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I’ve said it every month this year and I’ve meant it every time—I love this cover! However, this month I’m actually a bit obsessed with both the photo and the location. We had the pleasure of touring this year’s Secret Gardens of the Emerald Coast—a horticultural tour that serves as a fundraiser for the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs—and while we saw many incredible gardens and met many talented gardeners, there was something about Dr. Owens’ magical greenhouse filled with cacti and succulents that was just mesmerizing. Of course they are beautiful—the symmetry, the variety, the sheer volume, but what really moves me about this collection is its history. Dr. Owens and his late wife collected these specimens over a lifetime together—beginning when they met in veterinary school in the early seventies— and he built the greenhouse by hand in the eighties. There is more than a little magic in that greenhouse and I can only guess that much of it comes from a decades-long shared love of, and fascination with, their collection and the hours spent tending, talking and learning. I’m telling you, this place is incredibly beautiful, moving, and peaceful. I’m grateful to have experienced it. The six other gardens on the tour had their own magic as well. Highlights included a stunning atrium filled with tropicals, a New Orleans meets Key West garden full of funky upcycled art, a landscaper’s masterpiece, an edible paradise and many more. If you were unable to make it out this year, check out our photos and be sure to mark your calendar for 2019 — who knows what treat they’ll find for us next!

In keeping with the gardening theme, we also spoke with Caitlin Vogel, owner of East Hill Succulents about these very popular plants. Caitlin makes truly stunning succulent arrangements and she gives some great tips for growing these interesting and unique plants. In this issue, we also feature a gorgeous modern condo on Main Street. The sweeping views and proximity to all that downtown has to offer combined with the high-end amenities and attention to detail makes this condo one to remember. As always, we keep you up to date with upcoming local events and June is full of great ones—from celebrating diversity and inclusion with PensacolaPRIDE Fest to digging into history with the Archeology in Action program at Arcadia Mill, you’ll find lots to do in the beautiful month of June—after you finish your gardening, of course!

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Contents Pensacola Pride fest


PensacolaPRIDE Celebrates 40 Years of the iconic Rainbow Flag.

Archeology in action 18 Dig into history at Arcadia Mill.

Sweet Succulents


Armored Frog


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Caitlin Vogel of East Hill Succulents shares tips on growing a variety of succulents.

Local furniture designers craft custom heirloom pieces.

Seven distinctly fantastic local gardens were on display for the annual Secret Garden Tour

A modern condo with sweeping bay views and a host of high-end amenities.

My Mediterranean Table

Bara’ah Jaraiseh shares her mother’s take on classic Mediterranean dishes.





In Every Issue Editor’s Letter 6 Page 10 10 Pensacola Scene 12 Play/Live/Give 42 Our Storied Past 46

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any things in life cause me great joy. The happiness of my children, most (certainly not all) family gatherings, excellent wine, and gardening are but a few. But the older I get, the more “stuff” that I acquire, the more I realize that there is very little that can compare to the oozing -over euphoria that comes with being a student on the last day of school. It is a feeling you never forget. Most of us have 12, possibly 13, of these days in a lifetime since college does not count. No, you have to go to the same school every day from August through May to qualify. And when that bell rings, somewhere around 3:00, freedom! The routine changes. The book bag goes to the back of the closetor the trash. No homework, just pure, wonderful summertime. And most families try to include some kind of summer vacation or special activity during the time the kids are off. I have friends who take their kids to places I only dreamed of when I was young. And I know plenty of people happy to drift and picnic down the Blackwater River for a vacation from reality. I guess we all have memories of favorite trips we took as kids.

Gary, Randy and DeeDee getting ready for vacation, 1958

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We moved away from Florida when I was very young and my dad accepted an engineering job in Huntsville, Alabama. There were five of us kids and we rarely went out for dinner and certainly did not travel much. I look at young parents out with two or three kids and totally understand why we didn’t venture out more. Number one reason, it was expensive. But even more important, two of my brothers certainly would have been fighting about something or there would have been spills, most of us would be in tears and my poor mom would have been trying to keep us from killing each other. Fortunately, all of our relatives were still scattered across the great state of Florida so summer vacation meant visiting family. This was no small accomplishment, as the seven of us made the trek in an unairconditioned Volkswagen Beetle.

Julie, DeeDee, Rusty, Mom, Gary and Randy, 1961

I look at those miniature cars now and wonder how we did it. But I distinctly remember every detail about those annual pilgrimages. Dad would take out the back seat and Mom would put blankets down. We would get up before daylight—only Christmas morning was more exciting—and load into the makeshift campsite and feel like we were on our way to exotic lands. And back then, we were. We covered most of Alabama in the dark and then headed to Georgia to get on better roads. No electronic games, no mobile phones, just us and the destination and what a ball we had. We couldn’t wait to get on the Florida Turnpike because it meant Dad would finally stop the car and then he would treat us to a Stuckey’s Pecan Log Roll. If you haven’t ever had one of these, you haven’t lived. We usually stopped first in my mother’s hometown of Ocala. My grandparents had a farm there where my grandfather broke horses and grew vegetables. They had ancient mammoth oak trees dripping in Spanish moss and before the car ever fully stopped, we were up the trees making forts out of the moss and then scratching incessantly for days as we recovered from chigger bites. This was all before Disney drained the swamp and changed vacations forever. These were times when the whole family met at Silver Springs to swim in frigid fresh water and play in the sand boils. The last time we visited there,

Julie, Randy, Gary and Parents Will and Winnie DeeDee visiting Vero Bazemore in Ocala, 1957 Beach cousin Kenny, 1961

the boils were sealed off from the public and parents could be arrested for letting kids go near them. But, oh the fun we had. The boils were like quick sand, only in water, and could suck you under water pretty fast if you weren’t paying attention. They even had the early stages of an amusement park there called Six Gun Territory. Westerns were still popular and they featured a train ride and a cheesy gunfight. Even at that age we weren’t terribly impressed. My brothers put on a better show at home every night. We left Ocala and usually stopped in Vero Beach on our way to Miami. We loved Vero, except for the year we all had to lean on the front door to keep it from blowing off in our first experience with a hurricane. We considered our cousins there to be wealthy as they had a horse and a swimming pool and what more could you possibly want in life? They loaded us up with bags of Indian River oranges and grapefruits and off we went to my dad’s hometown of Miami. Miami was not the same place as it is now, but it was equally as romantic and mysterious. It was full of Jackie Gleason and art deco hotels and illegal gambling. We spent most of our time there on the beach where the kids all played in the water and the grown ups sat around with a good transistor radio until time to fire up the grill. My grandfather always took us to a souvenir shop and let us pick out anything in the store. I will never forget the first art I selected all by myself. It was Jesus on the Cross, all done in seashells and finished off in glitter with Miami Beach scrolled across the base. I always did have such good taste. Summer vacations mean different things to different people. I always tried to take my own kids somewhere new each year, since the trips to Florida taught me the importance of travel. And while the bar has been raised significantly, I still remember the fun of those trips, despite the heat, the mosquitoes and the chiggers. So here’s to the final bell of the season and to a great summer vacation, no matter where. June Birthdays 11 Lindsay Braxton 19 Harry Levin 20 Delories Richerson 21 Elaine Davis 22 Moose Morris 25 John Peacock 30 Jackie Gheen

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1. Pete & Angela Moore, Jenn Cole, Steve Delgado 2. Marianne McMahon. DeeDee Davis, Teri Levin, Val Russenberger 3. John Clark & DeeDee Davis 4. Amy Lorron & Bob Tyler 5. Roger & Raisa Webb 6. Hosts: Jerre & John Peacock.

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Beyond the Rainbow: PensacolaPRIDE Celebrates 40 Years of the iconic Rainbow Flag by Bradley “Beej” Davis, Jr. To some, 40 is the new 30. To members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community who are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the rainbow flag, they are proud to honor this iconic symbol’s proverbial wrinkles and grey hairs. But has this symbol of diversity aged to perfection? Not quite, but organizations like Gay Grassroots of NWFL (GGNWFL) are working to ensure all members of the LGBT community and beyond are receiving the rights and freedoms that all members of society deserve to have. It is this group that organizes and implements the city’s annual PensacolaPRIDE festival. Not to be confused with Memorial Day Weekend festivities, which have been a staple to the LGBT community for decades, PensacolaPRIDE is held each June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that are considered to be the precipice of the gay liberation movement. “PensacolaPRIDE is a celebration of the local LGBT community. We want to give LGBT people in Pensacola and the surrounding region an opportunity to interact with each other on lots of different levels,” Gay Grassroots NWFL president Louis Cooper said. The catalyst for GGNWFL was the 2008 Florida Amendment Two which sought to constitutionally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Gulf Coast proponents of equality and inclusion began gathering en masse to advocate for the importance of addressing hatred, prejudice and misunderstanding towards the LGBT community. This grassroots effort precipitated a demonstration turning into an entire week of publicly denouncing the marginalization and devaluation of this group of individuals. The mission statement was established: To bring together non-partisan activists to advocate for full understanding, respect, equality and inclusion of gay, lesbian,

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bisexual and transgender persons living in Northwest Florida. The overall plan for GGNWFL was simple—to remain focused on the four mission platforms to strengthen our community and to have fun. And have fun is exactly what they did. Over the course of the next decade, GGNWFL organized events that would celebrate the LGBT community in Pensacola and the region. “We hope PensacolaPRIDE events educate, entertain and empower members of the local LGBT community as well as our families, friends and neighbors,” Cooper said. This year’s festival will be no different in its mission. In fact, PensacolaPRIDE is incorporating Pensacola’s rich history into the weeklong schedule of events. The week kicks off with a free Festival in the Park on Saturday, June 16 at Seville Square from 11 am to 6 pm. Attendees will have the chance to peruse a

variety of vendors as well as enjoy food and live entertainment. For the third year in a row, Lewis Bear Company will be sponsoring the libations. Naturally, this event encourages you to “come as you are.” This festival really is a showcase of how Pensacola can come together to embrace equality. “LGBTQ+ inclusion means so much more than legal equality,” said Sara Latshaw, deputy political director of the Northwest Florida regional office of the America Civil Liberty Union (ACLU). “Ensuring that our community is open and free from discrimination puts Pensacola on the map as a tourist destination, a family-friendly place to open or relocate a business, and a community where LGBTQ+ youth can safely attend school.” Latshaw further explains that it’s not just the right thing to do, it’s important for our economy and the overall health of our community. The next event happening during PensacolaPRIDE will be held the following Tuesday, June 19. For the second year in a row, Gay Grassroots of NWFL is partnering with

Pensacola State College’s Gay/Straight Alliance for a roundtable discussion about generational differences between the college-age LGBT’s and LGBT members of an older generation. This event will be held at 7 pm at PSC’s Hagler Auditorium and admission is free. GGNWFL is also excited to incorporate our area’s rich history among the LGBT community. “Pensacola’s history will be front and center for our literary event,” Cooper said. He said Dr. Jay Watkins, a history instructor at the University of William & Mary and a native of Panama City, visited Pensacola often while researching his dissertation. That dissertation is the basis for his book, “Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism” in which he explores local LGBT history and how it impacted the all-important tourism industry. A free book-signing is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 7 pm at Artel Gallery. PensacolaPRIDE week culminates on Saturday, June 23 for the Celebration Ball. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Guests are invited to a four-course meal, live entertainment by the Women’s Ensemble of the Pensacola Choral Society and, perhaps most importantly, fellowship and commemoration of the strides the LGBT community has made and the many miles it needs to go to attain full acceptance and inclusion “The single most important thing LGBT people in Pensacola can do is to be their authentic selves every day of their lives – with their families, in their workplaces and places of businesses, and even in their houses of worship,” Cooper said. “The more visible we are, the more open and honest, the better. Hopefully, PensacolaPRIDE helps educate and motivate people to that end.” Do You Have PensacolaPRIDE?

