The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce
* Escambia County Temporarily Close (sandy areas) Public Beaches *
(This includes the The Gulfside Pavilion and surrounding areas between The Dock and the public safety building, south of the sidewalk.)
Restaurants on Pensacola Beach are open for take-out and to-go.
Click here for list and info about Pensacola Beach Partners To-Go Options
Click here for Pensacola Beach Businesses & Partners OPEN
Will be updating links daily! Check back frequently!
For the latest updated information regarding COVID-19 for our area at www.BeReadyEscambia.com.
The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners voted to temporarily close public beaches (sound side and Gulf side, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key) effective midnight March 20th until the next Board of County Commission meeting on April 2. This action will be reevaluated at that time. This includes public beach areas, public beach access ways and public beachfront parks. Boat ramps and the Bob Sikes fishing bridge will remain open to the public. Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier is closed until further notice.
This includes Gulf Islands National Seashore
Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore is coordinating with state and local governments to incorporate their guidance into operational decisions for the seashore is announcing additional modifications to operations effective immediately. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the following remain open at this time:
• All park waters (82% of the park)
• The Naval Live Oaks Area
• The Davis Bayou Area facilities near the visitor center including the picnic area, fishing pier, restroom, and hiking trails
• Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, and Horn islands, as well as the NPS-owned portions of Cat Island
The following have been cancelled parkwide:
• All ranger led programs have been cancelled
• Special Use permits for activities with 10 or more people have been cancelled
The following are CLOSED in Florida:
*Processing of all Crab Island Commercial Use Authorizations are suspended
*The Naval Live Oaks Area Soundside (south of Hwy. 98)
* The Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Fort Pickens, and Perdido Key Areas.
* The Fort Pickens Campground
* Hwy 399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach
* The Opal Beach Complex
* The Fort Pickens Discovery Center and Bookstore
*The Fort Barrancas Area including the forts and visitor center
* The Naval Live Oaks Exhibit Area at park headquarters
All Florida Bars & Nightclubs are CLOSED for 30 days
BOB SIKES BRIDGE – now cashless!
The new all-electronic tolling system on Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach went live on March 20, 2020, which was earlier than anticipated to adhere to social distancing for toll booth workers. The toll will remain $1, and cash and coins will no longer be accepted at this location.
The Pensacola Beach Visitor’s Information Center is taking the following steps to ensure the safety of potential visitors, businesses, residents, and our staff in response to COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis has reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
By now you have probably already heard about the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (see above), but there is also federal help in the form of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans. This program is available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations. More businesses and organizations qualify for this loan program than the Emergency Bridge Loan Program.
The EIDL can provide up to $2 million dollars, terms up to 30 years, and an interest rate that can’t exceed 4%. Terms of the loan are determined by your ability to repay it. This loan is often applied for at the same time as the Emergency Bridge Loan (EBL) as a longer term solution, whereas the EBL is meant to bridge the gap and get money to you quickly while you secure a loan such as this or your business can reopen. You do not have to apply for both loans, or either loan, Businesses sometimes need one or the other, and sometimes both.
The Florida SBDC Network works with our partners at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and First Florida Capital Financial Corporation to process the Emergency Bridge Loans. Our consultants are trained in helping you apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans which can be found online at:
If you business needs money and you qualify, a Florida SBDC consultant will help you apply for one or both of these loan programs, just go to our website https://sbdc.uwf.edu/, and click “Request SBDC Consulting”. Type in COVID-19 in the description along with either or both loan programs you’d like to apply for.
For more than 30 years the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce has been a leading voice for business on Santa Rosa Island. Our membership of 200+ businesses is diverse and representative of our community. Governed by a Board of Directors of local business leaders, we represent a variety of industries, business size and geographic locations, not restricted to beach-bound locations. Advocacy is the cornerstone of our Chamber and is why we are growing in our role of influence. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is a strong proponent of local economic growth and serves as a platform through which our members and the community can thrive. The PBCC is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people, working in unison to create a healthy economy and improve the quality of life for individuals on Pensacola Beach. The Chamber exists to strengthen, enhance and encourage the prosperity of existing business and the development of new ones. As your Chamber strives to accomplish these goals, it plays many roles: economic developer, tourist information center, business spokesperson, economic counselor and public relations practitioner. HOW CAN WE HELP YOU THRIVE THIS YEAR?
Business After Hours
Pensacola Beach Chamber After Hours will be Tuesday, April 14th, at , Lagunas Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach, at 5:30pm.
Door prizes welcome.
If you are interested in hosting a BAH with the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2021, please call the Chamber office at 850-932-1500!
Our BAH helps you stay in the know, network, and grow your business. We know what it means to do business on the beach: work hard and when the day is done, RELAX HARD! Come enjoy a little Happy Hour with your fellow beach chamber members and most of all , relax & enjoy the beach life.
Beach Ball Breakfast
Our next monthly Beach Ball Breakfast, will be on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Pensacola Beach. Breakfast is served at 7:30, meeting begins at 8am.
Keynote Speaker will be The Escambia County Sea Turtle Conservation Program.
Door prizes welcome!
Full breakfast- $5 per person or $40 for the year if paid upfront! Please arrive early if you wish to have breakfast.
As we work to improve our community’s economy, tourism efforts and quality of life, we keep these broad objectives in mind. Learn More………..
The Chamber is only as strong as its membership. The larger our membership, the more the Chamber can provide the business community with innovative ideas unique to a beach community, with energy and finance. Learn More………..
Business of the Month
PARADISE BAR & GRILL
Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach is an award-winning, open-air bar and grill located behind Paradise Inn on the Santa Rosa Sound. Try some of the best food on the island at our waterfront beach while enjoying live entertainment by some of the most talented bands playing on the Gulf Coast. We welcome you to “boat it, bike it, or walk it” to the hottest spot on the island!
Visit their website – https://www.paradisebar-grill.com/
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