Reminder: Next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 28
The next Mayor’s Neighborhood Cleanup day will be on Saturday, Sept. 28, allowing residents in the cleanup areas 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 northeast Pensacola near Pensacola International Airport, generally south of Creighton Road, north of Summit Boulevard, east of 12th Avenue and west of Spanish Trail. 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 junk and debris
Furniture and mattresses
Barbecue grills (no propane tanks)
Bicycles and toys
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
Dirt or sod
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.
How to do Business with our Local Government Workshop Offered
The public is invited to join the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and the Escambia County School District for a free workshop designed for businesses to establish a working relationship with our local government.
The “How to do Business with our Local Government” workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Hagler-Mason Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall, located at 222 W. Main St.
Participants can learn about registering their business, procedures for bidding and procurement, and future business opportunities with local government. There will also be an opportunity for participants to present their products or services. Featured speakers include Hosea Goodwyn from the City of Pensacola, Paul Nobles from Escambia County and Allison Watson from Escambia County School District. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session and networking.
To register or for more information, please visit gcmcc.info.
The workshop is sponsored by Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce, City of Pensacola, Escambia County and Escambia County School District.
Pensacola to Host Premiere Sailing League Exhibition Series
Premiere Sailing League has announced plans to debut stadium sailing on Pensacola Bay during the PSL Winter Exhibition Series between Jan. 3 and April 5, 2020, bringing opportunities for the public to watch teams compete in exhibition stadium-style racing.
The PSL Winter Exhibition Series will consist of a pre-series test regatta followed by four invitational regattas. Teams can charter a boat from the supplied fleet of identical RS21 keelboats for the racing which will take place on courses set just off the Pensacola waterfront at either Plaza de Luna or the nearby Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park. Spectators can watch the teams compete in multiple exhibition stadium style races directly in front of the festive venues. Dates have been chosen to coordinate with other activities in the two parks to introduce stadium sailing to the non-sailing public.
The first PSL Winter Exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 3-5, 2020, off Plaza de Luna at the foot of historic South Palafox Place adjacent to the Pensacola Marina. Subsequent PSL Winter Exhibitions are planned in early 2020.
For each event, practice racing will be held on Friday from the Pensacola Yacht Club in the downtown Sanders Beach Community. Then on Saturday and Sunday the 6-12 teams will race short course, fast paced flights, with up to 20 races per day, to determine the winner. The racing will follow the format of the events that will be offered in 2022, the inaugural year of the full national season of the League. Spectators on shore will be treated to race analysis presented by sailing broadcaster and America’s Cup commentator Tucker Thompson, who will make stadium sailing come to life for spectators.
“We are excited by the City of Pensacola’s response to this event,” said PSL President Benjamin Klatzka. “Not only will Pensacola be the venue for the League’s 2020 Exhibition Series, the City and Pensacola Yacht Club will be the Southern headquarters for the PSL.”
Mayor Grover Robinson, and Pensacola Yacht Club’s Board of Directors, have put their full support behind the PSL Winter Exhibition Series and future events on Pensacola Bay.
“Pensacola is rich in maritime history,” said Mayor Robinson. “We look forward to partnering with the Premier Sailing League USA and helping provide a platform where sailors from different backgrounds can compete in a stadium sailing competition encouraging new spectators and participants to enjoy the sport. As the league grows, we in Pensacola look forward to being the permanent southern base for the PSL.”
FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday
U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Sunday, Sept. 8.
From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory Street and the CSX Railroad overpass. Drivers will be detoured using Ninth Avenue and Cervantes Street (U.S. 90). Access to the visitor’s center, boat ramp, and the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier will be maintained for local traffic via 17th Avenue.
The temporary configuration for the new bridge will provide two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic, along with a center lane reserved for emergency vehicles. A multiuse path for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to be operational near the end of 2019.
With all traffic shifted to the new bridge, construction crews will demolish the current bridge, complete the new westbound structure, and reconstruct the 17th Avenue interchange. All work is currently estimated for completion in mid-2021.
The planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.
Pensacola Parks and Recreation stepped up to the challenge — the Park Rec Two Step Challenge, that is. On this episode of City Spotlight, we take you to three of our community resource centers where dancers put their best foot forward to take part in the National Recreation and Park Association’s dance contest. The contest is part of National Park and Recreation Month, which is celebrated in July.
To enter, participants were asked to watch SaulPaul’s official training video to get familiar with the dance moves and then create a music video at a local park or recreation area.
Participants of our entry include the musical theater class at Gull Point, summer campers at Gull Point, Ageless Grace class at Gull Point, summer campers at Fricker Center and Friday Pickers at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center.
Contest judges have been choosing weekly winners since the contest kicked off. The grand prize winner will be chosen and notified Aug. 1. The grand prize is a visit from SaulPaul, who will come and film the official Park Rec Two Step music video.
The amount trees in a watershed has been directly correlated with good water quality. For those interested, Escambia County is asking for public comments prior to a County tree workshop. This may be a good time to voice ideas on preservation of our high quality wind resistant trees for long term sustainability.
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The Escambia County Planning Board will be hosting a workshop to discuss if revisions to the current tree protection standards are warranted. The date of the upcoming workshop will be posted on the county website at myescambia.com/county-events once the meeting has been scheduled. Escambia County is seeking public comment from interested stakeholders prior to the workshop.