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Small Businesses Invited to Connect at Pensacola Supplier Diversity Exchange Feb. 4

Small Businesses Invited to Connect at Pensacola Supplier Diversity Exchange Feb. 4

Small business owners and suppliers are invited to connect at the Pensacola Supplier Diversity Exchange on Tuesday, Feb. 4, a free event featuring opportunities to market goods and services directly with local and state buyers.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I St. Hosted by the City of Pensacola, Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Supplier Diversity, the diversity exchange will also include panel discussions, networking opportunities and one-on-one interviews.

Although the event is free, attendees must register online to reserve a spot. Registration is available at dms.myflorida.com.

After completing online registration, attendees will receive an email with a survey asking them to select the top agencies and organizations they would like to meet with during the event.

Interviews will be scheduled based on the order of the completed surveys, so attendees are encouraged to complete the surveys promptly to secure interview appointments with their top choices. Event organizers will do their best to match attendees with at least four of their top 10 requested agencies.

For more information or to register online, visit the Department of Management Services website.

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Lee Street Stormwater Improvement Project Begins Jan. 13

Lee Street Stormwater Improvement Project Begins Jan. 13

Construction of the Lee Street Stormwater Improvement Project will begin Monday, Jan. 13, providing stormwater drainage improvements to mitigate flooding issues in the area.

The project is funded by FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provided funding due to repetitive flood issues adjacent to the intersection of North F Street and West Lee Street.

Construction is expected to take approximately 140 days, weather permitting. Pensacola City Council awarded a contract to Site and Utility Inc. of Pensacola to complete the project.

The project will include demolition of three residences at 925, 927 and 975 W. Lee St., which were acquired by the city through the HMGP funding. After the residences are demolished, a new stormwater retention pond will be constructed in the vacated area. Underground drainage infrastructure will also be installed to connect the new pond to the existing pond, which will reduce roadway and private property flooding in the local area as a result of high intensity rainfall events.

Although demolition and construction will begin on Jan. 13, the contractor has already started some minor installation of safety fencing and erosion control measures in order to expedite the project.

A city construction inspector will be monitoring the contractor and project progress daily. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact during construction, and the contractor will be required to implement all necessary safety precautions onsite. Residents will be provided access to their property during construction.

For questions about this project, please contact City of Pensacola Public Works and Facilities at 850-435-1645.

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REMINDER: Sanitation Pickup Changes Begin Monday

REMINDER: Sanitation Pickup Changes Begin Monday

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.

For more information about City of Pensacola Sanitation Services, visit the city’s website.

For questions about the pickup changes, please call City of Pensacola Sanitation Services at 435-1890.

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City ‘Keep the Wreath Green’ Fire Safety Campaign Ends with One Red Bulb

City ‘Keep the Wreath Green’ Fire Safety Campaign Ends with One Red Bulb

The City of Pensacola ended its annual “Keep the Wreath Green” Fire Safety Campaign with one red bulb, representing one residential structure fire with damage in city limits during the month of December.

The annual campaign is a partnership with Escambia County Fire Rescue with a goal of reducing the number of fires by promoting simple, life-saving holiday safety tips each day in December.

During the month-long campaign, 5-foot wreaths were on display at five city fire stations and 18 county fire stations, with wreaths also placed outside of the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, Pensacola City Hall and Cordova Mall. Each time firefighters responded to a residential fire with damage, a green bulb was replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential homes.

In 2018, two bulbs were changed to red on city wreaths, and in 2017, seven bulbs were changed to red.

“We are glad to see the number of red bulbs trending downward in recent years during this campaign, which we believe is a testament to our residents practicing fire safety throughout the holiday season,” Pensacola Fire Chief Ginny Cranor said. “Our hope is that residents will continue to practice fire safety every day and most importantly, make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes to potentially save their lives in the event of a fire.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 43 percent of home Christmas tree fires. Two of every five (40 percent) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room or den. All of the fatalities and roughly three quarters (72 percent) of the injuries resulted from fires started in this area. The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.

According to the United States Fire Administration, fires occurring during the winter claim the lives of over 900 people and cause over $2.1 billion in damage. Nationally, cooking is the leading cause of home winter fires, with 5-8 p.m. being the most common time for a fire to occur. A working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

City of Pensacola residents are encouraged to call the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 for smoke alarm assistance. County residents may call Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376).

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City Recognized by DEP for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship

City Recognized by DEP for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship

The City of Pensacola’s Public Works & Facilities Department was recognized this month by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District for outstanding environmental stewardship and going above and beyond the minimum requirements to reduce impacts to the environment.

The city’s nomination highlighted stormwater projects to improve and protect water quality, with an emphasis on Bayou Chico restoration.

“As a coastal city, the City of Pensacola takes our position as a steward of the Pensacola Bay Watershed very seriously,” Public Works Director & Facilities Director Derrik Owens said. “We are always working to improve our stormwater quality and find innovative ways to benefit the environment in the process, and it is truly an honor to earn this recognition from DEP for our efforts.”

