Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WILDfest 2010

The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida
Invites you to attend the eighth annual
WILDfest 2010
Sweet Prospect Band
Children’s Wildlife Games
Wildlife Gift Items
Feed the Pelicans
Roving Animal Displays
Temporary Tattoos Booth
Food & Bake Sale Booths
Reusable Shopping Bags
WILDfest Tee Shirts for Sale designed by Paula Payne
See new gift shop items and wildlife tee shirts
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Wildlife Sanctuary
105 North “S” Street, Pensacola FL

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thougts about our Tree Canopy Plan

Our Environmental Advisory Board has been tasked with looking at our Tree Canopy within the City and develop some preliminary information to help create our canopy plan. We lost 50% of our tree canopy after Hurricane Ivan and this directly affects the quality of our ozone. Here are some thoughts from WFRPC

Establish Tree Canopy Targets
To maximize the benefits provided by urban forests and to track its condition in a specific location, the first step is to establish a goal for tree canopy cover. Tree canopy cover (the percent of a city’s land area shaded by trees) targets provide a useful way to assess how close a city’s green infrastructure comes to its potential. Such targets take into account factors such as local climate and other natural ecological conditions. While the ideal tree canopy for Philadelphia, for example, is very different than Phoenix, each has a tree cover target or goal that is ideal for them. To help guide city leaders in setting tree cover targets for their communities, American Forests produced the following generic guidelines for specific zoning categories for cities in the United States east of the Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest:
• Metropolitan area—average tree cover counting all zones = 40 percent;
• Suburban Residential zones = 50 percent;
• Urban Residential = 25 percent;
• Central Business District = 15 percent.
Cities are starting to incorporate these guidelines into public policy. For example, less than a year after their urban ecosystem analysis revealed that the Roanoke, Va., area had only a 32 percent tree canopy; the city council passed an Urban Forestry Plan. The top priorities include reaching a 40 percent citywide tree canopy goal within ten years and requirements for more tree planting and tree protection during new land development. The city has also updated their zoning ordinance that specifies tree canopy cover by land use and specifies minimum tree canopy cover in parking lots.
While these percentages are a good starting point for communities, they should be used only as a guide. Geography and local climate are important factors in establishing more precise local targets. The average urban tree cover for 20 states in the northeastern quarter of the country is 30 percent.
American Forests analyzed tree cover in about a dozen metro areas nationwide and found them to be 25 to 35 percent depending on their underlying environmental conditions. As you might expect, cities in the Southwest United States have less tree cover than cities in the Mid-Atlantic States. From the analysis, American Forests was able to identify potential, if somewhat generalized, tree cover targets. As previously stated, these recommendations find that average tree cover in metro areas east of the Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest should be about 40 percent, while cities in the dry Southwest and Plains states with much smaller natural tree covers should shoot for tree targets of about 30 percent.
A decision to maintain a specific percentage of the green infrastructure must be made at the highest levels of government so that the managing departments can carry out the detailed actions needed to meet those goals. The tree cover targets and the challenge to incorporate trees into all growth and development activities must be shared by key departments of city and county governments as well as by the private building industry.
Allowing construction practices that damage, kill, or remove trees—whether they occur on public or private property—without replacing them should no longer be acceptable. Assuring trees will live is not a small challenge, but one that must be accepted by everyone that builds infrastructure.

Friday, August 20, 2010


The Parks and Recreation Team at the City of Pensacola has a motto they live by... 212 degrees. This is the extra degree that brings something to the boiling point, changes it's make-up and transforms it. Every member of the Parks & Recreation team has 212 on their shirt, they have 212 pins and coins that are only earned by exceptional performance. This is what they live by and how they operate. Check out the beautiful parks they maintain and the activities available to every citizen of Pensacola. They are the feet on the street keeping our City the beautiful and inviting place that it is...

212 degrees

Here's a little about their hard work and the Park's PLAY PENSACOLA Programs...

visit their Facebook page at PlayPensacola or

Welcome to PlayPensacola!

Your City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing quality programs and services to the citizens of Pensacola. Our mission is to improve and promote the quality of life for all citizens and visitors of Pensacola by protecting the heritage of our parks while providing a wide range of recreational, social and educational opportunities.

Besides promoting health and wellness, the Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department contributes to the quality if life by fostering community pride, increasing cultural unity and creating opportunities for lifetime experiences.

According to George Bernard Shaw, "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." Those words ring so true. All one has to do is find his or her passion, whether it's get in shape, connect with nature and family, or appreciate what the city of Pensacola has to offer. Our PlayPensacola programs, services, and events allow the residents of Pensacola the ability to immerse themselves in the abundance of recreation and leisure programs provided by the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nominations for Various City Boards

There are 4 different requests for nominations on various City of Pensacola advisory boards and committees:

Code Enforcement Board deadline is August 26th at NOON

Enterprise Zone Advisory Board deadline is September 3rd at NOON

General Pension Board deadline is August 26th at NOON

Human Relations Commission deadline is August 26th at NOON

Please let me know if you are interested by sending me an email to

Friday, August 6, 2010

It just keeps getting better!!!

More jobs at the Port of Pensacola

Offshore Inland Marine and Oilfield Services (OIMOS)
August 5, 2010

Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services announces that they will hire 20 - 30 new employees as part of an expansion of their commercial service operations at the Port of Pensacola which will double their indoor Marine / Oilfield manufacturing and fabrication space. The project is expected to continue throughout next year. This is the first of a possible three phases of projects. This work is in addition to their on-going marine service work at the port.
For more information please contact Buddy McCormick of business development and public relations at 850-554-9113.

Port of Pensacola
700 S Barracks St, Pensacola, 32502

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sports Camp with Pensacola's Finest

Chief Simmons and 40 volunteer officers joined forces with the Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor their 1st ever Sports Camp in Holice Williams Park today. The PPD has given citizens a glimpse of the wonderful events that can be held in the Greenway space tucked under I-110.

Tomorrow is the 2nd half of the camp with tee shirts and a backpacks for each child. The kids learn about personal safety, team building and basic skills in tennis, flag football, soccer and basketball...all from 1-5pm.

I even hear the kids took down the officers in a tug-o-war game.

Come out and enjoy some good old summer fun!!! Thanks to your Pensacola Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Team.