Ferry Pass is a part of Northeast Florida that borders Pensacola to the south, the Escambia River to the north, and the city of Ensley to the west. Over seven miles of the eastern part of Ferry Pass area sits directly on the Escambia Bay, making it desirable to boating enthusiasts.
The town of Ferry Pass had its beginnings in the early to mid-1820's, when a businessman named Charles Beeler founded a ferry service from the Escambia River to the eastern part of Escambia Bay. It developed into a town with homes and a store, and soon became a thriving, but short-lived venture. The capital of Florida changed from Pensacola to Tallahassee and traffic to the area waned. Although Beeler moved on, others continued the ferry service until the 1850's.
The Civil War and advent of the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad interrupted the ferry service until 1910, when Floridatown became a resort community and an easy passage from the river area to the northern tip of the Bay was needed. The service was resurrected and then improved in 1920. It continued until the causeway was opened from the Bay to the river and a ferry was no longer needed. Eventually, it was repurposed to be a marina, boat launch, and fishing service, with the town of Ferry Pass maintained as a part of the Pensacola metropolitan area. Floridatown became a public park and was annexed into the city of Pace, Florida.
Today, the University of West Florida is located on the northwestern tip of Ferry Pass, and accounts for its notable high population of people under the age of 35. Much of the area centers around the college, its students and professors, with the remainder being rural, wooded, and residential. Tourism is not big in this part of the Pensacola metro.
Real estate here is perhaps less expensive than the majority of Pensacola itself, with the exception of the large estates located directly on the Bay. Interstate 10 connects Northeast Pensacola to Avalon Beach across the Bay, and runs through Ferry Pass on into Ensley. You will find some fast food restaurants along the highway, a few Starbucks restaurants, but little industry.
If you are looking for an affordable part of Florida that is more residential with less traffic and vacationers, or if you have an interest in the University, this is a place you might consider perfect. We will be glad to give you more information on the area.
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