Schedule of Events Saturday, June 16:

Festival in the Park. 11 am– 6 pm Seville Square. Admission is free

Tuesday, June 19:

Inter-generational Discussion. 7 pm PSC Hagler Auditorium (Bldg. 2A on the corner of North 9th Ave. and Underwood Ave.) Admission is free

Thursday, June 21:

Readings from “Queering the Redneck Rivera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism” by author Dr. Jay Watkins. 7 pm Artel Gallery (223 Palafox Pl). Admission is free

Saturday, June 23:

Celebration Ball. 6 pm Pensacola Opera Center (75 S. Tarragona St.) $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For tickets and details visit www.ggnwfl.org

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Witness Archeology in Action at Arcadia Mill By Rita Johnson Hidden in the back of the cozy, winding neighborhood of Arcadia Village is Arcadia Mill, what Site Manager Adrianne Walker refers to as “Pensacola’s best-kept secret.” She talks of the lack of knowledge about the historic site, saying that they often get local visitors who had never even heard of Arcadia Mill, even though they have lived in the Pensacola area most of their life. “Much of our programming is aimed towards getting people out to the site and getting the word out,” said Walker. “We don’t want to be a secret!” One program on offer is the Archaeology in Action event happening this summer. The public can visit the University of West Florida field school site and watch Walker and students excavating the site. The event, which runs from May 29 through June 15, offers visitors the chance to witness archaeology in action. In addition to observing the excavation site, on June 6 and 13, visitors can participate in a field lab in the Arcadia Mill classroom, located in the visitor’s 18 Pensacola Magazine

center. During these field labs, participants can “rough sort” artifacts that have been excavated, as well as some artifacts from other sites. Walker highlighted these days as particularly good days to come. “It’s kind of unique if you attend on those days,” said Walker. “It’s a way to experience the other side of archaeology—when you get back to the lab and you’re actually looking at the artifacts.” Located next to Pensacola State College’s Milton campus, the site is well worth the trip. The visitor’s center feels warm and welcoming the moment you walk in. The lobby is filled with informational exhibits about the site’s history and the center also features a classroom where events are often hosted. Guided tours are available and there is signage scattered about the property for those who prefer a self-guided approach. Arcadia Mill is home to some fascinating local history. Dating back to the early 1800s, the property was originally 680 acres, of which the University of West

Florida owns only 40. The original owner of the property sold it to Ezekiel Simpson and Company, who helped establish numerous sawmills and textile mills on the property, which turned the area into a booming industrial center. The Simpson family, who still live in the area and contribute to the upkeep of the historic site, established a plantation on the property in the mid-1800s. The plantation house has been dubbed “The Homestead” and it is the site of this summer’s UWF field school, where researchers are trying to learn more about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White



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Arcadia Mill’s history through examining the crumbled structures. Currently, they’re looking for the boundary of the south porch of the old house as well as investigating what they believe to have been slave housing. All of the site’s programming events are meant to be educational and kid-friendly. “I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to connect with the history of the place where they live, to learn about history in a hands-on way, and to see that history is an ongoing process,” said Walker. Arcadia Mill also offers a free kids craft day at the end of every month. Parents can bring kids in from 11 am to 2 pm for free arts and crafts. Upcoming crafts include glitter fireworks on June 30 and animal footprint crafts on July 28. More information about Arcadia Mill and the Archaeology in Action event is available on the Arcadia Mill section of historicpensacola.org.

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f you spend any time online, you’ve likely come across at least one gorgeous display of succulents in recent years. From wedding bouquets to centerpieces and from vertical gardens to walkway borders, succulents are everywhere. The popularity of these hip plants lies in their minimalist look and drought resistance low-maintenance — not to mention the variety. Hundreds of succulent types exist within hundreds of plant families, making for a virtually endless variety of shape, size, hue, and bloom. Pensacola Magazine spoke with Caitlin Vogel, a local succulent connoisseur and the owner of East Hill Succulents, about the beauty charm, and ease of growing and collecting this fascinating plant. What are succulents? Succulents are a type of plant that stores water in its leaves. They are native to hot, dry climates and can withstand a fair amount of drought. Most varieties cannot handle temperatures below freezing, except for sempervivums and some sedum. How did you become interested in succulents? My love for succulents actually began with some cuttings a friend mailed me. I think it was some jade, donkey tail, and kalanchoe lavender scallops. I was able to propagate those and slowly began ordering and

searching out succulents locally. I didn’t kill them, and, in fact, they seemed to thrive under my care. Soon all of the windows and counters in my small cottage began filling up. That’s when I began making arrangements, and the rest is history. What do you love about them? There is so much to love about these plants! To start with, I feel like they all have their own personalities. Each species grows in a unique way. Some trail, some stretch, some spread. Some are very fast growers, some are slower. Their growing ‘habits’ and the huge variety of textures is what Pensacola Magazine


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A selection of succulent arrangements created for Vogel’s Mothers Day Sale.

makes them so appealing to me as someone who studied art in college. Now that I am more aware of what they do as they grow, I can plant varieties together with an idea of how they will mature in an arrangement together over time. I see my arrangements as living artwork. As my collection grows it’s also been very exciting to see some of my plants begin to bloom. If you haven’t ever seen a succulent bloom, it’s really a treat. Most varieties, once mature (Aloes included, which are one of the longest lasting blooms) produce these very long stalks with either one or many cascading blooms in various shades of bright pink, yellow and deep red. There’s actually a very old agave or century plant about to bloom on 12th Avenue. Its bloom stalk has to be about 14 feet tall. The colors of the blooms are often very different from the plant itself and the bloom stalks seem to just pop up overnight. Another aspect I find so intriguing is the way they change color, or “blush” when temperatures change. Some plants, like jade, are a kind of standard green throughout the year, but in early spring and winter, the tips will flush this brilliant red. I should mention that when plants are outside they are more likely bloom and have shifts in color. Finally, what has really hooked me on these plants is the ability to propagate them, and the way they reproduce from cuttings. Some plant’s leaves fall off super easily, while others you can gently twist and pop off the plant. You can lay

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these out on soil, or in a sunny window, and in a few weeks, roots and tiny new plants begin to grow. In a similar way, you can trim plants, lay them out, and new roots will begin to grow. When and why did you decide to start selling your arrangements? As my collection grew and I ran out of room, my soon-to-be husband told me I needed to do something with them, so East Hill Succulents was born. I sell the arrangements so I can keep buying and growing plants, and make more arrangements. It’s still what I call an over-blown hobby. I work on the weekends and sometimes weeknights when I’m off the clock on my “real” job (I am a pre-K through 8th-grade art teacher). It combines two of my passions, thrifting and antiquing for containers and plants. I love matching plants to their container and then when the right person finds “the one,” it’s pretty magical. It brings me such joy to have people connect to what I do and bring plants to new homes.

How many arrangements do you make a year? I make around 100 to 120 for each pop-up sale, and I do about 20 customs a year. So, probably upwards of 400 a year! What are the best succulents for indoor? All succulents will grow indoors. There are more tender varieties like string of pearls and some exotics that are more sensitive to shifts in light and temperature. The main thing for all succulents, indoors or out, is a good light source and not to water too often. My rule of thumb is to water approximately every week, but that can change with the seasons. You have to pay attention to how happy your plant looks. The light will change throughout the year and sometimes that necessitates moving the plant around or increasing or decreasing the amount you water. They thrive on neglect, is the common saying, but you do have to pay attention just a little if you really want them to thrive. What are the best succulents for outdoors in our area? I’ve found that my jade, string of bananas and sedums all love being outside here. You do have to be careful with the winters (like the one we just had). If you plan on keeping your plants outside just be prepared to cover them at times

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CUT UP/CUT OUT March 3 - June 17 when temperatures drop below 35/30. I wasn’t totally ready for the steady cold weather this year and lost quite a few plants that I was too slow to cover. What happens is the water stored in their leaves will freeze, causing the capillaries to burst, and then the leaves turn to brown mush when they warm. If the soil is kept warm, the roots will survive and the plants will sometimes come back (also something I am experiencing) Sedums will die back, sometimes completely to the root, but will pop right back in the spring.

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What recommendations do you have in terms of potting and watering? The biggest cause of succulent death is too much water, so having good drainage is important. Even when a pot has a drainage hole, it can be helpful to put pumice, moss or pebbles at the bottom to keep residual moisture away from roots. I make my own mix of organic potting soil to about 1/3 sand and 1/3 pearlite. What are some of your favorites? I really do love them all for different reasons. But if I had to pick I would choose Kalanchoes (all varieties). Many of them are fuzzy, which I find really appealing. Most reproduce by creating baby “blooms” on the edges of their leaves which then fall off and create new plants! Quite a few shoot out these (kind of ugly) root stalks as they grow. It’s not appealing, but makes it very easy to take cuttings and just pop them in the soil. I like sedums for that reason as well. Kalanchoes also have beautiful pinks and purples, and dusty blues, and many variegated hybrids that are stunning. I also love donkey tail/burros tail. It’s a trailing plant and has very dense, small leaves. It can be blueish to a light green, to shades of light pink with new growth in the spring. It propagates really easily from cuttings and leaves.

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Sometimes we take furniture for granted – for many people, a cabinet or table has a utilitarian purpose that trumps everything else. However, the right piece of furniture can both make a statement and bring life to a room. There is no better way to do that than to commission a piece of custom furniture — a craft that local custom furniture designers at Armored Frog have perfected.

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rmored Frog has been in business since 2013, but they have recently expanded their visibility by opening a new downtown showroom within the breezeway of One Palafox Place. Joe Sinkovich, the president and CEO of the company, said that the main goal of Armored Frog is to create heirloom pieces — furniture that will last more than a century and can be passed down for generations. What it really comes down to though, he said, is the ability to develop oneof-a-kind pieces while providing amazing customer service. The process of creating a piece of furniture is intensive, but the customer is informed about the process every step of the way.

Alicia Sinkovich, who runs the downtown showroom, said she likes to sit down and discuss the customers’ needs and desires for a piece. The requirements are then sent to their production facility on Rambler Drive, where designers and craftsmen will draft up a design and a price point. The designers can make nearly any type of wood furniture imaginable — beds, cabinets, chairs, doors, tables of all sorts and even custom fountains. If you’d rather not go the custom route, Armored Frog offers their ‘Valor’ series of desks, credenzas and shelves, allowing you to pick an existing model built with the same quality materials and attention to detail as the custom pieces. Pensacola Magazine


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“For a lot of people, when they spend the money they’re going to spend on an heirloom piece, you have to be able to feel it and touch it and see it,” These heirloom pieces can be made out of nearly any variety of hardwood — hence the ‘armored’ part of the name. Woods like cherry, hickory, mahogany, maple and more are all available — as well as a variety of finishes and stains. The wood is sourced from a variety of unique places like sunken trees, torn down houses and traditional lumber sources.

also partner with other local businesses to produce high-quality parts for their furniture, such as custom metal or stonework.

Once the design is finalized and wood samples are approved by the customer, the production team gets to work. Throughout the build process, the client is sent pictures and updates of the piece. After approximately twelve weeks of work, the final piece is delivered and installed. The price point for these pieces can vary greatly — end tables can start a $1,600, while custom armoires or dining hutches start at $5,800. Alicia Sinkovich says the high price point reflects the craftsmanship and effort that goes into each individual piece. Additionally, since the heirloom pieces are built to last, that six grand is an investment that can be passed down through your family for generations to come. The new showroom is a 450-foot space meant to show the diversity and breadth of products that Armored Frog is able to design. Touring the showroom requires an appointment. Alicia will 26 Pensacola Magazine

guide customers through the products and help them pick the details that will become their one of a kind piece. “For a lot of people, when they spend the money they’re going to spend on an heirloom piece, you have to be able to feel it and touch it and see it,” Alicia Sinkovich said. In addition to the new showroom space, Armored Frog launched their first national catalog in September in order to show their pieces to vendors and customers around the country. They

Armored Frog has shipped over 5,000 pieces to more than 26 states and they continue to grow. Joe Sinkovich hopes to someday have over 50 galleries across the country — in places like Atlanta, New Orleans, New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville and the 30A area. He hopes to become the largest heirloom desk and credenza manufacturer in the world. The Armored Frog showroom is located in the One Palafox Place breezeway at 11 Palafox Place, and visitations are made by appointment. For more information on Armored Frog visit thearmoredfrog.com.



Earthy Delights The Secret Gardens of Pensacola Compiled by Kelly Oden Photography by Bara’ah Jesaireh & Guy Stevens


or many of us, the spring is time to play in the dirt — weeding, tilling, planting and mulching. For me, gardening is one of the best forms of therapy there is. Plus, you get a lovely garden for your work if you are lucky. One of the best ways to discover new plants, pairings and general gardening techniques is by visiting other gardens and chatting with the folks who grew them. That’s the premise behind the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs annual Secret Gardens of the Emerald Coast Garden Tour. The Secret Garden Tour offers both veteran and aspiring gardeners the opportunity to visit the private gardens of local gardeners and find wonder and inspiration in their unique, intimate and charming outdoor spaces, both large and small. This year, the Secret Gardens Tour committee chose six unique and beautiful private residential gardens, selected for their creativity, use of native plants, stunning garden features and interesting horticulture specimens. In addition, the committee included the UF IFAS Extension Escambia County Demonstration Gardens to highlight their contribution to horticultural education. This year’s tour took place the weekend of May 18, but don’t worry if you didn’t make it. Our photographers visited each garden and captured the highlights of some of the most beautiful spaces in town. From shady palm gardens to a curving front yard with a dizzying array of annuals and from a stunning collection of cacti to an edible paradise on the bay, you’re sure to find some inspiration in these fantastic secret gardens.

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Secret Gardens

Rick + Anita Miller | East Hill

The Miller’s garden is a unique mix of eclectic New Orleans and funky Key West. A block fence covered in creeping fig and a porch banister with a fish motif welcome visitors to this East Hill Cottage-style home. In addition to the variety of plant life, a truly unique collection antiques, thrift store finds and salvaged materials combine to make a fun and unique space with surprises at every turn. The brick paver walkway, referred to as “holy bricks” by the homeowners, was created with old pavers from St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Other reclaimed

and recycled features include arched iron gates from a dear friends home lost in Hurricane Ivan, wood sheds salvaged from McGuire’s “village,” a lantern from the old Bayou Chico draw bridge and wrought iron pieces gifted from the historic Seville Quarter complex. Fruit trees such as Meyer lemon, satsuma, ruby red grapefruit, pear and plum adorn the landscape. Multiple flowerbeds hold rosemary, amaryllis, day lilies, Lily of the Nile and white and blue hydrangeas. At the far end of the backyard is a small dipping pool, perfect for relaxing.

James Martin East Hill James Martin’s East Hill garden surrounds a 1941 renovated cottage flanked by two sphinx sculptures gifted to the owner by Fred Levin. The exquisite gardens sit on a large corner lot with a 360-degree walking pattern. These gardens were created with sumptuous curved beddings, filled with an abundance of color, beautiful Pennsylvania field stone pathways, hanging lanterns from shading oak trees and a whimsical iron sculptured bench with two seated children. Visitors will see over 3000 annuals and a variety of perennials including SunPatiens, pink chaos coleus, bubble gum petunias, ruby slipper hydrangeas, double knockout rose trees, olive trees, Italian cypress and much more. Attendees will stroll through five themed gardens: The Imagination Garden, The Lantern Garden, The Diversity Garden, a true “Secret Garden” and The Italian Garden. Not to be missed is the recently installed 80-piece glass art sculpture “Over the Rainbow” created by local glass artist, Joe Hobbs.

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Dee Green + Jim Einhart | Scenic Highway Dee and Jim’s garden features an abundance of edible plants, trees and shrubs — an homage to the Italian lifestyle they fell in love with on a visit. A wood-fired pizza oven and a pergola with climbing white roses anchor the landscape. Two towering Italian cypress flank the dining terrace. Terraced landscaping in raised flower beds are constructed of CXS railroad ties that floated into the yard after Hurricane Ivan. Vegetables, herbs, and flowers are all grown organically. A variety of

fruit trees, including oranges, pineapple guava, pomegranate, peach, pear, cherry and plum dot the landscape. Several varieties of blueberries and fig trees can be found throughout the property. Cascading rosemary is placed in large pottery urns, ready for clippings to be added to the products of the pizza oven. Two scenic views can be enjoyed: the waters of Escambia Bay and the wooded hill leading up to Scenic Highway.

Jimmy White | Cantonment The White’s garden sits on the banks of a natural spring lake — complete with a dock for fishing. The backyard slopes dramatically to a reverse wall to control erosion. A standout feature of garden four is the North Alabama stone staircase with multiple patio landings that connects the house and lawn area. The front yard is an explosion of seasonal color in curved beds, provided by well-established

coral drift roses, Purple Pixie dwarf loropetalum, Veronica Sunny Border Blue, varied shades of SunPatiens and lavender. Placed throughout are several sizes of flat rock formations. A Tamukeyama Japanese Maple and two larger Bloodgod Japanese Maples frame the traditional brick home and are lovely statement specimens.

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Tom + Eileen Mignerney Cantonment A canopy of sprawling oak trees invite you into this spacious, shaded country garden filled with palms, cycads and ferns. Over 30 varieties of palms and cycads can be found in the landscaped garden and growing area at the back of the property. Behind the front door is a 2-story atrium which houses a fishtail palm, a paradise palm and a king palm along with bromeliads and other foliage plants, all of which can be viewed from the living spaces in the house to bring the outside in all year long. A beautiful Texas magnolia was gifted to the homeowners in the 1980’s. Its leaves measure between 20-24 inches, and the petal of the bloom is similarly large. Stunning Staghorn ferns mounted on driftwood are hung from sturdy oak branches around the property.

Dr. Cliff Owens | Cantonment

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Dr. Owens’ garden is a magical treat of a greenhouse focusing on a stunning collection of hundreds of cacti and succulents. The beautifully hand constructed greenhouse is a surprisingly serene space that holds a variety of specimens in terra cotta clay pots set in clean rows and roughly arranged by species. The Owens collected cacti and succulent species for nearly 50 years. Each species has a unique story and the protective characteristics of each type are fascinating. Many of the impressive saguaro cacti stand over six feet tall and they were all grown from seeds by the Owens 50 years ago. Interesting, these saguaro are all unbranched because branching does not happen in the saguaros until they are roughly 100 years old. This superb collection of clustering, globular, columnar and segmented cacti is truly a magnificent sight to behold.

UF IAS Extension Escambia County | Cantonment

At The UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County Demonstration Gardens, visitors can stroll through a total of nine themed garden areas featuring a wide variety of plants and garden types. Standouts include a lovely pineapple guava, hidden Hawaiian ginger, a Fuji waterfall hydrangea and much more. A wonderful resource for all community residents, the Extension center’s master gardeners are available to answer questions and offer

advice regarding propagation, pest and fungus control, best practices and more. The gardens are open to the public year round and a new county walking path runs right through the grounds. Grow houses hold the propagation area, and the Bog and Sensory Garden includes educational features for adaptive gardening ideas and gardening inspiration for youth.

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151 Main Written by Kelly Oden

Photos by Emerald Coast Real Estate Photography

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he transformation of Main Street and the Community Maritime Park property has been such a game changer for Downtown Pensacola. Spurred by the city’s investment in the 40-acre property, many private companies, developers and individuals saw the value of investing in Downtown Pensacola as well. Now, in addition to all of our lovely historic homes and buildings, potential buyers have the option to choose something more modern and clean —something like 151 Main Street.

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Kitchen/Living/ Dining Luxury and urban living converge perfectly in this 2,643 square foot condo located at the exclusive One51Main building. Offering sweeping views of both Pensacola Bay and the Maritime Park, this contemporary property is also just a short walk to Palafox Street’s boutiques, art galleries, award-winning restaurants and nightlife. The modern and open floorplan was designed with luxury in mind. Custom lighting adds an individual touch and the Porcelanosa tile flooring offers high-end and durable design. Floor to ceiling windows span much of the exterior walls, allowing for some of the best views in town and casting natural light into much of the home.

The sleek, modern kitchen features Ceasarstone quartz countertops, high gloss custom cabinetry and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The Miele appliances include a wall oven as well as induction, gas and Tepan Yaki cooktops. To make entertaining in this home complete, the kitchen also features a dualtemperature wine refrigerator and icemaker. The open concept allows for seamless transitions from kitchen, dining and living areas.

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The living area overlooks Pensacola Bay and boasts a feature wall with hand-laid marble and Venetian plaster. The main balcony has panoramic Southern views toward the bay and Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Through custom floor-to-ceiling glass doors, you access the waterfront study that can also be converted into a third bedroom. The guest bedroom features an Italian wall bed from Resource Furniture. The guest bath is complete with a custom concrete sink and vanity, and a tiled shower with a rain showerhead. The spacious master suite is a personal retreat, with a cozy seating area and access to a north-facing balcony overlooking the city. The large walk-in closet features custom cabinetry and is near the dressing area. The bathroom has an MTI luxury tub, dual vanities and a tiled steam shower. If you are interested in viewing this property, contact Jeremy Johnson at 850.792.8160.

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My Mediterranean Written & Photographed by Bara’ah Jaraiseh Recipes by Saida Jaraiseh


ne of my favorite parts about visiting home is eating my mom’s home cooked meals, which I’ve come to miss so much since moving away. I’m realizing now how important it is to take the time to learn as many of her recipes as I can. Keeping our Palestinian heritage alive by preserving these family dishes for future generations is important and the time I spent cooking with my mom was truly priceless. I’m excited to share them with you all!

Warek Dawali

(Stuffed Grape Leaves) Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients ½ Pound Grape Leaves (Fresh or Jar) Stuffing: 1 Pound Ground Chili Beef (Vegan: substitute with diced tomato, white & green onions, and fresh garlic) 2 Tablespoons Corn Oil (Vegan: Olive Oil) 1 ½ Cups Basmati Rice 1 Tablespoon All Spice ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg 1 Tablespoon Salt Top: ½ Tablespoon Salt ¼ Cup Corn Oil 1 Tomato 1. Soak grape leaves in water for 5-10 minutes to soften. 2. Rinse rice with cold water and drain. 3. In large bowl, add all stuffing ingredients and mix by hand. 4. Lay down grape leaves back side up and place a spoonful of filling on end of stem in horizontal line. 5. Begin rolling grape leaf over, folding in the sides once you are to the middle of the leaf (Make sure to roll a bit tight leaving some room for rice to expand). 40 Pensacola Magazine

6. Once finished rolling all grape leaves place them in a large pot (preferably stainless steel). 7. Place large slices of tomato on the top, covering rolled grape leaves. 8. Sprinkle on salt and oil. 9. Pour in water till top layer of grape leaves are almost covered. 10. Set stove to high, until water reaches a boil. Boil for ten minutes, and then cook on medium heat for 2 hours. Check if grape leaves are ready by cutting one open and looking at the rice, making sure it is thoroughly cooked. 11. Let cool and enjoy!


