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Island Times Volume VII, Number 18 Pensacola Beach, Florida December 27, 2011 Fireworks and Bears... Oh My!2012 Begins with A Bang Fireworks at Midnight Polar Bear Plunge New Years Day new years news.

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PAGE 2 Island Times December 27, 2011 Published every other Tuesday SHELLEY W. JOHNSON, PUBLISHER islandtimes@bellsouth.net www.MyIslandTimes.comNo portion of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Island Times December 31 Happy New Year Fireworks ExtravaganzaMidnight. Ring in the new year with islandwide celdisplay at midnight from the end of the Gulf Pier. View from all over the island. No charge. January 1 Polar Bear Plunge Paradise Bar and Grill 21 Via de Luna Registration: 12:30 Start, 2 p.m. The emerald waters of Santa hardy souls who wade, swim and bowls of black-eyed peas wait to warm them. Entry fee bencheer. Bears And Cubs Take The Plunge On New Years Day Island Times We will have the heat Season Your Holidays with Island SpiritFor more information 850-932-1500 or online at pensacolabeachchamber.com Georgia had the highest guest Pavlock To Chair Island Authority Board

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Island Times PAGE 3Barefoot on the BeachBy Jane Waters Cooper December 27, 2011 Our latitude will change your attitude Lunch Specials MonFri 11-2 Dinner Specials NightlyCATCH IT ALL! Oysters Fresh Gulf SeafoodOPEN EVERYDAY Waterfront Dining Live Music Gift Shop Kids Playground#2 Via de Luna 934-3660Sports in Hi Def40 TVs 8 Big Screens 934-3660 WINGS45Every Thursdayc Monday Cajun Nite Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Specials Tues: of Wine Wed: Specials Thurs: Specials Tuesday Surf and Turf Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Wed Mexican Madness All Sports Always On Jan 2 Flounders Jan 16 Lillos Jan 23 Paddy OLearys Mardi Gras Mardi Gras on the Island EventsJanuary 7 January 13 January 20 January 21 January 28 Be sure to visit the Mardi Gras on the Island Founders Bench at Flounders PensacolaBeachMardiGras.comThe only person I know who does not have a cell phone is me. Since I am so notoriously low tech, this should come as no surprise to anyone. I am a telephone recluse, as a result of years and years of spending a number of my business hours, talking and listening on the telephone. I also spent a huge number of my leisure hours with the telephone glued to my ear. People used to call me during dinner, during television, and during my bedtime. Those were the night folks. Then, there were the day callers, starting at about 5 in the morning. When it finally dawned on me that I was the listening post and mother confessor for an increasing number of regular phone buddies, I secured an unlisted number. In view of this, why would I now want to carry a two-inch telephone around in my pocket, so I could answer the phone anywhere, anytime? A few years ago, I can remember jumping out of my car, finding a pay phone and making what I thought were important calls. Once I had done that, no one could bother me until I returned to my office or house. Now, driving an automobile seems to require that the person behind the wheel talks incessantly on the cell phone. How did we ever manage to conduct business, especially a newspaper or a bookie joint, without cell phones? There are a myriad of deals involving costs, distances, even family rates where everyone in the family gets a phone, and Mom and Dad, get the all-inclusive bill. Cell phones are these little bitty devices which store more information than you could once get in a six-drawer filing cabinet. Some have in-phone cameras. All have memories which put elephants to shame. And, you don't have to endure the ordinary ringing noise when someone calls. You can listen to a symphony or jazz or almost anything you want. Not long ago, I attended a meeting when a booming symphonic rendition disrupted the proceedings. The owner recognized the music as coming from her phone, but she was at the back of a large room, and her purse was on a chair in the front row. Guiltily, she hurried toward the music, started rummaging around in a gigantic bag and finally stopped the symphony. By then, the room had grown noisy with everyone talking and laughing. It took a while for the speaker to regain his own composure, and finally he quieted his audience. I wonder what General Henry M. Robert, author of Robert's Rules of Order would have thought about cell phones? There would, no doubt, have been a section on tabling them. I do not intend to organize a protest march against cell phones and their users. Who would be marching with me? No one. And I do not begrudge those talkers who hold a tiny device to their ears and gossip endlessly. Maybe, soon, you will just implant a phone into your ear, and get your hands back on the steering wheel. I must admit there are certain advantages to finding people who might not answer a standard, old fashioned phone. For instance, when I call a cell, I ask, "Where are you?" The answer, "I'm in the grocery store buying bananas." Thus begins a long conversation about groceries, how much they cost, and why are the bananas always too ripe or too green? By the time this chatter ends, I have forgotten why I called in the first place. Which just goes to show you that phone calls are not always necessary. Don't let any of this column keep you from calling me. If I'm home, I will answer. If I'm not, my answering machine will take a message for me. Just keep in mind that you can never reach me while I am conducting important business, such as trying to find bananas that are at the perfect stage of ripeness. What does a Bear Wear?Polar Bear Plungewear Contest see you at the Plunge! PRIZESPRIZES

