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Island Times Volume VII, Number 22 Pensacola Beach, Florida February 16, 2012 Mardi Gras on the Island 2012Wrecks Rock !The Krewe of Wrecks rock and rule over the Islands Mardi Gras. With a wave of a scepter, the Wrecks royalty transforms the Beach into a make-believe kingdom where their subjects are to cast away worries and frets. The Wrecks honor their leading ladies in a resplendent evening event at Flounders each year. Toasting the magic of Mardi Gras are (L to R): Wrecks First Mate II Denise Keever, Wrecks First Mate V Molly McGuire, and Wrecks First Mate XXV Judy LOignon. To get caught up in the magic, turn to Page 2.
PAGE 2 Island Times February 16, 2012 Published every other Tuesday SHELLEY W. JOHNSON, PUBLISHER firstname.lastname@example.org www.MyIslandTimes.comNo portion of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Island Times The Street Dance Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade After Parade Party and Awards Ceremony: Red Beans and Rice Luncheon: Krewe of Coma Coronation: Shoe Box Float Party and Contest: Wrecks Rule, Rock and Roll Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade Route Sunday, February 19 Parade rolls at 2 p.m. Float Award Ceremonies follow at Gulfside Pavilion Avenida 10Via de LunaSpringhill SuitesSidelines Crabs Casino Beach Parking Lot GULFSIDE PAVILION Lee Delivers Comprehensive State of the Island Address To Board
Island Times PAGE 3Forever ...Barefoot on the BeachAs a tribute to Jane Waters Cooper, Island Times will continue to run some of Janes favorite columns for your enjoyment February 16, 2012 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 Mardi Gras Mardi Gras on the Island Events Street Dance Visit the Mardi Gras on the Island Founders Bench at Flounders PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com The Islander Newspaper, February 27, 1987Let the Good Times Roll! Eight years ago, three people, Frank Douglas, Larry Geisel and Jane Waters met on a dark, cold, misty November afternoon in Delgados (now Flounders). Their purpose was to conduct a feasibility study on presenting a Mardi Gras celebration on Pensacola Beach. The first order of business was to scrub the study. The threesome knew that starting a promotion with no money, no precedent, and no sponsorship could only be insane. So, they proceeded to establish the Krewe of Wrecks. Larry became the first treasurer by contributing a hundred bucks to get a bank account set up. Memberships went on sale for $5 each. Thirty people bought them and the Wrecks were in business. Amazingly, the format set up in 1980 has never changed. The celebration has simply blossomed under the careful tutelage of the Wrecks Board of Directors. Many of the first thirty members have gone, but they left their mark. The parade that first year consisted of a few automobiles, the SRIA garbage truck, two fire trucks and the Mayoki Indians. Still the royal court headed the procession, riding in vintage convertibles, just as they do today. Capt. Harry Gowens sponsored the Red Beans and Rice Luncheon, carrying the financial and food preparation burden on his own in 1980. The second year, the Island Authority crashed through with the bucks to continue the luncheon and they have done this every year since. We are all singing the official Krewe of Wrecks song written by Rosemary Ryle. We are still producing costumes for the royal court, using the design Sara James created in 1980. And, we are still putting her logo on our t-shirts. Year after year, we return for meetings in the same beach bistros which have served the Wrecks so well. The meetings remain the same, retaining the successful agendafive minutes of some kind of business and a couple of hours of hardy partying. Back in 1980, the Wrecks could not afford to buy postage stamps, so membership cards were handed out at meetings just as they are now. Meeting dates were announced in The Islander and this tradition continues. There are a lot of unsung heroes and heroines in the Wrecks chronicleslike the members of the Womans Club, who come forth to serve Red Beans and Rice every year, the sequiners who decorate the sailor hats and costumes, the t-shirt sellers, the beer pullers, and munchee makers. I am the only member of that first triumvirate still working with the Krewe of Wrecks. Its time-consuming, sometimes frustrating, frequently nerve wracking, and I would not trade the experience for anything in the world. (Oh well, maybe a million dollars.) Tomorrow, as I step to the podium and give my eighth greeting of Happy Mardi Gras, all the happiness in the hearts of the Wrecks who have enjoyed or who still enjoy the mystical communion of fun loving souls, will flood over me. And, I will rejoice one more time that Mardi Gras on Pensacola Beach lives Happy Mardi Gras!
