This is Wildfire Awareness Week in Florida, during a time of the year when firefighters are working to minimize risk to homes, businesses and residents. So far this year, more than 500 wildfires have blackened about 9,000 acres statewide.
Wildfires generally occur in the spring and early summer months due to a lack of rainfall, low humidity and strong winds combined with increased yard burns. There have been 61 blazes in the Blackwater District of the Florida Forest Service – which covers Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties – that have burned just over 3,200 acres.
Ground was broken Friday morning at the University of West Florida, for the first construction project under the UWF Business Enterprises, Incorporated umbrella.
Jim Barnett, BEI’s Chief Executive Officer, told those gathering under the tent next to the Davis Highway/U-S 90 junction that the event celebrates progress.
“Plans don’t accomplish work,” said Barnett. “Goals on a flip chart on a wall do not accomplish work. It is people that really get things done. It’s taken us a while to get here, but we’ve ensured it’s done the right way”
The Escambia County Commission Thursday once again pushed back a vote on the hiring of a new county administrator. The latest inaction comes after 18 months and spending $40,000 on the search process.
For the want of a chairman, the opportunity was lost. Lumon May was out of town and traveling back to Pensacola on Thursday. He did not make it back in time for the meeting, which kicked off at 5:30 p-m.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on the latest comments by Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve. Yellen says there’s still a need to boost the nation’s job market, with a continuation of low interest rates until it improves.