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What's Happening at the Port of Pensacola: Sailing, Cement, Ships and More

The Port of Pensacola hosted a tour last week to give port partners and members of the media a behind the scenes look at the variety of tenants operating at the port, from Cemex and Pensacola Bay Oysters to American Magic and Blue Origin. 

The tour, which was sponsored by the Propeller Club, Pate Stevedore and the Port of Pensacola, provided an opportunity for tenants to give an overview of their operations and share insight into the future of the Port of Pensacola. 

"A lot of folks who don't get a chance to come down to the port think if there's not a ship in the port, there's nothing going on," Port Director Amy Miller said during the tour. "So what you've already heard is, there's lots going on. So whether you look out your office window and see a ship or not, there's always stuff going on at the port...I think it's important for the community to understand fully the full economic impact of the asset that the community owns here."

Two tenants at the port, Cemex and Martin Marietta, have provided materials used in construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. So far, approximately 175,000 cubic yards of Cemex concrete has been used on the bridge, and Martin Marietta has provided additional building materials for bridge construction.

Martin Marietta is a supplier of building materials, including aggregates, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and cement, and being based at the Port of Pensacola allows local builders to get these materials at a lower cost, Senior Sales Rep Bill Wallace said.

"It just makes it to where the whole city of Pensacola can enjoy lower cost homes and buildings because they have these options for materials," Wallace said. "If this was not here or they weren't able to use it, they'd have to bring in materials 250 miles away by truck or rail, and then you'd end up paying more."

Toby Selcer with Blue Origin speaks during a tour at the Port of Pensacola
Roberto Cordeo with Cemex speaks during a tour at the Port of Pensacola
Mayor Grover Robinson speaks during a tour at the Port of Pensacola

Another tenant, Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services, began operating at the Port of Pensacola in 2010, officially moving from Mobile, Alabama to make the port its home base in 2015. Offshore Inland has about 100 employees working at the port, with operations including tanker and cargo ship repair, dive support mobilizations and drill rig repair. 

"The working relationship that we have with the port is second to none. I've worked in the oil and gas industry, and I've never been a part of a relationship that worked this well..," Offshore Inland Safety Professional Ammons Foster said. "They have a culture that allows everybody to conduct business in a safe manner and make a profit."

Tour participants also got a chance to see the American Magic sailing team, U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, who have returned to the Port of Pensacola for winter training.  

The team has 90 members in Pensacola full-time representing 10 different countries, with many team members bringing their families to live in Pensacola until winter training wraps up in the spring. 

Moving the entire team, two boats, offices and operations to Pensacola is like a "full-fledged moving army," said American Magic Skipper and Executive Director Terry Hutchinson, but they've made the transition as efficient as possible.

"A lot of that efficiency, quite honestly, comes out of dealing with (Deputy Port Director) Clark (Merritt) and Amy and a place like the port where you can very easily come into this environment and there's not a lot of obstacles," Hutchinson said. "But more importantly, and what you can easily see is a way for Pensacola and Pensacola Bay to play in defending the America's Cup."  

American Magic is bringing back the Mule, the team's 38-foot test boat, along with its full-size AC75 boat. The team was formed in 2017 to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports.The 36th America’s Cup match will take place in Auckland New Zealand, in March 2021. 

Other port tenants participating in the tour included Pensacola Bay Oyster Co., Pate Stevedore and Blue Origin. 

To learn more about the Port of Pensacola, visit

Port Director Amy Miller speaks during a tour at the Port of Pensacola
Bill Wallace speaks during a tour at the Port of Pensacola

Mark Your Calendars: Sanitation Schedule Changes and City Office Closures Next Week for Thanksgiving

The following City of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of Thanksgiving:

Exceptions:Sanitation Service Changes

All City Sanitation customers who normally receive service on Thursdays will experience a change of schedule, which applies to garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup. This applies only to City of Pensacola sanitation customers.
  • Customers who normally receive service on Thursdays will receive service on Wednesday, Nov. 27. 
  • All other customers will receive service on their normal pickup day.
Thanksgiving sanitation schedule changes:

Resident satisfaction survey:

Let us Hear from YOU: Take the City's Annual Resident Satisfaction Survey 

Our annual resident satisfaction survey is available online now, and we're looking for feedback from all city residents to learn more about how we can better serve you.

City residents are asked to complete the survey online at by Friday, Dec. 13. Residents will also be receiving a postcard in the mail prompting them to complete the survey. 

The survey asks residents about their satisfaction with a variety of city services and facilities, including street lights, sidewalks, neighborhood safety and more, also prompting participants to rank their top priorities for the City of Pensacola.

Read more about the survey in the city's press release.

Do You Have a Working Smoke Alarm? Pensacola Fire Department Installs 66 Smoke Alarms during Neighborhood Canvas

The Pensacola Fire Department installed 66 smoke alarms during a neighborhood canvas in Woodland Heights Saturday, Nov. 16, where firefighters went door to door offering to install smoke alarms for residents free of charge. 

With the holidays right around the corner, the Pensacola Fire Department reminds everyone to follow these cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help prevent fires:

  • Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

For more information or for smoke alarm installation assistance, call the Pensacola Fire Department at 436-5200. Read more about the smoke alarm canvas here.

Firefighters install a smoke alarm in a home
Firefighters install a smoke alarm in a home
Firefighters install a smoke alarm in a home

Mayor Robinson Takes Flight with the U.S. Army Golden Knights

Mayor Grover Robinson was a special guest Friday, Nov. 15 with the U.S. Army Golden Knights as they parachuted to Escambia High School for a salute to the military event. The Golden Knights are the United States Army's official aerial parachute demonstration team. Mayor Robinson had the opportunity to be on Friday's flight and spend time with the Golden Knights, thanking them for their service and giving a proclamation to the team on behalf of the City of Pensacola.

"My grandfather and my father were both paratroopers, so for me, it was special to be with them on that jump, and it was a lot of fun to be a part of," Mayor Robinson said. Visit the mayor's Facebook page to watch a highlight video and see more photos from the flight.

Mayor Robinson stands in front of a plane with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team
Mayor Robinson looks out a plane window at the water below

A heart for life community health fair logo

Community Health Fair set for Dec. 7 at Cobb Resource Center

Baptist Health Fair & Vascular Institute and Faith Health Network will host a free community health fair Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at E.S. Cobb Resource Center, located at 601 E. Mallory St.

The event will feature free screenings, limited benefit screenings, giveaways, free food and community resource information from local vendors.

For more information, call 430-7057.

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