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Enterprise, Fla., Escambia County and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce announced the expansion of the Cantonment-based company. It’s adding 15 new jobs with annual salaries averaging $39,616.—115 percent higher than the metro area’s mean yearly wage of $34,449. The announcement offsets the 10 landscape workers the University of West Florida laid off last month.

NEIL PATEL The Pensacola man stopped to buy a Coke and a Powerball ticket at the Shell Food Mart in LaGrange, Ga. He won a $1 million Powerball prize from the Dec. 31 drawing. Patel matched the first five winning numbers, multiplying his winnings when he selected Powerball’s multiplier option. “I woke up on Jan. 1 saying that this would be a good year,” Patel told the media. We agree.

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losers MICHELE BACHMANN Ouch! The one-time Republican presidential frontrunner fell hard in the Iowa caucuses. In August, she won the Ames Straw Poll with 28 percent, but fell to last place in the caucuses with only 5 percent of the vote. The Iowa native garnered just 7 percent of the vote in her home county, Blackhawk County. BOBBY JOE ROGERS The 41-year-old man has been charged in a federal complaint with one count of Damaging a Building by Fire or Explosive in connection with the arson of the American Family Planning Clinic at 6770 N. 9th Ave. in Pensacola on New Year’s Day. If convicted, Rogers faces a possible 20-year prison term. TODD F. BRITTON-HARR The man

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The Haters were celebrating last summer. Finally–they thought with glee–the Studers were getting bashed by the daily newspaper. The News Journal, in its selfproclaimed role as watchdog, the Community Maritime Park Associates executive and its attorney accused Quint Studer of welshing on what they claimed was a second pledge of $2 million for the maritime park. The Haters were giddy. They could call Quint Studer a “liar” and had the daily newspaper supporting them. Letters were sent to Major League Baseball trying to interfere with the league approving his ownership of the Double-A affiliate. A few weeks later, there were rumors the Studers were selling their company, Studer Group. The daily newspaper reported the Studers had brought in venture capitalists into their consulting firm. The Haters had new fodder. They had run off the Studers after the haters had spent over five years spreading lies about them on the internet. The most outrageous ones were that Quint Studer had killed Jack Fetterman and Vince Whibbs. PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien even got in the act and spread the conspiracy theory that Studer had bribed Judge Lacey Collier. The Haters said Studer was bailing on Pensacola -taking his money and leaving the town in debt. They popped bottles of champagne and toasted their “success.”

Well, this paper proved that there never were two pledges of $2 million (Independent News, “Studer Shakedown,” Aug. 3, 2011). The CMPA board agreed. The Studers didn’t run away and hide. They gave the CMPA an additional $200,000plus to upgrade stadium seating and are waiting for the appraisal on the land so that they can begin their $12 million building at the park. The Studer Group hasn’t moved from the area and is adding 40 employees this year. The couple bought the Penko building on the corner of Palafox and Main streets that has been empty for decades and have begun renovating it for three new retail shops. The Studers launched last month the Pensacola Business Challenge to help jumpstart small businesses. They bought a home inside the city limits of Pensacola. They gave $1 million to establish a scholarship fund for Pensacola high school graduates. Will the Haters admit they got it all wrong? Sadly, no. Haters will continue to hate and tear down people. They will create conspiracies, misstate facts and lie. Fortunately, the Studers will continue to give to this place they have chosen to call home. Weep for the Haters. They will be forever frustrated. {in}

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Dancing on a Pipeline

Who Will Provide Natural Gas to Pensacola Beach? By Jeremy Morrison Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer rattles off rapid-fire Spanish, before clarifying the translation: Danza de la Muerte, or Dance of Death. “It’s an exhaustive process,” he explained. The big dance to which Messer is referring involves Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze and Escambia County. Nobody gets a carnation, but at the end of the night there’s a natural gas pipeline to be had.





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Here’s the lay of the dance floor: Escambia County granted Pensacola, via Energy Services of Pensacola (ESP), natural gas-rights to the entire county. Gulf Breeze, meanwhile, has set about laying pipes that will enable it to provide natural gas to Pensacola Beach, which is in Escambia County. “In simplest layman’s terms,” Messer told the Pensacola City Council Jan. 9, “it would seem that the city of Pensacola has been snookered.”

Gulf Breeze City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy doesn’t see a problem on the dance floor. “It’s under way right now,” Eddy said, predicting a summer finish for the project. “We’re gonna take a pipeline from Gulf Breeze, put it under the Sound and come up on the island.” That plan just makes sense, Eddy explained. It will enable the beach customers currently using propane to switch to natural gas.