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PAGE 4 Island Times December 27, 2011 T?? ? ??? ? ? ? ? ? ?rivia?? ????? ? ? ??? ? PEOPLE 21 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 850-916-5087 Full Service Bar Live Musicwww.paradisebar-grill.comDont Drink & Drive Play and StaySpecial Room RatesReservations 850-932-2319LIVE MUSIC Happy New Year Polar Bears King CAkeDecember 30; Tim Spencer New Years Eve: The All Star Band PM PM PARTY WITH US! Party Area Seafood to Dance in the sand Inn Melanie Waite had the quickest email and the best recall on the computer and answered the Trivia Masters holiday question, What group decorated the Santa Rosa Island Authoritys front lawn at Christmas many years ago? Although she doubted if she was the Flamingo Social Club who front of the local governments office with a cheerful Merry Christmas painted on it. Answers came in from near and far. Lady Kim Schmitz thought it was Skip Mason. As far as the Trivia Master knows, Skip did not play any pranks on at Christmas; and he does not qualify as a group. Sorry MLady. Sir Morrie Drees, seated in a dimly lit section of the Trivia Roundtable, sent a correct answer in a round-about way. He wrote, The answer that came the longest distance across the airwaves was from Claire and Eric Marcey, who were tickled pink to answer, The Flamingo Social Club, not the Krewe of Flamingos. Claire and Eric were locals until they migrated west to Arizona. Still warm and still sandy, but not Pensacola Beach. Claire and Eric were members of the famous Flamingo Social Club, which was founded by Frank and Dixie Cooper, and Bobby and Patty Barrington in 1987. More flamingos flocked around the founders and before long, the Club was boasting charity cotillions and award winning Mardi Gras parade entries. The Club members planted outs in conspicuous spots around the island. Celebrating new babies and fun places. Of course, they were in violation of the SRIAs sign ordinance, so thats why the bird landed on the Authoritys front lawn with its merry message. The Trivia Master has a close eye on Madame Melanie. This is her second win in as many tries. Is she making a bid for a place at the Roundtable or will the Master outwit the former Gulf Breeze School teacher? Time will tell. Take a look at the photo below. The Trivia Master has been given a snapshot that takes him back in time. Correctly identify the business and the year this was taken. Remember the correct answer will contain both the what and the when. Time is of the essence. Hurry to your computer and email your answer to islandtimes@bellsouth. net with trivia in the subject line. Include your name and phone number with your answer. Deadline to ring in is January 3 in the year 2012. Have Some Fun Sending Off 2-0-1-1Pop. Pop. Pop. Those are the familiar sounds of New Years Eve on Pensacola Beach. Bottles works. Resolve to welcome the New Year on Pensacola Beach. Nightlife at Nightclubs Bamboo Willies on the Boardwalk. No cover, free champagne and party favors. Balloon Drop at Midnight with prizes. The Mainstream is on stage. Paddy OLearys Irish Pub celebrates Irish New Year with a countdown, party hats and champagne toast when the clock strikes 6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. Fun for early birds. Stick around they celebrate the American New Year at Midnight. Pints, car bombs and pub fun. Paradise Bar and Grill, tucked onto the Soundside Beach at the Paradise Inn. Champagne party with The All Star Band. Special room rates. Sabine Sandbar is pouring free champagne at midnight. Dance to Southern Breeze and win a prize at the Balloon Drop. Sandshaker is one of the Party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Trunk Monkey will get you dancing. Memorable Meals Crabs has a romantic way to end the year with a Steamer For Two. Toast the evening with a bottomless glass of champagne. Tim Spencer performs. Flounders will seat guests until 11 p.m. No reservations needed, just bring your appetite. Chef Denis recommends Filet Oscar with a chocolate lava cake for dessert. The Grand Marlin has a show stopping New Years Eve lined up for you. Three courses. Slow roasted prime rib and spice grilled shrimp play a starring role. Reservations accepted. PegLegs celebrates with a casual atmosphere and exceptionally friendly staff. Pirates and land lubbers should order the Surf and Turf; its the special on New Years Eve. Sidelines scores with five bowl games on December 31. Big televisions and plenty of them. Wings and beer, plus a full menu. Surf Burger is serving up fun with a side of burgers, fries and beer. Bring the entire family. Whos NewAmanda Eaton is a new hire at the Santa Rosa Island Authority. She serves as an assistant in the Administration Department which is directed by Jayne Bell. Amanda also will assist Developmental Services Department Director Paolo Ghio. Jamee Thompson and Melody Bolster also have new assignments at the SRIA. Special Delivery Jack and Michelle Parris are lullabying a new baby, Parker Rene, who was born on December 8 in Pensacola. The little tykes granddad is Bruce Parris. Go NolesThe Beachs Sherry and Jim Hobbs are Alabama football fans to the core. But, their kids and their money go to Florida State University. Son Drew is a creative writing major and younger sister Shelby is studying broadcast journalism. The college students are back home on the beach for Christmas.On The Wing American Bird Conservancy has tapped DJ Zemenicks photo of Least Terns at Ft. Pickens to use in National Fish and Wildlife Foundations reference materials about nesting beach birds. DJ takes photos of all kinds of wildlife, including Beach Mardi Gras revelers. Gym TimeKristin Amberson and husband Scott have plenty to cheer about their three children, Jayce, Blair and Carlee are all playing basketball. The parents get in overtime with Blairs year round soccer league and Carlees volleyball games. Keep cheering. Jayces baseball games begin in January. Freddy Espo carved up waves instead of birthday cake on his December 14 birthday. He and wife Heidi were in Costa Rica having a great time. Theyll be back in time for the annual Surfers Memorial, January 12.Beach resident Steve Luppert reports that son Ethan, 23, is following in his footsteps. Both are park service employees working on an island. Ethan is a lifeguard on St. John in the Virgin Islands.

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PAGE 5 Island Times December 27, 2011 SAT DEC 31 8 PM NO COVER FREE Champagne Toast Party Favors Balloon Drop at Midnite Bud Light SpecialsLive on Bamboo Willies Stage The Mainstream 850-916-9888Members of the Santa Rosa Island Authority Architectural and Environmental Committee were met with applause from Beach residents when they gave zero support to a change in the Fifty Percent Rule at the December 14 meeting. In an effort to mitigate repetitive storm damage claims and lower insurance premiums, Paolo Ghio, Director of SRIA Developmental Services recommended that the time frame for accumulating damage be extended to the lifetime of the structure. A structure must be brought into compliance if it accumulates damages greater value. This often means that the structure would have to be demolished and elevated to be out of harms way. There are 93 homes on Pensacola Beach that are currently non-compliant. FEMA had a would qualify for assistance in bringing their structures up to code. The SRIA has previously for which to accumulate the percentage of damages, after that time expires then the calThe Land Development Code Ordinance does not specify a time frame. FEMA uses one to two years as their time frame for accumulating damages. The staff presented research on other Florida cities, most of which use I am completely opposed to this change for a multitude of reasons, said Dr. Thomas Campanella, beach resident and SRIA board member. Islanders are having some game changes to deal with already in lease fees, taxes, insurance rate increases; and how would we manage this if the home transfers to new owners? Committee Member Dave would affect property values on Pensacola Beach and in a way is Longtime Pensacola Beach leaseholder Linda Broadus home. Her family has owned the same home for four decades. the committee understands this. own older homes. Very few which was offered by FEMA, Broadus said. Ed Guernsey, Board member commented, We have much fee versus taxes. With the econhome. There are just way too many unintended consequences for me to support this. Pensacola Beach resident should consider adopting a time frame for the policy since one does not currently exist. The Committee did not address this. Tammy Bohannon, committee member, made a motion that this item be permanently removed from the SRIAs agenda. The motion passed unanimously. The A and E Committee also approved $75,000 for renovatovers. Sand has accumulated on 22 of the wooden structures designed to provide access for beach-goers and protection for be raised rather than demolished and rebuilt. There are a total of by the SRIA. Three businesses will expand to new island locations after approval came from the Development and Leasing Committee. The Fun Store will open a retail and rental operation at Paradise Inn. Donnie Webb of Florida Pizza Kitchen will add a Gulfside location when he begins operations at the current Tiffanys building. Captn Fun will have a retail area operated by Lee Tracy. Dottie Ford, Director of the SRIA Finance Department, presented the collections report with revenues ahead of budget. We are a little bit ahead of what we anticipated, said Ford. And, down a little compared to the previous year. The Finance Department is now providing a prior year comparison. Revenues for October 2011 were 1.4 percent less than the previous year. The Committees will meet Wednesday, January 25 at 5 de Luna. The meetings are open to the public. Clock Stops Ticking Fifty Percent Rule Removed From Committee Agenda HATS www.weatherfords.net HATS Mens and Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing

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PAGE 6 Island Times December 27, 2011 by Kathi Lewis peas, porridge & a dry martini Marias Fresh Seafood MarketTake a little bit of the Gulf Coast home! Fresh from the boats daily We can cold pack for travel or ship anywhere. rrrsGr rFrOstrsrMMr Mt 621 Cervantes Street Call for directions from the Beach 850-261-2462Owner Peggy Henshall is ready to keep you in stitches!www.CajunStitchery.com CajunStitchery@yahoo.comnames, logos, custom artsmall or large quantities native cafeowned & operated by friendly natives!Locals say are the best! Go Native Daily 7:30 AM to 3 PM $ 3 99 10 %BRING IN COUPON TO RECEIVE A WATCH BATTERY FOR ONLY......BRING IN COUPON TO RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL PAID FOR YOUR GOLD SOLD TO US OVER $200The best thing about a brand new year is that I know the shortest days of winter are over. I know logically theres the same amount of time in each day. I just cannot get the same amount of stuff done when the sun goes down so early. Get up earlier? You must be joking or talking about someone else. Ive always been content to let the early birds have the worms. I dont want em anyway. What I do want is long, slow, lazy days full of bright sunshine and nothing more on my to-do list than reading a good book. That cant happen soon enough for me. In fact, its not going to happen anytime soon. Even though the shortest days are over, I still need much more sunlight than I am allotted now. Since I live such a magical fantasy life, why cant I have days when the sun rises around 11 a.m. and doesnt go down until 11 p.m.? I know I could get a lot more done. a nap into my schedule. I tried to take a short nap the day after the Krewe of Nereids Christmas Party. It was the day after because it was an overnight party. I was tired and just wanted a tiny bit of sleep to energize me so I could wrap more gifts and hopestuff. It was not meant to be. was the waking-up part that caused me the trouble. I didnt wake up energized in just a couple of hours. Oh no, I didnt wake up until seventeen hours later! I wake up with brain fog on a good day so after sleeping that long, my brain didnt clear for days. So much for naps! I lost more time by trying to take a nap than had I just muddled What I dont understand is that I never have to really muddle through until the end of the year. How is it possible that Im the only one who runs out of time at the end? I start out with the same time as everyone else in the beginning. I never muddle through Mardi Gras! There seems to be plenty of time for that. Im also pretty sure I get through Spring Break and Easter fairly quickly. And theres that beautiful lull between Easter and the real beginning of summer that I truly love. Oh yes, I love that lull. So, in hindsight Im beginning to see that its somewhere around July that time begins to speed up. Then summer over. Aha! I believe the true culprit, the time-stealer, might just be Halloween. Once the pumpkins start popping up, fall begins to steal the sunlight making the days shorter and shorter. So much shorter, in fact, that by the time the Christmas Parties begin, theres hardly any daytime left at all. No wonder I get so tired. So this year Im going months. That will be easy since I love Mardi Gras so much. Then vantage of that lovely lull before real summer arrives. If that goes well, then maybe I can nap sometime during July to keep quickly. And as soon as I see the my holiday plans. Well see how that works out because I know there will only be a couple of sunlight hours left in the day by that time. Maybe I should schedule the SOB Christmas Brunch, the Mental Health Night Group and the Mystic Krewe of Nereids Christmas Parties at the same time, thereby saving a few more precious hours. Well see. Ill let you know how it works out at the end of next year. Same time, same place In the meantime, we still have to eat. This recipe is shared by Chrissy Cook who brought this to the Mental Health Night Christmas Party. It is very tasty, nitely a keeper. It may be a New Year but its still the Season of the Appetizers! So, lets cook 1 4 oz. can chopped ripe olives Cup sliced green onions 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese Cup mayonnaise Tsp. salt Tsp. curry powder Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Split used 100% whole wheat mufhalf. Cut into quarters and place on baking sheet. Heat in a 375 degree oven until cheese melts. Enjoy, share and have a safe and Happy New Year! See ya in the kitchenLet Them Eat CakeWaving her royal scepter from high atop her glittering sand castle, Mystic Krewe of Nereids Queen Daisy Long commands her subjects to eat cake. Its not just any cake. Its King Kake, served by the friendly all-female krewe at their annual King Kake Party, Saturday, January 7 at 3 p.m. at Paradise Bar and Grill. The party, which is open to the public at no charge, blasts guests into the Mardi Gras season with dancing, drinking and a serving of the purple, green and gold topped King Cake made famous in New Orleans. The Nereids will crown a new king and queen during the afternoon soiree. There will be chances to win elaborate gift baskets. Chances to win at the 50-50 game. And, chances to meet Mardi Gras royalty. Find your best purple, dancing shoes and a big smile, because the Nereids are getting the Island Mardi Gras parties started. Let the good times roll.BP Sends Funds For Sand DunesEscambia County is in line to get $4.4 million for boat ramps in Penascola and $585,898 dune restoration on Pensacola Beach because of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment contains $57 million in projects. But, before they move forward, the Trustees of this money are looking for formal public comment. Keith Wilkins, Escambia County Community and Environment Department director, commented that the dune restoration will be focused on rebuilding and vegetating dunes from the Gulf pier eastward. According to the plan, the proposed dune restoration project would help prevent beach erosion by restoring a living shoreline, a coastline protected by plants and natural resources rather than hard structures. As a result, this project would assist with the restoration of wildlife, habitats, and communities along the northwest Florida Gulf Coast. Public comments are currently being accepted online at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa. gov. and at a public meeting Thursday, January 12 at the UWF Conference Center from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to public comments at the meeting, experts will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed projects, Early Restoration and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, said Kristin Lock, Communications Managpated series of plans to begin restoration of the Gulf of Mexico to compensate for natural resource injuries, including the loss of human use of Gulf resources, from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Visit www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov for details.

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Island TimesPAGE 7 December 27, 2011By Rev. Dr. Tom Garrison Pensacola Beach Community ChurchCross in the Sand A Jennifer Byrom, P.A. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Toll Free: 877-889-8822 5177 Elmira Street Milton Facing the Courthouse916-9000 Sunday ServicesWorship by the Water, 9 AM Flounders Beach Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church www.gbumc.org Our Lady Catholic Church, 9:45 AM Avenida 18 /Via De Luna www.stanngulfbreeze.org Pensacola Beach Church, 10 AM Avenida 18 /Via de Luna www.thebeachchurch.com850-206-3156 Joe Stukey www.ycpals.com joe@ycpals.com Read Island Times...www.MyIslandTimes.com Mostly Nuts and BoltsBy Candace Segar Polar Bear Plunge January 1 2 PM Paradise $11 includes shirt $5 without shirtGet your copy delivered to a beach chair near you!During this time of year you do not have to look far or listen carefully to hear about a New Years resolution. New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Here is a top ten list that I think is worth considering. 1. Assess our Faith Journey, see where we have been and where we want to go. (This may 2. Spend more time with family and friends. 3. Take care of yourself (both physically and mentally) 4. Enjoy your life. (It is yours make the best of it) 5. Find a way to help others. 6. Relieve stress (get out of debt if possible) 7. Open yourself to learning something new/different 8. Resist bad habits (Smoking, excessive drinking, good eating habits) give you peace of heart and mind) 10. Organize your time (this will give you the time needed for important things) Well, I know these resolutions are not from a survey, but I hope they are helpful on your life journey. The Beach Church welcomes everyone that comes our way. It is a great place to begin the New Year. I think one of the most important things that exists in our country is freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson said it best, Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. My sentiments exactly, which brings me to the ideals of the Island Time s newspaper. No large conglomerate or corporation owns this paper. The columnists are given free reign to write and express themselves. I certainly have written a variety of articles on all types of topics some controversial, some not. The news presented in this paper is about Pensacola Beach and its inhabitants, some human, some not. Its about the structures on the Beach, some manmade, some not. But beyond all this, it represents the true meaning of a free press as guaranteed in the Unites States Constitution. Island Times newspaper plays an integral role in the checks and balances system for both local and state government. This is a huge function! In addition to that, it also provides a vital function to folks visiting Pensacola Beach. Island Times newspaper gives them a feel or a sense of what the community is all about. It also gives them information for food, fun, shopping, and it is free to the Beachs visitors. Island Times newspaper also provides a voice to the many residents who inhabit the island. Sometimes these inhabitants may live in a shell or are furry and have no other voice. It is a bastion of our freedom, and as we enter 2012, it is important to remember that the pen is mightier than the sword. Island Times newspaper and what is represents should always be cherished and protected. Long live the freedom of the press! Happy New Year! Talented Beach School friends, Savannah Persky, left, and Hannah Buchalter in her mouse costume, danced in The Nutcracker, December 19 in Pensacola. The show was sold out.

