Toll To Pensacola Beach Is Now All Electronic, No Cash Accepted

March 26, 2020

The new all-electronic tolling system on Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach went live on March 20, which was earlier than anticipated to adhere to social distancing for toll booth workers.

The toll remains $1, but cash and coins are no longer accepted.

All tolls are collected electronically. Motorists will use either SunPass, another interoperable transponder or be billed utilizing the Toll-by-Plate system. Toll-by-Plate customers will be charged a $1 toll for each trip, plus a monthly $2.50 administrative fee and will receive a bill by mail.

While the sandy part of the public beaches are closed at least until April 2 under a county order, the public is still welcome to drive to the beach

“Pensacola Beach establishments are still offering various take out food options while the public beaches remain closed,” said District 4 County Commissioner Robert Bender. “While we social distance due to COVID-19, let’s help out our local businesses and all their hardworking employees by utilizing take out and to go options.”

Revenues from the toll are currently being used to pay for the 2020 bridge rehabilitation project  and the bond payment for the widening of Via De Luna Lane through 2031. Revenues will also  go toward a replacement bridge needed in approximately 15 years.


18 Responses to “Toll To Pensacola Beach Is Now All Electronic, No Cash Accepted”

  1. Duke of Wawbeek on March 29th, 2020 8:56 am

    @EMD: “Globalist” is a disparaging racial slur. Kind a like saying “by any other name a rose”.

    Don’t like tolls, check out Perdido Key, there is much offered there.

  2. Fiona on March 28th, 2020 5:34 pm

    It’s $1.00 just $1.00 you only pay the $2.50 one time per month buy a pass and be done with it.

  3. MyPensacola on March 27th, 2020 11:28 am

    Change is good people, hopefully this will reduce the backups on the bridge. I have the Sunpass transponder it’s the best was to go to avoid monthly charge and you can use it anywhere in Florida. These are available at Publix, CVS, Walgreens or on their website

  4. J on March 26th, 2020 9:06 pm

    Annual pass is only 20.00 ….

  5. Norah on March 26th, 2020 6:58 pm

    The bridge was paid for many years ago. Seems to me the bridge is being used as a scam or for price gouging the public.

    I remember the 99 year tax free homes on the beach. Our commissioner’s wiped that out to.

  6. Telling the truth on March 26th, 2020 6:31 pm

    Is government corrupt-local, state and federal. The politicians want to pad their bank accounts with tons if money. When a person is elected to the US House or Senate they are worth millions of dollars. They make their own laws at the federal level so they can stay in office forever.

  7. Lindsey on March 26th, 2020 5:37 pm

    So, they are saving money by laying off the toll workers and are now charging a extra 2.50 a month? Johnson’s beach or the lake will be the new sunny spots.

  8. tate dad on March 26th, 2020 2:21 pm

    TEAR DOWN THE TOLL BOOTH,, It was meant to pay for the bridge 30 years ago

  9. Susan on March 26th, 2020 1:51 pm

    This is the reason I don’t go to the beach…

  10. A Alex on March 26th, 2020 12:41 pm

    Should be an exact only change booth to. Our local government is ruining our county friendliness to outsiders as well as our locala

  11. EMD on March 26th, 2020 10:56 am

    S T U P I D ! ! ! No more very occasional beach trips for many technologically challenged seniors. This is truly disgusting. Globalists want to control everything everywhere, and so many are blind to what is really happening.

  12. Taylon on March 26th, 2020 8:17 am

    @Oversight it’s not $3.50 each time. If you go more than once a month the $2.50 fee is divided by however many times you go.

    Then again you could just get a SunPass and not worry about that fee….

  13. Nana on March 26th, 2020 7:58 am

    That is ridiculous! So is charging $5.00 to cross the Garçon Point bridge.

  14. Kate on March 26th, 2020 7:38 am

    $3.50 for locals who support the beach all year long while, while out of townys get to it for $1.00? Thank you Mr. Bender for your consideration of locals. And Mike thats what republicans do communist.

  15. Linda Powell on March 26th, 2020 7:11 am

    Where do we get SunPasses?????

  16. Oversight on March 26th, 2020 6:42 am

    For a $3.50 toll? No thanks. But the county should be like the rest of the state, which is waiving “administrative” fees for toll by plate during the COVID19 pandemic.

  17. StraightShooter white on March 26th, 2020 6:08 am

    Another government mandate rammed down our throats. Thanks District 4 County Commissioner Robert Bender.

  18. mike on March 26th, 2020 5:49 am

    sorry for your businesses, but we wanna shut down the local economy while we have our freakout over this bug. we are scared, and we want you to be too. when we can, we will be getting martial law imposed. it is a power play as we gradually become a communist gov. :D

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