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What’s Brown and Smelly and Won’t Leave Pensacola Beach?

What’s all the brown stuff on the beach and in the water at Pensacola Beach lately that smells so bad? I have heard rumors going around that it is raw sewage. Those rumors were apparently started by someone who did not know what they were talking about.  But you can see that the water is pretty brown looking.

Pensacola Beach Brown Water

The good news is that it is not sewage. Pensacola Beach Safety Director, Bob West reports that the waters at the beach are tested weekly and the fecal coliform counts are actually very low. So what is the brown stuff? It is decaying organic matter washed into the Gulf by all the recent rains. As it decays it, looks and smells bad. When surfing the other day, I felt like it was making it harder to breath, sort of like the red tide on Pensacola Beach a few years ago.

Fortunately, the decaying brown junk will not hurt you and will hopefully soon be gone. Then maybe the Pensacola Beach water will start looking like this again.


Most of the time, the Pensacola Beach water is nice and clear. As  you go towards Destin, the water gets even clearer. But as you go towards Alabama, the beach water becomes more murky. Why is this?

The answer is that you can blame it on the Mississippi River (and more locally, Mobile Bay). When the Gulf of Mexico is calm and there is very little current, or an easterly current, Pensacola Beach water is usually very clear. However, when waves get larger, they tend to stir things up and the water will cloud up a little.

When the winds and currents switch to the west, all the muddy murky waters from Mobile Bay and the Mississippi river drift this direction and that is why Pensacola Beach water gets so murky sometimes. Once the waves drop and the current subsides, the water generally clears back up within a few days.

Update: As of March 28, 2010, the water on Pensacola Beach is starting to clear up. It is still a little cloudy from the wave action, but the brown stuff appears to be gone from most areas of Pensacola Beach.

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With this article, we’re going to get away from Pensacola Real Estate and look at a great organization that is doing a lot of good in our Pensacola community. I am truly grateful to the Gilliards for all they do to make life better for those beautiful souls that are facing the challenges of Down syndrome. So go see a hockey game and support a good cause. And if you are not into hockey, just be aware of these beautiful people in our community who are working so hard to make the world a better place and lend them your support if you so desire.

upside2downsThe Pensacola Ice Flyers are partnering with Pensacola’s Upside2Downs to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome. Upside2Downs and their supporters are selling tickets to the March 25 Ice Flyers game with part of the proceeds going directly to families affected by Down syndrome. The goal is to sell 2,000 tickets, thereby raising $10,000 for families in need.

Fred Gilliard, the director of Upside2Downs, knows that the money will directly change peoples lives. “We want to provide for families in the community that are struggling with a child that has Down syndrome. The money we raise will go directly to those families who are really in need. Normally when you see a child, you think that they are happy, they are smiling; and they are. But at the same time there are medical conditions you have to deal with. There are therapies you have to deal with. There’s the cost of transportation to go from hospital to hospital.”

The community is already offering support. Linda Sonshine Moorer, the Midday Diva on Magic 106.1 is spreading the word. I’m asking everybody to help out. I’ve got a link to the program on our website. If we come together we can make a difference.

Tony Sikes, a DJ on Cat Country 98.7, is equally optimistic. When you look at what Upside2Downs and the Ice Flyers are trying to do for these people in need, its a great thing. Every ticket makes a difference, and it directly benefits families in need.

Upside2Downs is an organization that works to include people with Down syndrome into everyday American life. By equipping families with knowledge and support, Upside2Downs helps children with Down syndrome experience the same opportunities as other children their age.

To purchase tickets please contact:

Fred/Ailyne Gilliard
phone: 850-293-1367

Game Date: March 25, 2010
Time:    7:05 P.M.
Where:  Pensacola Civic Center
Ticket Prices:  $14 corner seats, $16 center ice
Teams: Pensacola Ice Flyers vs Lousiana Ice Gators

UPside2Downs is putting a twist on the dreary imaginations put on our children and adults that have Down Syndrome.  We are an organization that is going to aid and include those with Down Syndrome into society, and not as second class citizens.  We are equipping our families with the knowledge to know how to allow their children to have every opportunity that everyone else has.  When you involve the community and local agencies, we belive that acceptance and inclusion will blend into one. Believe me, there is an UPside to Down Syndrome.

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Will the Cold Pensacola Weather Ever End?

Every day I have been hearing people in Pensacola complain about how cold it is, and that we are not getting much of a break from this cold weather.  Whenever we have a beautiful day with warmer temperatures, I get my hopes up that Spring is finally here. Then it inevitably gets cold again that very night.

It has been a very unusual winter for Pensacola. The Pensacola Real Estate Market has also been very cold in January 2010. Read the Pensacola Real Estate News January Market report for the numbers. It’s not just Pensacola. Real estate sales around the country have seen very low numbers for the beginning of 2010. When you get down about the cold weather, and think it will never end, remember how cold it was in early January in Pensacola. Here are some pictures to jog your memory. It was COLD!!!!

Pensacola Seville Square Fountain

Frozen Fountain at Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola. More beautiful Frozen Pensacola Fountain Pictures

Pensacola Frozen Animals
Animal cruelty? Left out in the cold. I hope PETA doesn’t find  out about this.

Pensacola Frozen Chairs

Sitting out on these lawn chairs would add literal meaning to the term “freezing your butt off”.

