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In his fiscal year 2014 budget, Gov. Rick Scott proposes to eliminate 2,355 jobs by privatizing health services for state prisoners. Privatization of prisons is a national fad among Republican governors and legislatures. States unload thousands of employees and their pensions and the private companies squeeze the inmates and their staff to make a profit. The governor isn’t waiting for state lawmakers to make this move to privatization. In January, the state’s Department of Corrections signed a $48 million annual contract with Wexford Health Sources to outsource medical care to more than 15,000 inmates in South Florida. A month earlier, Corizon Health Inc.’s five-year, $230 million contract to provide services for inmates in central and northern Florida prisons was blocked when a judge ruled the state entered into the deal illegally. Both companies have battled lawsuits in federal and state courts and have been fined in states where the for-profit companies run health services for prison systems. In Escambia County, we have seen how for-profit companies can botch health services for inmates. In 2005, Robert Boggon suffered a mental episode in a Dollar Tree store, which landed him in the Escambia County Jail. Despite at one point rocking on the floor of his cell and urinating on himself and displaying other odd behaviors, the 65-year-old trucker never

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SAVING BLACKWATER: ROUND TWO ed Broxson’s rally-cry of jobs and energy independence—what Fuqua refers to as “all the propaganda they were feeding us.” HB 431 would have authorized “the Board of Trustees of the Internal Trust Fund to enter into public-private partnership with business entities to develop oil and gas resources on certain onshore state lands under specified conditions; provides financial, technical, and operational risk of exploration, development, and production of gas and oil resources is responsibility of private entity; provides for proposals and contracts.” Translation: Fairways Exploration and Production, LLC, currently exploring in Alabama’s neighboring Conecuh National Forest, was about to throw a party. Broxson said the bill would bring hundreds of jobs to the area, and estimated between $30 and $60 million in revenues for the state. He painted the need to explore Blackwater as integral to the greater, global energy game. “We’re in a war for energy,” the representative said in late January.

Oil fields have been active in nearby Jay for decades. Energy companies once primed Blackwater River State Forest itself—pockets of privately owned parcels are still fair game—but packed up because any potential payoff was too deep and expensive to pursue. Broxson explained that it might be time to return to the forest. Today’s market could merit a more extensive look. “We’re at $92 to $100 a barrel,” Broxson said. The representative downplayed any environmental concerns—“the footprint is just almost invisible”—and described the potential for public-private partnerships in the forest as a “win-win.” “We’re wanting to do our part to do energy independence,” Broxson said. Fuqua wasn’t sold. She didn’t understand all this talk about energy wars, didn’t believe it’d result in a price drop at the pumps. She wrote her representative a letter. “I was like, ‘Where are you getting these figures?” Fuqua said. “It’s a global

“This is not the last time our forest will be in jeopardy." Marsha Fuqua

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The Blackwater River State Forest-drilling bill is dead. Again. For now. Rep. Doug Broxson, (R-Gulf Breeze) killed the bill Feb. 20. He doesn’t plan on taking up the banner again unless it’s atop a swell of public support. “I haven’t gotten that sense,” Broxson said. The reception the representative received this year as he floated the idea of exploring for oil and natural gas on public land—more specifically, in Blackwater— was “not positive.” Without a partner in the senate and facing vocal opposition within his district, Broxson backed away from what he called a “phenomenal idea.” “It was never my intention to bullheadedly take a position that wasn’t in the best interest of the two counties,” he said. A key voice of opposition belonged to Milton-resident Marsha Fuqua. Along with her sister, Erin, she educated the public about Broxson’s intent, launched a Facebook page focused on fighting the bill and also delivered a 2,500-signature petition to the representative. “It makes me feel glad that, for now, we were able to protect something that is so dear to us,” Fuqua said. 66


In mid-January, Rep. Broxson introduced his HB 431 for consideration during the 2013 legislative session. A month later he withdrew it. That was enough time for Fuqua, 33, to sink her teeth into the issue. A bad taste lingers still. “The truth is, the more I learn about it, the more I realize it’s a really horrible idea,” she said. The concept of drilling on public land in Blackwater was news to Fuqua. She was unaware of the similar efforts last year. “A lot of people didn’t know,” the Milton resident said. When she learned of Broxson’s proposal, Fuqua and her sister began spreading the word. They launched “Save Blackwater River State Forest” on Facebook and a petition against HB 431 on They spent their Saturdays in downtown Milton—Erin with baby in tow—talking to anyone who would listen. “We’d do that on Saturdays,” Fuqua said. “On Sundays, I’d go around to hunting camps and boat ramps.” The sisters found many people sympathetic to their mission. But the response wasn’t always positive. “I’ve been really cussed out,” Fuqua said. “I’ve been spittled on more times than I care to be spittled on.” Some people, it turned out, were down with the prospect of drilling. They support-

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commodity. It doesn’t matter how much we produce here, it’s still gonna cost us a shit-ton of money.” The Milton resident was also skeptical of Broxson’s job claims—“the oil companies already have crews and people who are trained and already employed”—but mostly she was concerned about what impacts exploration might have on the forest and environment. “Blackwater’s for everybody,” she said. “It’s part of the vast eco-system.” Fuqua grew up on property bordering Blackwater forest. She enjoyed its expanse. “There’s nothing to do, just run around and explore the woods,” she recalled. “You’ve got horses and you’ve got a huge forest—that’s still what we do today when we’re not working.” When speaking to people about HB 431, Fuqua was sometimes criticized for being an environmentalist or a “treehugger against our local economy.” It was a new experience for her. “I’ve never been an activist or anything like that,” she said. But Blackwater was different. It was home. It inspired her to act. She felt the need to let people know what was being hatched in Tallahassee. “Our goal was, ‘Oh my God, nobody knows about this, we have to tell them,’” Fuqua said, “‘Everybody needs to hear this.’”

Though he didn’t shoulder a bill this year, Evers still believes drilling in Blackwater is in the state’s best interest. “My thoughts haven’t changed,” the senator said a week before Broxson killed the 2013 attempt. “You’re talking about folks having jobs, you’re talking about a robust economy.”


Prior to pulling this year’s Blackwater bill, Rep. Broxson had scheduled a town hall meeting at the Jay Community Center. He went ahead with the forum after pulling the bill in an effort to educate constituents and clear up the “misinformation” among the public— what might be viewed as priming the pumps for next year. “You know, I think it was a good discussion,” Broxson said after the meeting. “It was very honest and straightforward. You know, obviously a lot of emotion there.” Fuqua described the meeting—which featured representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Forest Service—as “somewhat informative.” “I was disheartened that not many of my questions were answered,” she said. “Not many of a lot of people’s questions were answered.” Some people expressed concern that the meeting was held in oil-friendly Jay, as opposed to the more geographicallyconvenient Milton. “Many of the locals used their time to basically say how awesome oil is,” Fuqua said. “I kind of still feel like they’re missing the point of the whole thing.” Some people in attendance also took issue with Fuqua’s petition. They objected to a number of the signatures hailing from outside the representative’s district. Broxson would later refer to it as a “peculiar petition.” The representative said that the vocal opposition was not the reason he killed his bill. “No, the reason the bill—there are several reasons the bill was pulled,” Broxson said. “Primarily my senate sponsor was not willing to go through the same process, the town hall meetings, like I was going to do.” Fuqua disagrees. She knows she made a difference. She’s sure the outcry of opposition was heard. “Oh, yeah,” she said, “I definitely think that’s the reason he pulled the bill.” But now that she’s gotten a glimpse of the game, the Milton resident understands Blackwater is in Tallahassee’s sights. She understands the forest will need protecting again. “There were two bills before, and I’m sure there’ll be more,” Fuqua said. “This is not the last time our forest will be in jeopardy.” {in}

“Blackwater’s for everybody. It’s part of the vast eco-system." Marsha Fuqua

ROUND ONE IN EVERS’ BACKYARD This is the second year that Panhandle lawmakers have made a run on Blackwater. Last year, both Sen. Greg Evers (R-Crestview) and Rep. Clay Ford (R-Gulf Breeze) sponsored legislation to open up the forest to energy exploration. Last year’s efforts initially pertained to the entire state of Florida. With stiff opposition from folks in the Everglades-end of the state, the bills were quickly whittled down to focus on Blackwater River State Forest. “There may be some oil up there,” the senator said at the time. “They could actually get some. Who knows?” Evers wasn’t touching Blackwater this year. “I believe the implication last year was that I had the foresight 30 years ago to buy property,” the senator said. One year to the day before Broxson pulled his bill, the IN reported that Evers owned land in Blackwater forest. The senator’s bill died the next day in the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee—a Republican-heavy body. Evers said at the time that the bill would not have benefited him, pointing out that he could already explore on his private property. The experience did, however, play into his decision not to sponsor such an effort this year. “I got ridiculed for it,” the senator said recently.

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On July 18, 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward unveiled at the Saengar Theatre a new brand identity for the City of Pensacola with a new city tagline— “The Upside of Florida”—a new logo, called the “Swave,” and new marketing initiatives. “Everything that is good about Florida is better in Pensacola,” Hayward told the audience of public offi cials, business leaders and city staff at the Saenger. “This is not a tag line.” The mayor stood behind a lectern on the theater stage. Above him, in large letters, a message was projected onto a screen: ‘If you are not a brand, you are a commodity.’ His argument for the new brand was over the past decade the city had lost nearly four percent of its population. In order to position Pensacola to compete for jobs, investment, and tourism dollars,

a unifi ed, more marketable brand had to be developed. “The ultimate goal is to raise Pensacola’s profi le and better position our city for the future,” said Mayor Hayward. “Over the past 18 months, we’ve had some great successes, but it’s time to elevate our efforts. We need to tell Pensacola’s story to the investors, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs that create jobs and investment.” The press release from the city’s new advertising fi rm, The Zimmerman Agency, stated the rebranding effort was part of a comprehensive marketing campaign supported by advertising, public relations and social media. By the end of July, the city had been 9

billed for $484,789 by the Tallahasseebased advertising agency for the new brand and this “comprehensive marketing campaign.” Much of the costs and work of this new effort, particularly the logos, was kept from the Pensacola City Council and the public prior to the unveiling. And there is a question whether city officials violated Florida’s public record laws in hiding them. In the subsequent months, the new brand would be severely criticized by the public and local design community. The Pensacola City Council would try to defund the Zimmerman contract that called for $1.2 million to be spent on advertising and public relations in the FY 2013 budget, only to have the mayor veto their action. The Zimmerman Agency would find itself under investigation for allegations of mishandling public funds regarding a nearby client, Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council. Coupled with the decisions by the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Visit Pensacola to also use outside firms, the community, according to some estimates, would lose nearly 70 jobs in the advertising, marketing, printing and design fields. By January 2013, Mayor Hayward would terminate the Zimmerman contract because “they simply aren’t delivering the day-to-day results we expected across our enterprises.” At that point, the ad agency would have been paid nearly a million dollars. But on that hot July morning, the first-term mayor was excited and positive. He told the audience in the crowded theater, “Like Bonnie Raitt said—and Bonnie Raitt played right here in the Saenger Theater—let’s give ’em something to talk about.” Unfortunately, the talk Hayward got wasn’t what he expected.


In June 2011, the city of Pensacola accepted proposals for a three-year contract to provide marketing and advertising services. For nearly two decades, the Pensacola-based E.W. Bullock Associates had handled those services for the city’s enterprise operations—Port of Pensacola, Energy Services of Pensacola and the Pensacola International Airport. The new contract would involve more than those entities. The mayor wanted to combined these contracts and “create a city-wide branding effect.” According to the Request for Proposal (RFP), the intent was to use the branding opportunity “to tell the Pensacola story,” spur economic development and “create a stronger, more marketable City identity.” The submittals would be evaluated based on ability and experience of the firm, particularly with branding, airports and natural gas companies; qualifications and experience of proposed staff; and the minority, advantage and/or small business certifications of the firm. The top three or five might be interviewed or asked to make oral presentations. 010 1

through a public record request, Melinda Crawford, the airport director, Chief of Staff John Asmar and Peterson had problems with using Option A. Peterson wrote, “I’m inclined to take the Option B—at least early on to determine our level of use. We may see that a retainer is fine, and it’s easier for everyone that way, but early on it might be helpful to make sure we’re ‘in the ball park.’” He also asked, “What portion of the fee is paying for the Birdwell firm?” Two weeks later after discussions with Reynolds, Maiberger and Peterson, Zimmerman reduced his proposal to initially only cover the brand development and strategic planning. The contract would be for the first quarter of 2012 for a base monthly fee of $27,500. While everyone was waiting for Mayor Hayward to make a decision, Curtis Zimmerman sent the group an email on Dec. 14, 2011 about outside interference— “I’m not sure how Brian Spencer (Pensacola City Council, District 6) fits into all this.” He said that he had gotten a call and a few text messages that Spencer was excited about his involvement and was pushing the Mayor to move forward. The individual appears to be Jane Birdwell of BPM, who apparently hadn’t been told that she was dropped from the Zimmerman team. “I have had nothing to do with anyone lobbying for us, or trying to move this forward beyond the conversations between the four of us,” Zimmerman wrote. “I'm not sure about the relationship between the individual and Brian, but I don't want to get caught up in politics before we even get going.” Ad produced by The Zimmerman Agency The mayor would make the final selection and conduct contract negotiations. On Sept. 9, George Maiberger, the city purchase director, notified the 17 applicants that the list had been narrowed to nine firms. Local firms E.W. Bullock Associates, idgroup and BPM, which had partnered with The Zimmerman Agency, were among the nine. A selection committee would reduce the list to three or four firms that would make oral presentations to the mayor. The selection committee included Michael Kenney, Angela Cocke, Chris Bogan and Ashley Hodge. They scored the nine firms based on the written submissions. Gold & Associates from Ponte Verde, Fla. barely beat out Zimmerman as the top pick. The other finalists were Noise, Inc. of Sanibel, Fla. and Bullock. Only Cocke had ranked Zimmerman as her top pick. On Oct. 14, Maiberger sent the selection committee’s scoring sheets to the City Administrator. By the next Monday, he scheduled the oral presentations for the mayor, City Administrator Bill Reynolds and Travis Peterson, who handled the city’s communications, for the four finalists on Oct. 26 and 27. The purchasing director wrote Reynolds

in November that Bullock, Gold and Noise had been notified that Mayor Hayward had chosen Zimmerman and the agency was preparing a scope of work. Curtis Zimmerman, the head of the agency, gave the city two options on how the agency would be paid: Option A was based on a comprehensive fee with the outlined scope-of-services covered under one monthly fee. Option B was based on a base level fee to cover the day-to-day work for brand development, strategic planning/counsel, public relations, advertising account management and social media. Under this option, those services not covered by the base fee would be billed at the published hourly rate. Zimmerman argued, “At the end of the day the benefit to option A is the comprehensive nature of the approach without worrying about any hourly billing—you won't be worried about our time, and we won't feel reluctant to provide services due to the hourly charges.” The comprehensive monthly fee that Zimmerman proposed under Option A was $62,750. According to city emails received


Councilman Brian Spencer told the Independent News that he had no involvement with the selection of Zimmerman and that he had not met Curtis Zimmerman until the mayor had chosen the firm. He said that he didn’t know Zimmerman but did remember agency representative Jill Reading, who was a daughter of a local banker. “I did provide—I call it— a kind of ‘windshield survey of Pensacola,’” Spencer said. “I wanted to make sure that they saw a more in-depth version of Pensacola as opposed to let’s just look at the veneer. I wanted to make sure they saw the unique characteristics of our neighborhoods.” He downplayed his role with the ad agency. Spencer said, “I was never asked to participate in anything beyond what I would call as conceptual.” However, city mails show that the councilman’s involvement with Zimmerman was much more than a “windshield survey.” In January 2012, he asked Reading to write a letter endorsing his secretive efforts to stop a wayfinding signage program that the Downtown Improvement Board was ready to approve. The signage program had been discussed by the DIB for more than six months. “The Mayor and I feel it would be nice

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The new city logo and the "Swave" to have a brief letter from you (not the proposal) that sets the stage for his administration's role in transforming the city's image (especially visual) from yesteryear to the FUTURE,” Spencer wrote Reading. “This effort will include signage for districts, venues, and general wayfinding—thus, the implementation of the wayfinding package that has been developed under the direction of the DIB may be counterproductive and contradict and/or confuse the branding message that the Zimmerman Agency is formulating.” When the February DIB agenda packet was sent out, Spencer wrote the city administrator and chief of staff to make sure they would present The Zimmerman Agency letter and the mayor’s and his position against the sign program. “Please confirm Mayor's representative(s) will attend AND deliver a definitive and strong message regarding the Mayor's non-support of this DIB initiative (which is consistent with Curtis Zimmerman's/Zimmerman Agency evaluation and recommendation),” Spencer wrote Reynolds and Asmar. “I have been consistently criticized by fellow DIB Board members and audience participants for postpone [sic] and cancel [sic] this project.” Asmar and Reynolds attended the meeting. The DIB board voted to table the sign program. A year later, the no new wayfinding signs have been installed. City emails also show that Spencer provided advice on how Zimmerman should roll out its branding initiative, was kept in the loop on contract negotiations and pushed the mayor to give The Zimmerman Agency the marketing contracts for the airport, gas utility and port, which the mayor did in March 2012. The new contract covered all city advertising, marketing and public relations. Option A was chosen with the city and its enterprises paying a monthly retainer that totaled $39,500. Purchasing Director Maiberger sent out a memo to the department heads that broke down the monthly fee as follows: General Fund: MIS/PIO Office: $11,667 March 7, 2013

City Administrator: $4,167 Neighborhood Services: $4,167 Enterprise Funds: ESP: $8,500 Airport: $8,500 Port: $2,500


Although Mayor Hayward made the decision to hire The Zimmerman Agency in November 2011, it would be three months before he informed the city council of his decision. Former City Councilwoman Diane Mack had followed the RFP process on the advertising contract. She told the council at its Feb. 9, 2012 meeting that she had some concerns about the selection process. Mack asked the council to rewrite its purchasing ordinance. The way Mack interpreted the ordinance was that the selection process for contracts over $100,000 with a company that wasn’t a qualified Small Business Enterprise should have been approved by the city council. Zimmerman was not a SBE. “It was a sort of chicken-or-the egg problem,” Mack told the Independent News. “The problem is that until you know what the amount of the contract will be— how do you decide if it should go to the council?” The next morning, Reynolds sent out a memo to council. He wrote, “It is clear that Ms. Mack is unaware that the Mayor is authorized to award services without council approval when money has been budgeted and appropriated for such services whether or not the company is a SBE.” Mack told the paper, “It wasn’t the amount. It wasn’t the authorization. The issue was whether it was within the council’s purview to determine which way the firm would be selected.” Reynolds also wrote in the memo, “As for The Zimmerman Agency, as promised we will have a presentation on them at the next COW. In a subsequent meeting, we will be presenting their efforts on marketing/city branding.”

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Zimmerman did not present to city council at its next meeting. No presentation would be made until Sept. 10, 2012, nearly two months after the new brand had been presented to the public and over half million dollars had been spent. Mayor Hayward sent a memo to council on Feb. 20 that announced the retention of Zimmerman to provide marketing and advertising services for the city and its enterprises over three years. He said that the branding platform was a key component of his economic development strategy. “Through the adoption of a brand platform, the City along with its enterprises, agencies and associated entities will have the opportunity to unify under one single brand for marketing purposes,” he said. “The Zimmerman Agency has committed to deliver a brand platform prior to March 31.” The brand would not be presented to the city council until the July event at the Saengar Theatre. Reynolds also failed to fulfill his commitment on presenting information on the marketing/city branding efforts at subsequent council meetings. City emails show a concerted offer by him and the Public Information Officer Derek Cosson to hide the new city logos, Zimmerman reports and other information from the city council and the public. At the council’s May 24, 2012 meeting, Diane Mack asked about the progress of her public request, dated May 7, regarding the “Reports of Accountability” that the Agency was required to submit to the city per its agreement: monthly activity reports, monthly spreadsheets, updated actual vs. budgeted spending and monthly promotion grid. “I apologize that I’ve been a little distracted the last few days. I just found out about this request—I think it was Monday,” the city administrator responded. “I actually have the document on my desk. I will get them out tomorrow morning.” Reynolds waited until May 29 to send out the report. He included the note, “Sorry about the earlier delay… I wasn’t aware of the request.” City mails show that the city administrator was aware of Mack’s request the day it was received and immediately instructed Cosson, “Please contact Zimmerman and inform of this request.” Travis Peterson's emails show The Zim-

merman Agency was asked to modify one report and take off the new logo. Curtis Zimmerman sent on May 25 a modified report attached to an email with the subject "Reevised Status Report Sans Logo." Peterson forwarded the email to Reynolds on Sunday, May 27. He deleted "Sans Logo" from the subject line.

Diane Mack made on June 28 a public records request for the copies of the new logos. Cosson informed the city clerk that he would check and see if he had any reports. The PIO had been responsible for approving all the Zimmerman invoices, except for those concerning the city enterprises. He added, “Unless Bill knows otherwise,

City Administrator Bill Reynolds at May 2012 council meeting Mack was given the modified report. The original report, that Reynolds told the council that he had, was not given to the Independent News. In June 2012, both Councilwoman Maren DeWeese and Chief of Staff John Asmar requested that Zimmerman be discussed at a city council meeting. Reynolds refused and informed the council executive assistant, Elaine Mager: “The Council did not vote to have the Zimmerman Agency Contract as a discussion item. They may do that in the future, but for this agenda we need to have in the discussion section that which I have outlined above.” By May 31, the Zimmerman bills totaled $301,213. Asmar asked Reynolds in a June 5 email, “Has the Zimmerman Agency met with Council? Should they?” Reynolds replied, “As soon as we unveil the logo.” And it’s the logo that appears Reynolds wanted to keep from the public.

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we have not yet taken delivery of the logos.” Reynolds confirmed Cosson’s statement by email, “We have not.” City emails show that the new logos for the Port of Pensacola, Pensacola International Airport and ESP, whose name was to be changed to Pensacola Energy, had been approved in May by their department heads. The airport had already approved a new monument sign with the new logo. The new sign had been installed before Mack made her request. On June 10, Jill Reading sent Cosson a PDF file of the new city logo. When he requested it from The Zimmerman Agency, the PIO wrote, “ASAP can you send me some sort of image of the new City logo? I know we’ve been trying to keep it off the books but the Mayor needs it for something.” There is also an email exchange on June 26, two days before Mack’s request, between Cosson and the ECUA Executive Steve Sorrell about the new city logo. The Zimmerman

Agency had approached ECUA on June 14 about painting the new city logo on its water towers. “Have you seen the new logo for Pensacola,” Sorrell wrote Cosson. “I am not sure it depicts the message you want. Moreover, it is so long (letter wise), it may be difficult to utilize.” Cosson confirmed that he had seen the new logo. “I have a feeling that the costs are likely prohibitive at this time but the Mayor really wanted to establish a number.” For businesses, keeping new brand and marketing campaigns under wraps until all components are ready might make good business sense. However, governments aren’t allowed that luxury under Florida’s public record law, especially when tax dollars are involved. According to Florida law, “it is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.” Any public officer who violates the state public records law commits a noncriminal infraction, punishable by fine not exceeding $500. If a person does it willfully and knowingly, he commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by $1,000 and/or a year in prison. There are some exemptions to the law, but none appear to apply to this instance. In 2009, Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino was fined $500 for failing to release emails concerning a possible casino on Perdido Key in a timely manner. His actions were considered unintentional. After hearing nothing from Cosson about the logo, Mack followed up on her request on July 5 and was told that Cosson and Reynolds said they didn’t have the logos.


The logo and tagline “The Upside of Florida” drew criticism when they were unveiled. While several local designers criticized the new logo, Zimmerman explained in its Brand Book the three elements used in its design. Futura font indicated “strength and makes a more contemporary statement. The color break defined by a horizontal line represented “the emerald green water of the gulf and the deep blue sky.” The circular icon, which the agency

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called a “swave,” was an abstract image that combined a wave and the sun to form a “sun wave.” Local designers nicknamed the new logo the “surfing fetus.” According to the agency, the new brand was created to make people, both inside and outside the community, believe “what is good about Florida is better in Pensacola.” “Like all great brands, the City of Pensacola must craft a singular representation of what is real,” wrote the agency, “and what would be considered most attractive to its audience.” One key audience that wasn’t impressed was the Pensacola City Council. Over a series of council meetings and workshops in September, the council questioned the new logo, the brand development process and the $1.2 million budgeted for FY 2013. At the Sept. 5 public hearing on the millage rate for FY 2013, Councilwoman DeWeese was concerned with the accounting controls and policies to monitor the huge expenditure. She questioned the wisdom on how much of the marketing plan depended on branding the mayor. “There’s a great deal of history to rely on in branding our city, not one individual,” said the councilwoman. “I think we’re stepping out a bit too far to market ourselves.” When DeWeese made the motion to remove funding for the Zimmerman contract from budget, City CFO Richard Barker assured the council that the proper controls were in place and his staff reviewed all expenditures before they were paid. However, Barker admitted this contract was different from advertising agreements. “This is something new that we’re looking at, a new program that we’re looking at, a way of handling it to see if the efficiencies are there in that new contract,” said Barker. DeWeese withdrew her motion, but Zimmerman came up again at the Sept. 10 Committee of the Whole meeting. After Carrie Zimmerman made a presentation on her agency to the council, the leaders weighed in again. Councilman Larry Johnson was worried that the Greater Pensacola Chamber, which had introduced a new logo and name change earlier in the year, and the city weren’t on the same page in how to market the area. Councilwoman Megan Pratt believed that the city was duplicating at a great expense the economic development efforts of the chamber and Escambia County. She also pointed out the city had been marked incorrectly on map shown in a television commercial. Council members Myers and John Jerralds felt that their districts weren’t included in the marketing pieces and articles shown in the presentation. “We’re paying them a lot of money to

brand Pensacola, to tell Pensacola’s story and they’re proud of this story here,” said Myers waving a copy of an article from a Sarasota publication. “I’m not.” The lone positive council member was Brian Spencer. “I thought today’s presentation was extremely educational and enlightening for me,” he said. “I was impressed with the penetration of some of the cities’ periodicals where Pensacola was represented.” At the next public hearing on the budget, the city administrator aggressively defended Zimmerman and the use of the mayor in the articles. “I truly am sorry that members of this council were offended that the city—but the city, not the mayor’s office—was trying something new here,” Reynolds said. “We are trying to market this great city for others to see.” He said slowly for emphasis, “The focus of this is not Mayor Hayward, but Mayor Hayward is the mayor of the city.” Reynolds said that no one else could do it better and the marketing and rebranding were necessary to reverse the trend of people and future tax revenues leaving the city. “Ladies and Gentlemen, that ain’t going to happen by us sitting on our hands,” he told the council. He assured them that other parts of the city would be brought into the marketing. “This is a try, this is an attempt to make a difference. We need to secure every new person we can into this city to keep it growing.” Again a motion was made to cut the Zimmerman Agency from the budget. Barker stepped up and argued that cutting advertising from the enterprises could have a dire impact on the city’s finances, especially with Pensacola Energy providing $8 million annually to the General Fund. “If you stop this contract, it would take 180 days to get a new agency,” said Barker. “I’m unwilling to see that for these two major enterprises (Pensacola Energy and Pensacola International Airport).” Barker said that prior councils had cut advertising. Customers were lost and “it took five to 10 years to get those customers back.” Eventually the council would vote to cut the Zimmerman Agency contract from the FY 2013 budget. Mayor Hayward later vetoed the amendment to the budget and the council failed to override the veto.

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For the city council and the public, there appeared to be few issues with Zimmerman and their marketing efforts once the new fiscal year began. However, there were warning signs of trouble in swave paradise. 13

Mayor Hayward hired Tamara Fountain, who had recently managed the election campaigns of judges Terry Terrell and Mary Polson in Okaloosa County, for $60,000 a year to head his communications team and supervise the Zimmerman contract. In December, Florida Auditor General’s Office released its preliminary findings from its audit of the Okaloosa County Commission’s oversight of the Tourist Development Council and the TDC’s use of bed taxes and BP funds. Last May, the former Okaloosa TDC executive director, Mark Bellinger, committed suicide when allegations of misuse of funds surfaced. A yacht and Bellinger’s home were purchased using county funds. Zimmerman and Mobile-based Lewis Communications were the TDC’s two advertising firms. The Auditor General’s found that: “The [Okaloosa] County did not perform an adequate review or pre-audit of invoices submitted by two advertising and marketing firms, including a comparison of payment requests to the provisions of contracts. As a result, the County paid two advertising and marketing firms $12.1 million without obtaining adequate documentation supporting the goods or services received, including payments of several invoices that incorrectly or inadequately described the actual goods or services purchased.” On Jan. 29, Tamara Fountain emailed Curtis Zimmerman a notice of termination signed by the city administrator. Reynolds wrote, “I, in my role as City Administrator,

have determined that the termination is in the best interest of the City.” When the notice was then sent, the city had paid the agency $926,203 and owed another $41,380. More bills had yet to be processed. Though the notice gave no other reasons for termination, city emails show that Foun-

man contract be terminated for all city entities and that the firm turn over all creative work. The city would use that work to place targeted marketing. “I think it is critical that we do our homework on our advertising,” she said. “We do not want to spend precious dollars without very carefully defining who we want to talk to

