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contents

Volume VI • Issue VIII

events 12 Escambia County Bicentennial Celebration 14 Ciao Bella: An Elegant Summer Celebration 22 Assisted Living Facility Happy Hour 28 Donut Strike Wrap-Up Party 30 VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party 40 The ARC Gateway Crab Cake Cook-Off 45 Pensacola Little Theatre Crystal Awards 55 Gallery Night: Pensacola Heritage 64 Pensacola Beach Chamber Business After Hours 71 Symphony, Sparks & Stars

on the cover Saed Ghboun & Kristy Romance Photography by Kristina Wright at VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party

departments 18 21 24 35 38 48 51 59 66 68 74

Style Straight Talk #trending Coastal Cuisine The Blue Line Swizzle Adventure Out Give Care Share May We Suggest Save the Date I Am Pensacola

features 62 Best in Pensacola Winners

VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander

Art Director Priscilla Atkins

Associate Publisher Verla Price

Contributing Writers/ Photographers Patti Hall Kevin Houghton Clare Lee Verla Price Anna Stockton Kristina Wright

Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Kristin Moffitt Kevin O’Rourke Verla Price Content Creator Anna Stockton Graphic Designer Brian Goins Patti Hall

VIP Founder Jeff Watson

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letter from the Associate Publisher Welcome to the August issue of VIP Pensacola and summer. Every winter we wait for warmer weather, talk about it, plan to enjoy the water, sand, and natural beauty of the Emerald Coast, then we are blasted with a heatwave that sends us scurrying back inside to the air conditioners. July was hot, and it looks like August will be hotter! In this issue, we feature some ways to beat the heat. Pages are filled with places to relax and pamper yourselves, whether you go to a spa or create your own quiet Zen at home. Fortunately, Pensacola is filled with numerous day spas, places to sip wine, relax and work on the inner you. So if you live in the Pensacola reading area you should be able to find a place close by to indulge in at least a day of self-preservation. However, if money is short or time is of the essence, we have a few other ways for you to enjoy peace. One of the fantastic things is that you can create a spa-like experience in your own settings and take care of yourself at home. During the COVID lockdowns, people learned ways to turn their homes, yard, and gardens into their own serene getaways. Style on page 18 gives us some great ideas on Homestyle Self Care. Swizzle will tempt you to leave the wine glass in the kitchen as you follow these recipes and use vegetables to put a healthy twist on your vodka drink. And Coastal Cuisine introduces us to a healthy apple spinach salad. My favorite read this month was Adventure Out and learning of Florida’s freshwater springs, some of which are close enough for a day trip. I may hook up the RV and enjoy a few of these this fall. Social events were popping in July. Our VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party filled the showroom at Cadillac of Pensacola with clients and friends of the magazine. Everyone’s favorite, Gallery Night, is back with streets filled with music, food, and fun. There are always a few events I hate to miss, and the grand opening of Maserati Pensacola by Step One Automotive Group was one of them. What a fabulously elegant evening this turned out to be. You will also see pages of people enjoying things from Crab Cake Cook-Offs to the Crystal Awards. We are proud to introduce a new feature this month, The Blue Line. In the upcoming issues we will introduce you to those who protect and serve our communities. The Blue Line is our way of supporting and saluting these brave men and women. Thank you, Step One Automotive, for stepping up as our first sponsor. We start our introductions with Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons and Chief Deputy Tommi Lyter. If you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola, please call me. It is our mission to support as many non-profit causes as possible. Thank YOU for supporting VIP Pensacola; please be kind, courteous, and shop local.

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VIP Pensacola at the Pensacola Museum

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Bicentennial Celebration photos & story by Kevin L. Houghton

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ensacola Museum hosted the city’s Bicentennial Celebration on July 17. This formal program took place exactly 200 years after the exchange of Spanish and American flags. Presenting the colors were the Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Color Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance and welcome speech were performed by Collier Merrill, Chairman of the UWF Historic Trust, and the announcement of celebration activities by Dr. Judy Bense, Commission Chair. As the UWF Bands performed the Star-Spangled Banner, the Training Air Wing 6, NAS Pensacola, wowed the crowd with a flyover of three T-45 aircraft. All of this led to the unveiling of a historic marker by Mayor Grover Robinson and Escambia County Chairman & District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender.

Dr. Leo Day, Caitlyn & Will Moore

This celebration was planned by the 200th Anniversary Commission in conjunction with the city of Pensacola and Escambia County. Presentations were given by U.S. Senator Rick Scott, Commanding Officer of NASP Captain Timothy Kinsella, and State of Florida District 1 Representative Michelle Salzman, just to name a few. UWF Historic Pensacola Village’s Living History Reenactors were in full attendance. They had vendors on hand, fun and educational activities throughout the day, and performed the exchange of the Spanish and American flags. All the performances, speakers, vendors, and programming were composed to reflect our community’s rich and diverse culture, which is a direct result of this important day in our history.

