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FDOT Hosting Open House for 17th Avenue Interchange Improvements June 11

FDOT Hosting Open House for 17th Avenue Interchange Improvements June 11

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public information open house concerning the 17th Avenue interchange project Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St.

The project involves the State Road 30 (U.S. 98/Gregory Street) and State Road 196 (Bayfront Parkway) at 17th Avenue interchange.

The intent of this project is to reconstruct the intersection of Gregory Street and Bayfront Parkway at 17th Avenue. The new interchange in conjunction with the new Pensacola Bay Bridge will improve safety conditions and reduce congestion for the approximately 58,000 drivers who pass through this intersection daily.

Maps, drawings and other information will be on display at the meeting. There will be no formal presentation; however, FDOT representatives will be available to discuss planned improvements, answer questions and receive comments. Additional project information is available on nwflroads.com.

This meeting is being held without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Project Manager, at the information listed below, at least seven days prior to the meeting.

For more information about this project or meeting, please contact Project Manager Jack Harrison at 850-281-9251, Jack.Harrison@dot.state.fl.us, or by mail at 6025 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton, FL 32583. You may also contact Ian Satter, FDOT District Three Public Information Director, toll-free at 888-638-0250, ext. 1205 or Ian.Satter@dot.state.fl.us.

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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Weekly Meeting Schedule June 3-7, 2019

Weekly Meeting Schedule June 3-7, 2019

Tuesday, June 4
Code Enforcement Authority Public Quasi-Judicial Hearings- 3 p.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Council Chamber, First Floor.

Wednesday, June 5
Public Information Meeting- Streetscape Plans for A Street/Devilliers/Rues- 6:30 p.m., 321 N. DeVilliers St., Devilliers Square Lobby.

Thursday, June 6
Environmental Advisory Board – 2 p.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Whibbs Conference Room, First Floor (Agenda)

Veterans Memorial Park Foundation – 3:30 p.m., City Hall, 222 W. Main St., Whibbs Conference Room, First Floor (Agenda)

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Mayor Announces Town Hall Meeting for District 1

Mayor Grover Robinson will hold his fourth town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Vickrey Resource Center, 2130 Summit Blvd.

Mayor Robinson will host the meeting with Councilman P.C. Wu, and residents are encouraged to attend and let their voices be heard. Mayor Robinson has already held town halls in District 2 with Councilwoman Sherri Myers, District 5 with Councilman Gerald Wingate and District 7 with Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn.

Hosting town halls is a high priority for Mayor Robinson. During his campaign for mayor, Robinson promised he would host town halls at various locations throughout the city so citizens would not have to come to City Hall to have their voice heard.

Mayor Robinson hopes citizens will attend the town hall so he can work with them to come up with a plan to move Pensacola forward.

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

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Bayview Senior Center Renovations and Programming Update

Bayview Senior Center Renovations and Programming Update

Progress is continuing on renovations at the Bayview Senior Center located at 2000 E. Lloyd St., with an anticipated completion date of early 2020. Renovations began in fall 2018 and were initially expected to be completed in late winter or early spring 2019. Renovations to the facility include new restrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards, new carpeting, safety handrails and interior painting. The new completion timeline is due to hidden water damage that contractors uncovered after work commenced on the project, requiring the budget and completion date to be amended for the additional work needed.

Since the Bayview Senior Center closed in September 2018, its programs have been operating out of the Brownsville Community Center under a cooperative agreement with Escambia County. Most classes and programs will be relocating again starting Monday, June 3. The following programs will move to Gull Point Resource Center: Bridge, Pinochle, and Hand & Foot. All other programs will relocate to Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center.

Bayview Senior Center staff will also be relocating during the remainder of the renovations. Recreation Supervisor Jeremy Street will be located at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center to oversee Bayview’s programming. Assistant Supervisor Molly Mahtani will be located at Gull Point Resource Center and expand senior programming to enhance the center’s current offerings. For a list of programming with locations, please visit the Bayview Senior Center page.

How to contact Bayview Senior Center staff:

Gull Point Resource Center 
7000 Spanish Trail
Pensacola, FL 32504
850-436-5188
Contact: Molly Mahtani, Assistant Supervisor

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center
913 South I Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
850-912-4104
Contact: Jeremy Street, Recreation Supervisor

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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Catch a Free Movie Underneath the Stars

Catch a Free Movie Underneath the Stars

The Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park Series will return to the Community Maritime Park this summer with free movies at the Hunter Amphitheater.

Bring your blankets and chairs then spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars brought to you by Hill-Kelly Dodge, Chrysler Jeep Ram and the City of Pensacola. Movies begin at sunset and free event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall.

Get there early to get a great seat and enjoy fun pre-show activities. Come hungry because concessions are available from local food trucks. Picnic baskets are welcome too, but no pets or glass containers please.

Movies are shown at the Hunter Amphitheater with grass seating only.

The Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park series is brought to you by the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department, Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, My Pensacola Credit Union, Soft Rock 94.1, My Magic 106, The Gulf Coast CW, and Cat Country 98.7.

For more information visit PlayPensacola.com or call (850) 436-5670.

