As of Tuesday, Florida becomes the 36th state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriages.
In 2008, Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. But a series of court rulings found the ban to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment guarantees of equal treatment and due process.
A number of new laws have gone into effect in the new year, including one that will affect parents of young children.
Michele Harris, the Director of Traffic Safety Culture at Triple A says parents must now have children in car seats until they reach the age of 6. the old law which Harris says was one of the weakest in the country, only required children to be in car safety seat until they reached age 4.
Motorists are getting an extra gift this holiday season – the lowest gasoline prices in about five years. That includes the cheapest Christmas Day gas since 2008.
As of Monday, the auto club reported self-serve regular averages $2.26 per gallon in Pensacola. That’s 41 cents less than last month, and 96 cents a gallon lower than one year ago. Mark Jenkins at Triple-A South in Tampa says that’s also the lowest among Florida’s metro areas.
Beginning Friday (Jan. 2), Emerald Coast Utilities Authority kicks off a new waste and recyclable collection service for north Santa Rosa County.
Approved in November by ECUA and the Santa Rosa County Commission, the utility was the low bidder for the contract – at a quarterly charge of $51.27. That beat out bids from the firms Waste Management and Waste Pro. ECUA’s Nathalie Bowers says the charge will pay for a number of services.
Twenty-five years ago in early November, perhaps the foremost symbol of the Cold War between East and West was consigned to the rubble of history.
The fall of the Berlin Wall after 28 years of infamy followed a series of radical political changes in the Eastern Bloc, fueled by changes in its authoritarian systems and erosion of political power. On November 9th, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced its citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin.
With the flooding of late April still fresh on everyone’s minds, the City of Pensacola and Escambia County Commission hosted a stormwater symposium in mid-July, with both promising to cooperate on ways to control flooding.
Torrential rainfall in late April totaled 27 inches in the Pensacola area in a 24-hour period. The resultant flood caused massive damage to roadways – including four parts of Scenic Highway that were washed out. Flooding also swamped some businesses downtown.
At the height of the late April flooding, Pensacola was hit with another tragedy – an explosion at the Escambia County Jail’s Central Booking Facility.
The explosion killed two inmates and injured 184 other inmates and jail staff. About 600 inmates were housed there at the time. They were taken to other county lockups, and to facilities in adjacent counties. The blast originated in a first-floor laundry room, which contained a number of natural gas-powered dryers.
Torrential rain – more than 20 inches in some places -- fell on the Pensacola area at the end of April. Both residents and officials scrambled to assess the damage, as we hear in this year-ender report from WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.
Gov. Rick Scott came to town and declared a state of emergency in 26 counties – including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton – eastward to Alachua County.
Beginning in March cohabitating unmarried adults – gay and straight – were able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.
Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, 2013, setting up a Domestic Partnership Registry, or DPR, and providing registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR was also opened to those living outside the Pensacola city limits.