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Dr. Judy Bense, Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, Chairman Robert Bender, Mayor Grover Robinson, Ann Scott, U.S. Senator Rick Scott, Michelle Salzman, Captain Timothy Kinsella, Senator Doug Broxson, Representative Alex Andrade, Martha Saunders, Former Mayor Ashton Hayward & Laurel Lee 12

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VIP Pensacola at Alfa Romeo Pensacola

Ciao Bella:

An Elegant Summer Celebration photos & story by Kristina Wright

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lfa Romeo Pensacola stepped up to welcome Maserati Pensacola to the Step One Automotive Group family, along with the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, and Pensacola Beach Chamber, Navarre Chamber, Santa Rosa Chamber, and the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber. A beautiful ribbon cutting was held with key members in the community, followed by the arrival of guests dressed in their most elegant summer whites. The celebration began with delicious Italian hors d’oeuvres from Signature Catering of 30A, hand-crafted cocktails from Old Hickory Whisky Bar, and the viewing of some truly beautiful cars. Throughout the evening, individuals participated in networking, tours of the new location, and were given detailed descriptions and specifications of each car. Along with an opportunity to set up a discussion on site, and Step One even gave away a $500 gift card. Epic and Elegant Entertainment provided the tunes for the evening, while stage, video wall, and lighting were covered by TSC Productions. Event planning was provided by Proffitt PR.

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Homestyle Self-Care story by Anna Stockton

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elf-care is a big trend these days-and hopefully one that is here to stay. It encourages you to take a step back from the craziness of daily life and take care of yourself -- mind, body and soul. After all, how can you be your best self and take care of others if you don’t take care of you? The good news is that you don’t have to be at a spa to feel pampered and regroup, you can do it at home with a few of these spalike styles. So, when you’re sitting in your bathrobe with a mud mask on your face watching reality tv, don’t feel bad, just pour yourself another glass of wine, it’s all in the name of self-care.

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Rockin’ the Robe

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VIP Pensacola at Coastal County Brewing Company

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Happy Hour A photos & story by Kristina Wright

ngel’s Care Home Health held their Assisted Living Facility Happy Hour on June 30 at Coastal County Brewing Company. This event invited all home health care workers including nurses and therapists to come enjoy a drink, put their name in a basket for a chance to win several door prizes, and be recognized for all their hard work throughout the year. Participating staff from several local facilities were on site, including Bay Breeze Senior Living & Rehab, Home Helpers, Regency Hospice, Southern Practitioners, and of course Angel’s Care Home Health. Angel’s Care Home Health is a Medicare-certified home health agency that is managed by AngMar Medical Holdings, Inc., a privately held family company based in Mansfield, Texas. AngMar manages a network of multiple agencies with locations in nine states, including Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since 2000, AngMar’s team of health care professionals have served more than 179,000 patients. Those numbers continue to grow, fueled by the specialized patient-centered care that the company provides and its commitment to excellence in serving its local communities.

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Heart and Soule photos provided by Sarah Soule Webb | story by Anna Stockton

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arah Soule Webb has always had a passion for the water. Growing up on a tree lined street in Pensacola, where the bayou meets the bay, she was happily surrounded by water. Summers spent boating, swimming and playing in the water would unknowingly become her inspiration. Under the guidance of her artistic mother, Sarah was always passionate about painting, she says she always enjoyed painting “like most kids do” but she never outgrew it. Even taking a painting course with her mother at the local community college at the age of 11. Her big break into painting professionally came purely by accident, literally. After having a minor fender bender in the family’s driveway Sarah’s father decided her punishment should be to paint fish on pieces of wood to help decorate the old Pensacola Bay fishing bridge, which her father owned. Her work caught the eye of a family friend and she sold her first piece of art…..at 15 years old. Sarah continued to paint throughout college and into her career as a dietician until about five years ago when she decided a career move was in order and started painting full time. Now, in her studio on the third floor of the old Sacred Heart hospital in Pensacola, her passion and talent are evident. With large and small canvasses, in various stages of completion and her signature abstract and almost whimsical backgrounds on display. She shows me a painting in progress, a little girl walking through a tidepool, her reflection shown in the ripples of the water. Another painting she’s working on is an underwater scene, which she considers to be her niche, three children in swimsuits, sitting on pool noodles. A simple scene that perfectly captures a moment, a summertime memory. While talent is, of course, a necessity, Sarah also stresses that effort and practice have played a large part in her artistic journey. She’s not the same artist she was yesterday as she is today, her paintings and skills have evolved along the way and she loves looking back at her older paintings and seeing the differences. Sarah says she still can’t believe she gets to paint every day. However, she does strive to keep a balance in her work. She still does personal pieces, moments and pictures that inspire her, but she also paints pieces that are commissioned. Clients who give her an idea or vision and she brings these visions to life on beautiful canvasses. For more information on Sarah or to speak with her regarding her paintings, please contact her at info@sswstudios.com.

