Palafox Closes to Cars on Sundays Through June
Posted: May 27, 2020 6:49 PMUpdated: May 27, 2020 6:50 PM
In the wake of COVID-19, a section of Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola is being closed to vehicle traffic for "Sunday Strolls" every Sunday in May and June to promote safe outdoor retail and restaurant activities and support local businesses. Palafox Street from Garden Street to Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday through the end of June. "Closing the street to vehicular traffic provides additional space for downtown visitors to more easily practice social distancing and supports local businesses," said Mayor Grover Robinson when announcing information about "Sunday Strolls."The City provided the following list of rules guidelines for businesses and individuals which must be adhered to:Only businesses with an existing License to Use from the City of Pensacola may use the space in front of their business for outdoor seating or retail expansion. Businesses that do not have an LTU are not allowed to put furniture or other items in the sidewalk in front of their business. Businesses with existing LTUs are asked to please review their approved LTU plans and ensure they remain in compliance with the rules included in their LTUs. Businesses may not place furniture or other items in the street.Businesses must remain in compliance with any applicable Americans with Disabilities Act laws. All areas must remain ADA accessible. Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible.Residents are encouraged to come support local restaurants and businesses as they enter economic recovery, but everyone should continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who are sick or who are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home.
Parking Updates - COVID-19
Posted: Mar 31, 2020 8:02 PMUpdated: Mar 31, 2020 8:03 PM
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Parking Management District (DPMD) is taking necessary precautions to help the public continue to navigate the downtown parking system. This page will be updated as new information is made available:DPMD Virtual Office FAQs:Q: How do I contact Pensacola DPMD? A: You can contact DPMD by calling (850) 434-5372 or emailing [email protected] Q: How do I pay for parking? A: While pay machines are being continually sanitized for the health and safety of the community, we strongly recommend downloading the Passport Parking app from the Google Play or App Store and paying online. All on-street parking is free for up to 25 minutes for customers who are using curbside pick-up service from downtown restaurants.Q: How do I pay for a parking citation?A: We strongly encourage you to pay for parking citations either by phone at 1 (866) 890-2807 or online at Q: How do I appeal a parking citation?A: You can appeal a citation by mail by following the instructions on the citation or online at: Permits:All permit renewals have been placed on hold through to Thursday, April 30 for the convenience of permit holders and to ensure that account information is maintained in the system. If a permit holder is continuing to use their permit, they will continue to be charged. However, if they do not need their permit and have been charged through auto-renewal, they can contact: [email protected] so a refund can be issued. Permit renewals will be re-evaluated at the end of April and will extend further if needed.Vehicle Registration Hold:If there is a hold on your vehicle registration due to outstanding parking citations, you can pay online here. This information is reported to the DMV on a weekly basis and it can take the DMV 7-10 business days to update their records. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected] & Traffic Committee Meetings:Regular meetings are held on the Thursday following the scheduled Finance Committee Meeting each monthDate and Time: Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m.Location: Virtual Meeting (Registration Required)Click here to register(Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
Posted: Mar 27, 2020 5 PMUpdated: Mar 27, 2020 5:03 PM
Due to Covid-19, all Downtown Improvement Board Committee and Board meetings will be held virtually via phone/video conference meeting platform ZOOM, until further notice. Please note the meeting registration details for each below. In order to have required "Sign In", a registration process is being used and once complete you will receive call-in details for the meeting(s) you have registered for.  FINANCE COMMITTEERegular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every monthDate and Time: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m.Location: Virtual Meeting (Registration Required) Register in advance for this meeting: (Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)PARKING & TRAFFIC COMMITTEERegular meetings are held on the Thursday following the scheduled Finance Committee Meeting each monthDate and Time: Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m.Location: Virtual Meeting (Registration Required) (Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT BOARDRegular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every monthDate and Time: Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 a.m.Location: Virtual Meeting (Registration Required) (Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.) DIB meetings are held in the DIB Public Meeting Room: Bowden Building, 120 Church Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, unless otherwise indicated.
