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ello spring! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for the weather the last few weeks. The bright sunshine and spring temperatures have definitely put me in a more positive state of mind. I’ve been tackling my hoarding tendencies and purging my house of unnecessary items and it feels fantastic to unload my junk. I’m a bit too sentimental to live a truly minimalist lifestyle, but paring down feels great. I’ve also been working in the garden a bit. I love digging in the dirt and watching my little seeds and seedlings come to life. It’s a form of meditation for me and the flowers, fruits and veggies I produce are an excellent bonus. Keeping with the spirit of rebirth and renewal that the spring season brings, we once again focus our April issue on good health for body, mind and spirit. We’ve covered free exercise programs, IV hydration and vitamin therapy, the

benefits of medical CBD and marijuana for treating anxiety, outdoor events to get you moving and so much more. How about that cover? Kudos to our art director Guy Stevens for capturing such a bright and playful shot of local chef and restaurateur Gus Silivos. Chef Silivos’ iconic trio of restaurants are treasured local culinary and cultural institutions and all three are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year: Skopelos turns 60, Scenic 90 Café turns 20 and Nancy’s Catering and Events turns 10. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Silivos about his life, his career and his love of cooking and community. I think you’ll enjoy reading his story, too. Here’s to a great spring season, Pensacola! It doesn’t last long, so do your best to get outside and enjoy every minute of it!

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Contents paws on palafox 14 A parade of paws and a PAWty through downtown

Take a Deep Breath

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A silent epidemic

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the drip has dropped

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springing up fun

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Fitness on a budget

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The benefits of medical marijuana and CBD

FavorHouse offers support for survivors of domestic abuse

IV hydration and vitamin therapy has arrived in Pensacola. Festival season on the Gulf Coast

Get fit for free.

the truth about superfoods

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Chef GUs Silivos

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These 13 foods will fuel a healthier you (and help you better manage diabetes too!)

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Celebrating 60 years of iconic eateries.

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Editor’s Letter 6 Page 10 10 Play/Live/Give 40

Special Sections Business Climate On the Market

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Since the beginning of time we have been fascinated with age longevity. The myths and mysteries surrounding the possible existence of a fountain of youth are well documented. I find it of notable interest that the most famous explorers throughout history who risked life and limb in pursuit of the immortal waters were all men. Linda Evans and Meg Ryan may be poster children for desperate-need-for-youth gone amuck, but Juan Ponce de Leon preceded them by a few years. This 16th century adventurer and first governor of Puerto Rico understood what most of us do learn at some point in adulthood. Life is awfully darn good, and none of us “move on” willingly. And, if there is anything we can do to breathe oxygen a little longer, bring it on. And, we want to look good while aging. Ponce de Leon had grown dissatisfied with his immense material wealth as he sensed his own mortality. Rumors of the infamous fountain of youth drove him mad with desire for the magic water and, ultimately, led him to sunny Florida. For those of us lucky enough to live on a coastline, we truly understand the power of water. Is there anything more wonderful than a day on the beach? The warm sun on your skin, the sound of gentle waves on the shore, the smell of the salt from the sea and the feel of the sand giving way beneath your feet as you enter the warm gulf are simply a perfect sensory experience. Ponce de Leon was on to something, but it is possible that he misunderstood, in translation, that you don’t have to actually drink the water. You only have to experience it. We all have our own ideas about age regression. To some, good cosmetic surgery is the answer. To others, it may be acupuncture. On the subject of aging, 10 Pensacola Magazine

nothing is too wacky. One thing, however, is absolutely fact. Longevity requires the right balance of nutrition, exercise and attitude. I have remarkable role models from whom I learned this important lesson. I have given the subject of age a lot of thought lately because my father just turned 88 and my mother is soon to be 85. This in itself just blows my mind because they seem so much younger. When I was a child, my own grandparents seemed so... old. Not so my parents. They walk every day at daybreak and then they go to yoga, pilates and aerobics. They are more fun to hang out with than most of my friends. My dad gave us a real scare a few years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer but because he was strong and fit, they treated the cancer aggressively. After surviving the humbling chemotherapy, he is now cancer free. Long before the life threatening C showed up, he was already health conscious. After all, if you don’t have your health, what do you have? Mom has had her share, too, with heart issues. Thank goodness they don’t let these things get the best of them. Even then, crazy diseases or accidents can sneak up on you and steal your quality of life. Some things can’t be prevented but there are some things that are in your control and directly affect your aging process.

Number one is exercise. This cannot be overstated and if you don’t have some sort of a workout program by the time you are 16, you are a fool. It’s never too late to start, but the sooner the better. Every study on earth shows the benefits, including age reversal, of exercise. Better health, better condition and, yes, longer life. Go to any gym and you will see people of all ages trying to make the most of what they have. The secret is to stick with it, and no one said it would be easy. If you are diligent about your own routine, you may not only avoid drastic procedures later in life, but also pass along good habits to your children. Additionally, exercise has to be coupled with good nutrition. Fad diets simply don’t work and there are no shortcuts. We are better educated on this subject than our grandparents were and with instant access to information, there are no excuses for a poor diet. Anyone who still believes that sugar is good for you or that excessive fats won’t cause heart failure has their head in the sand. My parents have been inspirational to all those who know them. They do everything within their power to live full and long lives. My dad has also taught us the power of a positive attitude, unconditional love of family and acceptance of all people, except Democrats. Sigh. No one is perfect. April Birthdays 12 18

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A Parade of Paws and a PAWty through downtown The Pensacola Humane Society brings four-legged, furryfriended goodness downtown. Relish in the glory that is doggos on April 27!

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way to go. Although this distinction is an important one it won’t fundamentally change a person’s contribution to the fundraiser.

Regardless of how you decide to experience the event however, the opportunities offered to participants are the same. This year, Scott Novota of Strong Street Studios has donated pieces of hand-blown glass that he’s crafted to be used as prizes in a Paws on Palafox scavenger hunt. According to the Paws on Palafox event website, the organizers have “hidden six of these beautiful The event lasts from 9 am to 1 pm and is divisible into two parts. works of art, and three have been given to vendors to hand out at The first part consists of a 3K fundraising dog walk that starts at their discretion.” Additionally, Paws on Palafox will be hosting a Plaza de Luna and circles around Palafox. Register to brave the costume contest this year. tongue-panting sweat as part of a pack with friends, family or coworkers or as a lone wolf. The second part of the event is the After PAWty with music, prizes, vendors and more, which will be held at Plaza de Luna. The distinction between registering with a pack or as a lone This year Plaza de Luna will be blanketed in shade by a large wolf offers participants a choice of how they want to experience canopy, which will serve to reduce the stress induced by tonguethe dog walk. If you’re the kind of person that likes to walk panting heat and increase the overall enjoyment of the event. alone, someone that isn’t interested in the group aspect of the fundraiser, or if your plans have opened up allowing you to As it pertains to tongue-panting heat, Darra Flanagan, the event attend the event last-minute, registering as a lone wolf is the coordinator for Paws on Palafox, assures that steps have been Paws on Palafox is undoubtedly one of the best events for petlovers in the greater-Pensacola area. Have a good time, spread awareness and raise money for a good cause? That sounds like a win-win.

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taken to ensure that Paws on Palafox is “the most dog-friendly event” in Pensacola. “The end of April can be very warm in Pensacola,” Flanagan said. “Keeping in mind that asphalt gets very hot for paws, we try very hard to pick a route that keeps the asphalt cool for doggy paws, and make sure that we go through the shady areas of downtown.” Five cooling, or “spirit,” stations along with smaller canopies will disperse along the course of the dog walk and provide water in bottled or pool form for humans and dogs alike. Each cooling station will be customized, decorated and sponsored by different businesses. For those more concerned with their downtown commute or the economic impact of Paws on Palafox, Flanagan has some good news for you. Similar to last year's event, “we will implement rolling road closures so that the roads along our route will only be closed as the walkers pass through, allowing businesses to continue their normal Saturday business operations as well as benefit from any additional revenue that Paws on Palafox can bring.” As previously mentioned, Paws on Palafox is an event brought to the community by the Pensacola Humane Society (PHS), which split from the Escambia County Animal Control in 1986 and thereafter became a no-kill shelter.

The importance of spaying and neutering There are three main reasons to spay or neuter pets. Of course, every animal is its own entity, so consult your veterinarian to decide whether and when you should spay or neuter your pet. Practical benefits: Spaying or neutering pets can go a long way in reducing potential headaches it can cause. Pets that aren’t spayed or neutered tend to vocalize a lot (say goodbye to after-work relaxation), claim their territory in the house via urination (ew), or go out of their way to search for mates. Health benefits: Spaying pets radically reduces the chances of possibly fatal uterine infections and breast cancer, while neutering pets reduces the chance of testicular cancer. Social benefits: Spaying and neutering pets alleviates the pressure of over-population on outdoor cats. Specifically, this epidemic has consequences on the lives of cat colonies. Cats, as most feline-lovers know, are fairly independent and territorial creatures, and this quality of individual felines translates over to colonies. As such, cat colonies do not often quarrel with one another and are rarely invaded, except for when a cat in heat searches to relieve its sexual tension. A result of these invasions is more unwanted litters that contribute to the epidemic of overpopulation (over-population leads to euthanasia in animal control shelters.)

The specific goal for this event is to raise $40,000 for the Barbara Grice Memorial Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. “In order to be able to provide low-cost spay and neuter services to our area, it is necessary to raise funds from our community to cover the inherent expenses that we incur,” Flanagan said. One important note to remember is that the PHS is not funded by any governmental entity but solely by the community. For those people interested in contributing to the PHS by participating in the Paws on Palafox dog walk, registration costs $30 and includes a bandana for your furry friend. For an additional $20 to the registration fee participants will receive a Paws on Palafox T-shirt supplies are limited. Online registration prior to the event will remain open until 5 pm on April 26, and check-in for preregistered participants and registration for new participants will start at 9 am on the day of the event. If, however, you can’t attend Paws on Palafox or do not want to participate in the walk, the PHS accepts individual donations as well. For more information regarding the event, registration or donations, please visit www.secure.qgiv.com/event/ pawopa20. Pensacola Magazine

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Take a deep breath, then let it out

The uses and benefits of medical marijuana by Kaitlyn Peacock

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In 2016, Floridians voted yes for Amendment 2, which legalized the use of medical marijuana. Trouble soon rose afterward, as the legislature banned smokable marijuana, leading to the use of other cannabis-based products such as oils, inhalants and edibles. However, a lawsuit in 2017 raised a question on the intent of lawmakers and the will of the people. Why ban smokable cannabis when the people had said yes to medical marijuana? Two years later, after being given an ultimatum from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature has legalized smokable cannabis as of March 15, when DeSantis formally signed the repeal. “Over 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016,” DeSantis said after the repeal was passed 101 to 11. “I thank my colleagues in the legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld.”

(CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is a non-psychoactive drug, meaning it does not effect you psychologically, while THC is the chemical that makes a person high. The chemicals can and are used separately for some patients, or together in differing doses to balance each other out. Patients may take CBD during the day and THC at night, or any combination of the two. Dr. Michelle Beasley from the Pensacola Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida describes the chemicals as resetting and rebalancing the body. “Cannabis is like a thermostat,” she said. “It resets the body, which is why we use it for both physical and psychological conditions.”

The main use of cannabis is to help relieve pain and nausea for cancer treatment patients, but it can also be used to relieve anxiety, PTSD, bowel diseases, even pediatric seizures. Often times, according to Beasley, it is prescribed Since then, the buzz around cannabis and as a solution to many complaints or illnesses. cannabis products has intensified, with many still confused as to the difference in recreational Although it is not a cure-all, cannabis is used and medical marijuana and the medicinal uses to maintain or balance a patient’s condition, especially those who suffer severe side effects of marijuana. from typical prescription drugs. There are two main chemicals in marijuana that are used for medicinal purposes: cannabidiol


“CBD has anti-anxiety effects, but it’s less harsh than a lot of the SSRIs (antidepression and anti-anxiety drugs) you can normally take,” Beasley said. “CBD is not psychoactive, it allows you to drive while on it, to work, it’s not hard on the stomach or kidneys or other organs in the body.” Neither CBD nor THC are physically addictive, a common misconception, although reports show that THC is psychologically addictive in seven percent of patients according to Beasley.

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ook around the room. One in three of the women and one in four of the men around you will have experienced some sort of physical domestic abuse in their lifetime. The third woman standing in line behind you or the fourth man sitting down the row. The national statistics, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, report nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This includes people in our neighborhoods, people we go to work with, people we meet at the store, friends and family. The Escambia County Sheriff ’s Office reported nearly two thousand separate incidents of domestic violence in 2017. “It’s the least talked about crime that we have and it’s much more socially acceptable to be a substance abuser than it is a battered or survivor of domestic violence,” Sue Hand, the executive director of FavorHouse, said. “There still seems to be a taint to the domestic violence survivor because some community members still look at it as though why didn’t she leave? She could leave anytime she wants to. She can do this, she can do that. So they keeping putting the responsibility back on the survivor, and perhaps she’s a mom,

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she has children, she may have elderly parents in the home, she hasn’t worked for ten or fifteen years, she’s not able to support her family group. So she stays for the good of the whole. People still look at the survivor as the one who has the opportunity to leave but we all know from experience and from statistics that the most grievous time and dangerous time for a survivor is when they leave, because at that time the offender, the batterer loses the ability to control the family. It’s all about power and control in the family unit or an intimate partner relationship.” FavorHouse is the only certified domestic violence shelter for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Along with providing a safe place for those escaping domestic violence, FavorHouse also advocates for survivors and victims through outreach efforts and educational classes, even offering abusers classes on different ways of coping with their anger or their impulses to be violent. Even with their efforts, domestic violence continues to be an unspoken part of the community, with many not knowing that there are resources available for victims.

