We were on the back deck of our house on Pensacola Beach last week when the Blue Angels brought Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss home for his last sunset pass over Santa Rosa Island, Perdido Key and downtown Pensacola.

It was a striking scene, a lone F/A-18 in the vivid colors of the Blue Angels, tight on the wing of Fat Albert, the C-130 support aircraft that is itself an iconic symbol of the team.

Pensacola Museum of Art.

The Pensacola Museum of Art is about to become a part of the University of West Florida. The transition was announced today (Wednesday) and will become effective on July first. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President of University Advancement and President of the UWF Foundation about what this means for the university and the future of the museum.

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A candle light vigil was held Monday evening in Pensacola to remember the victims of this weekend’s shooting in Orlando. "Pulse, Orlando will be rebuilt, and I will be back there as well as all my friends because, well, our pulse is strong." Justin Jones just moved to Pensacola from Orlando where he was a regular at the Pulse nightclub, the scene of Sunday morning’s massacre.

Lindsay Myers

A candlelight vigil is being held tonight in Pensacola’s Seville Square to honor the victims of Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The tribute is being presented by several local LGBT organizations, whose members are still reeling in the aftermath of the attack. 

The timing of the shooting is significant, in the middle of National LGBT Pride month. And, locally, Pensacola PRIDE week had just gotten underway says organizer Doug Landreth.

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  Dr. Phyllis Schneck has quite a title. She is Deputy Under-Secretary of Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security. She was in Pensacola last week speaking to students at the University of West Florida about their cyber security program.

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Florida’s Department of Transportation is mulling over the possible release of proposed plans for a new Pensacola Bay Bridge ahead of schedule

For now, the release of the five competing plans for the $460 million project is set for July 18 at FDOT’s Chipley office. Scoring of the plans is set for announcement July 7 in Milton. Neither date is sitting well with Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser, who says they reflect a lack of public input.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the most recent unemployment benefits claim numbers, a sluggish jobs report, the chances for a recession and the second annual Community Summit being held this week in Pensacola.  

The U.S. Department of Labor said that jobless claims fell about 4,000 from last week, showing that employers appear to be holding onto workers despite a sluggish economy.

Thursday was a day of honor and reflection in memory of Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss -- who died when his Blue Angel number-6 jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee last week.

A private memorial service for the 32-year-old Kuss was held aboard NAS Pensacola on Thursday morning. On Thursday evening, Veterans Memorial Park was filled for a public candlelight vigil sponsored by the City of Pensacola.

Gay Grassroots of NWFL

Pensacola’s LGBT community will kick off the fifth annual Pensacola PRIDE event on Saturday at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

Pensacola PRIDE founder Doug Landreth says the theme for this year’s celebration is “Know the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create the Future" – focusing on the “history, courage, diversity and value” of the area’s LGBT community.

StringFest, a week-long music camp for middle- high-school and college students who play stringed instruments, culminates with a free concert Saturday, June 11, at the University of West Florida.

“We are trying to figure out how different age groups work together,” Leonid Yanovskiy said. “It’s very beneficial. We learn from each other and create some beautiful music.”

University of West Florida

It’s been about six months since University of West Florida archaeologists revealed the discovery of Tristan de Luna’s 1559 settlement on Pensacola Bay.

Earlier this week, property owners in the settlement area were updated on their findings and briefed on the next phase of their research.

Work at the site of the Luna settlement, also known as Santa Maria de Ochuse, is continuing as part of a 10-week terrestrial field school that began May 23 and will continue through July 29.

Libertarian Party of Florida

What promises to be a nasty presidential campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump could enable the nation’s third-largest political party to make some gains in 2016.

For Pete Blome of Niceville, who chairs the Libertarian Party chapter in northwest Florida, his involvement began after he retired from the Air Force.

Delegates to the national Libertarian Party met in Orlando last month to nominate the presidential ticket and set their platform.

Gary Johnson – a former Republican governor of New Mexico – is making his second bid for the White House as a Libertarian. In a campaign video shown at the convention, he espouses the bedrock of the movement.

“I think that people need to be able to make their own choices in their own lives,” said Johnson in the video. “The rewards will be a hundred-fold. You will never regret it.”



Over many years as a newspaper reporter and editor, I developed a pretty good eye for evaluating what was or was not reasonable. To mix metaphors here, you could say I got good at giving things the sniff test.

This proved really valuable during the years when I edited letters to the editor at the Pensacola News Journal. I quickly learned that facts mean different things to different people. Or, as Mark Twain put it, “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”


Five new cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida, bringing the total to 171 statewide, including one in Escambia County. Thirty-eight of the Florida cases involve pregnant women. 

The Escambia County case – who’s not being identified -- joins one in Santa Rosa earlier this year – the latter having long since made a full recovery. The other new cases are in Hillsborough, Osceola, Palm Beach and Seminole Counties. All are travel-related.