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Pensacola Beach. Florida

Volume II, Number 17

December 20, 2006



CHRISTMAS SPIRIT - It's in the music of the surf, in the pale rays of the winter sun, in the mellow December breeze. The spirit of Christmas is in the hearts of everyone.
These queens of the Krewe of Nauga honor their current ruler at their Christmas party. Front row (L to R): Lynn Cieutat, Reigning Queen Carrie Monaghan, and Karina Foster.
Back row (L to R): Debbie Friedman, Rene Mack, Danah Gibson and Gwen Gibson. More on this story, page 2.


PAGE 10 Island Times December 20, 2006



Go crabbing on the Gulf of Mexico, at Crabs, We Got 'Em -
Alaskan Snow, Dungeness and King Crabs are all on the exten-
sive seafood menu. Sip and sit at the live aquarium bar or at the
upstairs, outdoor Gulfside deck. Oysters and Wings are two
bits on Monday through Thursdays. No reservations, come as
you are.
At the traffic light -find the red roof and the twinkling lights on
Casino Beach and you're in Crab Heaven. Open everyday. 850-
932-0700. www.crabswegotem.com
A little bit of paradise at this open air, island style bar with its
own private white sand beach. Pull up a rattan stool. Cold beer. Live
Music. Exotic Libations. Friendly locals. Lunch and Dinner every-
day. Cuban sandwiches. Black and Blue Burgers. Happy Hour 11-
7. Live Bands. Poker on Monday.
Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, it's directly
on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7 days.

The Gulf Coast's Premier Entertainment Complex. Seven
rooms of fun all under one roof! Karaoke, Texas Hold 'Em, Team
Trivia, Pool, Video gamesand more. Live Entertainment Seven nights
a week with live music on four stages every Friday & Saturday night.
Serving lunch and dinner, too! It's where the Party People Party!
Located in Historic Downtown Pensacola at 130 East Gov-
ernment Street. Open Monday Saturday from 11 until 2:30 a.m.
and 5 p.m. until 2:30 on Sunday. Ring 434-6211 or visit

Step back in time and enjoy Flounder's antique collection.
Step into now and enjoy Flounder's top rated seafood. Indoor
and outdoor dining. Even a beach playground for the kids. Beach
Bar neathh the moon and stars Diesel Fuel in a commemorative
mason jar. Bilgewater Margaritas. Gift shop. Fred Flounder,
Located at the traffic light on Pensacola Beach. Next to the
55 ft. shrimp boat. Open everyday. 850-932-2003.
Ahoy, Matey. You've found a Pensacola Beach treasure. Pi-
rates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or outside
on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar overlooks LaFitte Cove.
All kinds of oysters. Live lobster. Gumbo. Dinner specials nightly.
Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Landlubbers. Take home a t-
Look forthe Jolly Rogers flying overthe west end of the Island
at 1010 Fort Pickens Road. We're here everyday at 11. 932-4139.
Score! Don't miss a point. See it all in high definition 11 big
screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, it's here. Famous
for Thursday Wing Night. Burgers. Seafood and Ribs. Kids menu
for the JV players. Full bar. Indoor or outdoor seating. Video sports
Centrally located on Via de Luna, just east of the main parking
lot and the traffic light. Kick off at 11 a.m. seven days a week. 934-

Clearly elegant martinis served in the signature Olive Drop
glass. Full bar. Live entertainment. Dancing.
Situated in the Soundside Market across Via de Luna from the
Hilton Garden Inn. Begin your experience. Open everyday.

Even a bragging Irishman can't do justice to McGuire'swhere
the atmosphere is an authentic turn-of-the-century pub. McGuire's
has been named one ofAmerica's great steakhouses, and is world
famous for its culinary artistry. Dollar bills on the walls, a moose to
kiss and employees who give a damn! Try an Irish Wake or Senate
Bean Soup.
Open at 11 a.m. everyday. Easy drive to 600 East Gregory
Street in Pensacola. 850-433-6789 www.mcguiresirishpub.com

The "Almost World Famous Sandshaker"- a Pensacola Beach
Tradition since 1973. It's the Home of the Original Bushwacker
and has been selling this signature drink for over 30 years. The
Shaker was the 1st bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen
concoction. Live Band Every Sat & Sun. Karaoke Party Tues,
Wed & Friday. Iguana Grill open 11 Saturday & Sunday
Across from the Fishing Pier on Pensacola Beach. Open
11am until 3am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshakerlounge.com
for photo gallery and event schedule.
The oldest lounge on Pensacola Beach. Happy Hour 11 to 7.
Hot, crispy deli sandwiches from 11 to 11. DJ spins dance tunes 7
nites. Fri- Sun Live Music. Shuffleboard, video games, pool, football,
golf, bowling. Brass Pole. PokerWednesdays. Original music Tues-
days. Visit the upstairs Cypress Lounge, open air bar overlooking
downtown Pensacola Beach. Available for private parties.
Find us at 43 Via de Luna. Open Everyday, 11 a.m. til 2:30
a.m. www.islanderbar.com 850-932-9011.



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Wooly Boogers Kiss The Hurricance Season Goodbye at December 2 Bawl
Paradise Bar and Grill Pensacola Beach

LeRoy Cardenas shows Lois Jernigan the
Wooly Booger version of a Blue Tooth phone.

Richard Johnson's sr
good laugh.

Original WB Christine "Bunkie" and her hubby
Lonnie Hewerdine made the scene.

Kathi Lewis and Paulette Provost show off
their Wooly Boogers Pay Taxes sheet.

Queen Sugah Paulette Provost greets one of
her loyal subjects, WB Jeff Goudey.

Two Woolies Jackie Henderson and Marie
Steele are always ready for a party.

Le Royal Bums Chuck and Judy "LeBum"
L'Oignon were Wooly Booger royalty in 1986.

Wooly Booger Jim Rigby, Paradise bartender
Dawn Lockwood and Dan Kelley stir up some fun.



by E.K Hewson

Twas the night before Christmas, there were no cookies in my house.
I was not mixing, stirring or baking 'cause of a holiday mouse.

The flour was gnawed open. The colored sugars were, too.
Mouse droppings filled my pantry, not just one, but quite a few.

Har and Charlie kept their distance, awaiting on the bottom stair.
While Lt Col Harry baited traps with a combat like flair.

I was not happy. No oven to pre-heat.
I threw down my apron and stomped my feet.

I hate base housing with its 1940s features.
And now I have to deal with rodentish creatures.

"Settle down sweetheart," Lt Col Harry said with a grin.
Mouse hunting on Christmas Eve. Let the games begin.

Next thing I knew, I heard something rustling.
It sounded like last minute shoppers hustling and bustling.

When out of the pantry what did appear?
But Lt Col Harry and a mouse filled with fear.

"Get it out of here!" I screamed with all my might.
Causing Charlie to bark at the sound of my fright.

Har ventured a peak at the mouse's brown fur.
Lt Col Harry promised no harm would come to her.

Outside they walked, with mouse in hand.
And freed her to the wooded land.

Then I remembered, I needn't had worry or even had stress.
The 7 Day Store was still open and sells cut-n-press.

Grabbing my car keys and giving the Rover a start,
I felt a sense of relief, a guilt-free heart.

The little brown mouse was released into the wild,
and in no time at all I had cookies for my child.

Yes, 'twas the night before Christmas
When delectable smells filled my house.
I made two dozen for my "boys"
And left one in the woods for Ms. Pantry Mouse.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The Lizzard
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Third Graders Buddy Up With Christmas Elf for the Day

Joy McLaurine's Pensacola
Beach Elementary School third
grade class imagined what it
would be like to spend the day
with Buddy the Christmas Elf
Here are some of their thoughts.
day with Buddy the Elf, we would
build legos, eatjunk food and brake
dance in the mail room. I hope we
could go to his dad's work. It would
be awesome.
build toys like trains and make pic-
tures for Santa Claus and pink hats
for all the girl elves. We would go
get a fish tank with green and red
fish for Christmas for Mr. Buddy.
Me and Buddy would build the
best fort
ever in-

IfI spent
day with
theElfwe Patri cjkid _
could go
to his dad's office and drink cof-
fee, read books and go to the mail
room. We could get stuck in the
thing that sucks up the mail.
day with Buddy the Elf we get near
dogs and when they barked we
would play dead and let them lick
us. Then we would pop up like a
opossum and run away and jump
over a fence and do the same thing
with another dog.
the day with Buddy the Elf we
would go to get ice cream and go
to the movies and go on a merry-

go-round until we hurl.
have a snowball fight. I bet Buddy
would win the snowball fight.
ETHAN PHYFE If I spent the
day with Buddy the Elf we would
eat candy with spaghetti. We
would have a sandball fight and
eat at Sidelines.
play games like tag and go inside
and drink cocoa. After that we
would read a book and then eat
some candy canes.
LANI SMITH We would deco-
rate a Christmas tree and build the
Eiffel Tower and build an igloo and
camp init.

build stuff with Legos and wood.
We could go to Sidelines and have
chicken wings. We could go bowl-
ing and play battle ship.
ANNA LARSEN We would play
hop scotch and monopoly. Then
we would eat pancakes with
M&Ms, Pop Tarts, syrup and
Reeces pieces in front of the TV
DAIZE MAGGIO We would go
find Santa's sleigh and fly up to
the North Pole and meet Papa elf.
We would have a great day.
MEGAN CRONIN If I spent the
day with Buddy the Elf we would
go to the mall. We would go see

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Then we would look for some
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some clothes and tried them on. I
came out with a dress on and
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SARA BURNETT It is so cool
to have a friend that is an elf. We
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Santa everyday. We would eat
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decorations. When we were play-
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flake and fell flat on his nose. We
picked up fake candy
canes and danced all
and I would eat oranges
until we were throwing up
then we would throw the
orange peels up to see how
far they went. Then we
would throw them inanold
tree and if they got stuck Buddy
would have to get them.
the day with Buddy the Elf we
would go ice skating, but he would
have to teach me how to ice skate
and how to balance. We would go
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Pigskin Predictions 4

Barry's Bowl Picks

Well known football fan and beach attorney Barry McCleary emerged with
his choices for Bowl winners. Barry p . .'- .- 'i powers comefrom years of
dedicated research and are colored by being a diehard Crimson Tide fan.

December 20
Poinsettia Bowl: TCU over North-
ern Illinois
December 21
Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon over
December 22
New Orleans Bowl: Troy over
December 23
Papa John's Bowl: South Florida
over East Carolina
New Mexico Bowl: San Jose State
over New Mexico
Armed Forces Bowl: Utah over
December 24
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii overArizona
December 26
Motor City Bowl: Middle Tennes-
see over Central Michigan
December 27
Emerald Bowl: UCLA over Florida
December 28
Independence Bowl: Oklahoma

State over Alabama
Holiday Bowl: California over
Texas A&M
Texas Bowl: Rutgers over Kansas
December 29
Music City Bowl: Kentucky over
Sun Bowl: Missouri over Oregon
Liberty Bowl: South Carolina over
Insight Bowl: Texas Tech over
Champs Sports Bowl: Purdue over
December 30
Meineke Bowl:Boston College
over Navy
Alamo Bowl: Texas over Iowa
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech
over Georgia
December 31
MPC Computer Bowl: Nevada
over Miami
January 1
Outback Bowl:Tennessee over
Penn State

Cotton Bowl: Auburn over Ne-
Capital One Bowl: Arkansas over
Gator Bowl: West Virginia over
Georgia Tech
Rose Bowl: Southern Cal over
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma over
Boise State
January 2
Orange Bowl: Louisville over
Wake Forest
January 3
Sugar Bowl: LSU over Notre
January 6
International Bowl: Cincinnati
over Western Michigan
January 7
GMAC Bowl: Southern Missis-
sippi over Ohio
January 8
BCS Title Game: Florida over
Ohio State

The Miracle Strip Corvette Club presented Covenant Hospice
with a check for $1,000 from their "Life is a Vette" car show that
was held in October on Pensacola Beach. Rick Gordon from the
Corvette Club thanked the Pensacola Beach business community
for their continued support. The money will go to help the special
programs offered by Covenant Hospice. (Left to Right): Darrell
Blanchard, President of Miracle Strip Corvette Club, Chuck Lee, VP
of Business Development, Covenant Hospice and Rick Gordon, Car
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How does it happen; how
does a girl (or a guy, let's not dis-
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mal, happy landlubber to being a
slightly crazy skipper of his or her
own 43 foot sailboat? For some,
it may be a process that takes
years, a gradual courtship that
begins with a proper introduction,
shy handholding, a safe trip out
on the water on a sunny day,
gentle breezes, a first kiss, and fi-
nally a timid turn at the helm. In
my case it was more like the el-
evator scene in Fatal Attraction.
Love at first sight doesn't even
start to describe it.
I'd been watching her across
Little Sabine forweeks. Fromthe
time the long, lovely, lady moved
across from me, I watched each
day as my lucky neighbor walked
down his dock each morning and
stepped aboard her lovely decks.
She rose and fell in response to
his footsteps as he opened
hatches, wandered about her

decks, and sunned himself lan-
guidly. I sat in my living room
across Little Sabine and pined and
wondered what it would be like
to be able to go aboard such a
beautiful boat.
It wasn't as if I didn't get to
be on the water. I was an avid
wind surfer and my friend Jeff
occasionally invited me out on
his little dory to go scuba diving.
She was just so beautiful! What
was below decks? What was
hiding beneath her beautiful ex-
"Would you like to go for a
sail? I think I could arrange it.
Bob's going out with the owner
tomorrow." Guess Jeff had seen
me pining from afar. My poker
face is not so good, maybe even
"You're kidding. Don't tease
"No, really. Bob asked me if
I'd like to go, but I've got to work.
Wanna go?"
"Oh, my goodness, yes. Call

him and beg him to let me go.
Please, please, please. Yes, I want
to go! Call now. Tell him yes.
Ask what time. What can I
Shortly, it was a done deal.
At ten o'clock the next morning I
was there, looking back at my
condo from the other side of Little
Sabine, wearing white shorts, a
tee shirt, and a smile that I
couldn't stop from stretching all
the way across my face.
Her owner arrived and Bob
introduced me, but, honestly, I
can't remember his name or even
what he looked like at all. My
eyes were only for the beautiful
blue and white sailboat, my new
love, my new obsession. She was
huge, thirty feet at least, and even
more beautiful close up than at a
To be continued...
[Trish is the owner of the
Namaste sailing vessel which offers
charters from Pensacola Beach. She
can be reached at 305-766-3518.]


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Pistol Anne Dominates Beach Poker Games

The roster for the Novem- skills against your friends at
ber Champions Tournament The Islander Lounge. In Satur-
read like a day night
Who's Who of action John
Beach Poker J Mac "
players all in- McNamara
vited to play sho wed
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4 Fun at Para- one of the
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Anne Vinson, begin at 7
M a r k Bud Waite considers his p.m. at The
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Prowant, Justin
Robbins and Perry Logan.
"Pistol" Anne Vinson kept
her hot streak alive with a domi-
nating style of play that was
unbeatable against the top play-
ers in the area. Trace "All-In"
Lewis was the last to survive
Anne's run, well, her hobble, to
the November Champions title.
Poker in Paradise is played
on Monday nights each week.
Tim Rinker survived the insan-
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to claim another title. Roberto
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The following Monday a
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Where will you be when the
clock strikes twelve and the New
Year dawns on Pensacola Beach?
Find a party that suits your style:
Flounder's Chowder House:
Admiral Flounder has ordered
Alaskan King Crab and Angus
Filet Mignon for New Year's pa-
trons. The delectable duo is
served for two at $64.99. If your
palette craves something saucy,
order the Blackened Grouper for
two and revel in the Andouille
Cheese Grits as an accompani-
ment. $50.99. Stay for the live
music beginning at 9 p.m., party
favors and complimentary cham-
pagne at midnight. The Best
Western on Pensacola Beach of-
fers a $59 room rate for those who
purchased New Year's Eve Spe-
cial dinners for two. Within easy
walking distance.
Crabs, We've Got'Em: Dine
right onthe Gulf of Mexico. A New
Year's Eve winning combination
of surf and turf with salad and
dessert for $28.95. Reservations
are not needed.
Springhill Suites and Sun
Ray Tiki Bar: Stay in a Gulfront
Suite. Enjoy a complimentary
bottle of chilled champagne. Early
evening Wine and Champagne
reception with hors d'oeuvres


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The Olive Drop Martini
Bar: The Olive Drops at Midnight
at the Soundside Martini Bar. El-
egant drinks, live music, cham-
pagne and hours d'oeuvres. Noise
makers provided. Call for party
prices. 932-7675.
Sandshaker Lounge: Warn-
ing, this party will shake you up.
Miles from Coltrane plays from 9
to 1. Free champagne at midnight.
Drawing for Champagne Dia-
mond jewelry. Ringing in the New
Year Shaker Style -it's a Beach tra-
dition. No cover. Come back the
next day for football and Bloody
Marys. 932-2211
Portofino Island Resort: In-
dulge your senses with a holiday
stay in a two bedroom Sky Home
($249) and a four course dinner at
Terracotta, the resort's exclusive
fine dining restaurant ($75). Wa-
ter taxi service to the Portofino
Boardwalk,free. 916-5000.
Portofino Boardwalk: With
a Key West flare and an ex-
pansive soundfront view
Hemingway's Island Grill is offer-
ing a special New Year's Eve din-
ner for $50. Or if you prefer a
spicy, west coast experience, try
the family specials at Cabo Grill.

Bamboo Willie's invites island
guests to party under their fa-
mous thatched roof. Live music
and dancing. The Midnight
Ballon Drop should not be
Paradise Inn: Nestled in the
heart of downtown Pensacola
Beach is the quaint old Florida-
styled Paradise Inn. Rates start
at $59. At the Paradise Bar, Wild-
wood heats up the party at 9 p.m.
The fun continues with free cham-
pagne at midnight and party fa-
vors. 932-2319.
Sidelines Sports Bar and
Restaurant: Stay tuned in and
don't miss a down. Wings will be
plentiful. Come back for New
Year's Day Bowl Games.
PegLeg Pete's: Shiver me
timbers, there's a new year ap-
proaching on the starboard bow.
Greet it with a Snow Crab Bucket
or a live Maine Lobster dinner.
The Greenery: Located
across the bridge in Gulf Breeze,
Bud and Marietta Schroeder are
preparing a New Year's Eve din-
ner worth the drive. Reservations
are suggested. New Year's Day
brunch with complimentary
Bloody Marys and Mimosas will
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By Danah & Gwen Gibson

Happy Hair Styles for the New You in a New Year

Here we are at holiday time,
and perhaps you are wondering,
what's new this year for party hair
styles? Whether you are going
to a office get-together, cocktail
party or out for a big formal New
Year's Eve ball, you want to do a
little something different with
your hair. This will make you feel
special on a special occasion.
Casual elegance and retro
glamour seem to be the "in" thing
this season. If you're looking to
wear your hair up, sleek and
simple are your keywords. Alow-
slung bun (at the nape of your
neck) with one fresh flower (think
stargazer, gardenia, or even an
orchid) is a fabulous look. You can
match your ensemble or contrast
with it. In other words, if you are
wearing blue, don't dye a carna-
tion to match, a deep red rose
would look better. Half- up, half
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General Contractor
Dashing Through TheHouse

For fifteenyears Ralph and I
have been working on our old
house. And believe it or not, I am
ready to throw down the gaunt-
let. Gauntlet meaning a protective
glove with a flaring cuff used in
manual labor not a protective
glove worn with medieval armor.
Now what exactly do I mean by
that? Let me put it into two words.
Beautiful words I might add -
General contractor!
I am ready to bring in a gen-
eral contractor and have him or
her renovate the kitchen, laundry
room, butler's pantry and sun
room for starters. Two of the four
rooms do not exist as a butler's
pantry or sun room, yet. But they
certainly exist in my mind. I have
been designing this kitchen for,
hmmm, perhaps, fifteenyears, but
it has been intermittent. Now the
redesign to the kitchen is a con-
tinuous thought followed by re-
design of one room after the other.
Ralph and I will continue small
projects, but in 2007 the General

Contractor is headed to our
house. That's almost as good as
Santa Claus.

Best Christmas Present Ever

Now I am going to tell you
about one of the best Christmas
presents I have ever gotten. It isn't
your typical present, and it didn't
come from Santa. It's a story
about two wonderful people who
are a part of my life now, thanks
to my husband Ralph. They are
Alice, my mother-in-law and
Gene, my brother-in-law. Gene has
spent the last three years taking
care of Alice so that she does not
have to live in a nursing home.
Through his love and devotion,
Alice's health has improved sig-
nificantly. But the most recent
news is the best present. She is
walking relatively long distances.
And this makes me and Ralph feel
so good. Every day I thank the
Universe for my family and
friends. For me they are the best
presents on Earth. Merry Christ-
mas and Happy Holidays to all
the Island Times readers.

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Second Graders Send Letters To Santa

Debbie Campanella s sec-
ond grade class at Pensacola
Beach Elementary School made
their Christmas requests in writ-
ing, so Old Saint Nick would fill
his sleigh with all the right .tuttf

Dear Santa,
I would like an X Box for Christ-
mas. You can play games like
skateboarding because you
can ride it and do trix. And, I
would like a bike because you
can ride it. I like bikes because
it can get you someplace where
you need to go.
Love, Chad

Dear Santa,
I want American Girl Emily be-
cause it will be my own girl.
Next I want Merry Jane Crocs,
please. Purple. Last but not
least a statue of Jesus. Are your
reindeer healthy? What is your
phone number? Howdo you get
the presents on the sleigh?
How is Mrs. Claus? Does she
go with you sometimes? Back
to the reindeer. How old are
they? I will have cookies and
milk and for the reindeer car-
rots. And maybe a note just
about the reindeer and Mrs.
Claus, and of course, you.
Don't eat too many cookies.
Your friend, Gigi Dempsey

Dear Santa,
I have special questions for you.
One is about the reindeer. How
are they doing? Are they ready
to fly? Another question is about
the elfs. How are they doing?
Are they excited about Christ-
mas? My last question is about
your sleigh. Is it packed and
ready to go? Does it have lights?
How are you doing? I'm excited
about Christmas.
P.S. How do you see us and do
you see my brother, PJ Dunne?
Do you know he says, "I love
Christmas" a lot?
Shelby Michaele Balch Dunne

Dear Santa,
Let me tell you what I want to
have for Christmas. First, is a
Game Boy game. I want a Game
Boy game because I would like

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to play my Game Boy when I am
bored. Second is earrings. I
would like them to say Daddy's
Girl. And I would like them to be
shaped like a heart. The very
last is tennis shoe skates. I
would like them because
they're fun and I can skate in
my house whenever I want.
Love, Mary Elliott

Dear Santa,
This is the three most favorite
things I want from Santa. My
first one is Vertcon Warriors. It
is a game. You fight with little
men and little weapons that you
can put on them. It's a fun
game. My second thing I want
for Christmas is Wii. It's a
game. It's an active game and
it's a video game. And it's a TV
game. That is my second thing.
Let's move on to our next thing

is the Nerf Blaster. It shoots
darts. It's long and it shoots
long distances, too. It's one of
the new kinds of Nerf guns. It
just came out one month ago.
It's one of the fun toys I'm talk-
ing about. My fourth thing is
moon sand. It's sand that won't
dry out and sticks together. It's
I love you Santa, Reddon

Dear Santa,
I would like three things. One is
an electric scooter that is blue
and orange and has painted
flames on it. The second thing
is a surfboard that is a
longboard that is blue. The third
thing is a four-wheeler that is
fake and blue. That is why I like
Daniel Green

Dear Santa,
May I please have a tea cup dog
that is a poodle because it looks
like a puff ball? And I want to
teach it how to play dead and
roll over and do a front flip and
a back flip and bark and run
and jump and swim and fetch
and play with me.
Santa, are you feeling good?
Are your reindeerfeeling well?
Are you feeding your rein-
deer? We'll leave you lots of
cookies and milk. I've been
very good this year.
Your friend, Rich Earle

SDear Santa,
I want a Vespa because I can
ride to my friends. Can I have
a blue one? I want a phone be-

cause I can call my friends and
for an emergency. A puppy will
give me company when my
friends are not home.
Love, Paris Dupuis

Dear Santa,
Let me tell you three things that
I would like for Christmas. The
first things is a four-wheeler. I
would like a Yamaha four-
wheeler just if you don't know
what Yamaha means, it means
blue. Another reason is to beat
my brother in races and go in
the woods. The second thing I
would like for Christmas is a
horse. I would like a brown
horse. One reason is to beat my
Aunt Frances in barrel racing.
My third thing, last but not least,
I would like an electric scooter.
When I go on bike rides, my legs
won't get tired because I would

have an electric scooter. Oh my,
Santa, I hope everything is ok
and Merry Christmas.
Your second grade elf, Starfish

Dear Santa,
Do you have helpers atthe North
Pole to bring presents on the
sleigh? Can you turn invisible?
How many times have kids
seen you each year? Do you
have magic? And, how can you
open doors if they have nochim-
Your second grade friend,

Dear Santa,
I want three special gifts for
Christmas. I hope I get all three.
Green Leaf because I really like
poceman. And it is really fun to
play with. Green Leaf is my first
thing. My second thing is Res-
cue Team because you get to
be a poceman instead of a
trainer. So I can play it with my
friends. And third, an air plane
toy because it is fun.
And how is Root Off?
Love, Justin Fruitticher

Dear Santa,
These are three things I want
for Christmas. First, I want my
little pony. I want my little pony
because I want to collect them
all. Second, I would like an eye
pod. I want an eye pod because
when I go on long trips I do not
want to have to bring my CD
player. Third, I want to have all
ten American Girls. I want them
because I want to play like they
are sisters and that they are

I love you Santa Claus,
Maddie Grace

Dear Santa,
Are your reindeer fed? How do
you get down the chimney?
How was your summer? I hope
it was great. I want the game
Pokemon Ranger. It is an excit-
ing game.
Yours truly, Edgar Shigley

Dear Santa,
First I want an electric scooter
because they go fast. I want a
remote control flying Superman
because it can fly. I want a Game
Boy game and a Game Boy be-
cause you can play games on
it. Second, how can you get
down the chimney? Why do you
wear a red suit? Third, thank
you for all the toys.

Dear Santa,
Here are some presents I would
like. Cookie dough, an ant
sucker and a basketball goal. I
want the six foot goal and
Verticon. But what I want the
most is a cell phone. Here are
some questions I'd like to tell
you. How do you come down the
chimney? How do you do the
whole world in one night? What
are your favorite cookies and
Your friend, Benton

Dear Santa,
I have three questions for you.
How long have you been deliv-
ering presents? How many pre-
sents do you deliver every year?
What continents do you deliver
to? I hope you can get a me a
cell phone. But I think Santa and
his elves are the best in the gi-
gantic universe. I have ques-
tions about the North Pole. 1.
How cold can it get? 2. When
you give present to kids how
fast do you have to go to get all
the presents to all the kids on
Yoursecond grade friend, Dillon

Dear Santa,
I'll tell you three things I want
for Christmas. First, I want
three pokemon things. I want
pokebills with real pokeman in
them. I want every pokemon
bag. I want every pokemon card.
Second I want four electronics.

Mary Elliott, artist

First I want a Game Boy. Sec-
ond I want a Play Station 2.
Third, I want an Xbox 360. Fi-
nally, I want a Nintendo DS.
Third, I want three video games.
First I want every pokemon
game. Second, I want every
Sonic game. Third I want a foot-
ball game.
Thank you for all the things I
Love, Joey Martin

Dear Santa,
I would like a razor cell phone
that is green. Second I would
like a Lego Aqua Raiders set.
Third I would like an electric
scooter that is blue. Fourth I
would like a Play Station 3 that
is black. Fifth I would like a Play
Station game, Rachet and Clank
Up Your Arsenal. Sixth I would
like a pack of 400 pokemon
cards with mew ex and deoxes
Your friend, Colin Adams

Dear Santa,
I have three important things on
my list. Now I will tell you what
they are. The first one is a Gator
jersey. The second one is a
walking Chihuahua and finally
a church outfit. Now let me tell
you why I want this stuff. I want
the Gator jersey because they
are the team I root for and be-
cause my mom went to their
college. The next thing I would
like is a walking Chihuahua that
barks and wags its tail, so it
could walk with me and it has a
cute face. The final thing is a
church outfit. One reason is for
the cold weather and to look
like my mom's. Christmas is my
favorite holiday.


December 20, 2006

Island Times

PAGE 2 Island Times December 20, 2006

If you're looking for a
place to hide from the Christ-
mas Spirit, don't come to
Pensacola Beach. Good times
and joyous spirits are just run
of the mill, every day ways of
life for most Beach residents,
so when Christmas arrives, the
bells really begin to jingle. Par-
ties which are previews for the
big December 25 holiday are
over now. If you missed the
boat parade, street parade, and
all the needy families awaiting
your special gifts, then you
must be Scrooge. Or the
Grinch. Or, if you just plain
missed everything, come back
next year.
Christmas Day means fam-
ily, friends, and football and the
Beach churches will be open

Beach Repair

Projects Nearing

Dave Hemphill, Baskerville
Donovan Engineers, told the
SRIA at their December 13 Board
meeting that repairs to Via de
Luna are moving at a faster rate
than in the summer months. He
said this improvement was the
result of completion of under-
ground utilities and the ability to
staff the project at a higher level.
"Traffic on the north lane
and the bike path is scheduled to
be transferred the second week in
January," he said. "Demolition of
the south lane will follow with a
goal of minimizing disruption
during the coming year."
The Ft. Pickens roadway is
complete, according to Hemphill
who cites stormwater drainage,
roadway improvements, new
bike path and underground utili-
ties as finished.
The public safety building at
Casino Beach is on schedule for
completion before May of 2007.
This building will add lifeguard
facilities and bathrooms to Ca-
sino Beach.
Completed now are north
and south roadways, sand clean-
ing, Via de Luna parking lot, and
Ft. Pickens Gate parking lot.
Work is still to be done on
several repair projects. The plans
are complete for the Quietwater
Beach Parking Lot. Restriping
the lot will increase parking by
100 spaces, install new lights, and
increase the light level over the
parking lot.

