Scott Approves Funds For ‘The Bluffs’ And Muscogee Road, Vetoes Beulah Interchange

June 4, 2017

A major industrial campus development in Cantonment and Muscogee Road area improvements were among the North Escambia area projects to make Florida’s budget signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, while a Beulah area project and millions for the University of West Florida were vetoed.

The budget included $3.1 million for The Bluffs in Cantonment – a site that could be home to as many as 60 new industrial and manufacturing companies and more than 15,000 jobs with wages of nearly $3.9 billion.

The 6,000 acre master-planned development area includes about 1,700 acres of land that can be developed in an area east of Highway 29 bordered by the Escambia River to the east, Becks Lake Road near International Paper to the north, and the University of West Florida to the south. Although located along the Escambia River, most of the property to be developed is at a high elevation, about 100 feet above sea level, and not in a flood plain. Minimally, the project is expected to recruit approximately 10 companies that would occupy more than 3.9 million square feet of building space on 295 acres of land which will be significant to Escambia County and the regional economy.

The budget also included about $1.4 million for a commerce park planned at the Pensacola International Airport and $500,000 for improvements along the Muscogee Road freight corridor.

Scott’s largest local veto was  $4.1 million total for four programs — archaeology, nursing practical education, physical therapy and robotics — at the University of West Florida. Scott also vetoed $250,000 for a Beulah Interstate 10 interchange and $100,000 for a Gálvez  monument in Pensacola.

UWF did receive about $9.5 million for programs including Laboratory Services Annex, physician assistance program, mechanical engineering and more.

Pictured: Concept maps and drawings show the planned “The Bluffs” development along the Escambia River in Cantonment. Images for, click to enlarge.


18 Responses to “Scott Approves Funds For ‘The Bluffs’ And Muscogee Road, Vetoes Beulah Interchange”

  1. Beth Lucas on June 21st, 2017 4:16 pm

    I totally agree with David Lamb and BPD. ‘Nuff said.

  2. 429SCJ on June 8th, 2017 9:33 am

    @David Lamb, I agree 100%, but this world has survived cataclysms that defy human comprehension.

    When the epoch of man has ended, the world will heal it’s self. In 10,000. years, you will never know that we were here.

  3. david lamb on June 5th, 2017 9:44 pm

    Everyone is on a Global Warming kick, trying to blame industrial pollution and emission, What we as humans don’t think about is the big beautiful trees and landscape in that area that will be destroyed, taking away habitat and helping to deplet oxygen given off by those trees and the gases we want resuced being absorbed by those trees. What a loss of habitat!

  4. S. G. on June 5th, 2017 8:34 pm

    This is Wrong……whats going on? This will destroy the wetlands…this will cause more runoff of waste and chemicals into the river. How does this happen…. how is there no public meeting about this? How much did someone contribute to Scott’s fund to slip this on the table? Well don’t worry…. I’ll be calling the EPA …. The Army Corps of Engineers….Green Peace and anyone else I can think of!. This cannot happen!!! Everyone please contact your county commissioners…Your State representatives! This will hurt each and every one of us! This is corruption folk! Plain and simple… and you and I will pay for it! This must be stopped.

  5. southerner on June 5th, 2017 8:55 am


  6. molino jim on June 5th, 2017 7:31 am

    Question– who does this property belong to and how was it deserving to have over 3 million dollars of state money put into it. It did note that some of the property was above the flood plain– what about the rest. I know it’s a done deal — but a listing of the property owners should be made public.

  7. commuter on June 4th, 2017 10:39 pm

    I do not agree. We need a I-10 Beulah interchange now. It takes 1/2 hour to go 1 mile in the mornings on 9 Mile Road.

    Why is the state wanting to build another industrial park? The state has no business directly creating businesses. If supply and demand for an industrial park is enough, then investors and developers will take the risk to create it.

  8. Gary on June 4th, 2017 2:28 pm

    Politicians make a mess of everything. Padding their own coffers is what it is all about.

  9. Jerry on June 4th, 2017 1:36 pm

    Another industrial park is the last thing we need. There was one built between Cantonment and Molino years back. Last time I was up that way it still wasn’t full.

  10. Fhg on June 4th, 2017 1:05 pm

    The ignorance here is so enormous I don’t even know where to begin.

  11. js on June 4th, 2017 12:45 pm

    More gov’t subsidizing.
    Another “commerce park” gamble that, odds are, will never pay off. Like most of the others. Just another grease job by local politicians.
    Throwing more $ at uwf to continue the endless cycle of education bureacracy.
    Would be great if these universities could sustain themselves, but that makes too much sense. Seems they are more worried about what they can get.

  12. Tom on June 4th, 2017 10:59 am


  13. Anne on June 4th, 2017 10:58 am

    @ Tyree Hugger, Agree 100% with you. City of Pensacola has gone nuts over developing every postage stamp sized plot of land to put in “Affordable” $200,000 ++ Shotgun housing.

    Gov. Scott — Why isn’t Northwest Fla getting the Ready Jobs such as the Amazon and Walmart distribution centers going to Mobile, Alabama?

  14. BPD on June 4th, 2017 10:47 am

    The state is INVESTING our tax dollars in JOBS.
    I attended UWF back in the day. It was a minimalist institution of education. I toured it recently and it now appears to be a resort, indoor rock climbing wall, indoor racket ball courts, etc. There is a lot of money flowing into UWF which has nothing to do with education. Yes, they were denied $4.1 million, but they were given $9.5 million.

  15. Phil on June 4th, 2017 10:16 am

    Don’t we already have a big industrial part just north of there? Seems like someone’s pockets are getting greased. As for the tree hugger, we spend entirely to much now on teachers unions, increasing the education budget will only bring down IQ’s.

    Phil for privatizing all public schools and doing away with teachers unions!

  16. Mike Honcho on June 4th, 2017 10:03 am

    Remember the Soccer Complex
    Yep wonder how many of them are getting rich off this

  17. Tyree Hugger on June 4th, 2017 8:32 am

    The state is giving your tax dollars away to developers instead of education.

  18. Anne on June 4th, 2017 6:11 am

    Gov. Scott, how is it that the Mobile Alabama area is getting a Walmart and Amazon sorting and shipping facilities employing hundreds of local workers and Northwest Florida is getting nothing for our people or kid’s futures?

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