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   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses economic issues related to the fifth anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It was on April 20, 2010 that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven people and triggering a sea-floor oil gusher that flowed for nearly three months. It was the nation's largest off-shore oil spill.

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With the recent news cycle being dominated by coverage of the five-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, it pays to take a few minutes to reflect on it. While the fear of those early days of fouled water and stained beaches has faded, there’s one thing we should never forget: it could have been worse. A lot worse.

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The Pensacola NAACP is hosting a ceremony Saturday to commemorate the 1960 Sit-Ins in downtown Pensacola: the event will honor the young people who participated in those sit-ins and the man who led the effort.

Back in 1960, Cheryle Allen was a budding civil rights activist: just 14 years old and in the 9th grade, when a group of black college students organized the first of a wave of lunch-counter sit-ins at a Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach is nearly 50 years old and in need of replacement.  The issue will be the subject of a public forum hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation this Thursday evening at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Multiple options are being considered.

Brooks Bridge was constructed back in the mid 1960’s, a 4-lane steel and concrete structure built to carry traffic along U.S. 98 over Santa Rosa Sound between downtown Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.

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The University of West Florida Wednesday welcomed its newest coaching addition.

Jeff Burkhamer is the fourth head coach in the program’s 31-year history. He brings 31 years’ coaching experience to Pensacola, including 373 victories at the junior college and Division II levels. 

But UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott says in hiring Burkhamer last week, they looked beyond wins and losses.

Drive the speed limit - you get better fuel efficiency.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m ES. Traveling at 55 mph will give you up to 21% better mileage than when you drive 65 mph or 70 mph. 

For every 5 mph you drive over 60, it’s like paying an additional  24 cents a gallon.  Also, drive steadily.  Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you're on it.  Avoid tailgating - the driver in front of you is unpredictable.

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Congressman Jeff Miller and two colleagues toured the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola Tuesday, getting a first-hand look at the troubles plaguing the relatively young structure.

The problem is mold, along with water damage, and a recent study says removal and repairs could approach the $30 million mark: three times the construction price.

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The Santa Rosa Island Authority is at a bit of a crossroads.

The authority, which provides many services and events on Pensacola Beach, has been funded over the years, for the most part, with the lease fees paid by homeowners on the island. However, those home owners are now also being charged ad valorem property taxes. Some have called paying both property taxes and lease fees a form of double-taxation.

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Last week almost 40 older adult drivers showed up to take part in the first ever CarFit event to be held at the University of West Florida. CarFit is an educational program that looks at issues older drivers may be having, and seeks to find and present solutions to these issues, bringing about a better sense of safety and comfort to the drivers and the vehicles they are being fitted for.

Fran Carlin-Rogers, a national CarFit instructor, drove up from Orlando to do the training for all of the participating CarFit volunteers as well as run the event itself. 

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The Escambia County Commission met Thursday at the Pensacola Bay Center, for a workshop on how to distribute about $150 million related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This was the first opportunity the Commission had to sit down with the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee and the consultant hired to draft the multi-year implementation plan. Commissioner Grover Robinson says they asked the committee to revisit three areas. First up, tourism.

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