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Editor’s Note Making memories with my daughter is important to me. Beyond love, guidance and support, I think this idea of memory making is so important in the day-today raising of my daughter. I want her to have strong memories of us having adventures, exploring, playing, talking, dancing—being together and experiencing the world together. That’s not to say that every minute has to be monumental—we have our struggles with homework and chores like everyone else. But, I try to plan a few great adventures each summer—a road trip, a camping trip, a big art project. This year, we will have a beach house for a week with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends. In all these years, we’ve never rented a house on Pensacola Beach. I can’t wait! I also try to say yes more often in the homework-free summer—even when I’d rather be taking a hot bath or binge watching my favorite show. Yes, I’ll play teacher. Yes, I’ll jump on the trampoline. Yes, I’ll help you make a fort out of these cardboard boxes. The time I have with her as a child is so brief and so precious that I want to make the most it while I can.

On Children Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

In between the adventures, my daughter attends a few camps each summer and like many parents, I find it difficult to balance affordability with safety, enrichment and fun when choosing a summer camp. Each May, Pensacola Magazine attempts to help with this endeavor by compiling a list of some of the best summer camps being offered in the Pensacola area. You’re sure to find something for every interest and budget in our 2019 Summer Camp listings.

You may strive to be like them,

We also have some great ideas for summer reading, info on the inaugural Children’s Business Fair in Pensacola, an opportunity to learn more about the Montessori Method of teaching and some adorable locally focused fashions for toddlers, tweens and teens.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

As I watch my daughter grow into a thoughtful and curious tween just beginning to decide who she is, I am also reminded of Khalil Gibran’s passage on children. I’ve included it here for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Happy summer, everyone! May your bending be in gladness!

but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable. ~Khalil Gibran

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Contents a trip to the moon now within reach 14

The new Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience at the Naval Aviation Museum offers an out of this world experience.

Kids run the market


Pensacola is gearing up for the first ever Children's Business Fair

Explore, Imagine, Read! 21 Engaging books for summer reading.

Montessori Education in today's world 24

Learn about the Montessori Method and local opportunities for teacher training.

Local Animal Encounters 27



Local farms, rescues and preserves offer fun and informative animal encounters.

Summer fashion for toddlers, tweens & teens


Cool threads for a hot summer.

2019 Summer camps 41


Your guide to the best summer camps in the Pensacola area.


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Editor’s Letter 6 Page 10 10 Play/Live/Give 51

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eing a cat lover, I have never seriously wanted to own a dog, though there are some really adorable species that I find pretty tempting. My neighbor has a yorkie that comes closest to something I would have, if I were to go to the dogs. She has a sweet personality, is friendly and has the cutest little baby face. But, every day as I watch her “mama” walking her with her plastic bag in hand, I am reminded of the requirements of responsible dog ownership. Dogs also demand excessive equipment that is foreign to us cat lovers. Leashes, training pads, doggie shampoo, teething bones and collars barely scratch the surface for puppy training. My cats have required little more than a dinner bowl and an annual visit to the vet. My daughter owned a dog that was far more demanding than either of my children ever were. And she adored this little guy. She is a busy professional who planned all activities around walking him. His long hair required constant grooming and bathing and his trips to the salon cost more than mine. After his daily walk, the one where he does his business, she would evaluate “it” for any sign of irregularity and then immediately go to the pet pharmacy for a remedy if needed. She had an insurance policy on him to cover any catastrophic illness he might acquire in the event that he doesn’t wear his jacket on winter walks. He certainly had more toys than most children, though

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I don’t know how he ever found time to break away from his big screen television to play with them. Someone close to me who shall remain unnamed so that I can protect him from the indignation of my daughter, did not share the family love for the above-mentioned dog. Shockingly, he complained of slobber, licking and humping. Admittedly, dog owners are often blind to these behaviors and actually find them endearing. And just as children do the darndest things at the most inopportune times, dogs are the same. My daughter was mortified when her neutered angel dragged out his “Monroe,” the closest thing to a love object he would ever know. Need I say more. The family stood around in embarrassed silence while the charm school grad had his way with the stuffed toy. Despite failing to successfully train him in passion control, she (my daughter, not Monroe) was and is a great dog owner.

My son has taken pet appreciation to a whole new level. He and his wife adopted a golden doodle puppy, the precious Stanley, and our lives are changed forever. Stanley, now 3 years old, has been raised as a child. He is well trained and returns tenfold the love that is bestowed upon him. I fell for this dog the first time I looked into his eyes, but recent events have only deepened the love. A baby has entered his world. Not his, theirs. Yes, baby Dax was born one month ago and Stanley wasn’t quite sure what to think. He has been working for attention. He still gets plenty, but it is a bit different now since sharing is involved. His growing protection and love for Dax, however, has conquered any doubt I ever had about dogs. Seeing a big dog so tender with a tiny infant melts my heart. I see dog owners who should never be allowed custody of anything breathing. They are the ones who walk with no plastic bags or even leashes. Their pets run loose in yards and gardens of their neighbors and jump on anyone they can get close to. Despite the lack of discipline and attention, dogs and children remain incredibly loyal, even to the worst of custodians, but they both deserve better. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is actually the dog.

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A trip to the moon now within reach at the National Naval Aviation Museum Story and Photos by Mike O'Conner

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard ...” – President John F. Kennedy, Sept. 12, 1962, in a speech at Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas. President Kennedy set the almost-impossibly ambitious goal for Americans to achieve, and seven years later it was done: on July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

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Now, visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola can walk in the astronauts’ footsteps with the new “Longer Strides: The Apollo 11 VR Experience,” a virtual reality attraction located on the second floor of the museum. During the five-minute multisensory experience, guests are buckled into seats which shake, vibrate and pitch as their Saturn V rocket blasts off. Virtual reality (VR) headsets provide an all-encompassing perspective from the space traveler’s point of view as they are boosted into orbit, make trans-lunar injection, and descend to the moon’s surface in the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). The 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing is coming in July, and the Apollo 11 attraction is part of the museum’s celebration of naval

aviation’s role in spaceflight. It is located in proximity to an actual Skylab Command Module, a spacesuit exhibit and other space displays. Visitors are greeted by a close recreation of NASA’s Mission Control in Houston. Iconic 1960s-era computer consoles are manned by serious young men in short-sleeved white shirts with thin black ties; even the NASA coffee cups, slide rules and technical manuals are present on the consoles. An angled row of 12 seats with VR headsets await the voyagers while screens on the wall show monitoring positions around the world. Retired Navy Capt. Sterling Gilliam, the museum director, was on hand April 4 for a media tour of the new attraction, which opened to the public April 5. “We’re really excited the (Naval Aviation Museum) Foundation has brought this project to the forefront,” Gilliam said.

“The timing is exquisite. As you know, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Naval aviation’s involvement is space is phenomenal; the first American in space, the first American to orbit the Earth, four of the ‘Mercury 7’ were naval aviators. The first man to walk on the moon, the last man to walk on the moon – all naval aviators. This is a perfect fit for this museum as we tell the wonderful story of Americans in space, specifically naval aviators in space, in the Apollo 11 VR exhibit. It’s cutting-edge, we’re really, excited about it and the timing is excellent.”

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“Community members and small businesses have reached out and shown interest in a mentorship program, which that’s also a post-event program that we are planning,” she continued. “We are not only stopping on the day of the event, but passing those businesses on to the next level.” The overwhelmingly positive response to the fair signals a need in Pensacola that isn’t currently being met. As the city continues to see explosive growth, more and more locally-owned businesses are opening throughout the city. The influx of new businesses acts as an inspiration to children and to parents, who were eager to sign up their children for this opportunity.

Pensacola is gearing up for the first ever , Children s Business Fair by Kaitlyn Peacock Not so long ago, a team of community leaders sat down and taught a group of forty individuals what it’s like to run a business, market their product and interact with customers. Sounds like a normal workshop, but there was one little difference. Every single attendee was under the age seventeen. The children participating in the workshop will be vendors at Pensacola’s first ever Children’s Business Fair. The fair will be hosted at Bare Hand Collective May 18 from 11 am to 2 pm. During that time, these “kidpreneurs” will be offering a host of different products for purchase, including home-harvested honey, bath products, arts and crafts and the classic ice-cold lemonade. Organizers of the fair started planning in January of this year, opening up applications for participating vendors in February. Within two weeks, all forty slots for the fair were filled. Kana Meece, the Pensacola Children’s Business Fair media relations and treasury chair, said she was amazed at the response to the fair. Along with filling up vendor slots, many business and community leaders

stepped forward to serve as mentors for the children. “I’m a little overwhelmed by the response from the community because it’s so great,” Meece said. “The sponsorship from the local community is also an incredible thing that I wasn’t expecting. People say they really like it.

“I think Pensacola was ready,” Meece said. “The people in Pensacola were ready. They are ready to do something that is unique and very beneficial to the children. Many people are moving to Pensacola, including my family, and it would be great to have such opportunity for any family. Meece and two other mothers, Event Coordinator Crystal Barrineau and Sponsorship and Volunteer Chair Jennifer Fernandez, first thought of the business fair when looking for similar opportunities for their own children. While some of the schools offer vendor fairs or business markets, there were no community events that focused on children business owners. To fill this need, the three women set out to form the fair themselves, aiming to share it with as many children as they could and aiming to teach the children necessary skills for the workforce. “I want our kids to experience it,” Meece said. “The product or service, it doesn’t matter. Just the whole process of the creative practice and communication practice and resiliency practice and the self-confidence on top of the financial literacy. Those five things are so key. That’s our mission.” Pensacola Magazine 17

According to Meece, many children in school right now will end up in a job that doesn’t even exist currently. It leaves parents with a crucial question: how do you prepare your child for something that you don’t know? The business expo is one answer to that question. It teaches skills that can be used in a variety of fields, including ones that may not be in the business market yet. “You can do it by exercising their creativity, communication skills, being resilient, financial literacy and at the end our main goal is to have confidence,” Meece said. “If you have confidence, you can do anything.” Financial literacy is a big part of the fair, and achieving financial literacy was one of the major goals of the fair. A very small portion of American schools teach financial literacy, leaving children either uneducated in this critical part of society, or leaving their parents in the difficult role of teaching their children. Money issues, specifically money handling issues, is a major problem in society, leading to people unable to retire at a certain age, people unable to budget and people overspending, leading them to live paycheck to paycheck even if they have a well-paying job. Meece said the cutoff for children learning financial literacy and 18 Pensacola Magazine

, We don t want to stop at the day of the event. We want to continue this to the next thing, all the time. I want all of the vendors, the kids, continue to experience and practice ,, their skills. effective money handling is thought to be around age 7, meaning the classrooms that do teach it are often teaching it too late. The other skills learned through the fair, such as confidence and resilience, also play a crucial role in a child’s development. Even if their vendor fails at the fair, they have the support of the fair community and their parents to learn from their mistakes, rather than failing when they are an adult without that

support system. Teaching children to be strong and creative will help them as they continue to grow and find what they want to do in the world. Meece said that is what is most important about offering the children this chance at the market. “Build up strong kids that have a passion,” she said. “When high school is done, they might start their own business, they might go to college, regardless of it, you never know. The college might not be the same when our little one grows up, you never know. But the community will get the benefit because they have an entrepreneurship mindset, which is very powerful. They want to do something by themselves, they create it, it’s a powerful skill to have for their lifetime. That will definitely be beneficial for the community because it’s a stronger foundation for the children.” Leading up to the fair, the children have participated in several workshops, including on financial literacy and marketing. Once the fair is over, the learning will continue on as the children will be given the opportunity to participate in mentorship programs and even may be offered a vendor booth at markets throughout Pensacola, such as Palafox Market.

