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There is nothing more mystical than the legend of the Krewe of Nauga. The Naugas appear only once per year to dance and cavort on the sands of
Pensacola Beach. Created by Mardi Gras magic and powered by endless champagne, the Krewe of Nauga will host their annual Breakfast and Native
Noontime Ball, January 23 at The Dock. They have imported a high profile band from Louisiana to keep the party rockin'. Pajama-clad Naugas will dance
all morning to the tasty tunes turned out by Dash Rip Rock. Members of the band are (L to R): Eric Padua, vocalist and drummer, Bill Davis sings lead
vocals and plays guitar; and Patrick Johnson sings back up and plays bass guitar. You can catch the famous trio at Paradise Bar and Grill, Friday and
Saturday night. For more on this story, see page 2.
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January 12, 201011
Pensacola Beach. Florida
Hang With the Naugas And Dash Rip Rock For An Out Of This World Party
Just when you thought the
Krewe of Nauga Champagne
Breakfast and Native Noontime
Ball couldn't get any better, the
Naugas promise the party this
year will top all the others which
have so uproariously gone before.
Doors for the event will open at
10 a.m. at the Dock on January 23.
"We're keeping all the good
old things and adding some really
cool new ones," said Danah
Gibson, founding Queen. "And,
oh I can hardly believe it myself,
but the famous New Orleans show
band, Dash Rip Rock will play for
us all morning, and as long as we
can keep on dancing."
Among the old ideas they are
keeping is the $15 price at the door
which gets you a hot breakfast
buffet, plenty of champagne, and
party favors. There will also be a
new and fancier set of headwear
this year as a party favor for ev-
The 2010 theme is Space
Naug-essy. Naugas may wear a
space costume or pajamas to en-
ter the costume contest.
"Get your best out-of-this
world finery," Gwen Gibson, sec-
ond queen said. "This is the first
time we have offered a contest for
any crazy costume except pajamas.
Just remember, if you like PJs best,
they will still be judged."
Tommy Grice, Queen Nauga,
will be on hand to help with the
coronation of the new queen in the
If you want your pet to be the
winner of the Nauga Dawga and
Purrfect Kitty Contest, bring a
photo. The entry fee is $5 with all
the proceeds going to the Humane
Society. Photos will be accepted
beginning January 12 at Danah's
Hair Salon, 2737 Gulf Breeze Pkwy.
Or you may bring your entry to The
Dock. Neither you noryour dog need
to be present to win this prestigious
Keep your eyes on the dance
floor. Dash Rip Rock is billed as the
wildest band ever to crawl out of the
Louisiana mud. For more than 25
years, the band has conjured up
countrified punk music along with
wickedly twisted versions of popu-
lar tunes, according to their own re-
lease. Dash Rip Rock was formed in
1984 with the Hillbilly Trio Bill
Davis, guitar; Clark Martty, drums;
and Ned Hoaky, Jr. bassist.
Over the years, the band has
The Ad Valorem tax issue may
take precedence over everything
Beach residents are facing in 2010.
The Pensacola Beach Advocates
can keep you up to date on what's
going on with taxation, both good
and bad. Residential leaseholders
have already lost the first suit in
Judge Michael Jones' court, al-
though a request for rehearing has
The next general membership
meeting of the PBA will be on
Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall of the Beach
Community Church. Danny
Kepner, attorney with Shell,
Fleming, Davis and Menge will
discuss the tax litigation.
The PBA held a combined
gone through numerous changes.
Eric Padua and Patrick Johnsonjoin
Davis on stage. Through it all, they
have cast their honky tonk spell over
fans from Austin to Boston with
more than 25 U.S. tours, seven Eu-
ropean tours, and 14 CDs.
The 2008 offering was the re-
lease of Country Girlfriend. This re-
lease celebrates the simple, sudsy,
fun of living in bayous, back alleys
and in the USA countryside.
"Dash Rip Rock is the kind of
band that provides a lesson inAmeri-
can Rock and Roll history wrapped
up in a party package," according
to the New York Times.
Spin Magazine adds, "Undeni-
ably the South's greatest rock band."
The Krewe of Nauga Cham-
board and committees meeting,
January 6, to make preparations for
the membership meeting.
Jim Cox, PBA president, noted
that the Navarre Beach leasehold-
ers have received tax bills for their
land as well as the improvements.
pagne Breakfast and Na- .
tive Noontime Ball,
Nauga Dawga and
Purrfect Kitty contests
are the only events, pre-
sented by the Krewe of
Nauga. It normally at-
tracts a record setting at-
tendance of 400 Naugas
for the day. Better be
there early for this one.
Everyone can be a
Nauga on January 23.
Members of the Dash Rip Rock playing at Paradise Bar and Grill
Krewe of Naugas royal on Pensacola Beach last summer. Looks like
society are Queens Drummer Eric Padua is practicing for 2010- A
Danah Gibson, Gwen Space Naug-essy.
Gibson, Sharon Mattair, Renee Mack, Karina Foster, Lynn Cieutat, Shelley
Johnson, Karen Cook, Deb Friedman, Carrie Monaghan, Christine
Hewerdine, Dana Graves and Tommy Grice.
ing, also discussed the Island
Beautification and Core Develop-
ment plan now in the preparative
stages with the land planning firm
The plan will be discussed at
the January 28 meeting and input
"The PBA is leading the way to
facilitate sharing the tax information
to all leaseholders and interested
parties, not just our members."
Glenn Windham, treasurer
sessor and tax collector followed
the Santa Rosa County taxation of
improvements and it is expected
they will do the same on the land.
"The PBA is leading the way
to facilitate sharing the tax infor-
mation to all leaseholders and in-
terested parties, not just our mem-
bers," said Glenn Windham, trea-
surer. "I hope those who have not
joined will recognize the efforts of
this group and sign up. It is so
important for Islanders to have a
voice in these matters."
The PBA board, at their meet-
p u t
at a public forum to be set in Feb-
Jim Cox, who represents PBA
on the steering committee in-
volved with the Island Beautifica-
tion and Core Area Development
plan, announced that the steering
committee would meet at 11 a.m.
on January 12 at the Santa Rosa
Island Authority boardroom to re-
view ideas and develop a list of
comments and questions for
EDSA. Cox noted that each of the
three plans which have been pre-
sented so far included a parking
garage, which PBA members were
not in favor of.
Input from Beach residents is
very important according to Cox.
"Comments of the residents and
their ideas will receive serious
consideration in the development
of the final plan," he said.
It will be easy to sign up for a
new membership or renewal at the
PBA January 28 meeting. A spe-
cial table will be set aside for this
"We now have a total of 253
households as members," Cox
said. "We have opened the mem-
bership books for accepting re-
newals and new members. Our
major strength is in numbers."
Dues are $30 per household
Members of the board and
committees in attendance in addi-
tion to Cox were Windham, Bob
Sprowls, Ray Ascherfeld, Lowell
Graves, Max Scroggin, Cathy
Kress, Lila Cox, Scott Holland,
Sandi Johnson and Shelley
For more information go to
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Board Adds Tax Issues To Pensacola
Beach Advocates Membership Meeting
Published every other Tuesday
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January 12, 2010
January 12, 2010 Island Times PAGE 3
Barefoot on the Beach
By Jane Waters Cooper 9
After waiting more than a year
and a half, Beach residents re-
ceived a most unwelcome gift just
before Christmas from Judge
Michael Jones who ruled against
them in their ad valorem tax suit.
Unwelcome, yes. Unexpected, no.
The 49-page document which
contained the summary judgment
left many questions unanswered.
Many Beach folks have won-
dered how and why the Tax As-
sessor could issues bills begin-
ning in 2004 while there was and
still is a law in the Florida Statutes
which says ad valorem taxes can-
not be assessed against beach im-
provements. Or at least we
thought the ruling that Ruepert
Bryan received in the Supreme
Court protected us all. Not so,
Judge Jones said, pointing out that
the only people who will not have
to pay taxes are the few who were
actually named in the 1980s suit.
