VIP Pensacola - July 2022

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Volume VII • Issue VII

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Folds of Honor 2022 Sensory Street Justice Wing Dedication Good Morning Pensacola Women’s Council of Realtors Pensacola Luncheon Memorial Day Observance VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party Perdido Chamber Business After Hours Pensacola Home Show Gulf Breeze Chamber Business After Hours Step One Fest Women in Business Coffee Sunday’s Child

on the cover Blue Anchor Belles Claire Fear, Goldie Lahr & Morgan Whitehead Photography by Kevin L Houghton at Folds of Honor 2022

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Adventure Out Coastal Cuisine Green Perspectives Swizzle Give Care Share Style Locale Save the Date I Am Pensacola

features 20 Business Profile First Dance Ballroom Studio 32 Business Profile HearingLife 38 Business Profile Tropic Falls at OWA 47 2022 Best in Pensacola And the Winners Are... 54 Business Profile The Watson Firm, PLLC

VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander

Art Director Priscilla Atkins

Associate Publisher Verla Price

Content Creator Anna Stockton

Publisher’s Assistant Nicole Partridge

Contributing Writers/ Photographers Steve Black Patti Hall Kevin Houghton Nicole Partridge Anna Stockton Savannah Vasquez

Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Kristin Moffitt Verla Price Graphic Designers Brian Goins Patti Hall

VIP Founder Jeff Watson July 2022 | 9

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letter from the Associate Publisher “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” — Russell Baker We are proud to announce the much-anticipated winners of VIP Pensacola’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best In Pensacola in this issue. Winners will be invited to the Black Tie Ball to accept their awards in style at the September 24 event where we will convert the ballrooms at the Scenic Hills Country Club into a festive celebration in honor of the winners that you the readers have chosen. Each year we strive to create the most memorable event in the area in acknowledgement of these coveted awards. As you read through the winners check and see how many of your favorites are listed. Keep the list handy and when you need a new business or service in the Pensacola area refer to the list as these are the Best of the Best! An early summer heat wave burned across the Emerald Coast, sending many of us hiding in our air-conditioned homes. The temps encouraged me to travel north to the mountains for shady, wooded areas to find a brief relief. I know expectations of being hot in late summer are part of living in a Florida beach community, however, I was a bit dismayed when it started in early June. I caught myself reverting to eating childhood snacks like frozen pops or vanilla ice cream cones to lessen the aggravation of being hot. Maybe I am just using that as an excuse to cheat on my diet. Either way, July is upon us, and I expect it will bring a vengeance of steamy hot weather. Our mindset is to deal with the heat by associating this month with picnics, swimming, boating, and other outdoor activities. Just the mention of July brings patriotic thoughts to mind. People will break out the red, white, and blue and start planning for the Fourth of July celebrations. I start singing songs like God Bless America and Born in the USA in my head as I march along to find the pop-up fireworks booths. Hot, steamy days fi lled with picnics, jet skis, seafood, and pontoon boats are what we live for on the Emerald Coast. Hopefully you will enjoy this issue of VIP Pensacola as you sip a rum and coke under a beach umbrella. There are many great features within this issue to help you celebrate the month of July and also to recall the events that just passed us by. My wish is that you are reading this issue surrounded by friends and family with a cool breeze flapping the pages, maybe with one of the summer drinks from our Swizzle feature in hand. If you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola; please call me. Our mission at VIP Pensacola is 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 Scenic Hills Country Club

Jeremy & Jennifer Reese

Jean Kaderavek, Beth Williams, Lynn Greene, Derick Johnson, Caroline Greene, Ruth Caraway & Paula Shea

Folds of Honor 2022 photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


cenic Hills Country Club hosted the Third Annual Folds of Honor Golf Tournament on May 28. Leo and Penny Lynne, Jeremy and Jennifer Reese, and countless volunteers orchestrated the tournament that began at noon with a shotgun start. Over 30 local sponsors made for a great event as 144 golfers participated and enjoyed vendors and fun on every hole. Food was provided to participants and volunteers. The day ended with raffle tickets drawn and winners announced, along with a silent auction.

This event benefited the Folds of Honor organization that has to date provided over 35 thousand scholarships totaling more than $160 million in educational impact to the spouses and children of military men and women who have fallen or are disabled as a result of activeduty service in the United States Armed Forces. Their educational scholarships support private school tuition or tutoring for children in grades K – 12, as well as post-secondary tuition assistance for spouses and dependents.

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Ronnie Vinson, Kevin Harmon & Sean Harmon

Don Rodgers & Tony McKnight

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VIP Pensacola at Folds of Honor 2022

Chris Williams & Dennis Monroe

Kyle Maxwell, Phil Goodson, Brandon Maxwell & Kevin Maxwell

Kyle Brooks, Lee Hall, Earl Penton & Brian McDuff


Nick, Cora & Catheryn Turner

Wesley Baugess & Mary Kitchens

Venessa Correia & Jeff Gulsby

Nicole Richard & Trevor Evans

Will Moore, Stacey Mahler, Trey Myers & Bridgette Jensen


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VIP Pensacola at Museum of Commerce

Alea & David Williams

Sensory Street

Angela Sanders & Lesley Cox

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

T Elizabeth & Rob Eubanks

he Museum of Commerce, in cooperation with Autism Pensacola and the Studer Foundation, held their Second Annual Sensory Street event on June 23. This family-friendly event invited attendees to travel along the museum’s indoor streetscape and explore various sensory stations that offer an activity related to behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These sensory stations included understanding electricity, visiting a doctor, shopping at a market, planting seeds, and more. The goal of Sensory Street is to offer a glimpse into the world of autism, destigmatize the disorder, and encourage parents to seek professional help as soon as the earliest signs of autism appear. “Everything here has a relationship and is related to behavior associated with autism,” said Ms. Mary Donovan McClellan. Ms. McClellan added, “Quint and Rishy Studer have been fierce advocates for the autism community for over 20 years.”

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Business Profile

Margaret Takacs didn’t start dancing until she was in college. She was on her way to law school and decided to follow her new-found passion for ballroom dancing. Today, Margaret has been in the ballroom business for 13 years. “Wedding dance lessons have always had a special place in my heart because it is such an honor for me to be a part of such a precious day in your life,” noted Margaret. She is a multi-award-winning top teacher in the state of Florida and holds the national teaching record for most lessons taught in a single week. She is also a national cabaret and closed rhythm finalist. Margaret started First Dance Ballroom Studio in January 2020, and immediately faced and overcame incredible challenges. The Covid 19 pandemic struck just after opening which First Dance proudly survived ... and just a bit later, the bridge closure made accessing the studio difficult, but Margaret prevailed. First Dance Ballroom Studio teaches professional ballroom dancing for kids, single adults, and couples. Margaret teaches group classes, private lessons, and she specializes in wedding dances. Some of the dances she

choreographs for weddings are simple, and then she has people practice for months on dances that involve lifts, tricks, and even dress changes. For weddings she puts together first dances, mother-son dances, father-daughter dances, and bridal party-group dances. Much of her studio time is dedicated to students learning partnered routines and group dances for charity shows of which they do twice a year.

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Margaret believes that everyone can dance and that the hardest part is stepping though the door the first time. She believes that people are scared to come in “because they can’t dance,” but that is exactly why they should go see her. Margaret is passionate about what she does -- sharing, “What is really cool about my job is that every hour of my day is different. One lesson I’m teaching a 5-year-old to waltz, the next hour is a show number, and then I’ll have a couple doing their first-dance for their wedding, or a group of friends learning to dance for Bands on the Beach... no hour is like the next.” First Dance Ballroom Studio is a woman-owned business and Margaret considers it a dance family. All of her students are amazing and enjoy getting to know one another. Her students have made life-long friends while learning to dance. Margaret has built a great community through this business and is so very proud of everyone she has taught. She has a diverse and unique demographic of students, all who have realized common bonds. The studio also allows her to do a lot of charity work as they dance at area events for entertainment in addition to the two annual charity events. It is time for you to get up and dance! Call First Dance Ballroom Studio for your lesson today.

The Greatest Showcase Mark your calendar for First Dance Ballroom’s upcoming charity show, the 2nd Annual The Greatest Showcase, benefiting The Council on Aging of West Florida. On July 30th at the Seanger Theatre, attendees will be greeted by stilt walkers, entertained by local band Brynne and Bones, and be amazed by dance numbers featuring local students and local celebrities. Tickets can be purchased at Pensacola Saenger Theatre Box Office or 913 Gulf Breeze Parkway #35 A - in Harbortown above the Gulf Breeze News 850.516.4073 |

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HouseBoatin’ O

story by Anna Stockton

n a recent girls’ trip to Apalachicola, or “Apalach” as the locals call it, my childhood friend suggested we try a little something different than the typical hotel room. When she told me she’d found a houseboat for our stay, my mind went straight to the run-down houseboats our dads used to rent that limped their way down the Suwanee River, threatening to sink at any moment, leaving us in the alligator infested abyss (I was a dramatic child). However, once she sent me the booking link, I was pleasantly surprised at the roomy and updated houseboat, right in downtown Apalachicola, and quickly signed on for the adventure. What I didn’t expect was the immediate feeling of calm, peace, and tranquility I felt when I stepped aboard. With a sitting area on the covered porch overlooking the channel, the view was one of wide-open water with fish jumping, a bald eagle soaring over, dolphins swimming by, and the gentle lapping of the water on the side of the boat. Inside held two rooms with double beds, each with their own half bathroom and a shared shower. The fullsized kitchen had everything we needed for meals, while the living room had comfortable furniture and amazing views. The marina was downtown and only a short walk to bars, restaurants, and shopping. We had our coffee on the porch in the morning, while watching the shrimp boats and charter fishing boats head out for the day, hoping for a good haul. We sipped our wine in the evening as those same vessels returned with their catches. As I departed on my last morning of the vacation, I couldn’t help but turn around and look one last time, at the houseboat that brought much needed peace, laughter, and a brand-new adventure.

