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Independent News | December 26, 2013 | Volume 14 | Number 48 |

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Magazine ranked the Gulf Shores, Ala. music festival as the third best such event in 2013, behind Coachella and Bonnaroo. Hangout finished ahead of such perennial favorites as the New Orleans Jazz Festival and South By Southwest. Its closing act, Stevie Wonder, may be one of the best performances of the year.

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ROBERT MICHAEL ARDIS The selfdescribed “poster-child for vexatious litigants” was ordered by the 1st District Court of Appeal to stop filing motions in an already-decided case about his firing. Pensacola State College fired Ardis after he returned from a sabbatical and presented the college with a master’s degree from an online “diploma mill,” according to the order. He unsuccessfully challenged the firing in arbitration, Escambia County circuit court and the 1st District Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel also threatened to take further action if Ardis continues firing off paperwork. DAPHNE ANN WHITED A Cantonment

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REAL LEADERSHIP Vince Whibbs served as mayor of Pensacola for four consecutive terms, from 1979-91, longer than any one in the city’s history. He wasn’t a strong mayor, like Ashton Hayward, but he was a civic leader and successful business owner. He respected the office of mayor and the people he served. He brought dignity to the position knowing that his actions reflected on how the city of Pensacola was perceived regionally and nationally. Vince stood for integrity, professionalism and public service. His standard welcome speech, which began “Welcome to the Sunshine State,” brought smiles to faces of those who heard it and a sense of civic pride. His words were respected and had meaning. He put this community above himself and the community loved him for it. In the 25 years that I knew him, Vince never asked what was in it for him. He was former president of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, Suburban Rotary Club, the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement. He served on the board of trustees of Sacred Heart Hospital Board, Pensacola Junior College, University of West Florida and Aviation Museum Foundation. Vince never stopped giving back to the community. When his heart finally gave out in May 2006, Vince was in his kitchen

on this way to give a speech in support of the Community Maritime Park. The Pensacola City Council honored him by naming the park after him. As I reflect on the Mayor Hayward’s actions over past few months — the airport food services contract that he has refused to let the council discuss, his notice of default regarding the Pitt Slip leases and his rush to announce the memorandum of understanding with ST Aerospace to make sure he got the credit — I wonder how Mayor Whibbs would have handled each of those situations. I don’t think Vince would have be afraid of losing a vote over whether Chickfil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels or The Fish House and Bagelheads were operating at the airport. I’m positive that if he felt the Pitt Slip sublease had issues, Vince would have called Collier Merrill and discussed them directly in hopes of reaching a fair resolution. He never would have leaked anything to the media to hurt The Fish House. Vince never had a problem sharing credit for successes. He rarely used the word “I,” preferring “we” instead. He always was the first to congratulate others for their triumphs. He understood diplomacy and teamwork. We could have used Vince’s leadership in 2013. {in}

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TREE TRAUMA Many regular travelers of Scenic Highway experienced a shock in early December that was the result of the removal of swaths of trees at the highway’s intersection with Interstate 10. The trees were cleared as part of a three-year long Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project that will widen the stretch of I-10 between Davis Highway and Scenic Highway from four to six lanes. The intersection is located in Escambia County’s District 4 that Commissioner Grover Robinson represents. Robinson said he had been aware of the project itself for several years. FDOT’s plans to widen I-10 and the fact that the project required only limited right-of-way takings that would not displace homeowners in the vicinity was the extent of his knowledge of the project, he told the IN. “What I was not aware of, and what I had not thought of, is what was going to happen with the water from the new road and that they would have to create ponds — I did not know that,” he said. While traveling to Tallahassee on Friday, Dec. 5, Robinson said he was as surprised to see the cleared landscape as anyone. “My initial reaction was ‘God, this is terrible.’ My first thought was how can Escambia County help?” Robinson contacted staff at Escambia County, FDOT and the project’s design engineer. In those discussions, he stated he quickly learned that the construction of two retention ponds at the center of new on/off ramps to the interstate, which were designed with broader environmental

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impacts from storm water runoff in mind, was what necessitated the tree removal. “I had long discussions with the project engineers and they assured me that the overall ecological benefit that is going to come from those retention ponds would be significant,” said Robinson of the runoff from the ramps and roadway that will be diverted into the ponds rather than flowing directly into Escambia Bay. “I hate that it happened at the loss of the trees, but again, sometimes you can’t control these things.” Public announcements for each of two public meetings on April 19, 2011 and Jan. 18, 2012 mention the construction of storm water ponds involved in the project, but like many members of the public, county officials were either unaware of the specific plans altogether or simply didn’t realize the trees would come down as part of them. “I will say that I am somewhat guilty,” Robinson conceded. “I did not actively pursue them to say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ I knew the plan was happening, but I had no idea that they were going to be cutting down those kinds of trees.” While the county has a tree ordinance in place, the state is not required to consider such local regulations. “It’s their project, it’s their work. We don’t really get much say in it,” Robinson said. “I think perhaps one of the problems is we should have been more cognizant in working with them at Scenic Highway,” Robinson added, mentioning the local protections for the Scenic Highway corridor that a special county overlay zone requires. Robinson and others at the county are now working with the state in an effort to make the best of a bad situation. FDOT District 3 Secretary, Tommy Barfield, has assured that the agency is “committed to a significant landscaping improvement at that intersection,” in the wake of the uproar according to Robinson, who is interested in the county augmenting the state’s plans to whatever extent possible. “We had great, mature trees there. I would like us to find ways to get a mature tree as possible to replant,” Robinson stated. “I’m going to have to get support from other commissioners to be able to use that tree fund. I certainly plan to bring that forward.” {in} ▶ For the whole story everyday check out

“I will say that I am somewhat guilty. I did not actively pursue them to say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ I knew the plan was happening, but I had no idea that they were going to be cutting down those kinds of trees.” Grover Robinson

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The IN's Year in Review by Jessica Forbes

Over the course of any given year, the IN staff writes a wide range of cover stories. Some of those stories have a way of sticking out in the memories of those who researched, wrote, read and discussed them. When remembering 2013, a few stories resonated with several of us in the office—either as moving, upsetting, entertaining, or sometimes, simply as an issue on which some progress has been made. Luckily, several of the stories we reported on have seen developments since their print dates and are revisited here.


(December 5) The story was prompted by the city’s notice, the equivalent of a white collar step-to, claiming that Seville Harbour, Inc. and Merrill Land LLC were in default of the terms of their lease of the cityowned property on which the Fish House and Atlas Oyster House sit. In the notice, among other things, the city stated that the companies had 90 days to pay back royalties dating back to 2000—five percent of the gross sales of the Fish House and Atlas Oyster House, or approximately $5 million—or the city would terminate the master lease of the land and close the restaurants on Feb. 13, 2014. This was news to the companies involved. Though brothers Burney, Collier, and Will Merrill own Merrill Land LLC and co-own Great Southern Restaurant Group (which comprises The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, and Jackson’s Steakhouse), GSRG is an affiliate, not a subsidiary of Merrill Land. The legal situation, as far as the responsibility to pay royalties to the city from the restaurant’s earnings, hinges on that fact. The Fish House owns the building on the property, and leases the parcel of land on which it sits from Merrill Land, which subleases it from Seville December 26, 2013

Harbour, Inc., which has the master lease with the city. Right—that’s why lawyers have jobs. On Dec. 10, the city rescinded the default notice, but further discussions about the terms of the lease are forthcoming, and welcome, according to all involved. Also on Dec. 10, Mayor Ashton Hayward issued a statement saying, “The city is not backing down… Now, because of the agreement, we are able to have an informed discussion.” The parties hope to sit down and hash things out by the end of the year.

ship Registry (DPR), set to open in March 2014, extends certain rights to cohabitating adults, regardless of gender. While not intended to equate to marriage, DPRs allow couples important rights including those related to health care, participation in a dependent’s education if the partners are raising children together, and burial and funeral decisions, among others. DPRs now apply in at least 15 municipalities, encompassing over half of Florida’s population. At the state level, the 2014 election may provide Floridians another vote on the question. On Nov. 20, Equal Marriage Florida announced they were half way to collecting the required 683,000-plus signatures to have an amendment placed on the 2014 ballot—the deadline to do so is Feb. 1, 2014. Equality Florida, another advocacy group, continues to prepare a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Florida’s 2008 “Marriage Protection Amendment.” The chance of similar cases filed in other states reaching the Supreme Court and resulting in a federal ruling on the constitutionality of state anti-gay marriage amendments also remains.

When remembering 2013, a few stories resonated with several of us in the office—either as moving, upsetting, entertaining, or sometimes, simply as an issue on which some progress has been made.


