The East Hill Neighborhood Association hosted East Hill’s inaugural Holiday Tree Lighting event in East Hill Park. The McIlwain Church Choir lead songs as neighbors were invited to enjoy free hot chocolate and decorate the tree. In the spirit of the season, OJ Semmes Elementary School received gifts donated from the community as well as $500 from EHNA.
Changes Coming to City of Pensacola Sanitation Pickup Days
Sanitation pickup days will be changing for some City of Pensacola Sanitation customers beginning Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 as the city streamlines operations to serve customers more efficiently.
What’s changing Jan. 6:
Garbage, yard waste and recycling will be picked up on your current garbage pickup day, with the exception of customers who currently receive garbage service on Fridays.
Customers whose garbage is currently picked up on Fridays will now receive all services on Wednesdays (garbage, recycling and yard waste).
These changes apply to City of Pensacola Sanitation customers only (black garbage can and tan recycling can). Customers will be receiving postcards in the mail with their pickup day.
The changes will simplify services for residents, allowing them to place garbage, recycling and yard waste curbside on the same day for pickup. Combining customers’ pickup days will also streamline City of Pensacola Sanitation’s routes, making operations more efficient and reducing service time for customers.
Pensacola International Airport Reminds Travelers to Allow Extra Time for Parking During the Holidays
Pensacola International Airport reminds travelers to arrive early for their flights this holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being especially busy travel times at the airport. Travelers should arrive at least two hours prior to their boarding time to allow sufficient time to locate a parking space, check in and go through security.
Due to a great rate of passenger growth combined with the holiday travel season, the parking garage and ground surface lots at Pensacola International Airport often remain full this time of year. However, complimentary shuttles are available from Economy Lots 1 and 2, running in approximate 15-minute intervals.
Please see maps below showing locations of Economy Lots 1 and 2, which are less likely to fill up than the parking garage and surface lots.
Additional parking information:
Economy Lot 1 is located on the right as you enter the main entrance to the airport.
Economy Lot 2 is located on the north part of airport property and is accessible via the main airport entrance, which loops around to the lot past the surface lots and parking garage.
The parking garage and surface lot close to the terminal are accessible once inside the main entrance via the left lane.
PNS offers non-stop service to 20 locations in the United States. The airport sees roughly 80 daily arrivals and departures and serves more than two million passengers each year. Six airlines provide service to PNS.
City Seeks Input from Residents for Annual Satisfaction Survey
The City of Pensacola is conducting its annual resident satisfaction survey and is encouraging all city residents to participate and let their voices be heard.
City residents are asked to complete the survey online at uwf.edu/HaasResidentSurvey by Friday, Dec. 13. Residents will also be receiving a postcard in the mail prompting them to complete the survey.
The survey asks residents about their satisfaction with a variety of city services and facilities, including street lights, sidewalks, neighborhood safety and more, also prompting participants to rank their top priorities for the City of Pensacola. The survey also asks residents whether they would recommend living in the City of Pensacola to family and friends, which is a new question this year designed to measure customer experience and loyalty.
“Feedback from our citizens is essential to help us learn what’s important to the people we serve every day, and to ensure we are providing the high quality services our residents expect from their local government,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “I hope that all of our residents will take the time to complete this survey and provide the City of Pensacola with valuable data to use as we continue to work toward enhancing our services and improving our city as a whole.”
The city’s annual survey is being conducted by the University of West Florida Haas Center, but unlike previous surveys, this year’s survey will be available exclusively online. All data obtained from participants will be kept confidential and will only be reported in an aggregate format (by reporting only combined results and never reporting individual ones).
Some questions in this year’s survey have been updated to align with the city’s strategic plan and gather resident feedback related to preserving historic culture, coordinating with neighborhood associations and more.
Only residents within City of Pensacola limits may complete the survey. Responses will be used to help the city balance priorities and improve services to maintain a high quality of life for Pensacola residents.
Pensacola Energy Celebrates the End of Cast Iron Pipes
To celebrate the completion of a large-scale underground pipeline replacement project that spanned three years of construction and five project areas around downtown, Pensacola Energy held a special ceremony entitled Cast Iron Day at its operation center on Atwood Drive on Friday, Nov. 8.In September 2019, Pensacola Energy replaced the last of its centuries-old cast iron piping system under Pensacola. To officially say farewell on Friday morning, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson and Deputy City Administrator Keith Wilkins unveiled a new display memorializing the history of Pensacola’s cast iron piping at a special presentation breakfast for its staff. Cast Iron Day was also held to congratulate and acknowledge the Pensacola Energy staff’s hard work in eliminating and replacing the antiquated piping system.
Cast iron pipe installation began in the late 1800s around Pensacola, primarily for natural gas lighting. Installation continued into the early 1900s until bare steel piping became the norm. By the early 20th century, a total of 88 miles of low-pressure cast iron gas main was installed, supplied by seven regulator stations.
In September of 2016, Pensacola Energy began the first of five project area gas main upgrades in the downtown area. Over the next three years, Pensacola Energy replaced the remaining 80.2 miles of main; 3,527 services; 3,419 residential customers; and 108 commercial customers with new, leak-free, high-pressure service. All upgrades were installed in compliance with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and completed in September 2019.
Friday’s Cast Iron Day celebration at Pensacola Energy marked the end of an era for Pensacola.
ABOUT PENSACOLA ENERGY
Owned and operated by the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy is a clean, green energy provider, supplying residents and businesses in Escambia County (except Pensacola Beach and Century) with earth-friendly, energy-efficient natural gas.