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Southeast Regional Administrator Don Arnette recently recognized 14 schools in the Santa Rosa School District with HealthierUS School Challenge awards for improving the overall health of its school environment. The nine Santa Rosa County Schools receiving the highest Challenge award, Gold of Distinction, are the first in Florida to receive that honor.

PENSACOLA BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The chamber recently received

a 4-star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This significant achievement defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The chamber received special recognition for Vision 2015 and for demonstrating significant success in meeting its goals. It was last accredited in 2005 when it received a 3-star designation.

losers BRIAN SPENCER What was the Pensacola councilman thinking when he attempted to move the Cobra helicopter from the Veterans’ Memorial Park? Building a consensus is a lost political art. This is the second reversal for Spencer, the first being his district rejecting Mayor Ashton Hayward’s plan to open Government Street to Ninth Avenue. This time Spencer saw the error of his ways on the copter relocation and issued a quick apology after veterans resoundingly rebuked his position. GEORGE HAWTHORNE Councilman

John Jerralds openly challenged the validity of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce. When the IN asked its president, George Hawthorne, for a list of his board of directors, the reporter was told that the information was confidential and would not be released until he reorganized the organization. Hawthorne refused to release any information on his membership, any board minutes or financial reports.

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The shooting of Trayvon Martin reminds me of the 2009 killing of Pensacola teen Victor Steen who was run over by Pensacola Police Officer Jerald Ard. The Pensacola homicide was captured on video taken from inside Ard's patrol car. The video showed him chasing Steen who was riding a bike, Ard trying to shoot the black teenager with a Taser and then suddenly turning and pinning Steen under his car. It was a senseless tragedy that never should have happened. Bad judgment was used by Steen and Ard. Nothing good happens at 2 a.m. and nothing did that October night. Steen could have stopped and avoided the chase. Ard could have called off the chase, not fired his Taser and been more cautious in his driving. Neither did and a life was lost. News goes through cycles. First, media embraces the victim and points out the horrors of the event. Then it moves on to blaming the victim and the act gets nearly forgotten. It happened in 2009 and it’s happening now with Martin’s death. Many locals wanted in 2009 to blame Steen for his own death because we didn't want to admit it could have happened to our children—that is if we lived in west Pensacola, if our teens didn't have cars, if our children felt they needed a gun to protect themselves,

or if they lived in a world that crushed their dreams long ago. I lost sleep over Steen’s death. I saw it as my failure. His death was only the tip of a much larger iceberg. Poverty, racial disparities and a failing education system were then, and are now, at the root of the problem. Our newspaper has written dozens of stories about the conditions in our poor neighborhoods. Yet our words have had little impact on our elected officials. Instead the Pensacola City Council gets bogged down with council executive searches, marathon meetings and relocating an old helicopter. The Escambia County Commission finds jobs for its friends, and the School Board keeps telling itself what a good job it is doing. Our state lawmakers give us new gun laws every year. Black leaders jockey for personal power and prestige without doing anything. Victor Steen's death, like that of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, points to the problems that we have ignored for so long. Until our elected officials unite to address our poverty, racial disparities and failing public education, the probability of more teen deaths remains high. And I will continue to lose sleep. {in}rick@inweekly

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by Rev. Lonnie D. Wesley, III

DISPARITIES STATISTICS AREN’T OUR DEATH KNELL My vocation has taught me that when times get tough, there are a number of ways to proc eed. You could toughen up along with the times, which means you would butt heads like rams, and commence with a virtual stare-down—whoever blinks first loses. Or you could take a step back, analyze the situation and make the appropriate changes. I prefer the latter, whenever possible. I have learned to embrace the fact that not all talk that seemingly goes against you is “bad” talk. Bad is relative. How you respond to the talk determines whether it is bad for you or not. Case in point, the Escambia County Disparity Report (Independent News, “Black & White,” Feb. 23) published by this paper. Most reasonable adults will admit that the numbers are certainly disturbing. The median household income for AfricanAmericans, in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars, was $26,492, while that number was $49,279 for Caucasians. The poverty rate reveals African-Americans suffering at a rate of 32.7 percent, compared to only 10.7 percent of Caucasians.

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Moving to education, almost one out of every four, 22.6 percent, AfricanAmericans 25 years and older is without a high school diploma. That number is only 10.3 percent for Caucasians in the same demographic. The public schools of our county are graduating 58 percent of the AfricanAmerican students enrolled. Caucasians are graduating at a clip of 83 percent. The dropout rate is 4. 4 percent for African-Americans. It is 1.6 percent for Caucasians. What’s the reading proficiency for African-Americans versus Caucasians, you ask? Well, 39 percent of African-American children in our schools are reading at or above grade level. Caucasian children are at 72 percent. Math proficiency? Those numbers are 43 to 74 percent, respectively.

As far as births to unwed mothers go, between the ages of 20-54 , AfricanAmericans registered at 76.6 percent, versus 33.2 percent for Caucasians. And, trust me on this one: the list goes on and on and on. While these numbers are, indeed, very staggering, I just refuse to believe they are the death knell of our community. While there is plenty of blame to go around, I believe our answers start at home. We must try to get back to some of the things that made home—well, home. Do we know where our children are on the weekends anymore? Are we afraid to go into their room? Their room that is located in our house, that is. Let’s get back to that. Let’s get back to expecting better of and for our children. Let’s demand their best and accept nothing less. Let’s be involved with them in school and in church.

Bad is relative. How you respond to the talk determines whether it was bad for you or not.

And then when we see that they are not being educated, like now, let us hold those in charge for their education responsible— because no matter what kind of household a child comes from, he or she still deserves to receive the best education. We have seen the numbers, now what are we going to do about them? It’s our time now. {in}

Rev. Wesley is the pastor of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church.



Capstone Gives Students a Head Start By Jennie McKeon Karen Berry, a parent at Capstone, was almost out of options before she found the school. “When my son wasn’t making progress in the school district, Capstone was never mentioned,” she said. “He was one of 20-something students. The teacher thought nothing was wrong with him.” Pre-Kindergarten classes are just an option, a choice – albeit a great choice, for parents who are starting to plan their children’s educational career. Children who face certain obstacles, whether it is a mental or physical handicap, need all the preparation they can get. At Capstone Academy, children are at a great advantage with oneon-one teaching in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Capstone offers Early Intervention instruction with speech, occupational and physical therapies. Classes have no more than 14 students, with a Florida certified teacher and teacher’s assistant. All Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) classes are free through the state’s Early Learning Coalition. There is one class for children without disabilities, although most of the Capstone student body has sensory delays. “We’re like a hidden jewel,” said Principal Nancy Wolfe. Wolfe has been with Capstone for two years trying to keep that jewel shiny. She’s more than a principal. She cleans up, fixes toilets and even cleans up the backyard of the school. “She’s one of our assets,” said Trudy O’Brien.

O’Brien is the assistant to the President/ CEO at United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida. Capstone, a public charter school, is owned by UCP. After trying after-school programs for students with disabilities, the non-profit decided to open a school geared toward early intervention services. “There was a gap in our services,” O’Brien said. “We wanted to build a bridge.” Resources for parents of children with disabilities such as autism are few and far between. And once children enter elementary school, they are likely to slip between the cracks because teachers are severely outnumbered. “There are too many children to focus on without the one child with autism,” O’Brien said. Melanie Wales’ son was one of those students who wasn’t getting the attention he needed. “Jake was one of ten,” she said. “He would just play by himself. Now, he’s forced to interact.” United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida acts a “fairy godmother” for the charter school by supplementing whatever funds the school needs. Capstone also receives funding from the Escambia County School District. Through UCP, Capstone is constantly expanding to meet the needs of children. “I think we had three children in the first semester,” O’Brien said. “Within three or four years, we had to add a wing to the building.” The school uses activity-based instruction to keep the students engaged—after all they are four-year-olds. Therapists come to the children in the classroom to work with

them alongside the other students, a “pushin model” Wolfe called it. “The bar is a lot higher,” said Wales. “My son is expected to work. He’s having more fun than at home.” In one room, Dr. Robyn Sandfort, a behavioral analyst, sits on the floor with one of the students. Sandfort keeps close tabs on the children, sending detailed reports home to parents. Once a month, teachers meet using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). The VB-MAPP is a curriculum guide and skill tracking system for children with autism. “They’re good at keeping you in the loop,” said Wales. “You can never give too much information.”

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Children are progressing at Capstone. It may be hard for the average parent to notice, but each accomplishment, big or small, is celebrated at the school. “Some of these kids were not talking six months ago,” Wolfe said in a room of busy children. “My son was non-verbal,” said Susan Babcock. “Now, he’s a lot more interested and more able to handle his behavior.” Her son, Dolon, has discovered his artistic talent. “We love to see Dolon’s art,” Wolfe said. Wolfe says most of the school’s funds go toward staffing. The teacher to child ratio is the students’ greatest benefit. Games, toys and school supplies usually come from parent contributions.