Furthermore, the Judge was en-
couraged by the ruling against the
Navarre Beach leaseholders who
began paying in 2004. There is a
considerable difference between
the leases on Navarre and
Pensacola Beach. It does not ap-
pear to be a very valid reason for
ruling against Pensacola Beach
residents, although most of the
commercial and residential tax
suits have already ended in favor
of the tax collector.
When I moved to Pensacola
Beach in 1979, I arrived in the
midst of a drive to eliminate ad
valorem taxation on the Beach.
Margaret Lloyd, a former Cap-
tain in the Marine Corps, was the
president of the Residents and
Leaseholders Association. About
once a month she would pack her
briefcase full of data and head to
Tallahassee to tell the legislators
that the residents of the Beach
were being double taxed. She
looked them straight in the eye
and told them, "This is illegal."
The current legislature says
there is nothing they can do to
help us now, and they may very
well have told Margaret the same
thing, but she wasn't one to back
away from her course. Semper Fi.
Her trips to the Capitol may
have had some effect on the case
when the decision was reached in
the Supreme Court.
Although those of us who
paid taxes never got a refund, we
did get relief from double taxation
since all we had to pay from 1984
to 2004 were lease fees.
The Navarre case developed
a whole new classification called
equitable ownership. In legal
terms this meant we owned the im-
provements; could buy, sell and
lease and therefore, they were tax-
able. There is much room for argu-
ment here, just as Danny Kepner
of Shell, Fleming, Davis and
Menge; and the late M.J. Menge
used when defending the lease-
What are our chances now of
getting the original court decision
over ruled? Who knows? The at-
torneys immediately filed for a re-
hearing, citing the differences be-
tween Pensacola Beach leases and
others and asked for the court to
follow the statutes which pro-
hibit the issuance of tax certifi-
cates to enforce real estate taxes
on improvements and to set the
interest rate at 12 percent begin-
ning in 2004.
At press time, there had
been no response to the hear-
ing. Next, we may have the Dis-
trict Court of Appeals hear the
case. If it is deemed advisable,
the case can go all the way to
the Supreme Court.
It is interesting to note that
Judge Jones did list all the
Escambia County services which
the Beach does not support like
the mass transit system, librar-
ies and indigent burials among
a host of others. He did not men-
tion the MSBU which leasehold-
ers have paid to the County for
years. Nor did he cite the bed
tax which brings almost two mil-
lion dollars per year to Escambia
County's coffers. The Beach
rarely receives any money in re-
turn except over the last two
years when the Chamber was a
beneficiary of a modest grant.
The toll booth collections
were not mentioned nor the
amount of money from the Beach
which goes into the County's
general fund. All this and the
Beach is entirely self-sufficient;
doesn't cost the County a dime
Our best bet right now is to
beef up our resources. This means
joining and becoming active in the
affairs of the Pensacola Beach Ad-
vocates. This organization is on
top of the tax information and you
will get the first hand results of
any action taken. More than 250
families already belong, but num-
bers are a significant asset. Every-
one should join.
Maybe, we should form a
caravan to Tallahassee, and take
up Margaret Lloyd's battle cry,
"Ladies and gentlemen,
Pensacola Beach residents are
about to be double taxed again.
This is illegal. Can you stop it?"
And, look them straight in
Surfers Gather For Annual
Memorial and Celebration
It is time to honor the Brothers
of the Sea. The twentieth Surfer's
Memorial will be hosted at Paradise
Bar and Grill on January 12 begin-
ning around 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome at the an-
nual gathering which serves as a
social time for the Beach surfing fam-
ily to reconnect, and remember
those they have lost.
"There will be music, celebra-
tions and give-aways," said Freddy
Esposito, local surfer.
The Surfer's Memorial boards
bearing the names of those who
have passed away along with pho-
tos will be on display. Willy Dail
is at the top of the Memorial list.
According to the Surfer's Memo-
rial story, "Willy moved the Beach
in the 1950s and grew up on the
island with the white sand beaches
and the vast Gulf of Mexico as his
playground. By the time he had
reached high school, Willy had re-
sorted to the pastime so many of
his beach cohorts had succumbed
to; surfing. Much to the chagrin
of his dad, he whiled away the days
of youth indulging the hedonistic
Some of these Pensacola Beach
surf pioneers are now gone.
"I read the list each year. We
have lost some dear friends and we
miss them. They will never be for-
gotten," said Esposito who main-
tains the Surfer's Memorial website.
For information about the
Surfer's Memorial go to
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Former Pensacola Beach
Mayor and his first lady, Bobby
and Patti Barrington send holiday
greetings to all their friends.
Bobby will be remembered for stop-
ping traffic so Mardi Gras partiers
could dance in the streets, but his
most memorable event drew na-
tional publicity when he helped
the Flamingo Social Club install a
flock of pink birds on top of the
Sundeck Saloon in the Sandspur
Republic. The SRIA did not take
kindly to the display, but the me-
dia loved it.
No matter how you measure
it, sixty-eight years is a long time.
Edie and Dallas Draper celebrated
their 68th wedding anniversary on
December 23. Among their claims
to fame other than the longevity
of their marriage is their son
Bobby, famous former owner of
Bobby D's Beach Bar and now, the
world's greatest Saints fan.
Louise Savelli emails from
Panama City that she had a
"jillion" calls about the story
which Barefoot wrote on the Sand-
spur Republic in the December 3
issue. "It bought back so many
happy memories," the former Gen-
eral Manager of the Surf and Sand
Cottages said. Thanks for staying
in touch, Weezie.
Ella Hess, who never misses
Mardi Gras on the Island, said she
will return as soon as she is fin-
ished with her South Florida va-
cation which included a trip to the
Orange Bowl football game on
January 5. Ella lives part time in
Iowa so we know who she was
rooting for. Her team was a big
winner in their match-up against
George Henshall and
Courtney Winstead ring in a new
year on their birthday calendars
during the first week of January.
George celebrated on January 2.
Courtney's Mental Health Night
gals surprised her with dinner and
gifts on January 6.
Hard working Jesse Brown
keeps his Native Caf6 customers
happy and full with his hearty om-
elets and homemade soups. The
Caf6 sat quiet for a few days last
month when he wed his sweetheart
Beach residents Barry and
Cathy Long hosted an open house
birthday bash two days before
Christmas. Their birthdays, which
are usually lost in the holiday rev-
elry, were landmarks. They had one
hundred candles to blow out to-
When the cruise ship left the
dock in New Orleans headed for
Cozumel, Beach friends quickly
found each other. Travel agent
Judy Shane, who lives at
Portofino, shared the information
about the New Year's Day voyage
and signed up a long list of Island-
ers. Nancy and Jim Kittel were cel-
ebrating Nancy's birthday and
were seated at the table next to Carl
and DJ Zemenick for dinner. In
fact the boarding list looked like a
beach roll call: Bernhard, Phaneuf,
Brownell, Caro, Crosby, Davis,
Drew, Gipps, Lyster, Goldberger,
Hicks, Hodges, Hollenbeck,
Huggins, Jensen, Jarzab,
Kennedy, Salinas, Pattin, Koncan,
Luther, McKnight, McLaughlin,
Milburn, Ramsey, Moses, Randle,
Savage, Serio, Shay, Smith, Turner,
Todd, Welsh, and Van Dyk.
Lila Cox and Joan Fetty have
staked the claim for the first Krewe
of Drew chapter on the Beach. The
Saints fans are steadfast in their
belief that the talented quarterback
can march the team to the Super
The Krewe of Wrecks is invit-
ing all members of the royal courts
to return to this year's 30th anni-
versary celebration. Let Jeff
Goudey know if you are going to
join the fun, 850-291-6957.
The Trivia Master has been
patting himself on the back as he
travels in egotistical Heaven. A
whole week had gone by and not
one regular player had answered
the last question correctly. He
thought he had stumped everyone
once again and he was the forever
puffed up toad. Until the very last
minute that is.