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ports and their local or state port authorities,” he said. The mayor said that future port uses will be guided by “not just dollars and cents, but overall community benefit, including economic impact, job creation, revenue spinoff and community aesthetics.” Mostly, though, Hayward is looking to have the port serve as a docking destination for the offshore drilling industry. “Domestic oil and natural gas exploraPIT STOP PORT The Global 1200 is the tion is on the rise, and we should position latest gargantuan fixture up at Pensacola’s ourselves to be a player in this growing port. It’s a whopper of a vessel, with steel market,” Hayward said. braids of cranes and infrastructure stretchToward this end, the Mayor plans to ing to the clouds. The ship is used to service seek alternative measures of funding—posoffshore oil rigs and its looming, industrial sibly directing BP money to port needs—as hulk of a presence—the skyline of a working well as working with the Pensacola City port—may beCouncil to come a constant “adopt policies feature of Pento allow port sacola’s waterstaff to expedite front horizon. decision-making, On Jan. 5 the including tariffs, vessel served as contract, and a backdrop for an lease agreement announcement with mayoral apby Pensacola proval.” Mayor Ashton The city will Hayward. Lawnalso be looking to chair fishermen “re-examine” its photo by Jeremy Morrison and comfortable lease with Monpelicans were terey, Mexicotaken by gradual surprise as the gaggle of based Cemex, and other port tenants, so media and local-government types asthat the sites might be freed up. The Cemex sembled at Plaza de Luna. lease goes until 2022. “Without further ado, I’m gonna get Following the announcement, Mayor into a little speech,” Hayward kicked off the Hayward headed over to the Crowne Plaza waterfront press conference. Hotel for the Chamber of Commerce The Mayor’s announcement pertained Legislative Luncheon. Various groups made to the future of Pensacola’s port. The Port pitches for their causes to the state lawAdvisory Committee had been studying the makers. Clyde Mathis, director of the Port issue, attempting to find the best use for of Pensacola, talked a little about the port’s the city’s port. future use as an oil-field pit stop. “This is not an overnight solution, but “This is kind of a ‘good news-bad news’ this is a plan,” Hayward said. thing,” he said. "If the port is used to service The port has seen many different uses offshore vessels working in the Gulf oil during its long history. At the turn of the fields, many jobs will be created. They’ll be century and before it was a shipping center. laborers and welders and engineers and Hayward said that the port has continued “real high tech people.” to “limp along over the past few decades.” Unfortunately, Mathis told the lunch “Over the past several years, the Port of crowd of business leaders, many of those Pensacola has struggled under the weight jobs will go to out of town contractors— of political infighting, financial funding, and “especially from Louisiana and Texas.” {in} increased competition from neighboring >For more buzz items visit

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“During Hurricane Ivan we had a lot of the propane tanks wash up over here in Gulf Breeze,” he said. Gulf Breeze got the go-ahead last summer to start work on the project from the Santa Rosa Island Authority, which oversees Pensacola Beach. Now, Eddy said, it’s just a matter of who gets the franchise fees. “Do we owe it to Pensacola or do we owe it to Escambia County? ” he wondered. Randy Oliver, Escambia County ’s administrator, said the county was unaware of Gulf Breeze’s endeavors. “ The City of Gulf Breeze undertook this project without the knowledge or approval of Escambia County,” Oliver said in a county statement. The statement goes on to explain the county ’s position: “Escambia County has no interest in whether Gulf Breeze or Pensacola provides natural gas ser vice to the Beach. Escambia County is committed to seeing Beach residents receive the best possible ser vice at the lowest possible cost regardless of who provides the ser vice. Escambia County will collect the same franchise fee collected in all other areas of the County in exchange for use of the right-of-way, regardless of the ser vice provider.” Oliver said that the county will take up the issue during its Jan. 12 meeting. The commissioners will be advised to “recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that a nonexclusive franchise be of fered to the City of Gulf Breeze until and unless the City of Pensacola provides ser vices. This will permit the businesses and citizens in the core of Pensacola Beach to receive this valuable ser vice and protect the City of Pensacola’s franchise rights.” But Messer ’s in no mood to entertain alternative routes. “I just say, sue ’em,” Pensacola’s attorney sug gested. But it ’s not that easy. Governmental entities can’t simply sue one another. First, there’s the dance. To that end, Messer introduced a resolution to city council members. The resolution will be taken up during the council’s Jan. 12 meeting—if they choose to do so, the resolution will lead into mediation—the dance—and possibly to a courtroom. It ’s almost romantic. “It ’s like one of those old-fashioned dances, where you’ve got to be introduced and bow,” Messer said. “Before you touch the girl, you’ve got to do a thousand dif ferent things.” {in}

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What You Don’t Learn in Law School By Jennie McKeon Inside the offices of the State Attorney and Public Defender in Pensacola is where many young lawyers, fresh off the graduation stage, start to put their law education where their mouth is. After those thick books, mock trials, suits and one grueling bar exam, attorneys are still not fully equipped to lay down the law. Some haven’t even seen a courtroom, yet. That’s why so many lawyers jump out of law school and into the State Attorney’s or Public Defender’s office. Whether their first trial is about illegal red snapper or an angry man named Dogbite, January 12, 2012

lawyers learn more about the law when they actually practice it. “You don’t learn anything about trying a case in school,” said Assistant Public Defender Jennifer Demming. “The classes are nothing like here. I had a trial within a day or two of working here. I didn’t even know where to sit.” The lessons learned at the two offices shape them into the lawyers they are today. “It’s the best route to developing skills as any type of lawyer,” State Attorney Bill Eddins said. “These are the only two offices left in our society where you can develop skills to be a successful lawyer.”


Eddins has been a lawyer for 38 years and says he still loves it. As an undergrad in college he knew he wanted a job that was interesting. After taking a stab at teaching, Eddins went to Florida State University College of Law and found a job he was not only good at, but enjoyed. “I was always very curious,” he said. Things have changed since Eddins first started practicing the law. “There’s been an increase in violence,” Eddins said. “—present throughout America in rural and urban counties. When I was a young lawyer there were knife fights and fist fights. The use of weapons has exploded.”

“You don’t learn anything about trying a case in school.” Jennifer Demming


Lawyering 101 His right-hand woman is Adrienne Emerson. She graduated from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and came back to Pensacola, where she grew up, for an externship with the State Attorney’s office. “There’s no way to prepare for this job,” said Emerson. “It’s a shock to your system.” As a supervisor of county court – or jack of all trades as Emerson put it – she has her work cut out for her. But she enjoys the fast paced office and has been there for almost nine years. She oversees several young lawyers at a time who are starting out where she began. “This experience is really what you make of it,” Emerson said. “You control how successful you want to be. Take your lumps by trial and error and guard your reputation and credibility with your life.” Under Emerson’s wing is Jessica Smagacz. She has been an assistant state attorney for two years since graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law. Like

any lawyer will tell you, learning the law compared to practicing the law is night and day. “The big difference is in law school you see the law on paper, here you see it come to life,” she said. Of course, your first cases out of law school are never exciting. They’re more comical, such as the case of possession of an illegal red snapper and other animal laws. “I didn’t know there was a bag limit on squirrels,” Smagacz said. Smagacz enjoys working at the State Attorney’s Office. She really couldn’t say otherwise with her supervisor sitting across from her. One day, she’d like to handle cases that deal with adopted children. She has two younger siblings that are adopted. “I can put my head on my pillow at night and know I’m doing something good for the community,” Smagacz said. “I’m here to help.”

