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Ciclovia: Pensacola Open Streets Event

Ciclovia Pensacola Open Streets

The City of Pensacola is proud to support the inaugural Ciclovia Open Streets Pensacola event, on Saturday March 25th from 9AM to 2PM.

Open Streets Pensacola is a free, safe, and inclusive event that will focus on fitness, recreation, and community programs along five miles of road for people to experience the streets in a new way.

We invite you to bike, walk, run, skate, roll, or dance your way through the scenic and historic route of Downtown Pensacola from Community Maritime Park on Main Street to Gulf Power on Bayfront Parkway and along Palafox from Garden Street to Plaza de Luna! There will be many activities along the route including fitness classes, sports demonstrations, music, dancing, helmet fittings, a bike skills clinic, plus games and fun activities for all ages.

Bring your friends to Ciclovia Open Streets Pensacola for a walkable, vehicle-free, and thrilling adventure!
For more information, visit the Pensacola Open Streets website, or the Facebook event page.

WEEK 2: Street Resurfacing and Natural Gas Infrastructure Upgrades

More than 32,500 square yards of pavement has been milled, and nearly 11,000 tons of new asphalt placed in the first two weeks of the citywide street resurfacing program.
Thus far, work has focused in west Pensacola, but beginning Monday, March 6, crews also started working in downtown areas to repair concrete features such as sidewalks, curbs, and handicap accessibility ramps. 

Milling and resurfacing of downtown city streets is scheduled to begin in mid-April and continue into the summer months. The multiyear construction program encompasses 1,800 blocks of city streets. The streets have not been resurfaced for a decade or more.

Read more here

Letter of Appreciation: Fire Department Engine Crew 6

Pensacola Fire Department Engine Crew 6

Chief Redding,

On February 28, Captain Vines (and the crew of Engine 6) responded to an Assistance Lifting call. An 81 year old male slid out of bed and his elderly wife was unable to help with his return. Engine 6 assisted their resident back into his bed and Captain Vines had a wellness conversation with his wife regarding her husband’s long-term health status and special needs. Insurance and financial issues had created a delay in the family receiving a wheelchair.
Fearing the potential for injury, due to deteriorating mobility, Reese offered to provide a wheelchair. The next morning, Captain Vines and members of Station 6 delivered a wheelchair to our grateful Wimbledon Drive family.
As you know, this past year has been a challenging one in the Vines family. His recognition of this special need, and swift intervention, is truly an act of exceptional customer service.

Ginny Cranor, Battalion Chief - C Watch, Pensacola Fire Department 

Relays 4 Life - Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction

Relay for Life Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction

Relay For Life of Pensacola is hosting its very first Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction on March 10th from 7PM to 12AM at the Artel Gallery (223 Palafox Place).

Relay For Life seeks to give everyone, in communities across the globe, the chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The theme "Masquerade" was chosen for this Ball in order to symbolize how little is known about the disease that is cancer, but how the organization is searching to find out more.

The goal is to raise $100,000 towards Relay For Life by May 5, 2017. Tickets can be purchased here. For real time updates and additional information, follow the event Facebook page.

McGuire's 5K Prediction Run

McGuire's 40th Annual 5K Run

McGuire's Irish Pub is hosting its 40th St. Patrick's Day Prediction 5K Run on Saturday, March 11th at 9AM.

The race goes on, rain or shine, and will start and finish at McGuire’s Irish Pub (600 E Gregory St). Each runner or walker predicts how long it will take them to complete the 3.1 mile course. Participants who come the closest to the time predicted on their registration form win.

Crossing the finish line is just the beginning. Stay for the after party, where there will be refreshments and entertainment until 12PM. To register for the race, or for more information, visit the event website.

Maritime de Luna Youth Duathon

Maritime de Luna Du Youth Duathon

The Maritime de Luna Du Youth Duathlon is the first of two events in the TriGulfCoast Youth Multisport Series.

The De Luna Du Duathlon will be held March 12, 2017 at Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park at 8:30AM. The race will offer a scenic run-bike-run course for kids ages 6 to 15.

Those who wish to volunteer or participate can sign up on the official race website. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

Smokin' in the Square 8th Annual Charity BBQ Cookoff

Smokin' in the Square 8th Annual Charity BBQ Cookoff

The Knights of Columbus will host their 8th annual Smokin' in the Square event March 17th and 18th in Seville Square.

This barbecue cook off raises funds through activities and food sales, and the proceeds are donated to local charities. What was once a small, backyard-competitor cook off is now a large event with an average of 50 pro teams and 25 backyard teams showing up each year. There will be live entertainment, cooking competitions, and other activities. 

Smokin' in the Square is free to attend, but VIP tickets are also available for those who would like special access to the Lee House, next door to the square, where they can enjoy their barbecue. For tickets and more information, visit the event website
Jacksonian Guard Colors

Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony

The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of soliders from the Jacksonian and Spanish era. The next event will be March 18th at 12 noon in Plaza Ferdinand on Palafox Street.

The ceremony commemorates Pensacola's 195th Birthday and Florida as a U.S. Territory. It will continue to take place every third Saturday of each month through 2017. Join the guard at the flagpole in the center of Plaza Ferdinand, and see a demonstration of Pensacola's rich heritage.

The Jacksonian Guard currently consists of mainly students ages 12 to 29. They are young to represent the youthful composition of Andrew Jackson’s army and the great talent that exists among our youth today in Pensacola. Membership is open to any area youth willing to perform in these re-enactments. Inquiries can be sent to info@goretro.us, or for more information, call (850) 466-5220.

Project GreenShores

Project GreenShores Cleanup

Join Ocean Hour Florida for a Project Greenshores and Bartram Park Cleanup on Saturday, March 18.

Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge on Bayfront Parkway (745 Bayfront Parkway). The second location is Bartram Park (211 Bayfront Parkway, behind The Fish House). Buckets, grabbers, gloves, and trash bags will be supplied. Sign in at 8:45AM and the clean up will be from 9AM to 10AM.

For more information, contact oceanhourfl@gmail.com or call (850) 450-1112.

Pensacola Citizens Academy 2017

This week, we kicked off the 2017 Pensacola Citizens Academy: a free, nine week program for residents to learn more about their local government, community, and how to take that knowledge to better their neighborhoods and be more active participants in their city.  

At the first meeting, academy registrants visited City Hall for presentations from the City Administrator, Constituent Services, Finance, and the City Clerk. Thank you to our attendees. We look forward to the next eight weeks! 

For a sneak peek of this week's meeting, click the image below. 

Pensacola Citizens Academy 2017

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