(October 3) In October, the IN presented the stories of multiple local same-sex couples who have traveled to other states to marry. Part of the story focused on the challenges the couples face living in a state that does not recognize the legality of their union, particularly when it comes to issues of obtaining benefits for their partners, the right to make decisions for one another in health care settings, and even being denied discounts on car insurance because their state doesn’t recognize their marriage. While marriage equality hasn’t been secured in Florida in the two months since the story ran, some progress has occurred. Within the city limits of Pensacola, the city’s newly passed Domestic Partner-


As we have an office full of food truck enthusiasts, this summer, the IN decided to take a look at the state of affairs for food trucks in Pensacola. Why were there so few, we wondered. The IN discovered that the existing guidance for vendors in Pensacola was limited when compared to other

not-to-distant cities such as New Orleans, Tampa, and Orlando that have recently enjoyed a surge of food truck action. Shortly after the story ran, a food truck began popping up downtown during lunchtime and late night hours. With an increased number of bars downtown, it makes sense the food trucks—and also carts and/or sidewalk set-ups—would locate in the area full of revelers looking for a bite to eat. A handful of brick-and-mortar restaurant owners took notice of the truck parking downtown and also realized clear regulations were needed to maintain harmony. New York Nick’s owner Nick Zangari approached the city council with the support of several downtown restaurant owners, concerned about the impacts to existing restaurants. This led the council after discussing the matter at its regular meeting in November, to hold a public workshop dedicated to the issue in December. The council heard from city staff, food vendors, and restaurant owners, and, at the workshop, determined to send the issue before the city’s Planning Board. To provide the clearest guidance for those following and enforcing future guidelines, an ordinance governing mobile food vendors will be developed, as well as changes to the city’s Land Development Code to reference zoning for food trucks. The public will have more opportunities to comment at the Planning Board meetings. Once the Planning Board has devised a plan, city council will have the ultimate say as to the future guidance for vendors in the city limits.


Showings of the documentary, “The Invisible War” led to this cover story, tackling the difficult subject of sexual assault in the 7

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW the act to the annually passed National Defense Authorization Act, but learned on Dec. 9 that would not occur. Gillibrand has stated she will continue to push for a vote of some kind as soon as possible.

Notable Deaths

Dennis Farina, Actor David Frost, British Television Host/Political Journalist James Gandolfini, Actor Eydie Gorme, Singer Jim Hall, Jazz Guitarist David ‘Kidd’ Kraddick, Radio Personality One of the most somber aspects of and Host reflecting on a year gone by is noting Nelson Mandela, Former President of the deaths of individuals who someSouth Africa how touched the lives of a great numMarian McParland, Jazz ber of people through Pianist and NPR Host their work, art, or a Cory Monteith, Actor combination thereof. Peter O’ Toole, Actor The following is a list of Frederick Pohl, Science just a few of the people Fiction Writer whose deaths made Ray Price, Country Singer headlines in 2013 and put Lou Reed, Singer, Songtheir contributions in the writer, and Musician spotlight once again. Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Blues Great Britain and Soul Singer Helen Thomas, JournalJ.J. Cale, Songwriter and ist/White House CorGuitarist respondent Tom Clancy, Author Paul Walker, Actor Jack Clement, Country Nelson Mandela Slim Whitman, Country Music Singer and Producer Singer and Songwriter Ray Dolby, Inventor of Dolby Noise ReHiroshi Yamauchi, Former President of duction system Nintendo Co. Ltd. George Duke, Jazz Pianist and Composer Bill Young, U.S. Representative from Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor of the Florida Computer Mouse


U.S. military. Monument to Women Veterans hosted a screening at The Pensacola Little Theatre, and the film was also shown at the University of West Florida as part of The White Ribbon Film Series. “The Invisible War,” was awarded the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary.” Filmmaker Kirby Dick tells the story of military rape through the voices of the male and female victims—many who felt that they were victimized twice, once by their attackers and then by the military system. As a military town, the film was all the more relevant. The IN spoke with two locals “Nan” and “Bill.” Both had been raped while serving in the military. Their stories echoed those of service members in the film who found the process of investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults in the military woefully inadequate and, more often than not, neglectful. On March 13, the Senate Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee held hearings on rape in the military. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on the subcommittee, has since championed the Military Justice Improvement Act, which seeks to move the decision to prosecute certain crimes—including sexual assault and rape—to independent military prosecutors, rather than remaining in the chain of command. Gillibrand had hoped to attach

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Looking back, it was almost a chickenand-egg situation: what came first, this cover story or the report of Department of Justice findings? Alas, conditions at the Escambia County Jail have been the subject of multiple cover stories for the IN over the years, and this particular story was published shortly before the findings of a DOJ investigation were issued in a letter to the county in May. The focus of the cover story in early May focused on the aging jail and its staffing needs in light of a dispute over Sherriff David Morgan’s proposed budget that was $18.8 million higher than the previous year’s, a large portion of which was intended to address understaffing issues. The county commission balked at the Sherriff’s request and voted 4-1 in June to assume control of the jail, confident it could address the understaffing and other issues—including patterns of civil rights infractions—that the DOJ identified as problematic. The county commission assumed control of the jail on Oct. 1 and received a Draft Settlement Agreement from the DOJ on Dec. 16. The draft agreement outlined procedures for revamping security policies, procedures, and training curricula, a system of consolidated reports for tracking prisoner violence, implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act requirements, a timeline for achieving adequate staffing levels over four years (for a total of 100 new hires), elimination of the practice of housing prisoners by race, and providing adequate mental health care and medication. The draft agreement is a first step in negotiating a plan for the county to address the goals, which the DOJ has established to improve the conditions at the jail. This, as they say, is the tip of the iceberg that is the county jail reform story. {in}

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Pattern Book While reviewing our year in stories for this issue, we noticed a few recurring topics that kept popping up. Here are the issues and overachieving themes we identified and reported on repeatedly throughout the year.


We jail a lot of people in America, but whether we’re running successful and civil rights infraction-free correctional facilities is without a doubt questionable. That’s true of many places in the U.S., including right here in Escambia County. Most everyone acknowledges there is work to do when it comes to preventing people—particularly youth— from entering prison in the first place, improving conditions in prisons and jails, and devising stronger programs for transitioning ex-convicts back into workforce and society, all of which are topics the IN covered in 2013. Happily, we were able to end coverage on a slightly positive note, naming Judge Casey Rogers of the Northern Judicial District of Florida a winner in 2013, in part for her work with Re-entry Alliance Pensacola (REAP).

How to Kill the Monster that Eats Children: Shutting Down Prison Pipeline (January 24) The Big House and the Bigger Picture: The Cost of Escambia’s Justice System (May 9) We Told You So: Feds Find Long Standing Abuse in County Jail (May 30) No Blinking: Escambia County to Assume Jail Operations (June 27) Second Chances for Ex-cons: The Triumphs and Challenges of Re-entry (September 12) Get Out of Jail Free: How to Commit Crime While in County’s Care (September 5) Winners & Losers 2013 (December 12) December 26, 2013


Conditions for the homeless was the topic of multiple news items this year, as the city passed several ordinances governing how public facilities are used that had the most impact on homeless individuals. The ordinances prohibit sleeping outside on public property and activities such as shaving, washing clothing, or preparing food in public restrooms. Another ordinance targeted public urination and defecation, and a fourth addressed “aggressive solicitation, begging or panhandling.” Non-profits such as Sean’s Outpost are finding creative ways to provide food, shelter, and other services for homeless in the community. Due to the limited number of beds and services available locally for the homeless, 2014 will likely see additional reporting on efforts to improve services for Pensacola’s homeless population. Buzz: Bummin’ Under the Bridge (April 18) Cleaning Out the Campground: Is Pensacola Pushing Out Homeless? (May 15) Outtakes: Mean Streets of Pensacola (May 16) Buzz: Homeless Ordinances Approved (May 30) Satoshi Forest: Local Group Sets Up Homeless Outpost (November 14)


Being on the Gulf Coast, the third anniversary of the BP oil spill naturally resulted in a few environmental stories. The allocation of Natural Resources Damage Assessment funds to Escambia County, and the establishment of the county’s RESTORE Act Advisory Committee were also significant developments. And then there was our annual Green Issue in March. Discussions about drilling, logging, and fish hatcheries were also in the air, and if rumblings of flesheating bacteria in tar balls, proposed military training in Blackwater River State Forest, and the troubling number of sewage spills we’ve had locally are any indication, 2014 is going to be a busy year for environmental reporting as well. Saving Blackwater, Round Two: Fending Off Drilling in the Forest (March 7) Lowball Logjam: Are There Riches in the River? (March 21) Restoration Education: Three Years After the BP Oil Spill (April 25) Buzz: Oil Spill Restoration Hits Northwest Florida (May 9) The Gulf Coast’s Big Plan: Drawing Up the RESTOREation Blueprint (June 19) Buzz: Tar Ball Brigade (June 20) Buzz: Operation Toxic Gulf Update, (August 8) Buzz: Fishery Tales (September 26)

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Year in News: Headlines That Made A Mark The IN took a look back at the headlines that drove the news cycles locally, nationally, and abroad in 2013. Though not comprehensive or listed in any particular order, the following are the stories that made waves and left their marks on our collective memories, at least here in our office. If you’re like us, there are several that may have slipped your busy mind by now—sorry Sequestration.


