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Port of Pensacola Highlighted by Florida Ports Council for Charting the Future

The Port of Pensacola may be full of history dating back to the late 1700s, but the City of Pensacola is also planning for a bright future ahead for the port and surrounding area. The Florida Ports Council recently recognized this vision, highlighting two studies along with a marketing strategy that will drive a 15-25 year evolution of the port.

Part of the strategy involves blending the old and new, with a goal of making the Port of Pensacola as important a part of Pensacola’s future as it was its past. The Portside Pensacola Vision Plan focuses on developing the port to enhance its role as a regional economic driver, while the recently-unveiled SCAPE plan developed framework focused on improving Pensacola’s waterfront and making it more accessible. One of the short-term projects proposed by SCAPE is a “hashtag connector” that aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety along four streets around the port.

“The proposed Waterfront Hashtag Connector project dovetails nicely with the Portside Pensacola Vision Plan to maintain the port’s core commercial maritime assets while clearly identifying those properties that could be redeveloped in such a way that the community is drawn down into, rather than just up to, the port district,” Port Director Amy Miller said in the article. “This should create renewed economic lifeblood and new socio-emotional bonds between the port and the community.”

Read the full article on the Florida Ports Council website.

Aerial view of the Port of Pensacola

Pensacola Featured In Forbes Magazine for Historic Home 

Historic homes sitting on a grassy lot

It appears Forbes has figured out our secret — we are a beautiful city full of history. The American business magazine recently featured Pensacola because the home where 16th century Spanish artifacts were found is up for sale.

Real estate reporter Brenda Richardson wrote about the historic property and spoke with its current owners. The article even makes mention of the City’s new logo and tagline.

“The discovery is so far-reaching that the City of Pensacola announced in April a new tagline and official image: ‘Florida's First & Future,’ celebrating where Florida’s history began and capturing the city's ‘promising path ahead.”

You can read the full story on Forbes’ website.

New playground at Parker Circle Park on a sunny day

Celebrate Parker Circle Playground Ribbon Cutting June 1

The City of Pensacola invites you to a ribbon cutting celebration for the new playground at Parker Circle Park on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. The new playground features climbers, slides and interactive elements for all ages.

This is the third of five playground installations the City has planned for spring and summer 2019. New playgrounds were recently installed at Hitzman-Optimist Park in March and Armstrong Park in April. There are two remaining playgrounds on the schedule at Springdale Park and Tierre Verde Park. We anticipate these installations to be completed by the end of summer.

Parker Circle Park is located at 601 Parker Circle.

American Magic Sailing Team to Return to Pensacola

The New York Yacht Club’s American Magic sailing team plans to return to Pensacola in October, bringing another full-size sailing boat and a bigger team with more sailors. The world-class sailing team has been training in Pensacola since December, and they will now remain here until they leave for the summer race season in 2020.

American Magic will make the Port of Pensacola its training base as the team prepares to compete in the 36th America’s Cup in 2021. When they return to Pensacola in October, they will bring the MULE test boat along with the full-sized boat they will actually race. Learn more about American Magic here

A sailboat in the sun on Pensacola Bay

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27

The City of Pensacola encourages residents to come together to honor and remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price while serving our nation. We wish all of you a safe holiday with your loved ones, and we express our deepest gratitude for those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Memorial Day Remember and Honor text with American flags in the background
A garbage truck prepares to pick up trash on a city street

Memorial Day Closures and Sanitation Schedule Changes

City of Pensacola offices and community centers will close Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day, and some sanitation customers will see a change in their pickup schedule. Learn more about holiday closures at

You're Invited! Annual Memorial Day Concert to Feature Pearl Harbor Survivor and Oldest Living Conductor

Pensacola resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Emond will conduct the Pensacola Civic Band at the 4th Annual Pensacola Memorial Day Concert at 5 p.m. Monday, May 27 at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park. This free community event is a great way for residents to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. Mayor Grover Robinson will also perform with the Civic Band, reading Gen. Douglas MacArthur's speech "Duty, Honor, Country."

Pensacola's 4th Annual Memorial Day Concert - Monday, May 27 at 5 p.m., Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park

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