DIB-Managed Parking—A Progress Report
Posted: Dec 13, 2018 9:50 PMUpdated: Dec 14, 2018 7:17 PM
The DIB has been working closely with its new parking vendor, Passport, to roll-out a new and improved digital parking platform. The Passport app, used in cities across the U.S. and around the world, will be available for download in the new year. Until then, the Premium Parking app, any pay machine or parking meter may be used to pay to park at DIB-managed lots, on-street parking and the Jefferson Street Garage.There is free parking throughout downtown Pensacola, and the DIB is on a quest to raise awareness. Free 2-hour parking is now available on Tarragona Street between Garden and Government Streets. There is also free parking inside the Harbourview Parking Garage off Main Street near Palafox, as well as free on-street parking on both sides of Palafox Street. In September the DIB launched an online ticket appeal system to simplify the process of appealing a parking ticket, www.parkingticketpayment.com/pensacola. (Appealing a ticket by mail is still an option-- complete the information on the back side of the ticket, then mail it to: DPMD, PO Box 12332, Pensacola, FL 32591). Ticket holders have 15 days to submit an online appeal—or postmark a mailed appeal—before it is automatically denied, and once an appeal is denied, an administrative fee of $15 must be paid in addition to the original ticket amount.From Dec. 17-25, parking will be free in metered parking spaces on downtown Pensacola streets. During Parking Amnesty Week downtown visitors can shop, dine, play and enjoy Palafox Market, Winterfest activities and the half a million holiday lights, without worrying about parking fees. With no tickets to write, DIB Parking Ambassadors will transform into ‘holiday elves,’ available to help shoppers carry large purchases to their cars or offer other assistance. To reach them, call the “Elf Line” at (850) 434-5371.  A number of other changes are in the works, each designed to create a better parking experience in DIB-managed parking lots, spaces and the Jefferson St. Garage. Many planned improvements originated from suggestions from downtown merchants, DIB parking ambassadors and the community. In October, renowned parking expert, Donald Shoup, met with the DIB to share insights on how parking can be improved. “We are listening to the suggestions of those in our community as well as experts in the industry, so that we can tackle parking in a strategic and holistic way,” said DIB executive director Lissa Dees. “We're making headway, and look forward to implementing even more great processes over the coming months.”
Shoppers! The "All I Want" $1,000 Holiday Giveaway
Posted: Nov 19, 2018 6:14 PMUpdated: Dec 14, 2018 7:33 PM
The Downtown Improvement Board is giving $1,000 in Downtown Pensacola gift cards to one lucky shopper in a new holiday contest that launches Nov. 23. To enter, participants submit copies of their receipts from downtown merchants dated between Nov. 23 and Dec. 16. Contest entry form and complete rules are online at downtownpensacola.com/alliwant.For every $10 spent in downtown shops, restaurants, bars and galleries, the participant will receive one contest entry. And the DIB will award double entries for purchases made on Shop Small Saturday, Nov. 24. At the end of the contest period, one winner will be randomly picked and awarded $1,000 in “downtown cash” to spend downtown.“Downtown Pensacola’s historic streets are the very best antidote for the dizzying crush of frantic holiday traffic.” said Lissa Dees, DIB executive director. “Here you can take in the sights, sounds and flavors of 150 locally-owned shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions as you discover unique gifts for everyone on your list—and earn the chance to win a $1,000 prize!”Here’s How to Enter1. Shop in Downtown Pensacola between Nov. 23-Dec. 16 and keep all your receipts.2. Submit photos of your receipts through our online entry form at: www.downtownpensacola.com/alliwant Official Rules and RegulationsEntries must be received by midnight, December 17, 2018. Winner will be announced by January 9, 2018 and will receive $1,000 in downtown gift certificates or gift cards. Entrants will receive one chance to win for every $10 spent downtown, and two chances for every $10 spent downtown on Shop Small Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. (A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.) OPEN TO US RESIDENTS, AGE 18 AND OVER. ELIGIBILITY: You must be eighteen or over to enter and win, and a legal resident currently living in the US. Employees and their immediate families of the DIB or its vendors, committees or board are not eligible. Only one prize will be awarded. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and agree to release the Sponsors and Administrators from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from participation in this drawing. TIMING: All entries must be received between 12:00 a.m. CST on November 23, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. CST on December 17, 2018 to be eligible to win a prize. ENTRY: Enter by submitting copies of receipts of your purchases to www.downtownpensacola.com/alliwant, or by mailing a 3x5" postcard with your name, address and phone number clearly printed, to: Downtown Pensacola Improvement Board, 226 S. Palafox Place, Ste. 106, Pensacola, FL 32502. During the entry period, submit photos of receipts for purchases made at businesses within the downtown Pensacola district with one entry form. For each $10 spent on purchases in downtown businesses, you will receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Entries may be submitted online at www.downtownpensacola.com/alliwant. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. Purchases made outside of the Downtown Pensacola district will not be considered. LIMIT: There is a limit of seven thousand (7,000) total entries per person, regardless of method or combination of methods of entry.GENERAL CONDITIONS: Void where prohibited. Illegible, unintelligible or incomplete entries or responses will be disqualified. DIB, Sponsors and Administrators are not responsible for any lost, misdirected, stolen or undelivered entries. DIB, Sponsors and Administrators are not responsible for technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any materials in the giveaway. In the event that technical or other circumstances compromise this drawing, DIB reserves the right to cancel the contest, and select winners for prizes from all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation. DIB, Sponsors and Administrators are not responsible for typographical errors in the contest site or these rules. DIB reserves the right to share entry information with Sponsors and Administrators.RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating in this promotion, you release DIB, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, employees, directors, agents, advertising agencies and all others associated with the development and execution of this Sweepstakes from and against any and all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in the Sweepstakes