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"All and All, not that bad"


All and All, not that bad - 6/12/2006
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Chris
Pensacola, FL

I have lived in Pensacola since Aug. 2003, and like most other places, Pensacola has its good points and bad points. The weather is great, especially in the winter months. It is mild and comfortable. The summers can be hot and humid, but at least the beach is in your backyard to cool down. Hurricanes, which always keep me on edge, are always a possible threat between June and October.
The cost of living is great for Florida. It is not cheap, but affordable when compared to other parts of the state. I think $30,000 goes a lot further in Pensacola than Palm Beach or Miami. The cost of rent for apartments has gone up in the past few years due to hurricanes, but it is still pretty affordable.
As far as some of the downfalls, Pensacola has been getting a reputation for a place where young professionals want to leave. This is true since the area seems to lack development in certain areas and decisions by local civic leaders take a long time. While areas to the west in Alabama and the east near Destin, Fla. are thriving, Pensacola seems to be stuck in the mud at times. For some reason, there are a lot of Walgreens and Waffle Houses. Not only are there a lot of them, but there are located very close to each other!
Also, Escambia County is one of the poorest counties in Florida. There are parts of this city where the rich and poor live in the same neighborhood or even street. If you plan on moving down here, make sure you have a good paying job prior to moving here. Salaries are very low for a city this size.
Even though I planning on relocating to a larger metropolitan area sometime early next year, Pensacola has been a nice place to live. If you can find a good job and not mind some of the civic issues and hurricanes, it can be a nice place to live.

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Debbie
Pensacola, FL

Pensacola - 1/20/2014

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David
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An Up-N-Comer - 5/11/2013

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Chris
Tallahassee, FL

The real truth about Pensacola - 2/7/2012

I grew up in Pensacola and i know all about the crooked politics but at the same time they are crooked because they do not comprehend how to fix the crime and industry. These politicians are called corrupt due to their always being concerned about beach industries. It is an OLD city and being that all of the big money is OLD money. This OLD money refuses to allow outside progress to occur if they cannot control it. In the late 80's Busch inc tried to offer to clean up the extremely large and polluted property that the paper mill rests on. They wanted to open a bottling plant and another theme park. All creating extreme job opportunities and much positive movement for the local economy. But the people who are the OLD money control the politics and hold the true decision making ability. I have not told you about the most important thing about Pensacola. The crime is more in depth than you could ever comprehend! I have traveled all over the world except Asia and have never seen anything like it. You see all of the smuggling that is shipped in from South Florida coming from the Haitians, Orientals, Cubans, Russians, and Jamaicans either have to go through Jacksonville interstate or Pensacola interstate. And these people don’t want the attention that is acquired by going through Jacksonville. Well when these drug lords come through Pensacola they see all the potential for business success and a good posibility that you will get away clean even for murder. So they stay in Pensacola and feed off of the good peoples weaknesses. Hints why the missing persons, murders, robberies, and other crime annual reports are so unbelievably high. This is a good place if you’re willing to make the best of it and now how to handle yourself in difficult situations. It is definitely a place you will get killed in if you don’t avoid certain people +places. As for business if you dont own it then dont bother. Private industry is the basically the only profitable industry. One other thing if you have children whatever you do DO NOT put them in public school. Seek private assistance. This is a place that will make you or brake you when your young. I would say around 25-30% of the people i grew up with are either dead, in jail, or on their way.

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Lora
Pensacola, FL

Beaches and Bugs - 12/26/2010

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john
Pensacola, FL

missed potential - 8/17/2010

Nice beaches, no education, bribery in politics, no taxes so no law enforcement, no upgrades in pollution control, lots of murder, drugs, people here turn a blind eye to others needs, pollution breeds greater ignorance, very low income, 15-30K avg, my best friend's daughter just raped by the campus police officer, there is a need for clear thinking but because no money, no one wants the responsibility. A lot of religion fanatics, I have been here 15 years. and am hoping for a change. Do not move here without a clear purpose.

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mumbaki
Pensacola, FL

Affordable place to live - 5/12/2010

I live in Pensacola for over 30yrs and the city used to be one of the affordable places in Florida. After huricane Ivan it changed for the worst. Property taxes and insurance went up, County, city taxes/fees increased or added and jobs were lost due to base closures or downsizing. However, there are still some pros about the place like good weather, water fun activities and nice white sandy beaches that might hold me around for at least the next five yrs before I start looking for greener pastures.

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Bp
Gulf Breeze, FL

Pensacola Beach - 2/22/2010

I must agree that Pensacola is a dying town and the crime is the same as in any large city and the beach is bad too. Living at Pensacola Beach means you pay to lease the lot your house is on and then pay property taxes,but you do not get title to your house or the lot. When a storm destroys your home, the Santa Rosa Island Authority tells you that you must rebuild (out of your own pocket)exactly prior to the storm. The Santa Rosa Island Authority will make decisions for "improvement" which means some contractor the SRIA hires destroys your yard and driveway. You are always told that everything will be replaced,Ha. During Blue Angel weekend, people park their cars in your yard. They throw their trash in your yard, they tear up your yard when they leave drunk. You have to replace water sprinklers and pick up their trash. One weekend in May, some graduates of a Mobile highschool come to the beach and they bring guns and drugs. They wander the neighborhoods and wander into your yard. A friend of mine was in his garage when 2 of these kids just walked right into his garage and became physical. Two other friends were sent to the hospital because 3 of these kids severely beat them up over on the boardwalk. Now a lot of these stories do not get told, because the majority of the kids from Mobile are Africian American and the people getting attacked are white. But the beach residents are not protected and if you want to protect your property, you must hire police yourself. The property values are so bad that you can't sell. If the property values every rise, we are selling and leaving the state of Florida. The state of Florida is very close to Calafornia in that this state will be bankrupt soon. Take my advice, don't move to Pensacola and if you have to move here, avoid buying anything on the beach.

