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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Section of Baylen Street to Temporarily Close Thursday

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Section of Baylen Street to Temporarily Close Thursday

The City of Pensacola has issued a permit for a water line installation project that will require a temporary closure of the section of Baylen Street between West Strong and Cervantes streets on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Drivers are asked to please avoid the area, if possible. Residents and business owners within this block will still be able to access their property.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Tom Dulaney with J. Miller Construction Inc. at 850-503-7023.

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City’s ADA Sidewalk Repair Project Surpasses 9,000 Feet

City’s ADA Sidewalk Repair Project Surpasses 9,000 Feet

The City of Pensacola’s Public Works and Facilities Department has repaired approximately 9,350 linear feet of sidewalk and installed 215 curb ramps as part of the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Sidewalk Assessment. Another 18,750 linear feet of sidewalk is expected to be repaired by 2023, along with an additional 1,806 curb ramps.

The city completed an ADA Sidewalk Assessment in 2017 to evaluate existing sidewalks for ADA deficiencies, identifying approximately 28,100 linear feet of sidewalks and another 2,021 new curb ramps needed in order to achieve an acceptable level of ADA compliance.

“These repairs and improvements are essential to making our sidewalks accessible to all of our residents, so I’m excited to see projects continue to move forward,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “Sidewalks help create accessible, safe communities, which is what we strive for the City of Pensacola to be.”

Sidewalk repair projects were also prioritized in the survey to create a master sidewalk improvement project list, which is available on the city’s website.

Projects began on the west side of the city and are moving eastward, with the next set of projects planned for the Community Redevelopment Area Urban Core District, which is primarily the downtown area. Two sidewalk repair projects in the Urban Core District are expected to begin this year, with three additional projects expected to be completed in 2020.

“This sidewalk assessment is an ongoing effort not only to make our sidewalks ADA compliant, but also to promote city-wide walkability and connectivity,” Public Works and Facilities Director Derrik Owens said. “We are always looking for ways to continue to maintain and improve our infrastructure for all of our citizens.”

To view the sidewalk priority list and an interactive map, visit cityofpensacola.com.

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Weekly Meeting Schedule Oct. 14-18, 2019

Weekly Meeting Schedule Oct. 14-18, 2019

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Code Enforcement Authority Public, Quasi-Judicial Hearings – 3 p.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Council Chambers, First Floor

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Zoning Board of Adjustments – CANCELED

Thursday, Oct. 17

Parks and Recreation Board – 8 a.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Whibbs Conference Room, First Floor

Architectural Review Board – 2 p.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Hagler-Mason Conference Room, Second Floor

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City Employees Donate to Manna, Mayor Announces Town Hall and More!

City of Pensacola Staff, Mayor Team up for United Way Day of Caring

Nearly 50 City of Pensacola staff members and Mayor Grover Robinson joined volunteers throughout the community to support United Way Day of Caring on Friday, Oct. 4, an annual community service effort coordinated by United Way of West Florida.

City employees worked on a variety of projects Friday at Manna Food Pantries, including preparing food bags for local elementary school students, cleaning and organizing Manna’s warehouse, landscaping, pressure washing and more.

According to Manna’s Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker, the team’s volunteerism for the day equated to helping provide 41,048 healthy meals, which could feed 13,683 people in one day.

“Manna does a great job, and we’re just grateful for the opportunity to come here and work with them and be a team with them,” Mayor Robinson said.

Several city departments and divisions were represented Friday, including Pensacola Police Department, Pensacola Fire Department, Pensacola Energy, Pensacola International Airport, Port of Pensacola, Financial Services, Housing, Human Resources, City Attorney’s Office, Office of the Mayor, and Sanitation Services & Fleet Management. Mayor Robinson commended city employees for their hard work Friday and said he was excited to participate in Day of Caring with such a dedicated team.

Read our full press release by visiting our website. Watch the video recap by visiting YouTube.


Mayor Announces Town Hall Meeting for District 4

The public is invited to attend Mayor Grover Robinson’s Town Hall with District 4 Councilman Jared Moore on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vickrey Resource Center located at 2130 Summit Blvd.

Mayor Robinson and Councilman Moore will provide opening remarks and then turn it over to the citizens to ask questions and provide comments regarding District 4.

“We made a commitment to be out in the community gathering input on ways to improve Pensacola,” Mayor Robinson said. “We’ve had great turnout for every town hall we’ve hosted, which proves to me citizens find them of value. I look forward to spending time with the people of District 4 and finding ways we can continue to move our great community forward.”

Read more about the town hall in our news release.


Join Us in Welcoming our New Cadets to the Pensacola Fire Department!

