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Editor’s Note If you read my editorial regularly, you may have heard me say more than once that the current Pensacola Magazine Home and Garden cover home is my absolute favorite. Each time I say that, it is the absolute truth—I have adored so many homes that we have featured over the years. You might have also noticed that my taste runs toward the modern—mid-century mostly, but even some homes built into the 70’s are pretty cool. Well, I’m saying it again, and I mean it just as much this time as every other time—maybe a tiny bit more because this house features both a modern take on mid-century design and the latest and greatest in environmentally friendly materials and systems. It truly is my dream home in every way. Working with local architect Dean Dalrymple of Dalrymple Sallis and Bontrager Builders, the Wernicke’s really took a lot of time and care to choose each specific element of their eco-friendly retirement home. I hope you enjoy seeing the home and reading about it as much as I enjoyed learning about it. I wouldn’t call it a theme, but the midcentury and vintage vibes feature strongly in another story this month. Dakota Parks spoke to three local furniture restorers who each take one man’s trash and turn it into

another man’s treasure. From mid-century modern to high-end fabrics and farmhouse chic—these local craftsmen are putting a gorgeous spin on upcycling. In advance of Autism Awareness month in April, we also feature a great story by Gina Castro about autism and the autism community as well as the myriad ways the public can help build awareness and understanding while also supporting fantastic nonprofits like Autism Pensacola. The coming weeks are chalk full of fun in Pensacola. On March 28, locals should just plan to spend their entire day Downtown as the neighborhood is hosting three unique events on the same day—Ciclovia, Veg Fest and the Mess Hall’s Science Festival. So, bring your bikes, scooters or skateboards and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor fun on the streets of Pensacola. On April 4 the public is invited to support The Pensacola Little Theatre in its biggest event of the year— Cabaret. This year’s theme is 007, and attendees are sure to have fabulous time channeling their inner James Bond or favorite bond girl.

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Contents TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF WATERING CONTAINER GARDENS 10 Melinda Myers offers tips and tricks for well-hydrated container plants.

CABARET: SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED

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Pensacola Little Theatre’s biggest party of the year features Bond. James Bond.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR AN AUTISM-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY 19 Autism Pensacola works to bridge the gap between people with autism and the community.

SPRING IN TO FUN

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One day—three festivals in downtown Pensacola.

HISTORIC REANIMATIONS

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Bringing furniture back to life.

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Downsized by design: a downtown home offers a modern take on mid-century design and the latest and greatest in environmentally friendly materials and systems.

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Take the Hassle Out of Watering Container Gardens By Melinda Myers Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance. Unlike growing plants in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to heat and wind, so they require frequent, often daily, watering. Don’t let this watering schedule discourage you from growing in pots. Enlist one or more of these strategies to eliminate the daily burden of watering while still maintaining beautiful and productive gardens.

Grow plants in large plastic, glazed or other less breathable material to extend the time between watering.

Use self-watering pots to extend the time between watering. Fill the reservoir in these containers as needed. The water moves from the reservoir to the soil where it is needed and extends the time between watering. As your new plantings grow, you will need to fill the reservoir more frequently. Use a quality potting mix that both holds moisture and is well draining to avoid waterlogged soils that can lead to root rot. Most potting mixes contain peat moss, compost or bark to hold moisture. Vermiculite, perlite or rice hulls are used to provide drainage.

Grow plants in large plastic, glazed or other less breathable material to extend the time between watering. The larger the pot and less breathable the container material, the longer the soil stays moist. Small pots made of breathable materials, like unglazed terra cotta, dry out more quickly.

Add a long-lasting sustainable, water saving product, like wool pellets (wildvalleyfarms. com), to your potting mix. This organic product is made from belly wool and tags that cannot be used for clothing. The pellets promote healthier growth, increase soil aeration and reduce watering frequency by as much as 25 percent.

No matter the size and type of container used, monitor and adjust your watering schedule based on weather, number of plants in the pot and size of the plants. The more plants used and the larger the plants grow the more water needed; so, frequency will increase over time.

Mulch the soil surface in newly planted container gardens. This common garden practice is often overlooked when growing in containers. Cover the soil surface with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic material.

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This action helps conserve moisture until plants grow and shade the soil. Automate watering with one of the many commercial or DIY container irrigation systems. These are designed to provide water to each individual pot with the turn of the faucet. Attach the irrigation system to the faucet then attach a timer and watering becomes a breeze. Regularly check the system to make sure the lines that deliver water to the pot are intact and the watering frequency is adjusted throughout the growing season as needed. Enlist one or more of these strategies to make container gardening a manageable growing system. Once you eliminate the inconvenience of daily watering, you may just find yourself planting more container gardens each season. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Wild Valley Farms for her expertise to write this article. Her website is www.MelindaMyers.com.


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CABARET SHAK SHAKEN EN NOT NOT SSTIRRED TIRRED by Josh McGovern

Fix your bow ties before you order a martini, shaken not stirred. The biggest party in Pensacola returns with plenty of love on April 4. Spying a new theme, the Pensacola Little Theater is hosting a 007 style cabaret titled Cabaret: Shaken Not Stirred. Each year, the theme shakes up and renews, but, the annual Pensacola party always excites, transforming the Pensacola Little Theater and subsequent block into a full-scaled entertainment complex, indoor and outdoor. The Cabaret features numerous bars and themed rooms boasting extravagant performers in classy dresses, suits and styles celebrating the iconic James Bond films: Diamonds are Forever, Goldfinger, Casino Royale, From Russia with Love, and more. Each room at the event is expected to represent each of the classic Bond films. Sid Heath, PLT’s Executive Director said, “Guests will seamlessly wander from room to room, not knowing what to expect as they turn the corner.” Party-goers can expect a black-tie affair for a good artistic cause. All funds raised by the Cabaret go right back to the Pensacola Little Theater to improve experiences for not only those involved in the theater but also the guests and patrons. “The funds raised through Cabaret go right back into that local talent, allowing PLT to keep production ticket prices low, offer outreach programs that inspire children in underserved and at-risk communities and provide the entire community with culturally diverse educational opportunities,” Heath said. “A large portion of the proceeds directly funds our travelling theatre troupe, Beyond Boundaries, which takes free arts education into Title I

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schools, nursing homes, community centers, libraries and more.” PLT is a nonprofit community theater located downtown on Jefferson Street. Known for countless productions and events in their owned and operated Pensacola Cultural Center, PLT’s annual Cabaret party aims to support local artistic talents and entertainers. Its beginnings trace back to the 90s when the Pensacola Cultural Center planted itself in the cultural hub of Downtown Pensacola. “Pensacola is so blessed to have such a pool of talent, so we get together to show it off every spring!” Heath said. All Cabaret tickets include admission, open bar, catering and entertainment. Guests will enjoy a live band, performances by Ballet Pensacola, Powell Entertainment as DJ, string instrumentalists from UWF, aerialists, drag performances and much more. VIP passes are available for purchase which grant guests access to other numerous secret rooms. Tickets sell out quickly, and with limited tickets allotted, Heath advised first timers to get their tickets in advance. “It’s the most unique party you’ll experience in Pensacola – and we are well on our way to selling out of all 600 tickets again,” Heath said. Regarded as one of the biggest fundraising parties in Pensacola, the Cabaret’s planning is not taken lightly. Dates have been considered and set all the way through 2022. Heath and the PLT Board congregate the day after each Cabaret and plan the next year’s theme. An odd job,