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becca
Gulf Breeze, FL

GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 12/14/2009

i was born and raised in this small town but it is an amazing place to live and raise a famil. i HIGHLY advise you to move their and see for your self

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Tom
Pensacola, FL

Crime and Homeless have taken over Pensacola - 6/6/2009

I have been living here since 2001. The homeless problem has aways been bad here. But after hurricane Katrina the homeless people and crime has become very bad. Pensacola use to be a nice place to live, but with almost daily shootings, rapes, break in's and the list goes on. I am working towards getting out of this city. If I wanted this much crap I would of moved to New Orleans. Hard to go any place without some homeless clown asking for a hand out. Gangs are here and the list goes on. Property taxes are ultra high. If you live in the city limits you should see all the extra taxes the city adds on to your utility bills. Jobs are hard to find and most will pay min wage.

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Kammy
Pensacola, FL

Big Town / Small City - 5/22/2009

Pensacola is a great place to live. The weather is great almost all year and winter only lasts 6-8 weeks. The cost of living is low. We have cultural sites and events both in Pensacola and within easy commute. Pensacola has the feel of a town but the variety of a city.

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BenH
Pensacola, FL

The Emerald Coast is a Beautiful Place to Live and - 10/4/2008

Pensacola is well known for having the whitest sand on the beach, but what Pensacola isn't as well known for is the wonderful bay available for water recreation. I believe Pensacola Bay rivals the more well known sailing destinations such as Annapolis, MD and Charleston, SC. Boating is a great way to spend time as a family and Pensacola offers many places to anchor for lunch or the entire night. You can sail, fish, ski, and just plain enjoy the wonderful body of water we have called Pensacola Bay.

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kristi
Lillian, AL

Small town. - 9/8/2008

Expect "good ole boy" politics and thinking. Right wing culture. If that's your thing, great. If not, stay away.

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Keith
Pensacola, FL

Changes Needed to Control Crime - 8/12/2008

The crime rates in Pensacola are way above average for the United States. New leadership is needed to abolish the "good ole boy" politics and increase the effectiveness of the police forces.

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DJ
Pensacola, FL

World's Most Beautiful Beaches . . . - 8/2/2008

. . . but that's about it.

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john
Pensacola, FL

Nice but backward - 7/6/2008

Pensacola has some of the best beaches I have ever seen. Not only that they are very accessible by the public. Compared to other beaches in Florida there are none better. However the city really has the character of Alabama. Education levels are not that high and there are no jobs. Tourism is the only industry. There is no reason to move here unless you are a beach bum of want a poor house and a low cost of living.

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Dan
Pensacola, FL

The Least Expensive Florida Waterfront Community - 4/1/2008

For years 17.5 to be exact I watched real estate values in this community. Our median price for a home here for the 1st quarter of 2008 is $155,565. there is no other waterfront community that offers so much for so little. Arts, Theater, Symphony, Festivals, Sports, Beaches and oh yes did I say BEACHES! When I arrived here in 1991 Dr Beach rated Perdido Key State Beach as th 2nd best beach in the US ... well the first was in Hawaii .. a bit to far for me to travel or live.

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London
Pensacola, FL

It may look nice, but think twice! - 2/26/2008

I originally moved to Pensacola to attend the University of West Florida. Upon graduating I couldn't find a job that would offer more than $9-$11/ hour without being obligated by signing a contract.The city itself offers nothing unless you are looking to retire and aren't looking for a career that offers stability and the possibility of you not having to work two jobs for the rest of your life. There is nothing fun for children to do and the only thing teenagers have to do is walk around the mall. Most of the university's professors are grad students and for those who aren't they are only there because they're tenured and are waiting to retire. In most of the college departments the classes are a breeze and the most you have to do to pass a class is show up and copy and turn something in. It may sound good to some, but not if you want to learn and are planning to become successful in whatever field of study. Competence is a major issue that affects the entire city and every entity that it is composed of!

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Steve
Pensacola, FL

Pensacola is a dying town - 2/17/2008

I have lived here for forty years, and I used to promote and brag about this city every chance I got. But, within the past ten years, manufacturing and industry has withered away, public education has become embarrasingly pathetic, and the only thing our community leaders care about is the freakin' beach and drawing in more tourists. Well, mother nature hired Hurricane Ivan to put a hit on us, and it did. The beach just isn't what it used to be...it's especially smaller. The only new jobs coming here are drug stores, call centers, dollar stores, nail salons, and check-cashing stores. This is not a good place to raise children, but if you are looking for a cheap place to retire and your nest is empty, then you will probably love it here...lots of bingo parlors. This city has tremendous potential, especially the downtown area. There is a natural-deep water port that is being shunned by corporations because of our city leaders. This city has a lot of history that goes unpromoted and a lot of future that is going to waste. All Pensacola needs is young, strong, forward-thinking leaders to replace the "good-ole' boys" we currently have running this city, and this would be one of the greatest cities in America.

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tom
Pensacola, FL

recreation - 9/28/2007

sits on the gulf of mexico. magnificent beaches. great weather.

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