Secretary Hagel got a chance to sit in the cockpit of an F-35 jet, and in the Air Force hangar of the 33rd, stood before an aircraft with his name painted on the side as he made brief remarks to about 100 military personnel. He called the F-35 a critical part of the future of the nation’s defense.
"This is as big a project, the F-35, that we have at the Department of Defense; we have a lot riding on this aircraft," said Sec. Hagel, who noted that the U.S. military and its eight partner countries have a lot invested in the $400 billion dollar jet.
Two hundred jobs are being created through a major manufacturing facility to be built at the Port of Pensacola.
Mayor Ashton Hayward kicked off the announcement, with a number of business leaders and elected officials sitting under a tent and battling a swarm of gnats near Commendencia Slip. The City Council approved a lease agreement in March, which was executed in May – opening the door for the project.
No Party Affiliation voters in Florida are helping fuel a national trend by rejecting both the Democratic and Republican parties in now-record numbers. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.
The reasons are many – political bickering; no desire to identify as either a Republican or Democrat, and not wanting to be pigeonholed on certain issues. According to state figures, Florida’s voter rolls have added more than 500,000 names in the past four years – 90% of which are unaffiliated. In the meantime, the two major parties have remained for the most part stagnant.
School may be out for the summer but the Escambia County School District has been busy dealing with issues for the coming school year and beyond. Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas Says the county is instituting a new policy that allows students who are put on out of school suspension to make up the work they miss and not get an automatic zero.
350 Pensacola hosted a talk this week on climate change and why there’s such a deep divide over the issue. The event was held Tuesday, July 7 at the Bayview Senior Resource Center. Larry Chamblin, a local climate activist and member of 350 Pensacola, made the presentation, titled: “Public Opinion, Politics, and the Challenge of Communicating Climate Change.”
“It’s a huge challenge,” says Chamblin, referencing the split public opinion.