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Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region

April 26, 2017

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s many miles of undeveloped beaches provide a big economic benefit to the region, according to a new study from the National Park Service.

The study, conducted by the park service and an economist for the U.S. Geological Survey, found that the 4.8 million people who visited the park in 2016 spent more than $206 million in surrounding communities and provided an estimated $251.8 million in economic benefit to the region.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region.

Spring break wraps up

April 22, 2017

In Okaloosa County, Sergeant Jason Fulghum, head of spring break operations for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, said his deputies have arrested 500 people so far for underage drinking, over 100 more than last year. He also attributed the increase in arrests to higher crowds, potentially caused by heavier enforcement in other areas.

“I think that Orange Beach (Alabama) started doing the same type of enforcement that we’re doing, where they weren’t doing it last year,” Fulghum said. “And it’s caused some of them (spring breakers) to come back over here.”

via Spring break wraps up.

Blackwater River rescue: Four missing ‘tubers’ found | WEAR

April 13, 2017

Early Wednesday morning, a tubing trip to the river turned into a search and rescue mission for four people vacationing in Santa Rosa County.

The group of four entered the water close to Deaton Tridge in Blackwater River State Park on Monday. It wasn’t until Tuesday at 9 p.m. that they were reported missing. Today, they were found at 2:45 a.m., just three miles downriver.

via Blackwater River rescue: Four missing ‘tubers’ found | WEAR.

Friends of Southwest Branch Library welcomes park manager

April 04, 2017

Big Lagoon Park

State Park Manager Geoffrey Davidson will be the guest of the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library at 6 p.m. April 10 at the library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway.

Davidson will share news and events on the local parks he manages, which include Big Lagoon, Tarkiln Bayou and Perdido Key state parks. Light refreshments will be offered.

via Friends of Southwest Branch Library welcomes park manager.

Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR

March 29, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. WEAR — Okaloosa County commissioners may soon do away with a program which spends more than $18 million every year. But commissioners still have a lot of questions before they cast their vote.

County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss, but not vote on, scrapping the county-run tourism department in favor of a public-private partnership with local chambers of commerce and business owners.

via Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR.

Man assaults Pensacola officer, jumps off interstate | WEAR

March 06, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Pensacola Police Assistant Chief Tommi Lyter told WEAR that an officer was attacked while responding to a call on Interstate 110 Saturday night.

According to Lyter, 25-year-old Brandon Lintner was walking down I-110 at the Maxwell Street ramp when an officer spotted him around 8:15 p.m.

Authorities say Lintner refused to speak with the officer and started looking over the side of the overpass.

via Man assaults Pensacola officer, jumps off interstate | WEAR.

Alcohol ban on Pensacola Beach could become permanent

March 02, 2017

After a year-long trial run limiting alcohol in some areas of Pensacola Beach, county leaders are considering making the changes permanent.

While law enforcement leaders and some beach business owners say the alcohol restrictions have improved the atmosphere on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and led to fewer alcohol-related brawls in public areas, others say the ordinance is too restrictive.

via Alcohol ban on Pensacola Beach could become permanent.

Local man beats cancer naturally | WEAR

February 27, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — A local man has put more than 3000 hours of research into a book about how to beat cancer using natural remedies. He claims he has proof it works: his very own life. The book went to #1 on an Amazon cancer book list.

Joe Marx was told he had a 17 % chance of surviving esophageal cancer back in 2013. “It was quite a shock, stage 2.”

via Local man beats cancer naturally | WEAR.

Florida medical pot likely to be off-limits for Alabamians | AL.com

February 27, 2017

When south Alabama residents want lottery tickets, they get in the car and head for the Florida Panhandle. Does the Sunshine State’s embrace of medical marijuana mean ailing Alabamians will be able to do the same in search of relief?

Technically, there’s no law that says otherwise. But don’t hold your breath: There are a lot of details to be worked out, to define the territory opened up by Florida’s Amendment 2. There is also a precedent that suggests it won’t be worked out in a way that opens the door to nonresidents.

via Florida medical pot likely to be off-limits for Alabamians | AL.com.

Why the Florida Panhandle Is an American Paradise – Thrillist

February 22, 2017

You’ve been to Malibu, South Beach, and the Hamptons; to Cannon Beach, the Outer Banks, and the Jersey Shore, and you think you know a thing or two about beaches in this great country, right? Think again, amigo.

If you’ve never traveled the approximately 100 miles of glorious American coastline between Alabama and Florida known variously as the “Emerald Coast” and, more colloquially, the “Redneck Riviera,” then brother (or sister), you are in serious need of some beach schoolin’. There’s not a place like it in the damned world, and you’d be a fool to miss out on her myriad (often bizarre) pleasures, sights, sounds, and food. Here’s what makes the Florida Panhandle and LA (Lower Alabama) so spectacular.

via Why the Florida Panhandle Is an American Paradise – Thrillist.

Defense Drops Motion Against Media in Mary Rice Trial

February 22, 2017

During a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Rosa County Courthouse, the defense attorneys dropped their motion to restrict the media from the trial.

The motion was dropped after the attorneys came to an agreement with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office agreed to not speak to the media about the case during the trial.

via Defense Drops Motion Against Media in Mary Rice Trial.

Tipster who led police to Boyette and Rice will receive $16,000 – FOX10 News | WALA

February 15, 2017

The person who led deputies to William Boyette and Mary Rice will get a nice reward. That’s been in question the last few days, which has cause quite the outrage. The tipster won’t get the full $21,000 reward money that was initially offered, but will receive a nice chunk of it. So what led to all of this? FOX10 New is told it was all about remaining anonymous.

via Tipster who led police to Boyette and Rice will receive $16,000 – FOX10 News | WALA.

Primitive camping at Perdido Key suspended

February 14, 2017

Irresponsible campers who leave behind piles of garbage and discarded gear have prompted Gulf Island National Seashore to temporarily suspend primitive camping at the Perdido Key area.

Until this week, campers could drive into the Johnson Beach area and walk the extra few miles to the primitive camping area. Rather than bring their gear and garbage out, many campers have been leaving tents, chairs, sleeping bags, air mattresses and bags of garbage at the camping area.

via Primitive camping at Perdido Key suspended.

Affidavits: Mary Rice drove murder victim’s vehicle, lived with – FOX10 News | WALA

February 12, 2017

An arrest warrant affidavit for Mary Rice, 37, out of Santa Rosa County, Fla., sheds new light on the gruesome week-long crime spree, spanning three states, she and William Boyette, 44, now deceased, are said to have committed in recent days.

via Affidavits: Mary Rice drove murder victim’s vehicle, lived with – FOX10 News | WALA.

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