“As I’ve been working with the agency, I have found that there’s a lot of people in our community that don’t know that our services exist,” FavorHouse’s President of the Board Kate DeBlander said. “A lot of the younger women don’t realize what we have available.” As terrible as physical abuse can be, it is almost always preceded by another form of abuse, emotional abuse. Because it’s harder to see the hurt inflicted on a person who has been talked down to over and over and over again, emotional abuse is even more difficult for people to understand and accept as an unacceptable part of any intimate partner relationship. Unfortunately, this silent epidemic can lead to physical violence when words stop being as effective in bringing down the victim. “The emotional abuse really tears a person down, wears them psychologically, and they really do need assistance and support counseling and perhaps in some cases therapy to overcome the demeaning,” Hand said. “If you constantly have somebody tell you that you’re not worth anything and nobody wants you and you’re nothing, I mean, that would break my heart.”


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The good news is this can get better. Efforts in the community through programs such as FavorHouse are making domestic abuse less tolerable. Women and children are being protected and offenders are learning they don’t have to be abusive to their loved one and that there are consequences for their actions. More and more people are speaking out against domestic abuse, and people are starting to realize that this isn’t just a women’s issue. “I think it’s a man’s issue because they are predominately the abusive party,” Hand said. “Tony Porter says it’s a man’s issue because men allow other men to do it and I agree with him. (…) It isn’t a women’s issue. I think it’s a community issue, I think it’s a men’s issue, I think the awareness that it happens predominately to women should be front and center of everything that we do. It does not mean that we don’t serve men and respect them in their trauma and what they’ve been through, but we have to protect those who are most vulnerable.” As part of their community outreach and their dedication to helping survivors, FavorHouse hosts a White Rose Luncheon every year in honor of survivors. This year, the luncheon is celebrating 15 years of helping to heal the community, and will be hosted May 9 at 11:30 am at the Sanders Beach Corinne Jones Community Center. The key note speaker will be Don Parker, an original founding committee member for FavorHouse and retired Escambia County Sheriff Officer. Sponsorships are available for those wanting to support FavorHouse’s efforts, but individual tickets are available as well. For more information on FavorHouse, the White Rose Luncheon, to buy tickets or to sponsor a table, e-mail Susan@ favorhouse.org or visit favorhouse.org. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there are crisis lines available for you to call. The phone number for Escambia County is 434-6600 and the phone number for Santa Rosa County is 994-3560.

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unique twist on the wellness craze sweeping the country has finally arrived in Pensacola. The Drip Parlor, an intravenous (IV) hydration and vitamin clinic opened in Gulf Breeze earlier this year. Owned and operated by a local physician, the Drip Parlor offers a variety of options for wellness enthusiasts and for those suffering from chronic illnesses. From basic hydration drips to the VIP drip (also called the Rolls Royce of IV treatments), the Drip Parlor likely has just the thing to reduce your symptoms, enhance your performance or provide a little mental clarity.

Dr. Rachel Brown is a board certified rheumatologist who is also board certified in internal medicine. She graduated from The University of Texas-Houston Medical School and completed both her residency in Internal Medicine as well as her fellowship in Rheumatology at Wake Forest University. Brown opened the Drip Parlor after noticing the popularity of IV centers nationwide. “I give IV therapy in my rheumatology practice as part of a treatment for arthritis,” Brown said. “These are FDA approved drugs we are giving. We give these for a variety of reasons. A lot of times people can’t tolerate oral medications. So there is definitely a need to have a different form of intake. There’s a big need in athletes, but there’s a big need for the general population as well because most of us are running around dehydrated. We can drink water, but we don’t. That’s just the reality of it. It’s another avenue for people to get their vitamins and hydration because many of us are vitamin deficient as well. No one 20 Pensacola Magazine

around here was doing this, but it’s very popular in other areas.” The interest in IV vitamin treatment as a wellness therapy began with the Myers’ Cocktail, an IV nutrient mixture invented by Dr. John Myers back in the 1960s. In the mid 2000s, it swept the country as a quick hangover cure. Now, many larger cities have IV clinics that offer delivery, mobile units, spa treatment combos and more. Brown said she’s seen the most interest in the health and wellness side of IV therapy rather than the hangover cure popular in larger cities. “It was a surprise to us,” Brown said. “We thought the proximity to the beach would bring in more people looking to alleviate the effects of overindulgence, but it’s really been more people training for CrossFit competitions or heavy runners who are trying to get more vitamins, amino acids and fluids to combat dehydration. Maybe 10 percent of our clients have come in for a hangover cure.”

Jeremy Brown relaxes in a comfortable chair while recieving a drip treatment and oxygen therapy.

IV vitamin therapy is attractive to athletes and those with chronic illnesses because it offers a higher rate of bioavailability. “When you take vitamins by mouth, you excrete a lot of the benefit,” Brown said. “IV therapy offers a higher absorption rate.” Vitamin absorption happens primarily on the bowels and Brown says that many clients who have irritable bowel disease or inflammatory bowel disease may not absorb oral vitamins as well as needed. With IV therapy, the vitamins are absorbed directly through the bloodstream.


“When you take vitamins by mouth, you excrete a lot of the benefit. IV therapy offers a higher absorption rate.” While IV therapy is perfectly safe for the majority of people, it can be dangerous for those with advanced renal disease or cardiovascular disease. While many drip centers around the country are not operated by physicians, Dr. Brown believes it is imperative to client safety to approach every treatment through a medical lens. All clients are required to complete a health history and be evaluated by either Brown or her registered nurse Jessica Meisenzahl. In fact everyone on staff is a medical professional—medical assistants staff the front desk and administer some injections, like B-12 shots. However, only a registered nurse administers the IV treatments. “We make sure people don’t have any of those issues before giving them a drip,” Jessica said. “We screen all of our patients very thoroughly. We ask them about any medical issues that might prevent us from doing the drip—because we believe in “first, do no harm.” We have a sterile hood for drawing and mixing up our compounds in a sterile environment in

The Drip Parlor uses a sterile hood to mix all IV treatments, ensuring safety for their clients.

order to prevent a bloodstream infection. We also administer our fluids within an hour of mixing when they are most readily absorbed by the body.”

wellness and booster injections including the popular B-12 shots and a fat blasting lipo-mino shot. Memberships are available and are a great deal. For $100 a month, members receive one IV treatment per month (up to the $200 VIP treatment) plus 20 percent off any additional services.

The Drip Parlor’s IV treatments currently range from $70 to $200 dollars and include a variety of options. A basic hydration The Drip Parlor treatment is is currently $70 as is the working on their detox, which adds second location in Jessica Meisenzahl, the powerhouse downtown Pensacola. registered nurse and antioxidant glutathione Brown hopes to have the Dr. Rachel Brown to the hydration option. downtown location up and Other treatments include the running by May 1. The Gulf $170 Apple a Day, which offers relief Breeze Drip Parlor is located at 2880 from colds, flus and stomach bugs—often Gulf Breeze Parkway. Visit dripparlor.com cutting the length of illness dramatically. for more info. A $170 beauty option includes biotin and other vitamins that give the skin a youthful glow. With all treatments, clients have the option to add in specific vitamins ala carte. The Drip Parlor also offers aromatherapy oxygen treatments and a variety of

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Springing up Fun Festival Season on the gulf coast by Will Isern

Ready to shake off that cold and foggy winter? You’re not alone. Now that spring is finally here, thousands living along the Gulf Coast are eager to get outside and enjoy the kind of weather Northwest Florida is famous for. The folks behind some of the area’s most popular events feel the same way, and that’s why spring in Northwest Florida means festival season. April especially is packed full of festivals showcasing some of the best music, food and culture that the Pensacola area has to offer. Here are some of the best ways you can get out and into something fun this spring.

Bands on the Beach April 2–October 29 visistpensacolabeach.com Back again at the start of April, Bands on the Beach is a staple of Pensacola’ spring and summer months. Presented by the Santa Rosa Island Authority, Bands on the Beach presents live music every Tuesday evening at the Gulfside Pavilion on Casino Beach in Pensacola Beach. Both local and regional talent will be featured throughout the season. The season will open with The Beatles tribute act Not Quite Fab, and will feature more than 30 acts in wide range of genres. Admission is free to all ages, but make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket as the bleachers fill up fast.

Barleybrine April 4–6 bluecollards.com Billed as a celebration of all things stout and briny, Barleybrine is a new three-day festival centered around delectable Gulf Coast oysters and local craft beer. The event is put on by the same folks that run the popular Peat & Pearls. Barleybrine stretches over three days and includes a kickoff party at Perfect Plain Brewing Co., a five-course dinner at De Luna Winery by Top Chef

contestant Kelsey Barnard Clark and a Grand Tasting at Saturday’s main event where oysters and craft beer will take center stage. General admission to Saturday's Grand Tasting is $35. Prices vary for additional events and VIP options. The kickoff party at Perfect Plain is free and open to the public, though an RSVP is required. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

JazzFest April 6–7, Seville Square JazzPensacola.com Now in its 36th year, Jazz Pensacola’s Jazzfest is a two-day musical extravaganza in downtown Pensacola’s beautiful Seville Square. This year’s festival features more than 25 acts, including a dozen jazz ensembles and bands from local high schools, Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. This year’s national headliner is multi-instrumentalist Bob Sheppard, JazzFest is free to attend and the show goes on rain or shine. Festival hours begin at 9 am, music begins at 10 am and lasts until 7:45 pm each night. Pensacola Magazine

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Hosted at the incomparable Flora-Bama, The Mullet Toss is as much a spectacle to be beheld, as it is a right of passage. Gates open at 9 am each day and mullet tossing begins at noon. There’s a $10 cover charge for adults over the age of 21 and a $15 charge for those in the 13 to 20 age range. Expect a lot of drinking, and make a plan to stay hydrated. And of course, toss a mullet!

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The festival annually draws thousands to Seville Square, and many opt to bring their own seating and food, though vendors will be on site selling refreshments.

Earth Day Pensacola April 20, Bayview Park Ear thDayPensacola.org The largest Earth Day celebration in Pensacola fills Bayview Park in East Hill with vendors, educators, musical acts and more. This year’s theme is Energy, Transportation and Sustainability. Vendors representing ride sharing, public transportation, hybrid vehicles, renewable energy will all be on hand to talk, share tips and celebrate sustainable living. Earth Day Pensacola is free to attend and runs from 10 am to 4 pm on April 20. The festival is very popular – especially if the weather is nice – so plan to go early as parking can be a challenge later in the day. The festival is free to attend, but bring some cash to buy food and other goods. Children are always welcome at Earth Day and will have a designated kids’ activity area.

Pensacola Food Truck Festival April 5–6, Plaza DeLuna PensacolaFoodTruckFest.org Now in its fourth year, the Pensacola Food Truck Festival is quickly becoming a favorite on the spring festival calendar. 26 Pensacola Magazine

With more than 30 food trucks in attendance, the festival will offer a wide array of unique dishes and flavors overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay. Vendors will include Busy Bee, Hip Pocket Deli, Nomadic Eats, Rolling Embers, Two Birds and many more. Gulf Coast Brewery will be on site to provide adult refreshments and entertainment will come from Dean Owens, Will Kimbrough, Xaris Waltman and Tribe Zion. The festival will run from 11 am to 6 pm daily at Plaza De Luna at the end of Palafox Pier. The event is free to attend and benefits Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.

The Interstate Mullet Toss April 26–28, Flora-Bama FloraBama.com The one and only Interstate Mullet Toss is legendary. Half fish-hurling competition, half beach party, the Mullet Toss has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest beach party of the year, drawing visitors from across the nation and around the world for their chance to chuck a dead mullet across the state line from Florida to Alabama.

April 26–28 FiestaPensacola.com Now in its 35th year, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival is moving to a new location at Community Maritime Park behind the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. One of the most popular events on the spring calendar, the Crawfish Festival draws thousand of visitors from across the region to enjoy mountains of delicious mud bugs. This year’s festival will features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available. The festival will be open from noon to 11 pm on Friday, 10 am to 11 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5. Pets, coolers and outside beverages are not allowed.


