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District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender
Pensacola Beach Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at the Pensacola Beach Fire Station
The open forum meeting will provide residents an opportunity to get updated information about community issues and voice their concerns or questions.
Agenda items will include:
- Recap of the Summer Traffic
- Future Plans
- Sidewalk Study
- Crosswalk Study
- The public is strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing during the meeting. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
Seating may be limited due to physical distancing. If the internet connection is strong, the county plans to stream the meeting on the Escambia County Facebook page. Citizens wishing to ask questions may comment on the video during the live update. The Commissioner will answer as many questions as possible, but please note that depending on the number of comments and questions received, all questions may not be answered during the live stream. The meeting will be recorded and placed on the county's YouTube channel the following day.
For more information or to provide comments, contact the District 4 office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-595-4940. Follow @mydistrict4 on Twitter.
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Turtle-Safe Red Flashlight Filters Available to the Public
The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is providing turtle-safe red flashlight filters to the public. The covers filter out the wavelengths of the visible light spectrum that are harmful to sea turtles.
Filters are available in both flashlight and cell phone sizes and can be picked up at the Pensacola Beach Visitor's Information Center on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional information about local sea turtles and sea turtle-friendly practices are also available. A maximum number of six people are allowed to enter the building at a time.The public is also asked to adhere to the CDC recommended physical distancing guidelines, and everyone is encouraged to wear a mask if possible.
- Lights Out! Female turtles prefer dark, quiet beaches for nesting and hatchlings need dark skies to find the Gulf of Mexico. Leave the flashlights and cell phones at home or use a red flashlight when on the beach at night. Turn off beach-facing lights and close windows and curtains to keep our beaches dark.
- Leave No Trace! Remove all furniture and toys from the beach when you’re done for the day, including hammocks, tents, canopies, chairs, toys and sports equipment.
- Stow It, Don’t Throw it! Trash and food waste can entangle turtles and other wildlife and attract unwanted predators. Always dispose of trash in the proper receptable and refrain from feeding wildlife.
- Don’t Cut the Line! if you accidentally hook a turtle while fishing from shore, don’t cut the line! Safely bring the turtle to shore and call Marine Resources at (850) 426-1257 for assistance. If hooked while on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, contact the Pier Manager immediately.
- Fill It In! If you dig holes in the sand, fill them in before you leave the beach.