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Editor’s Note I love this quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, and although my 10 year old daughter has yet to read the book, I know she would relate to it as well. Summer for her is all about her cousins. When they come down from Minnesota for a week or two every summer, it is endless hours of playing, laughing and swimming—and a little fighting thrown in. It is family, after all. I Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited know she looks forward to these visits all year. it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping I often wish that Lola had the same freedoms I had as on the back screened kid—running around the porch in cots, or trying neighborhood, nobody really to sleep in the tree knew where you were. The only house; summer was rules I remember were ‘be home everything good to by dark’ and ‘don’t cross the eat; it was a thousand highway.’ But the times have colors in a parched landscape; but most of changed and kids don’t have the all, summer was Dill. freedom they once had. ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

That’s where summer camps come in. While not the complete freedom of my youth, summer camps do offer a safe opportunity for adventure, skill building, independence and good old fashioned play. I try to find a good mix of artistic creativity, active play and outdoor adventure in the camps I enroll Lola in each summer. Luckily, Pensacola is a treasure trove of summer camp opportunities. Nearly any theme or topic of interest is covered in a variety of price ranges. Each year, we put together a list of some of the best camps in town (and a couple out of town). This list isn’t exhaustive by any means. Be sure to check with your neighborhood organizations, schools and church groups to see what camps they might be offering as well.

Beyond summer camps, this issue is chock full of summer events, YA summer reads, parenting tips, recipes and more. It’s always fun to put this issue together. Pensacola really is a fantastic town for kids and families. I hope you and your kids get out and enjoy all the Florida summer has to offer! How about this month’s cover? Do you love it as much as I do? Special thanks to the extremely talented Veronique Zayas from HatchMark Studio for hand lettering our cover this month. And, thanks to the adorable Oliver Zayas for being our cover model. I think it’s one of the best covers we’ve ever had! I hope you enjoy the cover and this entire issue. Happy May!

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Contents Play to learn


6 YA Summer REads


Invest in the Future: mentoring Gulf Coast Kids


Summer tune up


Celebrating Galvez


Refreshing Recipes




A HANGOUT to remember


New downtown playground teaches Pensacola’s past.

Rediscover the joys of Young Adult Fiction.

Resources for local mentoring opportunities. Steps to Ensure a Successful School Year for Your Special Needs Child A new monument is unveiled honoring Bernardo de Galvez.

Fresh and light recipes for the spring season.


Pensacola Market presents their first ever spring maker’s market, bringing in craftsmen, artisans and makers from around the region to showcase their goods.

Hangout Fest returns to Orange Beach, and this year is set to be the biggest one yet. Check out what to expect at the biggest beach party around!

a day at the museum


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Have fun and learn a little something at one of these world class Pensacola museums. Our annual list of the best summer camps in Pensacola and beyond.

In Every Issue Editor’s Letter 6 Pensacola Scene 13 Play/Live/Give 51 Our Storied Past 56


Special Sections Business Climate On the Market

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On the cover


Hand Lettering by Veronique Zayas of HatchMark Studio. Cover model Oliver Zayas. Photo by Bara’ah Jaraiseh. Skateboard and clothes courtesy of Waterboyz.


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e recently celebrated my mother’s birthday and before I go any further, I have to say she defies age.

5. Family matters. There has never been a doubt as to the love my mother feels for her family. She made every holiday special for us, establishing traditions that most of us still honor and have passed on to our own kids. Birthdays always included our favorite dinner followed by a homemade cake of our choice. Our pitiful handmade ornaments still hang on the tree though, mercifully, the silver tinsel disappeared years ago.

You would never in a million years guess her to be eighty something. Not that there is anything wrong with looking your age, though I did cringe when a store clerk recently gave me an extra 10 percent off because of my senior status. I am sure she thought she was doing me a big favor, but HR for that shop needs to do a better job at sensitivity training for their employees. During the months preceding my mom’s eightieth, my siblings and I gave Mom several options as to how to spend this monumental birthday. A cruise? New Orleans? Key West? No. She wanted a dance party. Rock on, Mom. It was wonderful to have so much family come into town for such a joyous occasion. The last time we had a big gathering in my mother’s honor, some of my relatives had a bit too much to drink and ended up causing quite a raucous in the parking lot of the party venue. We figured that since 20 years had passed, it was safe to invite everyone back. Being the oldest of five and living in the same town as my parents means that I have certain inherent family responsibilities such as coordinating special events. I really wanted this party to be special for her so planning did involve multiple threats to certain members of our family to be on their best behavior. I went through hundreds of old photos to be used as a video for the party backdrop and admit that the stroll down memory lane did a number on my emotions. Every Christmas tree trimming, every Easter egg hunt, graduations of any kind, you name it; there it was in my dusty, old albums. Our family has always documented every moment with the snap of a camera. Most of the photos were of us kids with my mother, as my father was more than likely the one behind the camera. Gazing into those innocent little faces while we lined up next to mom I couldn’t help but reflect on the many lessons we have learned from her.

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6. Women do it all. My mother cooked, 1. It is never too early or too late to exercise and

diet sensibly. My parents still walk three miles a day before they go to yoga and pilates classes. If my unfortunate father gains any weight, my mother cracks the whip and all sinful foods disappear from their house. It is really a sad thing to hear a grown man whimper for peanut brittle.

2. Learn to keep the peace in your house by staying silent on highly controversial political subjects. Use your voice with your ballot because you aren’t going to change a thing by engaging in a no-win debate with someone you love. My father has, how shall we say, rather strong views about most subjects, particularly those political in nature. As soon as he begins “expressing himself” in response to something on television or in the newspaper, my mother’s Academy Awardwinning performance kicks in. I am struggling with her example as in my home it would mean eliminating any mention of not only politics, but also religion, and most important, football. 3. Make the most of what you have. This starts by strongly adhering to No. 1. It also means that your hairdresser is on your speed dial and that the sales persons in your favorite place to shop for clothes know you by name and give you honest feedback on your selections. 4. Cosmetic surgery is not desirable, but should never be ruled out as a last resort option. Most people have an anti-anything –that- isn’t -natural attitude until they are the one who needs it. My mother has recently begun research on Botox.

cleaned, took care of five children, and performed landscape miracles in our yard with her mowing, trimming, planting, and pruning. All of this, and she still looked like June Cleaver by the time my father got home from work. Mom had some heart issues this year that scared us to death, but certainly made us even more appreciative of the role she has played in our family. My father was so frightened that he actually learned how to operate the washing machine and the coffee maker. So here’s to you, Mom. You have been an inspiration to us all, but keep your hands off the peanut brittle and don’t you dare stop dancing. And there was plenty of dancing at the annual Operazzi Ball held at New World Landing. The Spanish theme was inspired by this year’s Pensacola Opera performance of Man of LaMancha. David Dear, Stephen Simpson, and Tina Tortomase co-chaired the gala. A little rain never stops the Children’s Home Society from their annual Soundside Splendor fundraising event. Something about a weekend in April always brings questionable weather. The event was moved from it’s home location of Portofino to the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center. Even then, it was a home run. Excellent food and wines, not always present for a fundraising event, were plentiful. Almost every restaurant in town was there with a featured dish, but Jim Shirley, crowd favorite, was there cooking his fabulous and beautiful paella. A full crowd was in attendance, despite the rain.

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E a r learning Playground coming to Downtown Pensacola by Will Isern More than 250 years ago, Spanish forces built a series of structures in downtown Pensacola behind the present day T.T. Wentworth Museum. When the British took control of Pensacola in 1763, they expanded the site to serve as the headquarters for their commanding officer. When the Spanish took it back, they made it their military administrative center. When Andrew Jackson took control of Florida in 1821, he did it from the site. Today, the University of West Florida is nearing realization of a vision to transform the site into an educational plaza linking Palafox Street with Historic Pensacola. The project is part of the UWF Historic Trust’s Interpretative Master Plan, which was announced in Fall 2015. Remnants of the old buildings, including a foundation and remains of a brick oven, 16 Pensacola Magazine

can still be seen at the site. The Historic Trust has already completed installation of the main exhibit, called the Commanding Officer’s Compound, including large informational panels and ground markings that outline different parts of the old structure and depict which portions were built by Spanish, British and American forces. Soon to be completed are an early learning playground, rose garden and storytelling circle. The early learning playground was made possible thanks to $150,000 grant from Quint and Rishy Studer, and will be similar to the playground at the Studer’s Brew Thru coffee shop on Main Street. The rose garden and storytelling circle are being funded by a $107,000 grant from IMPACT 100 Pensacola. The garden is

“The site will also feature an education pavilion capable of seating up to 300 people, which will be available to local teachers and school children as an outdoor classroom.”

being installed where historic maps of the British fort show a garden used to be.

Commerce with the rest of our operation in Historic Pensacola,” Overton said.

Robert Overton, president of the Historic Trust, said the new plaza is about linking the past with the present.

The early learning playground will be themed around the lumber and shipping industries that were the driving force of Pensacola’s early development. Funding the playground aligns with the Studer Community Institute’s mission of making Pensacola the nation’s first Early Learning City. The Historic Trust held a naming contest for the new playground, though the winning name has not yet been announced.

“This gives us a place to help better interpret the archeological resources that are at our feet and relate them to what’s around us,” Overton said. The Historic Trust manages many historic properties throughout downtown Pensacola, including the T.T. Wentworth Museum, Historic Village and Barkley House. “This adds another green space between Plaza Ferdinand and Seville Square and it will more tightly marry the Wentworth, the Children’s Museum and Museum of

“Their vision is to incorporate early learning into public spaces in order to enhance childhood education and community advocacy,” said UWF vice president for university advancement Howard Reddy.

The site will also feature an education pavilion capable of seating up to 300 people, which will be available to local teachers and school children as an outdoor classroom. Already the site has served as an outdoor exhibition for local art. The outdoor murals created as part of the CUBED project during Foo Foo Fest in 2017 have since been housed on Museum Plaza’s lawn. Overton said he foresees the lawn becoming a regular exhibition space for other large-scale art installations. Overton said he hopes to see final construction of the playground and rose garden completed by June.

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by Emily Echevarria

Warming weather and longer days bring on the sense of summer vacation, and even if you’ll be working regular hours throughout the next few months, one aspect of this season that can easily translate into everyday life is summer reading. For many, the summer reading list has a more relaxed feel, with lighter fare meant to be enjoyed while lounging on the beach or taking in a warm sunset on a patio. Summer reading offers the perfect opportunity to reignite your literary habit with quicker reads you can devour in a few sittings, high-energy or emotional narratives that keep the pages turning, and stories that tend toward an optimistic worldview. You might consider yourself an avid reader of Great American Novels, ready at a moment’s notice to discuss the latest juggernaut in serious adult contemporary fiction, or more likely you have such a book chiding you from your bedside table because you’ve skimmed the first chapter but can’t bring yourself to finish it. This summer, might I suggest you set that book aside while you rediscover the many joys of Young Adult Fiction. While YA fiction is an ever-evolving genre with a vast array of subgenres from the contemporary realism of works like John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” to fantastical

dystopian lit like Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” series, there are some general conventions of the genre that make it perfect for summer reading. YA fiction is often more accessible than the average work of adult fiction, though it can still contain the depth, darkness, and poignancy that entices more mature readers. Particularly contemporary works include a vast array of heavier topics, often viewed through the eyes of a teenaged protagonist. Local middle school English language arts teacher Kate Durden recently attended the Bureau of Education and Research What’s New in Young Adult Literature seminar to learn more about current trends in this continually growing segment of publishing. “When you look at the way we consume media today, it’s no wonder that YA Lit is moving out of a niche genre into the mainstream,” Durden says. “These books tend to be quicker reads, with easier-to-digest content. Not to say that YA Lit doesn’t tackle tough topics; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. These books help adolescents and adults alike make sense of the messed up things we all have to go through. But, there is always some hope, some positivity that the world turns out OK in the end.”

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Summer Reading Many YA novels are focused on coming of age, an experience with which any adult can relate but also a process that continues throughout life. The genre of young adult fiction captures these universal stories of growth with the volatile intensity of adolescent emotions, providing a perfect literary backdrop to your summer glow-up. Additionally, the genre establishment, including publishers and literary awards committees (like the Newbery and Printz awards), have been successful in recognizing and centering a wide array of stories and

characters. As conversations and media depictions in modern culture open to subjects once considered taboo or too difficult for younger readers and viewers, YA lit has proven itself as a stage for stories that affirm a huge variety of backgrounds for readers of all ages. “I think the biggest trend right now in YA Lit is diversity and inclusivity, and this year, the genre is filled with authors and characters from diverse backgrounds,” Durden says.