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VIP Pensacola at J’s Bakery and Café

Donut Strike Wrap-Up Party

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ocal law enforcement and fire departments known for fighting crime and fires, have teamed up again with Manna this year to fight hunger; by temporarily boycotting the delicious donut. These fierce first responders went on strike against the portable breakfast treat between June 23-25, to encourage the community to fight local hunger with Manna. During the Donut Strike, they promised not to eat a single donut until the community has donated 30,000 healthy meals to fight hunger in Northwest Florida. Each day of the Donut Strike, officers and fire fighters maned their posts from 3 to 6 p.m. at grocery store locations across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to collect food and monetary donations from the public. Food donations and financial gifts to Manna were also encouraged to be dropped off at their hunger headquarters, 3030 North E Street, Pensacola, any day during the Strike. The success of Donut Strike is critically important this year, as Manna faces a second year of devastating food donation losses due to the cancellation of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp

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Out Hunger Food Drive. That food drive typically yields 60,00080,000 pounds of food each year for Manna leading into the busier summer season, when children can no longer count on the free meals at school for nutrition. This is the fourth year of the Donut Strike and so far, the pastry protest has raised more than 80,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in our communities. The Donut Strike wrap party was held at the event’s sponsor J’s Bakery and Café on June29 to announce and celebrate the total meal count, as well as eat dozens and dozens of donuts and have coffee with heroes. Participating agencies included the Escambia County Fire Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Breeze Police Department, Midway Fire District, Pace Fire Rescue District, Pensacola Fire Department, and Pensacola Police Department. Manna is a local, grassroots non-profit dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. To learn more about Manna, the Donut Strike or to make a donation, visit the Manna Facebook page or www.mannahelps.org.

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VIP Pensacola at Step One Automotive

PENSACOLA Cover Reveal Party photos & story by Kristina Wright

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tep One Automotive graciously hosted the VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party at their Pensacola headquarters on July 7. VIP Pensacola employees, clients, friends, and potential clients were all on site and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the latest issue of VIP Pensacola. On the cover this month, Leo Lynne and Penny Stricklin were featured enjoying their time at the Folds of Honor Tournament in May. Throughout the evening guests commented on the events that took place over the last issue, the businesses showcased throughout, as well as the magazine’s features including Swizzle, Style, Save the Date, Give Care Share, Straight Talk, May We Suggest, and Locale. Of course, we can’t forget the I Am Pensacola highlight this month, Stephen Simpson. This issue also marked the announcement of the winners for the Best In Pensacola Reader’s Choice Awards. Each individual was prompted to drop off a business card upon entry for an opportunity to win door prizes. Prizes were pulled from the business card stack throughout the event, with various contributions and donation baskets provided by clients and guests. Food and light refreshments were provided by Family Ty’s Good Eats.

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“Strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach...”

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fter a recent bout with anemia I had to put myself on a diet of iron rich foods like pumpkin seeds, organic red meat, and ugh … spinach. Yes! I was going to eat spinach on purpose, not because it was on a pizza, not because it was hidden in a delicious spinach and artichoke dip, and not because it was cooked into an omelette and washed down with a mimosa. So I decided to “suck it up buttercup,” and told myself if I can drink like an adult, it wouldn’t kill me to start eating like one too. After a few weeks of this spinach saga a couple things happened. First, my body was pretty pleased with me and rewarded me by doing things like not becoming exhausted during the day and second, I, well ummm, I started liking spinach! I know, I was shocked too. So here I am, months later, with my iron numbers back up, still eating spinach -- just because I want to. So how did spinach become a common food in our diets? Who picked up this green leaf at some point and thought “I’m going to shove this in my mouth and hope I don’t die?” Well, (not) shockingly, not much research has een done to find out the origins o spinach, ut we do now a ew things Spinach has been a part of our diet for about 2000 years, starting in Persia then introduced to Nepal, India, and then China where it was called the “Persian Green.” Documents have spinach in the Mediterranean area by the 10th century, followed by Spain and Germany by the 12th century. During the European middle-ages, spinach was widely grown and became a staple in Mediterranean, English, and French cooking. In fact, the term “a la Florentine” became popular and referred to the French spinach dishes created in Florence. Years later, spinach made its way “across the pond” with the settlers and took off in the new world, quickly becoming common in our diets.

