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The City of Pensacola would like to wish you and your family a very happy Fourth of July.

Please celebrate safely by following these three simple tips:

1) Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

2) Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.

3) Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.????

Mayor Announces Addition of Skate Spots, Interactive Learning Spaces To City Park

The City of Pensacola, Upward Intuition and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are excited to announce a collaborative project to bring new skate spots to Hollice T. Williams Park, providing safe areas for the skate community while also creating interactive locations that will serve as building blocks for STEAM learning.

Mayor Grover Robinson was joined at his weekly press conference on July 1 by John Shell of Upward Intuition to make the announcement.
Mayor Grover Robinson and John Shell

“I know we have a large community here in Pensacola that’s passionate about skateboarding, and I’m looking forward to being able to provide them a safe place to skate at one of our City parks,” Robinson said. “Although we’re making good progress on the Blake Doyle Skate Park, this is something that can more immediately meet the needs of the community while also providing educational opportunities through IHMC, so it’s a win-win for all of us.” 

A photo of an example of a skate spot in Tacoma, Washington at Thea's Park Skate Spot.

Phase one of the project will add several skate spots to the Hollis T. Williams Park, which will help address the immediate needs of the skate community until the larger Blake Doyle Skate Park can be completed. The anticipated completion date for the skate spots is fall 2019.

Read more about how the skate spots work in the press release.

Manna Food Pantries Exceeds 'Donut Strike' Goal

DeDe Flounlacker presents results of the Donut Strike
DeDe Flounlacker reveals results for the 2019 "Donut Strike" at In and Out Bakery on July 2.

The goal? Collect 20,000 pounds of food in three days. 

The sacrifice? Doughnuts. 

The results? Above and beyond. 

Thanks to the community, Manna Food Pantries has 21,314 pounds of food. "Donut Strike" is a food drive where Escambia County and Pensacola first responders give up doughnuts as a lighthearted effort to encourage donations of non-perishable food. 

This year's collection ran from June 26-28. Manna Food Pantries Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker announced on July 2 at In and Out Bakery the community helped collect 21,314 pounds of food. According to Flounlacker, that amount is day's worth of food for 5,329 people. 
Grover Robinson and DeDe Flounlacker

"This was a fantastic event," Flounlacker said during the reveal. "It comes at a time when, for us, no one is giving food. No one's thinking about food because they are on vacation, you're doing fun stuff in the summertime and so they aren't thinking about giving food. This is also one of our times when we're busy because our kids are out of school and they don't have access to healthy food for breakfast and lunch at school and so their families struggle to feed them during the summertime and they find their way to Manna and we can only help them because of you."

Agencies involved were Pensacola Police Department, Pensacola Fire Department, Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Escambia County Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS. 

DIB Debuts A Newly Activated Jefferson Alleyway 

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Several people walk down alleyway

The alley behind the Jefferson Street parking garage has a new look. On June 28, the Downtown Improvement Board held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly activated Jefferson Alleyway.

Light fixtures, planters and artwork have been added to the Jefferson Alleyway. In addition, the alleyway was painted to fit in with the surrounding businesses. Past DIB board member DeeDee Davis told the crowd during the ceremony the effort was centered on making the alleyway part of a safer and more walkable neighborhood. 

“We’re committed to enhancing safety measures in downtown Pensacola as well as beautification projects,” Davis said. “So we kind of pulled it all together on this one with cooperation of a lot of private enterprises, the city, and certainly DIB and a lot of private citizens as well.”
The City of Pensacola’s Public Works and Facilities Department helped with the improvements, along with Jerry Pate Design, Irby Electrical Distributor, Executive Landscaping, Inc., Outside Designs, Crossroads Decorative Pavement and the Architectural Review Board. 

Speaking of Jefferson Street, Upcoming Project Will Improve Sidewalks

Construction of the City of Pensacola's Community Redevelopment Agency Jefferson Street Sidewalk Improvements Project will begin Monday, July 8, which will provide walkability improvements and aesthetic upgrades to a section of Jefferson Street. 

The project includes the western right of way of Jefferson Street between Intendencia and Romana streets, with the intent to match improvements recently installed on the eastern right of way.

Find out how long the project will take to compete by visiting our website.

Heads Up! North Palafox Street Road Diet Project Also Begins Monday

Construction on the North Palafox Street Road Diet Project will begin Monday, July 8, part of the City of Pensacola's efforts to become a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. 
An aerial view of north palafox street

The project aims to transform Palafox Street into a multi-modal and shared roadway for vehicles and bicyclists. The existing four-lane section of Palafox Street between Cervantes and Wright streets will become a two-lane, multi-modal roadway, with the current outside lanes changed into bike lanes and on-street parallel parking in both directions. The section of Palafox between Wright and Garden streets will be modified into a “share-road” to allow for both motorists and bicyclists to share the travel lane.  

Read the full news release by visiting our website.

Parks and Recreation Hosting Soccer and
Musical Theater Camps

kids playing soccer

Develop and sharpen those soccer skills in this camp conducted by Joe Bartlinksi, University of West Florida's women's soccer head coach. This camp is for boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants will need a water bottle, shin guards, sunscreen and a ball.

The camp runs July 15-18. Players ages 6-7 play from 9-11 a.m. and the fee is $50. Players ages 8-15 play from 9 a.m. to noon and the fee is $70. The camp is held at Roger Scott Athletic Complex. 

Registration forms available at

acting masks

Interested in being center stage? We also offer an introductory camp for students interested in the basic concepts of musical theater. Campers will enjoy singing, acting and dancing on stage. 

WHO: Ages: 6-15
WHAT: Musical Theater Camp
WHEN: July 22-26
WHERE: Location: Gull Point Resource Center

The cost is $55 for city residents and $65 for non-residents. Register at

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