Boats with sleeping areas have been around for a long time in the Unites States, starting as a necessity and continuing into the luxury we see today. These first became popular after the economic collapse in the 1890’s, when families abandoned their homes and moved into what were called shantyboats, which were crude, makeshift houseboats. These cost-free living quarters allowed families to travel up and down rivers easily and quickly to look for work. Shantyboat families who worked in river-based industries formed communities and many lived this way until the economy stabilized and waterfront land became more valuable. The houseboats we Americans know of now are a product of the mid-

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century when floating homes, which used to have to be pulled, pushed, or maneuvered manually, had the option to come equipped with an engine and were made more seaworthy. With the growing popularity and advances in marinas came the opportunity to keep your houseboat in a way where it was convenient and more conducive to modern day life. This made houseboat living and vacationing more appealing and began a steady incline in people choosing the houseboat lifestyle. Much like the houseboat communities of late, new houseboat communities are popping up all over. While some choose to live on the water as their permanent residence, others enjoy houseboats as a getaway. Many

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of the most popular locations for houseboat living and vacationing are scattered throughout the United States in places like Lake Havasu, Arizona, Lake Cumberland in Kentucky, and the famous houseboats of Seattle. But don’t underestimate Florida when it comes to houseboat friendly places as Florida has its fair share of options when it comes to houseboat vacations, and with our nearly yearround pleasant weather, Florida houseboats are a great choice for a new twist on your vacation. The closer to the water the better when enjoying the Florida Keys, and there are plenty of houseboats available to take your vacation to the next level. If you are feeling brave, the Everglades

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National Park has houseboats you can rent to not only stay on but drive around and check out the wildlife ... if you dare. Central Florida also has houseboat options, as does the St. Johns River near Jacksonville. Going west in Florida you can find houseboats dotted along the waterways, including, of course, Apalachicola on over to Destin and Pensacola. If you’d like to add a little adventure to your next vacation, before you book your hotel, check out a houseboat option. While every boat is different, you’re sure to enjoy great views, amenities, and a fun new way to vacation.

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VIP Pensacola at Gulf Coast Kid’s House

Justice Wing Dedication

Stacey Kostevicki & Elise Dawson

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


ulf Coast Kid’s House celebrated their Justice Wing Dedication on May 27. Stacey Kostevicki, Director of GCKH, spoke about how grateful and appreciative she is for everyone being so supportive, and to those who attended the event to honor retired Assistant State Attorney Anne Patterson. Recognized for her contributions to justice for child victims of abuse, her son Michael D. Patterson suggested the wing be named for his mom. Anne was surrounded by attorneys, colleagues, family, and friends to recognize this very special moment. Anne Patterson was critical in the opening of Gulf Coast Kid’s House and forming the multidisciplinary response offered to child victims. She worked with the State Attorney’s Office for over 35 years and remains an active supporter of GCKH. Anne Patterson


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Thank you for voting us Best Breakfast!

Happy People Sharing Happiness story by Anna Stockton photos provided by Another Broken Egg Cafe

You could say that Another Broken Egg Cafe’s new owners, Ron and Teresa Schier, were destined to be part of the Pensacola community when years ago they vacationed here and booked a room at the Navy Lodge on NAS Pensacola. Due to a rank mistake, the Army Captain and his family were upgraded to a Navy Captain grade room. They were in awe and blown away by the beaches, the town, and especially the people of Pensacola. And while life has taken them on an adventure since that vacation, when an opportunity came-a-callin’ in Pensacola, they jumped at the chance. Ron and Teresa’s story began in 1987 when Ron, a native of Chicago, met Teresa, an Army brat, when she was a bank teller on Fort Gordon in Georgia. One look and he was smitten, even telling his best friend that she was the one he was going to marry. Six months later they were married, and their life together began as they went to Germany for their first duty station. ctive years ith the r y they ca ed different places home around the globe, visiting 40 countries. The Schier family made the most of their moves and enjoyed the adventures the military life afforded. They’ve raised three daughters, who all attended Auburn University, and now have one grandson, who sports AU apparel. Their oldest daughter followed in her father’s footsteps in the Army and is a pediatric endocrinologist at Walter Reed Medical Center, their second

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daughter works at the Colorado School of Mines with their Disability Support Services department, and their youngest is part of their café leadership team at the Another Broken Egg in Auburn, Alabama. Ron’s Army career started when he enlisted in the National Guard out of high school and took advantage of the early commissioning route the Army provided, graduating from University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and being co issioned as a i na orps ficer. urin his ti e in the Army, his career took him and his family many places, including jumping out of airplanes at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, The United States Military Academy-West Point, Fort Hood, Texas, a tour on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, Battalion command in Afghanistan, and Ron’s last job was serving as the Current Operations Branch Chief on the Army CIO/G6 Staff in the Pentagon. After raising a child with hearing loss, Teresa was inspired to continue her passion for education and complete her master’s degree at George Mason University. The couple are actively involved with the Church of the Highlands Dream Team and Ron serves as Chair of the AU Harbert College of Business MBA Advisory Board. They both share a lifelong passion for traveling, riding motorcycles, and most importantly, visiting friends and family.

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It was always the Schier’s desire to start a business in which they believed would help them give back and bless others as much as they believe their family has been blessed over the years. Since Ron’s retirement from the Army in 2008, and after persistent prayer seeking opportunities to serve, they saw the need to open a “casual getaway” breakfast restaurant near their home in Auburn, Alabama. They discovered that restaurant years ago, when their oldest daughter, Sarah, was attending UAB Medical School and introduced them to Another Broken Egg Cafe in Birmingham. They were instantly impressed by the friendliness of the staff and incredible food. Ron spent the next six months traveling to over 15 different ABE Cafes in the Southeast ordering the “Monterey Omelet” each time to test for consistency and presentation. He was continuously impressed at every location and the corporate service vision of “Happy People Sharing Happiness” spoke of a culture that fit Ron and Teresa’s service-oriented vision and purpose. They opened the Auburn location in June of 2019 with tremendous success and continued popularity and have not looked back. While they were doing their due diligence before opening in Auburn, the couple asked the corporate leadership who the very best owners were, and they were quickly introduced to Homer and Linda Biggers in Pensacola. Homer became Ron’s go-to mentor, and over the years, they became close with

the Biggers. When Homer and Linda were contemplating retirement, they asked Ron and Teresa to consider taking over their store here in Pensacola as they both share the same values and commitment to their employees and customers. The Schiers plan to continue the legacy and incredible love for the staff family and attention to their guests that Homer and Linda poured into the Pensacola Another Broken Egg these past 10 years with only a few changes. The restaurant now offers full-service, off-site catering and home delivery options. The private dining room is now available for large parties and after-hours options for private events such as rehearsal dinners and family reunions. Another Broken Egg Cafe is expanding to 9-Mile Road within the next 6 months. The Schiers are very excited to reach out to the other side of town to offer the convenience of an additional location for the Pensacola community. Another Broken Egg is a staple in Pensacola and the Schiers are excited to be part of not only the restaurant, but the entire Pensacola community. They say they’ve met so many amazing business owners, military leaders, and community members and are looking forward to further establishing themselves in the community that maybe, just maybe, they were destined to be a part of all along.

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club

Sandra Gallagher & Bobby King

Jessica Ogden & Ildi Hosman

Ashley Mixson & Angie McAlister

Good Morning Pensacola


photos & story by Nicole Partridge

ver 80 members and guests of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Pensacola Yacht Club on June 3 for Good Morning Pensacola. The First Bank was welcomed as the presenting sponsor. Hank Gonzales, Vice President, The First Bank, introduced banking professionals from area branches, noting they are just a phone call away and will personally answer your call. Matt Simpson, Emcee introduced guest speaker, Dr. Rick Harper who currently serves as an Advisor to Triumph Gulf Coast and is a well-known economics expert. He shared a review of economic trends that are impacting local businesses. Many were interested to learn about community grants for workforce training and education. It was noted there is an opportunity for local healthcare and hospitality sectors to pursue Triumph funding. Attendees networked and Chamber greeters and staff were on hand to welcome all. The Pensacola Yacht Club served up a hot buffet and fresh fruit selections, along with hot coffee. Matt Simpson shared, “The fact that so many great leaders show up to our morning event to learn and engage is a testament to the wonderful people in the Pensacola Community.”

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Business Profile

ABOUT HEARINGLIFE HearingLife is part of Demant, a world-leading hearing healthcare group built on a heritage of care and innovation since 1904. HearingLife operates nearly 650 hearing care centers across 42 states. We follow a scientific, results-oriented approach to hearing healthcare that is delivered by highly skilled and caring professionals. Our vision is to help more people hear better through life-changing hearing health delivered by the best personalized care. At HearingLife, we know that helping people to hear and enjoy full meaningful lives is of the utmost importance. It is this mission that fuels our passion for the work we do. We provide our entire staff – hearing care providers, patient care coordinators, support staff, call center representatives – with the encouragement, training, support, and benefits that make them feel good about being a part of HearingLife and feel even better about helping people on a daily basis.

Melanie Friend Au.D., CCC-A, Clinical Audiologist

Kelli Larson, Patient Care Coordinator

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Result in a Loss of Quality of Life When a hearing impairment is left untreated or undiagnosed, a person’s quality of life can suffer, with many possible negative social, psychological, and physical effects. Relationships Hearing loss generally happens gradually over time. One’s family and friends are likely to be the first to notice some difficulty with hearing, long before the person does. Often, people will blame their hearing problem on the nature of the other person’s speech. For example, they may complain the other person is mumbling or that they don’t speak clearly. Relationships may become strained due to communication difficulties. There is often reluctance to acknowledge hearing loss and to treat it.