Just park your cab next to a lawn sprinkler and get a day off work. Even with all that cold weather, there was no snow in January. However, just a month later, south Alabama was blessed with a day of the white stuff. I took a trip up to Brewton Alabama to experience the fun.  Click on The Gulf Coast Snow Storm of 2010 for more pictures.

Brewton Alabama Snowmen
Can you spot 3 snowmen in this one picture? They were snow-crazy in Brewton Alabama this year.

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Gulf Breeze Burning?

The picture shows the smoke from a prescribed burn at the Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze Florida.  This picture was taken from the 3-Mile bridge over Pensacola Bay. The buildings that you see to the right of the smoke are the Portofino Condos on Pensacola Beach.

Gulf Breeze Florida Fire

Naval Live Oaks is bordered  on the east side by Bayshore Road. Homes on this road and in the neighboring area near the bayfront run from the $200K range up into the million dollar range, according to real estate data from the Pensacola MLS. It just depends where the home is, and of course if it is a Gulf Breeze waterfront home. I would consider that fire too close for comfort if I were a resident of that area.

While the news said that it was a controlled burn, I did see a fire chief with lights flashing flying over the bridge from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze, followed about 2 minutes later by a fire engine.  My perception of a controlled burn would be that everyone was in place prior to the burn and prepared for any flare ups. Having fire engines called in after the burn was in full blaze makes me wonder. I guess tomorrow’s news will tell if anything went wrong.  More prescribed burns are scheduled in March.  [SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST].

According to Gulf Islands National Seashore Acting Superintendent Nina Kelson “The purpose of the upcoming prescribed burns is to restore habitat and reduce hazardous fuel levels which will serve to better protect the Park and local community in case of a wild fire”.  I’m sure the nice little creatures affected by this fire are very grateful for having their habitats restored.

One thing I love about blogging on Pensacola real estate (and Gulf Breeze real estate for that matter) is that I end up writing about the totally unexpected. I just happened to be driving across the bridge when I saw this. I snapped some pictures and a story emerged. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Breaking update: Apparently,  just before 3:00 PM, a home in Paradise Bay subdivision in Gulf Breeze caught on fire. Crews from Escambia County were called in. Apparently these were the trucks I saw heading for Gulf Breeze from Pensacola.  My love goes out to the family of the burned home. Thankfully, they were not harmed.

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The Gulf Coast Snow Storm Of 2010

Friday February 12th was an exciting day on the Gulf Coast, or at least for the more northern parts. The Pensacola weather forecast called for snow, with accumulations of 1-3 inches predicted. This meant no one was out looking for Pensacola Real Estate, so it was a great day to play.  There were some reports of snow in Ensley, but nothing stuck to the ground that I am aware of.  Escambia County schools were closed, as were some government facilities. Expectations were high for snow in Pensacola, but alas, all we really saw in was cold rain, with a few ice pellets that melted upon ground contact. It was a stark contrast to the beautiful weather that ended the year for Pensacola.

I’m always up for an adventure, and Friday was no exception. I have not seen snow in the Pensacola area since I was a child so many years ago. I was not going to miss this opportunity. After seeing news reports of snow in lower Alabama, I packed up the family and headed north.

We traveled up U.S. 29 towards Century Florida and experienced nothing but rain for most of the drive. Then as we neared Century, the rain suddenly turned to snow. I started to get excited, but still no accumulations could be seen. I saw automobiles headed south on U.S. 29 that were covered in snow. One even had a partial snow man built on the hood. My hopes rose.

I continued on my northward track as quickly as I could, all the time hearing that loving voice coming from the back of the van reminding me that I was going too fast for the icy roads. I reported back that the dashboard thermometer was reading 34 degrees, so there was no chance of ice on the road. Apparently I was not convincing enough, as this exchange continued for much of the trip.

Once we got into Century and crossed the border into Flomaton, Alabama, the snow was accumulating mostly on rooftops, but not much, if any, on the ground. I was starting to worry that I should have gotten an earlier start, and would get nothing but slush for all my troubles. But I had seen a news report that showed Brewton, Alabama  with lots of snow on the ground. So I pushed on. The further north we got, the more snow accumlation we saw.

At last we arrived in the small town of Brewton Alabama. I had no idea where I would go to find a place for playing in the snow. Luckily, over to the left of the main road I saw a large beautiful city park, covered in snow and filled with people enjoying a Alabama winter wonderland.  We actually ended up at another park up the road because of traffic, but that worked out well. After playing there for a while, we circled back to the big park. Here are some pictures.

Alabama Snow 1

Alabama Snow 2

Above, some clever Brewtonians built a snow man held hostage in front of a cannon. Note the arms held high and the cannon snow ball ready to fire. But it wasn’t the cannon that spelled this fellow’s doom. The Alabama temperatures were just getting too high to keep him alive through the night.

Brewton Alabama Snow

Karl With Snowman - Brewton Alabama

I made friends with this guy after jabbing an organic carrot into his face. No, I did not build him, only added some decoration. Whatever creature ended up eating my carrot did not ingest any pesticides.

Brewton Alabama River

Above is a picture of this beautiful Alabama river which runs along the park in Brewton Alabama. What a rarity to see a river with snow-covered banks in this part of the country.

All in all, a great day!

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