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Yes. Complainants are not required to provide their name when reporting a code violation within the City of Pensacola. The complaint is simply entered into our database as "anonymous" with no further information added. To insure anonymity when filing a complaint, please call our office or 311 directly and ask to remain anonymous. You can also submit an anonymous 311 request electronically on the City of Pensacola website by simply not logging in or signing up.
The City could not build a new fire station next to the existing one because it would have fallen inside of the runway protection zone (RPZ) off the south end of runway 17-35. The RPZ is a trapezoid that goes out from the runway. The current station is just outside of the eastern boundary of the RPZ. The new location over by Firestone also falls just outside of the RPZ, albeit off the western boundary.
Only 10 to 12 trees of various sizes will be removed. We are only allowed to build on the outskirts of the runway exclusion zone. The majority of the cleared property is considered the runway exclusion zone and controlled by the FAA.
The City is honored to recognize all employees with milestone years of service. Currently, the City recognizes these employees with gold lapel pins. These service pins are given for 5 years to 30 years of dedicated City service. Employees with 35 years of service or more are presented with a special token, such as a medallion. These are presented by the Mayor at a monthly Mayoral Employee Recognition Event. All City employees (and their family and friends) are encouraged to attend this event. Upon retirement, employees with 20+ years of service are recognized with plaque and a retirement gift offered in the City's retirement gift brochure. Among these gifts are an engraved watch or money clip, and $100 gift cards to various establishments around Pensacola.
Alternatively, if you have a question not found in the FAQs, you can contact Pensacola 311 for non-emergency services.
As a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in April 2010 and the related response actions, the public's access to, and enjoyment of, natural resources along Florida's panhandle was denied or severely restricted. In April 2011, the Natural Resource Trustees (representatives from five states, certain federal agencies and Native American tribes, collectively known as “Trustees”) and BP Exploration and Production, Inc. (BP) entered into the Framework Agreement for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Framework Agreement). In accordance with the process articulated in the Framework Agreement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requested to lease a parcel of land at the Port of Pensacola or a parcel of land most commonly known as "Bruce Beach", to be used as a fisheries, habitats, and education, research and restoration facility. FWC intended to use the project to enhance and increase the public's use and enjoyment of natural resources, thereby helping to offset the adverse impacts to those uses caused by the oil spill.
In general, the Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center, or “Center”, will work in four core areas: habitat conservation, species conservation, cooperation with federal and state agencies to develop recreational fishing opportunities, and science and technology research. The proposed Center will raise and release fish as part of broader efforts to improve fishing opportunities. Center scientists will work with partner organizations like universities and marine research foundations to restore, enhance and protect habitat through research.
The term “fish farm” is a misrepresentation of the development planned for Bruce Beach. It is not used in any of the planning documents and appears to have originated as a description of the development in a February 15, 2014 article in the Pensacola News Journal. The development being proposed for Bruce Beach is a marine fisheries enhancement center that has as one element a 26,000 square foot building that will house a state-of-the-art fish hatchery (about the size of the new Publix store on East Cervantes Street). The hatchery facility will use indoor fish rearing techniques similar to those used at the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute. Aside from a parking lot and a smaller building that will house the water treatment equipment, the remainder of the site will be predominantly natural in appearance and serve recreational, educational and water quality enhancement purposes. In addition there will be a nature trail that will facilitate public access to the beach and interpretative signs that commemorate the contribution of African Americans to the development of Bruce Beach and the Tanyard neighborhood.
No. The hatchery facility is indoors and waste water will be discharged into the sanitary sewer system.
The money is a portion of the $1 billion set aside for early restoration of injured natural resources by the parties’ responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It is commonly referred to as “NRDA money” (pronounced “nerda”) in reference to the process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) that is used to identify potential injuries to natural resources and lost public uses resulting from an oil spill. The $1 billion is considered to be only a “down payment” on restoring damage caused by the spill and is governed by a legal framework signed by the Trustees and BP.
The money is for the construction of the Center and the first five years of operation and maintenance costs.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has a 30-year lease for the property where the Center is being built. FWC is responsible for maintenance and operation of the Center in perpetuity. The agreement with BP funds operations and maintenance of the facility for five years. After five years, upkeep and repair of facility buildings and the surrounding landscape improvements will be provided by FWC and its governmental, university, or non-profit partners.
