Panhandle

Judy Biss / UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team

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

Southerland Attracts First Opponent For 2014

Apr 8, 2013

With a little more than 19 months left until the November 2014 midterm elections the battle for Florida’s 2nd congressional district is already heating up. Incumbent Republican Steve Southerland has already drawn his first Democratic opponent in the race.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Florida Panhandle residents and business owners are still eligible to recoup losses from the 2010

BP oil spill. A new class action settlement agreement reached on June 4 clarifies who can file a claim. The new agreement designates several categories of eligible claimants, including restaurant and oceanfront property owners. Previously, compensation would have come from a $20 billion escrow account, but under the new agreement, BP will have no spending cap for total compensation. Destin attorney Ruston Sanders says it’s a complex agreement that might be best explained by a lawyer.

Fla. Could Get Billions if RESTORE Act Passes

Jun 11, 2012
Gulf Coast Restoration Summit Attendees
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Congress could soon pass legislation dividing fines from the 2010 BP oil spill among the five affected Gulf Coast states. Lawmakers, business owners and scientists discussed what to do with the billions of dollars Florida could stand to receive under the RESTORE Act at the Gulf Coast Restoration Summit in Destin on June 11.

More than two years after the Deep Horizon oil rig disaster, relief money for Florida and other Gulf Coast states is on the table in Congress. The Senate passed the RESTORE Act earlier this year.

Regan McCarthy

Florida Governor Rick Scott is looking for ways to boost job growth in the state’s rural communities. The governor made several stops in the Panhandle Monday to talk with local leaders about ideas for their home-towns. 

 Scott said things are looking pretty good for the state as a whole.

“Everything is picking up right now. Tourism is up, manufacturing is up, jobs are up, unemployment is down—all across the state,” he said.