Below is some of the (scant) data I've collected about the history of the cross.
But first, here's what they did to a cross in Grand Haven, Michigan. I LOVE IT! I wish they would do this here!! It would be so appropriate, since the cross overlooks the water and we have a long, stories Naval history here.
And now the FEW resources I could find, as well as a pic of the plaque dedicating THE STAGE, NOT THE CROSS itself.
From the City Council minutes, 1951 concerning the stage. The resolution itself is lost, I'm told:
An article about THE STAGE, not the cross itself, from a 1951 Pensacola News-Journal microfilm:
And a close-up of the plaque dedicating THE STAGE to Frasier Phelps. I have no problem with the plaque or the stage. In fact, I contacted his family (mentioning only that I was researching the history of the cross) to learn about the early history of the Easter services. They were very helpful. There is no plaque commemorating the cross itself - probably because it is has no historical significance, except to celebrate Christianity in Pensacola.