 

Our new Fire Cadets have started their Pensacola Fire Department orientation and are preparing to begin the EMT/FIRE Academy at the end of October. Welcome to Daveyon Finkley, Nathan English, Tristan Snow, Diego Jimenez and Derrion Elzy!

On a Similar Note, Don’t Forget Public Safety Day is Saturday


Last One: Final Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup for the Year is Oct. 26

The next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup day will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, allowing residents in the cleanup area to leave eligible items at the curb to be picked up by City of Pensacola Sanitation Services free of charge.

Residents in the cleanup area must leave items at curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup.

Please note that items left at curbside outside of the cleanup area will not be collected. 

This month’s cleanup area covers the east Scenic Heights area east of Pensacola International Airport, generally south of Baywoods Drive, north of Summit Boulevard, east of Spanish Trail and along Scenic Highway.

Please see the cleanup map for details. To learn about eligible items, read our news release.


Hey Pensacola, You’ve Been Voted as One of the Friendliest Cities

Pensacola was voted one of Florida’s friendliest cities in Trips to Discover’s recent survey.

The travel website recently asked their 1.5 million monthly readers and 346,000 fans on the official Trips To Discover Florida Facebook page to find out which Florida city is considered the most friendly by visitors. Trips to Discover collected feedback about whether a city had helpful locals, was easy to get around, and if visitors felt safe. The overall feedback score takes into account all three of those additional categories.

Pensacola ranked number two in the cities with the most helpful locals.

According to their website, 126 different Florida cities received votes during the survey. Almost 80 percent of the participants voted for a city they did not live in.

Read the full list of winners on Trips to Discover’s website.


Grab Your Paddles and Play Pickleball at Armstrong Park!

Armstrong Park is located at 300 W. Lakeview Ave.

Reminder: Youth Basketball Sign-Ups are Underway

Registration is open now through Nov. 27 for the City of Pensacola’s recreation basketball league at Vickrey Resource Center. The league is for players ages 5-14 and will run January through February 2020. The cost to participate is $72 for city residents and $83 for non-city residents. There are three ways to register: online, in person at the Vickrey Resource Center or by mailing registration to the Athletics division at Exchange Park, 3200 E. Lakeview Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503. Registration forms are available online at PlayPensacola.com

Cobb, Fricker and Woodland Heights Resource Centers have partnered to offer a Youth Recreational Basketball Training League for ages 5-14. Participants can register through Dec. 6 at any of those locations or online. The league will begin practices Dec. 18, and league play will be in January and February 2020. The cost is $25 for ages 5-7, $35 for ages 8-10 and 11-12, and $50 for ages 13-14.

For more more details visit the Youth Basketball page.


Ready to Dance? Register for Classes at Gull Point Resource Center

Registration for fall dance classes at Gull Point Resource Center is now underway. Those wanting to sign up have until Oct. 18 to do so. Classes begin on Oct. 21.

Dance classes are offered in a variety of disciplines for youth and adults. City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation offers dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, Irish, belly dance, line dancing, tumbling and more.

Find the schedule and register for classes at PlayPensacola.com.


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Mayor Announces Town Hall Meeting for District 4

Mayor Announces Town Hall Meeting for District 4

The public is invited to attend Mayor Grover Robinson’s Town Hall with District 4 Councilman Jared Moore on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vickrey Resource Center located at 2130 Summit Blvd.

Mayor Robinson and Councilman Moore will provide opening remarks and then turn it over to the citizens to ask questions and provide comments regarding District 4.

“We made a commitment to be out in the community gathering input on ways to improve Pensacola,” Mayor Robinson said. “We’ve had great turnout for every town hall we’ve hosted, which proves to me citizens find them of value. I look forward to spending time with the people of District 4 and finding ways we can continue to move our great community forward.”

“Mayor Robinson’s proactive approach to working more directly with neighborhoods really resonates,” Councilman Moore said. “I look forward to the opportunity to dialogue directly with stakeholders regarding the strengths and needs of the various neighborhoods of District 4.”

This will be the fifth town hall Mayor Robinson has held since taking office. During his campaign for mayor, Robinson promised he would host town halls at various locations throughout the city so citizens had more options to have their voice heard. Mayor Robinson has hosted town halls in District 2 with Councilwoman Sherri Myers, District 5 with the late Councilman Gerald Wingate, District 7 with Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn and District 1 with Council Vice President P.C. Wu.

If you need a special accommodation to attend this meeting, please call 850-435-1629. For a sign language interpreter please contact 72 hours in advance if possible.

