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Multiple agencies tracking truck driver who bailed out and ran into woods at AL/FL line | WPMI

January 16, 2018

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Law Enforcement officers from two states are searching for a fleeing truck driver who tried to run an officer off the road around 10:45 on Interstate 10 Westbound.

According the Florida Highway Patrol, a commercial vehicle failed to stop at the weigh scales.

via Multiple agencies tracking truck driver who bailed out and ran into woods at AL/FL line | WPMI.

Destin city leaders host workshop spotlighting proposed Crab Island regulations | WEAR

January 09, 2018

DESTIN, Fla. (WEAR) — Crab Island has become a destination for people visiting Destin, but the prime location for boat parties and water activities has recently come under fire for its regulations – or lack thereof.

On Monday evening, City of Destin officials hosted a workshop with local and state officials, law enforcement, business owners and residents to identify problems around Crab Island and how to fix them.

via Destin city leaders host workshop spotlighting proposed Crab Island regulations | WEAR.

Proposed state regulation of vacation rentals opposed locally

January 06, 2018

A state legislative proposal that would transfer regulation of vacation rental housing from local governments to the state is meeting with negative reaction from a wide range of local officials and residents.

The measure is, though, getting support in some quarters.

The proposed legislation from Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would nullify any existing local regulations of vacation rental housing, including single-family homes rented by the owners or through online rental agencies such as Airbnb. If passed by the legislature — a long shot, in some views — the state regulation of vacation rentals would become effective in July of this year.

via Proposed state regulation of vacation rentals opposed locally.

Floating structures could face waves of regulation in ’18

December 26, 2017

The owners/operators of floating structures that serve as businesses on area waterways might begin facing a boatload of local regulations in the new year.

Okaloosa County Attorney Greg Stewart recently told the County Commission that he and county Growth Management Director Elliot Kampert have been working on a draft ordinance that would regulate floating structures moored in waterways within the county’s jurisdiction.

via Floating structures could face waves of regulation in ’18.

Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR

December 22, 2017

(WEAR) — People are getting the chance to vote for their favorite Florida attraction in 2017, and a local spot is one of the many options!

Gulf Islands National Seashore mas made the list.

A panel full of Florida Local Experts and travel writers, enlisted by 10Best, nominated their favorite attractions.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit on Gulf Beach Highway

December 11, 2017

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while crossing State Road 292, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

The pedestrian, who has yet to be identified, and a witness were walking westbound on SR 292 on the north shoulder of the roadway. Kathy Erwin, 59, was traveling westbound on SR 292 in a 2002 PT Cruiser.

via Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit on Gulf Beach Highway.

‘MTV Floribama Shore’ is no ‘Jersey Shore,’ but it’s still bad | AL.com

November 27, 2017

This gang also correctly intuits that hooking up is the only path to pleasing their producers. Their nightly excursions to clubs have a conspicuous familiarity about them, as they twerk and strut and try to show how much fun they’re having on mostly empty dance floors. (Is it possible that they’ve been sentenced to “Floribama Shore” as part of a work-release program?) It’s a sad pantomime of Snooki’s faded glory, which gives a viewer the vague feeling that an entire generation has moved on and no one remembered to tell poor ol’ MTV.

via ‘MTV Floribama Shore’ is no ‘Jersey Shore,’ but it’s still bad | AL.com.

MISSING ALERT: 18-Year-Old Reported Missing in Escambia County | WKRG

November 18, 2017

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 18-year-old in Florida.

Brittany Ann Stevens was reported missing on November 14th according to the sheriff’s office.

She was last seen around 5pm that day getting into a tan or copper colored car with an unknown man, deputies say.

via MISSING ALERT: 18-Year-Old Reported Missing in Escambia County | WKRG.

MTV Today unveils ‘Floribama Shore’

October 30, 2017

The “Jersey Shore” franchise is planning its next reality TV show on the “Floribama shore.”

Jersey Shore creator Sallyann Salsano will be the executive producer of Floribama Shore, which will air on MTV Today. The Shore franchise also includes “Geordie Shore” in the UK, “Gandia Shore” in Spain, “Warsaw Shore” in Poland, “Acapulco Shore” in Mexico and “Super Shore.”

via MTV Today unveils ‘Floribama Shore’.

Hotels want Florida to be like Communist China: Guestview

October 30, 2017

Recently it was reported by the New York Times that President Xi of China and the Communist Party, in order “To reduce the flow of outsiders to the capital, Airbnb and similar home-sharing services have been temporarily suspended.” Nothing would make the Florida hotel industry and local governments happier than if they could do the same and ban short-term vacation rentals in our state.

via Hotels want Florida to be like Communist China: Guestview.