PAGE 4 Island Times February 16, 2012 T?? ? ??? ? ? ? ? ? ?rivia?? ????? ? ? ??? ? PEOPLE 21 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 850-916-5087 Full Service Bar Live Musicwww.paradisebar-grill.com www.paradiseinn-pb.com LIVE MUSICIts all Here! Mardi GrasHeated & Tented Party Arearegionally famous to local legends after all, you are in Paradise Mardi Gras WeekendFri&Sat 17th &18th The Dream Vipers Sunday, Parade Day Mike Jenks Band Fat Tuesday John Hart & Fatty Waters Fatty Waters Water parade day Mondaydirectly on the parade route Parade Day, FEB 19 Red Beans & Rice Fat Tuesday Shoe Box Float ContestNo charge to enterGreat Prizes 8 PM BEACH BABEThe contest was for beautiful people laden with Mardi Gras spirit, so the smiling and lovely Bev Butler was crowned the Krewe of Brewes 2012 Beach Babe at the Sandshaker January 28. She earns a coveted spot on the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade. LOVE THIS LASSAmid the shenanigans at the Krewe of St. Patrick Ball, February 3, Wes Harvel got down on one knee and asked Melissa Redding to be his bride. All Irish eyes were on Melissa, who said yes. They danced the night away on the waterfront dance PROUD AS PEACOCKSThe stork is wearing purple, green and gold feathers to deliver this new krewe member. Kathleen Monahan and John Murphy are proud new grandparents of Lillian Elizabeth Harrelson, who was born on February 6 in Pensacola. Congrats. BIG FOUR OHNavarres Candace Arrowsmith was whisked away for a beach birthday on February 3. Her husband Steven took her for a romantic dinner at The Grand Marlin. The couples youngsters, Conlin and Campbell, got to play their grandmothers house. It was Campbells turn the following weekend. She turned two-yearsold on February 12.SISTERHOODVirginia Rutledge was honored by her sorority sisters last month for surpassing a milestone Columbus, Ohio recognized her accomplishment and presented Virginia with a cream colored rose. Celebrants included Marilyn Kelly, Terri Guillory, Mary Claus, Bobbi Weeks, Lane Thomas, MaryPat Forgie, Lynn Carmichael, Joanna Gurchiek, Stephanie Cannon, Susan Cole, AIM HIGHFormer Beach School student Chad Harvey has been accepted into the International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School. Chad, who is in eighth grade, is the son of sister Laken is in the second grade at the Beach School. DESTIN FAMILY former Beach and Gulf Breeze Alice Aman Ramsey made sure they get to keep up with all thats happening by sending them a gift subscription to Island Times PerIN THE STARS and career woman who stays way too busy. Shes the guest relations and special events coordinator at McGuires. Her husband recommended that she slow down and stop taking on so many tasks, which was exactly what her Island Times horoscope predicted. She slowed down long enough to read her horoscope, but that was all. GETTING ROUNDED UPThe Krewe of Bananimals opened the corral long enough to bring in three new members last week. Membership Chairman Zelman, Linda Petty and Robert Smith to the herd of partying people. PARTY TIMETheresa Carter and her friends from Mobile visited Nettie McCulley in her home on 7. Theresa and Netties friendship dates back to 1970 when they worked together in a school library in Maryland. Nettie made sure Theresa and her gang visited all the fun places on the Beach. After lunch at Crabs, Patti Wright entertained the group at her friends family. March 10-11 Theresa's granddaughter, Kathryn Morgan, New York City Ballet soloist, will perform with Mobile Ballet in "Swan Lake." Bravo!EARLY BIRDSCailyn and Kennady Cooke were early birds for the Kids and Kritters parade. Seems grandmother Pandora de Balthazar calendared February 4 instead of February 11. No problem. The whole family made cookies and had an old-fashioned tea party complete with kid-sized teacups.T hanksHANKS M aA J orOR A special thank you from the Kids and Kritters to Jim Knell for bringing dozens of U.S. Marines as helpers. Well, the Trivia Master feels pretty much like Jacques Cousteau right now. He dove into the depths of Beach lore and asked, In the summer of 1979, what Beach hotel offered SCUBA lessons? Some pretty fine trivia players floated answers across the electrons, but not one of them splashed down with the Shop offered SCUBA lessons on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Pensacola Beach Holiday Inn. The Innkeeper was Allen people a chance to learn an exciting new skill like SCUBA diving would be a way to help them make the most of their vacation on the Beach. The Trivia Masters favorite red head, Beverly McCay, was close to correct with this. When I worked at Howard general manager, made an artion. Folks would come in from all over midwest, west and south to get their certification and part of it took place in the pool. I am sure that was before 1979. Noting that Beverly McCay was raised on Pensacola Beach and that she is the GM of the Holiday Inn Express, the Master tips his hat to her. Close, but no cigar. Her seat at the Trivia Roundtable awaits. She has to earn it, however, with a string of correct answers. Sir Offshore Chuck Brower accused his keyboard of playing evil tricks on his brain when he sent two incorrect guesses. The Tiki, although a hot spot for locals with their Gulf front lounge, was never a place of learning, anything. Jim Knell and Kelly Eddins sent the same answer. Swift, but sorry. No scuba. The MaiKai was Sir Offshores second answer. That sailed off the edge of the Earth. Our most venerable Knight of the Roundtable, Sir Morrie, usually bubbles up with a correct answer. He was not sure, but captured a correct guess with this, I believe it was the Five Flags Inn. Although it could have been Tiki, HoJos or Holiday Inn. Since he is a Knight, the Master allows him to send answers like that. The rest of you have to play by the rules. One answer or guess, as the case may be. Well, the Island Times trivia t-shirt is a fine prize, so lets give one away. The first person to email the correct answer to this question will win. Hes toasted the Sisters of the Beach, served the Queens of the Mardi Gras, weathered Erin, Opal, Ivan and a host of others things that have blown across the sands of the island. He has been one of Fred Flounders finest for over twenty-five years. Name this friendly fellow and win an Island Times t-shirt to wear to the Mardi Gras parade. Who is it? Email your answer to islandtimes@bellsouth. net with trivia in the subject line. Include your name and phone number. The deadline to answer is Tuesday, February 28. Good luck!Star Gaze March 28 6 to 8 PM Pensacola Beach Elementary