Garnish to your liking In photo: chickpeas, olives, tomato and spices

Hummus Ingredients 8 Oz. Dried Chickpeas (soaked in water overnight, then boiled for 10 minutes) or 2 cans of chickpeas (for a faster prep time) 3 Tablespoons Tahini (Sesame Paste) 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Salt 4 Garlic Cloves 1 Lemon 1. Add all ingredients to food processor and process until you get a smooth purée. Adding water as needed to process. 2. Taste and adjust lemon, salt, and oil to you’re liking. 3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Serves 4-6 people Ingredients 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Cup Chopped Parsley ½ Cup Bulgur Wheat 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Green Onion 2 Cucumbers 2 Tomatoes 3 Lemons 1. Soak bulgur wheat in lemon juice for 30-40 minutes. 2. In large salad bowl add diced tomato, cucumbers, green onion, and parsley. 3. Add bulgur, salt, and olive oil to large bowl and toss everything together. 4. Enjoy immediately or store and eat within a couple days.

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Blue Angel Practices

June 5, 20 and 26 Warm days, sunny skies and the Blue Angels! Come out to the National Naval Aviation Museum’s Flight Line and catch a Blue Angels practice June 5, 20 and 26 at 11:30 a.m. Admission to view the practice is free. Following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels visit the Museum to meet fans and sign autographs in the Atrium. For more information, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org. For show weather updates, visit the Blue Angels Facebook or Twitter before show time.

Fiesta of Five Flags

May 30–June 8 The 69th annual Fiesta of Five Flags is going on right now and will last until the closing ceremony June 8. This 10-day event is a celebration of the founding of Pensacola in 1599 by Spanish explorers. Its name comes from the five flags that flown over the city in its history: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. Upcoming events include the Boat Parade and DeLuna Landing Ceremony both happening June 2. For more information and a list of festival events, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.com.

Improvable Cause Show June 2 Pensacola Little Theater will host a Improvable Cause (IC) show June 2 at 10:30 p.m. and will continue to have shows the first Saturday of every month. IC is Pensacola’s only professional improv comedy troupe. Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different. IC shows are edge-of-your-seat theatre where anything can happen, and usually does. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com. 42 Pensacola Magazine

Showing of “Florida’s Surfing History – The Panhandle”

June 2 From The Ground Up Garden is happy to welcome Mike Cotton and Dave Barnes for a showing of their film “Florida’s Surfing History - The Panhandle.” The film features footage of Pensacola surfing icon Yancy Spencer, a World Champion surfer who is honored with a statue depicting him carrying a surfboard at Pensacola Beach. The showing will be June 2, with gates open at 7 pm and the event starting 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. To purchase tickets, visit floridassurfinghistorythepanhandle. eventbrite.com.

28th Annual Open House at Historic Pensacola

June 2 Historic Pensacola will have its 28th annual open house June 2. The entire museum complex including the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art, Historic Pensacola Village, the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, and

the Voices of Pensacola will be open free to the public. Many special activities will be taking place across the site. Children’s activities throughout with a sensory break area available in the Walsh Education Building. Litte Green Bees will be in Historic Pensacola Village. Historical tours, living history, music and more. The new Rose Garden Storytelling Circle will come to life with visits from Susan Alexander Simpson (c. 1845) and Isaac Pugh (c. 1815). John Appleyard will be at the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage sharing his stories of Pensacola as well. For more information, visit www.historicpensacola.org.

Grand Opening of “Chappie” James Museum and Flight Academy

June 7 The City of Pensacola and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invite the public to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony for the General Daniel “Chappie” James Museum and Flight Academy June 7 at 10 am. The Flight Academy’s classrooms, which are to be equipped with computers and flight simulator programs, will see its first summer camp at the new location take place June 11

to 16. For more information, visit www.gdcjflightacademy.org or the “Chappie James Museum of Pensacola” Facebook page.

Pensacola International Billfish Tournament

“Tale as Old as Time” at the Saenger Theatre

June 28 – 30 Since its inception in 1970, the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club has been the host to the country’s largest billfish tournaments. The International Billfish Tournament will be held June 28 through 30 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. This event continues to take pride in presenting the most affordable and family friendly tournament on the Gulf Coast. The annual competition will be filled with the best in fishing, sizable crowds and memorable award celebration. For more information, visit www.pbgfc.com.

June 8 and 9 Join Saenger Theatre for the 2018 LaBelle Performing Arts Showcase “Tale as Old as Time” June 8 and 9 at 6 pm. Featuring LaBelle’s youngest dancers ages 3 to 6 and the award-winning LaBelle Performing Arts Company LilPAC and The PAC dancers. LaBelle will also be showcasing our dancers celebrating their fifth, 10th, and 15th years of dancing and graduating seniors. Tickets cost will be $19 for pit rows 1 through 4, orchestra rows A through K and balcony rows A through C and $16 for orchestra rows L through DD and balcony rows D through V. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Brit Floyd’s “Eclipse” World Tour

June 12 Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns to the stage in 2018 for a very special 45th anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world’s greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning million dollar light show, large circle screen and arch plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. Brit Floyd will be offering an incredible VIP meet and greet soundcheck package for $166 for a limited number of guests. Ticket prices are $66 for pit rows one through four and orchestra rows A through C, $57 for orchestra rows D through DD and balcony rows A through M and $47 for balcony rows N through V. Group discount of more than 10 available at the Saenger Box Office only. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo

June 14–17 The Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo started in 1971 with 18 anglers on Mother’s Day. The rodeo event was changed to Father’s Day weekend due to the suggestion of many mothers who were without husbands and children on Mother’s Day weekend. The Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo has grown into a four-day event, starting with Thursday’s Registration and Captain’s Meeting and ending with the Awards Ceremony and Fish Fry on Father’s Day Sunday. This year’s rodeo will take place June 14 through 17 and will feature three different divisions. Registration tickets are $40 for anglers 13 years and older, which includes tax and a Fish Fry ticket. Anglers 12 and under fish free. Early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www. billhargreavesfishingrodeo.com.

Life’s a Dance Show

June 16 The 10th and final “Life’s a Dance” performance will take center stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre June 16, at 6:30 pm. This year’s performance is “The Last Dance,” and features celebrity performers

Mark Ballas and Tristan MacManus from popular television dance shows, singer/ songwriter BC Jean and emcee Fabian Sanchez, as well as an impressive cast of nationally acclaimed, award-winning dancers, including Shannon and Shane Jensen. Local celebrity dancers include Madrina Ciano, Brent and Angela Lane, Ashley Ruiz and Gus Silivos. Alumni dancers from the previous nine years of Life’s a Dance performances will reunite for a celebratory dance. Ticket prices are $50 for orchestra rows H through L and balcony rows D through E, $35 for orchestra rows M through DD and balcony rows F through M and $20 for balcony rows N through V. For $100, there will be an exclusive cast party in the ballroom with hors d’oeuvres and drinks following the performance and includes a seat in orchestra rows A through G or balcony rows A through C. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo

June 22–25 The 2018 Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo is set for June 22 through 25. This Pensacola Magazine


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year’s event includes a general rodeo, the Synovus In-Shore Challenge, the Vince Whibbs Automotive King Mackerel Challenge and the Academy Junior Rodeo. The event kicks off June 22 with late registration and the captains meeting at Flounders on Pensacola Beach.  Fishing is all day Saturday and Sunday with the scales being open each day at Flounders. On Monday, an awards ceremony will be held at Flounders. Over $15,000 in prizes will be awarded for the top three fish weights in 20 fish species. Registration for the 2018 Bud Light Fishing Rodeo is open.  To register or for more information, visit pensacolafishingrodeo.com.

Revolution Talent Competition

June 25–29 Revolution Talent Competition takes great pride setting the bar for what competition should be by striving to be the best dance competition in America. This year, the Championship is coming to Pensacola’s Bay Center June 25 through 29. Be amazed by top tier performances and incredible talent. For more information, visit www. revolutiontalent.com.

Ronald McDonald House and Firecracker 5K Run

June 30 Join the annual Firecracker 5K in historic downtown Pensacola and benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida June 30 starting at 8 am. Wear your most patriotic attire and run or walk the 5K for the annual costume contest. The race begins and ends at Seville Quarter. Directly after the 5K, there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run. Beat the heat by joining the postrace event inside Seville Quarter. For more information, contact Lauren Stimmell at lauren@rmhc-nwfl.org. To register, go to www.raceentry.com.

White Tie Rock Ensemble June 30 The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to The British Isles. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet will recreate all your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. In a rock theater environment, with an expanded and enhanced Light and Sound Experience, these

timeless bands will live again, passed from one generation to the next and enjoyed by all. Tickets prices are $38 for pit rows one through four, orchestra rows A through DD and balcony rows A through H, $33 for balcony rows J through N and $28 for balcony rows P through V. For more information, visit www. pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseballs are still flying as the Blue Wahoos’ 2018 baseball season continues. Come cheer on the team and enjoy America’s favorite pastime along the beautiful Pensacola Bay. All games listed below are home games hosted at Community Maritime Park. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bluewahoos.com. June 3 – 7: Vs. Bixoli Shuckers June 13 – 17: Vs. Mobile BayBears June 28 – July 3 Vs. Mississippi Braves

Vinyl Music Hall Schedule The historic Vinyl Music Hall has a varied and lively lineup of musicians and performers every month. This month, the music hall will host a free screening of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” Maggie Koerner with the Tyler Mac Band and other performances. Below are all currently scheduled shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. vinylmusichall.com. • June 1: Obituary with Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt • June 2: Free screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall • June 3: The Coathangers with Phlegmboyant • June 8: Raelyn Nelson Band with Southern Heartburn • June 9: Maggie Koerner with Tyler Mac Band • June 15: Appetite for Destruction with Coastal Fire • June 22: Station to Station • June 23: BustOut Burlesque’s: Bad Girls of Burlesque • June 30: Chris Tomas King – King of Nola Blues with Betsy Badwater and Spearman Brewers

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The Baars Estate: The Towers

The beloved 12 Avenue tree tunnel was originally cultivated by the Baars family to serve both as a gateway to the land they owned and planned to develop and as a driveway leading to their magnificent mansion in Cordova Park, known as The Towers. The Towers required 14 servants to care for the estate, inside and out. In the beginning, The Towers was thought to be a safe retreat from the periodic epidemics of yellow fever which at that time still ravaged the area. Henry Baars was a generous man, and frequently asked his wife what she might like as a ‘present.’ Invariably, she appears to have responded, “Buy me some land.” Piece by piece, Baars acquired large acreages and placed them under his wife’s direction, ultimately assembling some 6000 acres on what would become Pensacola’s east side, an area which would become the most desirable area for residential and commercial development. Mary Ellison Baars conceived the idea of selling winter homes to northerners, developing a homeowners association and calling the area Cordova Park (after the Spanish city where a famous battle was fought in the Napoleonic Wars). Mrs. Baars had grand plans drawn for the development, but she died (in 1923) before her plans could mature. 46 Pensacola Magazine



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Short-term rentals are more popular than ever in Pensacola.




For their service to others, two Pensacola business leaders are recognized.


Galvez Rides Again

How a new downtown statue honors the Spanish general that conquered Pensacola.


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Thinking about Airbnb? You’re not alone. By Will Isern

You might never guess it from the street, but tucked behind Clint and Syndey Geci’s modest East Hill home is one of the hottest short-term rental properties in Pensacola.

Founded in 2009, Airbnb has spread around the world as the sharing economy’s retort to cookie-cutter travel lodging. The popular service is not new to Pensacola, but its growth in the last year has been exponential.

The Sanctuary of Light, as the young couple has dubbed it, is a roughly 400 square-foot, standalone studio that the couple rents out on Airbnb.

Clint, a civil engineer, designed the space and built it with the help of a neighbor. The couple use Airbnb almost exclusively during their travels and were inspired by their experiences as

With its minimalist design, reclaimed wood paneling, tastefully simple interior and large southerly windows, the Geci’s rental is inviting, comfortable and very unique.

guests to become AirBnB hosts, they said. “It’s affordable and it gets you into more authentic areas of town,” Clint said. “You have a more personable experience and you have better guidance. We wanted that travel energy here when we’re not traveling.” The couple first listed their rental on the site in May 2017. They were not alone. According to data collected by the company, the number of AirBnB hosts in Escambia County jumped from 250 to 420 in 2017. Guests increased from about 12,800 to 31,700. Host income, which averages around

$6,700 annually for individual hosts, more than doubled from $1.8 million to $4.6 million. Statewide, hosts earned a combined $450 million welcoming 2.7 million guests, a 75 percent growth over 2016. In the year since first offering their property, Sydney said, the space has been extensively booked and has had guests nearly every night since February. “It’s been one or two weekdays where we aren’t booked, but we’ll have people check out at 11 am and then someone else comes in at 2 pm,” Sydney said. Business Climate


“It’s not just getting to be in Pensacola, it’s getting to be able to blend in and live like everyday Pensacola residents,” he said. “There’s a lot of value there.” AirBnB spokesman Ben Breit said the growth is due in large part to the increasing awareness about the platform, particularly among seniors. In Florida, more than 45 percent of AirBnB’s 40,000-plus hosts are seniors, and seniors make up the fastest growing demographic of hosts in the state. “Empty nesters are often the ones who are best positioned to take advantage of the platform because they’ve got that extra room,” Breit said. Some of AirBnB’s growth can be attributed to that of the state’s tourism industry in general. Florida welcomed 88.2 million visitors in the first nine month’s of 2017, the most of any tourism season in the state’s history. Breit said many AirBnB guests cite a desire for a more authentic experience in an unfamiliar city as the main reason they choose the platform. “It’s not just getting to be in Pensacola, it’s getting to be able to blend in and live like everyday Pensacola residents,” he said. “There’s a lot of value there.” And while it may seem that AirBnB would conceivably attract customers away from the state’s traditional hospitality industry, hotel occupancy and room rates have been on the rise for years. The number of hotel rooms sold in Florida during the third quarter of 2017 (July, 50

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August and September) rose by 4.7 percent, while the average daily room rate and occupancy rate each increased by 3 percent over already strong numbers in 2016. Despite its growth locally, AirBnB has begun to slow globally. Since its launch in 2009, the company had doubled its number of listing every year until 2017, when bookings grew by 63 percent. The service has faced backlash in major cities that have blamed it for skyrocketing rental prices. Some cities have begun cracking down. When new host registrations laws took San Francisco earlier this year, listings dropped from over 10,000 to around 5,500 overnight. Breit countered that the majority of hosts are renting extra space in their primary residences, and that those that do list entire properties on AirBnB can actually benefit their neighborhoods. “By and large if you’re renting on AirBnB you’re renting out

space in your home, so the data’s just not there to back (claims of rental market inflation) up,” he said. “We’ve seen people buy dilapidated homes, fix them up and rent them on AirBnB, so that not only helps the hosts but helps the neighborhood as well.”

While AirBnB has not caused a shortage of available rentals in Pensacola, one issue that has arisen is the collection of excise taxes. AirBnB has yet to work out an agreement with Escambia County to collect and remit the

and how much revenue was generated and it calculates the tax and you pay it,” he said. “It’s really easy.” Still, the system relies on the honesty of the individual hosts to report their bookings accurately. The $4.6 million made by hosts in 2017 would translate to $184,000 in taxes for the county if uniformly collected.

four percent tourism development tax, or bed tax, which is owed on rentals of less than six months. Hotels pay the tax and AirBnB has an agreement in place with the state of Florida to collect and remit the tax for more than half of the state’s counties.

The lack of an agreement between the company and county is no challenge for AirBnB hosts, however. Collecting and remitting the bed tax is easy, Clint Geci said.

Looking ahead, Breit said AirBnB forecasts continued growth for Florida as more people become aware of the platform, meaning more potential revenue for hosts and their counties. But for folks like the Gecis, renting on AirBnB is less about the money and more about showcasing their city and making a connection with travelers from around the world.

“They have a website and you just go on and report how many nights you booked

“We made something we really love,” Clint said.

The bed tax funds marketing and advertising efforts to promote tourism in Pensacola, which is the region’s third-largest industry. The funds go largely to Visit Pensacola, the local tourism agency. According to an assessment conducted by Majority Opinion Research, every dollar spent by Visit Pensacola promoting the region generates $82 in tourism spending at Pensacola businesses.

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to exotic and interesting places—from the comfort of your armchair. Photo: RickSteves.com

Escambia County Clerk and Comptroller Pam Childers said the county and AirBnB have been at odds about whether the company should have to disclose certain data about how it calculates rental rates. “I believe they do very good business and I think they’re a very reputable company, so it’s nothing about that,” Childers said. “We’re trying to work out some reporting issues and they have a proprietary interest in protecting some of the information that they have. We were asking for them to explain the different segments of the bill and how they did or did not come to the same conclusion we did. They’re just trying to decide what to do about that and I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it is if you’re on the county side and you want what you want.”

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DeStafney and Ritchie Recognized for ServiceOriented Leadership by Will Isern Business leaders Nan DeStafney and Buzz Ritchie are motivated by more than just profit. Through their decades of work, DeStafney and Ritchie have served numerous community organizations and have empowered Pensacolians by helping them rebuild their homes after disaster and by providing access music programs. Their service was recognized in May when the University of West Florida College of Business and the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola named DeStafney and Ritchie as the 2018 recipients of the annual Ethics in Business Awards during the 2018 Combined Rotary Luncheon at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. 52

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The Ethics in Business Awards recognize individuals who exemplify the concept of “service above self ” and work to build a positive sense of self-worth within both the business community and the broader community as a whole, according to a release from the university. Criteria for the award is based on adherence to the high ethical standards of honesty, integrity and consistency in dealing with employees, contractors and customers, while positively enhancing the economic

well-being of the firm’s stakeholders and providing jobs, opportunities and profits. Ritchie, founding CEO of Gulf Coast Community Bank, was recognized for the large business sector ­– organizations with 50 or more employees. DeStafney, founder of the Blues Angel School of Music, earned the honor for the small business sector for organizations with 49 or fewer employees.

Left: Buzz Ritchie poses for a phototgraph after accepting the Ethics in Business Award for the large business sector. Ritchie was recognized for his many years of non-profit work. Right: Nan DeStafney speaks to the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola upon accepting the Ethics in Business Award for the small business sector. DeStafney was honored for her work to expand access to music programs for students and the general public.

“This is the 16th year that the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and the UWF College of Business recognize community leaders who demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and integrity in their dealings with customers, employees and contractors, as well as the Rotary value of service above self,” said Dr. Ed Ranelli, director of the Center for

A member of the Florida Bar and past president of the Florida Mortgage Bankers, Ritchie also served as a District 3 representative to the Florida Legislature between 1988-98, and supports the local community through active participation on several boards such as the UWF Florida Mentor Program. He has served in many organizations such as Pensacola

“One lesson I have learned in life is to help others,” Ritchie said. “It’s just that simple. That’s what I am going to do. That’s what I love to do.”

School of Music to further its mission of making music available to citizens, including children, in Escambia County. Blues Angel School of Music presents “Blues on the Bay” for Escambia County residents, a series of eight free concerts throughout the year at the Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola. Blues Angel School of Music also helps to provide instruments to children who otherwise could not afford them, giving them the chance to participate in available music programs in their schools. When tornadoes caused some serious damage in Escambia County in 2016, DeStafney organized a benefit concert for the community in which all the proceeds went to aid victims of the storms.

Entrepreneurship and Dean Emeritus for the UWF College of Business. “It’s our pleasure to acknowledge Nan and Buzz as the 2018 winners of the Business Ethics Award.”

Five Flags, Escambia Community Clinics and Healthy Start, and continues to serve as an active member, board officer, president and chair of many of these organizations.

In addition to founding the Gulf Coast Community Bank, Ritchie was the founding president of Southern American Mortgage Company and is one of the founding members of Rebuild Northwest Florida and actively continues his involvement today as a member of its Board of Trustees.

“One lesson I have learned in life is to help others,” Ritchie said. “It’s just that simple. That’s what I am going to do. That’s what I love to do.”

“I have received awards in my life,” DeStafney said. “Nothing has ever meant more than Ethics in Business. This is a tremendous honor and I thank you so very much. I hope I can continue to deserve the recognition and I will work hard to be the best rotarian I can be.”

A member of the Choral Society of Pensacola and a piano teacher for over 40 years, DeStafney founded the Blues Angel

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Galvez Statue unveiled in Downtown pensacola by Will Isern

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and members of the Pensacola Hertiage Foundation pose in front of the newly unveiled satue on Palafox Street.

M of the Revolutionary War, a Spanish count and governor of the vast Louisiana territory named Bernardo ore than 230 years ago in the midst

De Galvez received an order from his commander, the viceroy of Spain, to retake Florida from the British.

On March 9, 1781, Galvez arrived at Pensacola with a flotilla of warships and began an amphibious assault. On the morning of May 8, an artillery round fired from one of Galvez’s ships landed in a powder magazine at Fort George near the present-day intersection of Palafox and La Rua streets. The resulting explosion killed 76 men and the British surrendered the city two days later. Galvez has long been revered in Pensacola history for recapturing the city from the British and starting the second Spanish period. He was an honorary citizens of the United States in 2014, on the eighth person to receive

the honor. Now, he’s been immortalized in bronze near the spot that fateful artillery round fell. A 13-foot tall sculpture of Galvez atop his horse was unveiled Tuesday at the intersection of Palafox and Wright Streets. The $400,000 sculpture was commissioned by the Pensacola Heritage foundation and created by retired Navy Capt. Robert Rasmussen and Katherine Vincze. A crowd consisting of Pensacola community leaders, local elected officials, a Spanish delegation and members of the public gathered to watch the unveiling. Among the Spanish

delegation was Antonio Campos, mayor of Macharaviaya, Pensacola’s sister city where Galvez was born. “This monument has been created and will stand for years to come for visitors to see a thriving downtown that is nestled in history,” said Jim Green, chairman of the project’s steering committee. “This is our way to honor the first Spanish explorers who first explored and helped developed this area.” A band of Spanish soldier re-enactors marched to open the ceremony and fired in salute after the statue was unveiled. Atop its base, the statue rises 19 feet into the air. Galvez’s statue joins that of Don Tristan de Luna’s, which has stood at Plaza De Luna since 2009, and was also crafted by Rasmussen. In 2013, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward designated May 8 as Galvez day in Pensacola and said the city does well to tout its past. “History is critical to the success of a country, of a state and most importantly of a city,” Hayward said. “We are America’s first settlement, so let’s continue to tell that story.” Original plans for the statue would have seen it constructed atop a fountain, but planners discovered an unusually high water table at the statue site which forced the fountain plans to be scrapped and increased the project cost. “It’s taken us a while to get here, but it’s going to be beautiful thing when we’re finished with it,” Green said. Business Climate


