Escambia Seeks Input On How To Spend $61.7 Million In American Rescue Plan Funds

September 18, 2021

Escambia County is seeking public input on how to spend American Rescue Plan Act Funding.

The public is asked to submit input to the Escambia County American Rescue Plan Survey by 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The survey is available in English and Spanish online and at the community centers and libraries listed below. Survey results will be presented at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) includes $61.7 million in direct local recovery assistance for Escambia County. The first half of the county’s award has been received, totaling $30.9 million. The second half is comparable and will arrive approximately one year after the first payment. Escambia County’s plan will follow the U.S Treasury Departments Interim Final ARP Rule including allocating all funds prior to Dec. 31, 2024 and completing all expenditures by Dec. 31, 2026 as required. Escambia County recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community and is committed to making investments for economic recovery and rebuilding.

Library Locations:

- Southwest Branch Library – 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola
- Pensacola Library – 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola
- Westside Branch Library – 1301 W. Gregory St., Pensacola
- Tryon Branch Library – 1200 Langley Ave., Pensacola
- Genealogy Branch Library – 5740 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola
- Molino Branch Library – 6450-A Hwy. 95A, Molino
- Century Branch Library – 7991 N. Century Blvd., Century

Community Centers:

- Beulah Sr. Citizen Center – 7425 Woodside Drive, Pensacola
- Felix Miga Sr. Citizen Center – 904 N. 57th Ave., Pensacola
- Lexington Terrace Community Center – 700 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola
- Marie Ella Davis Community Center – 16 Raymond St., Pensacola
- Mayfair Community Center – 701 S. Madison Drive, Pensacola
- Perdido Key Community Center – 15500 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola
- Brownsville Community Center – 3200 West DeSoto St., Pensacola
- Dorrie Miller Community Center – 2819 North Miller St., Pensacola
- Englewood Community Center (Boys & Girls Club) – 2751 North H St., Pensacola
- Marie K. Young-Wedgewood Community Center & Park – 6405 Wagner Road, Pensacola
- Barrineau Park Community Center & Historical Society – 6055 Barrineau Park School Road, Molino
- Byrneville Community Center – 1707 County Road 4A, Century
- Carver Park Resource Center – 208 Webb St., Cantonment
- Molino Community Center & Historical Museum – 6450 Hwy. 95A N, Molino
- Quintette Community Center – 2490 Quintette Lane, Cantonment
- Walnut Hill Community Center & Ruritan Club 7850 Hwy. 97N, Walnut Hill


24 Responses to “Escambia Seeks Input On How To Spend $61.7 Million In American Rescue Plan Funds”

  1. Kim on September 21st, 2021 9:42 am

    Money’s should be directed to elderly and handicapped also low income families. Everything is going up sky- High food, rent, electric etc. And nothing left for medications..

  2. Cheryl A Hamn on September 19th, 2021 11:59 pm

    Hello I would suggest buying a couple of motels fixing them up for homeless and low income individuals who need them!!!

  3. Jc on September 19th, 2021 9:43 pm

    Expand job training and trade apprenticeships for young people, ages 18-25. Provide child care for young parents so that they can participate.

  4. Amanda S. on September 19th, 2021 9:05 pm

    I think there are some areas of town that could definitely use a facelift. $62 million probably wouldnt cover half of it but it sure would go a long way to revitalize a lot of areas (im not talking specific areas either) just overall run down areas, streets, empty parking lots, etc.

  5. Melussa Laney on September 19th, 2021 8:41 pm

    Distributed to the seniors inform of s stimulus check
    We had been overlook. We do not receive any financial help
    Like families do

  6. Jay on September 19th, 2021 8:40 pm

    Give it to small businesses. This would hopefully allow them to possibly stay afloat until people decide to start working again.

  7. Diane Washington on September 19th, 2021 4:05 pm

    With the state of economy as it is, with COVID still lurking and yes, even killing some households are having a hard time even keeping supplies needed. Therefore, give a local stimulus payment to all households to help during these times, which would guarantee monies returned locally.

  8. Sharon on September 19th, 2021 2:22 pm

    Build a shelter in molino so people car are not flooded and a senior center and community Center out past the papper mill on Hwy 29. And help low income.

  9. Cantonment resident on September 19th, 2021 2:16 pm

    Several folks have mentioned recreation centers. My only problem is those types of projects end up in the high or low income areas. When my grandson comes to visit from out of town, there are no really good playgrounds here in the north end of the county. A Benny Russell Park in Milton is a good example of what is needed. Otherwise, the monies need to be used for the benefit of the county residents and not the pet projects of county officials.

  10. Lulu on September 19th, 2021 11:42 am

    Develop a program to deal with drug use and the homelessPerhaps like the one in Rhode Island that is proving to be successful .
    Or infrastructure, road, and drainage issues.

  11. BamaGene on September 19th, 2021 9:58 am

    Why not take about $10M of that and build tiny homes for the homeless? Put a bunch under that I-110 overpass to help those that are there and make them portable so they can be moved when a piece of land becomes available.

