Pensacola e-newsletter

Donut Strike 4 Manna Kicks Off June 26

It's that time of year again: Your local first responders are giving up donuts for a good cause. Our very own Pensacola Police Department and Pensacola Fire Department have joined the commitment to not eat a single donut until the community steps up and donates at least 20,000 pounds of food to Manna Food Pantries. 

PPD and Pensacola Fire Department are teaming up with Escambia County Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff's Office to collect food starting Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28 to support Manna. 

How can you participate?

First responders will be at grocery locations throughout the Pensacola area accepting donations from the public during the strike. If you want to help give our first responders their donuts back, be sure to visit one of the drop-off sites with your donations!

Click here to view drop-off locations for each day of the strike.

Donations can also be dropped off at Manna, 3030 N. E. St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the donut strike. Be sure to mention the donut strike so your donations can be counted toward the event!

Some items needed include:

  • Canned chicken and tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit in 100 percent juice
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Canned vegetables

Last year's Donut Strike 4 Manna collected over 34,000 pounds of food for those in need  –  think we can top it this year?

A pile of doughnuts with the donut strike for manna logo

SCAPE Presents Waterfront Plan to City Council

New York-based architecture and design firm SCAPE presented its Pensacola waterfront plan to City Council on Monday, June 17, also presenting the plan to the public at a workshop that evening. 

The plan aims to create a more connected public realm, with a focus on Pensacola's downtown waterfront. 

SCAPE's plan outlines two catalytic projects: Bruce Beach revitalization, and the waterfront "hashtag" connector, which would enhance four streets with sidewalks, protected bike lanes, tree cover and more. The SCAPE study was funded by the City of Pensacola and the CivicCon Center, a joint initiative of the Pensacola News Journal and the Studer Community Institute. 

"I think if we don’t keep moving, we go backwards," said Quint Studer, founder and CEO of Studer Community Institute. "I think the SCAPE project is a chance for us to really create something incredible for the entire Escambia, Northwest Florida, not just the city of Pensacola, so people don’t have to drive two bridges to feel the water, don’t have to go different places – they can go right here."

Click here to view SCAPE's presentation. 
SCAPE waterfront framework map

What's Happening at the Port of Pensacola?

The Port of Pensacola is staying busy as usual, and you might have spotted some interesting cargo if you've visited the port recently. Almost 100 GE Nacelles are being stored at the port right now. Some have arrived from a GE factory out of the U.S., and some were built right here in Pensacola. 

Be sure to keep up with the Port of Pensacola on Facebook to learn more about what's happening and who's passing through Pensacola!

GE Nacelles being stored at the Port of Pensacola
GE Nacelles being stored at the Port of Pensacola
GE Nacelles being stored at the Port of Pensacola

K-9 Jannus' dog-safe cake

PPD K-9 Celebrates Retirement with Ceremony, Friends and Lots of Cake

Pensacola Police Department celebrated K-9 Officer Jannus’ retirement Tuesday, June 18, recognizing Jannus for more than five years of service to PPD and the citizens of Pensacola.

The ceremony was complete with a puppy-safe cake, Meritorious Service Award and an incident report detailing Jannus’ achievements while serving as a K-9 officer. Click here to watch a video featuring Jannus and his retirement celebration.

During his career, Jannus had 750 deployments with 35 suspect finds and 519 narcotics finds. He also located nine firearms during article searches and helped seize over a quarter of a million dollars in illicit money. Known for his friendly demeanor, K-9 Jannus was featured in numerous PPD outreach events, interacting with the public in a way that positively impacted the community and the department.

K-9 Jannus has been released to his handler, Officer James Parsons, who will ensure Jannus is well taken care of and fulfilled during his retirement.

For more information about Pensacola Police Department, visit or like PPD on Facebook for updates.
K-9 Jannus celebrates his retirement with Pensacola Police Department

Ralph breaks the internet movie

Take the Family out to Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park Friday

This Friday, June 21, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" will be showing at the Community Maritime Park Amphitheater for Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park. The film is rated PG, so the entire family can come out for a fun, relaxing night. See video game villain Ralph and his friend Vanellope von Schweetz embark on exciting journey to the World Wide Web to save her video game, Sugar Rush.
MOVIE BEGINS AT SUNSET! Sunset begins at 7:54 p.m.
Free event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall. 

Enjoy Free Music at Blues Angel
Music on the Bay Concert Series 

Grab your coldest drink and most comfortable lawn chair for another installment of the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay free concert series!
Get ready for a rockin' show with Civilized Natives this Sunday, June 23. The show will feature your favorite rock hits and will definitely have you up on your feet dancing to your favorite tunes!
Concerts begin at  6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

It's Not Too Late to Join our Summer Camps!

Summer camps with Parks and Recreation are in full swing, and we have another exciting opportunity for your child to get outside and have some fun in the sun! Join us for Beach Party Dance Camp at the Gull Point Resource Center July 15-19.
Looking to fill the rest of summer with fun field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and more? There's still space available in our day camps, too. Locations include Cobb Resource Center, Fricker Resource Center, Gull Point Resource Center and Woodland Heights Resource Center.
Click here to register for one of our camps.
Don't forget there's still one more session of the Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp coming up July 15-19. The cost is $85 per child, and sibling discounts are available. Visit for more information.

The North Pensacola Optimist Club Soccer Camp is also happening July 15-18 at Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Visit for more details.

Beach Party Dance Camp is July 15-19. Register at

Learn How to Do Business with the City of Pensacola

The Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF will host a Doing Business with the City of Pensacola workshop on Wednesday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greater Pensacola Chamber, 890 S. Palafox St., Suite 202.

This free workshop will provide information to business owners, vendors and interested residents about how to register as a vendor with the City of Pensacola, how to find bid opportunities and more. Information about initiatives encouraging minority and woman-owned businesses to submit bids will also be available. 

City of Pensacola Assistant Purchasing Manager Hosea Goodwyn will be speaking at the event. 

Registration is requested. Click here to register for the workshop. 

For more information, call 850-474-2528 or email

Doing business with the city of pensacola workshop wednesday, june 26 at 11 a.m., 890 s. palafox

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