No funeral escort for veterans advocate Larry Rappe angers many

October 26, 2017

The family of a longtime veterans advocate and many of those he helped during his long career are upset that Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies will not provide an escort for his funeral Monday.

Larry Rappe, 67, died Sunday of pulmonary fibrosis. Rappe, a Marine who served in Vietnam, spent 26 years as a counselor and team leader the Pensacola Vet Center.

via No funeral escort for veterans advocate Larry Rappe angers many.

Young Dolphin Found Stranded On Okaloosa Island | WKRG

October 10, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL (WKRG) – Marine life experts are caring for a bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded on Okaloosa Island.

Gulf World Marine Institute and Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge rescued the 1-year-old female Sunday afternoon. Two beachgoers on Okaloosa Island had reported the beached dolphin to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

via Young Dolphin Found Stranded On Okaloosa Island | WKRG.

Convictions made in Foley kidnapping | WEAR

September 19, 2017

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Corey Bowick was sentenced on September 15, 2017 by Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser to 20 years in state prison to be followed by 10 years of probation. Bowick entered a plea of no contest on August 7, 2017 to Armed Kidnapping with a Weapon with the Intent to Commit a Felony, Carjacking with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, and Aggravated Battery.

via Convictions made in Foley kidnapping | WEAR.

1 dead in boat crash east of Ono Island – FOX10 News | WALA

September 19, 2017

A boat crash off the east head of Ono Island left one dead on Monday, Sep. 18.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, shortly after 7 p.m. they received a call from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office alerting them to the crash.

Three people were reportedly thrown overboard when a recreational boat capsized after hitting a sand bar near Galvez Landing. We’re told they were heading home to Alabama. Two of the passengers are injured and the third is reported dead. FOX10 News has confirmed the person who died is a man. The other two are a man and a woman.

via 1 dead in boat crash east of Ono Island – FOX10 News | WALA.

BREAKING: Emergency Crews Respond to Fatal Boat Accident Near Ono Island | WKRG

September 19, 2017

ESCAMBIA, Fla. WKRG — Emergency crews responded to the Galvez Landing Public Boat Ramp Monday evening after reports of a single vessel boat crash.

According to Escambia County officials, one person has died in the crash when several people were thrown overboard. The two other people on board were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

via BREAKING: Emergency Crews Respond to Fatal Boat Accident Near Ono Island | WKRG.

Irma evacuees fill hotels, vacation rentals in Baldwin County – Lagniappe Mobile

September 11, 2017

During normal business hours, you’re not likely to run across a pet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Daphne.

“We don’t normally allow pets,” Manager Steven Peacock said.

This past weekend was anything but normal. Evacuees from Florida seeking safe shelter from Hurricane Irma started arriving on Friday. On Monday morning, Baldwin County EMA director Reggie Chitwood said every hotel in the county was full during the weekend.

via Irma evacuees fill hotels, vacation rentals in Baldwin County – Lagniappe Mobile.

Baldwin County Shows Support to Hurricane Irma Evacuees | WKRG

September 11, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Alabama (WKRG) — The Baldwin County community came together to support those fleeing from Hurricane Irma, but their help doesn’t stop here.

Locals worked together to make bags of groceries for evacuees to take home with them, where they may encounter many hardships.

Additionally, the community is hoping to send evacuees home on a full tank of gas.

via Baldwin County Shows Support to Hurricane Irma Evacuees | WKRG.

Hurricane Irma: Beach conditions for Florida Panhandle, storm preparations for Panama City, Destin, Panama City | AL.com

September 10, 2017

Residents along the Florida Panhandle are being advised to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma as well as for the possibility of serving as a safe haven for thousands fleeing the massive storm.

The outer bands of Irma are making their ways into south Florida with the storm expected to go up the peninsula on Sunday and into Monday before making a western turn towards the Florida Panhandle and Alabama. Irma is expected to bring life-threatening wind and storm surge up to 15 to the Florida Keys and southwestern Florida.

via Hurricane Irma: Beach conditions for Florida Panhandle, storm preparations for Panama City, Destin, Panama City | AL.com.

Irma’s Evacuees Make Florida Panhandle Their Temporary Home | WKRG

September 10, 2017

As Irma was set to make landfall in southern Florida, some people left their homes and escaped to the Florida Panhandle.

“It gives you anxiety,” said said Noemi, a resident of Apollo Beach. “To tell you the truth, I kind of want to cry right now. Makes you think about what you’re going to go back to.”

via Irma’s Evacuees Make Florida Panhandle Their Temporary Home | WKRG.

Bubba Watson donates $2.1 million to Studer Family Children’s Hospital | WEAR

September 09, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie, showed their support of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Friday afternoon.