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While spinach does contain quite a bit of iron, it’s not the iron super food it’s been touted as. In fact, spinach gained this reputation from human error when a scientist accidentally put a decimal in the wrong place, resulting in spinach seeming to have ten times the amount of iron it really did. This error resulted in an article published by American Medicine in 1927 proclaiming spinach to be a “king amongst vegetables” and would cure countless illnesses and help end malnutrition caused by the Great Depression. Doctors and the government pushed this superfood but the public still wasn’t convinced; enter Popeye the Sailor Man. Popeye was already a comic strip hero, a little guy who used superhuman strength to take on any bullies who came his way. For this campaign, Popeye’s strength came from eating spinach in the hopes that America’s children would be inspired to do the same. It worked like a charm, spinach sales took off and kids were loving it, even listing it as one of their favorite foods. So here we are, generations later and despite the uncovering of the decimal point debacle, still convinced spinach is the “king amongst vegetables.” And with a jingle like “I’m strong to the finish cause I eat me spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man,” how could we not? Okay, so spinach isn’t the iron powerhouse veggie we once thought, it is a powerhouse in its own right with plenty of vitamins like A, C, K1, folic acid, iron and calcium. Also, components in spinach have also been proven to help with blood pressure, eye health, and antioxidants that fight oxidative stress, which is tied to premature aging, cancer, and diabetes. So, do your body a favor and give spinach a go, you might surprise yourself and end up eating it just because you want to, too.

Apple Spinach Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette SALAD INGREDIENTS: • 10 oz baby spinach • 2 large apples, cored and thinly-sliced (any apple will do) • half a small red onion, peeled and thinlysliced • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted (or pecans) • 2/3 cup dried cranberries • 5 oz goat cheese, crumbled (or feta cheese, or blue cheese) • 1 batch apple cider vinaigrette (see below) • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, to sweeten (optional) CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS: Step 1 Prepare Champagne Vinaigrette - Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk or add all ingredients to a mason jar, cover, and shake. Step 2 Add spinach, apples, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, and half of the goat cheese to a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to combine. Step 3 Serve immediately, garnish with the remaining goat cheese.

• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced • a generous pinch of salt and black pepper

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he Arc Gateway’s Crab Cake CookOff is one of Pensacola’s most iconic and well attended fundraisers of the year. This year, the event was hosted at Seville Quarter, and held on July 21. Restaurants and chefs from across the gulf coast were invited to compete for the best crab cake bragging rights. Guests were given the chance to sample world-class crab cakes, indulge in desserts and sip wine and beer. All while surveying an extraordinary silent auction and taking the opportunity to purchase art made by Arc Gateway’s very own clients. This was Arc’s first fundraiser since December of 2019 before the pandemic began. Britt Landrum III returned for entertainment in Apple Annie’s. Thirteen teams competed in this incredible event and the winners are as follows: People’s Choice Winners: 1st place was Pensacola Five Flags Rotary, 2nd place was Beach Castle Burger, and 3rd was Classic City Catering. Judge’s Choice Winners: 1st was Azalea Trace, 2nd was The Aragon Café, and 3rd was The Wine Bar on Palafox. The Arc Gateway serves around 1,200 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

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n stage. Back stage. Below stage. Pensacola Little Theatre receives more than 85,000 hours of volunteer service annually, and the Crystal Awards celebrate volunteerism and artistic excellence culminated in one evening of celebration recognizing hundreds of volunteers and their memorable contributions to the nonprofit theatre. The ceremony was held on July 2 and encouraged the celebration of volunteerism in the arts as they commemorated the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. From each production’s Spirit Award, the individualized Artistic Excellence Awards, to the coveted People’s Choice award, hundreds of volunteers joined the black-tie affair to reflect on a year’s worth of magic on the stage. For the 2021 Crystal Awards, the theatre celebrates two seasons of artistic excellence, after a one-year sabbatical due to COVID-19 closures. Performances such as Winnie-the-Pooh and Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! never saw the stage, though rehearsed all the way up until opening night, due to COVID-19 closures – all of which will be recognized, celebrated, and more. The theatre also celebrates a Lew Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a Ron Roston Service to the Arts award for two outstanding individuals displaying courage, character, and dedication throughout their tenure at Pensacola Little Theatre.

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Drinking Your Veggies!

