County officials crowded together under tents hoping to avoid the rain Monday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Okaloosa County Administration Building. The site was once the home of the Shalimar Annex which was recently demolished in July. County Commission Chair Kelly Windes says the Annex which was built in 1963 was functionally and technologically challenged by today’s standards and needed to be replaced, "Here we are today we’re going to have a redo, we’re going to completely start over. We will build a facility that will be citizen friendly."
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.