PAGE 5 Island Times February 16, 2012 The six members of the Santa Rosa Island Authority Board traveled a long and winding road which ended at the main intersection of Pensacola Beach. They voted, 5 to 1, at their February 8 Full Board meeting to recommend that a vehicular overpass be constructed as a major component of the Pensacola Beach Master Plan for core area redevelopment. Dr. Thomas Campanella, elected member, cast the opposing vote. The estimated cost is $25 million. The two year journey began with Ft. Lauderdale based planners EDSA creating a conceptual Master Plan. A thirteen member steering committee reviewed the plan and made recommendations to the SRIA board. Escambia County hired engineers who submitted two buildable options. The first included a pedestrian overwalk and the other, a vehicular overpass. Both plans reduce the number of available parking spaces, but increase safety and pedestrian access from the Beach to the Sound. One possible funding source is an increase in the toll to $2. The boardroom was overComments came from 18 speakers, among them were members of the recently disbanded Steering Committee. The Steering Committee members Jim Cox, Marilyn Hess, Julian MacQueen and Robert Rinke all spoke in favor of the overpass option. We have one chance to do hotelier Marilyn Hess. We have the ability to update our island and be the only pedestrianfriendly beach. Every place else Hotelier Julian MacQueen asked the Board to look to the future. Look forward and beyond. Allow for the growth and demand that would come to Penat the future and the competitive advantage. This shows that we value our guests and visitors Beverly Campbell, Sandshaker owner and Beach resident, was concerned about the cost and goal of the redevelopment. This started as a parking issue and now it is a safety to know what we need to accomplish here. To go into debt and to raise the toll concerns me. I would rather see a pedestrian overpass with the other money spent on the relocation of our Bill Compton, a Beach resident who is an urban planner, asked the board to use a common sense approach with a landscaped pedestrian sidewalk system, parallel to the roads. Why are you spending this kind of money to address an ocI strongly and professionally recSpeakers offered alternatives which ranged from crossing guards to lowering the speed limit to 15 miles per hour. Board member and Beach resident Tammy Bohannon thanked the community for attending the meeting. We were tasked to get a consensus. People in the audience want to do nothing. Over the past thirty years, we have put plans on the shelf. We need to move forward. Businesses have made an investment out here and we (SRIA) have not made an investment. Plan B will provide a sense of arrival and a Board Chairman Dave Pavlock commented, This is Escambia Countys biggest playground. I love the plan, but its too much to pay for the result that we expect. We need something that is a little bit cheaper, but will still increase the level In addition to the reservations about cost and esthetics of the project, Campanella I dont mind backing up. he said. Before we spend $25 million that the County does not have, we need to retime lights, move crossing to another area. Its the beach that brings people here, not the roadways or the The motion to approve the vehicular bridge was made by Vernon Prather with stipulations for further public and SRIA involvement. He included funding, operations and maintenance in his motion which passed with This board can conceptually approve this plan but remain an active part of the design relike the County to fully explore all funding possibilities since I am not in favor of making the toll increase the only option. The SRIA should develop operational and maintenance cost estimates Baskerville Donovans Freddy Donovan noted that the County includes a time for review and public comment during the design phases of projects such as this. The Board tackled the prifrom Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver. The north entry and gateway project is at the top of the list followed by a north-south access road to a walkable boardwalk connecting the core area, east and west streetscape and pedestrian connections, and the east entry gateway. The Master Plan recommendations will be discussed by the Board of County Commissioners at the Committee of the Whole, March 8 at 9 a.m. The Commission meets in Board Chambers, Room 100, 221 Palafox Place. Other business of the board included: A settlement agreement with Five Flags Tourism Group to pay $9041 in fees due for DeLuna Fest 2010. An audit showed a discrepancy of $21,789 in revenues. Engineer Mike Langston, BDI, reported the Via de Luna median landscaping may be taken over by Escambia County. The funding which was dedicated to the project for bidding and administrative tasks could then be re-allocated into design. The board approved this 5 to 0. Thatched roof, tiki style palapas will be located at island trolley stops this season. Bids are being accepted from potential vendors. The Beach Ball water tower will be repaired and painted in April. Tank Pro was the low bidder. The next SRIA meeting is Wednesday, February 22 at 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Authority Board Votes For Overpass At Marathon Meeting Pensacola Beach leaseholders have been assessed ad valorem taxes upon both their improvements and land this year. Litigation is ongoing between the County taxing authorities and the leaseholders. Until such time as the court rules in the case, the leaseholders are not compelled to pay their taxes. However, interest does accrue on the taxable amount. may apply for a Homestead Exemption. Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones said today the downtown property appraisers office will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon through the March 1 County Courthouse, located at 221 Palafox Place. We want to provide as much convenience as possible for citiIf a home was purchased before January 1, 2012 and it is a primary residence, homestead exemption should be filed by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Its something every homeowner should take advantage exemption can reduce the taxable value of a residence by as much Renewal notices for existing Escambia County homestead residents have already been mailed. Owners with new residential property or owners transferring tion by March 1. ship. of applicant and spouse, if applicable. such as a Florida drivers license, Florida vehicle registration, Florida voter registration and other information that will prove residency. Anyone 65 or older or who ditional exemptions. For more information, please call the Property Appraisers Ofwww.escpa.org.Beach Leaseholders May Apply For Homestead Exemption
PAGE 6 Island Times February 16, 2012 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! 