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PAGE 8 Island Times The School Bell Rings Beach Krewe News where to be when and what to do when you get therepensacolabeachmardigras.comDecember 27, 2011 2721 Gulf Breeze Parkway 850-934-1000 www.lawbordelon.com Serving Gulf Breeze and the Beaches since 1987 John S. BordelonMaster of Laws ARE YOU READY?We understand your insurance needs!850-623-8092CALL DENISE TAYLOR TODAY FOR A QUOTE family owned and operated independent insurance agency Life, Business Auto & Motorcycle Commercial Vehicle Homeowners & Flood 850-473-1008 4300 Bayou Blvd DrTraceyPinkston.com Integrating traditional health management with natural and alternative approaches Dr. Tracey Pinkston Joy McLaurines Third Grade Class at the Beach School celebrates Christmas in a very special way. They go on a "Helping Others" Field Trip, in lieu of a class gift exchange. The kids bring in peanut butter and jelly for other children which they deliver to Caring and Sharing. They go by the hospital and drop off posters and cards for the patients who do not have visitors. Then they sing a few carols. Its off to The Villas retirement facility in Gulf Breeze where they sing, share ornaments they crafted in class, and play bingo. The bus is dressed up as The Polar Express and the kids dress up as elves. The last stop is always at Peg Legs for lunch and play time. Pandora de Balthazars efforts to help area children in foster care are growing. As one of her many Team Make A Difference projects, the beach resident and business owner hosts a Breakfast with Santa. It is a huge undertaking, serving 500 breakfasts, and providing a midway of games where the children can earn Santa dollars. Children use the fun money to purchase gifts for their foster parents at the on-site gift shop. All of the gifts, food, time are donated. This year Pensacola Beach Elementary School students, at the request of their Junior Optimist Club, held a toy drive. Gulf Breeze Elementary Schools students have been part of the project for three years. Pandora is fostering a legacy of giving and teaching others to do the same. Santa Rosa Education Foundation awarded 87 grants totaling $15,225 to Santa Rosa public educators. SREF, with the support of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Florida Legislature, Mediacom Communications, Gulf Power Foundation, and the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club, is enabling teachers to implement grants that engage students in active learning while increasing student achievement. Congratulations to the Recipients: Tom Aldridge, Shelly Mann and Kimberly McCullough Gulf Breeze Elementary; and Sara Dykstra, Gulf Breeze High. First Grader Addison Comeaux won the paddleboard rafChristmas program. The custom board was donated by professional paddleboard racer Slater Trout. Trout, a former Beach School student, lives in Hawaii and competes internationally. The drawing netted $4400. The Beach School welcomed Courtney German to their rolls. She is a transfer student from Huntsville, Alabama. The Junior Optimist Club at Pensacola Beach Elementary raised $250 for the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life. The Relay will debut on Penacola Beach in April. Fifth grade members are (Front row, L to R): Carlee Amberson, Hannah May, Madi Clay, Kat Denton, Skyler Williams, Katie Hamrick, Grace Reece, Isabella Rice, and Sophia Slobodian. Back row, (L to R): Wren Deputy, Cayson McCurdy, Patrick Cronin, Teacher Margie Pitts, and Annabelle Owens. Fourth graders get tuned up backstage before the Beach School Christmas program, December 9 at Our Lady. Performers (L to R): Grant Gaiennie, Tanner Braxton, Dylan Renfro, Madeline TaySmith. Hayley Carrick-Viviers is in the background. Kindergartners (L to R) Zoey Amjad, Liam Allen, and Anderson Tanner are bundled up in scarves and mittens. Seated in a window sill, they waited for their turn to take the stage at the Beach School Christmas program, December 9. They sang The Mitten Song under the direction of Mary Holway, Music teacher.

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PAGE 9 Island Times December 27, 2011 GOLD AND SILVER PRICES ARE NOW AT ALL TIME HIGHS!! SILVERWe are paying top prices for anything made of silver STERLING & COIN SILVER WE WILL TEST IT FOR SILVER QUALITY. COINSAMERICAN & FOREIGN GOLD, SILVER PLATINUM, BULLION BARS, COIN COLLECTIONS, CARSON CITY SILVER DOLLARS, MORGAN SILVER DOLLARS, PRE 1964 SILVER COINS ATTENTION! DO NOT CLEAN COINS, YOU MAY RUIN THE VALUE!SCRAP: GOLD SILVER & PLATINUMBROKEN CHAINS, BRACELETS, RINGS, CHARMS, MONOGRAMME JEWELRY, AWARD PINS,BROOCHES, PENDANT MOUNTINGS, PENDANT SETTINGS,DENTAL GOLD: CROWNS, PARTIALS, ELECTRICAL CONTACT POINTS, CIGARETTE LIGHTERS, FOUNTAIN PENS, INDUSTRIAL GOLD SWEEPS, LABORATORY CRUCIBLESIMPORTANT WE CAN TEST METALS FOR VALUE. check out the photo gallery at www.myislandtimes.com Free Gift w/orders over $40 Susan Haselton-Kelley 850-934-3865 Protect your skin from sun & wind. Call me... Cornerstone Visiting Angels Services Pensacola Gulf Breeze Blue Sky Gift Shoppe M-F 10-6 Sat 9-6 Gifts Galore!Dennis Remesch, a Realtor with RE/MAX on the Coast in Gulf Breeze, has been named Realtor of the Year by the Pensacola Association of Realtors. He received the annual award for his significant involvement in local, state and national realtor association activities, as well as wide participation in local community projects. Remesch serves on the board of directors for the Pensacola Association of Realtors as well as Florida Realtors. He also is past president and current chairman of the board of directors for Gulf Breeze Sertoma, a member of the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge and an active member of the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce. Outside the office, Remesch is an avid boater, and even competed in the Beach Chambers Bathtub Races. He enters 5K running races and enjoys the local music scene. I am honored to have received this award and pledge continued dedication to serving the Gulf Coast community, he said. Remesch entered the real estate profession in the greater Pensacola area in 2003. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Remesch worked in architectural and engineering fields, gaining 14 years experience in commercial and residential design. He is currently a CCIM candidate, seeking Certified Commercial Investment Member designation. He and his wife, Anita, reside in Gulf Breeze. Remesch Earns Realtor of the Year AwardThe Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot was Saturday, December 17 at Gulf Breeze High School with participants from schools across Santa Rosa County qualifying for the Elks Lodges team. In the 8-9 year old category Gulf Breeze Elementarys Brady Jockers will be the representative for the boys. His sister Brook Jockers defeated Emma Price of S.S. Dixon for the Girls title. In the 10-11 age category Gulf Breeze Middle Schools Alyssa Lewter defeated S.S. Dixons Camden Lowe for first place. S.S. Dixons Cole Jenkins took the boys title hitting 16 of 25 for the day. Second place went to a playoff with Woodlawn Beachs Walter Yates taking a one shot win over Gulf Breeze Elementarys Ben Hepworth. In the 12-13 age group Gulf Breeze Middle Schools Owen Hayes took top honors in this age group, as well as Best Overall, knocking down 19 of 25 foul shots. Woodlawn Beachs Octavien Moyer was second scoring 17 of 25. There were no participants in the girls division of this age group. The Pensacola Beach Elks team will now compete in the NW District contest January 14 at Gulf Breeze High School against Elks Lodge teams from Destin, Ft. Walton, Navarre, Tri City, Crestview, and Warrington. District Winners advance to the North Regional in Live Oak. There are three Elks Lodge Hoopsters Advance To District ContestRegional contests held throughout the state and these winners compete for the State Championship. State winners qualify through National Regional contest for the National Finals held in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Fred Bryan is the Pensacola Beach Hoop Shoot Director and event coordinator.