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But parents contribute far more than paper towels and crayons. They are extremely active in their children’s lives and are grateful that Capstone cares about their children as much as they do. “I feel like they bring a lot to the table,” said Wales. “They bring ideas and say ‘Have you thought about trying this…’” Parents easily talk about how Capstone has brought out the best in the children, but when asked about leaving Capstone for elementary school, a quiet enters the room. “It’s scary to think about leaving,” said Sonya Hollingsworth. “UCP needs to make it longer.” “Especially with Florida dropping the No Child Left Behind Act,” said Berry. “At age six, I had to label my son autistic and my oldest one has severe ADHD. My biggest concern is that it may hinder him. The neurologist didn’t want to label him.” The Florida Board of Education made changes in late February to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test adding the grades of students with disabilities to the overall grade of the school. These new FCAT guidelines have raised additional concerns about placing these children in the elementary schools. “It’s just ludicrous,” said Wolfe.


Parents worry that the progress made at Capstone will be lost when their children enter kindergarten and on. “My kid doesn’t need to be in a typical class,” Wales said. “He needs what he gets here. He got group speech therapy and occupational therapy through the district, but some groups will have four or five kids in it.” At Capstone, students are treated with respect by teachers and therapists who understand them. “I know they’re taking care of issues, and meltdowns are being handled properly,” Berry said. “You can talk to the teachers and warn them and say ‘This isn’t a good day,’” Hollingsworth added. As autism becomes a hot topic, it’s also a wake-up call for school districts to be better equipped to educate all children under all circumstances. As one mom put it, one child with autism can be like handling three “normal” children. With some classrooms already packed with students, Capstone graduates have even less of a chance to become social and active. “My son is non-verbal,” Wales said. “My biggest concern is that if someone mistreats him, he can’t tell me.” Parents have concerns beyond school. “I just want my child to eventually be a

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OIL MONEY The RESTORE Act is adrift again. While lawmakers had attached the act to a failed transportation bill, the House last week decided to pass a temporary transportation bill sans RESTORE. Introduced last year, the act—the Resources Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities and Revived Economy of the Gulf Coast Act of 2011— was drafted in an effort to direct fine money resulting from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill directly to the Gulf Coast. The RESTORE Act could possibly be added when lawmakers take up a more permanent transportation bill. “The house passed a ‘Clean’ 90-day short term transportation extension, which means it had no ‘riders’ such as the Restore Act,” Dan McFaul, chief of staff for Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) explained in an email. While the Senate has already passed the RESTORE Act, the House has yet to manage the task. The act was originally attached to a doomed-from-the-start transportation bill that aimed to open up unprecedented amounts of the country— offshore and inland—to energy exploration. The Gulf of Mexico—where the spill spurring RESTORE occurred—would have seen a considerable increase in offshore oil and natural gas drilling activity. Although Miller was active in getting RESTORE attached to the former house bill, he ultimately voted against the transportation bill. The bill would have allowed drilling only a few miles from Pensacola Beach, Fla. McFaul said that RESTORE may still be realized. “The bill passed yesterday in the House is simply a short-term extension

typical child,” Hollingsworth said. “It may not happen, but we will work at it everyday.” Until then, parents are happy they found Capstone. The charter school also offers after-school and summer programs for children with special needs from ages three to 18. “Everybody knows your kid’s name,” Hollingsworth said. “It was the first school that I looked at and I was like ‘Done.’” {in}

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of the current Transportation authorization,” Miller’s chief reported. “Congress will still have to pass a longer term measure and we will continue to work to make sure the bill retains the RESTORE Act provisions, which have already passed both bodies as part of their reauthorization proposals.”


It’s not something you see everyday. Pensacola City Councilman Larry B. Johnson had never seen it before. “I’ve lived on Bayou Texar since 1989,” the city councilman said. “Since I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen dolphins in Bayou Texar.” Johnson was visiting Bayview Park in late March when he spotted a pair of dolphins swimming in the bayou. He backs up his sighting with a witness: Amy Baldwin Moss, an ecosystem restoration manager with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Johnson and Moss were at the bayou shoreline discussing upcoming restoration efforts. The DEP agent said that dolphins have not been regular residents in Bayou Texar in recent years. “Not in my understanding,” Moss said. “Not in the last several decades, due to water quality.” Both Johnson and Moss agree that seeing dolphins in the bayou is a good sign. Moss said that the dolphins were probably coming into Bayou Texar to feed, which would indicate a fish presence, which would indicate improving water quality. “It’s something that certainly goes a long way to show there’s a food source in the bayou,” Moss said. {in}

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efore our fellow media outlets decided that promoting local business was a cool idea, the Independent News, Pensacola’s locally owned newspaper, made buying local part of our agenda. We published our first “Stay Local” issue in 2009 based on the well-established premise that self-reliance is a key component of rebuilding our local economy. We steadfastly believed that the Pensacola area’s economy would recover primarily through the efforts of the businesses that are invested in our community. Three years later, we see signs that our economy is climbing out of the recession brought on April 5, 2012

By IN staff by three hurricanes, the collapse of the real estate market and the BP oil disaster. The WalMarts, Targets or Walgreens weren’t the catalysts. No, it was businesses like The Leisure Club, Susan Campbell Jewelry, Hopjacks and Pizzaz, and business owners like Corbett Davis, Joe Abston, Lewis Bear and the Merrill brothers. Instead of retreating or withdrawing, these businesses and those profiled in this issue expanded, added locations, product lines and services, and invested even more into this community. These businesses are what make this place Pensacola and not Dothan, Crestview or Panama City.

The selection process for this issue wasn’t easy. We asked our readers through Rick’s Blog ( and our weekly newsletter to nominate locally owned businesses that they believed offered superior customer service and were integral to this community. Over 140 nominations were e-mailed. We eliminated most of the restaurants, bars, health care facilities, attorneys and high-tech companies because we have special issues and sections devoted to them. Our editorial staff debated the remaining 120 nominations and ended up with the companies highlighted in this issue. Did we miss your favorite? Don’t worry we’ll be doing this again. {in} 9


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The business doesn’t have any intention of slowing down, and after its two-mile move to its new location on Pace Boulevard, DeStafney has noticed more clientele. “We have a greater visibility,” he said. “We’ve started to see a whole new group, like the surrounding churches, come in.”

Pensacola’s answer to hand-made bath goods started out as a hobby seven years ago. In 2008, Yvette Crooke-Avera decided to start a business with her sweet smelling products. Avera learned her soap making skills from her mother, and now she is passing them down to her daughters who occasionally help make products in the downtown store on Palafox. Belle Ame’ products are made with pure essential oils, shea butter, mango butter, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, palm oil from Philippine farms, coconut oil, grape seed oil and cocoa oil. “They are different from mass produced goods because the extremely high quality and freshness of the ingredients, packaging, and attention to detail lends them to be given as a unique and thoughtful gift with a personal touch,” Avera said. Belle Ame’ products also help certain skin conditions. When Avera’s middle daughter developed mild eczema, she found the soap made a dramatic difference in her skin’s condition. Belle Ame’s products have been used in Hollywood gift baskets and are also available online. Bath goods are regularly donated for silent auctions and raffles that Belle Ame’ / courtesy photo benefit local charities and organizations. Belle Ame’ 112 S. Palafox Blues Angel Music regularly contributes 912-8240 to charities. The store hosted a fundraiser as part of its grand opening to support the USO and American Red Cross. Manufacturers donated musical instruments and equipment Blues Angel Music owner, Jim DeStafney helping Blues Angel Music raise $9000 for has had a passion for music since he saw the charities. The Beatles in 1964. When he was planning In the future, DeStafney hopes to work his retirement from the Navy, he thought he with the Belmont Youth Band. “Instruments would like to open a small music store to stay are not dirt cheap,” he said. “We want to busy. “It was always one of those things that make it easier for kids to participate in musiwas a fantasy,” he said. cal programs.” DeStafney opened Blues Angel Music DeStafney runs the store with his wife 15 years ago in a small building that houses and stepson and 18 employees. “It’s like his 30 guitars and a dozen amplifiers he has having a big family,” he said. “I can’t comacquired. It was about seven years ago, he plain. Every day I get to talk about music.” said, that the business grew into more than a Blues Angel Music hobby. “There went my plans for early retire657 N. Pace Blvd. ment,” he said with a laugh. “It was not all 457-7557 what I expected.”