Mayor Ashton Hayward at the July logo unveiling tain had outlined the city’s case to Reynolds on Jan. 14. “In short, the retainer fees make no sense. We are receiving very lackluster results for this money,” she told Reynolds. “Now that cohesive branding has been achieved across the City’s entities, I think we need to rethink our contract with Zimmerman going forward.” She recommended that the Zimmer-

and what it is that we want to say to them.” Fountain recommended a new RFP with “language that ensures the advertising firm chosen will remain consistent with our existing branding efforts.” In 2011, Mayor Hayward appeared to be set on using an out-of-town agency. Fountain reversed that position— “these accounts will be awarded to the ‘highest and best’ local advertising firm.” Two days later, Reynolds expressed

his agreement with Fountain’s analysis. He wrote, “Please let the mayor know that I am in full agreement to your recommendation to terminate the contract.” There was no mention of the finance director’s concerns over the impact of changing ad agencies on the revenues of the gas utility and airport. According to city emails, it doesn’t appear Barker was notified of the termination or asked for input on its possible impact on city finances. The city council wasn’t copied on the notice of termination. The Pensacola City Council is currently debating whether to investigate the Zimmerman relationship. Reynolds’ attitude has been that the mayor terminated the contract and there is nothing to investigate. Cosson has labeled Councilman Charles Bare’s inquires as attempts to “use this issue for political purposes.” The PIO has refused to allow the Independent News to interview Maiberger and Barker for this story. This newspapers requested a phone interview Mayor Hayward and was emailed that he was unavailable. Cosson and Reynolds refused to comment on hiding the logos. The process of creating a new image and revamping the city’s advertising, marketing and public relations appears to be in disarray, with no clear direction. The $475,500 in monthly retainer fees got the city of Pensacola a tagline “The Upside of Pensacola,” a swave and plenty to talk about. And the talk will continue for quite some time. {in}

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Last Curtain Call for the Opera by Jennie McKeon

This season finale performance stays an honor and I in tradition with Pensacola Opera produccherish any motions by including the artistic talents of ment that I can share my love for many beyond the opera house. Members of the Pensacola Opera Chorus, the Penopera with the sacola Children's Chorus and the Pensacola audience." Symphony Orchestra will be a part of the After 77 show. The set is courtesy of New Orleans performances, Opera Association designed by David Gano. Thompson cer"Opera is the single art form that comtainly knows the bines all art," Marrero said. "It is scenic detragic ending to sign, lighting, costumes, wigs and makeup, "Tosca," but that orchestral/symphonic, singing, dancing and doesn't make acting. It is the one art form that can comit any easier to pete with video games. I simply love it and cope with. love the interaction with our community." "The hardest It takes more than talented actors to part about being make a show a success. Behind the curtain in a tragic opera is where a lot of the drama takes place is remaining Thompson said. calm on the "I love watching the stage hands bring inside so that the curtain in and out, finding the prop the tragedy master prepping the candles and mixing onstage does and mingling with the offstage chorus," she not interfere said. "My favorite moments are when the with my ability Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Rafael Davila as Cavaradossi in Sarasota Opera's Tosca / Photo by Richard Termine to connect with crew gives me ratings of 9.1 or 8.1 depending on my jump for the night." my colleagues "Performing in Pensacola means I get The Pensacola Opera’s 2013 season is If the end of Pensacola Opera's 2013 and the conductor," she said. "My job is to sing in an amazing theater with people coming to a close. For their last perforseason is making you melodramatic, don't to allow the audience to experience the that I love to work with and live in a gormance, the local opera house is pulling worry. You can find comfort in counttragedy without compromising my voice or out all the stops with Giacomo Puccini's geous place while singing my favorite role," ing down the days until the 2014 season. dramatic choices." she said. "What else do you need? And, I "Tosca." Bizet's "Carmen" is set for January 17 and Playing “Tosca” can be dangerous, but just can't say no to Kyle." “’Tosca’ is the operatic example of 19 and Rossini's adaptation of Cinderella, Thompson's passion makes her oblivious Opening night will be Thompson's 78th verismo [real life] drama—a tale of pas"Cenerentola," is set for March 21 and 23. to the physical aspect of the role. performance as Tosca. She hasn't tired of sionate love, corruption, seduction, inThis season, just like others passed, "I have many bruises, scrapes and the role yet. trigue and murder," said the opera's artistic have taught Marrero and the rest of the bumps due to the ex"It is a director, Kyle Marrero. "All of this is set opera company that when it comes to the treme physical requireshining with the soaring melodies and orchestraarts, Pensacola always expects the best. ments of the role, but example of tion of Puccini. It is the perfect end to our "Our audience enjoys being challenged within the drama you verismo op'Season with an Edge.'" by new repertoire, but we must always prodon't recognize them," era—beauThe themes, Marrero said, are basically vide a balance of top ten operatic mastershe said. "It usually surtiful music an evening of primetime television. pieces. No matter what, we have come to faces on the flight home married to The melodrama is set in Rome followbe known for quality," Marrero said. "Our when you think, 'Yikes, captivating ing Floria Tosca, a beautiful opera singer, patrons trust that no matter what the title, why do I have bruises on drama and who must find a way to save her lover, it will be a quality production." {in} my arm?'" real charthe painter Cavaradossi, who has been The kind of actor acters with arrested and tortured by the jealous Chief that literally of Police, Baron Scarpia. The ending, need- whom the throws himself or audience less to say, is not a happy one. herself into a role is precisely can identify," she said. "Hey, it's opera," Marrero said. what Marrero looks for when Thompson hopes the audience will Traveling all the way from CincinWHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15 and 2 p.m. casting. grow to love "Tosca" as much as she does. nati to play the part of Tosca is Kara Shay Sunday, March 17 "I want believable characters, "My favorite part of opening night is Thompson. Thompson has been singing WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox both verbally and physically," knowing there are people in the audience since she was two-years-old and has been COST: $30-$110 Marrero said. "The audience must who have never seen an opera and that playing opera leading ladies for the past DETAILS: believe these relationships are performance will ignite their love of this art 10 years. She's looking forward to her possible." form," she said. "Being their first ‘Tosca’ is Pensacola visit.

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Calling All Artists

“Well Bred” by Anne Baehr / photo by Suzanne Robbert Founded in 1993, Artel started as a vehicle for fostering appreciation for art in its purest form. It is the only non-profit, all-volunteer experimental art gallery serving Northwest Florida. Their mission is to provide a continuous forum for quality experimental and contemporary art exhibitions and programs. The main person in charge of the Artel Gallery is Lee Courtney, along with a board of directors. He has served as the Exhibition Director for 18 years. Being an artist his whole life brought him to Artel. When he was a boy, a particular book on figure drawing drew him in and he fell in love with drawing. These days he is a retired research biologist and volunteers countless hours to Artel. Artel has a number of community outreach efforts to bring art into the lives of young people, challenged adults and the community at large. Courtney’s newest venture for the gallery is to introduce and provide a platform for video and multi-medium works. Artel turns 20 this year, and they are

especially proud of the growth and development of the artists and the quality of the shows they provide. Exposure for Artel in their current location has really exploded during Gallery Nights. During previous Gallery Nights, before they moved, they used to average about 200-300 visitors, now they are averaging 1200-2400. This is great news for Artel.

they are being pushed to create something outside their comfort zone. The subject of family can be interpreted anyway the artist chooses, and in any medium. Some works will represent family complete and others fractured. We asked Courtney if he had heard any buzz from the regulars about submitting pieces for this show, “Not hearing anything yet. It is always a pleasant surprise,” he said. Each artist submitting work can submit up to three pieces. WHEN: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, March 5 to Friday, April 12 WHERE: Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place COST: Free “I’ve always said it is only one DETAILS: person’s opinion,” said artist Patricia O’Neal about the possibility of being chosen for this juried show.