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 $200BEIGNETS Mardi Gras Weekend During the last thirty years I have been on nearly every side of Mardi Gras which exists. I have been involved in nearly every aspect of the Mardi Gras Parade with the exception of being on the Board of the Krewe of Wrecks. And that is one thing Im grateful not to be. Those people work extremely hard every Mardi Gras season to make sure that we have our parade in paradise, and that its the best of its kind anywhere. Its hard enough to attend every single KOW meeting, not to mention setting that all up, dealing with the money, paying what has to be paid, complying with the SRIA along with the Esand making our parade safe, accessible and guaranteed to be the most fun you will ever have in a single day. And thats just the parade part. We havent even gotten to the massive job of cooking and serving red beans and rice, along with beverages and entertainment to anyone who shows up without charging a single cent. Now you tell me where else in the world you can get that? I have gone from riding on the back of a pick-up truck with the Sisters of the Beach (SOBs) to riding in the parade with the SOBs as the more sophisticated Pensacola Beach Raisins. Ok, we were still on the back of a pick-up truck but we had much better costumes. And this was before anyone else costumed as The Singing Raisins. (Oh yeah, I knocked Deb Friedmans giant sunglasses off as soon as the parade started trying to throw beads to her daughter Deanna.) I have gone from slaving over a hot grill cooking a bazillion eggs to feed the hungry masses to proudly riding in a convertible wearing the tiara of the KOW First Mate. Now you tell me where else in the world could have that happen? I have attended After Parade ceremonies in the Penthouse on the top of the Holiday Inn and I have hosted After Parade parties in my own Sand Dollar Caf. I have attended ceremonies at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre and danced on stage at the Gulfside Pavillion. I have been a participant and a spectator in the beachs longest Mardi Gras parades when they began at the Fire Station and the street where I live. I have sometimes received more throws for allowing guests access to my home and facilities than I ever collected in any parade. I have spent more money on, thrown, caught, given, received, hauled, loaded, unloaded, begged, fought for and possibly thrown away more beads than any one sane person should have in their entire life. I joined a krewe made up entirely of women and we have screamed, cried, laughed, fought, got over it, got mad at, but most of all loved. We have created, designed, painted and large category and have received along with Grand Marshalls Award, more than once. Okay, so maybe we have a little help from our friends, mermaidens and love slaves, so what? Now you tell me where else in the world could I do that? We are without a doubt the most Blessed people upon the face of the Earth to live our lives in paradise. On an island where magic, make believe, fairy dust, beads, glitter, sparkle and love make every face shine and every heart smile. So when you cross that bridge and go through the toll gate; when you see the dolphin tanks and your wheels or feet touch the sand in paradise, give your Praise to God but dont forget to thank the people who make this day possible every year. Tiaras and hats off to the small but mighty Krewe of Wrecks guided by Jeff Goudey and his entire Board of merrymakers. Today I am cooking up a different kind of dish... Recipe for a Successful Parade your children and/or pets behind the barricades. They are for your protection. inches, please plan to be in the second row behind the barricades. please patronize our beach businesses. They are here to serve you. and there is another hand entangled, let them go. There will be enough for everyone. see an older person without one, please be kind and share. little ones, please step back. We will throw as hard as we can to reach the back of the crowds. coholic beverages, please drink responsibly and try to pace yourself. It will be a very long day and water can be a very good thing. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Float Contest! Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler See ya in the kitchen THE QUEEN AND THE BABE Gwen Gibson, left, was crowned Queen of the Krewe of Brewe at their Black Tie Ball, February 4 at the Elks Lodge. Bev Butler, the Brewes Beach Babe, right, will ride with the Queen on the krewes Tommy and Wendy Grice
Island TimesPAGE 7 February 16, 2012By Rev. Dr. Tom Garrison Pensacola Beach Community ChurchCross in the Sand ASunday 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.comLetters To The Editor ~~~~~~~~ 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 850-206-3156 Joe Stukey www.ycpals.com email@example.com Beach Church Bingo 2-16 6:30 p.m. Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday are right around the corner. Many of us know and celebrate Mardi Gras, and maybe we could rethink our worship time in our Ash Wednesday Service on February 22 at 6 p.m. Please plan to come and begin our journey of Lent together. In Western Christianity, Ash or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads or right hand of worshipers. Not all Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday or Lent, but Roman Catholics, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also the UCC do. These churches, as well Eastern Orthodox, observe Lent during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday and Ash Wednesday is not observed. The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21. Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 22 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Mission, 920 Via de Luna at 6 p.m. For more information go to www.stanngulfbreeze.org. Pensacola Beach Community Church, which is at the corner of Via de Luna and Avenida 18 hosts their service at 6 p.m. More information is available at www. thebeachchurch.com.The Gulf Breeze Book Club will hold its next regular monthly meeting Monday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Beach Elk's Lodge. The book to be discussed this month is Anthill by is set in Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The author is described online as, Regarded as one of the worlds preeminent biologists and naturalists, Edward O. Wilson grew up in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where he spent his boyhood exploring the regions forests and swamps, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants--the latter to become his lifelong specialty. The author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and The Naturalist Wilson, a professor at Harvard, makes his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. Visitors are always welcome at the meeting. Please contact Donna Jones for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-932-8620. Sailors ReturnWere home! Buddy and Linda Tippin, 30 year beach residents are back home. If our name doesn't ring a bell maybe you remember the two Siberian Huskies that lived on the roof on Rio Vista Drive. Still don't remember us? Well, we managed the Sandshaker Sandwich Shop back in 1998-1999. We planned our three month sail to the Bahamas on our 43' sailboat, "Windward Spirit" and left in March of 2011. After enduring Hurricane Irene in the Abacos along with several other interesting mishaps along our 4,000 mile journey, we returned "home" safe and sound some 10 months later. Windward Spirit endured the hurricane, but sustained sigboat was patched well enough to make it home. She now faces a couple of months on the hard for necessary repairs as the boat and crew make ready to head out again. This time plans will take Panama Canal for some extensive cruising. So, if you see me or Linda say "Welcome Home" and "Fair winds and following seas" for the upcoming journey in November. And, if you have time for a Margarita or two, well tell you an interesting sea story. Buddy Tippin Pensacola BeachBig Thanks From Small FryOn behalf of the participants in the Kids and Kritters Parade, I would like to thank the volunteers, judges and participants who made the coldest day in 2012 into a festive, fun parade day. Thanks