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Forecasters Predict Active Hurricane Season By Will Isern

Following the most expensive hurricane season in US history, the 2018 season is expected to be equally active. With the trio of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as 14 other named storms, analysts have estimated that 2017 hurricane season cost the U.S. economy more than $200 billion. That surpassed the previous record of $159 billion set in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1. Climate scientists at North Carolina State University and Colorado State University have predicted above average activity for the season. The scientists expect to see between 14 and 18 named storms, with as many as seven to 11 of those storms becoming hurricanes, and three to five becoming major hurricanes. The average number of named storms per year between 1950 and 2017 is 11. The North Carolina State University researchers also predicted five or six named storms for the Gulf of Mexico, with one or two of those storms becoming a hurricane. The CSU scientists estimated a 38 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the Gulf Coast. “The western tropical Atlantic is anomalously warm right now, while portions of the eastern tropical Atlantic and far North Atlantic are anomalously cool,” the Colorado State researchers wrote. “We anticipate a slightly aboveaverage probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They

should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2018 hurricane season as subtropical storm Alberto was churning through the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA forecasts a 75 percent chance that season will be near- or above-normal. According to NOAA, 2017 was the seventh most active hurricane season since record keeping began and the most active since 2005, when Hurricane Ivan destroyed the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Pensacola. The impacts from the 2017 Hurricane season were felt most in Texas, south Florida and Puerto Rico where Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated vast, populous areas. In response to the damage caused by Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott included an increase of $1.9 billion for emergency response in his record $89 billion budget for 2018. Scott also included increased education funding in part to cover the influx of students displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Pensacola has avoided a direct blow from a major hurricane since 2005 when Hurricane Ivan tore off thousands of roofs, destroyed

the Escambia Bay Bridge and cut a swath through Santa Rosa Island. The storm claimed 123 lives and was estimated to have caused $13 billion in damage at the time. Despite that, local governments, private businesses and community organizations have continued to invest in hurricane readiness and infrastructure. Escambia County and the City of Pensacola have spent tens of millions of dollars on stormwater improvements since 2005, particularly since the floods of April 2014. The region’s electricity provider, Gulf Power, conducts an annual hurricane preparedness exercise and frequently sends crews to aid in the response to disasters elsewhere. “We prepare year-round for storm restoration,” Rick DelaHaya said, Gulf Power spokesperson. “With Hurricane Nate last year, we were able to restore power in 24 hours. While Northwest Florida wasn’t affected too much from Hurricane Irma, it affected the rest of the state and our crews and support personnel helped other utilities in restoring power. Then, earlier this year, some of our lineworkers and support staff assisted in Puerto Rico. Needless to say, our restoration skills are honed. This kind of continual training and drills enhances our employees’ awareness and sharpens

our skills. Our crews are among the best in the nation to restore energy, safely and quickly.” Along with the damage they can inflict on property owners, hurricanes can have a devastating effect on businesses as well. Forty percent of businesses that close following a disaster never reopen and 25 percent of those that reopen close within two years, according to Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, a local non-profit that was founded in the wake of Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. Experts advise that business owners should have a hurricane response plan in place and keep vital records in one secure location for quick retrieval should evacuation be necessary. Business owners should also take stock of their insurance plans before a hurricane threatens their area to make sure they are sufficiently covered. For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit Ready.gov/business or FloridaDisaster.org.v/business or FloridaDisaster.org.

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Around the Region University of West Florida announces new associate vice president for development The University of West Florida has announced Cynthia Anderson as associate vice president for development within the Division of University Advancement. “I am pleased to welcome Cynthia to our great team, where she will play an important leadership role,” said Howard J. Reddy, vice president for university advancement. “Cynthia is a passionate higher education advocate who brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of fundraising. Her leadership and expertise will be invaluable as UWF forges new horizons.” In this role, Anderson will serve as a principal advisor to Reddy on all division matters and work with him to create an effective fundraising team. She will lead the development and alumni relations efforts and bring renewed focus to pipeline building, strategic engagement and best practices. In addition, she will provide leadership, strategic planning, counsel and assistance to unit directors within the division on matters related to fundraising, accountability and staff. She will also lead and manage campuswide development activities in consultation with the deans and directors of individual colleges, schools, direct support corporations and athletics. “I’m honored to join UWF during a time of great growth and advancement for the University,” Anderson said. “I look forward to building relationships with alumni, stakeholders and others within the UWF community who will transform the University through philanthropy.” Anderson holds more than two decades of professional fundraising experience. She previously served as the chief development officer for the southern region for the American College of Rheumatology Research Foundation in Atlanta. She has held development leadership roles in higher education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to her career in higher education, Anderson, who holds a certificate of nonprofit management, led nonprofits to fundraising excellence. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. She has been named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals and is often asked to be a guest speaker at AFP events. For more information about the Division of University Advancement, visit uwf.edu/ advancement.

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Veterans Resource Center awarded scholarships to seven students at its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on May 16 at the Museum of Commerce. The luncheon recognizes military veterans and dependents or family members of active or retired service members by awarding the Navy Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Michael Ferguson Scholarship and Buzz and Larue Ambersley Scholarship. Established in 2012, the Buzz and Larue Ambersley Scholarship provides assistance to a dependent child or spouse of a veteran, deceased or active duty non-commissioned officer who is a resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa or Walton counties. The 2018 recipient is Kyle Eads, a sophomore computer science major who puts his leadership skills to work in the classroom, helping other students in subjects in which he excels. In 2001, Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Michael Ferguson created an endowment to provide support for military veterans and their dependents who demonstrate leadership capability and commitment to service. The 2018 recipients include: Sade Lashai Bray, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in entrepreneurship, is an aspiring entrepreneur who served in the U.S. Army. Edna Lugo, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, is a Coast Guard spouse whose father retired from the Army after serving in Korea and Vietnam. With each move her family has made with the Coast Guard, Lugo said she has made sacrifices in her professional career. While her husband utilized his GI Bill to earn his MBA, she had to take out student loans to work toward hers. “I have made it a goal to advance myself professionally in some way each move,” Lugo said. “This scholarship helps eases the financial burden to pursue my degree.” Navy Federal Credit Union presented scholarships to four students for this upcoming academic year, including: Hailee Holt, a senior marine biology major who serves on the executive board for the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Aja James, a senior exercise science major who served in the Florida Air National Guard and is now working to become an occupational therapist. Ayanna Kennedy, a senior nursing major who serves on the UWF African American Student Association. Andrew Summerlin, a senior athletics training major and building manager with UWF Recreation who leads with integrity, service and excellence. “I feel extremely fortunate to receive a scholarship from Navy Federal and am thankful for their sacrifices to provide opportunities for military dependents, like myself,” said Summerlin. “My goals in life are becoming more attainable everyday through the scholarships given by kind donors like Navy Federal. I consider my life truly blessed through their giving, and I hope Navy Federal continues to bless others in the future

with their generosity.” For more information about the UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center, visit uwf.edu/mvrc.

UWF Center for Cybersecurity partners with FDLE to enhance cybersecurity On the heels of a cyberattack that grounded city services in Atlanta, employees entrusted with protecting their agencies trained on how to thwart attacks during two courses at the University of West Florida. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity partnered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services to host the courses on May 10-11 at the UWF Conference Center. Employees from the FDLE, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, Escambia County School District, Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners and First Judicial Circuit of Florida, among others, participated in the training sessions less than two months after the ransomware attack in Atlanta. “I think the best solutions are always the collaborative ones, so that we can combine efforts to bring more cybersecurity knowledge and awareness to the community and enhance the resiliency of our region and state,” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity director. The first course focused on examining various types of cyberattacks, how communities are vulnerable to attacks and incidents and what types of organizations are targeted. The second course provided strategies and processes to increase cyber resilience. Participants analyzed cyber threats, evaluated the process for developing a cyber preparedness program and discovered little to no cost resources to help build cyber resilience. Molly Akin, special agent supervisor with the FDLE, cited crimes against children, fraud, theft of intellectual property, network intrusions, business email compromises, denial of service and website defacements as cybercrimes her agency investigates. Victims of cybercrimes in Florida lost an estimated $110 million in 2017, according to the 2017 Internet Crime Report recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The report also noted that Florida victims reported losses of $62 million in business email compromise schemes and $10 million in losses due to personal or corporate data breaches. Florida ranked third in the nation in the highest dollar loss for victims. Akin said the FDLE is forming a Cyber Working Group for Region 1, which covers Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties. Akin is seeking volunteers for the committee. “I want us to have lines of communication,” Akin said. “I want us to have meetings where we can discuss what we’re seeing, things we can work on. The most important thing to me is to establish this group so we can see what this region

Around the Region needs in terms of cyber.” David Stafford, Escambia County supervisor of elections, participated in both courses. He described the trainings as informative as he prepares to defend against any potential cyberattacks during the upcoming midterm elections. Stafford said the UWF Center for Cybersecurity is a valuable asset for his office in cyber defense. “One of the things we recognized pretty quickly is we had a tremendous resource in our back yard, literally, with the UWF Center for Cybersecurity,” Stafford said. “Early on, I picked up the phone and called Eman and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got needs, you’ve got resources. Can we work together?’” In May 2016, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated UWF as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Those same governing agencies designated UWF as the Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center for the Southeast U.S. In that role, UWF provides guidance on cyber defense education to colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Puerto Rico. “One of the reasons I think FDLE works well with the Center for Cybersecurity is because they have already established themselves as the Northwest Florida/Panhandle area’s place for cybersecurity,” Akin said. “They’re ahead of everything and we know it. They’re nationally known for the things they are doing here.” For more information about the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, visit uwf.edu/cybersecurity. For more information about the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, visit fdle.state. fl.us.

UWF announces new assistant vice president for digital learning and innovation The University of West Florida Division of Research and Strategic Innovation has announced Dr. Kelvin Bentley as assistant vice president for digital learning and innovation. We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Kelvin Bentley as the new assistant vice president of digital learning innovation,” said Dr. Pamela Northrup, vice president for research and strategic innovation at UWF. “His innovative spirit will be a huge driver in moving UWF to the next level of excellence in online learning.” Bentley will lead Global Online for the University and serve as a member of the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation’s leadership team. He will also oversee the Academic Technology Center, as well as other projects related to digital learning and innovation. “I am looking forward to working within the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation in my new role to help further current college-wide efforts to help the University offer the online learning courses and programs of the highest quality,” Bentley said.

Bentley holds more than 16 years of experience in the field of online education as a faculty member, administrator and consultant. Most recently, Bentley served as the vice president of academic affairs for Tarrant County College Connect Campus in Fort Worth, Texas, which offers fully online certificates and programs and a weekend college. Bentley has recently authored articles on digital learning for publications including Educause Review and Inside Higher Education. In addition, Bentley and members of TCC’s Connect campus were recipients of Blackboard’s 2017 Catalyst Award for Inclusive Education. Bentley is an active participant in thought leadership roles that include serving as an advisory board committee member of Educause’s Leading Academic Transformation initiative and as a member of the Courseware in Context Executive Committee. He served as a Fulbright Specialist in distance education in September 2010 at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. Bentley earned master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayne State University. For more information on the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation, visit uwf.edu/rsi.