"This is a very unusual concept and is creatively challenging for all the members." Bill White


The theme for Artel’s current show is family. Courtney is in charge of coming up with ideas for about 6-7 juried shows a year. He likes to create themes because it means the artists are not submitting repeated works,

O’Neal, a former raku potter in Atlanta creates work that is colorful and semi-abstract, is submitting three pieces for the Family show. One pays homage to Peter Max, one is of a friend and one she has been working on for a while—a piece featuring her son. “I created a black and white painting of my son when he was young and it made him look like a criminal to me,” explained O’Neal. “I am taking a duplicate of that same piece of work and altering it to look like he is in jail. It may seem odd, but it represents family to me.” Though she has been an artist for many years, she admits that having pieces accepted into an Artel exhibit is not easy for anyone. “It is challenging to know what they are looking for,” she said. A phone call determines whether a piece of work has been accepted into the show. “I tell all my friends and family not to call me when I know the judging is happening,” O’Neal said. “It is not for the faint of heart. You are putting yourself out there and rejection is not personal, but feels like it.” O’Neal has been in many shows at Artel in the past and always starts the process confi dent she will create something they like. When not creating art herself, she is also involved in a 125-member club—Art Study Club. They have meetings each month and host a speaker who will discuss current art events or techniques. She encourages everyone to support the arts any way they can. Like O’Neal, the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) will also be submitting work for Artel’s Family exhibit. The SAP, which meets weekly to create art, is an art collaboration between fi ve Pensacola artists: Paula Perdue, Jean Harris, Pat Hayes, Margaret Warren and Bill White. Presently, they have three pieces in the current exhibit at Artel and frequently submit work as SAP and as individual artists. Bill White, of SAP, acknowledges that creating work for this exhibit will not be simple. “This is a very unusual concept and is creatively challenging for all the members,” he said. Although White is busy preparing for a one-man show, he says SAP will submit a three dimensional piece titled “Gene Pool Roulette” to Artel. {in}




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Get Off the Bar Stool With Kaboom by Kate Peterson

Cornhole, dodgeball, kickball and Ultimate Frisbee are just some of the games and leagues the Kaboom Sports and Social Club have to offer. Coming soon inner tube water polo, broomball and so much more. Krissy Greenleaf-Robertson and her husband Mark are the evil geniuses who thought this would be a good way to get some friendly activity back into our drinking sports. While stationed in San Diego the Robertson’s, a Marine Corp couple, wanted to get involved in something other than what the military family had to offer so they joined a sports based social club. They loved the leagues and the camaraderie that came out of joining, so when they moved back to Pensacola and saw that things had been changing for the better it seemed like just the right time to bring a social club to the area. Boom, Kaboom was born. Recently, they hosted the First Annual Time to Party Gras Pub Crawl in Downtown Pensacola. They started at Pensacola Bay

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‘LOVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT’ Symposium 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Women from across the country are coming together to engage, heal, grow and find love at his one day, powerful and life changing women’s empowerment symposium presented by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. New World Landing, 600 South Palafox St. GULF BREEZE CELEBRATES THE ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The City of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. hosts this two-day family event where over 150 Artists display their ceramics, pottery, oils, acrylics, glass, sculpture, watercolor, wood, fiber, leather, jewelry, mixed media, graphics, and photography. Special areas have been set aside for children’s entertainment and student artwork, GBAI Member Art show/sale, a wide variety of festival food vendors, plus the renowned McGuire’s Irish Bagpipe Band will perform. Gulf Breeze High School, 675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. DASH THROUGH THE PAST RUN/WALK McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k / courtesy photo from Lea McLaughlin; shared with the IN by Barrie SCAVENGER HUNT 9 a.m. registration, 10 Arnold a.m. race. The hunt will begin and end at the FPAN Coordinating Center. This race through Nine Mile Rd. 477-9961 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City historic, downtown Pensacola offers individuals or DAMIEN LOUVIERE 9 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. teams of two a chance to compete over a two-mile & Taproom, 20 S. Palafox. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. course for great prizes donated by local sponsors. CHARM SKOOL 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish 1216 N. Ninth Ave. Meter Rentals $5. T.T. WentRegistration is free. Each participant will receive a House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. worth Museum, 330 S. Jefferson. 595-5985 ext 111. map and a list of challenges on the day of the race. PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS 7 p.m. Pensacola Bay There is no set route or order in which challenges DJ MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Center, 201 E. Gregory St. must be completed. Prizes will be awarded to first Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or seville‘SLEUTH’ 7:30 p.m. $14-$30 A suspense thriller place and runner up. A donation of $10.00 includes revolving around Andrew Wyke, an immensely an official FPAN reusable aluminum water bottle. SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarsuccessful mystery writer. His home reflects Wyke’s Afterwards, participants are encouraged to stay and ter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarobsession with the inventions and deceptions of rough sort artifacts from excavations conducted fiction and his fascination with games and gameby UWF in the FPAN Public Archaeology Lab until FATTY WATERS 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville playing. He lures his wife’s lover to the house and 2 p.m. FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 East Main Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevilleconvinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a St. For more information, contact Mike Thomin at proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves 595-0050 Ext. 107. BIG JIM BROWN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s SPRING FLING FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Arts and Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevilleimagination ends and reality begins. Pensacola crafts, children’s Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or events such as supervised horse 3 GAME SPECIAL 8:30 p.m. $12, includes shoes. rides, petting zoo, DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or MCGUIRE’S ST. PATinflatable jumpies RICK’S DAY 5K 9 a.m., and face painting, live SWING DANCING 8:30 p.m. $5. American Legion, $25. The 36th Annual music and a fish fry all 1401 Intendencia St. 437-5465 or pensacolaswing. McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day offered. Plus, the 2nd com. 5k Run starts and finishes Annual Alzheimer’s ‘STAND UP COMEDY SHOW’ 9:30 p.m. Big Easy at McGuire’s Irish Pub. & Missions Walk. Tavern, 710 N. Palafox. or 208Participants must be able The entry fee is $20. 5976. to run or walk the 3.1 mile Door Prizes will be COSMIC BOWLING 11 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 (5k) course in under one given. Wear purple in Mile Road. 478-9522 or hour. As this is a “prediction support of the Alrun” participants can run zheimer’s cause. for speed and/or their preCrossFaith Church, LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The dicted time. Each runner/ 5701 Highway 29 Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishwalker predicts how long it North, Molino. will take them to complete MAKE YOUR OWN DOWNTOWN BIG BAND 6:30 p.m. Gregory Street the course, the finishers ORNAMENT, FLOWAssembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 307-8633. that come closest to their ER, PAPER WEIGHT YESTERDAY-TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES 7:30 prediction wins. After the or SWEDISH BOWL p.m. $15-$20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, vinylrace is a post-race party 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $ featuring Rich McDuff’s $95 The workshops KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine SandIrish Sing-a-long, Coffee, offer a short but bar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. Irish Fare, Irish Wakes, Bud comprehensive intro934-3141 or Light, McGuire’s Red Ale duction for people to MIKE BOCCIA 7:45 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, and soft drinks.The party is become familiar with 2811 Copter Road. 474-1919. for registered runners only the process of workSCOTT KOEHN 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 so you must display your ing molten hot glass. Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k / courtesy race number to be served. Students will be or photo from Elise Lullo Early registration is encourable to pick out their PHIL PROCTOR 8:30 p.m. Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. aged, t-shirt included with color then design and For more information, call 466-2103. registration. McGuire’s Irish Pub, 600 E Gregory St., create a piece of glass with the assistance of our TRUNK MONKEY 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 professional glass artists. First City Art Center, 1060 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther N. Guillemard St. For information or to sign up for King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. workshops call 429-1222 or visit BLACKWATER 9 p.m. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E.


