PROTECT & IMPROVE OUR UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS
Pensacola is made up of proud, unique and diverse neighborhoods, each of which deserves equal attention, access to services and safe streets that are well-lit and maintained.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking directly to Pensacola residents about what most concerns them. Many people have asked me to address safety in their neighborhoods, to help safeguard their districts against the effects of nature, and to preserve the history and unique character of the neighborhoods in which they chose to live. These issues are all near to my heart too, and I’ve devoted my entire career to neighborhood and city planning and development, and bringing new life to forgotten buildings and streets.
I’ve seen too, the challenges that occur when there’s no direct line of communication between City Hall and the neighborhood associations, and I plan to bridge this communication gap by creating a new City Staff position to serve as a direct liaison to neighborhood associations, someone dedicated to helping them navigate City services and who will listen to and respond to the unique needs of Pensacola’s neighborhoods.
Here’s how I will increase safety, preserve the unique character of our neighborhoods & further develop the natural beauty of Pensacola’s neighborhoods
Safety: Establish quarterly community meetings, hosted by Law Enforcement officers – I believe it is necessary to build a relationship between residents and the city’s law enforcement officers. My vision is to make law enforcement more accessible to our neighborhoods; to establish a direct line of communication so that concerns may be addressed quickly and personally, and I’ll do this by immediately establishing quarterly community meetings to give residents a chance to be heard.
Safety: Expand Police-On-Bicycle Program – The Pensacola Police Department has received positive feedback from the community about how much safer residents feel knowing that police officers are actively checking on and engaging with neighborhoods. Because of the positive response from the community, I will expand the Police-On-Bicycle Program to enhance safety for our neighborhoods in the City of Pensacola.
Safety: Create Safer Streets with Additional Lighting & Traffic Calming Features – Safety doesn’t have to break the City’s budget. Sometimes, enhancing safety in a neighborhood can be as simple as implementing additional street lighting, narrowing streets and incorporating landscaping to calm the flow of traffic, reducing risk to cyclists and pedestrians.
Neighborhood Development/Improvement: Promote Walking & Neighborhood Connectivity with Wide, Continuous Sidewalks Lined with Shade Trees – Implementing wide, continuous sidewalks lined with shade-providing trees will not only enhance the appearance of our community, it will also encourage friends and families to walk more and create connectivity between neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Preservation: Implement Stronger Neighborhood Code Enforcement – Stronger code enforcement is essential to maintain city standards that create an environment that citizens want to live, work and play in. I will resource our land use and code enforcement staff to be proactive rather than reactive. Code enforcement is integral for the safety and beautification of all our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Development/Improvement: Expand Recreational Amenities While Reducing Costs Through SMART Parks – The benefits of parks to urban residents are well-known. SMART parks use innovative technologies that incorporate ecology, security, economy, technology, social and entertainment. These parks have proven to ensure equal accessibility, promote better health and safety, and increase community visitation. SMART parks are designed to be energy efficient and low-maintenance while reducing long-term costs to taxpayers.