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Pensacola, Florida and the Gulf Oil Spill

Updated on May 26, 2014

Pensacola Bay Area

Pensacola Is A Beautiful City By The Sea

I love to visit Pensacola, Florida. The beaches are beautiful and the sand is white against the bright blue water. There is something special about this Florida location.

My parents retired to Pensacola many years ago. My Dad retired from the military and this spot seemed to be very popular for those leaving the Navy. Dad seemed to enjoy the water and eventually purchased a waterfront home and bought a boat to park at the dock on a small inlet located behind the seawall. Several of his retired friends lived in the area and life was good. There were short trips across the big bridge for great seafood dinners and sunset watching with friends. I have such good memories of my visits.

Pensacola lines the Gulf coast, clinging to each inlet and waterway like a snakeskin to the snake. The lazy coastal roads can be slow traveling when you are in a hurry. Getting into town from the beach neighborhoods takes patience if you are in a hurry. The casual living along the water is worth every moment.

I can't forget the pine needles under the tall pine trees that cover the dirt and form a soft floor. They add a flair that spells Pensacola to all of my memories. Reddish brown in color, they crunch under your shoes as you cross their path.

The city is quaint with many old brick buildings scattered throughout. The shopping malls look modern against the historic building architecture of the area.

An Aerial View

The Sparkling City

Did I mention that I attended kindergarten in Pensacola? My Dad was stationed there while in the Navy. I like going back to my old stomping grounds to visit. It feels like home!

Pensacola is facing a crisis on its beaches. The oil from the Gulf Oil Spill is approaching the glistening white beaches of the Florida panhandle. I cannot even imagine the damage that will occur as the oil creeps into the area. My heart is heavy today as I consider the effects of the spill on the fishing industry, the beaches, the local economy, and the many miles of coastline in and around Pensacola! Hurricanes are destructive acts of nature, but this spill and the subsequent damage could possibly have been avoided!

I am grateful for the years of memories and mental pictures that I have of Pensacola! I will treasure them for years to come. If you have not been to the area, I recommend this city for your next vacation! Be sure to stay in a motel with a pool just in case the beaches are not open!

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    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Eternaltreasures, I totally agree. It is such a big task, I don't think they know what to do! Thanks for stopping by!

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    I am so glad that you were able to visit Pensacola before the oil spill! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Bail Up ! 

    8 years ago

    I visited last year and absolutely loved Pensacola. I'm a little bummed out it may not be the best place to visit this year. I hope the spill can be contained and the beaches spared but unfortunately not looking too hopeful for the panhandle.

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