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City continues Hurricane Michael relief efforts 

The Pensacola Fire Department deployed a fire inspector and engine company on Thursday to Bay County to assist in Hurricane Michael relief efforts.  

The fire inspector will be assisting with critical infrastructure inspections for the next three days. The engine company, made of a four member crew, will be on a seven to 10 day deployment. 

Pensacola Police swapped out their team that has been in Panama City since the day after the storm hit. A new team of eight officers was sent on Thursday to replace them. Officers are also commuting each day to help Gulf Power while they restore electricity. 

Pensacola Police is collecting new items for officers who were impacted by the storm.  People who like to donate can drop off items at 711 N Hayne Street. The items MUST be new.

Pensacola Fire is collecting baby items for victims. 

Pensacola Professional Firefighters (IAFF Local 707) partnered with the Florida Professional Firefighters to establish collection points and methods of transport. Our firefighters have collaborated with them to ensure these critical items are delivered where most needed.

Friday, October 19, is the last day to drop off new baby items that are on the list. Those items are:

  • Diapers 
  • Pull-ups
  • Wipes
  • Non-perishable baby food
  • Formula
  • Nursery water
  • Sippy cups
  • Bottles 
  • Pacifiers 
  • Baby clothes
  • Baby blankets

Please do not deliver anything requiring refrigeration.

The drop-off location is Pensacola Fire Station 1 located at 400 East Cervantes Street from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Since this is an active firehouse, firefighters ask drivers to please park at the orange cones and follow the signs for drop-off.

You can help too! Here is how:

The impacts of Hurricane Michael will be felt across the Florida panhandle for some time, but you can help in the effort to speed up the recovery process.

Volunteer Florida is putting together a list of people who can volunteer. They are also accepting donations.

Volunteer Florida partners with organizations in the affected areas. As the organizations assess needs and resources, they begin to organize volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Florida provides organizations with a list of qualified volunteers. 

Participants will need to fill out an online form and provide contact information, skills or experience, desired tasks and availability.    

Those who would like to help, but cannot volunteer, are welcome to make a cash donation through their website.

United Airlines to launch daily seasonal service to the New York metropolitan area

Frank Sinatra sang the tune "New York, New York." If he was still alive today we are sure he would be singing "Newark, Newark" after this big announcement.

United Airlines will launch daily seasonal service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on June 6, 2019. Passengers can now book flights online at United.com.

Flights are scheduled to depart Pensacola daily at 3:25 pm and arrive in Newark, NJ at 7:00 pm EST. Passengers will enjoy a 2-class configuration aircraft.

Pensacola International Airport

“This is another big win for our airport and a sign of the growth of our city and the region,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “Establishing routes to airports serving the New York Metropolitan Area is something that my team and I have been working on and we are excited to bring this service to our residents and business travelers.”

Newark Liberty International Airport becomes Pensacola International Airport’s nineteenth destination, the third daily nonstop served by United Airlines.

Port of Pensacola

Port of Pensacola awarded grant to restore two berths

Port of Pensacola has been awarded a $147,600 grant from the Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development (FSTED) fund.

The grant will be used to perform maintenance dredging at port berths three and five. The project will restore the berths to their full depth of 33 feet as authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Berths are a designated location used for mooring vessels. Port of Pensacola has seven berths total. The benefit of having berths to their full depth allows the Port to receive larger vessels and vessels carrying more cargo.

Currently, because of shallow spots at berths three and five, the Port can only take vessels drawing 30 ft. of water or less. Dredging the berths back to their full authorized depth will improve and increase competitiveness.

The project is expected to get underway early next year. 

Join us for our last Blues on the Bay concert this Sunday!

The 2018 Blues on the Bay Concert Series is coming to a close. So help us go out with a bang!

Love Gun is here to help! The KISS tribute band will take the Hunter Amphitheater beginning at 6 p.m. on October 21. 
Love Gun
Love Gun

Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs and join us Community Maritime Park. Enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while dancing and listening to some of the region's best musical talent. 

Concerts are free and open to the public.

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Blues Angel Music, Audi Pensacola, Soft Rock 94.1 and Jet 100.7, who helped make this another great year!

Florida City Government Week begins Monday

City of Pensacola will be joining cities through the state in celebrating Florida City Government week from October 22-26.

Because city government is the government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents, it is important that residents understand how their city operates, the services it provides and the importance of their active involvement. The theme My City: I'm Part of It, I'm Proud of It will guide this year's activities.

City of Pensacola wants you to participate by entering our photo contest! Capture an image that showcases this year's theme and submit between October 22-28. Facebook users will vote on the images to determine the winner. This year's prize pack includes a copy of "Upside: An Aerial Perspective Of Pensacola, Florida," an official Pensacola mug and a package of Pensacola Police Department's new coffee "Midnight Shift." The winning photo will also be featured in City Hall. 

Florida City Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, is a week-long celebration that raises awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents. The League is the official organization of the municipal governments of Florida.

Congratulations on the promotion!

Fire Battalion Chief
Pensacola Fire Captain George Foss has been promoted to Battalion Chief and Brock Jester has been named Pensacola Fire Assistant Chief.

Save the date: Halloween Egg Haunt is October 27

Something spooky this way comes.

City of Pensacola's Park and Recreation department is gearing up for the annual Halloween Egg Haunt. Join us at Roger Scott Athletic Complex on October 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. for egg hunts, costume contests, a selfie photo booth, hayrides and bounce houses. 

Manna Food Pantries

Admission is free!

All that we ask for is a donation of a non-perishable food item to the onsite Manna Food Pantries drive. 

The most needed items are: packaged oatmeal and grits, canned fruit, plain rice, dried beans, peanut butter, canned chicken, canned vegetables (except for corn and green beans).

Most non-perishable food donations are accepted and appreciated. However, to ensure food safety, any rusty or unlabeled cans, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged goods, alcoholic beverages, or items that have been used or opened cannot be taken.

For a full list of all the fun activities at this year's Halloween Egg Haunt, visit our website.

Woodland Haunted Hallway is October 19

Join us at Woodland Heights Resource Center from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  

INSTAGRAM: Photo of the Week

Be sure to tag us using @cityofpensacola or #upsideofflorida so we see your pic!

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