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‘THE JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHY OF DUNCAN SCHIEDT’ 10 a.m. through April 20. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX EDIT’ 12 p.m. TAG Gallery at University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or 9TH ANNUAL ‘A BID FOR EXCELLENCE’ AUCTION 4 p.m. open, 5 p.m. dinner. $30. Escambia Christian School presents this annual fundraiser. Limited seating available. No ticket sales at the door. Gateway Church of Christ Family Life Center, 245 Brent Ln. 433-8476 PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or TOSCA OPERA HIGH NOTES 5 p.m. Artistic Director Kyle Marrero will lead a brief discussion about the upcoming opera and introduce Opera’s 2013 Artists in Residence prior to them performing excerpts from the production. This event is free and family friendly. Reservations are not necessary. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1200 Airport Blvd. 433-6737. PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS 7 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. ‘SLEUTH’ 7:30 p.m. $14-$30 A suspense thriller revolving around Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. His home reflects Wyke’s obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and gameplaying. He lures his wife’s lover to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or GHOST HUNT 8 p.m. $20. Is the Pensacola Lighthouse haunted? The Travel Channel and SciFi’s Ghost Hunters (TAPS) think so. Join this ghost hunt in the historic 1869 Keeper’s Quarters


and see if the ghosts are willing to meet you. Follow in the footsteps of TAPS using real ghost hunting equipment. Bring your own equipment or share ours (some items available for purchase in the Gift Shop before tours commence.) Tours are two hours in duration. This tour does include a trip to the top of the Lighthouse for a look across Pensacola Bay, weather permitting. Per Coast Guard Safety Regulations backless/open toed shoes are not permitted to climb the tower stairs. We recommend this tour for children 12 and over only. Pensacola Lighthouse, 2081 Radford Blvd, NAS Pensacola. 393-1561 or COSMIC BOWLING 11 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or

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JOE OCCHIPINTI SMALL GROUP JAZZ 10 a.m. The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, 86 Brent Lane. 434-7638. PAUL KILLOUGH 6 p.m. Crabs We Got ‘Em, 6 Casino Beach. 932-0700 or MARTIN SEXTON 8 p.m. $20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, BOUKOU GROOVE 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or CADILLAC ATTACK DUO 8:30 p.m. Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. For more information, call 4662103. REDDOG & FRIENDS 9 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 20 S. Palafox. PETER B’S KARAOKE WITH DJ CHRIS UPTON 9 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 4789522 or MAINSTREAM 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or

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CHARM SKOOL 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. HANZELLE, METH DAD, TERROR PIGEON DANCE REVOLT 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or BLACKWATER, KATEGORY 5 9 p.m. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Rd. 477-9961 or DJ MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or FATTY WATERS 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BIG JIM BROWN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or


GULF BREEZE CELEBRATES THE ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The City of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. hosts this two-day family event where over 150 Artists display their ceramics, pottery, oils, acrylics, glass, sculpture, watercolor, wood, fiber, leather, jewelry, mixed media, graphics,

and photography. Special areas have been set aside for children’s entertainment and student artwork, GBAI Member Art show/sale, a wide variety of festival food vendors, plus the renowned McGuire’s Irish Bagpipe Band will perform. Gulf Breeze High School, 675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. ‘SLEUTH’ 2:30 p.m. $14-$30 A suspense thriller revolving around Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. His home reflects Wyke’s obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and gameplaying. He lures his wife’s lover to the house and


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convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or TOSCA GALLERY TALK 3 p.m. Jointly presented with the Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Operas Artistic Director and an art historian will lead a lecture on the relationship between visual art and music during the time period in which the opera is set and was written. Held at the Pensacola Museum of Art, these talks are FREE and open to the public! Reservations are not required. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or

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SCOTT KOEHN 3 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 6779153 or BANANA REPUBLIC 4 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or RON WILLIAMSON OPEN MIC JAM 6 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road. 4741919. STR FKR WITH BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD 7:30 p.m. $12-14. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, MUSIC AND KARAOKE 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or


‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or BODACIOUS LEARNING LUNCHES 11:30-12:30 p.m. $20. The Bodacious Olive, 407-D S. Palafox. 433-6505 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS CLUB 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or OYSTER NIGHT AT ATLAS 5 p.m. First dozen are 25 cents apiece and $2 Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts until close. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or HALF-PRICE BEER 5-10 p.m. All Craft Beers & Domestic Beers are Half Price All Night. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or TAI CHI AT FLORIDA BLUE 6 p.m. Free. Florida Blue, 1680 Airport Blue. For information, call 202-4188. BURGERS & BEER NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 6 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or thesurfb TEXAS HOLD’EM 4 FUN 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or JAZZ SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA’S BLUE MONDAY 6:30 p.m. $5-$10. This month’s event will feature a return of blues artist guitarist JB Lawson, with Joe Fingers on keyboard, Edmo Lanier on bass, and Don Tucker on drums. Born in Rochelle, Georgia, JB has lived and performed in Newark, NJ for many years. JB recently relocated to the Gulf Coast, and is building an enthusiastic following in

the Ft. Walton Beach/Destin area. The Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 West Belmont St. 433-8382 or GAMER’S NIGHT 8 p.m. Fast Eddie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or EXTREME TRIVIA 9 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or

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OPEN MIC WITH CATHY PACE 5 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or fl PAUL KILLOUGH 6 p.m. Crabs We Got ‘Em, 6 Casino Beach. 932-0700 or JSOP’S BLUE MONDAY FEATURING DIXIE STEW 6:30 p.m. $5-$10. Five Sister’s Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 433-8282 or jazzpensacola. com. MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KARAOKE WITH GIACAMO 8 p.m. Helen Back, 22 Palafox. 912-8644 or


‘MEDITATIONS IN MOTION’ 8 a.m. Gallery 88, inside WUWF 11000 University Pkwy. Through Mar. 1. 474-2787 or BREAKFAST AND A MOVIE 8 a.m. doors, 9 a.m. movie. $8. IMAX Theatre-Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd. ‘THE JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHY OF DUNCAN SCHIEDT’ 10 a.m. through April 20. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jeff erson St. 432-6247 or

‘EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX EDIT’ 10 a.m. TAG Gallery at University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or HISTORIC PENSACOLA TROLLEY TOUR 10 & 2 p.m. Pensacola Visitor Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. 941-2876 or TWO DOLLAR TUESDAYS 10 a.m. $2, snacks and games all day. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or TWO FOR ONE 5-10 p.m. 2 for 1 Tuesday Nights features 2 for 1 House Wines, 2 for 1 Domestic Beers and 2 for 1 Ice Cream Scoops All Night. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or ARTEL GALLERY LECTURE: GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL 5:30 p.m. J. O. Zachow will speak about GGAF’s colorful history, how it operates and the process of turning Seville Square and surrounding areas into a first class arts festival. J. O. chaired GGAF in 1998 and 2001. He is currently serving as president of the GGAF Board of Directors. Jan Hall will explain in detail the jurying process and discuss the application process. Jan served on the GGAF Art Show Committee for 8 years, co-chairing in 2012 and chairing in 2013. No charge for admission. Light refreshmentsArtel Gallery, 223 Palafox. 4323080 or