This summer, expand your reading list choices with the diverse, optionally heartwrenching, and ever-evolving world of YA. Whether it’s a book about the fresh vulnerability of first love, an exploration of grief while trying to grow up, or a work of lyrical narrative poetry about dealing with systemic violence, the genre is overflowing with high emotion page-turners that suit any summer reading list.

Recommendations You can find reliably great works of YA by checking out the New York Times Young Adult Best Seller list, or annual award and honor lists like the aforementioned John Newbery Medal and Michael L. Printz Award. Below are some newer releases that are perfect to throw in your beach bag or bring along to a shady park bench for an al fresco lunch break. “Emergency Contact” by Mary H. K. Choi follows the burgeoning relationship between college freshman Penny and tattooed barista Sam over text, where they share a deep digital connection while trying to avoid the unbearable awkwardness of actually seeing each other. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, “Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson, and “AllAmerican Boys” by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds all feature main characters and authors of color and tackle issues of race, friendship, and loyalty in different ways, for different audiences. For some lighter fare, try “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling about a young girl born without arms whose parents move her across the country when they purchase a dilapidated theme park in Arizona.

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“Dress Codes for Small Towns” by Courtney Stevens tackles young love from the point of view of the preacher’s daughter, who is anything but the stereotype, and finds herself pining for both boy and girl friends. “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera tells the story of two teenage boys finding love and death on their last day on Earth. Books by and about strong females are also big this year. The heroine of “Moxie,” by Jennifer Mathieu, finds out her mother was a Riot Grrrl and decides she’s going to kick some youknow-what in their small town. With the unstoppable interest in superhero stories, DC and Marvel have commissioned stand-alone origin stories for many of their best loved characters. A standout is “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” by Leigh Bardugo, which gives new life to Diana’s story.

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Invest in the Future: Gulf Coast Mentoring Programs


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

by Heidi Travis

“I believe the children are our future Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride” Whitney Houston famously sang these lines in her hit “Greatest Love of All.” But it isn’t just a sappy 80s ballad. Quite literally, children are the future cornerstones of our communities and the time and care we invest in them makes all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, not every child is afforded­­­­the same opportunities in life. In our own communities, there are broken homes and troubled children who just need a little extra support. That’s where we come in. Here in Pensacola there are a number of youth mentoring organizations who take children like these under their wings and work hard to give them the care and support that they need in order to live happy, successful, productive lives. These programs provide assistance in a multitude of ways and strengthen our communities by reaching out to its smallest, most needy members to build them up so that they can achieve their full potential. Here are just a few of the organizations working hard and changing kid’s lives for the better in our community. 22 Pensacola Magazine

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AMIkids Pensacola has been operating in the community since 1991, serving more than 3,300 at-risk youth. Through community volunteers, including the University of West Florida, mentoring activities focus on peer-to-peer counseling, life skills, tutoring/GED preparation and even gardening. AMIkids is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with youth who come from troubled backgrounds and have committed offenses in the past. The organization’s roots date back to the 1960s when Juvenile Court Judge Frank Orlando of Fort Lauderdale saw a disheartening trend of repeat offenders coming through his court room at an alarming rate. Determined to break the cycle of incarceration, Judge Orlando contacted a friend, Bob Rosof, who ran a research program for Florida Atlantic University and together they conducted an experiment. Judge Orlando sent Rosof a number of boys to aid him with his research. The idea was that these boys would stand a better chance of rehabilitation if they were given a purpose rather than locked in cells. Working with Rosof, the boys had the opportunity to build relationships, and to put their energies and skills into something meaningful that would make a difference in the community and their lives. Today, the organization has served over 136,000 nationwide. Their vision remains crystal clear: Every child is born with potential. Every child has the potential for a bright future, regardless of their past. AMIkids’ approach is multi-

faceted. The youth in this program are given numerous academic opportunities as well as vocational training in areas of their choice. With a focus on education, behavior modification, treatment, and vocational education they work with kids to pave a path towards success.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida has served the Pensacola area for over 28 years. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to aid troubled children, typically from singleparent homes, and to provide guidance and oneon-one support. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs an adult mentor, a Big, with a specific child, a Little, for monthly outings and activities they can enjoy together. There are numerous mentoring opportunities offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters to accommodate every need. Bigs may mentor their littles in the community, in their schools, or as a duo, partnering with another Big. Furthermore, Big Brothers Big Sisters also has a couple of more specialized programs including the School to Work program which allows Littles to shadow their Bigs in the work place for four hours a month and, more recently, the Bigs with Badges initiative which pairs Littles with Bigs who serve in law enforcement. Underpinning each of these initiatives and what lies at the heart and soul of Big Brothers and Big Sisters is the relationship between the Bigs and their Littles and the community at large.

Escambia County School District Youth Mentoring Program Youth Motivator Program Contact: Jo McArthur, 850.469.5676 Take Stock in Children Contact: Sally Lee, 850.469.5458 Escambia County currently has two youth mentoring programs, the Youth Motivator Program and Take Stock in Children. In The Youth Motivator Program, mentors work one-on-one with an individual student in a school of their choice for one hour each week. Mentors help with school assignments, but also provide emotional support and offer advice and encouragement as needed. They help the students set goals, offer guidance, or just take time to listen. The Take Stock in Children Program is a statewide non-profit program facilitated by the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Through an application process, select students are “penciled in” on a college tuition scholarship at the end of 6th grade. If they maintain good grades, good behavior, and consistent attendance they are awarded the scholarship upon highschool graduation. The scholarship is purchased

through local donations which are then matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Most candidates are first generation college students and could use the extra support. Each student is provided with a mentor for the duration of their candidacy. This mentor meets with the student one-one-one for 30-60 minutes a week to discuss school activities, college and career opportunities. Take Stock in Children currently has 124 students in grades 7-12, 80 students in college and have had 65 college graduates.

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parenting skills, and provide positive guidance to help them successfully navigate their journeys into adulthood. TEMPP is an organization dedicated to meeting the very unique needs of teen parenting. If you’d like to know more about any of these organizations, please refer to the contact information provided for each. Additional mentoring opportunities may be found at:

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Tune Up: 5

Steps to Ensure a Successful School Year for Your Special Needs Child

by Amy Scott Lorton Special Education Consultant & Advocate

Step 1 Review Review the current Individualized Education Program: Do you have questions or concerns related to the content of the current IEP? Are goals listed still relevant? Are modifications and accommodations listed still relevant? Over the summer: Has your child made progress? Demonstrated regression? Has anything changed with your child’s medical diagnosis, medication and/or dosage, therapies? Review your rights: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/sp eced/iepguide/index.html.

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Step 2 Organize Compile school records: Request records from the school if necessary. Organize work samples, assessments, and correspondence with teachers and staff. Compile IEEs (Independent Educational Evaluations): Include documents from other professionals, such as: letters, evaluations, tests, reports, and notes from tutors, doctors, therapists, and other professionals. Create a system: Organize all documents in a three-ring binder with tabs and keep a separate binder for each academic year.  

Step 3 Plan Check the calendar: Do you have upcoming meetings? Do you need to schedule a meeting or evaluation? Meet & greet: Attend the school orientation and open house so you and your student can meet his/her teacher. Begin at the End: Consider how you would like your child to progress this year. Plan with these shortterm goals in mind.

Step 4 Communicate Be specific: Ask specific questions of school staff to get detailed answers. Ask “W” questions: who, what, when, where, and why. Be positive: Send your student’s teacher an introductory email with your contact information; after meetings write thank you notes or send an email. Make sure ALL your child’s teachers have a copy of the IEP: To avoid the possibility that your child’s teachers did not receive a copy of your child’s IEP, ask or go ahead and provide them with one. It is important that all teachers working with your child are aware of what supports he/she requires.

Step 5 Monitor Monitor your child’s progress: Study recent progress reports, evaluations, tests, revisit your notes from recent meetings. Request an IEP progress meeting when needed. Take an active role: IDEA regulations describe the parent’s role: “The parents of a child with a disability are expected to be equal participants along with school personnel, in developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP for their child. This is an active role…” YOU are a key member of your child’s team: Remember, YOU know your child best; you are an expert, too!

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Bernardo de Gálvez O

n Tuesday, May 8, Pensacola and the Pensacola Heritage Foundation will celebrate Gálvez Day just as they have for many years— with luncheons, proclamations, historic reenactments and a wreath laying ceremony. This year, however, a very special monument will also be installed at the intersection of Palafox and Wright Streets honoring Spanish General Bernardo de Gálvez. The Pensacola Heritage Foundation is the oldest historic preservation organization in Pensacola and when it came time to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014, they decided to do something special. The group decided to honor Gálvez because of the important role he played in Pensacola (and American) history. The foundation tells the story like this:

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The Siege of Pensacola On March 18, 1781, Gálvez led the naval charge into the well-defended Pensacola Bay, a feat of daring that would earn him a royal patent adding the words “Yo Solo” (“I alone”) to his coat-of-arms. His forces landed near Bayou Chico and began a steady advance towards the city’s defenses, which included Fort George on Gage Hill (Palafox Street) and its two advance redoubts. After weeks of siege, a Spanish mortar detonated the powder magazine at the Queen’s Redoubt on May 8, devastating the British fortification. Gálvez accepted the surrender of British Governor John Campbell and claimed West Florida for Spain. By taking Pensacola, Gálvez stripped Britain of a key foothold on the Gulf Coast, which in turn benefited the American Colonists in their quest for independence. For this reason, Gálvez has been recognized by Congress as a hero of the Revolutionary War who risked

his life for the freedom of the United States people and provided supplies, intelligence, and strong military support to the war effort. The monument will include a bronze statue of Gálvez astride his horse and facing the site of Fort George, his hat raised in victory. The statue will sit atop a plinth of limestone featuring the Gálvez coat-of-arms cast in bronze. Around the plinth will be a limestone bench surrounded by a perimeter of red roses representing the Spanish soldiers who died in the campaign. Created by sculptors Bob Rasmussen and Kathryn R. Vincze, the monument will stand over nineteen feet tall —creating a grand entrance to downtown Pensacola. The inauguration ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at 10 am. For more information on the Gálvez monument and other Gálvez Day events, visit galvezmonument.com.

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Maria Davis honored as a defender, admirer, and diffuser of Spanish heritage in the U.S. Maria Davis, a Spanish native, has served as Honorary Vice Consul of Spain since 1984 and was instrumental in arranging the 2009 visit of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía. As honorary consul, Davis promotes the commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between Spain and Pensacola, and she has been called “the moving force” behind Pensacola’s flourishing relationship with Spanish sister city Macharaviaya. Davis was recently honored by the Mayor of Macharaviaya, Antonio Campos, who named her an official adoptive daughter of the sister city. The proclamation honors Davis’ as a “defender, admirer, and diffuser of the historic legacy of our country in the United States in general and to our countryman Bernardo de Gálvez in particular.” Davis also played a leading role in securing Gálvez’s recent recognition as an Honorary Citizen of the United States, the only Spaniard who has been granted such an important award.





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Refreshing Recipes for a Healthier Spring


or many, spring is an opportunity to hit refresh on many aspects of life, including what you eat. Rather than instituting a restrictive diet that forces you to cut back on your favorite snacks and dishes, consider making simple changes that can go a long way so you can enjoy the flavors of the season without sacrificing taste or eating less. For example, Atkins offers a long-term, healthy lifestyle featuring a balanced approach of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats, while focusing on reducing levels of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and “hidden

sugars,” which are the carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body – you can’t see them but your body does. Fresh flavors abound during spring, and you can enjoy nature’s bounty while avoiding hidden sugars by selecting high-fiber, low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. For example, a single avocado contains 10 grams of dietary fiber in addition to healthy fat. Consider a menu comprised of recipes like Egg-Filled Avocado with Prosciutto, Avocado Kale Berry Smoothie Bowl and Thai Peanut Buddha Bowl. Learn more about the benefits of a balanced, flexible, lowcarb approach to eating at Atkins.com.

