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Florida-bound Southwest flight diverted after engine problem – FOX10 News | WALA

August 28, 2016

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

Fort Pickens closed due to weather – FOX10 News | WALA

August 10, 2016

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.

Gulf Islands to remove asphalt chunks, clean park

August 09, 2016

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.

22-year-old beach vendor killed by lightning strike in Florida | AL.com

August 08, 2016

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.

Lightning strike kills beach umbrella attendant – FOX10 News | WALA

August 06, 2016

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.

Body recovered after plane crash – FOX10 News | WALA

August 03, 2016

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.

Local Man Charged with ISIS Related Crime

July 29, 2016

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.

Marijuana dispensary planned for Pensacola

July 28, 2016

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.

Malibu Lounge breaks from past

July 25, 2016

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.

Blue Angels fly high in Pensacola in honor of fallen angel, Capt – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2016

PENSACOLA BEACH, FL (WALA) - It’s Red, White, and Blues Weekend and thousands of people are in Pensacola for the Blue Angels.

It’s a special tribute this year as the Blues took to the skies in their first show since the tragic death of Marine Pilot Captain Jeff Kuss, who died in crash in Tennessee early June.

via Blue Angels fly high in Pensacola in honor of fallen angel, Capt – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Attorney David Maloney has driver’s license suspended despite DUI dismissal | AL.com

July 17, 2016

David Maloney may have had his suspicion of DUI charge dismissed following a May arrest, but the Florida DUI attorney isn’t getting his driver’s license back.

WEAR-TV reported Maloney’s license was recently suspended for one year for refusing to submit to a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test after he was pulled over for speeding on May 8.

via Attorney David Maloney has driver’s license suspended despite DUI dismissal | AL.com.

Alabama sites no longer under consideration this year as housing for undocumented immigrants | AL.com

July 16, 2016

Alabama won’t be home to any temporary housing facilities for undocumented youths who enter the U.S. illegally for, at least, the remainder of 2016.

Three sites were under consideration as temporary housing facilities – two underutilized Naval Outlying air fields in Baldwin County and Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

The decision, which was made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comes after a month of political wrangling in Baldwin County by county commissioners and federal lawmakers over the potential of utilizing the sites as temporary housing facilities.

via Alabama sites no longer under consideration this year as housing for undocumented immigrants | AL.com.

Fmr. Blue Angels pilot to fly Fat Albert after Capt. Kuss’ passing | WPMI

July 14, 2016

WPMI — The Blue Angels will return to Pensacola this weekend for their annual homecoming show. And soon, there will soon be a former Blues pilot flying with the squadron.

Navy Commander Frank Weisser was on the team from 2008 to 2010. He will fly the number six plane for the rest of this season and next year.

via Fmr. Blue Angels pilot to fly Fat Albert after Capt. Kuss’ passing | WPMI.

Blues in the City: A Talk About Aviation

July 12, 2016

The royal blue and gold, the wings on the FA-18 Hornets, the tricks and turns.

“I’ve seen them do loop de loops, spins,” says 6 year old Ben Medley.

It’s what everyone gets excited for when they see the blue angels in flight…and for people attending this forum to meet the solos, this was no different.

via Blues in the City: A Talk About Aviation.

How an illegal immigration issue is highlighting coastal Alabama’s hurricane evacuation concerns | AL.com

July 12, 2016

When it came to stepping away from Baldwin County as a possible location to house thousands of undocumented youths who entered the U.S. illegally, the federal government didn’t wince over politics.

Nor did it mention concerns about safety, or the stern message from county commissioners: You’re not welcome.

The major concern from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cited in an email to County Commissioner Chris Elliott, was hurricanes.

via How an illegal immigration issue is highlighting coastal Alabama’s hurricane evacuation concerns | AL.com.

Scuba Diver Drowns

July 08, 2016

A day at the beach can look calming and soothing, looks can be deceiving.

