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Helping expand natural gas service and grow economic development, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved two projects for Peninsula Pipeline Company—a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. New natural gas pipeline projects are planned in West Palm Beach and in Escambia County, including two transfer stations.
“Providing natural gas service alternatives to Escambia County boosts economic and job growth in the important Pensacola area market,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Peninsula’s construction and ownership of a new pipeline in West Palm Beach protects Florida Public Utilities Company’s (FPUC) customers, who benefit from the service but are sheltered from project costs and risks.”
Peninsula’s transportation service agreement with Central Florida Gas (CFG) –also a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities – is to construct a pipeline and two transfer stations in Escambia County. Upon completion in late 2018, CFG’s new distribution system will provide gas service to an industrial customer and to Pensacola Energy, a municipal natural gas utility. CFG’s expansion plans also include serving additional customers.
In its agreement with FPUC, Peninsula will construct and own the Belvedere Pipeline that will interconnect with the interstate Florida Gas Transmission line in the West Palm Beach area. FPUC’s growing service demand in the area drove the need for this project and for construction of additional pipeline to interconnect with its existing natural gas distribution system.
Peninsula received PSC approval in 2007 of an intrastate gas pipeline tariff that allows it to construct and operate intrastate pipeline facilities and to actively pursue agreements with natural gas customers. The company provides transportation service only and does not engage in the sale of gas.
For additional information, visit floridapsc.com.
Website educates residents about tourism’s lesser-known
impacts on education, infrastructure, public safety and more
Did you know: Tourism-related tax revenue and visitor spending helps fund various components of K-12 public schools, road and highway maintenance and beach beautification, as well as other programs developments which enhance citizens’ way of life. The tourism industry provides the county with nearly $800 million in direct visitor spending and employs more than 22,300 Escambia County citizens, supplying a wide range of benefits to residents and the community.
Jason Nicholson, a veteran of the tourism industry with over 30 years of experience, Chairman of Visit Pensacola and Vice President of Operations of Innisfree Hotels expressed just how vital the tourism industry is to our community.
“Forty-six percent of all ad valorem taxes (property taxes) paid in Escambia County are paid by accommodation providers which include hotels, condominiums, bed and breakfasts or home rental,” Nicholson explained. “Because of those guests coming into our accommodations, we get to employ 17 percent of Escambia County’s workforce which equates to over $380 million in payroll. In a beautiful cycle, that revenue is seen in the smiles of our employees when they provide for their family, in the city’s infrastructure and so much more.”
These revenues, generated by visitor spending, provide critical revenue for programs on which all Escambia County residents rely and enjoy. The return on investment is clear: as the Pensacola Bay Area continues to welcome record numbers of guests, everyone benefits.
“For every $1 spent marketing the Pensacola Bay Area, the hospitality industry returns $3 in taxes and local businesses gain $107,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “The restaurants, shops, nightlife and attractions we love are here for our enjoyment because of our guests. They are the ones who cause multiple new businesses to open every year, ultimately making Pensacola a better place to live, work and play.”
To further enhance residents’ understanding of tourism’s impact on their day-to-day lives, the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO), the voice for Florida’s county tourism promotion agencies, in partnership with Visit Pensacola, the destination marketing organization for the Pensacola Bay Area, today announced the launch of a new education campaign, “Pensacola Tourism Works for Me.”
The campaign, created and paid for by FADMO, helps promote awareness of tourism’s positive impact on Floridians, and details the work county tourism promotion agencies must do to attract visitors to their communities rather than competing destinations worldwide.
To learn more, visit pensacolatourismworks.com.
FDLE agents and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office today arrested Steven Michael Truax Jr., 30, of 2006 East Johnson Avenue, Apartment #C, Pensacola, Florida for 32 counts of possession of child pornography.
In September 2017, FDLE agents received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and obtained search warrants for Truax’s residence.
With the information provided by NCMEC, agents seized several electronic devices from Truax’s residence and located an application that contained over 200 child pornography videos featuring children in ages ranging from infants to young teens.
Truax was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, First Judicial Circuit, in Escambia County.