“Operation Summer Heat” is the latest sweep of outstanding warrants by various law enforcement agencies in northwest Florida.
Sixty-nine suspects are named in the 95 warrants, in the latest joint investigation involving the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices and U.S. Marshal’s Service. The charges range from burglary and larceny, to assault and battery, drugs, weapons and child neglect.
Early voting in Escambia County for the August 26 primary kicked off Saturday morning, and runs through next Saturday, August 23.
Nearly 199,000 voters were registered in Escambia when the books closed late last month. That’s a 6% rise from the 2012 primary, which included a presidential ballot. But David Stafford, the county’s Supervisor of Elections, says the increase does not change his turnout prediction of around 25%.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Thursday that City Administrator Colleen Castille has resigned effective September 3. Her departure has triggered a number of staff changes at the top of city government.
So far, the only explanation from Hayward is in a written statement that Castille is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.” In her own written statement, Castille says she made a one year commitment to serve and fulfilled it.
Rules in the Federal Register for Gulf Coast States on how billions of dollars in fine money from the RESTORE Act can be spent have been finalized and published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson,who chairs the Florida Gulf Coast Consortium, says the five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas) now have an idea of how to obtain the money related the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon.