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staff writer Jeremy Morrison contributing writers Bradley “B.J.� Davis, Jr., Joani Delezen, Hana Frenette, James Hagen, Ashley Hardaway, Brett Hutchins, Chelsa Jillard, Sarah McCartan, Kate Peterson, Chuck Shepherd, T.S. Strickland intern Stephanie Sharp

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winners JACK KICHLER A charter member of the

Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council and long-serving board member passed away on July 11. Dr. Kichler was the group’s first home hospitality host, volunteering to feed international visitors even before GCCDC had officially been accepted into the International Visitor Leadership Program network. He will be missed locally and internationally.

A.A. DIXON CHARTER SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE The little inner-city school

fought all year against the district administration to stay open. School officials were routinely chastised at school board meetings. The school grades for 2012 show Dixon had the greatest improvement of any school in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, despite the FCAT being tougher. Two district schools had their scores fall below the charter school.


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A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence wasn’t able to earn higher than a “F,” but the little inner-city school raised its scores more than any other school in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, despite the FCAT test being more difficult and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and School Board Member Jeff Bergosh constantly attacking the school. The Escambia County School District saw two of its elementary schools, West Pensacola and Weis, do worse than Dixon. In fact, Dixon’s learning gains in math and reading match the percentage gains at the much-heralded $17-million Global Learning Academy that has had the benefit of hundreds of volunteer hours, including district administration employees. Rev. LuTimothy May, who chairs the board of trustees of A.A. Dixon, issued a statement when the school grades were released. “Although our school grade isn’t what we had hoped for, we are very excited at the overwhelming success of the learning gains of our students, “ said Rev. May. “We are so appreciative for all of the parents, community, and business supporters who aid in the successes at A.A. Dixon and we are pleased to be open for another, even more exciting year of learning. The collective dedication to improving the lives of all children does, indeed, take a whole village.” The Escambia County Public School District did not fare well when the school grades were released. The district ranks 52 out of 68 districts in the state of Florida, putting it right at the dividing line for the bottom 25 percent of the districts in the state. Its 463 points earned the district a "C" grade with only 52 percent of its students reading and performing math at satisfactory levels or higher. Science scores were worse with only 46 percent at satisfactory or higher. Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties got "A" grades and are ranked 6th and 7th respectively with only two points separating them. Walton County got a "B" and is ranked 28th.

Committee members were not impressed with the EBO Program's final report. / photo by Jeremy Morrison In Malcolm Thomas' three years as the superintendent of Escambia County schools, the district has earned two “C's” and one "B.”

FLUFF AND STUFF Members of the

Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee met Wednesday, July 11 to digest the final report concerning minority participation in the park project. While the mood initially had the hint of a finish-line celebration, it quickly soured. “This is a good time,” said Committee Chairwoman Audra Carter. “A great time for us.” But as the EBO committee began to dive into a packet entitled “CMPA Contractors Academy/Equal Business Opportunity Program Final Report”—which Carter stressed was “just a small piece” of a larger report yet to be completed—collective buyer’s remorse settled over the room. As they began looking over the report compiled by EBO Program head George Hawthorne, committee members started asking questions about the lack of data.

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The report itself noted that the figures it did contain were not entirely accurate. Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds soon began reducing the report to “somewhat incomplete,” “a lot of fluff and stuff” and “a whole lotta crap.” “Don’t we know who we hired? Don’t we know who was out there working? It’s right across the street,” said Jerralds, motioning toward the new ballpark from the city hall meeting room. The purpose of the EBO program was to facilitate minority participation in the construction and operation of the park. Hawthorne, and his Diversity Program Advisors (DPA), took over the program in early 2011. In his report, Hawthorne detailed the program’s background and listed its goals, team members and actions. While reading through a list of 18 actions, committee members continued to question the report. “Who really cares about this one through

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18, anyway?” asked Dick Baker. “What the DPA did or didn’t do is not really important. What was the net result? Did the DBA really do number 13 or not? Who cares?” Members were disturbed that there was not a firm figure concerning the number of minority companies involved in the project. The report stated that such information had not been made available by MAGI Construction. “There’s no way of knowing this,” said Committee member Dr. Samuel Bolden. “I think we’re wasting our time.” Jerralds suggested making a list of information the committee expected from Hawthorne and require him to provide it. Others said they had wasted money on Hawthorne—reportedly 13 payments of $7,500—and should give up trying to nail down the numbers. Bolden compared approaching Hawthorne for the data to “pulling teeth without anesthesia.” “I think we’re shooting ourselves in the foot trying to do this,” said EBO committee member Jason Smith. “It looks like a lot

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of folks have been paid for essentially doing nothing—I’m looking at Tony McCray, I’m looking at the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce.” By unanimous vote, the EBO Committee moved to “receive” but “reject” Hawthorne’s report. The committee forwarded the report to the CMPA board for their review and comments. After finishing their review of the report, the EBO Committee considered whether or not to discuss a correspondence. Members of the audience were unaware of the correspondence up for discussion. “It’s George asking for more money,” explained Bolden. “$3,000,” added Smith, who was by that point hitting the coffee machine. The committee then collectively rejected the letter. In the letter, Hawthorne apparently requested payment for outreach and marketing activities. Members of the committee, as well as some members of the public in attendance, also discussed how they remembered Hawthorne agreeing to perform the services in question free of costs. The EBO board also heard from a contractor who expressed concern with the manner in which payments to workers involved in the program were handled. After some discussion, the committee decided to form a task force to investigate the program’s payment system. In closing the more than two hour meeting—during which a stark light was cast on some concerning aspects of the EBO program—Chairwoman Carter described the session as “probably the best meeting I’ve been to.” “We did something that was awesome,” she said of the overall effort. “I think it will be a model for other people going through it.”


The Escambia County School District will be taking a couple of new approaches this next school year in an attempt to help students and schools that are behind the curve. A few of the district’s elementary schools are extending the school day an extra hour, while first graders may be held back if they are not meeting academic goals. During the Escambia County School District’s regular workshop on July 12, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas described such measures as “game changers” for some struggling students. He also noted that the measures would take time, but would eventually pay off for the students and schools. “It is not a McDonald’s drive-thru,” Thomas told the board. In an effort to ensure students are able to read by the time they exit second grade, the district will begin retaining first graders who aren’t meeting certain requirements. Teachers will evaluate their students throughout the year, providing constant updates for parents. Currently, students may be retained in third grade if they are not reading, but Thomas July 19, 2012

told the board—who supported the measure unanimously—that waiting until third grade was too late. “For us to say, ‘we’re going to be retaining first graders’ is a big deal,” said school board Chairman Bill Slayton, suggesting that the board work closely with, and request input from, teachers. A prime component of the first grade retention policy is parental involvement. Teachers will meet with parents in order to give progress reports and to let parents know if their child is falling behind. “Parent meeting. Love it,” said Slayton. “What if they don’t come?” The entire board was supportive of upping the level of parent involvement. Some members wondered how such involvement would be ensured. Slayton wondered if the district might be able to hinge a first grader’s graduation to their parents’ participation. “We can say it,” said Slayton. “I don’t know if we can do it.” “If we can do it, I’m for it,” said board member Jeff Bergosh. “—we need a stick.” The superintendent cautioned that some parents would inevitably have issues. He told the board that it would not be fair to punish students for their parents’ actions. “I also understand the reality of a parent,” Thomas said. “Our time, during a school day, it doesn’t always work.” Bergosh countered that uninvolved parents may well be slighting their children while sitting at home unemployed, on government assistance. He said that even in unfavorable economic circumstances, such parents are “rich in time” and should be making parentteacher appointments. “I’m talking about people working two jobs to make their ends meet,” said Thomas. “Those people take care of their children,” replied Bergosh. Later Bergosh inquired if the district had any way of collecting data on which parents constituted the “working poor” and which were “at home just not working.” “Because I’d like to know,” he said. “They’re rich in time, but poor in money.” The superintendent told the board that some families have “lots of obstacles.” A member of the district’s staff told Bergosh that such information could not be collected, but said she’d pass along his suggestions. “If they’re home on SSI,” Bergosh said, “why aren’t they answering the phone, why aren’t they participating?” The school board was also concerned that holding students back in first grade—and possibly again in third grade—could result in