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Chase Away Your Sunday Blues with Free Concerts

Chase Away Your Sunday Blues with Free Concerts

Enjoy a cool breeze along the bay and fun tunes on select Sunday evenings this summer with the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay summer concert series at the Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheater.

The free concert series is one of the most popular events for locals and visitors to spend the final hours of their weekend enjoying great music with family and friends in a great atmosphere. Concerts are held on select Sunday evenings at the Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheater when the Blue Wahoos are away.

2019 Blues On the Bay Updated Schedule 
May 26 – Not Quite Fab
June 9 – Bring on the Benjamins & Classic June
June 23 – Civilized Natives
July 7 – The Truth feat. Cat Rhodes
July 21- CrossTown
July 28 – Bay Bridge Band
August 11 – Cat Daddy Blues Band & Adam Holt
August 18 – The Modern Eldorados

Blues Angel Music plans to give away prizes to attendees at each performance and there will be a Grand Raffle at the end of the series to raise funds for music education through the Blues Angel Music Foundation. The winner of the Grand Raffle will be announced at the final concert on August 18.

Concerts begin at 6PM and are free thanks to these sponsors: City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation, Blues Angel Music, Jet 100.7FM, and Soft Rock 94.1 FM.

For more information, please call 850-436-5670, go to www.PensacolaCommunityMaritimePark.com or follow the latest updates at www.facebook.com/bluesonthebaypensacola.

Enjoy a cool breeze along the bay on Select Sundays at the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay at Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater.
Photo Credit: Blues Angel Music

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Project Underway to Remove Underwater Pilings, Sidewalk Update and more!

Work Begins to Remove Pilings from Submerged Land in Pensacola Bay

City of Pensacola is moving forward with the effort to reactivate Pensacola Bay where the Frisco Docks once stood.  A crane barge is now in the water south of Community Maritime Park and work is beginning to remove treated pilings from submerged land on the 35-acre City-owned property.

The property historically served as a railroad freight terminal, with a commercial pier extending from the bulkhead. Erected in the early 1900s, the Frisco Docks were completely destroyed in a 1966 fire, but more than 500 pilings remain submerged underwater. Piling removal will remediate the bay bottom of potential contamination.

Once the pilings are removed, this property can serve as a platform for further economic development for the City of Pensacola and provide additional growth opportunities for the west side.

City of Pensacola’s funding partners include the Environmental Protection Agency, West Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Council of Development Finance Agencies. PPM Consultants, Inc. based out of Gulf Breeze is the lead contractor overseeing the project. H.G.Harders and Son, Inc. is the subcontractor responsible for piling removal. Other contractors include Wood PLC, Pate Stevedore, Cardno and Port of Pensacola.

Map indicating the pilings in Pensacola Bay


City Completes More Than a Mile in Repairs as Part of Sidewalk Project 

The City of Pensacola’s Public Works and Facilities Department has been hard at work tackling the list of sidewalk repairs and added curb ramps identified in a sidewalk conditions survey and inventory. To date, 6,217 linear feet of sidewalk have been repaired/replaced and 147 ADA curb ramps have been added.

In 2017, Public Works undertook an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sidewalk Assessment, during which the City’s existing sidewalk inventory was evaluated for ADA compliance. The survey identified approximately 28,100 feet of sidewalks for repairs and a need for 2021 new curb ramps in order to achieve an acceptable level of ADA compliance based upon the report findings.

Sidewalks were prioritized for repairs and improvements based on their “audit or meta score” in the survey. This prioritized list is the City’s current master sidewalk improvement project list. The sidewalk repairs are estimated to be completed by 2024 and ADA-compliant curb ramps by 2026.

“It really is amazing all the stuff our Public Works and Facilities Department can do,” Mayor Grover Robinson told reporters during his weekly press conference on Monday. “They showed me some new products that we have that are really making it cost effective for us to deal with our sidewalks. I really appreciate them being creative and looking at different ways to get things fixed.”

“This is a great program to directly benefit our pedestrian community by bringing the City into ADA compliance and promoting City-wide walkability,” Public Works and Facilities Director Derrik Owens said. “It is extremely important that we continue to maintain the valuable infrastructure we have to provide for safe and convenient routes for our pedestrian traffic.”

You can view the list and an interactive map of sidewalks based on priority by visiting our website cityofpensacola.com/2893/sidewalk-prioritization.


Team at Osceola Golf Course Receives Nice Note on Yelp


Pensacola Fire Takes Part in Multi-Jurisdictional Rescue Drills

Pensacola Fire Department has been taking part in multi-jurisdictional rescue drills at two Pensacola Bay Bridge construction sites.

On May 7, drills were conducted at Skanska USA’s production facility near the Bayou Chico Bridge on Barrancas Avenue. Emergency responders practiced three different methods of removing a patient from an elevated position.

On May 8 and 9, drills were conducted on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge currently under construction. One of the drills included a scenario where firefighters responded to a construction worker who fell over a jersey barrier and was dangling from safety. Gulf Breeze Fire Department and Escambia County Fire Rescue also took part in the drills.


Congratulations on the Promotion!

