VIP Pensacola – July 2021

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Best Specialty Contractor!

Graye’s Granite is your place for quartzite, granite, marble, exotics, and quartz remodeling work and repair services.

Chris Graye, Owner

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#1 REAL ESTATE TEAM, 2019-21!

We are grateful for your votes and it is our pleasure to serve your Real Estate needs! Please give us a call and tell us how we can help you make your home buying and selling dreams come true!

Thank you for voting us... • Best Real Estate Team

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‘WE BRING A PERSONAL TOUCH TO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE’ As a local Husband and Wife Real Estate Team we bring knowledge and expertise to the equation. This is crucial in any Real Estate Transaction. Building lasting relationships is our GOAL.

Thank you for voting us... • Real Estate Professional Female • Real Estate Professional Male

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A portion of Everdean sales will go towards building a monument and museum dedicated to women veterans, as well as a national training center, located in Pensacola.

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Volume VI • Issue VII

18 Folds of Honor Patriot Golf Day 23 Pensacola Grand Carnival Parade 32 Jr. League Sustainer & Joan Gonzalez Award Luncheon 35 State of Healthcare 42 The Freed Team Customer Appreciation Event 49 The All Krewe Fiesta Ball 2021 52 Business After Hours 59 Leap Happy Hour 62 LandrumHR Open House & Ribbon Cuttin 67 DepARTure 74 Business After Hours 77 An Evening under The Olive Trees 81 Pensacola Police Scoops After School 87 Krewe of les Harlequins Crawfish Boil 97 Sensory Street for Autism Pensacola 100 Fraser Property & Adjusting Ribbon Cutting

on the cover Leo Lynne & Penny Stricklin Photography by Kristina Wright at Folds of Honor Patriot Golf Game

departments 27 30 39 45 64 70 83 93 103 108 110

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

features 29 Armed Forces 55 Best in Pensacola Winners 73 Armed Forces Supporters 90 Business Profile: Energy Savers of Florida

VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander

Art Director Priscilla Atkins

Associate Publisher Verla Price

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

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

VIP Founder Jeff Watson

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letter from the Associate Publisher Hello, readers! The wait is finally over; our Best In Pensacola Winners Issue is here! All of the business owners in the Pensacola market are winners in my book. The readers cast votes for their favorite businesses in 148 categories. See who they chose as the featured winners in this VIP edition on page 55. The winners may promote the titled award in their business category for one year. They attend the Black Tie Ball, where they receive a plaque, dinner, and festive celebrating. This esteemed event will occur in September this year. It’s “Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime” -The lyrics from this fun song stuck in my head the past few days. I guess I am ready for summer, and the Emerald Coast is perfect if you like the sun on your face and the hot sand trickling between your toes. I know I am ready for boats, jet skis, paddleboards, or maybe an outdoor picnic with tunes like “Under the Boardwalk” blasting. Networking and celebratory events were plentiful in June with Business Before Hours, Business After Hours, luncheons, and evening sunset cruises popping up in the mix. In this issue, the editorial features are military-inspired as we support those who serve and protect our country. Give Care Share opens our eyes to the horror soldiers deal with after being deployed. The organization Operation Zero provides resources, advocacy, and a shoulder for the returning soldiers to lean on. If you would like to donate or become involved, contact Kris Fleming at 850-485-9121. Explore the rich history of Fort Pickens in Adventure Out -- a natural treasure with ties to the civil war and Geronimo. It’s definitely a learning destination for the family with kids. Style shows us some stylish fashion that has nothing to do with a uniform. In addition, we will learn how to make festive cherry bomb mimosas with pineapple juice, champagne, and some other unique ingredients in Swizzle. Wrapping up the July issue, I am Pensacola introduces Stephen Simpson, businessman residing in Pensacola after finishing his military career. If you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola, please call me. We will do our best to support you if we have space available in the next issue. Thank YOU for supporting VIP Pensacola; please be kind, courteous, and shop local.

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VIP Pensacola at Scenic Hills Country Club

photos & story by Kristina Wright

Colleen O’Hare & Dominic Dimello

Debbie Zannoni & Debbie Schreck


cenic Hills Country Club presented their 2nd Annual Folds of Honor Patriot Golf Day on May 30. The day started with player registration and a bloody Mary and breakfast bar, followed by a golf clinic and time for practice with last minute tuning and instruction by 2020 PGA Golf Professional of the year Rick Gorman. The opening ceremony was led by the McGuire’s Marching Pipe Band, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the UWF Army ROTC, the presentation and explanation of the 13 Folds of the Flag by the US Navy Honor Guard, and the National Anthem presented by the Blue Anchor Belles; all leading to a shotgun start with a flyover by Stearman BiPlanes. Live entertainment was provided by the Ben Loftin Band and the awards, auction, and raffle were all presented by Representative Michelle Salzman. Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth the singular, noble mission to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Their motto says it best, “Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy”. Within their logo, the folded flag represents the heavy price of freedom. Yet it’s also a symbol of hope, representing the enduring ideals that make this country a beacon of democracy. This logo was chosen because it reflects the mission of honoring the sacrifice of America’s heroes, while giving hope to the bearers of their legacy. Folds of Honor has grown from a vision into a movement. This folded flag is a constant reminder of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It inspires others to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of support. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded 29,000 total scholarships in all 50 states. Minority scholarship recipients represent 41% of all educational scholarships. Folds of Honor is proud to have a cumulative average ratio of 90% of every dollar raised going to their scholarship program. Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit organization. Rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator Platinum on Guidestar.

Leo Lynne & Penny Stricklin

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Phillip Salzman, Danny Zimmern & Michelle Salzman


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Derick & Sonja Johnson

Larry Rheault, Tim Dillashaw & Bill Carpenter

Ed Villar & Ricky Wallis

Vanessa Gulsby, Mary Kitchens & Ted Johanns

Mari Muscat & Thom Seith

M.J. Ziemba & Doreen Swartz

Jennifer Reese, Bob O’ Connor & Jeremy Reese

Ruth Donaldson & Leonard Swartz

Michelle & Darren Spicer

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VIP Pensacola in Downtown Pensacola

Tracy Johnson, Kimberly Johnson, Anna Lewis, Ashton Gilmore & Fallon Brown

Corey Arndt, L. Thomas & Phil McClung


Grand Carnival Parade photos & story by Kristina Wright


he Pensacola Grand Carnival Parade is annually the largest and most extravagant parade in Pensacola. The parade, normally taking place the weekend before Mardi Gras, was moved to May 29 this year to allow time for many restrictions to pass as Covid 19 conditions improved. Although it was a few months late, the parade was a welcome site to Downtown Pensacola with a large attendance and drawing folks from near and far. The parade organizers did a fantastic job of making the parade happen and included many new protocols and precautions this year. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade features most of the krewes from the area, local organizations, businesses, and also includes everything from marching bands to Scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well. While breaking tradition, much excitement and fun was had as the warm weather parade entertained all who attended. The parade is broadcast live on local TV and coverage of the parade including radio, TV, print, and social media has a reach of literally millions. The parade took place on Palafox and Garden Streets in Historic Downtown Pensacola.

