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The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless is no more. The agency has gotten a makeover, with a new name and a slightly new mission.

It’s now called Opening Doors Northwest Florida.

“The new name embodies being more open, not only for those that are homeless, making access to our organization more readily accessible,” said John Johnson, executive director. It also represents a focus on doing a better job serving the agency’s entire coverage area in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

ECUA, City Of Pensacola Talk Recycling Deal

May 9, 2018
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Almost two months after its vendor contract expired, the City of Pensacola is working on a new deal for the handling of its recyclables.

Tarpon Paper of Loxley, Alabama stopped accepting loads from Pensacola last September, and the contract expired in March. While residents continued to sort their trash and recyclables, it turns out both have been going to the same place.

“The materials are going to the landfill but I think as everyone knows, the global market is significantly depressed; and so we’re feeling the impact here,” said City Administrator Eric Olson.

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General Bernardo de Gálvez returned to Pensacola Tuesday morning as the Pensacola Heritage Foundation unveiled a statue of the Revolutionary War hero. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and a crowd of a couple of hundred people watched and cheered as the statue on the corner of Palafox and Wright Streets was unveiled.

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Ground was broken Monday for the Bayview Resource Center at Bayview Park. Once the work begins, completion is expected to be in about a year and a half. 

Covering 19,000 sq. ft., the facility will replace the old community center, which was damaged by a sewage backup in 2014 and demolished a year later, in the same footprint.

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In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, discusses the history of the battleship USS Massachusetts, which was scuttled and is an artificial reef and popular diving spot in Pensacola.

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Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that is observed annually across the U.S.  Locally, there are a number of events to mark the occasion, including Cinco de Mayo Festivals this weekend in Pensacola and Destin.

The festivals are being organized by Grace Resendez McCaffery, publisher of La Costa Latina Newspaper and founder of the Hispanic Resource Center.  In Pensacola, it’s McCaffery’s third such event for Cinco de Mayo, and it’s filling a gap locally in terms of a true celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

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It’s May and that means officials in Florida are gearing up for hurricane season. That includes Wednesday morning’s annual exercise in Escambia County.

Packing Category-4 winds of up to 150 miles an hour, Hurricane Coleman is a mirror image of 2004’s Hurricane Ivan in a statewide tabletop scenario. And, according to that scenario, Coleman has inflicted major damage on Escambia County.

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In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Michael Thomin, museum manager and research associate for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, discusses pirate shipwrecks. 

 

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Several key offshore drilling safety regulations established by the Obama administration after the 2010 BP oil spill are being targeted for roll back by the Trump administration. That’s drawing fire from Florida’s senior U.S. Senator.

The rollback announcement came Friday, a week after the eighth anniversary of the explosion which killed 11 workers. More than 210 million gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months, killing massive amounts of wildlife. Speaking on the Senate Floor, Bill Nelson said the damage was both environmental and economic.

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Lexie Grammer described a Belgian saison like the one she brewed as “refreshing, bubbly and effervescent.”

A panel of judges apparently agreed on Wednesday, deeming the ale made by the biomedical sciences major at the University of West Florida, as the best in a tasting competition of craft beers created by students in The Art and Science of Brewing honors seminar course, which is offered by UWF’s Kugelman Honors Program.

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A librarian at the University of West Florida is trying to help students find media sources they can trust. In an atmosphere where accusations of fake news are being thrown around by everyone, including the President of the United States, it appears we really trust the news sources we choose for ourselves. "We trust everything we see and read. We trust every tweet. We trust every Facebook post. We believe it with all of our hearts. We trust every GIF, everything that's on Reddit.

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Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz led a bipartisan group of lawmakers at a press conference on Capitol Hill (Thursday) to unveil the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018.

Rep. Gaetz spent months working on the bill, getting feedback from local constituents and trying to come up with the right combination of provisions that his House colleagues could get behind.

“Today, 25 members of Congress have joined in filing the Medical Cannabis Research Act,” Gaetz said. “This is the cannabis reform legislation that has the greatest chance to pass this Congress.”

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For the first time in six decades, there’s a change at the top in Cuba, involving someone not named Castro.

Miguel Diaz-Canel was born in 1960, one year after Fidel Castro took power, and has served as First Vice President since 2013.

“To call [Diaz-Canel] a leader, I think really is a misnomer; he’s just basically a figurehead,” said Cuban-born Alfred Cuzan, a Professor of Government at the University of West Florida.

Despite the newly minted president, Cuzan says the Castro family’s fingerprints remain on the regime.

The Pensacola Symphony closes it’s Saenger Season this Saturday, April 28th, at 7:30pm.  The evening, which includes works by Nielsen and Rogerson,  will be anchored by the Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz.   Music Director Peter Rubardt and UWF professor Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on this landmark piece .

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Eight years ago Deepwater Horizon exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 and sending crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A group of Pensacola-area environmentalists want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Christian Wagley with the Gulf Restoration Network, was among those speaking to the media Friday at Casino Beach on a picture-perfect day.

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Is 13 a truly unlucky or lucky number? In one instance, Florida voters will make the call.

The latest incarnation of the state Constitution Revision Commission is history. The 37 members adjourned last week after settling on eight proposed amendments for the November 6 general election ballot.

“We were called the ‘Tribal Elders of the State’ in the sense that we were people who broadly represented the state and broadly represented different interests,” said Former state Senator Don Gaetz of Niceville, the lone CRC member from the Panhandle.

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The University of West Florida celebrated the grand opening of University Park Center on campus, part of the school’s inaugural Founders Week observance.

Ground was broken in October, 2016 for the  $7  million, 33,000 square foot facility, which brings extra space for a couple of growing health care programs.

“It brings Florida State University to our campus,” said UWF President Martha Saunders. “The FSU College of Medicine’s Pensacola Regional Campus will use this space as the home base of the FSU Physician Assistant Program.”

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In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Alexis Janosik, assistant professor from the Department of Biology at the University of West Florida, discusses using environmental DNA to show evidence of lionfish in rivers and estuaries. 

 

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Coming off an appearance in the Division II national championship game, the University of West Florida Argonauts wrapped up drills on Saturday, with the annual Blue-Green spring football game. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody was there.

About 1,000 fans, in folding chairs and on blankets, watched the Argos’ take Pen Air Field, exiting from the brand new University Park Center clad in Blue and Green jerseys.

For over a dozen years, April has been recognized as Financial Literacy Month in the U.S. A recent survey by Junior Achievement shows most students get information on managing money from their parents. Jack Kosakowski, the President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, says the results of their annual survey have remained pretty consistent. "That really puts a responsibility on parents. Beyond that, [students] then go down to social media sites to get [financial] information which, depending on which site they go to could be good or could be problematic.

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