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Editor’s Note You know the saying—new year, new puppy! Well, maybe not for everyone, but our household added a new little fur baby this Christmas and she is truly the cutest thing ever! I decided to get a puppy for my daughter who has been begging for one for nearly two years. I wasn’t exactly sure if it was a good idea to add more responsibilities to our already hectic lives, but I bit the bullet and the funny thing is, I am completely in love with the spunky little thing! Our new little collie is named Scout and she has already brought cheer and joy and plenty of physical activity to our household. I’m sure she will help make 2018 a healthy and happy one. I’ve had plenty of dogs, but this is my first puppy experience as an adult. So far, it is all the tiny frustrating parts I expected, but with an enormous amount of fun, love and cuteness, too. As you can imagine, it was love at first sight for Lola and Scout and they are currently inseparable. Our 10-yearold standard poodle and our 5-year-old cat are not sure they approve of the new baby, but I think they’ll get on board soon enough. Fingers crossed! What new adventure will you bring to 2018? A new project? A new passion? How about some exposure to new art? We all know that Pensacola is an artsy town, but sometimes we miss out on some of the most unique, eclectic and inspiring work in our community simply because the lesser known artists don’t get the same exposure

as the big guys. This month we are doing our part to remedy that by bringing you a handful of extremely talented young artists. These emerging artists all share a passion for the arts and a love for their community. I hope you enjoy getting to know them and their work and I hope you take the time to search out new artists and support them. This special arts issue of Pensacola Magazine also brings readers news of a new artist’s collective called Bare Hand Collective. Be sure to put them on your radar and attend some of the exciting events they have planned for the New Year. We also talk with two of Pensacola’s longstanding cooperative galleries—Quayside Gallery and Blue Morning Gallery. These unique institutions bring a variety of talented artists through their doors and provide an interesting business model with their cooperative, artistrun galleries. Be sure to stop by to see the latest local talent on display. If comics, cosplay and all things sci-fi are your creative outlets of choice, be sure to check out our preview of the 2018 Pensacon event. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and creative 2018! Happy New Year!

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Contents 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL 16 The celebrated festival returns with a legendary lineup.


Now in its fifth year, Pensacon returns with all new celebrity guests, panels, events and more. Be sure to check out both the announced appearances and the new policy changes that ensure Pensacon stays both fun and safe.

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Cooperative art galleries are becoming more popular, but Pensacola has championed them for years. Blue Morning Gallery and Quayside Gallery talk about what makes being a cooperative gallery so special.

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A new artist collective and studio space opens in Pensacola.


From street art to textile installations and from classical painting to poetry and music, meet four emerging artists who are producing interesting and relevant work in the Pensacola area.

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ne of my favorite things about the New Year is getting a new planner. Not just any new planner works for me. It has to have a nice cover – leather like, preferably, as this can take the abuse I tend to be guilty of. I like to have a pocket in the cover to hold invitations as back up to their entry on the calendar. And I like nice big blocks with the entire month in front of me, just waiting to be filled with notes. I have learned over the years to make most entries in pencil so that I can erase if plans change. God forbid I have to scribble on my clean planner. Something inside of me knows that if I keep the planner organized, my life will follow suit. Ha! The first thing I do with my new book, in anticipation of the New Year, is lay out an assortment of colored pens. I use an unusual shade to log in every birthday that needs notation. Oh, sure, I could just put them in the computer and get pop up notices, but it’s just not the same. I

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am also the one that, given the chance, will choose a real newspaper over online editions most of the time. After birthdays, I enter the Auburn football schedule. Nothing – not trips, not weddings, not social events – nothing is allowed to interfere with game day. After these priority entries, I spend some time reviewing the month on last year’s planner to see if there is anything I need to repeat. It sure does seem that each year is dotted with more doctor’s visits. And it also seems that each year flies by faster than ever. More often than not, I come to the conclusion that I sure spent time on unimportant things last year and make a note to do better. I refer to this calendar countless times a day and depend on it to know where I should be and when I should be there. It really is the most important tool I have next to my iPhone, of course.

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Over the last year it seems we have experienced more news of friends diagnosed with serious illnesses and worse, death of friends, making it all the more important to live every moment as fully and richly as possible. Our dear friend Fred Vigodsky died unexpectedly from an accident in early December. You couldn’t have squeezed another person into the temple where his memorial service was held, a real tribute to the type of friend and family member that he was. But most important was the common thread woven throughout the remarks made by those who knew him best. They all spoke of how he lived. He worked hard, played hard, and loved deeply. I don’t know of any greater tribute. The older I get, the more I realize how precious every single second is. So, as I sharpen my pencils and replenish my pens, and begin the annual ritual with my planner, I thank God for my family, my friends, my health and new page to fill with things that reflect what is really important in life. County Commissioner Lumon May, with plenty of help from friend Shirley Cronley, held a fundraising luncheon for the Southern Youth Service Association which benefits kids from Pensacola’s inner city. The successful and effective organization relies on volunteers and local funding to

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operate mentoring, tutoring and sports programs. A full house turned out to support the group as Sue Straughn served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Other sports legends also were there including Emmett Smith, Jerry Pate, and Trent Richardson. Plenty of gatherings filled the month as businesses treated their customers, clients and friends to lots of holiday cheer. Ideaworks held their annual party as Caron Sjoberg greeted guests that were invited to tour the festive house and enjoy delicious food. On the same night, IHMC did the same with Steve Gunter performing once again. The University of West Florida featured a walking holiday fest as guests enjoyed a Victorian festival throughout the Historic Village. President Martha Saunders was there, taking a brief break from a successful inaugural year with academics and, of course, the awesome Argos football season. The festival included live holiday music, caroling, cookie decorating and historic tours. Just like the Hallmark Channel!! Congratulations to the Pensacola Camellia Club for an impressive 79th annual show and plant sale. If you have never been to one of their shows, make it a must for 2018. Hundreds and hundreds of perfect blooms are on display and any of the club members, including my favorite Paul Bruno, owner of VPaul’s Italian Ristorante, will be happy to teach you all about the camellia culture. Two notable book signings took place in December, both at Jewelers Trade Shop. America’s attorney, Mike Papantonio, was on hand mid month to sign his latest novel, Law and Vengeance. Closer to Christmas, Corbett Davis, Jr. signed copies of his latest release, Dead Man’s Fingers. One of the lead characters in the book, Charlie Switzer, was also there autographing his debut appearance in print. Happy New Year to you all!!!

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7 1. Joanne Ruell, winner of Winterfest’s “Best Stroller Contest.” 2. Downtown Pensacola recieves “Great Places in Florida”, Peoples’ Choice Award. (Pictured left to right) Curt Morse, Mayor Ashton Hayward, John Peacock, Brandon Henry and Allara Mill Gutcher. 3. Ricki Stewart, Jim Reeves and Caroline Jordan at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy fundraiser. 4. Patricia Mangrum and Connie Morse at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy fundraiser. 5. Club President Alicia Christy tells Santa what she wants for Christmas at the Five Flags Rotary Christmas party. 6. Doug Halford, Val Russenberger, Nancy Halford and Jerre Peacock at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy fundraiser. 7 Malcolm and Glenys Ballinger at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy Fundraiser. 8. Cali Sully, Brent and Angela Lane at the Wreaths of Joy Fundraiser. Pensacola Magazine


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1. Brunch at McGuire’s: (Pictured left to right) Elaine and Bill Callis, Pat Windham, Ted and Kathy Brooks, Malcolm and Glenys Ballinger Glenn and Betty Hinote. 2. Bonnie and Dick Bedics at the Irish Politician’s Club holiday party. 3. John Pinzino, Nan Harper, Lori Landrum, Chad Stacey and Bubba Bechtol at the Irish Politician’s Club holiday party. 4. Mark Ciano, Malcolm Ballinger and Don Needle at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy fundraiser. 5. Mary Rose, Monroe and Jessica Lee at the ARC Gateway Wreaths of Joy fundraiser.

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30a songwriters FESTIVAL Bringing the Beat

to the Beach by Kelly Oden


ome to sugar-white sand beaches and some very rare coastal dune lakes, Highway 30-A is also a unique blend of planned communities that stretch for more than 28 miles along the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. From the funky, original, Grayton Beach to the European Mayberry feel of Rosemary Beach, the highway’s small towns are an eclectic mix of Caribbean colors, European style and southern charm. From January 12–15, 30A is also home to one of the finest songwriter festivals in the country. Among the total of 175 stellar songwriters who will perform and have distinguished themselves in bands and on pop charts in various genres of music are Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Ann Wilson, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Also confirmed for premier nighttime performances are Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuration Nation band, Shawn Mullins, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman, and hundreds more performers and songwriters. Held in a variety of unique venues along scenic Highway 30-A, the Songwriters Festival transforms amphitheaters, town halls,

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restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. “It is especially gratifying to confirm Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Patty Griffin all in one year for 2018. They are among the most elite songwriters and performers in contemporary music and we are very lucky that their schedules aligned with ours,” states co-Producer Russell Carter. “The 2018 Festival lineup is shaping up to be the best ever combination of Americana, Country, Folk, Alternative and Blues songwriters.” The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Inc. (CAA) is the officially designated local arts agency that serves as an umbrella organization and supports the arts through leadership, advocacy,

funding, programs and education. “The 30A Songwriters Festival is a unique cultural event like no other in this area. The Festival brings together nearly every South Walton community and many businesses to showcase our home as a destination not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its musical and creative excellence, which is the purpose of the CAA,” says Jennifer Steele, the Executive Director and Festival CoProducer. “The Festival is critical to the mission of the CAA and by far our biggest fundraiser. One hundred percent of the Festival’s net proceeds go back into our non-profit and enable the CAA to continue to be a champion for the arts in Walton County.” The 30A Songwriters Festival has once again teamed up with NPR’s Folk Alley, a multi-media music service produced by WKSU. Folk Alley will be on site throughout

the weekend producing unique sessions interviewing artists and filming and recording performances in a home studio on 30A. The in-studio Sessions are aired on the syndicated Folk Alley Radio Show. The Sessions from the 30A Songwriters Festival are archived as well at folkalley. com. ASCAP returns as a sponsor and hosts a three-night series of up-and-coming and seasoned songwriters in the round and late night artist parties. The 30A Songwriters Festival has also partnered with Gigdog.fm to provide a streaming radio station with music of all of the artists performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival. The dedicated station streams songs by confirmed artists allowing festival goers to get acquainted with the 2017 artists and plan out who they want to see. To hear the 30A artists, visit http://30aswf.gigdog.fm. Four-course VIP dinners hosted by award-winning guest chefs are being offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Both dinners will include wine pairings by Adam Caperton as well as special musical guests to be announced at a later date. For additional VIP opportunities and more information, including a full list of artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

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A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more

work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.”

Steve Earle

Three-time Grammy Awardwinning Americana artist Steve Earle is also an author, film and television actor (HBO’s The Wire and Treme), a radio host for the Outlaw Country Channel on Sirius XM Radio, and a political activist. Earle’s songs have been used in more than 50 films and have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, and

Ann Wilson of Heart

Ann Wilson likes to say this tour is the next step of her personal journey. The step that puts it all together. All of the songs that make up the essence of Ann Wilson will be on display; Heart songs, songs

from Ann’s solo projects, and songs that have influenced and inspired Ann throughout her life. The show, like the woman herself, will know no bounds, joined – not backed – by a band of true artists, Ann’s true voice will be heard. Ann says, “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production... The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo

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than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

their album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The Zombies are back in the new millennium and have experienced a major resurgence with two U.K. and five U.S tours in the past few years (including SXSW, NYC’s SummerStage, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Milwaukee SummerFest).

