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Big day at Chimney Park (January 2017)

Big day at Chimney Park (January 2017)

One hour. 15 people. 194 pounds. Nuff said? Not quite.

Found were 4 vinyl adirondack chairs, poor condition, 1 smart phone, 1 DVD player, the base of a porcelain throne, and a large sign. One blue brassier, gently used, one boot, boxer shorts, plaid, green hoodie and socks.

When it was all over, everyone was bathed in sweat and glowing with righteousness.

Old Spanish Trail 100-year Event

The Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration Association (OST100) has created a reenactment of the 1916 Pensacola, Florida original Old Spanish Trail Association auto highway planning conference December 1-3. All the workshops, the reception, and events are FREE. You must register by November 10 so the planners will know how much food to provide. Attend the Friday symposium at the Old Christ Church, peruse exhibits at the Commerce Museum, enjoy a reception at the Lee House, participate in walking tours of the historic district and drive the route to Milton. Among the symposium speakers is our own Brian Rucker.

Complete event details, registration forms, exhibit information and schedule.  (PDF)

Vote for SHF!

Vote for SHF!

The Scenic Highway Foundation (SHF) has submitted an application to idgroup’s Brand on Us Initiative! One local not-for-profit organization will receive over $100,000 worth of idgroup’s branding and organizational development services.

We are one of several organizations that have applied, but only one will be selected. Although all do great work, each of these groups have other sources of fiscal support and most have paid staff. SHF is a small group of volunteers who have made a huge impact over the years.

Some our achievements include:

  • Designation of Scenic Highway as the first “Florida Scenic Highway”
  • Chimney placed on National Register of Historic Places
  • Enhancement and expansion of Chimney Park
  • Enhancement and expansion of Bay Bluffs Park
  • Development of Scenic Highway Master Plan
  • Working with FDOT to replant I-10 denuded area with native trees instead of palms
  • Oral history series thrice yearly
  • Monthly clean-ups at Chimney Park and Bay Bluffs Park
  • Community outreach, coordination and watchdog for all things Scenic Highway
  • Creation of “Native and Invasive Species along the Scenic Highway Corridor” kiosk and brochure.

Short-term and Long-term goals include:

  • Selective clearing for views
  • Scenic overlooks
  • Restoring wetlands
  • Walk/bike/run path
  • Stabilize chimney
  • Observation platform, nature trail and picnic area at Chimney Park
  • Eliminate invasive flora
  • Clean bay water
  • Reduce litter and vandalism
  • Control erosion
  • Interpretive Signage
  • Public awareness and support in all matters concerning Scenic Highway
  • Please vote for our organization at the following link: Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q9WF97G

Voting will close November 23rd.

Ask your friends and colleagues to vote for us!

Learn more about the idgroup at https://www.facebook.com/idgroupusa/

Learn more about the Scenic Highway Foundation at:http://pensacolascenicbluffs.org/

Pensacolian in Paris for U.N. meeting

Pensacolian in Paris for U.N. meeting

“In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, a few Gulf South Rising delegates opted to cancel their trip to Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties.

Not Pensacola resident Mary Gutierrez. The environmental chemist pondered canceling for about a millisecond, if that, before opting to attend the conference and let her voice be heard by world leaders.

Gulf South Rising is an initiative established to raise awareness and take action around the effects of climate change and ecological extraction. The organization sent 33 delegates from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas this week to participate in the U.N. proceedings, which began Monday and lasts through Dec. 11. The purpose for the conference is for world leaders from 195 nations to sign a legally binding agreement on climate change.”

Read More on the Pensacola News Journal website.

Ocean Hour Scenic Highway

Ocean Hour Scenic Highway

All:

Without all of you this never would have come about.  12 folks turned out and 40 pounds of trash collected.  I would call it a success for the 1st pickin’s.  Bay Bluffs is looking its best in a long time.

Hopefully Council President Andy Terhaar will keep his commitment to come and my invite to Lily to bring Troy Moon will come through.  (Lily is Troy’s dog)

Thanks,
Paul Herrald

Persimmon

Persimmon

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) – A small deciduous tree that bears orange-colored fruit, which is delicious when completely ripe but will pucker the mouth if eaten before it gets soft and falls from the tree. The young bark is orange in fissures, later breaking into square, scaly thick plates reminiscent of charcoal briquettes (very unique).  The tree is ideal for erosion control on hot dry slopes such as our red bluffs.  Persimmons are a favorite of the opossum, our only native marsupial. The leaves are a food source for the larvae of the luna moth.

Persimmon Bark

Persimmon Bark

Persimmon Fruit

Persimmon Fruit

Water Oak

Water Oak

Water Oak (Quercus nigra) – A semi-evergreen tree that can grow up to 60 feet tall. Bark is dark—smooth when young and later developing wide, scaly ridges. Acorns are eaten by birds, deer, squirrels and other wildlife. The White-M hairstreak butterfly lays its eggs on this tree. The spreading, rounded, open canopy is weaker than most oaks and subject to wind damage.

Water Oak Leaves and Acorns

Water Oak Leaves and Acorns