FItness on a Budget Get in shape without breaking the bank

Yoga in the Park What could make a relaxing and good yoga routine even better? A beautiful view of the Pensacola Bay. Lucky for you, the City of Pensacola offers free yoga classes taught by certified instructors from Breath Yoga and Wellness Center the first Sunday of every month at Community Maritime Park. All you need is a mat and a bottle for water, which will be provided by the instructors. Somewhat of a yoga novice? Or maybe you’ve perfected your downward facing dog. Either way, this class is for all skill levels and open to anyone who wants to get some exercise in the sun. Classes are scheduled up through the end of the year, including the warm summer months and cool spring season. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. For a full schedule and more information, visit cityofpensacola.com.

LeaP into Fitness Courts Maybe you’re thinking yoga isn’t your style. Instead, you’re looking for something more akin to a normal gym workout, with all the equipment you would need for strength training or just to get your muscles working. Skip the yoga but keep the wonderful scenery. Community Maritime Park is home to several fitness courts available for anyone to use for free. No memberships needed, no fees, just a good, solid workout at your own pace and less people around to judge you. With 30 individual pieces of equipment, the fitness courts are constructed to allow up to 28 people to use the court at once and with several courts available at the park, you’ll find a seat that's right for you. For more information, visit cityofpensacola.com.

Take a Hike Getting in shape is far easier said than done for most people, but sometimes the barrier to entry isn’t just the want to exercise, but the strain on your wallet. On a budget but still want to get the full gym experience? Looking for something to change up your routine without signing up for any extra memberships or classes? Try free yoga at the park or take a trip through one of the many trails in the area. There’s something for the person just looking to dip their toe in and for those who are ready to jump off the high dive. 28 Pensacola Magazine

Walking is one of the most universal forms of exercise, but why not make it a bit more interesting? With more than 15 different trails in and around Pensacola, all with beautiful scenery from the beach to the woods, and distances from as little as under one mile to up to 20 miles, you can find an adventure, or a relaxing stroll, that is just right for you. Some of the most popular trails include a portion of the Florida Trail along the beach leading up to Fort Pickens, the Big Lagoon Hiking Trail near Perdido Key and the new Arcadia Mill, an archaeological site supervised by the University of West Florida. There are many trails all throughout Pensacola, but make sure to check out the ones highlighted by visitpensacola.com and floridahikes.com.


Bike Pensacola If biking is your style, but you want to be a part of a greater community, look no farther than Bike Pensacola. A coalition of bicycle lovers, every month they host a group bike ride for pros and casuals alike. The rides are usually around six miles long and can vary from public roads to off-road trails. Along with the monthly rides, Bike Pensacola also offers classes on bicycle laws, how to take care of your bike and more information most of us “self-taught” bikers don’t usually think about. Or, just come along for the ride and have some fun without worrying about classes. Brush the dust off your bike and join with a group or go it alone and make some new friends. For more information, visit bikepensacola.org or call 687-9968.

World of Beer Tap It and Run Club Okay, exercise is great and all, but maybe it’s a bit boring and you’re looking for something to make it more entertaining. Adding alcohol would help. World of Beer offers a Tap It and Run Club every Wednesday night, 6 pm to 9 pm, with participants running a 5K through downtown Pensacola. The run itself is free, with weekly food and drink specials to parch your thirst

afterward. Don’t be intimidated by the 5K label. All skill levels can participate, so take your time and go at your own pace. For more information, visit worldofbeer.com or call 332-7952.

Just Keep Swimming Think to get some time in the water you have to go all the way to the beach? Nope! The University of West Florida provides recreational and fitness swims open to the public throughout the year at their aquatic center on campus. This is especially recommended for people who want to get into exercise but have pain issues in their joints. Swimming is excellent exercise without as much stress on the body. Lane swimming and open swimming are both available at different times, so pick whether you want to have a structured swim or just have some fun relaxing in the pool. The Olympic-sized pool at UWF can fit an entire group of friends or provide you enough space for a private swim. Either way, you get the fun of the water without the hassle of the beach. For a full schedule of available swim times or more information, visit uwf.edu.


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here’s a lot of hype about superfoods right now. We’ve all heard about the “magical” properties that certain foods possess, but with all the misinformation out there, it’s hard to really understand what’s true and what isn’t. Certain foods really do pack more nutrition than others. Superfoods do exist, and they can be a helpful tool for people with diabetes and anyone else who wants to enjoy better health. Since nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, it’s important that everyone understands which foods are the healthiest. The most nutrient-dense superfoods can be valuable in helping you feel your best, no matter where you are on your wellness journey. For the record, a diabetes superfood is a food rich in nutrients that benefit diabetes management or nutrients that are typically lacking in the American diet. Ready to learn which foods really are super good for you? To improve your health and start better managing diabetes or prediabetes, add more of these diabetes superfoods to your meal plan:

Berries. Strawberries, blackberries,

Cruciferous Veggies. Cruciferous

raspberries, blueberries and cranberries are packed with antioxidants, which are cancer-fighting molecules. Berries are also a great source of fiber. We like them fresh, but they can be enjoyed frozen (great in smoothies) or in dried form as a tasty snack.

veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy are rich in fiber and a plethora of phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Incorporate them into a plate of crudités at your next gathering. Or lightly sauté, roast, or steam them as a side at dinner.

Citrus Fruits. Oranges, clementines, grapefruit, lemons and limes are great providers of vitamin C and soluble fiber. We recommend packing oranges or clementines as a snack since they travel well. Or add a dash of fresh lime in your water for a bit of flavor. Citrus juices can also be used in all kinds of recipes to add the perfect pop of flavor.

Dark Leafy Greens. Spinach, collards, kale, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, watercress and Swiss chard are nutrient powerhouses that provide vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and iron. They are also very low in carbohydrates so feel free to eat more! Pair them with other superfoods to create delicious salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, omelets or soups.

Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The American Diabetes Association recommends that most people eat fish at least two to three times per week. Some fish are packed with nutrients called omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart and brain health. These include salmon, trout, sardines, anchovies, herring, Pacific oysters and Atlantic and Pacific mackerel. In addition to healthy fats, fish also provide vitamin D and calcium.

Healthy Fats. Diabetes nutrition guidelines have shifted away from promoting a low-fat diet in recent years. Newer research shows that when planning meals for diabetes, it’s more important to look at the type of fat you’re eating rather than the total amount of fat. Healthy fats may help with blood glucose management and lower the risk of heart disease. Sources include most plant-based oils (olive, canola, corn, etc.), avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters and seeds. Use olive oil when sautéing or roasting veggies or to make homemade dressing.

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Superfoods Snack on some avocado over toast or dice it up and enjoy it atop a salad or bowl of chili. Nuts, nut butters and seeds are great for snacking, adding to salads or spreading on sandwiches.

Herbs and Spices. While there is still a body of evidence building about the benefits of various herbs and spices, many of these plant-based ingredients have been associated with health benefits. Not to mention, they don’t add any extra calories, carbs or sodium to your dishes. So these are one of the best ways to flavor your food!

Lean Protein. Lean fish, shellfish, eggs (especially the egg whites) and poultry without the skin fall into this category. These foods are high in protein and contain little fat and no carbohydrate. Protein has less of an effect on blood glucose levels, so unless you follow a vegetarian eating pattern, it’s a great idea to incorporate these foods into your meals in portions that fit your meal plan.

possible. And for yogurt, always compare nutrition information on labels in the yogurt aisle to determine the best pick. Be sure to check on those total carbohydrates!

portions—a half cup cooked has about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

We’re big fans of the very versatile nonfat, plain Greek yogurt. It’s a protein-packed, lower-carbohydrate option that’s great in savory or sweet dishes.

are packed with nutrients including vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium. They also are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to many health benefits.

Whole Grains. Whole grains include oats, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, farro and even popcorn. Try to make most of the grains you eat whole grains! It’s a simple swap from white rice to brown rice or from white bread to a nuttier, more flavorful whole wheat. Whole grains provide dietary fiber and have been linked to heart health, which is important for people with diabetes because of their increased risk of heart disease. Whole grains also offer a host of vitamins and minerals. The best news is, superfoods aren’t just good for you; they taste great too!

Legumes. Beans, peas, and lentils. These budget-friendly, plant-based proteins are also an excellent choice at mealtime! Legumes also include beanbased foods like hummus, edamame, and soy products. For each half cup of beans, you get about 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrate, but you also meet approximately one-third of your daily fiber needs. They also provide magnesium, folate, potassium, and iron. You’ll never get tired of experimenting with the many types of legumes! They make the perfect addition to soups, salads, grain bowls, pasta dishes, wraps, or pretty much anything else.

Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt. Milk and yogurt provide important nutrients such as calcium and protein and are usually fortified with vitamin D. When it comes to milk, opt for nonfat milk whenever 32 Pensacola Magazine

Tomatoes. These nonstarchy vegetables

Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. They also have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes, so they won’t affect your blood glucose as much. They are a starchy vegetable, so it’s important to eat them in small

The best time to start making healthier choices is right now. Start adding more superfoods to your diet today and soon you’ll see the tremendous impact they make on your health and well-being.


About the Authors: Cassandra Verdi, MPH, RD, is the coauthor of Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner: Power-Packed Recipes and Meal Plans Designed to Help You Lose Weight and Manage Your Blood Glucose and 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian, writer, and nutrition communications expert skilled in nutrition program planning, content development, and recipe development. She is the former associate director of nutrition at the American Diabetes Association, where she managed and developed many nutrition resources.

Bruschetta-Stuffed Mushrooms Bruschetta is a colorful and delicious appetizer for any gathering. For a lower-carb option, try this simple bruschetta stuffed in mushrooms instead of serving on the traditional baguette. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 7 Serving Size: 2 mushroom caps

About the Book: Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner: Power-Packed Recipes and Meal Plans Designed to Help You Lose Weight and Manage Your Blood Glucose (American Diabetes Association, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40679-6, $19.95) is available from major online booksellers.

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1 pint grape tomatoes 2 tsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tsp dried basil 1/3 cup 2% mozzarella cheese 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 (14-oz) pack stuffer (larger) mushrooms 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1. Cut tomatoes into quarters. Set aside. 2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and add garlic. Sauté garlic for about 1 minute. 3. Add tomatoes and continue to sauté for about 4 minutes. 4. Remove from heat and stir in basil and both cheeses. 5. Remove stems from mushrooms and fill with tomato mixture. 6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes at 350°F. 7. Let cool slightly and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve warm. Choices/Exchanges

1 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 1/2 Fat Basic Nutritional Values

Calories Calories from Fat Total Fat Saturated Fat Trans Fat Cholesterol Sodium

50 25 3.0 g 1.0 g 0.0 g 3 mg 55 mg

Potassium Total Carbohydrate Dietary Fiber Sugars Protein Phosphorus

Stephanie Dunbar, MPH, RD, is the coauthor of Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner: Power-Packed Recipes and Meal Plans Designed to Help You Lose Weight and Manage Your Blood Glucose and 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Nutrition. She is an author and consultant specializing in health education program development. She is the former director of nutrition and medical affairs at the American Diabetes Association and has worked as a nutritionist providing diabetes education to children, teens and adults with diabetes.

270 mg 4g 1g 2g 4g 85 mg

Excerpted from Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner: Power-Packed Recipes and Meal Plans Designed to Help You Lose Weight and Manage Your Blood Glucose (American Diabetes Association, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40679-6, $19.95)

About the American Diabetes Association: Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Pensacola Magazine

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Gus Silivos

Celebrating 60 Years of Iconic Eateries by Kelly Oden

If you’ve lived in Pensacola for any length of time, you’ve likely enjoyed the cuisine at least one of Chef Gus Silivos’ restaurants. Few local chefs can boast a history and resume as impressive as Silivos, who began working in his uncle’s restaurant at the age of 11—fresh from the restaurant’s namesake, the Greek island of Skopelos. Young Gus spoke no English at first and found the sudden change of lifestyle more than a little disconcerting. However, he formed a strong bond with his uncle Paul Silivos, who owned Skopelos and later formally adopted Gus and became his father. After working his way up in both the front and back of the house at Skopelos, Silivos attended Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida where he receive a bachelor’s degree in business. From there, he was accepted into the prestigious Culinary Institute of America where he earned his culinary degree. Gus then returned to Pensacola and the rest, as they say, is history. Gus eventually took over the family business, purchasing Skopelos and opening two more well-loved local eateries. PM: When and why did your family move here from Greece? GS: My grandfather actually came to the United States in 1917. He was in Gary, Indiana of all places. He was a brick mason and never had really worked in the restaurant business. He was involved in an accident and was in the hospital for a little bit. He had a friend in Greenwood, Mississippi and they would write letters to each other. His friend said, “Why don't you come down and visit me?” My grandfather said, “I'd be glad to come, but is there any work there?” His friend said “I have a restaurant and if you can utilize and save me all the things that all my employees throw away, it'll be more than enough to pay you.” That's how he got started in the business. During World War II he moved to Pensacola and had a restaurant with a couple other partners right on the corner of Palafox and Gregory Street. It was called the Deluxe Cafe. After the war, he went back to Greece, but in the meantime he had two sons and a daughter. The daughter was my mother. She was actually born in Greece. She lived there and got married to my dad and had three kids. I was

This year, Chef Silivos celebrates three important milestones as a restaurateur. His fine dining family restaurant Skopelos turns 60 in April; his iconic and shiny Scenic 90 Café turns 20 in May and the famously blue Nancy’s Catering and Events turns 10 in August. To celebrate, each restaurant will offer specials during their respective anniversary months. In April, Nancy's is giving 10 percent off all in-house sandwiches, entrees and gourmet-to-go orders for the entire month. In May, Scenic 90 Café will celebrate its 20th anniversary with 20 percent off all dinner entrees. In August, Skopelos will celebrate its 60th anniversary with specials and discounts throughout the entire month. Pensacola Magazine sat down with the friendly and charismatic chef to discuss his life, his career and his love of the Pensacola community.

one of them. My natural father passed away when I was nine in Greece. My mom had her two brothers here in Pensacola and they had restaurants—one was Skopelos and the other one was the Dainty Dill, which was downtown on the corner of Wright and Palafox Street. There wasn't much opportunity in Greece and being on a small island she just felt it was better for her kids, as well as for her, to move here. So we did—with my grandmother being the translator. She really didn't know much in the way of English. Neither did I or my siblings.