The DEP environmental stewardship awards program recognizes businesses, professional and community organizations, and local governments within DEP’s Northwest District for proactive, innovative and exceptional achievements that prevent or reduce impacts on the environment beyond measures required by permit or rule. To be considered for recognition, participants must demonstrate significant and measurable achievements that provide a direct benefit to our environment.

The award was presented to City of Pensacola Public Works & Facilities staff during DEP Northwest District’s annual open house Thursday, Dec. 12.

“On behalf of DEP and the state of Florida, I am proud to recognize the City of Pensacola for its accomplishments and environmental stewardship,” said Shawn Hamilton, director of DEP’s Northwest District. “With outstanding community partners like the City of Pensacola that go above and beyond what is required of them, we can better protect, conserve and manage Florida’s natural resources for future generations.”

The stormwater improvement projects highlighted in the City of Pensacola’s nomination not only provide a higher level of treatment, but also show the city’s innovative approach to co-locating and incorporating the stormwater projects into parks and gathering places, adding recreational, educational and economic value to the community.

The City of Pensacola’s Stormwater Management Program also improves water quality and helps to restore and sustain the biodiversity of bay systems by providing aquatic and wetland habitat for many wildlife species. Based on population and geographic size, the program is one of the most aggressive and effective retrofit programs in the state. Featured projects include:

  • The Bill Gregory Park Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility Projectprovides treatment of stormwater runoff from 37 acres that previously discharged untreated stormwater into the eastern headwaters of Bayou Chico. Improvements include a two-tier treatment train system with proprietary pretreatment units upstream to remove debris prior to entering a wet detention pond. The pond is 2.5 acres in size and has an innovative approach to stormwater management and includes multiple ecological benefits. In addition to providing treatment, the pond is home to a variety of plants, birds and aquatic animal species. The Bill Gregory Park spans 5.9 acres and features two youth baseball fields utilized by parent-led youth baseball leagues. Additional elements and amenities include enhanced LED lighting, walking paths, a boardwalk, benches, extensive landscaping, parking, and passive reflection areas.
  • The “R” Street at Maggie’s Ditch Stormwater Treatment Enhancement Project captures and provides an element of treatment for stormwater runoff from 225 acres of primarily commercial area previously discharging untreated runoff directly into Maggies’ Ditch, an artificial wetland tributary that discharges to the headwaters of eastern Bayou Chico. Improvements include a proprietary underground treatment unit to remove an estimated 50 percent of total suspended solids and debris/floatables prior to release to Maggie’s Ditch. It is estimated the system will remove approximately 20 tons of solids annually. The project also protects the already completed Maggie’s Ditch Wetland Enhancement Phase I and II projects.
In addition to the DEP environmental stewardship award, the City of Pensacola Public Works & Facilities Department was recognized in November along with other high-performing municipalities in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards, earning Gold Recognition in Program Management and Silver Recognition in Innovation.

“These awards and recognitions are a testament to the hard work of our Public Works & Facilities employees and our aggressive Stormwater Management Program, which continues to improve stormwater quality management throughout the city,” Mayor Grover Robinson said.

From left: Kerrith Fiddler, Assistant City Administrator; Brad Hinote, Engineering Project Manager; Chris Mauldin, Engineering Specialist; Derrik Owens, Public Works and Facilities Director; and Shawn Hamilton, Director of DEP’s Northwest District

 

Aerial view of the Bill Gregory Park Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility Project

 

City of Pensacola Public Works & Facilities Director Derrik Owens speaks at DEP’s annual open house after receiving the environmental stewardship award.

 

Derrik Owens, City of Pensacola Public Works & Facilities Director, and Shawn Hamilton, Director of DEP’s Northwest District, with the city’s environmental stewardship award.

 

The “R” Street at Maggie’s Ditch Stormwater Treatment Enhancement Project

 

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Resident Survey Extended, Bayview Senior Center Reopens & More!

Let Us Hear from YOU: Annual Resident Satisfaction Survey Deadline Extended to Jan. 10

The deadline has been extended for the City of Pensacola’s annual resident satisfaction survey, in order to provide city residents additional time to complete the survey and let their voices be heard.

The new survey deadline is Friday, Jan. 10. City residents are encouraged to complete the anonymous survey online at uwf.edu/HaasResidentSurvey. Some residents have also received 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.

Read more about the survey in the city’s latest press release.


Good News: Seniors are Back at Bayview Senior Center!

The Bayview Senior Center reopened this week with a limited schedule after undergoing renovations, including new restrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards, new tile flooring, safety handrails throughout the building, and interior painting.

Welcome back, Bayview seniors! An official ribbon cutting for the senior center will be scheduled later in January. Read more in the city’s press release.


American Magic’s DEFIANT is Officially at the Port of Pensacola for Winter Training

American Magic has returned to Pensacola for a second consecutive winter training season. In 2018, American Magic became the first America’s Cup team to train on the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1970. From December 2018 to May 2019, the team sailed a groundbreaking 38-foot test boat, nicknamed the Mule, on Pensacola Bay before returning to Rhode Island for the warmer months.