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Pensacola Neighborhood Challenge Grant Program Accepting Applications

Pensacola Neighborhood Challenge Grant Program Accepting Applications

The City of Pensacola is now accepting applications for the fall cycle of the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Pensacola Neighborhood Challenge Grant Program, which is a matching grant program that provides City of Pensacola neighborhood associations with funding to complete neighborhood improvement projects.

Applications for the program will be available on the City of Pensacola website during the grant application cycle, which runs Monday, Oct. 7 through 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

Through the Pensacola Neighborhood Challenge Grant Program, funds can be used for various neighborhood initiatives, including beautification projects, signage, sidewalks or other improvements to public property. Funds can be matched by cash, in-kind contributions, volunteer labor, or any combination of the three.

Each application must consist of a single project with a clearly defined goal that has a direct benefit to the neighborhood and its residents. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, family/home safety training, drug and fire prevention programs, cultural exhibit areas, after school enrichment programs and youth literacy programs.

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Quality and scope of the project
  • Neighborhood participation and benefit
  • General match information, including proof the association is able to match the city’s cash contribution with any combination of volunteer labor, in-kind donations and/or cash
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Next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Scheduled for Oct. 26

Next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Scheduled for

Oct. 26

The next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup day will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, allowing residents in the cleanup area to leave eligible items at the curb to be picked up by City of Pensacola Sanitation Services free of charge.

Residents in the cleanup area must leave items at curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup.

Please note that items left at curbside outside of the cleanup area will not be collected. 

This month’s cleanup area covers the east Scenic Heights area east of Pensacola International Airport, generally south of Baywoods Drive, north of Summit Boulevard, east of Spanish Trail and along Scenic Highway. Please see the cleanup map for details.

The cleanup includes bulk items only. Yard waste or garbage will not be collected.

Items eligible for removal include:

  • Household appliances
  • Household junk and debris
  • Furniture and mattresses
  • Carpeting
  • Barbecue grills (no propane tanks)
  • Bicycles and toys
  • Tires
  • Old paint and paint cans

Items not eligible for removal include:

  • Building materials (concrete, bricks, blocks, roofing, drywall or more than one cubic yard of lumber)
  • Household or pool chemicals
  • Herbicides or pesticides
  • Explosives or ammunition
  • Auto parts
  • Dirt or sod
  • Propane tanks
  • Garbage or yard trash
Please keep tires and paint cans separate from all other debris, and do not place piles under low-hanging lines or near poles, fences or mailboxes.

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.

For more information about neighborhood cleanups, visit the City of Pensacola website.

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Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Collects 50 Tons of Bulk Waste

Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Collects 50 Tons of Bulk Waste

The latest Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup collected 50 tons of bulk waste, along with 115 tires and 1,049 gallons of paint. The cleanup took place on Saturday, Sept. 28 and included roughly 3,600 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.

For more information or to see the cleanup schedule, visit the City of Pensacola website.

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Pensacola Fire Department Participates in Fire Prevention Week

Pensacola Fire Department Participates in Fire Prevention Week

 

The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 6-12. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Pensacola Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The Pensacola Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, including Public Safety Day, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. The public is invited to take part in interactive activities, watch live demonstrations and learn about best safety practices. Admission and parking is free.

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the Pensacola Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. Residents can learn lifesaving tips on NFPA’s website.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 436-5200.  For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit fpw.org.

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Seafood Festival

Pensacola Seafood Festival Takes Over Downtown Starting Tomorrow

There aren’t any laws when you’re eating the claws.

Well, actually there are, but don’t let that stop you from visiting Pensacola Seafood Festival in downtown this weekend.

The festival runs Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Pensacola is a proud sponsor of the annual event, and Pensacola Energy hosts the Fiesta Seafood Grille, where 10 local chefs each do an hour-long cooking demonstration. The schedule is as follows:

                                 Friday, Sept. 27

5:30 p.m. – The Wine Bar

Seafood Festival poster

Saturday, Sept. 28
Noon – Constant Tea and Coffee

1 p.m. – South Market

2 p.m. – Big Top Brewery
3 p.m. – IQ Eatery
4 p.m. – Boneheads Fire Grilled

Sunday, Sept. 29

Noon – Culinary Productions
1 p.m. – Alcaniz Kitchen and Tap
2 p.m. – Classic City Catering
3 p.m. – Sabai Thai

Pensacola Seafood Festival is put on by Fiesta of Five Flags. More than 100,000 people are expected to stroll the streets during this three-day event and enjoy delicious creations from the area’s top restaurants. The event also hosts live cooking demonstrations, traditional festival vendors, arts and crafts and live music.

For more information, visit the official website for the event.