Jeff Bergosh those students being promoted out of eighth grade (before academically ready) due to their advanced age. “There will be extra pressure to move’em on,” said Bergosh, wondering if the district should mandate an entrance exam for high school. “I don’t think we start with an eighth grade trigger,” Thomas said, adding that such a measure would result in teenagers stuck in the eighth grade. The superintendent said that first grade was the opportune time to reach students. He said that students exiting the first grade are expected to be farther along than in days gone by. “Expectations are higher,” Thomas said. “This is not grandma’s first grade.” Slayton said that the retention measure should be seen as “positive” instead of “punitive.” School board member Linda Moultrie said that once the district held back some first graders it would “really wake up some parents … we mean business.” The district will also be extending the school day for some of the elementary schools. Those schools, thus far, include Lincoln Park, Montclair, C.A. Weis and West Pensacola. “The only way you catch up a student— the research is pretty clear—you need to insert an intervention of time,” Thomas explained. Principals from the four elementary schools spoke to the board, detailing their various takes on the program. All the principals reported that they were excited about the program and said community and parent feedback had been positive. “Are the teachers at Lincoln Park excited about the hour?” asked Bergosh. “They are very excited about the hour,” replied Lincoln Park Principal Christine Nixon. {in}

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Top: A.K. Suter Elementary/ Bottom: Spencer Bibbs Elementary / photo by Samantha Crooke

Different Treatment On Different Sides of the Bayou By T.S. Strickland

Behind the shuttered school, the old playground rusts into the sandy yard. It’s a silent hulk of wood and metal: There are no children here anymore. A block away, Pastor John Marshall sits in the sanctuary of St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church. It is late Monday afternoon, and the room is filled with the peculiar, comfortable silence of an empty place of worship. In the back, a small July 19, 2012

group of people has assembled at a few tables to discuss the loss of Spencer Bibbs Elementary School. “It happened pretty suddenly,” Marshall recalled. In early 2011, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas had stood behind the church pulpit and told a group of administrators and community members of his plan to close Bibbs. The school simply did not have enough students to keep it open, he had said. It was costing too much.

The analysis Thomas presented showed that, while the attendance zone for Bibbs had 613 children, the school’s unweighted FTE (full-time equivalent students, by which the state funds the school) was only 329 pupils in the 2009-10 school year—down from 400 students four years earlier. The historic elementary school had struggled to make the grade since the inception of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The school’s grade had bounced between “C” and “D” since 2006—earning two “C’s” and three “D’s.” 9

Pastor John Marshall / photo by Samantha Crooke would drop in the 2011-12 school year to just 241 students. That drop, 27 percent, would have been the largest single-year decrease in the school’s history. From the time Thomas had been sworn-in as superintendent until 2011 the school had lost 107 students. In the three years before he took office, the school had lost only 37.

“What did not show up on the stats was the care and concern that the school had rendered to these children." Pastor John Marshall Only 34 percent of the children living in the attendance zone went to Bibbs, and the school district estimated the unweighted FTE

However, Thomas didn’t tell that to the parents and teachers sitting in St. John Divine. The superintendent had no way of knowing the school would improve its grade that year to a “C,” and no one can say now how that grade might have impacted Bibbs enrollment the following year had it remained open. Marshall said the charts and figures were enough to keep most people quiet. “The ones that couldn’t understand it, it shut them up,” he said. “The ones that were educated enough to understand it, it shut them up, too, because the stats were right there.” “What did not show up on the stats,” the pastor said, “was the care and concern that the school had rendered to these children.”


While Felicia Smith listened to Rev. Marshall, her 8-year-old grandson Tyrell anxiously shuffled his Air Jordans. Tyrell had attended Bibbs. When the school closed, he was transferred to the new Global Learning Academy, which absorbed 60 percent of Bibbs’ students.


Smith said the new academy was a “good school.” However, she had known most of the teachers at Bibbs, she said, and this had made a difference in discipline. Deborah Brooks, who sat nearby in a very colorful headscarf, was living in Miami while her grandchildren were students at Bibbs. Their parents were often absent, but school administrators had kept a close eye on the children and knew to call Brooks if there were problems. Brooks furrowed her brow and moved her hands as if directing a very grave symphony when she spoke. Her words were measured, heavy, sad, full of dignified indignation. “At least by going to school you got your teacher, who didn’t play with you,” she said. “You got your principal that didn’t play with you. There was always somebody that knew yo’ momma, yo’ daddy, or yo’ grandmama in that school. But now? … The children have no identity.” Her palm fell forcefully on the table— once, twice, three times, purple acrylic nails clattering on plastic. “They have no purpose,” Brooks said. “They have no reason.” “Our children have no identity,” she repeated. “That is the root of the ills of our community. They’re bussed off to these other schools. They feel like, ‘Hey, they’re bussing me out of my neighborhood. These people don’t care about me.’” Bibbs was deeply rooted in the community’s sense of identity. It had been for 91 years. The namesake of the school was a mulatto taxi driver and grocer, said to resemble a darker John F. Kennedy. Bibbs became supervisor of one of the District’s original “colored” schools in 1889. That institution—Public School No. 44—was


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Spencer Bibbs Elementary School / photo by Samantha Crooke located across the street from the present facility. When children graduated from No. 44, they had to walk nearly five miles to the nearest school on the west side if they wanted to continue their education. When it stormed, Bibbs would taxi the children to and from school. To make it easier on everyone, Bibbs requested a new school be built on the east side of the city. His wish was fulfilled. The school was completed in 1920 and later named in his honor.

Marion Williams is the great nephew of Spencer Bibbs. He worked for the School District for more than 30 years. The retired educator wrote the book on African American schools in Escambia County—literally. It is entitled “Historic Colored or Negro City Public Schools: 1885 - 2008.” When Williams was a schoolboy, he said, Bibbs was one of the finest schools in the County— “colored ” or otherwise. Mary Sander Todd, now the librarian at St. John Divine, attended Bibbs in those days.

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Spencer Bibbs Elementary School / photo by Samantha Crooke “It was ideal,” she said. “We thought Spencer Bibbs was the best school in the world.” Ethel Gibson Simpson also attended Bibbs. “I remember playing on the school grounds ‘cause there was nowhere else to play,” she said. “It was just home for us.” Over the past few decades, the neighborhood declined, and the school followed. The deathblow, Williams said, was declining enrollment. Many of Williams’ generation left the neighborhood and did not return. They raised their families elsewhere. Meanwhile, the middle class families that did stay elected to send their children to other schools. The students that were left were the poorest, and the least likely to succeed on standardized tests. “The problem is that, when you have low income students who are taking tests that are designed for middle class kids … It only takes a small number of those kids for the school to test low,” Williams said. “Poor kids are going to do poorly on tests that are really not designed for them.” And so the school got a bad reputation that further accelerated the decline in enrollment. A few blocks walk from the church, past the rusting playground and through the summer swelter, Freddie DeSoto reclined in an overstuffed, green velvet chair. The mantle of his fireplace was a clutter of frames— smiling grandchildren, serene-faced images of Jesus and military decorations from his years in the Marine Corps. DeSoto reached for a manila folder on his side-table and retrieved an 8-by-11 photo. In the black-and-white picture, a group of children stood on the steps of the old Spencer Bibbs Elementary School. “That’s me,” DeSoto said, pointing to a young boy in the right-hand corner of the photo, “the one without shoes.” DeSoto attended Bibbs in its heyday. His grandson followed in his bare-footsteps, attending Bibbs for a year. However, DeSoto’s daughter, Chanelle, soon pulled him out. She said he had been involved in several 212 1

fights at the school, and administrators met her concerns with hostility. She transferred her son to Cordova Park Elementary, and she said that he had

“It’s not just a ‘hood,’” he said. “It’s a neighborhood, and everything is linked to the brand.” When this is lost, he said, “other brands move in.” Marshall’s congregation recently purchased several houses across the street from the church. They did so, he said, to combat the increase in prostitution, drug dealing, and other “extracurricular activities.” When Superintendent Thomas announced the closing of Bibbs, Marshall said, the community felt ambushed. They were not given the chance to rally behind the school. “There is no time to recover from what is already in motion,” he said. He also said there was a feeling of “mental belittlement,” because the community was not brought to the table to try and save the school. “I hate to say it,” Brooks said, “but it gives the appearance that black schools are being targeted.” “Why?” she asked. “Why? Why?” “It’s just sad,” Gibson said. “I pass there often now, and I just say, ‘Well, maybe one day it will surface back again.” “There is always hope.”

"We all felt like ‘why would you close a school that makes an ‘A’ every year and makes the District look good?’” Dale Rooks

not been in a fight since. She thought it was better for her son and others to escape the “mentality” of the Bibbs neighborhood. “I think they made the right decision Across town on the other side of the closing Bibbs,” she said. Bayou Texar sits A.K. Suter Elementary DeSoto said he didn’t worry about School, a little 90-year-old school that the closing. “The most important thing is has earned “A’s” every year since 2002. that the children get a good education,” he said, even if that meant bussing them to other schools. Williams said that he was not initially pleased with the District’s decision to close Bibbs, “but I understood it,” he said, “and eventually I came to accept it.” He said that good teachers were the vital thing, and they could be found at any school. “I could be raised with foxes or wolves, but if I got support, I got a chance to make it,” he said. Back at the church, Marshall said he worried that wouldn’t be enough. The school, he pointed out, was not just a place for children to learn. He likened it to the community’s “brand.” A.K. Suter Elementary School / photo by Samantha Crooke


The attendance zone for Suter has only 96 children, according to the reports Thomas showed the Bibbs parents in early 2011. The school enrollment this past year was 367—32 fewer students than the prior year and one less than when Thomas took office. In 2006, Suter’s enrollment was 327. Eight years ago, NFCN of Tallahassee, Fla. was employed by the Escambia County School District to review its schools and make recommendations for renovations, improvements and closures. Through a public information request, the IN got a copy of NFCN’s report titled: “Improving Student Performance Through Better Educational Facilities: An Analysis Of The Facilities Of Escambia County Florida.” Then-Superintendent Jim Paul and his team used the report to justify the renewal of the HalfCent Sales Tax for the schools. The conversion of Woodham High to a middle school was one of its recommendations. Four elementary schools were recommended to be closed—Hallmark, Allie Yniestra, Bibbs and Suter. “Due to shifting student populations, school enrollments have dropped below a cost-effective level,” wrote the consultants. “High administrative and operating costs make it impractical to continue to operate these facilities.” By the end of the 2010-11 school year, Hallmark, Bibbs and Yniestra had been closed. Suter remained open. In January 2012, Superintendent Thomas announced his plans to replace A. K. Suter with a new $21.5-million facility. The Master Plan Study that was completed by Caldwell Associates in October 2011 shows that the new school would be two stories and have a capacity of 600-800 students. There is no mention of how the district plans to more than double the enrollment of the elementary school.


Jerry’s Drive-in has been the beating … stomach of East Pensacola Heights since 1939. By mid-afternoon on a Friday, the

crowds have thinned. A few hungry souls linger in salmon-colored booths, while a smattering of lonesome thinkers nurse oyster dinners and pints of Bud Light at the bar. Sharon Johnson shuffles about. She scribbles orders, tears them from her little book and clamps them with clothespins to a string in the kitchen window. She tops off a coffee mug and points through the front windows, across Scenic Highway, to A.K. Suter Elementary School. Built in 1921, the school is rooted even more deeply in the bayou muck than Jerry’s. It’s the beating heart of the neighborhood, attended by three generations of Johnsons, starting with Sharon’s father. Johnson says she is pleased the District is replacing the facility: It is one of the oldest in the County. However, she worries what effect expanding the school might have. “I like the smaller feel,” Johnson said, and she worries the influx of new students might damage the quality of education. A. K. Suter has always been the little school that could. There has always been a friendly competition with the larger and more modern Cordova Park Elementary. Parents, neighbors and surrounding business owners have taken an active role in the school’s success. Dale Rooks is one of these people. Rooks owns the Marina Oyster Barn, another landmark of “The Heights.” He is also a long-time crossing guard and volunteer running coach for the school. As a crossing guard, he shepherded generations of children (including two daughters of his own) safely to school. An especially zealous ward, he used to point a hair dryer wrapped in black electrical tape at passing cars. Drivers would slow down, thinking his improvised device was a radar gun. The curiosity is now mounted to a wall of the Oyster Barn, along with a plaque from the school recognizing his years of service. Rooks shared Johnson’s concerns about expanding the school. “I liked it better when it was small,” he said, “but economically, they can’t keep small schools. That’s what I’ve been told.” Low enrollment has placed the school on the District chopping block more than once. When Superintendent Paul broached the idea of closing Suter in 2008, community members rallied to put political pressure on Paul and their school board representative, Patty Hightower, to block it. Rooks had a daughter at Suter when the District threatened to close it.

“They felt like … it wasn’t feasible to keep these small schools open,” he said, “… and Suter was a little school that had 250 kids in it.” “When a school leaves, … it just kinda hurts the whole area,” he said. “That’s why everyone in this area was against them closing Suter. We all felt like ‘why would you close a school that makes an ‘A’ every year and makes the District look good?’” A.K. Suter Principal Russell Queen believes that it’s the history of his elementary that sets it apart. “All schools have a sense of community,” he said, “but I’ve never been to one that had a sense of history and tradition like this one does.” “I have teachers here who were students here,” he said. “I have second, third and probably fourth generation students. I have teachers whose children went here.” People living in the Heights still remember the early days of the school—people like Mary-Lou Butler, who walked every morning down a sandy path through a grove of blackjack oaks to get to Suter. That was the 1930’s, when the 20 or so students who attended the school all hailed from the Heights. “Everybody knew everybody else, and to tell you the truth, a bunch of people were just kin to each other,” Butler said. Things have changed since then. Of course, the student population has grown, but it has changed in other ways as well. “There’s hardly any kids in this area any more,” Rooks said. “I do the crossing guard stuff up here, and I just have hardly any that walk. Most of the kids have grown up, moved out, and they’re not moving back.” In recent years, more and more students have come to Suter from outside the school’s attendance zone. Many of these transfer students migrate to Suter from low performing schools under the school choice provision of the “No Child Left Behind Act.” Queen said that in Nov. 2011, these transfers made up 47 to 49 percent of students at Suter, an uncommonly high figure. He said he could fill several hundred more slots tomorrow if he had the capacity. The principal said something was lost in the move away from neighborhood schools. “[With a neighborhood school] everything’s kept at home,” the principal said. “The businesses, the parents. It’s part of their life, part of everything they see every day. Their boys and girls walk there … It just becomes an integral part of everything that goes on in the neighborhood.” Queen said, “It’s kind of something you feel when you’re a part of it.” {in}

“All schools have a sense of community,” he said, “but I’ve never been to one that had a sense of history and tradition like this one does.”

A.K. Suter Principal Russell Queen

Editor’s note: The Independent News made several attempts to contact Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross for comments. Neither responded as of the paper’s publication deadline. July 19, 2012


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Run for Your Lives

photos courtesy of Seville Quarter Well, not so much for your life as for fun and merriment. Join the second annual Seville Quarter Running of the Bulls. Seville has a whole host of events scheduled for the week to celebrate the festival of San Fermines, and we have all the details. In Spain, the Running of the Bulls is an event steeped in history. Beginning in the 14th century, in the northeastern region of Spain, cattle farmers taking their bulls to market would hurry the herd along by running ahead of them making noise and challenging the bulls. The herding then became a competition between the men to see who could do it the best. So began the Running of the Bulls. Ernest Hemmingway made the event famous in his 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” In Pamplona, Spain and in other areas of the world, the bulls are real and the goring causes death and maiming. Here in the United States, we have the partying, food, fun and some pseudo bulls—primarily roller derby girls dressed up as bulls, hitting the runners with soft foam-core wiffle ball bats. These are called mock bull runs. For about nine years, New Orleans has hosted a similar event to the one in Pensacola, complete with Roller Bulls. Seville started their event because with the Spanish heritage and thirst for fun, it seemed fitting. Everyone likes a reason for a street party. “We got the idea from the local runners’ clubs in Pensacola,” said Buck Mitchell, Seville Quarter’s special events and marketing manager. “A number of the runners had been to the New Orleans mock run and decided to bring it home to Seville.”

