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Mayor's Viewpoint: Infrastructure Matters

Pensacola is experiencing an exciting period of growth. Housing starts are up, commercial property development is accelerating. There has been more than a 6% increase in business permits issued in the past year and permit revenue has once again exceeded forecasts.

I’m really proud of what we are accomplishing, but I’m also aware that many Pensacolians have real concerns about the state of the city’s infrastructure. The condition of that infrastructure greatly influences the economy’s ability to function and grow. Commerce requires well-maintained roads, airports and reliable public energy services. Every city needs infrastructure improvements that have potential to pay off economically in private sector investment and job growth. Besides economic benefits, investments in new and improved infrastructure – things like better roads that provide access to well-designed and maintained parks and other public amenities – can improve residents’ quality of life.

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City of Pensacola App

City of Pensacola Redevelops Mobile App

The City of Pensacola is excited to announce yet another important step to bringing engagement with its citizens through technology and transparency to city government. The newly updated Pensacola app allows users to connect quickly with local information and utilize innovative new features.

The City of Pensacola already employs the 311 app for non-emergency issues and service requests. Meanwhile, City officials continue to look for additional ways residents and visitors can interact with local government. 

The City of Pensacola introduces a companion to the City's 311 app and mobile-friendly website - a new, free, and easy-to-use mobile app is available for public use on both Apple and Android devices. Simply search Pensacola, FL in your device's app store and download the app to get started.

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Water Quality Improvements

Water quality has been a top priority in the City of Pensacola for the last several years. There have been some significant concerns as to the water quality being released into Bayou Texar. City officials took steps to address these concerns, thus improving and treating storm water runoff tenfold.

To see what Pensacola is doing to improve the water in Carpenter's Creek and Bayou Texar, that ultimately leads to beautiful Pensacola Bay, click on the image below!

Water Quality Improvements
Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanup

Pensacola Bay Bluffs and Chimney Park Cleanup

Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics, and Ocean Hour for a two location clean up on Scenic Highway, Saturday February 11th. 

Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. The second location is 2 miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves, and trash bags will be supplied. Sign in is at 8:45AM, and the clean up will be from 9AM to 10AM.

Please dress for the weather, bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. If you have any questions, contact baybluffscleanup@gmail.com or call (850) 207-9326.

Applicants Sought for Baseball Season Parking Program

Blue Wahoos Stadium

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Maritime Park Associates would like to invite non-profit organizations to participate in the fourth year of the Community Maritime Park Volunteer Parking Program. 

This program gives local non-profits the opportunity to gain exposure as well as raise funds for their organization at one of the Blue Wahoos five-game home stands this summer. There are a total of fourteen home stands and non-profits are allowed to volunteer for one home stand per season. 
The volunteer parking program has helped non-profits raise over $58,000 for local initiatives since it's inception in 2014.  Details about the program including home stand dates and the program application can be found online at PensacolaCommunityMaritimePark.com.  
For more information on how to get your organization involved, contact Justin Paul at (850) 436-5671 or email him at jpaul@cityofpensacola.com.

First City Art Center: Hot Glass Cold Brew

First City Art Center Hosts Hot Glass Cold Brew: Mardi Gras Edition

The event is February 10th from 6PM to 9PM at First City Art Center (1060 N Guillemard St.). Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non members. Admission includes a signature hand-blown glass or ceramic glass, food courtesy of Fish Fry Magazine, and two complimentary beverages from the Pensacola Bay Brewery. The collector glasses and cups are limited, and go quickly, so be sure to come early to pick one up.

There will be live art demonstrations and live music. The event will also include a gallery opening, showcasing works from the FCAC gallery artists. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available, and the whole family is welcome. Admission for children over twelve is $10, and children under twelve are free. There will also be an art activity area set up for kids attending the event. For more details, visit the event page here

Pensacon 2017

Local Businesses Transform for Pensacon Weekend

February 17th through 19th is the 2017 Pensacon at the Pensacola Bay Center. In addition to the comic convention itself, Pensacon is joining forces with local businesses to offer more to attendees and the general public.

The Fish House, Atlas, and the Deck Bar complex will be outfitted in three different Pensacon themes from Wednesday, February 15th to Sunday, February 19th. The Fish House will be transformed into Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Atlas will feature the world of Star Trek, and the Deck Bar will be transformed into the Cantina from Star Wars.

There will be decorations to fit each theme, celebrity guest appearances, trivia, cosplay contests, photo opportunities, special drinks, and more. For details on the event, visit the Great Southern Restaurants' website.
Legal Graffiti to Benefit Relay for Life of Pensacola

Legal Graffiti to Benefit Relay for Life

Friday, February 17th is another Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola, but local lawyer, Joe Zarzaur and his staff, and helping do something to make this night different from the others.

Visit Romana Street this Gallery Night for a chance to create your own, legal, graffiti art for a cause. Participants can just grab a paint can and spray their very own work of art on the north wall of the law firm. 

All spray paint and paper is provided by Zarzaur Law, P.A., and all of the donations collected will go to benefit Relay for Life of Pensacola. For more information, please visit the event Facebook page

Instagram: Photo of the Week

Instagram: Photo of the Week

Share your photo with us on Instagram. Tag us with #upsideofflorida or @cityofpensacola. Your image can be featured in the next UPwords newsletter. We'd love to see your photos! Photo credit: @leahjms

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