“Take your lumps by trial and error and guard your reputation and credibility with your life.” Adrienne Emerson

Working for the State Attorney or Public Defender can also give you a different outlook on the community you’ve grown up in. Seeing the amount of crime there is in your city can be disturbing. It’s best to make light in whatever situation you can. Charlie Wiggins is a partner for the litigation group at Beggs & Lane. You’d imagine his office would be nothing but pinstripes, but hung on the walls is music memorabilia— Lollapalooza poster, a shiny red guitar and even his DeLuna Fest pass. Filed away are police reports he kept as a young attorney. There are odd nicknames (such as Dogbite), petty bar fights and even a dispute over a damaged couch in the owner’s front yard. “They’re a riot,” Wiggins said. “Stories you get from working in the criminal department are funnier than civil cases.” Wiggins enjoyed being a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office even if he wasn’t exactly sure why.

“I didn’t have to visit the jail as much,” he joked. Wiggins worked under Curtis Golden. He said Golden “ran an ethical and professional outfit.” “He was a legend in his field,” Wiggins said. Before a lawyer has their first trial case, they don’t know how to use the fancy jargon they’ve been taught. Those first cases set the bar for future litigation. “Until you sit with a client or in front of a judge you have no idea how the law works,” Wiggins said. “Would you want a doctor who had only read medical textbooks?”

“I can put my head on my pillow at night and know I’m doing something good for the community.” Jessica Smagacz


James Owens, the public defender of the First Judicial Circuit, wanted to be a football coach growing up. Although his team wears suits instead of jerseys, he feels he has realized his dream through the law.

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Lawyering 101 “My father thought it would be a good profession,” Owens said about attending Cumberland School of Law. “There’s a competitive side. Trying cases is very competitive and that appealed to me. Now, I get to coach—or train—young lawyers.” Owens started practicing the law at the State Attorney’s Office before he became Public Defender. “He came over to the dark side,” chimed one of the assistant public defenders. “Curtis Golden was from Milton, I was from Milton,” he said. Inside a conference room in the Public Defender’s Office sits seven assistant public defenders. They earn their meager pay by standing up for those that cannot afford a private attorney. “I wanted to help people,” said Chris Madden, of his decision to work at the Public Defender’s office. “I can identify with the clients. I can see myself in them. I know what it’s like to be against a force that has a lot more resources than you.” Sometimes, it seems that being a public defender means defending yourself. “Our job is not for every case to be ‘not guilty,’” Madden said. “It’s not just about getting the criminal out. We do our best to make sure the state does its job and protects our client’s rights.” “We don’t win, the prosecutor loses,” added Asma Anwar. Sometimes, even the clients they defend can be ungrateful. “You go to the jail to meet you’re client and they say, ‘I want a real attorney,’ said Amanda Edge. Whether or not lawyers want to work in criminal cases for the rest of their professional career, they learn to develop a thick skin working for the state. “Public defenders get a bad rep,” said Pat Hammergren of Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge. “But some of the best attorneys I know worked there.” Despite student loan debt and disrespect of these yet-to-be seasoned pros, there are people out there that appreciate what the Public Defender’s Office does. “I have artwork that clients have made me,” Edge said. “I had a client call me on his two hour furlough. He was turning himself in, but he called to thank me for being there for him.” Assistant state attorneys and public defenders usually start with misdemeanor cases. While they don’t have to start digging into murder cases, they do see how unfair life can be. “Most of my caseload is people who can’t afford drivers licenses,” Madden said.

“They drive to work and get pulled over and now they’re in an even worse situation.” Lauren Cobb, a Pensacola native, had her first judge trial during her first week of work. A homeless man had caught an illegal red snapper. He was found guilty. “There are clients who are being accused of way more important things,” said Katie O’Connell. When you ask a lawyer what he or she has learned working for the state that they missed in law school almost all answer with, “Everything.” This group was no different. “It was my second or third day and I had a contested hearing for VOP (Violation of Probation),” O’Connell said. “I didn’t even know what a contested hearing for VOP was.” “I didn’t even know what a VOP was,” said Demming of her start as an assistant public defender.


The lawyer you see on T V and ones practicing here in Pensacola do have something in common. They have to know how to speak. “You’re forced to become proficient in speaking in front of people,” said Geoff Brodersen of Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge. Crime scene equipment isn’t as prevalent as popular shows lead us to believe either. “Thanks to television shows like ‘CSI,’ juries have high expectations,” Eddins said. “We can’t get fingerprints off of ice cubes. The ‘CSI’ effect is prevalent. The expectation of scientific evidence is unrealistic in a lot of cases.” One thing that is interesting to find out is that most law schools do not require students to take an internship or participate in a mock trial. When Brodersen graduated from Coastal School of Law he was totally unprepared for what was ahead. “I didn’t take any trial practice,” Brodersen said. “It was all pretty new to me. In school you learn the theories and attaining the ideal.” One thing you will learn in law school is how much time you put into your work. Having a life is even more difficult after graduation. Sometimes deciding between your life and the law is not an easy choice to make. Shelley Reynolds took time off after she had children before jumping back into her law books. Years later, after working there right after law school, she returned to the State Attorney’s Office as a single mother with three kids.

