re seeing that in a couple of different countries.”

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Hydrogen Sulfide Detected
4:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Health Alert Issued After Tour of Wedgewood Area Pits

Rolling Hills Construction & Demolotion Pit
Josh Morton

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will continue to evaluate the results of air quality monitoring around the Wedgewood Community Center and Rolling Hills Landfill, after issuing a health alert Tuesday for elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide.

Hours earlier, Escambia County Commission Chairman Lumon May and District 2 State Representative Mike Hill toured the Rolling Hills facility and others in the area to see their impact on the surrounding community.

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Manna Resumes Service
6:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Resumes Service Next Week

Food is ready for distribution at the Manna Food Pantries warehouse. The building was under 5 feet of water in April, destroying most of Manna's inventory.
Credit Bob Barrett

  Three months after losing its building and most of its inventory to April's flood Manna Food Pantries is set to resume service later this month.  Dee Dee Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries announced that service will resume on Monday, July 28 just a few days short of the three month anniversary of the flood.

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Greater Pensacola Chamber
4:56 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Chamber Creates Economic Development Agency

After months of preparation, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is ready to launch a separate agency for economic development. Among other things, it gets the Chamber out from under Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Chamber President Jerry Maygarden proposed the separation last year and on Monday, the chamber’s Board of Directors approved it during a special meeting. The Pensacola-Escambia County Promotion and Economic Development Commission is an independent 501(c) entity, much like the tourism promoter Visit Pensacola.

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