An aerial view of downtown Pensacola
A rendering of the new dock and ferry landing terminal

Grand opening for the Pensacola Ferry Landing scheduled for April 13

You are invited to join us in the celebration of the grand opening of a new iconic addition to downtown Pensacola. On April 13, 2019, City of Pensacola and its partners will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pensacola Ferry Landing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments and tours of the facility and boats will be offered following the ceremony.

Located at the head of Commendencia Slip between the Port of Pensacola and Plaza de Luna/Palafox Pier, the new $3.5 million dock and terminal building will serve as the homeport location for two vessels; the “Turtle Runner” and “Pelican Perch” are the National Park Service's 150-passenger, catamaran-style boats.

The grand opening of the new landing comes in anticipation of Pensacola Bay Cruises beginning service for the recreational season. HMS Ferries, Inc. is the concessioner under contract with the National Park Service to operate the boats. Once in service, the boats will transport passengers between Quietwater Beach, Fort Pickens and downtown Pensacola.

The Downtown Ferry Landing project was funded through grants and funds from the City's Community Redevelopment Agency. Grant awards came from the Office of Federal Lands Highway's Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) and the Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development Fund. The dock was constructed by Bellingham Marine Contractors based in Jacksonville, Florida. Green-Simmons Company of Pensacola won the contract to build the terminal building. 

Newspaper clipping from Boat U.S. magazine featuring American Magic

Pensacola recognized in boating magazine for hosting American Magic

Boat U.S. Magazine featured Pensacola in its April/May 2019 edition for hosting the American Magic team while they train and prepare for the America's Cup. 

"Foiling monohulls pushing the boundaries on sail and all boating technology on Pensacola Bay is a direct result of the efforts from local government, the port, and an activist membership of Pensacola Yacht Club that can lay claim to restarting the historic regattas to Havana in 2015, hosting multiple North American and National championships and now, helping train the U.S. America's Cup team."

-Boat U.S. Magazine

New York Yacht Club American Magic, U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, set up camp at Port of Pensacola in December 2018 to train during the winter. The team’s primary training location is in Newport, Rhode Island. They have been using Gulf Coast waters to train on the team’s advanced 38-foot test boat.

The team, led by Skipper Terry Hutchinson, was formed in 2017 to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports.

Read the full story on BoatUS's website.

Portside Pensacola Vision Plan and Reinvestment Strategy is now available to view online 

The Portside Pensacola Vision Plan and Reinvestment Strategy was presented to the City Council during a City Council Workshop on Monday, March 25. The 88-page document was put together by the global infrastructure advisory firm of Moffatt & Nichol.

Since June 2018, the consulting team of maritime and urban planning experts engaged with the City and community through multiple workshops and online surveys to gather input on what the Port of Pensacola could and should look like in the future. Key findings emerged and Moffatt & Nichol created three conceptual site plans in the study area. The study area included all waterfront property from Commendencia Slip to Bartram Park, which is made up of the Port, public and private property.

The final vision reinforces the desire for core Port operation areas, while underutilized land and waterfront assets would engage in new pursuits in science, technology, education, research and business. Based on input gathered by Moffatt & Nichol, the elimination of the Port was not something the community wished to come to fruition. 

Key steps moving forward for implementation of the vision plan include follow-on studies and initial investments, supported by market conditions and sustained determination by individuals and groups over the long term.

A PDF of the report is now available on our website. Visit to review previous documents and for more information.


A rendering from the port vision document showing people walking along the waterfront

Spring is here! Ladies, sign up to for the golf clinic at Osceola

Come out and enjoy the spring weather and work on some improvements in your golf game.

The Osceola Spring Ladies Golf Clinic will cover all the aspects of the game. Our Parks and Recreation Department has secured Dallas Tew from Select Physical Therapy to do a fitness evaluation to help us all increase our club head speed to get those few extra yards. Plan to have a lot of fun!

Two women who are holding golf clubs and smiling

The clinic includes five classes: Putting, Chipping, Full-Swing, and Bunker Play
The dates are April 13 and 20 and May 4, 11 and 18. Cost is $150 for all five classes or $40 for one class.
For more information call Osceola Pro Shop at: (850) 453- 7599.

Bruce Beach Cleanup is this Saturday, March 30

Join Ocean Hour at Bruce Beach for a shoreline cleanup this Saturday, March 30.

All supplies will be provided. Closed toe shoes or water shoes are recommended. Sign in at 8:45 a.m. and clean until 10! Represent Ocean Hour by wearing your yellow shirt!

A crane flying over Bruce Beach

Volunteers picked up more than 900 pounds last time we were there!
WHO: You
WHAT: Bruce Beach Cleanup
WHERE: Bruce Beach Natural Area
WHEN: March 30, 2019 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Visit their Facebook for more information: Ocean Hour FL

Easter is coming. Don't forget about our Easter Egg Hunt!

The Easter Bunny is coming to town, April 13, 2019!

Little girl with an easter basket

Join us at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex for the Annual Play Pensacola Easter Egg Hunt presented by Chic-Fil-A. Enjoy a day of fun with Easter Egg Hunts, music, carnival games, bounce houses, photos with the Easter Bunny and more! 
FREE Admission. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Manna Food Pantries for each participant. Click this link to Get Manna's Grocery List
For more information visit: Easter Egg Hunt 2019.

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