to: Judges Lila and Jim Cox, Terry Preston, Amy Depew, Dr. Tim Gossman. Volunteers Jim Knell, Lynda Knell, Bettie Lee Sundstrom, Mary Ann Claus, Rick Gordon, Mary Wright, Libby Morris, Melanie Waite, Dan McGrath, Richard Johnson, United States Marines from MATSG-21, Jackie Henderson, Diana Harvey, Lois Hausman, Pat Cribb, Andy Murphy, Chuck Brower, Kim Schmitz, Bob Dority, Madison Murphy, and Boogie, Inc. Donations from Carleen Wheeler, Krewe of Wrecks, Island Times, Susi Mardis and Krewe of Junkanoo, Gwen Gibson, Angela Moore and Krewe of Bananimals. Special Thanks to Sidelines; and to the Godfathers Ted Pence, Art Parrish and Jim Kittel. Shelley Johnson Parade ChairmanTwentieth YearI just wanted to highlight some of the key events from our February 11 Mardi Gras Ball. We celebrated our 20th anniversary! I think I speak for everyone who attended it was one of the best balls EVER! Tim Spencer started off the night for cocktail hour and then Southern Breeze rocked the night away. Tim Morgan had prepared food for the krewe--you know it was good! Castaways also provided some tasty appetizers to keep us going. We surprised the krewe by going back to the tradition of crowning new royalty at the ball. Brenda Roberts and Rusty Kleinsmith were both pleasantly surprised to receive their crowns. I must say I enjoyed wearing the new beautiful capes for the krewe hand-crafted by Brenda and Rusty. How fun it was to pass them down to them! The Kildow family showed up in force to join in the efforts of decorating. Brenda had put together some unbelievable centerpieces as well as sprucing up decorations from past events. New members Carmen Patterson, Rhonda Barkley, and Cate Brown showed up to join the fun. The krewe honored founding Denham and Queen Karen Cook Cowen. We continued with a postparty at the Sandbar on Sunday with leftovers from the ball. President Angela Moore led the cleanup effort along with Jerry and Stacey Wright. Gena Raymon Bananimals Queen 2011Meeting Set For February 27 at Beach Elks Lodge
PAGE 8 Island Times February 16, 2012 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 2721 Gulf Breeze Parkway 850-934-1000 www.lawbordelon.com Serving Gulf Breeze and the Beaches since 1987 John S. BordelonMaster of LawsLindaMurphyRealtor@bellsouth.netis ready to assist you at 850-748-0865 LINDA TAYLOR MURPHYREALTOR Recycling fever is racing across the island fueled by the PBA Beachkeepers. The environmentally-minded group will host Recyclemania, Saturday, March 31 according to event captain Lois Hausman. This announcement was made during the February 7 Beachkeepers meeting. Recyclemania, which begins at 8 a.m. at Casino Beach, will include information booths, a shredding event and a community-wide yard sale. Its a great way to do your spring cleaning, and recycle household items into a little bit of cash, said Hausman. Yard sale spaces will be $20 for non-members and free for Pensacola Beach Advocates members. The spaces are limited. Pre-registration is required. Applications can be requested at email@example.com. Gilmore Shredding will be of paper materials from residents. I have previously volunteered at a shredding event, said PBA President Jim Cox. Its fun. The professionals handle the actual shredding, so you can just drive up and drop off. Its very easy. The Beachkeepers have four areas of concentration, which are: dune preservation, alternative transportation and parking, wildlife and litter and recycling. The Dune Preservation Team is encouraging beachwide education about restoring dunes with plants and properly constructed dune cross-overs. The Santa Rosa Island Authority committee will be discussing dune walkover repair and construction on February 22, said Beachkeeper Ray Ascherfeld. It is important that we attend that how best to preserve and restore the island dune system. The seasonal Beach Trolley system will also be discussed at the February 22 SRIA Committee meeting. The Beachkeepers alternative transportation subcommittee supports more education about riding the free trolley. Lets encourage neighbors and visitors to ride the trolley, said Beachkeeper Jay Baynes. We can volunteer to share information and maybe even ride the trolley as a group to show support. In any case, we should all attend the SRIA committee meeting and ask that the Board refer back to their Trolley Committees 2011 recommendations. Other forms of getting around the island like bicycling just got easier. According to Baynes, the Santa Rosa Island Authority has replaced older and increased the number of bike racks on the island. Harry Purcell noted that planting on the island to hold sand in place also increases habitat for beach wildlife. His comment was part of the wildlife subcommittees discussion on shorebirds, Plants which attract butisland, he said. We need to get those back. The wildlife subcommittee is preparing educational information about shorebird and turtle nesting season along with pelican habitat. JJ Waters Beachkeepers chairman, commented, What this group has done in such a short time is amazing. I am encouraged by the goals and commitment. The Beachkeepers group is open to anyone interested in good stewardship of the Island environment. Membership in the Pensacola Beach Advocates, which is $30, is a prerequisite to joining. There is no charge to be a Beachkeeper. For more information go to www.pbadvocates.org.Beachkeepers Ramp Up Recycling With New Event We Can Do It! Judy LOignon dressed as Rosie the Riveter at the Krewe of Wrecks Grand Mardi Gras Ball, February 11 at the Elks Lodge. The theme was God Bless America. Judy won the Costume Contest. She served as the krewes First Mate in 2004. CC The Clown Award winner Laken Harvey, left, lines up for the Kids and Kritters Parade, February 11 with Rebecca Watford of Best Paw Forward, her Doberman Hawk, Frankie Im A Lover, Not A Fighter and his mom Teresa Harris. In the background are Bryan Hodges and Richard Mosley of Gulf Breeze. The event attracted 54 dogs, and hundreds of humans of all ages. The next Kids and Kritters Parade is proposed for February 2, 2013. Jim Cox, left, awards Lauren Pinkston a CC the Clown Award for her costume at the Kids and Kritters Parade, February 11 at Casino Beach. the beachs news worldwide myislandtimes.com