“Last year we had about 500 runners who took part in the festivities even in the rain,” said Mitchell. “We are looking forward to this event becoming as big as the McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day run. We had 30 bulls last year and are looking forward to having about 100 this year. We are always up for a party.” Injuries, although not very likely, are sometimes a part of this sort of event. Mitchell mentioned that he had a fairly large bruise on his posterior last year. “We have a good ground swell of interest in the run and all the events surrounding it,” said Jack Williams, Seville’s general manager. “The costumes are a big part of the run. We have awards for the best group costume, best dressed, best horns, and best beat down all judged by secret judges. It is a free run, not really a race, and a lot of fun.” The bulls in the Pensacola Running of the Bulls are roller derby members from across the region including Pensacola’s own Roller Gurlz, a flat track team with about 34 members, who formed in 2010. Kara Makris, whose derby name is KSMAKher, number 16 is looking forward to this year’s run. “We are trying to get the word out about the derby groups around the area,” Markris said. “Leagues from all over the place come to join the fun. It is a great

event to come out, have a good time and be goofy.” Having participated in 2011’s Seville Quarter Running of the Bulls, Makris has developed a strategy for attacking this year’s event. “Well, we start in a corral, someone shoots off a starting shot and runners start to go,” she explained. “At one end of the course, the bulls disperse throughout the crowd. Some bulls are set up as sneak attackers along the route too, which makes it fun. We aren’t allowed to hit certain zones of the runners. It is really comical, and some of the runners want to get whacked.” Her favorite part of the run is the detailed costumes the runners and the bulls create. “We have horns on our helmets,” she said. “All the runners are dressed up in white and red. Each bull can decorate their horns, last year we had some wire horns decorated with flowers, some spiral horns and mine were all glitter. At the after party, we give away awards to our bulls, horniest bull, sexiest bull, most creative bull, etc. We love the reaction from the crowd.”

Saturday, July 21 at 8 a.m., you should be in line for the run. At 9 a.m., the first rocket will be set off to alert the runners that the corral gate is open, and a second rocket will signal that the bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets will signal that all the herds have entered the bullring, marking the end of the run. Then the after party begins with music, food and drinks. The course starts at Seville Quarter, left on Government Street, South on Jefferson Street, East on Zarragossa and then West on Government, and back to Seville. Finally, yet importantly, runners must adhere to the dress code: Runners are required to wear (any kind) of white shirt, white pants or shorts and wear a red bandana or piece of red cloth around the waist and neck. There are only five rules for attending the Bull Run: run at your own risk, do not touch the bulls, if you go down—stay down, do not stand still and lastly children under ten (or those that do not want to be hit) use the sidewalk. {in}

"It is a great event to come out, have a good time and be goofy.” Kara Markris The Running of the Bulls involves three days of events sure to entertain. It all kicks off Thursday, July 19 with a Spanish inspired wine pairing dinner, prepared by Seville Quarter’s Executive Chef, Brandon Melton. It will be a five-course meal. The cost for the event is $55 per person (gratuity and tax are not included). Reservations are required. On Friday, July 20 during Gallery night, there will be live entertainment, food and beverages. Stick around for a procession honoring San Fermin, the Patron Saint of Pamplona, Spain.

SEVILLE QUARTER’S RUNNING OF THE BULLS WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21 WHERE: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. COST: Free DETAILS:


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‘TOUCH THE PAST’ ARCHAEOLOGY LAB VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 10 a.m. FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050 ext. 103 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ANNUAL MEMBER’S JURIED EXHIBITION 10 a.m. through Aug 11. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘SUMMERFEST’ 10 a.m. through Jul 21. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘ARTIST EXCHANGE’ 10 a.m. through Jul 31. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘ART AS SOCIAL DISCOURSE’ 10 a.m. through Aug 24 . Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘IT’S 5 O’ CLOCK SOMEWHERE’ MARGARITA TASTING 2 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or TEACHER AND PRINICIPAL NIGHT AT THE MESS HALL 4 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall, 21 W. Romana St. 877-937-6377. WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or HERB CLASS AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or VEGAN DINNER AT EOTL 6 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or SPANISH WINE DINNER 7 p.m. $55, reservation required. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE SQUARE 7 p.m. Seville Square, between Alcaniz and Adams streets. 438-6505 or BRAD BARNES OPEN COLLEGE JAM 7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919.

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BRIAN HILL 2 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or MARK SHERRILL 4 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or JOHNNY BARBATO & DWIGHT EVERTT 5:30 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or

THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or DAVE AND JOE SHOW 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 9324139 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or DAMON FOWLER 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or

TIM SPENCER 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or FISH SANDWICH 8:30 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach.

Cracker / photo by Jason Thrasher CHARLIE ROBERTS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or KNEE DEEP 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or CRACKER, ELYSE THEROSE, THE OCEAN AS MISTRESS 7:30 p.m. $15. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. 607-6758 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 934-3141 or DELUNA FEST SHOW 8 p.m. $5-$10. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or ELAINE & CATHY 8 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or SETH WINTERS 8 p.m. Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 9169888 or

932-2211 or ADAM HOLT BAND 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BLUES OLD STAND 9:30 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or CORNBREAD 10 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or



TORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ANNUAL MEMBER’S JURIED EXHIBITION 10 a.m. through Aug 11. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘SUMMERFEST’ 10 a.m. through Jul 21. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘ARTIST EXCHANGE’ 10 a.m. through Jul 31. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘ART AS SOCIAL DISCOURSE’ 10 a.m. through Aug 24 . Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT DK 4:30 p.m. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. 438-4688 or ‘BRING YOUR POOCH TO WAHOO STADIUM’ 4:30 p.m. $7. Buffet, give-aways, raffle. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 432-4250 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MESS HALL GALLERY NIGHT 5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall, 21 W. Romana St. 877-937-6377. ART SHOW AT EOTL 5 p.m. New images by Le Milford & Dani Martire. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or GALLERY NIGHT 5 p.m. Along Palafox from Wright street all the way down. 434-5371 or BROADWAY OPEN HOUSE 5 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger. com. WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. ‘FIESTA DE SAN FERMIN EN PENSACOLA’ OPENING RECEPTION 6 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or ‘PIRATES OF PENSACOLA’ TOUR 6:30 p.m. $5$20. Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. 417-7321 or TOURIFFIC SUMMER GHOST TOUR 7. 7:30, 8, 8:30 p.m. $5-$10. Historic Pensacola Village, 205 E. Zaragoza St. 595-5985 or ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 434-0257 or

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July 20th Gallery Night Official Participants ADONNA’S BAKERY AND CAFÉ, 114 S. Palafox Pl: Join us for delicious & artistic baked goods ARTEL GALLERY, 223 S. Palafox Pl: Join us for a night to celebrate the talents of our local contemporary artists and young performing artists in Artel’s grand space, the historic Old Escambia County Courthouse. BELLE AME’, 112 S. Palafox Pl: Yvette, our artist will be present displaying her assortment of handmade bath & body products. Products will be available for sampling. BLUE MORNING GALLERY, 21 S. Palafox Pl: "Art Rocks" is the title of the next featured artists show at Blue Morning Gallery. Opening Sunday, July 22 and running until Saturday, September 1, this show highlights the unique glass art and jewelry of Lyn Gentry, also known as "Hot Sands Glass" and the distinctive oil paintings of Melody Hamilton. The reception, free to the public, is Friday, July 27 from 5 - 8 p.m.  Come in, meet the artists and enjoy music provided by Elaine Petty and Rhonda Hart. The current show, "Summerfest," continues to July 21 with works by Valerie Aune, oil; Joy Emmanuel, mixed media, Mark Schmitt, tile art; and Jim Sweida, photography, paying colorful tribute to Summer. With this show and windows newly decorated for the season, the Blue Morning Gallery is "an art festival every day." CARMEN’S LUNCH BAR, 407-B S. Palafox St.: Carmen’s Lunch Bar will open this summer on Palafox’s fastest developing block! Carmen’s combines the design and concept of a neighborhood bar

