Cantonment, Florida is a suburb approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Pensacola, Florida. Most of the people who live in Cantonment commute to either Pensacola or the Pace, Florida and Milton, Florida areas for employment. The two largest employers are International Paper and Ascend. Schools include J. M. Tate High School, Ransom Middle School, Jim Allen Elementary School, and Pine Meadow Elementary School. The oldest cemetery is Old Muscogee Cemetery on River Annex Road. In September 2006, the Pensacola News Journal newspaper announced a predicted explosion of growth in Cantonment due to a planned 4,000+ acre housing development. The Pensacola News Journal quoted officials as saying the infrastructure of this new massive development will be like "adding another city" to Pensacola.
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The City of Gulf Breeze is located on the end of the Fairpoint peninsula in Santa Rosa County. Gulf Breeze is separated on the north by a three mile bridge across Pensacola Bay from the City of Pensacola and the south by the Bob Sikes Bridge over Santa Rosa Sound to Pensacola Beach. On the east, landward up the peninsula to the east is the 1,329 acre Naval Live Oaks portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. As a result, residents enjoy a quiet residential community just a few minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and the City of Pensacola.
Gulf Breeze has 18 miles of waterfront and three protected bayous where residents enjoy all sorts of waterfront activities. The City has one of the best boat ramps in the area in close proximity to the Pensacola pass. There are 105 acres of undeveloped park property along the water for a leisurely walk in the woods.
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The City of Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, is located near the center of this western Florida Panhandle county, adjacent to the Blackwater River. The City of Milton is among the oldest cities in Florida, incorporated in 1844 under the Florida Territorial Acts of 1844. In founding days, the Blackwater River served as the main transportation artery for timber, lumber, brick, naval stores and ship building industries. Milton roots go back to the early 1800's when people began settling along the banks of the river. In its earliest days, the settlement may have been referred to simply as "Blackwater." The origin of the name Milton is uncertain, but was likely a derivation of "Milltown," demonstrating the importance of the lumber industry in the area. Legend has it that the area was also referred to by one of its most irritating features: the brambles and briars that once grew along the banks of the river. Hence, in early days Milton was referred to as "Scratch Ankle."
Milton is a vital, progressive city able to maintain the fine balance between small town charm and modern urban life. While the growth in new housing continues, historic preservation remains important, as exhibited in the City’s Downtown Historic District.
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Navarre is located in Northwest Florida in Santa Rosa County. The community is well-known for its beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches and Santa Rosa Sound. However, residents and visitors quickly discover the Navarre area is much more. Top-rated schools, quality healthcare and a variety of housing options make Navarre a great location to call home.
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Pace is the western gateway to Santa Rosa County, Fla. With thousands of residents living in Pace and more pouring in daily, this unincorporated area within Santa Rosa County is Florida’s most desired places to live.
Pace’s location is easily accessible to Milton (Santa Rosa County seat) and Pensacola with many residents commuting back and forth to work. Local companies such as Wal-Mart Super-center, Home Depot, Office Depot, Publix, Lowes, Sears, Target and many more are offering more residents local job opportunities.
Pace, Fl is home to many of the military personnel and civilian employees from NAS Whiting Field, located northeast of Pace and NAS Pensacola, located about 30 miles to the southwest of Pace. The Pensacola-Milton area is considered the “Cradle of Naval Aviation.”
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Pensacola prides itself on its diverse and emerging cultures by providing annual festivals, events and performances that captivate the heart and history of the area. Whether a long-time resident or a first-time vacationer, you can enjoy events year-round that display the region’s greatest musicians, food, artists, shows, vendors and performances.
Home to the beautiful Pensacola Museum of Art, Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, The Museum of Commerce, The Naval Aviation Museum, The Pensacola Lighthouse, The Pensacola Historic Museum, Ballet Pensacola and The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, Pensacola thrives on never-ending music, dining, dancing and cultural diversity located right at your fingertips.
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Located on Santa Rosa Island, one of the longest barrier islands in the world, Pensacola Beach has an old Florida feel with natural beaches, local hang-outs, first-rate fishing and historic Fort Pickens. Pensacola Beach has been named among the nation’s top 10 beaches by TripAdvisor.
The Pensacola Beach Pier is one of the longest in the Gulf of Mexico at 1,471 feet. Portofino Boardwalk features open-air bars and restaurants, shops, piers and shallow water for kids along Santa Rosa Sound. Visitors can access Gulf Islands National Seashore, the nation’s longest stretch of protected seashore, on both sides of Pensacola Beach, making it an ideal spot for biking, snorkeling or kayaking. In summer, visitors are entertained with free concerts four nights a week.
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NAS Pensacola is located in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. The installation covers a total of 8,423 acres of land - 5,804 acres at NAS Pensacola proper, and over 2,500 acres at other locations.
NAS Pensacola was the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1914. Tens of thousands Naval Aviators have received their training there including John H. Glenn, USMC who became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and Neil Armstrong who became the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969.
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Spanish for "lost island," Perdido Key encompasses federal and state parks abundant with wetlands, estuaries and wildlife. It’s so peaceful, it's easy to get lost in the beauty. Visitors will find plenty to do on Perdido Key, ranked among the nation's top 20 beaches by "Dr. Beach." The barrier island features several world renowned parks, including Perdido Key State Park, Big Lagoon State Park and Johnson Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Perdido Key is also home to the legendary Flora-Bama bar, which straddles the state line, as well as Lost Key Golf Club, a designated Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary golf course. Known for its out-of-the-ordinary celebrations, Perdido Key is home to the New Year’s Polar Bear Dip, Martini Festival, Interstate Mullet Toss and the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival.