Portfolio of Work

Data Analysis

Parking Strategies as a Catalyst to Economic Development

The City of Pensacola contracted the West Florida Regional Planning Council to conduct a study titled “Parking Strategies as a Catalyst to Economic Development”.   The purpose of this report is to study the current parking supply and the existing parking regulations for the downtown Pensacola study area, review best practices from around the country, and project future parking demand in order to support current and future development and businesses. 

Grants

Project Management


Technical Assistance

Pace • Pea Ridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan

The Pace • Pea Ridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan technical assistance project for Santa Rosa County and includes such services as:

  • FINAL-Pace-Pea-Ridge-Bike-Ped-Plan-Final-ReportPublic involvement and marketing (including a social media presence on Facebookweb site, survey, and outreach materials)
  • Identification of plan goals and objectives
  • Analysis of existing bike-ped facilities
  • Identification of a proposed bicycle loop or corridor
  • Facility recommendations
  • Identification of funding sources
  • Download the PPRBPP Final Plan


Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) Organizational and Financial Analysis

The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) contracted with the ECRC to analyze the existing organizational structure and funding sources to recommend how the SRIA could balance funding received from lease fees and property taxes to maintaining existing levels of service.  Since the SRIA was created by the Florida legislature in 1947, the SRIA has been fully funded from lease fees collected from residences and businesses on the beach.

Capture1The Organizational and Financial Analysis conducted for the SRIA has been completed. The study represents a detailed organizational and financial analysis associated with the purpose and intent of the SRIA, effectively representing Pensacola Beach. The analysis explores some of the fundamental fiscal purpose, organizational intent, and transactional relationships involved in providing goods and services between Pensacola Beach and Escambia County.

The findings of the analysis indicate Escambia County would be justified in earmarking, allocating, or redistributing available revenue sources totaling, at a minimum, $4 million for the provision of municipal-type services currently being funded by the SRIA. An equitable, fair share redistribution of these revenue sources could result from direct funding, elimination of expenses paid to Escambia County, or sharing in the responsibility for complementary provision of services between Escambia County and the SRIA. This level of commitment for the services provided by the SRIA would allow for the reduction of lease fees on property located on Pensacola Beach.

The SRIA Organizational and Financial Analysis is available here as a PDF for viewing or download. This was a technical assistance project in partnership with our general planning consultant team.  For more information regarding the analysis, please contact staff.

South Santa Rosa Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan

The South Santa Rosa Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan technical assistance project for Santa Rosa County and includes such services as:

  • FINAL-REPORTPublic involvement and marketing (including a social media presence on Facebookweb site, survey, and outreach materials)
  • Identification of plan goals and objectives
  • Analysis of existing bike-ped facilities
  • Identification of a proposed bicycle loop or corridor
  • Facility recommendations
  • Identification of funding sources
  • Download the SSRBPP Final Plan







Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Committee Services

  • Business Disaster Planning
  • Plan Updates
  • Regional Workshops
  • Staffing Services
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Post Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Assistance.

Trainings

  • Title VI Training
  • Hazardous Materials Services
  • Homeland Security Services

Brownfields RLF Projects

Former Century Drug Store

In preparation for demolition activities, an asbestos survey was performed at the building located at the former Century Drug Store in Century, FL. The survey identified asbestos-containing materials within the building that required removal before demolition. Leveraging Escambia County CDBG funds, ECRC provided a RLF sub grant to the Century Chamber of Commerce to assist in the demolition of the structure and to abate the asbestos. Upon completion of the asbestos abatement activities, demolition activities commenced and the building was razed.

Former Washington County Jail Facility

An assessment of the former Washington County Jail facility was conducted using ECRC brownfields funding. The site consists of a two-story brick building located adjacent to the Washington County Courthouse in Chipley, Florida. The assessment of the jail found a former underground storage tank, as well as asbestos containing materials and lead based paint. Environmental work is ongoing at the site.