Not easily, and definitely not without significant uncertainty and delay. That money was designated for the construction of the Center. All of the projects (there are 44 of them) that were approved in Phase III of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Early Restoration process represent the culmination of a long period of negotiations between BP and the Trustees. The project stipulations were filed in court and at this time money can only be used for projects that were approved through those negotiations.
During the early stages of the Phase III project negotiations, city officials were asked by state representatives of the agencies responsible for overseeing the early restoration process to identify potential sites in the city. Bruce Beach was identified as one possibility during a site survey conducted by representatives of the Trustees in 2010. After a long period of review by relevant environmental and engineering experts, Bruce Beach was selected as the most promising site. In June 2011, the City Council held a special meeting to discuss FWC’s request to lease a site for the project and voted unanimously to authorize the Mayor to enter into lease negotiations with FWC for the Bruce Beach location. Based on that decision, the Trustees approved the project and the location for negotiation with BP. Those negotiations resulted in the Center being included among the 44 projects included in the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan that was published in December 2013.
Absolutely. The two most relevant development plans that address the Bruce Beach site are the Community Redevelopment Plan prepared in 2010 and the Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee (URAC) Final Report issued in 2012. Both plans recommend that the Bruce Beach site be preserved and enhanced as an environmental education and recreation park that offers public access to the water, the opportunity to extend a continuous bay walk from the Pensacola Area Welcome Center to Sanders Beach, and other amenities that would complement nearby redevelopment west of Spring Street. The plans also stress that existing wetlands and storm water management features on the site should be enhanced to protect local water quality.
The site plan for the Center explicitly addresses those planning recommendations. It enhances public access through the inclusion of trails and it preserves natural/native landscapes and educational opportunities in environmental sustainability. The environmental review of the project states that the development of the Center is likely to have short- and long-term benefits on overall water quality.
In March 2104, the Community Redevelopment Agency met and discussed the proposed development at Bruce Beach and its compatibility with existing plans.
That decision is not up to the City. It would have to involve the five states and six federal agencies that make up the Trustees as well as BP. What is certain is that the Center could not be moved to a different location without incurring significant additional costs and losing some of the key elements of the project. Those include green space and amenities that preserve public access to the bay and the interpretative elements that that incorporate and memorialize the historical contributions of African Americans to the development of Bruce Beach. If the City Council terminated the lease, there is absolutely no guarantee that the Center would stay in Pensacola and the State may be obligated to seek compensation for the money that has already been spent on the project.
No one has presented an alternative development plan to the City. Despite the intense and prolonged media attention focused on the topic, no evidence has surfaced that an alternative is being discussed, much less what it would consist of, how it would be financed, or what value it would bring to the public.
Any future value calculations would be highly speculative. The city council approved leasing the property for a nominal annual fee of fifty dollars. At face value it appears that the City is essentially leasing land for free. That does not take into account the value of the jobs created, the economic benefits to the tourism and fishing industries, the intangible value of increased national and international exposure, or the foregone research, educational, recreational and environmental benefits. The future value of the revenue from any alternative development would have to be discounted by all of those factors.
This project is based on a longer term view that recognizes the fact that fishing is a huge economic driver to the Gulf’s economy and that we will want to have every tool in our toolbox (including stock enhancement and habitat restoration) to fuel this economic engine indefinitely.
The Bruce Beach site is currently undeveloped and does not support any economic activity or human use. It is highly disturbed and is currently covered with excess material including earth fill and limestone riprap that are stockpiled within the property. Additionally, the site is strewn with other historic debris from previous industrial land uses including creosote-treated timber, concrete pilings, concrete culverts, bricks, abandoned rail spur, and other miscellaneous debris.
The entire site is approximately 44 acres, but the majority is submerged land and only about 6 acres is suitable for development. Development of the site is also constrained by wetland mitigation areas that border it on the east and west.
There is no denying that water quality and habitat are priorities for restoring the Gulf, however the assumption that we are de-emphasizing water quality and habitat concerns with construction of the Center is incorrect. FWC has proposed (and gotten approval for) a number of habitat and water quality projects through a combination of NRDA and National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) funding. We look at the Center as an important research center to address a number of concerns relative to the Gulf including fisheries, habitat, and water quality. Opposing the Center will not free up more resources to address habitat and water quality concerns. On the contrary, it will reduce the attention on these issues that the new Center would have provided.