Patrick Roberts & Robin Verge

Tina Tortomasi & Stephen Simpson

Kimi Thompson & Monique Leclaire

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Grand Carnival Parade

Truli Hartley & Debbie Ciano

Thom & Melissa Keener

Nelson Munn & April Davidson

Lemmie Crews & LaVonne French

Tina & Gary James

Gene & Amanda Hurd

David & Therese Ritchie

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Chris & Jenny Roney


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Faith Chapel Funeral Home opened its doors to the Pensacola public in 1965 in what was once a small residence at 100 Beverly Parkway. Our mission was a simple one, to guide grieving families with the many decisions facing them during the most difficult times of their lives. During the past 53 years the look of Faith Chapel has changed but our commitment to compassionate care and a “family first” attitude has remained rock solid. We now have two locations to more conveniently serve our local community. We also have our own crematory which assures you that your loved one is in the personal and respectful care of Faith Chapel at all times.

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We have a staff of over 40 caring and compassionate employees that are committed to providing our local community with the highest level of customer service. Whether you wish to talk to us about pre-planning for funeral or cremation services or if you have a more immediate need please know that we at Faith Chapel are here to serve you and your family seven days a week. Respectfully, Mike & Teresa Atwood

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Straight Talk with

Steady, Rising Prices Don't Always Lead to a Bust

Tonya Zimmern

Last month, online marketplace company, Zillow stated:

While this is excellent news for sellers, and a bit of a tougher fight for interested buyers, some investors may see this consistent rise in prices and growing interest as a warning of financial upheaval in the coming months.

While real estate prices and demand are consistently rising – especially in high-traffic areas as the Florida Gulf Coast – and other economic areas stuttering in the wake of the pandemic, there are many factors that separate the current market from the one that lead directly into the Great Recession.

Tonya Zimmern, Realtor Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty


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Rising Property Prices

This level of equity is a great buffer for the owner in case the property loses value – allowing for a cushion from the brunt of a bad market. Also, lending standards are much stricter now than they were before the 2007-2008 market crash, curtailing many of the dangerous practices that can lead to a crash. Homeowners today have, on average, less debt and better credit profiles for the mortgage they’ve taken out – resulting in less delinquent payments and related financial troubles that often ripple out into the wider market and cause real problems.

This should give home-buyers better options in the future, and hopefully reduce the burden of the fast-pace, competitive negotiations that have remained prominent in the current, inventorystarved market. To assist buyers, , and has purchased over $40 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) each month in order to keep mortgage rates low.

– a great development for digital closings, especially for those that buy out-of-state. The bill comes after national lockdowns and closures lead to a Bill Killmer, a chief executive at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) claims that the bill is imperative in the ‘support of new homeowners,’ and developing a ‘transactional freedom to the flow of essential real estate closings,’ as America emerges from the pandemic. Even as other sectors have stumbled in the first half of 2021, the real estate market has maintained an atmosphere of competitive buying, multiple offers, and steadily rising prices. In such conditions, having in-depth, professional resources, such as the Tonya Zimmern Team at your disposal can help turn a chaotic, unknowable market to your advantage.

Sources: Keller Williams Realty, Black Knight/Mortgage News Daily, Weiss Analytics, National Association of Realtors.

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Armed Services Saluting our Troops


pend only five minutes in the Pensacola area and you can see it: this is one city that fl ies high with patriotic pride—literally. With the Blue Angels that soar through the skies above us to those men and women on base, we salute the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedom and keep this country safe. Without the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard who fi le in rank and shout out their battle songs, our beautiful City of Five Flags would not be what it is today. And for the honor they bring us, we thank them. They’ve fought in countless wars and travelled worlds away, giving their time and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice in service to us all. In this issue, we call upon all of our readers to join us in offering our gratitude to all branches of the

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Armed Forces who protect and serve America today, as well as those veterans whose years of guarding our nation have come to a close. For their selflessness, words are not enough. To the family members who stand beside them, we also extend our thanks— without you to keep the home front strong and their morale rallied, our service members would feel the full burden of the battle lines. In as much as we can, and in as many ways that we can, we hope that Pensacola remains a city that runs deep with true military pride. Jet engines are the sound of freedom ringing loud and proud here, and uniforms are a beautiful sight. These are the signs that reassure us that we are a city in a nation where Lady Liberty is loved with a the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Reporting for Beauty W

story by Anna Stockton

hen you think of military uniforms you probably think function, not fashion. But military inspired clothing, now that’s a whole other set of stripes. With some notable celebrities marching around in their military inspired gear, the popularity of this style exploded and has become the trend on runways everywhere. Button details are just one way these structured styles stand out, with sailor style shorts that provide a fashionable, vintage look. Shirt dresses with clean lines and structured shape make a great versatile piece that can go straight from the office to date night. Bomber jackets have long been a staple in the closets of both men and women. Whether you go with the wellworn rich brown colors of the traditional bomber jacket or a more updated style in vibrant colors and patterns, you’ll always be “the bomb” in these classics. Vintage-look military style jackets give your outfit a polished look with flattering shapes and stylish buttons. Combat style boots, like Dr. Martens are back in force amongst men and women. These bold boots make quite a statement and are available in the traditional military colors or more funky options. Either way, these boots give that military look you want, without having to endure that ten-mile ruck. And we can’t talk about military inspired fashions without mentioning everyone’s favorite homage to the military - camouflage. Camo skirts, tank tops, pants and even camo shoes, in every imaginable color combination are everywhere these days and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. You’ll do anything but blend in when you join in this fashionable force. Function and fashion, what a combination - all thanks to these military inspired trends. So, don’t be afraid to make the jump and enlist these commando couture pieces in your wardrobe.

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club

Lynne Williams & Suzanne Kahn

Nancy Miller, Cheryl Saiter & Dari Gascard

Brenda Summersell & Cheryl Howard


Sustainer & Joan Gonzalez Award Luncheon photos & story by Patti Hall


Kim Ray & Susan Kingsbury-Ridgeway

he Junior League of Pensacola had their Sustainer and Joan Gonzalez Award Luncheon on April 27 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch with strawberry shortcake for dessert. Brenda Summersell introduced the 2021 - 2022 Boards and the recipient of the 2021 Joan Gonzalez award. The Junior League of Pensacola Joan Gonzalez award was created in 1971 as a tribute to the late Joan Gonzalez. This award is presented annually to the sustainer who exemplifies continuing service to the League & our Pensacola area community and is chosen by the Junior League Sustainer Board. The 2021 Joan Gonzalez award recipient, Becky Bray Washler, has been in the Pensacola Junior League since 1991. Her vast involvement in the League includes Marketing and Public Affairs, Foundation Chairman, as well as serving as a past president of The Pensacola Junior League. Celeste Whiseant & Holiday Whiseant

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Judy Tice, Christy Manderson, Frances Bryan & Meri Asmar

Past Joan Gonzalez Award Winners

Carolyn Brown, Terri Smith & Lexie Thorsen

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Country Club

State of Healthcare photos & story by Kristina Wright


he Greater Pensacola Chamber held their Inaugural State of Healthcare on June 24, at the Pensacola Country Club. This event highlighted the health care landscape across the region, featuring public, private and nonprofit leaders discussing wellness initiatives and health industry trends. The panel of guests and speakers included representatives from Ascension Sacred Heart, Baptist Health Care, West Florida Healthcare, and Community Health Northwest Florida. The event opened with networking and light refreshments, followed by a program specifically organized to reflect our region’s progress in the healthcare industry. Table sponsors included: Anglin Reichmann Armstrong, Ascension Sacred Heart, Baptist, BBVA, Bill Sheffield Realty, Cox, Gilmore Services, Gulf Power, The First, Moorhead Real Estate Law Group, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pen Air FCU, PNJ, and Vivid Bridge Studios. Founded in 1889, the Greater Pensacola Chamber is committed to promoting, improving, and enhancing the Pensacola region through responsible economic development, community involvement, and unity of private and public sectors. Today, the Chamber stands united as a rededicated organization of passionate, innovative leadership and management, driven to provide professional, personable, positive assistance toward commercial success in Pensacola to long-standing local companies, enthusiastic entrepreneurs, and prospective new members interested in relocating to our great region.