Thai Peanut Buddha Bowl Recipe courtesy of “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less” Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Olive oil spray 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (12 ounces total) Dressing: 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 tablespoon sesame oil 3 tablespoons hot water 4 cups baby spinach 1 ripe Hass avocado, thinly sliced 1 medium zucchini, cut into noodle shapes 2 carrots, cut into noodle shapes 2 radishes, thinly sliced 8 sprigs cilantro

Divide spinach and avocado among four bowls. Top with chicken, zucchini, carrots, Coat small skillet with olive oil spray. Add chicken to skillet radishes and cilantro. Drizzle with dressing and serve and cook 3-4 minutes, turning once or twice to brown chicken. immediately. Slide into oven and bake 6-8 minutes, until chicken is cooked Tip: If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can achieve the through and no longer pink same effect by using a vegetable in center when sliced with peeler to shave thin ribbons. a knife. Set aside to rest 5 You can also use a mandoline minutes then shred. vegetable slicer then use a knife To make dressing: In large bowl, to cut the strips into thinner noodle-like strips. mix peanut butter, coconut milk, fish sauce, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and hot Nutritional information per water. Whisk well until smooth. serving: 10.8 g net carbs; 427 calories; 18.1 g total carbs; 7.3 g fiber; 21.8 g protein; 30.7 g fat. Heat oven to 400 F.

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Refreshing Recipes Egg-Filled Avocado with Prosciutto Recipe courtesy of “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less” Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 6 ounces watercress or baby spinach 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 8 large eggs 4 ripe Hass avocados, halved lengthwise and pitted olive oil spray 8 slices (about 4 ounces) prosciutto Place the watercress or baby spinach in large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss well. Divide among four small plates. In large skillet, heat 2 inches water over medium heat until bubbles cover bottom and sides of pan. Crack eggs into small

bowl (do not use eggs with broken yolks). When a few bubbles have broken surface of water, gently pour each egg into pan, leaving room between them. Cook eggs, without stirring, until whites are just set and yolks are still runny, 2-3 minutes. Use rubber spatula to gently release eggs from bottom of pan, if necessary. Using slotted spoon, remove eggs from water and drain on paper towels. Place poached egg in each avocado half. Coat medium skillet with olive oil spray. Heat skillet over medium heat and add prosciutto. Cook until crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer two avocadofilled egg halves to each plate and serve immediately with two slices prosciutto. Nutritional information per serving: 4.1g net carbs; 422 calories; 16 g total carbs; 11.9 g fiber; 18.5 g protein; 34 g fat.

Avocado Kale Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe courtesy of “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less” Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 2 1/3 cup plain protein powder 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup water 1/2 ripe Hass avocado 1 cup kale leaves 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1 teaspoon stevia (sugar substitute) 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries such as blackberries, strawberries or raspberries 2 tablespoons almond or walnut halves 2 tablespoons chia seeds In blender, blend protein powder, yogurt, water, avocado, kale, mint and stevia until smooth then divide between two bowls. Sprinkle berries, nuts and chia seeds over smoothies. Serve immediately. Nutritional information per serving: 12.5 g net carbs; 356 calories; 24.2 g total carbs; 11.8 g fiber; 32.2 g protein; 15.6 g fat.

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Makers Are

InBloom by Tanner Yea

The maker movement is alive and well. As people move away from big box stores and into small mom-and-pop stores, there has become a widening demand for makers of all sorts to sell their wares – especially in Pensacola. Often times, however, spaces for makers to display their works are hard to find or restricted to mainly online. That will change this Memorial Day weekend, as the InBloom Maker’s Market is set to be held at the Museum of Commerce at 201 East Zaragoza Street. Liz Allen is the organizer behind the event, as well as the Pensacola Market set of events. “This is really the first market of its kind in Pensacola,” said Allen. “And the Museum of Commerce is a great place to have it because not only are we celebrating our city’s makers, but its history as well.” Allen has long run the Little Spruce Market which is held in the Museum of Commerce every December, but she has expanded out for the first time for this spring and summer themed market. Allen said that at least 40 vendors will be present from Pensacola and around the region to show off their various wares. “I thought it might be difficult at first to find all these makers, but they just keep coming and coming and we are starting to get full up,” said Allen. “That’s why we are calling it ‘InBloom’ – Pensacola is truly blossoming with a vibrant arts culture thanks to makers and shakers.” The makers appearing and the wares on offer will be extremely varied, with something available to everyone. Trial By Fire is local blacksmith, Ryan Godwin, who creates his own handmade knives and cases, whether they are for the kitchen or for outdoors. There is also Big Jerk Soda, a local couple who makes delicious light sodas like Ginger beer and Lavender Lemonade. Aside from soda and knives, the market will have artists, dress makers, carpenters and more. Local printmaker Charlotte Mason Print Co. will also be showing off their letterpress skills in the replica Pensacola News Journal exhibit in 34 Pensacola Magazine

the museum. For a more modern craft, Sea3D - a 3D printing organization founded by UWF – will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions regarding 3D printer technology. There will also be entertainment throughout the night. In the Historic Lawn behind the Tivoli Gift House, local singer-songwriters Zena and Tris will be performing their brand of passionate acoustic music. “My biggest passions are to empower people to follow their dreams, make their own product, shop and support local arts and culture,” said Allen. “This creates an enchanted environment for all of us, including visitors, to remember Pensacola by.” InBloom is only one of Allen’s themed markets, an aspect that she feels other local festivals are lacking. Her original market, the Little Spruce Market, runs every holiday season and brings festive and thoughtful gifts to the Museum of Commerce from local artisans. This year will also see an autumn market called ‘Thankful for Pensacola’ on Labor Day weekend. Both of those events will feature vendors who won’t be at the InBloom market like The Silver Story and Web Pottery. As Pensacola Market’s success expands, Allen has high hopes for the future. She plans to include more historical buildings in the markets aside from the Museum of Commerce, such as the T.T. Wentworth Museum, with the aid of the UWF Historic Trust. She also hopes to hold the markets more frequently should InBloom and Thankful for Pensacola prove successful, and even potentially expand into other local cities. “We are set to fully stock our shop over the coming months and currently we are working on a website to offer a platform for makers as well,” said Allen. “We’ll be taking our themed maker markets on tour in 2019 to nearby cities, which will further assist our local makers sell in other towns.” Allen said she hopes that these maker’s markets not only allow local artisans to show what they can do, but will also help showcase the culture and abundance of potential in Pensacola’s history – one that she says should be celebrated and treasured. “We want to build memories,” said Allen. “What better way than to play on nostalgia, creating a cozy experience for families - not too big, not too small, but very experience focused and themed to the tune of the season. It’s an event that helps natives and newcomers alike to want to be here in Pensacola.” The InBloom maker’s market will be held on May 26 to 27 at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce, from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission is free to the public. For more information or to apply as a vendor, visit pensacolamarket.com. Pensacola Magazine


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very May, the beautiful beaches of nearby Gulf Shores, Alabama change from a relaxing vacation spot to the center of one of the biggest music festival along the Gulf Coast: Hangout Fest.

Now in its eighth consecutive year, Hangout Music Festival continues to grow and be recognized as one of the better music festivals in the country – attracting some of the largest names in music across all genres. Hangout Fest was originally created in 2009 by Shaul and Lilly Zislin, and husband and wife team of business and property owners. In addition to owning the festival’s namesake restaurant The Hangout, they also own The Gulf restaurant, several Surf Style stores and a few other real estate properties. Lilly has maintained a position of creative director for the festival, with the producer being Sean O’Connell. Since the first festival in 2010, Hangout has drawn hundreds of thousands of tourists to Gulf Shores and put the city on the map. Every year, the city receives roughly $700,000 in tax revenue for the festival, as well as a franchise fee of one percent of the ticket sales – though that is set to increase to three percent in 2019. In a 2013 study by Auburn University professor Keivan Deravi, the event put nearly $31 million into the economy. In 2015, the Goldenvoice company 36 Pensacola Magazine

entered into a join venture to produce the festival. Goldenvoice is the same company behind other successful festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Firefly and Camp Flog Gnaw. Around this time, Gulf Shores signed an agreement to hold the festival until at least 2020. Though every year has been a tourde-force of the world’s most popular musicians, this year is a high water mark, featuring many winners from this year’s Grammy awards across its three day run – especially its headliners. On Sunday, the headliner will be the infamous Kendrick Lamar. In the past year he won a Grammy for his album DAMN., helped create the soundtrack for Black Panther, and also just became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize in music. Four studio albums, countless features and multiple accolades had made Kendrick the biggest name in hip-hop currently. He’s also set to be supported by label mate SZA. There are also many notable names playing throughout the rest of the weekend, such as St. Vincent on Saturday. St. Vincent is the stage name of Annie Clark, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy award winner. She has released five studio albums, as well as collaborations with music legends like Nirvana, David Byrne and Robert Plant. Her newest album, Masseducation, was released in October of 2017 to widespread acclaim.

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PINS & PALS B WLING CAMP Learn A Sport That Lasts A Lifetime With Qualified Instructors! Hangout is not only about the music though – it is a whole festival, with enough distractions and fun things to do to last all weekend. The Malibu Beach House and Monster Energy Beach Club are outdoor clubs with party vibes, where you can drink and dance to DJ sets from producers from around the country. There will also be over 30 restaurants around the region selling all kinds of food on the grounds. There will also be multiple art and attraction installations. Several oversized statues will be scattered across the grounds to help cement the mood of the festival. The Psychedelic Bus, created by Elliot McNally and Johanna Hickey, will let you take a trip down memory lane and across your mind. All on top of that are things like the Ferris wheel, a roller disco, and Camp Hangout – an overnight camping experience with classic camp activities. In addition to the regular general entry ticket, Hangout is offering tons of packages to bundle the experience. Their VIP Package includes access to the VIP Grove, main stage preferred viewing areas, stage-side pools, free drinks all weekend long and more. The Super VIP package includes all that plus hot tubs, golf cart shuttles and a VIP dining room. Available separately are also tickets to the Thursday Kickoff Party, held on May 17 before the festival. This is a separate event that includes performances by Phantogram, T-Pain and others, letting you kick off the festival in an explosion of excitement. The Kickoff Party is also included in all VIP packages. Hangout Fest has met universal acclaim throughout its run, even winning a Festival of the Year award in 2012 from the concert industry’s Pollstar Awards. Indications show that the festival will only get larger, and with acts like The Killers, Logic and The Chainsmokers, the industry giants are supporting it and making it thrive. Hangout Fest will be held on Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20 from 11 am to 11 pm. The grounds are located at 101 East Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Tickets will be available up until Sunday both online and the box office, with general admission tickets starting at $319 and VIP tickets starting at $1,099. For more information, to purchase tickets and to see a full lineup, visit hangoutmusicfest.com.

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A Day at the Museum Looking for some affordable family fun this summer? Be sure to check out one of Pensacola’s many museums. Whether you’re interested art, history, science or ecology, there’s a museum for nearly ever topic. Research shows that beyond the obvious academic value of museums, children also benefit from the creative inspiration and family bonding that museums can foster. So, make a day of it—pack a picnic or bring your swimsuits for some playtime after your visit. Downtown Museums

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Originally built as a jail in 1906, the Spanish Revival building became an arts center in 1954. Since then, thousands of exhibits have passed through the doors, featuring everything from Lego sculptures to the works of world class masters. The museum’s permanent collection contains acclaimed artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and John James Audubon.

The Pensacola Children’s Museum provides a hands-on exploration of Pensacola history geared for children age 10 and younger. The first floor Discovery Gallery recreates colonial life in Pensacola. The second floor explores Pensacola’s military, maritime, industrial, multicultural, Native American and Civil War history. Plenty of play area is located on each floor and the museum store offer a variety of children’s books and toys including Historic Pensacola branded wooden toys from Melissa and Doug.

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116 N Tarragona St, Pensacola, FL pensacolamesshall.org The MESS Hall is a hands-on science museum where visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. The museum offers a learning gallery and a variety of different kits for kids to learn a number of science concepts.

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T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum 330 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL historicpensacola.org

The T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum is housed in the three-story Mediterranean Revival architecture of the former Pensacola City Hall and was built in 1907. The Wentworth Museum, a highlight of the self-guided tour, is a general history

museum with galleries dedicated to both permanent and changing exhibits. The City of Five Flags is an excellent family exhibit that tells the unique story of Pensacola through artifacts, photographs and stories told through archaeology and preservation efforts. Be sure to look for the famous petrified cat!