for sure. Previous Cabaret themes included cities, decades and colors. This year’s James Bond motif isn’t the only classic film to take center stage. In 2019, PLT hosted a Phantom of the Opera themed Cabaret, doubling as a masquerade party. Pensacola residents took a trip across the Atlantic in 2018 for that year’s Midnight in Paris Cabaret. PLT is known to be tricksters when it comes to the annual party. Keep a golden eye out for amazements. Teasing secrets along the way, Heath said that this year’s James Bond Cabaret is no different from the ones that came before it. Surprises are bound to reveal themselves throughout the night. I asked Heath if he’d be willing to reveal a few of the party’s top secrets, and he responded with a polite but stern “No.” “We never give away our secrets, but we do guarantee you’ll be thoroughly surprised with the flow of the evening and what will pop up from time to time. Guests will enjoy libations, live music, exclusive performances, and much more – from drag shows, aerialists, flash mob dancers, ballerinas, singers, pianists, live orchestras, sketch artists, hair stylists, ice sculptors and beyond.” PLT sets out with a mission each year to promote the arts in Northwest Florida. The PLT Cabaret does so in celebratory fashion, creating a fun atmosphere for people to enjoy artistic endeavors. When asked about James Bond puns, Heath kept in touch with the night’s good humor and fun saying, “Bond puns are always allowed! Bond guns, however, are not.” Keep that in mind when putting on your blazers and painting your fingers gold.


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HAT DOES AUTISM LOOK LIKE? This is a common question for those who aren’t familiar with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For a while, the only mainstream representation of autism was the film Rain Man. In recent years, as more people discuss autism, the disorder has been represented in various television shows and movies including the Netflix Original Series Atypical and The Good Doctor. These television shows display characters who are autistic living regular lives and working in challenging career fields. Cate Merrill, Autism Pensacola President and CEO, said that this type of representation is good for raising awareness about autism. Buzz Ritchie, the Director of Development at Autism Pensacola, said that these shows also help teach viewers the proper terminology. For example, you shouldn’t say “my autistic friend” you should say “my friend has autism.” Autism or ASD refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism Pensacola, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been serving the families of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties since 2002 and is the leading connector and

resource for autism support, advocacy, education and networking opportunities in the Pensacola Bay Area. The CDC recently reported that 1 in 59 people have autism. “We serve Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, so that’s about 9,000 potential individuals between our two counties

who are living with autism,” Merrill said. “That's a lot of people. Another thing we like to say is if you meet one person with autism, you’ve met one person because it's a spectrum—different cognitive abilities, physical abilities, races and sexes.” One of Autism Pensacola’s goals is to make the area an autism-friendly community. On March 21, Autism Pensacola will host the fundraising campaign Steps for Autism. All of the money raised at this event will be used to support the mission and programs of Autism Pensacola in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, including safety, quality of life and awareness initiatives. One hundred percent of proceeds raised during Steps for Autism stays in the local area. The

celebration is from 9 am to 1 pm at the Pensacola State College walking track located at 1000 College Blvd. The event will feature food trucks, vendors, bouncy houses and a stage with different performers and entertainment. “Steps is for everybody. We want everyone in the community to come out. It's not only for the children we work with,” Ritchie said. “It's for the whole community to help the community better understand the population that we serve. Autism is not very well understood.” Merrill calls Steps for Autism their kick off event because April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. For the entire month of April, Autism Pensacola will be training March '20

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local businesses to be autism friendly. Merrill said that they plan to work with businesses who often deal with families at places such as grocery stores, movie theatres and restaurants. The training will include teaching businesses what autism is and explaining how they can accommodate those with autism. Merrill said that they also hope these businesses will help fundraise. “Part of this is just to have more businesses understand what autism is all about,” Ritchie said. “A child is pretty prone to have a melt down in a restaurant, and it's nice if the establishment kind of understands what mom and dad are going through with trying to get the child under control. That’s part of our outreach is to bring awareness.” Jena Sudderth, an Autism Pensacola staff member and mother of a child with autism, said that whenever she explains her child’s sensitivities to the restaurant staff, they easily accommodate her family’s needs. “If you politely tell the host your child or individual might have a sensitivity to the lights or music, 10 times out of 10 they will turn down the lights or the music,” Sudderth 20 Pensacola Magazine

explained. “I’ve never gone into a restaurant where they haven't accommodated. My non-verbal child has eaten at the Grand Marlin and Chili’s without a melt down. All you have to do is politely ask.” This initiative is an extension of Autism Pensacola’s training program for first responders, such as the Pensacola Police Department (PPD), sheriff's department and EMTs. Recently, they started training Pensacola International Airport’s TSA officers. They partner with the PPD’s Lieutenant Jimmy

Donohoe, who has an adult son with autism, and a retired fire chief from Boston for the training program. “We teach them what autism looks like. Someone who is repeating everything you say, looks like the rest of us and is resisting going through the metal detector might not be a drug issue, or some other type of illness: it could be autism,” Merrill said. “So, we teach them to look out for these different characteristics and tips on how to address these individuals.”

While every individual living with autism is unique, the most common characteristics include effects on the five senses, social interactions and communication expressions. A large number of people with autism struggle with situations that involve large groups of people, loud music and bright lights. Events like music festivals or large community events can be a challenge for people who have autism and their families. To accommodate people who struggle with sensory issues, social anxiety or other similar issues, Autism


Pensacola brings pop-up sensory rooms to local events. The sensory room has items such as cooler lights, fidget spinners, bean bag chairs and noise cancelling headphones to help visitors reset without having to go back home. “It can be a challenge to pack up your whole family, find a parking space, get to the festival or Wahoos game and then have to leave within five to 10 minutes,” Merrill said. “Knowing that the event is expecting them and wants them there is a huge thing for the families.” Autism Pensacola’s website has a lengthy list of local resources for families and adults who are in search of diagnostic centers, therapy, respite care and even hair salons. “We have been working on that resource guide by getting it as up to date as possible and growing it, but we need about 10 or a 100 more for each area,” Merrill said. “Where there might be one dentist office, we need more. Where there might be one Chuck E. Cheese, we need more.” The resource list has a handful of places that focus on early intervention, which is very important for ASD. “A problem in our world is communicating to parents about how important it is for early intervention. Some parents have parental denial,” Ritchie said. “That’s another reason Autism Pensacola exists – to keep the word out there. If you have a 2-year-old child who is not speaking yet, it might be a signal to pay attention to that because the quicker we get into therapy, the greater the outcome.” “The outcomes can be so much better when you get started early, and it’s okay if it's not autism,” Merrill said. It doesn’t hurt to get screened.”

AUTISM FACTS

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Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development. Early intervention can improve learning, communication, and social skills. Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Nearly half of those with autism wander and/or bolt from safety. 1 percent of the world’s population has autism. More than 3.5 million live with an autism spectrum disorder. 35 percent of young adults with autism have not had a job or received post graduate education after leaving high school. 19 percent of individuals with autism go to college On average individuals with autism have a higher intelligence Individuals with autism are self-motivated and independent learners Individuals on the autism spectrum have the high ability to think in visual images. Autism spectrum disorder is one of the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) might have a great ability in one area and a great difficulty in another. While every individual living with autism is unique the most common characteristics include effects on the five senses, social interactions, and communication expressions.

Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development. Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills. The resource lists also includes other organizations and programs for people with autism. One of the programs is Argos for Autism, which is based out of the University of West Florida. Merrill said that UWF has been selected as one of the top 10 universities for kids to attend that are on the spectrum. Argos for Autism helps students with autism get ready for classes and acclimate to their dorm room. Only 19 percent of individuals with autism go to college, yet on average, individuals with autism have a higher intelligence. UWF also partners with

Autism Pensacola during Kids for Camp, which is a summer camp for ages 2 to 22. Kids for Camp is a data-driven program that uses best-practice techniques, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis, to contribute to both the skill acquisition of the individuals with autism and the continuing education of the teachers, support staff and college students who work with those with autism. If you would like to learn more about Autism Pensacola and its programs, visit AutismPensacola.org.