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Sherriff Chip Simmons & Brian Wyer

Whitney Gilmore & Jo McArthur

Heidi Blair & David Lewallyn

Jamie LaPointe & Sherry Moore

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VIP Pensacola at State of Healthcare

Ruthi Noel & Paul Stanley

Kevin Mair & Scott Raynes

Dr. Cyndi Gamache, Jennifer Grove, Mark Faulkner, Joy Sharp & KC Gartman

Liko Crump & Angel Sedillo

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Cheryl Murphy & Todd Thomson

Jill Hubbs, Dr. Lusharon Wiley, Rusty Branch & MJ Ziemba

Laura Gilliam & Chandra Smiley

Willa Licata & Sara Lefevers

Hong Potomski, Lonnie Noack & Rick Byars


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Voted Best Women’s Wellness Provider, again!

Karen E. Kennedy, MD, FACOG, RPh Lynn Howard, Will Condon & Scott Wilson

Thank you to our Military & your Families for your Service! Itʼs an honor to support you with many of your Health Care needs.

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“For Mom and Apple Pie” story by Anna Stockton


hether you’re drinking natty lights and dodging bottle rockets on the 4th of July or sipping white wine and dodging your crazy relative’s political rants on Thanksgiving, there’s sure to be apple pie on the dessert table. This iconic pie is synonymous with all things American and is a symbol of wholesome patriotism. So, how did apple pie end up with such a distinction. Well, hold on to your nutmeg, you might be surprised at its history. Despite what you might think “As American as apple pie” means, you might be surprised to find out that apple pie’s roots….well, they’re not even American. By all accounts, this tasty treat was created in England in the 14th century with influences from places like France and the Netherlands. These pies were originally crustless due to sugar being wildly expensive and as sugar became more available, the pies took shape with crusts and lattice work that we see today. Not to break your hearts further but yeah, the spices used in the pies and the apples we know and love aren’t native to the states. Crabapples, a sour and inedible fruit, are the only type of native apple and while they’re great for the colonial party scene as they make some pretty powerful hard cider, they’re definitely not apple pie-worthy. It wasn’t until the mid 1600’s that we got the good stuff, the good apples that is. While it took the import of European honey bees a few decades later to really get the apple trees to take off, this

development, along with the import of spices, allowed America to be well on its way to their love affair with apple pie. So if apple pie isn’t American, what makes it so….American? Some claim much like the American population, the combination of native and imported ingredients combined to make the pie is inherently American. Others say it’s not as complicated as that, the settlers just took to the pie and labeled it “uniquely American,” two recipes were even listed for apple pie in the first ever American cookbook published in 1796. As the decades wore on, apple pie became more embedded in the culture and became a symbol of all things American. And while we don’t know exactly how the term “as American as apple pie” originated, it was used in a 1928 New York Times piece describing First Lady Lou Henry Hoover’s homemaking skills. By World War II, apple pie was associated with the warmth of home and soldiers would proudly exclaim they’re fighting for “Mom and apple pie!” (I’m not crying, you’re crying). So, whether you go with the theory that apple pie represents the melting pot that is America or that some settlers, while drinking their hard cider just decided they really dig this new pie, apple pie is truly as American as baseball, beer, and reckless fireworks on the 4th of July. July 2021 | 39

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Classic Apple Pie INGREDIENTS: 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie ½ cup unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¼ cup water ½ cup white sugar ½ cup packed brown sugar 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced DIRECTIONS: Step 1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Step 2 Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Step 3 Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.



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VIP Pensacola at Cub’s Crawfish

Cubby the Crawfish

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Debi Freed & Mike Mincy

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Customer Appreciation Event


photos & story by Kristina Wright

he Freed Team hosted their annual Customer Appreciation Event at Cub’s Crawfish on June 16. Clients and treasured guests were invited to a special Crawfish Boil, complete with the finest mudbugs in town, scrumptious sausage, spicy corn and red creamed potatoes, and beverages of their choice.


Debi Freed and Mike Mincy hosted the spectacular shindig and raffled off several Yeti handheld coolers and one large cooler, encouraging their guests to go out and enjoy this summer in their new home, or leave their old home behind and start a new adventure. Cubby the Crawfish also showed up in style to hand out drink koozies and help with the raffle during the evening.

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ot far from downtown Pensacola lies a storied structure, with a history of legendary visitors, even more legendary fighting and ……………. No, I’m not referring to the Flora-Bama, I’m talking about Fort Pickens. A national treasure, pivotal in America’s history…. right in our own back yards.

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Long before we knew Pensacola Bay to be a place of fun and sun, European powers saw the bay as an important body of water. The depths and length of the waterway could provide protection and perfect anchorage for their ships. In 1819, as part of the Transcontinental Treaty, Pensacola Bay officially became part of the US. In 1825, President Monroe signed a law that established a new navy yard and depot on the bay. Of course, these new American assets needed to be defended in case an enemy was brave enough to enter the Pensacola Bay and thus, Fort Pickens was born. Using money from the Fortifications Bill of 1828, over $100,000 was set aside for the construction of the fort. The 1000-acre area on the west end of Santa Rosa Island designated for the fort was bought for $4000 and plans for the structure quickly came into place using the Army Corp of

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Engineers. While construction lasted from 1829 to 1834, the pentagon shaped structure was completed with massive walls 40 feet high and 12 feet thick. And while I’m not sure what the brick counter did to deserve that punishment but thanks to him, we know there are over 21.5 million bricks used to build the fort. Shortly before completion the war department named the fort after Brigadier General Andrew Pickens, an American hero during the Revolutionary War. While the fort was a formidable force, it really only saw actual action during the Civil War. Fort Pickens was only one of four seacoast forts in the south that remained under Union control. When the confederates, who were holding the mainland, took on the Union soldiers at Fort Pickens they were met with a fierce battle that lasted nearly two months. The Confederate soldiers were forced to retreat and head

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up to Tennessee and Mississippi to help their struggling comrades. With this development, the Union army quickly raised the American flag over their sister forts in Pensacola Bay and despite death threats by both the mayor and the people of Pensacola, a Union Lieutenant boldly raised the American flag over the city of Pensacola. Although, Fort Pickens is known as a military powerhouse, it also functioned as a prison. The most famous resident was Apache medicine man Geronimo. This famous Native American had spent years fighting the containment and restrictions put upon his tribe until he and his band of warriors were captured in New Mexico in 1886. Put on a train and bound for a different fort in St. Augustine, a few Pensacola businessmen petitioned the government to

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allow Geronimo and his men to be held at Fort Pickens instead. This request was granted and on October 25, 1886, the prisoners arrived at Fort Pickens. Now there are differing opinions on the motivation of these interested Pensacola businesspeople. While they claimed Fort Pickens could provide much more effective confinement than the overcrowded St. Augustine fort, others thought the motivation might be a little less pure, as having a prisoner as famous as Geronimo would surely bring in the tourist bucks. These days Fort Pickens has a far more peaceful presence. This National Park hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, all there to see the historic sites and learn about the fort’s storied past. Hiking, biking and camping are also available to enjoy the area’s diverse wildlife and eco-system.

