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Escambia County Completes Improvements on Pensacola Beach

Escambia County has invested millions of dollars into improvements and maintenance on Pensacola Beach over the past several years, completing a variety of projects including beach renourishment, drainage upgrades, new crosswalks and lighting, traffic improvements and more.

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With record-breaking tourism numbers in recent years, Escambia County has continued to work on improving and maintaining Pensacola Beach for both visitors and residents who enjoy visiting local beaches.

“We’ve invested heavily over the past several years into making improvements throughout the county, and Pensacola Beach is no exception,” Escambia County Administrator Wes Moreno said. “Whether it’s through pedestrian improvements to make Pensacola Beach more walkable, public safety investments, beautification projects, or one of the many other projects on Pensacola Beach, we have worked hard to noticeably improve the overall beach experience for both residents and visitors.”

Several Pensacola Beach projects were paid for through Local Option Sales Tax funding, including:

  • Beach Renourishment
  • Quietwater Beach Landing
  • Pensacola Beach Master Plan Drainage Projects/Road and Drainage Improvements
  • Pensacola Beach Public Restrooms
  • Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan/Lane Widening and Congestion Improvements

Escambia County has also worked with FEMA to move forward with numerous Hurricane Sally repairs on Pensacola Beach, including ongoing repairs to the Casino Beach Fishing Pier and repairs to the iconic Pensacola Beach sailfish sign that were completed in 2023.

Through the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan, Escambia County evaluated road improvements and options for improving the traffic flow throughout the beach. The county completed the Pensacola Beach Access Road, also adding a longer right turn lane on Pensacola Beach Boulevard for drivers turning right onto Fort Pickens Road.

Many Pensacola Beach facilities have also been repainted to create consistency and improve aesthetics on the beach, including restrooms and pavilions at Casino Beach, Park East, Park West and Quietwater Beach. Additionally, new playgrounds were added at Park West and Quietwater Beach, providing additional amenities for children of all ages to enjoy.

One upcoming project will add new changing rooms in front of the public restrooms at Casino Beach, which will provide additional changing space for beachgoers and especially families with young children. The project is expected to begin later this year, pending approval from the state.

Additionally, construction has started on Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at the intersection of Via De Luna Drive and Fort Pickens Road. The project will include resurfacing and reconstructing the intersection to bring curb ramps and crosswalks up to current ADA standards. Immediately following this project, crews will resurface the southbound lanes of Pensacola Beach Boulevard from the Bob Sikes Bridge Toll Booth southward for approximately half a mile.

Over the past several years, Escambia County has also replaced several beach walkovers to improve beach access. Most recently, Pensacola Beach Dune Walkover 27C near Portofino was replaced by the county, with approximately $300,000 in funding contributed by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

Additional projects completed include:

To view a complete list of projects in Escambia County, visit MyEscambia.com/projects.

The repainted pavilion at Casino Beach, one of many projects completed on Pensacola Beach in recent years.

A crosswalk at Park West, one of many projects completed on Pensacola Beach in recent years.
Repainted pavilions at Park West, one of many projects completed on Pensacola Beach in recent years.
Repainted restrooms at Park East, one of many projects completed on Pensacola Beach in recent years.