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Flyer with details about Community Public Safety Day

Pensacola Fire Department Participates in Fire Prevention Week


The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”  

Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 6-12. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Pensacola Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The Pensacola Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, including Public Safety Day, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. The public is invited to take part in interactive activities, watch live demonstrations and learn about best safety practices. Admission and parking is free.

Learn more about the event in our official news release.



Pensacola Police Department Celebrates National Coffee with a Cop Day

collage of people drinking coffee with police officers
Officers with the Pensacola Police Department took part in National Coffee with a Cop Day on Oct. 2. The event is held annually on the first Wednesday in October. It's an effort to bring men and women in uniform together with their communities to connect over a cup of joe. 


Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup Collects 50 Tons of Bulk Waste


The latest Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup collected 50 tons of bulk waste, along with 115 tires and 1,049 gallons of paint. The cleanup took place on Saturday, Sept. 28 and included roughly 3,600 houses in the cleanup area.

The Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup allows residents in the cleanup areas to leave eligible items at the curb on cleanup day to be picked up by City of Pensacola Sanitation Services. The cleanup includes bulk items such as household appliances, furniture and mattresses, bicycles and toys, tires and old paint.  

Through the Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup program, all city neighborhoods have a cleanup once a year during the months of January through October. In addition to Sanitation Services collecting items left at the curb, Code Enforcement conducts a sweep of the cleanup area and addresses any code violations. 

Learn about the next Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup by visiting our website

garbage on the side of the road for collection
garbage on the side of the road for collection
paint curbside waiting for collection

Tampa Bay History Center Offers Exhibit on the Importance of Pensacola 


It appears our friends down in Tampa Bay may need a lesson on counting numbers. If settlers FIRST came to Pensacola, than Pensacola was FIRST.

Number one.


Número uno.

Numéro un.

Anyway. Tampa Bay History Center has dedicated an exhibit to Pensacola's history. "Pensacola: Florida's Second City" will be on exhibit in the Touchton Map Library's Saunders Gallery from Saturday, Oct. 5- Sunday, April 12, 2020. 

According to the center's website,
"the new exhibit in the History Center’s Touchton Map Library will feature more than two dozen maps, illustrations, promotional booklets and other historical items tracing Pensacola’s past, from its first attempted founding in 1559 through its time as the capital of West Florida, its role as an important shipping center, through its current place as both tourist destination and home to a key U.S. military base."

Learn more about the exhibit by visiting the center's website.
Screenshot of the website showing the new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center


Port of Pensacola Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Man raises flags on flag staff
Oct. 1 signaled the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To mark this important annual observance, Port Administrative Assistant Jamie McLaughlin raised maritime signal flags spelling out “For A Cure.” The flags were custom-made by McLaughlin several years ago, and flying them has become a tradition at the Port of Pensacola.


Spooky! City Parks and Recreation To Host Halloween Events


The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department will host several Halloween-themed events in October. All events are free of an admission charge. 

Woodland Heights Resource Center will host the 4th Annual Woodland's Haunted Hallway on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. All who dare to enter will get a frightful tour of the haunted hallway. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The 10th Annual Play Pensacola Halloween Egg Haunt will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Roger Scott Athletic Complex from 5:30-8 p.m. 


There will be five egg haunts for children who are stroller age up to 13 years, plus carnival-style games, a haunted hayride, bounce houses, costume contest and photo booth, and visits from some creepy crawlers. Admission to the event is free. We ask those who can to bring a donation of a nonperishable food item to the event for a Manna food drive. 
two carved pumpkins

Egg Haunt Schedule: 

6 p.m.             Infant to 2 years
6:30 p.m.        3 to 4 years
7 p.m.             5 to 7 years 
7:30 p.m.        8 to 10 years 
7:50 p.m.        11 to 13 years

Participants should arrive at the Egg Haunt (football field main gate) 15 minutes before their age group begins.

Registration is now open for the Pensacola News Journal Costume Contest on PlayPensacola.com. Space is limited to 30 participants per age group, so preregistration is strongly recommended.  The deadline to preregister for the costume contest is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2019. Walk-ups will only be taken at the event for age groups with space available.

Prizes will be awarded by the Pensacola News Journal for the Cutest, Scariest, and Best Overall Costume in each age group. Preference may be given to original costumes in all age categories.  

little girl dressed as a witch

Costume Contest Schedule:

   5:45 p.m.         11 to 13 years
  6:15 p.m.         8 to 10 years
        6:45 p.m.         Infant to 2 years
7:15 .pm.         3 to 4 years
8:00 p.m.         5 to 7 years

Sponsors of the Halloween Egg Haunt include: My Pensacola Credit Union, Summer Vista Assisted Living, Lighthouse Health Plan, The Pensacola News Journal, Magic 106.1 FM, Soft Rock 94.1 FM, and Cat Country 98.7 FM.

Bayview Senior Center at Sanders Beach will host their 4th Annual Chili Cook Off & Costume Contest on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. until noon for ages 50 and up. Participants can register by calling 850-436-5188. 

Fricker Center Halloween Trunk or Treat will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. Join the free Halloween extravaganza filled with candy, games, and fun for ages 3-12. New this year will be a Haunted Hallway for those who dare to enter. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Candy and prizes available while supplies last. 


For more information, please call 850-436-5670 or visit Playpensacola.com.



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