Robert Marbut, who has spent three decades working on homeless issues, visited Pensacola Wednesday and conducted a Community Forum on Homelessness sponsored by the City.
Speaking in the City Council Chambers, Marbut outlined his work with dozens of cities, and his involvement in establishing Haven for Hope in his hometown of San Antonio -- where homelessness has dropped by around 85 percent.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses issues ranging from President Barack Obama’s proposal to toughen regulations for overtime pay to the net worth of the U.S. rebounding back to pre-recession levels.
Currently, most hourly workers must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week. Most salaried workers do not need to be paid overtime, unless they earn less than $455 a week. But that works out to $23,660 a year, which is less than the federal poverty level for a family of four.
Whoever is the choice for the Escambia County Administrator position will have to wait a bit longer before finding out. The County Commission held a series of private and public interviews with the five candidates on Thursday.
Before the interviews, Chairman Lumon May once again criticized the selection process conducted by the Dallas-based head-hunting firm Waters Consulting.
A valuable lesson I learned over years as a reporter in writing about the environment is that to see is not always to understand. Crystal clear water can be severely polluted, and verdant woods can be a tree farm that bears little comparison to a healthy, diverse forest.
To understand what’s really happening, you need research. And what such research reveals can be spectacular. Especially when you realize that because of nature’s amazing resiliency, great damage done to ecological systems can sometimes be undone through relatively simple steps.
Residents in Northwest Florida and South Alabama need look no further than their yards to see evidence of this year’s harsh winter, including the extended hard freeze of Winter Storm Leon at the end of January. But, with spring around the corner, people across the region are beginning the process of getting their yards in shape and probably wondering what to do about those cold damaged, brown palms.