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VIP Pensacola at Haji Shrine Temple

All Krewe Fiesta Ball 2021 photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


iesta Pensacola held their annual All Krewe Ball presented by Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola at the Hadji Temple on June 10. After the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 Fiesta Celebration, this year was in full swing. The Fiesta Celebration, which begins each year on the first Wednesday after Memorial Day, was celebrated from June 2 – 12. One of many events during the celebration, the All Krewe Ball is a night for area Krewes to gather and celebrate the founding of Pensacola by the Spanish Conquistador Tristan de Luna y Arellano in 1559. Fiesta’s Director of Events, Margaret-Anne West, along with Fiesta staff, Krewe Ball Committee members, Fiesta Forces volunteers, and the Pensacola Aviators Rugby team worked together to plan and execute this annual event. Over 600 attendees representing 32 krewes came together to compete in table decorating and dance contests and to present their royalty. This year’s theme was “Fiestaflix…A Fiesta Worth Bingeing”, and Six Piece Suits and Boogie, Inc. provided entertainment to round out the magical event.

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VIP Pensacola at Sneaky Tiki

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Joshua Brown & Mark Schultz

Judy Epstein & Gretchen Carter

Business After Hours photos & story by Patti Hall


he Pensacola Beach Chamber held their monthly Business After Hours on June 8 at what the locals call the Sneaky Tiki. Cocktails and pasta were enjoyed as members and guests networked and mingled with the backdrop of the beautiful Sound. Door prizes were given out to some lucky attendees. The “Sneaky Tiki” Bar is one of Pensacola Beach’s best spots to kick back, detach, relax, and enjoy yourself. Opened in 2018,


this secluded Tiki spot fast became a local’s favorite because of its location away from typical tourist areas. Part of the Tiki secret is knowing how to get here. “If you don’t know, then ask a local,” has become a popular phrase for people looking for directions. The bar’s original name was the “Island Culture Tiki Bar,” but soon many people were calling it the “Sneaky Tiki” because if you didn’t know where to look, then you may not find it.

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2021 VIP Pensacola is privileged to have the platform to bring our readers the annual Best In Pensacola. It is always so thrilling to see the grand outpouring of support for our local businesses through the nomination and voting process. Our readers and supporters nominated their favorites in five 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 has many treasured people, places, and businesses that make it such a wonderful place to live, work and play. Feedback from the locals through their nominations and voting for their favorites makes Best In Pensacola such a dynamic and diverse representation of the many ways Pensacola shines. After such a challenging year, it is our pleasure to be able to acknowledge each of these winners as representatives of the wonderful business community 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. We enjoy celebrating several repeat winners year after year for this coveted title. It is great to see them recognized for their excellent services and products. We also love seeing new winners who must be doing something right and adding value to this place we all call home. These are the faces and businesses that makes up the very fabric of our community. A very special thank you goes to all of our readers who participated in this year’s Best in Pensacola by supporting their favorite places. A huge congratulations goes to the many, 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 Surgery Center Andrews Institute

Pediatrician Pensacola Pediatrics

Eye Care Professional Center for Sight

Hearing Care Riesberg Institute

Medical Practice Clearway Pain Solutions

Family Care Physician Ryan Floyd, APRN Santa Rosa Medical Group

Podiatrist Dr. Michael Allen, DPM Pensacola Foot & Ankle Center Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Peter Butler, MD Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery Dentist Dr. Stephanie F. Tilley, DMD Pain Management DYNAMIC Pain & Wellness Alternative/Natural Medicine Empathic Practice Aesthetician Farren Allgaier Pensacola Lash & Beauty Bar Chiropractor Henry Chiropractic Women’s Wellness Provider Karen E. Kennedy, MD Walk In Clinic/Urgent Care Medical Center Clinic

Orthodontist Sims Orthodontics Place for a Massage Stay The Spa Physical Therapy Stern Chiropractic Clinic Med Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Senior Living Community The Arbors of Gulf Breeze Anti Aging Service The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery Dermatologist Welch SkinCare Center

Weight Loss Program Woodlands Medical Specialists Weight Management Center

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Wedding Florist Just Judy’s Flowers, Local Art & Gifts

Wedding Caterer Culinary Productions, Inc

Reception Venue Pensacola Yacht Club

Wedding Planner Felicia By Design

Ceremony Venue Scenic Hills Country Club

Place for a Tux Gent’s Formal Wear Downtown

Wedding Cake/Confections Sherry’s Cake Shop

Photo Booth Good Vibrations DJ and Photobooth Services Place to Buy Engagement Ring Jewelers Trade Shop

Bridal Store The Bridal Loft Place for Rehearsal Dinner V Paul’s Italian Ristorante Wedding Rentals Wedding Walls Event Decor & Rentals

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Place for a Date Cordova Lanes Bowling Center

Wedding Photography Cherished Moments by Candy McLendon

Medical Center Woodlands Medical Specialists

Permanent Makeup Microblade Pensacola

Place to Take the Kids/ Family Entertainment Blue Wahoos Stadium Admiral Federman Field

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Annual Event Pensacola Mardi Gras Golf Course Scenic Hills Country Club Live Entertainment/Music Venue Seville Quarter Place to go Dancing Seville Quarter Place for “Girls’ Night Out” The Wine Bar On Palafox

Liquor Store Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor

Boutique Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Jewelry Store Jewelers Trade Shop Seafood Market Joe Patti’s Seafood

Locally Owned Retailer Beré Jewelers

Women’s Apparel La Di Da Boutique, INC

Wine Shop Costellos Butcher and Deli

Men’s Apparel Lil’ John’s Big and Tall Men’s Fashion & Alteration Shop

Furniture duh Home Decor/Accessories duh Eyeglasses/Sunglasses Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Motorcycle Shop Pensacola Harley-Davidson Pet Store Petland Women’s Accessories The Pink Pineapple Boutique


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Event Space Court of De Luna Event Space

Pool/Spa Sales/Service Holcomb Pools, Inc

Computer IT /Web Development Salz Studio

Locksmith Ace Unlocks of Pensacola

Real Estate Agent- Commercial Danny Zimmern Scoggins Real Estate

Golf Cart/ATV Kool Karts, Inc.