PM: When did you become involved in the restaurant business?

PM: Was it a difficult transition—moving from a Greek island to Pensacola?

The other thing is because I was working as a busboy up front and I wasn’t in the kitchen all the time, I got to know a lot of the families in Pensacola—everyone in the community from one spectrum to the other. They treated me like son. It was just a unique experience that I had—more of a grown-up type childhood rather than being out there playing or what have you.

GS: Very much so. I was telling somebody not too long ago that I felt like somebody took me and put me in jail. First of all, I didn’t know the language, so I couldn’t speak with anyone. I had no friends. You had to have a car to get anyone, whereas on the island we walked everywhere. I didn’t wear any shoes on the island. My feet were like rubber. So, that freedom just kind of went by the wayside.

GS: I started working at Skopelos, which was then my uncle’s restaurant, when I was 11. They felt it was a way for me to get out of the house. You know, in Greece on the island in the summertime it was nothing but a bathing suit and just fishing all day and running around. So they felt like I needed some activity. I didn’t have much in the way of friends or anything like that. So, that's how I got started in the business.

My uncle and I developed a relationship over the years and he ended up adopting me as an adult adoption. That's how he became my dad from being my uncle. Pensacola Magazine

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Gus Silivos Celebrating 60 Years of Iconic Eateries PM: Tell me about your childhood in Pensacola. What neighborhood did you grow up? Where did you go to school? GS: When we first moved here, we lived on Spring Street in North Hill and it was a culture shock for me coming from the island during the time of segregation and integration and the civil rights movement. As for school, I went to Spencer Bibbs Middle School and as I mentioned, my English wasn't all that great. My mother and her brothers thought that maybe the best thing for me was to go to a private school to get a little more of the basics and also to step back a grade. So I did that. I went to Pensacola Christian and it was a good experience. I think it helped me a lot. I had the math and everything else under control, it was just the language. Back then in Europe, soccer, or football, was the big thing. So, when I came here and I heard people talk about football, I was very excited. But it was totally different. Nobody played soccer here back then. I did start to enjoy American football, so I went to Woodham High School and played there through high school.

PM: You received your Bachelor’s degree in business and then went on to culinary school. Why those two degrees? GS: I chose the business path because I really liked business and I enjoyed the restaurant business. I knew from growing up in it what the challenges were. My saying has been all along that, “We work when others play and we play when others work,” because on weekends that's where our business is. Quite honestly, going through college and seeing what was available, I could never see myself sitting behind a desk. I always like to move around. I didn’t want the same thing day to day. Once I discovered culinary school that was it. Growing up in the restaurant, I worked in the dining room as a busboy and worked my way all the way up and then I started in the kitchen and did the same thing there. You know, the heat didn't even bother me. Back then we didn't have air conditioning and I can remember having this meat thermometer in my pocket and it registered 120 degrees in the sleeve. So I didn't have any problems with weight. I sweated it away. I just enjoyed the immediate satisfaction that you get from cooking because people will tell you if it's good or bad right then. You don't have to wait with a project that will develop over years or months or weeks to see the results. I like the creativity, too. I think that's why a lot of times chefs have a problem

with the baking side. They want to have that creativity to just put things together—a pinch of this, a pinch of that. There’s no guessing in baking. You have to measure. However, I really enjoyed both of them. As a matter of fact, for many years I did all the desserts and the cooking and everything in the restaurant because I thought that was fun. PM: Culinary Institute of America is one of the best culinary schools in the country. You could have gone anywhere from there and made a career for yourself. Why did you come back here? GS: I think at the time I was focused on taking over the family restaurant. Obviously, the restaurant was well established. I've always loved Pensacola. I mean, I love New York City and a lot of other places, but Pensacola is just kind of unique in its offerings and I knew this is where I wanted to be. So, I decided to come back to the restaurant. I started running it and slowly taking it over. At that time, Skopelos was located on the west side at Cervantes and M streets. The population had started to move away to the east side and we found an opportunity to go into the location on Scenic Highway, which had a lot of history. A lot of locals used to go there. It was called the Scenic Terrace. It was a dancing place for teenagers. Over the years we’ve heard many stories about people having their first date there. Mr. Jordan that owned the place had a rule—if you were a guy, you had to have a date come in. So, what a lot of the ladies were telling us is that they would go in with a date and then go in the restroom, climb out of the window and go back outside and get another

photo by Guy Stevens

After high school I went to Pensacola Junior College, which is Pensacola State College now. After two years, I went to the University of West Florida. I decided that I really enjoyed the restaurant business. There was a gentleman that used to frequent the restaurant and his passion was cooking. He had even done a summer in France cooking with the Troisgros brothers. He was talking to me about culinary school. At that time there were only three culinary schools in the country and one of

them was The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. I looked into it and wrote to them. I got accepted and went there for two years.

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Chef Gus Silivos with his grandchildren.

the community and the culinary field as well. I can remember when I came back from culinary school, you would ask for some shallots and they would look at you like, ‘what is that?’ It was a steak and potato town, which there is nothing wrong with that. A lot has changed, though. We introduced a lot of things to the area and were kind of a catalyst for the culinary direction that Pensacola has gone in, which is great. We have a lot of wonderful restaurants and chefs in town.

guy because the whole reason was to dance with a bunch of people. It was kind of funny to hear all the local stories and be part of that tradition. We were there for about 25 years and I did end up purchasing the business from my dad. PM: Why did Skopelos close? GS: I had the opportunity, as part of the agreement, to purchase the land and the building. The year that I was supposed to do that, my dad passed away. So, there were some issues with the family as far as purchasing it, so I decided to close it and just concentrate on Scenic 90 Café and Nancy's for the catering. PM: What was the inspiration for opening Scenic 90 Café? GS: We had actually taken a family trip up to the Gatlinburg area and we had seen one of the diner style buildings. Of course in the New York and New Jersey area there are Greek diners everywhere and I always loved that concept. One of the things we were looking at with that piece of property was to utilize it for parking, but it wouldn’t work. We decided on the diner and it was unique because it was a prefab building. It was all laid out. We made a few modifications, but basically just had to prep the site. The biggest surprise was the delivery. It was a Monday when the trucks rolled in. The building came in three sections. They actually lifted the pieces off the truck with a crane and dropped them on site and connected them. So, when people went to work in the morning, it was an empty lot. On the way back, it was the biggest rubberneck you've ever seen. It was crazy. As a matter of fact, I think the headline said, “Diner Dropped from the Sky.”

It was an instant success and people fell in love with the concept and the whole idea of a neighborhood style throwback to the 50s with the counter and everything. People really enjoy the interaction with our staff and many of them come twice a day. That's what we wanted to be—that type of casual environment with people bringing the families, the kids and grandkids. We have been blessed to see those families grow over the years as well. PM: How did the idea to open Nancy’s Catering and Events come about? GS: The opportunity came up for this location and we felt it would be a good choice to expand. Also at that time, we were doing a lot of catering from the restaurant. Beyond using it for catering, we felt it would be a good niche to do the gourmet-to-go as well. Often, people don’t want to go out, but they want restaurant quality food. They could call ahead, pick it up and take it home. We change the menu every week. It's similar proteins but with different preparations, so it's always something different. PM: Why did you decide to reopen Skopelos at New World Landing? GS: About three and a half years ago, the opportunity came up with New World Landing. Of course, downtown has changed tremendously over the years and I decided that a partnership with New World Landing would be good. So, I opened Skopelos back up, which a lot of the people were very happy about. I was pleased and humbled that the reputation was still there, even though it was closed for six and a half years. It’s a blessing to be part of the community and to be supported. We have tried to do as much as we can to better

PM: You’ve served a lot of well-known people over the years. Do you have a favorite? GS: President George H.W. Bush would be it. President Bush came to Pensacola because of the plane that they were dedicating at the Naval Aviation Museum that he flew—that actually went down in the Pacific. It was March the 6, 1992. He was at the highest peak as far as his approval rating as a president. It was a surprise visit. We weren't expecting him at the restaurant. He came here for the weekend and there were rumors going around that he might go out to eat. We never had an inkling that he would come to Skopelos. As it was, I guess the Secret Service had already scouted the place and knew all about us. As a matter of fact, when they showed up, one of the Secret Service gentlemen came up and said, “Do you remember me?” They had come in the day before acting as though they were booking a party. It was a unique evening because anybody that had a reservation was able to come in, but anybody who didn’t could not. This was prior to 9/11 and I've never seen anything like it. The Secret Service took over everything. They had Marine Patrol in the bay. They had sharpshooters on the roof of the apartment complexes. They had everything cordoned off. There must have been 400 people out on Scenic Highway just trying to get a glimpse. Barbara Bush came ahead of the President by about 20 minutes. My dad and I were outside speaking with her. It was like speaking with somebody's grandmother. I mean it was just incredible—the comfort level that both of them exhibited, actually.

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Gus Silivos Celebrating 60 Years of Iconic Eateries with us and she is vegan. She came from California and she knew it was really big out there. I said, “Let’s try it,” because I have always felt that my job entails pleasing the guests. It's not about convenience to me or inconvenience for that matter.

Top: Chef Silivos shakes President H.W. Bush's hand at Skopelos. Left: A letter to Chef Silivos from President H.W. Bush.

Unfortunately, I think in our industry many chefs have this hang up in particular. Maybe you've heard about it when it comes to steaks. You have a really good steak and somebody orders it well done and the Chef goes, “Oh, no, I'm not going cook that.” Are you kidding me? You're not eating it. You're not paying for it. Why wouldn’t you cook it? So, I've always had this thing that it's all about the guests and how we can accommodate them— whether it was a dietary need or something else. In our discussion we talked about how there were no options in fine dining here. If somebody was vegan or vegetarian, we gave them the steamed vegetable plate or a salad—that was their only option. One thing led to the other and we started testing out recipes and trying it. When we got the Impossible Burger, it was just such a big hit. Now, we see so many families coming to us to accommodate the vegan or vegetarian in the family. Everybody has an option. PM: Tell me about the Pensacola celebrity chefs. How did you become involved in that? What exactly is it?

So what happened later that night when he was finished dining, they asked for the bill and we chose not to present it. Well, the Secret Service tips based on the total of the bill, but since they didn’t get a bill and in the midst of everything, they left without leaving a tip. A News Journal reporter was there and he interviewed us and he interviewed the server. They asked him what it was like and he said it was a great honor and pleasure. The reporter made the comment, “Well, I bet you he left you a nice tip.” The server said, “Well, no because the house took care of the bill.” Well, that was the headline. CNN had just started. It was worldwide. We started receiving calls from our relatives in Greece. They had seen it before we even had the chance to tell them that they had dined with us. Back then of course, we all had land lines and my phone number was listed. I started getting calls from WABC, WNBC, WCBS—all in New York City. All the DJ’s wanted to know the scoop. Once I started telling them the story, they didn’t want to hear it. They hung up. It wasn’t scandalous enough. But still, the headlines were all—“President Dines, Leaves No Tip.” The very next day, Secret Service comes to the house with pictures and a letter— and a gratuity for the server. It gave me a whole

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new outlook as far as how everything works. I remember two years after the visit, we would have people come in from abroad and bring newspaper clippings from Germany about it. PM: What did President Bush eat? GS: He had the Scamp Cervantes. After that, it became our number one dish. I remember him asking about the dish. I had a white house chef with me in the kitchen. He tasted everything before it went to the table. He asked about every ingredient. They followed the dish from the kitchen to the table. It was a unique experience. PM: Although Pensacola has had a couple of vegan or vegetarian restaurants, Skopelos really initiated the idea of fine dining vegan options here in Pensacola. What inspired the addition of vegan items and special vegan events? GS: I always try to read trade magazines and one of the stories about four years ago was about how college campuses are transforming their food service menus. One of the things that they talked about was how many of the students were becoming vegetarian or vegan. As it happened, Chef Takara came on board

GS: Myself, Irv Miller and Jim Shirley got together with the visitors’ information center (now VISIT Pensacola) and talked about how we could promote the area—particularly the culinary culture and especially Gulf seafood. That’s where the idea came from. Dan Dunn and Frank Taylor came onboard a little later. The biggest impact I think we had was after the BP oil spill. There was such a concern about eating the Gulf seafood in other areas of the country. We decided to go to New York and I feel we made really a huge impact there at the James Beard House. We cooked all the seafood from here. We hauled everything up there and it was a tremendous success. It was actually such a huge success that they invited us back four other times. We did go up there each time and it was such a blast to showcase what we have and to show off our community. It’s very unique in our group. It's not about any particular person or chef ’s ego. We find it very easy to work together. I think that has helped in promoting the business and culinary aspects of Pensacola and the vicinity. PM: You were instrumental in the development of the culinary program at Pensacola State College—then Pensacola Junior College. Why was that important to you?


