Florida voters are just 10 days away from the start of early voting and one topic on the ballot – medical marijuana. Amendment Two was only two-percent shy of passing back in 2014, but many voters think this year could be different.
In Pensacola, two different medical marijuana dispensaries are already in the works; they were approved by city leaders over the summer.
via Medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Pensacola – FOX10 News | WALA.
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(WEAR) — Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill pledged to take an item off the agenda at the next commission meeting because of outrage from residents in Myrtle Grove over an affordable housing project.
“I don’t want to give the impression that this community is against affordable housing, because I think everyone can attest that people need a place to start,” said Kim Messer, owner of Tranquil Villas.
via Myrtle Grove residents dispute over affordable housing plan | WEAR.
In less than a year, residents on the west side of Escambia County will no longer need to travel as far to access emergency health care.
West Florida Healthcare officials announced this week plans to construct the Perdido Bay Emergency Room, a $10 million freestanding emergency department, on the northwest corner of U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway. They anticipate an operating date of August.
via Perdido Bay to get standalone emergency room.
A young girl who disappeared from her Florida home on Saturday is believed to be with an Alabama man.
4-year-old Rebecca Ann Lewis is said to be in ‘extreme danger.’ An amber alert was issued yesterday for the child.
via 4-year-old Florida girl missing, believed to be with Alabama man named West Wild Hogs | AL.com.
More than two dozen linemen, superintendents and engineers from Baldwin EMC are getting ready to hit the road heading into the storm.
via Baldwin EMC Crews Head into the Storm.
Hurricane Matthew got stronger Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could intensify even more and be an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane as it closes in on Florida later today.
via Hurricane Matthew tracks toward Florida with 125 mph winds and could get stronger | AL.com.
Hurricane Matthew hasn’t taken aim at Alabama, but some in Alabama are taking aim at Matthew.
Projections suggest it’ll be Thursday night before the storm begins to graze the eastern coast of Florida. It’s unclear whether Matthew will skirt the coast as it sweeps along Georgia and the Carolinas or make landfall one or more times. The possibility has been raised that the storm might even loop out to sea and come back westward for a second strike.
via Hurricane Matthew: For storm-hit states, help will come from Alabama | AL.com.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) — Military families stationed in Guantanamo Bay are on their way to the Florida Panhandle.
Naval officials say about 700 spouses and children are being evacuated from Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station because of Hurricane Matthew. They are being flown to Pensacola Naval Air Station.
via Military families stationed in Guantanamo Bay coming to Pensacola NAS | WPMI.
Hurricane warnings blanketed the Caribbean as powerful Hurricane Matthew tracked toward Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center said Matthew remained a top-end Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph.
via Hurricane Mathew 2016 on path closer to Haiti and Jamaica with 150 mph winds | AL.com.
The number of shorebirds killed by vehicles inside Gulf Islands National Seashore was about the same during the 2016 nesting season as it was during the 2015 season despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the tiny flightless chicks, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
via National Seashore: Shorebird deaths remain an issue.
A famed Vietnam-era Navy fighter squadron will reunite in Pensacola on Saturday to share a unique story about their tribute to a fallen colleague and the woman who helped boost their morale during their long combat deployments.
via Famed Navy squadron reunites in Pensacola.
WEAR — The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park released four rehabilitated sea turtles this week. Celery, Sprout, Mariner, and Sally.
Check out the video of Sprout heading back to the Gulf with Gulfarium Senior Aquarist Graham Northup.
via Sea turtles head home to the Gulf | WEAR.
Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today Fort Pickens will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday. Park crews are expected to finish their cleanup of the road on Saturday morning to facilitate the reopening, a press release from the seashore stated.
via WEATHER: Fort Pickens to reopen Saturday.
Escambia County EMS was called to the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier where someone was reportedly floating in the water near the pier.
When EMS arrived on the scene they found and transported a man to Gulf Breeze Hospital.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
via Man drowns on Pensacola Beach | WEAR.
While Hermine isn’t going to hit our part of the gulf coast head-on, we will still feel some of the storm’s effects at area beaches. Orange Beach saw five to six-foot waves around noon today, and conditions are expected to worsen. Life-threatening rip currents are likely. Red flags are up all along the gulf coast; swimmers are advised to stay out of the water.
via Alabama Beaches Feeling The Effect Of Hermine.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning, just hours after making landfall on Florida’s Big Bend as a hurricane with high winds, heavy rain and nearly 10 feet of storm surge.
via Tropical Storm Hermine weakens inland while on path for Carolinas | AL.com.
For Mike Bailey, camping is only done right when the site is decked out in Alabama swag.
“We haven’t really finished the set up yet, we’re doing two to three things a day,” Bailey said.
