Work Begins to Remove Pilings from Submerged Land in Pensacola Bay
City of Pensacola is moving forward with the effort to reactivate Pensacola Bay where the Frisco Docks once stood. A crane barge is now in the water south of Community Maritime Park and work is beginning to remove treated pilings from submerged land on the 35-acre City-owned property.
The property historically served as a railroad freight terminal, with a commercial pier extending from the bulkhead. Erected in the early 1900s, the Frisco Docks were completely destroyed in a 1966 fire, but more than 500 pilings remain submerged underwater. Piling removal will remediate the bay bottom of potential contamination.
Once the pilings are removed, this property can serve as a platform for further economic development for the City of Pensacola and provide additional growth opportunities for the west side.
City of Pensacola’s funding partners include the Environmental Protection Agency, West Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Council of Development Finance Agencies. PPM Consultants, Inc. based out of Gulf Breeze is the lead contractor overseeing the project. H.G.Harders and Son, Inc. is the subcontractor responsible for piling removal. Other contractors include Wood PLC, Pate Stevedore, Cardno and Port of Pensacola.
Map indicating the pilings in Pensacola Bay
City Completes More Than a Mile in Repairs as Part of Sidewalk Project
The City of Pensacola’s Public Works and Facilities Department has been hard at work tackling the list of sidewalk repairs and added curb ramps identified in a sidewalk conditions survey and inventory. To date, 6,217 linear feet of sidewalk have been repaired/replaced and 147 ADA curb ramps have been added.
In 2017, Public Works undertook an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sidewalk Assessment, during which the City’s existing sidewalk inventory was evaluated for ADA compliance. The survey identified approximately 28,100 feet of sidewalks for repairs and a need for 2021 new curb ramps in order to achieve an acceptable level of ADA compliance based upon the report findings.
Sidewalks were prioritized for repairs and improvements based on their “audit or meta score” in the survey. This prioritized list is the City’s current master sidewalk improvement project list. The sidewalk repairs are estimated to be completed by 2024 and ADA-compliant curb ramps by 2026.
“It really is amazing all the stuff our Public Works and Facilities Department can do,” Mayor Grover Robinson told reporters during his weekly press conference on Monday. “They showed me some new products that we have that are really making it cost effective for us to deal with our sidewalks. I really appreciate them being creative and looking at different ways to get things fixed.”
“This is a great program to directly benefit our pedestrian community by bringing the City into ADA compliance and promoting City-wide walkability,” Public Works and Facilities Director Derrik Owens said. “It is extremely important that we continue to maintain the valuable infrastructure we have to provide for safe and convenient routes for our pedestrian traffic.”
You can view the list and an interactive map of sidewalks based on priority by visiting our website cityofpensacola.com/2893/
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Pensacola Fire Takes Part in Multi-Jurisdictional Rescue Drills
Pensacola Fire Department has been taking part in multi-jurisdictional rescue drills at two Pensacola Bay Bridge construction sites.
On May 7, drills were conducted at Skanska USA’s production facility near the Bayou Chico Bridge on Barrancas Avenue. Emergency responders practiced three different methods of removing a patient from an elevated position.
On May 8 and 9, drills were conducted on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge currently under construction. One of the drills included a scenario where firefighters responded to a construction worker who fell over a jersey barrier and was dangling from safety. Gulf Breeze Fire Department and Escambia County Fire Rescue also took part in the drills.
Congratulations on the Promotion!
Lieutenant Darrell McClammy has been promoted to Fire Captain.
National Bike to Work Day is May 17
With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. in on the rise! Active commuting contributes to healthy living and enhances job happiness – and your chance to try it out is here. National Bike to Work Day is coming to Pensacola City Hall on May 17, 2019.
rideOn Commuter Services will be in front of City Hall with Bike Pensacola and other advocacy groups from 7 – 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will promote bicycling as a viable transportation mode; encourage downtown employees to try bicycle commuting; and celebrate those who bike to work regularly.
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or are just thinking about getting started, stop by to learn about traffic safety laws, commuting support services, and ways to get involved in your local bicycle community. The event will feature refreshments, raffles, and free helmets for those who receive a professional fitting by the certified helmet fitters onsite.
REMINDER: Sign your kids up for summer camp!
Swimming, field trips, games, outdoor fun and more await at our Play Pensacola Summer Camps!
Summer Day Camps are offered at the following Resource Centers: Cobb, Fricker, Gull Point, Vickrey, and Woodland Heights Resource Centers.
We also offer a variety of specialty camps to enhance your child’s skills and provide them with a fun enriching summer camp experience!
Banish Your Sunday Blues with FREE Concerts!
The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department and Blues Angel Music are excited to announce the lineup for the 2019 Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Series.
2019 Blues On the Bay Schedule
May 26 – Not Quite Fab
June 9 – Bring on the Benjamins & Classic June
June 23 – Civilized Natives
July 7 – The Truth feat. Cat Rhodes
July 21- CrossTown
July 28 – Bay Bridge Band
August 11 – Cat Daddy Blues Band & Adam Holt
August 18 – The Modern Eldorados
Blues Angel Music plans to give away prizes to attendees at each performance and there will be a Grand Raffle at the end of the series to raise funds for music education through the Blues Angel Music Foundation. The winner of the Grand Raffle will be announced at the final concert on August 18.
Concerts begin at 6PM and are free thanks to these sponsors: City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation, Blues Angel Music, Jet 100.7FM, and Soft Rock 94.1 FM.