Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was at Pensacola International Airport this morning to unveil a half-million dollar exit lane project and a new mural featuring iconic images of Pensacola.
The 36-foot mural, designed by Pensacola agency Emagination Unlimited, highlights Pensacola landmarks and icons such as the Pensacola Beach sign, the Blue Angels, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and the Rex and Saenger Theatres.
Representatives from many of these organizations were on hand to watch as the artwork was unveiled, including outgoing Santa Rosa Island Authority director Buck Lee and Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos’ mascot.
“Wherever I’m walking in Pensacola I see inspiration,” said creative director Felipe Muñoz. “The more I know of it, the more it inspires me: the colors of the sky, movement of the ocean, the history that surrounds us. Pensacola is a dynamic town that brights up my soul and always cheers up my mood. All l that I need to do is to look around.”
The new exit lane, funded by Federal Aviation Administration and Florida Department of Transportation grants, eliminates the need for personnel to continuously man the exit area. The automated system uses motion-activated doors and other technologies to prevent individuals from entering the concourse without first going through the TSA screening process.
“This project not only enhances safety and security, it also allows us to give passengers a true Pensacola welcome,” said City Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart.
City officials told The Pulse that the new automated exit lane was expected to produce $120,000 in annual cost savings for the airport.