bringing their messages of the
real reasons Christmas is cel-
ebrated. The Pensacola Beach
Community Church will hold its
regular service on Sunday, De-
cember 24 at 10 a.m. Carols and
Candlelight services will begin at
6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Our Lady of the Assumption
Catholic Church will hold two
masses. One on Christmas Eve at
9:45 a.m. and the other on Christ-
mas Day at 9:45 a.m.
Most Island Times advertis-


ers will close on Christmas Day
to allow their employees to spend
the day with their families. How-
ever, the Sandshaker willbe open
on Christmas Eve with drink spe-
cials from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and
they will be open all day on
Also open onboth Christmas
Eve from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and
on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to
9 p.m. will be the Surf Side Food
Sidelines will be open

No Bumps In The Road For New SRIA

No one knew quite what to
expect from the first meeting of
the Santa Rosa Island Authority
Board members on December 6,
but the packed out meeting room
soon discovered that the unprec-
edented number of new board
members did not miss a beat in
carrying out their duties.
County Commissioners
Grover Robinson, Kevin White,
and Gene Valentino showed up
to see how well their appointees
Vernon Prather and Tom
Campanella, the only two mem-
bers of the original board were
named Chairman and Vice Chair-
man. The secretary-treasurer is
Kelly Robertson and the acting
secretary-treasurer is Tammy
Appearing before the Archi-
tectural and Environmental Com-
mittee Fred Simmons, owner of
Paradise Bar and Grill, conducted
his own meeting. He has been
involved in a controversy over
the kitchen facility which is in a
portable building.
Fred noted that Continental
Airlines praised his efforts to re-
tain a real beach flavor in his bar.
Then, he turned to the audi-
ence and asked them if they
thought he should get an exten-
sion. They all raised their hands.
That was enough to sway the
committee to grant him an exten-
But, Fred was not through.
"I want to thank you. I think you
are terrific and whoever that
Commissioner is who wants you
gone, I am not in favor of that."
The Board then returned to
the less emotional order of busi-
ness like the Beach sign which
will be located at the Visitor's In-
formation Center. It will contain

the names of the Pensacola Beach
Community Church, Our Lady of
Assumption Catholic Church,
Pensacola Beach Elk's Lodge
#497, the Optimists Club and the
Pensacola Beach Woman's Club
on the sign.
And, finally what a Christ-
mas present! Chairman Prather
recommended that each of the 38
full time employees receive a
bonus of $475 each. This money
came from the settlement in a
lawsuit against Cingular Wireless
who had installed a line without
permission on the water tower in
the Casino Beach Parking lot.
The Full Board met on
Wednesday, December 12 and
voted favorably on the following
L Granted Jim Reeves an
extension until January 15 to sub-
mit final paperwork for the
changes in the Tiki Motel prop-
erty and the Holiday
L Granted extension until
June 1 to Baker Clark, owner of
the Five Flags motel, to pay a
consideration fee and to submit
rebuilding plans.
L Granted Chuck Nicholson
anotheryear's use of the overflow
parking lot at the Beach Marina
for a $400 fee subject to a future
L Granted an additional
$7500 to the Krewe of Wrecks
Mardi Gras parade bringing the
SRIA's total contribution to
$20,000. The vote on this issue
was 5 to 1 with Peacock dissent-
L Fred Simmons received
an extension to maintain his por-
table kitchen at the Paradise Bar
and Grill until December 31,
L Voted to follow staffs rec-

commendation and allow a com-
munity organization Beach sign
to be installed.
L Rescinded a decision to
light the bike path only on Ft.
Pickens Road and approved plans
to light both the road and bike
path with turtle friendly lighting.
L Accepted a $150,000
grant from the U.S. Department
of Fisheries and Wildlife to pro-
vide for turtle friendly lighting on
Ft. Pickens Road.
L Approved the award of
$475 to each of 38 SRIA employ-
ees. The Board felt it was a way
to say thank you to the employ-
ees who had worked so hard to
repair the Island after Ivan. The
vote on this project was five to
one with Peacock voting against.
SRIA Board Chairman an-
nounced the composition of the
committees for the upcoming
Development and Leasing:
Fred Gant, chairman, Tom
Campanella and Vernon Prather;
Operations: Tom
Campanella, chairman, John Pea-
cock and Fred Gant
Architectural and Envi-
ronmental: Kelly Robertson,

chairman, Tammy Bohannon and
Vernon Prather
Administrative: Tammy
Bohannon, chairman, Tom
Campanella and Kelly Robertson.
Prather announced that a new
committee had been added, Spe-
cial Projects: John Peacock,
chairman, Vernon Prather,
Tammy Bohannon.
Also, a Board Member's Fo-
rum was established at the first
meeting with John Peacock issu-
ing a statement concerning the
future of the Island. He said there
was a need for a visioning plan.
Fourteen plans have already been
drafted since 1984. A summary of
these will be presented in Janu-
ary. Also, Kelly Robertson asked
Peacock if he had ever seen the
Vision 2010, prepared by the
Haas Center. He said he had not,
so Robertson asked if staff could
supply a copy for him. The plan
is on the SRIA website.
The next meeting of the
SRIA will be a Full Board meet-
ing at their office at 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, January 10. The
meetings are open to the public
and a Visitor's Forum is available
for those who wish to speak.




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Christmas Eve until 6:30 and will Breeze will close at 3 p.m. on
close on Christmas Day. PegLeg Christmas Eve and all day Christ-
Pete's will be open until 4:30 on mas. The Market on the Island
Christmas Eve and will be closed will be closed on Christmas Day.
on Christmas Day. Paradise Bar and Grill will be
Flounder's and Crabs will be closed all day on Christmas Eve
open Christmas Eve and closed and Christmas Day.
on Christmas. The Olive Drop When December 26 rolls
will be open until they hear around, everybody will be full of
Santa's sleigh bells, about 10 or turkey and ready to gear up for
11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They the New Year's holiday. Have you
will open at 6 p.m. on Christmas made your New Year's Eve reser-
Day. vations? Everyone is open and
The Greenery in Gulf ready to party.

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Beach kids of all ages enjoyed the December 3 Christmas parade. Back row (L to R): Michael deMahy,
Bettie Lee Sundstrom, Dave Sundstrom, and Marilyn Sundstrom. Middle row (L to R): Jace Amberson,
Parker Baynes, Santa (Russ Mann), and Taylor Baynes. Front row (L to R): Erin Bailey, Will Genkin, Carlee
Amberson, Blair Amberson, Molly deMahy, and Matthew deMahy.

Polar Bears of all shapes and
sizes will plunge into the waters
of Santa Rosa Sound on the first
day of the New Year. Paradise Bar
and Grill is hosting the Second
Annual Polar Bear Plunge at 3
p.m. on January 1.
"You don't actually have to
be a bear to enjoy this event,
but you do need to be brave.
We are offering a weekend stay
at Paradise Inn to the person
who costumes in the best
Plunge-wear," said General
Manger Renee Mack.
Paradise will have drink spe-
cials and plenty of food to warm
the brave souls who take to the
winter water. Refreshments will
include traditional black eyed

peas and a steamed cabbage for
good luck.
According to Santa Rosa Is-
land Authority Safety Director
Bob West, who provides the life-
guards for the event, "The water
temps should not be too cold. It
depends on a number of factors
but think around 60 degrees or
less on New Year's Day."
Paradise Inn will offer spe-
cial room rates forthe New Year's
weekend with a portion of the
rental fee benefitting the Krewe
of Wrecks Parade Fund. Pro-
ceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge
will also be donated to the Pa-
rade Fund.
For more information, call
Renee Mack at 916-5087.