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PAGE 10 Island Times December 27, 2011 Commercial & Residential Appraisal, Consulting & Sales 103 Baybridge Dr. Gulf Breeze, FL 850-934-1797 gdanielgreen.com G. Daniel Green, MAI, SRA State-Cert. Gen. REA #RZ836 Real Estate Broker #BK176669 LindaMurphyRealtor@bellsouth.netis ready to assist you at 850-748-0865 LINDA TAYLOR MURPHYREALTOR Call Dennis Remesch850-384-7607 www.denrem.com denrem@denrem.com Ready To Buy? Homes for Sale GULF BREEZE 2/2 $149,900 2/2 $119,900 3/2 $104,900 more listings at denrem.com Stunning on Santa Rosa Sound. Your own beach with 1.73 acres. Build your dream home. $300,000. Owner will divide. Check out my other residential lot listings in Gulf Breeze Featured Listing Waterfront Lot Gulf Breeze Lizzards Tongueby elizabeth hewsonThe Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner V-8 Powered Steam Clean Process Dont forget www.xclean.net Welcome New Customers15 % OffJUST TO TRY US Gulf Breeze: 1143 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, 932-2565 Tiger Point: 3497 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, 916-9437 www.xclean.net WELCOME NEW CUSTOMERS Dry Clean, Laundry, Leather, Households Items Wash & Fold, Shoe Repair, Alterations FREE PICKUP & DELIVERY SERVICES 15% OFF Just To Try Us FREE Pick Up & Delivery Services Dry Clean, Laundry, Leather, Household Items Wash & Fold, Shoe Repair, Alterations Under Contract: 23 Condos Paradise is just a phone call away... 850-932-0067 866-749-3732 www.paradisecoastalrealty.comPensacola Beach Real Estate Sales and Transactions update: SOLD Since Dec 4Feel the rhythm. Hear the rhyme. This end-of-the-year column is being written on island time. Greetings from the British Virgin Islands where the water is warm; the breezes are gentle; This is the perfect place and odds in 2011. Once again my family enjoyed a healthy year except for the occasional tummy trouble, strained muscle, or pimple that took on a life of its own. We are very grateful that we are not the target audience for all the commercials paid for by pharmaceutical companies and run during the nightly news or football games. I am incredibly grateful that my degree from the University of West Florida continues to pay off. I am privileged to be working for the same company over I love -Corporate Communications. As we have grown tenfold over those years, I am valued as not only an employee, but a mom as well. Thanks in part to great thinkers like Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs, I am able to work remotely when the need arises and tend to my family, too. I am fortunate the Colonel and I are buying a home that we can afford. It still might be showering us every morning with dry wall dust and only have it's almost paid off and there is no foreclosure notice on the front door. The Colonel and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary in 2011. We have spent almost half of our lifetimes together. We are both lucky as the statistics on marriage in this country are not the best. Of course, we still don't have each other perfectly trained. That will probably take a full lifetime together and is the basis for never-a-dull-moment in our relationship. I can breathe a sigh of relief as I parented the Kid through Child Protective Services didn't have to be summoned. I am sure that there is a parenting app that could be downloaded to his iPod that would remind ish his homework, but a lot of good that would do him when it's in hock for him not doing the aforementioned. I didn't cave in to the pressures of putting him in daycare or hiring a nanny to help raise him, and I won't be parented over by an iPod or KindleFire or any electronic device connected to the internet. I keep telling myself that at the end of the day when he kisses me good night and says "I love you, Mom" that I am doing something right. Either that or he just downloaded another album and in the morning the charge will appear on my credit card. Finally, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude as the war in Iraq has come to an end and our military personnel are coming home. Both the service member and his/her family have nation of ours. Until next time, have a safe and fun New Year's Eve as you usher in 2012. hind the wheel of the Christmas Cart, while throw candy and beads to the spectators at the Beach Chambers Surfing Santa Beach Parade, December 11. The merrily decorated carts are a crowd

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PAGE 11 Island Times December 27, 2011uzz.........................B Business The Dream is so AffordableWith prices at or below pre-construction costs, there has never been a better time than now to Own the Lifestyle! 1 8 V I A D E L U N A PortofinoOPENHOUSEDAILY9 AM 5:30 PMBeach ClubOPENHOUSEDAILY9 AM 5:30 PM 1 0 P O R T O F I N O D R www.resortrealtylife.com lLevin &Rinke Resort Realty, Inc Stop by one of our onsite offices for a tour today! Resort_Realty_6x5 Beach Clulb_Portofino_March 2011.qxd 3/21/2011 10:25 AM Page 1 By Joe Stukey Bytes and Bits 850-932-2323 Move In Specials Climate Controlled Self Storage Drive Up Access Boat Parking Moving & Packing Supplies 24/7 Digital Surveillance Safe, Clean & Secure Great Rates Professional Managementsmartstopselfstorage.com15 McClure Drive Gulf Breezeformerly Storage AdvantageQ: How Does Skype work? A: Skype is a computer program that allows you to communicate with friends and relatives, free of charge, through the Internet. Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, in cash. The program can be downloaded to your computer from the Skype.com website. When installing Skype, you will be asked to provide your name, an account user ID, your email address, and a password. Your name, your user ID, and email address will be listed in the international Skype directory. Other Skype users can then Skype has more than 150 million users in the directory. As many as 25 million have been on-line at the same time. In order for two people to begin communicating with one another, one must send a request and the other must accept it. That person is then in your contact list. That protects you from being bothered by people that you dont know. To talk to others and have them see you, you will need a web camera with a built-in microphone. Most laptop computers already have those built into the screen. For computers that dont already have cameras, you can buy a webcam, with a microphone, for around $40. It is a great way to stay in touch with family. Grandparents especially like to use it to see the grandkids. Once you start Skype on your computer, it will notify you when someone is trying to connect with you. Just click on the screen to accept the connection and they will appear on your screen. You can connect with several people at the same time if you want to have a group conversation. You can also send text and pictures to your friends through Skype. With Skype you can also make international Internet calls directly to phones, paying only a couple of cents per minute. This article was provided by The Stukey Group. For questions, contact Joe at joe@ ycpals.com or 850-206-3156.Give Me A DozenAccording to Fred Flounder, you get thirteen oysters when you order one dozen. What he didnt tell you is that sometimes the oyster has a pearl in it. Order up. They shuck em fresh. Served by friendly waitresses like Denise Keever. Welcome To The IslandLots of activity buzzing as Karen and her staff welcome Ryan Christopher and the Resort Quest rental and management team. Resort Quest is having Special Grand Opening offers. Turn to page 18 of this edition to see the good deals. High Five To The BankJudy Lenderman is a stalwart at the Bank of the South Island Branch. Stop by and congratulate easy, but the Bank of the South has earned a Five Star Bauer Rating, again. Heres To FreddyIts a small island and bar owners all know each other. So, Sonny Campbell, co-owner of the Sandshaker Lounge, got a big kick out of winning a bar tab at Paradise Bar for his entry in the Chambers Lighted Boat Parade, December 9. As he redeems his prize, Sonny plans to raise a toast to Paradise Bar owner Freddy Simmons.Geaux TigerGulf Breeze Attorney John Bordelon as been serving clients on the Beach and in Gulf Breeze since 1987, but his roots are in degree was conferred on the LSU campus. Will he be cheering for the Tigers in their bid for the national college football title on January 9? You bet he will. Ahoy, Christmas SpiritThe Pensacola Beach Chambers Lighted Boat Parade doubled in size thanks to the generous spirit of island boat captains and volunteer hours from organizers Jerry Podojil and Capt. Greg Pupcheck. Pupcheck captained the Cassia Serina, a 50 Magnum, with Santa aboard. Awards were given for best light display at the December 9 event: Most Merry (Best in Show) was Capt. Howard den Wells, Reel Emergen Sea; second prize was Melissa Clark aboard Boozer II,Jr. Pontoon Division winners were Shayne Routh, Casa de Playa; followed by David Andersons Bentley. Jason Massarellis On Site and Sonny Campbells Shakertime received honorable mention. Other entries that got a nod from the crowd included the Frolichers,Capt. Randy Sharp; Blue Print, Captain Emmanuel Ziegler; Doc in a Box,Captain Dave Miller; and Chase-N-Fins, Captain Joann Johnson. Captain Melissa Clarks Boozer II, was followed by Jason Massarellis On Site at the December 9 Lighted Boat Parade hosted by the Beach Chamber.