The American Planning Association Names Palafox Street as one of its “10 Great Streets for 2013.” Selected for its historic architecture, plazas, wide sidewalks and medians, the APA noted that those elements added to improved business activity and added value to the community. The city celebrated with—what else—a street party and installing plaques along the Palafox Street sidewalks noting the honor. Escambia County Assumes Control of the County Jail. On October 1, the county commission took over operation of the county jail from the Escambia County Sherriff’s Office. The takeover means the county will be responsible for bringing the jail into compliance with requirements stipulated by the U.S. Department of Justice as a result of their investigation into operations at the jail.

The Zimmerman Agency Swave Debacle. A new logo for the city—commonly referred to as the “Swave”—designed by The Zimmerman Agency, an ad agency hired to rebrand the city, became the focus of attention in early summer. City Administrator Bill Reynolds and the mayor’s Press Secretary Derek Cosson were fired and reassigned, respectively, and charged with non-criminal public records infractions for keeping the logo from the city council and the public.

Cosson pled no contest and paid a $350 fine while Reynolds, who pled not guilty, was cleared of official charges and is now in the running for Escambia County Administrator. YMCA at Community Maritime Park Negotiations Falls Flat. The early months of 2013 saw discussions among the city council, the mayor, the board of the Community Maritime Park Associates, and the community at large as to whether the Downtown YMCA should relocate to a waterfront parcel at the Community Maritime Park. Ultimately, the YMCA walked away from lease discussions after much procedural back and forth, and the CMPA board voting to allow the YMCA to build on non-waterfront parcels. State Representative Clay Ford Dies. In March, Rep. Clay Ford succumbed to cancer. A Republican from Gulf Breeze, Ford was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 2007. A special election for Ford’s District 2 seat on June 11 saw Republican Walter Bryan “Mike” Hill defeat Democrat Jeremy Lau.

University of West Florida Announces Football Program. UWF President Dr. Judy Bense announced in October a timetable for the establishment of the university’s football team. The university anticipates interviewing for and hiring a coaching staff in spring 2014. A full season of practices and scrimmages are planned for 2015 and the first games will be played fall 2016 at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Escambia County Sherriff’s Office Makes National Headlines. Unfortunately, it was for two officer-involved shootings only a week apart. In August, two deputies fired 15 rounds at Roy Howard Middleton, who was unarmed, in his front yard, and only a week later two deputies entered a home without a warrant while pursuing a suspect (that turned out not to be in the home) and shot two of the owners’ dogs, killing one. An Escambia County grand jury determined no criminal charges should be filed against deputies involved in the Middleton shooting. Visit Pensacola, Inc. Takes Over Tourism Marketing for the County. After public outcry in June over a 30-minute television ad that cost almost $290,000 changes came quickly for the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and its role in tourism marketing for the county. Visit Pensacola, Inc., a not for profit organization incorporated in August, is taking over those duties from the chamber, funded by county bed tax monies, a change which the county commission approved on Dec. 5. BP Money Allotted for Escambia County. In May, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that $58 million from BP’s National Resources Damage Assessment fines for the 2010 oil spill were allotted to projects in the state. Over half of the money was allotted to Escambia County, approximately $20 million for a Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery and approximately $11 million for a Pensacola Bay Liv-

ing Shoreline project. Environmentalists raised concerns about the hatchery project at a public meeting in September. A public review comment period for the project ends January 28, 2014.

NATIONAL HEADLINES • • • • • • • • • • •

George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty Alex Snowden Leaks Information about the NSA, Remains in Exile 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination Obamacare Website Launches (and then crashes) Sequestration Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Mass Shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Gun Control Legislation Died in U.S. Senate President Barack Obama Inaugurated for a Second Term Boston Marathon Bombing Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma


Pope Benedict XVI Resigned, Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio/ Pope Francis Succeeds Him Britain’s Royal Baby Born, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge North Korea Conducted Third Underground Nuclear Test Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines Malala Yousafzai Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Syrian Civil War Iran Agrees to Limit Nuclear Development Program Meteor Strikes Russia Over 1,100 Die in Bangladesh Factory Collapse Chinese Spacecraft Chang’e Lands on the Moon

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The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake Red, Taylor Swift Take Me Home, One Direction Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Babel, Mumford & Sons Night Visions, Imagine Dragons Here’s to the Good Times, Florida Georgia Line The Truth About Love, P!nk Crash My Party, Luke Bryan Unapologetic, Rihanna

Highest Grossing Tours (Source: Billboard Top 25 Tours of 2013) • Bon Jovi, $205 million • Michael Jackson The Immortal World

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Tour by Cirque Du Soleil, $157 million P!nk, $147.9 million Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, $147.6 million Rihanna, $137 million The Rolling Stones, $126 million Taylor Swift, $115 million Beyoncé , $104 million Depeche Mode, $99 million Kenny Chesney, $90 million

Biggest Songs (Source: Billboard Hot 100 Songs of 2013) • Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz the Heist • Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell • Radioactive, Imagine Dragons • Harlem Shake, Baauer • Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton • Mirrors, Justin Timberlake • Just Give Me a Reason, P!nk featuring Nate Ruess • When I Was Your Man, Bruno Mars • Cruise, Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly • Roar, Katy Perry


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Top Grossing Films in North America in 2013 (Source: boxoffice. com)

Iron Man 3 (Disney) Despicable Me (Universal) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) Man of Steel (Warner Bros.) Monsters University (Disney) Gravity (Warner Bros.) Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney) Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) World War Z (Paramount)


Amazon’s Top 10 Best Sellers of 2013 (as of Dec. 20) • Strengths Finder 2.0, Tom Rath • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will

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at just $5 a piece. For added convenience, she rotates locations on multiple evenings throughout the week, alternating between Bayview and Sanders Beach Community Centers, making Zumba feasibly workable into most individual schedules. This particular outdoor free Zumba class gives Zumba enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate a workout they’ve come to know and love, and others who maybe are a little skeptical an opportunity to see what this upbeat dance-infused workout is all about, and maybe even catch the Zumba craze.

10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. Sat. Jan. 11, City Wide Boot Camp Presented by

Wi-Lo, this event will be similar to the free family boot camp event that took place at the Community Maritime Park this fall. The children’s boot camp begins at 10:30 a.m., with a boot camp for adults to immediately follow at 11:30 a.m.

1 p.m., Sat. Jan. 18, 2nd Annual Mari Gras Run, Walk and Drag in Color More like a color-filled spectacular It’s easy to get carried away throwing goals out there. The hard part is actually figuring out how to tackle your goals so you can meet them. It’s safe to say at some point we’ve all fallen prey to the habit of having grandiose ideas that are a bit too ambitious for our own good. While it’s great to be excited about making positive changes, before you know it you’ll have scribbled down more resolutions than you have energy or daylight hours to achieve. This is where the frustration and self-defeat tend to set in. Setting goals will always be the easy part. The hard part is coming up with a feasible roadmap to help actually achieve these goals, not to mention stay motivated and accountable. Although it may sound exhausting, it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to an everincreasing demand, we’ve reached a point in our community where there’s something suitable for anyone and everyone seeking to embark upon, build upon, or simply maintain and sustain some form of an active lifestyle. Sure, everyone’s ideas and ideals for fitness activities are different. Some might think swimming some laps in the pool sounds like a dream, while others (selfDecember 26, 2013

included) would rather cycle or run/walk all day before ever considering sticking a single toe in the water for exercise purposes. Some look to yoga to build upon their strength, flexibility and mindfulness, while others prefer the all-around butt-busting jolt that boot camp fitness offers. Some enjoy the confines of the gym, while others couldn’t possibly bear the thought of working out anywhere other than outdoors. Whether you are looking to break into a new workout regime or kick up your current one, here are a few tangible options to aid you in jumpstarting your January. These are local solutions we hope will take you a giant step closer to achieving your pie in the sky health and fitness resolutions that you’ve set for yourself.


Throughout the month of January, the Maritime Park is hosting what they refer to as “A Fitness Revolution.” The idea is to provide opportunities to try a little of everything, find something you like and leave with a mission. Each Saturday offers something a bit different, culminating with an all-inclusive fitness fair held Jan. 25. The best part, other than this series of Saturdays being fun and active, is that this revolution is free. Can’t beat that.

