If you are not already familiar with Pensacola and the local environs, you will definitely need a decent map. Some streets have four or five names, and they tend to wind around and go in many different directions. Here is an area map that shows major roads and has a zoom feature. You will also want to keep a paper map in your car, even if it’s only very basic. Wal*Mart is a convenient source for good paper maps.
See the Heron’s Forest road map in the lower left-side menu.
Don’t put the boxes in the trash. Call Escambia County Utilities at 476-0480 for recycling pickup at your house.
Links to info about almost anything you will need as a new Escambia County resident — an excellent page!
The Pensacola News Journal is the news paper for local news and information. If you want to feel like you belong in Pensacola, subscribe ASAP. If you don’t yet recycle paper, however, then check out the Web site instead of subscribing. Their Web site is loaded with articles, videos, local movie times, festivals, what to do on weekends, entertainment, opinion, politics, sports, life, and business. A MUST for your favorites/bookmarks.
This wonderfully natural area is accessible by trail head at the south end of Bittern. Per Navy directive, the preserve is open for visitors, however no recreational activity is allowed. This includes, but is not limited, to swimming, boating, bicycles, runners, picnics, dogs, hunting, fishing, camping, fires, feeding or harassing wildlife, etc. This land has been designated by the Navy and State of Florida for the express purpose of natural resource observation and education.
This part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is open after Ivan for day-use. It is the six-mile gulf beach closest to Heron’s Forest and is totally unspoiled by commercial development. Only the road to the large parking lot is open to vehicles but you may walk the full length of the east-west road.
Get there by turning left at our entrance and continue on Gulf Beach about five miles to a stop light at the corner of Sorrento and Gulf Beach. Go left at the light across the intercoastal bridge. About 10 blocks after the bridge turn left just after the Reef Grill.
Instead of turning left to the National Seashore continue on Perdido Key Hwy about one mile to Lillian’s Pizza; west of the park opposite the Gulf side of Perdido Key. The pizza is famous for its high quality, fresh ingredients, and the salads are up to the same high standards. Note the complete menu that extends well beyond the myriad variety of pizzas. We are lucky to have both the National Seashore and the best pizza nearby. Both are musts for new comers.br />
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