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Spring Into Fun Community-Wide Spring Festivals by Dakota Parks

What do bicycles, science and vegetables have in common? Cool tricks and experiments, for starters. Collectively, all three of them are bringing the community together to promote fitness, education and outdoor fun right in time for spring. Pensacola is widely known for its fall festivals from art to film to seafood; however, Pensacola is now claiming homage to spring festivals, many of which conveniently overlap into one jam-packed day. On March 28, downtown Pensacola is coming together to celebrate Ciclovía, The Gulf Coast Science Festival and VegFest! The best part about it? Each event has free admission, so you can stroll past all three for free. Don’t worry, there is plenty of time to see all three events, and here at Pensacola Magazine, we’ve mapped out the festivities for you!

Ciclovía

Palafox Street & onwards 10 am–3 pm Ciclovía takes its origins from Bogotá, Colombia, where every Sunday from 7am2pm, the streets are shut down, spanning 75 miles for a motor-free, free-for-all with bicyclists, runners and walkers galore. The weekly ciclovías in Bogotá attract approximately 2 million people—around 30 percent of Bogotá’s population. The

car-free initiative, dating back to the 1970s has inspired thousands of events around the world, including Pensacola. Just picture it, East Garden Street stretching down Palafox Street shut down, covered in wheels. All wheels are welcome: bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, unicycles, penny farthings—even Heelys if you still have a pair laying around from their 2008 heyday.

Ciclovía Pensacola has been reoccurring since 2017 and growing in numbers as the years go on. The directors of Ciclovía Pensacola were expecting a relatively small crowd their first year but were shocked when nearly 10,000 people showed up. Last year in 2019, the event brought in the biggest crowd yet at 15,000 people. Rand Hicks, chairman of Ciclovía Pensacola, explained the synchronic mobility of the event: “They shut down the streets and shut all of the engines off, so the air gets cleaner, people are moving, walking, running, skateboarding, biking, dancing, practicing karate and yoga. Everything you can imagine happens on the streets. It’s all about movement and all about fun. And, you’re cleaning the air while you do it, so there’s no pollution going up into the sky. Each year we’re continuing to build the community spirit, showcase Pensacola and increase the longevity of happiness for our citizens.” When asked how they keep the streets from descending into chaos with all of the moving parts, Hicks explained that you just let people be people. “Well, you don’t have to do anything! You just let people be people, and they’re happy, and they’re moving. We have a couple of things to keep the street flowing. For instance, if you start staging too many events, like a band on the corner of a street, people will stop to watch the performance and cause a clog in the street. So, we have moving entertainers, like the Pop-Up Opera or

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the Pop-Up Gospel that performed in previous years while walking down the street,” said Hicks. Ciclovía also features nearly 60 vendors that represent the mission of the event: to promote health and fitness. Everything from bicycle shops and bicycle organizations, yoga studios and Thai Chi instructors set up shop. The only parameters vendors are given is to fall into the umbrella that is Ciclovía. The event also impacts commerce by bringing hungry and thirsty citizens past some of the best eateries and shops in downtown Pensacola. “We want to bring as many people to Pensacola as possible so that they can see our beautiful downtown center. And, to be a symbol

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for the coming generations getting healthy, staying healthy and having fun outside. When they see each other, everybody has a smile, and that’s what unites them,” said Hicks. The directors of Ciclovía are also partnering up to ensure that riders and participants naturally filter over to the Gulf Coast Science Fair and swing by VegFest for a bite to eat.

Gulf Coast Science Festival: Expo Day Seville Square 10 am-2 pm

While the festivities of Ciclovía might fall under the realm of kinesiology and exercise science, Expo Day in

Seville Square encapsulates all realms of science. Going on its third year, the Gulf Coast Science Festival, sponsored by the Pensacola Mess Hall, unites the public realm with the science community to showcase all of the ingenuity and didactic qualities of science. The event is dispersed across three days including a field trip day that brings in close to 700 students, the public expo day and finally, a private ticketed fundraising gala on the third day that raises money for both the Pensacola Mess Hall and the science festival. Megan Pratt, the executive director of the Pensacola Mess Hall, explained just how important scientific outreach is to our community.

“The expo day is similar to field trip day in that it provides representation for people across our community in terms of the different institutions and organizations. Visitors can scroll through Seville Square and try some hands-on science. Some will be quick and easy things whereas other experiments and building exercises can engage people for a long time. It’s designed with the entire community in mind—for children and adults to participate. Last year, the University of West Florida came out, and students from different departments were sharing hands-on activities and their own research. So, it’s really a chance to engage with the entire community in science,” said Pratt. From snakes and wildlife conservation activists to virtual reality demonstrations, both the field trip day and the expo day provide a variety of science and technologyrelated activities, inspiring curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving for both children and adults. Although the field trip day is completely booked, Pratt explained that if passerby's stroll through Seville Park, they’re more than welcome to check out the various tables. “We have nonprofits and government organizations present. For kids, we focus a lot on what kind of jobs


they could pursue in the science field. It’s really to inspire kids and get them thinking,” said Pratt. For more information about GCSF visit gulfcoastsciencefestival.org

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Community Maritime Park 11 am-6 pm After stretching your legs and your brain muscles, you’re bound to work up an appetite. The 3rd annual Pensacola VegFest is nestled in the Community Maritime Park for a day full of clean eats and embracing local vegan vendors from restaurants to clothing merchants. The vegan scene in Pensacola has grown immensely over the past few years, and VegFest is a testament to that quantitative growth. Whether you’re a prospective vegan, eager to learn more about it or fully-embracing the life choice, VegFest offers an array of activities from food sampling to cooking demonstrations. For many people first approaching veganism, cooking can be a roadblock for them. The event offers speakers that highlight the many aspects of veganism and demonstrations to teach the public how to cook healthy vegan meals.

dietary movement that cuts animal byproducts from the diet. For most, it is a lifestyle that encompasses all products utilized in daily lives from soap to clothing to shoes—you name it. Local vendors and merchants will be set up showcasing their vegan products. For the audiophiles, live music will be performed by bands in between the guest speakers. There will also be kid friendly activities, local chiropractors and masseuses and free yoga demonstrations with three different yoga classes: Slow-Flow Beginners Yoga, Intermediate Yoga and Advanced Yoga. Whether you swing by on bikes and rollerblades for a munch, stay all day, or end the day at VegFest, it’s an event you’ll want to be sure to check out. For updates and additional information, check out www. pensacolavegfest.com.

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N THE SIDE OF THE CURB sits a derelict 80-year-old sofa with fraying, nearly see-through fabric, nicotine stains, mold residue, busted out seats and scratched wood. To the average passerby, the sofa is on its way to the city dump. For a vintage designer and remodeler, the couch is a 1940s hand-carved mahogany camel back couch in desperate need of repair. Unlike the average Joe,

most people that work within the vintage scene have a keen eye for seeing the potential in worn out and beat up furniture. The vintage scene in Pensacola is constantly growing, influenced by the recycling movement, social media and Pensacola’s own "antique alley" running down Navy Boulevard. Designers salvage pieces from garage sales, estate sales, flea markets,

antique stores, barns, dumpsters— even the side of the road. They wade through cockroaches, mouse droppings, mold and nicotine remnants and years of abuse to bring life back to the pieces and put them in a new home. They spend months working in their garages and studios. However, for most of them, the love for preserving antiques followed them from childhood.

