PPD Designated as an Official Community MeetUp Spot
The City of Pensacola has teamed up with OfferUp and Safe Trade Spots to designate the Pensacola Police Department as an official Community MeetUp Spot.
Buyers and sellers can use the lobby of the Pensacola Police Department, which has an officer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as an Internet Purchase Exchange Location. The Pensacola Police Department is located at 711 N. Hayne St.
“The Pensacola Police Department has offered their lobby as a safe, secure place for internet purchase exchanges previously,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This partnership just gives an official designation and is one more resource to limit criminal opportunities.”
“This is one more example of how we can team up with our community to prevent crime,” Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter added. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be a Community MeetUp Spot.”
When law enforcement agencies designate these areas and post the official Community MeetUp Spot sign, OfferUp showcases the location in their app as a suggested place to complete an in-person transaction.
The Community MeetUp Spot program was created in 2016 to help law enforcement partners designate secure transaction sites for buyers and sellers from online marketplaces. Community MeetUp Spots are secure, designated places for buyers and sellers to meet in their local communities. These locations are public, well-lit, and have surveillance around the clock. Joining the Community MeetUp Spot program is free to law enforcement and OfferUp works with local communities to encourage safety education and awareness.
“OfferUp is dedicated to building the simplest and most trustworthy way for people to buy and sell in their communities. Partnering with Pensacola Police Department to bring a Community MeetUp Spot to Pensacola means this community now has a safer place for people to meet that’s public, surveilled, well lit, and monitored,” said Natalie Angelillo, VP of Community at OfferUp. “OfferUp is proud to work with local leaders to build trust in communities throughout the country.”
OfferUp is on a mission to build the simplest and most trustworthy local buying and selling experience. Their free iOS and Android apps help make selling items as easy as taking a photo and uploading it from a mobile device, making it simple for people to find and shop for great deals in and around their own neighborhoods. As the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S., OfferUp is bringing millions of people together to discover value right where they are.
City of Pensacola Mourns the Loss of Councilman Gerald Wingate
The City of Pensacola is mourning the loss of Councilman Gerald Wingate, who passed away overnight at the age of 73. Councilman Wingate was elected to represent District 5 in 2012, serving as City Council President from 2017-18 and City Council Vice President from 2016-17.
Mayor Grover Robinson and the City of Pensacola offer their sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time, and City Hall has lowered the flags to half-staff in honor and memory of Councilman Wingate.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Councilman Wingate, who was a devoted public servant, father, husband and community leader,” Mayor Robinson said. “We know his legacy will continue to live on in the city of Pensacola and beyond. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to grieve their loss.”
Councilman Wingate represented the City Council on the Juvenile Justice Council and the Florida/Alabama Transportation Planning Organization.
A native of Pensacola, Councilman Wingate graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. He served his country for 25 years as an Army Officer and retired from the paper industry with 40 years of management experience. He also worked as a realtor with Main Street Properties.
He is survived by his wife Betsie Wingate and their five children, along with numerous other family members and friends.
Pensacola Bay Cruises started up service again at the end of April and in just three months, the National Park Service reports roughly 30,000 tickets have been sold. On this episode of City Spotlight, we catch up with Pensacola Bay Cruises General Manager Joe Asebedo about how service is going.
State Legislation Limits City Authority Over 5G Communications Facilities
New state legislation is limiting the ability of municipalities to regulate the deployment of new communications facilities for mobile 5G, which is impacting the City of Pensacola’s authority over city rights of way where these facilities may be installed locally.
Senate Bill 1000 was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 25, 2019, and it includes language that prohibits municipalities and counties from adopting or enforcing certain ordinances, regulations, or requirements related to communications services. The bill also specifies limitations on municipal and county authority to regulate and manage municipal and county roads or rights of way.
The mobile fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless systems are the next upgrade of wireless technology, which wireless carriers say will offer faster speeds, greater capacity and better reliability. Deploying this new technology requires new infrastructure called small cells, which generate less power while collecting and transmitting signals in a short range from one another.
As this new technology is installed, the City of Pensacola will be working within its legal authority to preserve the aesthetic integrity of neighborhoods. However, the city will be required to follow state laws and may not have the ability to prevent these communications facilities from being installed or regulate the location of the facilities.
City Spotlight: Cenell “Smiley” Knotts/Port of Pensacola
If there is a world record for most smiles in one day, there is a good chance Cenell Knotts has exceeded it. He’s called “Smiley” by his friends and family for a reason. On this episode of City Spotlight, we follow around our Lead Worker at the Port of Pensacola and find out what part of his job keeps him smiling. Spoiler alert, it’s all of it.
Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Collects Over 41 Tons of Bulk Waste
The latest Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup collected over 41 tons (82,240 pounds) of bulk waste, along with 127 tires and 514 gallons of paint. The cleanup took place on Saturday, July 27 and included over 2,000 houses in the cleanup area.
The Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup allows residents in the cleanup areas to leave eligible items at the curb on cleanup day to be picked up by City of Pensacola Sanitation Services. The cleanup includes bulk items such as household appliances, furniture and mattresses, bicycles and toys, tires and old paint.
Through the Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup program, all city neighborhoods have a cleanup once a year during the months of January through October. In addition to Sanitation Services collecting items left at the curb, Code Enforcement conducts a sweep of the cleanup area and addresses any code violations.
Pensacola Fire Department Receives
Fire Prevention Grant
Pensacola Fire Department has received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, which will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the public and reduce the number of fires.
Pensacola Fire Department will use the grant to pay for smoke alarms to be distributed through the free smoke alarm program, educational pamphlets and a Sparky the Fire Dog costume for children’s education and outreach.
“We are excited to use this money to further our community outreach programs and continue to educate the public about how they can prevent fires in their homes and businesses,” Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson said. “We thank FM Global for their support of our fire prevention efforts, which we hope will save lives in our community.”
FM Global representatives presented the award to Pensacola Fire Department on Friday, July 26. Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Florida-based organizations.
“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide, that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.
To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit fmglobal.com/fireservice.
For more information about Pensacola Fire Department’s community outreach programs and resources, visit PensacolaFire.com.