Lee Ann Womack

Womack’s 2000 single, “I Hope You Dance” was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. Four of Womack’s six studio albums have received a Gold certification or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has received five Academy of Country

Waylon Jennings. His new album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, backed by his longtime band, The Dukes, is Earle’s homage to outlaw music.

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Emmylou Harris

Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist whose first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Through won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler.

The Zombies

The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, the Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No” and the chart-topping single “Time of the Season” from

Sydney Summer Olympics. “All in My Head” was featured in the first episode of Scrubs. Mullins, together with Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge formed the Thorns in 2002 and released a critically acclaimed self-titled record. Beautiful Wreck topped the Triple A charts in 2006. Mullins co-wrote the Zac Brown Band’s No. 1 Country tune “Toes.” His most recent album, My Stupid Heart, was released in 2015. Shawn is now planning a double album re-recording of Soul’s Core called Soul’s Core Revival, to be released on the 20th anniversary of the original release in July 2018.

Emily Saliers

Emily Saliers is one half of the Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls along with Amy Ray. Over the years, Indigo Girls have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, earning six Grammy nominations. Saliers has written many of the Indigo Girls standouts, including “Closer To Fine,” “Galileo” and “Get Out The Map.” Thirty years into one of the most storied careers in popular music, Saliers decided to record her debut solo album, Murmuration Nation,

Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, and a Grammy Award. She has sold over six million albums worldwide. Her new album, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, will be released October 27th.

Shawn Mullins

Shawn Mullins developed a successful career as singer songwriter troubadour and producer of his own self released albums in the 90’s. His career blew up internationally in 1998 with the release of Soul’s Core on Columbia Records and its number one hit “Lullaby,” for which he was nominated for a Grammy. Many successes have followed: “Shimmer” was included on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack and became a theme song for the 2000

revealing a new side of Saliers’ artistry and exploring the kind of rhythmically centered, globally inspired music that’s always held a place in her heart.

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Kat Bishop, Director of Marketing and Communications for Pensacon, said that this year is going to be one where there is something for everyone. “One of our biggest changes this year is that the entire second floor of the venue is going to be open to celebrities,” she said. “They won’t be pushed off to a far corner and they will be much easier to find.”

Television will also have a prominent place at Pensacon. Alex Kingston, Arthur Darvill and Camille Coduri are just a few of the guests who have appeared on Doctor Who, and even actors from the original era will be present. Fan favorites from shows like Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Power Rangers, The Walking Dead, The Mighty Boosh and many others will also be there to meet-and-greet with fans.

Like previous years, Pensacon will have guests from all realms of pop culture. For films, Amanda Bearse, Chris Sarandon, Jonathan Stark, Stephen Geoffreys, Tom Holland and William Ragsdale will be coming together for a reunion of the cult 1985 horror film, Fright Night. This will coincide with a special screening of the movie.

As part of the increase in the number of celebrities, and also due to current events, Bishop said that security will be increasing throughout the event. “The Pensacola Bay Center has installed metal detectors, so that is a consideration for cosplayers,” said Bishop. There will also be stricter guidelines for model firearms involved with a costume – they must be incapable of firing projectiles of any kind, and they must have an orange cap on the barrel.

Also featured will be Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs, perhaps most famously known for portraying Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series. In addition to other countless film and TV roles, he currently portrays Captain Gabriel Lorca on Star Trek: Discovery.

Security will also be further enforcing their “peacebonding” policy. The policy involves all prop weaponry being inspected before entrance to the venue, after which safe

weapons are labeled with a tag that should not be removed. This indicates to security that the weapons are harmless and only part of the costume. The convention is also issuing a bag-size restriction, meaning you cannot carry a bag that is larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches. Backpacks are also prohibited This is all in an effort to make the convention a safe place anyone can attend without worry. “We want people to have fun and do cosplay, but we also want them to be safe,” said Bishop. Aside from the cosplayers and celebrity guests, all the events that Pensacon fans know and love will be making a return. Artist Alley will be full of artists such as Colin Cantwell, the concept designer for many Star Wars spaceships; Larry Elmore of Snarfquest and Dungeons & Dragons fame; and comic legend Paris Cullins. Writers Row will also feature top notch authors and writers, including Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files novels; Dacre Pensacola Magazine


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“Since it is the fifth year, we are really going all out to make this one of the best Pensacons.” Stoker, author and great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker; and Tracy Hickman, the mastermind behind the Dragonlance franchise. The Pensacon Film Festival will also be returning for its third year, but this time in a much more organized way. “We’re going to have a dedicated location for the short films, and we’re going to group them by genre,” said Bishop. “They’ll be in 45-minute blocks, so you can go and enjoy them without worrying about timing.” Improvable Cause, Pensacola’s local improv group, will be returning to Pensacola Little Theatre to perform their pop-culture infused act. Pensacola Little Theatre, as well as the Rex Theatre, Saenger Theatre, and Pensacola Grand Hotel will continue to host panels, workshops, gaming rooms and everything else you’ve come to expect from Pensacon. Local bars and restaurants will also continue to participate in Pensacon, taking the fandom out into the streets of the city. Pensacola

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International Airport is once again branding itself as the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport, and Bishop said that long-time partners like Atlas Oyster House, The Fish House and The Deck Bar will be hosting parties with all new themes. Other local bars are set to host their own specials and events as well.

weekend only cost $75. These passes give you access to all events and the vendor floor, and also allows entrance to the 24-hour gaming rooms in the Pensacola Grand Hotel. The price of these tickets is set to rise closer to opening day, so make sure to get them while you can.

With all the excitement and events coming up, sometimes it is easy to forget the necessities that come hand-in-hand with Pensacon. “Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, stay hydrated, and expect to stand in line – especially on Friday and Saturday,” said Bishop.

Pensacon will be held on February 23-25 with venues at Pensacola Bay Center, The Pensacola Grand Hotel, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, Rex Theatre, and Pensacola Little Theatre. To see events, guests, venue times, and to purchase tickets, visit pensacon.com.

These are not the only events at Pensacon, however. Every day, more guests, panels and events will be announced. Bishop said, “Since it is the fifth year, we are really going all out to make this one of the best Pensacons.” Currently, presale tickets for the whole


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Artists Working Together: Pensacola’s Co-op Galleries Seeking refuge from corporate homogeny and big box stores, many Americans have turned to mom-and-pop shops or joined the do-it-yourself movement. This is true not only with clothes, music and restaurants, but art as well. Cooperative art galleries are now starting to become more commonplace, and there are a few in Pensacola that have been here since the beginning. 22 Pensacola Magazine

Cooperative art galleries, or co-op galleries, are art galleries that are formed by a collective group of artists who work together to have a space to display and sell their art – each operating as basically their own business. “As a co-op gallery, we have 56 independent entreprenuers in the gallery. They create their own work and determine their own prices,” said Jim Sweida. Sweida is the President of Blue Morning Gallery, a co-op gallery that first opened in 1997.

Blue Morning Gallery, located at 41 South Palafox Place, was originally formed by a group of 32 founding members who were seeking a venue to display their work. Sweida said they thought it would be a great idea to form a cooperative art gallery, and even to this day, four of those original members are still active. Blue Morning features 3D artists like potters, woodworkers and glassworkers; 2D artists like painters, photographers and illustrators; as well as jewelers of all types. They also have monthly

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featured artist shows where they showcase three to four artists, and the gallery is also very active in local downtown events Sweida said Blue Morning Gallery differs significantly from consignment galleries, which are the most common types of gallery. In consignment galleries, artists rent the gallery space from the owners so they can display their art. In exchange, the consignment gallery receives a percentage of the sale when the piece is sold.

We’re not content to stand pat,”... “We’re always looking ahead and trying to change with the situation.” This includes artists like Douglas Walton, Joan Fullerton, Sterling Edwards and Pat Weaver. These workshops not only help local artists refine their techniques, but also get new artists interested in pursuing their talent.

A collection of Artists’ works from blue morning gallery “It’s not a museum; everyone has a job to do,” said Sweida. Blue Morning Gallery does not have any paid employees – instead, each member is involved in the day-to-day operation of the gallery. In order to achieve membership, you have to go through a jury process, and even then membership is limited. Currently, Blue Morning Gallery has 56 registered members. In addition to Blue Morning Gallery, Quayside Gallery is also at the head of championing the co-op gallery movement in Pensacola. Located at 17 East Zarragozza Street, Quayside was originally founded in 1973 in order to foster and promote art in West Florida. Since then, the gallery has grown to over 200 artists and members. Quayside hosts many of the artistic mediums that Blue Morning does, but they also display weavings and textiles. They consistently rotate the

contents of their east and west galleries, allowing for new and exciting art to be viewed and potentially purchased. Quayside has stayed in the same building for as long as they’ve been established, and the building itself is well over 140-years-old. Despite hurricane and structural damage, both artists and fans of the gallery have kept the building repaired through fundraisers and rallies. Quayside Gallery has not only established itself as a place for new and burgeoning artists to display their works, but also as an active participant in promoting arts. They hold the annual First City Art Show and they even provide volunteers for the Fine Arts Exhibit at the Pensacola Interstate Fair. Quayside Gallery also holds a fair number of workshops, bringing in famous local, regional and national artists.

Dick Johns, the head of advertising for Quayside, said they find it important to bring attention to the vibrant arts community of Pensacola. Quayside Gallery describes itself as “a place to turn aside from life’s storms and find peace and respite for the soul in art.” Johns said a lot of his attention comes from events such as Gallery Night. Blue Morning Gallery regularly participates in Gallery Night as well. Sweida also said past events like Ciclovía and Foo Foo Fest have also helped bring attention to the gallery and to the local artists who display there. One of the biggest advantages of the Pensacola art scene is the accessibility and affordability of it, said Sweida. “If you go to a place like New Orleans or Asheville, you can see comparable art to Pensacola art that is much more expensive. We want to let the general public know that they can afford original, local art without spending a fortune,” he said.

Sweida attests that Pensacola has some stand-out artists that could compete with large galleries in places like Los Angeles or New York, but Pensacola’s market lets them be better priced. That does not mean, however, that they are content to leave the art scene as-is. “We’re not content to stand pat,” said Sweida. “We’re always looking ahead and trying to change with the situation.” Both Sweida and Johns said that the galleries are always looking for new ways to bring art to downtown, as well as the rest of the city. “We’re trying to stay ahead of the game and anticipate the future,” said Sweida. Blue Morning Gallery is located at 41 South Palafox Place and is open 10 am–5 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10 am–8:30 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 12:30 pm–4 pm Sundays. For more information, visit bluemorninggallery.com. Quayside Art Gallery is located at 17 East Zarragossa Street and is open 10 am–5 pm weekdays, 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays, and 1 pm to 5 pm Sundays. For more information, visit quaysidegallery.com.