Museum of Commerce

201 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL historicpensacola.org Families can enjoy a trip back in time inside the Museum of Commerce’s turnof-the-century warehouse, which includes a reconstructed 1890s era streetscape. On exhibit are historic shops featuring toys, hardware, music, households, leather goods as well as a print shop exhibit containing one of the most complete collections of antique presses and type in the Southeast. An interesting collection of horse drawn buggies and an antique local trolley car are also part of this nostalgic recreation of yesteryear.


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Naval Aviation Museum

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Fort Barrancas

3182 Taylor Rd, Pensacola, FL nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-barrancasarea.htm Kids love running the halls of the 19th century brick fort. Parents love snapping photos in one of the forts many archways. Located on NASP and overlooking Pensacola Bay, Fort Barrancas was completed in 1844. Built to protect the United States from foreign invaders it was once considered vital to national defense. Today Fort Barrancas illustrates the evolution of military technology and American values.

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Kids and families love climbing the 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is considered one of the most haunted in America and often offers ghost tours. Pensacola Lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola. Pensacola Beach

Fort Pickens

1400 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-pickensarea.htm Growing up in, or visiting, Pensacola isn’t complete without a trip to Fort Pickens. Fort Pickens was designed and constructed to defend Pensacola Bay and the Pensacola Navy Yard and Depot from foreign attack. Completed in 1834, the park is a beloved part of the Pensacola landscape. Kids love exploring the forts and hearing the story of Geronimo, an Apache war chief who was imprisoned in Fort Pickens. Pensacola Magazine


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Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.

- Jenny Han

School’s out for summer! This is the best possible news for kids, but a bit of a conundrum for parents. 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! BY KELLY ODEN


Pensacola Opera Camp

Dates: July 16-20 for Youth Camp; July 30-August 3 for Teen Camp Times: 9 am - 2 pm for ages 8 - 12  and 9 am - 4 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, which will be on July 16 and August 3, campers will star in a final performance for parents and friends. The Youth camp will perform Romeo and Juliet, and the Teen camp will perform Operetta Favorites. Campers are asked to bring a lunch each day. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Pensacola Little Theatre Dates: June 4-August 3 Times: 9 am- 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm Early drop-off and late pick-up options available (additional cost). Ages: Footlights, 5-9; Summer Stars, 10-16; Improvaganza, 12-16 Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Cost: Varies by class, $350-$450 Info: Pensacolalittletheatre.com/Summer-camps Pensacola Little Theatre’s Education Department has a selection of summer camps lined up this year including Footlights Theatre Camp for ages 5-9, Summer Stars for ages 10-16, and Improvaganza! Improv Camp for ages 12-16. 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 Magazine



PMA Summer Art Camps 2018

Dates: July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; July 30-August 4 Times: 9 am - 3 pm Ages: 5-9 (PMA Art Studio), 10-14 (Voices of Pensacola) Where: 407 S Jefferson St Cost: $165 for PMA family Members and above / $195 non -members

PMA Summer Art Camps include a variety of genres for every age. This year’s camp themes include A Week of Warhol, E(art)h Art, Peruvian Art and Artists and Pushing Proportions. 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. Aftercare option available from 3 pm – 5 pm

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival Dates: July 23 – July 27 Times: 9 am – 4 pm Ages: 3rd– 8th grade Where: Pensacola Children’s Chorus, 46 E. Chase Street, Pensacola FL 32502 Cost: $185 Info: pensacolachildrenschorus.com Young performers interested in having fun while developing vocal skills will spend an exciting week at Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Singers will participate in dynamic music classes while they explore performance skills in age-appropriate vocal artistry, engaging and game-based sight singing, creative and hands-on music theory, world music exploration, and movement based on music and musicianship. Participants will also have the opportunity to sing for friends, family, and community members at two Festival performances.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Vocal Arts Intensive

Five Flags Dance Academy Dates: Princess Camps, weekly June 4 – July 27; Summer Intensives June 11 - June15, June 18 – June 22 Times: Varies by session Ages: 2 – 18 Where: 1903 E. Olive Rd. Cost: $150/week (intensive); $125/week (Princess) Info: fiveflagsdanceacademy.com Five Flags Dance Academy is offering summer sessions/intensives as well as Princess Dance Camp. Princess Dance Camp, for ages 2 to 4, 5 to 7, and 8 to 11, will commence weekly from June 4 – July 27, from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 12 pm Friday. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and students are asked to wear comfortable clothes. For experienced dancers, intensive sessions will be offered 8 am to 5 pm from June 11 to June 15 and June 18 to June 22. Featured dancing styles are jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theater, and more. Guests from NY, Vegas, and the show Bring It. Snacks and drink are provided but dancers must bring their own lunch.

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Dates: July 2 - July 6 (Holiday on July 4) Times: 9 am – 4 pm Ages: 9th – 12th grade Where: Pensacola Children’s Chorus, 46 E. Chase Street, Pensacola FL 32502 Cost: $185; Limited Spots Available Info: pensacolachildrenschorus.com High school singers who are called to the performance stage or who may be considering a career in vocal music will spend an intensive week learning what makes professional performers so successful. Led by PCC’s own Hanan Tarabay, an accomplished operatic singer, and Alex Gartner, whose former students and colleagues can be seen on Broadway stages and in operatic young artist programs across the country, participants will workshop audition pieces in a masterclass setting as well as diving into the concepts of character development, self-teaching strategies, audition techniques, résumé development, and personal presentation. Space is limited to the first 15 participants.

First City Arts Center “Creatisphere” Dates: May 29 – August 10 Times: 9 am - 4 pm Ages: 7-12 Where: First City Arts Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Cost: $250/nonmember session, $200/member session Info: firstcityart.org Creatisphere Summer Art Camp offers hands-on classes in pottery, drawing, sculpture, photography, glass blowing, 3D design, mixed media, painting, printmaking, 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 and innovation. Each week, campers work in the Ceramics and Hot Glass Studios, and visit the 1060 Art Gallery where they can observe artists working in their studios. In addition to art activities, each day includes a light session of movement, such as Yoga or outdoor games. Select weeks FCAC will partner with the Mess Hall.


National Academy Ambition & Flight Adventure Deck Summer Programs

Dates: Flight Adventure Deck Day Camp Dates: June 5-8, June 1115, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 09-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3 National Flight Academy Deployment Dates: May 27 – June 1, June 3-8, June 10-15, June 24-29, July 8-13, July 22-27, July 29-August 3, August 5-10 Times: Flight Adventure Deck: 9am-3pm, M-F; National Flight Academy: 6 day overnight Ages: Flight Adventure Deck: 10-12 years old; 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 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.

Ballet Pensacola Dates: June 4-7; June 11-14; June 18-21; Aug. 6-9 Times: 9 am - noon for 3-4 year olds/1 pm - 4 pm for 5-6 year olds Ages: 3-6 Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Cost: $125/one-week, $325/three-week, $450/four-week session (non-refundable deposit of $25/session due by May 7) Info: balletpensacola.com Ballet Pensacola is offering a summer children’s program with two sessions per day with students grouped together according to age—there will be one session for three and four-year-olds, and another session for five and sixyear-olds. Young performers will learn instruction in 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 PreBallet, 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: The Enchanted Toy Shop Camp, Cinderella Camp, Angelina Ballerina Camp, and Sleeping Beauty Camp. 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 pinkfooted tights, as well as full-soled, pink ballet slippers.

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-the-world” learning.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Dates: Oceans Alive Day Camps: June 8, July 13, or July 30 Bio Blitz Day Camp: June 15, July 12, or July 31 Survivor: Dauphin Island: June 14 (FULL), July 13 (FULL), or August 1 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, AL 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.

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Education Episcopal Day School

Dates: June 4 – July 27 Times: Full and half day options available Ages: 2-13 Where: The Hilton-Green Campus, 601 N. Palafox St. (rising kindergarten and under); South Campus, 223 N. Palafox St. (rising 1st through 8th) Cost: $195/one-week session; $125/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, all camps will explore the seven continents through food, music, art, language, and stories.  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, volleyball and basketball, cooking, and even a babysitter prep course for 7th and 8th graders.  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.

Pensacola Cooks Kids Summer Camp Dates: June 4-8; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; July 30-August 3 Times: ages 5-9/9 am - noon; ages 10-14/1 pm - 4 pm Ages: 5-14 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, Cave Pastry Chefs, and Personal Chefs. Students will get to create dishes from cooking shows and from countries around the world. 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.

PeNsacola MESS Hall Summer Camps Dates: May 29-June 1, June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 2529, 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, 4-6, and 7-9 Where: Pensacola MESS Hall, 116 N. Tarragona St. Cost: $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; EcoQuest; Materials Matter; Space Troopers; Water Works; Illuminating Inventions; Anatomy Academy; 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.

UWF Explore Summer Camps Dates: June 4-August 10 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 $360 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 hands-on activities. UWF Explore Camp’s many programs include LEGO Robotics, Explore Hogwarts, Marine Science, Broadway Bound and Mad Scientist.

McClelland Tennis Academy Tennis Camps Held at Montessori School of Pensacola Dates:  June 11-15, July 9-13, August 6-10 Time: 9 am – 12 pm Where: Montessori School of Pensacola Cost: $175 Info: This half-day summer camp is designed to help your child stay active, progress in their tennis skills, and have fun doing it! The camp is designed to provide the greatest development of your child’s physical, mental, and technical performance levels.

Montessori School of Pensacola Dates: June 4-8; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25-29; July 2-6; July 9-3; July 16-20; July 23-27; July 30- August 3 Times: Preschool camps (8-11:30, 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; $285 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 comic book making, fairies, animals/monsters/beasts, solar system, the elements, winged creatures, and recycle/re-imagine/re-use. Times and costs vary.  Children are asked to bring their own lunch and snack.

PSC Kids College Dates: May 29-August 10 Times: Varies by session Ages: 6-12 Where: PSC Main Campus, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg. 96 Cost: Varies by session; $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 weeklong 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 on-campus 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.

LearningRx Brain Camp: A Smarter Camp Experience Dates: June 12-16, June 26-29, July 10-14, July 24-29 Time: 9 am – 2 pm (Mon. - Fri.) Ages: 8 - 12 Where: Jubilee Academy at 5910 North W St. Pensacola, FL 32505 Cost: $325 Includes breakfast & lunch Info: learningrx.com/pensacola LearningRx Brain Camp has four camp sessions lined up this year that will create an engaging environment in which your child can discover tools for thriving in school and life. A cognitive enrichment program for children, Brain Camp exposes kids to fun activities that work on core brain skills, including memory, attention, and logic. Brain Camp also teaches kids how to solve problems, set S.M.A.R.T. goals, harness the power of a great attitude, and use cool tricks to memorize things easily (for example, the first 20 elements of the periodic table).

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Dates: June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25-29; Times: Vary depending on camps Ages: 4-15 Where: 8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre, FL Cost: $275-$300 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 Underwater Discovery, Reefs and Robotics, and Paddlepalooza. Campers ages 9 to 14 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. Pensacola Magazine 45


Play Pensacola Summer Day Camp

Waterboyz Surf, Skate and Skim Camps

Dates: Weekly, May 29-August 10 Times: Camp times varies by session Ages: Grades K-5 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 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.

Dates: May 30-June 2; June 5-8; June 12-15; June 19-22; June 2629; July 3-6; July 10-13; July 17-20; July 24-27; July 31-August 3 Times: 9 am-12 pm 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 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.

Innerlight Surf Camp Dates: May 29, 30, June 1; June 4, 6, 8; June 11, 13, 15; June 18, 20, 22; June 25, 27, 29; July 2, 3, 6; July 9, 10, 11; July 16, 18, 20; July 23, 25, 27; July 30, Aug 1, 3; Aug 6, 7, 8 Times: 9 am-1 pm Ages: 8 and older Where: Behind Crabs Restaurant on Pensacola Beach Cost: $170 per session Info: innerlightsurf.com 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.

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Cordova Lanes Pins and Pals Summer Camp Dates: June 4-August 3 (no camp week of July 4) Times: 10 am-1 pm Ages: 5-18 Where: 2111 Airport Blvd Cost: $130 weekly – includes own 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. 

Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguards Dates: Tryouts: June 9th; Session 1: June 18-29; Session 2: July 16-28 Times: Tryouts - 7am; Sessions - 9am-330pm Ages: 13-15 Where: Quietwater Beach Pavilion next to Key Sailing, Pensacola Beach Cost: $200/session Info: pensacolabeachlifeguards.com Contact: adjohnson@myescambia.com Find out what it takes to become a Guardian of the Gulf in the Junior Lifeguards program on Pensacola Beach. This camp promotes physical fitness, training in beach safety, and education on the historical, ecological, and economic significance of Pensacola Beach. Campers will get fire rescue and emergency medical training, as well as daily physical conditioning. The cost of camp does not include materials, which is a suit for boys or a suit and pair of cover-up shorts for girls. Campers bring their own lunch and snack to eat on the boardwalk, but will have access to a microwave and refrigerator.

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, Milton Clubhouse Cost: Varies by location; all locations: one time fees of $20/registration and $50/activity. Info: campfirekidsfl.com 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 one-time costs. The PSC campus costs $100/ week plus fees, while Milton and Century are priced at $85 per week plus fees. Each camper will receive a t-shirt. PSC: May 29 -August 10 *This camp is currently full, check with organization for cancellations. 6:30 am – 5:30 pm Century: May 29-August 3 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Milton: June 4 -August 10   7 am – 5:30 pm

Pensacola Yacht Club Dates: June 4-8; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25-29; July 2-6; July 9-13; July 23-27; July 30-August 3, August 6-10 Times: 9 am – 3:30 pm Ages: 6-17 Where: 1897 Cypress St. Cost: $250 members/ $295 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 29-August 3 Times: 7:30 am-3 pm Ages: 4-12 Where: Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North “W” St. Cost: $125/week, plus activity fees are $85 for 4-5 year olds and $135 for 6-12 year olds Info: kidzpointe.com 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 29 – August 10 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 two-year-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 $85 per child per week to stay until 3pm, 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 29 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: $75 to $100/ 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 these at the gym’s snack bar. They’re asked to wear comfortable clothes, without any zippers, buttons, or snaps. Pensacola Magazine



Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp

overnight Camp Walkabout

Dates: (ages 8-11, seven day/six night) June 10-16, June 17-23, July 24-30, July 1-7; (ages 11-13, fourteen day/thirteen night) June 10-23, Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29 June 24-July 7; (ages 14-16, fourteen day/thirteen night) June 10-23, Times: 9 am – 2 pm June 24-July 7 Ages: 6-13 Ages: 8-16 Where: 2729 Ten Mile Rd., Pace, FL Where: 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, TN Cost: $300/week Cost: (8-11) $1,384; (12-13) $2,384; and (14-16) $2,484 Info: aubreyhill.com/summer-riding-camp-summer-camp Info: baylorschool.org/summer/overnight-camps/camp-walkabout Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp is for beginner and intermediate riders, Camp Walkabout offers an array of activities for all ages, and takes full still learning how to hold their own on a horse. There will be arts and crafts advantage of the beautiful wilderness Tennessee offers. Younger campers ages in between learning to ride and instruction on horse care. Campers must 8 to 10, or Discoverers, will experience an introduction to the outdoors, wear jeans or riding pants and a t-shirt (no tank tops) for horse riding, and spending one night camping and the rest in a comfy dorm. Adventurers ages have their hair pulled back. Tennis shoes or paddock boots are required at all 11 to 13 will be more immersed in the outdoors, splitting their camp and times, no sandals allowed. Campers must bring their own lunch and drink. dorm time and learning more intense skills such as top rope climbing and rapelling. Expeditioners ages 14 to 16 will have multi-day camping trips, including a 2-3 backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, and will learn to belay and raft.

UWF Argo Kids Adventure Camp

Dates: May 29-June 1; June 4-8; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 2529; July 2-6; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; July 30-August 3 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/argoadventure-kids-camp UWF Argo Kids Adventure Camp will be using the following themes for its summer camps this year: It’s a Bugs Life, Mission Argonauts, Into Magic Kingdom, Five Days of Summer, Every-day Heroes, Show Your Skills, Under the Sea, Wild Wild West, and Farewell to Summer. 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 selfdefense, 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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Riverview Camp for Girls Dates: May 27-July 27. 1 week and 2 week 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 Chattanooga 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 much 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, and rocket building; there’s even a robotics camp for 12-15 year olds. The experience and knowledge gained at Space Camp is invaluable to any future astronauts and aviators. Visit the website for further details and to register your child for this incredible experience.

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play/live/give Pensacola blue wahoos Come and cheer for our local team as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos enter their 2018 season. Enjoy the cool breezes off Pensacola Bay and an exciting game of America’s favorite pastime all throughout spring. All games listed below are home games. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bluewahoos.com.

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SynThesis, A Group BFA Exit Exhibition Through May 5 The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida presents “SynThesis, a Group BFA Exit Exhibition” from April 19 through May 5. This exhibition features work by graduating Bachelor of Fine Art students Ryan Gaynor, Christopher Mills, Selina McKane, Dylan Nadsady, Krista Taylor, Courtney Whitworth, and Lauren Wood. The work on display incorporates a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, fiber, photography, printmaking, digital media, and sculpture. TAG is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit uwf.edu/tag.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents: “Showtime” May 4-6 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. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes are 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Pensacola Crawfish Festival May 4-6 Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you! Be sure to bring your appetite and don’t be shy, dig in! We are excited to announce that this year’s festival features 16,000 pounds of

boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola, Florida. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available in addition to traditional festival fare. Admission is $5 for a day and $10 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit fiestaoffiveflags.com.

Fiesta 10K & 5K Run/Walk May 5 The Annual Fiesta 5K and 10K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association and will be held Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 am.  The 10K participants will begin at Pensacola State College, while the 5K runners will start from Scott Street and 12th Avenue. Both races will finish at Seville Square.  Those who run in the race will receive free admission to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival on Saturday, May 5th.  Come eat, run and relax with some Cajun flair! For more information and to register, visit pensacolarunners.com.

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May 5 Celebrate Palafox Market’s 11th Anniversary in Downtown Pensacola on Saturday, May 5 from 9 am – 2 pm! Pensacola Celebrity Chefs will host a cooking demonstration and tasting that will include ingredients from Palafox Market. There will also be live music and an expanded kids’ area with face painting, a bouncy house and more! You don’t want to miss this anniversary celebration in Downtown Pensacola! For more information, visit palafoxmarket.com

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May 8-9 There’s nothing quite like watching the Blue Angels, even in practice flights. The skill and courage required to perform aerial maneuvers in tight formations at 400 to 700 mph, all while maintaining as little as 18 inches of separation, is awe-inspiring! Make sure to get a good seat at the National Naval Aviation Museum in order to experience the majesty of flight. Practice starts at 11:30 am and admission is free. For more information, visit navalaviationmuseum.org.

An Evening of Luther Vandross – Starring Ruben Studdard May 11 Ruben Studdard is a Grammy nominated R&B, gospel and pop singer who was the winner of American Idol’s second season. He has recorded six studio albums, appears frequently on TV, toured extensively and has sold over two million albums worldwide. Now he comes to the Saenger Theatre to pay tribute to the legendary soul and R&B singer, Luther Vandross – even paying tribute to the production and stage presence of Luther in the performance. Studdard said, “his heart and soul will be in every note I sing as I honor one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever had.” The show starts at 7:30 pm at the Saenger Theatre, and tickets start at $25. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

ReptiDay Pensacola Reptile and Exotic Animal Expo

May 12 ReptiDay Pensacola is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! The expo will be held at the Navarre Conference Center at 8700 Navarre Parkway from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and children under 5 get in for free. For more information, visit repticon.com.

Toast of the Coast: Low Country Boil May 17 Join the Fish House for their 6th Annual Toast of the Coast event at The Fish House! The theme for this year’s event focuses on Southern Traditions. Each event in the series will feature a hands-on demonstration from a pro, with fantastic food and beverage pairings. A low country boil is the southeastern coast’s equivalent to a New England clambake. Take the fresh shellfish catch of the day, dump it in a giant pot with some vegetables and sausage, and you are halfway to a giant feast for you and your friends. The boil will feature shrimp, blue crab and of course crawfish. In addition, we have three beverages that will be included, all of which complement the boil. Tickets for the event start at $45, and the fun begins at 5:30 pm at The Deck Bar. For more information, visit fishhousepensacola.com.

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The Big Scoop 2018 presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union May 19 The Big Scoop offers as much of the sweet treat as you can eat! Attendees can taste an assortment of ice cream flavors, top with the best fixins’ and try out others sweet snacks. There will be fun, games, and activities for everyone in the family! This is a pet friendly event! Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Buy your tickets online or at the event! Children under three get in free! The event starts at 1 pm at Seville Square Park. For more information, visit bbbsnwfl.org.

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On view in the second floor galleries: Henderson Thornton and Kugelman Family galleries and the Charles W. Lamar, Sr. Assembly Room Cut Up/Cut Out was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

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May 19-20 Lionfish are an invasive species in Florida and are ravaging our coastal environments. That’s why the Annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day, held at Flora-Bama Yacht Club, is so important to educate and reduce their numbers. A combination of a festival and a tournament, the event offers lionfish tastings, fillet demonstrations, family activities, celebrity chefs, raffle prizes, live music and conservation and art booths. The event starts at 10 am. For more information, visit reefrangers.com.

Big Boi at Vinyl Music Hall May 21 One half of the highly well known and influential hip-hop group Outkast, Big Boi is coming to Pensacola on his Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour. Supporting his latest album, Boomiverse, Big Boi is characterized by his smooth production, fast flows and laid-back tone that helped put Southern hip-hop on the musical map. He will also be supported by KP the Great, a Grammy award-winning producer and former Vice President of A&R at Sony Urban Music. Tickets start at $25, and the doors open at 7 pm at Vinyl Music Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vinylmusichall.com.

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May 30 The Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebration kicks off the 68th annual Fiesta Celebration on Wednesday, May 30 from 7-10 pm at historic Seville Quarter. Join us this year at Historic Seville Quarter as it comes alive with entertainment, decorations and delicious food in five rooms, each saluting our history under the flags of the five governments that have flown over our city. Be sure to join the Surrender of the City in Phineas Phoggs at 7:15 p.m. as local dignitaries such as the Mayor, Fire Chief, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County Sheriff and Pensacola Naval Air Station Commanding Officer surrender the City of Pensacola and its citizens to DeLuna and his Queen for the Fiesta Season.

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour May 30-31 In 1996, an original rock musical by a littleknown composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love. The show starts at 7:30 pm at the Saenger Theatre. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Ja Rule and Ashanti with Fat Joe, Plies, Trina and Trick Daddy May 31 Some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B during the late 90s and early 2000s, Ja Rule and Ashanti will be appearing at Pensacola Bay Center to perform all the hits you remember from middle school. Supporting them are other heavy hitters like Fat Joe, Plies, Trina and Trick Daddy, making sure the party will last all night. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm, and tickets start at $33 per person. Make sure you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance! For more information, visit pensacolabaycenter.com.

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every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Over 50 Ballroom Dance Club dances every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center located at 913 South I Street Pensacola. This club offers ballroom dancing for adults ages 50 years or older. Dances feature live music and a beautiful dance venue on Pensacola Bay. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Dressy attire; no jeans please. Couples and singles welcome. The venue is smoke and alcohol free. For more information call Pat Foster at 6235013 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/ over55ballroomdanceclub. Pensacola Magazine



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One of the new catamaran ferries cruises past Fort Pickens. / National Park Service

by Will Isern The long-planned Pensacola Bay ferries will carry their first passengers from downtown Pensacola to Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach this summer. The service had planned to start this month, but contract negotiations have pushed the start date to at least mid-June. The $3.5 million project – a collaboration between the National Park Service, Escambia County and the City of Pensacola – has the potential to transform the local transportation landscape, linking by water the mainland to Escambia Island and offering thousands their first opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Pensacola’s waterways. The ferries, named Turtle Runner and Pelican Perch, have been under wraps in Pensacola for more than a year. The National Park Service had some difficulty finding a qualified company to operate the ferries, pushing back the target start date for more than a year. The Park Service is now working to finalize a contract with North Carolina-based Gulf

FERRIES to debut this summer Coast Maritime Services, Inc. to operate the ferries. The company already operates a similar ferry service at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina. The ferries will next been taken out of dry dock and undergo inspection and sea trials by the U.S. Coast Guard. There was some public pushback when the Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown announced that ticket prices to ride the ferries could be as much as $20 per person. Many complained that such prices would be too expensive for families. Brown however said that the ferry operator will likely have discounts for groups, and may implement an annual pass system similar to that at Fort Pickens, where locals can pay just $40 a year for an annual pass, as opposed to the $20 daily entrance fee.