Social Effects Hearing loss is often mistaken for aloofness or snobbery. At work, colleagues may think sufferers are bored or burned out. Others may wonder if they are having a mental issue or drug problem. Generally, people don’t acknowledge hearing loss.

Physical Effects Aging and/or noise causes hearing loss by destroying the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. This often leaves the other hair cells vulnerable. The affected person will need to be more careful about exposure to noise, or the hearing loss will accelerate at a greater rate.

Psychological Effects Those with hearing loss are at greater risk for depression or isolation, and the risk of falling increases. And, perhaps most alarming, is the fact that they are at greater risk for cognitive decline or dementia.

There is Help Most hearing loss is treatable and can be easily detected with a hearing assessment. The sooner hearing loss is treated, the better the outcome will be. If you are ready to take the first step toward better hearing and an improved quality of life, contact HearingLife today in Pace at 850.220.7106. Visit to find other locations throughout the United States.

HearingLife in Pace, Florida, is conveniently located in the Pace Medical Park, making it easily accessible for patients in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The audiologist at our Pace location is Dr. Melanie Friend. She received her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2010 from the University of South Alabama. She is licensed in the state of Florida and holds a national Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Friend has been practicing with HearingLife since 2012. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, including hearing devices.


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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club

Women’s Council of Realtors

Pensacola Luncheon photos & story by Nicole Partridge


ver 65 real estate professionals gathered for the Women’s Council of Realtors Pensacola (WCR) Luncheon on June 21 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Membership directorRenee Wilhoit welcomed everyone and recognized past presidents. The invocation and pledge were led by Jonathan Scull, president of the Pensacola Association of Realtors who stated, “I am really impressed with the number of sponsors and support from the community. WCR is an excellent organization providing quality education through local professionals.” Charley Young wowed the crowd with The Star-Spangled Banner. Attendees were treated to a video greeting from President Cheryl Young. Guests enjoyed the buffet luncheon followed by an interactive discussion with the Insurance and Inspection panel. Cindy Spence, first vice president shared, “Today is a great opportunity for us to ask pertinent questions of local experts in insurance and inspections.” Terry Mahoney added, “We need to be current with the changing realty climate.” The WCR is a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities they serve.

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VIP Pensacola at Women Council of Realtors Pensacola Luncheon

Art Chance & Courtney Luksha

Cindy Sanders & Dorothy Franklin

Erin Vaughn, Tori Davis & Crystal Davis


Aundrea Hutcherson & Deborah Herrel

Vicki Campbell & Erin Brock

Cindy Spence & Charley Young

Ann Tidmore & Christina Giese

Magda Clanton & Debbie McKinney

Julie Smith, Abigail Hall & Ronald Notah

Lisa Webster & Selena Emerson


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Business Profile

Coastal Alabama has gone tropical—with the opening of Tropic Falls Indoor Water Park at OWA Parks & Resort on the Foley Beach Express! OWA, known for its award-winning theme park, has just opened the region’s biggest indoor water park for the ultimate combination of thrill and chill. It’s a combination unlike anything the coast has seen before: 23 rides and attractions in the Tropic Falls Theme Park now accompanied by Tropic Falls Indoor Water Park, a year-round tropical paradise of epic proportions. The new indoor water park features slides as high as 75 feet with over 800,000 gallons of rushing, splashing, high-speed waters. This tropical paradise is surrounded by over 1800 glass panels, with the ones at the top being completely retractable—that’s right, Tropic Falls Indoor Water Park even features a convertible roof! Inside you’ll find—in addition to endless fun—more than 200 palm trees and over 750,000 color-changing lights!

Most important? The rides! The Citrus Cyclone is a fresh spin on high-speed water rides—drop, dive, and splash your way through high-speed turns. Hop into your inflatable boat and experience this high-speed, accelerating feature that’s been described as “the feeling of being in a world cup ski race.” Ready for some unexpected curves? The Serpentine Swirl is a body slide that lives up to its name, accelerating riders through open flumes, back-to-back turns, and seriously high-banking turns. Feeling competitive? The Aqua Chaser offers three parallel slides with mats that allow riders to compete and see who reaches bottom first, with low separator walls so riders can see—and hear!—each other. The Tangerine Scream is a body slide featuring a nearly vertical drop and narrow flume, sending you screaming at high speeds, free-falling and then smoothly transitioning through compound curves. If you’re really ready to take the plunge, make it the Piranha Plunge, complete with a floor drop, 360-degree loop and an award-winning combination of speed and surprise. Check out Forbidden Falls—this face-to-face, family-friendly adventure redefines true funnel water rides through a patented thrill series of oscillations and zero-gravity moments. For kid-friendly fun, nothing can top Tuki’s Tower. Named for the park’s toucan mascot, this tropical play structure features five slides and a water dump-bucket tower.

Castaway Creek is a lazy river unlike any you’ve ever seen, meandering around the indoor

water park. If your thrill level runs at more of a hammock/beach chair speed, grab a tube and relax in this cool journey through a spectacular, tropical paradise. Coming as part of Phase 2 later this summer is Big Water Bay and our new surf simulator, so get ready to catch your perfect wave and enjoy 30,000 square feet of cool, refreshing, tropical perfection. Rounding out the Tropic Falls Indoor Water Park experience are state-of-the-art arcade and party rooms, plus tropically inspired food and beverage at Grub and Libations—including signature Blue Chair Bay Rum cocktails.

Between Tropic Falls Indoor Water Park and Theme Park, Downtown OWA’s shopping, dining and entertainment, plus award-winning accommodations at our own TownePlace Suites by Marriott, this tropical paradise will keep you coming back!

Tropic Falls at OWA 1501 S Owa Blvd, Foley, AL 36535 | (251) 923-2111 |



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VIP Pensacola at Veterans Memorial Park

Gary Glover & Mike Addesa

Jennifer, Eddie & Addison Carson, Sue Lambert & Ann Smithson

Memorial Day Observance


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

eterans Memorial Park hosted a Memorial Day Observance on May 29. Over 4,000 were in attendance, from as far away from Alabama and Georgia, including countless volunteers and hundreds of motorcyclists who rode to the event to honor the fallen. In attendance were keynote speaker Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, USN ret, his wife, and fellow astronaut, Dr. Rhea Seddon. Capt. Gibson spoke about many accomplishments from his past and how proud he is

living in the greatest country on earth. He encouraged others by saying, “Your dreams will come true with hard work and dedication to what you love.” McGuire’s Pipes and Drums, Pensacola Opera Chorus, Pensacola Children’s Chorus, and United States Marine Corps Color Guard provided the parading of the colors and the closing with a Twenty-One Rifle Salute and Taps.

Vanessa Correia & Jeff Gulsby

Zach Kuznicki, Susan Johnson & Mark Bridges

Tammy Eitel & Susan Wellema

Jim & Donnette Patterson

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VIP Pensacola 2022 Memorial Day Observance

Peter Frano, Pete McKanna, Butch Hansen, Warren Palmer, Rob Doss & Niels Andersen

Bryan McClintock & Ed Simmons

Phil & Michelle Salzman, Doug & Mary Broxson

Paul Entrekin & Stacy Pruitt

LCpl. Zach Corum, Sgt. Patrick Rhoden, Sgt. Brenda Robinson & Cpl. Kaylyn Green

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(850) 285-0190 | | 1414 W Government Street | Pensacola, FL

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Green Perspectives from

The Right Turf article by Steve R. Black

What is the best lawn grass for Northwest Florida? It seems that in NW Florida we are too cold for some things and too hot for others. Our hot, humid, and sometimes rainy summers pressure our lawns with disease and insects. Our sandy soils hold little in the way of fertility, yet insects, nematodes, and other pests thrive in our conditions. If you are having a lawn installed on your new home or simply refreshing your existing lawn, the variety of grass you choose will determine the cost and level of success.

Centipedegrass ~This grass was introduced in the

United States from Asia in 1916 and is still the most common lawn grass in NW Florida. While it is a low maintenance and low input turfgrass, it’s naturally yellowgreen color and susceptibly to nematodes and ground Pearl (a soil inhabiting,scale insect that has no current controls) has many shopping for other turfgrasses. The grass is often chosen because of lower price. The mowing height should be 2 to 2 1/2 inches and it performs best in full sun environments but can handle some broken shade. Overall, it is still not a bad choice.

Hybrid Bermudagrass ~Bermudagrass was introduced

in the early 1800s in the US and originated (probably) in tropical Africa. Hybrid varieties were introduced in the 1940s as an effort to improve the putting greens on golf courses. The wear tolerance of Bermudagrass and its low mowing height make it the perfect grass for golf courses and other sports turf applications. I find the hybrid named Celebration to be the best choice for home lawn and commercial applications since it can handle slightly more shade. While golf course putting greens may mow down to 5/32 of an inch, it is best for once per week mowing

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to be at 1-2 inches. The brown spots that may be noticed after a weekly mowing occur from the upper canopy of leaves shading out the lower leaves yet this is not an issue in sports turf and golf courses who mow more frequently. Bermudagrass is in the middle tier price point.

St. Augustine Grass ~This grass showed up in lawns

in the 1890s. Native to and along the Gulf Coast regions, the West Indies, and Western Africa, this tropical grass is still the most popular lawn grass in South Florida. It performs very well here in NW Florida. St. Augustine grass can handle more shade than the other turf grasses but it does require more inputs to maintain. St. Augustine is one of the most expensive turfgrasses and requires more fertilizer and other pesticide inputs. The color of St. Augustine Grass makes it highly desirable in residential and commercial applications. Chinch bugs are commonly a major pest in mid-late summer in NW Florida. The color and coarse texture of St. Augustine grass makes it highly desirable for home lawns. Several varieties of St. Augustine grass are available that perform well here in NW Florida, however, St Augustine Classic is currently the most common variety.