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Happenings during the Ruckus fundraiser. Photo by Hana Gabrielle

Nicole and Hannah McLeaish, performing at the Ruckus fundraiser. Photo by Grace Mallett



A mile north of downtown on Palafox Street is a large, white, unassuming warehouse. No sign hangs out front, yet cars are in and out of the lot regularly, with people coming and going through the large warehouse doors. The space is known as Bare Hand Collective and serves as the newest artist collective and studio space in Pensacola. The space has been open less than a year and is already home to some of Pensacola’s favorite creators. The cofounders of the space, Caitlyn Cooney and Jeff Bere, have big plans for utilizing the space to foster a community of creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, relationships, collaborations, and educational opportunities. Caitlyn Cooney spoke with Pensacola Magazine about this growing venture and the new path Bare Hand hopes to forge for the community. 24 Pensacola Magazine

Tell me about when and how Bare Hand Collective began? Who founded it, where it’s located, when it’s first event or opening was etc. CC: On a conceptual level, Bare Hand started around June of 2017. Jeff Bere and I had been talking about both needing a space to work out of, and it initially grew from that need on both our ends to incorporating a fully functional coworking space and creative destination for Pensacola. Jeff owns it and I manage it, so I guess you could say he’s really the founder but I’ve been there collaboratively every step of the way. It’s located at 2370 North Palafox in the Longhollow neighborhood. Our grand opening was August 25th, and from that day forward it’s been nonstop. What was the motivation/ inspiration for starting new venture? CC: Jeff and I commiserated over the shared need for a professional studio and workshop space for our businesses. After he and I had agreed to go in on a space together, I asked if he was interested in

education, if we could hold classes together, etc. Once word got out in our friend group that this was happening, several other creatives (our core artists) asked if there was room for them, so the concept grew to include a fine art component, a co-working office area, and continues to expand every day. Our members can all relate on the notion that working alone isn’t nearly as fun or inspiring or productive has having artists around you that you respect, so that was a need we all shared. Tell me a little bit about you and Jeff—what your backgrounds are, your passions, your vision for the space etc. CC: My background in printmaking started in high school where I studied under an amazing print teacher – I went to a performing arts school in Jacksonville. In college, I continued my education in printmaking and added an art history degree, which is where I really got into the nitty gritty of the history of letterpress. Once I graduated I went on to work with Hatch Show Print in Nashville, the oldest letterpress in the country, and they

I want this to be a place that people come because they love the collection of businesses we house, surely, but also because they know by supporting us, they’re supporting the growth of Pensacola.”

Game Smith doing a live painting on one of the studio walls inside Bare Hand. Photo by Grace Mallett

inspired me to start my own thing in Pensacola. I’m most passionate about the educational facet of Bare Hand because I feel that without a mentor like the one I had, letterpress would have faded into history by now. I want to keep the idea and practice of fine craftsmanship in the forefront of our community, and an opportunity to educate and inspire people is what I look forward to the most. Jeff has been in creative fields since he was 16 – music, art, wood, anything you can think of, along with the rest of his friends. He looked at Bare Hand as an opportunity to foster that creativity he saw among his own community and wanted to give everything he had to see it thrive. As he and I sat down and considered the collective as an idea and started putting down the key roots of how this would work, we agreed that our main goal above all else was to facilitate our artists visions, creativity, and make their voices heard. Jeff ’s passion is really to see everyone we know be the best they can be and see Bare Hand be the place they grow and become better. He wants everyone to be successful whether they’re affiliated with us or not, because if others are successful then we are as well. We want to see the artists and makers of our community really grow and become a unity that supports and inspires one another, and that’s why we do what we do.

How big is the warehouse and how many spaces are available for artists? Will more spaces be made available at a later time? CC: At this moment, we are occupying the front most portion of the property, which is around 10,000 square feet total. Jeff ’s woodshop occupies around 7,000 sqft., while the artist studios occupy the remainder. There are 6 private studios at around 100 sqft. each, a 200 sqft. “flex art” space for artists to work on large pieces or to allow transitional artists to have a home base for days or weeks at a time. It also includes the Charlotte Mason Letterpress studio, the Workweek Silkscreen Studio, and a practice space for Faux/Fox, a local band. Our mission is to eventually acquire the entire property, which is around 50,000 sqft. total, which would allow us to expand our programming, businesses, memberships, etc. What is your mission/ vision for the space? What would you like to see it grow into? CC: Ultimately, we want this to be a destination where people can patronize local small businesses and become more involved with the Makers community

of Pensacola. We are currently taking the first steps to become a non-profit organization, which would allow us to expand our educational programming and community development. I want this to be a place that people come because they love the collection of businesses we house, surely, but also because they know by supporting us, they’re supporting the growth of Pensacola. Tell me about how the artist memberships works. CC: Thus far we have our core artist members who all rent space from us. They’re here daily and work on projects together in a less formal or directed way. In 2018 we are expanding that to include other satellite businesses who may not need or want to rent space within the Bare Hand warehouse. They would enjoy the same benefits of an artist network to collaborate with, discounted event entry or featured spots at Bare Hand events to sell or showcase their works, discounted services between one another such as marketing and handmade goods, be included in educational programming as attendees or instructors if desired, be eligible for non-profit funds for projects, etc. What are your upcoming plans for the space in 2018? Events? Educational opportunities? Maker’s Market? CC: All of the above! We have several events and gallery showings we’re planning right now for early 2018. We’re also expanding our memberships to include families

or individuals that want to be a part of our programming and support our makers. We’ve also been speaking with members of the community that want to start a distillery, a brewery, a motorcycle/ bicycle shop, expanding to include a music component, and more. Maker fairs are definitely on the agenda, as well as structured classes within the letterpress and art studios. We’ve been working on a lot behind the scenes and 2018 is going to be a blast. The space hasn’t been open long and already seems to have a lot of support from the local art community—what is it about this space that you think appeals to so many artists and community members? Why did Pensacola need this space? CC: We have the perfect mix of artists right now who are inclusive and talented, and even their increase in production and exposure seems to have enticed quite a few people. I think we market this more as a family you can become a part of, we all want the other members to succeed, to be part of that success, and support them professionally and personally in every way we can. Also to become involved with something early takes guts, which I respect our initial members for taking the leap with us, but it also takes time and effort and ideas, so for them, it’s not just about having a cool studio with cool people, it’s also about being a part of something bigger for Pensacola. We aim to be a community hub for creatives, and there’s a ton of talent in Pensacola that hasn’t discovered one another. That’s where I see us being the catalyst for those introductions, interactions, and inspiring connections. Pensacola Magazine



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g Artists Emerging Artists Written by Kelly Oden Photography by Guy Stevens

All the world loves a young emerging artist, and sometimes it seems that all the world wants to be one – on a bad, gloomy planet, to be colourful and creative seems so promising. ~Michael Leunig

While Pensacola is home to a number of established and acclaimed artists, our town is also an incubator for young creatives who have studied and honed their craft and are just beginning their post-training lives as artists. Excellent programs at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida – combined with a vibrant art scene, a world class art museum, and a number of independent and cooperative galleries – make Pensacola a wonderful training ground for young talents. These emerging artists are at the beginning of their careers, but they’ve already created an impressive body of independent work. From street art to textile installations and from classical painting to poetry and music, meet four emerging artists who are producing interesting and relevant work in the Pensacola area.

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What drew you to art? Art has always been a part of my life. I have been drawing since a very young age and started painting when I was around 16. It has always been a genuine interest and passion of mine. I decided to pursue it professionally after meeting Dharbinder Bamrah, a professional painter who lived in Pensacola. What medium(s) do you work in? Why did you gravitate to those? I usually work with oil paint, but sometimes I draw with charcoal or graphite. I prefer oil paint over other paints because of the intensity of color and value ranges, its flexibility, how it plays with light and its long history. I feel that it is the most capable of all the 2D mediums.

josh green Painter

As an artist, Josh Green employs many techniques that have been forgotten by contemporary painting culture. A traditionalist, Green refines his own linseed, grinds his paints, and prepares his canvases as painters have done for centuries. This process is a bit more time consuming, but Green enjoys being a part of the whole process from start to finish. Green prefers to paint from nature and with natural light as he was trained. He hopes as an artist to once again give life to the classical painting traditions, but in a contemporary context. His work ranges from complete abstraction to classical portraiture.

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Does your work focus on a particular theme or message? Well, one constant for me is materials and light. What do you see as the value art? Art isn’t valuable, in the common sense of value. Art for me is what life is really about. It is sincere and soulful play, based on deep observation and sensitivity. Art has no meaning or value except for the artist who created it and the viewer who found connection and meaning in it.

Have you had, or are you currently involved in, a formal education in art? How did that education shape or change your work or how you view art? I attended PSC, UWF, and the How do you describe Florence Academy of Art. Every art your style? establishment has its own system My original paint training was in of beliefs and dogmas. As a student the alla-prima style, but I am very you must conform and go with heavily influenced by the methods the group to get the full benefit. of the Florence Academy of Art. It has been enlightening to dive I don’t feel that I have a set style though; I try to remain flexible and into these different circles and see what they are about and then get paint in a way that is practical for out and get back to myself. I took the goal of the painting. what was useful to me and forgot the rest. I have to say that the From where or whom do Florence Academy of Art was the you draw your inspiration? I feel that every artist has something most intense. The work load was immense and the school changed to offer. I have looked to different everything for me. I feel that I really artists at different points in my went back in time and studied with life and also depending on what I the old masters. valued at the time. For technique I look to Leon Bonnat or Valezquez, Are you currently exhibiting for emotion I look to William or do you have any exhibits Turner, Sorolla, and Jusepe de planned? Where can Ribera. For composition, Titan, people find your work? Rubens, Sargent. For innovation, I do have a piece up at the Whistler, Guisepe Celi, Phil Hale, PMA for Philic Phobic. I will be the Peredvizhniki. submitting to the Artel exhibitions Tell me about your process. and probably doing private shows around town. For my personal pieces, I make a wood panel or canvas to paint on. I prepare it with old techniques I learned in Italy. I make the glue and grounds myself. Then I decide which paints I will need and make them and do small studies. Once the composition is decided, I begin to work. I will make changes to the composition throughout the piece.


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“Alessandro” oil on canvas Alessandro is a flamenco dancer I painted in Florence.


“DEMOCRITUS” oil on canvas Democritus is a preplatonic philosopher who had very modern ideas about the universe.


“Écorché of Christ” preliminary sculpture in plastisine Anatomical study of the crucifixion.

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What medium(s) do you work in? Why did you gravitate to those? Most of what I would call studio work is on paper or canvas with acrylic, ink, and spray paint often mixed with collage. I usually start painting unstretched canvas on a large scale and only frame them when I feel like something is finished. It feels less confining when you don’t have a set boundary to work with. On walls I prefer spray paint and rollers. I don’t have to have the most expensive paint or anything. It’s more about the message than the medium to me and I like the rawness of these fairly inexpensive and easily attainable materials.

Brandon barnhart mixed-media artist

Brandon Barnhart is a contemporary artist living in Pensacola. Since graduating from William Carey University, Barnhart has designed work for a variety of commercial clients with pieces featured on clothing, billboards and everything in between. Brandon works full-time for Idea Signs and does commissions as well. He spends his time balancing his workload with raising his daughter and making art. The struggle to find a balance in daily life often carries over to his paintings. He participated in his first solo show, Geek Tragedy, at Spire Gallery in December 2013. What drew you to art? Drawing has always just been a part of my life and my family was always really supportive of anything creative I wanted to do. I remember being really into comic books and video games like a lot of my generation, so I was always trying to draw things from pop culture like that.