“We don’t want to stop at the day of the event,” Meece said. “We want to continue this to the next thing, all the time. I want all of the vendors, the kids, continue to experience and practice their skills.” Although the vendor application for the upcoming fair is closed, Meece said they are planning the second fair of the year, scheduled tentatively for December, will offer 80 vendor slots, double of this fair. This will give the opportunity to more children. Meece also said she plans to reach out to underprivileged children

Meet the Kidpreneurs There will be 40 different vendors at the first ever Pensacola Children’s Business Fair. Here’s just a little taste of the different kidpreneurs that will be featured at the market.

Ava, 8, and katelyn, 11 Sweet Sister Honey These sisters have a unique view out their bedroom window. A real beehive. The two work with their father to care for the bees and to collect the honey that they produce. “We separate the honey from the wax, then we harvest the honey

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who may not have heard about the fair for them to participate in the upcoming event. If the fair is a success, she said she plans to do two more fairs the following year, giving as many opportunities to children as she possibly can. The May 18 fair will be hosted at Bare Hand Collective, as well as the December fair, but Meece hopes to showcase many venues and markets around Pensacola as the Children’s Business Fair expands. Anyone is welcome to shop at the market. For more information or to support the Pensacola Children’s Business Fair, visit childrensbusinessfair.org/478. •

and we triple filter it,” Katelyn said. “Ava’s in charge of that. And I bottle it.” At the fair, they will be selling the honey they have collected from the beehive just beyond the bedroom window. They are excited to earn money for something they’ve worked so hard on.

Kaydee, 14 KC Colors After learning how to paint and draw from her grandmother, Kaydee started drawing all the time, her parents claiming she was never without a pencil in her hand. While her paintings are beautiful in their own right, they are made even more special when you consider that she hadn’t been canvas painting for very long at all.

“I started drawing for a long time, but I started painting in January,” Kaydee said. While she is shy and a little worried about talking to people at the market, she is excited about the opportunity to get her art out in the community. Along with canvas painting, Kaydee also paints shoes with unique patterns and styles.

Davy, 11 I Am When he was young, Davy was bullied by other children, who called him names and told him who they thought he was. Instead of taking this as a negative, he turned it into a positive through his business, which is a motivational shirt company. When

people or situations make you look down, you see a shirt that reads “I am beautiful, smart, confident, myself.” Davy is most excited to see the look on people’s faces when they see his shirts. “I love meeting new people,” he said. “I love talking to my family. I just love loving people. I love giving back to the people.” Pensacola Magazine 19

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Schools will be getting out for the summer soon and that means freedom and a whole lot of playing to be done for the children. However for parents, summer can be a wonderful time to spend with your children, or a desperate search for some alone time. Either way, with school out for the summer, parents will be searching for some way to get their children to keep learning and growing until school starts up in the fall. Maybe your children go to a tutor or maybe you get workbooks for home. Or maybe, you’re just going to put a book in their hands and tell them to read.


Reading of any kind helps a child keep their mental facilities sharp and ready for school and can also teach them about life, love or the world. Linda Williams, book sale chair for the Friends of West Florida Public Library, recommends signing children up for reading programs outside of any required reading for school during the summer months.

Maybe they aren’t a fan of mysteries, but would love to read about a quest to save the princess. Or maybe instead of stories, your children would like to read something historical or scientific. Try short stories or chapter books before launching your child into a more difficult read.

“An easy way to motivate reluctant readers to try reading something outside “Summer reading programs of their reading preference have been shown to is to introduce the children prevent a decline in reading to graphic novels,” Williams skills, often referred to as said. “They enjoy reading ‘summer slide,’” she said. a graphic novel as it’s “Children’s vocabulary, visual as well as text, comprehension and and the subject matter is grammar skills benefit condensed to hold their from the free educational, attention. It’s a great way cultural activities and to start children reading programs provided by our classic literature and other libraries.” subject matter.” Want to get your children into reading but can’t figure out a way to get them to pick up a book? Don’t worry! There are lots of tools out there to help out any reluctant readers. Try offering new and exciting genres to your children.

For this summer, Pensacola Magazine has highlighted some of the best titles from the beginning of this year and last year for your children to find something they would be interested in reading this summer.

The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon Genre: Romance Special Interest: Coming to theaters soon Natasha’s parents are twelve hours away from getting deported back to Jamaica when she has a fateful run-in with Daniel. Daniel is the good boy of his family, even if deep in his heart, he’s a dreamer who believes in fate. Is it fate that has brought them together at this moment?

City of Ghosts Victoria Schwab Genre: Fantasy Special Interest: Paranormal, multi-cultural Cassidy’s world is turned upside down when her parents, famous supernatural authors The Inspecters, drag her to Edinburgh to film a paranormal documentary. That’s really saying something when Cass can see beyond the Veil to the ghosts that haunt our world. At least she has her cat Grim and her best friend Jacob, who is also a ghost. Pensacola Magazine



Keep This to Yourself

Margaret Peterson Haddix Genre: Mystery Special Interest: Paranormal

Tom Ryan Genre: Thriller Special Interest: LGBT+ friendly Mac’s best friend was the final victim of the Catalog Killer before he mysteriously vanished. Struggling to move past the traumatic summer, he is instead drawn back in when he finds a message from his friend that leads him on a search for the killer, wherever that may take him.

The three Greystone children and their mother are a happy family, that is, until they hear reports of kidnapped children with their exact names, ages and birthdays. Then, their mother leaves them with the strange Mrs. Morales and her daughter Natalie. What is going on with the Greystones?

Bridge of Clay Markus Zusak Genre: Fiction Special Interest: From the author of the critically acclaimed “The Book Thief”

(Don’t) Call me Crazy Kelly Jensen Genre: Nonfiction Special Interest: Collection of short essays, touches on current social issues

A story centered around five brothers left alone after their father disappears. Together, they have to face a more grown-up world than they have ever known to discover the secrets of their family. Meanwhile, Clay is building a bridge, for many reasons, or perhaps for no reason at all.

This is a collection of stories and essays from authors, actors, athletes and artists about their experiences with mental illness. Touching on topics from anxiety, depression and OCD to misophonia, trichotillomania and others, this book pulls the curtains back on mental health, shedding some light on the topic and also offering some hope.

Hey, Kiddo Jarrett J. Krosoczka Genre: Biography Special Interest: National Book Award nominee, graphic novel format Jarrett tells the story of growing up raised by his grandparents after his heroin-addicted mother is sent to jail. After seeing his father’s name for the first time on his birth certificate, he goes on a search to find a man he’s never known before, all while discovering his passion for art. 22 Pensacola Magazine

Dragon Pearl Yoon Ha Lee Genre: Science Fiction Special Interest: Part of the Rick Riordan Presents series Min has to hide her shapeshifting magic after joining the Space Forces to escape her dusty, impoverished planet and find her older brother. Rumor has it he deserted his post in the Space Forces to search for the mythical Dragon Pearl, but Min doesn’t believe a word of that. She’ll get to the bottom of what’s really going on, no matter what.

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Internment Samira Ahmed Genre: Fiction Special Interest: Touches on current social issues

Trevor Noah Genre: Biography Special Interest: Multi-cultural

In a not-so-distant future, Layla and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim Americans. From within the camp, and with help on the outside, she leads a revolution against the camp’s cruel director. Her fight for freedom will lead her to heartache, love and truth.

A children’s version of the smash nonfiction hit Born a Crime, this is the true story of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Born half-white, halfblack and growing up in South Africa, where it is illegal to be mixed race, he talks about his experiences with poignancy, depth and humor. From dealing with his eccentric mother to living in apartheid and its aftermath, this book will entertain, educate and enlighten.

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Four not-friends are suddenly forced to work together when Chet plays a trick on Virgil, getting him and his pet guinea pig in a well. On a quest to rescue their missing companion, the four find friendship through their smarts, strength and a bit of luck from the universe.

In the farthest reaches of space, Mia is the newest crew member aboard a ship that is piecing together broken structures to rebuild the past they represent. What the rest of the crew don’t know is that Mia is searching for a long-lost love she met in her own past. Written and illustrated as a beautiful graphic novel, this is a story about love, the past and finding your way in the world.

Long Way Down Small Spaces Katherine Arden Genre: Horror Special Interest: Fairytale-like After a devastating loss, Ollie retreats into her books, finding peace in the adventures on the pages. But when she saves a book from being tossed into a river, she discovers the tale of the “smiling man,” who begins to appear in the real world. Mysterious figures give Ollie and her friends two pieces of advice: “avoid large places, keep to small space and run.”

Jason Reynolds Genre: Fiction Special Interest: Novel written in verse (poetry), Newbery Honor book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book and other accolades There are rules to the streets that Will lives on. So when his brother is murdered, he knows what to do. He picks up his brother’s gun and goes to get revenge. In the elevator ride down, he’s prepared to do what he has to, until the doors open and he is confronted by the violent past he only thinks he understands. Pensacola Magazine


are doing, Schneider said the answer that has been most consistent over the past 40 years is that they are failing. Gallup polls done over the years have shown that since 1983, confidence in America’s public schools has not risen above 50 percent.

Montessori Education in Today’s World By Lauren Southern-Godwin Montessori School of Pensacola Public Relations Coordinator


Montessori school is a school that embraces the educational philosophy and methodology developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. Dr. Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome, developed the method of education that bears her name and is based on her scientific observations of how children develop and learn.

You may wonder how an educational model that is more than 100 years old can still be relevant today. NBA star, Stephen Curry, Montessori alumni student, advocates for Montessori

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education and has this to say. “Montessori lets you go at your pace; each kid finds a way to learn the best that they can,” he said. More so than ever, scientific studies are showing that children learn at different speeds and need a learning environment that fosters independence and integrity. Traditional school settings may not be meeting these needs of children. As evidence, a Washington Post article quoted Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the author of Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality and co-host of the education policy podcast “Have You Heard.” When facing the question of how public schools

Dr. Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, has conducted studies of Montessori education for decades and is author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. She presents studies that show that Montessori is based on how children naturally learn. She argues that multiaged schoolhouses prior to 1850 allowed for more individualized instruction and that the concept of efficiency that emerged with the mass public school movement in the mid-19th century turned schools into factories, resulting in the crisis in which traditional schooling has found itself today. Montessori, who conducted careful observation and extensive research in early childhood development, concluded that every young child possesses a naturally curious and absorbent mind and that allowing young students some latitude in exploring subjects of interest to them resulted in a far greater motivation for learning. Google creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin cite their Montessori education as key to their success. Specifically, they credit the curriculum of self-directed learning for allowing them to follow their own interests. Montessori classroom materials are scaled to fit the age and skills of the child. Hands-on lessons and project-based learning promote a deep understanding of core academic concepts and keep learning fun. The students are in multi-aged classroom settings. They get to learn from and with their peers and practice leadership skills.

Gaylene Brotherton, Montessori Early Childhood Teacher for more than 25 years describes what she has seen when someone is visiting her classroom: “People walk into a Montessori classroom and are excited and impressed to see children working independently at every level.” Empowering children to be independent helps them set goals and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Perhaps the answer to the lack of satisfaction in our schools lies in understanding children and their interests. Maria Montessori believed that education should be an aid to life and upheld that, “Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” For those interested in learning more about how to help children thrive in today’s world, a summer course will be offered by the Montessori Teacher Education Center of San Francisco and hosted at Montessori School of Pensacola. It is open to existing and aspiring teachers, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about Montessori education and how children learn. Curriculum

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–Maria Montessori includes Montessori Philosophy/Theory, Child Growth/Development/Psychology, Observation in Child Development, Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts, Art/Music/Movement, Physical and Life Science, Social Studies, Classroom Leadership and more. Those finishing the course and the practicum work will achieve a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Credential from the American Montessori Society (geared toward the instruction of children 2 ½ to 6 years of age). For more information about the Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco Bay area, visit montessoritrainingusa.com. For more information about the training being offered this summer, visit montessoripensacola.com/want-to-taketeacher-training.

