Business Pensacola

Bollards are coming. They really, really are this time. Promise.

July 16, 2013

We got this email message via the Downtown Improvement Board:


Dear Resident/Property Owner:

On July 18, 2013, the City of Pensacola will begin construction on Phase 1 of the South Palafox Corridor Bollard Project. Phase 1 of this project includes the installation of bollard bases at Palafox/Garden, Palafox/Government, and mid-block locations on East & West Romana and East & West Intendencia.

More specifically, the proposed placement will include the installation of limited foundations into the existing pavement surface to accommodate removable stainless steel bollards for traffic control purposes during large public events (Gallery Night, etc.). All work will take place within the City Roadway and it is the City’s desire to accommodate any concerns you may have during construction to the greatest extent possible. Any areas disturbed due to the construction will be returned to their original condition and vehicular access will only be limited for short periods of time at the aforementioned intersections.

Construction is anticipated to take approximately 45 days and is scheduled to begin on July 18, 2013 and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during the construction of these improvements. Please contact the City of Pensacola Public Works and Facilities Department at 435-1755 if you have any questions. Thank you.

City of Pensacola, Public Works and Facilities Department

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  • Brian Hooper July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am


    Actually, as part of the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee (URAC) that spent hundreds of hours last year coming up with concrete ways to improve downtown Pensacola, we found near-unanimous support for a bollard system among Palafox business owners. Joe Abston— the owner of Hopjack’s, the Tin Cow, 850 Open Water, Hopjacks Filling Station, and the soon-to-be-opened Pot Roast & Pinot—appeared before the committee and proposed this idea. So, based on our research, we recommended:

    “Direct the Public Works department to install holes for bollards at the intersection of Garden and Palafox and along all East and West side streets (including turn lanes into Palafox from Garden and Main Street). This will eliminate the need to hire police officers to direct traffic during Gallery Nights and other special events and significantly reduce the cost of these events. What is more, this initiative comports with the Committee’s overarching recommendation that the Mayor focus on basic, cost-effective downtown policy goals, like competently providing mandated services at a reasonable cost, keeping the streets safe and clean, and not taxing and regulating away downtown businesses and residents.” (URAC Final Report p. 73.)

    So, despite appearances, implementing this recommendation will cause an incremental improvement that saves the taxpayers money and improves our quality of life.

    I am excited to see the City execute one of our action items, and I look forward with great enthusiasm to the coming months and years as more of our recommendations are implemented.

  • mb July 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    More cosmetic changes… That’s the baseline for.this administration. Make it all look pretty!

  • observer July 17, 2013 at 9:05 am


    It makes much more sense to do it before Gallery Night–it will make people realize that they are working on something. :-)

  • Oh my July 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    So typical with any Downtown improvement initiative – damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

  • jeeperman July 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It will take all of the 18th and 19th for the eggineers to measure and mark where they want what.
    Then on Monday the 22nd, they will discover the blueprints were upside down.

  • Stephanie July 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Why would the city choose to begin construction on a downtown project the day before a large event? Gallery night is the 19th. Wouldn’t it make sense to begin construction on Monday so that the pedestrians walking on gallery night do not have to worry about any problems from the construction?