Here comes the Queen of
Wrong Answers, Joanne Brooks,
with, of all things, the right answer.
The question was "Two bands
played more than any others at the
Wrecks' balls and parties during the
early years of Mardi Gras on the Is-
land. Can you name one of them?"
The two correct answers were Don
Gumpert and his Dixieland Band
who played at the Champagne
Breakfast and at Bobby D's for the
street dance; and Joe Occhipinti was
the correct second choice. He al-
ways brought his finest danceable
music to the ball.
Joanne answered Don
Gumpert and his Dixieland Band.
The shirt is your QWA. Choose
your color. Also, please note you
are just one shirt away fromjoin-
ing the prestigious group at the
Countess Kim LoBue, ineli-
gible by virtue of her numerous
correct answers, did email the
names of both bands correctly, so
she is still a champ.
And now to some of the
wrong answers which came from
the hot dry sands of Arizona to
the cool waterfalls of Arkansas
and points in between.
The Garcias got the most
votes, and they did play a lot at
the Holiday Inn and other Beach
hot spots, but not at the Wrecks
parties. Sir Bill Greene from Sand
Box West in Arizona; Kelly
Eddins, Sharon Simmons from Hot
Springs Village, all thought they
did. The Queen of Wrong Answers
emailed The Island Authority (re-
member them?) and Lazy Day, be-
fore she finally hit pay dirt.
Bob Seitz from Arkansas
guessed Avalon. (They were a
great band but did not play for the
Here's an easy one. "What do
the Mardi Gras colors stand for?"
Please answer in the follow-
ing order purple, green and gold.
Don't hesitate oryou will lose this
one. Hurry to your computer and
email the correct answers righi
Rules are the same. Be the firsi
to email the correct answer to win
a coveted t-shirt. Send youi
answer to islandtimes@
bellsouth.net with "trivia" in the
subject line and include your name,
phone number. Hurry! Deadline to
answer is Tuesday, January 19.
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- .. Friday, Jan 22 Warm Up Party
Saturday, Jan 23 Krewe of Nauga
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The waterfront dance floor is tented for all
kinds of weather. Heaters are fired up
and so are the parties!
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Wrecks Test Drive Tiaras In Preparation For Queen's Dinner and Parade Day
Wrecks members love tiaras and
they love parties, so they are put-
ting the two items together. The
edict, which was issued by her royal
highness Paulette Provost, the
Krewe of Wrecks queen who rules
over the Mardi Gras on the Island,
states that all shall wear a tiara to
the February 1 Wrecks meeting.
"We are having one more tiara
meeting," Queen Paulette said. "So
wear your tiaras to the Elk's Lodge
on February 1. I have spoken."
Tiaras, some lovingly crafted
showed up on the heads of many
Wrecks like the pair that Lila and Jim
Cox wore which honored the New
Orleans Saints. They were the
Krewe of Drew fleur de lis tiaras.
Jean and Tom Luke were
standouts in their headgear as was
Running Around Wreck Jeff
Goudey. If there had been a prize for
the biggest tiara, Melanie Waite
would have won. No prizes were
awarded, but bragging rights were
running high at the meeting.
Even the most fun loving
krewes manage to sandwich in a
little business among the pranks
and frivolity. Even the Wrecks.
Tickets are still available for the
Grand Costume Ball and the Cham-
pagne Breakfast at $30 each.
The Ball will be at the Elk's
Lodge on February 7. It is open to
the public and some tickets will be
available at the door. The chefs at
the Lodge will prepare heavy hours
d'oeuvres and music will be by
Chuck Connell and EZ Money. The
theme of the Ball is "ShipWrecked
on the Beach for Thirty Years," and
there will be a cash prize for the cos-
tume contest. Parking will be at the
Lodge and also next door.
Tickets for the Queen's Dinner
at Flounder's and the King's Supper
at the Elk's Lodge are now available.
The Wrecks membership is still
open to new members. For more in-
formation or to purchase tickets,
email Treas-Wreck Melanie Waite at
You can also purchase tickets
at the next Wrecks meeting, January
18 at PegLeg's at 6 p.m.
King of Coma Don Richards pins a rhinestone King of Wrecks Tommy Grice is very coy in his petite Jean and Tom Luke's tiaras glittered under
krewe pin on photographer DJ Zemenick. tiara. He will turn over his reign on Feb. 13. Flounder's dance floor lights.
CRABS WE GOT 'EM
Only restaurant on Pensacola Beach offering breath taking views
of the Gulf while dining directly on the beach. Come as you are
straight off the sandy beach and enjoy our indoor/outdoor bar and gulf
side deck. Crabs has the largest selection of Crab on the beach, was
voted Best Crab by News Journal readers. She Crab Soup, Stuffed
Blue Crabs,Alaskan Snow, King orDungeness you'll find them all!
We have many other seafood favorites on our menu as well as a great
assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Don't forget to try one
of our signature drinks like 'The Crab Trap' which come with a souve-
nir glass to keep!
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch with live Steel Band. Look
for the Red Roof on Pensacola Beach. 850-932-0700
PARADISE BAR AND GRILL
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. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch of the Day. Renee's Famous
Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour 11-7. Live Bands. Poker on Monday
Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, it's di-
rectly on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7
SIDELINE'S SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT
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 games.
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
FLOUNDER'S CHOWDER HOUSE
Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neathh the moon and
stars. Offering fresh Seafood including Tuna, Mahi and of course
Flounder! Award winning chowder, po boys, burgers and
Pensacola Beach Style baked oysters. Sample our Fresh catch
including the Shrimp Boat Platter- loaded with shrimp cocktail,
BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp and U-peel ems.
Kids love our Pirate Ship playground located on our beach well
within view of dining parents. For late night revelers- Flounder's is
host to the worlds finest beach bands. Dance all night on Flounder's
beach to the most popular bands from across the south.
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch. At the Traffic Light on
beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003
visit these island restaurants,
pubs and bistros for fun
after the sun sinks into the sea
Ahoy, Matey. You've found a Pensacola Beach treasure.
Pirates 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. Din-
ner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Land-
lubbers. Take home a t-shirt.
Look for the Jolly Rogers flying over the west end of the
Island at 1010 Fort Pickens Road. We're here everyday at 11.
MCGUIRE'S IRISH PUB
One of America's great steakhouses; proudly serving USDA
Prime Steaks, seafood and Irish specialties including Irish fisherman's
bouillabaisse, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie all inside
a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuire's
is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed
dollar bills hanging from the ceilings of the pub. Live entertainment
coupled with great food and warm and friendly service by Employees
who Give a Damn! Visit our on-site brewery and the O'Tolf Wine
Cellar featuring the complete vertical collection of the Chateau Mou-
ton RothschildArtist Series. Featured on NBC's 'Today' Show, highly
recommended by Fodors, Frommers andAAA travel guides, Florida
Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member.
Open every day at 11 am, 850-433-6789 mcguiresirishpub.com
The 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 Music
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. Karaoke Tuesday. "Grilling & Chillin"
with Lost Kees, Sat-Sun 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Across from the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Open 10
am until 3am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com for photo gal-
lery and event schedule.
Open at 7:30 a.m. seven days a week. Owned and operated by
friendly natives serving locally produced seafood and delicacies.
The Fish Tacos are an experience to enjoy. The owners say their
goal is to preserve the unique flavors of the Gulf Coast. Go fresh.
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PAGE 6 Island Times January 12, 2010
2010? Holy Cow, who'dathunk
it ? I surely never imagined I'd last
this long. Or be this lucky. That ex-
plains why I'll never win the lottery.
I used up all my luck in everyday
living. And you know what? That
suits me just fine because I'd never
trade living in Paradise for mere dol-
lars and cents. I know money can
buy a view, but it sure can't buy
what I feel in my heart and soul each
day as I give thanks for this gift.
