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Meet Mike Ziarnek, New City Complete Streets Planner

Meet Mike Ziarnek, New City Complete Streets Planner

The City of Pensacola has selected Mike Ziarnek to fill the newly created Transportation Planner – Complete Streets position, with a tentative start date of Monday, July 29. In his new role, Ziarnek will be responsible for developing and overseeing the City’s Complete Streets Program, which includes transportation planning for bicycles and pedestrians, street safety, lighting, urban design and more.

Ziarnek joins the City of Pensacola from Florida Department of Transportation District 5 in DeLand, Florida, where he currently serves as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Ziarnek’s responsibilities at FDOT include coordinating with partner agencies to identify mobility needs and implement pedestrian and bicycle facilities throughout the nine-county region of FDOT District 5.

Ziarnek has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Colorado Denver.

Although he started his career as a traffic engineer, Ziarnek eventually realized that planning is his true passion. While working alongside planners at Denver Regional Council of Governments in Colorado, he developed an interest in planning and decided to go to graduate school to pursue his master’s degree.

“I just realized that I’m much more interested in getting pedestrians safely across the street or giving a bicyclist a bike lane than I was interested in moving motorized vehicles,” Ziarnek said.

As the City’s Complete Streets Planner, Ziarnek will work under the direction of the Planning Administrator and with the Public Works Director to help plan and implement a wide range of transportation programs to support multi-modal transportation in Pensacola.

Creating a position dedicated to bike/pedestrian safety was one of the recommendations from the traffic and walkability section of Mayor Grover Robinson’s Transition Team report, and it will play a vital role as the City adopts Complete Streets. The concept of Complete Streets encompasses many approaches to planning, designing and operating roadways and rights of way with all users in mind to make the transportation network safer and more efficient.

When it comes to urban design and planning, Ziarnek said he considers everything from sidewalks and trees to water fountains and benches, taking into account how it all works together to build a vibrant community.

“My passion for planning is multi-faceted,” Ziarnek said. “It’s not just bikes and pedestrians. It’s urban design, it’s community development, it’s empowerment of citizens, it’s embracing all residents, including those with special needs.”

Growing up in a small farming town in southern Illinois, Ziarnek remembers the sense of community that was cultivated by what is now known as mixed-use development. Residences and local businesses coexisted before many smaller shops were driven out by big box stores, but Ziarnek said many towns are returning to that sense of community.

As our country continues to evolve, Ziarnek said he’s always looking for innovative ways to meet the public’s needs, whether it’s avid cyclists, families riding bikes together, children walking to school, the elderly or disabled, or those without traditional modes of transportation.

“When we start creating accommodations for other forms of transportation and fostering an environment that people can have other choices and greater freedoms to choose their transportation mode, I feel we can become a more vibrant and stronger community,” Ziarnek said.

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Greater Pensacola Chamber News & Events: June 28-July 5

June 28 – July 5
One Day Events:​​​​​​

Extended Events:​​​​

Announcements:​​​​​​​​

Community Events
*Events in bold denote Greater Pensacola Chamber events.
Greeters: A True Networking Experience
June 28 | 7:30 a.m.
Keep Pensacola Beautiful
9 W. Blount St.
Ribbon Cutting: New Alleyway put on by the Downtown Improvement Board
June 28 | 10 a.m.
Behind Jefferson St. Parking Garage
OWA 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | 2 p.m.
100 N OWA Blvd.
OWA 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
July 4| 8:45 p.m.
100 N OWA Blvd.
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FDOT Urges Motorists to Use Caution During Pensacola Bay Bridge Arch Installation Thursday

FDOT Urges Motorists to Use Caution During
Pensacola Bay Bridge Arch Installation Thursday

Drivers on the existing Pensacola Bay Bridge are reminded to keep their eyes on the road and to maintain a safe speed as construction crews install the 800,000-pound steel arch atop the new eastbound Pensacola Bay Bridge Thursday, June 27. The navigational channel beneath the bridge will be closed to marine traffic and the U.S. Coast Guard will patrol the area to maintain a safety buffer.