Setting goals will always be the easy part. The hard part is coming up with a feasible roadmap to help actually achieve these goals, not to mention stay motivated and accountable.

10 a.m. (tentative), Sat. Jan. 4, Zumba with Priscilla and Friends

Leading the Zumba pack in Pensacola, is none other than Priscilla. The beauty about her classes is that there is no commitment

than a race, this 5K walk, run and drag in color is presented by Jubilee by the Bay. The course is filled with multiple color stops, and a celebratory atmosphere encompasses the entire shebang.

Sat. Jan. 25, Official Fitness Revolution Fair During this grand finale

fitness expo participants are encouraged to try a little bit of, well, everything.

Pensacola Community Maritime Park 300 W. Main St.


“My First 5K/10K” Class

Perhaps you are starting from scratch or just plan to take your running up a notch in the New Year. If you need someone to all but drag you off the couch and outside onto the pavement, consider signing up for Running Wild’s “My First 5K” Class. The 5K class will help take you on a safe and steady journey from ground zero of running to crossing the finish line of a 3.1 mile 5K in 12 weeks. If you’ve steadily been building up your mileage and are looking for a slightly 13

center parking lot (lot E) at 6 p.m. for a 45-minute to 1-hour trail run every Thursday. The routes will be determined by group consensus and will be primarily on the UWF mountain bike trails.

Friday • Phat Girlz (9:30 a.m.)  This is a

women’s only, all abilities running/walking group; 3-6 miles through East Pensacola Heights. This group meets late August through May. During the months of June, July and August join the Girlz at Six at Six on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Meet at Running Wild.

Saturday • Running Wild – Saturday Long Run (6 a.m.)  8-10 miles, supported hydration stops, marked courses and more. All abilities are welcome. No sign up needed. longer challenge, the “My First 10K” class is geared toward those individuals who have completed at least one 5K. During this 12week class you will learn to safely increase distance to comfortably run six miles. Training for each class is $250 and includes a pair of professionally fit running shoes ($140 value), entry into race, a custom tech run shirt and more. Classes kick off Dec. 30 and meet Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both conclude at the finish line of the Bayou Hills 5K/10K held March 15.

Running Wild 3012 E. Cervantes St.

Group Runs

If you are unable to commit to a class or are if you are already running routinely and are simply interested in teaming up with others either to push yourself a bit harder, here are some running group options to consider, which will help you on your way to the races this year:

Monday • runGB (6 p.m.) All abilities. 3-mile run from The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze.

• Seville Quarter Milers  (5:30 p.m.) Seville Quarter Government St. Downtown Pensacola.

Tuesday • Running Wild – Six at Six  (6

a.m.) All abilities welcome. Course is six miles, through East Hill, Downtown and North Hill. Stick around for coffee after the run. • McGuire’s Run Club (6 p.m.) Every Tuesday. Meet by the double-decker bus in the parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Run at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday • Capt’n Fun Runners (6 p.m.) Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Distances vary from 3 to 10 miles; pace varies. After the run enjoy the social meeting at Captain Fun’s on the Boardwalk. • Pensacola Bay Brewery Run Club (6 p.m.) Meet at Pensacola Bay Brewery. Choose your distance. Discounts on brews for all participants. Thursday • Running Wild – Six at Six (6 a.m.) All abilities welcome. Course is six miles, through East Hill, Downtown and North Hill.  Stick around for coffee after the run. • Running Wild Trail Run- Run at UWF (6 p.m.) Meet at the lower fitness/aquatic


Stay at the YMCA

Not only is it fun to stay at the YMCA of Northwest Florida, it’s even more fun to work out there. With a range of programs for both beginners and gym-enthusiasts, this longstanding gym prides itself on opening its doors to anyone and offering financial assistance. The Y offers a personal training program that will help new members learn how to use the equipment and develop a specially designed individual workout plan. Included in a membership at the Y is a wide range of programs including group fitness classes. These classes are a great way to see what the Y is all about. While some lower intensity classes such as beginner yoga and senior fitness classes are prime for beginners, additional options include high-energy workouts like spinning, HILT and Crossfit (available at the downtown location for an additional fee). On top of classes for adults

there are a variety of options for the kids, ranging from simple day camps and childcare, to gymnastics, martial arts and swim team. Mommy & Me Yoga is for mothers and infants to toddlers to exercise together. Prenatal yoga has caught on quickly at the YMCA, providing a class in which mothers who are not allowed to exercise at higher intensities can meditate and stretch. As a leader in aquatics for more than a century, the Y promotes exercise in the water as a great option for all ages and fitness levels. Options include learning to swim, benefitting from lap swimming, participating in a water aerobics class or enjoying recreational swim opportunities.

YMCA of Northwest Florida Downtown Branch 410 N. Palafox St.

Get Fit Anytime

For those who have spent years wearing out the claim of “not having time” to go to the gym, Anytime Fitness puts up a pretty substantial counterargument. The beauty of the Anytime Fitness model is having the freedom and flexibility to work in a workout around your schedule, anytime of the day

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A Higher Quality of Patient Care or night. And with a seven-day trial pass option, what better way to spend your first seven days of 2014? Member or not, if you feel like jumping in full steam and getting fully indoctrinated, Anytime Fitness is currently offering a special New Year Boot Camp to get you out of what they refer to as the “holiday funk” and powerfully break into a regular exercise routine.

6 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 2014. New Year Boot Camp

This six-week boot camp is hosted by a duo of Anytime Fitness trainers, Lindsey and Courtney. $100 for members; $125 for non-members. Contact to learn more.

Anytime Fitness Downtown Pensacola 100 S. Alcaniz St.

Get Fixed on Fitness

Geared toward newbies and experienced athletes alike, Fixed on Fitness (FOF) prides itself on being the original outdoor fitness boot camp in Pensacola. FOF brings the idea of a structured, outdoor fitness program to the people of our community. A new season of FOF workouts begins Jan. 6, with special incentive rates offered. All memberships, as well as FOF’s four-week trial program are discounted for the first camp of the year. Camps will continue to offer morning and evening time slots in Pensacola, Pace and Perdido. Each camp includes 16 workouts held over a four-week period. In addition to each and every workout being different and dynamic, workouts can be tailored to each individual fitness level. As an added bonus, participants get a nutrition plan and workouts to take home. Plus, FOF creates training plans if you are looking to participate in signature area races and other athletic events. Just be ready — with a retention rate of 85%, there’s a good chance if you give FOF a test run, you may December 26, 2013

find yourself in it to win it — or at least stick around longer than a few months.

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Have an Epic New Year’s Eve, Pensacola by Jessica Forbes

home on New Year’s Eve. Family festivities begin early in the evening, followed by the Raising of the Pelican at 8 p.m. and musical performances by Antoine Knight, Blend & DJ, Mojeaux, Big Jim Brown and the Speed Kings, Dew Pendleton & UR Friends and Timberhawk. Be part of the entertainment by jumping into a flash mob planned for 7 p.m. (visit the Pelican Drop website to learn the moves). It all culminates with the 14-feet tall illuminated pelican descending from its perch at Palafox and Government streets to mark the start of the New Year.


and 9 p.m. The Fish House will have two seatings of its fixed-price New Year’s Eve dinner. For $125 a person, diners will be treated to a five-course dinner complete with wine pairings and complimentary favors. The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House will also accept reservations beginning at 5 p.m. for service from their regular dinner menus. 600 S. Barracks St. 4700003 or


New Year’s Eve, while usually exciting, has the potential to be one of the most overhyped party nights of the year. Something about the promise of a New Year and a corresponding, symbolic clean slate elevates expectations for an amazing night out that really, when it’s all said and done, is just another night out, but with a background of sparkling lights and party favors in hand. If played right, however, New Year’s Eve can in fact be an amazing night, just by the fact that everyone usually steps up their game a bit — maybe it’s the spiffier outfits, dinner at a restaurant you don’t normally frequent, or running into people you have not seen in a while. This year, there are plenty of reasons to get off the couch and out and about in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. No matter your style, one of these celebrations likely has something to offer you at a venue familiar or different to your normal routine. December 26, 2013

There are plenty of opportunities to make this New Year’s Eve your own kind of epic.

It’s the one place (and one night) where drinking from a shoe is generally socially acceptable.


ELBOW ROOM 4 p.m. It’s a Pensacola

tradition. Whether you stop in for one beer or stay until 2013 is just a memory, bathing yourself in the red light of the Elbow Room is a highly suggested New Year’s Eve activity. A $5.00 cover gets you inside one of Pensacola’s signature establishments where party favors and champagne abound. With one of the best full bar menus in town, it’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat. It’s the one place (and one night) where drinking from a shoe is generally socially acceptable — the bar passes around a champagne-filled shoe as part of the midnight toast, which is probably one of the most unique ways to say ‘Happy New Year!’ 2213 W. Cervantes St. 434-0300.


Pelican Drop excitement, Vinyl Music Hall provides ‘80s hair metal fans a free respite from the common sounds of pop and dance music. The lineup of cover bands includes The Kings of Hollywood, Appetite for Destruction, Poison’d, Red, White & Crue and Def-Steria. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. 2 S. Palafox. Free. 607-6758 or

PENSACOLA PELICAN DROP 5:30 p.m. With the Pelican Drop party growing each year, there is no reason to sit at

Symphony can help you ring in the New Year with an exciting mix of popular and jazz hits performed at the Saenger. Peter Rubardt, conductor, and Chris Vadala, saxophone. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. $22 -$84. 595-3880 or


a large but contained party, Seville Quarter may be the place for you on New Year’s Eve. Live music will be provided by a number of Seville favorites, including Gretsch and the Modern Eldorados, Hotel Oscar, Scofield and the Rosie O’Grady’s Dueling Piano Show. DJs will keep dance music going throughout the night in Phineas Phogg’s and on the street. Party favors and a champagne toast at midnight after a complex-wide countdown are part of the special NYE swag. $35 in advance and $40 on the day of gets a guest one 2014 Membership Card along with admission to the NYE party, or those just want to dance 17

Pier at midnight. It’s a great opportunity to have a beach-side New Year’s Eve, with maybe dinner on the boardwalk. 932-1500 or


pagne and party favors are just as small part of the fun during Emerald City’s New Year’s Eve party, which will feature a Top 13 of 2013 Countdown by DJ JAY-R and performances throughout the night by the Jewels of the Emerald Coast. A balloon drop at midnight with $500 in cash and prizes is just one more reason to stop by EC’s NYE extravaganza. 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or


the New Year in $20. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


and 9 p.m. Just down Palafox Street from the Pelican Drop, Jackson’s will offer two seatings of a fi xed-price, three course meal with bottomless champagne for $125 a person in the President’s Room. The price includes complimentary favors and valet services.

Jackson’s will open at 5 p.m., and will also feature service from the fall/winter dinner menu all evening long. 400 S. Palafox. Call 469-9898 to make reservations.


Two fireworks displays will light up the sky over Pensacola Beach, the first at Portofino Boardwalk at 8 p.m. and the last at Gulf

fans of Pensacola, The Handlebar has a party planned with you in mind. Featuring Slowpoke Rodriguez, Avail Aternal, Death Before Dying, Vithial, and more bands to be announced, H-bar promises theirs will be “The Most Metal New Year’s Celebration Around.” The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or


favorite Something Huge will perform at the beach bar’s New Year’s Eve party, complete with party favors and a change to win diamond earrings. Free champagne at midnight, guests can watch both of the beach fireworks displays from the Shaker’s Observation Deck.

THE CABARET BALLOON DROP 12:01 a.m. Immediately following the Pelican Drop, head over to Jefferson Street for The Cabaret’s prize-filled balloon drop and champagne toast. It’s the perfect place to keep your downtown party going.101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or


FIRST DAY HIKE 12 — 2 p.m. To begin your New Year by connecting with nature, or just getting a breath of fresh air, travel to the Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park. Park Rangers will conduct a leisurely 1.3 mile guided hike along the Tarkiln Bayou Trail, sharing information about the native plants found along the way. The walk is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, and staff recommends guests bring along drinking water, insect repellant, walking shoes, binoculars and a camera. $3 per vehicle entry fee. 2401 Bauer Road 492-1595 or POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 2 p.m. Snap out of your New Year’s stupor by taking an icy plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound behind Paradise Bar and Grill. Afterward reward yourself with a bowl of black-eyed peas, live blues and maybe even a tasty beverage at the bar. Adults and children can dive in and also receive a T-shirt for $10, and children 5th grade and under can join “The Polar Bear Cub Club” and participate for $5. Entry fee benefits the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna Drive 9321500 or {in}

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RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Running Wild, 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or FIRST CITY ART CENTER 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Small Works” on display through December. MondayFriday and Saturday 9 a.m. - noon. 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 2013 Members’ Show is on display through Jan. 3. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presenting the gallery’s Christmas Members’ Show, which will be on display through Dec. 31. For the 10th year, Quayside is also showcasing Christmas ornaments created by local Pyramid School artists, which we be available through Jan. 6. Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1- 5 p.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St. 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “All Member Holiday Exhibit” on display through Dec. 28. This annual holiday exhibit includes the “Holiday Wall,” displaying works from the Gallery’s member artists ranging from paintings to pottery, all of which are priced at $100 or under. On Dec. 29 the “New Blues Show” opens, displaying the works of member artists who joined the gallery in 2013. Special holiday hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 – 4 p.m. Open New Year’s Eve 10 a.m. – midnight. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Currently on display: “The American Indian: Original Art and Artifacts and Interpretations Through Western Eyes,” extended through Dec. 31, and “The Design of War: World War I and II Posters and Flags,” through Jan. 3. Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or MESS HALL 2 – 5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers weekly themes, special activities and workshops that captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. School year hours are Tuesday – Friday 2 – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. Admission is free for members and $8 for adults and children ages 3 and over. 877-937-6377 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at

Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Offered every Thursday and Friday night. Call ahead for availability and information about other tour offerings. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or VEGAN DINNER AT END OF THE LINE 6 – 9 p.m. While End of the Line offers vegan dinner options every day (except Mondays, when they’re closed) each Thursday the café also serves up a 3-course dinner, the menu for which changes every week. 610 E. Wright St. $15. 4290336 or BEER PONG TOURNAMENT 8 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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“Heroes of Cosplay,” will be on hand as guest costume judges. There will also be computer gaming run by Panhandle Gamers and console gaming tournaments run by Gamers4God. Memberships are available at the door for $10 per day. For more information, visit TOURS OF HISTORIC ST. MICHAEL’S CEMETERY 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Forty-five minute tours of this eight acre green space in the heart of historic Pensacola give you a unique look at over 200 years of local history. Learn about symbolism behind the images, the people and places associated with this community, and preservation efforts in this historic cemetery. Tours offered every Tuesday and Friday. 436-4643 or

KARAOKE NIGHT 6 p.m. VFW Post 706 5000 Lillian Highway, 455-0026. LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or RICHARD MADDEN 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or GYPSY GROOVE 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or JAMES & FRIENDS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS SUBURBAN SHAKEDOWN 7:30 p.m. 2 S. Palafox. $5. 6076758 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or PAPER STREET SOAP CO. 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or TYLER MAC BAND 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or DJ ANGEL VALLE 10 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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FRIDAY 12.27

ANIME SOUTH CONVENTION Dec. 27 – 29. Cosplay contests, a talent show, gaming and panels are part of the sixth Anime South Convention at the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. Anime South is a not-for-profit organization celebrating Japanese animation, music and culture. Cast members from the SyFy show,

where she teaches English and is an associate editor of SOL Magazine: English Writing in Mexico. A reception with light refreshments begins at 5:30 p.m. and the reading begins at 6 p.m. Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project, 1040 N. Guillemard St. Free. 453-6774 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 - 7 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Night-time version of the regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu, including Bellinis, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sangrias as well as your favorite brunch dishes with exciting twists. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or

OPEN BOOKS HOSTS POET LAURA JULIET WOOD 5:30 p.m. Originally from Pensacola, poet Laura Juliet Wood will read from “All Hands Lost,” her most recent book during an event at Open Books. Wood currently lives in Mexico,

LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or THREE BEAN SOUP 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or DONNIE SUNDIAL WITH THE PICASSO HOUSE RHYTHM BAND 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or DIZZY JUKE BAND 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS THE REVIVALISTS 8 p.m. Night one of a two-night stand featuring The Revivalists with Nick & the Ovorols; Ryan Balthrop plays as well, Friday only. 2 S. Palafox. $15. 607-6758 or SCOTT KOEHN 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 677-9153 or THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or PETTY CASH TRIO 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102

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happenings S. Palafox. 466-2103 or THE CORE 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or HERITAGE 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. RICH MCDUFF 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or NIKKI FORGIONE 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S. Palafox. 497-6076 or MI CAPITAN AT THE HANDLEBAR 9:30 p.m. Mi Capitan, Jpegasus, Kent Stanton and Acorns. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or