The two-time Master winner said the two donated $1.6 million to the new Children’s Hospital. They also donated $500,000 to the hospital in August, making the grand total $2.1 million.

via Bubba Watson donates $2.1 million to Studer Family Children’s Hospital | WEAR.

Blakeley State Park, other businesses offering help to residents – FOX10 News | WALA

September 08, 2017

Historic Blakeley State Park is offering Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma free camping on  all sites with no upcoming reservations,  Mike Bunn, Blakeley director of operations, announced today. (Thursday, Sept.7)

“The number of sites available is limited because ours is a small campground”, he said, noting that  Florida evacuees have already begun contacting Blakeley. The offer of free camping extends until Sept. 15.

via Blakeley State Park, other businesses offering help to residents – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama readies for traffic gridlock amid Florida evacuations ahead of Hurricane Irma | AL.com

September 08, 2017

An influx of traffic is expected along Interstates 65 and 10 through coastal Alabama and into the rest of the state Thursday and Friday, as Hurricane Irma creates one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history.

Alabama state transportation and emergency officials will meet around 2 p.m. to discuss potential gridlock concerns along state interstates, such as Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile, which often faces backups at the Wallace Tunnel during peak traffic congestion.

via Alabama readies for traffic gridlock amid Florida evacuations ahead of Hurricane Irma | AL.com.

Baldwin County opens Coliseum for Florida evacuees | AL.com

September 08, 2017

The Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale opened in 2008, and has since served as a showplace for political events and an annual county fair.

But the facility was built to withstand 200 mph winds, and serve as a emergency shelter for hurricanes. And while Hurricane Erma isn’t expected to slam into the Alabama Gulf Coast, the facility will finally serve as a shelter during a hurricane-related event.

via Baldwin County opens Coliseum for Florida evacuees | AL.com.

Hurricane Irma: Florida closes all schools, universities; Disney open; airports closing | AL.com

September 08, 2017

All public schools, universities and state offices in Florida are closed Friday as the state braces for a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.

The Category 5 storm - already blamed for as many as 13 deaths in the Caribbean – is packing sustained winds of 175 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is moving towards the west-northwest at 16 mph on its way towards Miami where it is expected to be a Category 4 or 5 storm. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles from the center; tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

via Hurricane Irma: Florida closes all schools, universities; Disney open; airports closing | AL.com.

Bubba Watson Donates $1 Million Prize, Half Toward Children’s Hospital | WKRG

August 28, 2017

PENSACOLA, Florida (WKRG) — On Sunday Bubba Watson announced he will be donating $500,000 to Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart.

Watson won an online voting contest, MetLife MatchUp, where fans voted for the best recovery shot.  The golfer with the most votes won a $1 million prize.

While fans were voting Watson announced that he would donate $500,000 to Studer Children’s Hospital and give the other $500,000 to support junior golf.

via Bubba Watson Donates $1 Million Prize, Half Toward Children’s Hospital | WKRG.

Second Case of Vibrio Confirmed in Escambia County, Florida | WKRG

August 09, 2017

PENSACOLA, FL (WKRG) — A second case of vibrio vulnificus has been confirmed by health officials in Escambia County, Florida.

The Florida Department of Health tells News 5 that officials reported the second confirmed case of the flesh-eating bacteria on Monday.  Due to privacy policies, the location and identity of the person will remain confidential.

via Second Case of Vibrio Confirmed in Escambia County, Florida | WKRG.

“God Bless America Music Lovers Appreciation Jam” raises funds for music education

August 08, 2017

There’s a nice Eastman guitar on a stand at Suzi and George VanDyke’s Scenic Hills home. Neither of the VanDykes plays guitar, but they have plenty of friends who stop by who do.

The couple will have more guitar-slinging friends over than usual on Sept. 9. That’s when the VanDykes will host the fourth annual “God Bless America Music Lovers Appreciation Jam” in their backyard. Dozens of musicians normally show up for the casual hootenanny, which raises money for musical education. Last year’s backyard concert attracted nearly 300 people and raised $1,000, which the couple gave to the Blues Angel Music Foundation, which supports numerous music programs in Northwest Florida.

via “God Bless America Music Lovers Appreciation Jam” raises funds for music education.

FWC approves cobia regulations and triggerfish season

July 14, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission met earlier this week in Orlando and approved a couple things that are important for anglers in the Florida panhandle.

FWC staff proposed that cobia be reduced to one fish per person and two fish per boat per day with a minimum size limit increase from 33 to 38 inches fork length. The FWC Commission approved the proposal and it will be brought back for final action in September.

via FWC approves cobia regulations and triggerfish season.

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