Escambia County Triumph Gulf Coast wish list: over $850M

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners will consider its Triumph Gulf Coast priorities at its Committee of the Whole at 9 a.m. Commission Chair Doug Underhill asked the five elected governing boards in Escambia County–City of Pensacola, Town of Century, Escambia County School Board, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority and Soil & Water Conservation Board–to submit their lists of projects.

The Pensacola City Council failed to approve a list when it met last week. Councilmen Larry Johnson, Brian Spencer and Andy Terhaar were absent. Councilman P.C. Wu refused to vote on any council item without the other members in attendance. Without four votes, the council could not approve any projects.

Mayor Ashton Hayward forwarded his requests without a council vote. Soil & Water is the only board other than Pensacola City Council that do not send in any projects.

The lists totaled $850 million. There are also another 17 county projects without cost estimates.

Of course, the BCC can’t expect get Triumph dollars to fund the entire list. Through 2033, the non-profit will distribute $1.5 billion to the Panhandle counties impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill.

Triumph has $300 million in the bank to distribute now.


Mayor’s Office   
City of Pensacola 
1. Pensacola Airport MRO Hangar Expansion $5M
2. Port of Pensacola Warehouse 4 $15M
3. West Main Street Corridor Improvements $2.5M
4. Baywalk $2.435M
5. CMP Marina $2.1M
Port of Pensacola Berth 6 $14M
Maritime Park Excursion Ship Dock $1M
Pensacola Passenger Rail $450,000
Pensacola Downtown Business District Parking Infrastructure $11M
Sanders Beach Stormwater Park $4.394M
Fire Training Simulator & Emergency Management Training $300,000
Total $58.18M
City CRA 
Devilliers, Reus and “A” Streetscape $20.8M
Hollice T. Williams Urban Greenway $18.9M
West Cervantes Street Cooridor Management $31.5M
West Moreno Stormwater Park and Streetscape $9.1M
Youth Environmental Empowerment Program $1M
Total $81.3M
Mayor’s Office/CRA Combined $139.48M
Town of Century 
Town of Century Sewage Lift Station Repair $1.291M
Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements $338,897
Century Grown $30,000
Centry Community Recreation & Youth Development $2.5M
Century Workforce Development & Readiness Program $750,000
Total 4.91M
Escambia County School Board 
Second High School Cybersecurity Academy $233,500
Advanced Manufacturing Talent Pipeline $641,700
BTWHS Aviation Maintenance Academy $250,000
K-5 STEM Initiative for Escambia $350,000
George Stone Aviation Maintenance Hangar $300,000
 Total $1.775M
Emerald Coast Utilities Authority 
Navy Boulevard (East)- Sewer Expansion Project $2.405M
Downtown Sewer Expansion $2.5M
Navy Point Sewer Expansion- Phase IV $2.560M
South Brownsville (Mobile HGWY) Sewer Expansion $1M
Holsberry Lane Sewer Expansion $2.3M
Total $10.765M
Combined other agencies $251.11M
Escambia County BCC Department Projects 
Godwin Lane Pit Regional Pond & Conveyance Improvements $700,000
Dunaway Lane and Klondike Road North of Mobile Highway $2.2M
Beach Haven Area Drainage and Sewer South $12M
Navy Point & Gulf Beach Hwy Drainage $700,000
Pinehurst-Twin Oaks Gulley $3M
East Brownsville Sanitary Sewer $3.35M
Pensacola Beach Basin Study Plan Update and Implementation $3M
Woodlands – Scenic Hills–St Luke’s Church Stream Restoration $4M
Bristol Park- Ashbury Hills Area of 11-Mile Creek Stream Restoration $12M
11 Mile Creek Basin Regional Ponds Project $1.5M
Escambia Next Generation Bridge Replacement Project $121.1M
Escambia Bridge Rehabilitation Project $12.5M
CR4 Bridge @ Canoe Creek Project $1,075,034
Quintette Road Bridge Replacement Project $60M
Bob Sikes Bridge – Bridge Replacement $250M
Beulah Interstate Connection $75M
Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan $20M
CR184 (Muscogee Road) Roadway and Drainage Project $10M
MS4 Internship Program $20,000
Fiber for Escambia County $25.3M
ADA & Safety Improvements to Public Waterway Access Sites $16M
Swamp House Marina Acquistion $1.5M
 Total $634.93M
Grand Total $850.04M
Carpenter Creek & Bayou Texar Revitalization (Pot 1) $N/A
Ecotourism Diving/Snorkel Reef $N/A
Fire Training $N/A
Hollice T. Williams Stormwater Park (Pot 1) $N/A
Marine Research Facility $N/A
Midtown Commerce Park $N/A
Mitigation Bank $N/A
Perdido Key Gulf of Mexico Public Access (Pot 1) $N/A
Perdido Key Multi-Use Path (Pot 1) $N/A
Port of Pensacola Berth 6 $N/A
Project Universal Access (Pot 1) $N/A
Regional Trail Connector (Southwest Greenway/North-South Connector) $N/A
SOAR with RESTORE (Pot 1) $N/A
The Bluffs $N/A
Bayou Chico $N/A
Sport’s Complex (Bay Center Replacement) $N/A



2 thoughts on “Escambia County Triumph Gulf Coast wish list: over $850M

  1. Something has changed, weren’t the Triumph folks supposed to be expecting projects that were “transformational”…I realize the rules on uses has been altered, but I see little in this list that qualifies as transformational… least from my perspective….

  2. The one truly “transformational” project not on the list is a new international airport built in western Escambia County with direct access to Interstate 10. Such an airport be built with 10,000-foot runways. I used to live in Panama City right next to the Panama City-Bay County International Airport that had been surrounded by neighborhoods. Bay
    County then built Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport outside of city limits with a 10,000-foot runaway. Imagine if Escambia County built a massive airport designed from scratch to support aircraft manufacturing and repair. It could support 24/7 air cargo operations. It could include a first-class aircraft maintenance & avionics training program perhaps hosting programs for George Stone, Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. Once such an airport was constructed, the city could redevelop the current airport land to provide for all sorts of uses to include hosing a massive sports complex with a single-purpose basketball area, a dedicated ice hockey rink, a performing arts center to host the symphony, opera, ballet & theatre, a venue that could do double-duty for graduation events. Instead, the above list is full of pedestrian projects many of which need to get done no matter what and many that are more appropriate for other sources of funding than Triumph dollars, as discussed during today’s board meeting. By the way, one item conspicuously missing from the Mayor’s list is funding for the Community Maritime Park “economic development” project’s 976-space parking structure.

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