and marries it with an eclectic menu of fresh, flavorful Southern and International cuisine. Stop by for a sneak peak of the unique location and the delicious food and wines to come. DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS, 29 Palafox Pl.: DK will be cooking up a special menu of “Good Eats” in our outdoor kitchen (for a small charge) for your munching pleasure! DOG HOUSE DELI, 30 S. Palafox Pl. DON ALAN’S, 401 S. Palafox Pl.: Featuring the fine art and painted glassware of Beege Welborn. DOLLARHIDE’S, 41 S.Palafox Pl. EMERALD COAST BIKE TOURS, 701 S. Palafox St.: Emerald Coast Tours is a new business in Downtown Pensacola offering Historic Tours by Segway or Bicycle, bike rentals, and Walking Pub Tours. It is the only Segway tour operator between New Orleans and Clearwater, FL. Stop by the shop at 701 South Palafox, south of Main Street, to enjoy complimentary beverages and Segway Demonstrations. If you've ever wondered what riding a Segway felt like, now is your chance to experience it. Trained tour guides will give you a tutorial and allow you have a five-minute glide. Age restriction does apply (14 and up). Featured Artist at Emerald Coast Tours will be Fluid Metalworks. They will be showcasing several pieces of metal sculpture.  EPIC INC., 210 E. Government St. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF PENSACOLA (FIRST CHURCH) AND THE PERRY HOME COFFEE HOUSE, 2 East Wright St.: Complimentary refresh-

ments including delicious cookies, coffee, teas and specialty drinks will be available at the Perry Home Coffee House. GLOBAL GRILL, 27 S. Palafox Pl: Paintings from local artists including Quenby Tyler, Riece Walton and Reese Foret. GRAND RESERVE CIGAR SHOP, 210 S. Palafox Pl.: Join us for Live Jazz Combo music HELEN BACK CAFÉ/LOTUS LOUNGE, 22 S. Palafox Pl. HOPJACKS PIZZA KITCHEN & TAPROOM, 10 S. Palafox Pl: 6:00-10:00 p.m., Local Mullet on the Balcony, 10:00 p.m.2:00 a.m. Favored Sons INDIGEAUX DENIM BAR & BOUTIQUE, 122 S. Palafox Pl: The boutique will be showing Jewelry from a local artist. INTERMISSION, 214 S. Palafox Pl.: Come enjoy live music by Mitch Kidd. JEWELERS TRADE SHOP, 26 S. Palafox Pl JORDAN VALLEY CAFÉ, 128 S. Palafox Pl LONDON W1 HAIR SALON & STUDIO, 120 S. Palafox Pl: Stop in to enjoy the Gallery Night festivities. MEZZA DE LUNA, 8 Palafox Pl: Mezza De Luna Consignment Studio is located next to Vinyl Music Hall at 8 Palafox Place. Our Studio offers an eclectic range of items including original paintings, furniture, women & men’s apparel, metal & wood sculptures, custom jewelry and so much more. We invite you to join us this gallery night where we will be offering traditional bread pudding with whiskey sauce and other delicious desserts. White wine will also be available. As always, Mezza De Luna will be offering special discounts

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on select items for the evening. We look forward to seeing you there. NEW YORK NICK’S, 9 S. Palafox Pl: Join us for specials. PALAFOX COMPUTERS INC., 111 N. Palafox St.: Palafox Computers will be open for Gallery Night from 5-9 p.m. Cindy Schober, local iPhone photographer, will be our featured artist this month. She is an award winning, published, local photographer. Her photo obsession began with the original iPhone and she has taken over 10,000 images to date. Come to Palafox Computers to see her new work with the iPhone 4S and sign up for iPhone photography classes. We will also have live music from Will Caulfield. Drinks, food, and special deals on laptops. Visit us at 111 N. Palafox St. PENSACOLA MESS HALL, 21 W. Romana St.: Let your mini-masters create art from science PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART, 407 S. Jefferson St.: Surfing Florida: a photographic history! Lecture Series: Dr. James Cunningham, ethnomusicologist who specializes in Indonesian, Native American and world popular music, will be giving a lecture of the evolution and history of Surf music. Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. PLAY, 16 S. Palafox St., Second Floor QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY, 17 E. Zaragoza St: Quayside Gallery Night will feature a new exhibit UP CLOSE with Dianne Brim, and Marilyn Givens in our East Gallery, which opens June 18 and runs thru Aug. 27. Entertainment for gallery night will be Fred Bond and The Heartstrings.   RAGTYME GRILL, 201 S. Jefferson St.:

Live music for Gallery Night REYNALDS MUSIC HOUSE, 36 E. Garden St.: introducing the creation of Reynalds Collectibles & Antiques Mall located inside Reynalds Music House, 36 E. Garden St. We will have items for sale from multiple dealers. Light refreshments will be served and live music featuring retro sounds from the Nilo & Ted Band! SEVILLE QUARTER, 130 E. Government St: Seville Quarter “Gallery Night Art in the Streets” & the Running of the Bulls Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 20th. Seville Quarter has invited over 60 Local Artists & Vendors to showcase their skills, crafts & artwork in the street in front of the historical complex. The Seville Quarter show will have that “Arts Festival Feel” that everyone loves with a Spanish twist as it hosts the 2nd Annual Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola.  A “Chupinazo,” or opening celebration, is scheduled for the evening of Friday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the streets in front of Seville Quarter, during Gallery Night, with live entertainment, food, beverages, & a procession honoring San Fermin, the Patron Saint of Pamplona, Spain. Seville Quarter wants to step up the level of excitement downtown during Gallery Night and there is no better way than to end the night with great music in a festival atmosphere. Mark your calendar now for one of the best Gallery Nights of the year. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, & live entertainment in historic downtown Pensacola’s Seville Quarter, Friday, July 20th, starting at 5:00 p.m.


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SOLE INN AND SUITES, 200 N. Palafox St: Enjoy live music and local artists. SUSAN CAMPBELL JEWELRY, 32 S. Palafox, Pl: Come see the art of beautiful jewelry. THE BODACIOUS OLIVE, 407-D S. Palafox, St.: Stop in to get a sample of one of Downtown Pensacola’s newest businesses THE GREAT SOUTHERN RESTAURANT GROUP, JACKSON'S STEAKHOUSE, FISH HOUSE, ATLAS OYSTER HOUSE AND THE DECK BAR. The Courtyard at Seville Tower, 226 S. Palafox Pl: The Great Southern Restaurant Group; Jackson's Steakhouse, Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and the Deck Bar will be hosting live entertainment from Lucas Crutchfield in the courtyard at Seville Tower along with beer, wine and food specials. We will also be featuring the photography of local artist, Barrett McClean. THE LEISURE CLUB, 126 Palafox Pl: Local art and live music. THE SPOTTED DOG, 124 S. Palafox Pl:

The artist for The Spotted Dog is going to be professional pet photographer Allison Shamrell. THE TIN COW, 102 S. Palafox Pl: 7:0010:00 p.m. David Joseph VINYL MUSIC HALL, 2 Palafox Pl: Free concert. WINE BAR, 16 Palafox Pl: Enjoy local art in the “Breezeway” WORLD OF BEER, 200 S. Palafox: Drink specials and a celebration of the grand opening! ZARZAUR LAW FIRM, 11 E. Romana St.: “Legal Graffiti” is an event sponsored by ZARZAUR LAW, P.A., a personal injury law firm. “Legal Graffiti” offers gallery night visitors the ability to perform graffiti art on the north wall of the law firm. This event is free of charge and donations are accepted for the benefit of Northwest Florida Legal Aid which provides non criminal free representation to indigent members of our community. The only requirement is that participants use only those paints provided by ZARZAUR LAW

and that they only paint in the areas designated. Other than that, ZARZAUR LAW encourages all ages and expressions.  Designs from the evening are displayed on ZARZAUR LAW’s blog and Facebook page.  Come make some art at Gallery Night. SCOUT, 403 S. Palafox St. SAENGER THEATER, 118 S. Palafox Pl.: Join the staff of the Saenger Theatre for Broadway Open house as we open our doors to the public. Explore the backstage area and dressing rooms just like an insider.  Broadway season tickets will be on sale and all available seats will be tagged.  Asia Girl Collection will have their freshwater pearls and semi-precious stone jewelry for sale in the lobby. WIDE ANGLE PHOTO CLUB, The Wright Place, 80 W. Wright St., The Wide Angle Photo Club is once again participating in Gallery Night with the 19th Annual Power of Photography Show and Trade Expo, a benefit show for ARC Gateway. The show opens

Friday, July 20 and closes Sunday, July 22 and it is in the Main room of The Wright Place, located at 80 W Wright St. Ninety-four photographers submitted 751 photos this year. The show showcases the work of best 300+ judged photos in addition to all submitted youth photos. PENSACOLA CARE CENTER, 113 N. Palafox St.: Join us for the Grand Opening! The Center will feature art from local artists, food and beverages as part of our celebration. Please come visit us and tour of our new facilities.   5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Street closure is sponsored by Stella Artois and Purus Vodka. The 9 p.m. – Midnight extended street closure, on South Palafox between Garden and Intendencia streets, is sponsored by Hopjack's Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, The Wine Bar on Palafox, The Tin Cow, Helen Back Cafe, Lotus Lounge, PLAY, The Leisure Club and NY Nicks.

