Retire in Pensacola

Meet Patricia

Want to know what it's like to retire in Pensacola?

I am a Native New Yorker in the US Navy that got stationed in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. Although I initially wanted to stay in Jacksonville, my Navy detailer said I might like Pensacola. I retired from the Navy in May 2009, and have been in Pensacola ever

So Patricia, what about Pensacola initially appealed to you?

In Florida, the weather is so different than up North in New York with no harsh winters. I also like the hometown country feel of Pensacola, it so much more laid back than other places that I have been stationed. What really caught my attention was the places of worship here in Pensacola, Florida, one of which in particular which had me coming back to Pensacola when I retired. That was the Pentecostal Temple Ministries where Chief Apostle John David Young, Sr. is the Chief Prelate and Bishop.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

As far as military retirees go, when we bring our children to school here, the interpretation of their transcripts was challenging. For instance, the credits that they received from their previous school were not accepted so they were told that instead of being in their grades they were in, they had to go backwards. I had a hard time getting them back on track to school success.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

Coming here and being a divorcee, and having to get back in the workforce, after finishing my degree in Psychology was unexpected for me.

If you ever left Pensacola, what would you miss the most?

The Bible Belt atmosphere, there are so many places of worship here.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

I would say keep an open mind. Venture out to the community by volunteering, learning your surroundings, and finding out what is a good fit for you. I came as military person, so I saw things a lot different than other retirees. My medical benefits were taken care of for me, and I had readily available resources from the Veteran Administration here.

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