In What Ways might Pensacola's Port Lands Evolve to Meet the Economic and Social Opportunities of the Next 50 Years? This is the central question posed by the City and its consultants as it embarks on the creation of a vision plan and reinvestment strategy for the Port of Pensacola.  We invite you to be a part of this important conversation.    

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE OUR FIRST SURVEY EFFORT!

The first community survey effort for the Port of Pensacola Vision Plan and Reinvestment Strategy is complete, with raw outputs available at the downloads section found at the end of this webpage .  Over the course of the three-week survey, 654 individuals responded to one or more questions presented, generating over 9,000 responses and 766 unique comments.  We see this as a teriffic response rate and thank each of you for helping spread the word. 

Initial review of the raw survey results provides several key insights for the planning process moving forward.  When asked “Which statement [about the Port] is most aligned with your point of view?” over one-third of respondents (36%) indicated that “The Port is a local and regional asset supporting trade and commerce” followed by 22% aligning with the statement “The Port’s best days have passed and we should think about other uses for the site.”

Under Question 3, Respondents felt strongly that “The Port is a strategic community and regional asset” and “Investment in Port and maritime dependent industries provide benefit to our community and Northwest Florida,” with both generating over 70% agreement.  There was less alignment with the statement “The Port of Pensacola manages and operators cost effective facilities supportive of trade and commerce,” with only 36% of respondents agreeing with this statement.  Respondents were split on the statement “Some or all that land occupied by the Port should be engaged in some other use aligned with Pensacola’s Downtown and Bayfront,” with 45% of respondents disagreeing with this statement and 44% in agreement.

When asked to rank the uses people would like to see at the Port, “Maritime dependent and related use” was ranked first, followed by “Marine tech industries and related use,” “Marina facilities and related technical use” and “Education and research.”  Residential use was ranked last.

There is still a lot of analysis to be conducted on the data.  For example, when we cross tabulate statement 3G—”Some or all that land occupied by the Port should be engaged in some other use aligned with Pensacola’s Downtown and Bayfront”—against where respondents live, a majority of people living in Downtown agree with this statement (56% in zip code 32501 and 61% in 32502).  We also have a tremendous amount of good information provided in the comments sections of the survey.  Full results will be presented as part of Community Work Session Two scheduled for August 13-15.  

We will keep working for you to keep this a useful project for the community!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PORT OF PENSACOLA

Since its establishment, the Port has served as a transportation and trade gateway in Northwest Florida. It’s provided employment and been part of the daily fabric of Pensacola’s Bayfront. Over the last decade, the Port has faced strong economic headwinds in its efforts to remain a self-sustaining enterprise. The success of Pensacola’s Downtown and Bayfront renaissance have also brought into question the Port’s continued compatibility and relevance.  The next few questions deal with the Port and its land area.

City of Pensacola Poll:
1. Which statement best describes your experience with Port of Pensacola? (select one)
I sometimes see the Port from the road or Bayfront.
26%
I enjoy watching ships from the Bayfront
24%
I read about the Port’s activities in the paper or online.
21%
I work at the Port and/or have a business that relies on its operation.
10%
I have a friend or family member that works at the Port and/or has business that relies on its operation.
10%
I do not typically experience any aspect of the Port or its operations.
5%
I once visited the Port as part of a tour.
5%
Closed to responses | 598 Responses

City of Pensacola Poll:
2. Which statement is most aligned with your point of view? (select one)
The Port is a local and regional asset supporting trade and commerce.
36%
The Port’s best days have passed and we should think about other uses for the site.
22%
The Port is a tool supportive of economic development in our community.
17%
The Port is part of our history and community legacy.
11%
The Port is a business and should be self-sustaining.
5%
The Port is an important source of local employment.
5%
Not sure.
3%
None of the above.
1%
Closed to responses | 535 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
3. Based on your experience with the Port, express your position on the following statements.
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City of Pensacola Poll:
4. Over the next fifty years, the land occupied the port could be employed into several uses, many of which could be blended together as a mixed-use district. Please rank in order of importance those uses you feel fit best within the area occupied by the Port. (rank by moving uses above in the order you prefer)
Maritime dependent and related use
86%
Marine tech industries and related use
79%
Marina facilities and related technical use
68%
Education and research
66%
Light industrial and logistical use
64%
Shopping, dining and entertainment
68%
Park and open space uses
62%
Commercial office use (of a scale and density suitable for the waterfront)
62%
Civic uses
59%
Residential use (of a scale and density suitable for the waterfront)
61%
Closed to responses | 331 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
5. What do you want the contribution of the Port and its land area to be? What impact should this area have? Spend a moment to complete a statement for the project site using the format below.

