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The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food drive is set for tomorrow (Saturday) and people are being asked to leave a bag of nonperishable food items by their mailbox so letter carriers can collect them.

People are being asked to leave nonperishable food items in bags at their mailboxes this Saturday. Pasta, Tuna, Peanut butter, canned meats, beans and other packaged foods are needed. Thursday morning in downtown Pensacola, a rally was held to kick off the event.

Escambia Fire Rescue

The Escambia County Commission is set to vote Thursday, on adding 12 career firefighter positions to staff Escambia Fire-Rescue’s Ferry Pass station.  

The nine enlisted and three lieutenant slots will cost an additional $375,000 in salary and benefits. The idea came about after two residential fires on Good Friday. Neither of which were answered by Ferry Pass, the closest station, because of a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

Florida Fish & Wildlife

Fishers and divers are getting a new artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico, compliments of a retired tugboat.

Built in 1952, “Ocean Wind” was a ship docking assist tug, largely in the Pensacola area, until its retirement two years ago. She’ll be scuttled in 90-95 feet of water, about ten nautical miles southeast of Pensacola Pass.

Bob Barrett

Since 1889, 14 members of the Pensacola Police Force have died in the line of duty. Wednesday morning, the city took time to remember their service. Pensacola Chief of Police Chip Simmons stood in the shade outside Police Headquarters Wednesday morning addressing dozens of citizens, dignitaries and fellow officers and asked they would be willing to sacrifice for their fellow man. "You are looking at a wall with the names of men that did just that. They put their lives on the line for their community...for all of us. And it cost them dearly."

U.S. Navy

The Blue Angels announced the commanding officer for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Monday. And he’s coming to the team from both the cockpit and the classroom.

“I’m still very overwhelmed and humbled by the news I just received, and I’m absolutely thrilled by this opportunity,” said Commander Ryan Bernacchi.

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) hosted a series of public workshops this week on the 2015 Transportation Project Priorities. The sessions provided an opportunity for residents to help determine a transportation game-plan for the area over the next 25 years.  

    

Lindsay Myers

This Saturday marked 8 years of farmers' selling direct to consumers at the Palafox Market. The market has transformed from a small, seasonal market to a year-round market with nearly 100 vendors. Spring has been in full bloom in northwest Florida and I don't think you could have had a more beautiful day to enjoy the market. Plus, for regulars, it is exciting to see the new produce starting to be available! As Spring heads towards summer lots of new produce will be available: maybe even tomatoes soon!

This is National Travel and Tourism week, with Pensacola joining other U.S. cities in celebrating the impact visitors have on local economies.

On Thursday, Visit Pensacola will unveil its five-year strategic plan – “Destination 2020” – which is aimed at revving up the area’s tourism industry. Visit Pensacola President Steve Hayes says they brought in some speakers, and heard from local tourism officials, elected officials, business owners and residents.

Interest in the vacant two-acre property in downtown Pensacola known as “Hawkshaw” has gone from virtually zero to plenty over the past few weeks.

Pensacola’s Community Redevelopment Agency last year issued a request for proposals, or RFP, inviting developers to offer plans and a bid to purchase the property: about 20 years after the CRA acquired it.

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