Downtown Restaurants Offer Curbside Pick-Up Service Amid COVID-19 Concerns [UPDATED]
Posted: Mar 18, 2020 3:29 PMUpdated: Apr 14, 2020 1:11 PM
The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is partnering with downtown restaurants to implement a curbside pick-up service following the most recent guidance from Mayor Grover Robinson regarding COVID-19 that orders all restaurants in the city to only operate as take-out or delivery, starting on Monday, March 23 at 12:01 p.m. for the next two weeks. To place a curbside order, customers must call ahead at the chosen restaurant, place their order and park near the restaurant. Then customers must then call the restaurant to confirm their arrival so an employee can bring the order out. Customers will be permitted to park for up to 25 minutes outside the restaurant while awaiting their order. “The health and safety of our community is a top priority for us as well as the economic health of our downtown businesses,” said Executive Director Lissa Dees, “we encourage people to continue supporting their favorite local restaurants safely by using the curbside pick-up option.” Restaurants offering curbside pick-up:Jordan Valley - (850) 607-2780Doghouse Deli - (850) 432-3104Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano - (850) 542-8398The Fish House - (850) 470-00035 Sisters Blues Café - (850) 912-4856Atlas Oyster House - (850) 470-0003Fosko Coffee Barre - (850) 332-7737Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille - (850) 432-5226Bodacious Brew-Thru - (850) 434-6300Bodacious Cafe - (850) 434-6300Bodacious Olive - (850) 433-6505Bodacious Bookstore & Cafe - (850) 466-6966Global Grill - (850) 469-9966Graffiti Pizza - (850) 972-1960Taco Agave - (850) 332-7952Carmen’s Lunch Bar & Tapas - (850) 542-4334Bubba's Sweet Spot - (850) 332-6696End of the Line Café - (850) 429-0336The Wine Bar on Palafox - (850) 607-2089Sabai Thai on Jefferson - (850) 741-4618Bluejay's Bakery - (850) 982-9731Pineapple Express Rice Bowls - (850) 332-6478Jo's... As Always - (850) 466-5136Union Public House - (850) 607-6320Polonza Bistro - (850) 912-6454South Market - (850) 857-9455The Olde English Creamery (24 hr notice preferred) - (850) 542-7969The District: Seville Steak & Seafood - (850) 332-5224Casks & Flights - (850) 495-3897The Tin Cow - (850) 466-2103Dharma Blue - (850) 433-1275Skopelos at New World - (850) 432-6565Nomadic Eats - (850) 375-5696Blue Wahoos Concessions (starting Monday) - (850) 934-8444Nancy's Catering & Events - (850) 434-0112Cottage Cafe - (850) 437-0730Four Seasons Catering and Eatery - (850) 434-6771Breweries offering to-go growlers:Odd Colony Brewing Co. - (850) 285-0743Perfect Plain Brewing Co. - (850) 471-8998Emerald Republic Brewing - (850) 285-0190Pensacola Bay Brewery - (850) 434-3353[Photo Credit: Doghouse Deli/Steven Gray]
Palafox Market Canceled Through the Beginning of May [UPDATED]
Posted: Mar 13, 2020 12:54 AMUpdated: Mar 18, 2020 8:44 PM
The DIB has canceled Palafox Market dates through the beginning of May due to COVID-19 concerns. This pre-emptive action follows announcements by Escambia County and the City of Pensacola to cancel all publicly-permitted events with 500 or more people for the next eight weeks.  “We support the decisions made by Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, and consider the health of our Palafox Market vendors, our visitors and our community to be a top priority,” said DIB executive director Lissa Dees. “We will be closely monitoring the situation and will continue to communicate any updates to the Market schedule in the coming weeks.” Escambia County and City of Pensacola officials announced they will reassess the situation on Monday, March 30 to determine whether to continue or lift the cancellation of publicly-permitted events. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County Coronavirus Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121, or you can email your questions to [email protected] Visit for the most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. For more information about Palafox Market, visit For information concerning other downtown events, please visit