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story by Clare Lee

ecently, as I hosted a cocktail party, I served each of my guests their preferred beverages before preparing my own - as a proper host should do. But then when I walk outside with my vodka tonic with a cucumber slice on the rim, one of those guests I had previously served was curious of my drink. He was drinking the same, except with the standard lime - which is a good drink too, but a little bit of cucumber adds just the right bit of summertime coolness to the cocktail. Of course, he quickly finished his first round with the boring lime to encounter a try with the cucumber. There was no big secret or no difficult measures needed, just a fresh cucumber. I poured the vodka and quickly cut off a slice and sort of scraped a little bit of the inside flesh into the glass and topped off with tonic water and put the remainder of the circular slice on top. He was amazed at how differently refreshing the simple switch was. The energizing and subtle flavor from the vine-ripened cucumber was a great little twist to his favorite cocktail. Since that night, he has noted he often switches out his lime for a cucumber when in season. Now there are a few cucumber haters out there, but I encourage you to give this a shot as it is a very mild cucumber flavor, but definitely a quench to the heat of summer. Also, this is an easy switch up drink. You can enjoy a vodka soda with cucumber if that is your preferred mixer for your end of day refresher. For some of you who are all in on the cucumber, there are some wonderful cucumber flavored vodkas out there. My favorite is Effen Cucumber Vodka. This vodka is a product of Holland, and they have a process for their small line of flavored vodkas with remarkable end results. Now, I am not not talking about the flavored vodka craze that littered liquor store shelves over the past few years with such renderings as cupcake flavored vodka and the like, but this real natural-flavored spirit is a great addition to your bar. You can use it in your vodka tonics or it is an especially great liquor base for a bloody Mary, offering a perfect complement to the cucumber’s summer cousin, the tomato. Or you can use the flavored vodka for a unique martini. However you decide to tweak your cocktails, there is no doubt that adding a little cucumber in your drink will make your party guests green with envy just like it did for mine.

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Vodka Tonic

Ingredients:

2 oz your favorite vodka (or Effen Cucumber) Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water (or your favorite) 2 cucumber slices

Directions:

Fill glass with ice and add vodka. Scrape a bit of cucumber flesh with serrated knife into glass and top off with tonic. Add cucumber wheel as a garnish.

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Ingredients:

3 ounces lemon sour mix (1 part simple syrup, 1 part lemon juice) ½ teaspoon grated cucumber

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ADVENTURE

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n case you haven’t heard, Florida has a bit of a “reputation” among the other states in this great country of ours. “Florida Man,” sharks, alligators, the media, and okay, Floridians in general really don’t do us any favors in the normalcy department. In fact, recently a cousin who lives in the Pacific Northwest asked me with great concern what it’s really like living in Florida, she said on the news it looks “wild and crazy.” I told her once you get used to wrestling alligators on a daily basis, it’s pretty darn nice. Despite our reputation, we all know Florida has a diverse ecosystem, stunning beaches, and some of the most pure, clean and beautiful natural water supplies in these special “fountains of youth” known as our Florida springs. The good news is you don’t have to go far to experience the wonders of our springs and while you may spot an alligator or two, wrestling is definitely discouraged -no matter how much Fireball you’ve had.

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So what exactly are the Florida springs? Well, when the landmass we now call Florida emerged from the sea, the porous limestone, thousands of feet thick in some places, trapped the sea water. This is now known as the Florida aquifer. The exposed limestone collects freshwater while the rock below holds the saltwater. Over the years, rainwater and freshwater formed cavities and tunnels, all leading to a giant reservoir under the surface. In some areas the crust is thin and the water bubbles to the surface. These form our Florida springs. Florida boasts over 600 freshwater springs, some go mostly unnoticed due to their small size while others are huge, big enough to feed a major river. Setting up camp around springs isn’t a new thing, only instead of doing it for a un filled wee end, early humans gathered around springs or more asic necessities li e well, ood and water. They chowed down on mammoth ground sloths, mastodon, and beaver. These days, divers in the springs can find anything rom ones and teeth to stone age tools used y these earliest spring dwellers. wo o the more popular lorida springs are a it o a drive ut definitely worth it One of the original springs turned tourist attractions is Silver Springs. While it was already popular with tourists or the clear views o fish, turtles, and other wildlife, a man named Hullman Jones took it one step further and put in a glass viewing box at the bottom of a canoe and started the “glassbottom boat” phenomenon that people still go to Silver Springs to experience today. The other spring turned tourist attraction is Weeki Wachee, a spring with a twist. Not only does this spring have all the wildlife viewing of its fellow springs, it also has real life -- mermaids? That’s right, in the park’s theater, you’ll experience the spring’s own mermaids putting on an impressive show all underwater. This, along with roaming wildlife and boat tours makes a fun and unique experience. You might even get lucky and spot Florida’s own sea cow, the manatee.

