Public comment is being gathered through early March on plans to remove sediments from Bayou Chico using funds from the BP oil spill settlement.

The draft plan includes $12.6 million from the Gulf Consortium for the Bayou Chico Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project.

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university. 

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university. One of the issues Dr. Saunders had to deal with was the state of Florida's Performance Based Funding metrics for all state universities.

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university.

One week after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s pledge to remove Florida from a plan to expand oil and gas drilling off the U.S coast, another Trump administration official says that decision has yet to be made.

Walter Cruickshank, the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, told the House Natural Resources Committee Friday morning that Florida is not off the table” for drilling, sparking an exchange with Congressman Jared Huffman, (D-CA).

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The 2018 Point-in-Time count of homeless persons soon will take place in communities across the country.

Conducted on a cold night in January, the annual survey is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD.

It’s been a busy January for Pensacola-area shelters, helping the homeless and heatless cope with two winter blasts.

Frigid temperatures, with lows and wind chills in the 20s and teens, hit the area twice this month as shelters saw more people coming in to avail themselves of their services, as they do whenever there’s bad weather.

“Whether that’s a hurricane, a bad storm, or of course, the severe cold,” said Waterfront spokesman Paul Stadden. “Waterfront Rescue Mission is always trying to respond to the need as best as it possibly can.”


In this week's Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of West Florida, discusses how shifting coastlines are affecting archaeological sites. 


  Round two of frigid weather in the Florida Panhandle closely resembles that from a couple of weeks ago. But there is some light, and warmth, at the end of the tunnel.

Precipitation from the southernmost reaches of Winter Storm Inga led to a number of closings in northwest Florida the past couple of days: schools, roads, bridges and overpasses. Meteorologist Jeff Huffman at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network says the silver lining is that the rest of the winter mix is tracking to the north and east.

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Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham visited Pensacola on Tuesday, making appearances at the University of West Florida and downtown.

Graham’s first stop was at UWF’s Conference Center, as the main speaker at the inaugural Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series, to deliver a presentation on the “Art of Public Dialogue."

“Democracy was never intended to be passive,” said Graham. “From the very beginning democracy – government by the people – was designed to be a government that emphasized citizen involvement.”

An undeniable impact of the Internet is how it reveals more about who we are, and what human society is like, than anyone could have predicted.

On the positive side we see Go Fund Me-type efforts, where people donate money to support causes or help individuals, or invest in small businesses starting up or trying to expand. They do this because they get their own reward from helping other people. It’s heartwarming. with permission

While much of the attention of late has been on the University of West Florida football program, another UWF squad has been quietly making some history of its own.

Last week head coach Jeff Burkhamer and the team worked on different offenses and defenses in preparation for the next two games – both on the road. The Argos played at Union on Saturday, and at Christian Brothers on Monday night, winning both.

Burkhamer came to UWF in 2015, taking over a team that had won only seven games the previous season.

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One of the leaders in energy innovation and science will be speaking in Pensacola this week. Dr. Nathan Lewis has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He will be the speaker this Thursday and Friday for the University of West Florida’s Hal Marcus of College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. He says his interest in energy began at a young age. "Waiting in gas lines with my dad in the 1970's when we really has an energy crisis.

In this week's Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Scott Keller, professor of marketing, supply chain logistics and economics at the University of West Florida, discusses the importance that access to railroads, interstates and waterways play in the success of ports. 

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The Florida Highway Patrol is working to address its current shortage of troopers throughout the state. Much of what they’re doing is aimed directly at the northwest region, which is one of the areas with the greatest need.

A series of recruitment videos is available on YouTube. The videos highlight the fast cars, motorcycles, military-style vehicles, and planes used for enforcement and show male and female troopers in action; making arrests, working traffic stops and wrecks, and firing off rounds during weapons training.

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The Trump administration’s decision to exclude Florida from the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is drawing both clapping hands and raised eyebrows.

After meeting with Governor Rick Scott at the Tallahassee Airport on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off Florida’s Atlantic coast would be "off the table." 


One of the mixed blessings of growing old is that you have seen a lot. And while it is almost always an exaggeration to say you have seen it all, well, I think I have now seen it all.

In his New Year’s Eve homily, Pope Francis, never one to shy away from taking on our most egregious sins, addressed one of the most prevalent: bad drivers.

I’m with him.

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You’ll be able to drive just a bit faster on some on area highways soon. In fact, one of the changes has already taken place. With the road construction on Interstate 10 near Scenic Highway winding down, the speed limit has been raised back to 70 miles per hour from the Davis Highway exit to the Escambia Bay Bridge. The limit was set at 60 during the road widening project.

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Rick Scott delivered his eighth and final State of the State Address as Florida’s 45th Governor on Tuesday, during kickoff of the 2018 legislative session.

In a nutshell, the Governor’s wish list includes not only more tax cuts, but to make it more difficult for future governors and legislators to raise them. For that, he needs some help outside the Statehouse.

In the final installment of high-profile litigation in Florida in 2018, the nearly 30-year-old dispute over water rights between Florida and Georgia involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

“Georgia has taken our water; the Corps of Engineers is not worried about us,” said Scott in 2013. “That’s why Florida’s going to file suit against Georgia, and take this all the way to the Supreme Court.”