Volume V, Number 22 Pensacola Beach, Florida February 23, 2010
Pensacola Beach's Maddie
Mateer has taken the Big Easy
by storm earning a place in
the cast ofLe Petit Theatre's
"13 The Musical."
Mateer, a Beach School
graduate, is an honor student
at Gulf Breeze Middle School
and an accomplished actress.
The show opens March 4
in New Orleans and runs
through March 21.
For more on the story about
this Broadway bound
youngster, seepage 2.
Maddie Mateer Begins Journey To The Bright Lights on Broadway
Stops Include Performances in Atlanta and New Orleans
The show must go on. And,
Pensacola Beach's Maddie Mateer
will join a dozen of her peers from
across the country to appear in her
second professional show, "13 The
Musical." Maddie, at 13, was the
youngest member of the cast to be
selected in New Orleans from the
100 aspiring young actors in the
"It's a high energy show," her
mom Lesley Mateer, beach resi-
dent said. "There are lots of big
voices and dancing. She is having
a blast during rehearsals, which be-
gan January 3."
Maddie received high marks
from the director of the play in
New Olreans, Blake Coheley.
"Maddie certainly has a unique
way of looking at her character.
She is constantly looking for ways
to help the audience with her story
telling. She plays a quirky teenage
girl who wants to be one of the 'in
crowd' and she will do anything to
be part of that in crowd. Maddie
dances up a storm in this produc-
tion and has taken to helping some
of the non-dancers in the cast. She
really has been a lot of fun to work
with and I have been pleased with
her professionalism in learning the
material so quickly and then mak-
ing it her own," he said.
Although Maddie will remain
in New Orleans through March 21,
she will maintain her high grade
average at Gulf Breeze Middle
School where she is in the seventh
grade, through online learning at
Florida Visual. Maddie was on the
All "A" Honor Roll list recently.
She graduated from Pensacola
Beach Elementary School in 2008.
However, for now, she is thriv-
ing in the world she chose for her-
self when she was between three
and six-years-old the theatre.
She not only appeared in her
own plays, but directed the rest of
the cast (her family) at the age of
three. In addition to her mother, her
troupe consisted of her Dad Craig,
her sister Macy, now almost 10 and
her brother Max, now six.
"Somehow, Dad always got to
be the handsome prince and Mom
was cast as the evil villain," Lesley
said. "And whatever your role, you
had better not miss a cue or you
would hear from Maddie."
Since those early days of di-
recting family plays, Maddie has
made remarkable progress in her
"Maddie began performing
with the Beta Children's Theatre
in Gulf Breeze when she was six,"
her mom said.
Her first role was in Annie.
Since then she has appeared in 20
shows with Beta and has simulta-
neously begun carving her career
in other areas. She was one of sev-
en finalists chosen from a nation-
wide audition for "Shrek, The Mu-
sical, Not Your Ordinary Princess."
Maddie didn't win that one, but she
was later accepted for "Children's
Letters To God" in Atlanta.
Elizabeth Shortall, the stage
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manager at Le Petit, praises Mad-
"Maddie is one of the tinier
teens in the cast, yet I can't wait to
hear her voice bounce off the walls
at Le Petit. She is a powerhouse
and a joy to work with!" she said.
Although Maddie misses her
family and friends, she is handling
her time away from home very
well, according to her mother.
Mom Mateer is an Orleanian
and Maddie's grandmother and
aunt live there.
"So far we feel fortunate to
be able to help Maddie pursue her
dream and succeed, so we are will-
ing to make the current sacrifice,"
All this loving support has a
few strings attached.
"If she continues to make good
grades, behaves like a nice young
lady, continues to go to Mass, and
enjoys what she's doing, we will
continue to support her quest," said
Max and Macy are two of
Maddie's biggest fans.
"They really enjoy going to
her shows," Lesley said.
It is all worth it?
"Yes," says her mom. "When
we see her on stage she is the hap-
piest she has ever been."
What does the future hold for
this rising star? Her mother states
that Maddie's goal would be to per-
form on Broadway and win a Tony
award. Mom feels college should
come first, but Dad suggested that
if Broadway came knocking that
college might have to wait.
If Maddie's career would re-
quire her to be in California or
New York, what then? Would the
"We have been asked to
move to New York," said Lesley.
"Thankfully, we were able to post-
pone that decision. The time may
come when we will have to decide
about moving to New York. We
will pray and I am sure we'll make
the right decision. Sooner or later, I
am sure it will ultimately be Broad-
way, whether it is sooner or later,
we will have to see."
Although the bulk of Maddie's
theatrical ability was born with her,
remember that her early coaches
were Michelle Kerrigan of Beta
Children's Theatre and Monette
Hodges of Dancingly Yours, who
pointed her in the direction of
Maddie's family attends at
least one show every weekend. If
you would like to see Maddie Ma-
teer in her second professional ap-
pearance, you can go to "13 The
Musical" between March 4 and
March 21. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday; and
2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices
range from $23 to $60 depend-
ing on the location and date of the
performance at Le Petit Theatre
on Jackson Square in the French
Quarter. The box office number is
The Beach's Maddie will be
playing the role of Charlotte, the
youngest member of the cast. It's
not too early to start following
Maddie's promising career in the
theater. Broadway and New York
City are her expectations. Right
now, Le Petit Theatre and New
Orleans are the thirteen-year-old's
In Maddie's own words, she
says, "When I am on stage, I am
home. I feel like I belong. In the
future I would love doing theatre
as much as possible. And some day
be on Broadway."
Preparing for opening night Maddie Mateer, right, rehearses
with a fellow cast member, at La Petit Theatre. The cast of
teenagers will perform "13 The Musical" during a three week
run in the New Orleans French Quarter theatre.
February 23, 2010
February 23, 2010 Island Times PAGE 3
Barefoot on the Beach
By Jane Waters Cooper %M
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I hate cold weather. And, I
hate everything that reminds me
of cold weather. Like mink coats
and long underwear, hot buttered
rum and Bratwurst sandwiches, icy
bridges and snowy roads. Winter
plays such cruel tricks.
My daughter Liz, who lives
right outside of Washington, D.C.
had made plans months ago to
come home for the Thirtieth An-
niversary of the Krewe of Wrecks.
A record breaking blizzard held
her captive in her Maryland home,
far from the Pensacola Beach she
loves so much. All flights were
cancelled, so instead of throwing
beads and riding in the parade, she
was shoveling snow off the roof
of her son's school. She didn't get
to see her sister Shelley receive
the crown of the First Mate of the
Krewe of Wrecks. She never got
to hug her sister Candy. She never
got the chance to bask in the lov-
ing vibes of being with her Beach
friends. So, Mother Nature struck
the first blow and won the first
Several weeks before the
Krewe of Wrecks parade, the
Board asked me to participate.
I said I would if the weather was
decent. To me decent is nothing
below 65 degrees. When the report
was announced for the week, it
read 53 degrees and partly cloudy.
That sent me to the email to decline
riding in the parade. The mere
thought of spending hours in an
open convertible in fifty something
weather was just too chilling. As it
It's A Family Affair The Krewe of Wrecks presented their thirtieth Mardi Gras
parade, Sunday, February 14 on Pensacola Beach. Riding in the Grand Mar-
shall's convertible at the head of the parade were (L to R): Candy Segar, and
Jeremy and Rachael Johnson. Candy is Wrecks founder Jane Waters Coo-
per's daughter and Jeremy and Rachael are her grandchildren.
turned out, Mother decided to play
one of her fickle cards and sent
sunshine and not too cold temps.
But I was not there. Round two
goes to the wonder woman of the
world, Mother Nature.
Mother Nature's lethal punch
wasn't so lethal after all when I
heard the Wrecks Board named my
grandson, Jeremy Johnson and his
wife Rachael, as Grand Marshalls.
Riding in the convertible with
them was my daughter Candy, who
managed to get here from South
Carolina, and Shelley was lead-
ing the Wrecks royal entourage in
her convertible. The lineage of my
family with four members, steeped
in Mardi Gras genes, all riding re-
ally polished my ego. The third
round went to goose-bumpy me.
Take that, Mother Nature.
Also on the plus side, it has
never rained on a Wrecks Mardi
Gras parade. It has rained right be-
fore and right after, but never while
the floats were rolling along the
streets. Can any other parade make
this boast? Probably, not.
I've had wonderful reports
that this 2010 procession was filled
with the glitziest glitz and the most
glamorous glam of any Wrecks pa-
rade. Thousands of spectators lined
the Beach streets. And all thou-
sands of them were safe and happy.
And me. I was sitting in front
of the fire watching the Winter
Olympics. So, of course, Mother
Nature cast her venomous spell
on the Vancouver games. She sent
warm, rainy weather to the Olym-
pic sites, which resulted in slush
on the ski slopes. One day it was
fifty degrees in Vancouver and 48
degrees the same day on Pensacola
Beach. So the star crossed Olym-
pics, which had already experi-
enced a tragedy, had yet another
obstacle to jump, Miss Nature and
her bag of mean, unpredictable
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about Global Warming, but we
would like to have a slice of it right
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PAGE 4 Island Times February 23, 2010
Mardi Gras memories came
flooding back to Mac MacGregor
when he spied the Surf Wave
Float photo that appeared in Good
Times, the commemorative Mardi
Gras publication. The artists and
surf bros who crafted the giant pa-
per machier wave were Eric Gieg-
er, Scott Mandel, Mike Aymon,
Fran Cox, Jeff Wheelock, Freddie
Cheshire, and Ronnie Poole. Mac
said it rained early that morning
and the wave resembled a clam
shell by parade's end, but it did not
put a damper on the wild surfers'
Although they did not travel
together, Karen Cook Cowen and
Diane Tyson were in New Orleans
catching beads at the same time as
Reagan and Linda Belcher. Kar-
en's favorite parade was a bunch
of animals wearing costumes. Just
like the Beach.
Angela and Pete Moore got a
taste of the Carnivale in Trinidad
last week. They are beach residents
and members of the Krewe of Ba-
nanimals, so they should have fit
Mike Wood protested that
Island Times gave his wife Mary
Kay credit for the culinary delights
at the Texas Hold 'Em games.
Seems that Mike is the chef in the
family and has been stirring up the
pots of good stuff for his poker
playing friends each week.
Donna Jones of Gulf Breeze
One of our Krewe members
found a ladies ring in the parking
lot near Geronimo's. If this is
your ring, please email me with
a description and your contact
called Nuts and Bolts columnist
Candace Segar to find out more
about the Five Fingers running
shoes. Maybe we'll see Donna in
the next 5K on the Beach in her
Barb Ruxton and Carolyn Cox
were swept up into the Mardi Gras
magic during their visit last week.
They came from northern climes
to visit family and were honored
guests of the Krewe of Wrecks;
viewing the thirtieth parade from
the reviewing stand as judges.
Beach residents Jim and Lyn-
da Knell toasted Wrecks Royalty
Saturday morning at the Cham-
pagne Breakfast and danced at the
Endymion Ball in New Orleans
on Saturday night. New Orleans
Saints owner, Tom Benson, was
the Grand Marshal of the star stud-
ded Endymion parade. The Knells
returned to the Beach and rode in
the Krewe of Wrecks parade on
Sunday. Wow. What a weekend.
Cyndi Treesh Schumaker and
her husband, Shu, never miss a
Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras. The
travel was treacherous from Rock-
ville, Maryland, but they loaded up
the car and drove with a Pensacola
Beach or Bust attitude.
Pat Cribb keeps the visitors
and locals smiling at the Pensacola
Beach Visitor's Information Cen-
ter. She is a volunteer who takes
her job seriously, by keeping ev-
eryone entertained with her quick
wit and impish grin.
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Countess Kim is well on her
way to becoming the Best Trivia
Player on the Beach. "There is
nothing I like more than a dare,"
the trivia champ emailed as she
easily answered the last question.
Nipping at her heels is another
Knight of the Roundtable, Sir Mor-
rie Drees, who offered an elaborate
explanation as the correct answer.
Still in the amateur ranks, al-
though this is his second win, is
Jon Rhodes, who takes your depos-
its and doles out cash at the Bank
of the South Island Branch. The
question was, "How did the Saints
get their name?" Jon, who will be
sporting a new IT shirt, emailed,
"The Saints were so named be-
cause New Orleans was awarded
the franchise on All Saints Day,
November 1, 1966. Correct and
The Trivia Master applauds
all of you who sent in correct an-
swers. Among these bright players
were Tutt Esquerre and Yvonne
Stomp. The Queen of Wrong An-
swers, Joanne, remained true to
form when she emailed, "Well,
the first thing that comes to mind
is Louis Armstrong singing 'When
The Saints Go Marching In'. They
became a team in 1967."
You are a bright spot in
the Trivia Master's day, Joanne
Brooks. He loves it when he re-
ceives wrong answers.
Diana Harvey had an imagina-
tive answer as well. She said, "Al
Hirt chose the name for the Saints
from the song "When The Saints
Go Marching In" made famous by
Then there was former Orlea-
nian Chrissy Cook, who said the
now defunct New Orleans States-
Item held a contest and the win-
ner named the team The Saints.
She followed that up with "I guess
I am not as good an Orleanian as
I thought I was. I know the paper
had a contest. I know the franchise
was awarded on All Saints Day in
1966. Could it have been a com-
bination of all three? Do I have to
start denying my New Orleanian-
ship and Heaven forbid, not be as
good a fan as I thought I was. Hats,
off to the Trivia Master."
The Trivia Master says put
your hats back on, ladies and gen-
tlemen of Trivia Land (Trivia Land
is next door to the Who Dat Na-
tion). Keep mailing your answers
to me. Try this one. "In the early
years of the St. Paddy's Day Pub
Crawl, where did the event tradi-
tionally end up?" It's different now.
You may be only one click
away from owning a coveted Is-
land Times t-shirt. Email your an-
swer to islandtimes @bellsouth.net
with "trivia" in the subject line. In-
clude your name and phone num-
ber with your answer. The deadline
to answer is Tuesday, March 2.
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otters to tbe Ebitor
FAREWELL To ANDY
To ALL who knew or met
He was one of a kind; and kind
to everyone. He was a perfectionist
in golf, pool, darts, and sometimes
poker. For that matter, he excelled
in many sports and loved them all.