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Historic Reanimations Zachary Keaton, 29, owner of SuperTouch Vintage on Navy Boulevard, grew up thrifting in Atlanta, GA with his grandparents and siblings picking out clothing and band tee-shirts. It wasn’t until he began furnishing his own house in his twenties and witnessed how quickly cheap store-bought furniture falls apart that Keaton returned to the thrifting scene. Keaton left his career in the culinary field, where he worked as a chef de cuisine and restaurant manager, when his furniture sales started bringing in more money. Now, he owns and operates SuperTouch Vintage, where he focuses on restoring Danish Modern and Midcentury Modern furniture back to their original finishing using original manufacturing techniques. “Midcentury furniture is just built so well. I love the clean lines and simplicity of it. Midcentury is definitely popular in the vintage scene because it works so well with everything. Furniture like French and Colonial can only work with certain houses and aesthetics, whereas Midcentury can pair well in most homes,” explained Keaton. Keaton travels all over the country, as far as Texas and Tennessee picking furniture to restore. He is completely self-taught from YouTube and trial and error. For Keaton, the remodeling process starts with a can of Raid and plastic wrap. “This piece was covered in roaches and a layer of nicotine. It had been completely ruined, as most people would see it, but I could still see the value in it. So, I bring Raid—I always have a can of Raid no matter where 28 Pensacola Magazine

I’m going. I had to kill all of the bugs, put it in a plastic bag and wrap it to put it in my van. I bring it back here, clean it, strip it completely, disassemble it and remove the varnish and layers of nicotine from it. Then I sand it, clean it all down again, wait for it to dry, then seal it with a sanding sealer, tone it and lacquer it,” said Keaton. The entire process can take well over a month of labor; however, Keaton explained that he only refinishes furniture with good resale value. If he knows that something is a lower-priced item, he still spends time cleaning it up and ensuring it will survive another 60+ years. Creating a store with both low-income and high-income prices was important to Keaton, who grew up thrifting out of necessity. Within his store, you can find a sturdy chest of drawers priced at $175 and a beautifully remodeled chest of drawers priced at $2,000. The same scale can be seen in his collection of vintage clothing scanning from band-tees to 1950s Levi jackets. When asked about the diversification and changing demographics for vintage designers, Keaton explained his experiences being young in the scene. “Single men don’t stereotypically take interest in furnishing and designing their spaces. I was raised by women, so it’s always been different for me. The vintage scene is definitely run by women. People don’t always expect a young kid that looks like me, with tattoos down my arms and on my neck to be into vintage clothing and furniture. It happens a lot when I go to buy

a piece of furniture that people will look at me funny like ‘why is he buying this?’” said Keaton. Keaton is not the only young designer in Pensacola. We also spoke to Megan Boyce, 29, owner of Reclaimed Goods Co. set up inside Miles Antique Mall. With over 65,000 square feet and 500 vendors, Miles is one of the largest antique malls in Florida. Boyce explained that she doesn’t see the other vendors as competition, rather as an inclusive community that has welcomed her. Like Keaton, Boyce grew up around antique furniture and got her start in the scene when she was furnishing her home. “I grew up around antiques, so it has always been a part of my life. I realized I could make furniture mine, and that made it more personal to me. I feel like a lot of other people are doing that now, too. I also think there’s an attraction to something that lasts in a world where it seems like nothing really lasts. People love going thrifting and going to estate sales now, and I feel like even a few years ago you didn’t see people doing that. I think there are a lot of younger people that

are getting into it and finding pieces that can last them a long time,” said Boyce. As a full-time RN, Boyce started remodeling furniture as a side hobby. She explained that she keeps several pieces in her garage at a time so that she can work on them as she finds time. “Sometimes I can only devote 30 minutes a day to them depending how tired I am when I get home. Sanding can take forever. I usually have my headphones in listening to a podcast, so I’m not just wasting my time sanding, because it can be boring,” explained Boyce.


you don’t love it, you won’t keep it,” said Boyce.

Unlike other vintage designers that are drawn to certain eras of furniture style, Boyce lets the furniture speak to her. She said that if she can see the potential in a piece or fall in love with the bare bones design of it, she will buy it to remodel. While she loves the beauty of natural wood, she also incorporates milk paint into her designs for its ability to crack and chip. “I would rather paint something that has been neglected so that someone new can start to use it again. I know people that won’t touch paint at all—that's just not me. I would rather freshen it up so that someone can use it. I think you have to love it—if

For Carla Hard, owner and designer at Rock Hard Designs Inc. on Palafox Street, the love for designing furniture started around age 18 and followed her throughout her life. Growing up, she travelled a lot with her family—road tripping across 38 states. Travelling gave her a taste of bohemian spirit and taught her how to make anywhere feel like home. That homey, bohemian spirit can be seen in her current collection, the Bohemian Paris Collection. “I think furniture should speak to you, and that you should love it. My grandmother was a travelling art teacher, so I grew up in a garage full of pastels, crayons and paints. We were thrown into that creative space. I like to add color to furniture because it’s a great way to add a pop of color to a space without painting the walls. I want to save these pieces from ending up at the dump and find a new life form for them,” said Hard. Hard purposely seeks out and finds antique furniture in the worst condition she can find it—the furniture that otherwise

would be sent to a dump. All of her pieces start with a vision and bare bones. From there, she stains and refinishes the wood, hand-selects high-end fabric that speaks to the style she wants to create and has them professionally reupholstered. “I always say if you’re going to redo a piece, and you know you’re going to live a long time with a piece, you need to invest in fabric. Fabric can last a lifetime if you reupholster furniture with the right type. The fabrics I use are with the Designer’s Guild. I really like velvet, French and English fabrics. I use high-end fabric so that the furniture wears well. It’s also worth the money spent when you look at how long it’s going to last. You want to make something with craftsmanship and quality that can withstand time and be passed down to generations as a keepsake,” explained Hard.

One thing Hard emphasized was that all furniture can be changed to reflect the style of the owner. “If people would just sit down and really look at that chair their grandma gave them and see the potential in it, they wouldn’t want to give it away. The wood and fabric pattern might not be your style, but you can change that. If you don’t like it, at the end of the day, it’s your chair—paint it if you want. I know some people say ‘do not paint antiques,’ but if painting it makes it continue to live with you and makes you love it, then paint the chair,” said Hard.

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D Street and began planning their dream retirement home. Must-have elements for the couple included plenty of natural light, environmentally friendly materials and energy efficient systems as well as great outdoor space. With the help of local architect Dean Dalrymple of architectural firm Dalrymple Sallis and local contractor Bontrager Builders, the couple succeeded in building their dream home—a modern, eco friendly urban cottage that requires minimal upkeep and creates minimal environmental impact. March '20

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DESIGN ELEMENTS Energy efficiency was extremely important to the couple for both environmental and cost saving reasons. To that end, the home features a number of energy efficient and eco-friendly design elements and materials. The 30-year metal roof, spray foam insulation and Hardie-board siding all make the home very low maintenance and air-tight. Outdoor rain collection systems, Low E glass, LED lighting and a garage heat pump that recycles the hot air to heat the water all combine to keep power usage and environmental impact low. The two most unique features of the home, in terms of efficiency, come from Florida’s most renewable resource—the sun. The 36 solar panels mounted to

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the garage roof provide 10.4 kilowatts of solar energy—enough to power the entire house and leave the homeowners with a zero dollar power bill. In fact, they actually produce excess energy, which Gulf Power pays for in the form of a credit. Additionally, the interior of the home features three solar tubes—these are similar to sun lights, but they use frizzle lenses to amplify and distribute natural sunlight, often eliminating the need for lamps or other lighting. Ease of maintenance was also important to the couple and the polished concrete floors throughout the home make cleanup easy while adding to the modern vibe.