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Island Times December 27, 2011 PAGE 12 Mardi Gras Photos & Year Round Krewe Coverage PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com 500 Quietwater Beach Blvd 850-932-1417 Upstairs from Key Sailing Home of the Who Dat Burger & The TsunamiBurgers Fries ShakesMUG CLUBYou may be able to see stars on Wednesday Nites! Stay Tuned. Buy a new 24 oz Surf Burger mug for $20. It comes full of your choice of draft beers with the purchase. Every draft beer after that in the mug is just $2.50.B&B MondayBURGERS & BEER During game time, buy one SurfBurger, get one FREE. Buy one full price domestic beer, get one FREE. Go Team Surf Burger!Cool StuffWipe Out Milk Shake Root Beer Floats Full Bar featuring a Cruzan Pain Killer Frozen Drink Souvenir T-Shirts Surf Burger Shot Glassescome see ourICE Tapfor draft beer Hey YawlBy Frank Cooper Open everyday at 9 AM 850-934-3141 OPEN AIR DECK Overlooks Sabine Bay Free Sunsets Waterfront Location Next to the Yacht Club Happy Hour 49 Via de Luna 916-9808 PaddyOLearysIrishPub.com Authentic Irish Pub Texas HoldEmFootballPro & College All The Games! Sunday Ticket www.DalesBigDeck.com 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd at the Sabine MarinaDec 27 $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Dec 28 $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Dec 29 Karaoke with Becky, 7 to 11 pm Dec 30 -Karaoke with Becky, 7 to 11 pm Dec 31 New Years Eve Party! Jan 1 New Orleans Saints Noon, Rusty Grits 3 to 6, $2 Mimosas All Day, $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Jan 2 Happy Hour All Day, All Night Jan 3 $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Jan 4 $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Jan 5 Karaoke with Becky, 7 to 11 pm Jan 6 Karaoke with Becky, 7 to 11 pm Jan 7Paul Killough & Dennis Gossman, 7 to 11 Jan 8 Tomato & Dennis, 3 to 7 $3 Crown on Down, 9 pm to Midnite Jan 9 Happy Hour All Day, All NightDales Big Deck New Years Eve Party Southern Breeze 8 PM Midnite Free Champagne Rabbit Huntn I was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Those were segregated times so there were two school systems operating at the same time. Sounds kind of dumb, but thats the way it was. When my brother and I were about 15 and 16-years-old, Daddy gave us each a brand new 16 gauge, double barrel shot gun. We couldnt wait to go rabbit hunting. We had been shooting squirrels with an over/under 22/410 for several years but these were our first real shotguns. They were good guns, but had a Tenite plastic stock that would absolutely beat you to death if you shot it often unless you put on a cushioned butt pad. With the pad you could shoot all day long. Thats what we liked to do. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. We had a good snow that year and Daddy took us down to visit our aunt in Watkinsville, Georgia. We were hoping to maybe go rabbit hunting with Swep and Joe who were our friends. They would have gone to the other schools had they been living in Decatur. Swep was my age and Joe was the age of my brother, Dan. Dan and Joe both were good athletes and loved to play football. When asked, they said yes, they wanted to go hunting. The next morning we were up bright and early and headed for the field. These were mule farming times so the fields were small with low terraces to retard washouts during heavy rains. The low terraces were built up a little with bushes and this was where the rabbits would find cover. To get them to run out of their cover you could walk along the terrace line and flush them out. The rabbit would blast out of its cover but he would duck back into the bushes on the terrace as soon as he could. The rabbit wouldnt run very far at a time before hiding again. The trick was to get in a shot before he was hidden again. We were out there in the snow for most of the morning before we headed for the house carrying our trophies. Of course, Aunt Miriam didnt want any of the rabbits, so all of them went to Sweps mom. She knew better what to do with them, anyway. How many did we kill that cold morning? Well, Dan had two rabbits and shot 8 times. I wasnt much better. I had three rabbits and shot 10 times. I remember Swep had a 12 gauge single barrel shotgun and carried only three shells. He brought in three rabbits on those 3 shells. Joe, the youngest of the four brave hunters, didnt carry a gun at all. He just carried a stick. He would flush a rabbit and run it down before putting it in his bag. What was in Joes bag that morning? Joe had 12 rabbits and didnt fire a shot. By the way, Swep ended up as a teacher after going off to college and Joe played college football as a defensive lineman where he used the speed he showed when rabbit hunting. Luckily, he couldnt use that stick when playing football in Athens. Sweet Sue Smith Retires, Looks For Travel and Adventure Sue Smith was honored by the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce for her years of service to the Island. She rode in the Surfing Santa parade as a dignitary on December 11.For thirty-five years, Sue Smith had a candy dish on her desk, filled with sweets no matter which Escambia County office she called home. Smith, who retires December 31 from the Santa Rosa Island Authority, began her career in Pensacola working as an aide to the Escambia County Commissioners. She had been with the County Commission for 18 years, when a call came from SRIA General Manager Monte Blews in 1994. I was invited to interview for a newly created administrative assistants position in the Environmental and Developmental Services Department, said Smith. I got the job! Working with the Santa Rosa Island Authority has become her second home and family. There is a lot of team work in this office, she said. Smith, who proudly announces that she was born and raised in Escambia County, commends the Authority for the good stewardship they provide the island. The Authority has continued to serve the leaseholders, business and visitors on Pensacola Beach in away that makes you never want to leave the beach, she said. The beach has been developed in a way that you will always have a public beach for everyone. Smith has enjoyed her tenure at the SRIA, putting a personal touch on all that she does. Her duties included the serious business of construction plan review, floodplain management, disaster recovery; along with interaction with all Escambia County departments, Island leaseholders, and State and Federal agencies. The less serious, but very important tradition, of providing home made sweet treats for board members at their meetings is Sue Smiths trademark. She loves to cook and bake, and enjoys sharing with others. She has shared the last 17 years with leaseholders, but said that was the most rewarding part of her job. During disaster recovery, I helped the leaseholders get their structures permitted for repair so they could get back into their homes and businesses, Smith said. Really, I will miss them. Smith said there are so many memories and memorable experiences that she could not pick one or two to share. She did say that driving over the Bob Sikes Bridge and seeing the beautiful water and pristine island will be a cherished memory. SRIA Chairman Ed Guernsey recognized Smith at the December 14 Board meeting, and she was given a standing ovation. When the applause quieted Guernsey said, We honor you and thank you. You have been a huge asset to our Island. We wish you well during your retirement. And, we thank you for always bringing us these baked delights. After the candy dish is packed up, what does Smith plan to do? Her immediate plans include a little travel. My sister, Ann, recently retired from Arizona and moved back home to Pensacola. Our brother Barry will retire in 2012, Smith said. For the first year, I plan to do some traveling to see my nieces and nephews from Las Vegas, Georgia and Delaware. Who knows where you may see me!