Photographer Salz Studio

Staffing Company LandrumHR

Florist Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts

Flooring Act 1 Flooring Property Management aDoor Property Management Plumbing Air Design Systems Inc Real Estate Professional - Female Amanda Hurd Mortgage Co American Mortgage Service Co. Specialty Cleaning (Chimney, Pressure Wash, etc.) ARC Chimney Sweeps Payroll/HR Avalon HR General Contractor Bear General Contractors Real Estate Company Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties Luxury Automobile Sales Cadillac of Pensacola Pet Grooming/Boarding Camp Bow Wow Accounting Firm Christina Powers Tax

Electrician/Electrical Contractor Dunaway Electrical Services Inc Air Conditioning & Heating Company Elite Mechanical Systems, LLC Law Firm Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Funeral Home Faith Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC Homebuilder Flynn Built Automobile Repair Service Gary Sapp Automotive, Inc. Real Estate Professional - Male Gene Hurd - The Hurd Team at Keller Williams Specialty Contractor Graye’s Granite Inc Charity/Non Profit Gulf Coast Kid’s House Inc Landscaping Gulfside Landscaping Inc Banker Hank Gonzalez - The First

New Business Legacy Insurance Brokers Boat Sales & Service MarineMax Pensacola Nail Salon Nail Lounge Cleaning Service Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services of Pensacola Veterinary Clinic Olive Branch Pet Hospital Alarm/Security Panhandle Alarm & Telephone Limo/Transportation Service Pensacola Party Bus Title Company Pensacola Title Company, LLC Automobile Dealer - Pre Owned Pete Moore Automotive Team Restoration Company ProClean

Automobile Dealer - New Step One Automotive Group Event Rentals Tap The Coast Real Estate Team The Hurd Team powered by Keller Williams Interior Designer Kristin Bouchard The Nest Interiors Hair Salon The Vintage Parlour Insurance Firm Thompson-Walden Insurance Real Estate Agent-Residential Tonya Zimmern - Keller Williams Bank/Financial Institution Trustmark Customer Service YourTEK Professionals

Financial Advisor Jeremy Reeder Reeder Financial Group

cocktails / cuisine Asian 86 Forks Bar + Table

Place for Coffee Coffee Guy Cafe

Steakhouse Jackson’s Steakhouse

Restaurant - North/Nine Mile/UWF Sammy Barker’s

Fine Dining Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano

Pizza East Hill Pizza

Restaurant - Downtown McGuire’s Irish Pub

Bushwhacker Sandshaker

Breakfast Another Broken Egg Cafe

Catering Family Ty’s “Good Eats”

Food Truck MELT Pensacola

Brunch Aunt Katie’s Welcome to Breakfast

New Restaurant Fin & Fork

Locally Owned Restaurant O’Brien’s Bistro

Restaurant -Overall The District: Seville Steak & Seafood

Appetizers George Bistro + Bar

Restaurant - Cordova Area O’Brien’s Bistro

Brewery/Craft Beer Goat Lips Chew & Brew House

Casual Dining Red Fish Blue Fish Pensacola Beach

Italian Restaurant Bonelli’s Sports Bar Calvert’s in The Heights Place for Cocktails Casks and Flights Wine Tasting Room Dessert Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe and Café

Bartender Heather Collins - Sandshaker BBQ Hot Spot Barbecue Happy Hour Hub Stacey’s

Bloody Mary Ruby Slipper Café Sushi Sake Cafe Pensacola Burger Sammy Barker’s

Special Occasion Restaurant The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach Seafood Restaurant The Oar House Bar The Wine Bar On Palafox Restaurant - Pensacola Beach Water Pig BBQ Beer Selection World of Beer

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VIP Pensacola at Garden and Grain

LeaP Happy Hour photos & story by Patti Hall


he Pensacola Chamber hosted the LeaP Happy Hour at Garden and Grain on June 17. The new class of LeaP met and mingled over drinks. The Pensacola Chamber and this year’s LeaP class were excited to be relaunching the alumni association. All past participates in LeaP were invited to the happy hour and to join the Alumni Association. It was a great evening mingling with the new class & network with fellow alumni. Leadership Pensacola (LeaP), a program of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation, aims to develop community-minded leaders during its 10-month long program. LeaP is designed to help participants understand the issues facing the Pensacola area and gain the leadership skills necessary to resolve them. Candidates sought come from a cross-section of the community – men and women from different political, career, educational, social, and cultural backgrounds. Participants accepted into LeaP are involved in a balanced combination of retreats, day-long seminars, and community projects. The program is refined annually by a committed group of LeaP alumni. Area decision makers offer their time and expertise while tours and interactive exercises are built into each day.

Briana Wigley & Cyndi Leonard

Aimee Dumas & Laura Swann

Scott Sallis & Brad Alexander

Laura Mager & Selena Emerson

Christine York & Ebony Cornish

Jeff Roger, Mary Hoxeng & Kay Mitchell

Megan Chapman & Maegan Leonard

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Liz Pelt & Natasha Sluder

Brent Hargett & Todd Thomson

Nora Emling, Darien Schaefer & Patti Spradling


Ruthie & Zach Noel

Natalie Ales & Nicole Stacey

Russel Lentz & Tyson Cobb

Katie Doughty & Wilfredo Saquibal Jr

Kara Gauntt & BreAnna Clark

Liko Crump, Jo McArthur & Evan Hipsley

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Randy Sears, Lori Rentschler & Daniel Broxson

Katherine Murphy, Laura Tate & Cecily Chundrlek

Michelle Olliff, Davis Allen & Laura Massimino

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VIP Pensacola at ServisFirst Building

Britt Landrum, III & Britt Landrum, Jr.

Erica Gijerval & Emma Cobb

Ryan Greenhut & Steve Jernigan

Landrum HR Open House & Ribbon Cutting


photos & story by Patti Hall

n Tuesday, June 22, LandrumHR celebrated its 50th anniversary and move to the heart of downtown Pensacola, Florida, at a grand opening event. The company’s new office is located at 219 E. Garden St. on the 5th floor of the ServisFirst building. Light refreshments were served as attendees mingled and toured the new spaces. “We transitioned to a mostly remote workforce about a year ago and knew we would need to make a change to our physical presence to adapt,” said Britt Landrum, III, President and CEO of LandrumHR. “A move downtown will integrate our focus on technology and offer us more flexibility for collaborating with our internal employees and our clients. The move also places us in the center of Pensacola’s thriving downtown business community and offers some modern touches that are more in line with our corporate culture.” The newly renovated office space features private workspaces and collaborative areas where teams can work together, two digital media walls, creative stonework, and moss walls. With a stunning view of downtown Pensacola, the new office space is a mixture of modern and industrial, with a great open concept perfect for community events and internal collaboration. Founder and former CEO H. Britt Landrum, Jr.’s memoir—Working a Better Way: A Fifty-Year History of LandrumHR was on display and available for purchase.

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Paula Shell, James Hosman & Kelly Reeser

Ildi Hosman & Michelle Salzman

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story by Anna Stockton

hile mimosas may not be at the top of your list when you think of patriotic cocktails, you might be surprised that the rise in popularity of mimosas was due to a legendary director claiming them as his own in the states. Now, mimosas weren’t born in America, they are an off- shoot of a Buck’s Fizz cocktail from Buck’s Bar in London. A bartender at the Ritz in Paris changed the recipe a bit and made the current mimosas we all o t fi m ir tor fr it h o love of mimosas made them wildly popular in America. While his claims of “inventing” the drink have gone mostly n it h o ma th m a staple in the states. These days mimosas are as American as drinking away the “Sunday scaries” with your friends at a bottomless brunch.