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Locally we have our own spring gems. Ponce De Leon springs in Holmes County is an aquifer fed spring that’s more like a big swimming pool. The water stays at a steady 68 degrees and is about three feet deep in most places but does go all the way to 25 eet deep, although snor eling is allowed only in the deeper areas here’s also fishing, hi ing and picnic ta les availa le to make a day of your adventure. Of course, wildlife is aplenty at Ponce De Leon springs, including those “danger noodles,” the poisonous snakes, so watch your step. Another local spring is Morrison Springs, this spring is close to Ponce De Leon but in Walton County. This spring is a popular diving spot with a 250-feet in diameter spring pool that reaches depths of 300 feet (yikes!) and produces about 48 million gallons of crystal-clear water a day! Along with wildlife viewing, Morrison Springs also offers a boardwalk, diving dock and a boat ramp. So let people keep talking, we won’t be able to hear them over the sound of our own laughter as we have the time of our lives in Florida’s own fountains of youth. These underwater gardens really are yet another reason to love Florida, so get out and enjoy them.

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n July 16 from 5pm-9pm, Gallery Night Pensacola once again closed Palafox Street (from Garden Street to Main Street) in Downtown Pensacola and provided the open streets for patrons to explore and enjoy music, art, food and more. The July Gallery Night Pensacola event was dedicated to Pensacola’s Heritage, celebrated in tandem with the City of Pensacola and Escambia County’s Bicentennial events throughout the weekend. The Jukebox Brass Band led a second line which culminated into a street performance by the Ayoka Dancers. The July event also celebrates the return of this popular art, music and cultural event to Downtown Pensacola, after being put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This month’s featured artist was Kristen Regan. Gallery Night is almost always held on the third Friday of each month from 5pm –10pm, and is a free, all-ages event for the public. All are welcome to enjoy Gallery Night. Gallery Night Pensacola is a nonprofit organization with a dedicated goal of inspiring culture, engagement, and the practice of arts of all types in an entertaining event for all ages and walks of life. Their monthly events focus on specific themes, highlight featured artists and recruit the best creators our area has to offer.

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What is the primary mission of Special Forces Association? The national-level Special Forces Association serves as the voice for the Special Forces Community; Perpetuates Special Forces traditions and brotherhood; Advances the Public Image of Special Forces and promotes the general welfare of the Special Forces Community. The Association was founded in 1964 and was initially called the Decade Association. The SFA is a non-profit veterans’ fraternal organization, and it originally served as a means for longstanding members of the Special Forces Community to maintain fellowship and camaraderie. Over the years, the mission of the SFA expanded and adapted as demands on the Soldiers and their interests changed. We now support the Soldiers and Families of Special Forces through family events, by providing funding and assistance to Wounded Warriors and Gold Star Families and collect memorabilia and personal accounts of veterans to preserve Special Forces heritage and traditions. The SFA, Emerald Coast Chapter VII, unifies the Special Forces Community of the Emerald Coast in order to steward a network of people, organizations and capabilities to provide support, camaraderie and growth opportunities for Special Forces Veterans. We promote the general welfare of membership through

local representation and community engagement and educate new generations of Soldiers and the public on the history and traditions of Special Forces. We commemorate the fallen and we provide social and recreational activities to unite the SF Community across generations. SFA Chapter VII is a Member-Run Veteran’s Service Organization with three volunteer Chapter Officers providing oversight and direction. How long has SFA Chapter VII been around? Chapter VII of the Special Forces Association has, throughout its history, represented those Special Forces units that worked in Central and South America. It began as a community of Special Forces Soldiers stationed in Panama Canal Zone in the 1960s. In 1990, the majority of the Special Forces Soldiers in the Canal Zone returned to Ft. Bragg, but the Chapter stayed in support of those that remained in Panama including Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion 7th Group (C/3/7) and the SF Soldiers assigned to the Jungle Operations Training Center at Ft. Sherman. As US forces left Panama in 1999, so did the last of the SF units, who moved to Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico. Again, Chapter VII moved with their members, and continued to be the focal point of camaraderie for the SF

