Downtown Pensacola

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Like many Pensacolians who visit Europe, or a big city like New York, we were struck on a recent vacation in Spain by the vibrancy of the downtown scene, throughout the day and into the night. In Granada and, especially, Barcelona, the energy of the nightly street life seems extraordinary. The streetscapes are filled with cafes, bars and restaurants, and people think nothing of walking miles, much less blocks. And it is striking how late into the evening the activity extends. Here in...

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It was back in April when the Downtown Improvement Board announced it would end sponsorship of the popular monthly street party and the final Gallery Night would be September 16. At the time, John Peacock, the Chairman of the DIB left the door open for someone else to take over the event saying "If the bars and restaurants for example wanted to put on a street party, there are avenues to do that." And that’s exactly what happened. "My office is in downtown and I work with a lot of restaurant...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the surprisingly strong monthly jobs report and the future of parking in downtown Pensacola. The Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report smashed estimates for July, with Florida near the top of the U.S. in growth. “It was a great first Friday jobs report,” Harper said. “We came in at 255,000. The consensus among analysts had been for about 180,000 job growth.” Harper said that if job growth remains at 200,000 or above for a sustained...

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Having lived almost all of my life in Northwest Florida, I can’t really speak to how it is to live in other places. But the variety of lifescapes offered by this area must be hard to beat. That is underscored by our recent move from rural Garcon Point to urbanized Pensacola Beach. The culture shock could hardly be overstated. Currently, my wife and I plan to eventually build on the edge of downtown Pensacola to take advantage of what has become a remarkably vibrant city center. Being able to...

United States District Court

Repairs to the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola have moved a step closer to reality in Congress. On Wednesday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $30 million for repairs and upgrades to the 19-year-old facility, which has been vacated due to water damage, mold and other health and safety issues. Court staff, the U.S. Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building, and other...

Florida Public Archaeology Network

A trail that documents Pensacola’s rich maritime history is slated for the downtown area later this year.

The "Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail” is the brainchild of Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, chair of the Department of History at the University of West Florida, and Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Mitchell-Cook and Scott-Ireton had long talked about trying to bring a walking history tour to downtown, but they finally...

With the recent attacks in Brussels, ISIS has once again come to the forefront of people’s minds of terrorist groups operating worldwide.

Emerging only two years ago, the movement has made an impression, but not everyone is sure who ISIS is and what their objectives are.

UWF’s Dr. Jacob Shivley, a researcher who focuses on US foreign policy and national security strategies and Dr. Michelle Williams, an expert in far-right and extremist parties, will try to bring some...

There is a lot of construction and change and growth in downtown Pensacola right now. What there isn’t a lot of is parking, and that continues to be a problem. Last December the city of Pensacola commissioned a study from the West Florida Regional Planning Council called Pensacola Parking Strategies as a Catalyst for Economic Growth . Jill Lavender is Special Projects Coordinator for the council and is the team leader for the study. She says they are going to first look at the current supply...

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.” Professor Roy Hunt spent nearly 50 years teaching at the University of Florida's College of Law. He has also worked four decades in historic preservation law throughout the state of Florida. In “A Tale of Two Cities,” Hunt will share how the journeys...

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. They...

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. John Kagen, Chairman of...

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 The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival will be held October 15-­18 in Pensacola, Florida. The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival highlights the artistic contributions both nationally and internationally of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. The...

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. “The reason for that is, people who come down at 3:15 and park on Palafox,...

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. “The water’s edge used to be right there almost outside of the building,” Wilson said. “Originally,...

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. Van Horn cites the growing demand for local food as one of the reasons they decided to start a second weekly martket. "There’s been such a huge movement of support and...

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