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July 1999 First Independent published

November 1999 First Florida Sun published

September 2000 IN publishes first Best of the Coast

January 2001 Papers merge to form Independent Florida Sun

March 2001 $500 million Conoco lawsuit filed

September 2001 9/11 tragedy

November 2001 King brothers arrested

January 2002 Portofino Resort opens

April 2002 Four Escambia County Commissioners indicted

December 2002 Council approves 20-year port lease for Reynolds Ready Mix
March 2003 Trillium referendum fails

April 2003 Alabama Coach Mike Prices parties with strippers

May 2003 W.D. Childers goes to jail

August 2003 Ali G interviews IN publisher

November 2003 Trader Jon’s closes

November 2003 Navy Federal Credit Union comes to Beulah

January 2004 IN staff pre-files for all 10 council seats

February 2004 Paper renamed Independent News

March 2004 Escambia County Charter fails

August 2004 IN Flamingos displayed on Palafox

September 2004 Hurricane Ivan destroys area
November 2004 School Superintendent Jim Paul wins second term

December 2004 Willie Junior found dead

January 2005 Rebuild Northwest Florida launched

February 2005 Rick’s Blog started

May 2005 Last Springfest held

May 2005 IN opens office on Palafox

June 2005 IN catches Ron McNesby outside Hooters in San Antonio

August 2005 Santa Rosa voters approve liquor sales

March 2006 Vice. Adm. Jack Fetterman dies

April 2006 Pensacola Young Professionals formed

May 2006 Pensacola Mayor Emeritus Vince Whibbs Sr. dies

September 2006 Maritime Park Referendum passes

November 2006 Police shut down IN concert on Gallery Night
February 2007 Attorney M.J. Menge dies

May 2007 IN hosts Hawkshaw Music Festival

June 2007 Access Escambia Referendum fails

September 2007 County Administrator George Touart resigns

September 2007 “IN Your Head Radio” launched on 1620AM and runs for 18 months

January 2008 Jim Paul receives DUI

February 2008 Outzen gets 53 votes in Arizona GOP presidential primary

June 2008 Florida TaxWatch issues blistering report on county budget

August 2008 David Morgan upsets Sheriff Ron McNesby

August 2008 McCain picks Palin as VP over Outzen

September 2008 IN attends first McCain-Obama debate at Ole Miss

October 2008 Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama visit Pensacola
December 2008 WCOA’s Luke McCoy retires

June 2009 Gulf Breeze Mayor Lane Gilchrist dies

July 2009 Billings murders

August 2009 Zoo closes

November 2009 New City Charter passes

February 2010 Escambia consolidation effort dies

April 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explodes

May 2010 BP kicks IN out of meeting with Gov. Crist

June 2010 President Obama visits Pensacola Beach

October 2010 First DeLuna Fest held

November 2010 Ashton Hayward elected Mayor of Pensacola

December 2010 ECUA Opens Central Water Reclamation Facility