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Mayor announces initiative for complete streets in Pensacola

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Mayor Grover Robinson announced his commitment for Complete Streets in Pensacola. Mayor Robinson is beginning the process of hiring staff to specifically evaluate streets in the City of Pensacola and identify improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. 
Mayor Grover Robinson

“The real complete street is not just built for cars, it’s built for every other use we do there,” Mayor Robinson said. “We want to encourage a lot more walking and biking. If we encourage more mass transit, walking or biking, we put fewer cars on the road."

A Complete Street, defined by the National Complete Streets Coalition, is designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. There is not a single design or format for Complete Street, but it must be user friendly for everyone.

Mayor Robinson believes having Complete Streets in Pensacola will help contribute to a nationwide goal to stop traffic-related injuries and fatalities called "Vision Zero."

“It’s something we believe is necessary here as we go forward with Vision Zero, so we definitely want to be moving that direction and making ourselves better,” Mayor Robinson said.

A position is expected to be posted on the City of Pensacola job board soon. Check back on our website

Pensacola Beach makes TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice list of Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.

A screenshot of TripAdvisor's page for Pensacola Beach

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced Pensacola Beach made the list of winners of its Travelers' Choice® awards for Beaches in the United States. Of the 25 best beaches in the U.S., 40 percent are in Florida and almost 30 percent are in Hawaii.
According to a press release from TripAdvisor, award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.
Pensacola Beach placed 5th overall.

Recent TripAdvisor review: "Love these white sand beaches! Awesome atmosphere and well behaved crowds. Not rowdy like other beaches. Plenty of rental chairs/umbrellas. Visit the fishing pier for some great photos."

For the complete list of Travelers' Choice award-winning beaches for 2019, visit:

Congratulations to our February Employee of the Month!

Renay Pierre-Robinson and Mayor Grover Robinson

Renay Pierre-Robinson of Human Resources

Congratulations on the promotion!

A photo of Firefighter Charles Clark
Firefighter Charles Clark has been promoted to Fire Lieutenant.
Effective date: February 25, 2019

Pensacola Fire Department awarded grant for doses of emergency opioid antagonist

The Pensacola Fire Department has been awarded a grant for 24 doses of emergency opioid antagonist.

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The grant, written by Training/Safety Officer, Battalion Chief George Foss, came from the Helping Emergency Responders Obtain Support (HEROS) program by the Florida Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support.

When administered, opioid antagonist medications reverse and block the effects of opioids. It restores normal breathing to a person who has slowed in breathing or stopped breathing completely as a result of overdosing on opioids such as pain medication or heroin. 

First-Ever SHERO Warrior Conference Coming to Pensacola

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the first-ever SHERO Warrior Conference will take place in Pensacola, Florida on March 8–10. The conference is presented by The Monument to Women Veterans, Woman’s Club of Pensacola, and Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast. It will feature powerful speakers and networking opportunities for women, and will be a celebration of women as leaders in the community.
“In addition to our organization’s work to create a monument honoring women in the military, the upcoming SHERO Warrior Conference will be an incredible opportunity to celebrate and recognize the 2.3 million women in the military, as well as celebrate the strength and unity of women from all walks of life,” said Michelle Caldwell, Founder of Monument to Women Veterans. “The SHERO Warrior Conference is for all women, as all women are Shero warriors.”
During the three-day conference, women from across the United States will come to Pensacola to learn about resources, make new connections, share concerns, take part in discussions on the future for women in leadership roles, and to have fun with new and old friends. The conference will also provide opportunities to build working relationships for women veterans to find success in life after their military service.
The conference kicks off on Friday, March 8 with a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a special paint and wine night, “Paint like a Shero,” with local Pensacola artist, Bev Schoopman. Saturday’s lineup includes inspiring and powerful guest speakers, women veterans filming their heroic stories for inclusion in the new Women Veterans Museum, a Block Party at the Woman’s Club of Pensacola featuring karaoke, food trucks, free beer, live music, a silent auction, and vendors and free time to explore Pensacola’s activities and attractions. The conference wraps up Sunday with a champagne brunch at The Woman's Club of Pensacola with a special guest speaker

For more information or to register as a vendor or sponsor, visit

informational flyer on the shero warrior conference

We are hosting a free yoga class Sunday, March 3 at Community Maritime Park

This is a free, one-hour, outdoor yoga class located at the beautiful Maritime Park presented by Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center beginning at 10 a.m.

The event is open to all ages and levels of experience, and features certified instructors. The class is free, but you will need to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and any other accessories you would like to use. Water will be provided, but you will need to bring your own bottle or container.

We hope to see you there! Held the first Sunday each month.

Don’t forget to register for the iBall Basketball League 

informational flyer on iball basketball league

iBall Basketball League is coming to the Fricker Resource Center!

This league is for men ages 18 and older with a maximum of 10 players per team. There will be 12 teams. The cost is $40 per person. Games will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Register through March 15 at Fricker Resource Center.

Pi Day is coming and we have an event for people 50+

Pi Day informational flier

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