Scenic USA - Florida

Pensacola Bay

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Pensacola Bay - Escambia County, Florida

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Stretching across the western most reaches of Florida's panhandle, a thin band of sand extends along the coastline. Blue Angels Monument These barrier islands, just a short distance from the mainland, create a natural breakwater for Pensacola Bay. With a convenient break between the islands, easy access from the bay to the Gulf of Mexico insures the prosperity of the city of Pensacola. This broad inlet was protected by shore battery at Fort Pickens. Built in 1829, the fort is now a historic site on Gulf Islands National Seashore.
   Here in the Pensacola Bay area, visitors have a good chance to see aerial stunts performed by Blue Angels. The Blues, achieving speeds up to 700 miles an hour, practice a few days a week over the bay from March through November and perform countrywide air shows every year from March Fort Pickens Road - Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida to November.
   This view looks eastward to the Fort Pickens city of Gulf Breeze and the Pensacola Bay Bridge (Three Mile Bridge). The Gulf Islands National Seashore area, well known for its brilliant white quartz beaches and inviting blue-green waters, was cut off from the mainland after Tropical Storm Ida which covered the highway with tons of sand. Although subject to periodic tropical hurricanes, roads on the Gulf Shore Islands seem to need constant maintenance from windswept sand.

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