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Like a lot of good ideas, Pensacola’s only locally owned radio station was cooked up in the kitchen. “We actually started the station on our dining room table,” laughed Mary Hoxeng, describing ADX Communications as a “mom-and-pop” operation. Eight years ago, Mary and Dave Hoxeng sprung Cat Country 98.7 and NewsRadio 1620 onto the airwaves. Starting out with four staffers, the stations now employ about 60 people and can be heard from Hattiesburg, Miss. to Destin, Fla. “We’ve come a long way,” Hoxeng said. While Cat Country focuses on country music, Hoxeng describes NewsRadio 1620 as a “conservative news and talk format.” The former is an FM station, while the latter is AM. Hoxeng said that she and her husband place a lot of emphasis on contributing to the local community. “We really want to give back to the community that has been so good to us—

For 22 years, Contract Resources has worked to create more efficient, flexible and aesthetically pleasing working environments. They sell office furniture and design workplaces. But they also help their clients create a new kind of workplace, one that reflects the client’s individual culture. “If they allow us to become part of their team,” said Teresa Dos Santos, of Contract Resources, “we really help them incorporate their business overall.” Locally owned and operated, Contract Resources also contributes to its local community. “We are definitely very involved,” said Dos Santos. The company routinely donates to and works with various organizations in the community. It also conducts workshops to help locals better design their own space. Contract Resources also does something Dos Santos refers to as “scratch and dent” projects—the company sets aside slightly damaged furniture and donates it to charitable and non-profit organizations. “We call different organizations and say ‘do you need this, do you need that?’” she said. Dos Santos said she feels that Pensacola feels like its about to take off, and that her company is in the position to help the city realize its future within comfortable, pleasing surroundings. “We’re really poised to help Pensacola become more modernized,” she said. “We’re really glad we get to participate in that.” Contract Resources 30 E. Cedar St., Suite 101 469-1272


we’re in every parade, and it’s not just a few people, our entire company walks the parades,” Hoxeng said, adding that employees are encouraged to actively participate in the local community. “We can lease our employees to the community, so to speak, and we do that all the time.” Cat Country 98.7 7251 Plantation Rd. 494-2800 NewsRadio 1620 437-1620


Although it’s their business to improve clients’ surroundings, Contract Resources also strives to improve their community.

Selling home and garden goods for almost 13 years, duh is your chance to shop where the designers shop. Both local and out-of-state designers flock here – some from Atlanta, Dallas and Birmingham, Ala. to score goods from brands from Aidan Gray to Zentique. “We’re quite a resource,” said one of the owners, Jim Rigsbee. “We’re extremely competitive in our pricing. That’s why we get so many designers from out of town.” Engaged couples may find it hard not to want everything in the store when registering for bridal gifts. Duh carries exclusive collections of glassware, porcelain, pewter and table and bed linens. Everything in the store is available to the public and that public is what duh cares so much about. “We consider it very important to be involved with the community,” Rigsbee said. Pensacola Museum of Art, the ballet and the symphony, as well as, Gulf Coast Kid’s House and Covenant Hospice are some of the organizations to which duh contributes. “That’s a lot of our clientele,” Rigsbee said. “We do as much as we can, whether it’s donating merchandise for fundraisers or direct donations.”

Fitness Onboard / courtesy photo Rigsbee and duh co-owner, Quinn Stinson, know that the community has played a major role in duh’s success. “In this economy we could not have continued to prosper without the community,” Rigsbee said. duh 501 N. Ninth Ave. 439-0640


This fourth-generation jewelry store has survived the Great Depression and the more recent economic recession since opening its doors in 1919. “You just have to change with the times,” said one of the owners and fourth generation Elebash, Patrick. “We’re very fortunate for our loyal customer base.” Elebash’s owes its loyal customers to its knowledgeable and helpful staff. “Everyone has been here for 30 years – well except for me,” said Elebash who joined the family business in 2005. Elebash’s provides services such as: bridal registries, jewelry and watch repair, insurance appraisals and custom designs. You don’t have to be getting engaged to receive a diamond from Elebash’s. This year marks the 2nd Annual Diamond Dash, a one-day treasure hunt, which leaves the winner with an $11,000 Simon G diamond ring. This year’s Diamond Dash is Saturday, April 14. The hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Seville Quarter. Elebash’s also contributes to the community by supporting local charities such as: the Salvation Army, the Escambia County United Way, and the University of West Florida. “We support several organizations around town,” Elebash said. “That’s where our customers come from. Shop local, support local.” April 5, 2012

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In September 2010, Cindi Bonner decided to float a curious concept. She opened up shop and waded in. “We opened for one month to see if it would take off in the community,” Bonner said. “And it did.” Bonner found that people were immediately curious about her business—Fitness Onboard— which aims to combine exercise and yoga with the sport of paddle boarding. “Our goal is to better the health of the community,” she said. Less than two years in, Bonner is employing a staff of four in addition to 11 instructors, while still making it a point to actively contribute to the local community. “I don’t know how many non-profits we’ve helped,” she said. “It’s easy for me to help them with silent auctions and stuff.” The business has also put together Paddle for a Cure, an annual event to raise money for local colon and pancreatic cancer patients. The event features participants paddling a course in Little Sabine Bay on Pensacola Beach. “We ended up raising $18,000 for an event that we put together in six weeks,” Bonner said, explaining that the money went to the Sacred Heart Foundation. “We kept every penny local.” Though the business is still fairly new, Bonner said she expects it to continue growing. She also expects to continue contributing to the local community. “I was born and raised in Pensacola,” she said. “And I was raised to give back to the community.” 11

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Helping get Pensacola in shape, Fixed on Fitness has been offering outdoor exercising opportunities for the past five years. “We have people from all walks of life,” said Kenzie Presnell, who runs the business with her husband, Josh Presnell. Fixed on Fitness is a boot-camp st yle workout program. Kenzie describes it as “personal training in an outdoor, group atmosphere.” For six weeks, campers meet at Bayview Park in Pensacola—there’s also a camp offered in Perdido Key now—to exercise and socialize. The setting provides the stage for friendships and networking. “We call it the fitness network,” Kenzie said.

The husband-wife Fixed on Fitness team also enjoys the opportunities the business has presented them to give back to the community. In addition to giving out $8,000 worth of free boot camps each year to charities, the business also helps collect tennis shoes for the homeless and sponsors local runs. “We really try to do as much as we can,” Kenzie said. Fixed on Fitness 1218 E. Maxwell St. 554-1648

Southern Restaurant Group also focuses on the local community. “My brothers and I were born and raised here, we love Pensacola and know how important it is to give back however we can,” Merrill said. Each year, the business contributes to numerous non-profit organizations. Such organizations include United Way, the Naval Aviation Museum, the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Museum of Art, ARC Gateway, Children’s Home Society, Pensacola Children’s Chorus, Gulf Coast Kids House and local schools. And while the Great Southern Restaurant Group contributes generously to the local community, the southern hospitality and grits at the Fish House may have been enough to put them on the list.

“Our guests want the same thing we want,” Merrill said, “great service and great food.” Fish House 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 Atlas Oyster House 600 S. Barracks St. 437-1961 Jackson’s Steakhouse 400 S. Palafox 469-9898


Want to keep your money local? Real local? Try banking with Gulf Coast Community Bank. The company concentrates on Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and strives to deliver personal service that only a hometown institution can. “We believe that customer service is the number one thing that we can do to differentiate ourselves,” said CEO Buzz Ritchie. “When you walk in the door we want to shake your hands, we want to say good morning.”


For more than a decade, the Great Southern Restaurant Group has been serving downtown Pensacola diners at its trio of restaurants: Jackson’s Steakhouse, Fish House and Atlas Oyster House. “Our philosophy at all of the restaurants,” said owner Collier Merrill, “is to continually strive for excellence.” In addition to offering both casual, deck dining and big-night-out elegance, the Great

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Ritchie said the bank considers itself part of the local community and feels its customers are neighbors and friends. Being a member of the community means giving back. “It’s just part of our culture, part of our mission statement,” Ritchie said, explaining how both the bank and its individual employees routinely participate in charitable events such as Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. The CEO attributes Gulf Coast Community Bank’s giving spirit to the fact that it is so hyper-local. “I think that’s part of the reason that Gulf Coast Community Bank is so intent on giving back,” Ritchie said. “This is our only community. We don’t answer to anyone in New York or North Carolina.” Gulf Coast Community Bank Main Branch: 40 N. Palafox 434-9300


Whether it’s a pair of comfy Joe’s Jeans or even local accessories, Indigeaux Denium Bar and Boutique has items you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Pensacola. “The number one thing Indigeaux offers that the mall doesn’t is great costumer service and a unique shopping experience,” said owner, Katie Rozier. “We offer three different premium denim brands: Paige Denim, Joe’s Jeans, and our newest that will be introduced at the end of April, DL1961s. We also have lots of great apparel brands such as Lilla P., Judith March and Line and Dot that you cannot find at the mall.” Indigeaux also features items by local accessories designer Lacey Berry and two other local artists, Jill Broxson-Teston and Lauren Lambert. “As a locally-owned, small business and we want to help some of the local artists build their business as well,” Rozier said. Rozier has worked in retail for three years and like many women, loves clothes. When her favorite local store, Studio B., closed Rozier took it upon herself to open a unique boutique in downtown Pensacola. “I chose downtown because I am often downtown for dinner and the night-life and I thought shopping would make it that much more exciting,” she said. “I also think that our downtown is not only beautiful because of its waterfront and charm, but it is also a short drive from Pensacola Beach. Being so close to the beach gives a place for tourists to visit after a long day at the beach, when it rains during the summer, or if they got too sun burned.” Indigeaux Denim Bar and Boutique 122 S. Palafox 607-2255 April 5, 2012