“We fully expect that the greater percent of passengers are going to be those folks who are coming here on vacation, they’re staying in a hotel, they have a vacation budget and after they sunburn themselves on the beach, they’re looking for other things to do,” Brown said. “People who live here locally are going to see the packages and they’re not going to pay those daily prices. If you live locally and want to ride it regularly, you’re going to take advantage of one of the packages.” The ferries will run daily from mid-May to mid-August and on weekends in the shoulder seasons. The ferries are dual-hulled catamarans, which Brown said provide a very stable and comfortable ride at roughly 12 knots. Each ferry is capable of carrying 150 passengers, and will operate in opposing directions. A ferry will stop at each of the three landings – Fort Pickens, Quietwater Beach, Business Climate


Pensacola FERRIES and Palafox Pier – roughly once an hour. Passengers will be free to hop on and hop off at any number of stops throughout the day that they have bought tickets.

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Depart 9 a.m., arrive 9:40 a.m.

Depart 10 a.m., arrive 10:45 a.m.

Depart noon, arrive 12:40 p.m.

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Pensacola to Fort Pickens

“We want it to be successful,” Escambia County commissioner Grover Robinson said recently. “We want to do whatever we can to keep your car off the island. If we can find a way to move you from downtown to Pensacola Beach to Fort Pickens without getting in your car, that saves us, that saves you – everybody’s happy.”

Depart 11 a.m., arrive 11:40 a.m.

Depart 9 a.m., arrive 9:35 a.m.

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Fort Pickens to Pensacola

For more information about the Gulf Islands National Seashore visit nps.gov/guis or Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS.

Depart 10 a.m., arrive 10:45 a.m.

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Depart 1 p.m., arrive 1:45 p.m.

Depart 2 p.m., arrive 2:35 p.m.

Depart 4 p.m., arrive 4:45 p.m.

Depart 5 p.m., arrive 5:35 p.m.

The Park Service will have rangers on board to educate riders about the habitat and wildlife found in the bay and on shore. Local leaders hope that the ferries can help alleviate some of the traffic congestion that has plagued Pensacola Beach in recent summers.


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Career Academies Guiding Future Workforce by tanner yea workforce has always been Tno hecontinuously changing, but more so than now. With an increase in automation and highly specialized skills becoming more desirable, it’s important for adolescents and teenagers to hit the ground running, developing marketable skills early even if they don’t take the traditional college path.

Escambia County School District is helping fuel this need with its Career Academies. Headed by Director Dr. Michelle Taylor, the career academies allow middle and high school students to take advanced courses that help them attain certifications, college credit and experience in select career fields. “We are helping to diversify the economy through sector workforce development. We are targeting certain economic sectors that align with the Northwest Florida Strategic

Plan,” said

Dr. Taylor. “Pensacola has two main sectors: military and tourism. If we want to bring new industries to the area, we need to provide a workforce for these companies to gain employees from.” Career academies are available to Escambia County middle and high school students who have at least a C average, good attendance, and no major disciplinary problems. Each middle and high school in the district has at least one academy: a total of 48 academies on the high school level, and 16 ‘precareer’ academies at the middle school level. The academies work by serving as elective choices that are chosen in addition to traditional schoolwork like math and sciences. Each of the academies has a course sequence which teaches the fundamentals of a variety of career fields including aerospace engineering, game simulation and animation, health sciences, graphic arts and much more.

both hard and soft skill training in project-based and work-based settings, and even professional development for teachers who lead the class. Often the academies give students a head start in further education, either through a college or technical school.

A large majority of these classes offer accreditation and certification tests at the end of the course. For example, completing the Adobe InDesign course ends with the student taking a certification test and if they pass, they obtain a certification in InDesign. Dr. Taylor said these are not tests made easier for students – they are the full-fledged tests that adults take to obtain the exact same certification. “Not every student who goes through the career academies will go right into college. But if they don’t, they leave school with these certifications they can take into the workforce right away,” said Dr. Taylor. “Then if they want, they can always reenter the education system with that experience and those certifications and continue down the pathway to more certifications or degrees.” The academies provide a lot of benefits to the students beyond just the certifications and college credit. They provide career counseling opportunities,

“We want to change the connotation for skills training,” ? / want said Dr. Taylor. “We don’t it to just be an option for blue collar-type jobs, we want to let people know it is for everyone.” The Escambia County School District Workforce Education department also works closely with local leaders in order to best develop new programs. Dr. Taylor said they consult with CareerSource Escarosa, the Florida West Economic Development Alliance, more than 20 local business advisory councils, and city and countylevel governments to find voids that need to be filled. “VTMAE, which is an aircraft maintenance company based out of Mobile, Alabama, said they were looking for new sources of employees. We brought it through some meetings and as a result, we developed the aviation maintenance academy at Washington High School,” said Dr. Taylor. There are also some career academies that fast track to local businesses, such as the Gulf Power and Cox Telecommunications academies at West Florida High School. Business Climate


Career Academies Last year, nearly 18,000 students across Escambia County participated in the career academies. That amounts to around 66 percent of the middle and high school population being enrolled in one. Further, around 69 percent of Escambia County high school students participated in one of the academies. Around 200 of those students also had experience in work-based learning, which are co-op programs with local businesses.


The 2017 school year also produced accreditations and certifications for more than 30 different certifications. At the high school level, 1920 students combined completed testing for certification, while at the middle school level that number was 904.

programs themselves are well connected and transparent with local leaders and businesses, and along the way there are multiple entry points – such as postsecondary school, apprenticeships and high school graduations – as well as multiple exits into increasing careers.

Dr. Taylor said the mission of the workforce development department and the Escambia County School District in general is that education is built like a scaffold. The

“We’re teaching the value of digital tools, and the value of a credential. For example, you can walk out of high school with the right certifications in cybersecurity and easily


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make $80,000 starting salary,” said Dr. Taylor. “The career academies help build selfefficacy and really provide a workforce that benefits both the student and local businesses.” The career academy program has also lead to higher graduation rates, better career progression and students generally being more engaged in learning. Dr. Taylor said the program will keep expanding, with places like the newly opened George Stone Technical

Center and every Escambia County school working to expand and develop the programs even further. Career academies are available at most Escambia County schools, and information regarding the programs can be found with their counseling services. For more information about career academies, visit ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/career/ academies or contact Dr. Taylor at mtaylor4@escambia.k12.fl.us.

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tepping into the Coffee Cup is like stepping back in time. Friends and families put down their phones and gather around small tables to share a meal. Pensacolians of all stripes chat and sip coffee at the bar. A handful of hardworking women take the orders, cook the food and generally run the show. But the landmark Pensacola restaurant is starting a new chapter, under new ownership. Restaurateur David Hambrick recently purchased the business from its former owner Roy Cooley. Cooley had owned the restaurant since 2000. Hambrick is the founder and owner of downtown restaurants Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille and V Paul’s Italian Ristorante. He first moved to Pensacola in 1994 and worked as a Honda dealer as part of the Shottenkirk Automotive Group. After sale of the dealership and a brief flirtation with retirement, Hambrick decided to try his hand at the restaurant business. He opened Jaco’s in 2009 and V. Paul’s in 2014. The Coffee Cup first opened in 1945 and has been in business at 520 E. Cervantes Street ever since. It’s among the city’s oldest and most storied restaurants alongside Jerry’s Drive In and Oscar’s Restaurant in Brownsville. With its tile floor, solid-nickel bar stools and original, 1945 griddle, the Coffee Cup embodies the image of classic Southern diner. Famous for its Nassau grits, the restaurant has served for decades as a gathering place for local businessmen, politicians and generations of families. “Anybody that’s lived around Pensacola forever knows the Coffee Cup,” Hambrick said. “Families were raised here almost. I talk to 70- and 80-year-old people and they say, ‘We came here with my parents, we ate three or four times a week.’” Since closing on the sale, Hambrick has assured Coffee Cup regulars that he has no intention of changing the iconic eatery. “It’s the Coffee Cup, it doesn’t need to change,” Hambrick said. “That would kind of be – as far as we’re concerned – a big catastrophe.”

It’s the Coffee Cup, it doesn’t need to change. That would kind of be – as far as we’re concerned – a big catastrophe.

Hambrick said the only updates would be a new logo for the restaurant’s T-shirts, and any upgrades necessary to keep the building in working order. “Obviously everything in here is old, so as we work our way through the facility itself we’ll do a few things here and a few things there, but the core content of the building and the core atmosphere of it, we hope, doesn’t ever change,” he said. There’s a new face in the office as well. Jon Coffey is taking over as general manager of the restaurant. Coffey first began working for Hambrick as a server at V. Paul’s before working his way up to assistant manager at Jaco’s. When Hambrick was contemplating the purchase of the Coffee Cup, he envisioned Coffey serving as its general manager from the start. “If I’m going to be at an restaurant I might as well come to a place where I’ve already got my name on the wall,” Coffey joked. Coffey said the customer loyalty at the Coffee Cup is unlike anything he’s seen thus far in his career. “I have 40 to 50 people that I see everyday, sit in the same place, order the same thing, every day. That type of customer loyalty and faithfulness is what I think makes the place very special,” he said. Hambrick is quickly becoming a regular himself, and said he’s partial to an order of scrambled eggs, tomato slices and a biscuit with honey. As for long-term plans, Hambrick hinted at his own retirement and suggested Coffey may one day own the restaurant himself. “It’s his opportunity to be in the food business for a lifetime if he wants it,” Hambrick said.

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Around the Region New Escambia County Fire Chief Selected Russell “Rusty” Nail has been selected as the new Escambia County Fire Chief, responsible for supervising all Escambia County Fire Rescue staff. Nail’s target start date is Monday, May 7. He joins Escambia County with over 26 years of experience as an accomplished chief fire officer including more than 12 years of supervisory and nine years of command-level experience, mostly in a fast-paced, large metropolitan fire department of 17 stations, with over 500 personnel and a budget of up to $100 million. Nail will join Escambia County from Palm Bay, Florida, where he currently serves as the City of Palm Bay Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Emergency Manager and previously served as a battalion chief. Nail graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in fire and emergency services management and from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts in general studies and Associate of Science in fire science technology. Prior to his tenure at Palm Bay, Nail worked for the City of Orlando Fire Department for more than 20 years, serving as assistant fire chief, assistant chief of planning, district chief and retiring as the deputy chief. Nail’s experience also includes working as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. His certifications include being a State of Florida Certified Firefighter, Chief Fire Officer with the Centers for Public Safety Excellence and a University of Florida Executive Fire Officer, among others. Nail is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Space Coast Fire Chiefs Association, Palm Bay Hospital Advisory Board and Eastern Florida State College Technical Advisory Committee. Nail was selected from a pool of 77 applicants for the Escambia County Fire Chief position after a thorough selection process. The selection committee narrowed the list down to seven candidates and then to three finalists, ranking Nail as the top candidate. The selection process included several interviews with the selection committee, along with a tour of Escambia County Public Safety and a meet and greet with staff. As the Escambia County Fire Chief, Nail’s duties will include supervising fire rescue staff, providing oversight and directing implementation of internal operations, managing expenditures to the approved annual budget, developing goals and objectives and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.