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Local Animal Encounters: It’s a Jungle Out There—and an Ocean, a Swamp and a Forest! by Jenny Diamond

It’s that time of year before the summer heat hits when the days are comfortably warm and breezy, and if you’re looking to get outside and do something different, consider visiting one of the many small farms, rescues and preserves in our area that offer fun and informative animal encounters and conservation education. Though the encounters and entertainment at these venues are primarily geared to appeal to kids, adults will enjoy these animal meet-and-greets as well! If you’re looking for a larger animal park, check out the Gulf Breeze Zoo, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Gulfarium. This is only a short list of encounters available within an hour of Pensacola, though there are plenty more! ››

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Local Animal Encounters Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center 8740 Gulf Blvd., #286 Navarre, FL 32566 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 pm Admission: $5

Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park: Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary

9513 N. Palafox St. Pensacola, FL 32534 Hours: Open Thursday – Monday 10 am-3 pm (opens at 1pm on Sundays) Admission: $5 adults, $2 children

Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park is small non-profit park dedicated to providing sanctuary for exotic (and some not so exotic) birds whose owners were no longer able to care for them. The park houses more than 160 parrots of all kinds, four free-roaming peacocks, two emus, several chickens and a turkey. The Sanctuary is run entirely by volunteers and donations. Though the park is rustic, the brightly painted fencing, sidewalks and signs coupled with large banana trees and of course multiple bird calls give the place a slightly tropical feel. Visitors receive a cup of peanuts, apple slices and cooked pasta to feed the residents. The birds are excited to receive these treats, and visitors are taught how to safely feed the birds to avoid any bites. “We’re one of only three bird rescues in the country who do what we do,” said Reed Raulston, volunteer and member of the park’s board of directors. “Birds are very social; they like interactions with people. These birds have all been somebody’s pet, and they’re here through no fault of their own, and our goal is to give these birds a forever home. We just like people to come see them and enjoy.” Check out macawbirdpark.org for more information about the non-profit and the park’s founder Sandy Kirkconnell. 28 Pensacola Magazine

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that seeks to educate visitors and beach-goers about endangered sea turtles. The resident turtle ambassador is Sweat Pea, a green sea turtle who was found tangled in fishing line and cannot be released because of injuries to her shell and flipper. Visitors can visit Sweet Pea’s pool, watch her swim and eat, hear her story from one of the center’s dedicated volunteers and visit the center’s other interactive exhibits about other sea turtle species, jellyfish and other sea life. One of NBSTCC’s new endeavors is Shark School, a class taught every other Saturday by Alex Fox, one of the center’s marine biologists. “We just want kids to know how awesome sharks are,” Fox said. Children enrolled in the class learn about Gulf Coast sharks, work on shark crafts and do a treasure hunt for their own shark teeth to take home. To sign up for Shark School or learn more about the Center, visit navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

Santa Rosa Ranch 4340 Hwy. 178 Jay, FL 32565 Admission: $10

SRR is home to large herds of fallow and axis deer as well as a small petting zoo featuring horses, sheep and goats. Visitors can purchase feed for the petting zoo, and kids can enjoy the several large play areas, jungle gyms and zip line. When it’s time to go visit the deer, jump on the hayride and enjoy the view as you ride past several of the property’s fishing ponds to where the herds congregate. Visitors will have a chance to get off the hayride and feed the deer with food purchased onsite. The farm hosts several weekend events throughout the year like Fawntopia, Easter at the Ranch, Spring Fling, Fall Fish-Off, Home School day and a yearly 5k supporting breast cancer research. Visit the Santa Rosa Ranch LLC Facebook page for more information about visiting hours and special events.

Humming Star Alpacas 19700 Blueberry Ln. Silverhill, AL 36576

This small family farm is home to a herd of huacaya alpacas who are raised for their soft, warm fleece (they get a summer haircut each year). Visitors can visit the alpacas’ barn, feed them hay and even pet a curious alpaca if one comes to say hello. The farm’s friendly Great Pyrenees-Golden Retriever mixes will appreciate a scratch behind the ears, and you may be lucky enough to spot the resident tortoise. The farm sells items made from the alpacas’ fleece, offers fleece crafting classes, accepts field trips and group visits and hosts alpaca yoga twice a month. Be sure to check the farm’s website at hummingstaralpacas.com and the Facebook page for updates and visiting hours as the field trips, classes and private bookings affect public hours.

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Local Animal Encounters Alligator Alley

19950 Highway 71 Summerdale, AL 36580 Hours: 10 – 5 pm daily Admission: $12 adults, $10 children and seniors Alligator Alley is a reptile-lover’s paradise. The park educates visitors about alligators at all stages of their growth, from hatchlings on up. Guests can purchase ‘nuggets’ to feed the young alligators and catch the live feedings of the bigger alligators throughout the day. An elevated boardwalk offers a shaded walk through the swamp with plenty of awesome alligator views. Keep an eye out for Crunch, one of the largest resident alligators who was relocated to Alligator Alley from Tallahassee after encroaching too close to a neighborhood. Stop by the “Wildlife Encounters” section of the park to hold a young alligator or snake, pet one of several free-roaming tortoises and visit Scarlett the Komodo Dragon. Check out gatoralleyfarm.com for more information.

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chool’s out for summer! While summer is a great time for open-ended play and relaxed, lazy days, kids also need to stay challenged and have social interactions during the summer months and parents need a safe, engaging and fun place to send their kids during the workday. Enter our annual guide to summer camps in Pensacola. We’ve picked the best of the best opportunities—from adventure and active camps to art, music, theatre, science and more. You’re sure to find a number of interesting options—the hard part will be choosing between them!

Art Ballet Pensacola

Dates: 3-6-year olds: June 3-6; June 10-13; June 17-20; Aug. 5-8 7-10-year olds/Ballet Boot Camp: June 11-14; June 18-21 Times: 9 am - noon for 3-4-year olds; 1 pm - 4 pm for 5-6-year olds Ages: 3-6 and 7-10 Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Cost: 3-6-year olds: $125/one-week, $325/three-week, $450/fourweek session (non-refundable deposit of $25/session due by May 10) 7-10-year olds: $150 per week ($50 non-refundable deposit due by May 10). Info: balletpensacola.com Ballet Pensacola is offering a summer children’s program with two sessions per day with stud-dents grouped together according to age—there will be one session for three and four-year-olds, and another session for five and six-year-olds. Young performers will learn individual and group dances, character acting, as well as in crafts and mime work. There is a Beginning Session for students who have already completed one year of Pre-Ballet, as well as a Children’s Session for students just starting ballet. This year, students enrolled in the Children’s Session will learn dance in their choice of one of the following productions: Swan Lake, Rapunzel, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan and Angelina Ballerina. The Ballet Boot Camp for ages 7 to 10 provides valuable training for both experienced dancers and beginners alike. Ballet Boot Camp’s

comprehensive curriculum includes ballet, dance history, acting, jazz and other dance disciplines. Classes are Monday through Thursday. Students are asked to bring a healthy snack for each day and to wear uniforms of solid black leotards, pale pink-footed tights, as well as full-soled, pink ballet slippers.

PMA Summer Art Camps 2019

Dates: July 10-14; June 17-21; July 8-12; July 15-19 Times: 9 am - 3 pm (Aftercare option available) Ages: 5-9 and 10-14 Where: 407 S Jefferson St. Cost: $165 for PMA family members and above / $195 nonmembers PMA Summer Art Camps include a variety of genres for every age. This year’s camp themes include printmaking, drawing and painting, photography and sculpture. Artists can attend one week of camp or all four weeks of camp. Artists will need to bring clothes to get messy in, lunch, water and a light jacket.

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Summer Camps 2019 Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Teen camp will perform a 30-minute English-language adaptation of Verdi’s Il trovatore. Campers are asked to bring a lunch each day. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Drama Camp at Gulf Breeze High School

Dates: June 17-21; June 24-28 Times: 9 am – 3 pm Ages: Grades K-9 Where: Gulf Breeze High School Gym Lobby Cost: $225 per week; $375 for both weeks Info: GBHS Theatre on Facebook Gulf Breeze High School’s acclaimed drama department offers campers the chance to learn all about acting—from stagecraft and singing to dance, improv and more. Student registered for the second week will be cast in the show on the final evening of camp, June 28. Campers bring lunch, but two snacks are provided daily.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival Pensacola Little Theatre

Dates: June 10-28; July 8-26 Times: Summer Stars: 9 am- 1 pm; Acting Out: 2 pm – 4 pm Early drop-off and late pick-up options available (additional cost). Ages: Summer Stars, 5-16; Acting Out, 12-16 Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Cost: Summer Stars, $450 per 3-week camp; Acting Out, $200 per week Info: Pensacolalittletheatre.com/Summer-camps Pensacola Little Theatre’s Education Department has a selection of 3 week summer camps lined up this year including Summer Stars Musical and Summer Stars Play for ages 5 to16 and Acting Out for ages 12 to 16. Students can learn the fundamentals of acting or star in a full-length play. Students learn through hands-on experiences in a non-competitive atmosphere - the primary purpose of which is to help our local youth by providing the opportunity to develop, practice and hone the skills needed in all aspects of the theatre arts and theatrical production.

Pensacola Opera Camp

Dates: July 15-19 for Youth Camp (8-12); July 29-August 2 for Teen Camp (13-17) Times: 9 am - 2 pm for ages 8 – 12; 9 am - 3 pm for ages 13-17 Ages: 8-17 Where: Pensacola Opera, 75 S. Tarragona St. Cost: $150 for ages 8-12; $175 for ages 13-17 Info: pensacolaopera.com/learn Each year Pensacola Opera holds summer Opera Camps in which sessions focus on vocal and dramatic coaching, audition techniques, as well as set and costume design. At the end of each session, campers will star in a final performance for parents and friends. The Youth camp will perform a 30-minute English-language adaptation of 42 Pensacola Magazine

Dates: July 29 – August 3 Times: 9 am – 4 pm Ages: 3rd– 8th grade Where: Pensacola Children’s Chorus, 46 E. Chase St. Cost: $185 Info: pensacolachildrenschorus.com Participants in the Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival camp will enjoy team-centric music making culminating in a final performance at Wahoo Stadium. Students will spend the week developing vocal technique, enhancing music reading skills, exploring music from around the world and much more.

Five Flags Dance Academy Princess Diva Dance Camps Dates: Weekly June 3 – July 27 and July 1 – August 2 Times: Monday – Thursday: 8 am—5 pm; Friday: 8 am – noon Ages: 2-4, 5-7, 8-11 Where: 8084 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL Cost: $130/week Info: fiveflagsdanceacademy. com Five Flags Dance Academy is offering summer Princess Diva Dance Camp. Princess Diva Dance Camp incorporates movement with crafts and theatre arts to excite and entertain students. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and students are asked to wear comfortable clothes.