Soldiers of C/3/7 and Special Operations Command– South who were moved to the island. Chapter VII was closed down in 2003 when the units returned to the US mainland, and members were assigned to other local Chapters. The Congressionally mandated move of 7th SFG from Fort Bragg to Eglin AFB eight years later created a need for a new organization to support the Special Forces Regiment. Chapter VII was thus revived in 2010 with 15 charter members. The Chapter now encompasses Okaloosa, Walton, and Escambia Counties with over 300 members. Our mission extends far beyond our members and SFA Chapter VII supports the thousands of SF Soldiers who call Northwest Florida home. The overwhelming majority of our members live in Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin, but our membership base spans the Florida Panhandle. We also have a substantial number of members in the Tampa area with others scattered across the US– with some even living overseas! How many chapters are there? SFA has 85 Chapters. New chapters are incorporated under SFA National when a need and sufficient interest are demonstrated to merit a new independent entity. Chapter VII is a great example of this, the move of 7th SFG from Fort August 2021 | 59

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Interview with Special Forces Association - Ch VII

Bragg to Eglin Air Force Base created a huge group of members in need of an organizational structure almost overnight! In our case, we wanted to capture the history of Chapter VII due to their Latin American focused heritage (where many of our members had lived and worked), their history with 7th SFG and the reputation of being a focal point of the lives of so many Special Forces Soldiers in the Panama Canal Zone. How has SFA Ch VII made an impact locally in the last year? It was a slower year than normal due to COVID, but Chapter VII donated over $10,000 to support SF Soldiers and Families. We maintained several memorials on the 7th SFG cantonment to fallen and wounded warriors. The Chapter was especially focused on family-building events and conducted “Military Child Appreciation Day” at Surge Trampoline Park in Fort Walton Beach. There was a “Military Spouse Appreciation Night,” a dinner and art event at Jojo’s Coffee and Goodness, in Niceville. We put on camaraderie-building events such as our “Whiskey Night” event at the Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview. We had a multigenerational gathering at The Heights in Crestview with veterans from Korea through current confl icts. The SFA provided transportation for Families of Fallen SF Soldiers to be present at the dedication of memorials for their loved ones. We supported 7th SFG’s Ruck March event in commemoration of the victims of 9/11 and the unit’s casualties in the War on Terror. We had thousands of runners at our Jingle Bell Jog in December and presented over $20,000 in scholarships to the children of SF Veterans bound for college. It’s been a busy year despite the pandemic, but next year we’ll moving even faster! What is the greatest challenge facing SFA Ch VII? Our largest challenge is meeting the needs of our membership despite 60

differences in interests that change by generation. Our Korea, Vietnam, and Cold War veterans have very different needs, expectations, and perspectives on what the organization is or should be than our Active Duty and post-9/11 members. As one of only five SFA Chapters colocated with an Active Duty Special Forces Unit, we have far more members, much younger members and most importantly, more members still in service than most other SFA Chapters. The challenge is to bring these generations together through activities and events that unify them into a single Special Forces Community- which is the most fundamental part of our mission. Share a specific story where the organization’s mission was fulfilled.

effort to commemorate this event, which culminated in a live reenactment of the mission with the actual Son Tay Raiders! Imagine that- our members going through a reenactment of one of the most famous missions in US Special Operations History with the now 70-year old men who did it for real over 50 years ago. The original Raiders were incredible! They used real weapons and uniforms which were true to the equipment used in original raid and conducted a full speed helicopter assault according to the original plan. We’ve turned the event into instructional materials for the next generation of SF Soldiers. Nothing else we’ve done so fully captured the essence of our mission to preserve the heritage and traditions of the SF Regiment. What is one thing you want readers to know about SFA Ch VII? The most important thing readers should know about SFA Chapter VII is that it is simply the voice of your local SF Community. It’s an honor to be part of this and we’re always amazed by the selflessness, courage, and willingness to sacrifice of the women and men in our community. From our Korean and Vietnam Vets to the youngest activeduty Sergeants at 7th Group, they truly are a different breed, and we encourage Northwest Floridians to get to know them better. You’ll be amazed at what you find!

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We collaborated with the fantastic team at the Silent Warrior Foundation and were honored to send a representative to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the Son Tay Raid- a mission to free prisoners of War held in Vietnam in 1970. The Son Tay Raid is especially relevant for our Northwest Florida Community, as the training for the mission occurred here at Eglin Air Force Base, and many of the Raiders were recruiting from 7th SFG. We worked to research and support the

How can someone become involved or support SFA Ch VII? Visit sfa7.com or email secretary@sfach7.org. Like any organization, donations are always welcome, but we’d just as much love locals to come and be a part of our events and get to know us better! We have another “Whiskey Night” event in planning for September, a Green Beret Day event October 22nd and our Annual Jingle Bell Jog in December. Keep checking the website for the final details. We’d love to see the whole Northwest Florida Community there!

