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America’s flood insurance chief has a message for all Floridians: You’re at risk

The National Flood Insurance Program provides nearly three times the number of policies in Florida as any other state. But the number of Florida homes covered in high-risk areas has dropped by 15 percent over five years. More from the Miami Herald.

Cortez commercial fisher seeks constitutional change

Cortez commercial fisherman Mark Coarsey will take his passion and petition to oppose the gill net ban to a statewide audience March 13. Coarsey is fighting to revamp restrictions promulgated by state agencies he considers out of touch with the commercial fishing industry. More from the Anna Maria Islander.

Donna Shalala enters race to replace Ros-Lehtinen

Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala is looking to make a big splash in her post-Canes career. Shalala plans to run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. See Shalala’s filing with the Federal Election Commission, here. Also read more at the CBS Miami and the Tampa Bay Times.

When real estate developers run out of waterfront property

With vacant waterfront property in short supply throughout Miami-Dade County, real estate developers are increasingly targeting older, existing condo buildings and buying out the owners at premium prices. More from the Miami Herald.

Crowley Logistics opens new cold storage facility in Jacksonville

Crowley Logistics opened a CrowleyFresh cold storage facility within its West 30th Street distribution center in Jacksonville. It’s the second Florida facility for the company. The other is in Miami. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Orlando Science Center and the Orange County Library System are both finalists for the national medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it was announced Monday. They are competing in separate categories for museums and libraries.

McDonald’s is reversing course in Central Florida on the frozen patty that helped make it a fast food powerhouse, testing a fresh patty there to try to keep up with the myriad of better burger options. Orlando is one of eight markets getting the fresh burger patties after the idea was tested in Texas and Oklahoma last year.

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Sci-Fi Speed Dating Employee Claims Boss Sexually Assaulted Her at Pensacon

NBC15 is a weather and news TV station serving the Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL regions — which included the Pensacon comic convention that ran in Florida last week. They are reporting that a female booth worker, Kristen Reynolds, claims she was sexually assaulted by her boss when walking from the Pensacola Bay Center toward the Grand Plaza Hotel parking lot.

She told NBC 15 that she has worked for a speed dating company, who were operating at the show, for six months and that this was her third comic-con working for the company. She states she has filed a report with the Pensacola Police Department.

She also told WeAreTV that the company has 45 shows lined up for the year. On Facebook, she writes:

WARNING: Last weekend while working in florida at Pensacon, I was sexually assualted by my then boss. Pensacon staff went above and beyond to ensure my safety alongside of my eye witness and has aided in the on going investigation and have been nothing short of outstanding.

Please spread the word in hopes to keep conventions safer seeing as his company is incredibly well known- with over 45 shows booked this year.

Pensacon organizer, Kat Bishop said “The vendor will not be invited back to return to Pensacon… This is a very serious allegation and we want to make sure that everyone knows Pensacon is a safe place to be.” They issued the following statement:

This past weekend, one of our vendors was accused of sexual assault by an employee that he brought in to work the convention at their hotel. It was brought to the attention of our transportation department, whose admin is a police officer, and took appropriate actions to report the incident to the proper authorities.

Pensacon has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment or assault. Period. This vendor has been banned from attending our convention and we are cooperating with authorities fully in this matter.

Pensacon did indeed host a Speed Dating event at the show, but the company, Sci-fi Speed Dating of Rochester New York, run by Ryan Glitch, has closed their Facebook page but it still available through Google cache and they describe themselves, thus:

Sci-fi Speed Dating is all about helping convention goers find somebody special! We are a 7 person operation, and we are all committed to making our sessions fun and safe. We have been around since 2010 and we have never had a bad show. We have been at New York Comicon, C2E2, Boston SuperMegaFest, MegaCon Convention, and our personal favorite, Star Wars Celebration V

Bleeding Cool called the company using the phone number on Google Cache, and spoke to Glitch. He told me that he has stepped away from the Sci-Fi Speed Dating company, has handed it off to his second in command, and is no longer running it while this is an ongoing situation. And that a press release will be sent out later in the week.

However, some individuals have already stated that they will not be bringing Sci-Fi Speed Dating to their show as a result.

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Impeachment billboard going up near Trump’s Florida home

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (RNN) – It’s not up yet, but a pithy political billboard calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment is already making headlines.

The sign will tower over I-95 about two miles from Trump’s South Florida residence Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.

The message: “Impeachment now, Make America America Again!”

The left-wing Mad Dog PAC is behind the billboard and others across the country that target Republican lawmakers and conservative causes.

A recent billboard put up by the group in Pensacola, FL, reads, “The NRA is a terrorist organization.”