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Skateboarding culture definitely had the biggest influence on me and it opened the door to so many other things. My hometown was sort of a hub for freight trains so I was lucky enough to get an up-close look at graffiti from all over the country. My work is a mix of those cultural reference points.

How do you describe your style? My work usually combines elements of photography, graffiti, traditional painting, and graphic design. I would describe it as post-graffiti Southern gothic. I like work that feels like there’s an underlying story behind it. There’s usually a contrast between expressive brush strokes and clean graphic lines or text. A little realism with more chaos than order. From where or whom do you draw your inspiration? I get inspired by my friends mostly. I’m lucky to be friends with a lot of talented people. Other than that, just living in the South, passing trains, and especially my daughter. Her creativity constantly impresses me. Tell me about your process. I do a lot of random drawings and collages to generate ideas. I use collages as a way of re-contextualizing pop culture to try and find a deeper meaning or connection. Compositions usually begin on paper or as a mash up of images in Adobe Illustrator. I’m always taking random photographs to reference later. I may spend a lot of time planning a certain composition on paper or a design for work but the outdoor work is often improvised and provides a much needed balance. Does your work focus on a particular theme or message? If so, what? Duality and balance are recurring

themes in my work—nature vs. technology, good vs. bad, digital vs. analog. I feel like my combination of clean lines and expressive strokes in my work can show the parallels between the conscious and subconscious. Some images are clear and defined while others are out of focus or hard to remember—like a dream. I can have my own narrative about a particular piece but I like to leave it up to the viewer to make their own connections. Sometimes a title can give you an idea or set a tone but I don’t like to give too much away. Public work tends to be broken down and simplified a bit depending on the setting. What do you see as the value of art? Mos Def said “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” Outside of that statement I’d say art has the function of showing the beauty and absurdity of life. Both of which are plentiful in 2017. Have you had, or are you currently involved in, a formal education in art? How did that education shape or change your work or how you view art? Being surrounded by other artists was the most important thing I got from the experience. It also teaches you how to jump through certain hoops and lets you see that not everyone has the same relationship with making art as you may have. John Rudel was a professor of mine that had a big influence on me. He caused a real shift in the way that I thought about approaching painting conceptually. Are you currently exhibiting or do you have any exhibits planned? Where can people find your work? First City Art Center is kind enough to allow a few of us local painters to cover a few of their walls so there’s always something new up there to see. You can see my collaborative work with Nate Lyle on Instagram under @bluecollar_creatives or in person at the CoWork Annex and Rumble Training Center. I have some prints for sale at https://society6. com/brxndxnbxrnhxrt

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I’d say that art has the function of showing the beauty and absurdity of life. Both of which are plentiful in 2017. ”

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”Bons Temps” 12” x 18” A collaged dreamscape based on growing up in the South.


“Chaos Theory” 36” x 40” Made in summer of 2017, this reflects on the constant bombardment of information, news, and thoughts we’re exposed to daily.


“Revelation” 36” x 38” A piece dealing with the stances one must take in response to world events.

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What drew you to art? I was never really good at school. It was a real struggle for me. I am dyslexic and I struggled to find joy outside of my friends and going to art. In high school, my art teacher, Mr. Nicholas, helped me figure out that creating was fun and that I might actually be good at it. For my 16th birthday, my father gave me two photographs, quite beautiful photographs. I asked him who had taken these pictures and he said it was me. At that moment I knew that I was good and that I would have stopped and looked at these images. From that point on I was never without a camera. Now I’m spoiled and have one in my pocket every day.

jane hatcher

interdisciplinary artist Jane Hatcher was born in Valdosta, Georgia and later moved with her family to East Africa. She grew up in Kenya and on the island of Cyprus and graduated from the International School of Cyprus. She briefly attended Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue her love of photography, but life changed her path and led her to Pensacola. She received an associate degree in photography from Pensacola State College and a bachelor of fine art in studio art from the University of West Florida. Hatcher is an interdisciplinary artist who works in many different mediums including photography, fibers, natural material, found objects, wire, clay, and just about anything she can get her hands on. She is the art teacher at Creative Learning Academy where she uses her skills to help the next generation fall in love with art.

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What mediums do you work with and why do you gravitate towards those? Well, I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to my work practice. For this past show, I’ve really been working with fibers because those were readily available to me and easily transportable. I love metal, but I just don’t have time right now to allocate to being in the metal shop. I work in photography every single day. I joke around and say when I die please publish some of my phone pictures. The darkroom was one of my first loves and the smell—when it enters your nose, it brings back all the feels. How do you describe your style? I would say, Jane, because there’s no better way to describe it. A synesthetic overload—by that I mean I want you to feel my art with all of your senses. I want you to be able to touch, I want you to be able to smell, I want you to be able to taste if you want to, and I want your eyes to be overwhelmed with color, pop, and emotion. If you meet me, I’m pretty overwhelming once you get to know me or when I open my mouth for the first time. From where or whom do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from nature and things that I see around me in everyday life. Now I draw inspiration from the children that I teach. Their creativity and

innocence show me what real life and real joy are. I am constantly reminded to look at the small things and to truly celebrate the little victories. Tell me about your process. My mind is always going, but to help with my constant mind, my hands must also be moving for me to completely be able to concentrate. To create has become a daily occurrence for me. To create is also another form of breath for me—it fuels my life. Does your work focus on a particular theme or message if so what? My work focuses on my impact— on how I can draw someone into the moment, to escape, to truly be, to show beauty regardless the medium. Have you had or are you currently involved in a formal education in art? How does that education shape or change your work or how you? I completed my bachelors of fine art in studio art at the University of West Florida. This quest has really sharpened my artistic abilities by practice and by honing in on my talent. My mentor, Jim Jipson, really poured his life into me during my time studying at both Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. During that time I was a teacher assistant in classes, which really helped me fall in love with teaching. I finally realized what my purpose was—to be able to help and encourage through my art and through my working practice, to teach the next generation how to fall in love with the act of creating. Are you currently exhibiting or do you have any exhibitions planned where can people find your work? I recently had my exit show at the University of West Florida. I am hoping to have an exhibition in the coming year in a gallery here locally. But in the meantime please visit my website www.janegraceart. com and follow me on Instagram at jghatcher20.

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“Compartmentalized” yarn, pine straw, burlap, crape myrtle, cedar bark, wire mushrooms.


“Past Life” tree stump, wax, moss mushrooms, grasshopper, grass, gems


“Seasons” wire, metal trees burlap, yarn


“past life” (detail shot)

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ian belknap poet/musician

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Ian Belknap moved to Pensacola in 2015 after passing through town on tour. Belknap’s formal education has been focused on music. After high school, he began playing drums and went on to complete a degree in jazz performance while enlisted as a musician in the Army Reserve. When not in uniform, Belknap played in original bands, developing his creative voice as an instrumentalist while learning how to engineer and produce recordings. Belknap is currently pursuing a second degree in Music Therapy with a focus on classical guitar. Belknap has also been involved in poetry for many years, publishing with independent magazines, producing limited-edition chapbooks, and performing poetry alongside a nebulous musical ensemble called “Bourbon and Coffee.”

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How do you describe your style? It’s all over the place. I love a lot and I feel anger and then sadness and then joy. The words and the music flow out from those emotional strains. Sometimes it’s expressive abstractions and sometimes I deliberately want to capture a moment, a place, or a person, to represent something concrete. Visually speaking, the aesthetics of decay, which dominate the Rust Belt cities, is deeply engrained in my artistic endeavors. I like things to be a bit dirty and imperfect. I hold a similar love for that concept while working with sound, too. Capturing overdriven tones, distortion mixed with clean acoustics, spacious reverb and heavy drums. I like to let natural processes influence my work as much as possible, allowing accidents to guide me in new directions, utilizing small doses of chaos to soothe my obsession with compulsive order. What do you see as the value of art? In my life, art has consistently been the most valuable thing I do. Not just writing words or music or making images, but the community which grows around those things. Meeting new friends and sharing a mutual enthusiasm for creativity and exploration. In a world which can easily reduce to cynical or mundane calculations of daily activity, art provides an opportunity to generate an experience of unity and exhilaration. Are you currently exhibiting/performing or do you have any exhibits/ performances planned? I host the “Songwriters & Poets Open Mic” at Goat Lips Chew

and Brewhouse every Monday from 7 pm–10 pm. It’s a fairly casual, all-ages, dog-friendly event which generally starts with me performing songs and poems and then opening the mic to anyone who is interested in sharing themselves. It’s a lot of fun and tends to get pretty weird—usually ending with everyone on stage together playing freely improvised music on the arsenal of in-house instruments. Where can people find your work? My poetry/music ensemble Bourbon and Coffee is currently on hiatus, but I still maintain a SoundCloud for the group at www.soundcloud.com/ bourbonandcoffee. I have a catalog of other assorted recordings on SoundCloud at www.soundcloud. com/superradgreattimes. I just finished a new book which consists of 100 pages of poems and visual art—it may or may not be published in 2018. Most of my art is created and remains in obscurity indefinitely. I will be performing poetry and music at Chizuko on February 28. If you want to dig deeper it’s best to find me at Goat Lips on Mondays. Anyone interested in peering through my window is encouraged to follow me on Instagram @BRBNCFE.


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“Modern Living”


“Love Knife 2017”


“Torn Silver”

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The New Horizon’s Navarre’s Annual Psychic and Healing Arts Fair

January 13, 2018 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center 8700 Navarre Pkwy Navarre, FL 32566

An event for experiencing real intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies, great information and the wonderfully diverse spiritual community in the Pensacola, Florida. We will have life-changing guests, services, and more!

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play/live/give The Typewriter Project: Poetry as Public Art January 17

“The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City” is a project that draws on Surrealist arts of assemblage and assumes, along with the Comte de Lautréamont, that “poetry should be made by all.” The month-long experiment will kickoff with the Jan. 17 installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. The Typewriter Project installation will be featured for the public to participate at the installation. The installation will be located at the Museum of Commerce, with reception for the event starting at 5:30 pm. For more information on additional installations of the series or The Typewriter Project, visit uwf.edu/downtownlectures.

Pensacola Ice Flyers

Throughout January Come and cheer for our local team as the Pensacola Ice Flyers gear up for their 2017-2018 season. With a new coach and new energy, they are determined to continue their dominance in the Southern Professional Hockey League. All games listed below are home games. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolaiceflyers.com. Jan. 12: vs. Birmingham Bulls Jan. 13: vs. Birmingham Bulls Jan. 14: vs. Macon Mayhem Jan. 26: vs. Huntsville Havoc Jan. 27: vs. Huntsville Havoc

First City Lights Festival

Through January 28 Throughout December and January, downtown Pensacola will come alive in a festival of lights. With over half-amillion white lights strung from trees and buildings from Garden to Main Street on Palafox, you can feel the spirit of the season every evening. And at the end of Palafox Pier, a 30 foot tall Christmas tree stands for the whole of Pensacola Bay to see. Make sure not to miss the spectacle, as it only comes once a year.

Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration

January 5 To kick off this fantastic Mardi Gras season, Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc presents the 2018 Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration. Pensacola’s best parading Mardi Gras Krewe’s will have their float and their entire Krewe on Palafox and Government Streets, where their Krewe will be ceremoniously blessed and proclaimed ready to participate. Each Krewe will be in costume and will have its royalty present. A Father, along with the Town Crier T. Bubba Bechtol, will bless each individual float, the City of Pensacola, and the entire Pensacola Mardi Gras season. The party starts at 5:00 pm as all the Krewe’s and all of Pensacola join together and ring in the 2018 Mardi Gras season.

Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes January 6 To respect the passing of one of music’s legends, Black Jacket Symphony will be presenting their take on Tom Petty’s legendary album, Damn the Torpedoes. With half the set being

a full orchestration and the other half being a rock performance, the performances straddle the line between elegance and explosive stadium-style performances. Not to mention the spectacular light show that accompanies the second act! The performance starts at 8 pm at Saenger Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Pensacola Beach 10k, 5k and Half Marathon

January 13 Run along the beachfront shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in the Pensacola Beach Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. The race features a course that’s open to both runners and walkers (in the 10K and 5K races) that takes participants along city’s scenic waterfront, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound. The race is also a flexible one for participants who aren’t sure exactly which race they want to run — if you’ve registered for the 10K and decide you want to run the halfmarathon in mid-race or vice versa, you’re welcome to do so. For more information and to register, visit pensacolarunners. com. Pensacola Magazine


play/live/give Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Beethoven & Blue Jeans

January 13 The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra starts off 2018 with their famous Beethoven & Blue Jeans performance. There will be something for everyone as we welcome an electric violinist to perform his own composition, and the orchestra shares one of Beethoven’s most well known works Symphony No. 5. Dress is distinctly casual as the audience, orchestra and conductor will all be in denim. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre, and tickets start at $32. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Vinyl Music Hall January 17 Graced with a quick, sometimes sung delivery, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony burst out of the Midwest in the mid-’90s with a pair of massive hits. Now their distinctive flow and G-funk sound come back to Vinyl after the show was rescheduled from October. Along with the foursome, there will be performances by local rappers Big Lo, The Strangers, Dee Villain and Eterniti. Tickets start at $30, and doors open at 7 pm at Vinyl Music Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vinylmusichall.com.

WUWF Presents: Capitol Steps

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January 19 If you’re tired of hearing all the negative news about politics, why not take a break from it and laugh about it with Capitol Steps – America’s leading political comedy troupe. The Steps have been entertaining fans by parodying politicians, and the offices that once employed them, since 1981. A troupe of former Democrats, Republicans, and all persuasions in between, come together to capitalize on the abundant material politics provides. Priding themselves as “equal opportunity offenders,” the Steps scour the headlines - political and social – for material. As the Steps themselves say – they “put the ‘MOCK’ in democracy!” The show starts at 7:30 pm at the Saenger Theatre, with tickets starting at $43. For more

information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Madama Butterfly

January 26 Considered Puccini’s greatest operatic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly explores the depth of human emotions through tender duets and breathtaking arias. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, an innocent geisha’s love for an American naval officer begins with hope but ends in despair. Blossoms of love turn into tears of betrayal as Cio-Cio San is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, don’t miss out on the opera of a lifetime. The performance starts at 7:30 pm at the Saenger theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger. com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 26 – February 11 One of the most enduring shows of all time, this is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Colorful and comic and toetappingly brilliant, you will not want to miss this performance. Directed by Mario D. Cieri, music direction by Ginger Caro and choreography by Michael Dennis, make sure to catch the story at Pensacola little Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolalittletheatre.com

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January 28 Touring for their 20th studio album, I Like Fun, They Might Be Giants will be returning to Vinyl Music Hall. Returning with their unique brand of experimental, humorous and high-energy music, they’ll be backed by a full band including legendary trumpet player Curt Ramm. Make sure to pick up a copy of Downtown Crowd to read our interview with guitarist John Flansburgh. The show starts at 7 pm and tickets start at $22. For more information and to buy tickets, visit vinylmusichall.com.

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While it is not certain that Dorothy Walton ever lived in this house, her name has become connected with the structure. The widow of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Mrs. Walton moved to Pensacola in 1822 to be closer to her son, George Walton, Jr. Originally located at 137 West Romana Street, the house was the home of the Dorothy Walton Museum, a joint venture of the Pensacola Historical Society and T. T. Wentworth, Jr. With the development of the Governmental Center in the 1970s, the Walton House was relocated to 221 East Zaragoza street in the Historic Pensacola Village. Mr. Wentworth donated his collections to the State of Florida and some of his items are on display in the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.

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LEE HANSON Facing opposition, Lee Hansen brings a Navy background and global perspective to the Escambia County School Board


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CUTTHROAT COMPASSION Marijuana companies vie for Pensacola market As medical marijuana companies vie for standing in the state’s burgeoning industry, Pensacola may prove to be the crucial foothold in Northwest Florida. - By Will Isern

The city’s first medical marijuana shop, Trulieve, opened its doors on Davis Highway in April, and now a second company, Surterra Wellness, has set up shop on Bayou Boulevard. The two local dispensaries are among just 25 now open across the state. The next closest dispensaries are three in Tallahassee. While possession of marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, 28 states as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have legalized either medical or recreational use. Florida voters in 2016 passed Amendment 2 approving medical marijuana use for a wide swath of patients and

setting off the race for venture capitalists and growers to build infrastructure and market their products. Thirteen companies have now obtained licenses from the state to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana treatment. With just 40,035 approved patients as of Dec. 15, the statewide market for medical marijuana is still small, but growing. Whichever of the fledgling companies can grab the largest share of the market early stands to make considerable profit down the line. Internal investment documents obtained by the Miami Herald in May included projections that Surterra could gross as much as

$138 million in sales by 2021. At the opening of the new Surterra store, CEO Jake Bergmann described the industry as “cutthroat compassion,” but said his competitors are not the other medical marijuana companies. “I describe what we do inside Surterra as – it sounds bad – but its cutthroat compassion,” he said. “Because we’re working in an industry that is very competitive. At the end of the day my main competitors are the large pharmaceutical companies – it’s the companies selling opioids and Xanax and Ambien. Those are my competitors. They hire three lobbyists for every legislator in D.C. We don’t have those

kinds of resources. We’re doing something that’s fundamentally good for people; we’re saving lives…What we need to do as a company, what I want us to do, is I want us to be the ones who go and work on your behalf… as a big pharmaceutical company would politically to get this done, because what we’re doing is good and fundamentally good and better for the world.” With 13 storefronts to itself, Trulieve seems to have the apparent lead in staking out territory. However, the companies are also permitted to conduct at-home deliveries, meaning, in this turf war, brick and mortar space may not be an accurate measure of market share. Business Climate


“It is ludicrous that at the federal government we have laws that make research into medical cannabis illegal... Why would we do that when we have budding industry that wants the opportunity to go and develop more product lines to create more wellness for people?” – Gaetz

What’s more, state legislators have been reluctant to expand the number of cultivation licenses that will ever be available, meaning the potentially lucrative market may belong to just a handful of companies. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) was on hand for the opening of Surterra’s Pensacola store and said he’s seen many patients’ lives improved since medical marijuana was legalized in Florida. “For me to be able to hear the stories of people who were wheel-chair bound but now can have greater mobility, who were homebound but now can go to the grocery store, who couldn’t even have substantive interactions with their family members but now can, I honestly believe this will be some of the most significant work that I’ve ever done as a public servant,” Gaetz said. As a member of the state’s House of Representatives, Gaetz led the push for medical marijuana legalization in Florida. Now serving in Washington, D.C., Gaetz says he wants to see marijuana removed from the same category of drugs as heroin and LSD.

status to Schedule III, opening the door for nationwide medical use and research. “It is ludicrous that at the federal government we have laws that make research into medical cannabis illegal,” Gaetz said. “Why would we do that when we have budding industry that wants the opportunity to go and develop more product lines to create more wellness for people?”

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A NEW DAY FOR DISTRICT 3 Facing opposition, Lee Hansen brings a Navy background and global perspective to the Escambia County School Board by Will Isern


efore she traveled the world with the Navy, before she earned her wings as a flight officer and before she became the first woman in history to command a Navy air wing, Lee Hansen taught school. In Florida and Georgia, Hansen taught elementary students. It was family tradition that led her to join the Navy, never imagining where it would take her. “I joined the Navy thinking I would spend a few years and see the world, and then 26 years later I retired,” she said. Now, nearly 12 years removed from her illustrious Naval career, Hansen is back in the school system, though this time outside the classroom. Hansen is Escambia County’s newest school board member, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fulfill former board member Linda Moultrie’s term representing District 3.

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Moultrie was forced to step down from the school board in August of last year in order to not run afoul of state retirement system laws. She has pre-filed to run for her old seat in 2018. Hansen’s ascent to the school board comes after a decade that saw her found and lead a supplementary education program for Escambia and Santa Rosa students called the Global Learning Corner, whose mission is to expose elementary students to other cultures, languages and parts of the world. Hansen proudly estimates that more than 64,000 students have passed through one of the Global Learning Corner’s programs since its founding. While her qualifications to sit on the board may be impeccable, some have decried

Hansen’s appointment to the District 3 seat as an affront to the largely minority community she represents. Hansen is the first white person to hold the seat in more than 30 years, and her appointment has meant that the school board is now all-white. The District 3 seat had been held by a person of color since Elmer Jenkins was first elected in 1986. Jenkins and others sued in 1977 to end the area’s at-large voting system that effectively disenfranchised the minority vote. NAACP Pensacola president Rodney Jones said the frustration in the black community over Hansen’s appointment is not about Hansen herself, but rather the message sent from Tallahassee.

I can look from the outside and say here’s the problem, but until I talk to them and parents in the community, I can’t really know what issues they’re experiencing...” “It bothered me greatly, not because of her – it’s not about her – but because the governor chose to thumb his nose at the community,” Jones said. “He full well knew it was a minority seat… The principal of the matter is that there was a court order because this minority community was not being represented, the decision came down that there would be representation for this community and that’s what this was about.” For her part, Hansen said and that she is “colorblind” when it comes teaching children and wants only to help make District 3 schools the best that they can be. “I understand that people might be disappointed, but I think that once they meet me they understand that I have the best interests of all students at heart,” she said. Hansen was sworn onto the school board on Dec. 12 and said she’s already scheduled meetings with principals from each school in the district to assess challenges.

“I can look from the outside and say here’s the problem, but until I talk to them and parents in the community, I can’t really know what issues they’re experiencing,” she said. District 3 schools have historically been among the lowest performing in the county. As recently as 2016, three District 3 schools – C.A. Weiss Elementary, Oakcrest Elementary and Lincoln Park Elementary – received F grades from the state. Hansen said she hopes to work with education and community leaders – including Quint Studer’s early learning initiative – to chart a new way forward for District 3 schools. “When you’ve been down for a long period of time, sometimes it’s hard to see that there’s an alternative – that something else is possible,” Hansen said. “What I do know is that there are some really great people in the schools working hard, and my job is to facilitate their efforts and make sure they have what they need to get the

job done. So that’s one of the challenges. The really cool thing is there are things like Achieve Escambia and the work the Studers are doing through the Community Institute that are all working toward the positive.” Hansen said she hasn’t yet decided whether she’ll seek re-election to the school board when her term expires next year. Five candidates, including Moultrie, have already prefiled. Hansen said she plans to gauge her performance and make a decision next year. “I feel like that if I am making a positive impact, I would; but if I feel like that’s not the case, I probably wouldn’t,” she said.