  12. Isabella Holtman on September 19th, 2021 9:52 am

    Give some if the money to the residents who need help

  13. Chris S on September 19th, 2021 9:18 am

    When I was a young boy, my parents helped raise money for and build a community recreation center. It was a state of the art facility with an outdoor olympic sized swimming pool, an indoor heated pool, an outdoor skating rink with a dome, basketball courts and tennis courts, and the dressing rooms had lockers, showers, steam rooms, and asana. It was a wonderful place from which I have many great memories. 61 million would certainly build such a facility here where the children would have a place to go and not be on the streets and where all members of the community would be able to enjoy themselves. A small annual membership fee for permanent residents and one time passes would sustain the upkeep and staffing. This would be a great way to spend the money on something that each and every person could actually use and enjoy, and it would also create some jobs. By the way, that rec center is still there and still being used 50 years later.

  14. CHris S on September 19th, 2021 9:10 am

    I grew up in a town where my parents were very involved in helping to get funding for and build a community recreation center. It had an olympic size outdoor swimming pool, a very large indoor basketball courts, tennis courts, numerous multifunction rooms, and the women’s and men’s dressing rooms had saunas and steam rooms, showers and lockers, etc. Gulf breeze has a community center not quite as nice as that one was, but why not spend all of that money on something that everybody in the community can use. You would have to be a permanent resident of the community and pay a reasonable annual membership fee to use the facilities. 61 million would certainly build a beautiful state of the art facility and such a facility would allow each and every resident to enjoy the benefits of the money that is meant for all of us. Furthermore it would be a wonderful place for the children to go after school and on weekends to hang out and not be on the streets. And it would generate quite a few jobs. As we all know, if we assign that money to specific rebuild projects, it will be misspent and only the privileged will enjoy it. At least this way everyone has the ability to get something out of it.

  15. Susie on September 19th, 2021 9:09 am

    Escambia County..countywide needs to correct their flood plans. Builders don’t care about flood plans though they remain liable unless the County signs off on their plans. Look at the subdivisions that are underwater, some from years ago that have been built around causing the water to flow in opposite directions. Eleven mile, eight mile creek, Jones swamp to name a few. An idiot can see where the water is flowing. The County has been asked for years to fix these areas. Many people have been displaced. Do it, EC. Make a plan and do it!

  16. DJ Leavens on September 19th, 2021 6:57 am

    How about we make school improvements by fixing them, I am embarrassed how ugly and in need of maintenance they are. Or maybe tear down all the ugly abandoned buildings. Maybe create a safe place that teens can go to so they don’t hang on the streets.

  17. Kimberly Hudson on September 19th, 2021 3:06 am

    What about helping the ones during the pandemics that lost there to the states because we didn’t or couldn’t get there case plane ..They took my kids because of my health issue and I couldn’t get around .. And was in an out of the hospital dcf lied on me and took my rights .. I was a good mother and needed help and no one help me They took my babies away because there grandparents wanted to adopt them my case worker lied and have me the wrong court room that’s how I defaulted the system dosnt help they try and destroy families I manage to keep my composers and look up at the sky everyday praying for a miracle for my babies..

  18. Dola on September 19th, 2021 1:07 am

    I’d be wonderful to have something other than dialup or Hughes net for ISP in Mcdavid. If they considering helping out individual families, well, several older homes in the area are in desperate need of being made energy efficient. Just a thought.

  19. Bigblock345 on September 18th, 2021 7:34 pm

    That would be a whopping $190 per person. But hey, that beats the county spending it on pet projects. And funneling that money into their own pockets.

  20. Shannon w on September 18th, 2021 4:58 pm

    I think it would be great to pay off mortgage of people living and working in the area for over 10 years would greatly improve economy. Free up alot of spending money. To go right back in the local economy.

  21. TJ on September 18th, 2021 2:51 pm

    Through this whole stimulus package which was greatly appreciated. Families with children are getting the tax relief and such. But we failed to factor in one thing senior citizens on Social Security, persons that are getting SSDI oh, and SSI have no further age $1,400 doesn’t go a long way in our government falling short on taking care of those that aren’t able to work or have retired. So I think the county should look into those that are in retirement or on disability giving them a piece of pie. I commend them for giving it to our Frontline workers. Again we’re falling short by leaving a common denominator out

  22. DG on September 18th, 2021 2:37 pm

    I agree with JWH about splitting the money evenly between Escambia County Citizens isn’t a bad idea but I also agree a dream not to come true. After this past year and a half with everything everyone has been through then it would be nice for the citizens to have a chance to spend back into the county without reservations of penny pinching. It also could be a safety net for some. But again I will be realistic on this suggestion and say no in this case dreams don’t come true. I hope it is well spent for our county/citizens though. May God Bless All Of Us In Escambia County!

  23. JWH on September 18th, 2021 1:09 pm

    I say split the money evenly umongst the citizens of Escambia Co. At least for a little while we would be one of the most well off counties in the country. I know, pipe dream. I agree with SueB our commissioners will find a way to line their pockets. Way too much money for them to handle without some kind of citizen oversight. I still remember Willy’s collard pot.

  24. SueB on September 18th, 2021 9:48 am

    As requested, I submitted the Rescue Plan Survey.
    First responders, the person flipping bugers, medical personnel, are making money. We are all trying to make it. Look at all the homeless people living under the overpass around Lee Street. With all the rain and driving through flooded streets, driving through neighborhoods (Wildwood Lakes subdivision), are flooded.
    But you know, the county commissioners are going to do what best fits them so they can make money.

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