That's my only New Year's resolu-
tion; remembering to give thanks
While we're in gratitude mode,
a great big Thank You goes out to
Claire and Eric Marcy for pulling off
a fabulous New Year's Eve celebra-
tion. If you missed the "Old Tim-
ers" party on New Year's Eve; then
you missed out. What fun! We ac-
tually had a Champagne Toast at 8
in the evening. And screamed
"Happy New Year!" Ohmy, we gave
the young people at The Islander
quite a show.
More thanks to Rick and Karen
Hagford as well as Ken and Cindy
Kelley for sharing their incredible
view, southern hospitality and warm
friendship with Charlotte Spencer,
Melissa Clark and me. Watching
New Year's Eve fireworks from the
sixteenth floor of a beachfront
condo. I never did see the inside
of the condo, except for getting ice
in the kitchen. I was glued to the
balcony view. That was an awesome
New Year's Eve. I can't imagine how
we could possibly top that next year.
Thanks also to the Beach Cham-
ber. You did a great job on the fire-
works display. We all enjoyed the
show. It was a beautiful night all
Did you ever try explaining the
busy beach lifestyle to someone that
doesn't and has never lived here?
It's next to impossible. My family
and friends elsewhere in the Coun-
try simply do not understand how
we can be soooo busy down here.
Well, y'all know 'cause we just had
New Year's, then Tiara Night with
Queen Paulette Provost at the
Krewe of Wrecks meeting hosted by
Flounder's, then a King Kake Party
kicking off Mardi Gras, plus the
Nereids Queen's Breakfast (before
the Kake party), Courtney
Winstead's and Nancy Kittel's Birth-
day celebrations. We attended the
Krewe of Wrecks meeting at
Paddy's, and are ready for the Moon
Pie Party, and the Junkanoo Chili
Cook-Off Party, just to name a few.
See, it made me tired just typing all
that. There's a calendar full of Mardi
Gras stuff at the bottom of the page.
Congratulations to two of my
favorite people, the new 2010 Mys-
tic Krewe of Nereids Royalty King
Jim and Queen Courtney Winstead.
Really, both are more than deserv-
ing of this position and they have
certainly earned those shining
crowns that go so beautifully with
those sparklin' faces and smiles!
I'm tossing in this really easy
chili recipe this week because it's one
of my husband Bill's favorite dishes.
Hey, maybe next issue's recipe will
be the winning recipe from the
Junkanoo's Cook-Off! (And, I'm still
waiting for Morrie Drees' Fish ho Io\ -
der recipe.) Don't forget to support
your fellow krewes! Let's cook....
2 Ibs. ground beef
2 Ibs. chuck steak, cubed
1 Med. Onion, chopped
16 oz. Tomato Sauce
6 oz. Tomato Paste
3 Tbsp. chili powder (or 2 chili
1 Tbsp. beef bouillon
1 Tsp. Celery Salt
2 Cans Chili Beans (or kidney beans)
Combine ground beef, steak
and onion; brown until ground beef
is done. Drain and add rest of ingre-
dients. Stirring well, bring to aboil,
then simmer, covered, until steak is
fork tender. Serves a bunch.
As with all my recipes, I sug-
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unique blend of spices, beans, or
meat. Why not add some cheddar
cheese ontop of your chili? Remem-
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The monarchs of the
Krewe of Nereids, King
Nerus XVIII and his Queen
Doris, were crowned at the
King Kake Party, Saturday,
January 9 at the Paradise.
Ruling the allfemale krewe
of mystical mermaids are
Jim and Courtney Winstead
of Gulf Breeze.
January 12, 2010 Island Times PAGE 7
Community Concert Salutes Those Who Make A Difference
The Atrium at the Naval Avia-
tion Museum aboard Naval Air Sta-
tion Pensacola will be filled with
superstars on Wednesday, January
20 at 7 p.m. Regionally famous
musicians from Pensacola and
Nashville will play a tribute concert
to "Those Who Make ADifference."
The honorees will be those who
serve, protect and make this world
a better place according to Lorrie
Woollard, event promoter.
"We are dedicating this evening
of fine music to those who serve in
our military, our police force, fire
fighters, community volunteers and
business leaders who make a differ-
ence," said Woollard. "They are the
unsung heroes and will be recog-
nized at the event."
Pensacola Beach music fans are
well familiar with singer and guitar
player Ronnie Levine who will per-
form with his new musical group,
One World Beach.
"I have brought all of my com-
posing and arranging skills to the
project to create a wonderful syn-
thesis of the diverse music from
America's Gulf Coast. Elements of
Reggae, Calypso and Bossa inter-
twine with dashes of Rhythm and
Blues to form fresh new textures and
shapes inthe musical landscape. The
melodies are memorable and the
rhythms are irresistible," Levine
Levine's appearance will be fol-
lowed by Nashville stars Songwriter
Alex Call, Lisa Carrie and
Nashville's Firestarters will round
out the program.
Carrie and Call are no strangers
to the event's Master of Ceremonies
Quint Studer. Studer, the founder of
the Studer Group in GulfBreeze, has
discovered his talent for writing song
lyrics. When the trio teamed up, a
powerful album called Passion and
Purpose was created. Selected songs
will be performed on Jan. 20.
The doors open at 6 p.m. and
the concert begins at 7 p.m. There
is no charge to attend, but attendees
must have a ticket. Complimentary
tickets can be picked up in the lobby
of the Santa Rosa Island Authority
office on Pensacola Beach and at the
Gulf Breeze Chamber of Com-
merce. More ticket information is
available at the NAS Public Affairs
Office, 850-452-3100, ext. 1539.
Ronnie Levine and his One World Beach group will perform at the Those Who
Make A Difference Concert, January 20. Levine performs at various locations
and festivals on Pensacola Beach.
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in time for Valentine's Day. If you
want to give your special sweetheart
a new pearl ring or necklace and
assist the Auxiliary in their
fundraising efforts, mark your cal-
endar for February 8 and 9. The sale
which is held in the Gulf Breeze
Hospital Cafeteria in the mainbuild-
ing. will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday
and at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The sale
closes at 4 p.m. both days. The
funds raised go to the care and com-
fort of the patients.
The Auxiliary will host a Fine
Linens Sale on Monday, February
22, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the
Ciano Building on the Gulf Breeze
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Marion Ginn at 850-916-4376.
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Irish Eyes Are Smiling On The Krewe of St. Patrick
The Krewe of St. Patrick was
born on the eve of Twelfth Night,
January 5, at Flounder's ho liodcl
House on Pensacola Beach, when
Amy Martin stood on a table at
Flounder's, and greeted the eighty-
six founding members of the new
"On behalf of my family, wel-
come to the Krewe of St. Patrick,"
Amy said. "McGuire, Molly, Jim,
Billy and I are proud to introduce a
new krewe on the Beach."
After Amy left the table top, the
members of the fledgling krewe ac-
complished a string of Irish miracles
which made the group immediately
ready to roll.
Founding officers were elected
including Jeff Elbert, president;
Robbie Leggett, vice-president;
Jody Craney, secretary; Linda Pate,
treasurer; and Phil Parker, Sergeant-
The monarchs who will rule as
the first ever Lord and Lady of St.
Patrick are Gerry O'Mahony and Rita
This krewe began to take shape
when McGuire and Molly were the
Krewe of Wrecks parade marshals
in 2009. McGuire noticed that his
double decker bus was almost empty
as it moved along the parade route.
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Amy thanked Rita Finkbone,
Karen Cook Cowen and Lisa Newell
for their assistance in laying the
groundwork for the organization.
"Although the three restau-
rants which are sponsoring this
krewe, McGuire's, Crab's, and
Flounder's all have slogans," Amy
said, "We will have our own, 'Have
a good time!'"
Lady Rita told the group that
the theme for the krewe this year
would be Faithfully Green.
"Everyone should wear green,"
she said. "You already have a green
t-shirt as part of your membership,
so you have a start."
Being a card carrying member
of the Krewe of St. Patrick brings
numerous benefits. Founding mem-
bers will have a dues cap of $50 for-
ever. They will be entitled to attend
the Mardi Gras party and ride in the
parades which will be preceded by a
party of Irish proportions.