Gulf Power drills for upcoming hurricane season May 16

Whether it’s a glancing blow struck by Hurricane Nate last year or devastating pounding delivered by a monster storm like Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Gulf Power’s 1,200 employees are a coordinated force committed to restoring power — and hope. Every year, all Gulf Power employees participate in a storm drill in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season and to continually fine-tune storm restoration response. Gulf Power’s 2018 Storm Drill is set for Wednesday, May 16, from 9 am to noon in the energy company’s Douglas McCrary Training & Storm Center at 9088 Pine Forest Road. “We prepare year-round for storm restoration,” said Rick DelaHaya, Gulf Power spokesperson. “With Hurricane Nate last year, we were able to restore power in 24 hours. While Northwest Florida wasn’t affected too much from Hurricane Irma, it affected the rest of the state and our crews and support personnel helped other utilities in restoring power. Then, earlier this year, some of our lineworkers and support staff assisted in Puerto Rico. Needless to say, our restoration skills are honed. This kind of continual training and drills enhances our employees’ awareness and sharpens our skills. Our crews are among the best in the nation to restore energy, safely and quickly.” Each year, the energy company follows a detailed plan to rebuild the electrical system following a hurricane and works closely with county Emergency Management personnel. Every Gulf Power employee has a storm assignment and if needed, the company is prepared to bring in thousands of outside utility workers to help.

Planning is also important for Gulf Power’s 460,000 customers. Gulf Power’s storm center website offers comprehensive preparation and safety information, as well as general storm tips and directions on how to report outages, along with safety and other storm survival tips. At MyGulfPower.com, click on the Community tab and select Storm Information. This page will be prominently featured once a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. With hurricane season just around the corner, Gulf Power customers have multiple ways to stay connected with the utility before, during and after a storm. Storms that enter the Gulf of Mexico can develop quickly, which makes it vital that residents start preparing now. Here are some tools for customers to get realtime updates on the go about power outages at their homes or businesses. Live Power Outage Map:Gulf Power has an online outage map that gives customers a quick view of the outages in Northwest Florida. Small triangles show where the power is out and provides more information, like the estimated time of when the power will be restored and other features. Gulf Power Outage App:This free app allows customers to report or check on the status of an outage and access the Gulf Power outage map. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android. Just search for “Gulf Power” in iTunes or the Google Play Store. Power Out Alerts:Gulf Power customers can sign up for free to receive texts, emails or phone calls about power outages at a home or business. They can register on their cellphone by texting REG to MyGulf (694853) or they can go to the My Account area of MyGulfPower.com to choose whether to receive texts, emails or phone calls. The alerts let customers know if their power goes out in their home or business and gives them updates about power restoration. When a storm threatens, Gulf Power readies its Storm Center to support advance preparation, damage assessment and power restoration. One way to help prepare for hurricanes is to visit Gulf Power’s Storm Center website, which contains information on how to prepare for hurricane season, along with safety and other storm survival tips. At MyGulfPower.com, click on the Community tab and select Storm Information. This page will be prominently featured once a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico.

UWF names financial literacy center in honor of the late Louis A. Maygarden Jr. The University of West Florida is honoring the legacy of Pensacola business leader, Louis A. Maygarden Jr. in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the community along with his significant contributions to the profession of finance by naming its Center for Financial Literacy at the College of Business after him. The Center has been named the Louis A. Maygarden, Business Climate


Around the Region Jr. Center for Financial Literacy. “The Louis A. Maygarden, Jr. Center for Financial Literacy recognizes his important work to improve lives of people in Northwest Florida by putting them on a solid financial footing,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “The newly named center will give individuals the skills and knowledge needed to make informed and practical financial decisions.” The Center, established in February, will provide counseling services and educational seminars to students and the public with the goal of enhancing the financial literacy of the citizens of Northwest Florida. Educational content offered will cover such topics as financial skills and knowledge, prudent use of consumer credit, debt management, credit counseling, money management, business ethics, mortgage counseling, retirement planning and income taxes. Maygarden Jr. was a native and lifelong resident of Pensacola. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earning a bachelor’s degree in business at Mississippi College, he returned to Pensacola to lead a successful career in business and banking. Serving as a senior officer, director and advisor to numerous Florida banks and holding companies, he retired from Florida National Bank in 1984. During his career, Maygarden Jr. maintained numerous professional affiliations. With concerns about the impact large amounts of debt can have on families and the broader community, he was instrumental in establishing Consumer Credit Counseling Services of West Florida, Inc. While serving as chairman, president and CEO of the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of West Florida, Inc. Maygarden Jr. advocated for sound borrowing practices and lending restraints. The core advisory board for the Center was named, and met for the first time on May 3. Board members include Pam Hatt, vice president of marketing for Pen Air Federal Credit Union; Mark Harden, director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society; Dr. Ed Ranelli, director of the UWF Center for Entrepreneurship; and Jerry Maygarden, former mayor and state legislator, all of whom are on the board of directors of the donor organization -- Consumer Credit Counseling of West Florida, Inc. Dr. Tim O’Keefe, dean of the UWF College of Business, rounds out the present five-member board.

“Our plans are to expand the advisory board to include additional area financial professionals as we begin to operationalize the center,” O’Keefe said. Jerry Maygarden is the son of the late Maygarden Jr. whom the financial literacy center is being named in honor of. “I am honored to be a part of the new L.A. Maygarden Center to help carry on the legacy of community service exemplified by my dad,” shares Jerry Maygarden. For more information about the UWF College of Business, visit uwf.edu/cob.

UWF Spring Commencement celebrates graduates, honors Quint and Rishy Studer

The University of West Florida hosted its Spring 2018 Commencement Saturday, May 5 at the Pensacola Bay Center. Addressing approximately 1,500 graduates, UWF President Martha D. Saunders commended the students’ achievements and contributions to the University. “We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments,” Saunders said. “Today we join with their professors, families and friends in recognizing their hard work and determination. They are part of a spirited community of learners who will change the world.” During the ceremony, Mort O’Sullivan, chairman of UWF’s Board of Trustees, recognized Claira Watford, the first student to graduate in her class, at the age of 19. Watford, a psychology major who graduated magna cum laude, began taking classes at UWF as a freshman in Summer 2017. Watford enrolled in college courses in the eighth grade which allowed her to get a head start on earning her bachelor’s degree. “UWF was so accommodating to my unique situation,” Watford said. “The University allowed me to participate in orientation a month early so that I wouldn’t have to wait to enroll in online courses and accepted all the credits I had earned from other colleges, allowing me to complete my degree so quickly.” Watford joined the Air Force Reserve and plans to attend graduate school to continue her education.

Pensacola philanthropists and business leaders Quint and Rishy Studer were recognized for their achievements and leadership. Saunders named each of the Studers an Honorary Doctor of Letters. The honorary doctorate degree recognizes distinguished performance and is regarded as the highest form of recognition a university can bestow. “It is an honor and privilege for the University to recognize two outstanding community leaders,” O’Sullivan said. “The Studers’ commitment to their community and UWF is exceptional and these degrees are an appropriate reward for their hard work.” Quint and Rishy Studer have focused their gifts and investments on community-based philanthropy, job creation and educational attainment. Through their corporate work to improve healthcare for patients in Pensacola and around the world; investment in Pensacola’s downtown historic district, waterfront and the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team; and philanthropic work to publicly and privately assist families in need, the Studers play an integral role in Pensacola’s growth and development. Quint Studer is the founder of the Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit, research-based entity started in 2014 with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community. SCI’s efforts focus on improving education and economic development through three tracks: research and advocacy in early childhood education, leadership training and employee development for small and medium-sized businesses and increasing civic knowledge and engagement. In his new book, “Building a Vibrant Community,” he addresses the what and the why, but also provides a blueprint for how a community can get from where it is now to where it wants to be. Rishy Studer devotes her time to community development in the Pensacola area. She has been a driving force in the revitalization of historic Pensacola’s urban areas. Projects have included rebuilding a turn-of-the-century property now occupied by the Bodacious family of shops, which Rishy Studer oversees. Longtime supporters of UWF, the Studers helped to establish the UWF Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, thanks to a $1 million gift in 2015. Quint Studer serves as entrepreneur in residence at the Center, guiding Northwest Florida business owners and entrepreneurial students. Since 2012, the Studers have funded the Pensacola Pledge Scholars Program, providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Escambia and Santa Rosa County to attend college locally, either at UWF or Pensacola State College. Most recently, the Studers gifted a $150,000 Interactive Early Learning Playground to UWF, which will be located at Museum Plaza, a historic preservation and education initiative ​in Historic​Pensacola.


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On the Market A Real Estate Section

In This Section By the Numbers: A Look at April’s Market Highlights page 64 Blue Tarps and a Bridge to Pensacola page 70 5 tips for financing your next home improvement project page 72

Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Spaces Page 82 Get Ready for Guests Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer Entertaining page 76 3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018 page 86

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BY The NUMBERS a look at april’s Market Highlights

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Market Highlights April sales were 10 percent over March’s and 17 percent over last April.

Median sale price for April remained slightly above $190k for the second month in a row.

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Average DOM dropped to 70, the lowest for the year thus far.

Most Single Family sales for April occured in the $200k–$299k price range.

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Blue Tarps and a Bridge to Pensacola By David Acuff

L Pensacola’s rich history and stunning ife is good here and our family loves

beaches. I have traveled the world over, visited many different countries and can testify that Pensacola’s sugar white sands are the absolute best in the world. We have made this area our home for more than 12 years and enjoy unique connections to an upbeat, growing and caring community. It is home. On a bright sunny day in October of 2005 I will never forget my first glimpse of Pensacola as I flew over with military orders to the Naval Hospital. I could not get over how, after more than a year since Hurricane Ivan, there were still houses with blue tarped roofs seen as a patchwork from above as my plane began to land. I was in the Navy and being transferred from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Recently widowed with four beautiful children, daughters who were 12 and 13 and my twin boys who were under the age of two, I had many mixed emotions and a lot of anxiety. I was on a house hunting trip and finding the right home was extremely difficult as there were not many available in Pensacola nearly a year after the hurricane. My family and I luckily found and bought our home but that left me with a daily commute into Pensacola traveling over what was left of the Escambia Bay Bridge. When Hurricane Ivan struck Pensacola on September 16, 2004, with 120-mile-per-hour winds, it severely damaged the 2.5 mile I-10 Bridge. Hurricane damage resulted in over 3,400 feet of the bridge dropping into the bay, requiring a detour that added at least an hour of travel time. Steel grid decks were used to replace the missing superstructure spans and were no fun (dare I say scary) to drive over. The commute was long and tedious and further complicated by decisions about which side of the bridge to leave my twin sons for day care. Do I have them endure almost three hours commuting back and forth or drop them off much earlier and pick them up much later at a local childcare facility? My girls were split for the first time between middle school and high school. Needless to say, these were grief-filled, difficult times with a lot to think about as I made the tedious trek to day care, work, and home each day. Almost three years after the hurricane, a new bridge system was completed and both east and west bound traffic was fully restored with three lanes going each direction by July of 2007. It was amazing to see the bridge literally being built before my

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eyes as I traveled every day over those steel metal grates spanning the bay below. I would often think of the devastation hurricane forces can wreck on seemingly indestructible structures and of the tragedies and loss experienced by my new Pensacola/Milton area family and friends. The Pensacola Bay area is made up of strong and resilient people who have a heart for each other, their home and their heritage.

Advice for Older Adults:

• Listen for weather updates on local radio and television stations and on your NOAA Weather Radio. Don’t trust rumors or social media. Stay tuned in to the latest information. Storms can change paths quickly

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Pensacola is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and seniors are especially susceptible to their effects. Those who live alone, or are without the support of family or friends, must take special precautions in the event of a storm.