12th AVENUE PATIO SALE 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Spend your Saturday morning shopping local. 12th Avenue Patio Sale is a group of locals offering the best Pensacola-made goods. Every Saturday will bring fresh vendors to the mix, so stop in weekly to see what's new. 1010 N. 12th Ave. 438-3580 or PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs and art for sale. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. DAY BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch including Bellinis, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sangrias as well as your favorite brunch dishes with exciting twists. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or PENSACOLA BAY BREWERY TOUR 3:30 p.m. Join Brewmaster Mark Robertson for a tour of Pensacola’s own brewery. Tours begin in the Taproom and include samples for those 21 and over. No reservations required. $5. 225 E. Zaragosa St. 434-3353 or ICE HOCKEY 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Surge. Pensacola Bay Center. 201 E. Gregory St. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. A night-time edition of the regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or

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DAVE AND JOE SHOW 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road 932-4139 or AMANDA MATTHEWS WITH THE PICASSO HOUSE RHYTHM BAND 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or

THE BLENDERS 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or DANNICA LOWERY 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 677-9153 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter. com. VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS THE REVIVALISTS 8 p.m. Night two of a two-night stand featuring The Revivalists with Nick & the Ovorols; Hotel Oscar plays as well, Saturday only. 2 S. Palafox. $15. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall. com. The Revivalists / press photo ADAM HOLT WITH JILLIAN JENSON 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox, 466-2103 or THE CORE 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or HERITAGE 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or REZOLVE AT SLUGGOS 9 p.m. Rezolve with Acorns with E.C.M. 101 S. Jefferson St. 791-6501

your perfect brunch. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas for $5. TLC opens at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or DAY BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch, including Bellinis, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sangrias as well as your favorite brunch dishes with exciting twists. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch overlooking Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or END OF THE LINE BRUNCH 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This vegan café offers its unique 3-course brunch every Sunday, with a menu that changes each week.. 610 E. Wright St. $15. 429-0336 or SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Whether it’s a special occasion, an opportunity for friends to catch up or a pleasant start to a lazy Sunday, brunch at Seville Quarter’s is a great way to treat your family. Live music provided by the Westside Players. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or FIVE SISTERS JAZZ BRUNCH 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A southern blend of southern flavors and live music featuring Clarence Bell. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 Belmont St. 912-4856 or ICE HOCKEY 3:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Louisiana Ice Gators. Pensacola Bay Center. 201 E. Gregory St.

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RICH MCDUFF 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or STRYKE RAIL 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S. Palafox. 497-6076 or BENEFIT AT THE HANDLEBAR The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or

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BUBBLES & BRUNCH AT THE LEISURE CLUB 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Enjoy Gourmet Brunch Trios for $12. You pick the three delicious items to build

DUNNOTAR 4 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or CADILLAC ATTACK 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. 932-4139 or THE AUTUMN DESCENT AT THE HANDLEBAR 8 p.m. The Autumn Descent, Silent Planet, Johnny Panic and Planetary Collision. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BROOKS HUBBERT 10 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or

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RUNNING: SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS CLUB 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THE GULF BREEZE BOOKCLUB 6:30 p.m.

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happenings if your team makes the top three. 200 S. Palafox St. 332-7952 or BAR BINGO 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or TRIVIA AT THE SANDSHAKER 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or

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JORDAN RICHARDS 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. 932-4139 or BLUES SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 8 p.m. Featuring Dizzy Jukes. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or PAPER STREET SOAP CO. 8 p.m. End o’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


Monthly meeting of the Gulf Breeze Book Club will discuss William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” and welcomes visitors and new members. Third floor of the Beach Elk’s Lodge, 661 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-8620. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOR FUN AT THE SANDSHAKER 7 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or WORLD OF BEER TRIVIA NIGHT 7 – 9 p.m. Drink beer, play trivia for free and win WOB Bucks

RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Running Wild, 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or JAM WITH JOSHUA TYRONE 5 – 7 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or PRIME TIME TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. Jackson’s, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or YOGA AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 8 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or

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VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS FREE NEW YEARS EVE BASH 5 p.m. Featuring The Kings of Hollywood, Appetite for Destruction, Poison’d, Red, White & Crue and Def-Steria. 2 S. Palafox. Free. 607-6758 or RICHARD MADDEN 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. 932-4139 or LAST FLIGHT OUT 7 p.m. Last Flight Out, featuring Joe Murphy, Sean Dietrich, Chuck Schwartz and Fred Domulot. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or KNEE DEEP BAND 9 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or NEW YEARS EVIL AT THE HANDLEBAR 9 p.m. Featuring Slowpoke Rodriguez, Avail Aternal, Death Before Dying, Vithial and more TBA. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or


FIRST DAY HIKE 12 — 2 p.m. Start the New Year with a leisurely walk at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park. The park will host a 1.3 mile Rangerguided hike along the Tarkiln Bayou Trail. Staff will share their knowledge of native plants found in the park along the way. The walk is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, and staff recommends guests bring along drinking water, insect repellant, walking shoes, binoculars and a camera. $3 per vehicle entry fee. 2401 Bauer Road. 492-1595 or POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 2 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill hosts this celebration for those daring enough to take a dip into the Santa Rosa Sound

— and those who’d just like to spectate. Adults and children who would like to participate and receive a T-shirt can do so for $10, and children 5th grade and under can join “The Polar Bear Cub Club” and simply participate for $5. Entry fee benefits the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna Drive. 932-1500 or WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 5:30 p.m. – close. All bottled wines are 50 percent off. Jackson’s, 400 S. Barracks St. 469-9898 or jacksons. RUN4WINE 5:30 p.m. The Wine Bar. 16 S. Palafox. RUNNING: TAP IT AND RUN 6:30 p.m. Half-price select drafts for runners. After 10 runs, receive a “Tap It and Run” shirt. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox St. 332-7952 or

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or ALL STAR JAM 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via del Luna Drive. 916-5087 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MIKE QUINN 8 p.m. End o’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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Ears & Fingers - Top 25 of 2013 by Jason Leger


The National are a band who have only gotten better with age, as their front man finds more and more reasons to succumb wryly to his demons. It’s actually been fairly odd to watch how the songs on this album seem to have morphed around my own personal circumstances this year. I haven’t been able to pick a favorite song because the one I wear out changes from month to month. It’s extremely personal. Top track: “Pink Rabbits”

2. PHOSPHORESCENT-“MUCHACHO” Matthew Houck, the creative force behind Phosphorescent, seems to have found a very clear goal in the simplicity he strives for in his music. It’s always been clear, from 2007’s “Pride” to this year’s powerhouse “Muchacho,” he just isn’t a big fan of frills and overproduction. “Muchacho” is an album filled with introspection, gravity and even in upbeat numbers, somber overtones. Top track: “Muchacho’s Tune”


When Local Natives first appeared on my radar in 2010 with “Gorilla Manor,” I was immediately impressed with how well put together they were. “Hummingbird” doesn’t disappoint in similar regard. Ideas of heartache run throughout, but what’s impressive are the feelings of hope, which still emanate from the jangly guitar, stimulating drums and soaring harmonies. Surely, we can expect much more from these cats. Top track: “Heavy Feet”


The events leading up to the release of Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album, “Reflektor,” were shrouded in vagueness and secrecy. One is almost inclined to think the band wanted some misdirection, and it would be true if “Reflektor” wasn’t such an impressive album. However, this nuDecember 26, 2013

anced disco-noir undertaking is impressive, adding a notch in the belt of a band who have already accomplished quite a bit. Top track: “Afterlife”

one of the most cohesively catchy pop albums I have ever heard and their bass player is a total fox — just saying. Top track: “Don’t Save Me”



I’ve watched several interviews with Kanye West about what he was trying to accomplish with “Yeezus,” his incredibly ambitious sixth studio album, He is very intelligent, bitter about the way he feels the black community is marketed to, and also seems disillusioned by his role in society. At any rate, “Yeezus” is a flourishing success, so at the very least, the guy can back up his neuroses. Top track: “Blood on the Leaves”


Everyone loves a good underdog story, and Caveman live it. They have been making attempts at breaking through for the better part of a decade, specifically in the NYC music scene. This year saw the release of their second full length, “Caveman,” and the band is finally getting some long overdue attention. Top track: “In The City”


Danny Brown has risen to prominence on his own terms and no one can take that level of pride away from him. He is self-made and his name has been on the lips of almost everyone this year. “Old,” Brown’s second studio album, is entrenched in the seemingly whimsical, while maintaining the dark ideas Brown has always made us tense over. Top Track: “Side B (Dope Song)”


If you’ve never heard the name Haim after the year they had, chances are you spent most of 2013 under a rock. This trio of sisters have been everywhere in the past year, and they deserve the notoriety we are giving them. Haim have written

