GULF BREEZE, Fla. (WEAR) — A local company has been chosen to play a big part at the Presidential Inauguration.
J.O. Services Group (JOSG) in Gulf Breeze was chosen to provide all of the digital graphics seen on all of the video screens through the Capitol and the National Mall for the Inauguration.
via Local production company plays big role in Inauguration | WEAR.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — A group that cleans local beaches is hoping the trash they’ve collected sheds a light on littering.
Ocean Hour makes a weekly trip to clean beaches and waterways.
They make art projects out of the debris they find.
via Don’t bury your butts in the sand, “Cig” the sea turtle promotes clean beaches | WEAR.
Five members of a Tallahassee family were involved in a multi-car accident Thursday afternoon near Blue Angel Parkway and U.S. 90 that left a 58-year-old female in critical condition and two 11-year-olds in serious condition.
The chain-reaction pileup occurred when Terry Lynn Cummings, 46, of Caledonia, Mississippi, was traveling west on Blue Angel Parkway at around 2:46 p.m. Thursday and failed to slow down as he approached the intersection at U.S. 90 where traffic was stopped, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
via 5-car pileup on Blue Angel Parkway sends 6 to hospital.
A boat washed up on the Gulf Islands National Seashore about two weeks ago.
When park rangers found it, the 50 foot hull was filled with sand.
via Boat washes ashore Gulf Islands National Seashore | WEAR.
Want to rev up your Harley? Then Pensacola Beach will be the place to be, come November.
Members of the Harley Owners Group, known as H.O.G., were joined by officials from Visit Pensacola and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners on Friday at Casino Beach Bar to announce that the 2017 Southeast H.O.G. Rally will be Nov. 1-4 at Pensacola Beach.
via Harleys to hit the beach in 2017.
PENSACOLA, FL- 59 year old Miriam Mims is hospitalized and in stable condition after she was run over by a float during the Pensacola Christmas Parade Saturday night.
The incident occurred around 5:40 p.m. near the intersection of Spring and Garden streets. Pensacola Police say she was not behind a barricaded area at the time of the incident.
via Christmas Float Runs Over Pensacola Woman.
PENSACOLA, Fla. WEAR — It’s no secret Pensacola’s homeless population has struggled finding adequate housing. The issue forced one man to seek shelter in a vacant home, but after losing everything in a fire, the community is rallying around him. Maurice Sorrell has been playing downtown along Palafox Street for almost five years.
via Community rallies to help homeless, Pensacola musician | WEAR.
Pensacola Police are searching for a man they say shot at an officer. Tijuan Deonte Johnson, 23, is wanted for attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Investigators say officers reported to Highland Drive around 10:30 pm Friday, December 2, 2016 for a report of a man armed with handgun while riding a bicycle. A woman told officers, the man approached her car as she was backing out of a driveway. Fearing for her safety, she sped off and the man fled.
via Wanted: Man accused of shooting at officer – FOX10 News | WALA.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - Pensacola Police are searching for a man who shot at an officer and then ran from the scene late Friday night.
The officer – Matthew Mercado – was not injured in the incident, which occurred in the area of Torres Avenue and Tunis Street, according to a news release from Pensacola Police.
via Pensacola Police seeking man who shot at officer – FOX10 News | WALA.
There are renewed concerns in the diving community after a diver died Friday.
The diver’s widow said her husband was diving the shipwreck, Oriskany, when he went up to fast and began suffering from decompression sickness, a condition also known as ‘bends.’
Kerry Freeland, a long time diver and owner of ‘Dive Pros in Pensacola, says getting decompression sickness is rare and treatment requires the use of a hyperbaric chamber.
via Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR.
It was a wild weather day on the Gulf Coast, storms were everywhere early on Wednesday. A tornado that formed over the waters of the Gulf in Destin was caught on cell phone video.
via Tornado forming over Gulf waters in Destin caught on camera – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area in Florida in anticipation of intense wind and surf that will cause sand and water to cover the road. The forecasted wind and surf are anticipated to cause Fort Pickens road to become impassable.
via Fort Pickens closes ahead of anticipated intense wind and surf | WEAR.
NAS Pensacola, FL- Hundreds of military personnel on board NAS Pensacola who were unable to make it home for the holiday enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings!
USO Northwest Florida put together the feast. Volunteers smoked 150 turkeys, 200 pounds of mashed potatoes, 200 pounds of stuffing and more than 100 pies!
via USO Serves Thanksgiving Dinner At NAS Pensacola.
The return of a passenger train service for the Gulf Coast could be coming.
The previously existing passenger rail service was stopped prior to Hurricane Katrina.
A working group is evaluating the idea of bringing it back and they want your input.
via Passenger train could return to Gulf Coast, community input wanted | WEAR.
A Silver Alert was issued for 83-year-old Shirley Cooey on Sunday.
Nearly a week after she disappeared there are new efforts underway to find her.
Almost seven days after Cooey was last seen her family is not losing hope.
via Search grows in hunt for missing Escambia County woman | WEAR.
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.