The political action committee was founded by Claude Taylor, a former White House staffer during the Clinton administration.

Mad Dog PAC raises money on its website to pay for the billboards.

“We are working every single day to find companies who will accept strong messaging,” the website says.

The impeachment billboard is scheduled to run from March 19 – April 15.

There are at least four of these same billboards have already posted across the country in Richmond, VA, Columbus, OH, Spring Run, PA and Visalia, CA.

So far, none of them have attracted the same attention as the upcoming Florida sign. But then again, none of them were on the road from the airport to the president’s home.

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State of Housing and Economic Study of Escambia County – March 14

Dr. Rick Harper will present the State of Housing and Economic Study of Escambia County at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 14 at Skopelos at New World Landing. The study and luncheon are sponsored by Home Builders Association of West Florida, Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, and the Pensacola Association of Realtors.

“We are excited to share the data that Dr. Harper has collected for this study,” said Home Builders Association of West Florida Executive Director David Peaden. “This information will be useful in helping our decision-makers plan for future growth in Escambia County.

Data that Dr. Harper will share at the luncheon includes:

o Population growth patterns, including historical rate, comparisons to
other geographies, and forecasts for the county by population age

o Trends in employment by occupations and wage level.

o Future housing supply and demand based on forecasted growth patterns and
affordability measures. This will include projections of housing market
needs and likely growth.

o An analysis of the level and rate of change in home ownership.

Tickets for the luncheon are available at Contact the Home Builders Association of West Florida, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce or
Pensacola Association of Realtors for sponsorship opportunities.

What: State of Housing and Economic Study of Escambia County Luncheon Featuring Dr. Rick Harper
Where: Skopelos at New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Escambia County Seeks Appointee For Housing Finance Authority

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Escambia County residents interested in volunteering to be considered for an appointment to the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority. Appointees serve without compensation. Escambia residents interested in serving on the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority are asked to submit a resume and letter indicating their desire to serve by 5 p.m. Friday, March 2. Resumes should be submitted to Judy Witterstaeter, Program Coordinator, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1591, Pensacola, FL 32502 or

The Escambia County Housing Finance Authority was established in accordance with Florida law. The authority’s duties are to assist in eliminating shortages of adequate housing, stop reoccurrence of slum conditions and stimulate employment and commerce. Knowledge in the area of labor, finance or commerce required. Authority members serve a four-year term of office. Financial disclosure is required.


The authority’s regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month and typically last between one to two hours (i.e. 24 hours annually). Board members are also required to attend special meetings that are occasionally called on an “as needed” basis in connection with proposed multi- and single-family financings. Board members must review various documents (official statements, trust statements, loan agreements, etc.) prior to each monthly meeting. Preparation time generally ranges from one hour for a normal meeting, to four to six hours if there is a substantial item on the agenda. Board members are also required to be available for any bond issue closings that occur during the year and to also make time during the month to consult with the executive director (and/or be available to sign documents, checks, etc.) as needed in connection with routine authority business. Board members are also strongly encouraged to participate in various educational workshops and conferences sponsored by the National and Florida Associations of Local Housing Finance Authorities (approximately two a year) in an effort to stay abreast of emerging trends and changes to all the various laws and regulations in the housing finance and municipal finance industries (such as their due diligence responsibilities before approving a bond issue, SEC/MSRB regulations, disclosure responsibilities, etc.) that impact the authority’s mission of providing safe, decent and affordable housing.

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Colony House Apartments on Scenic Highway to be auctioned March 8

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Residents of Colony House Apartments on Scenic Highway in Pensacola face an uncertain future with a change in the properties’ ownership set to occur soon.

The apartments, spread across three parcels, will be up for auction March 8 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building of the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. The sale arrives after the properties’ former owner, Perdido Housing Corp., failed to make payments on its mortgage. As a result, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Bank of Oklahoma foreclosed on the loan.

Robert Crongeyer, appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida as special master in the case and an attorney at Pensacola firm Beggs & Lane, said the bank similarly foreclosed on other properties in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties. Auctions for those sites occurred Feb. 9 in Fort Walton Beach and at the end of January in Milton.

Asked by the News Journal how the auction of the Colony House Apartments could impact residents’ rents and leases, Crongeyer said it remains to be determined.

The Colony House Apartments, located at 800 Scenic Highway, will be sold at public auction on March 8.

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“I can’t surmise what might happen in the future,” he said. “I know that in some of the others, the residents were not affected. But going forward, I can’t predict what the new owner might do.”