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PENSACOLA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS SUPPORT OF THE CURRENT EFFORTS TO RELOCATE THE DOWNTOWN YMCA TO THE COMMUNITY MARITIME PARK. In a recent survey of PYP members, which garnered over 90 responses, 78% of our members expressed their support for the plan to move the YMCA to the Community Maritime Park. Additionally, 52% of our respondents stated that a new YMCA at the Park would increase their willingness to move to or live in downtown Pensacola. Last month, the Pensacola Young Professionals held an Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee (URAC) Forum. At the URAC Forum, PYP members voted to select their three highestpriority items from the URAC Report. One of the items PYP’s members chose to support was a focused effort to increase affordable housing opportunities in Downtown Pensacola and create a vibrant, livable community in that area. A new, state-of-the-art YMCA will certainly contribute to that goal. This community facility would be an absolute asset for any young professionals looking to locate in the downtown area, and would work in concert with the stadium to add tremendous public value for those considering a move to Pensacola’s downtown core. For those already downtown, this amenity would increase the overall quality of life, as the facility is sure to improve the overall health of our citizens and increase the amount of safe after-school activities available to our youth. The Community Maritime Park was always dedicated to hosting community facilities, such as UWF’s proposed Maritime Museum. That goal is not lost, since the new YMCA facility is set to educate visitors with historical displays illustrating our community’s past and its close ties with the water. The proposed facility will also have ways for our citizens to enjoy our waterfront with kayaks, paddleboats, and stand-up paddle boards. PYP’s membership and its Board of Directors are strongly in support of the proposal to relocate the YMCA to the Community Maritime Park. We encourage our city leaders to arrange matters

as necessary to allow this move to happen as swiftly and easily as possible. PYP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to share our passion for and belief in the Pensacola Bay Area, and to act as a catalyst for positive change in our community.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT As my last month winds down as your President of PYP, I have found myself looking back at what an outstanding year we’ve had. With so many events and projects, it’s easy to forget everything we’ve been a part of: a charity ball and charity golf tournament, thousands of volunteer hours with local non-profits, three political forums, the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, the first inaugural Blue Wahoos season, the URAC Report, and so much more. I want to use this time to thank everyone around me who made this last year so successful. Our Advisory Board plays a behindthe-scenes role for the Board of Directors, giving their time, advice, and experience to make sure we make good decisions. I want to thank our Advisor Board chair, Rodney Rich, for everything that he and his fellow advisors have done for us. Our organization is driven by the team chairs and general members who are the foundation of our spirit, our work, and our voice in this community. Thank you to everyone who stays involved and believes that we can move Pensacola forward. To all of the sponsors and business leaders who support PYP, thank you for caring about our community and the young professionals that are following in your footsteps. To bring my term to a close, PYP is holding its Annual Dinner on Saturday, March 23rd ON THE FIELD at the Blue Wahoos Stadium!! Our guest speaker will be Quint Studer, and we have been graciously sponsored by the Lewis Bear Company for our beverages. You do not want to miss this event! Call the PYP office if you would like to purchase tickets. Justin Spence will take over as your PYP President on April 1st. Justin has served on our Board of Directors for several years, leading various teams and projects. He played a crucial role overseeing his Community Development Council as they took on operations for

the Better Pensacola Forum. He has been my right hand Auburn Man, and he will be a great leader for PYP. Thank you for allowing me to lead this amazing organization for a year; it has truly been an honor. War Eagle Chad Stacy President- PYP


Hong Tran is our Board Member of the Month. Hong holds the At-Large seat in charge of PYP’s Strategic Plan. As the Corporate Director of Strategic Planning for Baptist, Hong has been able to bring her expertise and knowledge to our Board to establish an adaptable plan for our organization. Her plan implements goals and accountability for our Board, Team Chairs, and PYP as a whole. We thank Hong for her hard work and dedication to PYP and Pensacola!


Sydnee Johnson is doing great things for PYP’s Pensacola Professional Development Institute. She recently organized a series of public speaking seminars for PYP, in conjunction with Toastmasters. Sydnee single-handedly arranged the four class sessions, bringing in a dozen great speakers and organizing the curriculum for the seminars. Thanks to Syndee, over 20 PYP members received great training in public speaking, thereby gaining personal confidence and improving their professional ability. PYP and PPDI want to thank Syndee for all of her hard work and diligence!




WWW.PENSACOLAYP.COM For more information on Pensacola Young Professionals or to join please see our website or contact Director Rachael Gillette Pensacola Young Professionals 41 N. Jefferson St. Ste 108 Pensacola FL 32502 (850) 332-7820


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news of the weird MAKING OUTSOURCING WORK FOR YOU A Verizon risk team, looking for data breaches on a client’s computers, discovered that one company software developer was basically idle for many months, yet remained productive—because he had outsourced his projects to a Chinese software developer who would do all the work and send it back. The employee earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, according to a January Los Angeles Times report, but paid the Chinese worker only about $50,000. The risk team eventually learned that sensitive company information was fl owing to and from Chinese terminals, leading the company to suspect hackers, but that traffi c was merely the U.S. employee (obviously, “ex-employee” now) sending and receiving his workload. The U.S. man showed up for work every day, but spent his time leisurely web-surfi ng. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT One of Britain’s most famous “madams” announced in January that she was coming out of retirement to set up a brothel exclusively catering to disabled people and the terminally ill. An ordinary brothel would be illegal in the town of Milton Keynes (45 miles from London), but Becky Adams insists that the government could not shut hers down without illegally discriminating against the disabled. ADVANCES IN THE SERVICE SECTOR (1) In January, the Japanese marketing fi rm Wit Inc. began hiring “popular” young women (judged by the extent of their “social network” contacts), at the equivalent of $121 a day, to walk around with advertising stickers on their thighs. (The stickers would be placed on the erotic “zettai ryouiki”—the Japanese mystical area between the hem of a short skirt and the top of long socks.) The women must be prepared to endure men hovering closely to read the ads. (2) According to news reports in November, New York City physician Jack Berdy was doing a brisk business administering Botox injections (at up to $800) to poker players who were hoping to prevent facial expressions that might tip their hands. INGENIOUS: (1) London’s The Independent reported in January that Dean Kamen (who famously invented the Segway, a standing, battery-powered scooter) had developed, along with a Pennsylvania medical team, what appears to work as a “reverse feeding tube” that will vacuum out up to 30 percent of any food in the stomach before it is digested and converted into calories. After installation of the stomach “port,” the diner could operate the device without daily medical help. (2) The Polish cosmetics company Inglot announced in January a nail polish ideal for Muslim women, in that it can withstand the fi ve-times-daily hand-washing required for prayers. (Normally, devout

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women wear nail polish only during their menstrual periods, when the hand-washing is not required, but polish thus signals menstruation and therefore embarrasses modest women.) ADVANCES IN ANIMAL RESEARCH Scientists from Sweden’s Lund University, reporting in a recent issue of Current Biology, explored the burning question of why dung beetles appear to be “dancing” on the tops of the dung balls they roll away. The answer is that the beetles need to roll their treasures away from the heap as quickly as possible (lest competitors swipe them) and that they can best maintain a straight line away by celestial navigation. To test the hypothesis, researchers actually outfi tted some beetles with tiny visors to block their view of the sky, and those beetles mostly rolled their balls in irregular routes, whereas the sky-searching beetles moved in straight lines. INTELLIGENT DESIGN Japanese researchers learned recently that a species of sea slug may lose its penis after copulating, but then grow another one and use it the next time the occasion arises. Writing in the British journal Biology Letters, the scientists also found that the slugs have both male and female organs and in effect copulate with each other through a simultaneous hook-up. A fi nal breathtaking fi nding of the team was that the sea slugs’ penis has the ability to remove competitors’ sperm from the female openings of its mate. RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM (1) On Jan. 27, Pope Benedict XVI released two doves in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican’s end-ofprayers ceremony, but almost immediately, a gull fl ew over and attacked one. (The faithful were rewarded, though, as the dove, though wounded, managed to elude the irreligious predator.) (2) On Feb. 11, only hours after Pope Benedict had announced his imminent retirement, a rare winter thunderstorm hit Vatican City, and an Agence France-Presse photographer snapped a photo of one powerful lightning bolt from the heavens appearing to strike St. Peter’s Basilica (as if offering a dissenting opinion to the pope’s decision). JOB PROSPECTS DIM Willie Merriweather, 53, was detained in February by police in Aiken, S.C., after an employment agency reported that, when he was sitting for an interview, he exposed himself (allegedly telling the interviewer that “it fell out,” that he “must have forgotten” to zip his pants). Police said Merriweather had been accused of a similar incident at a different employment agency a few days earlier. {in} From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2013 Chuck Shepherd

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