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Mayor Hayward and Chief Tommi Lyter
Mayor Ashton Hayward and Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter speak at the launch party for "Midnight Shift."

Pensacola Police is now in the coffee business… for a good cause

Ready to drink coffee for a good cause?

The Pensacola Police Department (PPD) teamed up with locally-owned De Luna Coffee International and came up with a bold new coffee in an effort to stay caffeinated and raise money for Rally Pensacola.

The coffee was debuted at a VIP event on Wednesday, October 3 at Urban Swinery on Palafox Place. Urban Swinery is the newest edition to the Global Grill restaurant family. Mayor Ashton Hayward read a proclamation at the event designating September and October as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Hayward commended PPD on a great partnership that will benefit Pensacola and beyond.


“It brings community awareness," Mayor Hayward said. "Our PPD is reaching out to the community to let them know they are there for them and so it’s just another add-on benefit and will be fun and exciting."

“Midnight Shift” will make you hear colors, and smell sounds. It’s that good. It’s packed full of caffeine, courage, and integrity. The coffee comes in two sizes, and one dollar from each sale will go to Rally Pensacola.

Mayor Hayward takes picture with group

“Rally Pensacola is an incredible organization focusing on childhood cancer,” Mayor Hayward said. “It’s very important for the community to get behind anybody that’s struggling with those kind of challenges.”

Midnight Shift coffee will be packaged with PPD's logo on it, and can be found anywhere fine coffee is sold.

Clean up begins at Bruce Beach site

The City of Pensacola has begun initial clean up at Bruce Beach. Crews were at the site beginning on Monday mowing some of the easily accessible areas.

The City of Pensacola is working with several groups right now to make sure the environment and history of the site is protected. City staff met with Native Plant Society to determine the trees that should remain. University of West Florida's Archaeology Institute also surveyed the site to identify any history needing to be preserved. 

Bruce Beach

Back in August, Mayor Ashton Hayward directed staff to begin the process of creating public access to Bruce Beach. Activating the waterfront and providing connectivity to Maritime Park has been a priority for Hayward since he became mayor in 2011.

“It’s important for people to see the waterfront,” Mayor Hayward said. “So this is just a start to get Bruce Beach going and I look forward to the future to how we develop Bruce Beach because it will be great public access for the citizens of Pensacola.”

City of Pensacola awarded grant to alleviate flooding near 12th Avenue and Cross Street

The City of Pensacola was awarded a $1,016,226.00 grant from the Florida Dept. of Emergency Management (DEM) that will be used to acquire and demolish four residences located north of the 12th Ave. and Cross St. stormwater pond and expand the pond into the area where the four houses currently are to help alleviate flooding.

The City's stormwater retention pond located between Fisher Street and Cross Street at 12th Ave. periodically overflows during high-intensity rainfall events and floods the immediate neighborhood, directly impacting multiple residential structures. This phase of the grant will provide for acquisition and demolition of four residences located at 1104, 1106, 1108, and 1112 E. Fisher Street that have been subject to historical repetitive flooding. The subject residences are strategically located immediately adjacent to the existing pond which will allow for expansion of the pond to create more storage of stormwater runoff to benefit the neighborhood.  The grant was awarded through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 404, and 44 CFR Part 206.434.

Upon completion of the project, Fisher Street will no longer be a through street between 11th and 12th Ave. and a cul-de-sac will be constructed on Fisher Street for continued residential access.  The project will provide a significant improvement for drainage and flooding issues in the immediate area and is anticipated to take approximately 12 months to complete once construction begins.

Police K9

Pensacola Police K9 receives bullet and stab protective vest

Pensacola Police Department’s K9 Nashoba has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. 

Next week is dedicated to fire prevention nationwide

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

That is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Fire Prevention Week runs October 7-13. Pensacola Fire will be hosting a kick-off event on October 6 at Community Maritime Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join police officers and firefighters for interactive activities, fun educational items and live demonstrations during Community Public Safety Day.

Following the Public Safety Day event, 
City of Pensacola Firehouses will “ring the bells”, symbolically returning fallen firefighters to quarters beginning at 8 p.m.. Historically, the bells signaled the fire company returning back to quarters.  At the conclusion of bells, we will have red lights flashing during a moment of remembrance. 

On October 7 at 7 a.m., Pensacola Fire Station 1,  located at 400 E. Cervantes Street will host a Flag Ceremony beginning. All Pensacola Fire Department Flags will be lowered to half-staff until sunset in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony.

During the week, Pensacola Firefighters will participate in demonstrations and public education events throughout the City. Be sure to use #PensacolaFire if you happen to snap a photo and post it on social media.

According to NFPA, four out of five U.S. fire deaths occur at home each year. The fire death rate was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

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It is time to sign up for youth basketball!

We will host two leagues this winter based at Fricker and Vickrey Resource Centers.

Registration has already started for the City of Pensacola's two youth basketball leagues. Our programs are non-competitive recreational leagues and the focus is on teaching your child about sportsmanship, teamwork, and fundamental age-appropriate basketball skills.

The Alpha Elite Youth Basketball League will be based at Fricker Resource Center and teams will be drawn from Fricker, Cobb, and Woodland Heights Resource Centers. There will be four age groups: 7U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Players can register individually or as a team in this league at all three resource centers beginning Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 2. Games will begin at Fricker Resource Center after Thanksgiving. For more information call 850-436-5195 or email
The Vickrey Youth Basketball League is open to ages 5-14 and all ages play co-ed. Registration ends November 26, 2018 and is available online or in person at the Vickrey Resource Center beginning Monday, October 1 through Monday, November 26. Games will begin at Vickrey Resource Center January 5, 2019. For more information call 850-912-4109 or email

Blues on the Bay rain redo concert is this Sunday

Pic of the band

Remember how we told you Cat Rhodes and The Truth would be playing Hunter Amphitheater back in August and then the event was rained out?

Good news! They will treat us to their R&B/Motown vibes beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday for a make-up event. Bring your lawn chairs and cooler to Community Maritime Park and come and enjoy some music to wrap up the weekend.

The concert is presented by City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department, Blues Angel Music, Audi Pensacola, Soft Rock 94.1 and Jet 100.7.

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