West Florida Healthcare held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the $10 million Perdido Bay Emergency Room that is under construction at U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway.
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.
NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — When you think about squatters, you don’t imagine them in a Navarre beach home that sits directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Investigators say two people are now behind bars for doing just this.
Sgt. Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said, “They picked a pretty nice house to stay in.”
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.”
An unexpected guest spent their Thursday morning catch sunning at Ft. Pickens.
Barry Handshoe sent us the above photos of the alligator that was found near the Fort Pickens entrance on Santa Rosa Island.
He said the gator looked to be about six feet long!
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.8 million visitors to Gulf Islands National Seashore in 2016 spent $206 million in communities near the park, creating an economic benefit of $251.8 million.
That spending supported 3,000 jobs in the local area.
Gulf red snapper season begins the first Saturday in May.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 78-day recreational season.
It’s open the first two weekends of May then everyday through July 9th.
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.
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.
Florida’s State Attorney announced Thursday his office will not seek the death penalty against a woman accused of being an accomplice in four murders in Alabama and Florida, WEARTV reported.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Barbara Craig Rice’s charge stems from the death of Kayla Crocker, a mother of two who was found on Feb. 6 with a gunshot wound to her head. The Escambia County grand jury indicted Rice on Tuesday.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
One of the few beaches in Escambia County that allows overnight camping is suspending it. The National Park Service announced they will stop allowing hike-in camping at Johnson Beach because of irresponsible campers.
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.
Alleged triple murder suspect Mary Rice and her attorney Kenneth Brooks, Jr. is asking the court to restrict publicity during her pre-trial hearings in Santa Rosa County.
In a motion filed Tuesday, Brooks said publicity could make it hard to find an impartial jury for Rice.
The Santa Rosa County Crimestoppers organization will not be paying the $21,000 reward to the male tipster in Georgia who helped authorities locate accused killer William “Billy” Boyette, 41, and his accomplice Mary Rice, 37, after a seven day manhunt.
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.
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.
What hit the community so hard about the alleged killing spree of Billy Boyette, was that all four victims were innocent, defenseless women who were taken so violently.
We’re taking a closer look at the wheels of justice for accused killer Mary Rice. She’s facing murder charges in two states, and we’re told there’s a good chance one of those states may never get to prosecute her.
When Mary Rice was arrested in Troup County, Georgia, the race began for her return to either Florida or Alabama. “We immediately began extradition proceedings to get her back to Baldwin County,” says Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters.
News 5 has obtained Mary Rice’s new Mugshot from being booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail system.
Rice is being held without bond.
Mary Rice arrived back in Florida around Five o’clock Wednesday Night.
A woman who was shot in her home by William Boyette Jr. last week has succumbed to her injures Tuesday night, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.