Not the least of all will be
monthly meetings the year round
where drinks will be served at Happy
Hour prices, which will also prevail at
all other times the St. Patricks are in
one of the three restaurants.
Fees to ride in the bus in the pa-
rade will be $75 to cover the cost of
throws and $10 to be a member of the
The Krewe has already adopted
a cause, Injured Marine Semper Fi
Marine Fund which is a fund to as-
sist injured Marines whenthey return
home for treatment.
"We will try to be sure that funds
are funneled to local Marines so they
know we appreciate them," Amy said.
McGuire Martin has long been
recognized as one of the most stead-
fast supporters of Mardi Gras on the
Island. Flounder's was the scene of
many early parties and the Grand Cos-
tume Ball. Molly was the queen of
the Krewe of Wrecks in 1984.
McGuire served as the Honorary
Grand Marshal in 1989. He created
and awarded the Grand Marshal's
Award for the best overall float in the
parade. The Pipe Band and the Bus
have always been a part of the Wrecks
famous parade. And they still have
the fabulously popular Queen's Din-
ner at Flounder's and the Wrecks
Champagne Breakfast is held at
So as Amy said, "Here we are
and we are 86 strong."
Yes, the Irish men and women of
all nationalities are sturdy and ready
to party. They will take their mission,
"Have a Good Time," to a higher level
where the leprechauns play and the
Irish go boldly forward where no
krewe has ever gone before.
Membership will close on Janu-
ary 18 or if it reaches 125 members.
Bringyourcheckfor$50 to McGuire's
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Members of the Krewe of St. Patrick raised a The first ever royalty of the Krewe of St. Patrick
toast to signify their approval of the slate of Irishmen were tapped at Flounder's on January 5. Lady Rita
who will serve as the Krewe's board. Vice-president Finkbone, left, will reign with Irishman Gerry
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January 12, 2010 Island Times PAGE 9
Dr Chuck Randle Announces Retirement
After serving as the pas-
tor of the Pensacola Beach
Community Church for
fourteen years, Dr. Chuck
Randle has announced his
In a letter received by his
parishioners last week, Chuck
said, "Although ourjourney has
lasted 14 years and I am past
80 years of age this has not been
an easy decision. Helen and I
have made deep and lasting
friends here in our church on
the Island. You are certainly a
loving, accepting and forgiving
congregation. The warmth you
have shared from the first time
we entered the doors of the
Church has been a great source
of encouragement to us. Very
few pastors have the privilege
of living beyond retirement in
such a loving atmosphere. I
have always been honored and
proud to be known as the pas-
tor of the Beach Church and I
cherish the experience that puts
an appropriate finish to a sixty
year span of ministry."
Chuck, who is also an Is-
land Times columnist, will offi-
cially retire June 30 of this year,
allowing time for the Church to
make the transition to a new
The Church Council will es-
tablish a Search Committee to
find a new pastor. The Beach
Church is affiliated with the
United Church of Christ.
Chuck has endeared him-
self not only to the members of
his congregation, but also to the
members of the Beach commu-
nity as he has become involved
in many joyous and difficult oc-
casions over the years.
The Krewe of Bananimals has
been hibernating. Well, sort of.
They have also been thinking
about the high days of Mardi Gras
which are now upon the Beach.
"We will meet every Sunday
from now through February 7 at
Dale's Big Deck at Sabine Sand-
bar," said King Bruce Yoder.
Although the Bananimals is
the only Beach krewe which meets
every month the year round, now
is the time to step up and get their
program rocking and rolling.
King Yoder talked about the
float which will be in the Krewe of
"We will have 24 positions for
riders," he said. "However, if they
are all taken we will put our small
float in. It holds sixteen people."
The Krewe intends to up-
grade the quality of the beads they
throw this year.
"We will provide more of the
better grade and larger beads the
crowd craves," Yoder said.
Rob Jackson and Jerry Wright
will represent their krewe at the
Cease Winter Hibernation
Safety Meeting. will allow for the use of color and
The Krewe's formal ball will will add photos to the format.
be January 30 at the Bay Beach "Postal service costs are go-
Inn in Gulf Breeze. ing even higher and the service is
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newsletter which he edits will now the future, so now is the time to
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Over 100 Realtors from throughout the state recently
attended the Florida State Women's Council of Realtors
2010 Leadership Orientation at the Hilton Resort on
Pensacola Beach. Nan Harper of Island Realty was the
coordinator of the event which included day long semi-
nars, luncheons and sightseeing.
With more than 280 Chapters and 18,000 members, the
Women's Council of Realtors is the twelfth largest U.S.
Women's professional organization and has one of the most
successful communication networks in the National Asso-
ciation of Realtors family. Chapters include menand women
who support the objectives of WCR and are interested in
serving the industry, the community and fellow REAL-
TORSX. Realtor delegates and local dignitaries attended a
an Harer i e instead as tate Pesident luncheon at the Hilton during the Leadership Orientation.
Nan Harpeer will be installed as 2010 State President
January 21 in Orlando. She willbe the first North Floridian
to hold the office since Gwen Appelquist was president in 1977. Pensacola will be well represented. Dave
Deplaned of Pro-Clean will travel to Orlando and act as Emcee, and numbers of members of the real estate
community will travel to the state conference to be part of the installation ceremony.
Pictured at right is the Florida State Women's Council of Realtors leadership team with local leaders. Front
Row: Em Weiner, 2009 President of the Pensacola Association of Realtors; Nan Harper, 2010 State WCR President;
Evon Emerson, President, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce; Buck Lee, Director, Santa Rosa Island Authority;
Maria Davis, Honorary SpanishVice Consul; Marie Avery, 2009 WCR State President. Back Row: Diane McCombs,
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Mostly Nuts Barry Predicts Winner
S Bolts Candac Sgar Tide Rolls To National Championship Title
My husband Ralph and I had a
wonderful Christmas, but right after
that we began another home im-
provement working marathon. We
are doing all the electrical work for
our new garage at our home in Tracy
For most couples, working with
your husband is probably not rec-
ommended. Working with one's ec-
centric husband is probably just
plain crazy! But it has occurred to
me that maybe the other person in-
volved in this caper (me) is equally
The difference between the two
of us is I am organized down to a
gnat's wing tip. I wired up 60 outlets
in two days. I could have competed
it faster, but the garage called for
Ground Fault Interrupt outlets
(GFI's), and I had to put in an addi-
tional grounding wire for the metal
boxes. Add a dose of carbon mon-
oxide from the temporary propane
heat, and I had to skip a day.
The propane heat gave me a fe-
ver, headache and all I wanted to do
was sleep. I took a bunch of Vitamin
C every three hours and within 10
hours I felt good again.
My suggestion is don't use
propane heat EVER! Instead use,
Janie hats and scarves. My sister,
Janie Dundas, is a Master Knitter.
The hat she knitted me is unbeliev-
ably warm. It keeps your neck and
ears toasty. The scarf is equally
wonderful. My friends at work are
always trying to buy my Janie scarf.
I don't think so, people. Not for
sale. Get your own master knitter.
Anyway I gave Ralph my hat
and scarf and guess what he didn't
balk at all. It was that cold.
So seriously consider when
working outside in the winter that
you need the appropriate gear to
keep you warm. Add it to your list of
Well, now that I have warmed
up while writing this column, I guess
I had better get back out there. We
have the electrical inspector coming
tomorrow. I want to make sure Ralph
hasn't added more outlets for me to
That's what happens when I
leave my task list grows exponen-
tially. Here's wishing all the do-it-
yourselfers a successful year of
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The crimson smoke has cleared
from the field and the crystal foot-
ball is resting securely in the hands
of Nick Saban, who has taken his
team to the pinnacle of college
gameday success. They lassoed the
Texas University longhorns by a
score of 37-21 on Thursday night,
January 7, in Pasadena, California to
be named National Champions.