On Thursday at the apartments’ building at 900 Scenic Highway, 65-year-old resident Judy Cannon said she had not previously been informed that the property would be sold.

“This is news to me,” said Cannon, who has resided at Colony House Apartments for nearly a decade. “I like staying here, and I don’t want to move if I don’t have to.”

Cannon, a hotline specialist for Conair Corp. who works from home, said she pays about $700 each month to rent her 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom and two-bathroom unit. She lives at the apartment by herself, but the extra space comes in handy when she has family visiting. It also provides space for a home office.

The Colony House Apartments, located at 800 Scenic Highway, will be sold at public auction on March 8.

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“My concern is do I have to find another place to live and how fast will I have to?” she said. “Trying to find one in this price range, as nice as it is here, would be very hard.”

Michael Kent, the registered agent for Perdido Housing Corp., could not be reached by the News Journal on Thursday. According to court records, the court ruled that the corporation owed the Bank of Oklahoma more than $21.7 million.

Crongeyer said it remains to be seen how much the Colony House Apartments will fetch at the auction. But he said based on the property’s value — assessed in 2017 by the county appraiser at a total of more than $3.4 million — the price could be quite large.

“At any auction, you don’t know what people are going to bid,” he said. “I would anticipate because of the value of the properties, that the bids will be substantial.”

Joseph Baucum can be reached at or 850-435-8632.

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Louise Borgstede

Pensacola – Borgstede, Louise 95, of Brandon, formerly of Pensacola, passed away at home on Christmas Day, 2017, to be with our Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, MSgt(ret) Al Borgstede, WWII USMC vet, and her son, Scott Borgstede, USN vet. She is survived by her son LCDR(ret) Erich Borgstede of Florida, USN vet; by daughters Helen Lewis of Florida, Karen Easter of North Carolina, and Elise Bock of Illinois; by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was very active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League while accompanying Al to various duty stations. Louise and Al volunteered at Baptist Hospital, Pensacola. After his death, she volunteered at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, and Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton. Services will be February 23 at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 6305 N. Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola, 32526, with 10:00 a.m. visitation and 11:00 a.m. service. Louise will join her husband at Barrancas National Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the church or donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School, 2913 John Moore Road, Brandon, FL 33511, or Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL, 33612.

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Mistakes To Avoid When Looking For Apartments Pensacola FL

Searching for apartments Pensacola FL to buy or rent is often an overwhelming and daunting process. Of course, there are some mistakes you should avoid to make the whole process go smoothly. Here are some of the common mistakes to avoid when looking for apartments Pensacola FL.

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Pensacola’s Roy Jones set to make fight #75 his last

PENSACOLA, Fl. (WKRG) – Pensacola’s Roy Jones boxing career will finally be coming to an end with his 75th and last fight.

Roy is 49-years old and will fight Scott Sigmon. News 5 spoke with Roy on Friday in the gym as he trains for the final chapter of his great fight career.

The fight is set for February 8th in his hometown of Pensacola. Jones is 65 and 9 with 47 KO’s. He admits most champs don’t go a half a century in the ring.

Jones says, “Bernard Hopkins, maybe George, maybe Larry Holmes, but not many guys have gone as long. It use to be 35 was an old guy, 36 was a fossil, but to be 49 is incredibly amazing. Says a lot about the sport and a lot about us who do the sport the right way.”

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You Scored a Fair

1931 – 2010 Robert L. Shifley , 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 10, 2010 at Covenant Hospice Care, West Florida Hospital. Robert was born January 26, 1931 at Tennessee, Illinois, the son of Howard and Wanda (Clark) Shifley.
He was married to Margaret Schulte of Colchester, Illinois, December 18, 1955. She survives, along with a daughter, Diana (Ken) Myers of Pensacola, FL; grandsons, Erik (Ashley) Myers of Gulf Breeze, FL, Kevin (Rachel) Myers of Pensacola, FL; sister-in-law, Isabelle (George) McCullough of Macomb, IL; brother-in-law, Jim (Maryanne) Schulte of Lake Havasu City, AZ; brother-in-law, Tom (Maria) Schulte of Good Hope, IL and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gordon, and a sister-in-law.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the US Navy 1951-1955.
He was employed 27 years at King Seeley Thermos Co. in Macomb, IL, and nine years as manager of Jefferson House Senior Apartments in Macomb, IL, retiring in 1992. In 1996, he and his wife moved to Pensacola, FL to be near their daughter. He was a member of Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College. He enjoyed traveling, photography, and flower gardening
Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, June 14 at St. Johns Chapel, Pensacola Christian College. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 6479 Caroline Street, Milton, FL 32570.
Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, Cantonment, is in charge of arrangements.
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