Education National Academy Ambition & Flight Adventure Deck Summer Programs

Dates: Flight Adventure Deck Day Camp Dates: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2 National Flight Academy Deployment Dates: May 26 – May 31, June 2-7, June 9-14, June 16-21, June 23-28, June 30-July 5, July 7-12, July 14-19, July 21-July 26, July 28-August 2, August 4-9, August 11-16 Times: Flight Adventure Deck: Monday—Friday: 9 am-3 pm; National Flight Academy: 6 day overnight Ages: Flight Adventure Deck: entering 5th and 6th grade; National Flight Academy: 12-18 years old Where: National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd, NAS Pensacola; National Flight Academy, 1 Fetterman Way, NAS Pensacola

First City Arts Center “Creatisphere”

Dates: May 27 – August 9 Times: 9 am - 4 pm Ages: 6-16 Where: First City Arts Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Cost: $250/non-member session; $200/member session Info: firstcityart.org Creatisphere Summer Art Camp is the ultimate art experience. This dynamic program includes hands-on classes in pottery, drawing, sculpture, photography, glass blowing, 3-D design, mixed media, painting, printmaking, kiln forming, drawing, textiles and more. Creatisphere takes art “out of the box,” allowing participants to explore and experiment with unique art forms that encourage creative development, critical thinking skills and innovation. Each week campers work in the Ceramics and Glass Studios creating a truly unique art experience. In addition to using a variety of studios on the FCAC campus, campers will visit the 1060 Art Gallery where they can see artists working in their studios. In addition to art activities, each day there is a light session of movement, such as Yoga or outdoor games.

Cost: Flight Adventure Deck Day Camp: $175/one-week session; National Flight Academy: $1,250/six-day session Info: navalaviationfoundation.org/what-we-do/fad-summer-camp nationalflightacademy.com/ambition-program Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp: The Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp is a camp specifically designed for rising fifth and sixth graders. Flight Adventure Deck is an aviation themed STEM Day Camp lead by certified teachers. Campers learn the fundamentals of flight and how to build and launch their own rockets & gliders. Other activities include watching the Blue Angels practice, experiencing Giant Screen Theater films, or using the museum’s exciting flight simulators during a week-long session. At the beginning of the camp, students will receive a “Flight Adventure Deck” t-shirt, lanyard and navigation Booklet. Campers are also given a “call sign” and get to design their own Squadron Patch. Sessions fill quickly so reserve your spot now. The National Flight Academy: The National Flight Academy focuses on building science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, along with critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. Rising seventh through twelve graders participating in the National Flight Academy’s program live aboard a multi-story facility, AMBITION CVT-11, the world’s only virtual land-locked aircraft carrier for six days. Participants eat on the mess deck, sleep in staterooms and plan missions with their squadrons in an immersive, theme-park like environment to provide a “best-in-theworld” learning.

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Summer Camps 2019 Episcopal Day School

Dates: June 3 – July 26 Times: Full and half day options available Ages: PreK-2 - 8th grade Where: The Hilton-Green Campus, 601 N. Palafox St. (rising 1st grade and under); South Campus, 223 N. Palafox St. (rising 2nd through 8th) Cost: $205/one-week session; $132/half-day one-week session Info: edssc.org Episcopal Day School is planning for eight weeks of summer fun with its annual summer camp sessions, stretching Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. For rising PreK-2 through Kindergarten students, campers will work their way through oceans, over mountains, up into space and back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Rising 1st through 8th graders will have the opportunity to pick a morning and afternoon session to complete their schedule.  Options will vary each week, and many camps will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) emphasis.  Classes will include painting and sculpture, tennis, piano and volleyball, cooking, and video game design.  Full and half day options are available for both sections of camps. Extended care will be provided from 7 am to 8:30 am and from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and is complimentary with registration.

Montessori School of Pensacola

Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 1-5; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29- August 2 Times: Preschool camps (8 am-11:30 am, full day options available); Elementary camp times vary Ages: 4-14 Where: MSP Campus, 1010 N. 12th Ave. (preschool camps); 4101 Montessori Dr. (elementary and tennis camps) Cost: Preschool camps vary based on times; Elementary, $280 per camp Info: montessoripensacola.com/summer Montessori School of Pensacola has two summer camp sessions lined up this year—one camp for preschoolers between the ages of 4 to 6, and the other for children between the ages of 7 to 13. In addition to recreational summer fun outdoors, preschoolers will learn about different world cultures, theatre terms and production, jewelry-making, cooking safely and hygienically, science experiments and discoveries, music styles and instruments, as well as different artistic styles and mediums. Drop off is as early as 7 am and pick up is as late as 5:30 pm. Elementary-level students have several exciting themes including polymer clay, cooking and tennis. Times and costs vary. Children are asked to bring their own lunch and snack.

Pensacola MESS Hall Summer Camps

Dates: May 29-June 1; June 4-8; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25- 29; July 2-6; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; July 30-August 3 Times: Morning sessions 9 am-noon; afternoon sessions 1 pm-4 pm Ages: Grades 1-3; 1-6; 4-7 44 Pensacola Magazine

Where: Pensacola MESS Hall, 116 N. Tarragona St. Cost: Weeklong, half day camps $100/member session; $125/ nonmember session Info: pensacolamesshall.org This summer, the camps offered at Pensacola MESS Hall focus on building math, engineering and science skills, and students are organized according to grade levels. Themes at MESS Hall include Science Sampler; Inventor’s Workshop; Lab Ratz; Rockin Out; Space Explorers; Water Works; Light it up and Robot, Set, Code. Camp days are half-days with either morning sessions from 9 am to noon, or afternoon sessions from 1 pm to 4 pm. Students should bring snacks for all sessions.

Pensacola Cooks Kids Summer Camp

Dates: June 3 - August 2, weekly Times: ages 6-9: 9 am - noon; ages 10-14: 1 pm - 4 pm Ages: 6-14 Where: Pensacola Cooks, 3660 Barrancas Ave. Cost: $200, one-week session Info: info@pensacolacooks.com Pensacola Cooks is having its annual Youth Summer Cooking Camp starting in June. This year, the weekly themes range from Gardener Chefs, World Traveler Chefs, “From Scratch” Baking Camp, Pastry Chefs and College Survival. Students are asked to wear closed toed shoes and pull any long hair back in a ponytail. Food and drinks are included in class fee.

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14; June 24-28; July 8 - 12 Times: Vary depending on camps (9 am-3 pm or 8 am-11 am) Ages: 4-15 Where: 8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Cost: $175-$375 Info: navarresciencestation.org Navarre Beach Marine Science Station will be offering an array of summer camps this summer, for all ages to engage with sea life.

Themes include Arts and the Sea, Reefs and Robotics, and Fins and Flippers. Campers ages 9 to 13 will get their own fishing pole at the Guy Harvey Fishing Camp, where they’ll go on a deep-sea expedition and learn about fish conservation and biology. Your child will need to bring sunscreen, a snack/lunch (depending on camp time), water bottle/drink, shoes that can be worn in the water, beach towel and a change of clothes.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dates: Oceans Alive Single Day Camps: June 21, July 19, or July 25 Bio Blitz Single Day Camps: June 14, July 26, or July 31 Survivor: Dauphin Island Single Day Camps: June 7, June 14, July 5, or July 30 Times: Vary depending on camps Ages: Oceans Alive Day Camps: 5-8; Bio Blitz Day Camp: 8-10; Survivor: Dauphin Island: 10-13 Where: 101 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island Cost: Oceans Alive Day Camps-$35; Bio Blitz Day Camp-$50; Survivor: Dauphin Island-$50 Info: disl.org The Discovery Hall Programs offer a variety of marine science programs for children during the summer. In addition to the popular day camps, Dauphin Island Sea lab also offers overnight camps for grades 3 through 5 and a 4 week-long summer intensive for high school students.

UWF Explore Summer Camps Dates: June 3-August 9, weekly Times: Varies by session Ages: 5-17 Where: UWF Main campus (11000 University Pkwy.), Historic Pensacola campus, Gulf Breeze Elementary School, UWF Fort Walton Beach campus, Pensacola Museum of Art Cost: Varies by session from $125 to $336 Info: uwf.edu/explorecamps

UWF Explore Summer Camps will be offering STEM, language and writing, art and social studies camps for campers in incoming kindergarten to 12th grade. Camps are either one or two weeks in length that encourages students to discover the world through handson activities. UWF Explore Camp’s many programs include LEGO Robotics, Explore Hogwarts, Marine Science, Broadway Bound and Mad Scientist.  

PSC Kids College

Dates: May 29-August 9 Times: Varies by session Ages: 6-12 Where: PSC Main Campus, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg. 96 Cost: $29-$158 Info: pensacolastate.edu/ce Pensacola State College is offering specialty camp sessions, as well as summer courses you can pick and choose for children, in the 2018 PSC Kids’ College Summer Program. The options for enrollment are practically endless and parents have the choice to register children for

individual courses, or week-long sessions that run daily from 8 am to 4:45 pm. A few of the themes for Kids’ College courses include sports, book clubs, jewelry making, learning about local and foreign cultures, computers, photography, movie making, newspaper reporting, zoology, art, ecosystems and so much more. Students must bring or purchase a lunch, and lunches are available for purchase at the oncampus Subway restaurant, for each full day of classes. Students are also encouraged to bring snacks and water, too. For a successful first day at PSC Kids’ College, make sure your child wears comfortable clothing and give your child a written list of their classes.

Active Play Pensacola Summer Day Camp

Dates: Weekly, May 28-August 9 Times: Camp times varies by session Ages: 3-8; 5-12; 5-15 Where: Cobb Resource Center (601 East Mallory St.), Fricker Resource Center (900 North F St.), Gull Point Resource Center (7000 Spanish Trail), Vickrey Resource Center (2130 Summit Blvd.), Woodland Heights Resource Center (111 Berkley Dr.) Cost: Varies by session Info: playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps PlayPensacola will host eleven weeks of summer camps at each of these five resource center locations: E.S. Cobb, Fricker, Gull Point, Vickrey and Woodland Heights. Field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, plus games and sports are just a few of the activities students can enjoy this summer with PlayPensacola summer camps. PlayPensacola is also offering specialty camps this year, which will include beginning and advanced fishing camps, as well as SUP, adventure, performing arts Pensacola Magazine


Summer Camps 2019 and dance camps, British soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis and junior tennis camps. Outdoor specialty camps are located at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, Roger Scott Athletic Complex and Tennis Center, Malcolm Yonge Gym and Gull Point Resource Center. Day Camps run Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm, lunch and snack provided.

guard, lunch and a towel. The students in surf camp will learn surfing, paddle boarding, ocean awareness and safety and wave knowledge and etiquette. In the skate camp, the students will set their own goals each week and work to achieve each trick. The students attending the skate camp are asked to bring a skateboard, and sack lunch. Camps run from 9 am to noon, and will provide a snack and water.

West Florida Baptist Academy Innerlight Surf Camp Dates: May 28, 29, 31; June 3, 5, 7; June 10, 12, 14; June 17, 19, 21; June Conqueror Day Camp 24, 26, 28; July 1, 2, 3; July 8, 19, 10; July 15, 17, 19; July 22, 24, 26; July Dates: June 3 –August 2, weekly Times: 7 am – 3 pm (extended care available) Ages: 3 –12 Where: 5621 Highway 90, Milton Cost: $100 per week Info: www.wfbacademy.org/daycamp

29, 31, Aug 2; Aug 5, 6, 7 Times: 9 am-1 pm Ages: 7 and older Where: Behind Crabs Restaurant on Pensacola Beach Cost: $170 per session Info: innerlightsurf.com

West Florida Baptist Academy offers week long camps throughout the summer. Activities include Bible stories, swimming, movies, reading club, playground time, field trips, ice cream and more.

Innerlight Surf Shop’s Summer Surf Camp takes place all summer long. Students will learn to surf, surfing etiquette, culture, techniques, wave knowledge, and tides and marine biology. No worries if the surf is flat, the students will still have fun games and activities. Each student will receive a Surf Camp T-shirt, stickers, coupons, and other goodies. The students are asked to bring board shorts or swimsuit, a towel, a lot of sunscreen, a rash guard, a snack/lunch and something to drink.

Waterboyz Surf, Skate and Skim Camps

Dates: May 27 – 30; June 3-6; June 10-13; June 17-20; June 24-27; July 1-4; July 8-11; July 15-18; July 22-25; July 29-August 1; August 5-8 Times: 9 am-noon Ages: 7 and up (must be a good swimmer) Where: Pensacola Beach and Waterboyz Cost: $170 per session for surf camp; $120 per session for skate or skim camp Info: waterboyz.com Waterboyz is offering surf, skate and skim camps this summer. All camps offer lessons for be-ginners to advanced students. The students attending the surf camp are asked to bring sandals, sunscreen, rash

UWF Argo Kids Adventure Camp

Dates: May 28-31; June 3-7; June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 1-5; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2 Times: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Ages: Grades K-5 Where: UWF Campus, 11000 University Pkwy., Bldg. 72 Rm. 278 Cost: $100- $160 Info: uwf.edu/offices/recreation-and-sports-services/argo-adventurekids-camp UWF Argo Kids Adventure Camp will be using the following themes for its summer camps this year: Decades, Disney, Under the Sea, Magic, Everyday Heroes, Show Us Your Skills, Out of this World and Olympic Week. Out-door time will be spent on natural trails, hiking and doing rope courses, while indoor activities will include dance, swimming and rock climbing. Safety activities will also be offered to give students instruction on knot tying and self-defense, and sports activities will allow students to play softball, kickball, tennis, and much more. Every day students should bring a backpack or gym bag with sunblock, extra clothes and shoes, swimming gear and a water bottle labeled with your child’s name.

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be divided into age appropriate groups 6-7 (Indians), 8-9 (Explorers) and 10-12 (Settlers) campers will participate in many interactive skits, presentations and shows. Kid friendly lunches entrees will be provided, and campers will even learn how to make pizza.

Camp Fire WILD and Wise Nature Day Camp

Dates: Varies by location Times: Varies by location Ages: 5-12 Where: Pensacola State College Child Development Center, Century Youth Learning Center Cost: Varies by location; all locations: one-time fees of $20/registration and $50/activity. Info: campfirekidsfl.com

Cordova Lanes Pins and Pals Summer Camp

Dates: June 8-August 3, weekly (no camp week of July 4) Times: 10 am–1 pm Ages: 5–18 Where: 2111 Airport Blvd Cost: $125 weekly – includes child’s bowling ball and lunch; $90 weekly – without bowling ball Info: cordovalanes.com Students will begin with bowling basics and end with a greater appreciation for bowling and a comfort level that will let them enjoy bowling more – all with your very own bowling ball. Coaches are available to help you develop a killer shot, or to just show you enough to allow you to enjoy the sport.  Lunch is provided each day. 

Sam’s Summer Fun and Enrichment Camp

Dates: Weekly all summer, May 27 - August 9 Times: 8:30am- 5:00 pm, extended hours 7:30 am-6 pm Ages: K Grads – Grade 6 Grads (6-12) Where: Sam’s Fun & Surf City Fun Park, 6709 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, FL Cost: $90 /$130 per week, part time/ full time. Includes lunch, and snacks Info: Samsfuncity.com/summer camp Sam’s Summer Fun and Enrichment Camp will be hosting young campers for an exciting day time adventure. Camper will be treated to endless fun at Sam’s many on site amusement facilities, including, water park, mini golf, Lazer tag, amusement rides, indoor soft play and inflatables. Campers will also enjoy offsite field trips including, bowling, skating, historic sites and nature visits. Campers receive bonus arcade rewards for their efforts and get to win prizes weekly. The weekly event schedule also includes a full slate of traditional camp outdoor field activities as well as educational programs from Sam’s award-winning Science of Fun Program. The theme this summer is understanding our gulf coast community. Campers will

At Camp Fire, campers will learn how to interact with nature and wildlife while having a blast. Camp activities include archery, swimming, hikes and more outdoor adventure, as well as skits, movies, music, field trips and games. At all locations, a lunch and two snacks are provided; each location requires campers to bring a change of clothes. All locations: $50 activity fee and a $20 registration fee are onetime costs. The PSC campus costs $110/week plus fees, while Century is priced at $95 per week plus fees. Each camper will receive a t-shirt. PSC: May 28-August 9, weekly (This camp is currently full, check with organization for cancellations) 6:30 am – 5:30 pm Century: May 28-August 9, weekly 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Pensacola Yacht Club

Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2; August 5-9 Times: 9 am – 3:30 pm Ages: 6-17 Where: 1897 Cypress St. Cost: $275 members/ $325 non-members Info: pensacolayachtclub.org Pensacola Yacht Club is having its annual summer sailing program stating in June. Students will learn to sail with confidence. All sessions offer lessons for beginner to advanced students. Students will learn boat rigging, boat handling, basic knots, sailing fundamentals, sportsmanship and boat responsibility. Students are asked to bring a personal floatation device, safety whistle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, dry change of clothes, clothes to get wet in, closed toed shoes, water bottle, sack lunch and snack; there is also the option to pay $35/week and PYC will supply lunch.

Kidz Pointe Summer Camp Dates: May 22-August 3 Times: 8 am-3 pm (extended hours available) Ages: 4-12 Where: Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North “W” St. Cost: $125/week Info: kidzpointe.com

Summer Camps 2019 Elementary school-aged children will have a blast at Kidz Pointe. This camp features field trips to the Gulf Coast Explorium, Chuck E. Cheese, NAS Museum and Sam’s Fun City, as well as activities and games. Weekly camp themes include Water Water Everywhere, Aargh Matey, The Final Frontier, Nerd Explosion, Superheroes, Happy Birthday America, Under the Big Top, Animal Antics and Vacation Bible School. A snack and lunch are provided.

YAC Summer Day Camp

Dates: May 28 – August 9 Times: 6am (6:30 for Big YAC) – 5:30pm Ages: 2-4 (Little YAC), 5-10 (Big YAC) Where: Santa Rosa Christian Learning Center; Santa Rosa Christian School Cost: Varies by age Info: youthathleticclub.org Your child will have a blast at YAC Summer Day Camp. Activities include field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, Bible study, inflatables, wading pools and much more. Two snacks and a lunch are included. Weekly rates for the Little YAC campers are $115 per week for twoyear-olds, $110 per week for three-year-olds, and $105 per week for four-year-olds; camp is located at Santa Rosa Christian Learning Center. For Big YAC campers, the cost is $95 per child per week to stay until 3 pm, with an additional charge to stay until 5:30 pm; camp is located at Santa Rosa Christian School.

Mojo Elite Gymnastics

Dates: Weekly camps beginning May 28 Times: Ages 3 to 4: 9 am -12 pm; Ages 5 to 13: 9 am - 3 pm Ages: 5 and up Where: 65 E. Olive Rd. Cost: $50 to $70/ week Info: mojogymnastics.com Mojo Elite Gymnastics offers summer camps focused on gymnastics, parkour, ninja warrior, daily swimming and water activities, games, crafts, weekly field trips and more. Weekly themes include outback survival, renaissance week, around the world, science week, wet and wild, animal planet, under the sea, motor city and mojo sportz week.

First City No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Dates: May 29 – August 10 Times: 7:30 am-6 pm Ages: 5 and up Where: 65 E. Olive Rd. Cost: $145/ week Info: firstcitygymnastics.com

First City’s No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp will have an obstacle course, gymnastics, arts and crafts, trampolines, games and contests, and field trips. Camp runs weekly, but will be closed the week of July 4. Campers will get a free t-shirt upon registration, and can bring their own lunch, snack and drink or will have the option to buy 48 Pensacola Magazine

these at the gym’s snack bar. They’re asked to wear comfortable clothes, without any zippers, buttons or snaps.

Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp

Dates: June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; June 25-29 Times: 9 am – 2 pm Ages: 6-13 Where: 2729 Ten Mile Rd., Pace Cost: $300/week Info: aubreyhill.com/summer-riding-camp-summer-camp Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp is for beginner and intermediate riders, still learning how to hold their own on a horse. There will be arts and crafts in between learning to ride and instruction on horse care. Campers must wear jeans or riding pants and a t-shirt (no tank tops) for horse riding, and have their hair pulled back. Tennis shoes or paddock boots are required at all times, no sandals allowed. Campers must bring their own lunch and drink.

Riverview Camp for Girls

Dates: May 26-July 26. one week, two week and custom sessions available Ages: 6-16 Where: 757 County Rd. 614, Mentone, AL Cost: $1,995 (1 week), $3,700 (2 weeks) Info: riverviewcamp.org Riverview is considered one of the South’s favorite summer camps for girls, and is located 45 minutes south of Chatanooga on top of Lookout Mountain. Girls ages 6 to 16 will have the opportunity for horseback riding, swimming, archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, tennis, canoeing, arts and crafts, drama and chorus and more. This camp is a great place to build lifelong friendships and chase adventure at the same time.

U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge Dates: Varies based on age Ages: 9-18 Where: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL Cost: Varies based on age/session Info: spacecamp.com

Come experience space and the sky like never before at U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. Camp sessions are year-round, for age groups 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18. Each camp lasts for 6 days and 5 nights, and may include simulators, wilderness training, teambuilding and leadership exercises, flight combat training, rocket building and robotics. The experience and knowledge gained at Space Camp is invaluable to any future astronauts and aviators.


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play/live/give West Rotary Club and benefiting Take Stock in Children, teams compete in professional and backyard categories as well as for the coveted People’s Choice Award. For more information, visit https://www. cityofpensacola.com.

Sawmill Day and Car Show May 4

Hot Glass Cold Brew May 3

First City Art Center (FCAC) is excited to host “Hot Glass, Col Brew” Mystic May Edition May 3 at 6 pm located at FCAC. Full admission ($20 members/$30 nonmembers) will include a signature handmade glass or ceramic cup. General admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. Presale tickets will be offered online only at FirstCityArt.org For more information, call 429-1222 or visit FirstCityArt.org.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents Showtime May 3, 4 and 5

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will be performing at the Saenger Theatre May 3, 4 and 5 at varying show times. From lights to sound to costumes, it takes a village to bring a performance to life. The Pensacola Children’s Chorus aims to put on a show that brings our entire community together to experience something truly entertaining. This year’s Showtime is a lively performance featuring music of the more popular genres as well as some tried and true classics. Ticket prices start at $25. For more information, visit www. pensacolasaenger.com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

The 39 Steps May 3 through 12

The Pensacola Little Theatre will be hosting productions of “The 39 Steps,” throughout May. Show times are 7:30 pm, with special showings May 5 and 12 at 3 pm. Mainstage play directed by Billy

Buff and Barbara Jacobs. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com.

Improvable Cause Show May 4 and 22

Pensacola Little Theater will host an Improvable Cause (IC) show May 4 at 10:30 pm and May 22 at 7 pm. IC is Pensacola's only professional improv comedy troupe. Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different. IC shows are edge-of-your-seat theatre where anything can happen, and usually does. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com.

Burger Battle by the Bay May 4

The 3rd Annual Burger Battle by the Bay is the only burger grilling contest of its kind in Pensacola. Hosted by the Suburban

The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society hosts its 29th annual heritage festival in the historic district of Century. This year’s invited exhibits include arrow head makers, antique bottle collections, Alabama potter Matt Brabbon creating pieces on his foot powered wheel, Munson’s fur trapper museum, the West Fla Wood Carver’s Club, The Canoe, Ala Sons of Confederate Veterans, the traveling museum of the NW Fla Living History Association, and our museums which will be open with 9 rooms of local memories. Also, a display of exhibitors and winners from Flomaton High School’s 2018 History Fair along with a special photo exhibit will be in our main museum. For more information, call 256-3980.

Free Yoga Class May 5

Free Yoga classes will be held the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at Community Maritime Park. The next class will be held May 5. Certified instructors from Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center will provide instruction. The class is free, but you will need to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and any other accessories you would like to use. Water will be provided, but you will need to bring your own bottle or container. For more information, visit https://www.cityofpensacola.com.

Relay for Life Pensacola May 10 to 11

Relay for Life brings the community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. Relay for Life honors their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn't Pensacola Magazine


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John Appleyard Talk: Pensacola History May 10

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John Appleyard will have a history presentation May 10 at 9 am at the Pensacola Visitor Information Center. Don't miss the opportunity to hear famed historian, John Appleyard share his knowledge of Pensacola's history with one of his famous storytelling sessions. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. For more information, call 4341234.

Homebrewing Craft Beer Tasting May 11

Top Chief style competition for Homebrewers, the Homebrew Craft Beer Tasting festival will be held May 11 at 6 pm. There will be a Professional Judging contest, Peoples Choice Award and Best Overall Team along with a Best Decorated Team contest. There also will be a Silent Auction and Barbecue Dinner is provided with entry, must be 21 to enter. All proceeds go to Favor House, Arc Gateway & Gulf Coast Kids House. Admission is $30 for advance tickets and $35 the day of the event. For more information, visit https://www.pensacolaknightsbeerfest.com.

White Tie Rock Ensemble: The Legacy of British Rock May 11

On May 11 at 8 pm, step back in time as White Tie Rock Ensemble explores the Legacy of British Rock. This rock theater concert experience will showcase this era of entertainment by featuring music from The Beatles early works, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin with a special salute to Cream, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Queen with David Bowie and The Police. Come rediscover this classic rock music when the White Tie Rock Ensemble presents: The Legacy of British Rock! Ticket prices start at $28. For more 52 Pensacola Magazine

information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

Fiesta Children’s Treasure Hunt May 11

Join in May 11 at Bayview Park for the annual Fiesta Children's Treasure Hunt. Registration and lunch are free and will be from noon to 2 pm. During that time, there will be various field day games for children and families, in addition to music and face painting. The Treasure Hunt begins at 2 pm for children ages three to ten years old. During the Hunt, children will go to various checkpoints in order to complete their map. Once completed, Every hunt participant will go home with their own treasure. For more information about the Children’s Treasure Hunt, call the Fiesta office at 433-6512 or visit www. FiestaPensacola.org.








Cruel Intentions – The Musical May 14

The Saenger Theatre will be hosting a production of Cruel Intentions May 14 at 7:30 pm. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl—and anyone who gets in their way— they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, NYC’s most intoxicating new musical is a full-on ’90s party. Ticket prices start at $58. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.

PJ Masks Live: Save the Day May 16

The Saenger Theatre will be hosting PJ Masks Live May 16 at 6 pm. PJ Masks Live is back with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: the PJ Masks. Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along

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Movies in the Park Series May 24

Once a month during the summer, catch a movie at Community Maritime Park. The next movie will be Field of Dreams, scheduled for May 24 beginning at sunset, 7:50 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of family fun underneath the stars. Local food trucks will be at the event, so make sure to come ready to enjoy dinner and a show. Pets and glass containers are not allowed in the park. For more information, visit www. cityofpensacola.com.

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This unique 5K run/walk will start and finish at a classic, local landmark, Graffiti Bridge, with the race starting May 25 at 8 am. Have you ever painted the world famous Graffiti Bridge? Well here’s your chance. The streets will be closing down two hours prior to race start for you to have access to the Bridge. Unless a train comes, you’ll have uninterrupted access to “Tag” the bridge. Bring your own paint. For more information, call 435-9222.

Blues on the Bay Concert Series May 26

The Blues on the Bay Concert Series will feature a concert this month at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park. Pack your coolers, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while some of the region's best musical talents hit the stage. The next concert will be May 26, beginning at 6 pm. Every concert in the series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cityofpensacola.com.

Pensacola Memorial Day Concert May 27

Visit the Hunter Amphitheater for the fourth annual Pensacola Memorial Day Concert featuring the Pensacola Civic Band as we honor our fallen heroes who gave their lives for freedom, May 27 at 5 pm. The fourth annual Pensacola Memorial Day concert

features uplifting musical performances, guest appearances, and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. For more information, visit https://www.cityofpensacola.com.

Fiesta of Five Flags May 29 to June 7

Celebrate Pensacola’s rich history at the annual Fiesta of Five Flags, beginning this year May 29 and lasting until June 7. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization was formed to celebrate the founding of Pensacola. In 1559, Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna, established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the United States. Since that time five different flags have flown over the City: Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American. Fiesta plans and produces over 20 events throughout the year with the help of a plethora of volunteers. These events are designed to appeal to all ages and interests, as well as promote tourism for the area. Fiesta has always been a significant celebration for the Pensacola Bay Area. A 10-day heritage celebration, held the first two weeks in June, is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the State of Florida. For more information, visit http://www. fiestapensacola.org.



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A New Vision for the Port The Port of Pensacola could be a revitalized gateway for trade, a hub for maritime research and a vital part of the city’s public waterfront, but only if Pensacolians are willing to invest significant time and money into a transformation.

Those were the conclusions of a nine-month, $100,000 study designed to envision what the city’s historic port could and should look like in 50 years. The study was commissioned by former Mayor Ashton Hayward in June of 2018 and presented to the City Council

in March. California-based advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol hosted three public input sessions, gathered thousands of online responses and examined modern ports around the nation to develop three concepts of what the port could look like and who it should serve. The surveys and input sessions found that city residents want the port to stay, and view it as an underutilized strategic asset. More than half of respondents agreed that investment in the port and maritime industry benefit Northwest Florida. Residents largely disagreed with any suggestion that the port property should be used for another purpose. Most said they would prefer to see the port engage in traditional maritime uses, as well as emerging tech and research opportunities.

“The most important thing in my mind that came out of this study effort is the commitment of the community to traditional seaport cargo operations,” said port director Amy Miller. The vision plan comes as the port has struggled turn a profit in the last decade. A sharp decline in the offshore oil and gas industry has seen fewer ships docking in Pensacola for service. And because of its relatively small size, the port has been largely left out of the container shipping market, where the ever-increasing size of ships requires deeper drafts and more wharfage than Pensacola can provide. “We’ve said for years and years we’re never going to be a large scale container port here in Pensacola,” Miller said. “We don’t have the infrastructure to support that. So we’re going to

Mission Statement Achieve a revitalized, sustainable Port of Pensacola. We will accomplish this by safeguarding core maritime infrastructure and activities while engaging underutilized land and waterfront assets into new pursuits, inclusive of science, technology, education, research, business and other complimentary uses. Our goal is to secure long term economic and social benefit to Pensacola and Northwest Florida.

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play in some very niche cargo roles and I think the key to the success of the port is how you activate the rest of the port property in a meaningful way that generates revenue to the port, that’s meaningful to the community and integrates the community and the port together. I think to a large extent the plan that came out of this process does that.”

engage with the port’s maritime activities and embracing a new management structure that will allow the port to be more nimble in attracting and serving new tenants.

“The full—or even partial— realization of the Vision Plan will require the study and ultimate adoption of a new model(s) for development and management of the site,” the report’s authors concluded. The study identified six guide “Moving forward, one of the posts that it suggests should be first steps the City should take used to guide development of the port in to the future. These as part of plan implementation is to form a task force charged included maintaining the port with the study, evaluation as a gateway for trade, growing and recommendation of the partnerships with research forward approaches to establish entities like the University of a governance model that will be West Florida and the Institute most effective in achieving the for Human and Machine Cognition, remaining flexible so aims of the plan.” as to adapt to changing market Included in several proposals conditions, enhancing linkages in the vision plan is an idea to with downtown through recreational opportunities, move the port’s security fence enhancing opportunities for closer to the water, opening the public to observe and up some 25 acres of largely

Guide Posts 1. Pensacola’s Trade Gateway 2. An Engine of our Blue Economy 3. A Future Proofed Port 4. Promoted Increased Recreational Activity 5. A Celebration of Pensacola’s Past and Future 6. Embrace New Approaches to Port Organization

unused property for mixed-use development, envisioned in the plan as space for research, education and commercial opportunities. A new east-west street would connect Palafox Pier to Bartram Park. Mayor Grover Robinson said he’d want to see real proposals to use the

land before moving the security fence. “I don’t know until we have something in hand I’m not necessarily looking to change what we end up doing with the fence line and taking on cost when we don’t know what’s going to happen one way or another,” Robinson said. As for actually bringing the vision plan to fruition, much will rely on private sector interest, Miller said. Council President Andy Terhaar said he hopes to see the vision plan move forward. “It’s exciting and I think it’s something that can be done over several years or maybe a decade,” Terhaar said. “It’s going to take some time and lots of money, but there’s a demand.”

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Local Experts Expect Housing Market to Remain Strong in 2019 Zoom out and the view of the housing market nationwide is fraught with concern and caution. But zoom in – on what experts believe lies ahead for Pensacola-area home builders, Realtors, and building suppliers in 2019 – and the outlook brightens dramatically. The home building industry and housing consumers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are not immune from the macrofactors of rising mortgage interest rates, slower global growth and stock-market volatility, but as Pensacola Realtor Keith Furrow of Keith Furrow & Associates says: “Housing is hyperlocal and even if the big-picture negatives drag the local market down in 2019, the worst-case scenario is likely to be a soft landing.” Respected Pensacola economist Dr. Rick Harper believes such optimism is justified, citing 1) the area’s strong jobs market – at 2.9 percent, unemployment is a full percentage point below the national rate; 2) an annual estimated population growth rate of 1.5 percent (compared to .8 percent for the nation) and 3) the likelihood that home prices will continue to rise five to seven percent this year. Harper sees historically low mortgage interest rates rising slowly in 2019, and with about 1,700 housing starts projected for the twocounty area in 2019, he says the market is nowhere near an overbuilt situation. “Given job and population growth, the demand side of the housing equation is really strong going into the year,” he said. David Peaden, executive director of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, points out that despite the many favorable facets of the housing market, builders face major challenges delivering new homes to their customers. “Our biggest concerns are on the supply side,” Peaden said, “specifically with the shortage of construction workers, the tight labor market, and upward pressure on the price of building materials – all factors that squeeze the builders’ margins and profitability.”

Alton Lister, owner of Lister Building, LLC and current president of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, typically constructs six custom homes each year and says the “workforce is stretched thin,” especially for the highly skilled workers needed for quality work on homes priced $400,000 to $600,000. Former Florida Home Builders Association president Edwin Henry of Henry Company Homes – one of the area’s top builders for more than four decades – takes pride in having a skilled, stable group of workers, but says it’s a constant challenge and noted that he lost some who moved to the Panama City area to rebuild homes destroyed after Hurricane Michael hit on October 10, 2018.

“Given job and population growth, the demand side of the housing equation is really strong going into the year.” – Dr. Rick Harper Bill Batting of REW Materials is forced to cope with finding people to drive trucks and operate hydraulic lifts as well as the everincreasing costs of the drywall and roofing products he supplies to builders. “Wages are going up because workers are in such short supply,” Batting sad. “But even more costly are the regulatory burdens placed on businesses like ours that use trucks to transport their products. It’s really tough to hold the line on operating costs.”