I am so blessed to have been
a friend to this special person. He
lived on the Beach for many years.
Andy passed away on Febru-
ary 11 at the age of 54. Services
were held in Pensacola on Febru-
ary 15. We will miss him dearly.
We will always love him.
Beverly Hughes and Mike
MARDI GRAS MEMORIES
FEBRUARY 15, 2010
As bad as the weather has
been recently, we couldn't have
had a much better day for Mardi
Gras on Pensacola Beach. It has
been many years since I attended
ties and I was
the turn out and
how much fun
I was de-
stay on the far ft
north side of
the street and
just watch with
my two year old
my wife and Stephen Fredrickso
other two older Gras on the Island.
other two older
sons fought the
crowds in the median. Well, I sure
Stephen wanted to be right in
the middle of it all; so to my shoul-
ders he went and off we headed to
fight the crowd. I was pleasantly
around us who
get beads and
that there are
plenty of kind
like to see a
kid have a
n, 2, loved the Mardi It was
also a little bit
of a sad time
for me although Stephen wouldn't
know why. That was the hardest
part of the day... Stephen should
have been waving to his Aunt An-
drea who was actively and passion-
ately involved in Mardi Gras and
many other activities of Pensacola
God bless her soul and I only
hope that she was watching Ste-
phen enjoy the parade with a smile
on her face.
Just wanted to let you know
how much I enjoyed the Mardi
Gras edition, Good Times. I was
pleasantly surprised to see Dad
on the cover, so of course I'm ex-
tremely partial. It was a great pub-
lication that brought back many
happy memories to so many peo-
ple. It's amazing to see how the
entire celebration has grown since
the beginning. It is only because
of the hard team work by so many
fabulous people. Great job to ev-
eryone involved, and to you for
sharing the fun memories.
[Editor's Note: Harry Gowens,
Joanne Faddis' father, was the first
Captain of the Krewe of Wrecks in
1980 and was featured on the cover
of Good Times, a Mardi Gras com-
memorative publication produced
by Island Times].
ONE MORE TIME
To the Krewe of Wrecks,
Thanks again for another great
parade. Congratulations on 30
years of Mardi Gras.
Navarre Krewe ofJesters, Inc.
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,
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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 souvenir 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 www.
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
everyday. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch of the Day. Renee's
Famous Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour 11-7. Live Bands. Poker on
Monday and Wednesday.
Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, it's directly
on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7 days.
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 seat-
ing. 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 week. 934-3660.
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 world's 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. Dinner
specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Landlub-
bers. 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 fisher-
man'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'TolfWine Cellar featuring the complete vertical collection
of the Chateau Mouton RothschildArtist Series. Featured on NBC's
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AAA 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. Texas Hold 'Em
4444Fun & BARE Nite on Monday & T-Shirt Nite on Thursday.
Across from the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Open 10 am
until 3am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com
Open at 7:30 a.m. seven days a week. Owned and operated
by friendly natives serving locally produced seafood and delica-
cies. 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. Go native. Specialty desserts top off expertly prepared meals.
Seating is informal. Art gallery setting with local artists displaying
45 Via de Luna. Downtown Pensacola Beach. 934-4848.
February 23, 2010
PAEW 6Msaduiemebur 2,21
S peas, porribge & a 6br martini
by Kathi Lewis
We'd like to thank the Acad-
emy, uh sorry, we mean the Judges.
No one was more surprised than
the Mystic Krewe of Nereids when
Jeff Goudey called our name as the
Grand Marshall Parade winners. It
took a minute for it to actually sink
in that he meant us.
At the Red Beans and Rice
lunch, someone told me there was
an audible collective gasp when we
realized we had won. As a Nereid,
I speak for the krewe when I say,
we feel honored, privileged and
grateful to be given this highest
Wrecks Parade Award.
The funny thing is that win-
ning never once crossed the mind
of a single Nereid as we worked
so hard just to be ready to parade.
We had a new float built and de-
livered mid-January. Our Costume
Committee was in the beginning
stages of creating completely new
costumes for 15 Nereids. So, we
all knew we had an enormous task
ahead to be ready in four short
Major thanks to all who
helped the Costume Committee
of Charlotte Spencer and Elaine
Mitchell. Most of all thanks to
our wonderful new Love Ladies,
Karen Hagford, Chrissy Cook, Lila
Cox, DJ Zemenick and Sandi John-
son who pitched in everywhere a
hand was needed. These are the
best Love Ladies ever to play with
the Nereids. And we never forget
our wonderful Love Slaves, past,
present and future Kings who do
all the heavy, hard stuff without a
What an incredibly amazing
year this had been already and it's
only the end of February. Let's
see. The devil has been seen skat-
ing on ice, since our beloved Saints
won the Super Bowl. My wonder-
ful employer, friend and Sister -
my ShelleyBean became a Double
Crown Royally Reigning Queen (I
think she's the first to do that; you
can't count Tommy Grice because
one crown was for Queen and the
other was for King!). My finned
sister, friend and SOB, Ella Hess
gracefully received the Krewe of
Coma crown along with my very
good friend Ted Pence, who was
crowned King. I have no doubt all
reigning royalty of all krewes will
serve this Island to the best of their
abilities and the good times will
continue to roll all year long.
Oh, thank you to the Grand
Marshalls for honoring the Nereids
as winners for the first times since
2001. Ok, I'll stop gloating now...
I made sure to have enough
throws to last the entire parade this
year, because last year I ran out be-
fore we even reached the masses
lining the turn into Casino Beach
parking lot. As we reached the end
of the parade route, which I failed
to notice because the Reviewing
Stand blended in with the crowd,
I was still throwing beads. There
happened to be two Deputies sit-
ting on the hood of a vehicle. I
saw them as soon as the beads left
my hand flying through the air to
land on top of one Deputies' head.
Oh yeah, I couldn't have done that
if I'd tried! It would have made a
wonderful picture for the newspa-
per as they dangled on each side
of his head. Well, he pointed his
finger at me while the other Deputy
began laughing. All I could do was
say, "I'm sorry" and throw beads to
the other Deputy to catch.
Mardi Gras definitely lived
up to all my dreams this year and
was magnificent! It was the best
ever. I have only two suggestions.
We need more barricades to ac-
commodate people lined up in the
first residential block of Via DeLu-
na (most have small children and
don't want to be in the more heav-
ily crowded areas). Secondly, af-
ter parade while we are still on our
parked floats both floats on either
side of us had their music cranked
up so loud we could not hear each
other speak. We turned our music
off when we stopped. I also po-
litely asked someone on each float
if they could just turn the volume
down a hair. Neither did. Maybe
they could not hear me because
their music was too loud! Please be
considerate and remember yours is
not the only float in the parking lot
- you should know; we're parked
only 12 inches apart!
This week's recipe comes to
us from one of our best Love La-
dies, Sandi Johnson who brought
this tasty dish to krewe den. It's a
keeper, so let's cook.....
Chili Relleno Casserole
1 Cup uncooked brown rice
3 med. Zucchini, thinly sliced
%- % Cup fresh jalapenos, coarsely
12 oz. jack cheese, grated
1 Ig. tomato, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
2 Cups sour cream
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
/4 Cup chopped green pepper
/4 Cup chopped green onion
Cook rice. Cook zucchini un-
til just tender. Put cooked rice in a
3 quart buttered casserole and cov-
er it with the chopped jalapenos.
