Vendor sought for maintenance and hospitality in Downtown Pensacola
Posted: Jan 14, 2022 9:35 PMUpdated: Jan 14, 2022 9:38 PMThe Downtown Improvement Board is seeking proposals for maintenance and hospitality services in Pensacola’s urban core.The contractor will be responsible for cleaning sidewalks – including quarterly pressure washing – collecting litter and vegetative debris, weeding, reporting and removing graffiti and maintaining and emptying public trash cans.The vendor’s employees will also be expected to engage the general public, providing directions and information about downtown businesses, restaurants, attractions and activities.The DIB, a special district within the City of Pensacola designed to promote economic development and quality of life, consists of 44 blocks in the urban core of downtown Pensacola.Proposals for the two-year contract are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2022. Read and print the full RFP here: https://downtownpensacola.com/about.
DIB Asks City Council to Address Scooter Safety Concerns
Posted: Jan 7, 2022 6:58 PMUpdated: Jan 7, 2022 6:58 PMThe Downtown Improvement Board has asked the Pensacola City Council to impose tighter restrictions on electric scooters when the council meets to discuss the matter this month.In a letter sent to councilmembers Thursday, the DIB requested that council limit the number of scooters allowed in the city to 200, ban them from sidewalks and parking garages, disallow unlicensed drivers from operating the vehicles, create designated pickup and drop-off areas and limit their hours of operation from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The DIB also requested that the city charge an annual fee on each scooter, which would be used to support safety and infrastructure upgrades to the scooter program.“We appreciate and embrace the City’s efforts to make Pensacola a multi-modal city,” the letter reads, “and we understand the need to create diverse public transportation options. However, we are also aligned in our belief that the scooter pilot program is threatening the safety and well-being of downtown Pensacola residents, workers, and visitors.”The DIB’s recommendations follow mounting scrutiny of Bird Scooters, the company that began operating an e-scooter pilot program in downtown Pensacola last July. Mayor Grover Robinson expressed concern about the program in December — after a flurry of citizen complaints and at least two serious injuries tied to the scooters.In October, a local man racked up $60,000 in medical bills after wrecking one of the scooters. The following month, another rider was hospitalized with severe injuries after running a stop sign and colliding with a car. Pensacola isn’t the only city looking to tighten regulations around this new mode of transportation. Municipalities across the country — and around the world — are reevaluating their approach to e-scooters as the associated risks become clear. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, e-scooters resulted in an estimated 50,000 emergency department visits and at least 27 fatalities between 2017 and 2019, with injuries and deaths on the rise year over year. DIB executive director Walker Wilson says that City staff have been open to feedback. “After speaking with City staff to address concerns from downtown businesses and property owners, they confirmed that some of the recommendations were going to be passed along in their report to City Council,” he said.Though the scooter pilot program is still in progress, the DIB hopes it will proceed with caution. “Being thoughtful about how we use our downtown sidewalks and roadways, we can ensure the district continues to be safe and accessible for all of us,” the DIB wrote in their letter.
Downtown Pensacola lights up the season
Posted: Dec 7, 2021 11:27 PMUpdated: Dec 7, 2021 11:28 PMIt’s the holiday season, when visitors to Downtown Pensacola can experience music, shopping, food, art and nightlife under a canopy of half a million white lights illuminating historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. Wandering along Palafox, you may chance upon live street performances, caroling in the streets, Santa posing for photos and Winterfest Trolley Tours. Lighting up the night sky, as part of downtown Pensacola’s First City Lights Festival, are the twinkling lights lining the main city streets to create a magical setting for the diverse, season-long lineup of holiday festivities. And helping to bring these lights to the night are Gulf Power Company and the contractors, JAH Power Services, Inc., Service Electric Co., Roberson Underground Utility, LLC., and L30, who are working on Gulf Power’s $86 million downtown reliability project designed to help modernize the underground electrical network. “Gulf Power is pleased to once again support the First City Lights Festival as part of our ongoing partnership with the Downtown Improvement board and the City of Pensacola” said Rick Byars, senior external affairs manager for Gulf Power. “We have worked to create an even brighter energy future through ensuring long-term reliability for our customers’ businesses and homes, and we hope all of our customers will come downtown and experience the joy of the season.” The holiday lights are a huge draw for bringing residents and visitors into the downtown district during the winter months. “Downtown Pensacola provides an unforgettable holiday experience for families,” said DIB Executive Director Walker Wilson. “Aside from the fantastic shopping, museums, dining and nightlife, the holidays downtown also mean live outdoor theater, musical performances and the unique setting created each evening when the lights come on. First City Lights Festival brings all of these experiences together into one extraordinary holiday event.”The First City Lights Festival will continue to light up downtown Pensacola through January 13, 2022.
Claire Campbell joins DIB Board
Posted: Oct 6, 2021 3:23 PMUpdated: Oct 6, 2021 3:23 PMA New York media producer turned Downtown Pensacola business owner is joining the Downtown Improvement Board.Claire Campbell has been appointed by Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV, to serve on the five-member body which seeks to foster growth in a 44-block district in the heart of downtown.Campbell is the founder and owner of Ride Society, the region’s premiere indoor cycle studio. A native of Pensacola, Campbell spent a decade in New York in marketing before opening the Palafox space in 2018.“We are very excited to have Claire join our team,” said Wilson Walker, executive director of the DIB. “Her perspective as both a business owner and communicator will bring a unique and valuable perspective to everything the DIB does.” Campbell’s first meeting as a board member was September 28.In addition to serving on the DIB, Campbell is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pensacola Little Theatre and Pensacola Cultural Center.The DIB is dedicated to improving the district’s quality-of-life and economic success by creating a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable environment.
DIB Seeks Finance Committee Member
Posted: Oct 5, 2021 1:47 PMUpdated: Oct 5, 2021 1:47 PMPensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board is looking for a new member for its Finance Committee.The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is a dependent special agency funded by a tax levy on properties within its district boundaries. The district consists of 44 blocks that encompass the urban core of Downtown Pensacola, an area that was proclaimed “Florida’s Best Place” during a vote conducted by the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter. The Finance Committee provides financial expertise and guidance to the DIB’s five-member Board of Directors.Applicants must own property, work or live within the DIB's 44-block downtown district, which runs for several blocks east and west from Plaza De Luna to Belmont Street. They must also be available for monthly meetings, with three consecutive absences constituting a resignation.The Finance Committee works in collaboration with the DIB Board for the overall benefit of the district regardless of individual personal feelings, experiences, perceptions or beliefs.Appointees will be governed by Florida’s Public Records Law and Sunshine Law, as well as the City of Pensacola Code of Ethics. The appointment will be reviewed annually or as determined by the DIB chairman. To apply, CLICK HERE.