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Steve R. Black

Practicing Agronomist and Landscape Design along the Gulf Coast for 36 years

Zoysia Grass

~In my experience the medium textured zoysia varieties like Palisades, Empire, and El Toro (there are others) are the best overall choice for our little part of the world. Native to China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, this turf exhibits desirable characteristics. Leaf size is similar to Centipede grass and has a blue-green color similar to Bermuda Grass. These newer varieties are not to be confused with the old fine textured zoysias that were difficult to maintain and had to be de-thatched often. Newer varieties require less fertilizer

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(once or twice per year) and exhibit good drought tolerance. Overall, they require fewer inputs to keep in top condition. Their dense growth habit will also help keep weeds at bay. Mowing heights are 1-2 inches keeping a tight, clean looking lawn. While they are in the top tier pricing, they are worth the money spent if budget allows.

Bahia Grass ~A native to South America and Brazil,

Pensacola Bahia Grass is actually a thing! It is believed that it was used in the ballast of ships as cushioning and some of it ended up on the shore near Old Perdido Wharf in Pensacola where it was later observed by E.H. Finlayson. This grass is not used much on home lawns since it has seed heads of 2 feet and grows rapidly in the summer months. Argentine Bahia Grass is a more friendly turf grass. It has much fewer seed heads and a darker green leaf. Bahia Grass is drought tolerant and is commonly used on roadsides and open fields, but it can be a reasonable turf grass if managed properly. Bahia Grass is the least expensive of the potential lawn grasses. Just remember that choosing the right turf for your budget and application will improve your chances of long-term success.

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2022 Drumroll, please… VIP Pensacola is ready to announce the 2022 Best In Pensacola winners. We are privileged to have the platform to support this annual contest. It is always fulfilling to see the grand outpouring of support for our local businesses through the nomination and voting processes. Our readers and supporters nominated their favorites in six groups including Entertainment, Services, Shopping and Retail, Wedding, Health and Wellness, and Cocktails and Cuisine from April 5 – 26. The top ten most nominated entrants moved to the voting phase, which ran May 10 - 28. Pensacola is rich with people, places, and businesses that make it such a wonderful place to live, work and play. Feedback from the locals through their participation in this contest makes Best In Pensacola a dynamic and diverse representation of the many ways Pensacola shines. It is our pleasure to be able to acknowledge each of these winners as representatives of the wonderful business climate in Pensacola. For those of you who do not yet have a favorite place in one of our categories, here is an insider’s guide to all the best the Pensacola area has to offer. While we celebrate several repeat winners year after year for this coveted title, we also see many new names. It is great to see these businesses recognized for their excellent services and products, they must be doing something right and are adding value to this place we all call home. These are the faces and businesses that make up the very fabric of our community. Thank you to all of our readers who participated in this year’s Best in Pensacola awards by supporting their favorite places. A huge congratulations goes to the many nominees that were so deserving. We look forward to celebrating the winners at the Black Tie Ball in September and we encourage each of you to try out some of the places listed here that are currently unfamiliar to you … they may become your next favorite as well.

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Health / Wellness Walk in Clinic/Urgent Care Baptist Medical Park - Airport

Family Care Physician Dr. Charles Blay D.O. – Woodlands Medical Specialists

Podiatrist Dr. Michael Allen, DPM Pensacola Foot & Ankle Center Medical Practice DYNAMIC Pain & Wellness

Alternative/Natural Medicine Empathic Practice

Place for a Massage Enhanced Esthetics and Wellness Eye Care Professional Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Pain Management Fit Chiropractic & Acupuncture Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery Chiropractor Henry Chiropractic

Women’s Wellness Provider Karen E. Kennedy, MD Anti Aging Service Kevin Welch, MD Welch SkinCare Center

Aesthetician Luminous Beauty by Cass Permanent Makeup Microblade Pensacola Pediatrician Pensacola Pediatrics Hearing Care Riesberg Institute Orthodontist Sims Orthodontics Assisted Living/Memory Care Sodalis Pensacola Dentist Star Smiles Dentistry Physical Therapy Stern Chiropractic Clinic Med Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Senior Living Community The Blake at Pensacola

Weight Loss Program Woodlands Medical Specialists Weight Management and Wellness

Entertainment Place to Take the Kids/Family Cordova Lanes Bowling Center Place for a Date Cordova Lanes Bowling Center Place for “Girls’ Night Out” DRIFT Modern Coastal Cuisine Place to Go Dancing First Dance Ballroom Studio


Wedding Photography Aislinn Kate Weddings Wedding Caterer Culinary Productions Wedding Planner Felicia by Design Place for a Tux Gent’s Formal Wear Downtown Photo Booth Good Vibrations DJ and Photo Booth Services Place to Buy Engagement Ring Jewelers Trade Shop

Medical Center/Medical Group Woodlands Medical Specialists

Dermatologist Kevin Welch, MDWelch SkinCare Center

Annual Event Blue Angels Airshow

wedding / bridal

Place to Stay Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport Golf Course Scenic Hills Country Club Place to People Watch Seville Quarter Live Entertainment/Music Venue Seville Quarter

Wedding Florist Just Judy’s Flowers, Local Art & Gifts Ceremony Venue Pensacola Yacht Club Place for Rehearsal Dinner Pensacola Yacht Club Reception Venue Scenic Hills Country Club Bridal Store The Bridal Loft Wedding Cake/Confections Top It Off, The Cupcake Bar Wedding Rentals Wedding Walls Event Decor & Rentals

shopping / retail Lawn and Garden Store Bailey’s Produce & Nursery

Seafood Market Joe Patti’s Seafood

Wine Shop Beyond the Grape

Men’s Apparel Lil’ John’s Big and Tall

Women’s Apparel Bluetique

Boutique Millie’s Garden Boutique

Locally Owned Retailer Costello’s Butcher Shop

Motorcycle Shop Pensacola Harley-Davidson

Home Decor/Accessories Duh for Garden and Home

Pet Store Petland

Eyeglasses/Sunglasses Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Liquor Store Richey’s East

Furniture Hank’s Fine Furniture

Gift Shop Southern Gardens Florist

Jewelry Store Jewelers Trade Shop

Women’s Accessories The Pink Pineapple Boutique


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services Home Repair/Handyman 1st Choice Home Improvements

Pool/Spa Sales/Service Classic Pool Care, Inc.

Charity/Non Profit Gulf Coast Kid’s House

Plumbing Service Paradise Home Services

Flooring Act 1 Flooring, Inc.

Bank/Financial Institution Community Bank

Place for Eyelashes, Nails, etc. Pensacola Lash & Beauty Bar

Homebuilder Adams Homes of Northwest Florida

Interior Designer Connie Crosby

Limo/Transportation Service Hummer4Hire, A Limousine Service

Air Conditioning & Heating Company Air Design Systems, Inc. Automobile Dealer - Pre-Owned Allen Turner Pre-Owned Real Estate Professional - Female Amanda Hurd Hurd Real Estate & Co. Specialty Cleaning (Chimney, Pressure Wash, etc.) ARC Chimney Sweeps Customer Service ARC Chimney Sweeps Payroll/HR Avalon HR General Contractor Bear General Contractors Real Estate Company Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties Pet Grooming/Boarding Camp Bow Wow Accounting Firm Christina Powers Tax

Event/Banquet Space Court of De Luna Event Space New Business Cruisin’ Tikis Pensacola Beach Real Estate Agent- Commercial Danny Zimmern – The Zimmern Team / Keller Williams Landscaping Executive Landscaping Funeral Home Faith Chapel Funeral Home & Crematory Financial Advisor Fenoy Butler Riverside Wealth Advisors

Real Estate Team Hurd Real Estate & Co. Event Rentals Kent’s Special Events Golf Cart/ATV Kool Karts, Inc. Staffing Company LandrumHR Property Management Main Street Property Management Boat Sales & Service MarineMax Pensacola Luxury Automobile Sales Maserati Pensacola

Restoration Company First Onsite

Electrician/Electrical Contractor McCombs Electrical Company, Inc.

Specialty Contractor Freeman Roofing

Cleaning Service Office Pride of Pensacola

Automobile Repair Service Gary Sapp Automotive, Inc.

Veterinary Clinic Olive Branch Pet Hospital

Real Estate Professional - Male Gene Hurd Hurd Real Estate & Co.