Since Jeweler’s Trade Shop first opened in 1956, the family owned and run business has been committed to fun and friendly service. “Our staff is phenomenal,” said owner Corbett Davis III. “They really care about the customers. We combine passion for being the best with a fun, playful attitude.” You know you’re shopping local when you can shake hands with the owner of the store. “You’re always going to see myself or my dad – we’re always within an earshot.” There are three gemologists at Jeweler’s Trade Shop including both Corbett Davises and six master jewelers. “Combined they have 150 years of experience between them,” Davis said. The business has been creating custom designs since it opened, when it was simply a “trade shop.” As the community supports Jeweler’s Trade Shop – whether it’s through loyal customers or their 18 dedicated employees, the store gives right back. The business is active in Pensacola Rotary and regularly contributes to PACE Center for Girls, Gulf Coast Kid’s House and the American Cancer Society. They also support the local opera house and symphony. “You have to support the arts,” Davis said. “That’s what makes the town special.” Jeweler’s Trade Shop 26 S. Palafox 432-4433


There are only a few places to choose from when grabbing a cup of coffee downtown, but The Leisure Club is still the best choice. There’s the pour-over method, the mind-bending art and, of course, the metropolitan atmosphere. Nestled on Palafox Street, near the Saenger Theatre, this is more than a coffee bar. It is a hub for Pensacola’s progressive, caffeine loving crowd.

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David Bear led the formation of Art, Culture And Entertainment, Inc. (ACE) which supports area cultural and art organizations. Belle Bear, the wife of Lewis Bear, Jr., is co-founder of Pensacola Bay IMPACT 100, which has handed our over $3 million grants over the past nine years. Lewis Bear Company 6120 Enterprise Dr. 434-8612 The Leisure Club Mix & Match Boards featuring Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese / courtesy photo The Leisure Club is also a business that strives to give back to the local community. The restaurant contributes—via donating gift cards and food—to local causes, such as The Belmont Arts Center, PACE Center for Girls, Montessori and Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. This April, the business will be participating in Dining Out for Life, which benefits the Oasis Community Center. The arts are another major focus at The Leisure Club. In addition to regularly featuring the works of local artists on the walls— such as the drawings of Evan Levin, or the photography of Rachel Pongetti—the business also hosts exhibits and performances. “We think the presence and fostering of creative ideas and talent is important to Pensacola’s development as a community,” said co-owner Denise Berry. “We want The Leisure Club to be a space that supports creative voices and introduces them to new eyes and ears.” New in 2012, The Leisure Club is now offering ice cream and on-tap coffee for customers on the go. The ice cream is from smallbatch High Road Craft Ice Cream and Sorbet in Atlanta, and flavors will be rotated regularly. The Leisure Club 126 S. Palafox 912-4229


It’s small. And that’s alright. “Our whole goal is to stay really, really small and give East Pensacola Heights a really neat little place to call their own and come have a sandwich at midnight,” said Kiley Bolster. Last Halloween, Bolster and Bill Manning opened The Magnolia, a comfortable bar nestled off of Cervantes Street. The couple didn’t know what to expect. “We just kind of jumped on it,” Bolster said, “not really knowing what we were getting into.”

Donald House which uses the recyclables to help pay the organization’s power bill. Bolster said that she and Manning enjoy giving back to the local community whenever possible. They have partnered with groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and have donated a portion of the business’ Valentine’s Day proceeds to the American Heart Association. The Magnolia also sponsored a toy drive in December to go to needy children at Christmas time. Another way The Magnolia is plugging into the local community (that has nothing to do with cans): the bar is in the process of installing tap lines so that they can offer beer brewed a few miles away at the Pensacola Bay Brewery. The Magnolia 2907 E. Cervantes St. 912-6196


As a salesmen of insurance, Donnie McMahon considers community to be his business. “Our business is about relationships,” McMahon said. McMahon & Hadder Insurance has been in business since 1990 and its coverage area


This beverage distributorship was founded in 1876 that holds the regional franchise for Anheuser-Busch with offices in DeFuniak Springs and Panama City. Over the years, the company handled everything from groceries, liquor, appliances and guns, but in the mid-1990s, Lewis Bear, Jr. sold off all the other interests, bought out his cousins and refocused the business on its beer distributorship. Today, his sons, David and Lewis, III, and his son-in-law, Chad Bonner, work in the business. It’s difficult to find a charity or community organization that hasn’t been helped by the Lewis Bear family. In 2009, Lewis helped to raise over $400,000 to put heart defibrillators in Escambia County schools, the patrol cars of the Pensacola police and Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies and other public places. 414 1

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Before the bar at the other end of the beach was Peg Leg Pete’s, it was just somewhere that Scott Amberson enjoyed blowing off steam when he got off work. “That was the place I always hung out,” said Amberson. After changing hands a couple of times, the bar abruptly shut its doors in the early 1990s. Without too much thought, Amberson ponied up a couple of months worth of rent and people have been slurping down oysters and beer for more than twenty years since. A year after opening Peg Leg Pete’s Oyster Bar, Amberson—who partners with his wife, Kristen, and brother, Jim— launched Sidelines Sports Bar near Casino Beach. In 2000, he bought Maria’s Fresh Seafood Market, a local seafood supplier. In 1991, Peg Leg Pete’s employed about a half a dozen workers. Today, the bar boasts a staff of 180. Another 140 employees work at Sidelines, while Maria’s employees 25 people. In addition to contributing to the local job pool, Amberson said his businesses also strive to give back to the local community. Whenever the opportunity arises, the businesses sponsor youth sports teams, or contribute to and participate in various fundraisers and charities. “We try to do as much as possible,” Amberson said. Peg Leg Pete’s 1010 Fort Pickens Rd. 932-4139 Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant 2 Via De Luna 934-3660 Maria’s Fresh Seafood Market 621 E. Cervantes St. 432-4999

PEN AIR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Kiley Bolster and Bill Manning, owners of The Magnolia / photo by Ken Crooke While The Magnolia features a select menu, the bar’s big deal is their canned craft beer. Currently, Bolster is excited about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which just became available in a can a few weeks ago. “There’s just a whole movement back toward canned beer,” she said, explaining that cans offer environmental benefits over glass or plastic bottles. “Also, it stays really, really cold.” Another benefit of cans: The Magnolia saves the tabs to donate to the Ronald Mac-

spans from Pensacola to Destin. The operation prides itself on offering the community personal service. “We have very personal relationships with our clients,” said McMahon. “It’s kind of a one-on-one relationship.” But McMahon & Hadder is about more than insurance. The company also makes it a priority to get involved with the local community. “We sponsor a lot of local not-for-profits in their efforts,” McMahon said. “We just encourage our people to get involved.”

When Pen Air set up shop in 1936, its first headquarters were humble but the rent was affordable. “We started in a cigar box in Pensacola with $4,500 in it,” said CEO David Tuyo. “It’s a great story.” Since then, the credit union has grown to 108,000 members strong, and serves Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, as well as Baldwin County in Alabama. The company now employs about 300 people. Tuyo said that when he arrived in town a few years ago he was excited to see the community spirit—both community-wide and within his own company. “I saw all these people serving the community and serving each other,” he said.

Pensacola Hardware, left to right: Sally Coe, Jimmy Coe, Martin Coe, Donnie Atchinson, Ron Clay, Susan Mastrianna, and Brookie Julian pose with bear Les B Sporty. / photo by Ken Crooke The company regularly supports local institutions—the ballet, the symphony, the Wahoos—and also contributes to nonprofits. Pen Air employees recently raised $30,000 to go toward fighting breast cancer. “It’s a very special place,” Tuyo said of the area. “We want to make sure we do our part.”

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An institution of the city, Pensacola Hardware is more than just a place to buy

nails, it’s a part of Pensacola history. The locally owned store has been open since 1851. James M. Coe and Martin M. Coe are the current owners. Their family bought the business in 1920, when it was known as Ray’s Corner Hardware. “We’ve helped build Pensacola for sure,” said James M. Coe. Coe is excited to see that the downtown area has continued to grow. “We love being a part of the resurgence of business,” he said. The inventory at Pensacola Hardware is practically endless – from cleaning supplies, to lawn care, to power and hand tools to grills.“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it,” said Coe. “We’re not a typical hardware store.” Pensacola Hardware supports local children through after-school athletic programs. “We’re definitely involved behind the scenes with an emphasis on children,” Coe said. The institution that is Pensacola Hardware will continue to be a part of the city’s history and watch as businesses open up. “The future looks very bright,” Coe said. “It’s just a pleasure to see the city accumulate downtown business. It’s about time.” Pensacola Hardware 20 E. Gregory St. 438-3186


When mother and daughter, Viki and Courtney Weir opened the doors of Pizzaz in 2008, they had no idea what the future had in store for them. “When we first opened Pizzaz in the 1000 square foot space, we had no idea how much and how fast we would grow,” said co-owner Viki Weir. “We had to sign a one year lease, and thought we would either sink or swim. Well, it turned out we’re paddle boarding.” Gulf Breeze and Pensacola have supported the business as it moved into a building more than three times the size of their original location and opened another store, Sugarbabies. Viki and Courtney do their best to return the favor. “We support our community through donations, auction items, and monetary support,” Weir said. “We regularly support the local schools, Gulf Breeze Arts Festival, Children’s Home Society, PACE Center for Girls, Little Red School House, ARC Gateway Foundation, Ballet Pensacola, and numerous other clubs and organizations.” It’s not just the store’s space that has grown, but also the staff. Pizzaz employs 16 individuals who assist customers in finding that perfect gift. “Purchasing a gift from Pizzaz and Sugarbabies is a different experience because of our talented staff,” Weir said. “They provide a wide range of ideas and suggestions.”

