Category Archives: Florida

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Nearly 100 Florida Guardsmen to deploy to Horn of Africa – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 27, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fl. (WEAR) Sunday morning there was a deployment ceremony for members of the Florida Army National Guard’s 1st Squadron 153rd Cavalry Regiment. There are nearly 100 members in that Squadron.

Family members, friends, dignitaries and military leaders were invited to the ceremony. It was held at the Florida National Guard armory in Pensacola. Florida Governor Rick Scott was also in attendance.

via Nearly 100 Florida Guardsmen to deploy to Horn of Africa – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

SRIA asking for power to pick up belongings

July 10, 2015

The Santa Rosa Island Authority will ask Escambia County for the power to collect items left on the beach overnight.

The SRIA on Wednesday voted to approve asking county commissioners for an ordinance that would allow for things like beach tents, chairs, coolers and floats to be collected by staff if left out overnight. The ordinance still has to be drafted, a public hearing conducted and approval given by the county commissioners.

via SRIA asking for power to pick up belongings.

SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 09, 2015

The endless amount of trash left behind after major events on Pensacola Beach like this weekend’s Red, White and Blues Air Show is nothing new for those living on the island.

However, the Santa Rosa Island Authority wants to get rid of the mess left behind on the beach, and they’re taking the first step.

On Wednesday evening, the SRIA voted in favor of getting rid of anything left on the beach after 7 p.m.

via SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 09, 2015

The endless amount of trash left behind after major events on Pensacola Beach like this weekend’s Red, White and Blues Air Show is nothing new for those living on the island.

However, the Santa Rosa Island Authority wants to get rid of the mess left behind on the beach, and they’re taking the first step.

On Wednesday evening, the SRIA voted in favor of getting rid of anything left on the beach after 7 p.m.

Residents are glad something is being done to keep the beaches clean.

via SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

BREAKING: Boat crash sends four to hospital – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 05, 2015

A Perdido Key boat crash sends four people to the hospital.

An Escambia County spokeswoman said a boat crashed into a dock in Perdido Key.  The call came in at 4:15 Sunday morning.  The dock is located at the 16000 block of Perdido Key Drive,. behind the Seaspray condos.

via BREAKING: Boat crash sends four to hospital – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal

June 15, 2015

Lucy Buffett creates a new ‘Destin’ation with opening of  second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, Florida

“I am absolutely thrilled to be opening LuLu’s in Destin, Florida. The positive reception we have received from the local community has been awesome. I can’t wait to share our special gumbo love and authentic Gulf Coast cuisine with the thousands of friends that journey to the Florida Panhandle every year. I’m humbled and grateful to everyone who has helped make this big dream come true.”

-Lucy Buffett, Owner

via Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Beach property dispute ends with battery charge – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

May 27, 2015

A dispute over where people can sit on the beach ended with a battery charge for a homeowner in Walton County. The confrontation took place behind a townhome in Miramar Beach. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says the resident, Edie Batt, objected when a group of people set up on what she said is her private property.

A cell phone video of the incident, taken by the victim, Kelli Gosdin, was released by the Sheriff’s Office. It shows the most heated part of the argument, when the deputy’s report says Batt knocked the phone out of Gosdin’s hand, causing a small abrasion. A man’s voice can be heard on the video, saying “All right, this has gotten physical now.”

via Beach property dispute ends with battery charge – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Two dogs killed in beach house fire

May 27, 2015

Two dogs were killed in a house fire Tuesday on Pensacola Beach.

About 11:15 a.m., a fire erupted at a residence between Avenidas 12 and 13 on Ariola Drive.

Firefighters made entry into the residence and found two dogs deceased, an Escambia County spokesperson said. Fire crews also located another dog that survived the blaze. No people were injured in the fire.

via Two dogs killed in beach house fire.

Boater rescued after 12 hours of fighting for his life – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

May 19, 2015

A boater spent more than 12 hours fighting for his life in Escambia Bay after he crashed his boat under the interstate bridge Sunday night.

Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission haven’t identified the boater.  Santa Rosa Rescue say he was in his 50s.

Investigators say the boater crashed his vessel against the piling under the interstate bridge around 9 p.m. Sunday. Help didn’t come until after 10 a.m. Monday.

via Boater rescued after 12 hours of fighting for his life – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Pensacola headquarters for lionfish tournament

May 10, 2015

Pensacola is headquarters for Florida’s largest lionfish event aimed at eradicating as many of the frilly-maned invaders from our waters as possible and creating demand for its tasty, white meat.

The inaugural Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day festival and tournament is May 16-17 at Plaza de Luna on Palafox Pier, and at nine other communities across the state — Kissimmee, Fort Pierce, Crawfordville, Panama City, Martin County, Jacksonville, Key Biscayne, Destin and Mexico Beach.

via Pensacola headquarters for lionfish tournament.

‘Buy groceries early’: Event-filled weekend sure to clog beach highways in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores | AL.com

April 24, 2015

The calendar may say it’s still spring but it’s going to feel like summertime at the beach this weekend, especially for those on the road.

From Friday night’s sold-out Jimmy Buffett concert at the Wharf’s Amphitheater to Mullet Toss to a car show to nearly a half a dozen sports tournaments in Gulf Shores, the traffic warning signs are there.

“Buy groceries early, that’s all I can say,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon warned during Tuesday night’s council meeting. “It’s going to be a very busy weekend.”

via ‘Buy groceries early’: Event-filled weekend sure to clog beach highways in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Get ready for a busy weekend on the island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 20, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — Cam Price and others at the Flora-Bama are naturally expecting a crowd for the iconic roadhouse’s party of the year, Mullet Toss.

