NEW PUBLIC OPENS SOON
The newest Publix grocery store in the area is set to open next week. The store in Beulah will open on April 28, and it will be the first supermarket in the fast growing area. The Publix Nine Mile Crossing store on Beulah Road is more than 48-thousand square feet. Nine Mile Crossing has space for nine other tenants, with just one of those spaces still available. The names of the tenants have not yet been announced.
MORE CHARGES AGAINST ALLEGED SHOOTER
A Pensacola man who deputies say shot at a group of bikers is now facing more charges. The sheriff’s office says Delanie Battle-Donson was wanted for shooting at a group of bikers outside a gas station on Nine Mile Road in late March. Channel 3 reports less than a week after bonding out of jail for those crimes, he was arrested again, this time for assault. Managers at the Honda dealership say Battle-Donson cursed at and threatened to beat up employees for not servicing his car. He’s also being held on ‘terrorist threat’ charges out of Georgia.
WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
A 22-year-old man is wanted for questioning in last week’s shooting of five people at the Oakwood Terrace Apartments in Pensacola. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate Roderick Skinner. Last Thursday, four men pulled up at the Pensacola apartment complex in a stolen vehicle and began shooting. Deputies recovered the vehicle Thursday night after it had been burned.
ANTI-RIOT BILL SIGNED
Florida now has what the governor calls the strongest pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed an anti-riot bill, HB One, that has been criticized by free speech advocates. The law calls for harsher punishments for violent protesters who engage in what the governor calls mob activity. The law also threatens action against local governments that defund police departments.
NAACP REACT TO ANTI-RIOT BILL
The NAACP of Florida is marking what it calls a sad day for the state. The organization was referring to the anti-riot law Governor Ron DeSantis signed yesterday. The NAACP Florida State Conference calls the law racist, discriminatory, unwise, unlawful and unjust. The ACLU of Florida calls the law a racist, unconstitutional, anti-democratic, disgraceful political stunt.
VOTE-BY-MAIL OVERHAUL HEADS TO HOUSE FLOOR
A controversial vote-by-mail bill is heading to Florida’s House floor. A Florida House panel on Monday approved changes to an elections package that would make it more difficult to vote by mail, an effort mirrored in dozens of other Republican-controlled state houses throughout the country after former President Donald Trump’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden in November. Florida Republicans, among other things, are seeking to curtail elections supervisors’ use of drop boxes, change the process for verifying mail-in ballot signatures and make it more difficult for voters to change registrations. The Senate version of the bill is scheduled to go before the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday and then would be ready for the full Senate.
Marco Rubio wants answers on how Planned Parenthood got loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. Senator Rubio announced yesterday he and some fellow Republicans have sent a letter to the attorney general asking for an investigation. Rubio says 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates wrongfully received over 80 million dollars in loans though the program, but the money was never returned. He also wants to know how some Planned Parenthood affiliates were approved for more loans as recently as last month.
A restroom is the subject of a lawsuit in Escambia County. Property owners near Veterans Memorial Park and Admiral Mason Park are suing the city of Pensacola and the foundation that runs Veterans Memorial Park. The lawsuit filed yesterday claims those installing a restroom trailer at Admiral Mason Park didn’t get the proper permits or get approval by the Planning Board. The plaintiffs also claim the trailer is unsafe.