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Brave the heat this Gallery Night and pop over to Wright Place for the opening night of the Wide Angle Photo Club’s Power of Photography 2012 (POP). The art show and trade expo features the 300 best entries submitted by 96 photographers from six states competing for over $4,000 in prizes and ribbons. In addition to the photo contest, the event encourages visitors to learn about and experiment with photography. Visitors are invited to attend free seminars on using onOne Software, Dynamic Designs Backdrops, iPhoneography and Lensbaby. Bring a camera and try your hand at shooting models and still life. POP continues over the weekend of July 20 to 22 with a WAPC Members' Show, People's Choice, photo sales, silent auctions, drawings for merchandise, product displays and demonstrations, and a trade expo featuring products from 28 national vendors. The event will take place at 80 E. Wright St. on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Admission is free. The Wide Angle Photo Club’s site,, provides additional information about the club, show, seminar times, awards, entries and sponsors.


There’s another cool reason to hit Palafox Street. The City of Pensacola and Garth’s Antiques and Auction Gallery present the opportunity to purchase a part of Pensacola history. Thirty antique parking meters will be auctioned on Gallery Night, July 20. The auction is scheduled for 7 p.m. sharp at the corner of Government Street and Palafox.

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Garth’s auctions are open to the public. Their “The meters are property of the city,” store on Navy Boulevard offers American said Robert Garth, proprietor of the auction and European 17th to 20th century antiques, gallery. “Three hundred fifty antique parking fine and decorative art, stamps, coins, jewelry, meters were replaced by new meters that and antique books at The Lost Library. {in} dispense tickets.” There are 27 new solarpowered pay stations in downtown, with 24 on-street meters on Jefferson, Government and Baylen streets. In addition to the new bars on Palafox— The old parking meters are World of Beer and Blend Lounge—there are popular—many people expressed plenty of new exhibits and events to check out interest in bidding for the meters. before and after the auction: Imagine one in your house, garage or bar. People ranging from car enthusiasts and hubcap collectors BLUE MORNING GALLERY 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to people who have been parking The Sweet Prospect Celtic Band performs. at the meters for the past 50 to “NewBlues1” features works from new Blue 60 years called in. They invoke Morning Gallery artists. Visitors are invited to nostalgia and represent city enjoy refreshments, music, art and meet the history. “People want a piece of artists. 21 S. Palafox. Pensacola,” Garth explained. LEGAL GRAFFITI Zazaur’s Law Firm opens its “The first 20 will be good north wall to the public for a night of graffiti art. working pieces,” Garth said. “Just Spray paint will be provided. 11 E. Romana St. the heads—no pole—with all the APPETTITE FOR DESTRUCTION 9 p.m. internal mechanisms.” The meters The Guns N’ Roses tribute band puts on a up for sale were installed during free show at the Vinyl Music Hall. $5 cash the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, surcharge at the door for those under 21. many of the internal mechanisms Doors open at 5 p.m. 2 S. Palafox. were replaced from mechanical LIVE MUSIC AT HOPJACK’S 6 p.m. Local to digital. However, the majority Mullet will perform from the balcony to the of the meters in this sale lot will closed streets of Palafox. James Adkins performs be the original mechanical. "They on the inside stage from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 10 are clocks inside metal shells with S. Palafox. a coin slot," Garth continued. POP-UP MUSEUM EXHIBIT The Destina"They’re like big timers." tion Archeology Resource Center presents "A On Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m., People's Pensacola: Your Story in Your Hands.” Garth's will hold an auction at Visitors can bring their own object and write a UWF. The lot will include surplus museum label. Pens, paper and exhibit space are electronics, furniture, vehicles provided. 207 E. Main St. and scientific instruments. All of



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The Wait Is Over questions for the IN. IN: Are you aware that you have a rather illusive Internet presence? There wasn’t a whole lot about you on the web, but I guess that means the next thing to do is just

"We're fortunate enough to not only play well together, but genuinely like oneanother; it's a rarity." Jordan Spillane

The Austin, Texas-based band The Canvas Waiting has already had a brief, but enjoyable, love affair with Pensacola. They played last year’s DeLuna Fest afterparty and from that point on have declared their affection for the town. They’ll return this year to play for folks at the End O’ The Alley inside Seville Quarter, and then in October they’ll take the stage at DeLuna. Frontman Jordan Spillane took some time out from the city of Austin to answer some

listen to the band. SPILLANE: Fair enough! Our website is being overhauled, so it's not surprising to hear you've had some difficulty finding out about us. That being said, our music can be heard and/or purchased at any major digital media outlet (e.g., iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Pure Volume). IN: Are you all originally from Austin, Texas? SPILLANE: As is so often the case with 'music towns,’ each of us moved to Austin with aspiration of finding like-minded musicians. Creating a successful band seems to be like a perfect storm: a myriad

IN: What are your plans for the summer? Touring? Do you guys work jobs other than being in the band? SPILLANE: We're fresh off of a June run with the multi-platinum selling group, Candlebox, and are headed out for the duration of July with a band from Nashville called Neulore. Both acts are exceptionally talented and we couldn't be happier to share the stage with them. While neither band will be with us in Pensacola, we're definitely excited to be playing with Colonel Gentleman and Aubrey Nichols!

of factors like technical aptitude, musical preference, and personal compatibility are constantly at play. We're fortunate enough to not only play well together, but genuinely like one-another; it's a rarity. While none of us are from Austin, we all consider it to be home. There's not another city in the world we'd rather be based out of. IN: How did you guys come together to form the band? SPILLANE: It was divine providence, Hana. 

IN: What are some of your favorite shows you can remember playing? SPILLANE: We've been privileged to play with some remarkable acts over the years—Young the Giant, MuteMath, The Format, and Matt & Kim, to name a few. Most recently, we had the honor of playing an official SXSW showcase with Candlebox and Live. Playing at the legendary Austin venue, Antone's, in front of a sold-out crowd with bands of that caliber was utterly inexplicable. We had a ton of fun and made some lasting friendships with guys we've looked up to for a long time. {in}

IN: What would you say the music scene is like in Austin, Texas right now? SPILLANE: Austin is touted as 'The Live Music Capital of the World,’ and for good reason. Not only can Grammy Award winning acts be heard throughout the city any night of the week, but the scene is chock full of talented up-andcomers. Austin is the fastest growing city in the country and there is no shortage of musicians moving here to chase a dream. Yes, the market is saturated, but there's no place comparable.  WHAT: The Canvas Waiting with Colonel


IN: You're playing at Seville in a few weeks, and then DeLuna in the fall. Have you ever played in Pensacola before? SPILLANE: We actually played at a DeLuna after-party last year. It was a ton of fun and we've been itching to get back to Pensacola ever since. We absolutely love the city!

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Can’t Stand the Heat… Bring everything to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until it reduces to a thick syrup, about 40-50 minutes.

Pomegranates are native to the Middle East and are essential to many recipes from the region. Pomegranate molasses has an enticing sweet and tart flavor that compliments many dishes. Put it in club soda or use it in mixed drinks. Use it in salad dressings or as a baste for cooking chicken or salmon.