But another event this weekend has Flora-Bama crews expecting an unusually busy day on Thursday rather than Friday or Saturday or even Sunday.

via Get ready for a busy weekend on the island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Who should get RESTORE dollars?

April 17, 2015

Days away from the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Escambia County officials continue to wrangle over how they will award RESTORE Act funding when it is eventually handed down from the federal government’s settlement with BP.

There’s no telling exactly how much Escambia might get when the money finally comes, but it will undoubtedly be in the tens of millions, if not more. And it will be money that comes with relatively few strings attached that can be spent widely on economic, environmental and infrastructure initiatives.

via Who should get RESTORE dollars?.

Spring Break madness cure: Stop the ‘beer, vomit and urine’ – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 15, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP)- Tourism officials who survived Florida’s other Spring Break fevers are ready to help Panama City Beach out of the horror show that led to a woman being sexually assaulted on the sand as hundreds of revelers looked on.

“Shame on Panama City Beach for letting itself devolve into what it has become,” said Nicki E. Grossman, now president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

She said she’s sending a letter to her Panama City Beach counterparts describing just how her city did it.

“Beer, vomit and urine, that’s not what we wanted,” Grossman said.

via Spring Break madness cure: Stop the ‘beer, vomit and urine’ – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Boaters could soon see anchoring restrictions in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 04, 2015

A bill making its way through the legislature would restrict where boats can anchor overnight.

The bill states that a boat cannot be anchored within 200 feet of the shoreline or developed waterfront property from one hour past sunset to one hour before sunrise.

Some boaters are opposed because they say dropping anchor close to waterfront property is ideal because then waters are shielded by land.

via Boaters could soon see anchoring restrictions in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Protestors against sale of Habitat for Humanity homes – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 03, 2015

A group of protestors gathered outside Pensacola’s Habitat for Humanity headquarters.

“We are protesting the fact that the Pensacola Habitat board of directors bundled 21 homes and 33 parcels and brought them to one private investor in Orange Beach, Alabama,” said protestor Elizabeth Watkins

Watkins says something just didn’t sound right about the process.

via Protestors against sale of Habitat for Humanity homes – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Perdido Key Wine & Arts Festival

April 01, 2015

The sixth annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be at VillagioTownCenter (13700 Perdido Key Drive) on April 2-5.

The festival has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions, including the U.S., Europe and South America.

via Perdido Key Wine & Arts Festival.

Perdido Key to Host sixth annual Wine & Art Festival, April 2-5 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 23, 2015

The sixth annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be at VillagioTownCenter (13700 Perdido Key Drive) on April 2-5.

The festival has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions, including the U.S., Europe and South America.

via Perdido Key to Host sixth annual Wine & Art Festival, April 2-5 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bill aims to keep Floirda reef locations private – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

March 07, 2015

Escambia County – A new proposed Florida bill would keep the locations of some artificial reefs a secret.  Senator Greg Evers is sponsoring the bill that would remove the location of privately built artificial reefs from public records.

Florida’s artificial reefs bring in billions of dollars a year.  People all over the country travel to Pensacola to dive our reefs.

Steven Hemmert, has been diving for nearly 23 years. He’s been a dive instructor at MBT Diving Center for the past three years. He said he doesn’t see the benefit of removing the location of private reefs from public records.

via Bill aims to keep Floirda reef locations private – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Escambia County looking to boost sports tourism

March 03, 2015

A new sports venue is just one thing that could come out of a proposed study to determine how to attract fans and recreational enthusiasts to Escambia County.

Pensacola Sports Association wants the county to spend up to $350,000 to hire a consultant and study the feasibility of building a new sports venue in an effort to boost sports and recreational tourism.

via Escambia County looking to boost sports tourism.

Would you ride a beach trolley? Orange Beach teams up with Florida county for feasibility study | AL.com

February 12, 2015

Fueled by $86,000 in federal urban transit funds, Orange Beach has agreed to support a study looking at the feasibility of a seasonal beach trolley system that would link up coastal communities in Alabama and Florida.

The city is part of the Pensacola, Florida-Alabama Urbanized Area and Escambia County, Fla., will administer the funds that are designated for transportation-related planning with no local, out-of-pocket costs. The Baldwin County Commission as well as the Gulf Shores City Council have also pledged their support.

The transit study will look at the feasibility of establishing a seasonal beach trolley loop connecting the Alabama-Florida state line with Gulf Shores along the beach highway.

via Would you ride a beach trolley? Orange Beach teams up with Florida county for feasibility study | AL.com.

Pensacola State College offering low-cost dental care – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

February 10, 2015

If you need low-cost dental care, you may be able to get it through Pensacola State College.

They have a Dental Hygiene Clinic at their Warrington Campus.

Student hygienists can do cleanings, x-rays, and fluoride treatments as well as screen for oral cancer.

Linda Lambert/Pensacola State College,  “Most of our patients love the services we provide, they’re very detailed, and they’re with the supervision of a registered dental hygienist.”

The number for appointments is 484-2236.

Fees generally range from five to twenty dollars.

via Pensacola State College offering low-cost dental care – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

LuLu’s restaurant in Destin shooting for an early summer 2015 opening | AL.com

January 27, 2015

The second LuLu’s restaurant now under construction in Destin, Fla. is expected to open as early as this summer. Situated in a spot overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, the eatery will seat as many as 300 people. Similar to its premier location in south Baldwin County, LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, the Destin restaurant will engender the same feeling and atmosphere stretched out over 20,000 square feet of space.

via LuLu’s restaurant in Destin shooting for an early summer 2015 opening | AL.com.

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