The facility is called a marine stock enhancement center for a reason – it provides not only fish for stocking purposes, but also source material for habitat restoration projects and a focal point to educate the public (especially young folks) about the importance of habitat quantity and quality to fisheries. The facility will also function as a research center for partners to leverage our capability to address a large number of issues associated with marine fisheries and habitat.
Yes. UWF recognizes that it plays a role in providing support for research opportunities throughout our region. The university is working in conjunction with the state trustees to identify and develop research opportunities at a hatchery for faculty and graduate students. The university is already looking into creating an academic position that would have responsibility for coordinating research work with the hatchery as well as developing curriculum that would incorporate hatchery resources.
A final determination has not been made. Public input, expert opinions from the scientific community, and recommendations from the fishing industry will all play a role in the decision. It is also important to note that the Center will be able to make changes to its production plans based on the data it collects in the course of its operations as well as angler preferences.
The Center will focus on restoring lost recreational fishing use experienced by resident and visiting anglers in Florida. The facility would release up to five million juvenile sportfish annually into state waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The fish will be released throughout the Northern Gulf where there is high quality habitat to support them. The Center is part of a larger plan to restore parts of the Gulf Coast ecosystem that were injured by the Spill. The fish will be raised in Pensacola and released where hatchery scientists and fisheries management experts determine it makes the most scientific sense.
While the Center is based in Pensacola, it is important to note that this project is a Gulf-wide restoration effort. Fish will be transported from the hatchery facility to appropriate release sites throughout the northern Gulf.
What FWC has learned from over twenty years of raising saltwater fish and a large scale stocking experiment in Tampa Bay is that success of stocking efforts is species and location-dependent. Because of this, FWC is still very much in the evaluation mode for stock enhancement as a fisheries management tool in saltwater, and the proposed project will be the first production-oriented saltwater hatchery in the state of Florida. This facility will provide us with the capability to take our science-based approach to marine stock enhancement in Florida to the next level. Final decisions on species and stocking locations will be made only after extensive consultation with the fishing community and scientific partners.
City Council first took action in 2011 when it voted to authorize the Mayor to enter into lease negotiations with FWC for the Bruce Beach location for the Center.
On May 8, 2014, City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to execute a lease agreement with FWC for the Bruce Beach property for the purpose of developing the Center. The approval of the lease was preceded by an open, deliberative and democratic process that included multiple opportunities for public input at the federal, state and local level. In reliance on that lease, five states, six federal agencies and BP approved the project for inclusion in Phase III of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Early Restoration process and filed project stipulations in court.
After the project was approved, eight public meetings were held to provide input on such things as site design, building aesthetics, the cultural significance of the site, and complementary conservation and educational programming. Those meetings culminated on December 8, 2016 with the unanimous approval by City Council of the site plan for the Center.
FWC has spent $805,000 on environmental, engineering and architectural design work and obtained all of the permits and permissions necessary to continue construction of the Center. FWC advertised the construction bid and is scheduled to open the bid responses on February 8.
The engineering design work was performed by Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. and the architectural design work was done by Sam Marshall Architects. In addition, a Planning Coordination Committee provided a forum for discussion of facility design, site and building aesthetics, and integration of the Center with adjacent and nearby community assets. The committee included a member of City Council, a member of the City’s Planning Services staff and a local resident in addition to members from FWC.
Eligible Programmatic Activities include (but are not limited to): -Family/home safety training, drug and fire prevention programs, cultural exhibit areas, youth and/or family literacy programs, neighborhood computer labs, after school enrichment programs and neighborhood music, dance and/or art training programs. (Proposals for neighborhood cultural, educational and recreational programs must include detailed information about the number, ages, etc. of the residents to be served and how they will be recruited to participate. If awarded, documentation will be required on the actual participants and results of the program.) PLEASE NOTE: The association will be responsible for keeping track of all volunteer hours donated toward your project. If the project entails a programmatic activity which involves payment to persons for hours worked, the association is responsible for collecting and submitting time sheets to be paid by the City of Pensacola. The association must draw up a contract with each “employee” that includes SSN, number of hours to be worked weekly, hourly rate, start and end dates, signature of “employee”, and signature of association President. All time sheets must be signed by an association officer before they can be submitted for payment. The City of Pensacola is not responsible for calculating the number of hours worked or the amount to be paid. Eligible Association Owned Property Improvements and Landscaping projects include (but are not limited to): -Improvements to association owned property and and/or rights of way (such as islands, street lighting, sidewalk repair/construction, entryway enhancements and improvements and/or identification signs) - Total replacement and/or rehabilitation of some existing physical improvements might be deemed eligible. (This would be based on the individual circumstances and available funding and will be judged on a case- by-case basis.) Ineligible projects include (but are not limited to): - Routine maintenance or repair of existing physical improvements in a neighborhood (including, but not limited to: streets, fences, irrigation systems, storm water retention facilities, and entrance signs). - Funding for ongoing programs or administrative expenses will not be considered. - Funding of print brochures, guides, marketing and promotional materials.