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Lawyering 101 “The hours and schedule didn’t work,” Reynolds said. “As a prosecutor, when you’re assigned to a judge and he is in court, you’re in court.” Now, Reynolds has her own practice. On the fourth floor of the Blount Building is her small office. There’s a large playpen in the middle of the room. Her secretary just had a little girl and Reynolds insisted she bring her to work so that she would not have to worry about a babysitter. Her dogs, Wall E and Daisy, also share the office. While she is dedicated to every case—she represented clients involved with Operation Anything for a Buck—she attends soccer games, church and keeps her family first. Reynolds’ supervisor at the State Attorney’s Office was James Owens. “He let me do the fun stuff,” she said. “As a 25-year-old that looked more like a secretary, I got to handle cases against criminal defenders who had been practicing for 20 years. That’s pretty challenging.” What can also be challenging is staying cordial with opposing counsel. The state attorney’s and public defender’s office are often seen as rivals. No matter which side a lawyer is on, they must learn that the arguments should end when court is dismissed.

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“You should be able to argue with someone and still be able to chat with that person outside the courtroom,” Reynolds said. “You do get passionate—you’re supposed to be very zealous.” Crystal Spencer sat through a fivehour interview—on her birthday—at a private law firm when someone told her that if she wanted trial experience, she needed to go to the State Attorney’s or Public Defender’s office. Spencer, who is from Kentucky, visited her brother in Pensacola where he went to flight school and thought to herself, “Why am I vacationing here? I need to live here.” Spencer worked for the State Attorney’s Office for four and a half years. Her father was a lawyer. Growing up, she always helped in the office, but she began to appreciate how much work the law when she worked for the state.

“There’s nothing like the experience,” Spencer said of the State Attorney’s Office. “I loved the act of persuasion and the exhilaration of a jury trial.” While she was at Brandeis School of Law, Spencer’s father died suddenly of a

“As a 25-year-old that looked more like a secretary, I got to handle cases against criminal defenders who had been practicing for 20 years.” Crystal Spencer heart attack. One thing he told her before he passed was “ Whatever life throws at you, you will get it.”


You see a lot of children follow their parent’s career paths, sometimes much to their dismay.

“It ’s not printable,” said Paul Hamlin, Jr. of his reaction to his son pursuing law school. Following in Hamlin’s footsteps, his son works for that state as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office. “It’s a great training ground,” said Hamlin. “Law school teaches you the academics, not the practical aspects such as which table to sit at or who goes first. Hamlin worked for Jack Behr at the Public Defender’s Office out of law school. He learned about the law and other valuable life lessons. “He was a great guy, made me a little less cynical and less inclined to jump to conclusions,” Hamlin said. Hamlin recalled one case in which a young woman was accused of writing bad checks. Turned out her roommate was writing the checks. Hamlin still practices criminal law – with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith. What law school doesn’t prepare you for, life experiences will. Maureen Duignan of Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge took a trip around the country before she decided in which state she wanted to take the bar exam. She picked Florida eventually.

Lawyering 101 “I bought a pickup truck with my sister,” Duignan said. “I wanted to see the Grand Canyon. We left from New York, towards the arch in St. Louis. We drove up to Seattle, then down to San Diego and all the way to Key West. We stopped to view many sights in between.” “Student loans were knocking on my door,” said Duignan, who graduated from Albany Law School. And with that she looked for a job. At the time, she was living in New Orleans, but was staying in a tent in Fort Pickens. Even in the 1980s, Duignan said there were more law grads than jobs. Right before Halloween she got hired at the Public Defender’s Office where she worked for five years. “I loved it,” Duignan said. “Criminal law is my first love. It’s interesting. Family law cases go on and on. Almost all criminal cases are over in six months or less.” Growing up in New York didn’t leave Duignan jaded. She was still shocked at the cases that came through the Public Defender’s Office. “As an assistant public defender, whatever case you’re assigned to you have to take,” Duignan said. “Sex offender cases were tough.” On top of all the normal concerns lawyers have with their first trial case, Duignan was cautious not to let her thick New York accent pop up. “ When I had my first trial case in Milton, I was scared to death they were going to convict my client because of my accent,” Duignan said. “I made sure to throw a few ‘y’alls’ in there.”

He credits the State Attorney’s Office as “a good place to start.” “If they paid a little more it’d be a good place to finish,” McGee said. What law school didn’t prepare McGee for was the warp speed pace the State Attorney’s Office provides. “The cases just come flying at you,” he said. “And the pace at which you have to make decisions leaves you waking up in a cold sweat. It’s survival of the fittest.” For Eddins, those decisions can be hard because you can see both sides to the story. Being objective is also hard when a case becomes personal. “You’re constantly struggling with ‘What is the right thing?’” Eddins said. “As you mature you become more and more objective. I was personally involved in the Billings case—that was hard, but it’s our job.” “Cases involving children—those tough cases that keep you up at night— you do become very aware of the victim,” Spencer said. “We can’t allow emotions to cloud our judgment.” So if lawyers learn the law out of law school, what can future law school students do to make the most out of their academics? First, think about your undergrad degree. “I majored in political science and people asked me, ‘What if you don’t get into law school?” Reynolds said. “It would’ve been hard had I not been able to go to law school.” Once you’re in law school, make sure to take advantage of every learning experience. “Get every internship on the planet,” said Assistant Public Defender Kim Martin. And before you rack up student loans, be sure it’s what you really want. “Go spend time at the Public Defender’s or State Attorney’s office,” said O’Connell. As with most college graduates, landing a job is an obstacle. Sometimes it’s better to gain experience than a paycheck. “If you can’t find a job, volunteer or intern and get experience under your belt,” Reynolds said. “In this economy you have to consider the option.” “The economy is not that great for legal jobs,” Brodersen said. “Every year the amount of people sitting for the bar has increased.” Even after law school, the bar exam and earning a small amount of money working on a large amount of cases for the state you never stop studying the law. For McGee, constant knowledge is a must. “If you ever stop learning, there’s something wrong with you,” he said. {in}

