BOB SIKES BRIDGE GOING BACK TO NORMAL
After back to back toll-free weekends on Pensacola Beach, things are going back to normal—-for now. Commissioner Robert Bender says through Labor Day, there will be two cash lanes and two designated SunPass lanes. Bender does want to study ways to improve traffic over the long term–including going cashless altogether.
UNDERHILL PAYING FOR LEGAL FEES
Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill will be paying the legal costs to battle a libel suit filed against him by Scott Miller, the former managing partner of the now defunct Rolling Hills landfill. The libel suit stems from social media comments Underhill made about the landfill, which Underhill says were made as part of his duties as commissioner. Chairman Lumon May says if the courts determine that Underhill was performing his duties as commissioner, he could be reimbursed later.
NINE MILE/PINE FOREST
A weekend traffic note…there will be alternating lane closures at Nine Mile and Pine Forest roads from 8 o’clock tonight until early Monday as crews reconstruct the intersection to match the newly constructed eastbound lanes. Traffic control officers will be on site to help direct traffic. FDOT says the lane closures will happen again next weekend.
A local legend is coming back home to Escambia County this weekend. WWE star Roman Reigns will appear Sunday at the Pensacola Bay Center for the SummerSlam Heatwave Tour. It will be the first hometown appearance in five years for the Escambia High alum. The 34-year-old tells the PNJ he’s excited to perform in front of family and friends, and he compares it to the same feeling he gets at WrestleMania.
ECSO SUV HIT
A Pensacola man was cited for careless driving after authorities say he rear-ended an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle shortly before noon Thursday. 77-year old Rodney McInnis was stopped at a traffic light on West Fairfield Drive behind a marked ECSO Chevy Tahoe. FHP says McInnis’ foot slipped off the brake, and his car traveled forward and hit the patrol vehicle. No injuries were reported, and there was minor damage to both vehicles.
A Pensacola man has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison as a habitual felony offender after he was convicted last month for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 35-year old Amos Weatherspoon Jr. was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge W. Joel Boles.
ST GRANT TO PENSACOLA
The Department of Commerce is investing to help establish a training center for maintenance technology programs at Pensacola International Airport. The Department’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $12.25 million grant to Pensacola to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to establish the maintenance training facility. The grant will be matched with more than $36 million in state and local investment and is expected to help create 400 jobs.