Jeremy's Notebook

Dog Days and Polishing the Key

February 6, 2013

Pensacola Beach may be seeing dogs, and Perdido Key may be seeing ‘beach.’

During tomorrow’s Escambia County Commission meeting commissioner’s will consider changing the name of the Key and establishing two dog parks on Pensacola Beach. The board is also expected to finalize the county’s RESTORE Act advisory committee and award a contract for the removal of derelict vessels and debris from the Escambia River.

The possibility of opening up two areas on Pensacola Beach to dogs has been a topic of conversation for months. The Santa Rosa Island Authority gave their blessing in January.

Tomorrow the county commission will hold a public hearing on the issue. If commissioners decide to allow the dog parks—which will be governed by certain rules and regulations—it will require a new ordinance.

The discussion pertaining to Perdido Key is apparently rooted in marketing. The county, along with the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, is under the impression that changing the locale’s name from Perdido Key to Perdido Key Beach will make for a better draw.

“The county believes that changing the name will promote tourism and enhance the local economy,” states county background material.

Also during tomorrow’s meeting, commissioners will consider scheduling a public hearing in consideration of an ordinance that would prohibit alcoholic beverages on the public portions of Portofino Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The boardwalk lessee is requesting the consideration, contending such a ban is “in the interests of economic development, public safety and promoting a family-friendly atmosphere.”

Commissioners hold a 9 a.m. work session, followed by a 4:30 p.m. public forum and 5:30 p.m. meeting. All meetings are held in the Magaha Government Building (formerly the governmental complex) downtown.

  • Richard Hawkins February 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    And I thought the push was going to be for ‘Perdido Key but Google says 19 more miles Beach’.

  • Westsider February 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Perdido Key Beach? Really? Pensacola sure likes changing names of things that haven’t changed: Portofino Boardwalk, Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola State College, etc.

    Since the county commission is waving its magical name changing wand, how about giving Michigan Avenue, Beverly Parkway, Brent Lane, Bayou Boulevard, and Perry Avenue one name? That would actually be useful and save everyone time when giving directions to confused out-of-towners.

  • Layla February 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hello Perdido Key Beach (formerly known as Perdido Key) Sorta sucks huh. I watched the BCC Perdido Key naming discussion on television toninght. Gene looked like he was about to stroke out. He is losing it. How dare the villagers tell him that what he is pushing down their throats (again) is wrong and they don’t want it. Wilson said if the people didn’t want their name changed they should have packed the room. What is the use unless they take pitchforks and torches. Let’s change the name of Bellview on the maps. See how that goes over. Even Grover spoke first for delay and for looking at other opetions and then voted to change the name. He had doubts, so why did he support it? I had hopes that the two new commissioners would at least ask questions, but they are going with the flow. Just go along to get along. Same old ****.

  • Jimbob February 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    More like polishing the ####

  • Karen February 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for helping us get the word out regarding the meeting tomorrow night. Please attend and show your support for this project! Our detailed original plan can be found on our FaceBook page, PensacolaDogBeach.