Our own Barry McCleary, a de-
voted Alabama fan, traded lightly
through the maze of 34 BCS bowl
games, picking and choosing the
ones he thought would win. Barry
once again wound up with a respect-
able score of 62 percent correct an-
swers, representing 21 correct and
13 incorrect guesses.
Stay tuned for Barry's pick for
the Super Bowl Champion.
Winner of the Island Times
Contest, open to all, was Lowell
Graves, Beach resident and football
"I got off to a slow start," Lowell
said. "But then I had a run of correct
Lowell had 17 right and 17
wrong picks, so he finished with a
score of 50 percent and now has an
Island Times t-shirt to add to his
It's been a great year for col-
lege football even if the stellar
Florida team and Tim Tebow did
stumble in the SEC Championships.
Well, as all good loyal football fans
say, "There's always next year."
Racers Fill Island Streets At Pensacola Beach Run
Pensacola Beach will be blan-
keted with fleet footed athletes who
have registered to participate in the
Pensacola Runners Association's
annual 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon
Saturday, January 16. The starters
pistol will fire at 8 a.m. which will
send the runners off on a course
through Beach neighborhoods and
the central business district. The
route is set east down Via de Luna,
Ariola and through the neighbor-
Linda Taylor Murphy
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hoods until it finally winds back out
on Via De Luna. The post race fes-
tivities will be at Capt'n Fun's from
9 a.m. until noon.
"We hope to have over 1200
participants and approximately 200
runners are coming from out of
town," said Susi Lyon, a member of
the race coordination team. We
want to encourage visitors and lo-
cals to patronize Beach restaurants,
watering holes and shops."
Beach residents are encouraged
to cheer the athletes as they make
their way to the finish line. Traffic
delays should be anticipated, so
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It's the only time of year on the
Beach, when flip flops and t-shirts
are traded for long gowns and glit-
teringjewelry. Don't despair. Lisa at
Elite Repeats has assembled an ex-
tensive collection of formal and semi
formal wear perfect for Mardi Gras
balls and Champagne breakfasts.
The prices are low. The glam is high.
Located over the bridge in
Harbourtown. The party dresses are
waiting just for you.
McGuire's Irish Pub has once
again ranked among the best of the
best in Florida. The Florida Trend
Magazine has named McGuire's to
the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame.
Flounder's was included in the 500
Best Places to Dine in the State of
Florida by the magazine. Congrats.
The Pensacola Beach Chamber
ended the year with a soiree at the
Hilton. After the feasting, toasting
and door prize drawings, President
Jeff Elbert announced the executive
board officers for the upcoming year.
They are: Jeff Elbert, president;
Shelley Johnson, vice-president;
Rick Cantin, treasurer; and Diane
Tyson, secretary. Board members
include Karen Cook Cowen, Beverly
Boswell, Mike Nixon, and Nan
Harper. Maureen LaMar is the Ex-
Seamus Hunt sent out hun-
dreds of invitations to Patrick
Brown's 500th Irish Car Bomb Party
on January 16 at 9 p.m. No need to
alert Homeland Security, the Car
Bomb is a drink.
OUT WITHTE OLD
In Pandora de Balthazar's world
of antique linens, the new year sig-
nals a time to show off what's new
with the old. She will be exhibiting
her international collection of wares
at The Mews in Dallas, Texas until
January 17. She will travel to the
Miami Beach Antiques Show on
January 21. Pandora says the South
Florida show will have wonderful old
textiles, lovely linens, exquisite
tablecloths and laces. Attendees will
discover a world rarely seen. You
can experience this world in
Pensacola at the Pandora de
Balthazar showroom. No appoint-
The nesting turtles and their
hatchlings will be safer and more
productive if Pensacola Beach resi-
dents and businesses install turtle
friendly lighting. Plan to attend the
third annual Turtle Lighting Semi-
nar at the Santa Rosa IslandAuthor-
ity office on February 25 to learn
everything you need to know about
this topic. The day long seminar will
have local experts available to an-
swer your questions.
THREE DECADES OF MAGIC
The Krewe of Wrecks ship has
sailed down the Mardi Gras parade
route on Pensacola Beach for 30
years bringing an always welcome
boost to beach businesses. In cel-
ebration of the milestone, Island
Times will publish a commemorative
edition in February. It's an opportu-
nity for Beach businesses to con-
gratulate the Wrecks for creating the
most successful off season
event on the island. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to re-
serve your space.
The Grand Marlin is nearing
completion and the process of hir-
ing the friendly, professional staff
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individuals with a minimum of two
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hostess, retail, bartender and busser
positions, as well as grill cook, line
cook, utility, oyster shucker and
pantry positions. Applicants
should send resumes to
The Grand Marlinwill feature a main
dining area with an oyster bar, the
North Drop Bar, and private meet-
Everyone is always talking
about going green, but the
Pensacola Federation of Garden
Club in cooperation with the City of
Pensacola and Clean & Green is do-
ing it -they are hosting anArbor Day
Celebration and Tree Planting on
January 15 at 9 a.m. at the Green-
wood Park next to the NinthAvenue
The Pensacola Beach Woman's
Clubbers were the registration vol-
unteers at the New Year's Day Polar
Bear Plunge. A total of 96 bears
signed up to face the frigid waters
of Santa Rosa Sound behind Para-
dise Bar and Grill. Sandi Johnsonwas
heard commenting that the registra-
tion was a "zoo." Proceeds benefit-
ted the Beach Chamber.
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In the midst of their holiday luncheon at Hemingway's in December, the
Pensacola Beach Woman's Club toasted their December birthday
celebrants Nancy Crane, left, and Linda Saeger. The festive luncheon
included live music by the "Cheerful Cherubs" a group comprised of
Shawn Thomas, Steve Speirs, Sabrina George, and Patty Kattner.
dunday, Jan 31st, 3-7pm
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T4 4&4 TG LU E
2010 will be a memorable year
for my family. In fact, The Colonel
and I have less than 50 weeks until
we will have a teenager in our midst.
Trust me when I say The Kid is
counting down the days as he con-
tinues to perfect his pre-teen shtick
which I truly believe is nothing but
a preview of what's to come.
Right now The Kid is still con-
versing with us. He manages to an-
swer our questions by at least the
third request. His latest technique,
which either causes sheer parental
frustration or hysterical laughter,
depending on how lubricated our
tolerance levels are, is to answer our
questions with a question that ends
in"ist." For example, when I ask The
Kid if he took the trash out, he re-
sponds with "what are you a
trashist?" Then I have to explain to
him that his mother is not a
"trashist", but a "stinkist". That usu-
ally elicits the comeback of
The Kid is also fond of asking
a lot of questions. The truth of the
matter is I wasn't smarter than a fifth
grader last year, so what makes him
think I am of superior intelligence
to a sixth grader this year has me
totally baffled. Fortunately, I have
The Colonel as my first line of de-
fense. However, the "go ask your
dad" or "that's a great topic to dis-
cuss with your dad" tend to not al-
ways workbecause of The Colonel's
travel schedule. Thank goodness for
The set up to a typical question
goes something like this: "Mom, you
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5 North Q Street, just west of cor-
ner of Navy and Pace Blvd. 850-
432-4250. Adopt a pet and bring
a new member
into your fam-
L dIP ily. There are
lots of cats and
were a journalism major in college,
right? So what does 'editor-at-large'
While trying to gather my
thoughts for the easiest way to ex-
plain that an editor-at-large is a jour-
nalist who contributes content to a
publication on a semi-regular basis
and is not responsible for the day to
day grind, I get served with "Any
time now. What were you sleeping
Humbled, I finally answer and
then I ask The Kid what's the fasci-
nation with "editor-at-large" be-
cause there is always a catch.
With a half-cocked grin and the
first signs of oil glands gone astray,
he hands over the 4-page kids' sec-
tion of "The Washington Post" with
the inside having been printed up-
side down. His final comment was
that maybe the editor-at-large should
become the editor-at-small and in-
vade the brains of the pressmen re-
sponsible for printing the paper.
