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Flying High with the

Blue Angels

Inside this Issue: Beach Eats - Bill’s by the Beach Pensacola Ferry System Q and A with a Blue Angel Live and Local

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Meet Perdido Key Live Joseph McIntyre Mya Hohman

Thank you for picking up another great issue of Perdido Key Live, a new arts and enter

with the people and places that make up this wonderful part of the Joseph graduated from the Univer- Gulf Coast. We sity of Arkansas. Mya studied at hope to bring that Univeristy of Findlay in Ohio. They love for the both now reside in Perdido Key. Florida-Alabama Gulf Coast to you creators of PKL in each issue of (that’s what we tainment PKL. magazine serving like to call it What is Perdido the Gulf Coast. We around here). Key Live? It’s an are Joseph and Since living here exciting arts and Mya, the publishin Perdido Key, we entertainment ers and have fallen in love magazine, celeDestiny Brown

Social Media/Editor/Layout and Design

Destiny has been covering the Alabama Gulf Coast for the past five years through journalism and photography. She is a 2012 graduate from Auburn University and moved to the beach shortly after graduation. She is also a local musician and can be found at many local venues and restaurants throughout the week.

Diane Davis


A local photographer for 9 years. She moved here from Arkansas 11 years ago. She loves spending time with her grandson and photographing our beautiful Gulf Coast, beach family photos and special events around the island. Diane has been a wedding and family photographer for total of 38 years.

Kelly Baughman

Content Writer/Sales

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Kelly moved to the Gulf Coast in 1991. A graduate of FSU, Kelly began writing for a local newspaper before she entered in to real estate. Kelly can be found singing and doing standup comedy locally. She enjoys life at the beach.

brating the coastal life and culture of Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and points beyond. What will you find in each issue of PKL? You’ll discover music and food features, calendars, photographs, event happenings and so much more! We hope you’re as excited as we

are about PKL. Our hope for PKL is that it entertains while keeping you in the know. We’d love to hear from you our readers and advertisers. Sincerely, Joseph & Mya.

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Inside this Issue July 13 - July 27, 2018 - Issue 6

What’s Happening at the Beach........3,4&5 Ask the Locals.........................................6

The Blue Angels.........................8 & 9 Shark Fishing and Shark Week...11 Betcha Didn’t Know........................12 Music in the Sand ............................13 Walter Marine.....................................14 Beach Eats: Bill’s by the Beach.........15

People in Paradise.................16 & 17 Flora-Bama Paddleboard..............19 Pastor Dan......................................20 Pensacola Ferry System................21 In Case You Missed It... .......22 & 23 Reelin’ it in.....................................27 Jason Aldean.................................28 Live and Local.......................29& 30

About the Cover

Photo provided by Blab TV in Pensacola, FL / Cover and Publication Design by Destiny Brown

Enjoy a Blue Angels flyover or air show this summer. In this issue of Perdido Key Live, find out where they are flying next, get a special Q and A with a Blue Angel, and know what to bring to the show!

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What’s Happening at the Beach

Don't miss out on all of the events and happenings taking place at the beach!

July 13 through July 27

Monday through Friday Bingo Flora-Bama 1-4 p.m.


Pirates and Princesses Breakfast The Hangout, 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Adults: $13; Kids (8-12): $7; Under 5 & under: FREE It's happening again! Eat breakfast with Pirates every morning at The Hangout. Come dressed as a Pirate or Princess and enjoy a musical pirate production. There will be games and a treasure hunt where you can win prizes!


Trivia Night at Big Beach Big Beach Brewing Company, 300 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores 7 to 9 p.m. Geeks Who Drink Trivia is like live pub quiz with music rounds, picture rounds and more. You play in teams, it's free to play, and you get the opportunity to win sweet prizes like gift certificates or Big Beach swag.

again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action thanks to our gracious sponsors. Bring the gang along and set up on Main Street for the best vantage point of the vibrant skies. Keep your eyes peeled for Starla the Starfish as she struts the pavement during the display. Experience the snap, crackle and pop of color all summer long!


Kid's Night The Wharf, Orange Beach Summer is the perfect season to have a little (or a lot) of Sparks After Dark unadulterated FUN! We are bringing back Kids Night The Wharf, Orange Beach weekly at The Wharf, focusing purely on the little ones. 8:45 p.m. Family-friendly and safe, this celebration of youth will The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life take place each Tuesday in Palm Plaza right next to the Ferris Wheel. DJ Matt will provide The Flora-Bama Paddleboard the jams while you get into the groove with face Championships are held July painting, prize giveaways, games, a bouncy 21 and 22 (photo by Ricki house, and much more! Every Tuesday will be a Vann) little different with varying themes to keep the excitement fresh. Come delight in a night of amusement!

Hands on Habitat

Tacky Jacks, 240 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores 11 a.m.-noon Hands on Habitat is a fun and educational hands on nature series presented by Gulf State Park Nature Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Share the Beach, Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Orange Beach Wildlife and more!. Kids and adults alike can learn about our ecosystem and interact with the animals that live here with us. The event is free for all ages. Arrive 15 minutes early, no RSVP required.

Tuesdays through Sundays

Summer Shows at OWA OWA, 1501 S. OWA Blvd. Foley 8:30 p.m. OWA is celebrating summer in style! Join us for fun and interactive LIVE performances throughout OWA all summer long. This summer will feature OWA’s new house band "Cool Vibrations,” which will roam the property entertaining guests with hits from yesterday and today! Inside the amusement park, the Splash Squad will be popping in to help keep everyone cool. And if that wasn’t enough, OWA is celebrating cool coastal nights with a summer celebration on the banks of Lake OWA. Come cool off and relax while OWA entertains you with the lights, sounds, and energy during GLOWA. GLOWA is a high energy live performance that incorporates the hijinks of the Power Skippers, an acrobatic stilt team, with singers, dancers, and cool sounds.


AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp AMC Classic Wharf 15, 23151 Wharf Ln. Orange Beach 10 a.m. $4 plus tax. AMC is officially kicking off the 2018 summer moviegoing season with the start AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp. For eight weeks beginning on June 6, moviegoers in the Baldwin County and Northwest Florida community can enjoy a ticket to the family-favorite film of the week and an AMC Kids Pack, including popcorn, fountain drink and fruit snacks, all summer long for just

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What’s Happening at the Beach AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp is through August 1 at AMC CLASSIC Wharf 15.

Art al Fresco

Tacky Jacks, Gulf Shores 11 a.m.-noon Art al Fresco “A hands on lunch and learn for starving artists of all ages” Create different works of art and crafts. Arrive 15 minutes early, RSVP required in advance by phone at 251-948-8881 or online at, includes lunch, fee: child or adult pricing depends on project, free for spectators and for demo days. Demo days is lunch on your own and is not included.


Carnival on Main The Wharf in Orange Beach, 23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach Go ahead and join the circus! Well, actually, just join us weekly at our brand-new Circus on Main for loads of “Big-Top” excitement. Every Thursday evening May 31 August 9 from 6 - 9 p.m. will hold a clown car full of activities that’ll have you believing you’ve stepped into a real red-and-white striped tent! Each week, there will be various sideshow entertainers, such as a fire act, aerial performer and stilt walker. Prepare to be mesmerized by a magician or have a balloon animal crafted by the balloon artist. Stop by the face painter and then hop on board for a mini train ride through the streets of The Wharf to cap

off a night of smile-inducing wonder. Consider us your ringleader! *Circus on Main will not take place July 26 or August 2


Gulf State Park Junior Ranger Program 22120 Campground Rd Gulf Shores 9-11 a.m. $5 per class (cash only) Gulf State Park presents Junior Ranger Program on Fridays from June 8 - July 27, excluding July 6, for girls and boys ages 11-14. The cost is $5 per class and every participant must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must attend 5 of the 7 sessions to earn their Junior Ranger Patch.

Oyster Bake Fridays with Jimmy Lee Hannaford

Tacky Jacks, Gulf Shores Join us every Friday this summer and enjoy a waterfront outdoor oyster bake with live music, corn hole, sand pile, fun and games for the whole gang! Delicious oysters grilled to perfection right in front of you on our waterfront patio.


Sounds of Summer Outdoor Summer Concert Series Pelican Place at Craft Farms 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores 6-8:30 p.m.

The Pelican Place is proud to present our annual Sounds of Summer Event! This event will be Saturday nights in the summer from June 2 to August 11.The event will feature free concerts from some really amazing bands, food, and vendors. Fun for the entire family so bring your chair and have a most entertaining evening with the Pelican Place

throughout to answer questions and provide additional information.

July 10-July 15 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf 4673 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach Free to spectators. $2,500 nonrefundable entry The HangoutBalance Music Festival draws infee hundreds of thousands festideposit. of entry ($7,500) mustofbe val-goers from all over. May 18-May 20. (photo courtesy of Hangout paid by June 30. Music Fesitval) So, what makes the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf such a special event? Here's your answer... The over-the-top weigh-in experience appropriately billed as "the greatest show in sport fishing." Unlike any other tournament, you and your team are the stars of the show, and will experience the kind of V.I.P. "rock star" treatment you will find nowhere else. The BMGC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast There are many

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Whats Happening at the Beach

opportunities for the public to attend this event and join into the fun.

July 13-July 15 4th Annual End of The Road Festival South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 W. 2nd St,. Gulf Shores Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Friday and Sunday, including the receptions. Saturday nights outdoor show is free, but donations will be accepted. The 4th Annual End of the Road New Play Festival and Beach Party will be held July 13-15 an include a Friday evening opening night reception at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, plays will be performed on SBCT’s outdoor stage with patrons invited to bring their own food, beverages, folding chairs and blankets for an evening of theatre under the stars beginning at 7 p.m. The closing reception, talkback with the playwrights and presentation of awards will follow Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. performance. July 14 2018 Blue Marlin Grand Championship St Jude 5k The Wharf in Orange Beach 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Early Bird Registration: $30, Day of event: $35 Join us for the inaugural Blue Marlin Miler, held during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The Grand Championship has raised $107,000 and aims to raise even more for the kids of St. Jude. New to the event this year is a 5K run and one mile fun run. Thanks to your generosity, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.



July 16 Ocean Camp at The Wharf Coral Reef Explorers The Wharf, Orange Beach Admission $125 Half Day Camp $225 Full Day Camp includes Lego Camp *Note: At registration, notice session recommended ages. Each session will include one field study.