Sprinkle half of the cheese over the
peppers and arrange zucchini slices
over the cheese. Then add tomato
slices and sprinkle with salt. Com-
bine the sour cream, oregano, gar-
lic salt, green pepper and onion and
spoon evenly over tomato layer.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min-
utes until heated through.
Enjoy and share this with
friends. I'm gonna start on laundry
since I'm now wearing Halloween
See ya in the kitchen....
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The Mystic Krewe of Nereids accept the Grand Marshall's Award for best float
at the Post Parade Awards party February 14 at the Gulfside Pavilion. Krewe
members are (back row, L to R): Bonnie McDonald, Sharon Mattair, Charlotte
Spencer, Elaine Mitchell and Paulette Provost. Front row (L to R) are: Monette
Hodges, Peggy Henshall, Marilyn LeNormand, King Jim Winstead, Queen
Courtney Winstead, Judy L'Oignon, Kathi Lewis and Deb Friedman.
photo by Barrier Island Girl
The Nereids winning float designed and created by the all female krewe.
photo by Barrier Island Girl
year. They won second place in the float competition.
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February 23, 2010 Island Times PAGE 7
New Businesses Get Thumbs Up From Island
It was another cold night in a
string of freezing nights when the
Santa Rosa Island Authority full
board met on February 10, so they
dispatched their business with un-
Buck Lee, SRIA executive
director, in his report, brought
laughter from the crowd when he
announced that the United States
Senate Committee on Global Envi-
ronment had to cancel its meeting
on global warming because of in-
New businesses were given a
warm welcome with the Board's
approval to open this spring, in-
cluding Crawgators, who will oc-
cupy the former Jubilee Restaurant
location. The establishment will
be a restaurant, bar, entertainment
center, retail and beach rental. The
owner is Guy Olano, who also
owns The Dock.
"I believe they were trying
to open by March 1," said June
Guerra, the master leaseholder of
the property. "I think that is a little
aggressive, but they are anxious to
The Full Board also approved
the Fun Store to open at Soundside
Market and Intracoastal Outfitters
on the Boardwalk. Both stores ca-
ter to outdoor, active lifestyles.
"I am happy to see this Board
making decisions to help busi-
nesses on the Island," said Tammy
Bohannon, Board chairman. "I am
glad to see us so business friendly."
Lee also announced that the
Grand Marlin is expected to open
The Full Board unanimously
approved the request from Pete
Moore Chevrolet that the lettering
on the Ocean Rescue trucks, two
of which he provides, would carry
his logo and that of WEAR-TV.
Moore will pay for the lettering of
A report from Maureen La-
Mar, executive director of the
Beach Chamber, revealed that the
top five states who visited the In-
formation Center were from Flor-
ida, Missouri, Michigan, Alabama,
and Wisconsin. Visitors from Can-
ada, Germany and France also ap-
peared at the VIC.
"This report looks like the
snowbirds have arrived on Pensac-
ola Beach," said Jayne Bell, direc-
tor of administration.
Mike Langston, Baskerville-
Donovan engineer, gave the fol-
lowing update on Beach projects:
> Reclaimed water project is
underway. Gulf Power has com-
pleted the underground wiring and
Vision Construction is moving for-
ward with site preparation. The re-
claimed water is on schedule to be
available by July of this year.
> Little Sabine Bay Restora-
tion continues to move along. The
pump should arrive soon for in-
stallation. Pipe has been installed
along the South side of Sabine
Drive and in the Villa Sabine sub-
division. Dalton Brothers, Inc. con-
tinues to work toward the deadline
of June 30. All indications are that
they will meet this deadline.
> Little Sabine Bay Channel
dredging is complete. Certifica-
tions have been submitted to FDEP
and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Deep and Wide Dredging per-
formed this work. Sand spoils have
> Commissioner Grover Rob-
inson requested that a list of the
drainage problems on Pensacola
Beach be provided to him. A list of
known problems was provided by
the Escambia County Engineering
department, and Baskerville Dono-
van has discussed a proposal for
this work with him.
> Escambia County Engineer-
ing has inspected and prepared an
inventory of storm water outfalls
on the beach. Baskerville Donovan
is currently reviewing this and pre-
paring a maintenance schedule for
During the Board Members
Forum, Dr. Thomas Campanella
said he wanted to go on record as
saying the recent publicity about
the enforcement of the open con-
tainer law had cast a bad light
on the Krewe of Wrecks' Parade
Day. Some of the Board mem-
bers agreed with Campanella. He
felt the ordinance, which was ap-
proved in the 1980s had never been
Also, in the Board Members
Forum, Vernon Prather said the Is-
land had had a very good year, and
that was, in part, attributable to the
"I would like to request that
the board allocated an additional
$200 per month to the Chamber for
employee salary expenses."
The Board immediately
"This is needed. The Chamber
has had a very positive impact on
the island," Bohannon said.
The SRIA Committees meet
next on February 24 at 5 p.m. at the
Island Authority Boardroom. All
meetings are open to the public.
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Thousands Cheer Wrecks Spectacular Procession
This year's Mardi Gras parade
day onPensacola Beach will forever
be burnished in the memories of the
thousands who came to watch the
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elaborate extravaganza roll by. The
streets were filled with the music
of laughter and Mardi Gras sounds
as the glittering parade, celebrating
thirty years, ran its course.
Choosing the winning float
for the Grand Marshall's award
presented a challenge for Marshalls
Jeremy and Rachael Johnson, but
they awarded the Grand Prize to the
Mystic Krewe of Nereids. The all-
female krewe dressed as mermaids
were aboard the Mystic Lagoon
float, depicting an underwater
scene with a golden shell reserved
for the king and queen. The tourist
judges gave the Krewe of de Pez
from Pensacola first place and the
Pirates of the Lost Key from Perdido
The pre-parade publicity in
Pensacola warning parade-goers
that the Escambia County deputies
would be enforcing all laws pertain-
ing to crowds had little effect on the
attendance. According to Cheryl
Messier of the Santa Rosa Island
Authority, 11,257 cars drove onto
the beach through the Bob Sikes
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33,771 people. Add
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road, and the tour-
ists already on the
island in hotels and ,
houses, the over-
all attendance was .
equal to last year.
reported that Para-
dise Inn, Days Inn
and the Holiday
Inn Express were
completely filled The Thirtieth A
and all other hotels down Via de Lui
had very few rooms ficers Gary and
left prior to parade Albert, Captain
Escambia County Sheriff's Lt.
Rodney Eddins, officer-in-charge of
the Beach substation said, "Overall,
I think the entire day went well. I
was really happy about the positive
feedback I got regarding the parade.
I want this to be a safe place for
people to bring their families."
Bar owners in the Via de Luna
Shopping Center felt the heavy
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na amid thousands of revelers on February 14 are (Back row, L to R): Ship's Of-
Gail Rick; and Sally and Alex Goldberger. Front row, (L to R): Deckhand Michelle
Lloyd Hess, First Mate Shelley Johnson, and Deckhand Robert Drees.
police presence in their parking lot.