and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of the prize, and you agree that these entities are not responsible for the condition of your purchases, nor any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the promotion and/or the awarding of any prize. By entering, you further agree that (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the sweepstakes, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any reward for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.WINNER SELECTION: The prize winner will be selected through a random drawing of all eligible entries. All drawings will be conducted and judged by DIB, whose decisions and interpretations of these Official Rules shall apply and be final. Winner will be notified by email or phone within ten (10) days of contest end date. If winner does not respond by the time indicated in the award email, DIB reserves the right to randomly select an alternate winner from the names of all entries that did not win a prize. In order to receive a prize, winner may be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, and any additional information, waivers and releases that may be required. Winner will have ten (10) days to execute and return the Affidavit of Eligibility and/or Liability/Publicity Release, releasing DIB, Sponsors and Administrators from any claims, losses, injuries or damages of any kind resulting from participation in the contest or the condition, use or receipt of any prizes. Failure to comply with the foregoing, or the return of any prize as undeliverable, may cause the winner to forfeit their prize and DIB to reserve the right to select an alternate winner. Except where prohibited by law or regulation, winner's acceptance of prize will constitute permission for DIB, its affiliated companies, sponsors or prize donors to use winner's name, likeness, and statements for any purpose in reference to the giveaways without additional compensation, consideration or consent.PRIZE: Downtown Pensacola Gift Certificates or Gift Cards totaling $1,000, redeemable in participating Downtown merchant businesses. Gift certificate/cards have no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash. The number of eligible entries received during the entry period determines the odds of winning a prize; the estimated odds are 1:7,000. DIB reserves the right to change or replace the prize at any time with a prize of equal or greater value. The prize is not transferable, assignable nor redeemable for cash. All Federal, State and Local laws and regulations apply. Winners will be responsible for all Federal, State or other applicable taxes in connection with the receipt of prizes.OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST: For a copy of these Official Rules, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, 226 South Palafox Place, Suite 106, Pensacola, FL 32502. For a list of prize-winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, 226 South Palafox Place, Suite 106, Pensacola, FL 32502. All requests for a list of prize winners must be received no later than 45 days after the above mentioned end date of the contest.
Downtown Improvement Board Looks Back on 2018
Posted: Nov 10, 2018 10:29 PMUpdated: Dec 1, 2018 11:14 PM
Buzzing with development of all kinds — a new hotel, restaurants, reimagined historic landmarks, unique retail shops and galleries, 258-apartment residential development, multi-story YMCA complex and more — today’s downtown Pensacola didn’t get here by happenstance. Fiscal Year 2018 was a transformative year, and the Downtown Improvement Board recently submitted its annual update to the City of Pensacola and the Community Redevelopment Agency, outlining its accomplishments and ongoing efforts since October 1, 2017.The DIB is led by a volunteer board made up of downtown community leaders and business owners and one representative each from the Pensacola City Council and Escambia Co. Board of County Commissioners, who work with DIB staff and volunteer committees with diligence and purpose to ensure the vitality of the district, increase property values, retain downtown businesses and attract new commercial and residential investment downtown. The vision throughout the year has been to create a safe, clean, well-managed, vibrant downtown district for employees, residents, property owners and visitors.View the complete DIB FY2018 Presentation to the City by clicking here.[PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Bogan]
Donald Shoup Recommends Three Steps to Improve Downtown Parking
Posted: Oct 23, 2018 3:26 PMUpdated: Nov 10, 2018 10:33 PM
In October, renowned parking expert Donald Shoup came to Pensacola to give a talk at CivicCon to discuss “how to get parking right." On the following day, the Downtown Improvement Board leveraged the opportunity to invite Shoup to meet with the DIB board and management to discuss ways to improve downtown parking. In his talk, Should explains his theory that parking can be vastly improved with three fundamental steps, as explained in his 2005 book, “The High Cost of Free Parking.” He recommends finding a more positive balance by:1. Charging the right price for on-street parking – This means charging the lowest reasonable amount to ensure that there is always a small handful of available parking spaces2. Spending the revenue from paid parking to benefit metered neighborhoods – By using the revenue from paid parking to directly benefit the areas from which it is generated, Shoup argues that the money goes into the meter, and subsequently comes back to benefit people in various ways3. Removing off-street parking requirements – Finally, Shoup posits that the combination of removing off-street parking requirements and charging the "right" price for on-street parking, will cause parking to eventually self-regulate. Without off-street parking requirements, these off-street spaces can then be given alternative uses In our continued pursuit of improving parking downtown, we are focused on taking expert opinions into consideration to see how we can implement positive changes to improve the downtown parking experience for visitors, residents and merchants. Click here to watch Donald Shoup’s full CivicCon talk.
New Online System Simplifies Ticket Appeals
Posted: Oct 16, 2018 2:13 PMUpdated: Dec 14, 2018 7:38 PM
Appealing a parking citation used to be a complex process – that’s why the DIB recently implemented an online ticket appeal system. Visit www.parkingticketpayment.com/pensacola and click the option “I would like to appeal my parking ticket,” then enter your ticket number to get started.  Alternatively, you can still appeal a ticket by mail by completing all the information on the back side of the ticket and providing a brief explanation before mailing the ticket to: DPMD, PO Box 12332, Pensacola, FL 32591.  Keep in mind that tickets may be appealed for up to 15 days from the original ticket date. Ticket holders have 15 days to submit an online appeal—or postmark a mailed appeal—or the appeal will be automatically denied. If your appeal is denied, an administrative fee of $15 will be automatically added to the original ticket amount.