Builders are also challenged by the scarcity of buildable lots, a problem Henry attributes to what he believes are two related factors: the growing dominance of national and regional builders in the area and an anti-development public sentiment. Henry has charted the share of housing production by the top ten builders in Santa Rosa County since 1991 and has seen that share rise from 25 percent then to 61 percent today. “This consolidation has made it harder for small, independent builders to access lots,” Henry said. “At the same time, large builders develop large-scale communities to ensure their future lot supply. The general public thinks this means houses will flood the market all at one time, which is a misconception that fuels anti-growth attitudes which in turn can limit future development. The overall effect is fewer houses being built to meet the demand.” Whatever obstacles builders may face in 2019 appear to many as minor bumps on the road to another solid year for home building. Blaine Flynn of Flynn-Built Homes expects to build over 100 homes this year in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties – a 30 percent increase over 2018. Flynn believes its huge military presence “insulates” the Pensacola area from any negative economic trends, and that phenomenal job growth (fueled by the well-documented expansion of Navy Federal Credit Union) will translate into red-hot demand for housing. Harper confirms that the 4,000 new jobs created in 2018 is well above the 1,500 new job annual growth rate from 1990 to 2015. Henry is bullish too, projecting 150 new home sales this year. Furrow, a partner in Gulf Coast Dream Homes, is a bit more cautious in his optimism, having witnessed the ups and downs of housing markets for 35 years. “I believe 2019 will be another good year for builders and Realtors,” Furrow said, “but we better keep our eye on the ball.”

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Ethics in Everything We Do: The Better Business Bureau helps save time, money and worry

In 1985, small and big business companies from Pensacola came together for the purpose of promoting ethics in local products and services. At the time, an organization in Mobile was trying to service the area with a similar purpose, however the distance proved a hindrance for their cause. So, instead of letting Mobile run the show around here, Pensacola business leaders came together to form the Northwest Florida Better Business Bureau. The newly formed BBB served four counties and acted as a watchdog for businesses and customers. Nowadays, the BBB serves 14 counties, but its mission has stayed the same. They continue to serve as the community business watchdog, accrediting businesses, warning people about scams, educating community members, serving as a database among other duties. The smallest of the five BBBs in Florida, the local branch serviced more than 624,000 information inquiries, including approximately 512,000 calls about businesses in northwest Florida, 2,000 complaints and many others. The role that BBB serves in the community fills a very important need as the ethical 64 Business Climate

standard setter for businesses and services, according to the Northwest Florida BBB Branch President and CEO Norman Wright. “Because these people had the vision of promoting ethics in the marketplace, we have a very active, functional Better Business Bureau serving in northwest Florida that has very valuable information in our database to help consumers make wiser buying decision,” he said. “That’s really the main thing that we do, is to help provide consumers businesses’ information so that they can be smarter consumers.”

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Approximately 1,800 businesses are BBB members, meaning they have been given a “background check” by the BBB and have committed to upholding the high standards expected. Failure to keep these standards resulted in the removal of eight businesses from the BBB last year. For the last 34 years, the BBB has been a trusted community partner, but as a watchdog, they have to uphold incredibly high standards for themselves. Employees are careful to not support one business over the another and to not show any favoritism for BBB member businesses. In fact, businesses who are a part of BBB must work with consumers and the BBB to keep their membership and their accreditation. Wright said keeping high standards is not all that difficult, especially when he sees their customer as everyone in the community, not just the business or the consumer. “One of the good questions that comes up is who is our customer?” Wright said. “Is it the consumer or is it the business? And in a sense, it’s really both. The consumers use us, but the businesses are the ones that want to continue promoting ethics

in the marketplace. So they are financially contributing to what we do.” As online scamming has become a bigger and bigger part of life, the BBB has stepped up as a leader in fighting against these scammers. Through educational programs for the elderly, military members and others, Tammy Ward, communications director of the BBB, has been strengthening community members against those who would steal their hard-earned money. “I tell people you never know how you’re going to react to receiving something like that because you don’t know what mindset you are in,” Ward said. “It may hit you along the way, you just never know. The scammers love to the talk to people on the phone if someone actually answers on the phone, it’s like 60 to 75 percent more likely that they can talk somebody into something if they can get them to answer the phone because they are quick.” Scams today are often sent through e-mail, phone calls and even text messages. While most people can spot a scam fairly easily, there are those who are fooled by them, or who are willing to give the scammers money because they are tricked into thinking the scammers care for them. The educational classes Ward gives combat the scammers by teaching their tactics to those who would be most effected by them and those close to at-risk people. “Unfortunately, that age group likes to believe when someone calls them that they’re telling the truth,” she said. “They’re susceptible to that kind of stuff lots of time because they are lonely and if a scammer calls them and is willing to talk to them, they’ll go ahead and give them money.” Another aspect of scams that people often don’t think about is online identity theft. Several times a year, Ward travels to military installations to speak with the military personnel and their families about scammers who will steal their pictures from online and use them in their scams. Victims of online identity theft may never know their picture is being used to scam someone else, but it is a risk people take when posting their image online. “For them, it’s to make their whole family aware for their social media what they do as far as when they are in uniform and the

“That’s really the main thing that we do, is to help provide consumers businesses’ information so that they can be smarter consumers.” pictures that they post,” Ward explained. “A lot of times the scammers will copy their pictures and start a romance through online with someone and tell them that they’re overseas and they want to come meet them but they need money and that kind of thing.” Supporting the BBB helps not only support an ethical business environment in Pensacola, but also allows Ward to give classes on these scams to those who may be victims. Wright also said that supporting the local BBB is one of the essential ABCs of business.

“I always look at it as three things,” he said. “A business should join their association, join the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce. ABC.” Not every business is a member of BBB, but even non-members can be looked up for reviews. Reviews on the BBB website are vetted to make sure that they are from actually customers of the business, whether the review is good or bad. These reviews last for three years, so businesses that start off weak but get better can show their progress and eventually achieve an excellent rating. By remaining a neutral partner to the community, the BBB can provide necessary information to let consumers make more conscience buying decisions. The BBB also incentivizes ethical business practices for members and non-members, as both can be called in for customer complaints. Through arbitration services also offered at the BBB, customers can resolve complaints with willing businesses, which forges a trust in the community between consumer and service. As the watchdog for ethical businesses, the BBB is often a quiet, under looked part of the community, but no less important in their work. Business Climate 65


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Greater Pensacola Chamber Names Todd Thomson President/CEO At their April board meeting, The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to name Todd Thomson President/ CEO of the organization. Thomson replaces former Chamber President/CEO Clay Ingram, who was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to lead Volunteer Florida in January. Thomson had been serving as the Chamber’s Interim President/ CEO since Ingram’s departure. “After a thorough search and interview process, our search committee and Chamber Board of Directors found Todd Thomson’s experience, leadership skills, and vision for the Chamber to be the right fit,” stated Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Steve Moorhead. “We are excited about our future with Todd at the helm.” Thomson joined the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in February 2015 and has served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the past three years. Before joining the Chamber, Thomson had a twenty-year career in Florida government and politics; including serving as Staff Director for the Redistricting Committee in the Florida House of Representatives and as Director of Government Relations for BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thomson has experience as a legislative lobbyist, grassroots organizer, and political campaign consultant. Thomson has managed and consulted for numerous successful campaigns on the federal, state, and local levels. “The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce has evolved over the past few years with a new location, new people, and a new focus. That focus is to be as a resource and advocate for small businesses and a key supporter of our local military installations,” Thomson stated. “We will continue to expand on these roles by serving as a key convener for local organizations; bringing people together to address the key issues facing our community and local businesses.” Thomson’s tenure will begin immediately.

Ryan Tilley of IHMC Appointed to the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors FloridaWest EDA is pleased to announce that Ryan Tilley of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has been appointed to the FloridaWest Board of Directors by the Escambia

County Commission. Tilley joins Karen Sindel as one of the two county appointees to serve the community on the economic development alliance board. Ryan is currently the Director of Strategic Program Execution and Innovation at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and is also a partner in two Pensacola based software engineering companies. Prior to joining IHMC, Ryan was the Chief Operating Officer for VetCV Inc., a software application company focused on supporting Veterans and their families. Ryan was also the COO for KontactIntelligence Inc., a leading healthcare industry physician recruitment software platform. Ryan earned his master’s in Business Administration as well as Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Global Economics from the University of West Florida. He also received his master’s certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of West Florida. He is married to his lovely wife Kelly and together they have two amazing sons. “With his experience with technology based companies, Ryan Tilley will be a key asset to our board,” said Scott Luth, FloridaWest. “With our current focus on building the Cyber Security assets in Escambia County, we are looking forward to working with Ryan to create jobs and establish new business.” “I have a passion for the Northwest Florida region,” Ryan said, “and I am looking forward to driving successful, sustainable, and responsible economic development for our community.” About IHMC Pensacola-based IHMC is a notfor-profit research institute that has grown into one of the nation’s premier research organizations. It’s world-class scientists and engineers investigate a broad range of topics related to building technological systems aimed at amplifying and extending human cognition, perception, locomotion and resilience. The institute is part of the Florida University System and has a branch in Ocala. About FloridaWest: Located in the city of Pensacola and Escambia County, FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance is the region's economic development organization with the mission of building, growing, and sustaining the economic potential and prosperity of Northwest Florida. Through our alliance with the public and private community and business leaders, we are collectively strengthening our social, human, and business

capital, and developing our communities in the process to realize our economic aspirations.

First Double-A Baseball League ThemedAircraft Unveiled to Pensacola Blue Wahoos As the new official airline of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Silver Airways, the leading airline of the I-10 Gulf Coast region, unveiled the first themed aircraft for a Double-A Minor League baseball team. Named after Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ mascot, “Kazoo” rolled out of Silver Airways’ Orlando maintenance hangar and made its maiden flight to Pensacola International Airport where it was unveiled to the ball team and community. The new livery of the Saab 340 aircraft showcases joint branding featuring Silver Airways’ iconic turbine and the baseball team’s powerful Blue Wahoo. “Kazoo” was designed by Steven Ward, a Silver Airways mechanic and tattoo artist, and the airline’s technical operations team carried out the plane’s transformation. “It’s a great day in Pensacola and for baseball’s Southern League, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce Silver Airways’ ‘Kazoo’ to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the community,” said Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum. “Serving the Pensacola and Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast with safe, reliable and customer friendly service is hugely important to Silver Airways and we are thrilled to partner with a club that shares our same enthusiasm for fun spirited entertainment as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.” “This is truly a big moment for us,” said Pensacola Blue Wahoos Team President Jonathan Griffith. “Seeing our logo on the side of the aircraft and knowing the Blue Wahoos plane will be traveling all across the southeast gives us something we could have never dreamed of having. The opportunities this provides us are immeasurable. Not just with the Blue Wahoos plane, but also what it allows us for signage and branding throughout the Pensacola International Airport. Plus, our partnership is providing fans the opportunity to win roundtrip tickets to destinations Silver Airways services, so this goes back to our mission of improving the quality of life in Pensacola and making it a great place to live.” Silver Airways recently started new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS), ideal for business, Business Climate 67

leisure and military travelers. Silver Airways is proud to serve a large number of military communities throughout its Florida network and beyond, including Pensacola. In salute to the dedicated and hardworking men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and in appreciation for their service, the airline recently introduced a discount for active-duty military traveling for leisure. All active-duty military (and their spouse and children) are eligible for a discount* on all Silver Airways flights, including members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and reserve personnel on active duty status. For complete details, reservations and to receive email updates on Silver’s special offers, visit silverairways.com. Silver Airways offers guests the ease and convenience of seamless booking, ticketing and baggage handling with connections to hundreds of destinations that are available via the airline’s codeshare partnerships with United, JetBlue and Avianca, as well as interline ticketing partnerships with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska, ANA, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, Azul and Emirates. Members of United’s MileagePlus® and JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty programs can also earn frequent flyer awards for travel throughout Silver’s network.