EXTERIOR LANDSCAPE + DESIGN

The couple chose a no grass front yard landscape. “We didn’t want grass. Not only are lawn mowers environmentally offensive, but we also didn’t want to be out here mowing grass. Everything in the front yard is either native or adapted—Florida friendly—low maintenance, low irrigation, no mowing.” They filled empty spaces with mulch and pavers to create an attractive and eco friendly landscape design—complete with a little free library designed to match their home. The backyard features a paved patio, rainwater storage barrels, an outdoor shower and a large garden complete with a greenhouse. The mostly edible garden has been planted with plenty of fruit trees— including lemons, limes, oranges and figs as well as blackberry and blueberry bushes. Multiple raised garden boxes offer room for growing Brussels sprouts, broccoli, snow peas, kale and more. Again, this space is completely grass free using scavenged pine straw and free mulch from ECUA. A large screened in porch offers year round outdoor comfort and was an absolute requirement for the couple.

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KITCHEN + DINING While the kitchen may be small by some standards, it packs a punch both visually and in terms of space utilization. The clean, high gloss cabinets in a pale grey and an accent wall and breakfast bar in bold, modern orange combine perfectly with black Dekton countertops and stainless appliances. The couple’s one big splurge—a sixburner stainless steel gas range anchors the space and creates a chef kitchen vibe. The large walk in pantry keeps the clutter contained and provides a place to hold small appliances, family heirlooms and larger dishware.

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LIVING ROOM The wide-open living area creates an urban cabin vibe with the wood burning fireplace, modern furnishings and ethnic sculptures. The entire space—from dining to living room--features a wall of sliding doors and upper windows that create bright, natural light and offer a great view of the patio. The cypress covered slanted ceiling creates an open and earthy aesthetic while the modern lighting, bold pops of color, local art and modern furnishings add to the downtown urban vibe. “We definitely wanted a wood burning fireplace,” Carl said. “To me, fire is a wonderful thing. They change constantly and you get to mess with them. You can occupy yourself for a long time with a fire. A lot of people are going to gas and they’ve come along way with those, but to me, they are just kind of soulless.”

MEDIA ROOM While the house could technically be a two bedroom, the Wernickes use the second room as a media room and library. The couple does not like televisions in the living area, so they created a separate space to Netflix and chill or to entertain their grandchildren. The media room also houses their collection of Wernicke barrister bookcases—a design invented by Carl’s great grandfather, Otto Wernicke, in the 1800s. The bookcase patent was eventually sold to Global and then to Macys. More local art spans the media room walls. March '20

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MASTER SUITE Built in bedside tables with frosted glass cabinets and tall bookshelves keep everything neat and tidy. The cypress ceiling continues through the master bedroom. Art by local artists Bill Billingsley, Maria Houck and Virgil Flynn adorn the walls. The master bath is a sanctuary of clean lines and open, light filled space. The free-floating double vanity is topped with Quartz countertops. An oversized Whirlpool tub sits below a large window and the spacious open shower was specifically designed with no glass to be hassle free. A generous walk-in closet offers floor to ceiling shelving and cabinets. Solar tubes in the bathroom and closet ceilings create plenty of natural light.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION MARCH 8 Join Odd Colony Brewing Company for our special-release women’s collaboration brewed beer and production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We will be releasing a beer brewed by women in the beer scene in Pensacola and the surrounding area with this years Pink Boots Society Hop Blend. Admission is a suggested $5 and all proceeds will go to Lakeview Victims Services and Trauma Recovery Program.

market right here in Pensacola! We are bringing together a great variety of vintage clothing sellers to bring all of you an excellent experience in buying vintage clothing from the 1940s - 2000s. Located at Odd Colony Brewing from 11 am-6 pm.

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COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY/ OPENING RECEPTION MARCH 13 Join the Pensacola Museum of Art for a community block party celebrating the opening of our two new spring exhibitions: Bless Your Heart and The Members Show. The party includes live mural painting, the Nomadic Eats food truck, drinks by Odd Colony Brewing Company, and the Members Show

2020 PENSACOLA QUILT SHOW, PORTAL TO THE FUTURE MARCH 13 - MARCH 14 Pensacola Quilts, Portal to the Future 2020 Quilt Show will feature over 200 original traditional, modern, and art quilts made by our members. Additional features will include a Quilters Boutique, a Learn to Sew area, a Quilt Appraiser, Quilt and Food

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play/live/give WINNIE THE POOH MARCH 20–MARCH 22 Join us at the Pensacola Little Theater for our literary classic based on the A.A. Milne story (not Disney) of the humble bear, Christopher Robin, and all the friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Directed by Stephen Lott. Time: Fri. 7:30 PM and Sat. & Sun. 3 p.m. PENSACOLA BEACH MUSIC FEST MARCH 21 Lounge by the water and enjoy live music, great food and drinks, a cornhole tournament, axe throwing and more! General admission is FREE and open to the public! THE MUSIC: 12-3 pm The Flavors; 4-7 pm Sandy Roots; 8-10 pm Bon Bon Vivant. EAT & DRINK: Red Fish Blue Fish Seafood Boil; Island Culture Tiki Bar Cocktails & VIP Bar; Hosted Bars Local Brewery Tasting

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BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE MARCH 31–APRIL 1 The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola select days throughout the year. Practice times vary so check the schedule below prior to planning your visit. Practices last about 55 minutes, and admission to is FREE and open to the public. ICE-FLYER'S SCHEDULE: Friday March 6, 2020 Fayetteville @ Pensacola 7:35 Saturday March 7, 2020 Fayetteville @ Pensacola 7:05 Sunday March 8, 2020 Fayetteville @ Pensacola 4:05 Friday March 20, 2020 Knoxville @ Pensacola 7:35 Saturday March 21, 2020 Knoxville @ Pensacola 7:05

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The City of Pensacola Works to Improve Streets One Foot at a Time by Gina Castro In December, Mayor Grover Robinson told Business Climate that one of his major focuses for his second year as mayor will be improving the walkability of the overall city. Since then, he has constructed a total of 9,000 feet of sidewalks, which is about a mile and a half. Robinson said that they plan to construct another 18,750 feet of sidewalk, which is approximately three miles, by 2023. He has also installed 250 curb ramps, which help make the sidewalks more accessible for wheelchairs, bicycles and baby carriages. Robinson said that they plan to install another 1,806 curb ramps at the completion of the sidewalk project.

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“Why is this important?” Robinson asked after announcing the update on his walkability initiative during his Jan. 27 CiviCon speech. “Because if we want to create a walkable community, we have to change our mindset and think about getting away from the car to things like bicycles and pedestrians walking. We’ve got to make sure the infrastructure is there to encourage people to take advantage of those things. We believe that all things we’ve been talking about here make a better overall community that helps us find ways to improve the economy and quality of life.” Another initiative Robinson has been working on is establishing ways to

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slow traffic down on busy roads such as Langley Avenue. The City will be installing a roundabout at Langley Avenue and Hilltop Drive. “That Hilltop intersection in Langley is definitely an intersection where we have some challenges with speed, and the whole idea with the roundabout is to try to lower speeding,” Robinson said.” This traffic calming roundabout is estimated to cost $600,000 and is on schedule to be completed by mid summer. This roundabout will also serve as a new ingress and egress to Hitzman-Optimist Park, which the City will also be renovating. This park will have a new walking loop, a multi-use green space and a bathroom/concession building. Construction for this project is anticipated to begin at the end of this summer. The City will be creating additional parking downtown as part of its Spring


