Share your Bruce Beach stories

The City of Pensacola and SCAPE are seeking historical photos or documents related to Bruce Beach as part of the Bruce Beach Revitalization Project, which the project team may use for the interpretive history signage at the site.

The Bruce Beach Revitalization Project was initiated as a catalytic project of the Pensacola Waterfront Framework Plan, with the goal of creating a new recreational and educational destination as part of a more connected public realm along the city’s waterfront.

A key priority of the Bruce Beach Revitalization Project is to mark and commemorate African American history and heritage at the site. Design concepts for the project are available here.

SCAPE is collecting stories, historical photos and documents related to the following questions:

  • Did you ever visit Bruce Pool? How do you remember it?
  • Did you ever visit any other recreational spaces during the time of segregation or have any reflections to share?
  • Have you ever visited Belmont DeVilliers or did you grow up in the Tanyard? Do you have any photos of the area that you’d be willing to share?
  • Do you have any stories pertaining to the mills, Bruce Drydock or the worker associations during the early 1900s?

Anyone wishing to share a piece of Bruce Beach history for the purpose of the historic signage is asked to please submit their documents or photos to Sophie Riedel with SCAPE at by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Any stories submitted after Nov. 30 will not be incorporated into the signage, but are of great value to our community and will be archived for future projects.


2 thoughts on “Share your Bruce Beach stories

  1. Gloria, from the rate the City is allowing developers to hack down heritage oaks in the Tanyards and surrounding areas, they apparently think the fecal matter is coming from the trees.

  2. Great historical search.
    However, we must address the elephant in the room – where is the fecal matter coming from that is ultimately ending up in Bruce Beach?
    Everytime it rains the enterococcus levels are off the chart. The top “safe” is 70. The numbers have reached as high as 25,000.
    This runoff is not new! What is new is the testing. Stay safe.
    ECUA needs to be more proactive in this testing. Thanks to the city for taking the lead on the critical health issue.

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