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Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a national non-profit organization based in Rochester, NY. The Greater Pensacola Chamber brought the program to Pensacola to teach area students how to start their own businesses. Classes are hosted by the college of business at the University of West Florida. Kelly Reeser is Director of Entrepreneurial Development for the Pensacola Chamber and local program manager for Greater Pensacola YEA.

Bob Barrett / WUWF Public Media

The University of West Florida has received a major grant from a local foundation.  Dr. Brendan Kelly, the interim vice president for UWF Advancement, announced the one million dollar gift from the Bear Family Foundation of Pensacola. 

On an 8-1 vote, the Pensacola City Council Thursday evening approved setting up a domestic partnership registry – or DPR – which will ensure a number of rights to hundreds of unmarried couples.
Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will be open to cohabiting, unmarried adults — both gay and straight — to register as domestic partners. Those who live outside the Pensacola city limits are also eligible.

A report by the left-leaning watchdog group Center for American Progress Action Fund ranks the best and worst counties in Florida for voting in last year's presidential election.  Meanwhile, local elections supervisors are firing back.  

Called "Florida's Worst Election Offenders," the study uses data from the U-S Elections Assistance Commission, divided up into nine factors, to gauge how well the state’s 40 most populous counties measured up.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida’s general revenue estimate for Florida, which projects what the sales and use tax revenues will be.   The latest forecast from state economists shows an increase o f$300 million relative to the summer projection. 

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The Air Force hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Milton Community Center in Santa Rosa County to discuss proposed plans for military training in the Blackwater River State Forest.

Washburn Center Fire Under Investigation

Dec 12, 2013
Pensacola News Journal

The state Fire Marshal’s Office continues its investigation into Monday night’s fire at the Alfred-Washburn Center in Pensacola. Ashley Carr with the Fire Marshal’s Office in Tallahassee says the preliminary findings are that the fire began in the attic and was caused by an electrical problem.

Lease Claim Rescinded (UPDATED)

Dec 10, 2013

The City of Pensacola Tuesday rescinded its claim to back royalties and interest, from two restaurants that are on city-leased property downtown.

City officials backed off their claims that Collier Merrill and his firm, Great Southern Restaurants owed more than five million dollars in default lease payments over the past 13 years involving the Fish House and Atlas Oyster Bar.

The Air Force is hosting two public town hall meetings this week to discuss proposed plans for military training in the Blackwater River and Tate’s Hell State Forests.  The first town hall to be held Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Milton Community Center will focus on the Blackwater River State Forest.

“Well, we want to make sure the public has a good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish,” says Mike Spaits, Environmental Public Affairs Officer for Eglin Air Force Base.

Councilwoman Myers: Let's See Pitt Slip Leases

Dec 9, 2013
City of Pensacola

Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers Monday called for more details, in the dispute involving claims that royalties and interest are owed by two restaurants housed on city property.

Myers presented the request in the form of a discussion item during the Council’s agenda review session. She wanted an update on the leases involving the property known as Pitt Slip Marina – on which operate the Fish House and Atlas Oyster Bar.

Ft. Walton Gulfarium Expects Baby Dolphins In 2014

Dec 9, 2013

The family of dolphins at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Ft. Walton Beach will be expanding.  This fall, officials at the facility announced that two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are pregnant. Delilah and Lily are expected to deliver their calves in the spring of 2014.

While living at the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island, Delilah has had three prior pregnancies, with this being her fourth. Lily, who was born at the facility in April of 2003, will be delivering her very first calf.  Even while pregnant, the dolphins remain an important part of the show.

Lucy Morgan, a former capitol bureau chief for the St. Petersburg Times, recently was a guest instructor at the University of West Florida. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with her to discuss her nearly half-century as an investigative journalist.

Morgan, 73, began her career at the Ocala Star Banner in 1965, then moved to the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in 1968.

2014 Brings New GED Standards

Dec 8, 2013

As of January 2, a new GED test will be unveiled across the United States. It will go from an endpoint for adults to a springboard for further education and training.

The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential. But it goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum.

Jessica Whittle

The holiday season is a time for joy and family and good will towards men.  At least that's what they keep telling us.  In reality, many people find this time of year stressful and depressing.  But it doesn't have to be.  Dr. David Josephs is the clinical director at the Lakeview Center, a mental health facility and an affiliate of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola.  He says that when people are almost ordered to be merry it can take them "out of their comfort zone".

Fish House vs. City of Pensacola

Dec 8, 2013

Pensacola businessmen Ray Russenberger and Collier Merrill will meet with city officials Monday afternoon, on allegations they owe past-due sales royalties and interest on revenues from the Fish House and Atlas Oyster Bar restaurants in downtown Pensacola.
At issue is the ownership of the building, not of the restaurants themselves, on a tract of city land called “Pitt Slip Marina.” Ray Russenberger leased the property in 1987, then granted a sub-lease in 2000 to Collier Merrill and his partners – who formed Great Southern Restaurants.

The Shelter House

Shelter House of Northwest Florida is getting set for its 3rd annual “Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.” The twilight event will be held this evening at the Destin City Hall Annex beginning at 4:30 p.m.  

For this year’s run, there’s a 5K and a 9K.  “The 9K is representative of (the fact that) every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States,” says Michelle Sperzel.

Institute for Humane Education

Zoe Weil is president and co-founder of the Institute of Humane Education, a non-profit organization that promotes education in human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. Weil will give a presentation for the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals in Pensacola on Friday. She will also lead a workshop hosted by the local environmental nonprofit Earth Ethics on Saturday.

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation outlined its 5 year plan for the future this week.  The outline from the FDOT include millions of dollars in future road improvements in the panhandle. Ian Satter, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation says the plans include a major road widening project.

9 Mile Road will be expanded from from two to four lanes from I-10 to Pine Forest Road.  There will be some large scale resurfacing of roads in Escambia County including Creighton Road from Davis Highway to US-90.

Escambia County Searches For New Administrator

Dec 6, 2013
Pensacola News Journal

When the Escambia County Commission meets this (Thurs) evening, it’s expected to narrow the list of candidates for County Administrator.

The names of 20 applicants have been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims says the list reflects a nationwide search and wide diversity – six African-Americans, including one woman, and a diversity of professional backgrounds.

Touart Out In Administrator Search

Dec 6, 2013
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The Escambia County Commission Thursday moved forward in the search for a new administrator. That next step will be without Interim Administrator George Touart.

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