Category Archives: Florida

“Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say

February 06, 2016

Authorities have revealed a shocking twist to the end of “Bonnie and Clyde” crime-spree across Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

According to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Blake Fitzgerald used his supposed girlfriend Brittany Nicole Harper as a human shield during the shootout with sheriff’s deputies outside a home in Milton.

via “Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say.

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com

February 05, 2016

A Missouri couple sought for crimes in four states was shot in a hail of gunfire in the Florida Panhandle early today. Blake Fitzgerald was killed; Brittany Harper was wounded, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The shooting followed a massive manhunt that started in Escambia County and ended in Santa Rosa County. There was a car chase, then a foot chase, and another car chase. A barrage of gunfire erupted near the intersection of Garcon Point Road and Hammock Trace in Milton just before 1:30 a.m.

via ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com.

Santa Rosa Confirms First Travel Related Zika Case – WPMI – LOCAL 15

February 04, 2016

The Santa Rosa County Health Department has confirmed one case of  travel-related Zika Virus, making it the 6th reported case in Florida.

“We can’t confirm the gender or condition of the patient, but we do know that person was traveling and not pregnant,” said Debbie Stilphen, the Public Information Officer Santa Rosa County Health Department, Wednesday.

via Santa Rosa Confirms First Travel Related Zika Case – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Human trafficking problem along the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 29, 2016

Human trafficking expert Marina Anderson told Channel Three News the majority of human trafficking in Northwest Florida is sex trafficking, with most of the victims being transported right along I-10.

Anderson knows this reality all too well. She was a Florida Child Protective Investigator for thirteen years before joining the Office of Child Welfare in 2015.

Anderson said sex trafficking peaks during big events like concerts, political rallies and sporting events.

via Human trafficking problem along the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Drivers don’t understand “Move Over” Law – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 15, 2016

If drivers don’t follow traffic laws, it can put first responders and others in danger. That’s why Florida introduced the Move Over Law in 2002.

To learn more about the law, Channel 3′s Meg McNamara rode along with Trooper Thomas McDonald, who’s been in Northwest Florida for a year and a half.

“It’s opened my eyes,” he says, “being a trooper up here, to a lot of things.”

via Drivers don’t understand “Move Over” Law – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Fort Pickens area closes due to predicted high surf – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

December 28, 2015

Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area to all incoming public use due to predicted winds and high surf, effective Sunday, December 27, at 5:00 pm.

A mandatory evacuation of the Fort Pickens campground will occur.

The Fort Pickens area will remain closed to all incoming traffic and use until further notice.

via Fort Pickens area closes due to predicted high surf – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Perdido Key Master Plan presented

December 09, 2015

Perdido Key Master Plan

Within the next five to ten years, Perdido Key could take on some of the characteristics of other Florida cities like Seaside, along Hwy 30A, or Winter Park, near Orlando.

A new master plan, in addition to changes to current zoning regulations, could make the southwestern corner of Escambia County more welcoming to shoppers, diners, pedestrians and cyclists.

via Perdido Key Master Plan presented.

Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com

December 03, 2015

Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com

A widespread red tide outbreak is occurring along the Alabama coast.

In some places south of Dauphin Island this week, the water is stained blood red in patches that measure up to a half mile across. It is likely the worst red tide outbreak off Alabama in more than a decade.

via Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com.

Gulf Coast residents may see passenger train service again – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

December 02, 2015

There’s a push to bring passenger train travel back to Pensacola.

The Southern Rail Commission is starting talks with cities across four states.  They have invited mayors from cities across the Gulf Coast to their quarterly meeting to talk about the issue.

It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel in Mobile, Alabama.

The commission’s mission is to improve rail service in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  It’s bringing Florida onboard in its latest effort.

via Gulf Coast residents may see passenger train service again – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Meet the Dogs of 30A Thanksgiving 2015: Canines hit the beach | AL.com

November 29, 2015

Dogs are out in style this Thanksgiving weekend on the Beaches of 30A. Many homeowners and visitors enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies in recent days have taken their dogs to the beach early mornings and late afternoons to enjoy the conditions, and the attention they get.

Walton County Florida allows dogs on the beach that have registered with the county early in the morning and afternoons after 3 p.m. in the winter. Late afternoons, therefore, have seen dozens of dogs on the cool sand with their owners.

via Meet the Dogs of 30A Thanksgiving 2015: Canines hit the beach | AL.com.

Weather closes Fort Pickens over the weekend – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

November 25, 2015

FORT PICKENS (WEAR) Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area to all public use due to predicted winds and high surf, effective Tuesday, November 24 at 5:00 pm.

The sand dunes between the Fort Pickens Road and the Gulf of Mexico have been eroded due to recent weather events.

via Weather closes Fort Pickens over the weekend – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

First Inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race” success! | Bo + Allison

November 15, 2015

On the last Friday in October, eleven guys–a few friends, a few acquaintances, a few total strangers–loaded onto the sailing vessel Libra for an adventure they’ll never forget.

Sailing Vessel Libra had circumnavigated the globe at least twice before retiring to Orange Beach, Alabama a decade or so ago. Captain Ryan Rayfield bought Libra a few years ago with the hopes of fixing up the custom 1969 Bill Tripp design and turning her into a blue water sailing school.

Pensacola to Havana Sailboat Race

What better shake down cruise than the inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race”?

via First Inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race” success! | Bo + Allison.

Person bitten by rabid fox in Pensacola

November 12, 2015

Local health officials are urging people to cautious around wild animals after an individual was bitten by a rabid fox in West Pensacola recently.

The fox attacked the individual during the daytime in the area of Dog Track Road, according to a  Florida Department of Health in Escambia County news release. FDOH-Escambia’s environmental health specialists collected tissue samples from the fox which were used by the state laboratory to confirm the presence of the rabies virus.

via Person bitten by rabid fox in Pensacola.

Nashville songwriters gather on Alabama Gulf Coast for start of Frank Brown Fest | AL.com

November 08, 2015

They are the hit songs we sing along to in the car and shower, country hits that crackle rom FM radio stations in major markets.

Sure, we might know the star belting out that favorite country-folksy tune but do we know who wrote the song?

via Nashville songwriters gather on Alabama Gulf Coast for start of Frank Brown Fest | AL.com.

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival opens Thursday | AL.com

November 03, 2015

The 31st annual Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival opens Thursday, and in keeping with tradition it’s a sprawling affair that will scatter literally hundreds of performers across coastal Alabama and the Pensacola area.

The event is centered at Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar; it’s named for the late Frank Brown, a longtime night watchman at the storied state-line roadhouse. Performances will be presented at more than 30 venues.

via Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival opens Thursday | AL.com.

Four yachts retire from Pensacola race

November 02, 2015

Pensacola to Cuba Sailboat Race

With rough conditions during the first 24 hours of the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race, four boats have “retired,” stated a Pensacola Yacht Club press release.

The homemade catamaran Surf Rider and the Island Packet 27 Island Sun returned to Pensacola Bay Saturday afternoon. Makani U’l, a Beneteau 40, suffered damage to her jib halyard and roller-furler system and is headed to St. Petersburg for repairs. Midnight Sun II, a Hunter 42, was dismasted at midnight and motored back to Pensacola Yacht Club by 8:30 a.m, said the release.

via Four yachts retire from Pensacola race.

Ben Carson Draws Huge Crowds in Pensacola

November 02, 2015

Despite terrible weather in Pensacola, turnout for Ben Carson’s book signing event was huge. Roughly close to 2,000 people showed up, many of them supporters who wanted to meet Carson and get a copy of his book “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.”

“He’s not your typical politician. He’s a doctor. And I think he’s speaking for the American people,” said Abbey Cole, Pensacola.

via Ben Carson Draws Huge Crowds in Pensacola.

‘I didn’t know whether I was going to live or not,’ Florida man attacked by bear says | AL.com

November 01, 2015

A Florida man said he came face-to-face with a 400-pound bear when he went to throw out his garbage last week.

In an interview with Panama City’s News Herald, Charles Griffin said when he opened the lid of his hotel’s trash bin, the bear was inside. He tried to run and was caught in the clutches of the bear.

via ‘I didn’t know whether I was going to live or not,’ Florida man attacked by bear says | AL.com.

Six chambers get together at the Flora-Bama Ole River Bar – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 22, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL - The Flora-Bama Ole-River Bar was the sponsor and the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce was the host chamber as six different organizations got together on Oct. 21. There were representatives from the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the Perdido Key Chamber, Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola Beach Chamber, Gulf Breeze Chamber and the Pensacola African-American Chamber.

via Six chambers get together at the Flora-Bama Ole River Bar – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

County Proposes More Rules To Crackdown On Spring Break – WPMI – LOCAL 15

October 21, 2015

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Leaders from the Panama City Beach area are proposing more regulations designed to crackdown on spring break partying and chaos.

The Panama City News Herald (http://bit.ly/1Rm9KNV ) reports the new proposals by Bay County Commissioners are in response to a shooting, alleged gang rape and other incidents that drew national attention during spring break 2015.

via County Proposes More Rules To Crackdown On Spring Break – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Florida Forest Service responding to Innerarity wildfire

October 12, 2015

UPDATE, 9:00 a.m.: The wildfire on Innerarity Point – named North Shore Fire – has been contained at 1 acre. Florida Forest Service crews put a security line around the fire yesterday and the fire is considered controlled.

UPDATE, 12:06 p.m.: The fire is located roughly at 16253 North Shore Drive and currently is 80 percent contained. It is estimated at 3/4 of an acre by local fire departments. The Forest Service is en route to the scene.

via Florida Forest Service responding to Innerarity wildfire.

Boat thieves caught selling stolen Yeti coolers on Craigslist – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

September 23, 2015

For the past few months sheriff’s departments from Walton County to Baldwin County Alabama have received reports of stolen equipment from boats. The items included high end fishing equipment like depth finders, scuba equipment, and expensive Yeti Coolers. “These coolers range from $500 and $600 to $1500 for the large ones. They are high end coolers and they bring a lot of money,” said Rogers.

via Boat thieves caught selling stolen Yeti coolers on Craigslist – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Florida lawmakers looking to raise minimum wage to $15 – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

September 17, 2015

Florida lawmakers are looking to increase the minimum wage in the state to $15 an hour.

The current minimum wage is $8.05 an hour

While the minimum wage debate is expected. Right now, two Florida democrats are pushing the state’s attorney general to do more in enforcing the state’s minimum wage so employees aren’t getting skirted out of money.

via Florida lawmakers looking to raise minimum wage to $15 – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

The Missing and Human Trafficking

August 14, 2015

Another vigil for the missing. This one with friends and family of Tiffany Daniels hoping she will be home soon.

“I believe she is caught up in something. She is caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of and she would want to be out of,” said her mother Cindy.

Human trafficking and according to the experts, it’s not a far-fetched idea.

via The Missing and Human Trafficking.

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