The Pensacola Neighborhood Challenge Program (PNC) makes funds available to associations/organizations (for qualified projects) to make improvements in neighborhoods. a.An organization obtains an application packet from the City of Pensacola website at www.cityofpensacola.com, completes, and emails the completed application to email@example.com. Applications may also be mailed to Leslie Statler, Planner, in the Planning Services Department, 222 W. Main St., Pensacola, FL 32502. b.Applications are reviewed by the PNC Technical Review Committee and recommendations are forwarded to the Office of the Mayor. (NOTE: The applicant should be prepared to make a presentation on their project to the PNC Technical Review Committee proposal after submission, if requested). c.If approved, a PNC funding agreement will be mailed to the applicant. The applicant will be required to submit a signed agreement (along with the check for any “matching” cash funds) to the City of Pensacola. The agreement will then be finalized and a copy returned to the applicant (along with the reporting forms needed to complete the project). Note: Neighborhoods that have never received a PNC grant will receive priority for funding. **IMPORTANT: Grantees Must Submit “Before and After” Digital Photographs Documenting The Progress Of Their Project. **
a. An organization obtains an application packet from the City of Pensacola website at www.cityofpensacola.com, completes and emails or delivers the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be mailed to Leslie Statler, Planner, in the Planning Services Department at 222 W. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.
b. Applications are reviewed by the PNC Technical Review Committee and recommendations are forwarded to the Office of the Mayor. (NOTE: The applicant should be prepared to make a presentation on their project proposal to the PNC Technical Review Committee after submission, if requested).
c. If approved, a PNC funding agreement will be mailed to the applicant. The applicant will be required to submit a signed agreement (along with the check for any “matching” cash funds) to the City of Pensacola. The agreement will then be finalized and a copy returned to the applicant (along with the reporting forms needed to complete the project).
NOTE: Neighborhoods that have never received a PNC grant will receive priority for funding.
*** IMPORTANT: Grantees Must Submit “Before And After” Digital Photographs Documenting The Progress Of Their Project. ***
For the purposes of this grant a “2 to 1” match is required meaning the total of all forms of match must equal at least 50% of the grant amount requested from the City. For every dollar granted by the City of Pensacola, the applicant will be required to supply fifty cents of match to the project. The match may be accomplished with a combination of any one or more of the following: cash, donated materials or service or volunteer labor. The match must meet the minimum requirement, be secured and ready to be expended. Volunteer Labor: (a) We give credit for “Volunteer labor” at a value of $20 per hour. (b) If a professional (such as an electrician or a carpenter) donates “volunteer labor”, you may calculate the value of this labor by using the hourly rate normally paid for this service. (Remember- your volunteer hours will not be accepted by vendors as payment for goods or services. The combined total of your grant and cash match must cover your project’s cash costs. (From Form “A”). In-kind donations: We give credit for donated professional services, materials or supplies at their “reasonable and customary” rates. Professionals who donate their services as part of the match cannot also receive compensation from the award money. This is intended to ensure that persons hired to provide services or skilled labor are selected on the basis of their qualifications, experience or fees, not on their willingness or ability to donate services. Cash: Must be deposited with the City before the project may begin. Examples: The cash cost of the project may be covered by a variety of combinations including the following: Let’s say the total cash needed for the applicant’s proposed project is $9,000. If approved, the City could award a cash grant of $6,000 and the applicant could “match” that award with $3,000 in cash (i.e. a “1 to 2” match). -or- The applicant association could request that the City award a cash grant of $7,500, and provide a cash match (or secure a donation in services or materials) of $1,500 plus provide 150 hours (valued at $2,250) of volunteer labor to the project for a total match of $3,750. -or- The applicant association could request that the City award a $9,000 cash grant, with the association providing 300 hours (valued at $4,500) of volunteer labor to the project. -or- Other combination of “match” equaling half the total amount of the requested grant. *PLEASE NOTE: Vendors and contractors will require actual cash. Your association must be sure all cash costs to be incurred for the project are covered (even if you do not have a cash match). a.The amount and type of match must be appropriate to the needs of the project. b.The proposed match must be spent during the implementation/construction of the project. (Costs incurred prior to an award or after the contract has ended will not be eligible as a match). c.On-going maintenance (or volunteer hour match) following the contract period will not be eligible. d.At least 25% of the association’s match must come from the association itself (as opposed to other funding sources (such as community partners or non-member businesses). e.Partner match must be not only pledged, but also secured. Secured means that the donor has specifically valued and described the contribution, and has signed the “Letter of Intent” (Form E) to confirm the commitment. f.Be sure to include fees for any required permits, and liability insurance*for signs or structures to be placed in the public right-of-way in your total project cost calculations. g.Activities that are NOT eligible as a “match” include: -Time spent preparing the PNC Matching Grant Application -Time spent fund raising -Assistance from City staff or funds from other City departments h.Your association will be responsible for keeping track of all volunteer hours donated for your project. i.A neighborhood organization, in carrying out a PNC project, must make a good faith effort to ensure they are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. This Act extends the same civil rights protection to persons with disabilities which have already been granted on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
Note: Applicants may not contract with vendors who are also City of Pensacola employees on PNC funded projects.*
Also, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in Florida unless each passenger under the age of 16 is restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device. All drivers of motor vehicles are required to wear a safety belt, plus it is unlawful for any person 16 years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless they are restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion. Failure to comply with any of these state laws could result in a minimum fine of $116.
Contact the Family Law Division in the Escambia County Courthouse, located at 190 W. Government St., or by calling 850-595-4331.
Mail requests can be sent to the Records Section, Pensacola Police Department, P.O. Box 1750, Pensacola, FL 32591 – 1750. Requests should include a case number if it is available.
Please contact Officer James Daniels at 850-435-1967 or email him at email@example.com.
Contact the George Stone Center, 2400 Longleaf Dr., Pensacola. The telephone number is 850-944-6775.
For information on marriage licenses, contact the Escambia County Clerk of the Court’s Office, 850-595-4300.
he city noise ordinance is in effect from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. However, excessively loud noises can be reported to police at any time.
The Pensacola Police Department does not have a jail. All people who are charged with crimes are taken to the Escambia County Jail, which has two facilities: 2935 North L St. & 1200 W. Leonard St. The number to find out if someone has been arrested is 850-436-9676.
Requests for records may be made in writing, email, telephone, fax, letter, or in-person to: Public Records Coordinator 222 West Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Telephone: 850-435-1715 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The requester(s) do not have to identify themselves or state the reason they desire the records. Although the public records act does not require that requests be submitted in writing, doing so provides real practical benefits to the requester by ensuring they have an accurate record of what they requested. When submitting a request, try to be as specific as possible. Rather than asking for all records over several years, consider starting with a narrow request and then make follow-up requests.
A family must be in "good standing" with Pensacola Housing and receiving PHA in order to port to another jurisdiction. This means the family must not owe any unpaid rent and are current on any over payment amounts due to Pensacola Housing or the receiving PHA in order to receive a Housing Choice Voucher to move under portability.
If you currently have a voucher and meet the above criteria contact your counselor to ask about using portability.
Illicit Dumping - Unloading or disposal of solid, semi-solid or liquid substances near or into a stormwater system. Examples include motors, containers, grass clippings and leaves.Illicit Spills - Any intentional or accidental spill of solid, semi-solid or liquid substances into or adjacent to a stormwater system. Examples include fluids from vehicles, chemicals from drums or storage tanks, used oil, paint containers or fertilizer.
Illicit Connections - Any man-made conveyance which connects non-stormwater discharges directly to a stormwater system. These illicit conveyances are located either above or below the ground and may include drains, pipes or ditches.
It is estimated that $2,800,000 will be collected at the $72.24 rate that was proposed during the 2017 fiscal year.
An overgrown pond is not eligible for a credit at this time. Eligible ponds must be maintained so that they function at the original design level. After the pond is retrofitted so that it could be expected to function at the design level, the mitigation credit will be restored.
The city may request that a professional engineer document the capacity of the pond prior to assigning a mitigation credit to the property.
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