Having a well-stocked kitchen can keep your no-cook dishes from becoming bland and repetitive. A few essential, versatile items will last a long time and make dinnertime a breeze. • Canned albacore tuna packed in olive oil (or water, if you’re watching calories) • Bottled roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts (all of these are great on salads, put on flatbread for a quick pizza, or blended up for dips) • Olives • Nuts • Lemons and limes (these add that “fresh” taste to almost any dish) • Vermicelli rice noodles (you can find these at most groceries and Asian markets and they cook up in a flash) • Breadcrumbs • Rotisserie chicken (make a habit of buying one when you go to the store) • Frozen, pre-steamed shrimp (to thaw, simply run under cold water for ten minutes) • Tofu • Fresh produce

I recently read an article about why people seem easily agitated in the summertime—it’s because we are. "Hotheaded" isn't just a euphemism for being truly peeved, it actually is correlated to our environment. Dehydration, trouble sleeping in hotter rooms and staying inside to avoid the intense heat, all attribute to our shorter fuses. But what to do about it? Alas, even if you can’t stand the heat, staying out of the kitchen isn’t really an option. Going out to eat daily isn’t realistic, and putting on appropriate, “I wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen in this in public,” clothing back on to run to the grocery for take-out can feel like a monolithic undertaking. To combat these first-world problems I pretty much rely on no-cook dishes for the whole of June, July and August. However, “no-cook” doesn’t mean boring—great summertime dishes can satisfy your taste for the exotic without ruining the cool in your kitchen.


Muhammara's roots lie in Aleppo, Syria—a city that can trace its history back to 2600 BC. That history includes the Byzantines, Ottomans and Alexander the Great among its rulers and empires and also places it as the stop of the Western end of the Silk Road. Aleppo's gastronomic identity is heavily rooted in the rich array of spices that have passed through over thousands of years, as well as its agriculturally rich surroundings.

Olive, nut and fruit orchards surround the city, thus making many of their dishes a sweet and salty mélange of flavors. So much so that in 2007 the city was awarded the French International Academy of Gastronomy's cultural food prize. It was this dish that likely sealed the title for them. Like its well-known cousins hummus and baba ghanoush, muhammara makes a fantastic spread and a wonderful accompaniment to meats, bread and fishes. In Syria it's considered a mezze (appetizer) and is practically a mandatory condiment on most dinner tables. Ingredients: 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained 2/3 cup bread crumbs 1/3 cup walnuts, lightly toasted, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses* 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil *available at local health and specialty market stores. Or make your own (recipe below). In a food processor add all ingredients except the olive oil, and blend until combined. Slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream until the ingredients are well blended. Transfer to a bowl and serve at room temperature. Great with pita bread, fish and basically anything. Ingredients: 2 cups pomegranate juice 1/4 cup sugar 1 splash lemon juice

Peanut sauce is a staple in Indonesian cuisine, popping up in dishes such as satay, Karedok and Gado-Gado. Anyone that has ever tried pad thai can tell you—the stuff is good. Peanuts were introduced to Indonesia by Portuguese and Spanish merchants, who had brought them from Mexico, in the 16th century. Soon they were a staple in many regional dishes where the peanuts’ hearty texture was supplemented with a unique twist: hitting it with garlic, ginger, shallots, rice wine and fish sauce. The individual variations of the sauce are countless, but one thing remains constant: peanut sauce cannot be escaped. Recently, the Netherlands has even gotten on board with the peanut sauce craze concocting an amazing dish they call Patat Oorlog (Dutch for War Chips)—basically french fries served with peanut sauce. I love peanut sauce on salads—it’s a rich accompaniment that adds a bit of indulgence to an otherwise healthy meal. DRESSING Ingredients: 1 cup white rice, uncooked 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes Whisk together all ingredients except for oil (if peanut butter is too thick you can warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to smooth it out). Slowly start to incorporate the oil until combined. You may refrigerate this mixture up to five days.

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SALAD Ingredients: 4 1/2 ounces of rice noodles 3 cups shredded cabbage (or if you prefer, you may serve with spring mix instead) 1 cup shredded carrot 1 cup sliced bell peppers 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1 cup snow peas Chopped peanuts and lime wedges for garnish (optional) Add in cooked rotisserie chicken, thawed cooked shrimp or pan-grilled tofu (optional) Place noodles on plate. In a separate bowl, combine veggies with dressing and toss well to coat. Place atop noodles. Add your chosen protein on top and garnish with lime wedges and chopped peanuts

HOW TO COOK RICE NOODLES Rice noodles are a fantastic quick fix. Put a kettle of water on to boil. In the meantime, place desired amount of rice noodles in a bowl. When the water is boiling, pour over noodles until covered. Cover bowl with lid and let sit for three minutes. Drain and serve. Don’t overcook or rice noodles will become mushy.


This salad was created centuries ago by thrifty Italian cooks who never let anything go to waste, whether that be a spring of herbs or a loaf of bread. Its exact timeframe can be traced back to the 16th century when Florentine’s famous painter and poet, Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano Tori, better known as il Bronzino, wrote of its merits. Originally the dish was built around incorporating onions and oil with bread, but in the 20th century tomatoes were introduced to the region and soon they were the main attraction. Panzanella recipes nowadays vary from the rustic, to the gourmet and can include ingredients like garlic, capers, black olives and anchovies. Panzanella is a great summer salad recipe, as the crunchiness of the salad doesn't come from the bread, but rather the crunch of the fresh onions and cucumbers. In Tuscany the bread for Panzanella is never toasted, but rather stale—meaning the “crouton” American version would be scoffed at. Ingredients: Day-old bread loaf (like Ciabatta) 2 cucumbers, peeled 8 Roma tomatoes 15 basil leaves 1/2 red onion Olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt and Pepper to taste Shred or chop the bread into small pieces (they will break down more once the oil is added) and add to bowl. Dice cucumbers and

tomatoes and add to bread. Finely chop basil and red onion and add to bowl. Slowly drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on to the bread mixture and toss (start out with 2 tablespoons vinegar, six tablespoons olive oil). Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. To add your own flair, try incorporating capers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes instead of Roma, mozzarella, olives or anything else you fancy!



1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons soy or almond milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon agave syrup Melt chocolate in microwave. Place silken tofu in food processor (don't drain it like you would firm tofu). Add cocoa, vanilla, soy milk, salt and melted chocolate. Blend until smooth. Add agave syrup and add more to taste. Spoon mixture on top of crust and refrigerate until chilled. {in}

Lastly, just because you’re not baking doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert! Thank be to vegans who come up with some of the most inventive (and relatively healthy) dessert recipes. CRUST Ingredients: 1 cup raw nuts (almonds, pecan or walnuts) 1 cup dates, pits removed 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Place nuts and salt in food processor and pulse until combined and resembling river sand. Add the dates and pulse until well combined. Test the dough by taking a little out and rolling into a ball. If the dough remains in a ball it's done. Remove dough and press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. FILLING Ingredients: 8-ounces dark chocolate 12.3 ounces (usually 1 box) of firm silken tofu 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

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news of the weird THE NEWEST HUMAN RIGHT Perspective: Of the world’s 7 billion people, an estimated 2.6 billion do not have toilet access, and every day a reported 4,000 children die from sanitationrelated illnesses. However, in May, in Portland, Ore., Douglas Eki and “Jason” Doctolero were awarded $332,000 for wrongful firing because they complained about being inconvenienced at work by not having an easily available toilet. Menzies Aviation had arranged for the men to use facilities at nearby businesses at their Portland International Airport site, but the men said they felt unwelcome at those places and continued to complain (and use buckets). One juror said afterward that having easy access to a toilet was a “basic human right,” citing the “dignity (of) being able to go to the bathroom within 30 seconds or a minute.” Said Doctolero, “Hopefully, no one will have to suffer what I went through.” THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT When Sherry Bush returned home in Westlake, Ohio, in May, she found an “invoice” written on a napkin, left by “Sue Warren,” billing her $75 for a housecleaning that Warren had done while Bush was out. However, Bush never heard of Warren, and there had been reports by others in Westlake of Warren’s aggressive acquisition of “clients.” “Did you get the wrong house?” Bush asked Warren when she found “Sue Warren Cleaning” online. “No,” said Warren, “I do this all the time. I just stop and clean your house.” Warren was not immediately charged with a crime. • Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker still owes the IRS a reported $6 million and now sells a line of “survival” products to help true believers live through the coming apocalypse. (It is unclear whether believers need to “survive,” since the popular reading of the apocalypse casts it as a fast track to heaven for the faithful.) The Talking Points Memo blog did some comparative shopping and found many of Bakker’s items to be overpriced by as much as 100 percent. Bakker also offers the devout a $100 Silver Solution Total Body Cleanse Kit, which includes enemas. LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS While top stars of World Wrestling Entertainment, such as John Cena and Triple H, earn upwards of several hundred thousand dollars a year in U.S. rings, pro wrestlers in Senegal can (in the wrestling variation called laamb) make almost that amount too. In May, the undefeated national “champion,” the “King of the Arena” Yekini, suffered his first defeat in 15 years at the hands of Balla Gaye 2, before a capacity crowd at Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar, earning the combatants a reported equivalent of $300,000 each. (Per capita income in the U.S. is about $40,000 and in Senegal, $1,900.) • Hard Times: (1) In May, the Missoula (Mont.) Sheriff’s Office was investigating the theft of a car from the victim’s yard -- a 1976 Ford Pinto (which, in addition to being a Pinto, had four flat tires). (2) In Mesa, Ariz., in May, Manuel Ovalle, 35, was charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a home and taking

