GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is hitting the reset button on what many consider an underwhelming campaign, with a new slogan: “Jeb Can Fix It.”

Bush’s reboot – some call it Jeb 2.0 – kicked off Monday in the wake of dropping poll numbers and slumping finances. Speaking at a rally in Tampa, he appeared to acknowledge a lack of the style shown by some of his competitors, saying he’s resisted advice on how to present himself.


The 2015 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in Pensacola. Each year, the event features an Invited International Artist; and this year’s special guest is British realist Alan Weston.

Over the next couple of days, Weston will visit local elementary schools and he’s scheduled to speak at a public event at 5:30 pm this Tuesday evening at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College.

City Of Pensacola

Eight months after first going before the Pensacola City Council, a proposed ordinance to set up a lobbyist registry is close to being resurrected.

Mayor Ashton Hayward floated the idea in October of last year, via his digital newsletter.

“Anyone that’s coming down on behalf of another individual or business that wants to lobby the council or myself, we need to recognize that [and] they need to be transparent about it,” said Hayward last January.

Sandra Averhart

Despite Sunday’s rainy weather, there was a huge turnout for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who held a book signing event at the Books-A-Million store in Pensacola.

Carson’s appearance at Books-a-Million is part of a national tour to promote his latest book, "A MORE PERFECT UNION What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties."

The book signing event comes on the heels of his recent surge in the polls, where he ranks at or near the top, along with GOP rival Donald Trump.

Lindsay Myers

  The City of Pensacola has hired the first of possibly two assistant city administrators – selecting a high-profile figure from Escambia County government.

Keith Wilkins was among five finalists for the position. He’s worked for the county for the past 15 years, as the Director of the Community and Environment Department and most recently, Natural Resources Management. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward says he’ll be a good fit.

Photo via Flickr// FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute /

  Residents along the Escambia County coastline are being advised to protect themselves against exposure to Florida Red Tide.

At last check, moderate to high levels of the Red Tide organism are predicted to be present from Friday through Sunday, according to the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County.

  People in Gulf Breeze have been finding big green postcards in their mailboxes with the words “we’re sorry” printed in white. The back of the postcards cards say “Let’s be honest…Christians have really messed up at times. We’re sorry we’ve been judgmental, we’ve been unloving, we’ve been hypocritical, we’ve let you down. We’ve acted nothing like Jesus.” 

Tom Rice

  The Veterans Tribute Tower will soon make its way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Fort Walton Beach.  The tower’s long journey begins on Saturday. Delivery of the tower is the first of several scheduled events to honor military veterans through November 11th.

The Veterans Tribute Tower has been several years in the making. It was constructed at the Verdin Bell Company’s foundry in Cincinnati. The same company poured and cast the tower’s Freedom Bell using their mobile foundry in September at Uptown Station.

Pensacola Ice Flyers

  The Pensacola Ice Flyers’ home opener is set for Friday evening at the Pensacola Bay Center – aka “The Hangar.”

The Ice Flyers dropped the puck on their seventh season last Friday at Peoria, winning 3-1, then losing to the Rivermen 4-0 on Saturday.

“We played very well; the second game we obviously didn’t get the results but the mistakes we made were on us. Those are things that are fixable,” said Head Coach Rod Aldoff, who’s back for a third season behind the bench.


   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses federal interest rates, gas prices and a recent Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. board of directors meeting in Miramar Beach.

As predicted, members of the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates the same.