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Friday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

ALEXANDER RUNNING FOR SHERIFF

The former Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander has decided to throw his hat into the ring in to run for Escambia County sheriff. Alexander posted his intentions for the office on social media on Thursday.  The only other pre-filed candidate so far is another former Pensacola Police Chief and the current Escambia County Chief Deputy Chip Simmons.

MORE HIGHWAY 29 PROJECTS

More improvements coming to Highway 29.  Bids will be opened later this month for a Florida Department of Transportation project to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 29 and Molino Road, resurface eight miles of Highway 29 and improve several other intersections from Molino to Cantonment.  Bids on the estimated $11.4 million project will be opened March 27. It is expected that construction will begin this summer with completion in the fall of 2020.

4TH QUAKE

The fourth earthquake in the North Escambia area in about a week occurred early Wednesday morning near Pollard, Alabama. The USGS now says the magnitude 2.2 earthquake occurred about 5 miles northeast of Century just before 2 a.m. yesterday. There were no injuries or property damage reported.

EHR RUNNING AGAIN

A Northwest Florida Democrat wants another shot at unseating GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz. Phil Ehr filed paperwork Tuesday to make a second run as a Democratic candidate in the 2020 election in the heavily Republican 1st Congressional District. Florida’s 2020 primary for non-presidential candidates is still 16 months away. Ehr sought the Democratic nomination in 2018 against Jennifer Zimmerman, but lost by more than 20 percent. Gaetz beat Zimmerman in the general election by more than 32 percentage points.

SR DRUG BUST

A recent drug bust has a local sheriff warning that your kids are being targeted by dealers.  Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson says Wednesday’s arrest of 53-year-old Tracy Farley on several drug-related charges confirms his suspicions that kids are at risk.  Farley is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking cannabinoids.  He says deputies found pot-lace brownies and e-cigarettes with THC.  Johnson says in a separate case, deputies found a 15-year old boy leaving a known drug house with marijuana on Wednesday.  He says dealers are luring kids with pot-laced gummies, brownies and e-cigarettes.

POSEY TRIAL

The woman accused of sitting on a child in a deadly act of discipline is on trial.  Opening arguments were held and testimony began in an Escambia County court room in the case of Veronica Posey who is accused of felony first-degree murder for the death of her 9-year-old cousin Dericka Lindsay. The trial continues today.  If found guilty as charged, Posey faces life in prison.

PICKLEBALL COURTS READY

You can now play pickleball and tennis under I-110.  The City of Pensacola has completed resurfacing and striping of the tennis courts at Hollice T. Williams Park.  Parks and Recreation Director Brian Cooper says pickleball is growing in popularity in Pensacola, so adding lines to the courts at the park will cater to the demand.

STREET IMPROVEMENT FEEDBACK

Residents are being asked to give their opinion of some planned streetscape improvements.  The City of Pensacola’s Community Redevelopment Agency says improvements to “A” Street, Reus Street and DeVilliers Street. The improvements may include: sidewalks, lighting, aesthetic and cultural enhancements, street trees, landscaping and bicycle facilities.  A workshop is planned for Tuesday at 5:30pm at City Hall and a public comment period will follow for 30 days.

IMPACT 100

Impact 100 of Pensacola Bay Area is setting new records again.  The organization of women who work to improve their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, says they’re going to be help more this year.  Leaders says they have now reach 1,166 members meaning they will award $1,166,000 to the nonprofit community this year with a historic eleven grants of $106,000.  After the next round of grant awards, the 16-year old organization will have funded 109 grants, totaling $11,664,000.

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