This week venues around Pensacola are hosting Stamped: The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival. This is the fourth year for the film festiva which highlights artistic achievement in film from and about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and queer community.

David Newton, one of the organizers of the film festival shared this about the fest,

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Nearly $21 billion is coming from BP to the five Gulf Coast states, in the settlement of the lawsuit over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Northwest Florida is in line for a substantial chunk of that money.

Escambia County will receive about $69 million; Santa Rosa County gets about $24 million, and Okaloosa County around $35 million from RESTORE. Santa Rosa Commissioner Lane Lynchard concedes that they’re on the lower end of the scale.

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Gun owners in Florida who already have permits to carry concealed weapons could be a step closer in being able to carry them openly in public. 

House Bill 163 passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday on an 8-4 vote. It will go before two other House committees at later dates.

The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, points to figures from the Justice Department, as part of his argument that the bill does not create a less-safe environment.

  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2015 Future of Florida Forum and Annual Meeting held this week in Orlando.

The annual gathering took place September 28-29 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Santa Rosa County’s lack of public transportation is uniting several churches in working on a long-term solution and they have the blessing of county government.

Once upon a time, in 2010, a weekday mini-bus service ran along U.S. 90 between East Milton and Nine Mile Road in Pensacola. But the Santa Rosa County Commission pulled the plug because the program wasn’t self-sufficient.

“Two years, we had 13,000 trips on the system,” Commissioner Don Salter in 2012, shortly after the announcement to end the service.

  There’s a new deadline in Escambia County to submit projects seeking funds from the RESTORE Act.

Wednesday night had been the deadline, for applicants wanting some of the $58 million that’s coming to Escambia County beginning in 2017.

“We had a programming glitch that triggered at midnight, coming up on the 30th of September, vs. midnight at the end of the 30th,” said Keith Wilkins, the county’s Director of Community and Environment.


 It’s been almost a decade since the U.S.S. Oriskany was sunk 20 miles off the coast of Northwest Florida. That event created the largest artificial reef in the world and set off a wave of commerce in Northwest Florida, as fishing boats and dive operators capitalized on the new resource. 

Those businesses have been on the decline since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but, now, Escambia County officials think they might know how to right the ship again: by sinking another one. 

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   A new survey by the Florida Department of Health shows teens aren’t smoking as much as they used to, but they are still finding a way to get nicotine.

Just under seven percent of high school students in Florida smoked cigarettes last year, according to the state Department of Health’s 18th annual Youth Tobacco Survey. That represents a 1.7% drop from 2013.

   Students and others looking for a job in Information Technology can hear from a variety of people in the field this Thursday evening in Pensacola.