“If you ever stop learning, there’s something wrong with you.” David McGee


David McGee interned for the State Attorney’s Office while at Florida State University College of Law. Right after graduation he worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, serving the northern district of Florida for 17 years. He worked on high profile cases such as the murders of Paul Hill, the first person in the United States to be executed for murdering a doctor who performed abortions. Just recently, a 20-year-old case McGee had worked on made news when a 61-yearold woman applied for a state I.D. using her real name. She is suspected of being the ringleader in a $200 million drug operation. McGee practices with Beggs & Lane and even after years of headline grabbing cases, he still gets nervous. “It’s never not scary,” McGee said. “All good trial lawyers still get nervous. You’re managing so much.” January 12, 2012

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1622 N. 9th Ave., 438-3111, Beroset & Keene has a well-earned reputation for succeeding in complex cases through our combination of understanding our clients’ personal and legal situation and our constant perseverance.


801 W. Romana St., Suite A, 266-2300, The experienced attorneys at Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC , practice in the areas of real estate, corporate law, bankruptcy law, community association law, creditors’ rights, real estate litigation, business litigation, estate planning and probate.


30 S. Spring St., 433-6581, Established in Escambia County in 1913 , Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon is one of the oldest law firms in Pensacola. With nearly 100 attorneys, paralegals and staff, the firm is one of Northwest Florida’s pre-eminent law firms, recognized with Martindale-Hubbell’s most prestigious AV rating. As a full-service firm, their experienced lawyers provide services to individuals and institutions alike with legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, real estate transac-

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with their particular situation and expectations. As clients’ needs often extend beyond state lines, so do the firm’s services.


304 E. Government St., 433-9922, Michael J. Griffith, P. A . was founded in 1990 by Michael J. Griffith. He does not represent any government entities or corporations. Since 1974 , Mr. Griffith has provided his clients with exceptional legal service in the areas of criminal law and personal injury.

118 E. Garden St., 436-7000, g Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith was started in New Orleans in 1987 with a handful of attorneys and a commitment to providing excellent legal services to its diverse clientele. Twentyfour years later, now with nearly 100 attorneys and nine offices throughout the Gulf South, including Pensacola, Tampa and Mobile, GJTBS continues to expand its practice, offering services to its clients in the areas of business litigation, professional liability, construction law, banking, environmental law, wills, trusts and estates, maritime, employer’s liability, family law, real estate litigation, real estate transactions and criminal defense. GJTBS offers the breadth of experience and resources of a regional law firm, allowing clients to have their legal needs serviced by one law firm that is familiar



316 S. Baylen St., Suite 600, 435-7000, Levin Papantonio has received more than 75 jury verdicts in the amount of $1 million or more, including 12 jury verdicts in excess of $10 million, and two in excess of $450 million. Additionally, the firm’s total settlements have exceeded one billion dollars. In its July, 2002 edition, the “National Law Journal” recognized Levin

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501 Brent Lane, 438-4848, or The law firm of Michles & Booth provides aggressive and compassionate representation to the victims of the negligence of others. Michles & Booth seeks to obtain for their clients what they have lost after being injured, such as lost wages, payment for medical bills and compensation for victims and their families. As a law firm specializing only in personal injury litigation, the firm advises and represents clients on matters involving insurance benefits, medical care and benefits, property reimbursement, and monetary compensation for their loss. Whether injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, medical negligence or pharmaceutical malpractice, the firm’s attorneys possess the highest academic credentials and subject matter expertise. Each attorney has over 10 years of civil trial experience in the field of personal injury litigation.


400 E. Government St., 444-4444 , Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson, LLP has maintained a commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Since 1979, the firm has focused on personal injur y law, allowing it to most ef fectively assist clients during what may be the most traumatic and dif ficult period of their lives. All of the firm’s attorneys are partners and are recognized by the Florida Bar as Board Certified Civil Trial Law yers, ensuring that ever y client is ser ved by experienced, highly skilled counsel.


919 N. 12th Ave., 434-3111 Attorneys David Lee Sellers, Kim Anthony Skievaski and Eric D. Stevenson represent clients in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, criminal defense, DUI defense and oil spill litigation throughout Northwest Florida, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Let the attorneys with over 60 years of combined experience guide you through your next legal issue.


1013 Airport Blvd., 471-3300 , The Soloway Law Firm is devoted to representing only individuals who are victims of wrongful acts and those who become disabled due to injury or illness. The firm prides itself upon scholarship, excellence and professionalism.


11 E. Romana St., 232-5278, Gene Mitchell represents individuals who are accused of crimes. Gene has been licensed since 1994 in federal and state courts. Gene is also certified by the Florida Bar in the area of criminal trial practice and has handled several high profile cases.

200 E. Government St., suite 140, 912-8080, With more than 25 years of courtroom experience, Cr ystal has earned the reputation as a dedicated and respected litigator and an ag gressive advocate for her clients. She has successfully argued in the appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court, and has appeared before the highest court in New York State.




445 E. Government St., 696-0324 , Christopher Rabby handles legal matters in the following practice areas: state and federal criminal law, personal injury, DUI, drug crimes, homicides, juvenile law, dependency, sexual assault, traf fic violations, domestic violence, paternity, family law, divorce, child custody, automobile accidents, slip-andfalls and products liability. January 12, 2012

11 E. Romana St., 444-9299, Joseph Zarzaur is a trial lawyer who dedicates his practice to representing families that have been the victim of another’s wrongdoing. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and recognized so by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Zarzaur founded his own firm in 2007.