A total of only eight arrests
were made at the parade, according
to Lt. Eddins, mostly for disorderly
conduct. However, 57 citations were
written for people breaking the open
container law, the majority of which
were handed out in the Via de Luna
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did not affect their businesses,
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the bar owners said, but it was
intimidating. Revenues were about
the same as last year, according to
the owners of Paddy O'Leary's, The
Break and The Islander.
Mike Lalor, said the crackdown
and long stretch of barricades hurt
his sales. He had overstocked the
Surfside Food Store and would
have to send some of the surplus to
Island Style owner, Jeff Elbert
said, "It was a great day. I was
happy to see so many families on
the island. We had no problems all
Dancing in the Gulfside Pa-
vilion went smoothly at the After
Parade party. Before the unsinkable
Nereids took off for their Victory
Party at their den, they entertained
the enthusiastic crowd with a special
dance number, choreographed by
Late in the afternoon, the wind
picked up a bit, but the sun was still
shining high in the sky. The many
krewe royals and their subjects were
still dancing at the Pavilion, not yet
ready to let this magical day become
so soon, another Wrecks story for
All Krewe Ball
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February 23, 2010
Park Service Presents Bright Ideas About Turtle Lighting
The Fourth Annual Northwest
Florida Sea Turtle Lighting Sympo-
sium is set for Thursday, February
25 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Santa
Rosa Island Authority Boardroom.
The day long event will include a
question and answer session, in-
formation on proper lighting along
with a review of the 2009 turtle
Mark Nicholas, Biologist, Gulf
Islands National Seashore hosts this
event. He noted that this is not just
a turtle issue.
"Good lighting for turtles, as
you know, also benefits humans,"
he said. "By eliminating lights that
shine out and up, glare is reduced,
making it easier for humans to see as
well. Plus, we have so much exces-
sive lighting, there is much money
to be savedby reducing the numbers
of lights, and the wattage. Not to
mention it saves energy, and that is
everyone's responsibility to ensure
our nation stays strong. Of course,
it also reduces pollution, since less
coal will need burned. The benefits
are many and snowball."
It is important for beach resi-
dents and businesses to support
turtle friendly lighting since the
turtle population is declining.
Nicholas said, "Loggerheads
are in serious decline from many
human issues. They have been
out there in the oceans since the
Jurassic period (180-130 million
years ago), have made it through
numerous global climate changes,
the extinction of the dinosaurs,
and we shouldn't let them blink out
now. Just about every nest we have
has difficulty with light pollution.
While we are usually there at hatch-
Coma Coronation Signals The Last Hurrah
The Shaker Bar was all lit up on
Mardi Gras night when the King and
Queen of Coma swore to be forever
faithful to the vows of craziness
which would be their way of life
The new royal couple Ted
Pence and Ella Hess, are not strang-
ers to creating Mardi Gras hijinks.
It will be a piece of King Cake for
Before the many toasts to
the King and Queen of Coma, the
competition to see who had the
best lighted hat took place. The
winners were Vern and Betsy Phil-
lips, followed by runners-up Gayle
Shackleford and Nancy Kittel.
The Comas then started the
winding down process to say fare-
well to Mardi Gras on the island.
Or was it winding up? They trekked
over to the Sabine Sandbar for a
toast and then to Paradise Bar and
Grill where the Shoe Box Float
Contest was heating up. Lila Cox,
won a stay at Paradise Inn for her
creation "The Lombardi Gras" float
to honor the New Orleans Saints,
world champion football team.
Runners up were the Krewe
of Kids float presented by Jackie
Henderson, Queen Shugah's Sweet
Shop by VooDoo Queen Shugah
herself, and the Mardi Gras Aneels
in Heaven by Carleen Wheeler and
All too soon, the real world be-
gan to crowd in on the revelers. So,
they danced and danced and finally
danced the last dance. Tomorrow
would be another day. Another
normal, average day. No costumes.
No fairy dust. No music. No cham-
pagne. Just an average, ordinary day
on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.
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It's Not Over Til It's Over Judge To Rehear Residential Tax Case
Judge Michael Jones ruled
against the Pensacola Beach resi-
dential leaseholders in their ad
valorem tax case on December
18, 2009. In his 49 page opinion,
Jones concluded that the Pensacola
Beach leaseholders had sufficient
rights and duties regarding the im-
provements to make them equitable
owners and as such should pay ad
valorem taxes. He cited the recently
decided case in Santa Rosa County
in which the Navarre Beach lease-
holders were determined to have
perpetual leases which made them
subject to taxation.
Judge Jones did exempt the
named plaintiffs in Bell v. Bryan
from ad valorem taxation on their
Attorney Danny Kepner im-
mediately filed a Motion for Rehear-
ing which was granted. He stated
that the Judge should have ruled
in favor of the Pensacola Beach
leaseholders based on a number
of legal precedents. Additionally,
Kepner asked if upon rehearing
the Judge still finds that the taxes
can be collected, that he affirms the
interest rate can be no more than
12 percent. He also asked that the
Judge consider the law prohibiting
the issuance of tax certificates for
the non payment of ad valorem taxes
on leased properties.
The hearing date is set for Mon-
day, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the MC
Blanchard Building on Government
Street in Pensacola. All interested
parties are encouraged to attend this
very important hearing.
For more information, please
AD VALOREM TAX
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All interested parties are
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Sturdy Wrecks Serve One Thousand Lunch Guests
The Monday following the
spectacular Krewe of Wrecks Thir-
tiethAnniversary parade on Sunday
should be a major let down. It is
not, thanks to the super human ef-
forts of the Sleepless Wrecks who
rise and shine and cook and serve
Red Beans and Rice, beginning at
11 a.m. at Casino Beach. The tent
is up. The tables are out. The spicy
beans are steaming away. Music
and drinks are flowing.
"Hey man, it's one more big
party," said Krewe of Wrecks Run-
ning Around Wreck Jeff Goudey.
"And, it's all free." Goudey's eyes
are buried somewhere behind dark
circles which have been brought
on by months of literally running
around as the volunteer head of the
Krewe of Wrecks. Like all good
leaders before him, he gathered his
cooks at the Elk's Lodge early on a
rainy February 15 to get ready for
their traditional luncheon.
Members of the Pensacola
Beach Woman's Club served the
New Orleans delicacy.
Carleen Wheeler, Wrecks
Board member, said they served at
least one thousand bowls and while
there is no charge for the food, the
crowd was generous in donations
to the Krewe of Wrecks charities,
including Hospice, Good Samari-
tan Clinic, Manna Food Bank, the
Beach Elk's Lodge, and the Ameri-
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February 23, 2010 Island Times PAGE 11
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Harbingers of spring are pop-
ping up all over the Island. The
Chamber is hosting five days of Go
Irish on the Island during March.
The St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl,
founded by Paddy Blake and the
Society of Leprechauns is set for
March 17. Get the most up to date
information at www.pensacola-
beachholidays.com. For a complete
schedule of college spring break
dates, go to visitpensacolabeach.
Our own island fashionista
Pandora de Balthazar reports her
new line of Batiste nightgowns has
gone Hollywood. Gwenyth Paltrow
and Faith Hill shopped at Pandora's
kiosk in Nashville and took home
the delicate nightwear.
