Escambia County Installing 517 Street Lights In Cantonment, Other Neighborhoods

February 12, 2018

Several local neighborhoods are about to get a little brighter, thanks to Escambia County’s Safe Neighborhood Street Light Program installing an additional 517 lights across five Community Redevelopment Areas and Safe Neighborhoods.

The latest phase of the program is expected to be completed by mid-February, bringing more LED street lights to the Avondale, Cantonment, Creekside Oaks, Lincoln Park and Wedgewood/Rolling Hills neighborhoods.

Escambia County Safe Neighborhood Coordinator Nick Jordan said the lighting projects align with the Safe Neighborhood Program’s goal of keeping local neighborhoods clean and safe. The lighting projects focus on strategically placing street lights in neighborhoods where the need was present, Jordan said.

“Street lights can deter crime and improve pedestrian and traffic safety,” Jordan said. “It makes the neighborhood more unified. When you cross into one of these areas, you’re going to be able to see a difference – it increases awareness and visibility in the neighborhood.”

Jordan said the streetlight projects are part of the board of county commissioners’ focus on improving neighborhood safety by making dark areas brighter. The county’s Safe Neighborhood Program works with residents to take control of their neighborhoods and reduce crime and blight in designated areas, also giving citizens an opportunity provide input on improvements they feel their neighborhood needs.

“These neighborhoods were identified based on the needs of the community,” Jordan said. “We work a lot with neighborhood groups, and they gave their input on what their needs were. We evaluated how we could address those, and street lights were one of the big topics everybody brought up.”

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15 Responses to “Escambia County Installing 517 Street Lights In Cantonment, Other Neighborhoods”

  1. Rick B on August 21st, 2018 2:23 pm

    We need them south of jackson too

  2. Dan on February 13th, 2018 7:16 am

    Hey Nick
    How about the hot spots where 50 or so pedestrian are getting hit by vehicles each year ?
    Could we look into that and try to add lights in some of those areas as well ? FHP may have information on where these accidents have occurred frequently.
    More lighting would assist drivers spotting pedestrians walking and crossing roads at night.

    BIG PROBLEM to solve with people walking in dark clothing,etc.

    Great Job adding visibility in Neighborhoods.


  3. Suzie B. on February 12th, 2018 9:08 pm

    I recently saw these show up along Detroit Blvd from Hwy 29 heading west all the way down to Redwing Drive. I was wondering why all of a sudden there was lighting along a fairly dark road. Not complaining by any means. In our neighborhood, people pay for the street lights on their power bills. I paid for one for over 15 years then we installed our own lighting. Once that street light was turned off, another neighbor started paying for it. Apparently in a subdivision, it is up to the developer whether they have lighting installed or not and if it is, it’s somehow paid for by the persons purchasing lots in that area. Oh, also, if you see a light that’s out, look on the pole for a little tag with a number that starts with a P. You can report the light being out online or call. If it’s being paid for on someone’s bill, they will come repair it.

  4. Scott on February 12th, 2018 4:33 pm

    If you have a problem with your lights call Gulf Power. You shouldn’t pay for something that does not work.

  5. freda on February 12th, 2018 12:43 pm

    Scott don’t feel bad I pay for two and you would think after a few years they would check them. But no they just go dim. I’m sorry but it I just really don’t understand this if you grant utility access to an easment why does whatever utilities use that easment why don’t the have to do some kind of up keep. Years ago they said don’t cut around lines well who does that.

  6. Concerned Citizen on February 12th, 2018 11:34 am

    Scott, my street light in my yard in Century is $12.91 a month on my billing for Gulf Power.

  7. Janet on February 12th, 2018 10:53 am

    I pay 9.50 on my light bill

  8. joe on February 12th, 2018 9:48 am

    I agree with Scott. I am in the same situation. I pay for a “Security Light” while nearby neighbors pay nothing. Sumtin aint right here.

  9. Nod on February 12th, 2018 9:43 am

    Are these free street lights? If so will mine be free or do I have to keep paying for it.

  10. Sam on February 12th, 2018 7:30 am

    I could use one or two of those. I qualify. I live in century.

  11. kgore on February 12th, 2018 7:28 am

    Me too…….$7 a month for a street light near my driveway.

  12. mike on February 12th, 2018 7:21 am

    alright, more target practice for the drug dealers and gangbangers. :)

  13. retired on February 12th, 2018 7:15 am


    see pic above

    Our tax money at waste

  14. Scott on February 12th, 2018 6:27 am

    People like me that pay 7 bucks for a street light on my power bill…

  15. mel on February 12th, 2018 5:47 am

    how is this paid for ?

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