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PAGE 13 Island Times December 27, 2011 Time To Renew Bob Sikes Toll Bridge Annual Pass RenewalEarly Renewal November 1 December 30, 2011 for all Active Annual Passes Renew Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM REMEMBER There will be no January grace period. All 2011 active annual passes will terminate December 31, 2011. NEW ANNUAL PASS SALES Begin January 3, 2012 at are Monday -Friday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM renewal applications available at: Any lane of the Bob Sikes Toll Facility Renew By DEC 30Now Accepting Credit Cards(2 % or $2 min. bank fee applies)Visa & MasterCard Only ~ Those paying by credit card or cash must do so in person at the Drop off completed applications, with check or money order only, at any lane of the Bob Sikes Toll Facility, 24 hours per day, up to 5 PM on Dec 30, 2011 A one-of-a-kind bar and restaurant, live music venue. 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Crossing Crossing Crossing Crossing Crossing Crossing Crossing Crossing Phoenix Crossing Entertainment Complex www.newlibertylanes.com Monday Night after 8:30 pm 50 games $2 shoe rentals Wednesday Night 25 games New Years Eve Be here at the Strike of Midnight Mardi Gras MavenHappy Mardi Gras The Maven wishes all you party darlins a safe and ho hum or wild and what-did-I-do New Years Eve. Its just a lead up to the most important social season of the year Mardi Gras. Hope Santa left a dazzler or at least some new party pumps for you. Sipping chilled bubbly, the countdown begins to Twelfth Night. Then, as they say on the playground, its on. King Cakes, grossly gawdy with the purple, green and gold sugar crystals clinging temporarily to a now hardened coating of icing will be the feast of the afternoon as the Mystical Krewe of Nereids rolls out the premier party of the 2012 season at Paradise. What will you wear? Best bets are high hatted, outrageous and glittered garb. After all, its the first official Mardi Gras on the Island party. Draws krewes from Pensacola who are uniformed in their krewe tuxedo jackets and pins. Dance floor fills fast. Make the scene on January 7 at 3 p.m. New royalty, too. I do love a good coronation. Friday the Thirteenth is reserved for the Junkanoo Costumes and Coronation. Mon dieu! How will they top CJ and Megan? Wear a costume, preferably something stunning. Be there at 7 p.m. A party dedicated to the gooey MoonPie. High energy. The Nereids are flashing all the guests, starts at 7 at the Shaker on January 20. Did I hear the Beverly Campbell at the Sandshaker has wigged out? Yes. Get your best faux hair for this party. New on the calendar. Are you a Marge Simpson, Cher or a Dolly Parton type? Build your entire ensemble around your top locks. January 21. A little leprechaun told me that Mari ORoberts and his Krewe of St Patrick Ballers are Shamrock-N-Rolling, big time. The first ever ball was a huge hit and this years theme Dressed To Kilt will be at the former Skopelos location. Will Irish eyes be one you? Dress is red carpet formal or kilt. A Friday night affair. February 3. Tickets are available for fifty bucks at Island Style on the Beach. Worth every dime. Dogs and kids? Both make me itch, but some people like them. They have their own parade. February 11. Cest tout. Words From Danah I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of my family both Blood and Beach friends, clients, business associates, JME, SOBs (really, too many to name) for the encouragement and support during this very difficult time. The overwhelming amount of love and prayers fills my heart and makes me realize just how fortunate I am to be here, surrounded by a community that cares so much. The feeling is just indescribable! Also, thank you to all of my clients for being so understanding and patient! I miss you all and hope to be back to work in January. And, finally, a special thanks to my sister Gwen, my rock, for taking extra special care of me and our clients and our shop, to Dana Graves for organizing the benefits at Paradise and The Shaker and to all of those who donated at the benefits and to the SunTrust Dollars 4 Danah!! Love to all, Danah Special Thanks Words alone cannot express my gleeful appreciation to each of you and to the community for your involvement in what is almost a secret Santa event. As we counted gifts, we found that GBES and Kristin Amberson, on behalf of PBES Jr. Optimists, brought gifts for our foster children and for foster parents. Add that to: Marney and Don, Scott, Elizabeth, Chuck, Allan, Barbara, Rosemary, Yucca and Thomas, Linda, Caroline, Morgan, Josh, Sarah, Katie, Capt. Brian and Lynn Waters, Cailyn and even sweet Kenady, the lovely Valerie, Chuck and Helen Randle, my entire staff, plus Leo and Eric who so graciously moved and patiently assisted, all those fabulous kids from Pace, the incredible Jr. League of Pensacola, Susan, Jackie, and more...not to mention the incomparable Mary Poss, her husband David, their son and the entire Opera Chorus group, Lorrie Woollard and his fabulous musicians, and all of you who prayed for us. Were it not for you, this event would never occur. Pandora de Balthazar Rev It Up The 2011 Vettes on the Beach car show held on the Letters To The Editor weekend of the Pensacola Beach Chambers Taste of the Beach was the biggest and best yet! Over 170 Corvettes, Americas sports car, were on display for the public. The Miracle Strip Corvette Club thanks every one who contributed to the show. Special thanks should go to Pete Moore Chevrolet, whose sponsorship helps to make the show an annual reality. As a result of the show, the club was able to donate $2,000 to the Santa Rosa Kids House. We held a toy run on December 4 that bought hundreds of holiday gifts to the SRKH. Separately, the club has donated $2,000 to Covenant Hospice, our second club charity. The 2012 event is Saturday, September 15. Mark your calendars and start your engines! J. R. (Rick) Gordon

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PAGE 14 Island Times December 27, 2011 CLASSIFIED ADS are $5 for 20 words. Additional words are 10 cents each. Send ad with check made payable to Shelley Ink, P.O. Box 844, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562.BEAUTIFUL LOT Waterfront Gulf Breeze. Stunning on Santa Rosa Sound. Your own beach with 1.73 acres. Build your dream home. $300,000. Owner will divide. Dennis Remesch, Re/Max on the Coast, 850-384-7607 __________________________ Pensacola Beach Condo 2-bedroom, 14th floor unit in Emerald Dolphin. $310,000. Call Jeremy Johnson, Island Realty, 850-377-3145 Pensacola Beach Two bed Two bath condo. MLS listing #398291. Call today for your tour. $165,000. Linda Murphy, Keller Williams Realty, 850-748-0865 __________________________ Looking for a Beach lot? Now is the time to buy. Prices are low. Call Jeremy Johnson, Island Realty. 850-377-3145 __________________________Real Estate For SaleCLASSIFIED ADVERTISING NAME:_________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________ CITY: ________________________________STATE: ___ ZIP: ______________Pensacola Beach 3 Bedroom/2 Bath waterfront. Lease six month minimum. $2000 per month. 207 Sabine Drive/Villa Sabine. Furnished or unfurnished. Beach Elementary School, Gulf Breeze Middle and High Schools. 850430-9251. __________________________ Pensacola Beach Vacations Rentals. Call for the BEST RATES on Beachfront condos and beach homes. Toll Free 800-242-3224. Visit online jmevacations.com __________________________ Pensacola Beach. 2BR/2BA. Office. 185 on Sound. A must see! 261 Sabine Drive. $1500/mo + deposit. 850-261-1579. ___________________________ NAME:_________________________________________________ Send a check for $32 made payable to Shelley Ink Mail to: PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 Personalized Real Estate Services! Sales Rental Consulting James Hlubek 850-380-0014 Real Estate Services Real Estate For Rent Double Red: Water Closed to public Red: High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents Yellow: Medium hazard, moderate surf and/ or currents Green: Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution Purple: Dangerous marine life Surf FlagsCalendar DECEMBER Dec 31 NYE Fireworks, Midnight JANUARY 2012 Jan 1 Polar Bear Plunge, Paradise, 2 p.m. Jan 5 Bingo Beach Church. Dinner $6, 6 p.m. Games $20, 6:30 p.m. Jan 11 Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting. 5 p.m. 1 Via De Luna. Open to the Public. JAN 13 Beach Church Trivia Night. 850932-6628. Jan 14 Pensacola Beach Run. 5K, 10K, Half Marathon. Pensacola Runners. Jan 16 Conversational Spanish I, Six week course. Anne Boone Johnson, Ph.D. 1 2:15 p.m. $90. 850-932-5093 Jan 16 Understanding World Religions. Classes, Mondays, 6 p.m. Beach Church Jan 19 Bingo Beach Church. Dinner $6, 6 p.m. Games $20, 6:30 p.m. Jan 25 Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting. 5 .m. 1 Via de Luna. Open To The Public. FEBRUARY 2012 Feb 4 Double Bridge Run. Mardi Gras Events are listed on Page 3 of this edition; and at PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com PetsYour land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Land/Home packages also available. Call Clayton Homes at 850-682-3344. Professional Pet Care, When You Cant Be There. Wright Pet Care is one call away from all your pet needs. Wright Pet Care offers pet sitting, dog walking, cageless boarding to overnight stays and pet taxi, we provides top-of-theline services for your very special best friend. Our Services expand from Navarre, Holley by the Sea, Tiger Point, Midway, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach and Pensacola; you will find everything you need to enhance the quality of life for your pet. 850-324-0196 Looking for a New Home? Get up to an $8,000 credit when you purchase from us. Call Clayton Homes at 850682-3344. Gregory Street Assembly Hall Weddings Receptions Parties. Seating up to 150 850607-8633 Find Us On Facebook WeddingsNOTARY to perform wedding ceremonies. 850-748-6878 New Years Resolution! Stay informed read Island TimesKids and Kritters Parade: Saturday, February 11. 10 a.m. near Sidelines. $5 entry fee. Decorate your wagon, stroller, bring your well behaved pets.

