Downtown Improvement Board taking steps to make downtown a safe and secure place
Posted: Jan 21, 2020 4:17 PMUpdated: Jan 21, 2020 4:26 PM
As downtown Pensacola continues to grow, the Downtown Improvement Board is investing in technology, partnerships and infrastructure to make the 44-block district safe and secure for those who work, live and play downtown. One of the ways the DIB is addressing safety is through collaborative relationships such as one forged with the City of Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency in December, which put two additional dedicated patrolmen on downtown streets. The DIB also drove an initiative that paired Pensacola Police Dept. and private industry to combine police surveillance cameras with private security systems installed in and around downtown businesses. With access to a more comprehensive view of the area, the police are able to intervene faster and more knowledgeably if and when an incident occurs. “The DIB district is rapidly evolving with a lot of moving parts,” said Lissa Dees, DIB executive director. “Our challenge is to approach difficulties and opportunities with innovative solutions so we can create and maintain a safe, secure environment for everyone who enjoys downtown.”In addition to new law enforcement officers and shared surveillance video, here are some of the other ways the DIB is addressing the important work of keeping downtown safe: LED Lights in DIB Parking Lots and Jefferson St. GarageLights in the DIB-managed North Palafox lot were replaced by City of Pensacola Public Works with brighter, safer LED lights, and an upgrade to the lights at the Tarragona St. lot was completed by Next Era Energy. Lights in the Jefferson Street Garage were completely replaced with LED lights in 2019. After-Hours Ambassador in the Jefferson St. GarageA graveyard-shift DIB ambassador is now patrolling the Jefferson Street Garage during the late evening-early morning hours.   Security MonitorsSecurity monitors were installed in the DIB office, accessible to police officers assigned to patrol the downtown area. Jefferson AlleyThe once-dark and empty alley between the Jefferson St. Garage and the rear of Palafox businesses is now a well-lit active community space with plants and planters, paint, lights and planned public art. Parking AppDowntown visitors need not exit the security of their cars to pay to park in DIB-managed parking lots, on-street parking or the Jefferson St. Garage, now that the DIB has launched its Passport Parking app.[PHOTO: Laura Bogan Photography]
Just in time for holiday shopping: Park downtown for free Dec. 15-25 and win $1,000
Posted: Dec 10, 2019 6:49 PMUpdated: Dec 18, 2019 6:44 PM
From Dec. 15-25, there will be no charge to park in a metered parking space on downtown Pensacola streets, the Downtown Improvement Board announced this week. Parking Amnesty Week, first celebrated in 2015, emerged from a desire to highlight the diversity of downtown shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions and to encourage “shopping locally” during the holidays. For the week leading up to and including Christmas day, downtown visitors can shop, dine, play and enjoy Palafox Market, Winterfest activities and the holiday lights illuminating “Florida’s Greatest Place,” without having to worry about parking fees. The free parking applies to any on-street metered spaces under the DIB’s management. With no tickets to write, DIB Parking Ambassadors will transform into ‘holiday elves’ during Parking Amnesty Week, 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. "There are more than 150 locally-owned merchants downtown welcoming customers with unique gifts, special promotions and amazing holiday sales," said DIB executive director Lissa Dees. "Parking Amnesty Week gives the DIB the opportunity to support our small businesses downtown while giving a little something back to the community in the process."  Parking Amnesty Week will also be the final chance for downtown shoppers to submit their downtown receipts online for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Pensacola gift certificates for the “All I Want” Giveaway. To enter, participants submit copies of their receipts from downtown merchants dated between Nov. 11 and Dec. 23. Contest entry form and complete rules are online at For every $10 spent in downtown shops, restaurants, bars and galleries, the participant will receive one contest entry. At the end of the contest period, one winner will be randomly picked and awarded $1,000 in “downtown cash” to spend downtown.  The promotion is part of the Downtown Improvement Board’s First City Lights Festival that offers two months of music, parades, cultural events, shopping, food and nightlife in Pensacola’s downtown district. The festival kicks off on Black Friday with the lighting of half a million downtown lights immediately following the Winterfest Elf Parade. The event is supported by Gulf Power, Shops of Southtowne, JAH Power Services, Inc., Service Electric Co., Roberson Underground Utility, LLC, L30 Consulting, LLC and Visit Pensacola.
