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Mayor announces Town Hall meeting for District 2

Mayor Grover Robinson will hold his third town hall meeting on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Asbury Place at Cokesbury Church.

Mayor Robinson has been working with Councilwoman Sherri Myers to plan this town hall. He has already held town halls in District 5 with Councilman Gerald Wingate and District 7 with Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn. 

Hosting town halls is a high priority for Mayor Robinson. During his campaign for mayor, Robinson promised he would host town halls at various locations throughout the City so citizens would not have to come to City Hall to have their voice heard.  

Mayor Robinson hopes citizens will attend the town hall so he can work with them to come up with a plan to move the City forward.

Ferry terminal grand opening
The community celebrated the grand opening of the Pensacola Ferry Landing on April 13.

It's almost here! Tour boat service begins Friday

All aboard! Pensacola Bay Cruises sets sail beginning this Friday, April 19. The Pensacola Bay Cruises system operates between the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens located at the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island.
You can visit to view the tour boat schedule and buy tickets.

The vessels Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner are homeported in Pensacola, at 750 Commendencia Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. 
Pensacola Bay Cruises will run the two catamaran-style tour boats everyday during the peak season which goes from May 15 to August 15. During the off-peak season, the boats will run on the weekend. 

Silver Airways debuts new Wahoos themed plane

As the new official airline of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Silver Airways, the leading airline of the I-10 Gulf Coast region unveiled the first themed aircraft for a Double-A Minor League baseball team. Mayor Grover Robinson and Airport Director Dan Flynn were in attendance for Thursday’s big announcement at the Pensacola International Airport. 

Mayor Robinson with Kazoo in front of a plan with a blue wahoos wrap

Named after Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ mascot, “Kazoo” rolled out of Silver Airways’ Orlando maintenance hangar and made its maiden flight to Pensacola International Airport where it was unveiled to the ball team and community.
The new livery of the Saab 340 aircraft showcases joint branding featuring Silver Airways’ iconic turbine and the baseball team’s powerful Blue Wahoo.  “Kazoo” was designed by Steven Ward, a Silver Airways mechanic and tattoo artist, and the airline’s technical operations team carried out the plane’s transformation.

Celebrate the New Playground at Armstrong Park at Ribbon Cutting on April 26

Photo of playground

The City of Pensacola invites you to a ribbon cutting celebration for the new playground at Armstrong Park, 300 West Lakeview Avenue on Friday, April 26th at 4:15 p.m. The new playground features new climbers, slides, and interactive elements for all ages.

This is the second of five playground installations the City has planned for 2019. The first playground was recently installed at Hitzman-Optimist Park in March. There are 3 remaining playgrounds on the schedule at Parker Circle Park, Springdale Park, and Tierre Verde Park. We anticipate these installations to be completed by the end of summer.

Pensacola Fire hosts trials for SkillsUSA competition 

Pensacola Fire Department helped SkillsUSA, an organization made up of students and teachers in skilled workforce, to qualify students for their annual state competition.
The competition was held this year in Pensacola from April 7-9. The contestants are high school and college students who participate in vocational programs.
Pensacola Fire Department hosted contestants at Fire Station No. 4 and provided equipment to be able to assess the students. Students took part in Firefighter Physical Ability Test which is the testing process for Professional Firefighters. Tests include the hose pull, Kaiser sled and tower climb.

fire chief instructing students outside Fire Station 4
Three people stand by a person in firefighting gear
Firefighter student pilling a hose with an instructor

Congratulations Todd Thompson on being named Pensacola Chamber’s President and CEO

The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted at their April meeting to name Todd Thomson President/CEO of the organization.  Thomson replaces former Chamber President/CEO Clay Ingram, who was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to lead Volunteer Florida in January.  Thomson had been serving as the Chamber’s Interim President/CEO since Ingram’s departure. 
Thomson joined the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in February 2015 and has served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the past three years.  Before joining the Chamber, Thomson had a twenty-year career in Florida government and politics; including serving as Staff Director for the Redistricting Committee in the Florida House of Representatives and as Director of Government Relations for BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Thomson has experience as a legislative lobbyist, grassroots organizer, and political campaign consultant.  Thomson has managed and consulted for numerous successful campaigns on the federal, state, and local levels.

Todd Thompson headshot

“The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce has evolved over the past few years with a new location, new people, and a new focus.  That focus is to be as a resource and advocate for small businesses and a key supporter of our local military installations,” Thomson stated.  “We will continue to expand on these roles by serving as a key convener for local organizations; bringing people together to address the key issues facing our community and local businesses.” 

Reminder: City Hall closed on Friday for Good Friday holiday

Happy Easter graphic

City of Pensacola administrative offices, City Hall and community resource centers will be closed on Friday, April 19 for the Good Friday holiday.

Osceola Golf Course and Roger Scott Tennis Courts will remain open on Friday.

We wish you and your family a very Happy Easter.

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