GULF STORM LIKELY TO BECOME ‘NESTOR’
A storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow stronger. The National Hurricane Center says the system located about 600 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone by tonight. If it does it will be named Nestor. The current forecast track has the storm approaching the northern Gulf Coast by Friday night. Tropical Storm Warnings are up for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Other parts of Florida could see heavy rain this weekend as the storm moves to the north.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SANDBAGS
Sand for sandbags are being offered:
Pine Forest Road and Carroll Street in Milton
Pace Fire Rescue District in Pace
Leisure Street in Navarre
Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze
ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS
Escambia County Public Schools will be open for their normal session tomorrow. However, all after school activities on Friday are cancelled. On Saturday, the district will resume outside activities scheduled after 12:00 noon.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SCHOOLS
Santa Rosa County schools will be open for their normal session tomorrow. However, all after school activities on Friday are cancelled. For now, school events scheduled for Saturday will continue as scheduled.
The Taste of the Beach outdoor festival scheduled for Saturday on Pensacola Beach is cancelled. Friday night’s ticketed VIP Dinner remains still scheduled as planned. Full refunds will be issued for the Saturday Chef Tasting and Beer Tasting.
Santa Rosa County’s household hazardous waste Amnesty Day on Saturday is cancelled.
ARREST IN PENSACOLA SHOOTING
A man believed to be the shooter in yesterday’s shooting incident in Pensacola has been arrested. Pensacola Police say they arrested 23-year old Charlie Richardson and charged him with attempted murder in the shooting of Tawan Stallworth at B and La Rua Streets. Stallworth’s wounds were not life threatening.
The courthouse in downtown Pensacola was evacuated for a short time this morning. PPD says court security saw a woman leave a suspicious package near the front of the building and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office decided to evacuate the building while an explosive K9 was brought it. Some nearby streets were also blocked for a short time before the all clear was given.
DRINK THROWER SENTENCING DELAYED
Sentencing of the 35-year-old political activist who threw a sports drink at GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz as he left a Pensacola event earlier this year has been rescheduled. Amanda Kondrat’yev pleaded guilty in August to assaulting Gaetz as he left a town hall forum at the Brew Ha Ha on June 1st. Sentencing was scheduled for today, but will take place on November 18th.
TESTIMONY NEXT WEEK ON FLORIDA HOUSE ABORTION CONSENT BILL
An important hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Tallahassee. The State House is holding a hearing on a bill that would require parental consent before an underage girl has an abortion. This is different from parental notification.
JANUARY TRIAL DATE SET FOR ACCUSED PARKLAND SHOOTER
A January trial date is set for accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. The judge hearing the case ordered jury selection to begin on January 27th. The 21-year-old Cruz is facing 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
National Geographic has named Pensacola Beach among the top 5 most wheelchair-friendly beaches in the United States. Pensacola Beach installed mobi-mats this summer.
Others on the list from National Geographic include Gulf Shores, San Diego, Wilmington, North Carolina and Muskegon, Michigan.