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St. John's Cemetery Foundation

If the decision is made to relocate the Confederate monument in downtown Pensacola, there’s at least one possible suitor — St. John’s Cemetery.

“The location that we proposed the statue should be at the cemetery – there are a series of roundabouts in the middle of the cemetery,” said St. John’s Foundation President Eric Stevenson. “And we have proposed putting it in the first roundabout in the older section of the cemetery.”

I still remember standing at Casino Beach in the late spring of 2010 as the ugly sheets of oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It seemed incomprehensible that a rig accident 100 miles from Pensacola could shut down our beaches, our tourism industry and our sense that the Gulf of Mexico was so large, so resilient that even our worst efforts couldn’t tarnish it.

We were wrong, and the evidence was washing ashore in the gentle swells.

UWF

The old adage “when one window closes, another one opens” could apply to a change at the beginning of the University of West Florida’s 2020 football campaign.

The Argonauts — rated No.1 in both Street and Smith’s and Lindy’s preseason Division-2 polls — were originally set to kick off defense of their national championship against West Virginia Wesleyan. But the Bobcats’ conference, the Mountain East, had other plans.

Huntington Ingalls Industries

In an effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic, all large gatherings have been canceled for the foreseeable future. That has meant smaller graduation ceremonies or none at all, no concerts, plays, or college or professional sports events.

For the future USS Tripoli, it means the scrapping of plans for a grand commissioning ceremony that had been scheduled in Pensacola later this month.

Opinion: Florida Cannot Afford Another Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Jun 17, 2020
NOAA

When BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April 2010, one of us was governor of Florida. The other was a sixth-generation Floridian about to dedicate his career to protecting this state’s environment. Both of us were horrified to learn that 11 Americans lost their lives because of an offshore drilling disaster, and for months after oil gushed unchecked into our precious Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the look back on the 10th anniversary of the BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the force behind the RESTORE Act.

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Residents of Niceville have added their voices to the calls for equal justice for African-Americans. 

Sunday afternoon, hundreds of protesters gathered and marched from Niceville City Hall to the city’s skate park in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It was a “perfect” protest, said Niceville Police Chief David Popwell. 

“It was very orderly; there were no issues,” he said. 

Except for the calls he received about signs. 

In this Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Kevin Krieger, UWF Professor of Finance, discusses legalized sports wagering on the Gulf Coast.

NOAA

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an attack on the health of the Gulf and there were many efforts to clean up the damage. But a researcher from UWF says Mother Nature likely did the biggest clean-up job. 

At the time of the oil spill, it was estimated that the economic impact of the Gulf of Mexico in the U.S. and Mexico was around $234 billion a year. Despite that, there was a lot about the Gulf that scientists didn’t know.

City of Pensacola

More citizen input for the police department and monitoring coronavirus – two of the main items on Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s plate during his weekly news conference on Monday.

The mayor pointed to recent upticks in the number of cases and testing percentages. But he adds they’re still under the April and May figures.

Photo courtesy of Escambia County

Ten years ago, the Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico became one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters.  The spill started after the explosion on April 20, but it was around this time in June that the oil began to show up on Escambia County beaches.

This week, WUWF is beginning a series of reports marking the 10th anniversary of the spill.

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Sunday, June 14

Three-Day Spike Puts Cases At 73,552 
Test results for more than 39,800 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Friday, June 12. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are:

·       2,581 new positive COVID-19 cases (1,885 Florida residents and 17 non-Florida residents)

·       48 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5 percent. On June 11, 6.2 percent of new cases** tested positive. 

Obama White House Archives

As oil from the shattered Deepwater Horizon gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama wrapped up his fourth trip to the region with a stop aboard NAS Pensacola ten years ago Monday. 

“Yes, this is an unprecedented environmental disaster; it’s the worst in our nation’s history,” said the President. “But we’re continuing to meet it with an unpreceded federal response and recovery effort. This is an assault on our shores, and we’re going to fight back with everything that we’ve got.”

Governor Ron DeSantis

  

Gov. Ron DeSantis is out with a plan to reopen Florida’s public schools at full capacity this fall, regardless of the status of the coronavirus pandemic.

Developed by the Re-Open Florida Task Force in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, the plan provides a "road map" to support health and safety measures -- despite the continued rise in the number of COVID-19 patients statewide. But those cases, he contends, are not indicative of any clinical consequence.

Pensacola Mask Sewers

After 11 weeks and a little over 30,000 masks, the Pensacola Mask Sewers group is slowing down. 

“As the state started opening up, the requests for masks was tapering off,” said Jess Patton, who created the group and its synonymous Facebook group of nearly 2,800 members. “We were making about 5,000 masks week after week before things started to slow down.”

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