Thursday, June 8, 2017

A History of Port Studies

I reviewed the City files for all Port studies paid for and put on record in the City Archives.Below is a summary:

June 1, 1962  - City of Pensacola Waterfront Study Report and Recommendations

June 1, 1972 - Shoreline Management Plan for the Escambia Santa Rosa Region

August 9, 1973 - Proposal to move the entire current port to the current site of the Maritime Park and Bruce Beach....with a lot of fill in of current Pensacola Bay

November 10, 1988 - Port Advisory Board Report

January 26, 1989 - Port Advisory Committee Recommendation

August 6, 1993 - Evaluation of Privatization of Port of Pensacola

Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce Port Task Force  1993-1994 - The Executive Committee of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce resolved that in order to optimize the potential of the Port, it supports the creation of a Regional Port Authority.

February 11, 1994 - Pensacolasizing Port Review

April 4, 1994 - Appointments - Citizens Committee for the Study of a Regional Port Authority

June 9, 1994 - Port of Pensacola General Cargo Market Demand Analysis and Capital Infrastructure Requirements Study

August 22, 1996 - Acceptance of and Concurrence with the Report of the City Manager's Port Advisory Committee

January 2, 1997 - Proposed Interlocal Agreement and Special Legislative Act Regarding the Formation of a Regional Port Authority.

February 11,1997 - Port Aviation and Related Facilities Element Evaluation and Appraisal

October 14, 1999 - Urban Design Associates - Waterfront Development Plan

November 18, 1999 - "A group of private sector developers represented by Mr. Brian Spencer has advised the City Manager of their intent and interest to conduct a privately funded study on alternative uses for the Port of Pensacola."

February 28, 2000 - Analysis of the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Florida Seaports

July 22, 2004 - Main Street and Port Access Study Final Report

December 6, 2004 - Port of Pensacola Business Strategic Analysis Final Report to Pensacola City Council Volumes 1 and 2

August 25, 2008 - TPO Inland Port Intermodal Terminal Feasibility Study

January 5, 2012 - Mayor Haywards Port Advisory Committee recommends Offshore Industry

September 27, 2013 - CBRE Real Property Market Analysis & Recommendations for Port

November 14, 2016 - Discussion of the Port Economic Feasibility Study Committee






3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the port goes away does he have to change the name of his Intergalactic Airport??

Anonymous said...


It would be revealing if you would include the fees paid for each of these studies. The total costs for all of these studies might possibly have paid for a shipping container crane that would actually make the port viable again.

CJ Lewis said...

In 2008, a concept was floated for what was called "Pensacola Park: A Proposal for a Waterfront Community at the Port of Pensacola." I found out about it when Councilman Sam Hall had someone get in touch with me to discuss it. I was then running for mayor. I was told the project would include a convention center with a hurricane-proof baseball stadium on the roof and that there would be a monorail from the port, i.e. "Pensacola Park" to the airport. It sounded like a crackpot scheme to me. I was later invited to attend a briefing at the West Florida Regional Planning Council. I had no interest in attending until I was told that Hall and Commissioner Grover Robinson would be present. I showed up. I was given and still have a copy of the large format briefing book prepared by Adache Group Architects. I was told that the architect who put together the plan had something to do with Portofino Island Resort. He flew in from Miami dressed from head to toe in black. When I asked who was going to finance this project we were told that it was being financed by some people from the Middle East, e.g. an unnamed Arab prince, etc. The project described in the September 24, 2008 briefing book, a copy of which I presume is held by the West Florida Regional Planning Council, did not include the rooftop baseball stadium or the monorail. The plan did include a "Cruise Ship Facility." When someone asked about the chicken then being exported from the port, we were told that there would still be a way to keep exporting it by moving it underneath the port with what sounded like a Rube Goldberg scheme, i.e. they were making it up as they went along. The Fish House and Marine Oyster Bar were retained though not expressly identified as such on the schematics.