Alarm/Security Panhandle Alarm & Telephone

Computer IT /Web Development Salz Studio Photographer Salz Studio Banker Scott Barrow - Regions Florist Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts Automobile Dealer - New Step One Automotive Group Title Company Sunbelt Title Agency Mortgage Company Supreme Lending Hair Salon The Vintage Parlour Law Firm The Watson Firm, PLLC Insurance Firm Thompson-Walden Insurance Real Estate Agent-Residential Tonya Zimmern – The Zimmern Team / Keller Williams

cocktails / cuisine Beer Selection 200 South

Place for Coffee Coffee Guy Cafe

Restaurant - Downtown Alice’s Gulf Coast Cuisine

Happy Hour DRIFT Modern Coastal Cuisine

Fine Dining Alice’s Gulf Coast Cuisine

Restaurant - Pensacola Beach DRIFT Modern Coastal Cuisine

Breakfast Another Broken Egg Cafe

Steakhouse DRIFT Modern Coastal Cuisine

Restaurant - Cordova Area Aunt Katie’s Welcome to Breakfast

Pizza East Hill Pizza

Italian Restaurant Bonelli’s Sports Bar Bubba’s 33 Dessert Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe and Café

Brewery/Craft Beer Emerald Republic Brewing Co BBQ Hot Spot Barbecue Catering Hot Spot Barbecue Restaurant -Overall Jackson’s Steakhouse

Bartender Jocelyn Morrow Calvert’s in the Heights Casual Dining O’Brien’s Bistro Locally Owned Restaurant O’Brien’s Bistro Seafood Restaurant Red Fish Blue Fish Burger Sammy Barker’s Restaurant - North/Nine Mile/UWF Sammy Barker’s Bar Sandshaker Lounge

Brunch Scenic Hills Country Club Place for Cocktails The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Special Occasion Restaurant The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Sushi The Jellyfish Restaurant New Restaurant The Wine Bar & Market Bloody Mary Water Pig BBQ

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VIP Pensacola at Beyond the Grape

VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


eyond the Grape at Cordova Mall hosted the VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party on June 6. This personalized thankyou to all the supporters was attended by clients, business owners, and friends of the magazine. Attendees waited with excitement for the arrival of the latest issue of the magazine, the Fashion & Style Issue, featuring Kaipo and Stacy Robello on the cover. Nippon Sushi, along with Josiah Wayne, prepared sushi bites and assorted appetizers. Guests were also treated to imported wines and wine smoothies, courtesy of Beyond the Grape. Stephanie Alvarez, along with VIP Pensacola Ambassadors Steve and Shelley Black, drew business cards for door prizes and thanked the attendees for their continued success and support.

Kimberley Anderson & Stephanie Alvarez

Sharon Gaubert & Missy Frisco

Dr. Craig Henry & Debbi Sapp

Steve & Shelley Black

Willa Licata, Todd Thomson & Nicole Partridge

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VIP Pensacola at VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party

Michele Ciesla & Jill Andrusko

Pamela Liberto, Bobby & Karen Emmons & Chip Wood

David Apollo, Joanna Cope & Nina Savage


Victor & Melanie Luna

Eric Reitman & Jonnie Burch

Steve & Jane Reynolds

Roger Johnson, Josiah Wayne & Eli Franck

Jarrod Dawson & Danny Herman


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sushi 13700 Perdido Key Drive, Unit 207, Pensacola, FL 32507 • (850) 332-6532 •

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Business Profile Trailblazer for Justice Aaron Watson’s peers and community have repeatedly recognized him for securing multi-million-dollar personal injury verdicts and settlements. Coming off the heels of a $5million win this year, The Watson Firm is proud to celebrate another success with their selection as “Best Law Firm” in Pensacola by VIP Pensacola readers. Watson has been fighting for personal injury victims for thirteen years. Since opening his law firm in 2016, The Watson Firm has provided assertive and skilled representation for victims of tractortrailer accidents, night-club and apartment shootings, defective products, boat accidents, daycare injuries, swimming pool drownings, and nursing home neglect. BAR ADMISSIONS • • • • •

Florida The United States Supreme Court U.S. District Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE • Board of Governors for his alma mater, Stetson University College of Law • American Association for Justice • Florida Justice Association • Recognized as one of the Top 100 black attorneys in the United States • Super Lawyers Magazine named Watson to its prestigious honoree list where less than 5% of lawyers in each state are selected • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating systems rated Watson “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible rating given to attorneys by this prestigious organization. • The recipient of Avvo’s 2022 Client Champion Award • The Studer Business Institute named Watson 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year • University of West Florida named Watson Trailblazer of the Year in 2019 The son of a minister and a graduate of Stetson College of Law, Watson secured his first courtroom victories as a national college champion on the trial team noting, “Law school trial competitions are like college football—law students from across the country are pitted against each other in a courtroom. I competed In the AAJ student trial competition and never lost a trial.” Watson was named National Trial Champion after beating over 240 teams.

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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Watson has served on many boards and has served as choir director and general counsel for the Englewood Missionary Baptist Church. He is a member of the Alpha Alpha Theta Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He enjoys mentoring and public speaking at local colleges, high schools, and churches. Watson attributes his success to his faith in God and family and community support. Shortly after opening his law firm, Watson and his wife, Kimberly, were fueled by community spirit and a desire to extend the reach of their giving by establishing The Watson Family Foundation. Annually, they host book bag giveaways, laptop giveaways, holiday turkey and dinner giveaways, and Christmas dinner giveaways. In 2020, The Foundation gave away one thousand turkeys with groceries for Thanksgiving. The Foundation introduced its inaugural scholarship during its first annual Juneteenth Family Reunion festival. Guided by generational values, the Watsons believe in continuing their family legacy of faith-based outreach, community service, and mentorship. They are the proud parents of twin boys, Houston and Gray, and a baby girl, Mia. Reflecting on his legal career, Watson stated, “We have changed the lives and secured the futures of thousands of Florida families and stood up to insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, trucking companies, government entities, and other negligent individuals and institutions. We have held manufacturers accountable for defective products and called out civil rights violations. We have prepared our cases for trial and won settlements for clients who never had to see the inside of a courtroom. Most of all, we have demanded justice and welcomed members of our community into our family during some of the most difficult times in their lives. We are proud to see the Pensacola community embracing our law firm by choosing The Watson Firm as “Best Law Firm” in Pensacola.” MILLION-DOLLAR RESULTS Shortly after opening his law firm, Watson recovered a $1 million settlement for a Pensacola resident injured in a house fire. In 2019, Watson obtained a $750,000 settlement on behalf of an injured store customer. Recently, The Watson Firm recovered a $1 million settlement for a local car accident victim and also a $5 million (CAD) settlement for the victim of an 18-wheeler collision. Mr. Watson credits his award-winning style of advocacy to his church background and his experience listening to the fiery sermons of his father, Reverend Larry Watson, Sr. In 2013, alongside mentor Fred Levin, Watson obtained one of the largest verdicts in the nation in the national Yamaha Rhino litigation leading to a verdict of $3.3 dollars. In 2014, Watson recovered a $12.6 million verdict on behalf of a Pensacola resident injured in a head-on collision. In 2015, Watson became the first African American shareholder of a prominent personal injury law firm before leaving to start his namesake law firm, The Watson Firm. photos by Nicole Partridge

The Watson Firm, PLLC

850 S Palafox St, Ste 202, Pensacola, FL 32502 (850) 607-2929 |

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Summertime Sippin’ story by Anna Stockton


here’s just something relaxing and carefree about summertime, the days are long and hot, and the pace of daily life slows down a bit. Pool parties, boat days, swims in the bayou and tiki bars are on tap for the weekends, rather than sports and school responsibilities. Grills are fired up, watermelons are cut up, and coolers are fi lled up on these lazy summer days while the tides go in and out and the drinks flow. Our team of cocktail connoisseurs here at VIP Pensacola have compiled the five must-have cocktails to take your summer to the next level, because to quote DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince “Summer, Summertime....time to sit back and unwind.”

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Classic Margarita

Watermelon Martini

• 1 ½ ounces tequila

• Salt as needed • White sugar as needed • 1 cup watermelon juice • ¼ cup vodka • ¼ cup watermelon schnapps • 2 tablespoons simple syrup • 1 lime, juiced

• 1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec • ¾ ounce lime juice Rim the glass with salt. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and add ice.

Tequila Sunrise • 2 ounces blanco tequila • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed • 1/4 ounce grenadine Add the tequila and then the orange juice to a chilled highball glass filled with ice. Top with the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Frose • Rosé • Frozen Strawberries • Sugar • Ice Blend all ingredients together (except ice), strain to remove seeds. Blend again with ice until smooth. Pour into wine glass, garnish with a strawberry.

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Combine some salt and sugar in a small bowl, and pour onto a small, shallow plate. Moisten the rims of 2 glasses with a piece of watermelon, and dip the moistened glass rims into the salt and sugar mixture; set aside. Mix the watermelon juice, vodka, watermelon schnapps, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Strain into the prepared glasses.

Salty Dog • 1 1/2 ounces gin or vodka • 3 ounces grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed is best) • One dash simple syrup (optional) • Garnish: salt rim • Garnish: grapefruit slice Wet the rim of a highball glass and dip it in coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice, then add the gin (or vodka) and grapefruit juice and stir gently to combine (simple syrup is optional and will sweeten the tartness a bit). Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

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VIP Pensacola at Grand Lagoon Yacht Club

Josh & Jessika Brown

Jim Beran, Steve Meyer & Steve Kerr

Perdido Chamber

Business After Hours

Glenn Fredrich & George Miller

photos & story by Patti Hall


ith the beautiful backdrop of the intercoastal waterway at Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, the Perdido Chamber of Commerce hosted their Business After Hours event on June 15. Members and guests mingled while enjoying appetizers and cocktails. Tammy Thurow, Perdido’s Chamber of Commerce President, welcomed the attendees and announced the new members. Josh Brown, co-owner of Beach Billy Lifestyle, accepted the Member of the Month Award. The chamber offers monthly Business After Hours and networking luncheons. The next BAH will be July 20th, at Seagrass Village. For more information, contact the Perdido Chamber of Commerce. Mike & Vicki Campbell, Brady Hale

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ften, taking the first step to get personal help can be the hardest step to take. Questions regarding where to start and who to reach out to can be so overwhelming and daunting, making it easy to put your journey on hold or give up on it completely. This is where Panhandle Warrior Partnership can help. With the high concentration of veterans and veteran services in our Panhandle area, this organization connects veterans with services and provides personal case management and referrals to help veterans get the help they need, turning that first step into a journey of wellness and opportunity.