Lee Little Hansen Age: 59

EDUCATION Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Florida State University. Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Career Twenty-six years United States Navy, retired as a captain. Commanding Officer of Training Squadron Four. First woman to Command an Air Wing in the Navy. Founder, Global Corner International Learning Center. Family Retired to Pensacola in 2004. Lee and husband Wilhelm “Butch” Hansen live in historic North Hill with their dog, Raven. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren. District 3 Schools, school grade Brentwood Elementary School, C Brown Barge Middle School, A Ensley Elementary School, D Global Learning Academy, D Lincoln Park Elementary School, B (2016: F) Montclair Elementary School, C Oakcrest Elementary School, C (2016: F) Weis Elementary School, C (2016: F) Woodham Middle School, D Pensacola High School, C

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Budget-Friendly Substitutes for DIY Digital Marketers by Briana Snellgrove, Social ICON strategist

Picture this: You go to a new restaurant and want to RE-BRANDING try something new. You see that there is a salmon dish on Problem: “I need a new logo but I can’t pay $3,000 to a graphic the menu and you decide to order it. Due to market prices, designer.” said salmon dish is $23.99. For your budget, that is a little There is nothing more incredible high for a weekday meal. Do you ask for the restaurant than a designer who can create epic logo, taking your brand to negotiate on the price or do you just choose a different an to new heights. I do highly meal because it is not a fit for your budget requirements? recommend using a professional Hey, there is nothing wrong with being on a budget or just plain cheap. We’ve all been there. #Guilty. However, it is not only poor etiquette to haggle a creative down to pennies for their work, it’s borderline insulting. It’s understandable that most small businesses don’t have budgets set

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aside for a graphic designer, social media manager, rebrand, etc. Fear not! There are some really incredible and affordable DIY design programs on the market. Allow me to introduce you to the five best programs on the internet to help you with digital marketing and design.

for this service, but there are substitutes if your budget does not allow it.

Budget-Friendly Substitutes: Logojoy & Tailor Brands Both of these programs are simple to navigate, walking you through a series of fonts, colors, styles, shapes, and symbols that

you may want to see in your logo. Once you click on all of your preferred options, poof! Out comes out hundreds of logo combinations.

Pricing: Cost varies from $75 to $165 depending on the package you choose, including sizing options, types of files, design time, etc. This is a steal. Confession: This is how I rebranded my logo for Social ICON and after getting my files from Logojoy, I then took that image to a trusted designer, Rachel Zampino, to tweak spacing and lettering, giving me the exact logo I wanted at a cost I could afford.

Digital marketing and design can be overwhelming for a small business owner, but with a little patience and creativity you can really create some stunning content!” SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT Problem: “I need to post on social media several times a week. I just don’t have time and I can’t pay someone $2,500/mo to do it for me.” This is an issue I hear about regularly. It is so worth every penny to pay $2,500/mo for social media management. The return on investment (ROI) is staggering and if you hire a professional, you are not spending money on social media, you are investing it. Although, as luck would have it, you’re reading this article and I have a budget-friendly option to help you manage it yourself.

Budget-Friendly Subsitute: Crowdfire This is an app that I have recently started working with and it really is dynamic. You can link all social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIN, Pinterest, YouTube, Etsy, Vimeo and Twitch. You can even sync your Blog, Wordpress, and Shopify accounts. This handy little app lets you post on all accounts at once, but that’s not the best part. Crowdfire also asks you to identify your readers’ interests (i.e. politics, current events, food, business, etc.). Once chosen, Crowdfire then offers you a streaming feed of articles, blogs and stories relative to your choices that you can post to your social media accounts. Read that again... You don’t have to search for relevant content. It. Does. It. For. You. Oh, and did I mention that it will automatically post to your social media sites at a, “Best Time?” You’re welcome.

Pricing: Cost depends on the number of accounts you are planning to link. Two accounts per social network is $10 per

month, five accounts linked per social network is $20 per month and twenty accounts per social network is $100 per month.

Confession: I own a company that provides social media for clients but my own business page was lacking in content. I use this app regularly and it has been a lifesaver. The “Best Time” feature is crucial as I do a lot of work at odd times of the day. (#toddlermomproblems)

digital GRAPHIC DESIGN Problem: “All of my images on social media are always the wrong size and my graphics look distorted.” Ahhh yes. The infamous profile picture that’s two-sizes too big. The pixilated photo that was stolen off the internet. These are the things that keep me awake at night. So let’s get down to business. Again, these are the types of services you can get from Social Media Management professionals. Your branding and messaging needs to really depict your company culture. If you have basic technology experience and patience, you can do this yourself. Here’s the secret formula to winning stunning digital marketing design on a dime:

Budget-Friendly Substitute: Canva.com, Adobe Spark (mobile), Pexels and Unsplash Canva is a little more advanced and I would suggest using it on a desktop. This is what I call, “the Photoshop and InDesign for dummies.” This program allows you to start designing by letting you choose from presized images to fit all of your social media platforms, e-mail campaigns, website banners and

more. Browse through their beautiful pre-made layouts or create a totally custom design. You can then choose from thousands of images or upload your own. Lastly, add fonts, shapes, illustrations, frames and more to spice up your design. I don’t limit Canva to social media content—I design invitations, business cards, letterhead, presentations and more with this program. It’s kind of the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I use it daily. Adobe Spark is similar to Canva, but it is less custom and more automated with pre-built layouts. This is a web-based program, but I will periodically use it on my iPhone to make an ad in minutes. However, Adobe Spark is currently only available to Apple iPhone users. Sorry Android and Google users. Need incredible images for your website and social media, but you don’t want to have to pay for licensing rights and fees? Look no further. Pexels and Unsplash offer free stunning stock images that you can use on your website and advertising without worry.

Pricing: Canva’s free account is wonderful, but if you want to upload your own fonts, add teams

or plan to be using it as much as I do, I would highly recommend their Premium subscription for $12.95/mo. Adobe Spark: Free. Pexels: Free. Unsplash: Free.

Confession: I use all of these programs weekly, if not daily! They are my secret to success! Digital marketing and design can be overwhelming for a small business owner, but with a little patience and creativity you can really create some stunning content! If you need more guidance, check the cowork annex Facebook calendar regularly for educational classes on digital marketing. Courses begin in January 2018. Briana Snellgrove is a native entrepreneur who believes in the growth mindset, where all skills can be learned. Snellgrove is a mom of a toddler, wife of a law enforcement officer and proud owner of two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. She earned an A.A. degree from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. You can find her at the Cowork Annex or contact her through Social ICON’s website marketingwellplayed.com. Business Climate


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Around the Region University Of West Florida Argonauts Named Grand Marshall Of The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade On Saturday, Feb. 10 Fresh off their trip to the 2017 NCAA Division II Football National Championship Game, the University of West Florida Argonauts will celebrate their stupendous sophomore season at the head of the city’s biggest celebration of the year. The Argos will serve as Grand Marshals for the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. More than 100,000 parade-goers will cheer the Argos’ historic season as the team leads the parade through the streets of downtown Pensacola. “We were all so excited to see the Argos make it all the way to the national championship game, and we can’t wait to celebrate them at the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade,” said Danny Zimmern, president of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. “We are thrilled to honor the team, and invite all of the Gulf Coast to join us and show their Argos pride.” The Pensacola Mardi Gras Grand Parade lineup will start on Spring Street at 10 am. A pre-parade meet-and-greet with the team is being planned. Spring will close to traffic at 6 am. The parade will roll at 2 pm, rain or shine, down the traditional route, progressing east from Spring Street down Garden Street, turning north at Palafox Street, then turning back south at Wright Street and ending at Main Street. The parade is expected to conclude by around 6 pm.

Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce rounds up 2017 with a recognition of achievements and inspiration for success! The Perdido chamber gathered at Cosmo’s Event center on Friday, Dec. 15th; not only for their annual holiday celebration, but to celebrate the amazing achievements of growth and business within the past year. The intimate event, with a little over 100 people in attendance, united the Perdido business community to share their achievements together from 2017. The program began with a commendable recognition of the newly announced Board of Directors for the upcoming 2018 calendar year. With three brand new members of the board and new executive officers selected there was nothing but hope and inspiration for some great things to come in the new year. The new Chairman of the Board, Cameron Price of the Flora-Bama, showed a personal passion for the Perdido area, when accepting his position as the new Chair. Price presented the outgoing Chairman, Bill Stromquist, with a prestigious gift and great thanks for his passionate work as Chairman in 2017. The members of the Chamber were eagerly awaiting the announcements of the prestigious end of year awards. The winners of each category are as follows: Island Spirit Individual: Pat McClellan, FloraBama

SW Branch Library Community Service Member: The Ridgeway Team, JRC Realty Non-Profit Member: Pensacola Teen Challenge Small Business Member: Evergreen Printing & Mailing Large Business Member: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals All winners and nominees were recognized and voted on by their fellow Perdido Chamber members because of their visual accomplishments and work ethic in the community. To close the night, the Chamber staff presented one final award to be presented to the community as a whole. The Perdido Key Area was recognized and awarded a beautiful award for being the Wildlife Destination of the year for 2017 by the Luxury Travel Guide. This prestigious award was won due to the amazing photos and experiences the loyal visitors and locals have shared of the paradise they have found passion in. The close community of Perdido is truly the Key to our success.

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IMS ExpertServices Announces Partnership With Trinity Hunt Partners MS ExpertServices announced that it has partnered with Trinity Hunt Partners, a growthoriented private equity firm that teams with founder/owners of entrepreneurial companies to accelerate their success. Trinity Hunt Partners will help IMS ExpertServices advance its strategy through investments in expanded services and acquisitions. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. Complex legal matters are topping peak levels and large corporate clients are projected to increase litigation spending to a record $20.7 billion, driving the market and demand for IMS ExpertServices’ expert solutions. As AMLaw 100 law firms grapple with the complex needs and expectations of their corporate clients and the unique cases with which they are involved, IMS ExpertService addressed the often time

consuming and difficult identification and retention of unique experts required for their litigation matters. IMS ExpertServices has been self-funded since its launch. “The Trinity Hunt partnership allows us to recapitalize the business and accelerate its current growth trajectory” said Bill Wein, who will remain as Chief Executive Officer and a shareholder of the firm. “We will maintain our headquarters in Pensacola, only now with significantly more horsepower to expand.” IMS ExpertServices was founded in 1992 by Bill Wein, Ted Gorder, William Hueter, and Bill’s father, Mike. “In seeking a partner, we were attracted to Trinity Hunt’s corporate culture and specific investment experience in the legal services industry” Wein said. “The resources of Trinity Hunt and their strategic approach will power our

next phase of growth, expanding our reach and strengthening our delivery of the same best-inclass client and expert experience upon which IMS was founded.” “We are excited to partner with Bill and Ted and the exceptional team they have built at IMS ExpertServices,” said Pete Stein, Managing Partner of Trinity Hunt. “Following many years of leadership from Bill’s father Mike Wein, the company has experienced tremendous growth. IMS’s historical financial performance is a testament to the quality of the service offering the Company has delivered to its client base, which includes all the AM Law Top 100 law firms. We plan to build upon these core competencies and ensure that IMS ExpertServices continues to be the premier expert witness provider for top law firms in the U.S.” Business Climate


Around the Region The Luxury Travel Guide out of the U.K. named Perdido Key, Florida the Wildlife Destination of 2017 Perdido Key, as few may know, is filled with hidden treasures throughout the island. The area is also known as a hidden treasure in itself. In 2017, the “lost key” was found and recognized on a global scale as the beautiful treasure it truly is. The Luxury Travel Guide recognized Perdido Key as the Wildlife Destination of the year for 2017. With the area being covered with 60 percent protected park lands, the prestigious and highly experienced judges from the U.K. wanted to share our little piece of lost treasure with the world. The locals, visitors and people who admire the Perdido Area are to be thanked for this extraordinary award. Without the stunning

images of our nature preserves, trails and wildlife both on land and sea; the beauty and uniqueness of Perdido may have gone unrecognized. Due to the extravagant online presence of beautiful shared photos and stories; Perdido Key has grown within the past year to become one of the most desirable wildlife destinations in the world. The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement. All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by in-house professionals. This ensures

only the most deserving hotels, destinations, companies and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in the awards winners’ guide which will be distributed to over half a million professional & affluent people around the world. When you experience our little piece of paradise, it is hard not to fall in love with the area. Nature-based tourism is not only exciting, but it is a way to support the genuine local economy. The Perdido Key Area represents a perfect harmony of coastal beauty, unique natural preservation and a impeccably authentic community.