Lieutenant Darrell McClammy has been promoted to Fire Captain.


National Bike to Work Day is May 17

With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. in on the rise! Active commuting contributes to healthy living and enhances job happiness – and your chance to try it out is here. National Bike to Work Day is coming to Pensacola City Hall on May 17, 2019.

rideOn Commuter Services will be in front of City Hall with Bike Pensacola and other advocacy groups from 7 – 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will promote bicycling as a viable transportation mode; encourage downtown employees to try bicycle commuting; and celebrate those who bike to work regularly.

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or are just thinking about getting started, stop by to learn about traffic safety laws, commuting support services, and ways to get involved in your local bicycle community. The event will feature refreshments, raffles, and free helmets for those who receive a professional fitting by the certified helmet fitters onsite.

Visit www.rideoncarpoolconnection.com to pledge your support for bike to work day and learn more about safe bicycle routes to downtown.


REMINDER: Sign your kids up for summer camp!

Swimming, field trips, games, outdoor fun and more await at our Play Pensacola Summer Camps!

Visit PlayPensacola.com to learn how to sign up.

Summer Day Camps are offered at the following Resource Centers: Cobb, Fricker, Gull Point, Vickrey, and Woodland Heights Resource Centers.

We also offer a variety of specialty camps to enhance your child’s skills and provide them with a fun enriching summer camp experience!


Banish Your Sunday Blues with FREE Concerts!

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department and Blues Angel Music are excited to announce the lineup for the 2019 Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Series.

The free concert series is one of the most popular events for locals and visitors to spend the final hours of their weekend enjoying great music with family and friends in a great atmosphere. Concerts are held on select Sunday evenings at the Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheater when the Blue Wahoos are away.

 

2019 Blues On the Bay Schedule
May 26 – Not Quite Fab
June 9 – Bring on the Benjamins & Classic June
June 23 – Civilized Natives
July 7 – The Truth feat. Cat Rhodes
July 21- CrossTown
July 28 – Bay Bridge Band
August 11 – Cat Daddy Blues Band & Adam Holt
August 18 – The Modern Eldorados

Blues Angel Music plans to give away prizes to attendees at each performance and there will be a Grand Raffle at the end of the series to raise funds for music education through the Blues Angel Music Foundation. The winner of the Grand Raffle will be announced at the final concert on August 18.

Concerts begin at 6PM and are free thanks to these sponsors: City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation, Blues Angel Music, Jet 100.7FM, and Soft Rock 94.1 FM.


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East Hill Neighbors—it’s a Block Party!

East Hill neighbors—it’s a Block Party!

  • Saturday, May 11, 2 pm-4pm
  • Malaga Square, E Blount St & 11th

Join us for pulled pork, fixin’s, sweets—and live music by local artists String Farm!

The food & fun are free—but please RSVP by calling 438-5449 or emailing info@mcilwainchurch.org.

Sponsored by McIlwain Presbyterian Church

String Farm is a local bluegrass and Americana music band whose members have been playing together for decades. They have been the ‘House Band’ at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola for six years. Their timeless music seems to please all ages who gather to listen, dance and join in singing or playing with the lively and entertaining show. 

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Mask & Movement Workshop hosted by Arrant Knavery, Inc

Local theatre company, Arrant Knavery, is hosting a Mask and Movement Workshop right here in East Hill.

Arrant Knavery is a 501(c)(3) theatre company with a focus on producing classical and underproduced plays. Their upcoming production of Lysistrata, a greek play by Aristophanes, will be showing at the Pensacola Opera Center on April 27, BUT FIRST, join the cast of Lysistrata for a mask and movement workshop. Learn the acting and movement techniques used to create a comedic, visually compelling Greek chorus. No experience necessary! Complimentary wine and cheese will be served; after all, no Greek gathering is complete without a celebration of Dionysis, the god of wine and revelry!

When: Saturday, April 20 at 7 PM
Where: Communio Health & Fitness: 904 E Scott St. Pensacola, FL 32503
Cost: $20 – Complimentary wine & cheese will be served.

Spots are extremely limited, so purchase your ticket today! Tickets can be purchased HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mask-movement-workshop-with-the-cast-of-lysistrata-tickets-60357441733

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Routine Maintenance: Trimming Vegetation

I wanted to make the East Hill HOA community aware that our contractors will be in the East Hill area trimming vegetation for routine maintenance until the end of the year beginning December 11, 2017.  We are not trimming the 12th Ave tree tunnel at this time for routine maintenance around our facilities.  We understand the need for vegetation maintenance in the East Hill area and wanted to spend the remaining weeks of 2017 improving our system where we can.

We appreciate everyone’s help with this endeavor as our contractors have already began notifying the East Hill residents in the affected areas.  I am always available to our customers on my cell phone at 850-418-9481 for questions or to listen to concerns

Chris R. Pope
Line Clearing Specialist
Western District
850-429-2656 Office
850-418-9481 Cell
1*30*2656 LINC
 
ISA Certified Arborist
ISA Utility Specialist
State of Florida Registered Herbicide Applicator
State of Alabama Registered Herbicide Applicator
State of Alabama Registered Forester