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Opening night of Puccini's operatic masterpiece "Madama Butterfly" is next weekend (Friday, Jan. 20) at the Saenger, but you can get into the spirit early—Pensacola Museum of Art is hosting a Gallery Talk Sunday, Jan. 15 on the upcoming opera performance and their current exhibition, "Woven and Wrapped: Kimonos, Clothing and Culture of Early 20th Century Japan.” or

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STEEL DRUMMER 6 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 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 BIG JIM BROWN 9 p.m. End O’ The Alley Bar at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or KATAGORY 5 9 p.m. Lilli Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MODERN ELDORADOES 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or


Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or FILL-A-BOWL FUNDR AISER 1 p.m. $25 Manna Food Pantries 116 E . Gonzalez St. mannafoodpantries .org. WINE TASTING AT WINE BAR 2 p.m. $5 goes toward rebate on featured wines . Wine Bar, 16 S . Palafox , Suite 10 0 . 476-3 83 0 or STORY TIME AND COOKIES 3 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF F T. BARR ANCAS 5 p.m. Reser vations required. For t Barranca s , Pensacola Naval Air Station. 4555167 or nps .gov/guis . WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. LILACS IN THE HAND 8 p.m. $9. Loblolly Theatre 1010 N. 12th Ave. 439-3010 or PHINEAS PHOGGETTES 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m. N. Palafox between Wright & Chase St, near Garden St. ALL NATUR AL SKIN CARE CLASS 10 a.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or WOVEN & WRAPPED: KIMONOS, CLOTHING AND CULTURE OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPAN 12 p.m. Through Feb 12. Pensacola

KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or KARAOKE WITH MARK ESKEW 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd. 497-0071 or MIKE JENCKS AND LEE PHELPS 7 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 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 CL ASS X 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge & Package. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or KATAGORY 5 9 p.m. Lilli Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


BEER SUNDAY All day beer specials. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 9169755 or $2.50 BLOODY MARYS AND MIMOSAS 10 a.m. Sandshaker Lounge & Package. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or LILACS IN THE HAND 3 p.m. $9. Loblolly Theatre 1010 N. 12th Ave. 439-3010 or

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RONNIE LEVINE 12 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or REZ & THE SOLUTIONS 4 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge & Package 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or RONNIE MILLER 7 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 9343141 or KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8 p.m. Lilli Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY PARADE 11 a.m. Parade route begins at Spring & Garden Streets; travels east to Palafox; turns north onto Palafox; Palafox to Wright Street, and turns left; turns left onto Palafox; travels south on Palafox to Main Street. AFTER MLK PARADE GATHERING Immediately after MLK Parade. DeVilliers Cultural Heritage Museum 500 W. Belmont. 437-0025. B.A.R.E. APPRECIATION DAY 10 a.m. Halfpriced drinks for bar and restaurant employees. Sandshaker Lounge & Package. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

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happenings MARGARITA MONDAY 5 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or BURGERS & BEER NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 6 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or GAMER’S NIGHT 8 p.m. Fast Eddie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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LIVIN’ THE DREAM 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MUSICIANS’ ALLIANCE 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or


‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or

WOVEN & WRAPPED: KIMONOS, CLOTHING AND CULTURE OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPAN 10 a.m. Through Feb 12. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘WELCOME TO MARGARITAVILLE’ MARGARITA TASTING 2 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or YOGA WITH BECKIE SATHRE 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or $2 TUESDAY 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge & Package. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

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THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club. 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or TUESDAY JAM NIGHT 8 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KARAOKE WITH GEORGE 9 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200. 466-3080 or KARAOKE AT PADDY O’LEARY’S 9 p.m. Paddy O’ Leary’s Irish Pub, 49 Via de Luna Drive. 9169808 or




‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or WOVEN & WRAPPED: KIMONOS, CLOTHING AND CULTURE OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPAN 10 a.m. Through Feb 12. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or LADIES NIGHT OUT 5 p.m. $2 drinks. Sandshaker Lounge & Package. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 5 p.m. $2 drinks. The Deck at The Fish House. 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 5 p.m. Half-off every bottle. Jackson’s 400 S. Palafox. 4699898 or MANAGER’S RECEPTION 5 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING CLASSES 6 p.m. $5 , $2 with student I.D. Gull Point Community Center, 700 Spanish Trail. 291-2718 or SURF MOVIE NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 7 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or

OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or DUELING 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. Lilli Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or ELECTRONIC WEDNESDAYS TURBULANCE 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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Well Hello, Young Man Caulfield explained what audiences kept one, but I always wanted to. It’s supmight expect from the full-band shows posed to be so people can see the growth with GIVERS versus a solo performance of a person.” of his own. Caulfield had only been playing music “I’ve done some solo shows, but it for about six months when he began always sounds completely different,” posting songs online. Caulfield said. “In general, just out of ne“I was really new to it,” Caulfield said. cessity, I think the shows will sound dif“Those were my first recordings.” ferent. And I try to accept that, instead Those first recordings were what of just trying to replicate the sounds from people seemed to really identify with and the record.” soon enough came the idea of releasing an In short, fans can expect to hear entire album. familiar songs, with similar tones that “My manager, now, got in touch with they’re used to hearing from Young Man, me and we started talking about records but shouldn’t be expecting to hear a show and EP’s and we started talking to labels,” that sounds like someone just pressed Caulfield said. play on their album. Caulfield started making music alone in There may even be a cover thrown his Chicago bedroom, but by the time the into the set somewhere. records were being “I actually just posted a cover a few talked about, four days ago on the internet,” Caulfield said. other young men had “It’s the first one in a very long time.” joined him, turning Sometimes it’s hard not to return to the internet solo where you started. Especially when that project into a fullplace is YouTube and you’ve got fans askfledged touring band. ing for more and more. And more. {in} Young Man toured briefly with Cold War Kids and Grouplove WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and even played at Lollapalooza WHERE: Alabama Music Box, 455 Dauphin and SXSW this year. St. Mobile, Ala. “It was pretty cool,” Caulfield COST: $10 said. “I had never been to a large muDETAILS: sic festival before and I think I had