Want to showcase your busi-
ness to over 3000 potential custom-
ers? Gulf Breeze Expo 2010 hosted
by the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber
is set for Saturday, April 17 at the
Gulf Breeze Rec Center. Call Meg
at 932-7888 to sign up.
Todd McCurdy is hoping that a
few more beach residents sign up to
work the census. He warns if they
don't, the jobs will be given to off
island residents. Look for the notice
on Page 17 for more information.
The lads and lasses of the
Krewe of St. Patrick followed Lord
Gerry O'Mahony and Lady Rita
Finkbone until the last minutes of
Mardi Gras ticked away. They had
one last hurrah at Flounder's on Fat
Tuesday. They feasted in style on
traditional New Orleans red beans
and raised a glass of ale to a suc-
cessful first ever Mardi Gras season.
Look for updates to see where they
will be on March 17.
Surf Burger chefs have been
hard at work stacking hamburger
patties three high to serve the Who
Dat Burger to hungry football fans.
Now the soundside burger place is
offering a Monday special red beans
and rice dish.
FISH ON FRIDAY
The Knights of Columbus will
host a Fish Fry each Friday evening
at St. Ann Catholic Church in Gulf
Breeze throughout Lent. Take out
BLUES ON THE BEACH
Paradise Bar is hosting region-
ally famous Blue musicians all year
long. Tonight Larry McCray is live
TURN DOWN THE LIGHT
Pensacola Beach businesses
can learn more about turtle friendly
lighting Thursday, February 25 at
the SRIA office. The Gulf Island
National Seashore rangers have
prepared a day long informational
seminar. Good lighting practices
help the wildlife and save money.
The Beach Church is hosting
a Snowbird luncheon on Sunday,
February 28 after services conclude.
Everyone is welcome, even if you
are not a Snowbird.
Music fans cheered
the return of duo Jam
Sandwich who played at
Paddy's on Super Bowl
Sunday. Musicians Richard
Madden, left, and Adam
Weaver, right, take a break
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by E.K. Hewson
When I booked my flight
home for Mardi Gras on the Island,
I could have never imagined be-
ing snowed in; not once, but twice
by two unrelenting blizzards. It
seemed like we had just finished
shoveling out from the first 18
inches of snow when about another
foot of the frozen white stuff with
sustained winds of 40 mph de-
scended upon us.
Yet through it all, I maintained
my sanity by thinking in a just a
few more days, I would be onboard
that Continental flight and arriv-
ing on the Beach in time for all the
merriment and madness of Mardi
Gras. I guess it just wasn't meant
to be. After being on hold with the
airline for more than three hours,
the customer service rep who final-
ly picked up sounded exhausted. I
might have been shoveling snow,
but she was shoveling the compa-
ny line and I am sure not too many
people were graciously accepting
"Mrs. Hensen," she said.
"That's Mrs. Hewson," I say.
"Okay, Mrs. Uuuuuu-sen, I
see your flight has been cancelled.
Let me put you on hold to see
what's the earliest departure I can
arrange for you."
Buble To Perform
at Civic Center
Grammy Award-winner Mi-
chael Bubl is coming to the Pen-
sacola Civic Center for one night
only on July 13 at 8 p.m. Touring
in support of his #1 selling release,
"Crazy Love," Michael Buble has
been called "one of the most like-
able performers on Earth."
"I'm an entertainer," he said.
"It's what I live for. I can't wait
to get back on tour. The show will
be bombastic, cinematic and at the
same time a very intimate experi-
ence. And besides, I can't wait to
see my fans, I've missed them."
Tickets are on sale at The Pen-
sacola Civic Center Box Office, and
online at Ticketmaster outlets.
I am thinking, please don't put
me on hold. What if we get discon-
nected? This customer service rep
whose name I truly cannot pro-
nounce is my only lifeline to Mardi
Gras on the Island.
"Mrs. Uuuuuu-sen, I can get
you on a flight on Sunday, for ar-
rival into Pensacola on Sunday
evening. If this is not acceptable, I
can offer you a full refund of your
"I'll take the refund." And just
like that my Visa was credited, but
my emotional bank was debited to
its inner core.
I e-mailed my family to say
that I would not be coming home
for the 30th Anniversary of the
Krewe of Wrecks and I was of-
ficially crying purple, green and
gold tears. Next, I had to do the
unthinkable and that was post the
news to my Facebook page.
There is the old saying that
when you share your joy you
brighten everyone's day; and when
you share your burden you lighten
your load. So I key stroked away
my sadness and let all my friends
know "What's on my mind" and
within minutes I started receiving
responses that definitely lifted my
spirits. Curt Middlebrooks sent his
condolences and Gwen Gibson of-
fered suggestions on different op-
tions to get home. Unfortunately
time and road conditions were not
on my side.
What made me feel great was
when people like Amy Cheshire
DePew, John Pinzino and Rachael
Edwards Johnson started posting
photos and Mardi Gras updates. I
got to see my sister, Shelley Waters
Johnson, be crowned First Mate;
and my niece, Rachael, and neph-
ew, Jeremy Johnson, all dressed
up as the Grand Marshalls of the
grandest parade of them all. I even
read about how I was an Honorary
Runaway with Eric Landis, as we
both served as deckhands on the
very first Krewe of Wrecks Royal
Court. I am not sure where Eric ran
off to, but I do believe he is on the
warmer side of the 1-95.
In the end, even though I was
surrounded by white, white and
more white, thanks to family and
friends, all I could see was purple,
green and gold. Even if it was just
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They rule the roost!
These lovely ladies
are the Queens of the
Krewe of Bananimals.
at Hemingway's on
February 12 are: (back
row, L to R) Rebecca
O'Mahony, Linda Terry,
Karen Cook, Nancy
Morgan, Lonnie Lane,
Mary Jo Tibbits and
Center is Angela Moore
and seated are Darlene
Larkin and Mollie
The parades were over and this
crew had munched a big bowl of
Red Beans and Rice on Monday,
February 15 at the Casino Beach.
There was nothing left to do
but hang out and have fun with
BZR Turner according to Sally
Marcelle, left, and Montana Minck,
right. BZR is holding a pirate
friend of his, Fred, who frequents
Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras
events. It is believed that Fred
assisted Jane Waters Cooper
in the planning of the first Red
Beans and Rice luncheon in 1980.
Pensacola Beach resident Susan
Newkirk can be spotted running
all over the island. She trains and
competes in area races. Here she is
crossing the finished line at the Double
Bridge Run, February 6.
Erin Zeigler, who was raised on
Pensacola Beach, ran to a first place
in her age group at the Double Bridge
Run, February 6. Erin is a personal
trainer in Gulf Breeze. Her time was
1:06.25 for the 15K course.
Pensacola Beach businessman
Andrew Rothfeder competed in the
the Double Bridge Run, February 6.