Having that connection to part of our heritage is kind of unique and different. I enjoy those family values and that community connection and certainly being able to continue things that I grew up doing as a young child—to maintain those traditions. So, come festival time you’ll always find me there. I’ve cooked there and done a lot of things, and I certainly dance.”

GS: Well, it actually got started when I became an adjunct professor there teaching catering. The program was kind of formed from the homeeconomics side. At the time, they were trying elevate it and to give it a little more identity on the hospitality side. So, it was more of a hospitality program than a culinary program. I decided to get involved with that and then one thing led to another. It developed as the need of the community grew because more restaurants were coming into town and opening up. The labor pool was just not there. I felt that if the school was going to take the lead in forming a culinary program there, it would really help the community. Even for myself, I saw that in order for me to get any kind of a culinary education I had to leave the area. Well, not everybody has that opportunity to go away to school. So having something at home that is manageable and cost effective is really great. In the interim of those two things, I was able to start an internship program here. There are still graduates from that program that are in the business and industry here and many of them have gone on outside of the area to develop and to grow. It’s very gratifying. PM: You're often involved in local charities—cooking for fundraisers and other involvement. What draws you to stay involved in the community in that way? GS: I think it’s one of the blessings of being able to live in the community that you grew up in—to help make an impact. It’s gratifying. One of the early charity events I did was called The Ports of Call, which was for the Children's Home Society. All the restaurants would set up tables around the old Bayfront Auditorium and guests would have passports to get stamped at each table. I participated in that and I participated in WSRE from the get-go when they first started the Food & Wine Classic. I just always felt the need to do anything that I could to give back to the community and to help it grow. What impact can we make as individuals? Hopefully we can leave things a little better than we found them. PM: You have three children and your son Paul is involved in the family business. Are any of your other children involved in the culinary or restaurant industries?

something that they enjoy and they want to stay in it, awesome. If it's not, I'm not forcing them. Paul actually loves it. He loves the business aspect of work just as much as I do. No two days are the same. But the other two are successful as well. My daughter lives in Atlanta. She actually does similar type of work for a company that brings together top-level CEOs for conferences and things like that. My younger son is an attorney up in New York City. So, they've done well and it's great that they're successful and happy. I think the most important thing that you can do is to be happy. Over the years, a lot of the kids would come to me and ask me about the culinary field. I've always told them to get a job in the business and find out what it's all about. Of course, they watch the Food Network on TV see all the glamour. Well, it's not like that. If it’s your passion, you’ll love it and you'll do well. If not, you’ll hate it. I've always said to myself that the first day that I hate it, I need to get my butt out because not only will I make myself miserable, I’ll make everybody else around me miserable as well. To me, money is great, but you can make all the money in the world and if you are miserable at the end of the day, you’ll never be happy. What is that price? You have to balance it out. PM: Are you very involved with the Greek Community here in Pensacola? GS: I am. Having that connection to part of our heritage is kind of unique and different. I enjoy those family values and that community connection and certainly being able to continue things that I grew up doing as a young child—to maintain those traditions. So, come festival time you’ll always find me there. I’ve cooked there and done a lot of things, and I certainly dance. PM: Do you get back to Greece to visit very often? GS: I try to. I did for a long time. Obviously we went often when the kids were growing up. I still have family at home. I’m actually blessed to have an aunt that’s going to be 104 this year. She’s just as spry as anything. I still have first cousins there. So yeah, I try to go.

PM: How many hours a week do you think you work? GS: That's the crazy part about this business. I guess I'm a little crazier than most people with having three businesses. Sometimes it's as few as 75 hours a week. I remember one time I did 120 hours in a week. I want to do the best I can, but I’m not necessarily a workaholic. I’m blessed to have a great staff. I have one employee that’s been with me for 30 years. I have a server at Scenic 90 who has been there since day one, so 20 years. My warehouse manager has been with me since he was 16. He started as a busboy. It's nice to have that support. I'm not one of those micro managers. I enjoy what I do. I try to ask myself, how can I make the place better for our staff? I try to lead by example. PM: How many employees do you have? GS: I think at last count it was about 180. PM: What's your favorite simple dish to make at home? GS: A seared piece of fish with spinach or any kind of greens. Just a very light dish. I always enjoy cooking on my day off. Most people look at me go, “You cook at home?” It's not a job for me. It’s more of a passion, so I don't mind doing it whenever the opportunity arises. PM: What do you do for fun besides cooking? GS: Fishing. For many years we used to do surf fishing. Growing up, they would allow four-wheel drives on the beach in Perdido Key before the hurricanes came along. We used to go there on the weekend. We’d park there and pitch a tent and just fish all night. We’d get some fish and bring it home and cook it. Now I just go out there and drop a pole in—just have a little fun. I enjoy the outdoors. I love being in the sun—as I mentioned earlier growing up on an island, it's one of those unique settings as a child. I have fond memories of catching octopus and fishing all the time without a care in the world. •

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play/live/give Blue Angel Practices April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 30

A hometown favorite, the Blue Angels will be hosting practice sessions at the National Naval Aviation Museum throughout the month. Come see the jaw dropping aerial display up close and personal. Don’t forget the bring ear protection! Most practices will begin, wheels up, at 11:30 am. Following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels visit the Museum to meet fans and sign autographs in the Atrium. For more information, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org. For show weather updates, visit the Blue Angels Facebook or Twitter before show time.

The Golf Ball Gala April 6

Dress up in your sharpest golf attire and come party Caddyshack style April 6, 6 pm to 10 pm at the Grand Ballroom Skopelos at New World. The party will include Masters-inspired cocktail buffet, a top-shelf bar, live music, live coverage of the 2018 Masters Tournament and more. Tickets are $75 per person with group discounts available. All net proceeds from The Golf Ball will directly benefit our mission! Golf is more than a game at The First Tee of Northwest Florida. To purchase tickets, call 456-7010 or visit TheFirstTeeNWFlorida. org.80.

Pensacola JazzFest April 6 and 7

Jazz Pensacola’s Pensacola JazzFest, now in its 36th year, will be April 6 and 7, 9 am to 8 pm, at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. This free festival celebrates America's unique musical art form with a stunning lineup of top talent, from local jazz standouts to world-renowned acts. For more information or to buy tickets, visit jazzpensacola.com.

edge-of-your-seat theatre where anything can happen, and usually does. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com.

some sick mud. For more information, visit terrainracing.com/locations/Pensacola.

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Russian Spectacular

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The Pensacola Symphony will be playing at the Saenger Theatre April 6 at 7:30 pm with their Russian Spectacular show. From elation to melancholy to great passion, this annual celebration of music by Russian composers promises to elicit a host of emotions. With the absorbing melodies of Rachmaninoff ’s Vocalise and the boundless musicianship of guest violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen performing Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, it will be an evening to remember. The program will close with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, which the master himself described as “the best thing I ever composed or shall compose.” Ticket prices start at $23. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 5953880.

Gulf Coast Half Marathon April 7

Check out the Gulf Coast Half Marathon April 7, race time at 7 am. All distances (half, 10 miles and 5K) will be awarded a finishers medal. We know it's all about the bling. Cross that finish line and get "America's Most Useful Finisher Medal,” a bottle opener first, a medal second. You don't just hang this medal, our medals are meant to be used. Hang those other medals on the wall, you'll use this one behind the bar/on the boat/ in the cooler. It's great to bring to parties. For more information, visit www.runpensacolabeach.com.

Improvable Cause Show Terrain Race April 6 and 17

Pensacola Little Theater will host an Improvable Cause (IC) show April 6 at 10:30 pm. There will also be a special Happy Hour show April 17 at 7 pm. IC is Pensacola's only professional improv comedy troupe. Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different. IC shows are

April 7

Bring your friends and family to conquer obstacles and play in the mud at this amazing obstacle race. We have a 5K and unlimited lap option with 20 plus obstacles and mud. Kids as young as 7 can race the full 5K course too. All athletes will run a sweet course, take on some of the best obstacles imaginable, and trudge through

John Appleyard Talk: Pensacola History John Appleyard will have a history presentation April 9 at 9 am at the Pensacola Visitor Information Center. Don't miss the opportunity to hear famed historian, John Appleyard share his knowledge of Pensacola's history with one of his famous storytelling sessions. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. For more information, call 4341234.

Short Attention Span Theatre April 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20

The Pensacola Little Theatre will be hosting productions of “Short Attention Span Theatre,” throughout April. Show times are 7:30 pm, with a special showing April 14 at 3 pm. A Studio 400 Production, this is an evening of oneact plays. Six short stories about people we love and people we love to hate. Directed by Jason Crum, Stephanie Lash, Courtney Moseley. Note, adult content, themes and language included. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com.

Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge April 13

The Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge is one of the most exciting and unique events that we have on the panhandle! This year, it will be held April 13 from 7 am to 5 pm. It is designed to test the strength, agility, teamwork, and skills of firefighters as well as provide a fun, family friendly event for participants and the public. Unique to this event and as an added level of difficulty, all the skills and competition will take place on the beautiful white sand of Pensacola Beach. For more information, visit pensacolasports.org/ penbeachfirefighters.


play/live/give Pensacola Civic Band: A out, including your favorite four-legged friends for a fun filled day of dog friendly Night of Gershwin April 13

The Pensacola Civic Band will take over the Saenger Theatre April 13 at 7:30 pm with A Night of Gershwin. The Pensacola Civic Band presents "A Night of Gershwin" featuring some of the most beloved music from George and Ira Gershwin. We welcome to Pensacola famed saxophonist and former US Navy Band soloist, Dale Underwood. Ticket prices start at $13. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Paws in the Park April 13

Big Lagoon State Park along with Friends of Pensacola State Parks will host Paws in the Park on Saturday April 13 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Amphitheater Picnic Area at Big Lagoon State Park. This is a free event with regular park paid entrance fees, $4 for one person or $6 for up to 8 people. Bring the whole family

vendors, opportunities for adoption and educational demonstrations. There will also be ranger-guided dog friendly hikes to emphasize the dog friendly areas of the park and interpretation of pet rules. Dogs must be on a maximum six-foot hand-held leash at all times and well behaved. Owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. For more information, visit www. floridastateparks.org/index.php/events/ paws-park-0.

Black Jacket Symphony presents: Journey’s Escape April 19

The Black Jacket Symphony will take the audience on a Journey’s Escape at the Saenger Thratre, April 19 at 8 pm. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked

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musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked – the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Ticket prices start at $25. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Earth Day Pensacola April 20

Pensacola will celebrate Earth Day April 20 from 10 am to 4 pm this year with a green-friendly party. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is Energy, Transportation, and Sustainability. We will have vendors that will support the theme including share riding, public transportation, hybrid vehicles, wind energy, solar energy, and more. We will have gardening, plants, and water education vendors as well. There will be a designated kids activity area too. Food, music, and yoga are also part of the line up. For more information, visit www. earthdaypensacola.org.

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Killer Queen – The Premier Tribute to Queen April 20

Killer Queen is bringing rock and roll to the Saenger Theatre April 20 at 7:30 pm. Killer Queen are the only tribute to have sold out the same arenas as Queen in their heyday. Patrick Myers and the band's performances at Forest National and Ahoy were scale recreations of Queens epic performances. The band is also the longest established tribute to Queen. No detail is overlooked. Killer Queen presents the highest of tributes live on stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Ticket prices start at $32.50. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

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FemFest has announced its official 2019 lineup featuring new events and old favorites. Dates are set for April 25 to 28. Once again, FemFest will be partnering with Lakeview Victim Services, the Black Women Empower Collective and STRIVE to raise funds for each organization. Events will be hosted all over Pensacola. To learn more about FemFest and how to get involved, please visit facebook.com/femfestpcola or e-mail femfestpensacola@gmail.com

Interstate Mullet Toss April 26 to 28

The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is legendary. Going on April 26 to 28 at the Flora-Bama Lounge, what started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. Hotel bookings are done months, if not years in advance for this event. People travel from across the globe to see what all the fuss is about at the Flora-Bama; the memories are priceless. For more information, visit florabama.com.