“Covers are a tool to get inside someone else’s head, musically.” Colin Caulfield

Colin Caulfield Not everyone can spawn a career off of covers they’ve done of their favorite songs. Colin Caulfield, aka, Young Man talks about the technical uses of playing cover songs, and the desire to keep a diary. Two years ago, Caulfield was posting cover songs by Deerhunter, Bon Iver and Animal Collective on YouTube. Fans and friends alike expressed an attraction for the new take on the familiar songs and Caulfield acquired a following. “I think a lot of people, when they’re first learning to play music, find it easier to start with covers,” Caulfield said. “Covers are a tool to get inside someone else’s head, musically.”

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Eventually, some of the artists that were being covered by Caulfield came forth and commented on the videos as well. “It was really cool to know that these artists were hearing the covers I did,” Caulfield said. “I didn’t really think anything would come of it.” Around the time of the first and second cover videos being posted on YouTube, Caulfield also posted some original material, allowing viewers to see his musical evolution. “The YouTube channel is kind of like a song diary,” Caulfield said. “I never really

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GAME CHANGER The University of West Florida (UWF) and Pensacola State College (PSC) announced today a $1 million gift from Quint and Rishy Studer to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the City of Pensacola.   The Pensacola Pledge Scholar Program will provide financial support for graduating seniors of Escambia County Public Schools who are residents of Pensacola to attend either UWF or PSC. The announcement was made today at a press conference at Pensacola High School.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the Pensacola community,” said Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas. “Many students now have the possibility to continue their education in our outstanding local colleges because of the generous efforts of Quint and Rishy Studer.” Pensacola Pledge Scholar recipients meeting the admission requirements to attend UWF will receive $2,000 per academic year, and recipients meeting the admission requirements to attend PSC will receive $1,200 per academic year.   “Quint and I are grateful to be in the position to continue to invest in our area,” said Rishy Studer. “We have great confidence in Pensacola’s young people, the school district, the direction of the city and the quality of education offered at UWF and PSC. It is our hope that this contribution will help today’s young people become Pensacola’s leaders and contributors in the future.”   “This gift is momentous, certainly monetarily at $1 million dollars,” said UWF President Judith Bense. “But beyond the dollars, it is the impact on our young people that is so special.”   High school students from the City of Pensacola who apply and are selected will be able to begin their education at PSC or UWF, transfer from PSC to UWF and complete a bachelor’s degree at either institution, said PSC President Ed Meadows.   For more information, visit

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Woo-hoo! It’s A Blowout were the images running With a metro population through my head as I approaching 500,000, contemplated lying on the there are a lot of people ground to get the spare commuting in and out from under the truck. around Pensacola. There Fortunately, it wasn’t are domestics, imports, long before a state luxury cars, exotic racers, photo courtesy of Dan Fugate trooper pulled up behind SUVs, compacts and on me and told me help was on the way. I didn’t and on. There is such an impressive variety. know it, and I’m guessing many of you don’t Somehow, every class of vehicle is afflicted either, but the Florida Department of Transwith the same defect–no turn signal switch. portation has a program to help in situations The fail rate seems to be around 12 percent of just like this. Enter the Road Rangers! all turn signal switches; though no scientific The Road Rangers is a service patrol that data has been produced to substantiate the provides free service to stranded motorists. claim. This is such a danger. Another hazard for Beginning in 1999, the program originally was vehicles on the road is the roadside emergency. intended to aid on construction sites, but Nearly every morning, along Interstate 10 soon grew to respond to all types of incidents and 110, someone is stranded in a car with a and has become an effective branch of blown tire, overheated engine, or empty gas FDOT’s service. They help clear traffic lanes, tank. The unfortunate sit as motorists zoom help with tire changes, provide fuel, and help by, often unaware or unable to move into the with several other minor repairs. opposite lane. For the stranded driver, this The program has resulted in a reduction can be a scary situation. Imagine changing a in accidents and congestion, and an indriver’s side tire on the side of the interstate. crease in safety at accident or trouble sites. Yeah, it’s that kind of scary. That’s why there’s The rolling auto shops have most everything roadside assistance insurance. needed to help get a person back on the One morning, on the way downtown, I road. That is, unless a wrecker is needed. had a terrible blowout on my truck. “Damn it! I I know I’ll not be adding roadside assisjust cancelled roadside assistance last month.” tance back to my insurance as nearly all of my I was just a few yards from exit 1B, but the tire driving is done on Florida’s interstates. I’ll be had pretty much disintegrated and I was drivdialing *FHP instead. {in} ing on a rim. I had no other choice but to pull onto the side of the overpass. I got out and examined the About "The Local": Dan Fugate is a writer and situation, and then I called the social media manager at Clever Ogre, a downtown office to let them know I’d be a Pensacola advertising and web development agency. bit late. We’ve all seen the videos He’s passionate about: family, friends, music, movof the guy beside his car who gets ies, writing, good food and beer. He was born in Ohio, creamed by a truck that goes off raised in Alabama, and is proud to be a Pensacolian the road or the one where the cop and Argo. Dan and his wife have two boys and a big has to jump across the hood of orange dog. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, he’s there. the car, Dukes of Hazard-style, to avoid getting grilled. These

