Pensacola Beach Warnings and Dangers

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    The Old Bridge

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The first bridge across Pensacola Bay was built in 1931 - a concrete drawbridge that connected Gulf Breeze to Pensacola. They replaced it in 1960. The first picture was taken in 1960 from the 1931 bridge of the 1960 bridge which is under construction next to it. The second picture is the two bridges together. This original bridge has now been reduced to two fishing piers.

    You used to be able to get to Pensacola Beach by either crossing the Navarre bridge or the 'new' 1960 bridge which is the Highway 399 Bob Sikes Bridge. The Highway 399 bridge is a toll bridge. The toll is $1.00 (pictures of the toll booth in photos four and five). But since the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 seasons, the road between Pensacola and Navarre is closed, so the only option is the Bob Sikes Toll Bridge. There is some concern that if a barge hit either of the bridges (Navarre or Bob Sikes) that the residents of the island would be isolated from emergency services as they would be unable to get off of the island.

    After you get to the beach, the road curves to the left in front of the Pensacola Beach Visitors Information Center. At the stop light on Highway 399 the road changes its name from Pensacola Beach Blvd. To Via DeLuna. Coming back is free

    At present, you can access the island and there are some businesses open, but Pensacola Beach is still very much a construction zone. A sign on the bridge (third picture) tells you where you are able to go on the island and Pensacola Beach Today's "State of the island" says (as of August 2006 that the following are some of the restaurants and bars that are open [We have not eaten in any of them]:

    * Crabs - 2 1/2 Via de Luna, (850) 932-0700
    * Flounders - 800 Quietwater Beach Road, (850) 932-2003 [This was the only one open when we were there, and it was not open during the week for lunch]
    *Hooters
    *Peg Leg Pete's - 1010 Ft. Pickens Road, (850) 932-4139
    *Sandshaker - 731 Pensacola Beach Boulevard, (850) 932-2211
    *Tiffany's - 3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, (850) 932-3663
    *Bamboo Willies

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    Hurricane Damage

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    In December 2005, we drove out to Pensacola Beach to see how much hurricane damage there was. We had already been to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Navarre Beach.

    There was quite a bit of stuctural damage to the buildings at the beach (in addition to the first picture, the fourth and fifth pictures also show damaged buildings).

    There were a couple of stores, a hotel, a restaurant (Flounders) and a visitor's center on the island that were in operation. Everything else was still covered with sand or lacking a roof or walls or was under construction in some way.

    The road to Navare was still closed (photo 3), as was the road to Fort Pickens.

    The website listed (Pensacola Beach Today) says the following as of September 2006

    Pensacola Beach Today's "State of the island"

    HOTELS OPEN:
    *Hilton Garden Inn
    *Hampton Inn
    *Comfort Inn
    *Best Western
    *SpringHill Suites
    *Paradise Inn

    RESTAURANTS
    *Crabs - 2 1/2 Via de Luna, (850) 932-0700
    *Hooters - Located on "Portofino Boardwalk"
    *Hemingways - Located on "Portofino Boardwalk"
    *Sidelines Sports Bar & Restaurant - 2 Via de Luna, (850) 934-3660
    *H20 inside HGI - 12 Via Deluna Dr
    *Peg Leg Pete's - 1010 Ft. Pickens Road, (850) 932-4139
    *The Dock - 4 Casino Beach Boardwalk, (850) 934-3314
    *Sandshaker - 731 Pensacola Beach Boulevard, (850) 932-2211
    *Subway Sandwiches & Salads - 39 Via de Luna, (850) 934-4275
    *Tiffany's - 3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, (850) 932-3663
    *Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub - 49 Via de Luna, (850) 916-9808
    *Bamboo Willies - Located on "Portofino Boardwalk"
    *Paradise bar & grill - 21 Via Deluna, (850) 916-5087
    *Bobby D's - 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd, (850) 934-3141

    Via Deluna (main road) is in extreme disrepair in the residential area due to the fabulous 4 lane construction going on.

    No, the road between Navarre Beach and Pensacola beach is NOT open, neither is the road to Ft. Pickens.

    Not much progress appears to have been made in eight months. You can check at their website to see what has changed, if anything.

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    Surf Danger Flags

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    All along this section of beach there is a flag system to warn beachgoers of how much undertow danger and surf there is. When we were at Pensacola Beach the flags were Green

    Green is Low Hazard, Calm Conditions.

    Orange is Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf or Currents.

    Red is High Hazard, High Surf or Strong Currents (fifth picture), and

    Two Red Flags is Water Closed to the Public.

    The list of what the flags mean is posted on the life guard stands (fourth picture)

    If you don't want to wait to see what the water conditions are, there is a phone number to call.

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  • Dangerous rip currents !

    by RichardinAL Written Aug 5, 2006

    Please understand that several people each year die as a result of being dragged into the Gulf and drowning in dangerous beach rip currents. Family members, onlookers die trying to save their loved ones or friends. Please do not be a VICTIM !

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    Beach Safety

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    You can't be too carefully when the ocean want to play her part. That concerns the Gulf Side, too! Take care of the rip tides all of the time, also with peaceful weather!

    We know the rules "get-your-swim-lesson" and "alcohol and swimming are BAD". Please, read about "Beach Safety", as the blue Gulf of Mexico does know its limits too. So, keep on paying attention to the swim safety warning flags!

    Take the following quiz and you'll be surprised at the answers >>>
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    Fill 'er up

    by Voyageuse30 Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Pensacola Beach is an island. If you're really low on gas, make sure you fill up before you go venturing onto the island, because there is not one gas station on Pensacola Beach.

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