Speeding, cut through traffic and unsafe driving practices on neighborhood streets cause concerns about the safety and livability of our neighborhoods. Dangerous driving behaviors create unsafe road conditions for others, including pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Escambia County revealed that almost 60 percent of respondents felt motorists had compromised their personal safety while walking or biking on County roadways. In an effort to safeguard the wellbeing of all residents, Escambia County has invested more than $8 million in Local Option Sales Tax funds to construct traffic calming, sidewalk and other pedestrian safety projects since 2006.
Since being approved by voters in 2006, the third installment of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) has helped Escambia County’s Public Safety Department drastically improve its equipment and capabilities. Thanks to the Local Option Sales Tax, the Escambia County Fire Department has been able to upgrade its equipment and vehicles, as well as expand fire stations, and even paid for the construction of the new Perdido Key Fire Station, which opened in 2014. During the final three years of the current LOST, Escambia County’s Public Safety will be able to begin construction on new fire stations for Beulah and Osceola. These will replace aging facilities with modern buildings housing life saving fire and rescue equipment.
Escambia County adopted a Local Preference Initiative on September 16, 2013, to improve local business access to bidding on vehicles and equipment being sought for purchase by the County. The initiative took effect October 1, 2013. The Escambia County website, MyEscambia.com, has implemented an alert specifically for businesses and residents interested in updates regarding Purchasing, a division of Budget and Management Services.
On September 15, MyEscambia.com asked residents to complete an online survey to gauge the communities' thoughts and ideas about drainage issues faced by County residents.
Below is a listing of events occurring in the month of October at the West Florida Public Library (WFPL) locations in Escambia County. For more information about events, please contact the Main Library at (850) 436-5060 and follow @MyWFPL on Twitter.