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Owners Courtney and Viki Weir inside Pizzaz. / photo by Ken Crooke Pizzaz also offers personalization through embroidery, engraving, printing and heat press, as well as, complimentary gift-wrapping. “The best part of our business, as a mother and daughter partnership, is having each other to rely on and working with our best friend,” Weir said.

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For more than three decades, PR Chemical and Paper Supply has been providing a personal touch for customers in need of janitorial and paper supplies. The family-owned business also prides itself on contributing to the local community. “We try very hard to do as much business as we can with local businesses,” said Dawn Clay. Along with her brother, Shawn Snyder, Clay aims to offer customers the expertise and customer service lacking in the big box store experience. The company services an area stretching from Panama City, Fla. to Mobile, Ala., with a concentration in the Pensacola to Destin area. In addition to selling janitorial and paper products, the folks at PR also place an emphasis on working with charitable organizations. “We do a ton of business with non-profits,” said Snyder, adding that the company also donates cash and supplies to about 30 charitable organizations each year. As a way to reach out and connect to the local community, PR Chemical and Paper Supply also hosts a number of free instructional seminars. Attendees learn how to do tasks ranging from properly stripping wax to cleaning floors.

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At Running Wild you can purchase shoes that fit your feet and needs perfectly, train and sign up for local races. Employees are all running enthusiasts—or are at least trained so much that they become one. “We don’t ask ‘What’s your 10K time at an interview,’” said owner Paul Epstein. “But we have a training program where we teach our staff biomechanics and everything running related.” And when it comes to shoes, it’s all about functionality. “We’re not selling a shoe, it’s meeting someone’s needs—they may not be the prettiest colors or the hottest trends,” Epstein said. The staf f at Running Wild wants to see customers reach their goals, whether it ’s running a 5K for the first time, which Running Wild of fers a training program for, or a triathlon. “ We develop a personal relationship with our customers,” Epstein said. Getting the community active has resulted in very happy customers. “We’ve had some incredible stories were people lose pounds just from running,” Epstein said.

Running Wild happily supports YMCA and races that raise funds for charities, such as the Ronald McDonald House 5K. “It’s just our philosophy,” Epstein said. “The more people support us the more we can support the community.” Running Wild 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222


Seville Quarter has been part of the Pensacola scene for more than 40 years. In that time, the company and the Pensacola community have shared a reciprocal relationship. “Everyday it seems like we’re able to give to a charity,” said General Manager Jack Williams. “It seems like we’re always doing something for a charity.” Williams said that Seville Quarter—comprised of several adjoining venues—is well equipped to contribute to local charities due to their spacious digs. When a charitable organization is looking for a place to host an event, the Quarter is a natural choice and often will donate the space to local organizations. While Seville Quarter is definitely a family affair—about 10 members of the family clan work at the business—it has also employed a good number of locals throughout the years. Williams said the business puts about 125 people to work “when we’re really clicking.” In the future, Williams said, there are plans to open a restaurant in the building located across Government Street from Seville Quarter. With an additional establishment on the other side of the street, the general manager hopes to create a sort of insulated party atmosphere. “We should be able to close the street more and create our own little scene here,” Williams said. Seville Quarter 130 E. Government St. 434-6211

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Susan Campbell Jewelry features pieces that are more like wearable art than just a statement necklace or charm bracelet. That’s because Susan Campbell Hatler was a portrait sculptor before she began making jewelry. Hatler and her husband, Ryan opened the store in 2006 and are active in the Arts Council, Pensacola Young Professionals and Pensacola Historic District Merchants. Susan Campbell Jewelry also contributes to the community through donations to Ballet Pensacola, Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. Other local artists are featured in Hatler’s store. Right now you can find pieces from jewelry artist Delia Stone and glass artist Scott Novota, as well as, designers from around the country. “I am excited to supplement the amazing designers I carry with pieces I think complement their outstanding work,” she said. Susan Campbell Jewelry offers high-end and lower-priced pieces. “We carry a variety of price points because women want different things,” Hatler said. “Some women are constantly trying new styles, while others consider jewelry as an investment and build a collection over time.” And no matter what the price is, the jewelry is top notch. “All of our pieces are created with a very high standard of craftsmanship – truly heirlooms,” Hatler said. Anyone looking to update their jewelry box can bring in old pieces for reassembling, and don’t forget about the extensive collection of fine freshwater and saltwater pearls. “ We are putting together an educational seminar on pearls for the month of May,” Hatler said. “Be on the look-out.” Susan Campbell Jewelry 32 S. Palafox 434-8948

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Urban Objects owner Sarah Gillette and design associate Kristin Bruns inside the store. / photo by Ken Crooke


That small store on Ninth Avenue might be deceiving by its outward appearance, but inside is wall-to-wall design accessories you can’t find anywhere else in Pensacola. “I love modern design,” said owner Sarah Gillette. “I buy what I like.”

Gillette opened the store five years ago as a result of not finding her favorite modern design brands locally. “I’ve always been a person who likes to shop local,” she said. “When I couldn’t find what I like around here I decided to open a store.” When Gillette sells an item, there’s no question that she loves it. “When I buy stuff

that I let someone talk me into, I don’t sell it,” she said. Brands such as Blu Dot, Imm Living and Kartell keep locals from having to go to Atlanta for home accessories. Urban Object is also an incredible lighting source. Unique lamps take up much of the store’s space. Custom designs are available too. Urban Objects has collaborated to help design and fabricate custom lighting fixtures for Vinyl Music Hall, the Mobile Country Club and Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille with Brian Spencer. Every year, Gillette attends the International Contemporary Furniture Fair to look for new urban objects. “Right now, I’m focusing more on items that are green and made in the United States – I’m focusing more on quality.” Gillette regularly contributes to the local arts: the ballet, opera and Belmont Arts and Cultural Center namely. Urban Objects also sells tote bags made by low to no income individuals through FaithWorks InterFaith Ministries Network, Inc. Urban Objects gives all proceeds made from the bags right back to the organization. Urban Objects 500 N. 9th Ave. 912-8683


Local surfers and skaters don’t just shop at Waterboyz, they hang out there, too. The

indoor skate park gives shoppers and loiters alike a fun and safe environment to be active. It’s not just about selling skate and surfboards – the store even has space for birthday parties and events. “We pride ourselves on providing a safe, fun place for kids to hang out and skate,” said Courtney Fell, marketing and events coordinator at Waterboyz. “Often, the shop feels more like a clubhouse or a rec center than a traditional retail business.  Lots of kids feel very much at home here.” When the time comes to purchase a new surfboard, Waterboyz is the store to visit. Waterboyz sells surfboards and clothes that are made locally. “We have always had the desire and ability to build and create,” Fell said. “We take pride in using local talent for manufacturing.” Owner Sean Fell has been shaping boards since the late 1980s. Even in his early business years, Fell was selling to California, Texas and even Puerto Rico. Now, the store features a shape shop, screen-printing, apparel and footwear. Waterboyz also supports the community by way of donating to organizations such as: Sparrow Skate Church, Surfers on a Mission and the Sacred Heart Foundation to name a few. Waterboyz 380 N. 9th Ave. 433-2929 {in}

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Take Me Out The Ballgame

The Community Maritime Park is finally ready and opening day for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos is here. Turn the page for the complete lowdown on all things baseball.

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After recording his first professional album in Nashville, Tenn. in March, Jon Morris is ready to serenade the local coffee houses again. Morris has been playing music for eight years. What started out as a casual hobby – playing along with friends, has turned into a dream job. “It was when I started writing songs that I thought I could do this for a living,” he said. “Now, I have more of a drive to make a career or sustenance out of making music. It’s my dream.”

“I hope the CD lives up to my expectations and my backers’ expectations,” Morris said. After the release, Morris is planning to tour the East Coast—imagine if all middle school teachers were this cool. Morris, as always, is humble about his summer trek. “I don’t expect a huge blow-up,” he said. “It’ll be a stepping stone as a career. I hope to pay my bills by playing shows—and selling CDs, of course.” {in}

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Wahoos Manager Ready for Opening Day

The Blue Wahoos practice at the Community Maritime Park on April 02, 2012 / photo by Ken Crooke

“We’ve got a hard-working group of guys here. They’ve all been impressive, finetuning their skills.”