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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Little Theatre

Celeste & Rick Whisenant, Chris Cobb, Caroline & Andy Barnes

Billy & Theresa Harrell

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ach year, Pensacola Little Theatre offers the community a chance to win a trip to an exciting destination around the globe (or $4,000 cash) to raise funds for their education programs. This is showcased in their “DepARTure” event, which is an annual benefit held to support arts education at Pensacola Little Theatre held this year on June 23. Putting a little ART in depARTure helps to facilitate affordable tuition prices, and traveling education troupe, which brings theatre into Title I schools, nursing homes, community centers, libraries, and beyond. Arts education is a critical component of the mission at Pensacola Little Theatre. While not every child goes on to pursue Broadway or acting full-time, the fundamental skillset learned by being exposed to theatre is carried with each student throughout their lives, including traits like self-confidence, public speaking, sense of differing viewpoints and perspective, teamwork, collaboration, and the ability to put oneself in other people’s shoes to think outside the box. Guests who attended DepARTure in the beautiful, spacious Cultural Center were invited to indulge in complimentary Italian wine tastings, cocktails, and beer, along with Italian delicacies. Each guest had an opportunity to win the big prize, which included a 2-night stay in a superior room at the Hotel Ponte Sisto, Rome; and a 5-night stay in a deluxe room at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa (Barga, Lucca). Daily breakfast for two guests was included, as well as lunch, wine cellar, and olive oil mill tour and tasting for 2 at Fattoria Colleverde, where winners will cook with Chef Rodolfo as he shares the secrets of Tuscan cuisine, including how to make fresh homemade pasta. Also featured is round-trip airfare for 2 from the 48 contiguous U.S. to Rome, Italy, as well as personalized booking and concierge service.

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Charlie Mahoney & Tony Pelezo

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Tonya Zimmern & Danny Zimmern

Kristie Tobias, Sid Williams-Heath & Claire Campbell

Jay Bixler & Jessica Andrade

Kathy & Roy Emley

Marie Pickett & Jessica Lage

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VIP Pensacola at Long Hollow Creative

Breanna Clark & Angei Morris

Michelle Salzman & Anna Grace Carrick

Genna Anderson & Barbara MacNeil

Business After Hours photos & story by Patti Hall


ong Hollow Creative was the Host of Pensacola Chamber’s Business After Hours on June 23. The presenting sponsor, Curtis Cantrel with Southtel, provided the entertainment. Anna Grace Carrick, the venue manager, invited us to tour the Long Hollow Creative spaces. Guests were treated with beautiful charcuterie boards and wine provided by the vendors showcasing their businesses. Curtis Cantrell with SouthTel provided entertainment. It was a night of networking in a beautiful, relaxed environment, and many business relationships were developed. There were fantastic door prizes that some lucky attendees took home. Long Hollow Creatives is a space where Pensacola’s business and creative professionals can pursue their passion and grow in their craft. The goal was to create a focused and intentional space for your mind to soar and your business to thrive. Members are invited to come to work every day inside the brick and timber interiors of a historic stable, where a conference room and production studio are available for you and your clients. While we intentionally keep a low number of desks for the benefit of our full-time members, we want Long Hollow Creatives to be a resource for Pensacola’s entire professional community. A boutique Coworking space, production studio, and event center.

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Jim Fitzpatrick, Shea Zeigler & Liko Crump

Phillip Salzman & Paul Konecny

Erin Vaughn, Carla Downs & Annie Wicker

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VIP Pensacola at Lillian, Alabama

An Evening Under The Olive Trees photos & story by Shelley Black


he Bread & Table Club recently had a chance to dine among 2,500 Olive Trees, under delicate string lights, on white tablecloths, while enjoying a prepared Mediterranean dinner. Beth Clark, owner and operator of A Girl and an Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil Company hosted the evening. The Olive Grove is located in Lillian Al, about a mile over the Florida line. Beth has graciously opened her business for the goup to thoroughly enjoy in their fundraising pursuits. They toured through the many beautiful Spanish and Greek varieties of Olive Trees and learned the Olive pressing process along with Beth’s personal story, while tasting a variety of oils. They offered appetizers like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, Greek salad and more, along with three various platters, Vegetarian, Gyro, or Chicken Shawarma. They also treated the group to homemade baklava for that final sweet bite! The evening was full of laughter and sharing and bonding with other couples and friends. As always with Bread & Table Club, all proceeds went to Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program.

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n June 2, The Pensacola Police Department set up shop at Baskin Robbins with their Scoops After School event which included the school resource officers. Laura Mager, with the department stated, “This is a way for us to say goodbye to the kids for the summer. It is our opportunity to say it has been great hanging out with you all year, and we hope you have a safe and happy summer.“ The School Resource Officers were handing out fun items such as backpacks, pencils, fidget spinners, yoyo’s, frisbees, crayons, and coloring books to engage with the kids and give them something to use during the summer. The kids were enjoying sweets inside where it was cool after receiving their gifts. Outreach is an essential part of community policing. Community outreach by the Pensacola Police Department creates opportunities to engage positively, building trust and relationships between the officers and the community.

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LOCALE O Ballet Pensacola Hires New Artistic Director

New York City’s Experience ‘The Ride’ and was honored to be featured as an original cast member in the world premiere and the first Australian Tour of the new Australian hit production “BANJO.” As a Choreographer, Mr. McIntyre has created over 30 original works & restaged and coached several full-length traditional repertory ballets. He was recently honored to be selected as a member of the Regional Dance America’s National Adjudicators List and looks forward to working with them in the future. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida Announces New Executive Director

Originally from Port Macquarie, Australia, Darren McIntyre is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School where he was the recipient of multiple, prestigious accolades and accomplishments. Mr. McIntyre is excited to bring his artistic vision to Ballet Pensacola and its community and looks forward to his first season as Artistic Director with such a vibrant and inspiring organization. Mr. McIntyre has toured extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America, performing a wide range of both classical and contemporary works as a freelance artist and with such companies as Louisville Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Milwaukee Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, The Landestheater Detmold in Germany, The National Ballet of Ireland, and The Australian Ballet. This expanded his repertory to include the title roles in all the traditional repertory ballets and has also seen him featured in works by many reputable Innovative Choreographers. Mr. McIntyre has also held the positions of Artistic Director, Montgomery Ballet, Interim Artistic Director, Lake Erie Ballet, Artistic Associate / Ballet Master with Fort Wayne Ballet, Columnist with DANCEtrain Magazine; Founder/Artistic Director of The Marianne McIntyre Memorial International Ballet Scholarship, and Casting Agent at DManagement International Dance Agency. Darren was recently a dancer/actor with

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida is pleased to announce its current development director, Summer Jimmerson, has been promoted to executive director. Summer will succeed Judy Burns, who retired at the end of May after 10 years of leading the House. Summer became part of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) family when she joined the board of directors eleven years ago and has served as the development director for the past nine years. The love and commitment to the mission and families has led to her success with fundraising, strengthening relationships within the community, navigating the difficulties of

the past year, and striving to provide all the comforts of home through a pandemic. “This place, these people, and this mission take up so much of my heart,” shared Summer. Through the diligent work of the search committee, the board president, David Deliman, shared about the experience, “Summer is perfectly suited for this position. She has a clear vision for the future of Ronald McDonald House, and most of all has a deep-rooted passion and love for the organization and families.” Summer assumed the position on June 1st. As executive director, she will work closely with the board of directors and staff to continue to move the mission of Ronald McDonald House forward. STARBASE to be re-established at NAS-Pensacola The U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a children’s education program at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. It’s a decision favored by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who had advocated for a Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration (STARBASE) Program at the Pensacola Base.