Barge-mounted construction cranes will lift the 375-foot long by 83-foot tall arch into place above the navigational channel of the new bridge. Once installed, the top of the arch will stand approximately 150-feet above the waters of Pensacola Bay. The arch is a signature architectural element for the new bridge that will also provide structural support for the multiuse path included on the bridge.

Completion of the eventual eastbound bridge is currently estimated for later this summer. At that time, two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic will be moved to the new bridge while the existing structure is demolished and the new westbound bridge is constructed.

The new Pensacola Bay Bridge will consist of two, parallel structures, each equipped with three travel lanes, adjacent inside and outside shoulders, and 10-foot multiuse paths for pedestrians and bicyclists. Final completion of the new bridge, and the adjacent 17th Avenue interchange in Pensacola, is currently estimated for mid-2021.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three online at www.nwflroads.com, follow FDOT on Twitter @MyFDOT_NWFL, or like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.
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July Fourth Holiday Closures, Sanitation Collection Schedule Changes

July Fourth Holiday Closures, Sanitation Collection Schedule Changes

The following City of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday:

Exceptions:

Sanitation Service Changes

All City Sanitation customers who normally receive service on Thursdays will experience a change of schedule, which applies to garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup. This applies only to City of Pensacola sanitation customers.

  • Customers who normally receive service on Thursdays will receive service on Wednesday, July 3.
  • All other customers will receive service on their normal pickup day.

For more information or general questions please email pio@cityofpensacola.com and follow @cityofpensacola on Twitter. You can also sign up for email or text notifications about everything that’s happening with your City government through Notify Me.

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City Spotlight: City Nurse Kristy Wilson

City Spotlight: City Nurse Kristy Wilson

Meet Kristy Wilson! Kristy has served as the City nurse for the past 18 years, but her healthcare career goes back almost three decades. Kristy provides care to the nearly 800 people who are part of the City of Pensacola team. In this episode of City Spotlight, Kristy tells us about her responsibilities and her favorite part of the job.

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City Spotlight: Camp Friendship

City Spotlight: Camp Friendship

In this episode of City Spotlight, we tag along for a day of fun at Pensacola Police Department’s Camp Friendship. For one week, officers spent their days with nearly 60 local youth teaching them about first responders, public service and good citizenship. PPD teamed up with Pensacola Fire Department to host one of the days of camp at Fire Station 4. Campers got to see a live demonstration on how firefighters extinguish flames.

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PPD Hosts Kids’ Camp, Vote for Wahoos Stadium in Best of Ballparks & More!

PPD Hosts Kids’ Camp, Vote for Wahoos Stadium in Best of Ballparks & More!

Local Youth Spend the Week with Pensacola Police Department for Camp Friendship

About 60 local children ages 5-10 are spending the week with Pensacola Police Department for Camp Friendship, learning about public service, first responders and good citizenship.

The camp is sponsored by PPD and hosted at Workman Middle School, with a variety of fun activities including arts, crafts and games. Participants also got to experience some fun field trips to see the Blue Angels, Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Police and Fire Departments, and the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition.

For updates about Camp Friendship and other happenings at PPD, be sure to like Pensacola Police Department on Facebook.

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Hurry! Vote Wahoos Stadium for Best of the Ballparks

Voting is underway for Best of the Ballparks 2019, and Blue Wahoos Stadium is in the running for the top spot. Wahoos Stadium has made it to round three, and voting ends at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, June 13. 

Click here to vote Wahoos Stadium for Best of the Ballparks 2019. 

Voting for the semifinals will begin immediately following round three, so be ready to vote again if Wahoos Stadium makes it through to the next round!

Best of the Ballparks ranks Double-A ballparks, combining Eastern, Southern and Texas League ballparks.

