City sanitation worker caught on camera going above and beyond

We may never know the impact our actions might have on someone, but every once in a while we are reminded why kindness is key.


When City of Pensacola Sanitation employee Laderal Dyess decided to retrieve a full recycle bin that was still beside a home during his route on November 1, he had no idea the affect it would have on the customer.

On Halloween, Doug Cashio’s son had to be rushed to the hospital. For Cashio, placing his recycle bin beside the curb was the last thing on his mind. Yet, when he returned from the hospital, his recycle bin had been emptied. Confused, Cashio said he asked his wife if she put the recycle bin out. She didn’t. So he looked on his home’s surveillance system and was surprised by what he saw. Dyess was caught on camera exiting the sanitation truck, walking up the driveway and hauling the bin to the truck to empty it. Cashio felt compelled to share the video with Sanitation Director Dennis Fleming to express the impact Dyess had on his family.


“It was a small gesture, but it meant the world to me,” Cashio wrote. “He truly went above and beyond. Please express my thanks and gratitude for being such a wonderful guy.”

City of Pensacola would like to thank Cashio for bringing this to our attention. We love hearing stories about our team and we are so proud Dyess is part of it.

As a friendly reminder, please place your bins curbside so our sanitation employees can continue doing a great job getting their routes done on time.

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Pensacola Christian College students volunteer to beautify City during Serve Pensacola Day

Volunteer students

Saturday, November 3, 2018 was a huge day of service for the student body at Pensacola Christian College. Several City of Pensacola parks benefitted from this day of giving back to the community.

Over 1,000 students from PCC spread out all over the Pensacola community helping neighborhoods and organizations meet some very challenging needs.

“Preserving our local natural resources is contagious,” Parks and Recreation Program Specialist Paul Pipes said. “Seeing young community members taking initiative to clean up other’s litter will help foster a sense of ownership to our precious amenities. Hopefully this enthusiasm will spark a movement of environmental awareness and the individual responsibility needed to make a difference on an even bigger scale.”

The students began their work at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and most projects were finished by noon because of the large number of students spread students out throughout the various projects. Sixteen city parks and properties benefitted directly from the volunteerism with students performing a variety of tasks ranging from picking up litter and limb debris to painting over graffiti and heavy landscaping.
Parks and projects included in PCC’s Serve Pensacola Day:

  • Andalusia Square – minor landscaping, litter pick-up
  • Bayview Park & Senior Center grounds – Litter/debris pick-up
  • Chimney Park – litter/debris pick-up, removing undergrowth along south fence, weeding
  • City Hall (outside city Council Chambers) – litter pick-up
  • Community Maritime Park – litter pick-up
  • Fricker Resource Center – litter pick-up
  • Granada Square – litter pic-kup
  • Hitzman Optimist Park – litter/debris pick-up
  • Lions Park – litter/debris pick-up
  • Miraflores Park – heavy landscaping around Boy Scout building and monument, removal of invasive plants, litter/debris pick-up
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza – litter pick-up
  • Sanders Beach Park – liter pick-up along shoreline and on park grounds
  • Springdale Park – litter/debris pick-up
  • Wayside Park – litter/debris pick-up
  • 17th Avenue Boat Launch – minor landscaping, litter pick-up
  • 17th Avenue Stormwater Park – litter pick-up, painting over graffiti 
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Bike Pensacola Safe Riding Routes Now on City Website

It is now easier than ever to explore your city parks on two wheels! 

Citizens can now more easily hop on their bike and visit some of your local parks thanks to the good people at Bike Pensacola. They have mapped out three Safe Riding Routes to encourage riders to get out and explore the city and city parks.

There are two easy 3.9 mile uptown loops, one North and one South of Creighton Road. The third route takes riders on a 9.3 mile journey between uptown and downtown Pensacola while avoiding busy high speed roads to the greatest degree possible. All routes take riders through quiet residential neighborhoods with stops at local parks and landmarks along the way.

A PDF version of each mapped route can now be viewed and downloaded from the city's website at

Bike Pensacola is a coalition of bicyclists, bike clubs, bike shops, and other organizations working to improve conditions for bicycling in Pensacola. You can learn more about their organization at

Are you looking for something for the kids to do during Thanksgiving break?

Fall Break

City of Pensacola’s Parks and Recreation Department offers Fall Break camps November 19-21.

The participating places are: Fricker Resource Center, E.S Cobb Resouce Center, Vickrey Resource Center, and Woodland Heights Resource Center. Each camp will have fun holiday-themed activities, sports and arts and crafts.

Space is limited so call soon to reserve a spot.

Pensacola Police and Fire to participate in chili cook off for a cause 

Chili Cookoff

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and our officers and firefighters will help in the effort to spread the message.

Epilepsy Florida will host its Cheers and Chili for Charity event on November 15 from 6-9:00 p.m. at First City Art Center. It is a beer and chili tasting event which will also host a cook off contest, raffle and live music.

Tickets to the event are $25

More information can be found on the Eventbrite website.

Back on the Block

Back on the Blocks Music and Arts Festival begins Friday

Back on the Blocks Music and Arts Festival kicks off the start of its fifth anniversary this Friday.

The Motown Madness Music Medley starts at 6 p.m. November 9 at the Brownsville Community Resource Center. The evening will be filled with music, dancing and food— the soulful way. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Visitors can expect to hear a medley of Motown, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, rock, and pop performed by national, regional, and local artists, street musicians, and variety bands within a classic dinner club and evening party entertainment setting that celebrates the rich tradition and heritage of Belmont-DeVilliers and its historic contributions to the “Chitlin Circuit”. Legendary greats such as Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, and Ike & Tina Turner have all played there.

Proceeds benefit Truth For Youth, Inc. and the Belmont cultural Center to advance and promote music and art education in underserved communities in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Then on November 10, beginning at 12 p.m. a music battle and jam session will take over Belmont Cultural Center at the corners of Belmont and DeVilliers. This is a free event! The event includes a Battle of the Bands Challenge where high school, college, and variety bands strut their stuff, and “MARCH TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER!”

More information can be found on the Back on the Blocks website.

Great Gulfcoast Art Festival celebrated local and international artists

Abigail Nnaji was this year's featured artist. Her piece, “Asoebi II,” is an acrylic that fuses paper cutting and is now on display in City Hall. 

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