His time of 1:05.32 in the 15K race
earned him eighth place in his age
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Poker Players Create Full House At Beach Bars
Ona cold February 6 afternoon, Jeremy and his mate Arlene are stay- around the felt on February 16 and emy John Starr and Arlene Bos
Paddy O'Leary's was a little bit ing on the Island for a month and challenged Big Todd Lentini in took the top spots at the Shaker
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table in less the thirty minutes with on February 11 Billie Urquhart was and dumplings and Sloppy Joes to Grice serving up steamy bowl,
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Tex Atkinson survived to claim sec- in a four hour battle. The runner up Monday night poker is played From The Chip Stack: TOURNE
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players from Vermont to the Beach. Lady luck was with Big Todd He ruled the games once again on raise funds for pre-school children
Vermont resident Jeremy John Lentini on February 13. He found February 8 withTexAtkinsonplay- literacy program. Ted Gorder is
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ting his name in the Island Times. Fat Tuesday players gathered The visitors from Vermont, Jer- at Paddy O'Leary's. Pot O'G
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YOU CAN'T SNOW
As the Santa Rosa and Escam-
bia County Schools closed their
doors anticipating a snowstorm
on February 12, the Sandpipers
flocked to school on the Beach.
The weather, although stormy, was
not dangerous. Since the Beach
School held classes, they will not
have to make up the time during
the summer, unlike their friends
across the bridge.
THIRD GRADE SCHOLARS
Pensacola Beach Elementary
School third grade teachers Tara
Turk and Joy McLaurine have the
task of challenging a large group
of very talented students. During
the second grading period the fol-
lowing students received all A's on
their grade card: Carlee Amber-
son, Madison Clay, Anna Jacobs,
Cayson McCurdy, Thomas Niven,
Emily Wang, and McGuire Wolfe.
Students who earned As and B's
are: Zoe Cooper, Patrick Cronin,
Kat Denton, Wren Deputy, Chloe
Huntley, Joshua Thompson, Han-
nah May, Mackenzi Patrick, Ash-
ley Price, Grace Reece, Peter Seigh
and Sophia Slobodian.
MAKING THE GRADE
Beach School grads who were
named to the Honor Roll at Gulf
Breeze Middle School are:
Mostly Nuts & Bots
By Candy Segar
I hope everyone had a won-
derful Mardi Gras and Valentine's
Day. I certainly did. I rode in the
Krewe of Wrecks parade with my
nephew Jeremy and his wife Ra-
chael. Somehow among 120 dozen
pairs of beads, and 48 purple, green
and gold giant footballs, I misplaced
a set of keys.
I would like to thank everyone
at the Elk's Lodge who helped me
look for the lost keys. I had safely
packed them away in a bag, but
during the course of the parade
forgotten that I had done that. After
searching the car and the dumpster,
the keys were found. I think there
is a moral to this story. I should
drink during Mardi Gras, and I don't
My good time was still in high
gear on Monday, though my brain
took a rest from parade mode and
switched over to math problems.I
am an electrical engineer and I
Here is a math problem that my
brother-in-law, Gene Segar from
New York, sent to me to solve. He
is a very smart man, but I solved
this problem quickly, much to his
surprise. Hope you will try it, too.
At this point, I need to add that
I don't think inside the box. I have
never thought inside the box, and
I will never think inside the box.
Hence, I solved this problem in
approximately 15 to 30 seconds. I
came about the answer right away
because I can recognize patterns.
Here is the problem.
2+3 = 10
7 + 2= 63
6 + 5 = 66
8 + 4 = 96
The answer to this problem is lo-
cated on page 18 of this edition. I
hope all the Beach School kids and
Island Times readers exercise their
math brains on this one. Send me
one of your fun math problems in
return. Email me at islandtimes @
A Honor Roll
A-B Honor Roll
A Honor Roll
A-B Honor Roll
A Honor Roll
A-B Honor Roll
President Todd McCurdy an-
nounced that Pensacola Beach El-
ementary School Board meeting
has been rescheduled to Monday,
March 1 at 6 p.m. at the School.
Meetings are open to the public.
Students at the Beach School
will get a break to celebrate the
arrival of Spring from March 29
through April 2.
June 9 is the final day of the
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Snow Ski Apparel
Rock Climbing Gear, Ropes & Shoes
Indoor Rock Climbing Wall
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February 23, 2010
* JOB OPENINGS CENSUS TAKERS ON
: PENSACOLA BEACH $10-$14/HR
* The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census tak-
* ers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible
* hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related
, expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.
SBest of all, census takers work right in their own communities.
Census taker jobs are excellent for people who want to work part-time,
those who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn
Extra money while performing an important service for their community.
* Census takers work approximately 20 to 40 hours per week, primar-
* ily in the evenings and on weekends. In addition to the attractive pay,
* census takers receive paid training, and are reimbursed for authorized
*work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting
* Being a census taker is an exceptional opportunity to earn good pay in
Sa temporary, part-time job, and at the same time help your community.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply at one
of these next test sessions or to learn when the next session will be.
*You may also contact the local Census Office at 1-866-861-2010 for
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NOTICE TO PROPOSERS
Notice is hereby given that Pensacola Beach Elementary
Charter School, Inc. is seeking sealed proposals for:
"Independent Audit Services for
Pensacola Beach Elementary Charter School, Inc."
RFP # PBE 10
The detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) may be obtained from
Pensacola Beach Elementary Charter School, Inc. located at
900 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561,
(850) 934-4020 or School Financial Services, Inc., 116 W.
Pennsylvania Ave., P.O. Box 250, Bonifay, FL 32425,
Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 15,
2010 at the Office of School Financial Services, Inc., 116 W.
Pennsylvania Ave., P.O. Box 250, Bonifay, FL 32425.
For additional information, please contact Alysa Ammons, Ac-
countant at (850) 547 4566 or by email alysa.locke@school-
Envelopes must be sealed and plainly marked:
"RFP # PBE 10"
"Independent Audit Services for Pensacola Beach Elementary
Charter School, Inc."
Pensacola Beach Elementary Charter School, Inc. reserves
the right to reject any and all proposals; to waive any and all
informalities or irregularities, and to reject all or any part of any
proposal as they may deem to be in their best interest.
PAGE 18 Island Times February 23, 2010
Lent Time For Change
In the last edition I wrote
about ways to make changes and
the powerful difference one person
can make in their community. I truly
Recently, a simple fact was
published: in our area, 29% of the
children are on food stamps.
What does that say about the
parents? About our community?
What happens if we don't make a
That number will grow, and
grow, and grow. Those kids will
grow up to be adults with the role
models they have now, unless folks
like you intervene. We can, we do,
and I invite you tojoin us, to make a
difference in our community today.
Many of our volunteers are silent,
often dropping off contributions
without receipts or leaving a name.
Sometimes we get checks to pay a
month's rent for a child or a family
in need, and every day we receive
something of value to hold for the
I would like to share an ex-
ample of our recent work: In 2009,
our grassroots group, Team Make A
Difference, furnished 12 apartments
for kids who have to leave their li-
censed foster home at the turn of the
clock to age 18. Our last two were
furnished at Christmas.
As we were desperately seek-
ing sofas, a young fireman offered
furniture from his home, east of
Destin. Our problem? We had no
truck, no time, and the deadline for
removal was fast upon us. Taking
stock of our situation, and looking at
our timing and options, I canvassed
our volunteers and our Independent
Living children for help.
Voila! One of our Independent
Living children was challenged
by us to take a rented truck, with
friends, and pick up that furniture.