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The University of West Florida recently received a $250,000 gift commitment from The Earl Hutto Foundation, Inc. to name the Earl and Nancy Hutto Master of Science in Nursing program in the UWF School of Nursing in the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health. The gift will create a scholarship for endowment for students pursuing a graduate degree in nursing and an operational endowment for undergraduate and graduate UWF School of Nursing students. “We are very grateful for the support and trust that Earl and Nancy Hutto have given us,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “This gift allows us to shape the future of nursing education and will enrich our ability to prepare nursing leaders who will care for our families, friends and neighbors for years to come.” A Navy veteran, Earl Hutto was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1972 and served three terms. After six years in the Florida Legislature, he was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978 and served eight terms until he retired. Throughout his eight terms in Congress, he was known for his strong leadership on national defense issues and traditional values. The Huttos are active members of the Pensacola community and at their church, First Baptist Church of Pensacola. Earl also served as the first sports director at WEAR-TV in the 1950s. “Earl and Nancy Hutto have a long history of shared service to Northwest Florida,” said Howard Reddy, vice president of university advancement. “Earl Hutto’s distinguished career, and now this gift to the University, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to our community.” This gift commitment will support the delivery of high impact practice learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, including hands-on clinical fellowships, professional development opportunities such as community outreach events and community health projects, as well as research. The gift will also fund facility improvements and equipment purchases that enhance the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. “This gift will have a tremendous impact on the education and experiences provided to UWF School of Nursing students,” said Dr. Denise Seabert, incoming dean of the UWF Usha Kundu MD, College of Health. “We are most appreciative of the Huttos’ generosity and their contribution to enhance educational and community health engagement opportunities for our students.”

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office have entered into an Interlocal Agreement resolving the sheriff’s budget appeal for fiscal year 2017-18. The agreement was reached after a mediation session held on Saturday, April 21 and was approved by a unanimous vote during a special public board meeting held Thursday, April 26. Approval of the mediation agreement is the first step toward implementation of the new budget allocations for the sheriff as reflected in the Interlocal Agreement.

UWF Historic Trust unveils maritime-themed murals The University of West Florida Historic Trust announces the completion of the installation of two maritime-themed murals in downtown Pensacola. The project was made possible by a $26,630 grant from the National Park Service and technical assistance from the UWF Department of History, the UWF Archaeology Institute, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The project will highlight the rich maritime history of Pensacola by using large murals located in prominent locations. In order to preserve historic buildings downtown, a creative solution involving the use of billboard frames was used to display the murals. The murals’ frames are removable, and the graphics on the vinyl can be updated as needed. “The murals will become a centerpiece of Pensacola’s vibrant, unique and dynamic downtown, highlighting our maritime history and providing a focal point for cultural heritage tourism in our city,” said Robert Overton, executive director of the UWF Historic Trust. The mural project is part of the Historic Trust’s Interpretive Master Plan. Launched in 2015, the plan details a transformational vision for Historic Pensacola through a series of enhancements to provide balance between resource protection, historical education, visitor and recreational use and enjoyment of the 8.5 acre, 29-property complex. The murals are located on the south wall of the Museum of Commerce on Main Street and on the west wall of Voices of Pensacola on Government Street. Both sets of murals have lighting. For more information about the UWF Historic Trust, visit historicpensacola.org.

Around the Region Bayview Resource Center Groundbreaking Scheduled for May 7, 2018 City of Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and District 4 Councilman Larry Johnson invite the community to join them for a groundbreaking ceremony at Bayview Park, 2000 East Lloyd Street for the new Bayview Resource Center. The ceremony will take place on Monday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. Bayview Resource Center will be an exciting new addition to Bayview Park. The facility, which replaces the former community center that was demolished in 2015, will provide more accessible uses and waterfront access for the community to enjoy. The building is designed to be an active and highly social building that also reinforces the importance of Bayou Texar as a natural asset, and supports continued improvements of and around Bayou Texar. The community center portion of the facility will include a large event space which can be separated into two smaller event spaces, meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, fitness room, and staff offices. A large open lobby welcomes guests to the facility and there are multiple decks and balconies offering sweeping views of the waterfront. There is also space for storage of kayak, SUP, and rowing sculls to provide a home for paddle sports and non-motorized water activities. There will also be indoor and outdoor access to restrooms. The Bayview Senior Center will remain in its current location adjacent to the new community center and will see relief from program crowding as well as improved access to parking. “We are very excited for this new resource center at Bayview Park,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “My staff and I have worked tirelessly to bring another extraordinary amenity to our community. This new attractive facility will embrace the waterfront and will be something that everyone can enjoy.”

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Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond selected to receive Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) Project Excellence Award for 2018 The City of Pensacola will be presented the FSA Project Excellence Award for 2018 for the “Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond” project at FSA’s annual meeting and conference in June. The Excellence Awards are presented annually by FSA to public sector member organizations throughout the state who have demonstrated a high level of distinction and innovation in stormwater programs and/or projects. More specifically, award nominations are made in one of two categories: Business Climate


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Jewelers Trade Shop Begins Rolex-Designed Remodel Jewelers Trade Shop announced that it has begun construction on an in-house Rolex Boutique. The project, expected to take four weeks, was planned and designed exclusively for Jewelers Trade Shop by Rolex. “We are beyond excited to begin construction on this project,” said Corbett Davis, III, owner and president of Jewelers Trade Shop. “This new in-store boutique will allow us to showcase our Rolex models in an environment that perfectly compliments these legendary timepieces.” Only the most exclusive jewelers in the world are Rolex Authorized Dealers. Jewelers Trade Shop is the only Rolex Authorized Dealer between Biloxi, Mississippi, and Destin, Florida. The store will remain open with regular business hours

during the remodel. “We’ve been planning this for a while now, and we’ve made extraordinary efforts to keep the construction separate from our daily sales and display areas,” said Davis. “We encourage all of our friends to stop by to check on the progress, and we’ll be posting updates on Facebook as the work continues.” For more information about the store, call (850) 432-4433 or visit www.jewelerstradeshop.com.

Pensacola Beach Wins USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach Gulf Islands National Seashore Cited to Top Three Visit Pensacola is pleased to share that Pensacola Beach has been recognized as USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach. The area boasted not one but two nominations for the contest with the Gulf Islands National Seashore coming in third place. To add to the celebration, the beaches of Northwest Florida dominated the competition with Panama City Public Beach coming in second and Navarre Beach coming in fourth. “One again the response from our visitors and

residents show the pride we have in our nationally acclaimed beaches,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “Receiving this recognition illuminates the unique experience that is Pensacola and all of the unmatched areas and activities America’s first settlement has to offer. We all benefit when one of our beaches is named one of the top destinations in the nation.” This achievement follows 20 destination nominations from an expert panel followed by a period of public voting. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Then it is up to the public to decide. The Pensacola Experience is unique to every traveler that comes upon its shores. USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award has also recognized Gulf Islands National Seashore as Best Florida Attraction (2018), Best East Coast Beach (2016), Best Florida Beach (2015) and Johnson Beach was voted No. 2 Best National Park Beach (2016). Travelers have endless opportunities to explore eclectic cuisine, a boisterous downtown complete with nightlife, culture, and arts, and over 450 years of history. For more information on the Pensacola Bay Area, visit visitpensacola.com.

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Market Highlights Sales for the month jumped 34% over February.

1st quarter sales were up 3% compared to the same period last year.

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Bolstered by a nearly 60% increase in sales activity in the $500k and above price range, median sales price jumped to $193,890.

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Tourists to Pensacola may see our beautiful beaches and our vibrant downtown, but very rarely do they see the parts where the residents live – the small, quiet neighborhoods that branch out along Scenic Highway and serve as homes to most of our population. In these little slices of quiet, you can forget you are living with the stress of the big city and can get a little hint of suburbia in our growing urban sprawl. That’s why we are shining our Neighborhood Spotlight on Scenic Heights. While it is close to all the restaurants, shops and nightlife of uptown, it is secreted away and calm enough to feel like you are in another world without having to pay for it. History of the Neighborhood Scenic Heights is a relatively new neighborhood in comparison to the rest of Pensacola. While the more southern parts of the city have 100-year-old houses, most homes in Scenic Heights were built around the 60s or 70s as Pensacola expanded northward. With the opening of Cordova Mall and the development of Pensacola International Airport, more residential communities started to sprout up around this industrial hub – and Scenic Heights happened to be one of these communities. Scenic Heights has developed into a quiet neighborhood for both families and single homeowners, and its close proximity to everything uptown makes it an ideal place to work and play while also being a place you can comfortably retreat home to. Properties and Prices Scenic Heights is a fairly small but populous neighborhood, situated between Langley Avenue and Bonway Drive on the south and north, and Spanish Trail Road and Hilltop Drive on the west and east. It’s firmly planted in the residential areas surrounding Pensacola International Airport, meaning it is conducive to a relaxed living atmosphere. According to Trulia, Scenic Heights 82 Pensacola Magazine

hovers around medium affordability, with houses ranging between $114k and $265k – averaging out to around $120k. The houses are mainly larger, ranch style houses between 1500 and 2500 square feet. 3/2 are the most common, but 4/3s or even 5/3s are common enough that they won’t be hard to find if you are looking for more space. Most of the homes date to around the mid-60s but remain in great condition. Rental properties are unfortunately quite scarce in this neighborhood. Scenic Heights is deep in the residential area of Pensacola, so traffic is quite calm, allowing you to easily walk or bike the neighborhood. The population is in their 30s and single, and a good amount of them own their homes. Utilities are the standard for Pensacola, with Gulf Power for electricity, ECUA for water and garbage, and AT&T, Cox or DirecTV for internet/ cable. Local Attractions Scenic Heights is close to a large number of schools. The most prevalent schools are Scenic Heights Elementary, Ferry Pass Middle and Washington Senior High – though other options include Cordova Park Elementary and J.H. Workman Middle. Being close to 9th Avenue, there are plenty of options for groceries, including

Publix, Winn-Dixie and even Four Winds International Food. There are also plentiful restaurants nearby, from fast food like Subway or Wendy’s, to more sit-down restaurants like Siam Thai, BJ’s Brewhouse, Long Horn Steakhouse and more. For nightlife, the Boatyard Bar & Grill, O’Riley’s and The Spanish Trail Pub & Eatery provide late-night libations without going too far from home. There are also plenty of local spots to stay active, like the Roger Scott Tennis Court, Hitzman-Optimist Park, Anytime Fitness, as well as smaller personal trainers and personal fitness locations. Due to the neighborhood’s proximity to Cordova Mall, there are plenty of opportunities to shop with just a five-minute drive outside of the neighborhood. Summary Scenic Heights is close to everything except downtown, and its affordable price point, access to countless activities and shops, and proximity to great schools makes it a perfect place to put down roots. The only drawback is houses do not stay on the market long, so make sure to jump on one you like before it gets scooped up. For more information on Scenic Heights and the surrounding areas, speak to your realtor.

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Mortgage Financing: Tips for First Time Home Buyers

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Finding the right home for your new family just might be the easy part. But, trying to make sense of qualifying for a mortgage loan and all of the financing options can be overwhelming to say the least. Where should you start? First time home buyers should start by taking a close look at their budget. Knowing exactly how much you can afford to spend each month on a mortgage payment can help avoid financial pitfalls. Don’t forget to include the cost of homeowners insurance, real estate taxes, and home repairs in your analysis. Having a realistic approach to how much you should spend will help ensure that you are not buying more home than you can afford. A general rule of thumb is that your house payment (Principle, Interest, Taxes and Insurance – PITI) should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income. In addition to the above rule, mortgage lenders will determine if your income will support a new house payment and your current monthly debt payments. This is done by calculating a debt 84 Pensacola Magazine

to income ratio. A general rule of thumb for mortgage lending is that your monthly debt should not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income. For example, if you and your spouse have a combined gross monthly income of $6,000.00, your maximum monthly house payment (PITI) should be approximately $1,680.00. ($6,000.00 x 0.28 = $1,680) and your total monthly debt should not exceed $2,160.00. ($6,000.00 x 0.36 = $2,160). This would include your total monthly house payment plus all other monthly debt payments. In this example the total other monthly debt payments could not exceed $480.00 ($2,160.00 - $1,680 = $480). If your total monthly debt payments exceeded $480.00 you would need to either reduce the amount of your monthly debt

by paying off some or all of the debts or lower the amount of money borrowed for the home so that the monthly house payment would be reduced below $1,680.00. Keep in mind both ratios are guidelines only and can be exceeded with compensating factors. These factors may include a larger down payment, excellent employment history, or excellent credit history. Next, you will want to obtain a copy of your current credit score. Most lenders set minimum score requirements to qualify for a mortgage loan. A score of 680 or higher is preferred by mortgage lenders for first time home buyers. To obtain your credit score you can search online for options or ask your financial institution to assist you.