“This Decision by the Defense Department is incredible news for military families at NAS Pensacola, “ Rubio said in a written statement. The STARBASE program will provide fifth-graders at NAS Pensacola with academic opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NAS Pensacola aims to enroll approximately 1,500 students annually. In an op-ed Rubio co-wrote with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, Rubio said military families at NAS Pensacola “lack that opportunity” and

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LOCALE O that service members are frequently forced to leave their families behind when moving to the base or commute long distances so their children can have better educational options. “Our service members deserve to have access to high-quality educational opportunities for their children, and STARBASE will help make that a reality for these families. I remain committed to ensuring students in Escambia County, and throughout the State of Florida, have access to the educational opportunities needed to flourish,” Rubio said In his written statement. Gov. Ron DeSantis, in early June, signed a bill that will recognize schools as Purple Star Campuses if they designate a military liaison, create a webpage with resources for military families and start a student-led transition program for military students. The National Naval Aviation Academy, Escambia County School District, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, and the West Florida Defense Alliance have all endorsed launching a STARBASE Program at NAS Pensacola. Foundation Launches to Support Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Local business professionals and community leaders have formed a foundation to honor and support the brave heroes of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office while assisting Sheriff Simmons in his goal of promoting increased community engagement. The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization formed to support the mission and employees of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. It will work to further and foster engagement opportunities while promoting public safety through community outreach. The Foundation will endeavor to improve the quality of life for every citizen in Escambia County by working to foster positive connections between citizens and law enforcement. 84

“I’m fortunate to be in a position to support this effort. The work the Foundation wishes to accomplish is necessary to help our deputies and our community,” said Escambia County Sheriff Chip. W. Simmons. “The members of the launch team have been working diligently throughout the community for some time, and I’m very excited about the partnership and opportunities we have together.”

With two main areas of focus, ECSO employees and community engagement, the Foundation has already started their first fundraising campaign. “The goal is to equip the Sheriff’s Office with additional tools that will assist in bringing Sheriff Simmons’ goal of increased engagement to fruition,” Brian Williams, Foundation President and owner of Kool Companies, explained. “We are not here to replace the tax dollars they receive for regular operations but are simply looking to enhance the Sheriff’s impact via donations from individuals that see the importance of our mission,” Williams noted. The ECSF will also raise funds dedicated to direct employee support during times of crises or emergent need. They hope to provide an appreciation gift to ECSO employees annually as well as host an annual engagement awards ceremony towards the end of the year. Pete Moore Automotive Team Senior Chill Out Receives Record ACs and Financial Donations Fifth Year in a Row In an incredible show of support and generosity from the Northwest Florida community, Council on Aging of West Florida was able to collect a record number of air conditioners and monetary donations during the Pete Moore Senior Chill Out on May 21. Held in partnership with Pete Moore Automotive Team, WEAR

ABC 3, Cat Country 98.7 and Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, the single-day solicitation of ACs, fans, and cash enables the senior services agency to distribute tangible relief to hundreds of senior adults suffering in the unrelenting and uncomfortable Florida heat. Five Lowe’s locations across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties accepted donations totaling 357 ACs and an incredible $57,587, beating last year’s record of 353 ACs and $23,146. The agency also received 240 fans. While the weather has been beautiful in Northwest Florida recently, elder adults across the area are dreading the forthcoming heat. Many live in old homes without central air conditioning, many houses have inadequate insulation, and still others are simply unable to afford the high repair costs of their AC unit. For them, the summer is not a time of relaxation and fun, but of danger and discomfort. It is not unusual for homes in this condition to reach internal temperatures of 90 degrees, a potentially deadly recipe for a population already prone to health risks. “This community understands the challenge these senior adults face during the summer, and they consistently rise to the occasion to provide relief and safety for them,” said John Clark, President/CEO of Council on Aging. Senior citizens interested in receiving AC units should call Council on Aging of West Florida at (850) 432-1475. AC units and fans will be distributed from the main Council on Aging offices in Pensacola. Applicants must be over 60.


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he Krewe of les Harlequins, the 130-member professional all-women’s Mardi Gras krewe from Pensacola and surrounding communities, came together at the Hadji Director’s building on June 26, because they could, finally, due to post COVID-19. The Krewe of les Harlequins was formed in 1946 by military wives, which makes it one of the longest standing Mardi Gras krewes in Northwest Florida. They are considered non-parading as they do not own any floats. However, their queen and king do ride in a convertible in either the Mardi Gras parade or Fiesta Parade. The Board of Directors recently rolled over and wanted to do something fun again, so they put together an amazing crawfish boil feast with all of their family and friends. In the years past, it was a way for them to celebrate the return of their husbands from the war. The annual ball is held on the first Friday or Saturday following the 12th night. The krewe’s social committee consists of past queens of the krewe, and the cooking krewe is some of the past kings of the krewe. All their members, and a few guests, came together to celebrate.

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merica’s wars have had a substantial impact on our military members. Many had multiple deployments to war-torn countries only to come home to family members who didn’t understand their struggles, wounds that may be unseen to the eye, and guilt that they were the ones who made it home. While the military offers training to those readjusting to life back home, that wasn’t always the case. Our military members, especially our reservists, were often put on a plane straight from the battlefield and landed back home, expected to carry on with regular life the next day. Today, the veteran suicide rate is at an all-time high, some estimate that 22 veterans commit suicide every day, with Viet Nam veterans making up an alarming number of these. In fact, a 2019 report by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs revealed that more U.S. veterans died by suicide from 2008 to 2017 than died during the entire Viet Nam War. With government organizations struggling to find a solution to this issue, veteran groups have stepped up for their brothers and sisters in arms by advocating for better care and providing the care themselves. Who better to understand and listen to a veteran’s struggles than another veteran who can relate? Operation Zero is one of these veteran organizations, providing resources, advocacy, and a shoulder to lean on. July 2021 | 93

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Interview with Kris Fleming, Southeast Regional Rep Operation Zero What is the mission of Operation Zero? Suicide has become the leading cause of death in the U.S. military—exceeding accidents, car crashes, and even combat. Historically, the suicide rate in the military has been below the civilian rate. But since the early 2000s, the rate of suicides has been steadily increasing. The Viet Nam Vet Legacy Vet Motorcycle Club has led a campaign to end Veteran Suicide. It is simply called Operation Zero – “Zero Veterans Attempt Suicide!”.

Where does funding come from for Operation Zero? All or our funding comes from donations, different grants, fundraisers, and the sale of merchandise. We sell t-shirts, pins, hats, and many other items to raise awareness and help offset the operation costs. What is one thing you want readers to know about Operation Zero? It is a personal mission for us as we have lost many close friends to suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, check in on someone, make sure they are okay. You never know when you may have been the saving moment for them. It is about helping our brothers and sisters in arms.

How was Operation Zero started? On July 11, 2015, at a meeting, a fellow veteran shared his story and struggles with suicide. He explained his desire to do something to stop veteran suicide. He was not sure what, but something, a ride, a call list, a hotline, something, as he had already lost several friends to suicide. In August of 2015 “Operation Zero” groundwork started and the program has been growing since.

What is your role with Operation Zero? My role in the program is the Southeast Reginal Rep working with State reps in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

What impact has Operation Zero had on the Gulf Coast community in the last year? Operation Zero has been able to reach many who have struggled, are struggling, and talk with those who have lost loved ones to suicide. We work closely with A-Hero, another veteran service organization, and have sent many at risk veterans to go hunting, fishing and other activities to help them heal and develop coping mechanisms. What are some of the greatest challenges your organization faces? One big challenge Operation Zero faces is getting civilian organizations to understand the veteran mindset. Veterans struggle differently, it can be complicated as we deal with not only depression but unseen injuries and even survivor’s guilt. We need them to understand that the kind of help may not be the same as a civilian. PTSD is real and has changed our thought process, we don’t want to be medicated or cast aside, we want to be 94

Describe a situation working with the organization that really stood out and touched you. We had a booth for Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial Park downtown Pensacola, many people come up and thank us for our mission. Many talked about loved ones they had lost, their own struggles and attempts. The tears, laughter, and support given and received was powerful and showed the need for an organization like Operation Zero in the community.

heard and talk to other veterans who can relate and understand what we have gone through. Another challenge is continuing to lose veterans, some that we have worked with, served with or are friends and family. Finally, as with any new organization, the challenge of getting the word out about our goal and mission.