TO__________SO THAT __________.

Here is an example:
TO _____expand Pensacola's employment base____, SO THAT ___more opportunities are created for our residents_.
Closed for Comments
City of Pensacola Poll:
6. If anything were possible on the site, what investment(s) would you like to see?
Closed for Comments

QUESTIONS ABOUT PENSACOLA'S WATERFRONT

The next few questions deal with the Downtown and Bayfront area.   

City of Pensacola Poll:
7. What do you enjoy about Pensacola's waterfront? (select all that apply)
Appreciating our many historical and cultural areas and attractions
72%
Enjoying our parks, trails, open spaces and other recreational features
63%
Watching marine and other diverse activities along the waterfront
57%
Shopping and dining venues
54%
Special events, holiday celebrations and other community programming
52%
Fishing, boating and/or the ability to get on the water
46%
Taking in a Wahoo’s game or other sporting event
46%
Working Downtown
23%
Living Downtown
17%
Other (list below)
2%
Closed to responses | 254 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
8. What one thing would make Pensacola’s waterfront even better? (select one)
Greater maritime utilization at the Port
40%
More interconnected parks, trails, open spaces and other recreational features
23%
Greater investment in our historical and cultural areas and attractions
11%
Expanded shopping and dining
6%
More places of employment
6%
Greater fishing, boating and/or other facilities to get on the water
5%
Other (list below)
4%
More opportunities to live downtown
3%
More sporting venues and events
2%
Closed to responses | 359 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
9. What one word or phrase encapsulates Pensacola's waterfront brand?
Closed to responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
10. What one story has yet to be told along Pensacola’s waterfront?
Closed for Comments

DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS 

Almost done.  Just three simple demographic questions to help us better get to know you.          

City of Pensacola Poll:
11. What is your age? (select one)
56 to 69
37%
40 to 55
27%
18 to 39
20%
70 or older
16%
17 and under
0%
Closed to responses | 344 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
12. How many people reside in your household? (select one)
0 to 2
63%
3 to 4
31%
5 to 6
5%
7 or more
1%
Closed to responses | 342 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
13. What area of Pensacola or Escambia County do you live in? (select one)
East Pensacola (Zip 32503 and 32504)
32%
North Pensacola (Zip 32514, 32534 and 32526
14%
Other Not Listed
12%
Downtown Pensacola - South (Zip 32502)
12%
Southwest Pensacola (Zip 32506, 32507 and 32508)
11%
Downtown Pensacola - North (Zip 32501)
8%
Pensacola Beach (Zip Code 32561)
6%
Other within Escambia County
4%
Central Pensacola (Zip 32505)
1%
Closed to responses | 343 Responses
City of Pensacola Poll:
14. What other thoughts and ideas can you share with the consultant team to help guide this important process?
Closed for Comments

ABOUT THE PROJECT

 

Since its establishment, the Port has serverd as an important transporation and trade gateway in Northwest Florida.  Early on, goods shipping through Pensacola included regionally harvested lumber, locally made bricks and sailing ship masts.  As Pensacola and the region evolved, so too did the Port's cargoes.  Manufactured paper, wind turbines, power plant components and services supporting offshore industries all became part of the Port's increasing specializatioon within the broader network of Florida and Gulf seaports.

The Port, however, faces strong economic headwinds in its efforts to remain a self-sustaining enterprise.  The Port’s 50 acres of facilities and infrastructure requires continual maintenance and upgrade to remain competitive in its areas of specialization at a time when local, state and federal resources remain harder to rely upon.  And these headwinds have gained strength at a time of renaissance along Pensacola’s waterfront and throughout the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.  Thus, “how best should Pensacola’s port lands evolve?” is an appropriate question to ask as we continue to plan for the future. 