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he Pensacola Beach Chamber’s July After Hours was sponsored and held at Crabs on the Beach with a beautiful gulf view. Their delicious artichoke dip along with fish bites and hush puppies were served. Around 40 business professionals attended, enjoyed the amazing food, and made connections networking in the relaxed setting. We all know what it means to do business on the beach, which is work hard; and when the day is done, relax hard. The salt life vibes called out for all coastal clientele to ride on out and enjoy a little happy hour fun with their fellow beach businesses, relax and enjoy the beach life. Each guest brought a business card to this casual networking opportunity, and dropped one into a box for a chance to win one of many door prizes, which were donated not only by the chamber but also Grocery Concierge & Organized Occasions, Krewe of Wreck’s, Ebba Dampier Realty, Renasant Mortgage, Bamboo Willies, White Sands Home Care, Rhea Kessler Designs, Plastic Engraving, Merch Maid, and Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. Monthly After Hours is one of the many member benefits. Pensacola Beach Chamber members enjoyed free entry, while non-members paid ten dollars at the door. Guests and potential members are always welcome and encouraged to come. All upcoming events are on the Pensacola Beach Chamber website at www.pensacolabeachchamber.com.

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AUGUST 6 Mr. Tutu Seville Quarter 130 E Government Street | Pensacola 5:30pm Watch community leaders and businessmen like ADP’s Rui Ramos and the Iceflyer’s Greg Harris rock their tutus all to benefit Ballet Pensacola. Tickets can be purchased at BalletPensacola.org.

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Enjoy a three-hour walking food tour of downtown Pensacola featuring delicious fare from six different restaurants while learning about the history and architecture of Pensacola.

Explore and enjoy local artists, food and drinks as downtown Pensacola once again opens up their streets to the public for Gallery Night. For more details visit GalleryNightPensacola.org.

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Ladies Charcuterie Board Class

Gumbo YaYa Cook-Off

Bodacious Shops 407 S Palafox Street | Pensacola 6:00-8:00pm

Seville Quarter 130 E Government Street | Pensacola 4:00-6:00pm

Learn the art of preparing the perfect charcuterie tray and the best way to serve your guests. Each participant will create their own creation.

Amateur and professional teams will compete for bragging rights for the best Gumbo in Pensacola. Each individual gumbo will be judged on taste, smell, color, and consistency. Come out and by your own judge. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

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n July 4, 2021, over 1,300 chairs and blankets were on hand to appreciate the United States Marine Corp that presented Colors, followed by the National Anthem to open a free public display event while the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra played for almost two hours. Pensacola didn’t get to celebrate a proper Fourth of July last year, but this year was accompanied by a fly over of three T-45 McDonnell Douglas Goshawk aircraft from VT-45 NAS Pensacola that came screaming over the bay over the Hunter Amphitheater and the Blue Wahoos Stadium. Also, in a sold-out stadium, the Blue Wahoos came away with a win over the Biloxi Shuckers to set the evening off with a huge “Bang.” The Symphony, Sparks & Stars was presented by Peter Mougey with Levin Papantonio Rafferty Law Firm. “We’re ready to bring our annual concert back in person,” said Peter Mougey. “We faced a lot of challenges this past year, dealing with COVID-19, the lockdown, and our damaged bridge, just to name a few. We are ready – now more than ever – to celebrate Independence Day, our country, and the city of Pensacola.”

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I AM PENSACOLA

Dr. Kevin L. Welch

How did you end up in the Pensacola area? My hometown is Newark, NY, a small town (5,000 people) in the western part of the state. I moved here in 1994 to enter private practice after working as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Arizona. What is your profession? I practice dermatology. My practice is called Welch Skincare. We offer Botox, fi llers, lasers, Morpheus8, CoolSculpting, and EMSCULPT. We also see patients for medical dermatology concerns such as skin cancer and psoriasis. What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola? I love Pensacola’s authenticity. Being the City of Five Flags, there are so many cultural influences that have meshed together to create a unique and inclusive atmosphere. Geographically, the beauty of the area never fails to impress me; from the beaches, to historical downtown, to the rural north. I wake up every morning knowing that I’m not living in some non-descript “Anytown.” Three words that best describe you. Happy. Loyal. Inquisitive. Favorite place to go out? Sake Cafe is my hands down go to restaurant. I also frequent Jackson’s, Global Grill, Angelina’s and Wine Bar. For refreshment I stop by Intermission and Badlands. What is the one thing you do not go a day without? Diet Coke! Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I’ve grown and changed with the city. This is where I met my wife and raised my children. I know and enjoy countless friends, colleagues and patients. I feel like I belong! photo by Kristina Wright

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