Jason Aldean performs at The Wharf on July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

July 24 Orange Beach police meet and greet: Tacos with the Five-O Cactus Cantina on Canal Road, 25908 Canal Road, Suite A Orange Beach 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. Please join Chief Joe Fierro and the Orange Beach Police Department for Tacos with the Five-O on Tuesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of Cactus Cantina Mexican Grill located at 25908 Canal Road, Suite A, in Orange Beach. For more information on the Orange Beach Police Department meet and greet, email Cpl. Joey Brown at

July 23 – 27 Shark Week at Gulf State Park Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, 20800 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $3 daily fee. Gulf State Park Shark Week will be held on July 23-27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Pier. Shark educational displays and experiences, crafts, games, activities, pier sightseeing and scavenger hunts. Admission is $3 daily fee wristbands will include activities, games and sightseeing.

LIVE Trivia at Big Beach Brewery every Monday from 7-9 p.m. (photo by Diane Davis)

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Flora-Bama hosts Bingo every Monday through Friday!

Ask the Locals

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Are you looking to do as the locals do? Each issue, we question a few locals on a variety of topics about the beach! Let the true Islanders show you the way!

“What is your favorite thing about a Blue Angels flyover or show?” Tim Melton Foley

Heather Patton Orange Beach

"The Blue Angels, WOW! I love the excitement, noise and patriotism when I watch them!"

"Love our boys in blue! My kids and family all go to the Air Show and make great memories together! we wouldn't miss it! I also have their bumper sticker on the back of my car !"

Mark Miller Perdido Key

Susan Hill Innerarity Point

"I love the freedoms they represent!"

Brooke Bogar Gulf Shores

“It’s amazing to watch the air show. The wings on the jets get as close as 18 inches away from eachother in the formation. The extreme precision, focus and skill of the pilots is mind blowing.”

“Just seeing the Blues fly over in formation on their Sunday trip home each week gives me chills. It makes me so proud to live here in Pensacola where the Blues call home.’

What should we Ask the Locals next? Submit your answers to

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The Blue Angels

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On the Cover...

By Destiny Brown

Photo by Chris Tonn

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron that is the pride and joy of Pensacola, Fl. The team demonstrates their talents during the show season (March through November) at various practices, flyovers and air shows. If you like to feel the roar of the jets as they zoom through the sky, you won’t want to miss one of these appearances. A total of 17 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. The squadron travels all over the United States, visiting thousands and thousands of people in a standard show season. The Solos (individual jets in the show) showcase the high performance talents with high-speed passes, slow passes, fast rolls, slow rolls, and very tight turns. The highest speed flown during an air show is 700 mph and the lowest speed is 120 mph. In this feature, find out the dates of the July and August practices, get more information about the Pensacola Air Show on July 14 and read a special Q and A with a Blue

Photo by Diane Davis

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Blue Angels Practice Schedule July and August 2018

Although the team travels the country during the year, they return home to NAS Pensacola in Florida most weeks. In order to stay proficient in their demanding routine, they traditionally fly practice performances over the base on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during airshow season (March through November). Practices typically begin at 11:30 a.m. central time and last about 55 minutes. A limited quantity of chairs are available for a fee of $3 per chair, good for that day’s practice session. Concessions of bottled water, sport drinks, light food, treats and merchandise are also available. A valid ID is required for all visitors 16 and over to gain access to the museum flight line. Backpacks, daypacks and other similar items are not allowed on the flight line. Practices may be canceled due to weather or other circumstances without notice. Please contact the museum for last minute information. July 3, 5, 6, 11, 17,18, 24 August 15, 21,22, 28, 29 The following are the dates and locations for the Blue Angels Shows in July . July 14: Pensacola Beach Air Show – Pensacola Beach, FL July 21-22: Biloxi Gulf Coast Air Show – Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS July 28-29: Fargo Airshow – Fargo, ND

FAQ Pensacola Air Show - July 14

Should I bring hearing protection? Yes, hearing protection is highly encouraged for all Air Show spectators, especially young children. Ear plugs will be available for purchase at the Air Show. What is the admission fee? Admission, parking and blanket seating are FREE.  “Blanket Seating” means an open paved area where attendees can stand or sit on their own blankets or lawn chairs.  Preferred seating areas are available with paid admission.

Anthony Rodriguez Q and A with a Blue Angel


Maintenance Personal Q: When did you begin flying for the Blue Angels and why? I began October 2017, which is when I checked in. I grew up watching the Blue Angels. I‘m from Houston, Texas and always watched them as a kid. I went into the Navy and came to Pensacola as a student and watched them fly over and always really enjoyed how everyone was really happy to see them. Pretty much the positive attitude and it still gives me goosebumps today

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Blue Angel? I have two. The cohesion of the team is a big aspect. Everybody here is from the Fleet, so everybody comes together and becomes a team throughout their tour here. Another part would honestly be the faces of everybody when they see the planes fly, it’s incredible. I have friends that would come down and just the happiness of seeing their faces when they fly over. The awe, excitement and happiness. Q: What are the Blue Angel practices like? We pretty much keep it as if we were dong a show. Practice makes perfect so anything we need to do better, we learn from our practices. Therefore, whenever we go on the show we shoot for excellence and the shows are a lot better.

Q: What is the process for becoming a Blue Angel? You have to apply after you get approved from your commanding officer and then an interview with the team between February and May. Then the interviewees are selected and we come here and go through a 90 day program where we essentially become a team and then start going off on the shows. It’s a little lengthy, but its definitely worth it. Q: What is something you want to tell all of the Blue Angel fans? Anybody that is around the Pensacola area, definitely come check out the show. It’s going to be a great show and we’re fortunate to be here.

Are wagons and strollers allowed? Yes. Be mindful that strollers, carriages and wagons cannot take up aisle space in the seating areas and have to be stowed under the bleachers. Are bags allowed? Most bags will not be allowed to include backpacks and camera bags. Only small purses and diaper bags will be accepted, and are subject to search.  Please bring only what you can hand carry.

Photo by Mac McAleer

Photo by Lucy Buffett

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Reel in the Big one

Shark Week and Shark Fishing at Gulf State Park

What’s Biting? SHark Fishing at Gulf STate Park Pier

Gulf State Park Fishing and Education

$9 - This fee does not include an Alabama saltwater and/or pier fishing license which can be purchased onlin.

In response to the angling community’s interest, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is expanding its permitted managed shark-fishing at the Gulf State Park Pier in July. The next shark-fishing events will take place on the south end of the pier from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. the next morning for the following Sundays and Tuesdays: July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31. The octagon will close to routine use 30 minutes prior to these events, and reopen to routine use 30 minutes following them. During the events, the octagon area of the pier will be designated for use of participating anglers and their assistants. The remainder of the pier will be open to anglers and other pier guests. The July managed shark-fishing events will allow for 15 anglers per occasion, with no more than one rod and reel per angler in use. Each angler may have one assistant. This allows for a maximum of 30 individuals on the octagon area during each event. Angler gear shall allow for larger reel sizes, but otherwise remain the same as provided for under existing pier rules, and anglers are required to provide their own gear. After monitoring the shark-fishing events in July, the agency will evaluate the program and make decisions for upcoming months. Registration for the shark-fishing events is ongoing and anglers will continue to be selected in the order in which applications are received. To register for participation, visit Applicants will need to provide contact information for notification of selection and will be notified a week or more in advance of the date for which they have been selected. For the most current information on shark-fishing and other pier events, visit

Shark Week July 23 - 27 Gulf STate park pier Pier

July 23-27

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities happening all day each day

including 3D Shark Movie, educational

displays with activities, flying Sharks,

See what's going on under the pier on a monitor showing our underwater re-

mote control vehicle.

"Sharks of the Gulf" Pier scavenger

hunt- each correct answer will earn a Catch one of Rhonda’s shows at Cobalt’s brunch with Justin Fobes every Sunday or at Originalshark tooth or small shark related item Point Restaurant in Perdido every add to Shark Week visor craft.

Photo by Diane Davis

Did you know?

Most species of shark eat things like fish,

crustaceans, mollusks, plankton, krill, ma-

rine mammals and other sharks.

There are more than 465 known species of

sharks living in our oceans today.

However, overall shark numbers are on the

decline due to the many threats they face

in the wild.

Some species, like the bull shark, are even

known to swim in salt, fresh and brackish


Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

Unlike fish, sharks can only swim forward.

That is because their fins are stiff and can-

not be controlled by muscles.

Most sharks never sleep because they have to constantly pump water through their mouth

over their gills to breath or they will die.

Sharks have been living in Earth’s oceans for 450 million years.

Guest Educator Schedule:

Monday- Ocean Camp

Tuesday-Auburn University Natural History Museum

Wednesday- Marine Resources

Thursday- TBA

Friday-Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Betcha Didn’t Know!

The First Motel on the Beach

Take a look back in time to the early days of Perdido Key, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. We have so many historical treasures in our area and so many tales to tell! Submit your history tid bits and past photos of the area to

By Destiny Brown

The White Caps motel was the first motel to the area that was built right on the beach. The motel was located west of Romar Beach and was built by Dr. Gray from Tennessee in 1959. The motel was known as having the first swimming pool in the area. The photo to the right is The White Caps in the early 1980s. The motel had a series of owners and managers throughout the years and the last owner was Glenn Baumann. The White Caps has since been replaced with Summer House.

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Photo courtesy of Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum


Brian Hill

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Music in the Sand:

By Kelly Baughman

When you see him on stage with his ball cap and shades on, singing a country song while making the crowd go wild, you might a first glance think Brian Hill is Kenny Chesney. His country twang and allAmerican good looks may be reminiscent of others in the game, but Hill is definitely one of a kind, full of surprises both on and off stage. Hill was ingrained with music early on in his hometown of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, as his family had a traveling gospel group and gospel broadcast that was featured on the local radio station every Sunday. Having learned several instruments through his gospel beginnings, Hill began accompanying his father, a honky-tonk musician, to gigs on Friday and Saturday nights. “It sounds crazy now, but we didn’t have babysitters back then. My dad just took me along to the bar at 12 years old, and I learned to sit in with them and play depending on which one of them had too much to drink,” Hill said with a joking laugh. Having cut his teeth in the honky-tonk scene early, Hill knew that music would always be a part of him, but wanted more. He joined the Marine Corps, where he spent years traveling the world. “No matter where I was stationed, I would always find the guys with musical talent and we would put a band together. We would find places to gig, and it allowed me to have a little piece of home with me no matter where I was,” Hill recalled. Years later after being stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Hill found himself in the Perdido Key area. “I knew this was a bustling little music hub, but all of my equipment was still in Japan so I wasn’t able to be a part of it,” Hill said. But that all changed one night after Hill attended an open mic night hosted by fellow local musician, Sam Glass. “Sam and I were chatting outside and I told him I recently relocated from Okinawa. He lit up and told me he too was stationed in Okinawa and it sparked a friendship. He allowed me to use his guitar to get up and play a few, and I got hired that night to play the

Photo by Lucinda M. Wickham

very next night in that bar,” Hill said. From that night on, Hill remained the house band for the Perdido Key Sports Bar for the next two years. When the PK Sports Bar made their move to their new location, Hill said he moved on to the FloraBama, where he remains a staple today. “It’s pretty much the only place I play now, give or take a show here and there,” said Hill. While Hill still works a 9-5 and plays music regularly, he maintains that family is what comes first. He joked, “Between my wife and my 5 kids, I don’t really have much of a say about anything not pertaining to music. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” When asked if his kids share his musical talent, Hill was quick to answer, “No….and I’ve actually tried to keep it away from them. Having grown up in the honky-tonk bar scene most of my life, I don’t want them to be an old bar room musician like me. I want them to be doctors or lawyers….something like that.” But despite his want for a better life for his children, Hill’s apparent love for the music and the lifestyle still shined through as he said, “It’s not a bad life though.”


Hill called his musical style ‘classic country meets southern rock’, and said the Allman Brothers, George Jones, and Lynyrd Skynyrd were among his biggest influences. But much like his eclectic set list, Hill is full of surprises. “Not many people know this about me, but when I was in high school, I was in a heavy metal band. We actually got offered a recording contract, but we had to learn these five songs that we didn’t agree with so we passed on it. Some of the songs were originals, but I remember one of them was a cover of a White Snake song, and we thought we were a lot edgier and heavier than that. We just didn’t like the material and we were all young and dumb. It was either our way or no way, so obviously it was no way,” Hill laughed. But in the end, Hill said he wouldn’t change a thing. “I’ve got the best of both worlds. I play at one of the coolest spots in the world every other weekend, and I spend the others with my family. That’s a balance I’m blessed to have that so many others don’t.” To catch Brian Hill’s upcoming shows, check out the Brian Hill Band on Facebook, the Flora-Bama’s upcoming music schedule. Photos courtesy of Facebook

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Walter Marine; Artifical Reefs for the Gulf Coast and Beyond By Mya Hohman

Meet David and Stewart Walter, proud owners of Walter Marine in Orange Beach, Alabama. This father and son pair have been in the reef business for more than 30 years. Walter Marine or (REEFMAKER) designs and constructs artificial reefs for our Gulf Coast area and beyond. Today, it is the largest reef builder in the United States. The Reefmaker/Walter Marine deployed its first artificial reef in 1986. David Walter estimated the company is responsible for more than 40,000 reefs of various types deployed in Gulf Coast waters over the past three decades. Those reefs have attracted untold numbers of fish and other sea life to once-barren areas. “It makes you feel like you have a purpose, that you are doing something matters,” Walter said. Walter Marine built the Perdido Key snorkel reef using concrete discs covered in Florida limestone. The discs are stacked on pilings and placed about 10 to 20 feet apart. Along with Walter Marine’s work for local governments, the company creates dozens of private reefs every year. Some of the reefs are memorials paid for by families in tribute to their loved ones. Walter Marine has contracted upcoming jobs for the State of Alabama to construct 120 super reefs. The super reefs will be 18 tons each and will be designed as fishing reefs. These reefs will be placed along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Today Alabama’s artificial reef zone is responsible for over 40 percent of all Red Snapper. If you consider Alabama only has 1.5 percent of the coastline those are not bad numbers. This is all possible due to private artificial reefs. They have also signed a contract to build $1.5 million in fishing reefs for Escambia county in the near future. In April 2011, one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion toward Early Restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these projects are artificial reefs. Walter Marine has four divisions:

1. Fishing Reefs – From 4,000 to 40,000 lbs, 6 to 25 feet tall and all types – Pyramids, Grouper Reefs, EcoSystem Discs 2. Ship Deployments – 22 ships/large vessels successfully deployed 3. Snorkeling Reefs – The only US Army Corps approved Snorkeling Reef 4. Wave Attenuators – The best wave attenuator on the market today, doesn’t block waves, but turns wave energy into smooth water. Can’t sink, turn over or move, plus provides a superior substrate for oysters and other marine life to live and grow.

The company is located at 22605 Andrews Lane in Orange Beach.

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Beach Eats:

By Kelly Baughman

Hailed as one of the best restaurants on the Gulf Coast, Bill’s By the Beach, located at 300 W Beach Blvd., offers cuisine as unique as its owner, Bill Henry.

Henry, a former tax manager, advisor to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Republic of Kazakhstan, and an expert witness at the International Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the corporate world after he “suffered a bout of temporary insanity and decided to personally invest a small fortune in land, building, equipment and people to open and operate a restaurant.” And with that, Bill’s By the Beach was born in 2014. Since then, Bill’s By the Beach was featured on Food Network’s Beach Eats USA with celebrity Chef Curtis Stone as one of the best beachside restaurants in the USA. Bill’s has also been listed as an Architectural Digest travel pick for Alabama’s best kept secret, and was mentioned in GQ Magazine as a must visit while visiting for Hangout Festival.

Q: What are some of the most popular items on your menu, and what would the locals say you “just have to try”? BH: Most popular appetizers are the fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp sautéed in our house made garlic sweet chili sauce and tomato onion jam; and our seared tuna won ton nachos. Our three most popular entrées are the Catch of the Day which features a 6 to 8 oz. filet of the daily fresh fish with a choice of two sides. The Catch of the Day feature changes daily. Our steaks offerings include a 4 oz. of 8 oz. filet mignon, a 14 oz. ribeye and a surf & turf option with a ribeye topped with shrimp. We also offer traditional steak house toppers including crab Oscar, a

carpet bagger (3 fried oysters with Bienville sauce, and a crab cake topper. Finally, our blackened chicken Florentine fettuccini pasta dish is always in demand.

Q: What would you say is the overall theme of the menu? Local Seafood, upscale dining, laid back, southern, Cajun,etc.? BH: Casual fine dining featuring coastal comfort cuisine from a scratch kitchen. We serve wild American shrimp and our catch of the day features only fresh Gulf Fish. Q: Are there daily specials? Happy Hour specials? BH: Daily specials include a featured fresh catch of the day of fresh Gulf Fish, and a soup of the day.

Happy hour is daily from 1 to 7 p.m. and includes $1 off Beer (Draft & Bottle); $1 off all spirits & call drinks; $4 glass of champagne; $3 House Bloody Mary; $3 House Margarita on the Rocks; $5 Moscato; $8 Bushwhacker; $5 house wine by the glass.

Q: With all the awards and accolades, what makes Bill’s By the Beach stand out from the other Gulf Coast eateries? BH: We make our own Bloody Mary mix from scratch. Our Bloody Mary has been recognized as one of the best Bloody Mary in Alabama. Our burger has been recognized as one of the best burgers in Alabama by We have one of the best wine lists on the island and have earned the Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence. Chef Rudy placed 6th in the 2017 World Food Championships Chef’s category with his shrimp & grits.

Celebrate Summer at Bill’s By The Beach! Located in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama, Bill’s By The Beach provides our guests with a superior beverage experience and a great view of the beach. Our open air deck is a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy some great libations. We offer specialty cocktails, fine spirits, craft beers and extensive wine list. Make reservations at or call 251-948-5227. 251-948-5227 | | 300 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores | Monday - Thursday — 11 am – 10 pm | Friday - Sunday — 9 am – 10 pm | Follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

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People in Paradise All of the people that make the Gulf Coast special



Are you searching for some local and fresh produce in Baldwin County? Look no further! The Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market has it all! Open Saturdays from 9 a.m-2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (photos by Destiny Brown)




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People in Paradise continued

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To see the real people in paradise, take a trip to the Flora-Bama Yacht Club (photos by Mya Hohman)

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Flora-Bama Paddleboard championship underway


By Destiny Brown

Do you have what it takes to compete in the 4th Annual Flora-Bama Paddleboard Championships? All in good fun, this family friendly is hosted on July 21 and 22 at Flora-Bama Ole River Grill and promises to be a day filled with family fun. The event began four years ago when Gulf Coast Paddle in Orange Beach approached the Flora-Bama about holding an event a little out of the ordinary. “Gulf Coast Paddle has a great store in town and wanted to do some races,” said Jenifer Parnell, marketing director of the Flora-Bama. “We loved the idea and it’s really taken off. Flora-Bama Ole River Grill is a perfect location for this event. It’s really family friendly and promotes a healthy lifestyle.” There is no age limit for the races and the races fit all types of paddlers. Races are nine miles, four miles, one mile and the kids have a race of their own. “My favorite part about this event is the kids.” Parnell said. “This event has a wide range of ages participate with different length races, but when the kids get excited and go out there to compete it’s really fun to watch.” The Flora-Bama Paddleboard races gather people of the community to celebrate a healthy and fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.

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More Than a Duty

Pastor Dan Deviotional

“He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel 6:10

A man named Daniel wrote of his life and the life of his friends around 167 BC and 164 BC. The book of Daniel contains within it, two very popular events that have been told in Sunday Schools and Churches and homes ever since. It is a great book and I highly recommend reading all 12 chapters.

There are so many things to write about from within this book but there seems to be one resounding theme: Daniel was a man of prayer. When Daniel and his friend’s lives were in danger, Daniel prayed and God gave him a message that pleased the king.

When the law was passed that no one should pray or worship to the God of their own choosing, Daniel was caught praying three times a day to His God, the creator of the universe. And time and time again throughout the life of Daniel we catch him praying.

Praying for his friends, his people, for the king and for himself. Prayer was not a habit for Daniel. Prayer was not an obligation for Daniel. Prayer was not a religious duty for Daniel. Prayer was a way of life for Daniel.

“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel 6:10

“As he had always done…” Prayer was a way of life for Daniel. There is a tendency for us, sometimes, to elevate certain people in the Bible as if they are ‘special’ in comparison to ourselves. As if they had some kind of secret others don’t

know about. But each and every time we find that they were just ordinary people, like you and me, but they are connected to an extraordinary God. For Daniel the secret to his connection was his life of prayer.

We can learn from Daniel all these years later. Let’s make prayer MORE than a duty. Let’s make prayer a way of life.

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Pensacola Ferry System Offers New Gulf View By Kelly Baughman

The wait for an easier way to travel to one of your favorite beach destinations is over as the Gulf Islands National Seashore introduced the long-anticipated ferry system between downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens on June 22nd. The ferries, which have been a concept in the works since 1978, will feature three stops along each 35-45 minute leg of the journey which will be narrated by park guides.

The ferry offers a way on to Fort Pickens to many people who otherwise may not be able to access the area due to frequent wash out on the road which can leave the area impassible for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Thanks to settlements from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and various local, state, and federal funding sources, the ferries will call the Port of Pensacola home at the head of Commendencia Slip and the Plaza de Luna/Palafox Pier. The $3.5 million dock and terminal building has already proven to be a fantastic addition to the downtown area will accommodate guests with first class service. The Park Service estimates that over 65,000 passengers annually will take advantage of the ferry system.