Pensacola Crawfish Festival April 26 to 28

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Join the crowd April 26 to 28 in downtown Pensacola at one of the largest crawfish boils in the Southeast, located in Community Maritime Park. The 35th annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will bring a taste of Louisiana right to Pensacola Bay. The festival features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, fresh from


Louisiana, brought to you by Pensacola locals, Cordova Crawfish Company. The festival will also feature crab cakes, gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp, etouffee, boudin, po'boys, crawfish bread, red beans and rice, chicken tenders, bloomin' onions, funnel cakes, shaved ice, gelato and so much more. Admission is $6 per day with children 12 and under getting in free and active-duty military with an ID free entry April 26. For more information, visit fiestapensacola.org.

DeLuna’s Beach Games April 27

Pensacola Sports is excited to launch this brand new event on Pensacola Beach which features a wide variety of sporting events April 27, 6 am to 6 pm. The goal is to add events each year to make a fun family-oriented sports festival. The Pensacola Beach area provides perfect venues for a variety of events to be held the same weekend. For more information, visit pensacolasports.org/delunasbeachgames.

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Come join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at the Saenger Theatre for one last musical night April 27 at 7:30 pm. The 93rd season comes to close with a program inspired by folk music from around the world. Featuring the memorable opening roll of the timpani and the arresting proclamation of the piano, Grieg’s Piano Concerto will be played by the talented Alessio Bax. Guest composer Gabriela Lena Frank joins us to share her own work, Apu: Tone Poemfor Orchestra, inspired by Peruvian folk music. Continuing with this inspiration is Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, a powerhouse piece with origins in traditional Hungarian folk music. Ticket prices start at $23. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

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50. In short, you're working too hard An interview with Practical Philosopher Dr. Andrew Taggart

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modernizing the city’s organizational structure, creating a online dashboard of measurable goals, conducting an employee engagement survey and unifying messaging with the City Council. Connie Bookman, founder and CEO of Pathways For Change, studied crime and safety and recommended a comprehensive review of compensation, equipment and staff levels at the police and fire departments Bookman also pointed out the need for more training and development of police and firefighters.

Grover Robinson's roadmap to make Pensacola a better place As one of his first acts in office, Robinson established a 12-member transition team to study and make recommendations to improve both the internal and external operations of the city. by Will Isern

That team, helmed by Quint Studer, worked through the start of 2019 and hosted 14 public input sessions to produce the 86-page report covering areas like governance, finance, neighborhoods, walkability, public safety and economic development. As the transition team presented the report on March 4, Studer said it would stand up to any report his former company, The Studer Group, had completed for major organizations. “I would put this against any report that I have put together for any large company over the years, that’s what this is,” Studer said. “We didn’t look upon this as, ‘Let’s do a great government report,’ we said, ‘Let’s do a great report for a company that’s in the government business.’ Not, let’s create a great government, let’s create a great organization that happens to lead and manage city government.” After receiving the report, Robinson committed to putting it into action. Given its scope, he said, it will take time achieve all the goals the plans sets out and prioritization will be key. “Some of the things we’re already working on, we’re already beginning to implement some of

these things,” Robinson said. “Some of them will take some time, but we can do all of them. I don’t think we can do all of them tomorrow, at one time, but as we move through this we’ll have to figure out how we prioritize and I think we can do that.… I’m not going to say we’re going to get to everything tomorrow, but we’re going to work to get everything in this report moved forward in our community.” In addition to more than 50 specific recommendations, the study stresses the importance of overall strategic plan. “As it sits today, the city has no clear, defined strategic plan. Our city’s unified strategic plan is long overdue,” the report states. Studer, likewise, stressed the importance of establishing a vision and culture at City Hall committed to good governance. “It’s all about having the right mission, vision values,” Studer said. “If you get the strategy right, the structure right and the people right, you’re probably going to be OK.” Other priorities identified by Studer included

“In the past 14 months alone, PPD officers have seen a combined 62 training requests denied,” Bookman wrote. “The value of all those trainings denied, combined, was a mere $37,139. This does not factor in the many officers who expect a ‘no’ and don’t even file a request for training as they expect a denial. The entire training budget for more than 150 officers is about $131,000—less than $1,000 per officer in the field each year.” Bookman also called for the creation of a committee to address panhandling and for a solution to be delivered by June 15. Robinson said he doesn’t expect to hit the June 15 deadline, but said he is committed to addressing homelessness first and then finding some type of solution to reduce panhandling in the city. Robinson has proposed creating a “come as you are” shelter to get the city’s homeless off the streets. In economic development, Brian Wyer, president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce recommended that the city set clear goals for its Economic Development Department. “I recommend all potential economic development projects that come to the city have a clear and defined standard procedure to eliminate mixed messaging and provide clear expectations to potential business owners,” Wyer wrote. Wyer also recommended that the city commit to the “Covenant for the Community,” which would require that 70 percent of workers on public construction project be local residents. Drew Buchanan, who campaigned against and later for Robinson in the 2018 election, studied walkability and pointed to the numerous pedestrian deaths in and around Pensacola over the last year as evidence for the urgent need for safer streets. Robinson undertook two of Buchanan’s recommendations—committing to the Complete Streets initiative and hiring a staff position responsible for pedestrian safety—before the report was complete. The full transition report can be found online at the city’s website. Business Climate 47


MAYORAL TRANSITION TEAM RECOMMENDATIONS EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

EDUCATION

• Create a mission, vision, values and an employee code of ethics for the City of Pensacola.

• Create an Education Leadership Council for the city, county and school district.

• Conduct and follow a strategic plan for the City of Pensacola.

• Clearer communication about education on city platforms.

• Modernize and publicize a city organizational structure.

• Create a mentor program for city employees.

• Create a city dashboard with measurable goals across all departments.

• Create a more accessible, consistent and affordable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for nonprofits to the various community centers.

• Conduct an employee engagement survey with all city employees. • Strive to unify the mayor’s office and city council in a working relationship and messaging from city hall. • Invest and budget for training and development of city employees. PUBLIC SAFETY • Make a dedicated investment in training and development of first responders. • Complete a comprehensive compensation, equipment and staff level study. • Create a committee to address panhandling with a solution by June 15. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Adopt the covenant for the community. • Increase awareness of the city’s “One-Stop Development” meeting that currently takes place. • Clearly define the functions of the city’s Economic Development department. • Create an objective measurement protocol for Economic Development. • Create monthly startup fairs for local businesses.

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ENVIRONMENT • Plant more street trees, specifically targeting the city’s west side. • Create form-based standards for key commercial areas to create more environmentallyfriendly spaces. • Complete a greenhouse gas inventory of city operations. • Set an aggressive renewable energy goal for Pensacola. • Form an additional crew to clean stormwater inlets. FINANCE • Engage open discussion about the budget with city council, city employees and citizens. • Create a succession plan for seasoned city finance employees. • Establish goal setting and measurement throughout the organization. • Evaluate city assets and create a capital improvement plan. • Consider a referendum to permanently maintain the local option sales tax. • Create a citizen’s review committee of the Urban Core CRA District.

GOVERNANCE • Accountability: Create citywide mission, vision and values that drive a more deliberate culture. Create standards of behavior that align with the mission, vision and values. • Collaborative Communication: Implement quarterly leadership and employee forums. • Engagement: Implement an annual employee engagement survey and provide a leadership academy for emerging, new and seasoned leaders. • Performance Management: Create a consistent disciplinary process and implement the Korn Ferry Hay compensation analysis. • Reward and Recognition: Expand recognition programs to be more department specific, institute incentives through performance-based bonuses and review current benefit plan against competitive options. GOVERNMENTAL EFFICIENCY • Implement a user-friendly software program. • Streamline inconsistencies in the land development code. • Implement a tracking system and upgraded tech for inspection services. • Evaluation of current city boards and term limits. LEGAL • Independence and adequate staffing/funding for our city’s legal needs. • The City Attorney’s Office should provide legal counsel to executive mayor, city council, city boards and commissions, city departments and city enterprises.

• The Office of the City Attorney should provide appropriate representation for the city in all legal proceedings and should supervise and manage all outside counsel and any special counsel which may be utilized for their specific knowledge and expertise. NEIGHBORHOODS • Create an office/department for neighborhoods. • Open key community centers on weekends. • Increase police presence in neighborhoods. • Improve neighborhood infrastructure (flooding/ lighting/reduce speeding). TRAFFIC & WALKABILITY • Adopt complete streets. • Improve the user experience of parking. • Create a position solely responsible for bike/ pedestrian safety. • Formulate the Pensacola Bicycle Blueprint. • Make walkability and livability a regional effort. TRANSPARENCY • Separate and create two clear, defined roles for Public Information and Public Affairs. • Trust our city department leaders to share expertise. • Mandatory public records training for city staff. • Website upgrades.


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In Short, You're Working too Hard: An interview with Practical Philosopher Dr. Andrew Taggart by Kaitlyn Peacock

Is the nine-to-five grind your every weekday reality? Or maybe it’s the nightmare you keep waking up from? The Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) has been hosting regular evening lectures, including a recent talk given by practical philosopher Dr. Andrew J. Taggart on the role of work in society and how we revolve our every day around what work we are or aren’t doing. Taggart spoke with Business Climate in more detail about his theory on how we relate to work, the loss of wonder in everyday life, how freelancers fit into today’s workforce and more.

BC: Where did you start to pick up the practical philosophy thoughts?

BC: Where does the term “practical philosopher” come from?

AT: It helps to know that I finished a PhD in 2009 and it dawned on me pretty quickly that I wasn’t really cut out for the academic life. The trouble however, was I had just devoted seven plus years of graduate training plus four years of undergraduate training to that particular half. What is more, when you set on an academic path, just as if you set out a medical doctor path, you can’t very easily pivot to business terminology. If you leave it behind, in some respects you are lost and so it was for me. So I am finishing my dissertation and depositing it and realizing that I don’t really know what I’m doing with my life or what I’d like to or what this is really about. Fast forward and now I decide to move to NYC, this is also 2009. Over the course of a couple of years, for some reason or another I realize I’m pretty well suited to marry philosophy with entrepreneurship. Who am I, why am I here, what is this all about, what is the nature of a good human life and so on. These sound like very abstract questions and of course they are, but they are usually grounded in some experience. Let’s say that you are involved in the 2008, 2009 market collapse and as a consequence of this collapse, you end up losing your house and you end up losing your job. There are practical questions such as how am I going to make a living, how am I going to pick up the pieces, but for a subset of the human population, they are also philosophical questions, which is why am I here? If life is not going the way that I planned, if life is not as scripted as my parents thought it would be for me, then what is my life really about? So I decided to speak with people and at this point they’re all business executives, tech entrepreneurs, those involved in finance, technology, emerging fields, usually at a point at which something about their lives seems a little off kilter or a bit bewildering. They’ve lived the life, usually, that is devoted to success, may have been successful, yet they felt there’s something not quite there and they can’t put their finger on it. And yet, it won’t go away. It’s a mystery.

AT: Practical philosopher is a madeup word. It’s partly made up. There are places in Europe that talk about the finer practice of philosophy. So that may be to deal with ethics, some of it may be a philosopher who weighs in on bio-ethical questions at a healthcare clinic or hospital. Or it could be someone who is involved in helping to craft moving from a political theory to public policy. So it’s true that the term does exist but largely it’s made up. The reason I am part of making it up is that philosophy went off the rails. If you go back far enough, you find that it’s closer to a theory of practical philosophy. It is a loving pursuit of living wisely, living differently, a robust quest to understand how best human beings in general, and the human mind in particular, can live. How can I live, how shall I live, how shall we all live? What is the best way to live? That is one of the most important philosophical questions and it couldn’t be more practical. Imminently practical. BC: You recently gave a lecture at IHMC about work and people revolving their lives around their work. Why did you choose this subject? Was it the people or something else? AT: After 20,000 hours or so of doing philosophy around the world, people I’ve never met before, and in no way stipulating what it is we would talk about, God, the nature of reality, English romantic poetry, love, relationships, history, economic theory and so on, the number one subject that people kept talking to me about over and over and over and over was work. Of all the things. I’m not a business coach. Not an executive coach. Why are they talking to me about work? It was puzzling to me. And not only were they talking to me about work, they were talking about work in ways that was grossly similar in terms of the tones they used, the discourses they intoned and the like. For a philosopher that’s a pretty deep puzzle. Furthermore, quite apart from their everyday Business Climate 51


Dr. Andrew J. Taggart, a self-named practical philosopher, gave a talk to nearly 150 people at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition as a part of IHMC's evening lecture series. He talked on his theory of work, how we relate to work and how work has shifted from being the lowliest of human existence to the highest form of human activity.