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PYP HOLDS CHARITY BALL FOR MANNA FOOD BANK The Pensacola Young Professionals is an organization committed to making our community a better place to live, work, and play. We are continuously looking for ways to make a difference in our community, and this year PYP has selected MANNA as the beneficiary of our First Annual Charity Ball. MANNA is a private, not-for-profit

corporation, dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. MANNA is nonsectarian, community-focused, volunteer-supported, and committed to the philosophy - “waste not, want not.” In 2010 MANA served 14,064 families more than 650,000 pounds of food. This was made possible due to more than 20,000 volunteer hours and food and monetary donations. PYP is pleased to have contributed the volunteer hours and we look forward to donating a portion of our proceeds to MANNA as well. Grab your best Masquerade mask, and show your support for our organizations by joining us a for a night of great entertainment, good food, and an exciting silent auction. Fish House will be providing complimentary beer and wine for the first two-hours and a cash bar for the remainder of the evening. Hope to see you there! Tickets are available online at and prices are as follows: Now - January 13: $40 single/ $70 couple After January 13: $45 single / $75 couple At the Door: $50 single / $80 couple If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit If your company would like to sponsor a table, please contact Zachary Hannah at

PENSACOLA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR EDATE: NEW JOBS NOW! The Pensacola Young Professionals recently polled its membership for their interest in supporting the renewal of the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption (EDATE) and found that a majority of its members were in favor of this incentive. This critical economic development

incentive program affords Escambia County the same advantages as other, neighboring counties and states by allowing us the ability to offer exemptions on property taxes to current or relocating business for up to 10 years. No exemptions are granted on school or water management districts. Some examples of the success of this program are Navy Federal Credit Union and General Electric as well as 13 other businesses that have created 4,000 new jobs in our county. EDATE must be renewed every 10 years and will appear on the January 31, 2012 primary election ballot in Escambia County. Based on the past success in attracting and retaining jobs, PYP feels the program contributes to its organization’s mission to “develop the Pensacola Bay Area as a thriving and dynamic place to live, work, and play” and it will continue to play in integral role in our community into the foreseeable future. PYP members are organizing the distribution of “New Jobs Now! Vote Yes” yard and street signs to area businesses and citizens who would like to show their support for the EDATE renewal campaign, “New Jobs Now! Vote Yes”. If you are interested in more information or displaying a yard sign, please contact the PYP office at 850-332-7820 or Courtney Peterson at

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of the dangers of Campylobacter jejuni bacteria infections on a sheep ranch, but apparently only among workers who used an old-style (19th century) method of castrating the animals. CDC strongly urged that workers stop biting off the sheep’s genitals and instead use modern tools. CHUTZPAH! Convicted serial rapist Steven Phillips was exonerated in 2008, one of a continuing string of wrongly convicted Dallas-area “criminals” proved innocent by DNA testing, and under a formula by state law, he was awarded about $4 million, tax-free, for his 25 years behind bars. Recently, Phillips’ ex-wife filed a petition in court demanding a portion— even though the couple had been divorced for the last 17 years of his incarceration, and the ex-wife had remarried and had a child. (The ex-wife claims it was Phillips who originated the divorce and that she had given up on him only because he had revealed a “disgusting” history as a “peeping tom” and flasher.) CLICHES COME TO LIFE (1) A 28-yearold man in New York City quietly excused himself the morning after his wedding in November (at a hotel following an elaborate reception), took a taxi to a Harlem River overlook, and jumped to his death. According to a relative, the man’s suicide note mentioned that he “couldn’t take it anymore.” (2) Luna Oraivej, 37, was ordered in 2010 by a court in Seattle to take an anger- management course to settle a charge of domestic violence, but in December 2011, she sued the creator of the course because a fellow attendee had stabbed her in the arm during a classroom dispute. (The instructor was playing a video of “Dr. Phil,” and Oraivej had urged the classmate to listen to Dr. Phil’s message, but the classmate apparently could not bear it.) {in} From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2011 Chuck Shepherd

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Favorite sushi in town is Sumo Sushi at the Carlton Palms, the daily specials are well priced, the staff is friendly, and Sumo Sushi’s fish is always fresh. Favorite Mexican is Taco Rock, they make their own chorizo and horchata. Try the marinated carrots, they will make your forehead sweat (and mine’s a big one!)  Favorite pizza is Hopjacks; get the butcher block and never forego the Belgian fries.

Retail Therapy:

I do a lot of gardening and work around the house, so The Garden Gate outside of Gulf Breeze is where I like to go for expert advice on what are the best plants to put in the ground. I also spend a lot of time at Floral Tree Gardens, they have a great selection of plants, fertilizer, and flower pots.  On Saturdays I make at least one, if not more, visit to Lowe’s.  Lowe’s is where I probably do most of my “shopping” as opposed to actual purchasing.  I can’t ever just walk in and buy something and walk out.

Watering Holes:

Patrick at 5 1/2 is a good friend of mine and can serve you some creative and mouthwatering drinks. The Wisteria is a great place to visit with friends and to shoot pool.


Most of my nightlife is spent sleeping. However, we do like to make concerts at Vinyl Music Hall; they have been bringing in some great shows.  George Clinton was the most memorable.  The Fish House Deck is a great place to relax and unwind especially when they have live music.


Despite growing up here, I’m not a beach person. I like the restaurants and entertainment on the islands, but sitting in the sand doing nothing is not my idea of a good time.  I like to spend the summer out on the bay and in the sound fishing.  Call up Eric Holstman with Redfish University for a great inshore guide.  I spend my winters in the woods hunting in Alabama.  Mike’s Gun Shop is a great place to go for outfitting. When I can, I like to get up to my alma mater, Sewanee to do some hiking.

Arts & Culture:

We love to go to the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and see all the vendors displaying their art (sometimes we buy some too). The ClassicFest Concert Series at Christ Church is wonderful and features some great artists this year.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:

We love the Seafood Festival and all the great food, artwork, and music available. What a great venue to experience fall in the Panhandle.  We always go to the Greek Festival each year to dine on some lamb and baklava and to watch the kids (and Judge Geeker) dance. {in}

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