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What is Panhandle Warrior Partnership? Panhandle Warrior Partnership (PWP) is a veteran-focused, community-led initiative to proactively connect with all veterans and ensure access is available to quality resources and opportunities. Our 4-step plan to Connect, Educate, Advocate, and Collaborate is dual focused toward transitioning service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers as well as to our growing number of community partners. After all, you can reach out to and create a relationship with every veteran in Northwest Florida but if you don’t have a grasp on all the many resources offered in the communities, what good is it? How did the organization come about? The new Panhandle Warrior Partnership program was launched in May 2021 by our mother organization, America’s Warrior Partnership. Programs like PWP are being established in locations around the country that are 1) known as high concentration areas for veterans and transitioning service members, 2) have higher than the national average of suicide rate among the veteran community, and 3) either lack many of the needed resources or lack a solid collaboration effort among those resources. Our motto is Empowering Communities to Empower Veterans. With strong collaboration within the communities’ organizations, government entities, and corporations, we believe that we can improve the lives of our veterans, families, and caregivers and we will be able to dramatically reduce veteran suicide through this initiative. What are some challenges Panhandle Warrior Partnership faces? There are over 45k nonprofit organizations in the country, and it’s estimated that less than 5% of them are out there doing the work that makes a difference. PWP’s greatest challenge is convincing those relevant organizations that we are not competition but rather we are a force multiplier for their efforts. Our only direct service is to continue our relentless veteran outreach campaign to meet and create a strong relationship with the very things that other veteran resource providers need: veterans, their families, and caregivers. The stronger we become, the stronger the community and other organizations become. What impact has your organization had on the community? Every successful referral we make through our case management office that changes the life of a veteran and their family defines our impact on the communities of Northwest Florida. Our weekly goal is to seek out and assist at least 15 members of our veteran community. Most of the assistance comes with helping to increase VA benefits ratings, GI Bill, housing needs, and employment. As an organization that focuses entirely on a holistic approach to helping veterans, we can help with just about anything that comes across our desks. What are some future goals for Panhandle Warrior Partnership? We currently service the five western most counties of Florida. As we grow, our next move is into Panama City and East towards Tallahassee, eventually having a brick-and-mortar office for our case coordination team. July 2022 | 63

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GI V E | C A R E | S H A R E What is your position and how did you get involved? I am the program lead for Panhandle Warrior Partnership, so I make day-to-day decisions for the organization based on the community integration model set forth by America’s Warrior Partnership. As a retired US Military Commissioned Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, I felt a calling to do whatever I needed to do to go to bed at night knowing that I helped a fellow brother or sister in arms. What are some events that your organization hosts? We’ve just moved past our 1-year anniversary since the ribbon cutting and we’ve already taken the lead on establishing an annual resource fair/standdown for homeless and near homeless veterans, an annual community roundtable to discuss with other organizations, the way forward to reduce veteran suicide in the panhandle, and an annual semi-formal dining in with community leaders. Our current attention is focused on being a beneficiary and promoting both the Red, White, and Brew Music Fest presented by Spahr Brewing Company in Pensacola and the nationwide Fight For Life Summer Golf Series. What is the next event open to the public? Most of the veteran-centric annual events on the Emerald Coast take place in the spring and fall, due to the high concentration of tourism around the area. For the upcoming fall timeframe, we are planning to co-host the 2nd Annual Challenge 22 event hosted by the American Legion Riders Chapter #382 in Navarre. We’re also coordinating to create an annual golf tournament. What else would you like our readers to know about Panhandle Warrior Partnership? An important thing for the community to know is that most of our fundraising money goes to support our local outreach program. I know that many of the bigger nonprofit organizations working in the small hometown communities can’t say that. As a Guidestar. org top-tier platinum transparency organization, we utilize our funds with a high regard for ethics and that won’t change. How can our readers get involved with your organization? Please follow our Facebook and LinkedIn pages for the latest on what we have going on. We’ve also just created our monthly newsletter; sign up for it on our website at If you’re a veteran in need, wish to volunteer, or just want to join Team PWP, call us at 850-945VETS or reach out with our quick referral form online. 64


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umulus Media, in cooperation with Cordova Mall, hosted their Home Show in the heart of Pensacola’s Cordova Mall on June 4. The five-hour event had over 30 displays for attendees to check out, featuring home improvement information and demonstrations from area businesses, as well as information on selling and/or buying real estate. Hurricane-proofing your home, solar panel information, and window improvements were just a few of the topics covered to help homeowners reduce costs and increase their home value. One of the vendors in attendance, Tammy Wooton from 1st Choice Home Improvements, stated, “This home show helps to educate homeowners to prepare for hurricane season.”


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Seafaring in Style


story by Anna Stockton

or many in our area, boating isn’t just a hobby -- it’s a passion. Boaters know that unless you’re on a super yacht, à la Below Deck, space is limited, so everything on your boat needs to be functional. However, just because something is functional does not mean it cannot also be stylish. As technology improves and companies come up with new and better products, boaters have more fun and functional options to choose from -- and while we can’t help with your docking issues, we can certainly help you hit the sea with style.

Inflatable Dock Hangout - $1549.00

One of the great pastimes here on the Gulf is hanging out on a sandbar with friends. What better way to keep cool while doing this than a stylish floating dock. When inflated, this hangout measures 10 feet by 8 feet and can support up to 1100 pounds but is perfect for a boat as it folds up to a compact 40 inches by 33 inches. Simply inflate, pile on, and let the good times roll!

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Hook and Tackle Americana Long Sleeve SPF Shirt - $40.00 Hook and Tackle Flower Power SPF Shirt - $40.00

These fishing shirts have an SPF of 50 and moisture wicking fabric that is also shrink and odor resistant. Perfect for a long day on the water catching the big ones.

Camco Currituck Cooler - $260.00

Coolers have come a long way since the Styrofoam fishing coolers of years past. Technology has improved, along with the availability of colors, and boy am I a sucker for fun colors. This Camco cooler not only has great reviews, but it also boasts that it can keep ice for 10 whole days! Other “cool” features are tiedown spots for those rough boat days, as well as reversible feet on the bottom that allows you to switch from slide mode to nonslip grip mode.

Evolution Fishing Drift Series Tackle Backpack - $119.99

Not only is this tackle box super fly, it’s also amazingly functional. With six matching tackle trays included and a large opening for quick access, you’ll be able to find your perfect lure in seconds. Multiple pockets, a line spool feed, a pliers holster, waterproof, no slip design, and adjustable backpack straps are some of the features that make this stylish tackle backpack a necessity for any fisherman.

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Toadfish Non-tipping Can Cooler - $24.00 (bulk orders)

This non-tip can cooler is essential for any boater as it grips to any flat surface and withstands unexpected wakes, rocking boats, and even bad drivers. This can cooler is made with stainless steel and has double wall vacuum insulation, so your drink is sure to stay cool on even the hottest Gulf Coast days.

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LOCALE O Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida announces its 2022 Ron Mobayed Military Big of the Year

Big Brothers Big isters of orthwest lorida announced that ustin Holliday was named as the on obayed ilitary Big of the ear for ustin was selected to receive this honor because of his commitment to helping his Little Brother a hawn learn grow and reach his full potential ustin is currently an air traffic controller in the avy and has been stationed at aval ir tation ensacola since oon after his relocation to ensacola ustin began volunteering with Big Brothers Big isters of orthwest lorida as well as mentoring through coaching obs with the and erdido Bay outh ports ustin was matched with a hawn in pril of ver the past three years ustin has been a positive influence in a hawn’s life by helping him overcome various challenges ustin calls him wee ly to ma e sure he stays on trac with his schoolwor and has coached him in bas etball and football The two have also en oyed many adventures together including video games and visits to y one the Hall ast ddie’s am’s un ity and the movie theater a hawn’s mother recently described ustin as a ind and patient person and said the two of them share an unbrea able bond n une Big Brothers Big isters of orthwest lorida wor ed with ustin’s superiors and colleagues to surprise him with the on obayed ilitary Big of the ear award while he was wor ing at ensacola This award was established to honor the life of Lt onald oseph obayed who was an outstanding Big Brother while

he was stationed in ensacola for flight training in the early ’s n ctober on and his crew were tragically illed in the line of duty while responding to a distress signal This award pays tribute to our military volunteers and is awarded to a Big who e emplifies the spirit of Lt obayed through their commitment to their Little to Big Brothers Big isters and to the children of our community

overcame a tough childhood to become an entrepreneurial and business success

Big Brothers Big isters of orthwest lorida has been the area’s leader in one to one youth service for years by providing caring adult mentors to children ages through and beyond ur mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported positive relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth Last year Big Brothers Big isters of orthwest lorida served children in orthwest lorida or more information visit bbbsnwfl org

pirit of Pensacola State College – erry oldstein This award is presented to an alumnus who e emplifies the highest standards and has made a lasting significant impact on the lives of others through service to the ollege and community oldstein is a successful businessman and educator who became a leader in the investment ban ing world and has helped raise funds for scholarships for the past years Road Less Traveled ary Ho eng resented to an individual in the community who follows their heart in a direction that is challenging uncertain and the rewards are beyond e pectations Ho eng is a media magnate in orthwest lorida and nown for her community involvement

PSC Distinguished Alumni Association Awards Gala Honors 5 Who Helped College and Communities

Blues Angel Music in Pensacola Named One of the Top 100 Music Retailers in the World The award recipients are Lifetime Achievement r aul uch This award is presented to an alumnus who has reached state regional or national recognition and represents the highest level of achievement in their profession or service uch is the retired president of Lamar nstitute of Technology Hometown Hero The Honorable arie oung This award is presented to an alumnus who has achieved a measure of success within the ollege’s service area and who has demonstrated notable community involvement oung is a beloved educator and former scambia ounty ommissioner whose community involvement is legendary Against the Odds regg Bec This award is presented to an alumnus who has achieved success despite financial sociological or physical adversity Bec

Blues ngel usic in ensacola has been named a Top ealer by the ational ssociation of usic erchants the global association of music instruments and pro audio products The award honors retail music dealers who demonstrate e ceptional commitment to their stores neighborhoods and customers and share in a vision to create a more musical world through their local communities Blues ngel usic was presented with the award on Thursday une at The how the industry’s annual gathering in naheim alifornia

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LOCALE O “It’s quite an honor to be named among these music retailers. NAMM has been doing the Top 100 for 12 years, and Blues Angel Music has been on that list every year.” –Dan Fugate, Marketing Director, Blues Angel Music.

NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers. To determine the list, an independent panel of judges reviewed hundreds of submissions that are rated across categories that include customer service, innovation, music advocacy, store design, marketing, and sales promotions and are scored in accordance to determine the Top 100 list. To learn more about Blues Angel Music, visit them online at or stop by the store at 657 North Pace Boulevard in Pensacola, FL. To learn more about NAMM and the Top 100 Dealer Awards, please visit https:// Pete Moore Automotive Team Senior Chill Out Breaks Previous Record for AC, Fan, and Monetary Donations

The Council on Aging of West Florida’s annual Pete Moore Automotive Team Senior Chill Out had its most successful event ever on June 24, collecting a total 472 fans, 467 air conditioner units, and $96,146 to help vulnerable seniors stay cool this summer. The daylong donation drive in support of area elders was hosted by five area Lowe’s Home 74

Improvement stores in partnership with WEAR ABC 3, WFGX 35, Cat Country 98.7, and NewsRadio 92.3. Friday temperatures in the mid-90s and an afternoon thunderstorm did not deter individuals, groups, and businesses from showing up and donating throughout the day to assist local seniors who are at greater risk of health complications due to the dangerous summer heat.

The Council on Aging is grateful for generous donations from title sponsor Pete Moore Automotive Team, as well as from Ascend Cares Foundation, Avalon HR, Baptist Health Care, Boutwell’s Air Masters, Stacy Brown, Climate Control of Pensacola, Deep Water City Elks Lodge 751, Engineered Cooling Services, Five Flags Rotary, Florida Power and Light, Gilmore, Haggai Temple 182, County Commissioner Lumon May, Merritt Glass Company, Northwest Florida AC, Oops Alley, Sherriff Chip Simmons, Sue Straughn, Bill Trushel, Joseph William, Zeta Phi Beta, and all the other wonderful donors and sponsors. “We were concerned that the impact of rising inflation on so many families would slow down donations this year, but we saw so much generosity toward our local seniors who are living without air conditioning,” said Josh Newby, President/ CEO of Council on Aging. “We’ve been incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from our community.” In 2021, Council on Aging helped more than 800 at-risk older adults avoid the hazardous effects of heat-related health complications with donations of 357 AC units, 240 fans, and $57,587. Individuals aged 60 and older who are interested in receiving a fan and/or AC should call Council on Aging at (850) 432-1475 beginning Monday, June 27.

Barristers. The event tested the knowledge of members of the firm during a trivia contest at Odd Colony. Clark Partington’s “Super Troupers” beat out teams from Beggs & Lane, Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC, Carver Darden, and Moorhead Law Group. “Clark Partington is always proud to partner with United Way and supports its mission in our northwest Florida community,” said Clark Partington team captain, Troupe Brewer. “We are equally proud to win the inaugural Battle of the Barristers and bask in the glory of having our firm’s name forever enshrined on the coveted Legal Eagles trophy.” This is the first Battle of the Barristers in Pensacola. United Way of West Florida looks forward to growing the event next year. “An amazing group of teams helped us launch Battle of the Barristers this year,” said United Way of West Florida President and CEO Laura Gilliam. “The players seemed to have a lot of fun and we expect more teams will want to be a part of the next one.” Gulf Coast Trophies created a traveling trophy for the Battle of the Barristers. Clark Partington keeps the trophy for the next year and can defend its title at the next event. “We are very thankful to our partners who helped us make Battle of the Barristers successful,” said Gilliam. “Odd Colony provided an incredible place to play, and our trivia emcee Brandon Mayo created a really fun and entertaining game.” Battle of the Barristers raised $3,000 for United Way of West Florida.

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he Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Gulf Breeze hosted the Gulf Breeze Chamber Business After Hours on June 23. The Pensacola Chamber joined the Gulf Breeze Chamber for a night of networking, drinks, and good food. Hot Spot BBQ catered for the event with a variety of delicious BBQ, potato salad, smoked pork and beans, and mac and cheese. Grace Arneault, President and CEO of the Chamber, introduced Sandra Fontenot, the Holiday Inn Express General Manager, and Kizzy Stanford, Director of Sales and Assistant General Manager. Guests were welcomed and invited to tour the rooms available at the hotel. The Holiday Inn Express, Gulf Breeze, opened on April 28, 2022. The hotel has a pool, workout room, fire pit, and grills for the guests, along with a complimentary hot breakfast. The Gulf Breeze Chamber holds its Business After Hours monthly. These events provide end-of-the-day, casual networking for the area businesspeople. For more information, contact the Gulf Breeze Chamber.

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JULY 9 Red, White, and Blues Pensacola Beach Air Show Casino Beach Boardwalk | 20 Casino Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach 8:00am-3:00pm The Red White and Blues Pensacola Beach Air Show powered by Step One Automotive Group will feature the Blue Angels on Saturday, July 9. Locals and visitors from all over can look to the skies to experience the unique, exciting, and jaw-dropping demonstrations performed by the Blue Angels! You DO NOT want to miss this event! Go to for more information.


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Seville Quarter 130 E. Government St. Pensacola 6:00-8:00pm Enjoy the best crab cakes, an art show by Arc Gateway artists, live music and a silent auction. All to benefit Arc Gateway. Visit for more information.

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Women’s Club of Pensacola 1551 E. Heinberg Street | Pensacola July 23 10:00am-4:00pm July 24 12:00-4:00pm Join the Women’s Club of Pensacola as they celebrate Christmas in July. This holiday market place will have festive artists, crafters, and vendors. Visit TheWomansClubofPensacola for information.


Saenger Theatre 118 S. Palafox St. Pensacola 7:00pm-9:00pm A fun-fi lled evening of dance performances by First Dance Ballroom Studio. Complete with local celebrity performers, this show celebrates the music from The Greatest Showman and other musical productions. Proceeds benefit The Council on Aging West Florida. Tickets can be purchased at Pensacola Saenger Theatre Box Office or

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Watermelon -ATaste of Summer story by Anna Stockton


hhh, summertime… there are so many things to love about the season. The warm breezes coming off the water, the smell of chlorine and sunscreen after a long afternoon of swimming, and a picnic with family and friends with all your favorite summertime staples. One of the most refreshing staples, the watermelon, has an interesting history, ranging from a desert necessity to a refreshing, seedless wonder. Some version of the watermelon has been around for about 5,000 years. The term “some” is used because it’s not always been the sweet, juicy treat Mark Twain swooned over when he said, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” If Twain had eaten the earliest version of watermelon, the quote would have been more like “ewww, gross, yikes! Gag me with a spoon,” probably? While the exact fruit ancestors of the watermelon are not fully nailed down, experts do know that humans have been eating them for a long time. In fact, watermelon seeds have been found in 5000-year-old settlements in Libya, and fast-forward about 1000 years from then you’ll find seeds and paintings of watermelons in Egyptian tombs, including King Tuts. What the experts find most interesting is not the fact that watermelons were so revered as to be painted on the walls of tombs but rather that they were oblong shaped watermelons, like those grown as crops, and not found in the wild. At this point in the fruit’s history, they were hard, bitter, and unappetizing, and while that does describe some people I’ve met in life, it doesn’t make for a fruit you’d want to eat on a regular basis, let alone grow fields of them. The key is in the first part of the name... water. In these desert climates, water was drawn from any source

available, including fruit. Watermelons remain edible for months if kept in the proper temperature and were pummeled to draw out the water. Experts believe this is why watermelon seeds were found in Egyptian tombs, believing their pharaohs might need water on their passage to the afterlife, watermelons were put in the tombs to ensure they had everything they needed for their journey. Over the next few thousand years, the popularity of watermelon spread and using selective breeding, growers were able to alter the fruit to more of what we (and Mark Twain) know and love today. In my opinion, one of the greatest innovations of our time, besides the internet and reality shows, of course, is the seedless watermelon. Gone are the days of eating around seeds, spitting out seeds, or (gasp) fearing the results of a swallowed watermelon seed. These seedless fruits are mainstream now and life is good! But how do you grow more seedless watermelons without... well, seeds. The answer is simply crossbreeding. About 50 years ago, farmers began crossing watermelons of different chromosomes and creating a sterile hybrid incapable of producing mature seeds (think donkey plus horse equals mule). This hybrid still needs a seeded parent’s pollination so growers plant both seeded and seedless in their fields, although fewer seeded watermelons are needed for a successful crop, resulting in 92% of all watermelon sales today being seedless. In the upcoming summer months, savor the slower pace and time spent with friends and family. Enjoy the summertime staples, like watermelon, that give the season that sweet refreshing feeling. July 2022 | 83

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Watermelon and Cucumber Salad INGREDIENTS: 8 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon (1 8-pound watermelon) 2 mini cucumbers or ½ English cucumber (1 cup sliced) 2 ounces Feta cheese crumbles Zest of 1/2 lemon 4 basil leaves Sea salt, for garnish

DIRECTIONS: Chop the watermelon into cubes, Slice the cucumbers, Chop the basil, Zest the Lemon. Arrange the watermelon and cucumbers on a platter. Sprinkle with feta crumbles, lemon zest, and sea salt. Taste and ad ust av s as desi ed. Serve immediately.