The two 150 catamaran-style passenger ferries, known as the Turtle Runner and the Pelican Perch, will offer a climate controlled main deck area with a covered upper deck observation area for those who want to take in the sights and feel the breeze during their trip. Both ferries will be equipped with a full service snack bar that will serve both food and beverages, restrooms, flat screen TV’s, and will be fully handicapped accessible. In addition, the ferries will allow customers to bring bikes onboard and will provide storage racks so customers can explore the island on two wheels.

Last year, Superintendent Dan Brown declared that the naming of the two vessels would be left up to the creativity of fourth grade classes, and later announced Pelican Perch, submitted by Ms. Steven’s class at Cordova Park Elementary School, and Turtle Runner, submitted by Ms. Bradley’s class at Brentwood Elementary School were the winners. The names were chosen out of 88 submissions by a panel of judges comprised of locals


and National Seashore officials. Each submission was judged on various points including its relevance to our local area, wildlife, and commerce, and of course, how the name rolls off the tongue. Steve Hayes, President of Visit Pensacola said, “We wanted to get the entire city involved from the naming of the vessels to coming out to support the rich history of the city as America’s first settlement in a way that can only be told by the waters that surround our shores. It gives visitors and locals alike a new perspective of the rich culture and history that makes our area so special.”

The maiden voyages of the ferries took place on June 22nd as the Pelican Perch made its way into Pensacola Bay at the hands of Gulf Coast Maritime owner Captain George Aswad. A longtime Staten Island Ferry boat captain, Aswad said he will man the helm of the ferry for the rest of the season, but hopes to expand the fleet in 2019 with a 270 passenger pedestrian vessel that will feature a dinner cruise and various other special events.

The Pensacola Bay ferries will run daily through August 19th, then from August 22nd through September 28th, the ferries will run Wednesday through Sunday. Regular service will resume in 2019 on March 15th and will run through October 31st of each year. Daily service in 2019 will run from May 15th through August 15th. All day ferry service tickets will be $20 for adults and will include admission to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and children’s tickets will be $13. Active military and seniors will receive a discounted rate of $18.50, and children under 2 ride free. For more information or to book your ferry tickets now, visit

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In Case You Missed It

Did you miss the last big event on the Island? No worries! Perdido Key Live catches you up on the most recent events that took place at the beach in case you missed it!

The Annual Shark Run at the Flora-Bama on July 4 was a fun holiday run that you won’t want to miss next year! (photos by Mya Hohman)

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In Case You Missed It

PAGE 23 The Miss Firecracker Bikini Contest at Flora-Bama was a hit on July 4! (Photos by Mya Hohman)

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Reelin’ it in

with Captain Scot

The weather has definitely warmed up and so has the water. This may make fishing in the middle of the day a hot proposition. When the sun is high and the water is hot, it can be difficult to find fish that are willing to chase a fast moving bait. This is especially true in shallow water. A shallow water flat will be a lot warmer than the water that is just off of a drop off or a channel. Fishing the edge or in the channel may improve your success. Areas with a fair amount of current may be areas that also increase your odds of finding an actively feeding fish. Hot water does not hold as much oxygen as water that is cooler. Areas with good current movement help to churn up the water and help to introduce oxygen into it making it more suitable to active fish. If you have some wind blowing waves on to the shore or waves breaking across shallower areas this can also be a spot with higher oxygen content. Red snapper season has been going on for over a month now and it looks to be another good year. I have seen a lot of people taking advantage of the long season on them this year. The fish seem to be in good supply and have

been active most days. With the increased fishing pressure some of the fish may start to get a little shy and not hit the same things that worked on them a month ago. You can do several things to help up your odds of getting the fish to actively take what you are offering. If you had been having good successes using frozen bait but it seems to be less effective you may want to go to a live bait and see if things improve. Another thing a person could try is a thinner wire hook. The thinner wire is not as easily seen and it does not reflect as much light so there is less chance of it being seen. Another way to keep your presentation less intrusive is to use a fluorocarbon leader instead of your normal mono leader. The fluorocarbon line is near invisible in the water which in my experience may be the best thing a person can do on shy fish. As always,Good luck! Be safe and thanks for reading. Capt. Scot


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Jason Aldean headlines The Wharf

By Destiny Brown

Country superstar Jason Aldean is returning to The Wharf in Orange Beach on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of his High Noon Neon Tour. He’s traveling with two other talented acts, Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina. Aldean has made his mark in the country music scene and continues to surprise fans with new songs and tour dates. Aldean is a two time and current ACM Entertainer of the Year and recently released his eighth studio album in April of this year. “Rearview Town,” is a 15 track album with recognition for “You Make it Easy,” on the Top 10. Aldean has over 15 million album sales in his country music career and dozens of sold out stadium shows. The Wharf is excited to bring Aldean back to the Amphitheater stages for a July summer night concert you won’t want to miss. For more information and a list of his upcoming tour dates, visit Tickets can still be purchase at The Wharf box office or

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Live and local Check out these cool venues for some of the hottest music at the beach.