People who are frail or disabled (either mentally or physically) may need special assistance As we approach this and future hurricane seasons from family members, friends or social service agencies. Older adults who are also caregivers it is important to prepare. We know hurricanes can produce a devastating combination of storm may require outside assistance. Excessive stress and anxiety can contribute to increased episodes surge, powerful winds, tornadoes and torrential of illness, particularly for persons with heart rains. Last year’s hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and disease and other illnesses. Nate have reemphasized the need for everyone to be prepared. What Should You Do? The If an older adult lives in a nursing home following is a list of simple tasks that I have or assisted living facility, the administrator compiled over the years from sites like FEMA should be contacted to learn about the specific and Ready.Gov that could save your family and evacuation plan for that facility. your home:

• Create a disaster supplies kit or go bag; www. ready.gov/build-a-kit Obtain any needed items • Refill prescriptions. Maintain a one to three month supply during hurricane season • Check your insurance policies. Organize important documents into an easy to transport file. • Clear yard of all loose objects like potted plants and bicycles. Secure trash cans • Make a plan and buy adequate supplies to secure and protect property • Protect your windows and glass doors. • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and check oil, water, and tires. (Remember gas pumps don’t operate without electricity) • Get cash. Banks and ATMs won’t be in operation without electricity and few stores will be able to accept credit cards • Videotape or photograph your belongings. Create an inventory of your possessions • Keep a set of tools with you during the storm

• Notify your health agency where you will be during a hurricane and determine when care can be reestablished • If you are homebound and under the care of a physician, but not a home health agency, contact your physician • If you require respirators or other electricdependent medical equipment, you should make prior medical arrangement with your physician • If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans • If you evacuate, remember to take medications, written instructions regarding your care, special equipment and bedding with you Find out more information on how to prepare for emergencies at www.ready.gov/ and take a moment to watch FEMA’s “Go Bag” video at youtu.be/Htgqb0pwrlQ. David Acuff is the General Manager of Homestead Village an Independent Retirement and an Assisted Living community. David is a 30 year Navy veteran who retired in the Pensacola area.

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5 tips for financing your next home improvement project Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country. While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floor board is laid or a new countertop installed without money, which is why every home renovation project should begin with careful financial planning. To help homeowners with their renovation projects, Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R) is working with home renovation expert JoJo Fletcher to share her budget-friendly home renovation tips. “Think about small changes you can make if you don’t have the time to take on a big project right now, like freshening up any kitchen by refinishing your cabinets with a bright white coat of paint,” Fletcher, said ambassador for Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R). “When it comes to financing a larger project, however, I recommend homeowners explore all their options in order to get the most out of their budget.” There are several ways to finance these projects and it’s important to explore your options to find the one that’s right for you. Below are five important tips to keep in mind when deciding how to fund your next home project. 1. Shop around. The better you plan, the better chance you’ll save money. Before anything gets torn out or installed, you should spend time consulting with contractors and getting estimates. Look at the work they’ve done to see if they would be a good fit. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions to make sure you’re working with the right people and paying the right price.

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2. Consider financing options. There are several options when financing a home improvement project and it is important to choose the right fit for you. Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOC) require you to borrow against the value of your home, with home equity loans offering a lump sum while home equity lines of credit provide you with a credit line you can borrow against. An unsecured home improvement loan can be used based on your creditworthiness and ability to pay, not tied to a piece of collateral.

in front of you and prevent you from spending more than you want.

Fletcher added, “I recommend homeowners consider a home improvement loan if they are looking to borrow money and have good credit. For instance, Marcus by Goldman Sachs offers no-fee, fixed rate home improvement loans up to $40,000, which could be a better option than putting renovation costs on a higher interest credit card, or borrowing against your home’s equity. Applying for a loan is easy and you can see your offers in as little as five minutes.”

5. Work with a designer. This might sound like a luxury or an added expense, but in many cases, a designer could actually help save money by finding deals or providing suggestions for less expensive alternatives, such as using quartz or white concrete instead of marble. Above all, their expertise can help avoid costly mistakes that can often arise when people try to cut corners on their own.

3. Create a budget. Because of the nature of remodels, things often end up costing more than you might think. No matter how big or how small the project, you need to have a solid sense of what your “all in” budget number is. This should not only account for hard and soft costs for things like labor, materials and designers, it should also account for contingency costs. Experts typically recommend budgeting an additional 15 to 20 percent for unexpected scenarios that might arise. A thoughtful budget will help keep your priorities

4. Remember, this is an investment! Not all home renovations will pay off in the long term. It’s important to consider cost vs. value before you start making changes, especially for homeowners looking to sell in the near future. If you plan on putting your house on the market sooner rather than later, be sure to keep track of the top home features to get the best return on your investment.

With these tips, you should be better prepared to finance your home improvement project. When you’re ready to start, you shouldn’t have to wait weeks for a home appraisal to get your renovation project underway. You could see your home improvement loan options from Marcus by Goldman Sachs in as little as five minutes and once approved, most people see the funds in their bank accounts in as little as four days. With Marcus you could be one step closer to your dream home.

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Fabulous downtown location! Handsome gulf Coast two-story - 4/3.5 -2272 sq ft - board & batten home has mahogany front doors and gas lantern at entry. The wood-floored Living Area is open and flexible. The Chef’s Kitchen, located in the heart of the home, features 5- Burner gas cooktop, 600 CFM Ventilation, Apron-front Sink, Island, Custom Cabinets and pantry. The Master Bedroom is downstairs, with three additional bedrooms plus a large Office/Game Room/Artist’s Studio upstairs.

largest Unit at the Mirador Condominium. Fabulous water Views from all windows, The living room, dining room along with the Master and a Guest Room all look out to see views of Bayou Texar ...Kitchen, Office and the other guest room have views of pensacola Bay. Bayou Texar Bridge connects east Hill and east pensacola Heights...close location to downtown, beaches, restaurants, airport and shopping...large living room and remodeled Kitchen, open and spacious, perfect for entertaining!

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer Entertaining Summer entertaining season brings joy, laughter and plenty of ways to create special memories. From a fresh coat of paint to some simple sprucing up, you can ensure your home is poised to be the perfect backdrop to a fun-filled summer. Color can have an enormous effect on a room’s overall atmosphere, so bringing out your home’s unique charm can be as simple as a quick change of wall color. Change up the feel of your space and make each room warm and welcoming with these tips from Valspar Paint and HGTV HOME by SherwinWilliams’ Senior Color Designers, Sue Kim and Ashley Banbury. Clean and clear. Warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to

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throw open the windows to help lighten and brighten your home. Give every nook and cranny a thorough scrub and organize areas that have grown messy. Try taking on one room at a time to make the job more manageable, and before you know it, you can have the whole house sparkling clean. Take it one step further by adding a clean and refreshing shade of paint to your space. Consider an option like the Quiet Comfort Color Collection from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams, which is a palette of 20 hushed hues that, when used in any combination, can cultivate a neat and tidy vibe throughout your home. Uncover a creative focal point. During your cleaning, you may uncover open wall space or find an overlooked corner that is now visible. Change newfound free space into a family gallery wall. Paint it with a deep accent color like Valspar Favorite Green and

create texture by adding open shelving to display important family mementos or experiences. Switch up your motif. You may wish to update the decor of an entire room, but simple swaps can make a big difference. Try introducing more lively, summery textiles with fresh window coverings, area rugs and throw pillows. Swap some of your darker, heavier accent pieces in favor of bright, inviting decorative pieces that do dual - duty, such as colorful coasters that add whimsy while giving guests a place to rest their drinks. Change your kitchen into a hub for entertaining. Bring a breath of fresh air into your kitchen by creating a pleasing, relaxing environment fit for entertaining with a blend of bright and bold colors like Valspar Emerald Ice and Indigo Cloth. Try the reassuring indigo for the base of the island, a central hub and the light and airy emerald green as a

backdrop for a stylish gathering spot that can get guests feeling instantly at ease. Make it feel like home. Part of making your house as inviting as possible is ensuring that guests feel comfortable and welcome. Creating a guest suite that feels inviting can help make guests feel at home during their visit. While you can do this by stocking up on cozy blankets and towels, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a warm, nurturing wall color. For example, the Timeless Beauty Color Collection from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams, instilled with a sense of classic coziness, is full of pleasant shades that can be mixed and matched to create your perfectly coordinated, desired vibe. Find more ideas to get your home ready for this summer’s guests at Lowes.com/Paint. Source: Valspar and HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

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Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Spaces Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

Take Care of Textiles Outdoor textiles often take a beating from the elements. Freshen up often-overlooked things like outdoor rugs, lawn furniture cushions, pillows and umbrellas. A thorough vacuuming may be adequate to remove leaves, bugs or dirt. However, if stubborn spots persist and a deeper cleaning is needed, review the manufacturer’s guidelines. Washing covered furniture from time to time helps ensure it’s ready for use no matter the season. 82 Pensacola Magazine

Declare Dust Off-Limits Dingy light fixtures and fans lend an air of disrepair in any space. Outdoors, they’ll undoubtedly collect dust and dirt quickly, but a deep clean can help make them easier to maintain. Dust and scrub as needed, and if necessary, grab a scrub brush and some soapy water to brighten up other items like decorative pieces and flower pots. Freshen Up Finishes From furniture to hard surfaces, the finishes can take a beating. Take time to bring these items back to their former glory by rinsing, scrubbing and brushing dirt away from your wrought iron, metal, aluminum or wicker furniture. If needed, apply a fresh coat of sealant or add a rust-preventive layer of new paint. The same applies for

other surfaces with finishes that may be chipped and dull. Blast Away Grime A careful sweeping with a sturdy broom is a good starting point, but to get your outdoor space truly clean you may need a little more power. When used at the appropriate settings, a pressure washer can clean a wide range of surfaces from patios, decks and sidewalks to siding, windows, screens and tables. When cleaning these surfaces, it’s important to find a power washer that can cut through the grime and rinse it away. In addition to gas-powered options, Briggs & Stratton offers a full line of electric pressure washers to help you tackle light-duty outdoor cleaning projects around the house. Some models, like the S1800, feature a turbo

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3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for


When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends. To help amplify the look and appeal of your space, consider these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry:

Try Different Shades

White is classic, crisp and always in style, while gray also provides a traditional look. Many designers pair white or gray cabinets, tile and wall color with a pop of color to add interest without overwhelming the space. There are many ways to introduce color, such as a bright island or items that are easily switched out like window treatments and artwork. Combining different shades of white, gray and other neutral colors like beige is an effective way to create a warm and inviting space. One important note to consider when mixing these hues is that they need to be in the same color family. When incorporating white and gray, go for colors that have the same base – either yellow or blue. Mixing a yellow-gray with a blue-white can result in discord that may not “feel” right. A qualified remodeler who has experience in design can provide expert advice and guide the decisionmaking process to help avoid costly mistakes.

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Consider Various Tile Types

can be difficult to know where to start. Subway tile, a classic standby, can be invigorated by arranging the rectangular 3-by-6-inch shapes in patterns like herringbone or basket weave. This versatile tile can be used in both traditional kitchens and bathrooms as well as transitional or more contemporary spaces.

Scale provides another way to create interest. To achieve a mosaic feel, look for 1-by-1-foot tiles prepped on larger 12-by-12-foot sheets. Sometimes these sheets include a pre-defined pattern that can help simplify installation.

Many manufacturers now include textured tile, featuring patterns that carry the look of wood grain; tiles are also available in three-dimensional textures adding movement and interest with easy care. For example, using a variety of gray hues can create a relaxing and warm environment.

Another popular treatment in kitchens and bathrooms is to use different types of tile and surface stone. Incorporating tile of different shapes and texture such as quartz, marble or granite can energize even the smallest space.

Pick Alternate Patterns

Tile options are available in many varieties, so it

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