The City has retained the maritime and community planning expertise of Moffatt & Nichol to help with this visioning and strategy effort, with initial data collection and planning tasks already underway.  Over the next four months, the consultants will explore innovative ideas, uses, and community priorities for some or all of the Port unearthed through thoughtful, focused engagement of Pensacola residents, port users and other stakeholders.

How can you stay involved in this important effort?  The planning team has developed a series of interactive work sessions and survey efforts to help collect and channel community feedback into compelling ideas for the long term evolution of the Port.  The first of these will be a community open house held June 26–27 at City Hall’s Hagler / Mason Conference Room (222 West Main Street, Second Floor).  Specific hours and interactive sessions will be announced over the course of this week through various media outlets. 

The planning team also invites you to stay in touch with all events and activities via the project’s website—www.portsidepensacola.com.  The website will continually be updated with vision plan materials and news.  Also delivered through the website will be two online survey initiatives designed to learn what Pensacola residents desire for their waterfront and Port, and later, to encourage community assessment of preliminary future visions of Pensacola’s port lands.

Draft and final versions of the vision plan and reinvestment strategy will be assembled during the month of September.  The plan will include case study research, concepts, illustrations, strategies and other features that combined will offer community leaders a playbook from which to draw upon to guide the future of the Port and its facilities. 

Project Schedule

This project schedule outlines the general overview of the Portside Pensacola Planning effort.

Get... and Stay Involved

Your involvement is critical to the success of this planning effort and we have designed several ways for you to keep engaged.  

Our project website will continually be updated with the latest information on the project, including links to all presentations and project materials (see below, Downloads).  We will also host two community surveys designed to collect information about your use of the waterfront, thoughts of the future of the Port and other critical data.  This feedback will be used to generate ideas and shape options for the Port and surrounding properties.  The first community survey will be launched here on June 23.     

We also encourage you to also take part in the scheduled public meetings.  This is another great way to interface with the design team and share your aspirations, issues, and ideas

FIRST COMMUNITY WORK SESSION

Location: City Hall’s Hagler / Mason Conference Room (222 West Main Street, Second Floor).

Day 1: Tuesday, June 26th 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM*: Open House for residents to drop in. Formal presentation from NOON to 1:30 PM.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Open House for residents to drop in. Formal presentation from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

*please note, room is used for another meeting between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Day 2: Wednesday, June 27th

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM*:  Open House for residents to drop in.  

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM:  Open House for residents to drop in. Formal presentation from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

*please note, room is used for another meeting between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

All presentations will be the same, so no need to take in multiple offerings.  

 

(UPDATED -- SAVE THE DATE!) SECOND COMMUNITY WORK SESSION

We are working hard to make the next set of public meetings have even greater attendance and access to all Pensacola residents, and to this end, have added a third day and additional venue for our August meetings.    

Location: City Hall’s Hagler / Mason Conference Room (222 West Main Street, Second Floor).

Day 1: Monday, August 13 

Location: City Hall’s Hagler / Mason Conference Room (222 West Main Street, Second Floor).

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Open house and review of poster exhibits.  

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Formal project presentation (Evening).  

Day 2: Tuesday, August 14

*New* Location: Vickery Center (2130 Summit Boulevard).

8:30 AM – 7:00 PM: Open house and review of poster exhibits.  

Noon – 2:00 PM: Formal project presentation (Lunch Hours).  

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Formal project presentation (Evening).  

Day 3: Wednesday, August 15

Location: City Hall’s Hagler / Mason Conference Room (222 West Main Street, Second Floor).

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Open house and review of poster exhibits.  

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Formal project presentation (Evening).

 

All presentations will be the same, so no need to take in multiple offerings.    Also, check back to this planning site to stay up to date on the latest project news and subscribe to our email service (see below).  

City of Pensacola Poll:
Sign up for the latest updates by providing your email address and zip code.

AVAILABLE PRESENTATIONS AND DOWNLOADS

Please find below copies of posters and presentations offered as part of public outreach efforts.