PENSACOLA BEACH AIRSHOW The Southeast Tourism Society named the Pensacola Beach Airshow, the mid-summer show, as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2012. The annual show draws tens of thousands to Pensacola Beach to see an aerial demonstration by the Blue Angels, the Navy’s renowned flight demonstration team based at NAS Pensacola. This year’s show is scheduled for July 14.
ST. CHRISTOPHER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Its Christmas Caravan has awarded $30,000 to area charities. Their 55th annual Christmas Caravan held last December featured tours of three homes, a luncheon, bake sale, bazaar, silent auction and candlelight dinner. Twenty-six charities, including Salvation Army, United Ministries, Gulf Coast Kids House, Covenant Hospice, Favor House and Alpha Center, were recipients of grants totaling $20,000. An additional $10,000 went toward charities related to the Episcopal Church and Diocese of Central Gulf Coast, such as Wilmer Hall Orphanage, Camp Beckwith and St. Christopher’s Children’s Center.
GRANGER PROPERTIES The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties awarded the commercial real estate firm its award for “Best Broker Deal of the Year.” Granger Properties successfully completed the sale of the government-leased properties located at 411 W. Garden St. and 17 Devilliers St.
BAYOU TEXAR FISHERMEN At the City of Pensacola’s request, the Florida Department of Transportation has banned fishing on the bridge, which spans the bayou between East Hill and East Pensacola Heights. Litter and vandalism were cited by city officials as the reason for the ban.
FLORIDA CASINOS That bill that would have allowed destination casinos in south Florida appears to be dead. A state House panel postponed a vote on a bill after opposition from religious groups, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Disney. The bill would have granted casino licenses to major developers who pledged to spend at least $2 billion on a resort. Genting, a Malaysian company, had already spent nearly a half-billion dollars to acquire downtown Miami real estate for its casino.
PENSACOLA PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. Two Public Works employees were snared in a joint task force investigation of an illegal drug operation. Olabisi Allen and Eldon Abram were arrested. According to his arrest warrant, Allen purchased $3,625 worth of marijuana while driving his City of Pensacola Public Works truck with Abram, and with the intent of delivering to a buyer on Garden Street. Allen was charged with possession and trafficking. The charges against Abram have not been released.