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Efforts are underway to preserve the old Ella Jordan Home in Pensacola. A public awareness and fund-raising event will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the site of the house near downtown.

Organizers of the project say the home is a cornerstone of the city’s African-American history.

“We want to tie the community to the house and let them that this is a very important part of history that should be saved,” said Georgia Blackmon.

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The Florida Department of Transportation has begun looking at ideas for changes on a major downtown Pensacola roadway. Ian Satter, a spokesman for the Florida department of Transportation says the department is studying ways to increase safety and mobility on Bayfront Parkway. "There are a lot of options out there that we presented to the public".

Over the years, especially when I was living on Pensacola Beach, I was an advocate of the staycation.  That is, when you live in a place that people spend thousands of dollars to visit, you might as well act like a tourist yourself, but for less money, since you are already here and have a place to stay.

University of West Florida

  

  The University of West Florida is about to start turning out a lot more nurses. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, the Associate Dean of Health, and Chair of the Nursing Department at the UWF about the current Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the university, and the planned expansion.

Since supplies of oil and natural gas are finite, renewable energy from the wind and sun is our inevitable future, and the transition to a clean energy economy is well underway. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.  Every year the United States adds new electricity capacity, and in 2014 that new capacity was historic. Last year more new capacity came from solar and wind—53 percent—than from fossil fuels. This is a clear sign that more renewables are coming.

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.

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