Florida Panhandle

Suwannee Hulaween and Silver Wrapper

The small Panhandle town of Live Oak is bracing for an influx of tens of thousands of people. Live Oak, population 6,900, is the host of the annual Suwannee Hulaween music festival. The weekend-long event is known for its psychedelic electronic music and art installations. 20,000 attendees flock to the woods outside of town, where the festival’s synthesizers echo across the Suwannee River. 

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Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate, which could impact the Florida Panhandle and North Florida areas as a hurricane this weekend. While forecasters say it seems to tracking more toward the west, Scott is still urging residents to be prepared.

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Across Florida, more than 64% of households are without power after Irma churned through the state. Here's an update on the efforts to restore utilities in the Big Bend.

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This month, up and coming beekeepers in the Florida Panhandle will have the opportunity to take part in a few beekeeping classes.

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The Florida Panhandle, like many rural areas across the country, is experiencing a shortage of healthcare providers. Competitive residencies and high-paying specialties draw graduates toward big cities. WFSU went on the road to find out what it’s like to stay in those rural areas.

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The struggling Calhoun – Liberty Hospital is slated to receive a million dollars to expand its emergency room, after dodging the Governor's veto pen. The funding could help the small facility recover from financial troubles and public scrutiny.

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The official start to the Hurricane Season may be months away, but Panhandle health officials want area residents to start preparing early.

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The Gulf Coast is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world: the Kemp’s Ridley. The fate of the turtles depends on the region’s coastal wetlands, where tropical storms, and oils spills have taken their toll. Here's a look into the uncertain future of the delicate ecosystem.

Some Florida Panhandle counties will soon receive a more than $900,000 grant for flood recovery efforts.

In a release, Volunteer Florida—which links to federal help—announced the approval of the about $905,000 FEMA grant to provide disaster relief and assist Panhandle victims of last year’s flooding in the Spring.

The grant targets residents in Okaloosa, Walton, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies are warning residents about a “vehicle advertising” scam that’s been plaguing the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Keith Blackmar says the scam was advertised in the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, and he called it a variation of an old scam.

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Several Florida Panhandle counties are slated for about $90 million worth of early restoration projects to address areas impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard, other Environmental leaders, as well as local officials made that announcement Friday in Panama City.

Perspectives: North Florida’s Writers

Dec 6, 2013

The Florida Panhandle has spawned some incredible writers and literary works.  We talk about it with Tallahassee Community College Professor Bob Holloday, Florida State University Professor of History Emeritus Dr. William Warren Rogers and Susan Wolfe, who owns the Forgotten Coast Bookstore in Apalachicola.

Governor Rick Scott says Florida avoided major damage from Hurricane Isaac. But, he says the state now needs to focus on recovery.  The Governor is using the next few days to tour the state in the aftermath of Isaac, starting with Palm Beach County Wednesday.

Palm Beach County officials estimate the damage in the county at about 9-million dollars. And, early Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott flew over the county to assess the damage due to Isaac.

Tropical Storm Issac dumped several inches of rain on the Florida Keys and soaked Tampa, leading to the cancellation of several events for the Republican National Convention. But the storm has tracked farther away from the Florida panhandle and is now projected to make landfall near the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans.