All of us have times when we are less than sociable. While I know that I am in reality a cuddly, warm human being, this doesn’t always come across to others. My mother used to call me anti-social, and my wife has deemed me a curmudgeon. But who cares what they think, right? I know the real me, and, well, modesty keeps me from being too boastful.
Still, I admit that sometimes I just can’t deal with all the sweetness and light.
Qualifying for state and local offices in Florida closed at noon on Friday, June 20. While Gov. Rick Scott and the three Republican members of the Cabinet all drew opponents, several incumbent members of the Florida Legislature were re-elected without opposition.
Two of them are in Northwest Florida.
Greg Evers of Baker is headed for a second and final four-year term in the Florida Senate, representing District 2.
“It’s very humbling that folks thought enough of you that they were able to elect you without opposition.”
No one wants to get stuck in a hurricane shelter. They are, and should be, a last resort for keeping you and your family safe. But what if your family includes pets? There are options. Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties all have an emergency shelter that will take pets. John Dosh, Emergency Manager for Escambia County says the idea for the shelters came after seeing the chaos in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina where so many pets were left behind and abandoned.
Cleanup is ongoing in the waters off Fort Pickens, of a massive tar mat discovered last Friday. Testing is underway to determine if the oil originated from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The mat was discovered by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection monitor who looks for leftover oil from the explosion. Working through the weekend, a pollution investigation team funded by BP has removed more than 1,200 pounds of mat, made up of oil, sand, shells and water,according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy with the U.S. Coast Guard.
UPDATE: Ben Lively lasted 3 2/3 innings for the Blue Wahoos Monday evening as Huntsville beat Pensacola 6-2. Lively took the loss. He gave up 3 runs, struck out 8 batters, walked 5 and hit one with a pitch. His 8 strike-out performance is a new team record for a Blue Wahoos pitcher's first start. He leads the Cincinnati Reds organization with 103 total strikeouts on the year and is second overall in all of minor league baseball.