New Children’s Hospital On Track for 2019 Opening Construction of the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is on schedule, with the new four-story facility expected to open in the spring of 2019 on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. More than $20.7 million has been awarded to Escambia County sub-contractors. Currently, 100 construction workers are onsite, and this will peak between 250 and 275 as the project progresses. Upon opening, the new children’s hospital is expected to add 100 Sacred Heart jobs for the local community. This growth of healthcare services will also enable recruitment of new pediatric specialists. “We are tremendously pleased with the progress being made on our new children’s hospital,” said Henry Stovall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola and The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. “While we did experience several brief pauses in construction to prepare for incoming hurricanes, our overall beautiful weather this past fall has enabled our crews to keep to the project timeline. We look forward to sharing this work with patients and community members in 2019!” The Children’s Hospital’s basement walls and slab are complete, and the east side of the basement wall is being backfilled with dirt. Structural steel has been installed on the first floor, and parts of the first- and second-floor

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slabs have been poured. Work has also begun on elevators and stairwells.

they see will have been designed from the ground up with their needs in mind.”

Construction of the new four-story children’s hospital began on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus in March. The new children’s hospital will increase access to specialized pediatric and maternity care and consolidate inpatient pediatric services in one convenient location. The new children’s hospital will include a pediatric emergency department and trauma center, pediatric procedure rooms, 72-bed neonatal intensive care unit, medical/surgical beds, pediatric imaging department, pediatric satellite pharmacy, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation gym, child life playrooms, outdoor gardens and a new family-friendly dining venue. In addition to the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus, the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the new children’s hospital will offer a playroom specifically for patients’ siblings, as well as a space for families to cook, do laundry and relax.

Sacred Heart Health System and Ascension have committed $55 million towards construction of the new children’s hospital, and Sacred Heart has raised $21 million of the $30 million needed from community supporters in order to complete all phases of the expansion. To make a donation towards the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, call the Sacred Heart Foundation at (850) 416-4660 or visit www. sacred-heart.org/foundation.

“This new children’s hospital will be a gamechanger for the Gulf Coast’s sick and injured children,” said Stovall. “Our team witnesses some of the worst moments in these families’ lives – the diagnosis of a serious illness, the response to a tragic accident, the need for emergency surgery. While we do great work today, this new facility will enable us to do even better. The family experience inside our new children’s hospital will be more comfortable and cohesive, since everything

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit www.sacred-heart.org/ childrenshospital.

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Around the Region Pen Air Calls for Applicants for College Scholarships Pen Air Federal Credit Union is calling for applications from high school seniors who have a passion for helping others pursue a post-secondary education.

All entries must be emailed or mailed to Pen Air before March 30, 2018 to be eligible. To apply or learn more about the scholarship program, visit penair.org/Scholarships.

“We believe in helping our student members pursue their dream of obtaining a higher education,” said Stu Ramsey, president and CEO of Pen Air. “We are looking to help students who have done well academically, and who also live our core value of Communerosity in the community.”

About Pen Air Federal Credit Union – At Pen Air Federal Credit Union, respect is a guiding principle. As the largest and oldest credit union headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, with $1.3 billion in assets, Pen Air is dedicated to enhancing lives through exceptional service, strength, and financial solutions. Nineteen locations in Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama, which include three student-run credit unions at area high schools, combined with Online and Mobile banking provide worldwide reach. Pen Air is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, serving the community and improving lives since 1936. For more information, visit www.penair.org or call (850) 505-3200/toll free (877)4PENAIR.

Scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s academic performance and passion for helping others. All applicants must be a primary member of Pen Air and must submit the following to be eligible: an official high school transcript, a copy of an acceptance letter from the college, university, community college, or technical school, and a completed and signed Pen Air Scholarship Application. The amount awarded per scholarship is up to $10,000, depending on the degree pursed. Pen Air started its college grant program in 2010, giving more than $43,500 to local high school graduates.

Powell And Koppin Named Music Educators Of The Year The Blues Angel Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting music education and therapy, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Music Educator of the Year awards for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The recipient for Escambia County is Katherine Powell of Ransom Middle School in Cantonment. For Santa Rosa County, the recipient is Adam Koppin of W. H. Rhodes Elementary School in Milton. These teachers will each receive $1,000 to use in their music programs.

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Baptist Health Care Selects Sarah Colley to Serve as Vice President of Human Resources Baptist Health Care (BHC) has selected Sarah Colley to serve as vice president of human resources. She will oversee all aspects of human resources for Baptist, Gulf Breeze, and Jay Hospitals, BHC medical parks and Baptist Medical Group. Sarah has served as senior vice president of human resources at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee, an academic health system with more than 3,000 employees. Prior to her time in Memphis, she was the director of human resources at CHI St. Vincent and Southwest Regional Medical Center, both in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and sociology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas and her Master of Science degree in health care administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

UWF to host groundbreaking for Laboratory Sciences Annex WHAT: University of West Florida President Martha Saunders will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Laboratory Sciences Annex. The Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory, will provide additional space for critical classroom and wet research laboratory needs. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 TIME: 10 a.m. WHERE: Life Sciences Laboratory, Building 58 University of West Florida 11000 University Parkway Visitors may park in Lots K and H.

On the Market A Real Estate Section

In This Section By the Numbers: A Looks at November’s Market Highlights page 61 6 Hot Spots In Your House Where Critters And Creepy-Crawlies Would Love To Spend The Winter page 66

Neighborhood Spotlight Nine Mile Road Page 62 5 Steps for a Home Remodel page 70 Top Trends for the 2018 Housing Market Identified page 77

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NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT nine mile road by tanner yea While the core of Pensacola is still growing in population, there is not much room for it to physically expand downtown, East Hill and Belmont-DeVilliers only extend so far and have their limits. However, the north end of the area 62continues to grow exponentially, adding new housing, and commercial developments at a quick pace. That’s why we are shining our Neighborhood Spotlight on the areas around Nine Mile Road. Transforming from just a stretch of highway to one of the most quickly developing areas of the city, now is the time to get in on the ground floor of one of the next big residential and commercial booms in Pensacola. History of the Neighborhood Nine Mile Road does not have as much of a rich history as more southern parts of the city. It is a segment of US Route 90 Alternate and State Road 10 – its name coming from its approximate distance from Garden Street. Recently, however, the stretch of road has exploded due to rapid development – mainly in conjunction with Navy Federal Credit Union becoming a growing source of employment for the area. Recently, 68 Ventures bought over 174 acres in the Beulah area with intentions to build single unit and multi-unit housing, as well as commercial buildings. In addition to this, the Florida Department of Transportation is expanding West Nine Mile Road into four lanes. With roughly 1,000 residential lots under construction, this area is exploding massively. Properties and Prices Nine Mile Road isn’t really a concentrated neighborhood, but a sprawl of communities that includes places like Ensley, Cantonment and Beulah. The most well known area of the stretch is the corridor that surrounds Navy Federal Credit Union, which has seen significant growth. According to Trulia, the average price around this area is around $200k, but this is only on the north side of Nine Mile Road. In the same area, on the southern side of the road, the price drops to an average $139k. As you go west on Nine Mile, that latter price is much more indicative of what you can expect to find. Many of the

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properties are fairly new, built in the 90s or 2000s and still well maintained – many are traditional ranch-style homes. Most homes have roughly 1,500 square feet but can range upward to 3,000, though multi-story buildings are a rarity. Many homes have three beds and two baths, with slight variation up and down. Due to Nine Mile’s proximity to the University of West Florida, there are quite a few rental properties as well – obviously mostly aimed at students. Dedicated apartment buildings usually run around $900 for a single bedroom, but rental houses can easily be split up with around $400 to $500 per bedroom with roommates. These prices generally stay consistent the more west you go. The further east you go on Nine Mile Road, the younger the population gets. Many on the west end of the area are married couples in their 40s and 50s, while the area around Navy Federal Credit Union and UWF sees a majority of single people and a larger range of ages – from 20s to retirements age. Though the communities off of Nine Mile Road are generally quiet and safe, the street itself is very busy and the commute can be slow. Utilities are the standard for Pensacola, with Gulf Power for electricity, ECUA for water and garbage, and AT&T, Cox or DirecTV for internet/cable. Local Attractions Probably the most notable school near Nine Mile Road is the University of West Florida. UWF is constantly growing, and now with a high-ranked

Division II football team, it will only get bigger. There are also several public schools that cover the area, including Ferry Pass Elementary and Middle School, Ensley Elementary, Woodham Middle and Escambia Westgate Center. For groceries, there is a wide selection to choose from. Publix, Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart are all within close proximity of each other. Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Café is also currently in the process of building a second location on Nine Mile Road. Restaurants are also plentiful – in addition to popular chains like McDonald’s, Sonic and Jersey Mike’s, there are local restaurants and cafes like Carmelina’s Café, Goat Lips Chew and Brew, and the famous El Asador taco stand. There are also a few places to unwind, all for different tastes. On the more refined end, Scenic Hills Country Club offers golf all year round, while the more casual may be interested in a game or two at DeLuna Lanes. For nightlife, Corner Pocket Billiards, Beef O’ Brady’s, and Red Baron Lounge and Package Store offer drinks and good times. Shopping is also plentiful, and while there are some major chains like Kohl’s and Target, there are also smaller mom-andpop stores like Bobe’s Hobby House and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. Summary Along its entire length, Nine Mile Road is turning into a bustling, high activity area – almost a second downtown. Job opportunities, new residential and commercial construction and UWF’s growth all combine to show how the communities along this strip of road are paving the way towards Pensacola’s future. For more information on Nine Mile Road and the surrounding areas, speak to your realtor on how to hit the ground running on this exciting opportunity.





