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Volume XIII, Number 26 Pensacola Beach, Florida April 17, 2018 Island Times Volume IX, Number 10 Pensacola Beach, Florida September 3, 2013Bizarre Star Andrew Zimmern Comes To The BeachThe Pensacola Beach Chamber has a recipe for success using star power and culinary talents to amp up the Sixth Annual Taste of the Beach, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 at Casino Beach. Andrew Zimmern, center, is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. Hes the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channels hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmerns Bizarre World, and his new series, Bizarre Foods America. Zimmern will be at Taste of the Beach Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival, which showcases Pensacola Beachs restaurants includes a dessert contest. Chef John Flaningam of Crabs, top delight young guests. Pensacola Beach resident Laken Harvey, top right, has been to Taste of the Beach every year. Look for her in the Mermaid Parade on Sunday and the Hula Hoop contest in the Childrens Area. Rev up your engines! George Smith and his brother-in-law Mike Cook, bottom right, proudly mug the camera next to Smiths entry in the Lifes A Vette on the Beach car show. The show is Saturday from 10 to 3 p.m. The Sauce Boss lays down some serious blues on the Gulfside Pavilion stage, bottom left. He sings and cooks a giant pot of gumbo. It delicious entertainment. The full list of ingredients for the two day buffet of fun is on Page 2 and in Tasty Times, a special four page festival, pull-out section. Look Inside forTasty TimesSpecial Section Crazy!

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PAGE 2 Island Times April 17, 2018 Island TimesPublished every other TuesdayNo portion of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. shelley@myislandtimes.com www.MyIslandTimes.com Mark Your CalendarCandidates Forum: Tuesday, April 17, Beach Community Church 6 p.m. Commission District Four BCC: Tuesday, April 17, Agenda Review, 9 a.m.; Public Forum, 4:30 p.m.; Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 221 Palafox Place. www.myescambia.com, Questions? District Four 850-595-4940 Town Hall Meeting Congestion Management Plan SRIA: Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m. SRIA Boardroom, #1 Via de Luna. Santa Rosa Island Authority BCC: Thursday, May 3, Agenda Review, 9 a.m.; Public Forum, 4:30 p.m.; Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 221 Palafox Place. www.myescambia.com, Questions? District Four 850-595-4940 SRIA: Wednesday, May 9, 5 p.m. SRIA Boardroom, #1 Via de Luna. Full Board Meeting. Agenda 2018 Entertainment ~ Bamboo Willies Stage Friday, April 20 Noon Alexa Burroughs 2:30 PM Nick Andrews 5 PM Nick & The Ovorols 7:30 PM Tyler Livingston & The Absolutes 10 PM Jay Williams Saturday, April 21 8 AM Nick Andrews Noon Tyler Mac 2:30 PM Black Mouth Cur 5 PM Under Pressure 7:30 PM Nobius 10 PM Raising Karma Sunday, April 22 Noon Banana Republic 2:30 PM Parker Houston 5 PM Whyte Caps Amphitheater Stage Friday, April 20 6 -10 PM Sandy Roots Saturday, April 21 Noon Tim ODonovan 3 PM Jamah Terry 6 PM Paxton Norris 9 PM FIREWORKS! Sunday, April 22 Noon David Meadows 3 PM Muskogee Ridge Featuring Round-Abouts, Parking, Pedestrian Underpasses Park Service Invested Over $6.8 Million in Boats, Buildings, Trams

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Island Times PAGE 3Forever...Barefoot on the BeachAs a tribute to Jane Waters who passed away January 10, 2012 Island Times will continue to run some of Janes favorite columns for your enjoyment April 17, 2018 Our latitude will change your attitude Wings Burgers Seafood RibsOPEN EVERYDAY at 11 AMLunch Specials MonFri 11-2 Dinner Specials NightlyCATCH IT ALL!1010 Ft. Pickens Road Pensacola Beach 932-4139 www.peglegpetes.comRaw Oysters Fresh Gulf SeafoodOPEN EVERYDAY at 11am Waterfront Dining Oyster Bar Live Music Gift Shop Kids Playground#2 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 934-3660Sports in Hi Def40 TVs 8 Big Screens 934-3660 www.sidelinespensacola.com WINGS79cEvery Thursday Monday Cajun Nite Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Specials Tues: Half Price Bottles of Wine Wed: Raw Oyster Specials Thurs: Baked Oyster Specials www.sidelinespensacola.com www.sidelinespensacola.com Tuesday Surf and Turf Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Wed Mexican Madness All Sports Always On The Islander Newspaper May 29,1992 If the beach is littered, you can be sure the members of the Fourth Grade Class at the Pensacola Beach Elementary School didnt have a thing to do with it. Sixteen fourth graders came to my house for an endof-school swimming party last week, and not one child threw even the tiniest bit of trash down on the ground. Not only that, they remembered to pick up all their towels, slaps and swim toys, and take them home with them after the party. Adults are not always that meticulous. The fact that the youngsters were so careful to place their trash in the bags, substantiates a theory environmentalists have been preaching over the past few years. If every person would take care of his or her own little space, wherever that may be, there would be no litter. Its a credit to the clean community organization and the school system that todays children are acutely conscious of the