Win $1,000 When You Shop Downtown with the "All I Want" Giveaway!
Posted: Oct 24, 2019 2:48 PMUpdated: Nov 6, 2019 7:10 PM
The "All I Want" $1,000 Holiday Giveaway Returns!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. 11. To enter, participants submit copies of their receipts from downtown merchants dated between Nov. 11 and Dec. 23.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 Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. 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 is the ideal place to find those unique, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones.” 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. 11-Dec. 23 and keep all your receipts.2. Submit photos of your receipts through our online entry form at: Official Rules and RegulationsEntries must be received by midnight, December 23, 2019. Winner will be announced by January 9, 2020 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 Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.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 11, 2019 and 11:59 p.m. CST on December 23, 2019 to be eligible to win a prize. ENTRY: Enter by submitting copies of receipts of your purchases to, 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 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 Cards totaling $1,000, redeemable in participating Downtown merchant businesses. Gift 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.The "All I Want" holiday giveaway is part of downtown Pensacola's First City Lights Festival. Funded in part by grants from the City of Pensacola and Visit Pensacola, the dazzling lights of the First City Lights Festival have become a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike. Pensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) conceived the idea of lighting up the district, then coordinating, supporting and branding all of the district’s diverse holiday events synchronously.Special thanks to this year's sponsors: Gulf Power, Shops of Southtowne, JAH Power Services, Inc., Service Electric Co., Roberson Underground Utility, LLC, L30 Consulting, LLC, Visit Pensacola.
"Park with a Purpose” and Support American Cancer Society in October at any DIB Parking Kiosk
Posted: Oct 15, 2019 11:45 PMUpdated: Oct 16, 2019 8:14 PM
The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is providing a way for the community to donate to a good cause during October through a unique parking partnership with the American Cancer Society. DIB has implemented a new function to DIB-managed pay machines that enables visitors to donate directly to ACS—with or without purchasing a parking session. And DIB Parking Ambassadors will sport pink hats all month long in their own show of support. To make a donation, visit a DIB-managed pay machine in Downtown Pensacola (identified with a teal blue sign) and tap any button to start. Enter your tag number, and you’ll be presented with the option to begin a parking session or make a donation. Once the donation option is selected, you can select from three donation amount options: $1, $3 or $5 which can be paid using cash or card. Finally, press the “Print” button to complete the donation.“We are excited to support an important cause during October with this new pay machine feature,” said Lissa Dees, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “And we hope we're making it easier for people to donate.”
Metallic "Fire & Rain" Sculpture to Wind Through Downtown Streets Oct. 31-Nov. 11 for Foo Foo Fest
Posted: Sep 4, 2019 8:13 PMUpdated: Oct 25, 2019 2:24 PM
Friends of Downtown brought the Umbrella Sky Festival to Downtown Pensacola in 2017. This year, in an artistic collaboration with Artel Gallery, the organization will launch another unique public art project and this time they’re planning something even bigger. “Fire & Rain,” a 9,500 sq. ft. sculpture of wire and colorful strands of mylar, will float high in the air above Intendencia Street, winding down and skipping across Palafox Street and ending at the marble columns of Artel Gallery. The unique sculpture is being constructed by local team Razor’s Edge Design and is funded by a grant from Arts, Culture and Education (ACE). “With Fire & Rain, Friends of Downtown set out to create something completely new for 2019 Foo Foo Festival and Artel Gallery is excited to be a part of it,” said Artel president Randy New. “This collaboration enables us to showcase the eclectic art scene in our area while creating another unforgettable experience and top social-media stop downtown for locals and visitors.”A variety of entertainers, artists and performers will perform live under “Fire & Rain” at different times throughout the 12 days of Foo Foo Fest. A DJ will officially open “Fire & Rain” from 5-8pm on Oct. 31 in front of Artel at 223 Palafox Place. Stay up to date on the scheduled performances and watch the sculpture take flight on the official Downtown Pensacola Facebook page.DETAILSWhat: Fire & Rain public art sculptureWhere: Downtown PensacolaWhen: Foo Foo Fest, Oct. 31—Nov. 11, 2019 and through the end of NovemberCost: FREE