Oct. 28

COVID testing

On Thursday, operations for the regular Covid-19 mobile testing at Brownsville Community Center and Cantonment Pediatrics will be delayed by one hour. Weather and wind permitting, both test sites will open at 10 a.m.

Zeta Update In Escambia


As Hurricane Zeta readies to make landfall between New Orleans and Biloxi, the outer fringes will lash the Florida Panhandle with wind, rain and storm surge.

That in turn, is affecting early voting.

Early voting continued Wednesday in Santa Rosa County’s 6 locations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“That will give us time for me to send teams of folks out to all of our sites, get things secured, bring items back that need to be brought back here to our main office,” said Tappie Villane, Elections Supervisor in Santa Rosa.

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

Statewide, COVID-19 Deaths On A Downward Trend

Today, data reported to DOH shows there has been a steady decline in the number of reported Florida resident deaths who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19. The second week of August compared to the second week of September, shows a 74 percent decrease in the average number of reported COVID-19 related deaths. 

13,445 Culmulative Positive Cases Escambia County


Jennifer Brahier wants Pensacola’s District 1 to be safer to walk or ride a bicycle. She also wants the city’s decisions to be more transparent by having town hall meetings in the district that is north of Pensacola International Airport between North Ninth Avenue and Spanish Trail Road.

A nationwide program that encourages reading will take up residence in Pensacola for a month.

“The Big Read is a program organized by the National Endowment of the Arts and Arts Midwest that encourages communities to all join together with the simple pleasure of reading a good book,” said Anna Wall, the Chief Curator of the Pensacola Museum of Art.

National Hurricane Center

In what’s shaping up as the never-ending 2020 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Zeta is churning northward in the Gulf of Mexico. Northwest Floridians are being urged to monitor the situation.

Zeta is expected to re-strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall Wednesday night around the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Escambia County officials held their first briefing – a virtual one – on Tuesday.

In this weeks Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. John Worth, Professor of Anthropology at UWF, discusses the Soto Expedition to Pensacola in 1539.

National Hurricane Center

With the Gulf Coast bracing for Hurricane Zeta, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson used part of his weekly news conference to urge residents to be on their guard.

“It’s a beautiful day (Monday) but we obviously find ourselves again with the potential of a storm coming into the Gulf of Mexico; and if this sounds like a broken record, this is the third time in little over a month that this has happened,” said Robinson.

November Skies Of The Gulf Coast

Oct 26, 2020

The full moon, the Hunter’s Moon, occurs on Halloween. The last quarter moon is on Nov. 8. The waning crescent sits three degrees north of Venus on Nov. 12. The new moon is Nov. 15. and will not interfere with peak for the Leonid meteor shower on the morning of Nov. 18. The waxing crescent moon passes two degrees below brighter Jupiter and three degrees below Saturn on Nov. 19. The waxing gibbous moon is five degrees south of fading Mars on Nov. 25, and The Full Moon, the Beaver Moon, is on Nov. 30. 

Courtesy Escambia Children's Trust campaign

One of the most significant local issues to be decided in the Nov. 3 General Election is a referendum asking voters to take a bold step toward improving the well-being of children in Escambia County.

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Just 11 days before Election Day, President Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Pensacola Friday night.

Thousands — many of them in the trademark red hats — gathered at ST Engineering hours before Air Force One landed. President Trump was introduced by a roundup of local and state politicians, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, and State Rep. Alex Andrade.

Fresh from his final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump arrived at the podium saying “Eleven days from now, we’re going to win my home state of Florida.”

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Friday, Oct. 23

Pensacola, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is continuing specimen collection for COVID-19 offered to Florida residents. The primary focus is virus testing from swab samples to help identify those who are COVID positive and that need contact tracing. This effort is part of the continuing public health surveillance and monitoring for COVID-19 that is occurring across the state.

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Schedule*


Chip Simmons for Escambia County Sheriff

After a dozen years, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is stepping down, with voters to decide his successor on Nov. 3. The Republican nominee is Chief Deputy Chip Simmons. 

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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Follow live updates and analysis here


University of West Florida President Martha Saunders delivered the first virtual “State of the University” address Thursday.  It was a classic example of “sulfur and molasses.”

“It’s been quite a year on the good ship, Argo,” Saunders said. “We’ve sailed a lot of rough seas, we’ve survived a number of storms, but we have amassed a great deal of treasure.”

First, the molasses.