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Signs, stormwater vote, and Scenic Highway roadwork

Voting against stormwater management funding is an odd way to make neighborhoods and streets better. Plus, what's up with Scenic Highway.
A sign for Phil Nickinson, candidate for Pensacola City Council District 1.
Signs, Scenic Highway, and stormwater vote

Isabella, our nearly 14-year-old daughter, sometimes doesn't believe that her parents don't actually get to take the summer off, too. Welcome to adulthood, kid.

That is to say we've had a busy few weeks here in the Nickinson household. We got our eldest off to college. I had a quick work trip to Los Angeles.

Oh, and we've got yard signs going out.

I admit that yard signs feel antiquated in 2024. It's true that signs don't vote. (And you'd be surprised how many people I've talked to who say they let a candidate put one out just to get them off the front porch.) But they're still important to do, and so we're doing them. If you want one, let me know.

Scenic Highway construction

A traffic sign warning of a road closure.
Signs are up to alert drivers that Scenic Highway (aka State Road 10A, or U.S. 90) will close for construction on July 14, 2024.

Speaking of signs, there are a number of signs up warning about construction on SR 10 starting July 14, 2024. Translated, that means Scenic Highway (otherwise known as State Road 10A, or U.S. 90) is going to shut down for a while between Hyde Park Road and the Interstate 10 interchange so it can be resurfaced.

Yes, that's annoying. And, yes, it's work that needs to be done.

A map showing construction on Scenic Highway in Pensacola.
Scenic Highway will be closed from almost Interstate 10 to the north, to Hyde Park Road on to the south. Credit: FDOT

In addition to the resurfacing, FDOT says to expect "additional curb and gutter with 6-foot sidewalk" near the Hyde Park road end of things, and "signalization and ADA improvements" at the Summit Boulevard and Langley Avenue intersections.

So expect more cars on Spanish Trail, Summit Boulevard and Creighton Road for a few weeks. We've gone through this before (either for a previous resurfacing, or when the 2014 flood shut things down for a while), and it's nothing a little patience won't get us through again.

Stormwater management vote

And speaking of flooding — and how to fight it —  City Council on June 13 took the first of a couple votes that will fund much-needed stormwater management projects.

Nobody likes having to pay more, but the simple fact is that stormwater management has been underfunded for years. The Mayor and Council are correct to recognize that and increase the funding.

Our district voted against it.