successes and failures, their ups and downs, their hopes and dreams, they would continue to talk to me about something that human suffering or human misery was a consequence of the work they were so wrapped up in. So that’s the origin of this. So here’s the question. How did this come to pass and how did all these people have their minds completely filled up with work? That’s the question. That was the origin of my research question. BC: So we have become so involved with our work that work is all we think about and all we can relate to? AT: Let me put it into a greater context. The question that entranced me became how did the concept work change from what we know 52 Business Climate

today? Most of the time, throughout most of human history, was one of the most lowly human concerns. If you were working, it was one of the worst fates imaginable. In fact there were specific classes of workers. In ancient Greece, these were slaves. There were also craftsmen, but it was a slave society, according to scholars. So too in ancient Rome. In medieval Europe, 98 to 99 percent of the population consisted of peasants. There were different statuses of peasants, but let’s just say these people were clearly tied to the land. Some are not free some are free, but by and large they are toiling on the earth for the sake of themselves or for the sake of others. How did it happen that we went from work being so lowly for so long to being so sacrosanct, almost holy, in the modern period. So holy, so

important, so paramount, so central, that human beings in the twenty-first century would actually devote most of their waking lives either to doing it or to thinking about it, possibly both. That’s immensely, immensely bewildering. So that’s one question. The main question is how did work go from so contemptable for so long to being central in our eyes such that our lives are actually saturated by work and work thoughts. The second question is the one that is near and dear to me. I actually care about the loss of vita a contemplative. The contemplative life. And the contemplative life used to be the highest form of life available to people before the birth of the modern age. It’s only the modern age that we begin to see pretty rapid erosion of the contemplative life and the birth of the commercial bourgeois spirit that you and I are very much the product of. I am very much a product of a set of beliefs about the world and about the way that the world so to say works and how I work in it. It is important to keep useful, to keep occupied. To sit and look up at the stars is to do nothing, is to be a layabout, is to be wasteful. And if someone were to say what did you do today and that person said well, I don’t really understand the question. I just sat and mediated all day. You would say, this person is crazy. This person is absurd. But there are places and times when that was actually seen as doing something to abandon the self, not for the sake of something else that was useful or practical or actionable or productive or efficient or effective was to be in the right place. BC: It sounds like in your theory we’ve lost the appreciation of wonder and wondering. AT: Exactly. You might see there’s a precondition for wonder and that is a completely different sense of time or even of eternity. Time today functions in accordance to, well I call it a time famine. We believe that insofar as we are engaging in working on ourselves and on our world we don’t have enough time because time is a scarce resource. Time is a function of doings. That’s not a metaphysical view of time. When you are differently placed in

the world, when you’re falling in love, when you’re writing a poem, riding a bike in the countryside or going on a hike somewhere and you don’t have a watch and you don’t know what time it is or whatever, time drops off. Now is not a function of finding. And there is a sense that there is a past understood and there is a sense of a future understood linearly, but there really is only the present that is deep and vast and broad and eternal. When you have that experience, when you are in that, then there is a possibility of wonder. You cannot rush appreciation, wonderment, the like. BC: The idea of work is shifting. There’s a lot of people that telecommute, there’s a lot of people that work from home, there’s less of a barrier between "I’m going to the office to work," versus "I wake up and I am working because I work at home." AT: Yes, we certainly are shifting. The numbers remain vague on how many people are freelancers, how many people are giggers, how many people are contract workers. We don’t even really have a set vocabulary to speak about this new class of people. We probably don’t have a vocabulary because if you are doing quite well at it we call them digital nomads. But some people are doing quite poorly and we call them the precarious class because they live precariously. I think it was a mistake that in the late 19th century, early 20th century, we began to see the rise of gainful employment, a major concept organizing work. Specifically, that gainful employment starts to take place in the companies and corporations. I’m a critic. I’m a critic of jobs. I’m not a critic of the possibility of some people liking jobs. I’m a critic of the necessity of the universal model of making a living as it has been for quite some time. I’m a critic of it for two different reason. In the first place, I think it’s rightful that human beings are fundamentally autonomous. What happens to your spirit when you have to be gainfully employed? Well you have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of entering into a contractual obligation that means your time is no longer your own and I think that’s a tragic misunderstanding. That’s


"After 20,000 hours or so of doing philosophy around the world, people I’ve never met before, and in no way stipulating what it is we would talk about, God, the nature of reality, English romantic poetry, love, relationships, history, economic theory, and so on, the number one subject that people kept talking to me about over and over and over and over was work. Of all the things. I’m not a business coach. Not an executive coach. Why are they talking to me about work? It was puzzling to me." one reason I am skeptical of jobs. Another reason why I am skeptical of jobs being the blueprint of how people make a living is that there is immense human variability. One woman asked me what would I do about welfare given what I’ve said and I have no idea what I would do but what I do know is that people aren’t really homeless today. In my terminology, they’re jobless. They don’t have jobs and because of that, they don’t have homes. They don’t want to be jobbers, and there various other reasons why, but I mention them as one particular class, I could also mention artists. I could mention other eclectic kinds of people who just aren’t fit or suited dispositionally to mold themselves into a job but we expect them to. We think they’re lazy or obstinate if they don’t. So, what I would say about this freelancing is that is does allow certain people who are more eclectic and creative in nature to be able to make a living in different ways that don’t require you to be a jobber and I’m sympathetic to that, for sure. But let me mention the shadow side of freelancing. The problem is that they are very often total workers as opposed to, and in some cases more than, those involved gainful employment. The very moment they wake up in the morning, as the worst-case scenario, they are already ensconced in the world of work, be it doing projects or be it trying to secure more projects due to the financial instability. That’s the shadow side. The upside as we know is the level of autonomy, the downside is that they’re living their lives in such a way that is largely animated by a great deal of anxiety and the anxiety means that they are almost always working. Even if it isn’t a project they are currently working on, their lives tend to have the description often of being constantly working.

BC: I want to pose one more question to you and that is, is there a “solution” to this “problem?” AT: What’s the problem? BC: Well I guess that’s the question. Is there a problem? Is having a work-centric society like we do now a problem or is it just how we function. AT: I happen to think it’s what I call an enigma and a predicament. I think that there four conceptions of work, that is not what work does, benefits is has or doesn’t have, but what it is. I think work has four different substantiations. The first one is labor. By labor I mean effortful, toil, drudgery. I would submit that through most of human history that work itself was construed as labor. Then there’s a neutral conception of work. The neutral conception of work ethic is largely the current one. It holds that human beings are involved in precuring their means of survival through a set of deliberate acts. That seems to me completely, uncontroversially true. Now we have two more conceptions that seem to be rather high formative. The third one holds that, positively understood, is the way that human beings bring something new into the world. The fourth conception comes from a cross reformation, or a second positive conception, holds that work itself is a call. Whatever mundane occupation you’re involved with, it’s as if God were calling you to do it. It is a perfect and natural fit. And your calling exhausts who you are and why you’re here. Now, I think our work-centric society, as you put it, contains in itself all four conceptions, in a very muddy, muddled way, but it

largely, particularly if you went to college as an ideological apparatus, pushes the last two, and usually the word used is career. It’s this novel conception. It’s this ideological appetizer, the career. It allures you. And the career presupposes you are going to be doing fulfilling work and in some cases the career is some misconception that you have some call for a vocation. So it’s something that’s seducing you. Now I happen to think this is a huge misconception and it leads to human suffering because most people don’t believe or feel fulfilled by a calling. I’m objecting to the ubiquity or the universality of the claims that each of us is going to have either A) fulfilling work or B) a calling. I think that is a complete cultural delusion, and you might say so what? There’s a huge so what. So long as you believe those things to be true, there’s going to be a kind of dukkha (suffering) kickback. You’re going to find yourself agonizing throughout the course of your life over whether or not your work is fulfilling or not. You’re going to agonize over whether or not you’re doing this for a calling. So there is a trouble with believing that your life will indeed be orientated toward fulfilling work and or a call. Insofar as the work society, it hitches its wagon to those promises. It’s leading us in the wrong direction and therefore causes people to want what they cannot have and agonize over what they want and cannot have. This creates this endless cycle which they continue to get caught up in this endless drama. And this is what I have conversations with people about. This is what I hear people talk about. Endless articles are written about this. Media just propounds all these articles that have to do roughly about total work but without understanding what it is.

Therefore, if it were to come to pass where we could have a thorough growing, robust critique of the work-centric society, what would our lives be like, what could the world be like if it were no longer work-centric. Well, work would be decent. Work would still exist, there would be room for those in the workplace, but it would play a modest role. It would no longer be the star of the film, it would be the third or fourth cast member. The star would be lots of other things I talk about. It would be love, beauty. I mean these things sound old fashion, but if you critique work, if you critique this bourgeois ethos that you and I have grown up with, as virtually everyone else in the United States, then it opens up a massively large question. It is a huge question. It’s a question for everyone in Florida and in Mexico and in Silicon Valley and in Europe. What if I did work sometimes at different parts of the day, and not the entire day, not even the entire week and there may be even certain times in my life when I didn’t even work in the ways I’ve thought? What kind of life would I be living? What does that open me up to? Who am I? I hope that answers your question. What might be beyond the workcentric society we currently inhabit could be anyone’s guess, but it could be imaginably more interesting, imaginably, you might say, more real, imaginably more beautiful.

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A.A. Cunningham Road paving notice ... Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NavFac SE) has awarded a contract to mill and overlay A.A. Cunningham Road on NAS Pensacola. The work is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 12 and expected to take four weeks to complete. Watch for “Road Closed” and “Detour” signs. Detour routes to facilities in the area will be Page Road to Warehouse Road and Farrar Road to Pat Bellinger Road. Drivers should observe the warning signs and proceed with caution around the work zones. The work schedule is weather dependent. For questions or more information, contact the PWD Construction Manager Bryan Moeller at 452-3131, ext. 3077.

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Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP By Capt. Katrina Cheesman Sibley’s unit. “This dedication 24th Special Operations Wing and memorial ruck is an important step for us as a brotherhood Air Force Special Tactics Air- to honor Forrest’s legacy of men dedicated a military freefall valor, and get a small bit of clotraining exercise into Pensacola sure.” Bay Aug. 26 to His teammates Staff Sgt. Forrest escorted the famSibley, a combat ily to Sibley’s controller from burial site, wearPensacola killed ing combat ruck in action Aug. 26, sacks weighing 2015, in Helmand more than 50 Pr o v i n c e , pounds to repreAfghanistan. It sent the deployed. was the first anOnce at the niversary of Sibcemetery, they ley’s death. completed a After free round of memoStaff Sgt. falling into the rial push-ups to Forrest Sibley waters of Sibley’s honor their fallen hometown, his teammates teammate. joined family members and Sibley, 31, had served in the friends to complete a memorial Air Force as a combat controller ruck march to his final resting since 2008. In his seven years of place at Barrancas National service, he received four Bronze Cemetery (BNC). Star Medals, once with valor for “When we lost Forrest, most heroism in combat, as well as a of his teammates were still de- Purple Heart for injuries susployed for another five months, tained in combat. and couldn’t attend any funeral “Forrest was one of our best or memorial event,” said Lt. Col. combat controllers, but he was Stewart Parker, commander of 21st Special Tactics Squadron, See Sibley on page 2

After parachuting into Pensacola Bay, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron make a memorial “ruck march,” a hike with full packs, from NAS Pensacola’s Bayou Grande Marina to Barrancas National Cemetery and the grave of teammate Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley. Sibley was killed in action Aug. 26, 2015. He had served in the Air Force as a combat controller since 2008. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A4

CNATT: Make Labor Day weekend safety a priority Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) safety manager is reminding service members, civilian employees and their families to maintain safety awareness as they prepare for what is generally viewed as the end of summer. CNATTSafety Manager Krystal Hancock said that Labor Day, a federal holi-

day designed to honor the achievements of American workers, includes an extended weekend, with service members and their families often electing to travel to see family and friends. “Whether taking a long road trip or simply jumping in the car to run a quick errand, driving is inherently risky, and traffic mishaps continue to

be a leading reason for lost time, days, and lives across our force,” she said. Hancock said the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts this could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years, estimating that more than 430 people could be killed in traffic accidents throughout the Labor Day weekend. She added that service members, often sepa-

rated from their families and travelling significant distances to visit during the long weekend, should take some simple precautions before and during their trips. “Get enough rest before heading outsleepy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving,” she said. “Alternate drivers or take frequent breaks to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel stays alert.” See Labor Day on page 2

‘Be There’ for your shipmates during Suicide Prevention Month 2016 By James Rosenfelder U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs

NAS Pensacola to host 9/11 commemoration ceremony ... In commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Naval Air Station Pensacola will present a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the base at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a guest speaker and a musical rendition from the NATTC Choir, a traditional “two-bell” ceremony, honors performed by the NASP Honor Guard and a 21-gun volley. The public is invited to attend.

