Pace was originally known as Florida Town founded by William Barnett in 1821 and was the location of his lumber mill. The rich timberland fed the mill. Joe Pace entered the Picture in 1907 and opened the Pace Mill that focused on pulp production, and in the late 1930s was known as the Florida Pulp and Paper Mill. Switching gears and focusing more on pulp production James Pace reopened the mill as the Florida Pulp and paper company in the 1930’s Pace is a tight-knit community with a “Friday Night Lights” feel, seems like everyone in town goes to watch the local high school football team the Pace Patriots play. There is an athletic and recreation association that children can partake in everything from Cheerleading to Football. Various parks for children to play one of the most popular is Benny Russell with a large playground, picnic areas, and public restrooms on-site, everything you need for a great day. For the golf enthusiasts, you can practice your skills at Stonebrook Manor an 18-hole golf course that measures 6875 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 74.3 USGA rating.
Nearby there are multiple dining options from fast food to local restaurants like South Market a local favorite. Shopping is in the center of Pace with stores like Walmart Supercenter, TJMAXX, Publix, then there are antique shops and thrift stores to browse and find hidden treasures. If an urge for more upscale shopping the Cordova Mall or a quick trip to Tanger Outlet Center in Foley will satisfy the most refined shopper.
Pace has a southern small-town feel, exceptional schools, public parks recreation, military support, plenty of job opportunities, and close to the interstate with easy access to downtown Pensacola, beaches, and commuting.
The City of Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, is located in the western Florida Panhandle. Adjacent to the Blackwater River. Milton is a designated Florida Main Street Community and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In Milton, they value their cultural heritage. Historical sites include Bagdad Village Museum, Blackwater Heritage Trail, Arcadia Mill, and the West Florida Railroad Museum to name a few. Other parks to see are the Blackwater State Park, Gill-Bass Park, and the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. The 4th of July celebration, annual festivals, parades, and bands on the blackwater; where various bands play each Friday night with food vendors and plenty of space for the kids to play it is a fun family experience.
The Milton Community Center keeps the kids active; baseball, football, cheerleading and various other activities from kids to seniors, The Milton Community Center has something for everyone. Busy night, no worries there several fast-food options, around Milton or you can dine in one of the local eateries like Grover T’s BBQ, David’s Catfish House or Blackwater Bistro. Milton is a progressive city that continues to grow. Pensacola State College has a campus here and there are many more colleges in the area for an easy commute for students. There are six area Aviation focused military installations here including Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Local industrial parks provide local employment opportunities if you need to commute the interstate is easily accessible. Milton represents a hometown atmosphere with a great quality of life and top-rated schools. From farms, communities or neighborhoods with top rated schools what a wonderful place to raise a family.
The city motto is:” Where good living flows!
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