American Magic and the Mule returned to the Port of Pensacola in November, but have now been joined by the team’s new AC75 racing boat, DEFIANT.

The Port of Pensacola is excited to once again serve as American Magic’s winter training base!

Read more about DEFIANT’s Pensacola debut on American Magic’s website.


City Welcomes Ryan Fitzgerald as Risk Manager

The City of Pensacola has selected Ryan Fitzgerald to fill the Risk Manager position, responsible for managing the city’s risk management operations including self-insurance, insurance procurement, claims settlement, overall risk assessment and more. Fitzgerald’s first day with the city was Monday, Dec. 16.

Fitzgerald Joins the City of Pensacola from Lafayette, Louisiana, where he most recently served as the Risk Manager for the Diocese of Lafayette. He previously worked in insurance and risk management for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Pensacola.

“I’m very excited to work at the city level,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s been an aspiration of mine since I got into the risk management field, so for me, this is a fantastic opportunity not only to be the Risk Manager for the City of Pensacola, but to move back home.”

Welcome, Ryan! Read more about Ryan Fitzgerald in our press release.


Don’t Forget: Sanitation Pickup Changes Coming Jan. 6

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.

For more information about City of Pensacola Sanitation Services, visit the city’s website.

For questions about the pickup changes, please call City of Pensacola Sanitation Services at 435-1890.


The Holidays are Almost Here: Take Note of City of Pensacola Office Closures

The following City of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, Thursday, Dec. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

Exceptions:

Sanitation Service

  • There will be no pickup changes for City of Pensacola Sanitation customers due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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First Red Bulb Placed on City Fire Safety Wreath

First Red Bulb Placed on City Fire Safety Wreath

The Pensacola Fire Department has placed the first red bulb on the city’s “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety wreath. The annual fire safety campaign aims to reduce the number of fires by promoting simple, life-saving holiday safety tips in December.

The fire occurred in the 1200 block of East Maxwell Street at approximately 4:16 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Firefighters responded to the small apartment and quickly assisted in bringing the kitchen fire under control.

No one was injured in the fire, but one adult female was displaced. The apartment sustained moderate fire and smoke damage.

The “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign is a collaborative initiative with Escambia County Fire Rescue to promote fire safety during the month of December. During the month-long campaign, 5-foot wreaths are on display at 18 county fire stations and five city fire stations, with wreaths also placed outside Escambia County’s Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building, Pensacola City Hall and Cordova Mall near the food court entrance.

Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green light bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential home. The red bulbs on Escambia County’s wreaths indicate the number of house fires in the county, while city wreaths indicate the number of house fires within city limits.

City of Pensacola residents are encouraged to call the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 if they need smoke alarm assistance. County residents may call Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376).

To learn more about the “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign and for lifesaving fire safety tips, click here.

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Bayview Senior Center to Reopen Wednesday with a Modified Schedule

Bayview Senior Center to Reopen Wednesday with a Modified Schedule

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the Bayview Senior Center renovations are complete, and the center will reopen with a limited schedule starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The senior center renovations included new restrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards, new tile flooring, safety handrails throughout the building, and interior painting.

The Council on Aging meal site service will be available at Bayview Senior Center again starting Thursday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday through Friday. To register, contact the Council on Aging at 850-266-2512 the day prior by noon.

Due to limited parking, after the initial opening on Wednesday, the operating schedule for Bayview Senior Center will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional clubs and evening classes will return beginning Monday, Feb. 3, and special events and rentals will be phased in after the Bayview Community Center opens and the shared parking lot is completed.

An official ribbon cutting for the senior center will be scheduled later in January.

For more information, about programs and services at the Bayview Senior Center, please visit playpensacola.com.

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Update on City of Pensacola Cyber Incident

Update on City of Pensacola Cyber Incident

The City of Pensacola’s Technology Resources Department is continuing to work diligently to address a ransomware attack that occurred early Saturday morning, Dec. 7. As a result of the incident, Technology Resources staff disconnected computers from the city’s network this week until the issue could be resolved.

Some city services continue to be limited, but the following services have been restored or partially restored:

  • Online bill payments for Pensacola Energy and Sanitation Services are now available.
  • Pensacola Energy and 311 customer service lines are operational, but customers may receive a busy signal or experience longer than usual call wait times.
  • Email servers are back online, so city staff have limited access to emails as computers are reconnected to the network.
  • Most city landlines have been restored.

The city is still in an assessment and recovery mode, and Technology Resources is continuing to check all computers and work to fully restore the network and all city services.

Emergency dispatch services and 911 were not impacted and continue to operate normally. Additionally, the city’s website at cityofpensacola.com and online permitting services at mygovernmentonline.org remain operational.

For security reasons and due to the active investigation into this incident, specific information about how the attack occurred will not be released.

As the Technology Resources Department continues to assess the situation, the City of Pensacola will provide updates to the public, including any potential impacts to customers. As an additional security measure, the city will be engaging an outside firm to help assess potential data impacts from this incident.