She did, and brought it back here
to our shop after delivering sofas to
her own home. She also delivered
Christmas gifts to a 3-year-old child
who would have had none. Those of
you who helped us make this happen
are right here in our tiny community,
and you know your names.
That day, you all changed a
foster child's life forever.
When this young lady came
back to see me, she was a changed
person. She walked a little taller,
she smiled broadly, and said, "I paid
it forward today, and now I know
what that really means. You have
made a true difference in my life."
Amazing grace. What an in-
credible journey, and I am so proud
of my community for stepping up.
Sharing this story is both a way
to say thank you to all the unsung
volunteers and donors we have, but
also to encourage you to become a
part of making change happen right
before your very eyes, and in the
community where you live.
It's time for change. I encour-
age each of you to take a step out
of your own path today, and do the
same thing: "pay it forward." You
shall never regret it.
If you are interested in making
a donation of money or household
items, drop by my shop on Hein-
berg, behind McGuire's. Bringyour
contributions of furniture or funds
to 698 E. Heinberg St., Suite 103,
Pensacola, Fl 32562-0789, or call
850 432 4777 for directions. We
do it because we can. No glory, no
awards, no titles, and no pay.
Shuffle Up and Deal
The Pensacola Beach Woman's
Clubbers have the card tables ready
for the Annual Game Day, March
25 at Our Lady of the Assumption's
Hunt Hall. The doors open at 10
a.m. for the event which serves as
their annual fundraiser. Tickets are
$20 per person which includes a
catered lunch at noon.
All types of games are wel-
come. Bridge, Bunco and Chicken
Foot dominos players are already re-
serving tables. Bring your foursome
or join a group when you arrive.
There will be door prizes,
raffles, a silent auction, and a 50/50
Reservations can be made
by mailing a check to the PBWC,
c/o Nancy Wyse, 1555 Oak Shore
Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563.
Romance Writers to Host Conference
The Gulf Coast Chapter of
Romance Writers of America will
host the Silken Sands Writers'
Conference at the Hampton Inn on
Pensacola Beach March 19-21.
Award winning, internationally
best-selling author Karen Rose will
be the keynote speaker for the event.
The conference weekend will
be full of writing workshops for
both published and unpublished
authors. There are three workshop
tracks: craft, career, and research.
The workshops will provide writ-
ers with the opportunity to enhance
their writing skills and to learn about
additional career opportunities.
Conference authors will par-
ticipate in a book signing from
4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 20.
The on-site bookstore and the book
signing will be open to the public.
Readers are invited to come in and
meet their favorite authors.
For additional conference in-
formation, please visit www.gc-
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LaDonna and Chris Carey danced among the Mardi Gras revelers at the Gulf-
side Pavilion on February 14. The newlyweds were married at Portofino and
waltzed down to enjoy the Krewe of Wrecks parade. She added some purple,
green and gold to her white gown and he completed his outfit with a giant
groom's top hat. The couple spent a few more days on the Beach before
returning home to Pensacola.
* Math Problem
* Answer: 144
Add the two numbers on the
left side of the equals sign and
* then multiply the total by the *
* first number.
Example: 9 + 7 = 16
9 X 16 = 144
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by Saltwater Rick
The cold weather lately has
changed a few habits for the locals.
Snow on the Beach? It spit a
few flakes on Thursday and Friday
February 11-12, not enoughto stick,
but, the locals went crazy trying to
put their hands on some.
Funny, it's white all over the
Beach around here year around
anyway, who needs snow!
The cold weather has some real
effect of the underwater locals, too.
The baitfish looking for warmer wa-
ter head into the Gulf and everything
that feeds on them, follows suit. If,
you're walking down the Beach and
see the "flying locals" bounding
out of the water, there is a reason.
Baitfish. Under those baitfish are
usually feeding Redfish.
Bull Reds are always hungry
and when that old north wind is lay-
ing down the Gulf, you can sight fish
for these big fighting' monsters right
from the Beach. A nice top water
lure is the most fun and with a light
rod and reel combo you could be in
for the fight of your life.
I was cruising the Island toward
Ft. Pickens in the white whale (my
van) the other day with the North
wind howling, the Sunset Shuffle
going down and the birds were
everywhere. The water was red
and it was not that nasty tide, it was
Redfish. The action was a couple of
hundred yards offshore that day, but,
what a sight.
I'm still wishing I'd been in the
4FUN and not the Van, but, it was
a good enough reason to pull it out
of the garage the next day, and take
a run at them. Some days are better
than others and youjust never know.
So, next time you think it's too cold
and windy to go out, just remember,
the fishing' is great somewhere all the
time. Find the right spot.
Do yourself a favor and go
Fritz Fries Fish With Friends
It's time for the not yet world
famous Fritz and Friends Fish Fry
season on Pensacola Beach. The
first Fish Fry will be Saturday,
March 27 beginning at noon at
the Pensacola Beach Elk's Lodge.
Fritz Givens coordinates the cook-
ing of the hot, crispy plates of fish
which are sold with a long list of
The Bloodmobile will be at
the event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Darla Richardson, who cham-
pions this cause said, "Blood do-
nors are needed. If you cannot give
blood, please consider making a
cash donation. Then, stay and have
Givens and his friends will
continue to serve plates into the af-
"We will keep serving until
the food is gone," said Givens.
"We want everyone to come."
The event is open to the pub-
lic. All proceeds go to benefit the
VA Nursing Home.
For more information, call the
Pensacola Beach Elk's Lodge at
Celebrate Seagrass Awareness Month
The tenth annual Seagrass
Awareness Celebration is set for
March 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at Shoreline Park South in Gulf
Breeze. March is national Seagrass
Seagrass Awareness is an an-
nual family orientated event held
at Shoreline Park South in Gulf
Breeze, Florida. This year activi-
ties will include live marine life
in the touch tanks, "eat a seagrass
bed," seining, games, fishing, arts
and crafts, boating safety, fishing,
kayaking and more.
For more information, please
call Chris Verlinde at 850-623-
A fond farewell to a fine fisherman -Andy O'Brien, right, who passed
away Feb. 15, loved fishing with his friends. Beverly Hughes was
part of Andy's crew on this particular day.
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S grill, incredible fitness center,
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February 23. 2010
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hardwood fires beer batter fried, or steamed in beer
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We sell so many, you know they're fresh! 'Neath the moon & stars on our beach
"Floundering at its best" "Best seafood on
Fodor's Florida Pensacola Beach"
Pensacola Beach" "Great Vibes...and happy guests"
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At the traffic light on beautiful Pensacola Beach 932-2003 Since 1979
CRAB & SEAFOOD SPECIALTIES
Fried Shrimp Great Steaks
Upstairs Beach View Dining Outdoor Gulfside Deck
Best Sunday Brunch!
Crab Cakes Benedict
Bottomless Champagne W
& Bloody Marys
Live Steel Band
Open 7 days a week argn\ aq n-nn
OF CRAB on
Largest Selection of rab on the Beach
U Alaskan Snow Dungeness
as King Crab
S She Crab Soup
otM'Bl Maryland Crab Cakes
Look for the RED ROOF at the
traffic light on Pensacola Beach
February 23, 2010
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