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VOTE NOW for Pensacola in the Strongest Town Competition

Snip of the Strong Towns website

In the left corner, from the Florida’s most western edge, America’s first settlement and home of the best beaches in the world— Pensacola, Florida!

And in the right corner, a place called "Manhattan," except it’s in... Kansas?

Ding! Ding! Ding!  

Pensacola is taking on Manhattan, Kansas in the first match-up in the fourth annual Strongest Towns Competition. In this round, 16 towns are facing off and eight will advance to round two. Hurry! Voting for round one ends at 12 p.m. CDT today!


The winner of this round takes on either Claremont, California or Delray Beach, Florida in round two.

The entry for Pensacola was submitted by Quint Studer, Anna White and Dottie DeHart. In the application, they highlighted Pensacola based on the results from the Mason Dixon Quality of Life Survey done yearly by Pensacola Young Professionals, our entrepreneurial spirit and goal of becoming more walkable.

Project funding awarded to improve Carpenter Creek’s water quality  

Carpenter Creek will receive water quality improvements as part of the NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group’s Final Restoration Plan 1 approved Tuesday, March 19.

The group, charged with selecting projects to restore natural resources affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, selected a total of 23 projects. The Carpenter Creek project area, located in Escambia County’s jurisdiction, will benefit the highly urbanized Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar watershed. The project will restore the county-owned former wetland and construct a stormwater treatment facility to capture and treat stormwater that flows off Olive Road.

Carpenter Creek’s headwaters begin at East Olive Road and run through City of Pensacola before merging into Bayou Texar, which flows into Pensacola Bay.

“Improving water quality to Carpenter Creek protects habitats and opens up the possibility for more recreational use,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This project was important to me as a commissioner and it’s important to me now as Mayor. I know this is something Councilwoman Myers has waited and passionately advocated for and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”

Carpenter Creek
Photo Courtesy: Escambia County

Carpenter Creek runs through District 2 of the City, which is represented by Councilwoman Sherri Myers. Councilwoman Myers routinely hosts cleanup efforts at Carpenter Creek.

“This is a great day for Carpenter Creek and the many people who have worked so hard to save the creek,” Councilwoman Myers said. “I think the work of Mayor Grover Robinson when he was a county commissioner has played a huge role in making these funds available for the restoration of Carpenter Creek.  I am excited about all of the projects that will be funded thanks to the hard work and dedication of county staff and Escambia Board of County Commissioners.”

The $2.1 million project will pay for land acquisition, planning, design, construction of the stormwater improvements and wetland/floodplain restoration, post-construction storm event monitoring, wetlands/floodplain aquatic vegetation monitoring and recreational improvements. It is expected to take three years to complete. Improvements will reduce pollutant loads and hydrologic degradation, which will also benefit estuarine-dependent water column resources, oysters, and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay.

The project will be implemented by FDEP FL TIG Trustee in coordination with Escambia County. City of Pensacola is a project partner along with Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program. 
Learn more about the project by visiting www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov

Pensacola Energy employees recognized March 18 for National Natural Gas Utility Workers day

Pensacola Energy employees
Pensacola Energy employees enjoy breakfast at work
Pensacola Energy Employees

K9 Foster receives bullet and stab protective vest thanks to charitable donation

Pensacola Police Department’s K9 Foster has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Foster’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Tom Uhlich 1st AVN BDE Tay Ninh US Army”. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

K9 officer

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Take two: Hitzman-Optimist Park playground grand opening is this weekend

Informational flier for Hitzman Park

Fire Station No. 3 debuts to big crowd on March 14

Elected officials uncouple fire hoses
Firefighters push engine into fire house
Fire Chief Ginny Cranor and Mayor Grover Robinson
Fire Chief Cranor speaks to crowd

Summer is right around the corner, sign your kids up for camp

Registration is now open for city residents!

Informational flyer

Registration will open on April 1 for non-residents.

Register online and receive 10 percent off per week with $10 non-refundable deposit through April 30. See our website for more details.

Summer Day Camps are 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!

For more information Visit: Play Pensacola.com

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