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Island Times February 16, 2012 PAGE 12 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 www.DalesBigDeck.com 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd at the Sabine MarinaFEBRUARY 16-Karaoke w/ Becky 7pm-11pm 17-Karaoke w/ Becky 7pm-11pm 18-Mardi Gras Street & Dance Party w/ Boogie Inc. 1pm-5pm, Tim Morgan & Tim Spencer 7pm-11pm 19-Pre and Post Parade Party w/ the Bananimals! Music by Crosstown, 3:30-7:30 p.m;. $3 Crown on Down 7pm-Close 20-Happy Hour All Day All Night, VIP Birthday! 21-$3 Crown on Down 7pm-Close 22-$3 Crown on Down 7pm-Close 23-Karaoke w/ Becky 7pm-11pm 24-Karaoke w/ Becky 7pm-11pm 25-Ricky Lee Phelps and Dennis Gossman 7pm-11pm 26-Party Down with Southern Breeze 3pm-7pm $3 Crown on Down 7pm-Close 27-Happy Hour All Day All Night, VIP Birthday! 28-$3 Crown on Down 7pm-Close 29-$3 Crown on Down 7pm-CloseDales Big Deck Lets Dance! Mardi Gras Street Dance Sat, Feb 18 1-5 pm 850-932-1417 500 Quietwater Beach Blvd Upstairs from Key SailingBurgers Fries ShakesWe have gone back to basics. Expect the same incredible quality food delivered in less time. DOG FRIENDLY DECK!The Best Fiddle Sears Roebuck Makes Two of my beach friends Allan and Jureda Lambert, returned from a trip to North Georgia recently. They went to Atlanta and then up to Amnicola Falls and on to Dawsonville, the home of Bill Elliot of NASCAR fame. This is a very familiar area to me, but I have to admit most of my time there was right after the war. Thats World War Two, son. I was real anxious to talk to Allan when he returned to find out what the area looks like today. The weather was not good, so they were unable to get to Helen, their ultimate destination. They were not very impressed because it is all grown up now. Imagine, Highway 400 from Atlanta right slap up into extreme North Georgia. All you see is highway. You seem to miss all the hills and mountains. What you do see now are motels and fast food joints. I am really happy I saw it when it was hills and mountains and farms and only a few people. Two of my beer drinking buddies back after the war were Tom Franklin and his brother Joe from Decatur, Georgia. Joe was one of those obnoxious drinkers. He was always picking fights. At the University of Georgia football games his seats were in the Georgia student section and he insisted on standing up at critical times in a game and yelling out, I dont care who wins just as long as Georgia looses. He never felt he had really enjoyed a game unless he had started at least one fight. And he enjoyed a lot of football games. Joe and Tom had an uncle who lived so far up above Cleveland, Georgia that he never even registered for the draft. The government knew he was there, but nobody did anything about it.. In fact he had been the County Agent at one time. And almost everybody knew he hadnt registered and they just didnt say anything about it. Later on during the war Uncle Tom drove his old truck down to Gainesville and tried to volunteer for the Army but he had some kind of health problem so they didnt take him. Uncle Tom lived in a house that must have been a hundred years old. It was frame with a porch all across the front and the back There was a parlor in the front and a huge kitchen with a big fireplace. This was the most comfortable place in the house. It was warm in the winter time and big enough to be cool in the summer. This was where the family spent most of the time if they werent outside hunting or fishing or plowing or cutting firewood or making whiskey. The REA ran power to the house some years ago but they had no heat other than that fireplace in the kitchen and maybe a portable electric heater or two. We were all sitting around in front of the fire when Uncle Tom looked back over his shoulder and asked his wife, Pet, to get the whiskey. Yes, I said he looked over his shoulder because thats where she sat. She sat behind him. They had been sweethearts since they were children and everybody knew they would be married some day. She always walked behind him in school and after they were married she still walked behind him. She cooked all the meals and did sit with him at the dinner table but she never sat beside him anytime else. Pet went and got the bottle. It was clear glass bottle and the booze in it was clear as water. Uncle Tom made his own whiskey for his own use and for the use of his friends. He never sold any of his whiskey. He just gave it away. He never thought he was breaking any law and he never got into any trouble from this home made corn whiskey. Of course, this was in White County, Georgia, among his many friends and cousins; and since he wasnt selling any whiskey, who was going to complain? After a little of that corn whiskey, Uncle Tom asked Pet to meet us out in that cold parlor at the pump organ, so we could sing a little. I got my mandolin and my friend Tom got his fiddle out of the car and while we were getting settled down Pet played a hymn or two. About that time Uncle Tom came into the parlor with the broadest grin you ever saw. He just couldnt contain himself. He pulled out the prettiest violin I had ever seen. He carefully tuned it while Pet gave him the notes. When he was finished he started playing Amazing Grace. I swear, that was absolutely the prettiest thing I had ever heard. I couldnt keep from crying. This crying thing is a trait I inherited from my Daddy. When ever he was really moved, he cried. I do the same thing. This can be a problem at times, but I dont care. It is just the way we are. Uncle Tom looked at me and said, Dont feel bad, son. This is the best fiddle that Sears Roebuck makes and that is the best hymn I know. Think about that for a minute. A little corn whiskey and a good hymn played on an old pump organ along with the best fiddle Sears Roebuck made. You just dont get any better than that. The Goddesses of the Game are back in the winners circle at Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun on Pensacola Beach. Sara, Terri and Deb are channeling their inner Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Good Luck, during February. Reigning Player of the Month Sara Mandel soared into February with a win over Mike Wood at Paddys on February 2. Two days later, Terri McKamey claimed the Dock as her kingdom and the chips were all hers when she beat the mysterious Waldo Defindorfin. Eric Weatherford delivered a win for the men with his steady play at Paddys on February 5. The runner up was lovely Jamie Jones-Riley. Deb Friedman shook em up at the Sandshaker on February 6 with a win over James Taylor, but settled for second place on February 9 behind the fine play of Wade Hosler. I like playing cards, said Friedman. I like winning, too! Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun games are open to anyone with a basic knowledge of poker. Since we play in bars, you must be twenty-one or older to play, said Rick Uzdevenes, poker promoter. The tables are open to all and we encourage visitors to sit down and play. Its a great way to get to know some locals. Games are played at 7 p.m. Mondays at Shaker and Thursday at Paddy OLearys. Saturdays game starts at 2 p.m. at The Dock. The shuffle up and deal is called at 5 p.m. on Sundays at Paddys. Note that because of the Krewe of Wrecks parade, Sunday, February 19, there will be no Texas Hold Em games. Play will resume Monday, February 20 at the Shaker. For more information call the Poker Hotline at 850-3242667. Poker Goddesses Clean Up At Tables Happy Hour 49 Via de Luna 916-9808 PaddyOLearysIrishPub.com Authentic Irish Pub Texas HoldEmSPORTS!All The Games! St. Paddys Day March 17
PAGE 13 Island Times February 16, 2012 Mardi Gras MavenHappy Mardi Gras Gulf Coasts Leader In Personality DJ Entertainment, Sound Stage & Lighting ~ now offers ~ VOICE OVER SERVICES Seeing Stars... your horoscope for next week Madame Astra Make us your After Parade Party Place Feb 19 Party People early, Its Mardi Gras...Willies Style! Live on our Waterfront Stage Trunk MonkeySAT FEB 18 8 PM SUN FEB 19 3 PM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Go Irish on the Island with us! All Green Bikini Contest ~ MUSIC ~ National BandsIn New Orleans if you get the baby in the King Cake, you must host the next party. On the Beach, if you get the winning ticket for the Booze Basket, you must host the next party. Darling Tina Riley was the lucky Irish lass to win the Basket of Cheer from the Krewe of St. Patrick. The money goes to support their charity, the Semper Fi Fund. A votre sante. Speaking of cheerful, did you see the costumes and petite floats at the Kids and Kritters parade? Mon Dieu! Those munchkins were impressive. Bodes well for Mardi Gras 2025. The wind nearly blew the rhinestones off their crowns, but Wrecks First Mate Nancy Kittel, Brewe Queen Gwen Gibson and Junkanoo and Nauga Queen Amy Depew made the scene. I love a good coronation! Gwen Gibson rocked the Krewe of Brewe crowning. Her dedication to their first queen, Miss Jane and her proclamation to let the good times roll, en Francais, were a grand tribute. Her crown, not a tiara, a real crown, is dazzling. Not too much, just enough rhinestones. Of course, can you ever have too many rhinestones? Notably beautiful was Beverly Campbells hair accouterment. Lets talk free. Is there really any such thing as a free lunch? Well, yes. And, no. For those of you who are new. And, for those who just dont know. The Krewe of Wrecks hosts a big time free lunch on Monday, February 20 at the Casino Beach parking lot around 11. Lively music, spicy red beans. The line stretches around the block for the mid-day meal. And, it can be free, if you need it to be, but if you have a few bucks to share, drop em in the jar. By all means. The proceeds from the event are part of the charitable giving program the Wrecks have established. Two left feet? Not in the street. The Street Dance dates back to a time when a few wild ones wanted to dance on Via de Luna. Did not matter. Back then, there were not many cars traveling along the beach highways on a cold day in February. So, lets dance at the Sandbar on Saturday. I saw some dancing girls. Not a can-can, but a wild-women thing. It was the Mystic Krewe of Nereids tapping and spinning around the dance floor. Their Queen Monette Hodges was front and center in the clip filmed by VJ-DJ Zemenick. For my eyes only. You have to be invited to see the performance. Do you want to catch beads or just watch the parade? Position yourself in the crowd accordingly. Rule of thumb, if the surrounding revelers are half your age and twice your size, move. Its a parade, not the NBA tryouts. Fortunately, the krewes are generous and without spilling your drink or exerting yourself, you can catch a bag of stuff -with which you will know not what to do the next day. I miss the New Orleans tradition of costumed spectators on Parade Day. The Beach Revelers will sport some cosmic headgear and an occasional prop, but I would love to see the Beach parade watchers begin to costume. Then they could do as they do in the Big Easy, and inquire, Whadda ya dressin as? This is it, mon cher! ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Mars, your ruling planet, helps you deal with career challenges in a way that reflects some of your own hidden strengths. This impresses some important decision-makers. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your strong Bovine will, combined with your romantic nature (you are ruled by Venus), helps turn a romance with a potential for problems into one with more-positive possibilities. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Mercury's influence creates some unsettling moments, but nothing that you can't live with. You'll soon learn more about that major change that is about to be revealed. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Opportunities for you are like the phases of the Moon: constantly appearing and reappearing. So, cheer up. The opportunity you think you let slip by will be replaced by another. LEO (July 23 to August 22) An opportunity that you hoped would open up for you remains closed. Stop wasting time scratching at it. Something else you'll like will soon make itself apparent and accessible. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Congratulations. You'll soon hear some positive feedback for all the hard work you recently put into a project. A Pisces could soon swim into your personal life. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Someone whose friendship you felt you had to write off will try to revive it. What you do is up to you. But don't do it without giving it considerable thought. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A job-related plan might need to be reworked to allow for changes. Lucky for you that Saturn remains a strong influence that can help you focus on getting it done right. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good time to move into areas of self-discovery. You might be surprised about who you really are and how you really relate to those around you. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Expect to confront someone who will make an unwelcome request. Stand by your resolve to do the right thing no matter what "persuasion" might be offered. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A friendly competition could become more contentious than you expected. Take time out to discuss the reasons behind this unexpected change, and act accordingly. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You have a wonderful mind for solving mysteries, so you should feel confident about solving the one developing very close to you. An unlikely source offers help. BORN THIS WEEK: You're a great host or hostess. You love being with people, and you're very good about planning all sorts of social events that bring folks together.
PAGE 14 Island Times February 16, 2012 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. ___________________________ Be part of the fun! Have Island Times delivered to you! Send a check for $32 made payable to Shelley Ink Mail to: PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 Real Estate For Rent CalendarMardi Gras calendar pensacolabeachmardigras.com Page 3 of this edition Feb 16 Beach Church BINGO. $20. 6:30 pm Feb 17 Beach Bridge Club Feb 20 Beach Bridge Club Feb 22 SRIA Committee Meeting, 5 p.m. SRIA Boardroom. Feb 24 Beach Bridge Club Feb 25 Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, 10 a.m. Holiday Inn Resort Feb 27 Beach Bridge Club Feb 28 Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting, 8:30 am. Days Inn. 932-1500 for guest ticket March 2 First Friday, Boardwalk March 3 Boogie on Down, 5K Run for UCP. Pensacola Beach. 8 a.m. www.active.com March 3 Gulf Breeze Chamber Gala. www. gulfbreezechamber.com March 9 Gulf Breeze Hospital Auxiliary Game Day. 10 a.m. Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church. Tickets $20 Gulf Breeze Hospital Gift Shop, or 932-7619 or 748-0006. March 10 Hike Florida Trail Association. Meets at Fort Pickens Gate Park, 9:30 a.m. March 14 SRIA Full Board Meeting. 5 p.m. #1 Via de Luna. Open to the Public. March 15 Game Day and Card Party, 10 a.m. Our Lady Hunt Hall. Pensacola Beach Womans Club. March 17 St. Paddys Day Pub Crawl, 10 a.m. www.PensacolaBeachChamber.com March 31 Recyclemania, 8 to Noon. Casino Beach.www.pbadvocates.org BEACH CHURCH BINGO 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Dinner $6 at 6. Bingo $20 at 6:30. www.thebeachchurch.comBEACH BRIDGE CLUB 9:15 to 2 on MON and FRI Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge Sid Hite 932-1739April 8 Easter Sunday FitnessYour 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. WeddingsNOTARY to perform wedding ceremonies. 850-748-6878 After reading Island Times, weve decided to enter the Beach Babe Contest! TAI CHI Come Tuesday 5:30 pm at United Methodist, 75 Fairpoint, Gulf Breeze, Fellowship Hall. FREE classes for community wellness! BEACH TAI CHI, 380.8830, Email email@example.com. PetsFour bedroom brick home 2,000 SF. Prestigious and quiet section of Gulf Breeze Proper. Features a formal living room, formal dining room, and a family room with a fireplace. Lush landscaping and a pool in the private backyard. Nan Harper, Island Realty, 850-293-9321 Lost & FoundAdoptable dogs and kittens. Pensacola Humane Society. www.humanesocietyofpensacola.org GOLF HOOP EARRING. Monday, February 6 on Pensacola Beach. Call 850-932-4090. _______________________________ MY HEART. In San Francisco. High on a hill. It calls to me. Happy Mardi Gras
Island Times PAGE 15 February 16, 2012FOR RESULTS Island Times Info 850-324-2667Downtown Pensacola Beach Weekly ScheduleMonday: Sandshaker, 7 PM Thursday: Paddy OLearys, 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 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 Advantage 850-473-1008 4300 Bayou Blvd DrTraceyPinkston.com Integrating traditional health management with natural and alternative approaches Dr. Tracey Pinkston Free Gift w/orders over $40Order by phone or online FREE DeliverySusan Haselton-Kelley 850-934-3865Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant www.MaryKay.com/shaselton Kiss Your Lips with MoistureNew! Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss... Get the feel good, of Mary Kay skin & beauty products. Call today!As always, Valentines Day is mixed into the Mardi Gras season. I have all kinds of memories about Valentines Day. One of my favorites is being in the first grade and rushing out to show my Mom all the Valentines I got. They were wound up in the front of my dress. (We wore dresses back in the Fifties. Yes, in the 1950s!) A storm was brewing and a huge gust of wind grabbed my Valentines that I was trying to protect from the wind and rain. My Mom raced out to help me gather those Valentines before they got soaked. That was quite a feat considering she was eight months pregnant. For some reason each and every Valentine meant something to me. I have since graduated from first grade and the multiple Valentines to one very special Valentine my husband Ralph. Not many folks can say that they met on the Turbine Deck of a Nuclear Power Plant, but that is exactly where we met. We talked to each other for a month, and my co-worker said, that guy just keeps staring at you. He never would ask me out, so finally I asked him out. He told me he never dated anyone he worked with, and I told him it wasnt a date, it was dinner. Finally, he said okay. I realized at that point I had messed up. I didnt know how to cook at all. I went home and asked my neighbor what to do. She suggested I go back and find out what he liked to eat. I did and reported back he was a meat-and-potatoes man. She said she would cook the meal for me. I just needed to divert his attention and then race to her house to get the food, one course, at a time. The day finally arrived. He came over with three bottles of wine. I had purchased three bottles of wine. Really, six bottles of wine what were we thinking? He opened a bottle in the kitchen, and I raced out Mostly Nuts and BoltsBy Candace Segar the front door and came back with the first part of the meal. I circled around into the dining room. My plan was working pretty good until he watched me go out the door for the third time. I guess he just got curious as to where I was going. He laughed and laughed. The meal was delicious and I know all the craziness was what made that first get together so special. Ralph never left. He and I have been married for twenty-four years, and I still havent learned to cook. But it doesnt matter. I am still his Valentine and he is mine! I love him more every day! Consignment Upscale ~ Jeans To Formals ~ The Lord and Lady of the Court of St. Patrick were crowned at the Shamrock-N-Roll Ball February 3 in Pensacola. Lady Alicia Taylor and Lord Mario Roberts danced a jig and toasted the Krewe of St. Patrick until the wee hours.
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Island Times PAGE 17 February 16, 2012 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 Haden McBroom is a well read young man. He is in second grade at the Beach School and earned the most Advance Reading points in the entire school. Quite an accomplishment according to his teacher Debbie Campanella. His proud parents are Brian and Mandy McBroom The Campbells are cruising to the Campbell competed at the 5K distance. competing. bridges Michael Oberhaus approached the 15K Double Bridge Run come. He said the February 4 run was ished at the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The Florida Trail Associations boots for a Beach event. A Hike and Bike on the Pensacola Beach Bike Trail is set for Saturday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. Participants should meet at the sound side parking lot near the entrance to the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens. Bring your bike or your hiking shoes and join George Brinkman, who is the event coordinator. A dutch treat lunch follows at More information is available by calling Brinkman at 850-932-0125 or online at www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/. Hike The Trail On Pensacola Beach Booige on Down to Pensacola Beach 5K Walk/Run sign up at www.active.com
Island Times February 16, 2012 PAGE 18 399 399 399 399Gulf of Mexico Via De Luna Dr Casino Beach Blvd South Harbor Beach Marina Visitors Center Drop by, Call or Visit Us Online Today!731 Pensacola Beach Boulevard, Unit A-1 877-450-4629 | ResortQuestNWFL.comNew 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 Judy NicholsonOperations Coordinator 1-850-934-0061 JNicholson@ResortQuest.comLiz HortonOperations Manager 1-850-936-4891 LHorton@ResortQuest.comRyan ChristopherSenior Operations Manager 1-850-936-4891 RChristopher@ResortQuest.comNew Year.
Island Times PAGE 19 February 16, 2012 readin the water By Saltwater Rick One Stop Shop for the Watersports Enthusiasts 850-932-5520 HATS Hiking & Backpacking Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear, Ropes & Shoes Indoor Rock Climbing Wall HATS Mens and Casual & Beach Mardi Gras Party Headquarters850-932-2211 MON: 10 AM -Close Half Price Drinks/Shots for 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. with Mike Jencks Band, 8 PM 7 PM -Close Half Price Drinks w/Shaker Shirt. Music at 8 PM LIVE The AstronautsLive On Stage FEB 19 After Parade Island Times For some, fishing is a year round sport. Trace Lewis is one of those anglers. When hes not working at Emerald Isle on the Beach, vantage of the new limits on February 3, he Three Mile area. Check of 26 and 27 inches. Jeremy Johnson 377-3145Home Sweet Home Broker Associate/Realtor Community Association Manager JeremyJohnsonRealtor.com
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