The Santa Rosa Kids House
in Milton is one step closer to
completion thanks in part to
the generosity of this Beach
family. The years-long effort of
raising funds and donating
time and services culminated
for (L to R) Linda Whitman,
Debbie Cowen, Ty Cowen,
Karen Cook Cowen, Bob
Cowen and Drew Cowen at
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Barefoot on the Beach

By Jane Waters Cooper

It all started with a paper
lunch bag, a bit of sand and a tea
candle. Back in the 1980s, the
businesses in the Sandspur Re-
public took these simple ingredi-
ents and turned them into a
Christmas celebration that at-
tracted thousands to Pensacola
Beach for "Christmas on the Is-
land." The Sandspur Republic,
more formerly known as the Surf
and Sand Cottages was a cluster
of small businesses, residents,
and tourists where the Hilton Gar-
den Inn and Soundside Market
now stand.
The businesses were
housed in a bunch of flimsy,
funky cottages, connected by a
bumpy, rocky street.
As the Christmas season
approached, Joy Anderson,
owner of the Sundeck Saloon,
kept making noises about lining
the streets and the buildings with
And then i lui Will people
actually come to the Beach to
look at candles burning in a pa-
per bag? So, there we were sit-
ting in front of the fireplace in-
stalled on the porch of the
Sundeck, deciding to put on a
Christmas event together.
Our funds were, shall we say,
limited? But that didn't stop us.
Louise Savelli, motel manager,
said we would get the Firehouse
Six for entertainment. Well, they
weren't exactly on top of the
charts, they had red firemen's
coveralls, Santa hats, were all
about 20-years-old, and they
loved to sing. What more could
you ask?
Then, we really got busy,
plotting and planning. We would
put hay in the Krewe of Wrecks

Mardi Gras float and take kids on
hay rides. Each business would
serve refreshments; Miss Merry
Christmas would stroll through
the Republic giving out small
gifts. Bobby D's would host a
slightly risqu6 adult coloring con-
test and the Sundeck would hold
one for the kids.
But the highlight of the show
would be the arrival of Santa
Claus on a sailboard. Little did we
realize how much havoc this
event would create.
Mike Meade, dressed in his
Santa suit, and wearing twinkling
lights would come sailing across
the Sound where the children
would rush into the cold water to
greet him. He said a few Ho, Ho,
Ho's and disappeared into his
business, and out would come a
perfectly groomed, fancy velvet-
clad Santa Claus, Jim Rigby, to
greet the children. If they ever
noticed the switch from the thin,
wet scraggly Claus to the dapper,
rotund version, they never com-
The event ran every year
until 1992, and the luminaria
sprouted all over the Beach dur-
ing the final years. It started in
the residences in Villa Sabine,
came down Ft. Pickens Road,
courtesy of The Dunes and the
Bank of the South, skipped across
the street to the Boardwalk, down
both sides of Via de Luna to the
old Sun Ray Taco Shop. The little
lighted paper bags created an il-
lusion of grandeur, a magnificent
moment on the Island.
No one got hurt. No busi-
nesses burned down. No one had
a big electric bill to pay. It was
Yes, our streets were bumpy

and rocky, but on that one holi-
day night in December, they were
bathed in a luminous glow,
touched by thousands of
As I look back, I don't know
exactly what it was that motivated
us. I know it wasn't money, even
if Bobby D's sold more drinks
than usual. I guess it was the
Christmas spirit. It sort of gets in
your bones, and stays there until
you do something noble to re-

lease it.
And so after the Firehouse
Six had sung their last stanza of
"God RestYe Merry Gentlemen"
the young volunteers took to the
streets, dousing the luminaria,
and helping to clean up the Re-
public. So, there it was one night
- a Christmas fairyland and the
next day, back to the quaint Sand-
spur Republic.
It had been a great irretriev-
able time.

A lot of those children who
dashed into the cold waters of the
Sound to welcome Santa are
grown now. I hope they will re-
member to tell their children
about Christmas on the Island.
They will never have a place like
that to take them. The ghosts of
Christmas past, present and fu-
ture were marching down the Is-
land streets making sure everyone
loved the festival. It was so funky,
so quirky so Pensacola Beach.


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Jan. 6 Nereid King Kake Party, 4 p.m., Paradise
Jan. 13 Krewe of Sandshaker Costume Contest, 8 pm.,Shaker
Jan. 19 Nereid Moon Pie Party, 7 p.m. Sandshaker
Jan. 21 Junkanoo Cajun Boil, TBA, Sandshaker
Jan. 27 Nauga Breakfast, 10:30 a.m.,The Dock
Jan. 27 Brewski Beach Babe, 1:30 p.m., The Dock
Jan. 27 Bananimals Ball, 8 p.m., Hilton
Feb. 2 Rhinestones & Royalty, Paradise, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 Brewski/Nereid Black Tie Ball TBA
Feb. 9 Krewe of Warriors Ball, Hadji Shrine Temple
Feb. 10 Junkanoo Kritter Krawl, Noon, Gulfside Pavilion
Feb. 10 Krewe of Kids Parade, 1 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion
Feb. 10 Krewe of Wrecks Ball, 8 p.m., The Dock
Feb. 11 DeLuna Fest, 11 a.m., The Islander
Feb. 17 Krewe of Wrecks Champagne Breakfast Crab's
Feb 17 Krewe of Wrecks Street Dance 1 p.m., Bobby D's
Feb. 18 Krewe of Wrecks Parade, 2 p.m., Via de Luna
Feb. 19 Red Beans and Rice, Noon, Casino Beach Parking Lot
Feb. 20 Krewe of Coma, 6 p.m., Sandshaker

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December 20, 2006

SFran Al bert Recalls
r 'UI. CZ-A a r SI Fran Albert Recalls I

After hearing that one of
their very own was sick, the SOBs
teamed up to send a greeting to
Linda Matthews. Her husband,
Dave, says she's doing better
now. Send cards. Let her know
you care.

BZR Turner and Dave Bartee
were off to California to visit
friends. Would the friends be surf-
ers? They will be back home on
Pensacola Beach for Christmas.

Danah Gibson was fortunate
enough to celebrate her birthday,
December 2 at the Wooly Booger
Bawl at Paradise Bar and Grill. Jim
Rigby said there were eight certi-
fiable Wooly Boogers at the Bawl.
Anyone wishing to celebrate a

birthday with them will just have
to wait until the unpredictable
Queen Shugah wakes them up

Second graders from the
Pensacola Beach Elementary
School are the artists who created
the pieces hanging in the Gulf
Breeze Post Office lobby. Debbie
Campanella is their teacher.

The Pensacola Beach Yacht
Club is welcoming one new mem-
ber this month, Kimi Smith of

Tommy Grice showed up at
the Krewe of Wrecks meeting at
The Dock, wearing the latest New
Orleans Saints tie. The design in-
cluded a Tasmanian devil and the

Campanella Tops Teachers

fleur de lis. Geaux Saints!

Pete Della Ratta was named
the Rookie Teacher of the Year at
Woodlawn Beach Middle School
Congratulations to Pete who is
the Island Times fishing columnist.

Fifty-six-year old Ricky
Spraggins passes away earlier
this month. He is survived by his
wife Laura, son Paul and daugh-
ter Sandi. Services were Monday,
December 4 at the Pensacola
Beach Community Church.

Snow storms on the Island
broughtback many happy memo-
ries to Dr. Francis Albert, although
he remembers the snowmakers
had a tough time competing with
the Beach sun to keep a plentiful
supply of the fluffy stuff. Dr. Fran
was the first to send the correct
answer to the following question:
"It used to snow every year on
Pensacola Beach. What was the
name of the SRIA Department
Manager who arranged with
Mother Nature to bring a snow
storm all the way to Pensacola
The answer was Dee Lucas,
Events and Tourism Manager. She
not only put the winter carnival
together, but she raised funds in
the private sector to pay for it.