july 13 through July 27

Friday, July 13 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Pale Moon Rising Delta Blue Petty and Pace LuLu’s JERI Orange Beach Bayes at The Wharf Chase Brown Flora-Bama Big Earl/Hung Jury/Bruce Smelley Flora-Bama Yacht Club Jeff Dayton Flora-Bama Ole River Grill TBD Perdido Beach Resort Lisa Zanghi w/ Scott Koehn Saturday, June 14 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Diedra Ruff Delta Blue Delta Donnie and BC Dueitt Island Times Daiquiri Bar Piano Party w Frankie G. LuLu's Shiny Objects Orange Beach Cosmo's Brittany Bell Flora-Bama Big Earl/Karen Waldrup/Yellowhammer Flora-Bama Yacht Club Lefty Collins Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Greg Lyon

Sunday. July 15 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Rock Bottom w/ Rick

Carter Delta Blue BC Dueitt LuLu's Light Travelers Orange Beach Cobalt's Justin Fobes Flora-Bama The Lucky Doggs/Karen Waldrup Flora-Bama Yacht Club Casey Kearney Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Brian Hill Duo Perdido Beach Resort Lisa Zanghi Red or White David Jones

Monday, July 16 Gulf Shores Delta Blue Delta Donnie Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark LuLu's Brent Burns Orange Beach Flora-Bama Gove Scrivenor/Whyte Capps/Petty and Pace Tuesday, July 17 Gulf Shores LuLu's Phil and Foster Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach Flora-Bama T-Bone Montgomery/Perdido Brothers/Mario Mena

Wednesday, July 18 Gulf Shore Delta Blue Jason Bishop LuLu's Adam Holt Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach Flipper's Lisa Zanghi with Scott Koehn Flora-Bama Neil Dover/Rhonda Hart/Jo Jo Press Thursday, July 19 Gulf Shores Delta Blue Elaine Petty LuLu's Rogerwood Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach

Bayes at The Wharf Destiny Brown Luna’s Melvin McFatter Fin and Fork Sugarcane Jane Flora-Bama Al and Cathy/Lee Yankie and Hellz Yeah Flora-Bama Yacht Club Shea White Franco's Lisa Zanghi w/ Lea Anne Creswell Perdido Key Original Point Restaurant Hart Strings Friday, July 20 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Pale Moon Rising Delta Blue Petty and Pace LuLu’s Alvarado Road Show Orange Beach Bayes at The Wharf Chase Brown Flora-Bama Big Earl/The Lucky Doggs/The Red Clay Strays Flora-Bama Yacht Club Bruce Smelley Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Smoky Otis Duo Perdido Beach Resort Lisa Zanghi w/ Scott Koehn Saturday, June 21 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Hundred Dollar Car Delta Blue Delta Donnie and BC Dueitt Island Times Daiquiri Bar Piano Party w

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Live and Local continued

LuLu’s Alvarado Road Show Orange Beach Cosmo's Brittany Bell Flora-Bama Big Earl/Big Al and the Heavy Weights Flora-Bama Yacht Club Rebecca Berry Duo Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Greg Lyon Ginny Lane’s Melvin McFatter Live Bait Velcro Pygmies

Sunday. July 22 Gulf Shores Delta Blue BC Dueitt LuLu's Three Bean Soup Orange Beach Anchor Bar and Grill Melvin McFatter Cobalt's Justin Fobes Flora-Bama Al and Cathy/Yeah Probably Flora-Bama Yacht Club Brandon White Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Kyle Brady Perdido Beach Resort Lisa Zanghi Red or White David Jones

Monday, July 23 Gulf Shores Delta Blue Delta Donnie Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark LuLu's Brent Burns Orange Beach Flora-Bama Gove Scrivenor/Petty and Pace

Tuesday, July 24 Gulf Shores

LuLu's Alvarado Road Show Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach Flora-Bama T-Bone Montgomery/Perdido Brothers/Whyte Capps

Wednesday, July 25 Gulf Shores Delta Blue Jason Bishop LuLu's Lefty Collins Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach Flipper's Lisa Zanghi with Scott Koehn Flora-Bama Neil Dover/Rhonda Hart/Jo Jo Press Sugarcane Jane takes the stage every Tuesday and Thursday at Fin and Fork (photo courtesy of Facebook)

Thursday, July 26 Gulf Shores Delta Blue Elaine Petty LuLu's The Middletons Papa Rocco's Smoky and Mark Orange Beach Bayes at The Wharf Destiny Brown Luna’s Melvin McFatter Fin and Fork Sugarcane Jane Flora-Bama Dueling Pianos/Red Clay Strays Flora-Bama Yacht Club Lee Yankie Franco's Lisa Zanghi w/ Lea Anne Creswell Perdido Key

Original Point Restaurant Hart Strings Friday, July 27 Gulf Shores Big Beach Brewing Brent Burns Delta Blue Petty and Pace LuLu’s Marlow Boys Orange Beach Bayes at The Wharf Chase Brown Flora-Bama Big Earl/Bruce Smelley Flora-Bama Yacht Club Greg Lyon Flora-Bama Ole River Grill Smokie Otis Duo Live Bait Velcro Pygmies Perdido Beach Resort Lisa Zanghi w/ Scott Koehn

Photo by Dee Sanders Horton

Photo by Dee Sanders Horton

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Check out the latest issue of Perdido Key Live! Features include a Q and A with a Blue Angel, The Pensacola Ferry System, Jason Aldean at Th...

July 13  

Check out the latest issue of Perdido Key Live! Features include a Q and A with a Blue Angel, The Pensacola Ferry System, Jason Aldean at Th...