Pensacola! A long shot… You’ve got some military installations in that area. Contact the AV staff (try the Public Affairs Office), indicating you are a public sector employee and need some advice. Officially, (I believe) they will not be able to do a gator field trip. However, the AV staff usually has enthusiasts for which the AV field is more than a job. Find the right specialist and you might be able to get some good tips, including resource info about local rentals, etc. You might find a military guy/gal who free lances and has incredible gear. You might even find someone who would volunteer on their own time, just because of the adventure aspect of the deal. Good luck!
REAGARDS … TOM