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Need Help Safely Installing Your Car Seat? Let Pensacola Firefighters Help at the Car Seat Rodeo

Pensacola Fire Department will host a Car Seat Rodeo on Friday, June 14 from 8-10 a.m., a free community event providing car seat installation assistance and safety checks. The event will take place at Fire Station 1, 400 E. Cervantes St.

Residents may stop by anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. to have their car seats checked or installed by certified firefighters, whose goal is to ensure children are as safe as possible in a vehicle.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. All donations go toward the car seat program and future training of the department’s firefighters.

Click here to view the Facebook event.

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Make a Splash – It’s Officially Pool Season!

Our swim season is in full swing, and the city pools are the best place to jump in and cool off in the summer heat! Roger Scott Pool and Cecil T. Hunter Pool offer open swim sessions every day and are open through Labor Day. Each pool has unique features like water slides and zero-depth entry pools with spray features for fun in the sun!

Please pardon our construction this summer at Hunter Pool. The main pool house is undergoing renovations, but we are still open for business.

Did you know that we offer morning and evening lap swim hours at Cecil T. Hunter Pool? The hours are Monday-Friday from 5:30-10 a.m. and again from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost is $2.25 for adults. Cecil T. Hunter Pool is located at 200 E. Blount St. underneath the I-110 overpass near downtown.

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Open Gym Volleyball at Vickrey Center

Open gym volleyball is back at the Vickrey Resource Center, happening Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. It is open to all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult), and the cost is just $1 per person.

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Take a Ride on Pensacola Bay Cruises This Summer

The peak season schedule is now in full swing for Pensacola Bay Cruises, with service running seven days a week. Take a ride on one of the two catamaran-style boats between Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach and the newly-opened Downtown Ferry Landing. Plan your trip and buy tickets at pensacolabaycruise.com

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Get an Inside Look at the Garden District Cottages June 21

If you’ve been wanting to check out the inside of one of the homes at Garden District Cottages, now is your chance! Garden District Cottages will be showing off their Baylen layout on Friday, June 21.

The Garden District Cottages are located at the site of the former Blount School on Gregory Street.

The Garden District Cottages in Downtown Pensacola, Florida are comprised of 26 new homes inspired by classic details blending the Old South, Creole, and Antebellum Architectural styles, which adds a timeless elegance and a sense of history.

The homes are being built by Parsco LLC, with four floor plans created for the neighborhood.  Six of the homes were designated to be used for the City of Pensacola Housing Incentive Program.

To learn more about the project, visit gardendistrictcottages.com.

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INSTAGRAM: Photo of the Week

Be sure to tag us using @cityofpensacola so we see your pic!

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Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood: Betting Big on Kids Casino Night

*Click on the image to watch the video from last year*

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Fred and Tia Robbins will be hosting the 3rd Annual Casino Night on June 22nd from 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm at DeLuna Winery, 116 E Gonzalez St, 32501. Join friends and community leaders for heavy hors d’oeuvres and exciting night of gaming, all benefiting the student-athletes in Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood programs.
Our purpose is to provide young athletes with the educational and developmental tools needed to seamlessly transition into collegiate or professional opportunities and realize success. Thanks to our donors and sponsors, we’ve served 100 Pensacola student-athletes this past year and look forward to continued growth.
Your contribution is vital and will allow us to continue serving Pensacola youth and improve our community.  I encourage you to consider joining the neighborhood by supporting your local students.Please check out our website for ticket & sponsorship information. 
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YMCA Property Exchange and Use Agreement Documents Available Online

YMCA Property Exchange and Use Agreement Documents Available Online

Documents related to the property exchange and use agreement between the City of Pensacola and YMCA are now available online as part of the backup documents for the Thursday, June 13 City Council Meeting.

Click here to view the property exchange agreement and related documents.

Click here to view the use agreement and related documents.

Documents are also available in the Community News center at the bottom of the cityofpensacola.com homepage.

The agreements are on the June 13 agenda to go before City Council for a vote. The City Council Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, located in City Hall at 222 W. Main St.