˝...if we want to create a walkable community, we have to change our mindset and think about getting away from the car to things like bicycles and pedestrians walking.˝ Street Road Diet project, which is different from the East Garden Districts’ street diet. While North Spring Street is a two lane street, South Spring Street is a four-lane road in between West Garden Street and West Main Street. “There is hardly enough traffic to justify the four lanes,” Robinson continued. “Even a two lane would still have significant capacity.” So, the City will convert the street to a two-way and change the two extra lanes into angled parking, which will bring a total of 120 parking spaces to South Spring Street. Robinson said that he hopes to make these new parking spaces free after 5 pm on weekdays and free all day on weeknights. These parking spots will be only a two-block walk away from Palafox. This road diet will also narrow the two-way road and add a bicycle lane. Robinson estimates that the road diet will be complete in April or May at the latest. He estimates the total cost for the project to be $250,000. “I think the whole goal is we want to be more focused on safety and not just cars but moving people and bicycles safely. That's what we’re striving to make here in Pensacola,” Robinson said. Robinson is also working with the

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to renovate state roads such as West Cervantes, Dr. MLK Jr Drive and Davis Highway. Robinson said that there are several changes to West Cervantes he and the City are in support of such as the additional traffic signs, street lighting and crosswalks. However, there are other aspects they are not in support of such as a low barrier at the median with specific openings for pedestrians to cross. “We are working with FDOT. I think we will be able to resolve this and make it work,” Robinson said. Construction on Cervantes is scheduled to begin in August and is expected to take 12 months to complete. The project will stretch from Dominguez Street to A Street, which is 2.248 miles. The estimated construction cost is $9.6 million. The City of Pensacola and Escambia County will each be contributing $1 million, and the federal and state transportation funds will pay a combined $7.6 million.

As part of an effort to slow traffic down, the City will be installing a roundabout at Langley Avenue and Hilltop Drive.

At the City’s request, FDOT is studying the possibility of converting MLK Drive and Davis Highway from one-way to two-way streets. Robinson said that they expect the survey to come back in May. The survey will also include the estimated cost for the project. Robinson seems to have high hopes that the project will be approved by FDOT. “My conversations with FDOT, that we have on a quarterly basis, are supportive of what we want to do. They just want to do a study to make sure that everything comes out right,” Robinson said.

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Pensacola has frequently been hailed the “Cradle of Naval Aviation,” due to NAS Pensacola’s important role in training not only future naval aviators but also air traffic controllers, maintainers and support technicians. As the birthplace of the first US Navy Air Station, built in 1914, Pensacola carries a long history of aviation initiatives. Mayor Grover Robinson is working side by side with

ST Engineering, adjacent to Pensacola International Airport, to expand aviation opportunities for commercial and civilian growth. Mayor Robinson even took a recent trip to Singapore to the ST Engineering headquarters during the Singapore 2020 Airshow to discuss details about the project. Project Titan is a $210 million project to fully develop and

expand ST Engineering’s aviation campus. The plans are to build three additional hangars and expand the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) facility. ST Engineering provides aircraft maintenance for Northwest Florida, including the upkeep of UPS aircraft. Not only will the project give ST additional facilities, but it will also result in nearly 1,300 new, highpaying jobs. “Each hanger, when fully up and running, houses about 400 jobs. So, when all four hangers are up and running at full capacity, that’s easily 1,600 people. To get to 1,300 new jobs, they will have to train nearly 3,000 people. ST believes that their need for training will be higher than what George Stone Technical School alone can provide, so we are already trying to get ahead of that. I’m most excited about the

opportunity for people in our community to get an education and acquire a skill that is marketable for a job here in Northwest Florida,” explained Robinson. The project is currently in the phase of design, development and construction of the 173,000 sq. foot MRO facility. As Robinson explained, the east side of the campus will house Hangar-2, the west side will be Hangars 3-4, a warehouse, support center and administrative building. Hangar-2 is currently in the construction phase, which takes about 15 months to complete. Hangers 3-4 will take the same amount of time to complete. Robinson estimated a tertiary timeline that stretches out to 2022 or 2023. “Projects like this one continue to expand aviation opportunities in Pensacola. March '20

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We’ve always had aviation jobs, but most of them were military jobs with a small amount commercial. This is really moving us into the aviation specter that will create a significant amount of civilian jobs. We have the opportunity to build upon this and build a cluster centered around aviation. Pensacola has been focused on aviation for a long time with the military in Northwest Florida, but this is the first venture into large-scale commercial aviation progress,” said Robinson. Since opening the MRO facility in June 2018, ST Engineering has continued to feed into local economic growth and prosperity by offering scholarships, internships and training programs for students and adults interested in pursuing the aviation industry. In 2020, ST Engineering launched the Pensacola Mayor’s Scholarship, which offers $2,500 annually to four students in the Escambia County School District accepted into an aviation-related post-secondary educational program. The scholarship is both based on financial need and academic performance. Previous programs offered by ST Engineering included paid on-the-job training initiatives such as the Airman Trainee Program, Structures and Interior Internships and the Military Fast Track Program. Expanding their facilities in Pensacola will continue to increase the opportunities available to students pursing aviation careers. At a recent press conference on Feb. 19 at the Pensacola International Airport, 52 NWFL’s Business Climate

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of $4.8 million to Pensacola through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for the infrastructure and expanse of the airport. The funding will provide the construction of taxi-ways, ramps and flatwork and ensure that the airport can support the additional MRO facilities.

“Pensacola has a great history in aviation. The city has been focused not only on bringing the maintenance aviation industry back to the city but also making it an international hub. The implementation of this vision began just a few years ago when VT Mobile Aerospace, the subsidiary of ST Engineering, broke ground on a 173,000 sq. foot MRO facility here in the Pensacola International Airport. The facility has demonstrated once again how valuable maintenance and repair can be to the local economy,” said DeSantis. DeSantis also went on to explain how Florida has taken a center stage for aviation and aerospace initiatives. There are currently over 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies operating in Florida, employing over 100,000 employees. Combining military spending,

commercial airport revenue and industry revenue, the Florida Department of Transportation estimated in their 2019 Statewide Economic Impact Study that the Florida aviation industry nets $175 billion in yearly economic revenue. “There are many great things happening across the state of Florida for aviation and aerospace. If you look just over the past year, I awarded $3.9 million to the Melbourne Airport for infrastructure and development. That airport is also closely linked to the space efforts that are going on in Brevard County. We also had Spirit airlines announce that they were going to expand their Florida footprint with a $250 million investment to construct a new corporate headquarters in South Florida. United Airlines selected Tampa for a new MRO facility that will have a $30 million

economic impact. We were also happy to announce, last year, the relocation of Boeing Space and Launch headquarters from Arlington, Virginia to Titusville, Florida. We also announced the relocation of Lockheed Martin’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Program Headquarters from California, also to Titusville. Then, CAE USA announced a new 290,000 sq. foot headquarters facility that will be located in Tampa international airport,” explained DeSantis. As the aviation industry continues to expand in Florida, increased opportunities for specialized training, workforce development and direct economic impact will continue to thrive. As Project Titan approaches further stages of development, opportunities for training will emerge. At ST Engineering’s completed MRO facility, there will be job opportunities for aircraft maintenance and other disciplines including materials work, procurement, planning, finance, human resources, training and facilities. To keep up with updates on Project Titan visit www.cityofpensacola. com/1131/VT-MAE. To find out more about ST Engineering and opportunities check out vtmae.com.


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“I think it's all about being better. Part of it is any time that we can be better, we want to be better. Our department is motivated to be better,” Robinson said. “But certainly, it's been impacted by the high turnover in the senior staff and replacing them with younger officers.”

