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Monthly Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour Cleanup

Monthly Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour Cleanup

Saturday, December 9th Clean-up
Sign in is at 8:45 am, clean up from 9- 10 a.m. at Bay Bluffs Park – 3400 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola OR Chimney Park, Pensacola, Florida – Corner of Langley Ave & Scenic Hwy
Ocean Hour provides all clean up supplies and a cooler of water. Please bring a reusable cup. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray!
Scenic Highway Foundation, in partnership with Apple Market, provides breakfast for all clean up participants.

Look what was found last month at the Chimney Park hour beach clean up..Why don’t you join us Saturday December 9 and see what you can find????

Local Students Create Art in the Park

17 November 2017

PENSACOLA—The Scenic Highway Foundation is teaming up with students at Creative Learning Academy (CLA) to create one-of-a-kind art projects on two trash receptacles at Chimney Park (Scenic Highway at Langley Avenue).

Currently there are just two trash receptacles in the park itself and the area has been plagued by lots of trash and litter. The Scenic Highway Foundation, along with Ocean Hour and local volunteers, has a monthly trash clean up at both Bay Bluffs and Chimney Park. Volunteering for this one-hour service is encouraged.

The art project is just one of a series of projects that the Scenic Highway Foundation is implementing at Chimney Park. Back in October, several members of the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas removed invasive species on the site. Another removal event is planned for 2018. Eventually the SHF hopes to create a clear view of Escambia Bay from the park with the removal of the Common Reed and other tall plants that now obscure what is a panoramic view from the bay shore.

To learn more about either event or to become involved in other activities, please see our Facebook page,, visit our web site, or contact SHF board member Mary Gutierrez at

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:

Voting will close November 23rd.

Ask your friends and colleagues to vote for us!

Learn more about the idgroup at

Learn more about the Scenic Highway Foundation at:

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


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)

Paul Herrald