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  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the Pensacola Young Professionals’ annual Quality of Life survey and what the results reveal about perceptions of the area’s economy and the Port of Pensacola.

 

The PYP Quality of Life survey was released this week. Conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, 800 respondents were surveyed with the largest response group being those 65 and older, followed by those who were 55-64 and Harper says there weren’t big surprises in the basic findings.

  Florida West is teaming up with CareerSource EscaRosa to host a free workshop on Friday, aimed at helping match groups who help people, with people who need jobs.

It’s called a “Workforce Toolbox,” and seeks to do a couple of things: dispel a misconception that there are no jobs out there, and find solutions to what Florida West CEO Scott Luth calls a disconnect between workers and potential employers.

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Getting students to become active on their campuses and in their communities is the goal of organizations like Vote Mob and the Student Power Network. The Florida state director of these organizations recently made his pitch at the University of West Florida.

David Caicedo spoke to students in one of the classes taught by UWF Mass Communication Professor Gloria Horning.

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A pioneer in children’s television is coming to Pensacola to talk about the future of the medium, and share stories about life on one of the most famous streets on Earth. Sonia Manzano knows exactly how to get to Sesame Street. Beginning in 1971 she starred as the character Maria in the classic children’s series. She says the role defined her career. "I grew up on the show. I finally retired last July (after 44 years)."

  Informally called University Field, the turf football field at the University of West Florida has a new name.

UWF Vice President Brendan Kelly made the announcement at the Argo Club on campus, that with a commitment of one million dollars by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, the field will be named Pen Air Field.

“The field will serve as an emblem of the full scope of that partnership,” said Kelly. “One that has the best interests of the community and this university at its core.”

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  Some years ago it became clear to me that many people do not realize that the moon, just like the sun, rises and sets. For many of you this might sound questionable, but I can assure you that it is true.

The first time I encountered someone who professed to not realize that the moon rose and set, I thought I had found an outlier, someone who for some reason had missed this easily observable natural phenomenon.

But over several years I was surprised to meet a number of people who said that not only had they never watched a moonrise, they hadn’t realized that it did.

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In what has become an annual affair, the University of West Florida’s Irish Experience study abroad program participants will share their summer work in several events over three days at the Center for Performing Arts on the UWF Pensacola Campus.  

Everything begins with a musical recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It will include Irish folk songs and a piece by Irish composer Liam Lawson called “Far Beyond.”

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A new workgroup is focusing on beefing up public safety in Florida’s courthouses, and it will have a local voice. 

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga says the panel is a response to what he calls acts of violence in streets and communities nationwide. 

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The pool of candidates to succeed Dr. Judy Bense as President of the University of West Florida has been narrowed down to four. At a meeting of the Presidential Search Committee Tuesday morning, a motion to approve the final candidates was approved by a 14 to 6 vote. Those four candidates, Frank Ashley, Don Gaetz, Martha Saunders and Mike Sherman will return to the university campus for final meetings and interview sessions beginning this weekend. Committee Chair Mort O’Sullivan says things will move rather quickly over the next 10 days.

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As you probably know by now, the newly-minted UWF football team routed Ave Maria University 45-0 on Saturday. But this was more than just a game, it was history. 

Many of the 200 or so UWF supporters made the 11-hour trip from Pensacola to Ave Maria University, about 20 miles east of Naples, for the Argonauts inaugural game. Before kickoff, they took part in another college football tradition: tailgating. 

Enjoying the sun was George Birch of Clearwater, whose grandson J.J. Lewis is a freshman wide receiver on the Argonauts’ practice squad.

Live Hermine Updates

Sep 1, 2016

  

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper, associate vice president of research and economic opportunity at the University of West Florida, discusses the impact of Tropical Storm Hermine on Labor Day tourism.

 

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Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend region Friday morning. She’s the first hurricane to hit the Sunshine State since Wilma in October, 2005. 

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Gulf Coast residents to take immediate precautions for Hermine, which became a Category-1 storm early Thursday afternoon. 

“Three days of water; three days of food,” said the Governor. “If you need medicine, make sure you have it. You have no idea if you’ll be able to get it after the storm hits. Have batteries; have a battery-powered radio.”

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  Early one morning this week, coffee cup in hand, I walked down to Santa Rosa Sound from our home on Pensacola Beach and noticed something. For the first time since spring the morning breeze carried a chill, a hint of the coming fall rather than the warm breath of what has been a hot summer.

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Former Destin Mayor Mel Ponder is the apparent successor to Matt Gaetz in the Florida House of Representatives, according to unofficial figures from Tuesday’s primary. 

Ponder collected a plurality of the vote, just over 29 percent, against four other Republicans in House District-4, which covers Okaloosa County from the Gulf of Mexico to Interstate 10 and north of I-10, including the city of Crestview.

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