People who live in the Wedgewood area are starting to gain some traction in their effort to get local, state, and federal officials to do something about the pollution coming from nearby borrow pits and landfills. The Escambia County Commission is now considering a six-month moratorium on the permitting and re-permitting of borrow pits and landfills in the Wedgewood area. The move toward a moratorium follows the July 22 tour of some of the facilities by Commission Chairman Lumon May and State Representative Mike Hill.
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will continue to evaluate the results of air quality monitoring around the Wedgewood Community Center and Rolling Hills Landfill, after issuing a health alert Tuesday for elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide.
Hours earlier, Escambia County Commission Chairman Lumon May and District 2 State Representative Mike Hill toured the Rolling Hills facility and others in the area to see their impact on the surrounding community.
Shaquille Purifoy, a 20 year old graduate of Pine Forest High School who went on to play football for Grambling State University was shot Friday night in Pensacola.
He died Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital. In reaction to the shooting, church and community leaders held a Stop The Violence meeting Monday morning at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola.
"I don't want retaliation. I don't want revenge. I want cease fire!" said Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father, as he addressed the crowd of about three dozen at Monday morning's gathering.
A citizens’ advisory committee has whittled down the list of candidates for Escambia County Administrator from 15. The next step is to bring them in for interviews later this month.
Twenty applicants had been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims told the Commission at its Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday that the list is made up of the five, plus one alternate.
When the Escambia County Commission meets this (Thurs) evening, it’s expected to narrow the list of candidates for County Administrator.
The names of 20 applicants have been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims says the list reflects a nationwide search and wide diversity – six African-Americans, including one woman, and a diversity of professional backgrounds.
When the Escambia County Commission meets today, it will be the first full session with Commissioner Lumon May as Chairman. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with May recently, just after the gavel was passed.