After over a year of growing anticipation, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos make their season debut April 5 at home against the Montgomery Biscuits in the newly-opened downtown Community Maritime Park. Before the season gets underway, Blue Wahoos manager Jim Riggleman detailed what fans can expect in the upcoming season, which players fans should keep an eye out for, and discussed the differences between coaching at the Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Double-A levels. “We’ve got a hard-working group of guys here. They’ve all been impressive, fine-tuning their skills,” says Riggleman, 59, during a phone interview from the Cincinnati Reds’ Spring Training camp in Arizona. “It’s going to be a good showing.” While the 24-man roster won’t be set for the affiliate until the Reds make their final roster cuts, Riggleman said that the team would be a mix of players with MLB experience and those coming from the Triple-A and Class A levels. He cited such young players as 22-year-old shortstop Didi Gregorius, 22-year-old second basemen Henry Rodriguez, and 23-year-old outfielder Ryan LaMarre as players with MLB experience that he expects big things from in the up-

Jim Riggleman coming season. Shortstop Brodie Greene, a 24-year-old without MLB experience, was another player cited as one to look out for by Riggleman. “We’ve got an athletic bunch of guys,” he said. “Early in the season that agility and speed may show up on defense before it shows up on offense.”

Despite the challenges of managing an ever-fluctuating roster of guys moving up or down in the Reds’ organization and the inevitability of the Blue Wahoos’ best players leaving during the season, Riggleman said that when the umpire announces it’s time to “play ball,” the competitive juices start to flow. “Our roster is a little like dominos falling into place with guys coming down from Triple-A or the Reds or guys leaving and moving up to the next level,” he said, “but everyone here wants to play hard and wants to go out and win.” Arguably Double-A baseball is the best in the minor league level, featuring a mix of future All-Stars and up-andcoming prospects eager to impress their MLB home club. The ten-team Southern League, in existence since 1964 , is split into North and South divisions. The Blue Wahoos will compete in the South division with the Jacksonville Suns, Mississippi Braves, Mobile BayBears and the Montgomery Biscuits. “It’s a great level for fans to watch,” says Riggleman. “It’s energetic, competitive baseball.” “There’s a big difference,” he insisted. “MLB is the finished product. In the minors, we have to get them ready for the next level. The bottom-line is that all the players won’t make it to the major leagues. If we can identify players with potential, we have to make sure they’re developed. If a guy is really good, we know that he’s going to probably leave us at some point in the season.”

Riggleman says he looks forward to coaching in Pensacola and has been impressed with the city’s reception of the team. Anticipation for the upcoming season has reached a fever pitch with the team announcing that 3,000 season tickets sold before the season even began. Overall, 230,000 tickets have been sold for the 2012 season.

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Riggleman has had a long baseball career, managing 1, 486 games in a career highlighted by stints as the manager of four MLB clubs, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and, most recently, Washington Nationals, which he coached from 2009-2011. Riggleman, who also had a lengthy career coaching in the minor leagues, acknowledged the differences between coaching in the major and minor league levels and discussed how being a manager of a minor league team requires the need to juggle on-field success with the development of promising prospects.


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Wahoos account.* Account funds can be used for future games or next year’s season tickets. Those looking for tickets can logon to to see if there are tickets available for purchase through this unique program. Season ticket holders can get credit, the stadium is full, and fans are happy! It’s a win-win-win! *Call (850) 934-8444 to speak to an account representative. Season ticket holders will receive their season ticket value back into their Blue Wahoo account. Tickets will be resold at gate value plus additional taxes and fees. See for more details.


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"Wahoo Week" Events April 5 Opening Day 4:30 p.m. Park opens. 6 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Special Welcome by Pat O’Connor, President of Minor League Baseball, Collier Merrill, Chairman, Community Maritime Park Authority, Sam Hall, Pensacola City Council President and Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola Blue Angels Flyover 7 p.m. Game: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Montgomery Biscuits

photo by Ken Crooke The Blue Wahoos have been in existence since 1959 under a variety of different cities and nicknames, including the Charleston White Sox, the Columbus Astros, and, most recently, the Carolina Mudcats. The team rekindles Pensacola’s long love affair with MLB that began in the 1920s with the Pensacola Fliers, who once played the Babe Ruth-led New York Yankees in an exhibition game. The last MLB-affiliated team was the Pensacola Senators of the Alabama-Florida League, which were part of the Wash-

ington Senators’ system. Most recently, Pensacola was home to the independent Pensacola Pelicans, who moved in 2011 to Amarillo after the owners Quint and Rishy Studer purchased the Carolina Mudcats. Long a baseball city, Pensacola has quickly embraced the Blue Wahoos. Riggleman sees the marriage of Pensacola and the Blue Wahoos as a match made in baseball heaven. “I’m excited to coach here. I’m excited about the team. I’ve heard great things about the park, and hear that everyone is really excited about the team,” says

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April 6 FREE Schedule Magnet (while supplies last) Sponsored by Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. 5:30 p.m. Park opens. 7 p.m. Game: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Montgomery Biscuits

Pointe Baptist Church Stay for the fireworks after the game. 5:15 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt Hunt for eggs around the stadium. 5:30 p.m. Park opens. 6:30 p.m. Game: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Montgomery Biscuits April 8 Special Easter Events 6:15 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at the stadium Sponsored by Marcus Pointe Baptist Church. Open to the public 2 p.m. Game: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Montgomery Biscuits.

April 7 Fireworks Night Sponsored by Dlux Printing & Marcus Riggleman. “I’m encouraged that the city has embraced the team, and we’re proud to represent Pensacola and proud to be the Blue Wahoos.” {in}

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▶PARKING LOT ATTENDANTS: All city-operated parking lots will be staffed before and after the game to provide security and direct orderly parking, pedestrian traffic to the stadium and post-game departure of vehicles. ▶MAIN STREET CLOSURES: Beginning one hour before game time and continuing through the end of the first inning, Main Street between Spring Street and Devilliers Street will be closed so pedestrians can more easily get to the ballpark. Shortly before the game ends, these same closures will commence to facilitate pedestrian and shuttle bus traffic exiting the stadium. ▶STADIUM DROP-OFFS: Those who have elderly or handicapped passengers to drop off should enter the stadium at Devilliers Street, drop off at the front of the stadium and exit on the Spring Street side. After the game, officers will be stationed at Devilliers Street and Main Street and at the front of the stadium to direct vehicles for passenger pickup.

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▶SHUTTLE BUSES: Reus Street and Main Streets will serve for both dropoff and pick-up location for those using shuttle buses.

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Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2012 Home Game Schedule at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m.

JULY July 4, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4:00 p.m.

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APRIL April 5, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7: 00 p.m. April 6, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. April 7, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. April 8, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. April 9, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. April 15, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4:00 p.m. April 16, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. April 17, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos

7:00 p.m. April 18, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. April 19, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m.

MAY May 1, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 2, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 3, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 4, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 5, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. May 11, 2012 Birmingham Barons

at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 12, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. May 13, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. May 14, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 15, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 23, 2012 Mississippi Braves at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 24, 2012 Mississippi Braves at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 25, 2012 Mississippi Braves at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. May 26, 2012 Mississippi Braves at Pensacola Blue

Wahoos 6:30 p.m. May 27, 2012 Mississippi Braves at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m.

JUNE June 2, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. June 3, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. June 4, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 5, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 6, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 13, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 14, 2012

Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 15, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 16, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. June 17, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. June 26, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 27, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 28, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 29, 2012 Jackson Generals at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. June 30, 2012 Jackson Generals

July 5, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 6, 2012 Birmingham Barons at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 7, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. July 8, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. July 9, 2012 Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 14, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. July 15, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. July 16, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 17, 2012 Jacksonville Suns at Pensacola Blue

Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 24, 2012 Huntsville Stars at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 25, 2012 Huntsville Stars at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 26, 2012 Huntsville Stars at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 27, 2012 Huntsville Stars at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. July 28, 2012 Huntsville Stars at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m.

AUGUST August 8, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 9, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 10, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 11, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. August 12, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts at Pensacola Blue Wahoos

2:00 p.m. August 19, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. August 20, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 21, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 22, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 23, 2012 Montgomery Biscuits at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 30, 2012 Tennessee Smokies at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m. August 31, 2012 Tennessee Smokies at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7:00 p.m.

SEPTEMBER September 1, 2012 Tennessee Smokies at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6:30 p.m. September 2, 2012 Tennessee Smokies at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m. September 3, 2012 Tennessee Smokies at Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2:00 p.m.