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Island Times PAGE 15 December 27, 2011FOR RESULTS Island Times Info 850-324-2667Downtown Pensacola Beach Weekly ScheduleMonday: Sandshaker, 7 PM Thursday: Paddy OLearys, 7 PM Friday: Castaways, 7 PM Saturday: The Dock, 2 PM Sunday: Paddy OLearys, 5 PM Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun Poker Hotline 324-2667 DJs Beach Cafe 63 Via de Luna across from Springhill Suites 850-916-0716 Closed Mondays & Tuesdays Start Your Day The Right Way Breakfast 8 AM TO NOONHAVE A BIG BEACH BREAKFAST! Lunch 11 AM TO 2 PM Studio98HAIR DESIGNS 939-8800Mon 9 to 5 Tu & Th 9 to 9 W & F 9 to 7 Sat 10 to 5Bring the whole family!FULL SERVICE HAIR SALON MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS NEW YEARS PLUNGE POLAR BEAR Gulf Pier New Years Eve 2PM Paradise Bar & Grill New Years Day Season YOUR 31 Holidays DECEMBER 1 JANUARY 850-932-1500 pensacolabeachchamber.com Falgout Brothers Take Texas Hold Em Titles Toys and the Texas Hold Em gang Pete Falgout, The Champphotos by Mike Willett TIDE or TIGERS? These twin brothers agree on many things, just not football. Beach School second grader John Reece, left, is an Alabama fan, just like Principal Jeff Castleberry, back row. David Reece, right, and his teacher Debbie Campanella are serious LSU fans. They will be sitting on opposite sides of the room on January 9 during the BCS National Championship game. No fears. No tears. Owen Fangman, 3, is a big fan of Santas. He quietly shared his Christmas wish with the Jolly Elf on December 18 at Island Style. He posed patiently for photos, because Santa has his own Paparazzi who follow him all over the beach during the Season Your Holidays with Island Spirit events. Owen was in town visiting his grandparents Sherry and Jim Readdy. He lives in Curacao, Netherland Antilles.

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Island Times PAGE 17 December 27, 2011 After Sundown FLOUNDERS CHOWDER HHOUSE Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neath 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 Platterloaded 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 beach bands. Dance all night on Flounders beach to the most popular bands from across the south. on beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003 CRABS W WE GOT EEM 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, have many other seafood favorites on our menu as well as a great assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Dont 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 0700 www.crabswegotem.com MMcCGUIRES IIRISH PUB One of Americas great steakhouses; proudly serving USDA Prime Steaks, seafood and Irish specialties including and Shepherds Pie all inside a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuires is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed dollar bills coupled with great food and warm and friendly service by Employees who Give a Damn! Visit our on-site brewery Featured on NBCs Today Show, highly recommended by Fodors, Frommers and AAA travel guides, Florida Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member. Open every day at 11 am, 850-433-6789 mcguiresirishpub.com SSIDELINES SSpPORTS BBAR AND RRESTAURANT 11 big screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, its or outdoor seating. Video sports games. days a week. 934-3660. NNATIVE CAfFE 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 desserts top off expertly prepared meals. Seating is informal. Art gallery setting with local artists displaying whimsical works. Serving breakfast and lunch everyday; 45 Via de SSANDSHAKER LLOUNgGE Tradition since 1973. Home of the Original Bushwacker. Been selling this signature drink for over 30 years. First bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen concoction. Monday from the Boardwalk. Open 10 am 3 am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com PARADISE BBAR 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. Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, its Open 7 days. 850-916-5087. PEgGLLEgG PETES Ahoy, Matey. Youve found a Pensacola Beach treasure. Pirates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or outside on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar Gumbo. Dinner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and at 11. 932-4139. www.peglegpetes.com BBY BBARRY MMcCCLEARY December 17 Pigskin PrognosticationsOur very own guru of the gridiron Barry McCleary has issued the following picks for the upcoming college bowl games, noting that these come to you from the bot

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Island Times December 27, 2011 PAGE 18 399 399 399 399Gulf of Mexico Via De Luna DrCasino Beach BlvdSouth Harbor Beach Marina Visitors Center Drop by, Call or Visit Us Online Today! 731 Pensacola Beach Boulevard | LHorton@ResortQuest.com 877-450-4629 | ResortQuest.com/Property-Management.htmNew Year, New Location! 2009, 2010 & 2011ResortQuest is proud to announce that weve found a new home! Located next to the Visitor Center and partnered with Cook Realty, were excited to introduce our award winning services to Pensacola Beach. Offering Vacation Rentals as well as Property Management, we cant wait for you to discover the ResortQuest difference!Plus, were having Special Grand Opening Offers for New Owners:20% Management Fees, 10% Owner Referral Fees, FREE Week Vacation with Wyndham & 10,000 FREE Wyndham Rewards Points Per Bedroom

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Island Times PAGE 19 December 27, 2011 readin the water By Saltwater Rick One Stop Shop for the Watersports Enthusiasts 850-932-5520 at midnite 2011 2012 $250 at 10 AM 10 AM -Close Half Price Drinks/Shots for BARE Customers 10 AM -Close $2 Wine/Beer/Well. Karaoke w/Becky, 8 PM Ladies Nite. 5 PM -Close $2 Wine/Beer/Well. Other Drinks Half Price. Mike Jencks & Friends, 8 PM 7 PM -Close Half Price Drinks w/Shaker Shirt. Music at 8 PM Ring in the New Year Here!Wow! 2012! Some say, "The world will end on December 12! So I think Ill pack up my new fishin' gear and head out, a lot! bait schools on the surface of the Sound and Bays. I walked out on the old bridge after some oysters with my loving wife Janie at The Grand Marlin last Monday and there were thousands of them bustin' up the top. Then an endless school of mullet was swiming below the surface and not a The Sound was a sheet of glass and I thought to myself, all this food and people are starving? I did not have my net with me in the Van, something that will not happen again so I just jigged around the bridge a little and bam one of those Bull Reds peeled all my line and was gone. Anyway, it's been a great year on our Island and I'm look2012. I would like to wish all a very happy new year. Do yourHooked on Fishing Tristan Riley reeled in this 33 inch ens, just days before his thirteenth birthday. tin Scher, his birthday presents included a new rod and reel. photo submitted by Justin ScherLooking Good! Justin Scher shows off his lucky Island Times shirt and his gler spends a little time at the poker tables, too. photo submitted by Justin ScherFishing is good at the Fort Gulf Breeze resident Brandon Carey braved the chilly at Fort Pickens. Area anglers agree that 2012 should be a great year to wet a line. photo submitted by Justin Scher

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