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Tips for Tourists (and locals) to Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf breeze,
Navarre, and Perdido Key, Florida, from a local lawyer:

Pensacola, Florida, is a popular tourist destination and as a historical settlement, which is rich with Spanish, French and United States Naval history.  It has beautiful, white-sand beaches, sports, arts, entertainment, and cultural events.
It is also home of the United States Navy’s Blue Angels and the Museum of Naval Aviation.

Pensacola is a great place to live and visit.

Historical attractions include the Historic Pensacola Village, the lighthouse, the Naval Aviation Museum on Pensacola
NAS (Naval Air Station), Fort Barrancas and the Ft. Barrancas National Cemetery, Fort Pickins,
Fort McCray and many more.

Pensacola celebrates its history with a Festival of Five Flags, with each flag representing a nation that occupied Pensacola.

Pensacola Beach, The National Seashores and Perdido Key Beaches are beautiful sugar sand beaches.   (Do not get stuck)

Pensacola celebrates Mardi Gras with Mardi Gras balls, parades and other events.

There are many other events-
Greater Gulf Coast Arts festival,
Seafood festivals,
Evenings in Old Seville Square Concerts,
Bands on the Beach,
Winterfest Pensacola,
Gallery Night events, the list goes on…

Pensacola is home to the Pensacola Ice Flyers (hockey) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Baseball), along with the University of West Florida Argonaut teams.

What visitors to Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key (and all locals) need to know:

Fishing requires a license (unless on a licensed charter boat).

The Three Mile Bridge to Gulf Breeze backs up regularly for accidents (as well as, for no apparent reason).
So have plenty of fuel and patience for the ride.

Open carrying of alcohol is illegal in the City of Pensacola, except at licensed events- like
The Greater Gulf Coast Arts festival, the Seafood Festival, Evenings in Old Seville Square,
Gallery Night, Mardi Gras events, Fiesta of Five Flags events, and other specified events.

Gulf Breeze is considered by many a “speed trap.”   So obey the speed limit.

Gulf Breeze has “Red Light Cameras.”  (Chris has personal knowledge of and experience with them)

Fishing regulations are strictly enforced, make sure you know them (or take your lawyer fishing with you)

Many fine local establishments serve specialty large, tasty drinks, and strong, that sneak up on the consumer.   Consumption of these can cause significant impairment of judgment very quickly.  Make sure if you consume them, to have a designated driver or call a cab.  This is much less expensive than a DUI.
Also, if a person generally gets “punchy,” obnoxious, or loud when drinking, they need to know that most establishments have trained bouncers and law enforcement on duty.
Bouncers work with the cops.  If you argue you will lose, and may even get a ride to jail.

Pensacola Beach/ Santa Rosa Island-
There is an alcohol-free family zone to the west of the Pensacola Beach Pier.
Open containers of alcohol are illegal on the boardwalk, in the parking lots, and most all areas
except for the “sandy beach” and specified events.
Glass containers on the beach are prohibited.
Pets on the beach are prohibited, except for the specified dog beaches
(Near Portifino Condominium.  Perdido Key has one, as well as Bayview Park in Pensacola)
For special events an weekends, go early!
Traffic will back up for miles on major weekends, events and the Blue Angels Air Show.
Be prepared to wait in traffic, coming and going through Gulf Breeze to the beach,
especially during Mardi Gras and the Blue Angels Air Show.
Bring your sun screen and plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Leave only your footprints.

Do not park in the sand on Pensacola Beach or Perdido Key-
These are “sugar sand” beaches which will get your car stuck immediately and it will ruin your day,
especially if there are open containers of alcohol or other items that should not be there.
What to do if your car gets stuck in the sand.

Nude beaches-
There are no “clothing optional” beaches, nude beaches or topless beaches in the Pensacola area, or on
Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Island, the National Seashore(s), Ft. Pickins, Navarre Beach, Perdido key,
Johnson Beach and the Blackwater River and State Park.
Naked sunbathing can be prosecuted.

These are traps for the unaware to “come on vacation, leave on probation…”

Do not drive a delivery truck under the “Graffiti Bridge.”

Pensacola is a great place to live and visit.

Please stay out of trouble, but of you don’t, call me.

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