UWF Center for Cybersecurity hosts grand opening in downtown Studer Community Institute Building Operating out of a state-of-the-art facility in the downtown Studer Community Institute Building, the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Monday, April 15. The event took place as part of the University’s Founders Week festivities.

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The downtown location positions the Center to conduct innovative teaching, research and training for students, professionals and state agency personnel. The cutting-edge site supports full-spectrum cyber operations including detection, incident response, protection, recovery and investigation using hands-on, scenario-based training. The Center invests in innovative training to combat the evolving cyber threat landscape. Cybercriminals will steal an estimated 146 billion records and cost businesses about $8 trillion over the next five years, according to a 2018 study by Juniper Research, a company that specializes in forecasting and consultancy for digital technology markets. “Innovation defines how the UWF Center for Cybersecurity operates,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “The Studer Community Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that complements the caliber of UWF's nationally recognized program. This new venue is the ideal counterpart as we continue working to establish Florida's Cyber Coast.” The Center operates on the second floor of the SCI Building. The new location includes a cyber operations and security training lab, educational security operations center, cyberinfrastructure security lab and cyber innovation area. The SCI Building also houses the Florida Cyber Range, a virtual environment created in partnership with Metova CyberCENTS that provides advanced hands-on training and testing solutions through customizable modules. Organizations utilize the Center's Cybersecurity for All Program to provide training for businesses, government and defense organizations. The new facility allows the program to continue these services and expand community outreach. Expansion includes K12 programs, cybersecurity events, competitions, tours and public addresses. Outside of programming, the Center provides a

venue where new technologies and best practices are showcased. The move benefits both UWF and the Studer Community Institute in their mission to improve the community’s quality of life. "Pensacola is making great progress on so many fronts,” said Quint Studer, owner of the Studer Community Institute Building. “A large reason for the area's improved quality of life is the phenomenal work of the University of West Florida. UWF is positioned to be a world leader on cybersecurity. When we purchased and renovated the Garden Street Building it was with the intention of attracting and supporting world class talent and work. UWF Center for Cybersecurity is that and more. We are grateful to be a small part of this phenomenal center." The freedom of a vast creative space provides internship and collaborative research project opportunities with businesses, government agencies and fellow academic institutions. UWF offers multidimensional academic programs including the only bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity in the state of Florida with designation as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. “This puts us in an ideal location to expand the Cyber Coast through collaboration with community and industry partners,” said Dr. Eman El Sheikh, director of the Center for Cybersecurity and professor of computer science at UWF. “The Center supports community and economic development in downtown Pensacola and shares its vision that cybersecurity is everyone’s business. The new location increases UWF’s presence downtown and demonstrates that the University is committed to cybersecurity resiliency beyond the main campus.” For more information about the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, visit uwf.edu/cyber.

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How to Safely Tackle Home Projects page 74

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$200k Median Sale Price Market Highlights March sales were up 29 percent compared to February's.

First quarter sales were just slightly ahead of the same period last year.

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March's combined days on market (DOM) averaged 72, two days less than the prior month.

Sales were up across all price ranges in both the residential and condo markets, with the most activity in March occurring in the $200k–$299k price range

Pending sales for March were 300 up seven percent over February.

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How to Safely Tackle Home Projects

When contemplating home upgrades or building projects, contractors and DIYers alike focus on factors such as budget, scheduling and materials. Another important consideration before starting work on any project – from renovating a main living area to expanding a bathroom or transforming your outdoor space – is safety. While having properly functioning tools is crucial to completing projects both big and small, proper handling and transportation of power tools and batteries can sometimes be overlooked. Due to their efficiency, energy storage capabilities, convenience and durability, lithium-ion batterypowered tools are a popular choice for taking care of task lists of all sizes, but must be handled correctly. With members representing portable and stationary power tool brands, the experts at 74 On The Market

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8769 Lupine Ln $495,000 | MLS# 551013 Come fall in love with this gorgeous Craftsman style home located on a prime lot that backs up to green space in the Premier Gated Community of Nature Trail. Tastefully decorated. One of a kind lighting throughout the main living areas. This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home boast high ceilings and elegant crown molding. The kitchen features 42” upper cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, and granite countertops. Perfect for entertaining or for the gourmet cook! Beautiful hard wood floors flow trough the home.


3175 Marcus Pointe Blvd $298,000 | MLS# 551083 Great Opportunity to get into a grand home with serence views of the Golf course. 3 BD and 2/5 baths. Welcoming living room and formal dining room, high ceilings, huge family room, gas fireplace and open concept to the kitchen. Dining nook plus the kitchen bar. The sliding glass doors in the living room, family room and master bedroom all open the to covered patio. Split floor plan that was well thought out with comfortable living space.

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2405 Ursula Ln $269,900 | MLS# 550625 Executive Pool Home in desirable Lake Estelle with super low voluntary HOA! Growing family? Multi-Generation Home? Moving UP and craving more space? Pre-inspected with a Home Buyers Warranty this Split Floor plan home with 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths offers so much potential for every buyers needs and peace of mind. The 4th bedroom was converted into Flex space/ Bonus Room for office. Misty Estes • 850.293.6969 • misty.estes@penfedrealty.com


5968 Hermitage Dr $451,000 | MLS# 537297 Looking for an Executive Home centrally located? Look no further than this two story Tastefully Updated Home in The Reserve! The current owners Opened the Down Stairs Floor Plan so that it would “Flow” for entertaining guest and family. Kitchen Island overlooks the Family Room and Breakfast Nook. A doorway leads to a Patio & Deck where you can enjoy all Fall Season Games on an outside TV or roast hot dogs over your Custom Built Fire Pit while the children play on the Play Set. Linda Turner • 850.324.4235 • linda.turner@penfedrealty.com

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7 Steps to Plan a Remodel Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Consider these steps from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) before you get started: 1. Determine your goals and needs. Understand why you are undertaking the project, whether it’s for resale value or so you can enjoy your home more. If looking to increase resale value, consider the neighborhood and potential upgrades that can have the highest impact when going to market. If remodeling can make for a more comfortable space, create a list of “must-haves” and “niceto-haves” then evaluate what’s feasible. Being realistic about needs and wants can help you create a budget. 2. Get inspired. Whether watching home improvement shows or browsing the internet, 78 On The Market

well you plan, but a dependable partner can make the process go smoother. While some of the best references may come from neighbors, friends or family members, a trade association finding photos of styles and looks you admire like NARI can help with its online “Find a can be beneficial when sharing your vision with Remodeler” tool. Make sure any contractor a remodeling contractor. you’re considering has several years of relevant experience, as well as liability insurance. 3. Understand your budget. Setting a budget and staying within it is critical to 6. Check references. When it comes to the project’s success. Be sure to build in a remodeling your home, you can never be too contingency fund for unforeseen expenses. careful when choosing who to work with. Be Project expenses should factor in the cost of sure to follow up on references, read reviews products, labor and project management. online and even check out the work of any There are also possible additional costs such remodelers you’re considering hiring, if as long-term maintenance, repairs, energy possible. use and a dining out budget if undergoing a full kitchen remodel or hotel costs sometimes 7. Prepare for the process. Regardless of the necessary with large-scale projects. To avoid size of the project, there will almost surely any unpleasant surprises, be sure to get a be inconvenience, noise, dust and potential written estimate and scope of work once you’ve delays. Your daily routine will most likely be selected a contractor. disrupted. Because it can be especially stressful 4. Determine timing. If there is a specific event driving your remodel, work backward through the various project stages to determine a realistic timeline. Build in additional time as a buffer for unexpected delays and recognize remodeling contractors typically have long lead times and may require flexibility to deliver optimal results. 5. Find a contractor you trust. Home remodeling can be stressful no matter how

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Jacinta Vogel & Elisa Whibbs East Hill-Bayou Beauty | Beautifully landscaped corner lot | Built in 2013 | 4 BR | 3 BA APRX. 3,525 Sq.Ft. | MLS# 551319 850.572.1322 • jacinta.vogel@floridamoves.com

Debbie Rodrigue 4 BR | 2.5 BA Beautiful move in ready home, steps away from the Perdido River, new kitchen with quartz counter tops, large glass enclosed florida room that over looks a pond. Call me for your private viewing. 850.586.9449 • debbie.rodrigue@floridamoves.com

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Ron Westlake 5735 Avenida Real | MLS 541967 Make offer, on this Amazing 5bd/4.5bath Colonial style executive home located in Northeast Pensacola. This over 4100 sq. ft. home sits on almost ½ acre and is priced considerably less then recent appraisal. 850.449.9749 • ron.westlake@floridamoves.com Call TODAY 850-712-1386!

Milly Burleson Beautiful Brick Home in Lipscomb/Ransom/Tate School District! 4 BR, 3 Full BA, 2409 Sq. Ft. Wood Look Tile Flooring, Granite Counter Tops, Open Floor Plan. Just $239,900! 850.712.1386 • millyburleson@me.com

Rachael Whibbs Light, bright & beautiful, location is key. If you love the inside you have to see the spectacular outside! Brittany Forge | 4 BD | 4BA | MLS# 550768 Call or text Rachael Whibbs for your private tour today! 850.380.3665

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Sue Haggadone $339,000 | Pensacola Bay waterfront lot 3 miles to downtown and NAS 850.313.1804 • sue.haggadone@floridamoves.com

Ron Westlake 2145 Ander Way | MLS 548742 Seller says “Bring All Offers”! This 4bd/3.5ba beauty is move in ready. Enjoy nature and tranquility that only the beauty of Mackey Key can provide. Home has undergone a total renovation with too many features in a small space. 850.449.9749 • ron.westlake@floridamoves.com


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InnerlIgHt MarIna 32 Slip Marina Multi-Story Retail / Restaurant Building, with a three stop elevator. Uniquely situated on the site with exceptional exposure to surrounding views Superb marina management. Hosts the largest fleet of both sport-fishing and eco-tourism activities on Pensacola Beach Recent upgrades: new fuel (gas and diesel) delivery pumps, fresh painting, newly engineered high volume crushed ice production and storage, renovated boating club offices, and a full service, third floor coffee shop. Second floor retail level provides a retail setting unique to the entire island.

Masterful design, luxury and safety are embodied in this 4 bedroom 4 bath sound front ICF home, built to last. Extensive, 1000 SF, heated and cooled bonus/ game room on ground floor. Effectively increases total living area to 4,393 SF +/-. With 807 SF of open g. DanIel green, MAI, SRA porches looking out over the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf Islands National Seashore who needs travel dan@gdanielgreen.com to take a vacation? Every detail was carefully selected O: 850-934-1797 and expertly crafted. This is one of, if not the highest, waterfront lots from an elevation standpoint in Tiger C: 850-380-1194 Point. Higher elevation translates into better views, far Accuritygdanielgreenandassociates.com lesser risk of flooding the ground floor during storms, 103 Baybridge Dr. Gulf Breeze, FL and providing excellent drainage characteristics.

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5 Calle Juela $1,090,000 4BR/3.5BA 3,550 SF MLS# 549860 PENSACOLA BEACH


229 Northcliffe. Dr. $599,000 5BR/3BA 2,950 SF MLS# 551283




4BR/3BA 2,850 SF MLS# 551831

3BR/2.5BA 1,715 SF MLS# 549534

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