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6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter When temperatures cool, critters that were perfectly happy outdoors begin looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter. They may decide your house is the perfect location unless you take steps to keep them out. You can prepare by learning what’s trying to get into your house and where they would most like to hang out once inside. The National Pest Management Association offers some information on the most common household pests that can show up in the winter: 1) Showering with a cockroach: Arguably the pest that creeps people out the most, cockroaches just love the water, so your bathroom could be their winter playground. To keep cockroaches out, eliminate leaks and standing water in the bathroom. Wash the shower curtain and liner, clean out the medicine cabinet, and check under the sink and around the tub and toilet to ensure there’s no moisture from leaky pipes or faucets. Remember, despite the urban legend about roaches surviving a nuclear holocaust, they can only live a week without water! 2) Rodents in the attic: Dusty, stuffy, hot in summer and cold in winter, the attic may not be your favorite place to hang out, but rodents like rats, mice and squirrels would just love to spend the winter in yours! Once rodents are inside, they can cause serious and costly property damage by chewing through walls and baseboards. In fact, the NPMA estimates rodents cause up to 25 percent of house fires every year by gnawing on

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electrical wires. To prevent a rodent infestation, secure everything you store in the attic (or basement) in sealed plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes, which are a favorite nesting spot. Keep the attic dry and well-ventilated. You can run a dehumidifier and install gutters and proper venting to keep moisture away from the attic and basement. 3) Party in the basement: Rodents also like basements, but they’re far from the only pests who will take up residence there. Spiders and a slew of other pests are happy to make their home in the dark corners and clutter that provide them plenty of places to hide. Deprive pests of their habitat by eliminating as much of the clutter in your basement as possible. Use plastic bins with secure lids for storage, rather than cardboard boxes. Pests can enter through cracks and crevices in walls and floors, so use a silicone-based caulk to seal fissures. Mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime, and other small insects need only a paperthin crack to gain entry. 4) Ants in the kitchen: With a ready supply of food and water, your kitchen can be paradise for pests like ants. No one’s favorite picnic guests, ants are just as pesky in your kitchen where they enter through cracks and holes. To discourage ants, seal cracks or holes where pests might enter, particularly around stove and water pipes. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Clean up crumbs, spills and stickiness on counters, tables and floors right away and never leave overripe fruit sitting out on the countertop.

5) Pests in the pantry: Other pests like your kitchen area, too, and your pantry is especially awesome to them. Most pantry pests such as beetles and Indian meal moths hitch a ride into your home in paper grocery bags, cardboard or plastic bags. The next time you grocery shop, inspect packaging before you put an item in your shopping cart. If the package is opened or shows the smallest sign of damage, don’t buy it. To ensure your pantry and cabinets are pest-free, periodically remove everything and toss out anything stale, old or expired. Stale spices and outdated flour can attract pantry pests. Wipe down the inside of cabinets and pantry shelves, and install fresh shelf paper. Store opened dry goods in plastic or glass containers that seal tightly. 6) Bugs in the bedroom: Bed bugs rival cockroaches for ick factor. Bed bugs enter your home through secondhand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, or by hitching a ride on your luggage when you return home from a trip. Before bringing any secondhand furniture home, have a pest control professional inspect it for signs of bed bugs. After traveling, inspect suitcases outdoors before bringing them inside. Vacuum luggage before storing it or use a garment hand-steamer to help kill any bugs or eggs. Wash and dry all travel clothing, even items you didn’t wear, on hot settings. Store clothes that must be dry cleaned in sealed plastic bags until you can get them to the cleaners. Bed bugs are one pest you won’t be able to get rid of on your own, so if an infestation occurs despite your best efforts, find a qualified pest control professional at www. pestworld.org.

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5 Steps for a Home Remodel As a homeowner, there is nearly always a laundry list of projects with time and budget constraints when it comes to a home remodel. This step-by-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel. Step 1 – Identify Reasons for Remodeling Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it’s to make your new house feel more like home or to update a 1950s-era kitchen. Step 2 – Set Your Budget Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmanship, which all impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before demolition, the quote you receive will likely not be 100 percent accurate. However, a qualified remodeling company will be open and honest about the issues and challenges it might face during the process. Account for these adjustments by planning for any “surprises” with a 10 percent cushion, just in case.

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let them know your family’s schedule and whether you have pets confined somewhere. Make sure to specify the best way to reach you, such as phone, in-person or e-mail, and how often you wish to communicate with your remodeling contractor about your project.

Step 3 – Hire the Right Team To help ensure you find the right company for the job, you should do your research. Referrals from friends and family are one way to find a remodeler. National associations like NARI provide unbiased information and resources that can help you find qualified, certified remodelers in your area. With more than 6,000 members, the organization represents professional remodelers who adhere to a strict code of ethics. Many hold certifications in remodeling, kitchen and bath design and lead carpentry. Find more information and resources at NARI.org.

Step 5 – Complete the Project While the dust is settling and the remodel is almost finished, take a moment to walk through your project and note any adjustments that need to be made while the contractor is still on site. Contractors often provide guarantees of workmanship, so find out what they cover and for how long then include this information in your work agreement. You should also take another look at the contract and confirm you have signed permits, receipts, change orders, lien waivers, warranties and manufacturers’ guides at your disposal.

Step 4 – Understand the Plan Communication is key in a successful remodeling project. Keep the lines of communication open between you, the remodeling contractor and the work crew.

Remodeling a space can be a major project, but with the right help, resources and information, you can make your dream home come to fruition.




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Patrice Vieux

...is the name to remember when it comes to your real estate needs! Whether you are buying or selling, she is the one to call!

Patrice is the only Realtor who can truly give you a better “VIEW” of Realty!

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TANI GODFREY, REALTOR® Broker/Owner Pennacle Properties Inc.

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Lot 13A Manor Circle

Gated Community in Gulf Breeze with 31 total home sites, sidewalks and underground utilities. $128,000 • MLS 524803 • 105 x 135 • .33 acres NEED HELP SELLING YOUR HOME/CONDO/LAND?? See the SOLD 2017 listings below:

5 Portofino Dr. #1809 Pensacola Beach SOLD in 3 Days for $498,000 999 Ft. Pickens Rd #303 Pensacola Beach SOLD in 3 Days for $419,000 22 Via de Luna #707 Pensacola Beach SOLD in 5 days for $480,000 4840 Manolete NE Pensacola SOLD in 7 Days for $589,500 3 Portofino Dr. #501 Pensacola Beach SOLD in 7 Days for $925,000 6275 Clear Creek Rd Milton (Whiting Field area) SOLD in 17 Days for $535,000 76 Pensacola Magazine

On the Market

Top Trends

for the 2018 Housing Market Identified In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different, identifying these trends early on can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers and agents to navigate the upcoming market and secure the best long-term solution for themselves or their clients. With that in mind, here are a few top real estate trends to watch for in 2018, according to the real estate experts at RE/MAX. 1. Generations on the move The shift in home buying preferences is more than just an individual choice; it’s a generational one. Two of the nation’s largest generations are suddenly competing with one another in the real estate market. Millennials have come of age, so to speak, and they’re starting to abandon their condos in the city for single-family starter homes in the suburbs to raise their families. This shift has put them in direct competition with baby boomers, who are looking to downsize to something smaller that meets the needs of their new lifestyle. With these two groups looking for similar housing, well-maintained single-family homes are expected to go very quickly in 2018. 2. Inventory is tightening While the spring will be flush with buyers, it remains to be seen if sellers will follow suit. The fall of 2017 proved to be sluggish in regard to the number of homes available for sale; in fact, total housing inventory was down 13.4 percent in October 2017 compared to the same time the year before, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The report also found that only three of the 53 metropolitan areas reported being in a buyer’s market or having an even balance. For the rest

of the country, sellers seem to have the advantage. Will that change in the spring? It may, but buyers should be prepared for a market where they will have to be aggressive to purchase the home they want. 3. Housing policies have shifted The presidential election in November 2016 and local elections from this past fall both have implications on housing policy. Adjustments to tax rates, the growth or decline of suburban options and zoning ordinance changes may all impact the markets where consumers are shopping. To better understand how these changes may affect the housing search in a given area, potential homebuyers should contact a licensed real estate agent who understands the latest housing policies and how those policies will affect a potential home sale. 4. Technology is king Like most other industries, real estate today is profoundly affected by the advent of technology. Homebuyers and sellers can go online or use apps to access information about a house or the market like never before, and virtual walk-throughs allow a buyer to enter a prospective home for the first time with few surprises. For buyers and sellers, technology has the potential to reward those who do their homework and make the most of digital options before deciding how to use their precious time. Navigating the 2018 market requires expert advice The 2018 market will be dictated largely by what takes place in the spring, and the trends above figure to play a prominent role in most home sales and listings across the country. Every market contains its own subtle nuances, but homebuyers and sellers everywhere will benefit from the expertise of an experienced real estate agent, one who can help them capitalize on these latest trends and leave the 2018 market with everything they ever wanted and more.

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Sherlyn Waghalter BROKER/OWNER

(850) 449-4242 wwww.DiscoverNorthwestFlorida.com | swaghalter@remax.net Sherlyn Waghalter is a name you can trust in today’s real estate market. With seventeen years of local experience and over $200 million in sales, she has the knowledge to assist with your next real estate decision. Sherlyn is one of the leading RE/MAX agents in the state of Florida.

Some of the homes Sherlyn sold in 2017...She can sell yours in 2018! SOLD

18 CALLE HERMOSA-PENSACOLA BEACH 4BD / 4.5 BATH, 6,200 SF SOLD ON 5/31/2017 $2,400,000


119 HIGHPOINT DR-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 3,697 SF SOLD ON 3/16/2017 $710,000



210 ARIOLA DR-PENSACOLA BEACH 4BD / 4 BATH, 4,074 SF SOLD ON 8/01/2017 $ 1,720,000



3BD / 3.5 BATH, 2,033 SF SOLD ON 4/19/2017 $ 832,500



13 SEASHORE DR-PENSACOLA BEACH 5BD / 4 BATH, 3,728 SF SOLD ON 11/17/2017 $1,399,000


297 PLANTATION HILL RD-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 4 BATH, 4,119 SF SOLD ON 10/31/2017 $680,000


965 AQUAMARINE DR-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 2 BATH, 2,030 SF SOLD ON 6/16/2017 $430,000

421 CANTERBURY LN-GULF BREEZE 3BD / 2.5 BATH, 3,009 SF SOLD ON 12/11/2017 $490,000

1013 WINDCHIME WAY-PENSACOLA 3BD / 3 BATH, 2,357 SF SOLD ON 8/22/2017 $392,500




18 TRISTAN WAY-PENSACOLA BEACH 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 2,800 SF SOLD ON 6/09/2017 $955,000

25 GALVEZ CT-PENSACOLA BEACH 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 3,643 SF SOLD ON 3/17/2017 $ 1,000,000

489 DEER POINT DR-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 4,161 SF SOLD ON 12/11/2017 $1,325,000


7485 GULF BLVD-NAVARRE 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 3,400 SF SOLD ON 6/08/2017 $1,170,000


4201 SOUNDSIDE DR-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 3.5 BATH, 3,709 SF SOLD ON 2/28/2017 $660,000


2513 ABBIE ELIZABETH CT-GULF BREEZE 4BD / 4 BATH, 3,271 SF SOLD ON 6/30/2017 $480,000


18 VIA DELUNA DR-PENSACOLA BEACH 4BD / 4.5 BATH, 3,971 SF SOLD ON 6/14/2017 $2,000,000 Pensacola Magazine 79

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