City Invests in Training the Pensacola Police Department by Gina Castro

In 2019, Pensacola had its challenges with violence: The terrorist attack at the Naval Air Station, the death of Tymar Crawford and an overall uptick in gun violence. In the summer of 2019, Mayor Grover Robinson made the decision to reach out to U.S. Attorney Lawerence Keefe for help from federal law enforcement. This relationship is now a federal task force, which is where the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies work together. Robinson announced, during his speech at Civicon on Jan. 27, that the City increased the Pensacola Police Department (PPD) training budget for the 2020 fiscal year by 75 percent, which puts the budget at $250,000. In the year prior, the budget was $150,000. Robinson said that there were a couple of variables that motivated him to increase the PPD’s training budget.

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Although the grand jury decided, in October, that no charges will be filed against the PPD officer who shot and killed Crawford, the jury did recommend that all officers in the PPD should receive immediate retraining in the areas of use of force, use of deadly force and tasers. However, Robinson said that in August and September the City had already committed to increasing funding for training. “This was something we already knew we needed to be doing partly because we knew we had a younger force and we were losing a lot of veteran leadership,” Robinson said. The federal enforcement supplied some free training including the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness program. This program focuses on improving the health and resilience of officers to prevent injuries and death for both officers and civilians. Robinson said that the program BLAST (building lasting relationships between police and community) is also being reintroduced to the PPD. This program comes from the department of justice and offers students an opportunity to meet representatives of the criminal justice community and ask them questions, share their perceptions of law enforcement, and interact with law enforcement officers in a familiar setting. Law enforcement officers also provide students with their perspective on responding to dangerous or uncertain circumstances and the importance of remaining calm and following the officers’ directions in these


Mayor Grover Robinson said that he and the Pensacola Police Department (PPD) are making an effort to build a relationship between the PPD and the Pensacola Community. 

situations. Robinson said that the PPD has done BLAST in the past, but with the increase in their training budget, the PPD will have more BLAST sessions scheduled this year. As an effort to emphasize the importance of sensitivity training, the PPD will be using the expertise of Cedric Alexander, who has more than 40 years of experience as an officer. Alexander served as Chief of Police for DeKalb County, which is a large metropolitan county with more than 700,000 citizens. “[Alexander] has a wealth of experience dealing with significant metro police forces both within the department and as chief as well as an administrative position over police departments,” Robinson said. “He comes to it with a wealth

of experience, and we’re looking to implement some of those things. When I talked to Chief Lyter and his leadership team, they were very impressed with the training [Alexander] is bringing forward.” Alexander did some training with the PPD in the early 2000s, and Robinson said that the PPD grew from that experience. “I talked with several captains who remembered training with him in the early 2000s,” Robinson said. “They said they were very happy to get him back again.”

board, but Robinson decided to implement an advisory committee instead. Alexander said that it’s important for any city that is concerned about public safety in America to have an advisory committee. “Everyone is concerned about public safety, but in order for police officers to provide good public safety, there has to be a partnership between local police and the community,” Alexander said. “That means that they work collaboratively together in order to reduce crime and help keep the community safe. That is, the police are the community and the community is the police.” Robinson and Alexander are still working on establishing this advisory committee, but Robinson said that they plan to have progress on the committee in the coming month. Robinson also said that the PPD has always had a consistent monthly training schedule and will continue to do so. However, they will be introducing different training programs and tactics to the monthly training routine.

Alexander also has experience with citizen advisory committees. After the shooting of Crawford occurred, the Pensacola Dream Defenders requested the City implement a civilian oversight

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investment. Gresham Smith will serve as architect. Meadows & Ohly will serve as project manager. Brasfield & Gorrie will serve as general contractor, and Smith Seckman Reid will serve as the medical equipment and technology planner.

Baptist Health Care achieved another milestone in the journey to build the community’s new full-scale health campus that will be located at the intersection of Brent Lane and I-110. The locallyowned, not-for-profit health care system has secured financing for the project, successfully closing the public financing transaction on Feb. 12.

“We have assembled the best of the best in health care design and construction,” said Mark Faulkner, Baptist Health Care president and CEO. “This new medical campus is a significant investment in the greater Pensacola area for decades to come. Our community can have full confidence that we have carefully and deliberately selected a nationally-recognized team of experts in health care design and construction. And we are firmly committed to engaging local and minority contractors and vendors in this project. We are building a campus that our community is going to be very proud of.”

The Series 2020 bonds were issued through the Escambia County Health Facilities Authority and publicly marketed on Jan. 28, 2020. Proceeds from the bonds will be utilized to fund part of the cost of the flagship replacement campus and refinance existing debt of the organization. Originally estimated at the price tag of $550 million, the cost of the project is now expected to be $615 million following more detailed design and planning. Baptist previously announced the selection of the world-class project team that will be partnering in this major community

Cox employees will award $59,500 in grants to schools in Louisiana, Florida and Georgia Teachers are invited to apply for grants up to $2,500 Cox employees will contribute $59,500 to public and private schools in its Southeast Region through the Cox Charities Innovation in Education program. Teachers and educators who work directly with students can apply for pre-k-12th grade classroom grants at www.CoxCharitiesSER. org from now until February 29, 2020. Cox team members will announce the winning grant recipients before the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Now, through Brasfield & Gorrie, local and minority specialty trade contractors, vendors and suppliers are invited to express interest in participating in the project. Businesses that are interested in submitting their company information for consideration in this major development are encouraged to contact Eric Gunn at egunn@brasfieldgorrie.com and Kathy The Cox Charities Innovation in Education program launched in 2016, and the education grants are completely funded by Cox employees who donate through their paychecks. Teachers in Cox service areas in Louisiana, Florida and Georgia can qualify for grants up to $2,500 for innovative projects and curriculum that enhance students’ classroom experience. Educators can submit multiple applications for various programs within their schools. “As a company founded on innovation, we understand the importance of connecting today’s students to innovative technologies,” said Erin Monroe Wesley, vice president of government and public affairs for the Cox Southeast Region. “The Innovation in Education program is part of Cox’s commitment to education, and we’re proud of our employees who generously donate to

McNutt at kmcnutt@brasfieldgorrie.com. An informational meeting with interested parties is planned for the afternoon of March 12. More details will be forthcoming and promoted widely. The next steps in the project include continued schematic and detailed design development, required regulatory filings and continued engagement with the community. Baptist leaders already have hosted several meetings of a community advisory council to engage a cross-section of stakeholders to understand how to best serve the needs of the community well into the future. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for summer 2020. The new health campus will provide a central location for clinical care, programs and services that will be easier for patients to access via the I-110 corridor. Equipped with innovative technologies for diagnosis and treatment along with a concentration of related services, the campus will provide a more modern approach to patient experience, wellness and care. The new campus is expected to open in summer 2023. More information about this project is available at eBaptistHealthCare.org. programs that support students across our region.” The Cox Southeast Region includes: Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana, greater Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville and Ocala areas in Florida and the greater Macon and Warner Robins areas in Middle Georgia. Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities through the support of programs that positively impact communities in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. In addition to the Innovation in Education grants, Cox Charities offers Community Investment grants to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations (with a grant cycle opening in August 2020). This year, employees in the Southeast region pledged over $170,000 to Cox Charities. March '20

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AROUND THE REGION Gov. DeSantis Announces Nearly $5 Million Florida Job Growth Grant Awarded to Pensacola Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he is awarding nearly $5 million to the City of Pensacola for infrastructure enhancements to the Pensacola International Airport through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The Governor was joined by Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson and Enterprise Florida Inc. President and CEO Jamal Sowell. “Pensacola has worked for years to bring the aviation maintenance and repair industry back to the city like it once was years ago,” said Governor DeSantis. “This investment in Pensacola International Airport’s infrastructure will allow them to support a significant expansion of state-ofthe-art hangers and other development so the city can finally reach their goal.” The funding will assist with the construction of necessary taxiways, ramps and flatwork so that the airport can support additional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities and other development. In particular, the new infrastructure will allow the Airport to support ST Engineering’s plan to build one of the biggest MRO operations in North America. ST Engineering’s plan, known as “Project Titan,” will bring three additional MRO hangars to the Airport and create over 1,300 new jobs. Once fully complete, the state-of-the-art maintenance campus will consist of four aviation repair hangars, office buildings, warehouse facilities, supporting aprons and other site developments. The expansion of Pensacola Airport and this MRO campus would not be possible without the collaboration of many stakeholders. Significant investment has been made through previous state investments, from the private sector, Florida Department of Transportation, Escambia County, Triumph Gulf Coast and others.

