Downtown Pensacola

University of West Florida

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series returns for the first date of the new season on Monday. That’s when Professor Roy Hunt from the University of Florida tells “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” 


September 30 is the final deadline for those wishing to submit projects for RESTORE funding. With only two weeks left to apply, one group of residents is proposing an innovative solution to address downtown Pensacola’s stormwater problems. 

The group, which includes archeologist Elizabeth Benchley, local attorney Erick Mead and sustainability consultant Christian Wagley, have proposed resurrecting a subterranean, colonial-era creek to create a walkable riverfront in the heart of downtown. 

Construction of Pensacola’s new YMCA is getting another boost, a $300,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, across the street from the old Pensacola News Journal building. When completed in 2016, it will replace the YMCA on Palafox, and serve about three times as many people as the current location that’s been in service since 1951.

Pensacola LGBT Film Festival

The third annual Pensacola LGBT Film Festival kicks off Wednesday in downtown Pensacola. All film screenings are free and open to the public. Organizer Sara Latshaw sat down recently with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

Pensacola LGBT Film Fest 

Photo via Flickr//Gregory Moines

Rules for using the roughly 6,000 parking spaces in downtown Pensacola are undergoing a makeover by the Downtown Improvement Board.

DIB Director Ron Butlin says that, along with growth and busier times in the downtown area are leading them to take another look at the big parking picture, and ways to make things better. The primary change is extending the two-hour time limit on Palafox from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Pensacola Historical Society

400 S. Palafox Street, now known as the Artisan building, sits on the corner of Palafox and Main Street in Downtown Pensacola. Although it is bordered by streets, it was once waterfront property. Jacquelyn Wilson is archivist for the University of West Florida Historic Trust. Ballast left by ships importing goods from Pensacola was deposited to create man-made land for further construction.

Al Fresco Dining

Beginning March 12 those who love to shop the Saturday Palafox Market will have a midweek option to get their local fresh food fix.

Thomas Van Horn of East Hill Honey Company and Mike Carro, one of the co-owners of Al Fresco Dining on Palafox and Main St have teamed up to bring the idea of a midweek farmers to fruition.


There's a good chance you're going to see a lot of people in interesting costumes roaming the streets of Pensacola this weekend as Pensacon takes over the Bay Center and the Crown Plaza Hotel. The multi-genre fan convention is the brain child of chairman Mike Ensley, who sat down with WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about this first time event.


A non-profit technology institute in Pensacola is set to begin a major expansion of its downtown campus. The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition owns two acres of land bordered by Alcaniz, Romana and Flora Blanca Streets and is looking to bring its operations around the city together.