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‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or ‘CHROMATIC ALTERATIONS AND ALTERED BOOKS’ 10 a.m. through Apr 13. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘GARDEN OF EDEN’ 10 a.m. through Jun 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘EDEN REVISITED’ 10 a.m. through May 19. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or

‘STUDENT ART EXHIBITION’ 10 a.m. through Apr 19. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Bldg. 82, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or ‘WELCOME TO MARGARITAVILLE’ MARGARITA TASTING 2 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or ‘ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ’ 6 p.m. Sluggo’s, 101 S. Jefferson St. 5950050 or STUDENT ARTS EXIBITION RECEPTION 6 p.m. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Bldg. 82, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or HERB CLASS AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or VEGAN DINNER AT EOTL 6 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or BLUE WAHOOS VS. MONTGOMERY BISCUITS 7 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or

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HOME GROWN NIGHT 5 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or

THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or LEE MELTON 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or JOE FINGERS 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or CHARLIE ROBERTS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or TIM SPENCER 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DR FAMEUS 9:30 p.m. $12 at the door. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or


Theater, 7280 Plantation Rd. 476-4545 or ‘CHROMATIC ALTERATIONS AND ALTERED BOOKS’ 10 a.m. through Apr 13. Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘GARDEN OF EDEN’ 10 a.m. through Jun 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘EDEN REVISITED’ 10 a.m. through May 19. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘STUDENT ART EXHIBITION’ 10 a.m. through Apr 19. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Bldg. 82, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT DK 4:30 p.m. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. 438-4688 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. BLUE WAHOOS VS MONTGOMERY BISCUITS 7 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or SWING DANCING 8:30 p.m. American Legion, 1401 Intendencia St. $5. 437-5465 or

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THREE AMIGOS 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or JON MORRIS 7 p.m. Drowsy Poet at Coffee Break Café, 4620 Woodbine Rd., Pace. 994-2080.

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happenings DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or REDDOG 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or HOLLY SHELTON AND DAVID SHELANDER 8 p.m. Ragtyme Grille, 201 S. Jefferson St. 4299655 or TRUNK MONKEYS 9 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THE SHIZ 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or JAMES ADKINS 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 10 S. Palafox. 497-6073 or

SATURDAY 4.7 TAGGED 2012: Student Art Exhibition / An exhibition of work by University of West Florida students. Poster design by UWF Graphic Design student Matt Pham. 30 X 90 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or SAWMILL & GUESTS 7 p.m. Chumuckla’s Farmers’ Opry, 8897 Byrom Campbell Rd., Pace. 994-9219 or DESTIN ATKINSON 8 p.m. Fridays. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or

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‘STUDENT ART EXHIBITION’ 12 p.m. through Apr 19. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Bldg. 82, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or BLUE WAHOOS VS MONTGOMERY BISCUITS 6:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 9348444 or ‘MOSTLY BAROQUE’ 7:30 p.m. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida, Bldg 82. 11000 University Pkwy. 857-6285 or ‘THE DANCER’ 8 p.m. Loblolly Theatre, 1010 N. 12th Ave. 439-3010 or

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LEAANNE CRESWELL & RICK WHALEY 12 p.m. Bama Dome, Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or WB SEARCY 12 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or THREE AMIGOS 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or 30 X 90 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or SAWMILL & GUESTS 7 p.m. Chumuckla’s Farmers’ Opry, 8897 Byrom Campbell Rd., Pace. 994-9219 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or KARAOKE WITH MARK ESKEW 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd. 497-0071 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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WORSHIP ON THE WATER 11 a.m. Tent Stage, Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or BLUE WAHOOS VS MONTGOMERY BISCUITS 2 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or

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DADDY MAN 12 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or DUNNOTER 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or BISCUIT MILLER & THE MIX 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or BROOKS HUBBERT III 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or

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by Jeremy Morrison

Trucking the Southern Route “Ironically, I kind of consider the Southern rock thing kind of among the least of what we do.” Patterson Hood

Left to right: Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, Jay Gonzalez, John Neff, Brad Morgan / photo by Danny Clinch The darkened backroads of the South’s soul are best explored in an old car going way too fast, with the radio blasting Lynyrd Skynyrd way too loud. The Drive-By Truckers have been tearing up and down those roads for more than 15 years. “We’re known for our manners and our southern hospitality,” said Patterson Hood, who assembled the band in Athens, Ga. in the mid-1990s. “But Southerners can be pretty brutal and gnarly too, you know—we can be a difficult bunch of people if pissed off.” Throughout their career the Truckers have worked a consistent theme from numerous directions. It’s what Hood has referred to as “The Duality of the Southern Thing.” “It is strange down here,” Hood said, explaining his Duality thesis. “There’s more

churches per capita than bars and yet I know more hardcore alcoholics down here than I know in a lot of Northern towns. For all of our bad history with race issues, particularly in the ‘60s and ‘70s, there’s, in some ways, much more incorporation of black culture in our day-to-day lives down here than in a lot of other regions of the country—all those things are sort of dualities to me.” Having just finished up a stint on the road out West, the Drive-By Truckers are now returning to their backyard for another run through the South before taking a break. After a stop in Birmingham, the band heads to Pensacola for an engagement at Vinyl Music Hall. “Pensacola’s a cool town,” Hood said, recalling the band’s long-ago dates at a long-ago incarnation of Sluggo’s. “It’s always been kind


covers terrain ranging from 1970s race relations to the same era’s Southern rock bonanza. “It told a specific story and it was set in that era, you know, the Southern rock heyday,” Hood said. “We used that to illustrate the story we were telling about growing up in the post-civil rights South, which was that same era.” While the Drive-By Truckers are avid students of history—particularly southern U.S. history, Hood hasn’t lost sight of the group’s primary mission: rock ‘n’ roll. “I’m not really sure a rock band can really educate anybody much,” he said. “The most we can do is show people a good time for a few hours and let them forget their troubles, and if more than 100 actually think over something that was said and decide to look it up and learn something, then that’s a huge victory.” That’s the ride the Drive-By Truckers plan to bring to Pensacola. It may be their last trip to town for a while, as the band will be pulling off the road for a break following this tour. “The band’s definitely not done, but we are taking a much deeper hiatus than we’ve ever done, by far,” Hood said. “I’m kind of excited about going out and really playing the s#%t out of these 10 or 12 or ever how many shows it is that we’ve got coming up in April, so that if we don’t make it back through for a while, people will remember us fondly and wanna come see us when we do.” {in}

of like a punk rock town. I always loved that band This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. I was a big fan of theirs and I actually cooked dinner for them one time. I used to work, do sound, at a club in Athens where they used to play and I had them over for dinner—I fixed vegetarian spaghetti for them.” It’s not surprising that Hood enjoys some good punk rock. The Truckers’ own catalog is full of openly raw and unpolished numbers, with lyrics growled just as much as they’re sung. But the band is also prone to churn out songs dripping with Hank Williams sentimentality, or roaring with balls-to-thewall, arena anthem gusto. Regardless of the variety of styles the band incorporates into its music, there is one label they have not been able to shake: Southern rock. “I always like to just say ‘rock-n-roll’ because that kind of incorporates all of it,” Hood said. “To me, all these different kind of subgenres, it kind of gets to be a trap ... ironically, I kind of consider the Southern rock thing kind of among the least of what we do.” But, of course, there was the band’s 2001 landmark double album: Southern Rock Opera. The work WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 features characters like Lynyrd SkyWHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox nyrd, former Alabama Gov. George COST: $20-$25 Wallace and University of Alabama DETAILS: coaching legend Bear Bryant and


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PENSACOLA MOVING FORWARD. MOVING FAST. For years, the word “Potential” has been synonymous with Pensacola. But, just in the last year, we’ve changed. Now, the word that is synonymous with Pensacola is “Progress.” Pensacola is the city that we’ve always known it could become. It’s a great city of great people, a city that is keeping its talent at home even as it attracts more great people and more great jobs. The Pensacola International Airport is booming. Post-secondary educational opportunities abound. The waterfront Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, with 20 acres of green space, includes a world-class amphitheater and a multi-use stadium that is home to the Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate, the Blue Wahoos. The sewage treatment plant has been moved out of downtown. The Saenger Theatre, site of a growing portfolio of arts events, has been renovated. Downtown events have seen an upsurge in attendance. The number of visitors to our sandy, white shores is breaking records. To think all this – and more – is happening during one of the most financially challenging times in decades is a testament to the optimism and vision of our great community. Great People. Great Progress. Great Future.

PENSACOLA – MOVING FORWARD – MOVING FAST. Presented by Quint and Rishy Studer

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by Sarah McCartan

Local Music Veteran Returns to Sluggo’s now—putting music out without the tedium.” When it comes to booking shows in the Southeast and considering locales in which to play, Williams describes Pensacola as a “no-brainer” location. Although he has been gone from the Panhandle for four years, Williams still considers it his home base and has kept close ties to friends, family and members of the music and arts community.

If you like bluesy, smoky, rock ‘n’ roll jams with a touch of romance then Sluggo’s is the place to be Saturday night. After a two-year hiatus, seasoned singer and songwriter Casey Williams makes Pensacola his first stop of a stint of shows across the Southeast promoting his new single, “Charlatan Days.” The single is his first release since he began his recent journey of rekindling his romanticism with playing music. Williams has a long-term relationship with music and the Pensacola music scene. Having played in bands for well over a decade, his first show at Sluggo’s occurred somewhere around the ripe age of 15. Since then, he has played in numerous bands locally, taking music increasingly more seriously before moving to North Carolina to further his recording career. After a year and a half of working in the studio and recording his own music, Williams found himself burnt out on music in general.