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“Governor DeSantis has led the state of Florida in making smart, strategic investments to diversify our economy,” said DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “Investing in the necessary improvements to make the Pensacola International Airport more accessible for industry development makes sense. Not only does the investment in the aerospace and aviation industry provide Pensacola with another avenue to support their workforce, it also keeps Florida on the list as one of the most industry diverse states in the nation.” “Congratulations to the city of Pensacola on today’s Job Growth Grant Fund award announcement to expand the Pensacola International Airport,” said EFI President and CEO Jamal Sowell. “Governor DeSantis is committed to growing Florida’s aviation and aerospace industry, and infrastructure investments like this help make Florida a true hub for aviation and a destination for business.” “I would like to thank Governor DeSantis for his commitment to strengthening Florida and the city of Pensacola,” said Senator Doug Broxson. “Projects like these bring growth and prosperity to the region. With this award, the Pensacola International Airport will be able to expand its footprint in the aviation industry and better serve those traveling into the state of Florida and throughout the United States.”

“This award to the Pensacola International Airport will help enable a rapidly growing region with the infrastructure to enable good jobs and access to more resources,” said Representative Alex Andrade. “This support will make a lasting impact to the city of Pensacola and the region, and for that we are truly grateful. Thank you to Governor DeSantis for his leadership and dedication to Northwest Florida.” The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by DEO and EFI and chosen by the Governor to help meet workforce or infrastructure needs in the community to which they are awarded. Since July 2019, DEO and EFI have received 89 proposals requesting more than $286 million in funding. Today’s announcement reflects a total of more than $185 million in funding awarded to 56 communities across the state since the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established. In 2019-20, $40 million in awards are available for projects that focus on rapidly developing a highly-skilled workforce and on infrastructure initiatives that attract businesses, create jobs and promote economic growth. DEO and EFI are currently accepting proposals.


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Update the Kitchen The kitchen serves as commandcentral for most homes, and you can get the most enjoyment out of yours by making purposeful changes, reconsidering the physical space, re-evaluating your shopping style and choosing appliances with care.

Renovate the Bathroom You can improve your home’s usability and increase its value with bathroom updates or a full renovation. Before you get started, think about these factors: the amount of space and storage you need, features that are important to you, sustainability concerns and accessibility considerations.

Start a Remodel If it’s time for a serious undertaking, a full-blown remodel may be necessary (or simply desired). Remodeling typically calls for hiring a professional contractor, a process you can go about by gathering local recommendations, asking for licensing and insurance, checking references and comparing bids.

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better for the environment. Washing clothes accounts for 15-40% of the water consumption for an average family of four, according to Home Water Works, and the annual energy consumption of typical electric clothes dryers often equals the cost of running a new energy-efficient refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher combined.

Reduce household chemicals. It may seem that the stronger, the better is the best approach when it comes to fighting dirt and germs, but in fact, there are many negative health and environmental impacts from harsh cleaners. Opt instead for more natural formulas that deliver the same clean with fewer synthetic ingredients.

An alternative like a heated towel rack uses less energy than a standard dryer (about the same amount of electricity as a few light bulbs). Not only does an option like an Amba heated towel rack save energy and time by reducing the frequency of washing towels, it keeps them dry and free of mold and mildew between washes. Plus, wrapping up in a warm towel can help reduce joint stiffness and muscle spasms, according to research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With 150 affordable mounted and free-standing models made from 100% recyclable, marinegrade stainless steel, and custom color options available, it can be easy to add a stylish accent to bathrooms, laundry rooms or mudrooms.

Aside from cleaners, there are likely numerous other sources of potentially risky chemicals throughout your home, including furniture, clothing and bedding that requires dry cleaning. Products containing chemical dyes and synthetic materials are not only potential irritants, they often also carry the weight of lesser earthfriendly production practices. Linens made from natural materials may help you avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals, and you can readily find options that help alleviate concerns about allergens and allow you to support sustainable manufacturing practices.

When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal wellbeing while also promoting a better environment overall. Consider these sustainable projects and changes for a healthier, happier household: Rethink window treatments. Windows can affect a home in numerous ways, both good and bad. On the upside, ambient light is a natural mood-boosting alternative to energy-hungry fixtures. Windows add character, and the right window treatments can play an essential role in a decorative scheme. In the winter, windows can also be natural conveyors of the sun’s heat, reducing your reliance on energy.

choose to help manage light and climate can play a big role in your home’s health and sustainability. Drapes can be difficult to clean, which means they can trap dirt, dust and other allergens that tarnish air quality. Many blinds use synthetic materials, making them less than ideal earth-conscious options. Your best bet is bamboo or wood treatments that are certified as ecofriendly and easy to keep clean.

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Spring cleaning for spring allergies: 6 steps from the experts As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so you can feel your best. "There are specific things you can do while cleaning that can dramatically improve allergy symptoms," says Dr. J. Allen Meadows, allergist and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Meadows and the experts at ACAAI recommend these steps when cleaning for allergies. Before you begin, keep in mind that when you

clean you come in contact with many allergens. You may want to take allergy medication beforehand and consider wearing an N95 filter mask while dusting or scrubbing. Step 1: Dust thoroughly Dust all surfaces in your home with a damp rag or microfiber cloth made for cleaning. Avoid using any kind of duster that simply kicks dust into the air. Additionally, clean vents and return registers to limit dust recirculating and finish by wet mopping tile and other hard flooring. Don't neglect the area under the beds, which can get dusty and should be cleaned often. Step 2: Clean carpets Start by moving all furniture off the carpet. Then vacuum well with a cyclonic vacuum, which spins dust and dirt away from the floor, or a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Meadows does not advise

shampooing carpet, because it can cause dust mite eggs to hatch. Step 3: Clean window treatments Window treatments like curtains and valances can be a magnet for dust and pollen yet are often ignored when it comes to cleaning. This spring, make sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and wash or dry clean window treatments. Step 4: Wash bedding Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets in water that is at least 130 degrees F. This temperature kills dust mites and effectively removes allergens. If bedding can't be washed at this hot temperature, place items in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at 130 degrees or above. Step 5: Replace air filters At the start of every season change the air filter in your furnace.

This helps the HVAC system run efficiently while also filtering out air particles to keep your home's air as clean as possible. Use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. Step 6. Control humidity Bathrooms, basements and tiled spaces are prone to mold, so spring is a good time to deep clean. A bleach cleaner works well to eliminate mold or make your own by mixing borax and water. Always run bathroom fans when bathing or showering, clean up any standing water immediately and use a dehumidifier if needed. "Spring cleaning is a great step in allergy control," says Meadows. "However, if you continue to suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms, see a board-certified allergist to help you control your symptoms and live the life you want. You can find an allergist near you at acaai.org/locatean-allergist."

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