For the first time since the organization began “hardening homes” in 2008, REBUILD Northwest Florida has extended their services from homesteads to rental home owners as well, with its new hurricane mitigation program.

Garrett Walton, director at REBUILD Northwest Florida, says they’re doing this for the community, and rental homes are a significant part of the community, so they felt it was time to offer their services to these homes as well.

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Eighteen months after being hired to start the University of West Florida’s football program, Head Coach Pete Shinnick leads his team into fall practice on Thursday, after meetings and a walkthrough on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As has been said many times before, 2015 is a practice and redshirt year. The inaugural season begins in September of 2016, in Naples against Ave Maria University. Speaking at the first football media day last week, Shinnick said they’ll have a bit of a variation in schedule when they take the field on Thursday.

Third time was not the charm in finding a developer for Hawkshaw: a two-acre vacant lot in downtown Pensacola.

Acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Pensacola City Council Monday voted 5-3 to turn thumbs down to all three proposals received earlier this year for the property, which is adjacent to the Aragon development.

Councilman Charles Bare made the motion to scrap the applicants. He made a similar motion at last month’s CRA meeting, but fell short on getting the necessary votes.

Timothy Jones

Veteran advocate Timothy Jones and documentary filmmaker Trent Soto arrived in Tallahassee Monday, completing a 200 mile walk from Pensacola. Their goal was to raise awareness of efforts to end Veteran homelessness.

Jones and Soto got their walk started last Friday morning.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Jones said, as he and Soto were shooting the breeze with those who gathered at the Target Shopping Center on Nine Mile Road to see them off.

Daniel Mota

Triumph Gulf Coast Inc., the nonprofit corporation charged with distributing $1.5 billion in economic damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, held its inaugural meeting Tuesday. At Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, where the event was held, the conversation could be summed up with two words: “diversify” and “collaborate.”

"My hope is that these funds will be used to diversify and deepen our economy so that we can be more and more the masters of our own economic fate," Florida state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said at the meeting’s start.  

The Florida Legislature appears a step closer to complying with a state Supreme Court order to re-draw congressional districts: despite opposition from many Democrats and a handful of Republicans.

On a 76-35 vote, the House Tuesday approved the redistricting plan. Twenty-six Democrats and nine Republicans voted against. Considered a “base” map, the plan was developed by legislative staff members and attorneys. It includes changes to districts in numerous parts of the state.

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The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert, after a second case of West Nile virus was confirmed in an adult male. This is the sixth human case in Florida in 2015.

This is the fourth consecutive year that West Nile cases have cropped up in Escambia County through the bite of an infected mosquito. Dr. John Lanza, the Director of the Florida Department of Health-Escambia County, reminds us that West Nile has different impacts on different people, and can also be mistaken for other ailments.

Dave Dunwoody

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong is visiting the state’s coastal counties, as part of his “Health in All Places Tour.”

Sacred Heart President Henry Stovall welcomed Armstrong to Pensacola, saying that he has shown strong support for its recent designation as a “Baby-Friendly” hospital – through a program launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991.

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A national civil rights leader with ties to the Pensacola area passed away over the weekend. Julian Bond, a Tennessee native who lived part time on the Panhandle died last Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach. Mr Bond was 75. 

  He last made news in Pensacola two summers ago when he spoke at the Greater True Vine Baptist Church in Pensacola in August of 2013. He was there as part of a town hall meeting so citizens could express their concerns about incidents involving the Escambia County Sheriff's department, including the shooting of Roy Middleton at his home by two deputies.