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a Playstation 3 and two bags of water from the home’s swimming pool. (Ovalle told police his own home had no water supply.) CRITTERS’ WORLD Suspicions Confirmed: Scientists from Lund University’s Primate Research Station Furuvik in Sweden announced in May that they had evidence that chimpanzees are able to delay using weapons they encounter, hide them and retrieve them later for use against “foes.” The weapons were stones and chunks of concrete, and the foes were visitors to the zoo who annoyed the chimps. According to the researchers, the 33-year-old chimp Santino also took pains to hide the weapons in locations where they could be accessed easily for the element of surprise against the visitors. • Bullfighting may be on the wane in some countries because of complaints about cruelty, but in the village of Aproz, Switzerland, there is a replacement each May: cow-fighting contests. According to a Wall Street Journal dispatch, this is a serious business, especially for Alain Balet, whose cow Manathan has won the heavyweight title for three years running, and who “follow(s) training regimens worthy of professional athletes,” including engaging masseuses. The action, however, is mostly head-butting (plus “abundant slobber,” reported the Journal), and the “contest” is won when one of the cows loses interest and wanders away. Balet pointed out an obvious additional pleasure in raising championship cows: “It’s still a cow. I can eat her.” REDNECK CHRONICLES Police in Decatur, Ala., were called to a home on South Locust Street in May on a report of a gunshot. They found that a 61-year-old man, who had been drinking beer to ease his toothache, had finally had enough and attempted to eliminate the tooth by shooting his jaw with a .25-caliber pistol. He was hospitalized. RECURRING THEMES Undignified Deaths: (1) A prominent karate instructor and superhero impersonator (of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine) was found dead in Carshalton, England, in February, and a coroner’s inquest in May determined it was yet another sexual-misadventure death. The 50-year-old was discovered wrapped in a red nylon sheet with his neck and ankles tightly bound in what police estimated was three rolls of cling film. (2) Though authorities could not be certain, evidence suggests that Vicente Benito, whose body was found in his home in the village of Canizal, Spain, in May, might have been lying there for almost 20 years. The mayor of the 520-person hamlet told a reporter for London’s The Guardian that since the man had always been a hermit, he had apparently not been missed. No one noticed a smell coming from the home, but since the house was close to a pigsty, that was not unusual, either. {in} From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2012 Chuck Shepherd

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A SALUTE TO DIFFERENCE MAKERS St. John Divine Baptist Church St. John Divine Baptist Church prides itself on its history. Begun in 1924 by Reverend M. H. Hunter, the church has experienced a powerful combination of longevity and growth as an institution. “It has a stellar past, which is going through a transformation,” says Dr. Joseph L. Marshall, the current pastor. “It has aged, but it is in the process of getting revitalized.” That revitalization process is evident in the bustling congregation of St. John Divine. The church’s motto—“A family of believers, doing it God’s way”—is more than just a saying. With membership on the rise, the community is thriving and seeing growth in exciting ways. Pastor Marshall explains that although the church has a reputation for being comprised of a large senior population, the church has recently seen an influx in younger members. “That ensures the future of St. John Divine and is very important to us,” says Dr. Marshall. The church follows a simple model to make sure it reaches its goals of exalting the Savior, edifying the saints, and evangelizing the sinner. Through UP Reach, IN Reach, and OUT Reach, St. John Divine covers a vast community and creates many positive influences. The church’s drama and dance programs, along with their music ministry, fall under the UP Reach category. Praiseful creative expression is utilized to present the heritage, values and lessons taught in the church. These ministries encourage involvement while also serving the church community. IN Reach is important in strengthening the church as a family unit. The church offers Christian education opportunities befitting all the needs of the congregation. According to Reverend Marshall, the church is experiencing spiritual growth along with membership growth and that is something to be celebrated. With many retired educators in the St. John Divine community, the element of Christian education feeds off of their experience to make the church’s enrichment programs more powerful. Fellowship is another important aspect of IN Reach and is the focus of the church’s youth ministry, Young Adults for Christ (YAC) ministry and their Seasoned Saints program for senior members of the church. The church even offers its members a faith-based fitness class called Body and Soul. Marshall says that IN Reach is one of the most exciting and important things happening at St. John Divine. “In order to advance with the kingdom,” says Dr. Marshall. “it is important that a believer have those tools to advance what we believe as Christians.” The OUT Reach goals of St. John Divine are taking the positivity of IN Reach and UP Reach and extending it outwards into the Pensacola community as a whole. “Reaching out beyond the walls of St. John Divine—it’s one of our core values.” St. John Divine hosts a tutoring program that addresses students struggling in their school setting by partnering with their parents, school administrators and certified tutors to develop a plan to help the student achieve their learning goals. The church has made feeding the hungry in its community a priority, serving at least 500 meals to the homeless every Thursday—free of charge. Marshall is optimistic about the future of Pensacola, but he also sees that Pensacola has even more talent that is slipping away. “Something that we experience is that when young people graduate, their main objective is to leave Pensacola,” says the pastor. “We need to reach out to the younger people. We need to make sure that we can keep the talent and gifts of the young people here in Pensacola.” Marshall, who has served St. John Divine since 2009, cares deeply for his hometown of Pensacola. During his 22-year career with the U.S. Navy, Marshall served as Assistant Administrative Officer for the Blue Angels. “St. John Divine is a wonderful place where you can grow. It has a lot of opportunities to be a part of something that is going somewhere, being progressive. We are glad and excited to be a part of this community, not just looking at what we’ve been doing in the past but also looking to the future.”

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ministration for Arco Starting & Charging (a worldwide manufacturer of marine electrical parts) Pensacola Resident Since: 1996

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Good Eats:

My favorite local restaurant is Jackson’s. I love the gourmet specials and the fact that they change the menu with the seasons. It reminds me of a restaurant in Washington, D.C.—where we moved here from. They also have special entertainment evenings featuring the opera and symphony.

Retail Therapy:

Gallery Night has got to be just about the best way to shop for art. I also love to end up at Jeweler’s Trade Shop for the party and select my Christmas gift that my husband will buy for me.

Watering Holes:

This means—to me—a place to get a really good drink and I would have to say The Global Grill because of the great tapas that Frank Taylor has created to go along with the great drinks. The selection is so creative.


The magnificent Maritime Park in our latest outdoor venue! Every person in Pensacola should experience a Wahoos game at least once. The food is truly gourmet!

Arts & Culture: 

One of the reasons we moved to Pensacola from Washington, D.C. was because of the arts and culture. There is so much of it. My all time favorite is Pensacola Opera and this year they are doing three productions:  Sweeney Todd, Barber of Seville and Tosca.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:

WSRE has a tasting event on the third Sunday in October where great local chefs gather. This year it will be on October 21 at the Civic Center and we can sample gourmet food and top wines and bid on auction items. We never miss it! {in}


We are not much for just “going out,” but we have been to a party at Vinyl Music Hall and thought it was really great. I can see why so many people like it. They are bringing in some really great groups! Do you want to tell us how you see our city? Email Joani at for all of the details.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Crime Prevention Summit

Bridging the Gap A day-long conference designed to bring together crime prevention experts, community leaders and area youth in an effort to reduce crime. Attendance is free but seating is limited. Register online at For sponsorship information, contact Delarian Wiggins at (850) 436-9496

August 2, 2012 Crown Plaza Hotel Brought to you by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

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