Navy Medicine recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1. The theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2016 is “Be There.” Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will highlight the power of peer support and personal wellness, encouraging Sailors and Marines to be there for their shipmates. “Action starts with prevention,” said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed). “When a Sailor needs assistance, easy access to support resources and mental health treatment is essential, as is validation of help-seeking behaviors.” Suicide prevention is a yearlong effort. Suicide Prevention Month serves as a reminder that building resilience and preventing suicide requires all

members of the Navy and Marine Corps community to work together. Every life lost to suicide is one too many. “Take action if you notice anything

out of the ordinary for a shipmate; reach out to them,” Faison said. “If you are having difficulties, seek help if See Prevention on page 2

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The Tiger Bay Club Leading thought for over 40 years The Panhandle Tiger Bay Club was doing TED Talks before TED Talks were a thing. For more than 40 years, the club has been elevating public discussion in Pensacola on politics, policy and the current issues of the day. The Panhandle Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan group of men and women, business leaders, educators, lawyers and thinkers united by an interest in fact-based discussion of topics that matter. The club meets monthly over lunch to listen to thought leaders in government, academia, journalism, tech and other sectors who are recognized as leaders in their field. Recent speakers have included Adm. Harry Harris, the current ambassador to South Korea and former commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Dr. Su Mi Terry, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies a former senior analyst at the CIA, and 2018 gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Adam Putnam. The club’s aim, said club president Ted Howard, is not to sway its members’ thinking, but to provide fact-based insight on important issues. “We’re not trying to convince anybody of anything,”

Howard said. “We’re trying to inform you.” The Panhandle Tiger Bay Club got its start in 1977 and was founded by local journalist Pat Lloyd and John Broxson. Today, the group has around 130 members and its monthly luncheons draw around 85 people. The audience skews older, but Howard is working to increase membership among young adults. It’s the club’s members, he said, that make the group exceptional. “I think the real value is the people,” Howard said. “We’ve discussed some pretty controversial things, and people don’t interrupt and you don’t get a lot of the logical fallacies that people see on cable news, like ad hominem attacks and straw men. People might have strong opinions, but the way they address those strong opinions is to ask tough questions.” The club has a track record of attracting big names to Pensacola, who occasionally create news with what they have to say. Orlando attorney John Morgan’s 2017 visit caused a minor stir among local and state journalists who speculated he might announce a run for governor. (He didn’t.) As the club has built its name over the decades, Howard said, speakers have come to recognize the club as valuable platform where facts

Top: The Panhandle Tiger Bay Club donated $1,000 tot he Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society in May 2018. Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, left, addressed the club. Bottom: Miami Beach mayor Phillip Levine spoke at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club in March 2018.

are given precedence over politics. “There is such a hunger in the community for somebody to just talk sense,” he said. “Don’t try to brow beat me, but just tell me what’s going on and then we can have dialogue back and forth. The thing we believe is if we’re going to solve issues we have to work together and

we often have to understand the other side and base our decisions on facts.” Membership in the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club is $275 for a full year, or $75 per quarter. You can find the club online at PanhandleTigerBay.com.

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around the region Pensacola Disabilities Advocate Receives Top Award Pensacola resident Rachel Caylor Long received the 10th Annual Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award – the state’s top honor recognizing an individual with a developmental disability. The award is presented each year by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) to self-advocates who have helped develop partnerships for the facilitation of community integration, employment and inclusion for Floridians with developmental disabilities. Long was selected to receive this prestigious award for her efforts in promoting disability awareness throughout her community and exemplary personal achievements, which include promoting events and community projects to raise awareness about the value and importance of inclusion and services for all. Long currently serves as the office manager of Friends of the Disabled – an organization created to assist with employment for adults with disabilities. She also is a member of the Special Olympics Input Council where she serves as secretary.

“The most unique quality that Rachel possesses is the ability to stick with a project until the objectives are met,” said Milton resident Paul Vincent, who nominated Long for the award. In her involvement with the community, Long has received proclamations from the City of Pensacola and Escambia County for her work to organize and host a developmental disabilities awareness event in Pensacola, along with her work for the Project Empower Grant and various other community projects. She is always looking for opportunities to get involved in the community and support individuals with disabilities. Representative Mike Hill (R-PensacolaEscambia D-1) presented the award on March 19 during FDDC’s annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) dinner in Tallahassee. She was recognized during the organization’s annual awareness day and rally at the state Capitol on March 20.

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National forum for cybersecurity executives to address critical workforce shortage Cybersecurity executives from across the nation will seek to combat the rapidly-evolving cyber threat landscape and address the critical shortage of professionals at the Centers of Academic Excellence Executive Leadership Forum on April 24 to 25 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach hotel. The University of West Florida, a nationallyrecognized leader in cybersecurity education and training, will partner with the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security to host the fourth annual forum, which unites executives in academia, business and government. Forum topics include national challenges in cybersecurity workforce development, state and industry workforce needs, international cybersecurity education initiatives and industry innovations in cybersecurity. Distinguished speakers include cybersecurity executives from the Department of Defense, DHS, NATO, IBM, AT&T, in addition to academic institutions with nationally-recognized cybersecurity programs. “UWF is honored to host a forum that attracts the sharpest minds in cybersecurity to convene and collaborate on shared visions for a cybersecure world,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Our nationally-recognized cybersecurity program is at the forefront of innovation. We are proud to educate rising cybersecurity professionals who are ready to join a growing, technology-driven industry.”

Cybersecurity Ventures, a provider of data and analytics for the industry, projects the global shortage of professionals to reach 3.5 million by 2021—the shortage in the United States currently exceeds 300,000. A shortage of professionals leaves businesses and government agencies increasingly susceptible to data breaches that cost millions of dollars and impact millions of customers.

A ransomware attack in March of 2018 destabilized municipal operations in the City of Atlanta and the cost was an estimated $17 million. That same month the DHS and FBI reported a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors who accessed commercial facilities’ networks, conducted network reconnaissance and collected information pertaining to Industrial Control Systems.

In the past decade, eBay, Equifax, Marriott, Target and Yahoo! each reported breaches that compromised more than 100 million individuals’ personal data. The average cost of a data breach to a U.S. business is $7.9 million and takes an average of 266 days to identify and contain, according to the Cost of a Data Breach Study conducted by IBM.

The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. The University of West Florida is a CAE designated institution and serves as one of eight Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Centers across the nation.

“Cybersecurity is rapidly becoming an opportunity for total information awareness, insight and value creation,” said Jonathan Arneault, a forum panelist who serves as the director of the North America Software-as-aService, Center of Excellence and Go-to-Market Transformation for IBM. “The marketplace needs people with new skills and new understanding in order to seize this tremendous opportunity. In the golden age of information, information is the gold. Those who protect it the best and enhance its values the most, are the companies you should trust and use.”

“Cybersecurity, without a doubt, is critical to our security and economic prosperity,” said Diane M. Janosek, a featured speaker at the forum who serves as commandant for the NSA’s National Cryptologic School. “Each one of us plays a key role in guarding our freedoms, and the NCS deeply appreciates NSA's significant partnership with UWF in our collective passion and dedication in protecting our nation.”

Project funding awarded to improve Carpenter Creek’s water quality Carpenter Creek will receive water quality improvements as part of the NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group’s Final Restoration Plan 1 approved Tuesday, March 19. The group, charged with selecting projects to restore natural resources affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, selected a total of 23 projects. The Carpenter Creek project area, located in Escambia County’s jurisdiction, will benefit the highly urbanized Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar watershed. The project will restore the county-owned former wetland and construct a stormwater treatment facility to capture and treat stormwater that flows off Olive Road. Carpenter Creek’s headwaters begin at East Olive Road and run through City of Pensacola before merging into Bayou Texar, which flows into Pensacola Bay. “Improving water quality to Carpenter Creek protects habitats and opens up the possibility for

more recreational use,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This project was important to me as a commissioner and it’s important to me now as Mayor. I know this is something Councilwoman Myers has waited and passionately advocated for and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.” Carpenter Creek runs through District 2 of the City, which is represented by Councilwoman Sherri Myers. Councilwoman Myers routinely hosts cleanup efforts at Carpenter Creek. “This is a great day for Carpenter Creek and the many people who have worked so hard to save the creek,” Councilwoman Myers said. “I think the work of Mayor Grover Robinson when he was a county commissioner has played a huge role in making these funds available for the restoration of Carpenter Creek. I am excited about all of the projects that will be funded thanks to the hard work and dedication of county staff and Escambia Board of County Commissioners.The $2.1 million project will

pay for land acquisition, planning, design, construction of the stormwater improvements and wetland/floodplain restoration, postconstruction storm event monitoring, wetlands/ floodplain aquatic vegetation monitoring and recreational improvements. It is expected to take three years to complete. Improvements will reduce pollutant loads and hydrologic degradation, which will also benefit estuarinedependent water column resources, oysters, and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay. The project will be implemented by FDEP FL TIG Trustee in coordination with Escambia County. City of Pensacola is a project partner along with Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program.

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the exact same coverage details so you can compare like rates, but also be ready to listen to information about additional coverage options that may suit your needs. Combine homeowner insurance with other policies. Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they

apply when you insure more than one item. For example, if your homeowner insurance carrier also insures your cars, you’re likely to save money on the rates for protecting both your home and automobiles.

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Update your home’s first line of defense. Many homeowners focus on aesthetics when it’s time to make upgrades, but there are some important functional improvements that can make a difference when it comes to your insurance premiums. For example, as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, the first line of defense is often the type of roofing material chosen. Many insurance companies even offer discounts for using impactresistant shingles. Check with your insurance provider before making a final selection, but in general, look for products that include “impact-resistant” in their name and specs, and “Class IV Impact Resistance,” the highest rating available for roofing materials.

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As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room – an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart choice toward natural, environmentally friendly materials that will never end up in landfills. As such, more homeowners are choosing Real Cedar because it is naturally resistant to rot, decay and 64 On The Market

insects. Its low-maintenance and easy to work with, being durable yet lightweight, laying straight and taking fasteners easily. Plus, nothing looks, feels or smells quite like cedar. To refresh your deck with style and functionality, consider these five trending outdoor-living projects: Planter boxes: If you want to add beauty and functionality to your deck, construct planter boxes and put them in sunny spaces. From small boxes that house herb gardens to larger boxes that allow vegetables to thrive, you can have a bounty of fresh flavors right outside your door. No need for a garden plot! Planter box designs come in a variety of sizes and can be built low to the ground or at waist height for easy tending.

Outdoor sectionals: Built-in sectionals are becoming a focal point and favorite hangout spot on the deck. Perfectly set into a corner, these multi-directional couches can be built as large or small as you desire. Use real cedar for your project because it is pitch- and resin-free, so accepts and holds a wide variety of finishes beautifully so you can customize the look to your tastes. Finish with cushions for that decorator touch and you'll have your new favorite cozy outdoor corner.

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Lighting: When the sun goes down that doesn't mean the fun should stop. Add lighting to extend the functionality and Water features: As homeowners enjoy special moments under the stars on your deck or patio. Stair, look to make their decks and railing and pathway lighting patios a true retreat from the stress of everyday life, they want add a necessary safety feature, to add elements of Zen, which is while under-table lighting and why fountains and water features deck-post sconces provide the perfect illumination for the space are becoming so popular. without being overwhelming. New decks are often built to For a touch of twinkle, add a few incorporate these features, including pathways where water outdoor string lights in white, or for a more festive atmosphere, go provides a calm ambiance. If for the color of your choice. a pond is too significant an undertaking, fountains provide a These five outdoor living ideas more affordable alternative that are sure to enhance any size deck can be used in any size space. or patio space. Make plans today so you can enjoy many seasons Pergolas: These beautiful of fun outdoors with loved ones. semi-shelters can be built in a


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difference in the overall aesthetic. In addition to lighting fixtures, be sure to incorporate plenty of natural light to bring out the best in those bold hues. To bring natural light deeper into the space, consider skylights as an option with a solution such as Velux No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights, which can bathe the space in natural light and open to bring in fresh air. Another smart way to capture natural light is by installing an option like Sun Tunnel skylights. With their low-profile design, they create a sleek appearance, and installation is also quick and easy. Learn more at whyskylights.com. Bold furnishings An often overlooked but essential component of design is the furniture. Creating a colorful, inviting room doesn’t stop with the walls and

Creative cabinetry Traditional wood grain cabinetry sometimes gives way to far more creative color schemes in kitchens and bathrooms. While white is still a popular choice, and can even be considered bold in the right setting, true color on cabinets is also gaining traction among homeowners. With the right backsplash, countertops and flooring, you can safely install cabinets in a uniform color throughout the kitchen, but another on-trend option is to reserve the color for an island base or just one wall of cabinets. You could even mix and match colors on the tops and bottoms. Detail elements like the hardware provide another opportunity for a bold look. You can enhance the room’s design with standout pulls that lend extra vibrance to the space. Fabric with flair Textiles provide nearly unlimited options to balance a bold design. Using lighter fabrics for elements such as draperies, upholstery, rugs and decorative pillows can soften the feel of a room with bold tones. Look for subtle patterns that pull in hints of the deeper hue to bring the look together, or simply coordinate shades from complementary color families. Unexpected Pops of Color Designers often talk about adding pops of color to bring together a palette, but there are no real rules about where those color enhancements can or should be. Introducing vibrant color in unexpected places can be an especially impactful way to stylize a room. One example is with a skylight blind, which provides a decorative element while also allowing for light control. If you prefer a trendy option like combining dark colors with metallic accents, consider options such as a metallic gold skylight blind from Velux to connect to the room decor below. More than 80 color and pattern choices heighten the drama of a skylight blind, and you can choose from features like room darkening, light filtering and Venetianstyle blinds to add function as well.


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ending domestic violence and abuse amongst Sailors and their families. Domestic Violence Awareness Month recognition onboard NASP began three years ago and was designed to honor important individuals both on and off the base who have done incredible work helping victims of domestic abuse. The ceremony and signing also highlight that there is still much work to

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