So, an Island Times t-shirt goes
to Fran. Sorry for you who
thought Monroe was behind the
Caroling in all the Beach
neighborhoods was a once thrill-
ing experience for Beach resi-
dents whether they could cary a
tune or not. "Who supplied the
bus which carried the carolers on
their merry rounds?" If you are
the first to email the correct an-
swer, a nice unwrapped gift of an
Island Times t-shirt will be under
your tree.
Rules are the same. Email your
answer with "Trivia" in the sub-
ject line to islandtimes
a bc llIouti nIt before 5 p.m. De-
cember 22. Be sure to include your
name and phone number.

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captured in the pages of

captured in the pages of

Pensacola I
School students
ous cheer for
second grade
Campanella as
she was
named the
Teacher of the
Year by Princi-
pal Jeff
The good
news came in
front of the en-
tire student
body and their
parents at the
annual Beach
School Holi-
day Program

each Elementary
gave a thunder-

hosted Tuesday, December 12 at
the Community Church.

Hodges and
J ac kie
Henderson who
and choreo-
,, graphed the
program were
also recognized,
along with staff
and volunteers.
The Beach
'School semes-
ter break began
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S "cember 19. Stu-
dents will return
Pensacola Beach School Principal to school on
Jeff Castleberry and Debbie Wednesday,
Campanella. January 3.
January 3.

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You know, one day I'm going
to write a cooking column about
nothingbut cooking! Yeah, right
- who am I kidding? We all know
it's a gossip column with a recipe
attached. So, let's get to the gos-
sip. I wanted to say Happy Birth-
days and Happy Anniversary to
Chuck and Judy L'Oignon.
We attended the Beach
School program on December 12
and it was a total blast! Those
kids are so cute! I swear we have
the most beautiful children here
in Paradise. It's unbelievable, but
true. Thanks to Monette Hodges
and Jackie Henderson they must
have the patience of Saints be-
cause they do a wonderful job
with all those children. We have
much to celebrate and give thanks
for here on our little Island.
After 22 years here and 50
"something" on this earth, I still
have never found a more beauti-
ful place than home. Speaking of
home, I'd love to thank Steve
Swalley and his crew, Elijah,
Jimmy and John for their work on
our house. These people are not
only friendly, but they are also
compassionate and take a great
deal of pride in their work. It's
well deserved and we could not
be in our home for Christmas with-
out them. So, a big heartfelt
Thanks and Merry Christmas to
the Swalley family along with the
crew and their families.
Everyone is welcome to stop
by our new home on Christmas
day. (Please bring food as we are
not cooking.) That's right the
cooking columnist is not cooking
on Christmas. We will actually
be celebrating on December 28
this year. That's when our grand-
son Jesiah will return from his
Dad's and we promised to 'hold'
Christmas until then. Maybe I'll
cook then.
You all know we had the
Wooly Booger Bawl, and special
thanks to Renee Mack for the
fabulous munchies. There was
definitely a drunk front that came
through and there was another
one right behind it. I should have
warned you about the SOB Christ-
mas Brunch that was held at
Flounder's on December 17. All
men are usually wise enough to
hide, except Leroy. He is an Hon-
orary Sister; the ONLY one. It is
a day we all look forward to and

ieas, porribge
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we let off a lot of steam and stress.
We are not sober. After all, we
have a reputation to uphold.
Our charity this year was Fa-
vor House in honor of one of our
favorite SOBs, Andrea Brunt.
There was a lot of singing, too.
(Maybe next year Flounder's
should hand out earplugs for the
rest of their patrons! We do not
want to offend anyone, but we
must sing the SOB Song!)
I wanted to submit a recipe
from Elaine Mitchell because she
is a wonderful cook (chef) and
prepares nearly all the dinners for
Mental Health Night at Paulette's.
Unfortunately, she cooks like I do
and rarely measures ingredients.
She makes the best salads you
have ever tasted, along with a
myriad of other dishes. We'll have
to talk her into measuring and
writing it down as she cooks.
We'll get one from her yet, I prom-
This week's recipe is one I
love because I am crazy about
pineapple. If you're tired of the
regulars banana nut bread, and
pumpkin bread, this is an excel-
lent recipe for the holidays or any
other day. So, let's cook...
Pineapple Nut Loaf
1 /Cup butter, softened
1 Cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup crushed pineapple
3 Tbsp. Milk
2 Cups sifted flour (all-pur-
1 tsp. baking powder
1/ tsp. baking soda
1 /Cup chopped walnuts
Grease a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan.
Beat butter, brown sugar, egg and
vanilla in large bowl until fluffy.
Combine pineapple and milk in a
bowl. Sift flour, baking powder
and baking soda together in a
separate bowl. Stir into sugar
mixture alternately withpineapple-
milk mixture. Stir in nuts. Place in
pan. Bake in 350 degree ovenfor
one hour, or until center is
springy to touch. Cool in pan on
wire rack 5 minutes. Turn out of
pan and cool completely. You can
dust with powdered sugar for a
more festive look.
Enjoy, share with a neighbor,
and join the Krewe of Wrecks.
Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year to all! I'll see
you in the kitchen......

Beach resident and former Blue Angel Stoney Mayock, left.
samples a Clos du Bois at the Beach Wines and Liquors Wine Tasting.
Bob Temple, right, says you never know which beach celebrity will
show up at our tasting. Stop by December 22 and 29 to see.


IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCING Pandora de Balthazar is
partnering with the Pensacola Ballet as a sponsor for the new year.
(L to R) Diane DeJean, Pandora de Balthazar, Allen Benton and Emily
Cowen of the Pensacola Ballet were at the donors luncheon.

Market on t e Island

Grocery Shopping "Island Style" OPEN DAILY

Holiday Wines
Believe it or not the bird isn't the
most important consideration when
choosing a wine to accompany a
turkey dinner. Because it is mild and
neutral tasting, turkey will go well
with a wide range of reds and
whites. So, lookto the side dishes.
For instance, a not-too-sweet
Viognier, a well-balanced Riesling,
or a spicy Geewurztraminer all have
sufficient sweetness to comple-
ment side dishes like glazed car-
rots. They also possess sufficient
acidity to cut through rich mashed
potatoes, stuffing, and green bean
casseroles. If you prefer red wine,
lookto bright, juicy and sweet wines
such as Beaujolais Nouveau, young
Rioja, Gamay Beaujolais from Cali-
fornia and Pinot Noir. Their ripe fruit
flavors go well with sweet sides
such as yams.

HINT: For holiday dessert wines,
lookto tawny ports, cream sherry,
or late-harvest white wines.

There's an age old practice of en-
joying wine with meals and we at
Beach Wines and Liquors, Inc. do
this tradition justice by recommend-
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meal, including your holiday meals.
Come to usforwine when you need
to coordinate itwith meals. Trust us.

Questions? Call 850-932-8850.

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A few copies of Jane Waters
Cooper's book, To The Beat of an
Island Drum are still available and
will be sold at the Monday night
Krewe of Wrecks meetings. Do-
nations will be accepted for the
book with all proceeds going to
the Mardi Gras Parade Fund. (P.S.
These books make great last
minute gifts.)
The sparkling wine and spar-
kling gems will certainly be one
lucky girl's best friend on New
Year's Eve. The Shaker Bar is raf-
fling Champagne Diamonds as the
clock strikes twelve and proceeds
go to the Beach Mardi Gras pa-
rade fund.
Seahorse Condominium
owners have announced that Bob
Harris will serve as their associa-
tion president once again. Bob
has held that position for 31
years. Congrats Bob.
Have you ever seen a 40-
year-old bottle of scotch worth
almost two grand? Now you can.
Manoj at the Island Wine and Li-
quor Mart has one locked away
in its own custom wooden box.
The lucky owner will be the very
first one to open the box.
New Year's Eve at The Hilton
Garden Inn includes a fortune
teller to predict the good things
that await you in 2007. That night
you can foresee champagne, hours
d'oeuvres and dancing and an
elevator ride right up to your
Pigskin Predictions have
been made. See who knows the
score. All the action is on the 42
screens at Sidelines. High def for
real fans.