“Something that I loved doing as a hobby for so long became a full-time job,” said Williams. “As a result there was period of time where I had to step back and reinvigorate my interest in pursuing music as a career. After thinking about it critically and strategically, it’s become about trying to find a way to play music seriously and pursue it as a full-time gig while still keeping it fun.” Luckily for Williams, this reevaluation period allowed him to arrive at a new approach. He has picked back up doing what he loves utilizing a new methodology—having music readily available for sharing one song at a time, immediately upon completion. “The whole idea of putting out singles rather than albums is releasing music in the moment instead of having it be a long, drawn-out process,” he explained. “Trying to find an alternative to the music promotion system is really what I am going for

coming home and reconnecting with those I’ve played with in the past,” he said. Williams, an avid baseball fan, is excited that his show falls during opening weekend for the Blue Wahoos. “I am a huge minor league baseball fan and I have tickets to two of the games that weekend,” said Williams. “The baseball park is setup to be a huge success. It is going to end up being a destination ballpark in minor league baseball.” Whether it ’s baseball or songwriting, Williams stresses the importance of putting forth ef fort to arrive at a plan—rather than waiting around for things to happen—and allowing one to transform something into something even greater over time. “I have made a conscious effort to work at being a songwriter. Instead of waiting for something to happen, taking an idea from humble beginning and molding it into something I’m proud of.” Casey Williams’ new single “Charlatan Days” is available on iTunes. {in}

“It’s become about trying to find a way to play music seriously and pursue it as a full-time gig while still keeping it fun.” Casey Williams “Dog on Fire did the logo for my record label ‘Olde Statesman Recordings,’ and I still have connections with a lot of musicians down there,” said Williams. “I’ve ended up with an all-star cast of supporting musicians at the last several shows I’ve played. At one point, I had the entirety of Johnny AppleEyes playing with me.” The April 7 show is no different. Williams is playing alongside friends Dull Actors and backed by Model Search, former members of Johnny Apple-Eyes. “It’s cool


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news of the weird BODY PIERCING: SO SAFE AND EASY, ANYONE CAN DO IT Like most states with active trade associations of barbers and beauticians, Iowa strictly regulates those professions, requiring 2,100 hours of training plus continuing education—but also like many other states, Iowa does not regulate body piercers at all (though it forbids minors from getting tattoos). Thus, the puncturing of body parts and insertion of jewelry or other objects under the skin can be done by anyone, with or without formal training, under no one’s watchful eye except the customer’s. (A few cities’ ordinances require a minimum age to get pierced.) Said one professional piercer to the Des Moines Register for a March report, “The lack of education in this industry is scary.”

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GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Controlling the Waters: (1) A February bill in the Wyoming legislature to prepare the state for possible secession authorized a task force to consider establishing a state army, navy, marine corps and air force, and one amendment added the consideration of purchasing an aircraft carrier. Wyoming is, of course, landlocked, but it does have the 136-square-mile Yellowstone Lake, though that body of water is high up in the Teton mountains. (The aircraft- carrier amendment was defeated even though 27 representatives voted for it.) (2) Texas announced in February that it would deploy six gunboats to patrol the Mexican border’s Rio Grande river. Said a state Department of Safety official, “It sends a message: Don’t mess with Texas.” GREAT ART! It wasn’t on a scale with an infinite number of orangutans using an infinite number of iPads, but the conservation group Orangutan Outreach has begun to supply certain zoos with iPads, hoping to encourage apes’ creativity and social networking. At the Milwaukee Zoo, a handler holds the device while an orangutan operates a painting app with its fingers. (“Orangutans like to paint, and they’re capable of using this (tablet),” he said, adding the benefit that “there’s no paint to eat.”) At the Memphis Zoo recently, said an Outreach official, the apes seem happy when they recognize images of other apes on the iPad. The Toronto Zoo’s iPad is expected soon. • In March came word from Taiwan that the prominent Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts had awarded a prize worth the equivalent of $13,500 to student Wong Tin Cheung for creating the face of a man by using the artist’s own urine. His piece, “Blood Urine Man,” presented to judges in a toilet bowl, used urine of different colors, supposedly to match the pigments of the Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. POLICE REPORT Difficult Fact-Check: According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a one-car crash in February left the following injured in serious condition: Ms. Me Htwe and Mr. Hsar

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Kpaw Doh and Mr. W.T. Htoo, along with the driver, Mr. Tar Eh. (Ms. Mula Er, 14, died of her injuries.) All were from Heber City, Utah. • “(E)very single cop in the state has done this. Chiefs on down.” That practice, referred to by the unidentified Minnesota law enforcement officer, is the personal use of the police database that is supposedly off-limits for all except official business. According to an imminent lawsuit (reported by the weekly City Pages in Minneapolis), former officer (and apparently still a “hottie”) Anne Marie Rasmusson, 37, learned that 104 officers in 18 different agencies in Minnesota had accessed her driver’s license record 425 times. Rasmusson’s lawyer said the reality is that officers tend to treat the confidential database more like a “Facebook for cops.” HOT COMMODITY IN PENNSYLVANIA (1) In January, police in Bridgeville, Pa., investigated a series of vehicle break-ins, including one of a car belonging to Kathy Saunoras, who reported that only her dentures were taken. (2) Two weeks later, health worker Marlene Dupert, 44, was charged with yanking dentures out of the mouth of one of her charges at a nursing home in Selinsgrove, Pa. (3) Also in February, Evelyn Fuller, 49, was charged with robbing the First National Bank in Waynesburg, Pa.—a crime necessitated, she told a police officer, because she needed money for new dentures. PEOPLE WITH ISSUES Only the Lonely: Adrian Baltierra, 51, was charged with solicitation in February in Bradenton, Fla., after, according to police, he approached an undercover female officer, who was posing as a prostitute, and agreed to a transaction. In exchange for $15, Baltierra would be accorded the opportunity to take a whiff of the “prostitute’s” genital aroma (although street slang was used in the negotiation). LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS (1) Didn’t See It Coming: Canadian Jasmin Klair pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle in March to smuggling nearly 11kg of cocaine into the U.S. She had been arrested upon arrival at a bed and breakfast called the Smuggler’s Inn, located about 100 feet from the border in Blaine, Wash. (2) Greedy: According to police in Lake Ariel, Pa., alleged burglar Christopher Wallace had loaded his van with goodies from a home’s first floor, but instead of calling it a night, he re-entered to check out the second floor. Wallace was later rushed to the hospital after accidentally falling out a second-floor window, resulting in a broken back, hip and arm. {in}

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April 5, 2012

PYP: WHAT WE BUILT IN 2011 AND SETTING THE STAGE FOR 2012 When asked about PYP accomplishments in 2011, PYP President Liz Branch, had this to say “Over the last year, we have accomplished many goals and much more including, the successful absorption of The Better Pensacola Forum, revitalizing Pensacola Professional Development Institute, establishing the PYP Ambassador program, hosting the first PYP Charity Ball, starting a PYP Alumni Group, offering student memberships, and implementing a new organizational road map.” Last year proved to be a hugely successful year for us in terms of community involvement with organizations such as Manna Food bank, Habitat for Humanity, Bridges to Circles, Ronald McDonald House and many more. Close to 5000 service hours to our community were volunteered by PYP members and Board of Directors. In addition to man-hours, PYP also raised $2,000 for the Gulf Coast Kids House through our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament. This was the second year that PYP selected the Gulf Coast Kids House to benefit from the tournament. President Elect Chad Stacy commented on PYP’s decision to give to the Kids House, “We understand that there are many organizations that depend on donations in order to keep their doors open. PYP wants to do our part to help local charities continue to offer much needed services within our community.” PYP developed a strong team of leaders from within our organization and they were able to organize meetings and serve our membership in the following ways: Annual Dinner 2011 – Guest Speaker Malcolm Thomas, Escambia County Superintendent of Schools. Hosted the Chick-fil-a Leadercast for the second year and introduced attendees to acclaimed leaders and speakers from around the country.

Quarterly Meeting –Guest Speaker Brian Spencer, City Councilman District 6. Better Pensacola Forum Survey Release – Speaker Quint Studer, Founder of Studer Group, Author of six books, and Owner of Pensacola Blue Wahoos . Supported EDATE (Economic Development Ad valorem Tax Exemption) as a tool for Escambia County to attract and retain businesses in the area. Developed the Pensacola Ambassadors Program to partner a PYP member who will showcase our community as a fun and viable place for young professionals.

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PYP built a solid foundation in 2011 and will Set the Stage for 2012 at our Annual Dinner on April 14th at the Saenger Theater. Our Guest Speaker will be Kurt Larson, author, speaker, adventurer. Tickets may be purchased at

Includes Breakfast and Lunch. Breakfast donated by Chick Fil A 9 Mile Road.

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Arts & Culture: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

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