Thursday scuba diving for enjoyment turned deadly.

According to the Escambia Sheriff’s Department, Gary Martin Wise was diving alone, when someone noticed he may have been in danger.

via Scuba Diver Drowns.

6 Florida beaches under water advisory, including Miramar, Grayton Beach | AL.com

July 08, 2016

Six Florida Panhandle beaches – two in Okalooka County and four in Walton County – are under a health advisory due to the presence of higher levels of fecal bacteria.

According to the Florida Health Department’s beach monitoring program, Emerald Promenade and Rocky Bayou State Park in Okaloosa County and County Park (Miramar) Beach, Dune Allen Beach, Eastern Lake Beach and Grayton Beach are under health advisories.

via 6 Florida beaches under water advisory, including Miramar, Grayton Beach | AL.com.

Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR

July 01, 2016

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Beaches in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were not mentioned in a television report by an Atlanta meteorologist claiming there was flesh-eating bacteria in Florida panhandle beaches but its ripple effect has been felt there as well.

On Thursday, people out on Pensacola Beach spent the day asking: Is the water safe?

The answer is yes.

via Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR.

No “Flesh Eating” Bacteria at Beach

July 01, 2016

It blew up on Facebook. An Atlanta Meteorologist put up several posts warning people about high levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida.

WSB-TV’s Burns said: “When you head down there you could see these toxic levels of fecal bacteria continuing and very dangerous to swim in these waters. They call this the kind of flesh-eating bacteria.”

via No “Flesh Eating” Bacteria at Beach.

Chief Meteorologist Allen Strum: Flesh-eating bacteria claims inaccurate | WEAR

June 30, 2016

An Atlanta meteorologist caused a scare after posting inaccuracies about Gulf Coast beaches and swimming conditions.

Glenn Burns with WSB-TV in Atlanta put up several posts Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook, warning people about toxic levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida. He even referenced the bacteria as ‘flesh-eating’ in one post. The problem is, the information is inaccurate.

via Chief Meteorologist Allen Strum: Flesh-eating bacteria claims inaccurate | WEAR.

Are beaches on the Florida Panhandle closed? Atlanta report causes panic; water advisories in place | AL.com

June 30, 2016

An erroneous report from an Atlanta television station set off waves of panic among Gulf Coast vacation goers Wednesday.

The Atlanta report from WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns claimed the National Weather Service had closed beaches along the Panhandle due to a “flesh-eating bacteria” known as Vibrio vulnificus. The station later retracted the report – the National Weather Services doesn’t close beaches  and there’s no presence of flesh-eating bacteria – and Burns apologized via social media for the confusion.

via Are beaches on the Florida Panhandle closed? Atlanta report causes panic; water advisories in place | AL.com.

TV report about bacteria in local waters was false, local officials say – News – Northwest Florida Daily News – Fort Walton Beach, FL

June 30, 2016

A television newscaster out of Atlanta inspired a frenzy Wednesday afternoon after reporting that the National Weather Service was warning folks to stay out Panhandle waters due to the presence of “really toxic levels of a fecal bacteria,” which he then explained was “flesh-eating bacteria.”

The National Weather Service doesn’t issue swim advisories. And local health officials clarified that both descriptions were false.“

What the newscaster is saying is incorrect,” said Dr. Karen Chapman, director of the Florida Department of Health for Okaloosa County.“

Enterococci fecal bacteria is not the same thing as vibrio vulnificus flesh-eating bacteria.

via TV report about bacteria in local waters was false, local officials say – News – Northwest Florida Daily News – Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes

June 29, 2016

Dozens of Perdido Key residents reviewed proposed improvements to Gulf Islands National Seashore in their area during an open house hosted by the National Park Service Tuesday.

The park service hopes to use settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to improve parking, boardwalks and wheelchair accessibility in the national park area, which encompasses most of the eastern half of the barrier island.

via Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes.

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