Always a catch.
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The Kid has also become quite
fascinated with his bicep and ab
muscles. At five feet, two inches tall
and 80 pounds soaking wet, he's no
Mr. Universe. He does, however, do
a great impersonation of the Termi-
nator turned Governator while wear-
ing nothing but his pajama pants and
a pair of sunglasses. Ijust count my
blessings that it's Arnold
Schwarzenegger who has caught his
attention, and not Ray Stevens, com-
poser and singer of the 1970s hit
So I plant savor 2010. Thanks
to Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, cre-
ators of the comic strip "Zits," I
know what my future holds. An
eventual 15-year-old who will ask
that he be taken shopping. I, too, will
get all misty eyed like the neatly ink
drawn mom, thinking that The Kid
still wants to be seen with me. Of
course, he will tell me that what he
meant was I drive him to the mall
and then wait in the car while he
goes shopping. Until next time...
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Krewe of Junkanoo Chili Cook Off,
Saturday, January 16 at the
Sandshaker from 1 to 4 p.m.
"We have a long list of well-
qualified chili cooks who are ready
to wow the judges," said Leigh
Weaver, Junkanoo event coordina-
tor. "The recipes are closely
guarded secrets, so your guess at the
ingredients is as good as mine."
The public is invited to taste all
the entries and vote for their favor-
ite. The charge to taste and judge is
$5, payable at the door.
The categories include first,
second and third place in best over-
all tasting chili. There is a separate
category, Battle of the Badge, for
the police, firefighter and EMT en-
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THE SEAGULLS SING
Ode To The Cond- H
Veranda Side b
by Samuel S. McNeely
High above the steady-pounding surf B1
Sails the lover's moon in a sea of stars Y(
Lavishly splashed from the two Dippers, In
Full-rigged or cresent like a canoe. P1
In the East a concentration of pink
And clouds drift slowly, softly, ruddy-quilted.
Far behind the wall of the horizon
Clambers the golden Sun
Then takes off like an orange balloon -
The main event at a children's fair.
At water's edge wait the gray patient gulls
Or hunting reveal astonishing eyesight and skill -
Masters of the grace of flight. Or pelicans
Diving, diving, putting on their show.
Or visiting squadrons of ducks
Dipping beneath the surface like inverse dolphins.
By noon the bosomy ocean is shimmering
And sparkling with limitless diamonds,
Until in the West occur
Sudden convulsions of color-mad art.
All around the veranda
Are potted ferns and sago palms
And geraniums flourishing green and red -
Garnish of the soul's expanse.
Where cool breeze or warm sunshine
Obedient to Time's mood
Is on offer as desired.
Only Nature's seasonal wrath
Will intrude on her idea of peace.
y Harry Hewson
zza is like a pie
ut are you going to die?
you've had an arrest
your favorite vest,
ease, don't eat it on rye.
by Harry Hewson
The plane swoops down and dives
To defeat the other Mustang
The mighty plane won.
reading' the water .
woke up this morning' before the break of day
thinking' bout fishing some kind of way
I should be working but, not today
I'll be reading' the water on P'cola bay
ridin' 'round looking' to see what's at play
from the Bob Sikes to Pickens and all along the way
stakin' them Spanish their following' their prey
ya, just reading' the water the P beach way
let's look for some Pompano the catch of the day
8 bucks a pound the Joe Patti way
around "234" we'll watch and we'll wait
just reading' the water, so man don't be late
headin' to the shallows of Santa Rosa Sound
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Tony Lovelace. His grandad is one of the Beach's favorite Irishmen
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Player of the Year Crowned at Beach Poker Tables
A half decade of Texas Hold'Em
4444 Fun poker games came to a
close at the end of the 2009. The
poker stars outshined the full moon
on December 31 when Justin Scher
was named Player of the Year on
Pensacola Beach with a record
thirty-four wins to his credit. Phil
Tracy posted twenty-six first places,
followed by dealing diva and card
sharp Billie Urquhart with fourteen
The poker faithful cheered the
accomplishments of Todd Lentini,
Donnie Beall, Jenny Doherty, Tootie
Humphrey, Kristin Larmier, Glenn
Burleson, Eric Weatherford, Trace
Lewis and Tex Atkinson who
rounded out the 2009 leaderboard.
Results from the previous
weeks' games in downtown
Pensacola Beach are as follows:
Justin Scher cemented his
Player of the Year status with a win
over Chad Bonnet from New Orleans
on December 26. Chad is the former
owner of Bayou-a-Poboy in Gulf
Billie Urquhart gave herself a
late Christmas present by earning the
Female Player of the Year title on her
way to beating Carl Wilsey on De-
Justin Scher took the final tour-
ney of the year with a win over Scott
Tomey. The twosome outlasted a
field of 16 players onDecember29.
Billie Urquhart started off 2010
with a big win over longtime Beach
poker player Trace Lewis on Janu-
ary 2. Erica Sirmonwas third.
Two new faces came to the
winner's circle in January when Les
Archer took down his son-in-law
Larry Mohn in their very first final
on January 3.
Big Jerry Limle likes to win. And
win he did, when he amassed $15.9
million in 4444Fun chips. James Tay-
lor was the runner up among the 18
players on December 28.
The north winds blew but the
seventeen players who came to the
poker tables at the Shaker were
warmed by abig pot of Mike Wood's
Chicken Noodle and Veggie soup.
The final table included Chris "the
kid" Haskin, the King of Mardi Gras
Tommy Grice, Col. Phil Tracy andthe
eventual winner of the battle, Law-
man Larry Paz.
Texas Hold 'Em 4444 Fun games
are open to anyone who is 21 and
older and has a basic knowledge of
For more information, contact
poker promoter Rick Uzdevenes at
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The memories of three de-
cades of Mardi Gras will come pa-
rading back as the vintage photos
dance across the
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in the first ever royal court. "And,
now, it has grown to be series of
premier offseason events culmi-
nating in a region-
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be published February The full color
5 by Island Times to publication will be
honor the Krewe of _. a keepsake captur-
Wrecks. ing the spirit of the
"In spite of the island Mardi Gras.
naysayers, a small The history, the
band of islanders fol- royalty and the
lowed the Head Wreck volunteers who
Jane Waters Cooper gave so willingly
into the magical land of and partied so
Mardi Gras. They cast / j hard will grace its
off their winter wor- 1 pages. Copies will
ries and frets to pro- Jane Waters Cooper be distributed free
duce a funky kind of Krewe of Wrecks founder on Pensacola
festival on their tiny barrier is- Beach and also be available online
land," said Liz Hewson, deckhand at www.MyIslandTimes.com.
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Local surfer and Beach businessman Gabby Barrett signals a touchdown Jim Cox said "the Devil made him A Polar Bear disguised as Becky
Nate Holler was invigorated by the for making it to the finish line at the Plunge" into the ice cold waters of Shearman, the long-term Honorary
water at the New Year's Day Polar Bear New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at Santa Rosa Sound on New Year's Day Mayor of Pensacola Beach, showed
Plunge at Paradise. Paradise. at the Polar Bear Plunge. up at the New Year's Day event.
s L V Al I L L I N I
Ray Cocuy was the winner of the Is-
land Times Plungewear Contest. He
was dressed as an Oompa Loompa
complete with orange face paint.
Marcia Hoven, right, checks on her All American Polar Bear Swim Team at the This Siamese Cat hesitantly took to the icy waters of Santa Rosa Sound at the
New Year's Day event at Paradise. Clad in fuzzy red, white and blue hats are (L January 1 Polar Bear Plunge. Best friends Sarah Morgan, 19, and Chelsea Benny Fairey, 12, braved the white
to R): Nicole Rutherford, Mac Green, Lance Brannon, Shannon Green, and Ready, 19, from Gulf Breeze, teamed up for the third year to costume and capped waterto make the NewYear's
Willie McLeod. Some team members traveled from as far as Michigan and participate in the Chamber's event hosted at Paradise Bar and Grill. Day Polar Bear Plunge at Paradise.