Daft Punk had a massive year and released what should be considered the album of their careers. Mostly organic neo-disco, funk and house bleed through this release, which is also brimming with impressive collaborations. Keep your eyes peeled as the duo just announced they will make their first televised performance since 2008 during the Grammys. Top track: “Instant Crush”


What can be said about Justin Vernon that we don’t already know? In 2011, he taught us how to feel feelings again with Bon Iver, and this year he showed us an impressive introspective rock side with “Repave,” by side project Volcano Choir. The album, while seeming heavy on the surface, is actually Vernon and his friends enjoying making music together. Top track: “Dancepack” 11. White Denim- “Corsicana Lemonade” 12. Foals- “Holy Fire” 13. Yo La Tengo- “Fade” 14. Earl Sweatshirt- “Doris” 15. Queens of the Stone Age- “…Like Clockwork” 16. Wavves- “Afraid of Heights” 17. The 1975- “The 1975” 18. Vampire Weekend- “Modern Vampires of the City” 19. Cayucas- “Bigfoot” 20. Blood Orange- “Cupid Deluxe” 21. My Bloody Valentine- “mbv” 22. Thundercat- “Apocalypse” 23. Kurt Vile- “Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze” 24. Night Beds- “Country Sleep” 25. Moonface- “Julia with Blue Jeans On” 23


UWF RECEIVES $1 MILLION GIFT TO SUPPORT ENGINEERING AND SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS The University of West Florida announced today a $1 million gift from the Bear Family Foundation, presented by Lewis Bear Jr., chair of the UWF Board of Trustees, and his family. The gift will support the UWF engineering department and supply chain logistics program. “This gift will build an eternal legacy at UWF by helping to train the future logistics professionals and engineers in the region,” said UWF President Judy Bense. “The entire Bear family truly understands the importance of investing in education.” The Bear family is contributing $700,000 to engineering, which is emerging as a distinctive department for the University. The gift will advance the University’s ability to align programs with workforce needs in the region and provide opportunities for students in high-wage fields important to Northwest Florida. The University’s engineering programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. ABET accreditation is the “gold standard” for quality in engineering programs. Student teams in the engineering department regularly place in national and international competitions. “Our family believes there are no great cities without great universities,” Lewis Bear Jr. said. “We hope to be able to help this University grow to meet the needs of the 21st century job market, not only for today but for the future.” The Bear family is allocating $300,000 of the gift to fund an Endowed Professorship in Supply Chain Logistics, which will enable the program to continue to recruit and retain top faculty in the discipline. In recent years, the UWF Department of Marketing and Economics has experienced increased demand for the supply chain logistics program based on the success of its graduates and recognition among students that the supply chain field is a growing career opportunity in today’s job market. The gift will ensure the UWF Supply Chain Logistics program is equipped with top quality faculty that will contribute to its growth and enhancement, allowing it to pursue outcomes consistent with the best programs in the nation. “We are fortunate to have the support of this extraordinary family whose tenure in this community exemplifies a true philanthropic passion and dedication to helping others,” said Brendan Kelly, Interim Vice President for University Advancement, “Chair Bear dedicates extraordinary time and effort to working with President Bense to move the University forward.” To learn more about giving to the University of West Florida, visit

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by Sarah McCartan

A Yuletide Reunion

The Handlebar has been home to many monumental sendoff shows for bands that have shaped the local music front for at least the last decade. A lot of these bands have a way of making a return to the Handlebar stage after time has passed, either in their original form, solo or in a number of spin-offs. Now, it’s time to pass the whiskey, pull out all the stops and do it again, to the tune of Mi Capitan. Chances are that if you are at least in your mid-20s, and frequented shows in your teenage years, you saw Mi Capitan during their early-2000s prime. In 2005, The IN Music Awards recognized Mi Capitan for one of their signature tracks and fan favorite, “The Sound” coining it as, “A low-fi jam that sounds like old-school Pedro the Lion.” The IN also summed up the band as follows: “With the help of piano arrangements and coed vocal harmonies, this experimental band transcends any of the stereotypes that usually plague Christian bands.” In 2006, it was their parting that made the paper: “Former twothirtyeight phenom, Chris Staples, will perform with his group Discover America as everyone bids a final adieu to IN Music Awards winner, Mi the Handlebar.”

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Now, years later and for one night only, you get to see them in their original glory, as a four-piece comprised of Aaron Finlay, Giovanni Lugo, Ava (Quigley) Griffith and Brad Frick. If these names sound familiar to you, it could be because the members have been involved with a number of other projects around town. Before Lugo relocated to Texas, you probably saw him on stage with Paloma. Prior to Griffith moving to New York City, you might remember her playing with Gileah and the Ghost Train. Meanwhile, Finlay and Frick have remained on the home front. When not playing cover gigs together, Finlay can be found working on his current project, Precubed, playing with Isle or spinning records at the Yard. The IN caught up with Mi Capitan to hone in on the excitement that is building for this holiday show reunion. IN: What have you guys (and girl) been up to? GRIFFITH: Be sure to exaggerate my education from me getting my B.S. in biology to getting my Ph.D in biology LUGO: Yeah. I'm an oilfield tycoon currently GRIFFITH: I own real estate in New York City. I breed unicorns. FINLAY: I'm Kanye West. IN: Whose grandiose idea was this reunion? LUGO: I don't think it was ever so much a plan as much as a "hey we're all actually going to be in town at the same time. So, do y'all want to play?" The holidays are always about sentimentality and tradition. I've always managed to find myself with one group or another to play during the holidays at the Handlebar, or at least go to a show — just sitting back and catching up with everyone over a few PBRs. IN: Do the songs require practice or are they coming back to you quickly?

GRIFFITH: Some songs have felt natural. Especially “Is That All,” “This is Only a Test” and “Meat Grinder.” It's been really fun to feel the songs come back like it's second nature. FINLAY: I'm happy that I don't have to remember chords. Just drums and harmonies. IN: What do you consider to be your biggest hits/fan favorites that you're most looking forward to playing ? FINLAY: I think "The Sound" is one of the fan favorites. I'm looking forward to all of them really. GRIFFITH: Me too. I think we picked all the best/most fun ones to play so it should be pleasing to most. FRICK: I am so looking forward to playing with these guys again. As far as what songs I am looking forward to playing, all of them. IN: Any covers in the mix? Britney Spears maybe? GRIFFITH: We'll save our covers for when we open up for Lady Gaga in outer space in 2015. IN: Mi Capitan has previously been described as a music hug. GRIFFITH: I would like to think our music is still a musical hug. It's a comforting hug. There's no judging, no motives. We're all coming together to share the music again that made a small part of our lives special. FINLAY: What she said. IN: What are some of the greatest Mi Capitan memories that have stuck with you over time? LUGO: So much has happened since that first show at First Assembly of God years ago with Starflyer 59. The band had rotating members, new faces, familiar ones, a huge cast of characters and even last minute special guests. FINLAY: Most of the shows at the Church on 12th and Bayou: Starflyer

59, Unwed Sailor, Arkitekt, etc. The out of town shows with Denison Marrs, Discover America, The Party People and Moments In Grace. Super fun times. Holy Crap. We played with some great bands! GRIFFITH: I have a lot of fond memories of our mini tours when we would all cram into my Ford Taurus and drive to Jacksonville. Also I enjoyed our acoustic shows at the pink house. That's when we featured some covers. I love singing harmonies and those shows were great for that. Unfortunately loud shows drown out the vocals but they're still a blast. LUGO: The band and playing music in general is an interesting way for anyone to grow up, especially in a community like Pensacola. I think there are so many truths or at least lessons to try and figure out, a sense of identity, always questioning yourself and the kind of life you want to live. IN: What would you say to new listeners? GRIFFITH: To new Mi Capitan listeners: I don't know why but this is a hard question to answer. If you're a new listener, I really hope you have a good time and enjoy the music. If you don't, then just be polite and lie and say you liked it anyways. LUGO: As far as the show is concerned, I want people to have a great time, talk, catch up, listen, love it, hate it, critique, whatever. I am definitely not one to impose any rules. Ha. I am at the mercy of the gracious Handlebar. FINLAY: I'm with Ava. Just have fun and enjoy the music. Be cool and stick around for the other awesome bands. {in}


WHAT: Mi Capitan with JPegasus, Acorns and Kent Stanton WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 WHERE: The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. COST: $5 DETAILS:


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: “HOW?” When given a goal or destination, many of us first devise a plan on how each of us will get there. Few of us stop to think about why we are going in a particular direction. In the June issue, I spoke about why the Pensacola Young Professionals exist. PYP exists to share our passion for and belief in Pensacola, and to act as a catalyst for positive change in our community. Now that PYP has defined our purpose, how will we go about manifesting our goals and demonstrating our purpose to those around us? Our focus is to make Pensacola one of nation’s premier places to live, work, and play. Recently, our city leaders achieved a wonderful recognition by bringing our own Palafox Street to acknowledgment as one of the Top 10 Streets in America. This particular accomplishment raises the bar for our city. It is an accomplishment engendered and shared by us all, including young professionals. So how will we continue to share this passion and achieve greater things? How will we continue to act as a catalyst for positive change? Our members throughout this past year have never failed to deliver on this promise. PYP recently finished up Phase III of our Belmont/ DeVilliers community beautification project. With the help of numerous other organizations and well over 800 hours of service from PYP members, our group managed to bring attention to one of Pensacola’s most storied neighborhoods by revitalizing some of its residences and businesses. Additionally, the Better Pensacola Forum, run by PYP, recently released the annual Quality Of Life survey. For its sixth consecutive year, that survey has brought a focused eye to the attitudes and feelings in our city and county, for the edification of our elected leaders and policymakers. In order to chart a path for a better tomorrow, it is

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imperative to know what people are thinking and feeling today, and pinpoint what is going right in our community and what needs improving. Last, but certainly not least, in November PYP hosted a “Day of Caring” for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Families First Network. Scores of children played games in Seville Square with other children and their “Bigs.” Some adoptive families met their prospective children for the first time. We were delighted by the number of PYP members who came out to man the activity stations, paint the kids’ faces, and feed the attendees. It was an incredible event that we hope to continue, and it represents a new shift in focus for PYP, one in which we start expending more of our own resources to do good things for the community at large. This is an exciting time to be in Pensacola. How will you demonstrate your passion for this area with your family, friends, and coworkers? The holiday season is here. In addition to sharing gifts with loved ones, start sharing your excitement for what is happening in our fantastic community! Pensacola Young Professionals wishes everyone a safe and memorable holiday season! Yours, Justin Spence, PYP President


now, and she does an amazing job balancing our books and ensuring the financial health and long-term sustainability of our organization. A finance director with the YMCA, Adrienne’s non-profit knowledge has proven immensely helpful to us, especially in terms of consolidating PYP with the Better Pensacola Forum, which we now oversee. Adrienne is kind, conscientious, and attentive to details, and PYP is lucky to have her services as treasurer!


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Job Readiness Seminar – Session 2 January 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm YouthWorks (Childrens Home Society) 1300 N Palafox Suite 103 Pensacola Membership & Networking Teams Meeting January 9, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Bonefish Grill PYP Volunteering: Pensacola Beach Run January 11, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am Casino Beach-Pensacola Beach Economic Development and Government Affairs Teams Meeting January 14, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CAVU at the Crowne Plaza PYP’s No Obligation Happy Hour Book Club January 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 5 1/2 Bar PPDI Team Meeting January 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Apple Annie’s in Seville Quarter

Despite a hectic travel schedule for her work, Erin has been a regular presence at the Membership & Networking Teams meetings and has offered to help with sign-ins at many Networking Nights. She has also attended several of our PYP volunteer events, such as the urban garden project with Pathways for Change. A regular attendee at PYP’s monthly professional development book club, Erin always brings excellent insight and an enthusiasm for improving herself and her fellow PYPers. Erin shows a true passion for PYP and is always eager to get more involved. Thank you, Erin!

Networking Night January 23, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm The Oar House $5 for non-members Quality of Life Team Meeting January 29, 2014 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Fish House PYP Sponsor Appreciation Event January 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Atlas Oyster House


Adrienne has served as PYP’s treasurer for nearly two years

news of the weird ANNALS OF SCIENCE America's foremost advocate for frontal lobotomies as "treatment" for mental disorder, the late Dr. Walter Freeman, performed an estimated 3,500 lobotomies during the 1940s and 1950s before opposition finally solidified against him, according to a December 2013 investigation by The Wall Street Journal. At the peak of his influence, he was so confident that he demonstrated the procedure to skeptics by hammering an icepick ("from his own kitchen," the Journal reported) into both eye sockets of an electrical-shocked patient and "toggling" the picks around the brain tissue, certain that he was severing "correctly." For years, Freeman (a neurologist untrained in surgery) marshaled positive feedback from enough patients and families for the procedure to survive criticism, and he spent his final years (until his death in 1972) securing patient testimonials to "prove" the validity of lobotomies. CULTURAL DIVERSITY Each Nov. 1 is a day (or two) of craziness in the isolated mountain village of Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, Guatemala, where Mayan tradition commands continuous horse races through town, jockeyed by increasingly drunk riders, until only a sober-enough winner remains. Collisions occur in the Race of the Souls, and occasionally someone dies, but the misfortune is met with a collective shrug and regarded as a spiritual offering for fertile crops during the coming year, according to an eyewitness this year reporting for Ironically, for the rest of the year, the village is largely alcohol-free except for that on hand to sell to tourists. • Since the 13th century, sheepherders in Spain have had the right (still honored) to use 78,000 miles of paths in the country for seasonal flock migrations—even some streets of Madrid, including a crossing of Puerta del Sol, described as Madrid's Times Square. The shepherds pay a customary, token duty, which, according to an October Associated Press dispatch, the government proudly accepts, given the prominence of Spain's native Merino sheep breed in the world's wool market. • Postal worker Umakant Mishra, of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India, was freed by a criminal court in December—29 years after he was charged when a money-order account turned up 92 cents short. Mishra was called to judicial hearings 348 times over the years, but it was not until recently that the government admitted it had no witnesses for the court to hear against him. A December BBC News dispatch reported, citing "official" figures, that more than 30 million cases are pending in Indian courts. LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES The evangelical educational organization Answers in Genesis, which has established a series of children's books and a creationist museum, announced recently that it would enter the bond market to fund its most ambitious project—a creationist amusement park

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centered around a "life-size" reconstruction of Noah's Ark, for which it estimates it will need at least $73 million from investors. Issuing bonds might be seen as desperate since AiG has raised only $13.6 million privately since proposing the Ark-park, but a Georgetown University finance professor, contacted by, suggested that the bonds' terms place them in the high-risk "junk bond" category (perhaps better described as "faithbased," having virtually no resale value and without an independent bond rating). QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENTS Took It Too Far: Coughlan elementary school in Langley, British Columbia, announced to parents in November that henceforth it would not just prohibit abusive or unwanted physical contact among its kindergarteners, but all contact. Officials said they were responding to parents who objected to "rough play," but, said another parent, incredulous, "No tag, no hugging, no touching at all. ... I am not going to tell my daughter she can't touch her friends at school. I am going to teach her boundaries." • Tone Deaf: In South Africa, with one of the highest incidences of rape in the world, one question on its recent nationwide high school standardized drama test asked students to direct (as if staging a play) the rape of a baby, given only certain props. South Africa's Education Department defended the question as assessing pupils' concept of "using metaphor" as a theatrical technique. The question was based on an award-winning play by anti-rape activist Lara Foot Newton (who, of course, wrote primarily for adults). CLICHES COME TO LIFE In criminal cases, DNA is usually a smoking gun for the prosecution—except, of course, if there is an "evil twin." In November a judge in Colorado Springs ruled that a suspect, Army Lt. Aaron Lucas, should have the opportunity to blame his brother Brian for a string of sexual assaults because the DNA might be Brian's. Brian has not been charged and denies any involvement, but Aaron said Brian was in two crime-scene states that Aaron was never in. Said a Denver defense lawyer, "The only time I have seen (the evil-twin defense) was on 'Law and Order: SVU.'" • Of course: Four villagers in northeast Kenya, angry that cheetahs were killing their goats, lay in wait one night in November and then chased down and captured the cheetahs. Cheetahs are regarded as the fastest mammals on Earth, but they lack endurance; Kenyans are marathon prodigies. Indeed, the cheetahs were captured only when they ran out of gas after about four miles of pursuit by the Kenyans, and were handed over alive, and exhausted, to the Kenyan Wildlife Service. From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2013 Chuck Shepherd

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New Year’s Eve Celebration! Five-course food and wine dinner with two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m.

Reserve your table for our New Year’s Eve fixed-price, five-course dinner with paired wines. We’ll be offering two seatings in the main dining room at 6 and 9 p.m. The cost per person is $125 with complimentary favors included. (Excludes tax and gratuity)








There will be two seatings in the President’s Room, 7 and 9 p.m., featuring a fixed-price, three-course menu, with bottomless champagne. Favors and complimentary valet services are included in each of the seatings at $125 per person. (Excludes tax and gratuity)

We will also be offering dinner reservations in the Governor’s Room with full service from our new fall/winter menu beginning at 5 p.m. R E S E R VAT I O N S : ( 8 5 0 ) 4 6 9 - 9 8 9 8





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