The community action group Movement for Change has been a fixture in Pensacola since the 1990's; officially established in 1997. Led by activist Leroy Boyd, who died in 2010, their original mission was the renaming of Pensacola’s Alcaniz Street in honor of slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the years, members of the organization have tackled numerous social justice issues, ranging from disparities in education, law enforcement, and the voting process.

Warren Jerrems

More than 200 youth volunteers from churches in nine states around the country are in the local community this week, participating in the inaugural Pensacola Workcamp.  The project is providing free critical home upgrades for over 30 local elderly, handicapped, and lower-income residents.

Belle is a 2013 British drama now playing at select theaters across the country; it opened in Pensacola over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and is now back at the Gulf Breeze Cinema. And, it’s a film that Pensacola area residents may want to see because of its local connections.

The film is of note because of its connections to the city of Pensacola.  

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Christy Ball's Piedmont Road home suffered major damage in last week's flood. She attracted a crowd as she talked to the Governor and other city and county officials about what she and many other Pensacola residents are up against. Ball said she's been spending thousands of dollars out of pocket just to begin repairs to her home.

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One of the biggest losses from this week's storm was Manna Food Pantries, who's office and warehouse in Pensacola were just about a total loss.  WUWF's Bob Barrett toured the damage at the Manna complex on Gonzalez Street and spoke about what it means for the future of Manna with Executive Director Dee Dee Flounlacker, who said they have lost "approximately 60 to 75 percent of our food".

On Manna's food storage:

The office and warehouse on Gonzalez street in Pensacola is the only place Manna stores their food. The only food still usable was stored on the higher shelves.

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A small crowd gathered at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway, in Pensacola, Friday morning as the historic chimney from a 19th century sawmill was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. Pensacola City Councilman Andy Terhaar addressed the crowd and read a proclamation from the Mayor honoring the designation.

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It's opening day! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos start their third season in Pensacola Thursday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a game against the Tennessee Smokies.

WUWF's Bob Barrett was at the stadium earlier this week for Media Day, and spoke to Blue Wahoo's owner Quint Studer and manager Delino DeShields about the upcoming season.


Quint Studer on the Blue Wahoos third season:

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It rained most of the day Friday, but when it began to let up at 5:30pm, the grounds crew took the tarp off the infield and got to work. And when Chloe Channell started singing the national anthem Friday night  in front of a huge crowd at Pensacola Bayfront looked like the historic exhibition baseball game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds was finally about to get under way. But Mother nature can be cruel sometimes...and midway through the anthem the rains returned and the game never got underway. 

Florida Governor's Mansion

Flags  are at half-staff at all local and state buildings are flying at half-staff to mark the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew.  He died early this Thursday morning, March 13, at the age of 85. Last Saturday, Askew had been admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to be treated for aspiration pneumonia. His condition worsened when he also suffered a stroke.

Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history.


It's been a couple of weeks since Pensacon took over much of downtown Pensacola, but the impact of the event on the region is still being evaluated.