Mississippi to take the plunge.
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T& t rnss i n t, inn F"ana....
Nereids Let The Moonpies Fly FULL SERVICE
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Two "Snow Birds" from Wis-
consin who come to the Beach ev-
ery year are Darryl and Linda.
They become part of our commu-
nity at the Church and volunteer
"Brrrr" on Darryl Saeger
We've been hearing that word
a lot lately since
our cold, cold l
weather has come
to our area. We
kind of expect
January, but mid
and upper twen-
ties is ridiculous!
Some of us can't .
wait until those
nice, warm days
Up North, in
snowmobiling and Linda
cross country ski-
ing country, and even down hill
skiiing in some areas, the longing
is for colder weather and lots of
snow. I remember those days we
would put on several layers of
clothing, hidden by a one-piece
snowmobiling suit, and intention-
ally go out to "enjoy" the frigid
weather by riding the trails
through the forests and over the
hills. Cold, yes, but it was enjoy-
One of the things that made it
bearable was the fact that some-
one generally carried some black-
berry brandy, and we would stop
every once in a while to take a sip
which we thought kind of warmed
up the body.
Di. Chuck Rmidle, Paslor
Going into one of the small
"restaurants" along the way was
generally resisted because we
could get warm and sweaty inside
all that clothing, and that made it
worse when we returned to the
And cross-country skiing
helped bring warmth to the body
because of the energy exerted by
propelling those skis across the
But, that was up North
where we expected to get out in
the cold, but here in the South,
its supposed to be warm! The
nice thing here in the South is
that we know this won't last
through Easter that within a
short period of time, we will again
feel the warm sun on
our faces, and the
i.. }, warm breezes from
S the Gulf invading
our area. Many of
us, even those of us
from the North, can
Just as "absence
makes the heart grow
fonder," so the lack of
warm weather makes
us appreciate it even
more when it finally
comes. So, until that
aeger time, go ahead and
say with Darryl and
The Krewe of Nereids will
work the crowd into a frenzy as they
vie for the silver-foil wrapped con-
fections at the annual Moonpie
Party, Friday, January 15 at the
Sandshaker Lounge. Partiers should
arrive dressed in their best Mardi
Gras outfits by 7 p.m.
"Don't worry about the weather,
the Shaker has a climate controlled
area for this out of control group,"
said Bonnie McDonald, krewe
spokes-mermaid. "Boogie, Inc. will
be there to play party music and we
will dance the night away."
As is the tradition, the all-fe-
male krewe will be dressed in their
Love The Beach
Aspiring writers should take
note. The Gulf Coast Chapter of Ro-
mance Writers of America will host
the Silken Sands Writers' Confer-
ence at the Hampton Inn on
Pensacola Beachfrom March 19-21.
Award winning, international
best-selling author Karen Rose will
be the keynote speaker for the event.
Popular author Diana Love's presen-
tation kicks off the event.
Three literary agents and three
editors will be attending the confer-
ence and there will be workshops set
for the entire weekend.
Registration and conference
information is available at
you may email inquiries to
Dr. Herb Sadler Retires after 48 Years
After nearly five decades of dedication for Herb SadleronJanu-
ministry inwhichhe has ary 17 from 2-4 pm at
built one of the largest the Soundside Campus
churches in United I located at 4115
Methodism, shaped v Soundside Drive on
countless lives and im- Hwy 98 in Gulf
pacted the local com- -, i Breeze. Allwhowould
munity in immeasurable like to express their ap-
ways, Dr. Herbert preciation for a life
Sadler retired on Janu- dedicated to God's
ary 1. work and share in this
The Gulf Breeze k*. joyous occasion are in-
United Methodist vited. Contact the
Church will host a re- Dr. Herb Sadler church office at 932-
ception and building 3594 with questions.
glittering tuxedo coats and Mardi
Gras top hats. They will have gift
baskets as door prizes and cases of
moonpies to throw to the crowds.
"I actually see people eating the
moonpies," said longtime krewe
member Paulette Provost. "I don't
know how that would taste withbeer
or wine, but I am pretty sure a
Bushwacker and a chocolate
moonpie is the fuel some people use
to sustain them through the entire
Mardi Gras season."
The double decker graham
cracker cookie which is glued to-
gether with marshmallow filling and
coated with chocolate has been a
Mobile Mardi Gras tradition for a
century; and made its way to the
Beach Mardi Gras in the 1980s.
Everyone is invited to the
Moonpie Party. It is open to the pub-
lic at no charge.
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January 12, 2010 Island Times PAGE 19
reading' the water
by Saltwater Rick
Burr ..... In
the freezing cold
weather we are being subjected to;
my wife Janie, feeling romantic, sug-
gested that I tell the Island Times
readers about our first date. So,
here's the story.
I asked Janie what she wanted
to do and she said, "You say you're
a fisherman, so, I want a couple of
Flounder for dinner."
So, I said with great confidence,
"Okay," and took her down to the
little park bench in the old Sandspur
Republic. She sat right down to en-
joy the perfect soundfront spot and
I said, "Here we are. I'll be right back
She admits that she snickered
to herself thinking, "yeah, sure you
I smiled, and then waded out
in Quietwater Cove to the grass line
with my 6 foot St. Croix one piece
rod and Pe n1 4 41' ~l s reel rigged with
a mono leader and a white stingray
grub. Quickly, I hooked up a nice
18 inch Flatfish. Returning to the
bench with a big grin and half of
the required catch, Janie was all
I put that beautiful fish in my
catch bag, tied it off and made my
way back out. Within minutes I was
headed back to the Beach with
Flounder number two and I had pro-
vided dinner; it's not called
Flounder's Beach for nothing.
And, as Janie tells it, I had
reeled her in as well. We have been
together over eight years now and
enjoy each othervery much. Amaz-
ing what a little Floundering can do!
So, to all the single fishermen
out there, do yourself a favor and
go Fishin'... and take a date.
Make IT a good year!
Take A Kid
It's not a Fishing Photo, but it
is a great shot. Villa Sabine resident
and Beach business owner Scott
Amberson submitted this photo of
his wife Kristin and her first buck.
She was sitting with her daughter
Blair, who is in fourth grade at the
Beach School, when she bagged this
fine fellow. They were hunting in
Walnut Hill just before Christmas.
Sorry that the photo is so small, but
it was shot on a camera phone. Scott
wins an Island Times t-shirt for this
Trek Through Pensacola Fort By Candlelight
New Barrancas Visitors Center Opens
Gulf Islands National Seashore
will present a Candlelight Tour of
Fort Barrancas on Saturdays, Janu-
ary 30, 5 7:15 p.m. and February
13, 5 7:15 p.m. acting Superinten-
dent Nina Kelson announced today.
The free tour highlights Pensacola
in the Civil War. In addition, the Fort
Barrancas Visitor Center with new
museum exhibits, audiovisual pro-
grams, and bookstore will be open.
Reservations are required and visi-
tors should call 850-455-5167 for
Costumed interpreters will
present the history of Pensacola dur-
ing the Civil War at different stations
inside Fort Barrancas. Small groups
will depart the visitor center every
15 minutes for the hour-long tour.
Visitors should arrive about 15 min-
utes before their assigned tour time.
Although, the fort will be well lit with
candles, visitors may bring a flash-
light. The entrance to the fort in-
cludes a steep 90-yard walkway and
visitors must use narrow staircases
to access different fort levels.
Parking is limited so car-pool-
ing is recommended. Visitors should
enter the Naval Air Station through
the back gate on Blue Angel Park-
way. Dress appropriately for winter
weather. Acting Superintendent
Kelson encourages everyone to en-
joy the National Seashore and join
Four Scason Appared
Rock (lIIibIII C(jc Ropix- & SIioc,
hidloo i Rock(hl, C111~ 11 \\,ill
Blair Amberson, left, with her
mom Kristin Amberson during a
Christmas deer hunting trip.
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