devastation caused by litter. The kids are more than willing to do their part to prevent a mess. Somehow they have developed a sense of how important each individual is in accomplishing our belated quest to save the plant Earth. Now and then, I catch myself committing a mortal sin against environmental health. For years, I have bought those little boxed drinks for Jeremy. Its so easy to hand him the he throws the box in the trash, I thought about the box, accompanied by a plastic straw encased in a plastic bag, and I decided it was time to clean up my act. No more boxes. Its just as easy to make thirst quenchers from powder and chill them in a recycled glass jar. Almost everyone recycles cans and paper. Its the rare individual who is unaware of all the ways to insulate and protect a house to make it environmentally acceptable. Everybody knows at least a little bit about changing wasteful habits. Again, it is an individual obligation. In spite of all this knowledge, our beaches are strewn with dangerous plastic, rusting cans, broken glass, sandwiches and orange peelings. Numerous groups have joined Adopt-ABeach to try to keep the massive trash from accumulating. Others join organizations to help clean the beaches in the spring and fall. It is well known that beach residents walk along the streets and shores picking up trash left by visitors. Still, the Santa its manpower and equipment, cannot stay ahead of the beachs endless litter. It is the wasteful lifestyle of Americans that causes the greenhouse gases, which in turn, cause global warming, so this week, I signed a pledge, I pledge to make the Earth a secure and hospitable home for present and future generations. This pledge, hopefully signed by millions of Americans will be taken to the United Janiero in June by the editor of Self Magazine. If all of us would sign such a pledge and live up to it every day as we travel around in our corner of the Earth, it would free the more gigantic environmental ing. Take the pledge. The time to save Mother Earth grows short. Join hands with fellow residents, business owners, and tourists as we take our annual stand against oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and a transition to clean energy, Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Hands Across the Sand events take place on beaches around the world, as communities come together to send a powerful message of protecting the beaches and coastal areas they love. Hands Across The Sand on Pensacola Beach will be Saturday, May 19 beginning at 10 a.m. The Casino Beach Pavilion stage and inspiring speeches about protecting our white sands and blue-green waters. At 11 a.m. well walk to the waters edge to hold hands in silent remembrance of the 2010 oil spill and in support of a transition to clean energy from the sun and wind, said Christian work Coastal Organizer. This years event will include a paddleout, as surfers and paddleboarders take to the water in support of a clean and healthy Gulf. Wagley reminds, More oil and gas drilling is being proposed in the Gulf, yet the transition to renewable energy is well underway, with explosive growth in solar and wind energy as Americans embrace the future. Please enjoy the Hands Across The Sand and Event partners include Gulf sacola, and Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast. For more information visit Hands Across the Sand Pensacola Beach on email christian@healthygulf.orgClean Energy Event Adds Paddle Out To Festivities

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PAGE 4 Island Times April 17, 2018 ?? ????? ? ? ??? ??? ? ??? ? ?T? ???rivia??? ? PEOPLE inn www.paradisebar-grill.com Go Where The Locals Go Stay and Play Special Rates Reservations 850-932-2319 Music Thursday, April 19, 6 George Porter, Jr. Friday, April 20, 6 George Porter, Jr. Saturday, April 21, 6 The Scenic Heights Band Sunday, April 22, 3 John Hart Project ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, April 24, 6 Chauncy Crandall Friday, April 27, 6 True Blue Band Saturday, April 28, 6 Bridget Kelly Band Sunday, April 29, 3 Josh Garrett Band ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, May 1, 6 Josh Garrett Band Fri-Sat, May 4-5, 6 Tyler Mac Sunday, May 6, 3 Bon Vivant Food & Fun Chef Johns Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials ~ Full Service Bar ~ Friendly 21 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 850-916-5087 events Sunday Fun Day Come as you are by bike, boat or car. Mothers Day May 13, 3 p.m. Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet on the Paradise stage. Bring your mom! Hot Rods in Paradise See the cars! May 17-19 Memorial Day Weekend New Orleans Blueswomen x 90 play Sunday & Monday, May 27-28 Sit in the sand Dine by the SoundNot a single correct guess. sored by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and coordinated by the hazy recall or none at all. The back on the shelf. ergetic gal named Dee Lucas as nator. She continuously brought ist sitting on a ragged barstool commenting that the island has but it comes to mind that there is than anyone else. Island Times the house band gets it. Good luck! THE FAMILY IS HEREFour generations of Skaggs REAL REELRobby Louhier sends Island Times that and he is blind. RED RIDE Island Times KATIE STRONG HOLLYS DAY her at one of her singing gigs. Mark your calendar for October concert. NURSE KATE elors of Science in Nursing. Look AWARD FOR GRACE lisher of La Costa Latina Blue Wahoos player CJ McElroy, right, is the newest Pensacola Beach resident being hosted by the Dorfmans who are family friends. David Beckham, left, and Neil Dorfman never miss a game. Rhonda is not in photo, because someone had to handle the picture taking duties. Look

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PAGE 5 Island Times April 17, 2018 PBA The Santa Rosa Island Au thority Board had their fill of alcohol related topics at the April 11 full board meeting when the Open Container Ordinance, beer sales at jet ski rentals and Spring Break drinkers were discussed. Board member Karen Sindel voiced concern at the March 28 SRIA Committee meeting that the Escambia County ordinance regulating alcoholic beverages in public areas of Pensacola Beach would be sunsetting June 1. She recommended that the Island Authority Board discuss and prepare a recommendation to deliver to the Escambia Board of Com missioners. As directed, SRIA Attorney Mike Stebbins prepared a draft letter but Board members wanted more data before making a decision. I would like to see some hard data to substantiate the impacts of this ordinance, said Board Member Bridget Brooks. We need it to make an informed decision. Board members requested pre-and-post ordinance comparisons on data for alcohol sales, business trends and law enforcement records. Additionally, Board Member Tammy Bohannon re quested a review of whether this restriction compromises the special entertainment district status enjoyed by the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. According to Bohannon, only two exist in the Alcohol Flows Through Island Authority Agendaentire state. Sindel wants to hear from residential and commercial leaseholders as well. Board Member Janice Gilley is not convinced that the ference. She wants to see proof. Both Gilley and Chairman Jerry Watson voiced opinions about taking away rights of the general public to curtail the bad behavior of a few. Elected Board Member Thomas Campanella reminded the Board that he was totally opposed to the ordinance but now He feels that the Boardwalk is a more family friendly place be cause of the enforcement. data and the item will be discussed at the April 25 Committee meetings. The Board also pushed a request by Roger Bevans at Radi cal Rides back to Committee. The long time soundfront jet ski and parasail concessionaire requested permission to sell beer and wine during operating hours. The Development and Leasing Committee recommended approval of the lease amendment, but added a limit to the number of jet skis operating, imposed a closing time of 7:30 p.m. on July 4, and no operations on Blue Angels Saturday. Former SRIA Public Safety Director Bob West spoke to the Board about the inherent dangers of alcohol and watercraft operations in an already over crowded Santa Rosa Sound. He recommends a strict safety plan be developed for the rental concessions to abide by. Board members were concerned with ensuring safety and fairness. They had quickly approved Premier Adventure Parks request permitting beer and wine sales, which prompted Bevans request. Bohannon reminded her fellow board members that the only opportunity for the SRIA to insert language into a lease is when the leaseholder initiates the request for an amendment. We want to be fair, but the lease language should state what the restrictions are, said Bohannon. It cannot just be a handshake. Our current leaseholder may honor that but what if he sells the business? We could end up with 100 jet skis operating out of one location. Gilley asked that SRIA Attorney Mike Stebbins review each jet ski concessionaires lease and bring the data back to the Committee meeting. Ariola Drive Resident James Crittenden asked Board members to spend the next 11 months seeking a remedy to an escalating problem during Spring Break. He described the last few weeks as lawless chaos with an over abundance of underage drinkers, vandalism and nightlong street parties. After consulting the Panama City Beach City Manager, Crittenden feared Pensacola Beach would get a crowd and reputation that they would not be proud of. Beach resident Terry Preston added that leaseholders are building homes as rental event destinations, thus running a business enterprise in areas zoned for single family homes. Bohannon reiterated her longtime concern that the SRIA approval of 10 bedroom homes would result these kinds of issues. SRIA Director of Administration Robby Schrock noted that the Executive Director Paolo Ghio, Escambia County deputies and the beachs rental companies had a meeting scheduled for April 23 to discuss the matter. Chairman Watson said, We take your concerns very seriously. Thank you for coming forward to address the Board. In other news, BDI Engineer I Multi-use path upgrades from Avenida 10 west to the traffic light will also include the restoration of the basketball court and drainage improvement at Gowens Park. Bids will be opened May 4 with construction to commence Fall 2018. Escambia County Traffic Operations Manager David Forte announced that the iconic, but aging Fish Sign in Gulf Breeze will get a new frame, but further design will be needed before replacing the electric components. Forte reported that the re tersection has been successful in The SRIA Committees will meet Wednesday, April 25 at 5 p.m.