Once you have examined your budget, and determined how much house payment you can afford, visit or call your financial institution. For instance, credit unions have mortgage professionals on staff that can sit down with you and discuss financing options and explain the various loan programs that you may qualify for. Options may include conventional fixed rate mortgage loans, adjustable rate mortgage loans, FHA, and VA mortgage loans. Each program will have rules regarding down payment requirements, loan to value guidelines, closing costs, and approval criteria. After discussing all the options with your financial institution be sure to ask to be “preapproved” before you shop for your new home. Being pre-approved gives you more bargaining power. Finally, be sure to hire a real estate professional to represent you as your agent in the transaction. Realtors will assist you in finding the right property based on your pre-approved amount. Also, they will negotiate your offer and help you overcome any setbacks. Buying your first home should be exciting and fun and your local financial institution is ready to help you make that dream come true.

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PENSACOLA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS BUILDING SUCCESS Pensacola Association of Tis toheREALTORS® (PAR) mission help its members be ethical,

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REALTOR®. That term, and the familiar block “R” logo, are trademarked by the National Association of REALTORS® and can only be used by those licensees who have taken an oath to adhere to a stringent, enforceable code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that promote the fair, ethical and honest treatment of all parties in a transaction. Affiliate membership is open to individuals or firms who, while not engaged in the real estate profession, have interests concerning real estate. Examples include lenders, home inspectors, insurance companies, title companies, and a wide range of service companies. One of our core competencies is to enhance the professionalism of our members by providing educational classes that meet the state requirements for continuing


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BY DEBORAH MAYS 2018 President Pensacola Association of REALTORS®

education, or lead to earning a specific designation, as well as refresher classes on topics from ethics to contracts. Affiliate members often conduct seminars updating information regarding loan products, insurance or title issues to ensure that members remain current. Pensacola Association of REALTORS® provides its members with a vast array of technical / informational tools to better serve their customers, whether they are buying, selling or leasing. The one most often discussed is the local Multiple Listing Service, which serves as a robust platform to provide the broadest market exposure for listed properties, as well as integrated tools to allow licensed subscribers access to current and historical information and various methods of presentation of this information to their customers. Public access to currently listed properties for sale or rent in our market area is available at PensacolaMLS.com. The association also plays a critical role in developing and promoting public policy positions on topics affecting the real estate profession and protecting private property rights. This can take the form of providing input for local sign regulation changes and new disclosure requirements, to making our voices heard regarding the need for affordable housing at the state level or flood insurance reform at the national level. As an example, at both the local and state level, Realtors strongly support passage of Amendment 2 this November, which renews and preserves a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2008 that placed an annual cap on certain property tax increases. It limits the tax burden on residents and families, protects renters from rent increases brought on by higher taxes, and ensures Florida remains an affordable place to live, work, and do business. The original amendment is set to expire in 2019 unless it is renewed in November. But it is the association’s community related projects that

are shining examples our member’s love for the area. The Navy Housing Committee volunteers provide housing and community information to military families at NAS Pensacola’s Family Housing Office. The Young Professional Network Committee holds an annual beach clean-up day. Plus, there is a dedicated Community Relations Committee that engages REALTORS® in a variety of community service projects. Over the years these included Manna Food Bank competitions, USO snack drives, Toys for Tots plus many others. One of my favorites enlists real estate offices to provide an evening meal for Ronald McDonald House. The Water Safety Program, which was started in 2009, is by far one of our most successful projects. Initially, committee members taught a classroom session on water safety and handed out vouchers for swim lessons to 2nd graders in 5-6 schools. Since it was difficult to get children to the free lessons in the summer, the committee decided to bring kids to Hunter Pool during the school year. The first year we had 3 schools and 206 students participate in the program. By 2016 the program had grown to the point that Water and Youth Safety Pensacola, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in cooperation with Pensacola Association of Realtors, Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club, Escambia County School District and the City of Pensacola. In 2017 a second event was added at UWF and this year the program anticipates over 1,000 children will receive in-water instruction on how to enjoy water activities safely. In 2017 the program was awarded the Florida Society of Health and Physical Educators Statewide Community Service Award. The Pensacola Association of REALTORS® exists to not only to serve and enhance the professionalism of its members, but to provide avenues through which they can give back to the community within which they live and work.

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The Escambia County Housing Finance Authority was created as an agency and a special district of Escambia County in 1980. I have served on the Board of the Authority for over twenty years and have had the pleasure of helping the Authority make homeownership dreams come true for thousands of first-time homebuyers. As the inventory of affordable homes shrinks and interest rates rise, we are working hard to offer a helping hand to firsttime homebuyers in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and seventeen other counties across Florida Over the years the Authority has operated many programs for funding affordable home mortgages and providing down payment assistance. Our most active program is our Governmental Program, which offers VA/FHA/RD insured loans to first-time home buyers with family incomes at or less than the median income in the applicable county. In Escambia County, the median income is $62,000 for a family of two (adjusted to $71,300 for a family of four). We also offer a Conventional Program, which 90 Pensacola Magazine

offers Freddie Mac insured repaid when you sell your house loans. The Income limits on or after thirty years, whichever the Freddie Mac program are a comes first. There is no interest little higher, with the income charge at all, and the loans can limit for a family of two at be prepaid at any time without $74,400 (adjusted to $86,800 penalty. Freddie Mac loans for a family of may also qualify four). Both a grant (in Housing is considered for programs are addition to the available to first- affordable if the cost down payment time homebuyers assistance loan) of the housing, all in, of $2,500 if who want to buy a primary homebuyer is less than 30% of the the residence with earns 50% or less a maximum than the county income of the family qualifying median income purchase price or $1,500 if that lives there. of $253,809 the homebuyer (adjusted upward for targeted earns between 50% and 80% areas), so our programs are a of median income. These down perfect fit for most first-time payment assistance programs homebuyers. make all the difference for our Are you surprised that the first-time homebuyers. Authority has been offering Another fabulous recent affordable mortgages with down addition to our program payment assistance in Escambia offerings is the Mortgage Credit County for almost forty years? Certificate Program. First Well, let me tell you about the time homebuyers earning at or fabulous part! The Authority less than median income may presently offers up to $7,500 qualify for a mortgage credit zero percent interest rate loans certificate that entitles them for closing costs and down to a federal income tax credit payment assistance. The loans in an amount up to the lesser are offered in connection with of the annual interest paid on and subordinate to our first their mortgage or $2,000 for mortgages, and only have to be each year. This is a tax credit,

not a deduction, so it can mean a big savings if you owe taxes. Mortgage credit certificates may be used in connection with either a Government Program loan or a Conventional Program loan. Housing is considered affordable if the cost of the housing, all in, is less than 30% of the income of the family that lives there. As rents continue to escalate, an increasing portion of Escambia County’s workforce is forced into paying for housing that is not affordable or pushed into more affordable outlying areas that are not reasonably convenient to their employment. Owning your own home puts YOU in control and is the best way to put a stop to being stuck with rising rents! Our website (http://www. escambiahfa.com/ ) offers an up to date list of our participating lenders, current interest rates and down payment assistance programs. Interest rates are rising, so give us a call soon and see what we can do for you!


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ensacola Beach is winning. Winning awards for Florida’s best beach—USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Best Beach and Trip Advisor included our beach backyard as one of the top ten beaches in the United States. There’s no doubt our once quiet gem is becoming a polished pearl for tourists. But it is still a great place to call home—to build a home, to own a home, to come home. Our barrier island is booming. Take a drive down Via De Luna, Pensacola beaches main drag. You’ll see construction and more construction. New homes are popping up, available lots are fading into memories. Pensacola Beach is experiencing a construction boom and prices are reflecting the growth. A small beach box cottage may have sold for $250,000 last year. Now it’s tough to find one less than $350,000. How about high rises? Pensacola Beach is home to some of the tallest buildings between Mobile and Tallahassee. Here are the buildings ranked in height. 1) Portofino Towers (182 feet). 2) Beach Club (175 feet). 3) Santa Rosa Towers (170 feet). 4) Verandas Tower (154 feet). 5) Hilton Pensacola Beach Resort (152 feet).

So, sand level or high rise, you can find it all on the beach. Prices vary from $200,000 to 2 million. No matter your budget, you can finance a piece of paradise. And why not live here? Sure, there are traffic issues during tourist season. But have you stepped on the sugar white sand lately? Found a sand dollar? Spotted a dolphin or ray playing near the pier. Santa Rosa Island boasts 1,474 acres with about 60 percent of that in public use. For a buck twenty- five you can stroll out on the 1,400 foot long fishing pier and talk with the anglers about the catch of the day, watch the surfers, search for a sea turtle and then hit a local restaurant and experience some of the freshest and best prepared seafood around. The restaurant scene scores big with high class eateries and beach bars serving up local catches of the day. While the seafood is terrific, you can also find Greek food, Mexican food, Sushi and a killer steak. Yes, disclaimer here, I work,

play and stay on the beach. I love the Gulf breezes and the stunning sunsets. I love that a deep breath of salt air washes away tiny troubles and makes big trouble more bearable. This is a place people spend thousands of dollars to come visit—to bring their families to experience all we have to offer— free trolley rides, free Bands on the Beach concerts, great beach bars and restaurants, miles of National Seashore, a Civil War Fort, and all varieties of water sports including sailing, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. The average temperature in July is about 90 degrees. Yep, it’s hot and that humidity can ruin a good hair style. Invest in some good hats and you’ll be fine. You’ll also want to invest in some sun screen, no getting around that. But that’s what beach people do. They invest. They invest in a life style that can forever change you. Strike up a conversation with a beach home owner, you’ll find teachers and rocket scientists, brain surgeons and carpenters.

You’ll hear that the person next to you is broke and the person on the other side of you is a millionaire and by looking, you can’t tell the difference. That’s the community that is Pensacola Beach. It isn’t perfect. It has been wiped out by hurricanes and will be hit again. But the beach and its beach people always come back stronger than ever. If you’ve neglected crossing the Bob Sikes Bridge to the beach lately, give it another try. Look at the beautiful homes being built, feel the energy of the Island, put your toes in the water, take a deep breath and think about living here. A step into the beach life is often a step into a slower pace that gives you a chance to meet your neighbors. Sometimes your neighbors will be tourists, sometimes they’ll be locals, either way, on the beach you’ll have the time to listen to their stories and to find out what brought them to a place that millions visit but only a lucky handful get to call home. Pensacola Magazine


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Insider tips and tactics for buying Whether you’re a a home in a seller's market millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you’re probably aware that it’s a seller’s market out there.

Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don’t worry! Just because it’s a seller’s market doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal on the home of your dreams. Here are some insider tips and tactics from the pros at RE/MAX, LLC to help you get your slice of the American dream at a price you can afford. 96 Pensacola Magazine

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Work with a full-time, experienced agent. This is critical, vital and nonnegotiable. Things move so fast and offers are made within minutes of seeing a home. If you don’t have a real estate agent, you can easily be overwhelmed by this thrill ride. Your agent can help you with negotiation, serve as your champion, and can guide you through this process as a pro. Get pre-approved with a lender. When you’re pre-approved, you’ve done all the paperwork upfront. The bank has decided what you can afford to spend. This tells the seller you mean business and are ready to roll. Use technology. If you aren’t using technology, you are missing out. Hop on remax.com and view homes within your price range or in your desired

school zone or neighborhood. You can also get a sense of what’s selling at your budget, and even calculate your estimated mortgage payment. Don’t wait to request a showing. If you’re checking out houses online, ask your agent to request a showing as soon as you see one you like. Don’t wait until the weekend. You know what they say about he who hesitates ... Don’t wait to make an offer. If you like it, jump on it. Make your offer clean (no contingencies such as the sale of another property), if possible, and consider offering favorable concessions to the seller such as a flexible closing date. Think outside the box. You might have come into your

home search wanting to live in a specific neighborhood. What if you expanded your horizons a bit? Cast your net wider into areas you hadn’t considered. A lovely gem might be waiting out there for you. Don’t make a major purchase between offer and closing. If you do, it could upset your debt-to-income ratio. Your lender could run the numbers again, and you’d be sunk. Hold off buying furniture or ordering new appliances until after closing documents have been signed and the place is yours. Following the advice of your agent is always critical, but it’s even more important in a seller’s market. He or she will guide you through the process, and you’ll be unpacking boxes in your dream home in no time!

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