The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the second annual “Bridging the Gap” crime prevention summit this week in Pensacola.  

Sgt. Delarian Wiggins with the ECSO organized the summit in 2014 and holds the same role for this summit, which features crime prevention experts, community leaders, and policy makers seeking ways to reduce crime.

Walton County

The debate over flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property might stem from last month’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; but the discussion has taken on a life of its own throughout the Florida Panhandle.

Applause and cheering was the reaction residents gave Walton County Commissioners when finding out the discussion over whether or not the flag will be removed from the courthouse lawn in DeFuniak Springs would be tabled until the next meeting on Tuesday.

DD: Lots to talk about this week starting off with the National Association for Business Economics, a big meeting there.

Lindsay Myers

A proposed multi-million dollar project at Community Maritime Park has been scrapped, after the City of Pensacola rejected the proposed leases for three parcels.

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More foster care providers are signing up in Florida, according to the Department of Children and Families. The need is great in the western Panhandle, where a growing number of children are needing such care.

According to DCF’s Community-Based Care offices around the state, nearly 1,400 homes were licensed for foster care in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The total number year is 4,845, up 211 from last year.

Bob Reyes

The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida in Ft. Walton Beach has relocated to a new facility.The new location provides the organization a better connection to the businesses they serve.

The Ft. Walton Beach SBDC is now located just one mile off the UWF Emerald Coast Campus at 815 Beal Parkway NW. Suite A.


Pensacola prides itself on its long history, but it has been hard to translate that into real interest from visitors. Our local history has always taken a backseat, in terms of an active tourism draw, to places like the beach, Fort Pickens or to the Naval aviation museum, which is of course history, but not so much local history.

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Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas  will share a total of $18.7 billion from BP, as a result of the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. If approved by New Orleans Federal Judge Carl Barbier, it would be the largest court settlement in U.S. history.

“Just five years later, a potential ecological and economic tsunami has been avoided, because good people all came together and decided it was time to do the right thing,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. “

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% in May to 5.5% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity. Much of the credit goes to the two dozen CareerSource Florida offices statewide.

CareerSource Florida is a statewide network of career development professionals, who work directly for Florida employers to find, develop and keep qualified talent. The local office is called “CareerSource EscaRosa,” and serves Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties with offices in Pensacola, Milton and Century.

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The Escambia County School Board voted Tuesday to spend about $2 million for property, on which to build a new middle school in the western part of the district. The plan was set in motion last month.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the land, currently an abandoned airfield on West Nine Mile Road, is the school district’s answer to the booming population growth in that part of Escambia County.