How can someone become involved or donate? Someone can get involved by contacting myself, Kris Fleming, at 850-485-9121, or by talking to any Viet Nam Legacy Vets MC member. We are always looking for donations, ways to publish our mission, put up posters, have our symbol posted at businesses, and get the word out to the public and build our connections with the local community.


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he Pensacola Museum of Commerce and Autism Pensacola, Inc teamed up to hosting their “Sensory Street” tours over the third weekend of June. The board members of Autism Pensacola gathered together to brainstorm the showcase that is known as “Sensory Street”, which was housed in the Pensacola Museum of Commerce. On the evening of June 24, guests, sponsors, and friends gathered to attend a special tour of the program, followed by light refreshments and social delight at the newly renovated Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel, formerly known as the Lee House. This program seized the opportunity to transform the museum into a safe place to explore and overcome fears that correlate with autism, like certain sights, sounds, smells or textures that can be overwhelming, by promoting a space that is more of a practitioner space, where parents will be able to move from a clinical space, into a real-life environment. Scheduled tours were available to guide families to services and technology to help their children lead the most fulfi lling lives possible. While the museum has many amenities already in place, the transformation for Sensory Street has become a community partnership. The University of West Florida also provided continuous guidance on the many sensory stations that were put in place. This special tour will serve to provide families an opportunity to expose those with autism to new real-world experiences in a nonjudgmental setting. For example, where they can practice just the regular life skills; like go to the bank, order food or go to the doctor, and how to navigate that in real life. Ultimately, this is what Sensory Street will provide, and enable the community to participate and be more engaged in the lives of those impacted with autism.

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Put a Palm on It story by Clare Lee


side from the beach, the most quintessential image of a tropical paradise is the palm tree. While the Gulf Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we also have some of these wonders of flora that are coveted by our northern neighbors. At the sight of a palm tree, most people imagine a sunny beach setting where the tree provides a gentle respite from the rays— but with over 2500 species of palms, the sturdy plants can also grow in places from rain forests to deserts, and even your front lawn. With two types of leaves, palmate that are hand-like, or pinnate that are feather-like, palm trees add a certain element to any landscape. Yet, palm trees are so iconic and reminiscent of the tropics or beaches that they are not just used in landscaping. We see them used heavily in home décor, wall furnishings, art, and even as house or patio plantings all over the world. Palms serve as important religious symbols while also providing several staple products. Of course, we all know some palms produce pinà colada perfect coconuts, but these beauties are also bearers of dates, nuts, acai fruit, and palm oil. Some countries even produce wine from their palm trees. In their natural habitat, a palm tree can easily live to be over a hundred years old. They also rival some buildings as the average mature palm may be 30 feet -- but the tallest varieties grow to 200 feet tall, Yep, your read that right -- that is 18 stories tall! Whether you live in a small cottage, a golf course mansion, or a kid friendly neighborhood, palm trees are a remarkable addition to any front or back lawn. Palm trees are relatively easy to grow, given the right conditions. Compared to many other plants, a healthy, well-grown palm tree usually doesn’t have many disease or pest problems. Avoiding damage to the palm during transporting is vital. Cold or freezing temperatures are another cause of damage but once the palm has matured, it is more tolerant to lower temps. Any diseases or insects should be given attention quickly by researching online or by consulting a professional and your palm will likely bounce back.

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To adorn your paradise with a perfect palm tree, there are a few things to know to allow it to prosper and live to its full potential. For palms on the Emerald Coast, be aware of these 5 factors: Soil is the most important factor for healthy palm tree growth. Ask your grower how much nutrients and water the palm tree needs to receive. You can fertilize and enhance your soil accordingly. Size matters. That little palm tree that you bought can get big very quickly. Research your variety as they can overpower the rest of your property and interfere with the power lines if planted nearby. Temperatures affect palm trees which are usually found in the tropics, coastal regions, deserts, and generally warmer areas. These areas experience high temperatures, humidity, or rainfall. While sustainable in some cold climates, cold weather may leave it vulnerable to insects and disease or it can result in immediate death or sustained performance. Sunlight may provide us vitamin D, but not all varieties of palm trees are sun worshippers. You’ll be surprised, but some varieties prefer shady conditions to full sun exposure for the whole day. Water in abundance. In the wild, palm trees are only found near continuous supplies of water. If you are thinking about planting a palm tree on your property, make sure your palm is receiving enough water. Be prepared to water a newly transplanted palm tree frequently while it is adapting to the new environment.

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How did you end up in the Pensacola area? I’m a Navy brat. My mother, a native Pensacolian married my father after fl ight school at NAS Pensacola. I was born in Philadelphia and spent my childhood bouncing to different duty stations, but always spent summer vacations in Pensacola. My company, Heliworks originated out of upstate New York. Helicopters needed to be inspected annually for serviceability and required special equipment, so I flew the helicopter from NY to Peachtree DeKalb for my annual inspection. I noticed a US map on the wall with different colored pins showing cities throughout the southern region and discovered the green pins represented where we have active contractors. I exclaimed, “What’s this place with no green pin -, Navarre?” They explained it is Eglin AFB where we don’t have a contractor nearby. I thought to myself “that’s close to Pensacola.” After a few moments I thought here goes nothing-- “I’ll go!” He replied “are you serious?” I explained, “I have a lot of family in Pensacola, activate my contract today, I’ll fly direct to the Pensacola Airport and start the contract tomorrow morning.” He signed the agreement without hesitating and I was on my way. That was 23 years ago. One of my greatest decisions. What is your profession? I started a Helicopter company soon after leaving the Army. My passion has always been flying. I (along with my employees) created “Heliworks,” a helicopter transportation company servicing the offshore oil industry, several government agencies, and the US. Army and Navy training centers. After selling Heliworks to a major government defense contractor I figured out that retirement isn’t for me! I now serve as the Principal and Managing Director of S2 Investments, a holding company for Waterview Management Group, responsible for Executive Business Operations both national and international working with the FAA and DoD. Most recently, my wife and I opened The Establishment,1898 LLC. We refurbished a very old building (1898) into a warm and inviting place for locals to come and enjoy a concierge lounge-type atmosphere. So, in a nutshell, I am a semi-retired Business and Bar owner with a honey do list. What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola? People from all over come to Pensacola for a vacation or business trip and fall in love with our city and what it has to offer. Of those, many become new friends, new neighbors and new business associates. It happened to me! Three words that best describe you. Driven. Innovative. Grounded. Favorite place to go out? V-Paul’s is our go to. The service is wonderful, and the food is on mark. To “WINE” down our week, we enjoy a bike ride to Jaco’s. A great meal with a front row seat to picture perfect sunsets. And of course, Jacksons for date night. What is the one thing you do not go a day without? Checking off my honey do list. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I love the little town big city vibe. Pensacola has become our family. Family is what brought us here and what will keep us here. photo by Kristina Wright

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