Pensacola Beach
Elementary School

Please Call 934-402

NEW FACE Kim Duell is the Santa Rosa Island Authority'sAssistant
Human Resource and Events Manager. She joined the staff in December and
came to the SRIA from the EPA office in Pensacola.

Kids Invited To Early Deadline I
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A Park Ranger

After all the presents are un-
wrapped, elementary school aged
children may be looking for some
additional excitement during the
school holiday. Children ages 8 -
11 are invited to join park rangers
for a Junior Ranger Day Camp on
Wednesday, December 27, 9:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Naval Live
Oaks Visitor Center. The day camp
features the natural and cultural
history of the National Seashore.
Call (850) 916-3001 to make reser-
vations for the Junior Ranger Day
Superintendent Eubanks en-
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National Seashore and join us for
our ranger-led programs. For a
complete program schedule and
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December 20, 2006 Island Times PAGE 9

Letters to the Editor

The PNJ editorial of Decem-
ber 3 asserted "Beach Taxes
Could Help Offset Mainland Taxa-
tion." They stated that the prop-
erty tax revenues from Pensacola
Beach would exceed $11 million,
inferring that this was a "fair" ac-
tion to offset mainland taxation.
The politicians and perhaps even
some judges in Escambia County
seem to agree with their fairness
opinion. They assumed that all of
this property tax revenue would
increase the total tax revenue for
Escambia County. This is a static
economic analysis that assumes
that an increase of taxes does not
have any other economic impact
on total tax revenues or private
business revenues.
Income Sources
The fallacy of this assump-
tion can be easily refuted. The
largest source of income within
Escambia County comes from the
salaries and sales of services and
materials from federal, state, and
county governments. All of these
revenues are paid for by your own
tax dollars! If government contin-
ues to be your largest source of
income you enter a death spiral
of ever increasing taxes, which
you probably have already no-
The second largest source of
income within Escambia County
is from your tourist industry with
a majority of this $600 million of
annual sales coming out of the
pockets of visitors. If Santa Rosa
County is included it is about $900
million a year. The biggest single
tourist attraction is Pensacola
Beach with its eight miles of fine
white sand beaches. You have
long enjoyed a free ride because
you offer tourists a lower cost
vacation than nearby beaches,

largely because we have no prop-
erty tax. The current cost of a
Pensacola Beach vacation has
already escalated to the point
where we are less competitive
with the otherbeach communities
that share this one hundred miles
of fine white sand beaches be-
tween Panama City and Biloxi.
This decrease in affordability is
due to the escalation of lease fees,
taxes and taxes and tolls on
Pensacola Beach by the state,
county and SRIA. The existing
sales tax and fees on short term
rentals is 14% (7.5% state, 4%
county, and the 2.5% SRIA lease
fee.) The usual 7.5% state sales
tax is also applied to all business
sales on the beach. The SRIA
lease fees for Pensacola Beach
businesses is 3-5% of gross sales
which far exceeds the very high
property taxes paid by compa-
rable mainland businesses. This
effectively translates to a 10.5 to
12.5% sales tax/lease fees on all
business sales on Pensacola
Beach! If you think it is difficult
to achieve a profit on the main-
land, try to make it on Pensacola
Beach. The land lease fees and
MSBU fees for residents are mod-
est but increasing and finally, the
county charges $1 toll fee per car
to enter Pensacola Beach. I be-
lieve that the Pensacola Beach
community is already paying out
many more taxes and fees than
they are receiving in benefits and
are already a cash cow for
Escambia County. The SRIA fees
pay for our island's burden on the
county, and in addition, the
county collects a 4% bed tax, the
bridge tolls, and receives most of
the economic benefits from the
tourist revenue. Now you are pro-
posing to add property tax on top
of these already exorbitant taxes

and fees. Fair indeed!
Competing For Dollars
A cursory examination of the
consequence of imposing the
proposed property tax on
Pensacola Beach requires a dy-
namic comparative, economic
analysis of all nearby beach com-
munities that share our gift of fine
white sand. The $11.21 million in-
crease in property tax from
Pensacola Beach represents an
increase in cost and price to our
business operators, renters, and
residents. This increase decreases
business volume as tourists find
better deals on nearby beaches
and the residents that cannot af-
ford the increase move elsewhere.
(Alabama looks much better tax-
wise, particularly for retirees over
age 65). This motivates selling
businesses, rental properties, and
residences which we are already
experiencing on Pensacola Beach
(there are 352 condos/houses
currently for sale with a median
13% drop in sale prices). This re-
duces the assessed value of our
properties by 13% which reduces
your $11.21 million of tax revenue
to $9.76 million.
The much larger impact re-
sults from a reduced tourist oc-
cupancy rate as our tourists take
their vacation in Panama City,
Destin, Fort Walton, Navarre, Or-
ange Beach, Gulf Shores and
Biloxi instead of Pensacola Beach.
A cursory examination of the tax
assessment methodology and
millage rates along this 100 miles
of white sand beach reveals that
Pensacola Beach will pay the
most property taxes per 1000 dol-
lars of market value than other
beach communities along this 100
mile strip. Most of the property
taxes for Pensacola Beach resi-
dents will range from $3,500 up to
$17,000 peryear. The addition of
property taxes to our already

heavy taxes, fees, and tolls will
significantly decrease our com-
petitive status.
Negative Impact
Now as a result of these in-
creased prices, let's assume a very
conservative estimate of a 15%
drop in our $600 million dollar
annual revenue flow from tourism
Escambia County. This is a loss
$90 million of sales revenue. If the
county's tax share of this revenue
is only 5% this is $4.5 million in
lost tax revenue bringing our to-
tal "fairness" bonus down from
$11.21 millionto $5.26 million
However, the far larger im-
pact is the loss of $90 million of
annual sales to our local
Pensacola and Gulf Breeze area
businesses with its impact on
salaries, tips, jobs and tax rev-
enue. It is our local businesses
and all area residents that will
suffer the greatest impact. You
may recall the ill-conceived 10%
luxury tax imposed by our Con-
gress. Rather than increasing tax
revenue it destroyed the U. S. boat
industry and was finally repealed
by Congress. There is very fierce
competition along our 100 mile
strip for beach tourism business
with most beach communities en-
joying the support of local busi-
ness leaders and politicians.
Escambia County is not compet-
ing for this business and is con-
cerned more with "fairness" than

economic impact. This editorial
title said it all. "Beach Taxes Could
Help Offset Mainland Taxation."
Conversely, beach taxes could in-
crease mainland and beach taxes,
reduce all Pensacola area busi-
ness revenue and increase unem-
I suggest that our business
leaders within the entire
Pensacola area encourage our
County Commissioners to re-
quest the Haas Center at UWF
perform an impartial dynamic
competitive analysis on the total
impact of Pensacola Beach taxes,
fees, tolls and insurance on our
County tax revenue and private
business revenue. I am betting
that the results of a "fair" study
would recommend that the
County Commissioners stop the
Beach property tax lawsuit and
reduce SRIA fees to further sig-
nificantly increase the $600 mil-
lion annual revenue from our tour-
ist business. If you had a $600
million private industry consider-
ing relocating in Escambia
County, you would offer them tax
concessions to come here. Give
it some thought!
Bob Kennedy
Pensacola Beach
[Bob Kennedy is a Briga-
dier General, U.S. Air Force, re-
tired. Hefirst came to Pensacola
Beach in 1949, but returned as a
permanent resident in 2000.]

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