The Buzz 9/12/19

Beach Protections Passed After months of hammering out the details with local beach advocates, Escambia County officials have passed an ordinance offering protections for Santa Rosa Island. The formal moved followed the passage of a non-binding voter referendum affirming such protections against over-development last November. Commissioner Robert Bender, who oversees Pensacola Beach in his District […]

The Fight for a Public Beach

By Jeremy Morrison Who can lay claim to a grain of sand? On Pensacola Beach, it’s kind of complicated. In 1947, the federal government deeded Santa Rosa Island to Escambia County, with the condition that it be used for the “public interest” and not resold, only leased. And while much of the island is subject […]

Winners & Losers 7/11/19

Winners Robert Bender Beachgoers didn’t have to pay the $1 Bob Sikes toll to Pensacola Beach over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. District 4 Commissioner Bender announced on the eve of the holiday that he would utilize District 4 discretionary funds to pay the toll from midnight Thursday, July 4, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, […]

Winners & Losers 6/20/19

Winners Robert Bender Florida Counties Foundation presented District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender with the Certified County Commissioner designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the foundation. Commissioner Bender received the designation with 16 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties Annual Conference. Burn Beautiful The […]

More Efficient BCC Meetings

By Duwayne Escobedo The newest version of the Escambia County Commission put on a how-to clinic for families on how to talk out difficult issues and remain friends afterward. In their first regular board meeting together Thursday, the five-member board solved life-work balance for themselves and their staff by trimming their meeting schedule. Steven Barry, […]