Two hundred jobs are being created through a major manufacturing facility to be built at the Port of Pensacola.
Mayor Ashton Hayward kicked off the announcement, with a number of business leaders and elected officials sitting under a tent and battling a swarm of gnats near Commendencia Slip. The City Council approved a lease agreement in March, which was executed in May – opening the door for the project.
No Party Affiliation voters in Florida are helping fuel a national trend by rejecting both the Democratic and Republican parties in now-record numbers. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.
The reasons are many – political bickering; no desire to identify as either a Republican or Democrat, and not wanting to be pigeonholed on certain issues. According to state figures, Florida’s voter rolls have added more than 500,000 names in the past four years – 90% of which are unaffiliated. In the meantime, the two major parties have remained for the most part stagnant.
School may be out for the summer but the Escambia County School District has been busy dealing with issues for the coming school year and beyond. Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas Says the county is instituting a new policy that allows students who are put on out of school suspension to make up the work they miss and not get an automatic zero.
350 Pensacola hosted a talk this week on climate change and why there’s such a deep divide over the issue. The event was held Tuesday, July 7 at the Bayview Senior Resource Center. Larry Chamblin, a local climate activist and member of 350 Pensacola, made the presentation, titled: “Public Opinion, Politics, and the Challenge of Communicating Climate Change.”
“It’s a huge challenge,” says Chamblin, referencing the split public opinion.
Florida’s Great Northwest -- the region’s economic development marketing organization -- is sending a five-member delegation to Great Britain in hopes of securing aviation jobs for this region.
The entourage will attend the Farnborough Air Show – an event in southeastern England where aviation firms get together to wheel and deal in the latest aircraft, helicopters and related goods and services.