If you are headed to the Pensacola Beach, remember that access into and exiting the Casino Beach parking lot along Via De Luna Drive and Fort Pickens Road has been modified. The parking lot will now function in a circular configuration in order to improve traffic movements within the lot. The only entrance into the parking lot will now be at the existing access along Via De Luna Drive, located next to Sidelines Sports Bar & Restaurant and across the street from Flounder’s Chowder House. The only exit from the parking lot will be from the existing access along Fort Pickens Road near the public restrooms/Public Safety Building. Escambia County Sheriff's Office deputies are directing traffic in the area during peak times and message boards are in place notifying drivers of the change.
Although the traffic flow will changes are in place, construction of a new traffic signal will not be completed until the week of May 14. The new signal will be installed along Via De Luna Drive in order to effectively control traffic movements into the Casino Beach parking lot. The signal will provide a new westbound left turn into the lot, and it will include a pedestrian push button signal. The new traffic signal and push button signal will be coordinated with the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Via De Luna Drive and Fort Pickens Road.