He needs the décor, the Roll Tide chairs and the red and white lights all set up before taking part in the traditional camping festivities.
via Hermine pushes Labor Day campers west | WEAR.
Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.
via Tropical Depression 9: Rip currents warnings close water along Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast | AL.com.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - Southwest Airlines Flight 3472 suffered a major malfunction of its left engine, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Pensacola International Airport for an emergency landing at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, according a statement from the airline.
via Florida-bound Southwest flight diverted after engine problem – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program — both conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission — nearly 10,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far.
Since the May 14 kickoff, 9,216 lionfish have been eradicated from the Gulf.
via Nearly 10K lionfish killed in Gulf so far.
Fort Pickens Closed
There were lot of disappointed folks on Pensacola beach Tuesday because they wanted to go to to Fort Pickens and the road was closed. The National Park Service was forced to close it even with just the mere threat of severe weather. Last November a similar system flooded out the road stranding people at the campground for days.
via Fort Pickens closed due to weather – FOX10 News | WALA.
Georgia tourist Sherry Wilson buried her toes in the soft sand of Gulf Islands National Seashore near Navarre Monday afternoon. Wilson stretched out her arms as she took in the quiet swath of undeveloped beach, glistening turquoise water and gleaming white sand.
“It is perfect. Just absolutely beautiful,” she said as she headed to the water.
via Gulf Islands to remove asphalt chunks, clean park.
WEAR-TV — Monday’s rain will likely set the stage for flooding mid-week through Saturday.
The work week starts off with a 70% chance for rain.
A few storms are possible for the first half of the day with a much better chance in the afternoon.
Expect 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain during the day.
via Heavy rains bring floooding threat for NWFL | WEAR.
A Florida beach vendor was killed this weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News Herald.
The victim was identified by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as Zachary Fordem.
The 22-year-old was working on the Okaloosa Island beach near the Island Princess condominium on Friday when he was struck at approximately 3:26 p.m.
via 22-year-old beach vendor killed by lightning strike in Florida | AL.com.
Officials say 22-year-old Zachary Fordem of Freeport died Friday afternoon after being struck by lightning while working as a beach umbrella attendant in front of the Island Princess Condominiums.
Emergency responders were called to a condo on Santa Rosa Boulevard around 3:11 p.m. after receiving calls of bystanders performing CPR on the young man.
via Lightning strike kills beach umbrella attendant – FOX10 News | WALA.
Morning and midday thunderstorms dumped excessive rainfall and lightning cracked across the land. One weather station in Pensacola reported more than 4 inches of rain. That station is a WEAR-TV WeatherNet site at N.B. Cook Elementary School in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola.
via Deluge & Storms for the Gulf Coast | WEAR.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have identified the pilot killed after a small plane crash off of the coast of Destin, Fla.
Officials say 63-year-old Al Habetz of Louisiana flew into the Destin Airport on Tuesday, August 2nd. They say he dropped off passengers and was returning to Louisiana when the crash took place. No one else is believed to be on board.
via Body recovered after plane crash – FOX10 News | WALA.
His name is Robert B Jackson but the FBI says he went by the name of Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson on Facebook.
In the Criminal Complaint, the FBI alleges that Jackson in 2014 posted images on his Facebook page of an ISIS Flag, posted an ISIS recruitment video on his wall, and when asked by another Facebook user if he were ISIS commented “I am not ISIS, though I wish I could help.”
In January, 2015, he posted this picture with a common ISIS hand gesture, and with the words “Shaheed insha’allah” – the FBI says a reference to martyrs in jihad.
via Local Man Charged with ISIS Related Crime.
The first medical marijuana dispensary in the state opened its doors Tuesday in Tallahassee, and the CEO of the dispensing company says a Pensacola location is on the way.
Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, said Wednesday that the company has identified a location within Pensacola City limits, received zoning verification, and is in the permitting phase with the Department of Health. City spokesman Vernon Stewart confirmed that Trulieve had submitted a zoning verification form for 3119 N. Davis Highway.
via Marijuana dispensary planned for Pensacola.
A middle-aged white guy with a bum leg dances, cane-a-twirling, with a young black woman whose legs are, well, just fine.
Soon, the blues licks being hammered out by the Toby Mac Band on the Malibu Lounge stage became just too much for the guy. So there he stood near the bar playing some furious air guitar on his cane while the young woman giggled, still dancing away.
It’s the kind of scene that Malibu Lounge owner Joe Gilchrist loves to see and hopes to see more of in the future at the long-standing Warrington nightclub on Gulf Beach Highway. Folks of all ages, races, creeds, occupations and incomes coming together over a drink and good music.
via Malibu Lounge breaks from past.