How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon • Look for the field spot, this spot indicates how long the watermelon stayed on the vine. The larger, more yellow the patch, the riper the fruit. • Tap the underside with your knuckles, a deep sound indicates a perfectly ripe melon. • Look for the melons dull in color, too bright and it may not be ripe yet. • The heavier melons are the juiciest ones.

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Step One Fest

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tep One Automotive Group has a knack for celebrating things in a big way. This year the auto company celebrates their fifth year serving the Northwest Florida area, so on June 12, they pulled out all the stops with Step One Fest at The Landing Park in Fort Walton Beach. The festival included live music, food trucks, a kid’s zone, and more than 20 local non-profit tents. “We are celebrating five years in business, and we wanted to bring all our community partners together to thank the community for an amazing five years,” said Maureen Bierman, Step One Automotive Director of Marketing. “We now have 11 locations in the Northwest Florida area spanning from Pensacola to the Fort Walton Beach metropolitan area.” One of the pinnacle moments of the event featured representatives from Evan Williams Bourbon company presenting local veteran Mike Arena with a personalized bourbon bottle as a tribute to his work in co-founding Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4W). Healing Paws for Warriors connects combat veterans suffering from traumatic stress, depression or other military trauma with service dogs. “Partnering with local nonprofits is a very important part of what we do,” said Bierman. “We are very happy to support a charity like Healing Paws for Warriors because of the great work they do with local veterans.” Bierman explained that Step One Automotive Group aims to leave a legacy in every community they serve. By partnering with local non-profit organizations, Step One helps build the community through financially supporting the various services each non-profit provides.

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Pensacola: 100 Beverly Parkway 850.432.6146

Large Wine Selection Full Bar NOW Open Outdoor Patio

HOURS Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4 pm - 9 pm Brunch: Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm

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PENSACOLA LASH & BEAUTY BAR | 3493 Gulf Breeze Parkway | Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563

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Best Florist and Best Gift Shop 2022! Southern Gardens Florist & Gifts salutes our military. Choose from our Duke Cannon Supply Co. line. A portion of proceeds benefits U.S. Veterans. 7400 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola 850-941-4444 |



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VIP Pensacola at the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce

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Women in Business Coffee photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


he Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce hosted another successful Women in Business coffee on June 14. This event was presented by Titanium Wireless with supporting sponsors Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon and Pensacola News Journal. Women in Business allows women, at all levels, to learn, grow, and network. It encourages area business women to share ideas and experiences with each other, and addresses some unique topics women in business face in today’s world. The President/CEO of Greater Pensacola Chamber, Todd Tomson, kicked the morning off by introducing two key speakers, Kristina Zimmern, Executive Vice President of Titanium Wireless, and Teri Sullivan, head of sales. The guest speakers encouraged the attendees not to settle. Teri Sullivan explained, “Never settle being told to stay in your lane and be happy with what you’re doing,”

Teri Sullivan & Kristina Zimmern

Terry Mahoney, Brooke Greene & Cassy Smith

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Serving Seniors with Meaningful Involvement A non-medical in-home care agency serving seniors and disabled. 3 hour visit minimum. We offer the following services, among others: • • • • • • • • • • • •

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A small plant boutique carrying a wide variety of h use lants and e s. Great gift ideas and fun workshops!

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Located on the corner of Palafox and Main

501 Palafox Street | Pensacola, FL 32505

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article by Bobby Emmons

In May, the Florida Legislature adjourned its special session on property insurance reform and some of the highlights are below: Improving Affordability for Policyholders Through a New Program

Authorizes $2 billion for a new Reinsurance to Assist Policyholders (RAP) program for insurers. This reinsurance coverage is provided at no cost to the insurer. This program allows insurers to obtain reimbursement for hurricane losses earlier than they normally would under the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Insurers that participate in RAP for 2022 must reduce their policyholder’s rates by June 30, 2022, to reflect the savings from RAP. Insurers that defer using RAP until 2023 must reduce policyholder rates to reflect savings by May 1, 2023. Improving Accessibility & Protecting Policyholders from Nonrenewal

Insurers may not refuse to write or renew policies on homes with roofs that are less than 15 years old solely because of the roof’s age. For a roof that is at least 15 years old, insurers must allow homeowners to have a roof inspection before requiring the replacement of the roof as a condition of writing or renewing the homeowner’s insurance policy. Insurers may not refuse to write or renew a homeowner’s insurance policy solely because of the roof’s age if an inspection shows that the roof has 5 years or more of useful life.

Roof Deductibles Requires a roof deductible provision to be clear and unambiguous and allow the policyholder to opt-out of the separate roof deductible. Allows property insurers to require a separate roof deductible (with an opt-out provision) that may not exceed the lesser of 2% of the policy dwelling limits or 50% of the roof replacement costs. Policyholders who select a roof deductible must receive a premium credit or discount. The roof deductible does not apply to a total loss to the primary structure that is caused by a covered peril, a loss caused by a hurricane, a roof loss resulting from a tree fall or other hazard that damages the roof and punctures the roof deck, a roof loss requiring repair of less than 50% of the roof. Also, disclosures are required that: prominently display the actual dollar value of the roof deductible at issuance and renewal on the declarations page and provide notice that a roof deductible may result in high out-of-pocket expenses to the policyholder on a separate page behind the declarations page. It must specify that when a roof deductible is applied, no other deductibles under the policy may be applied and it allows an insurer to limit payment on a roof claim to actual cash value until the policyholder pays the roof deductible.

The limited availability of homeowner’s insurance is changing constantly. Some companies will not write a policy on homes over 7 years old and others will not write a policy on a home with the roof over 8 years old. If you are looking for coverage, there are a few things that you will need: • If the home is over 30 years old you will need a 4-point inspection not over 1 year old which gives the age of the roof, plumbing, electrical, and the HVAC. • A wind mitigation report not over 5 years old. Details of all claims and losses in the last 5 years. If you have trouble obtaining coverage your agent may be able to offer you a quote through Citizens Insurance, the state backed insurance company. Contact your agent as soon as possible if you get a non-renewal or cancellation notice so you have time to get all of the necessary inspections.

If you are being cancelled or non-renewed on your home insurance, contact your agency first. They may be able to help place your coverage with another company.

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The perfect tux for the perfect day From beach weddings to country club affairs, Gent’s Formal Wear has your style.

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TUXEDO AND SUIT RENTALS: Serving the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Destin, Florida

CALL RICHARD FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! 850-434-3272 • GENTSFORMALWEAR.COM Beyond the Grape offers a carefully selected range of artisan, small production wines from around the world as well as F lorida and Sweet Wines. From sweet to dry, exotic to classic, local to international, we have something for every wine lover.

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Pensacola • Pace • Gulf Breeze

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VIP Pensacola at Museum of Commerce

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Sunday’s Child photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

unday’s Child held their 2022 Annual Meeting at the Museum of Commerce in downtown Pensacola on June 26. Over 45 members were on hand to make this event possible. This is the 8th annual meeting for this non-profit group, and a very special one, as they were awarded four $30,000 grants. The mission of Sunday’s Child is to promote equality and inspire inclusion across the community by awarding grants for significant charitable and economic initiatives. The eight hopeful recipients gave a presentation

of no more than five minutes to go over the executive summary of their proposed project, then the votes were tallied and verified. There were several non-profits that applied, and the Grant co-chairs and member volunteers were able to narrow it down to these deserving eight. The main goal of this particular meeting is to allow for all voting members to hear the eight finalists’ proposals, beginning to end, and vote for the final four to receive the $30k. The Sunday’s Child Grant winners were announced live at the meeting.

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Matt & Jon Morrow

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CAPT Tim Kinsella, USN (Ret)

Tell us where you are from. I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but for the past 33 years, the Navy has really been my home. I’ve been lucky enough to be stationed or deployed all over the world, but wherever my family and I had a roof over our heads, that’s where we called home. We came to Pensacola after an assignment with NATO in Belgium, and in 2019 I took over as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola. With no specific intentions of leaving the Navy or staying in Pensacola, we developed so many deep friendships and connections here that we decided to make Pensacola home. Pensacola is where we want to grow roots and watch our children and our friend’s children grow together. What is your profession? Following 33 years as a career Naval Aviator, I have taken a leap of faith and entered academia as director of the brandnew Center for Leadership housed in the University of West Florida College of Business. Fortunate enough to have many different leadership roles in the military, I now feel very privileged and excited to share those lessons and experiences with a wider audience to help leaders across the civic and business spectrum reach their fullest potential. Great leadership is fundamental to the success of any organization or effort, and I have learned that it can absolutely be taught. Three words that best describe you. Authentic, Positive, Irish. Favorite places for going out? Angelena’s for Super Tuscan Tuesday. My wife and I love sitting at their bar and having one of their awesome pizzas and a good bottle of wine. Union Public House for Burgers and Bordeaux. 86 Forks with the kids, and The District or Jacksons for a good steak or chop. Oh, and we really enjoy Sabai Thai on Jefferson. It’s the closest I’ve had to the amazing food I had in Thailand. What is one thing that you do not go a day without? A hug and a kiss from my wife and kids. And a cup of good quality black coffee. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I am one of the tens of thousands of Naval Officers and Sailors who have been stationed here over the many years there has been a Naval presence in Pensacola, and who, due to the overwhelming hospitality of the people of this great town, decided to call Pensacola their home. I believe in Pensacola and I feel very strongly that we are on the cusp of greatness. photo by Nicole Partridge

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THANK YOU It is a huge honor to be selected as “BEST.” Sunbelt would not be here without our amazing clients who have given us strategic feedback to better serve them. We know the responsibility to fulfill expectations will be great and we accept the challenge and look forward to another year of serving our clients in the best way we know how. Thank you again.


1510 Airport Blvd., Suite 4, Pensacola, FL 32504 | 5563 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571

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