Category Archives: Florida

‘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.

Pirates of Lost Treasure plans Mardi Gras flotilla

January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 – Perdido Key, FL (PK) -Come join the party by land or by sea as the Pirates of Lost Treasure Pirate Flotilla invades the waters of Perdido Key. Enter your boat and join the parade for a chance at a $100 prize awarded for each category!! Most spirited crew, most original theme, and best decorated boat and it cost $25 and completed entry form to enter your vessel.

via Pirates of Lost Treasure plans Mardi Gras flotilla.

Plans announced for new $300 million luxury resort in Destin near Henderson Beach State Park | AL.com

January 21, 2015

There isn’t currently a AAA-certified Five Diamond hotel on the Gulf Coast between Houston and Sarasota, but a group of developers is hoping to change that, with plans to open a new $300 million luxury resort hotel in Destin next year. Executives from the Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. were in Destin Tuesday for the formal announcement of plans to build the Henderson Beach Resort, which will encompass the current Henderson Park Inn and add a new 171-room luxury hotel named The Henderson across the street.

via Plans announced for new $300 million luxury resort in Destin near Henderson Beach State Park | AL.com.

Early morning burglary in Perdido Key has other businesses on high alert – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 12, 2015

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says a burglary took place at The Reef Bar and Restaurant in Perdido Key Sunday morning. Deputies say from about 3:00a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday, is the window that a person or persons broke into the Reef and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

via Early morning burglary in Perdido Key has other businesses on high alert – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

NOAA: No charges filed yet in dolphin killing

January 08, 2015

No charges have been filed so far against a juvenile who confessed to shooting and killing a bottlenose dolphin with a deer-hunting bow and arrow in Florida waters in December. Allison Garrett, a spokeswoman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said there are no new details about the status of the case since the Dec. 19 announcement that public tips led federal investigators to the juvenile.

via NOAA: No charges filed yet in dolphin killing.

Man accused of killing woman, hiding body in Baldwin County commits suicide in Florida prison | AL.com

January 04, 2015

A man accused of killing a Pensacola woman and disposing of her body in a remote area of south Alabama committed suicide in a Florida prison last week, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. Archie Hauck was serving a 20-year sentence for probation violation on a 2009 aggravated assault charge.

via Man accused of killing woman, hiding body in Baldwin County commits suicide in Florida prison | AL.com.

Bear who mauled teen in Franklin Co. now identified – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 03, 2015

The bear that attacked a teenager in Franklin county has been identified.15-year-old Leah Reeder was attacked by a black bear while walking her dog in the town of Eastpoint on December 21st. Florida Fish and Wildlife set up traps in the urban area to catch the bear.

via Bear who mauled teen in Franklin Co. now identified – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Two bears euthanized in Panhandle area where teen girl was mauled – WEAR – Pensacola Local News – ABC

December 27, 2014

EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials say they have trapped and euthanized two adult bears in an area where a Florida Panhandle teenager was mauled. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says two cubs also were trapped and will be released elsewhere.

via Two bears euthanized in Panhandle area where teen girl was mauled – WEAR – Pensacola Local News – ABC.

Online lottery sales in Florida may be something of the future – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

December 10, 2014

In the state of Florida, if you want to buy a lottery ticket, you’ve got to come to an approved retailer, like the Chicago Store and Deli here in Pensacola. But if one lawmaker in south Florida gets her way, that could be changing in the future. Lottery tickets must be purchased in person, and can only be paid for in cash.

via Online lottery sales in Florida may be something of the future – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

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