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PAGE 6 Island Times 850-261-2462Owner Peggy Henshall is ready to keep you in stitches!www.CajunStitchery.com CajunStitchery@yahoo.comnames, logos, custom artsmall or large quantities 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. 621 Cervantes Street Pensacola 432-4999Call for directions from the Beach 45 A Via de Luna 934-4848 OPEN EVERYDAY 7:30 am to 3 pm Daily Specials Homemade Soups Fresh Fish Tacos April 17, 2018 Brenda's 3 Day Cucumber Pickles 7 lbs. cucumbers 1 cup lime juice 5 lbs. sugar 1 and 1/2 quarts Vinegar 1 Tbsp. whole spice mixed 1 Tbsp. whole cloves 1 Tbsp. cinnamon Blue Angels Beach Stay Up For Grabs

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Island Times PAGE 7 April 17, 2018 PBA See all our listings at paradisecoastalrealty.com or call 1.850.932.0067 Joe Billingsly Megan Bithos Nancy Born Jennifer Cole Rick Golden Ginger Green Nance Robby Greene Ardythe Haas Stephanie Harrington Dominic Lauber Jennifer McCrary David Owens Kathy Billingsly Ray Fen Shi Fred Simmons joe Stanton Sandy Zern Kevin HayesCONTACT OUR AGENTS 1111 Ft. Pickens Road #321 RARE FIND4BR/4BA Condo with over 2,300 SF Two car garage, private entrance. $618,000 MLS #503618 The question of whether leased land under beach condos is subject to ad valorem taxation has been laid to rest. The Florida Supreme Court has denied Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones request to review two First District Court of Appeals decisions. The March 2016 appeals court ruling that leasehold interests in county-owned property is subject, exclusively, to intangible personal property taxation not ad valorem taxation, stands. The challenges to the taxation were originally brought by Island Rethe issue of whether the land at Pensacola Beach, leased by Escambia County, is taxable to leaseholders, said Ed Fleming, who together with Todd Harris, represented the leaseholders. ruled on by the First District Court of Appeals three times, not including six requests for rehearing. The Property Appraisers attempts to overturn those rulings have now been rejected three times by the Florida Supreme Court. Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones said, Obviously, I am disappointed and this leaves the beach taxpayers in a quandary with half paying taxes on improvements and land; and half on just improvements. But, I have to honor the courts opinion. Jones said he now begins the tedious task of reviewing approximately 2,700 condo units of varying sizes to value the improvements only. This process will take at least sixty days. The process by which the values are reached is guided by statute, according to Jones. I will, use the three traditional methods of determining the value of the improvements and what the market is telling us. fully contested the Property Appraisers over-valuation of their improvements, gaining a judgement in 2010. The courts decision read in part, The appraisal method used by the Property Appraiser for the tax years at issue was not appropriate. The correct appraisal method to apply under these facts (i.e., where no comparable sales information is available for improvements only, and the income approach is not applicable as the parties so stipulated), is the depreciated cost approach. That approach is not only professionally accepted, it is the that assures that no portion of the exempt-from-taxation land value spills over into the assessed value of the taxable property; i.e., the improvements. Jones says things may have changed since that ruling. After he prepares his assessment values, he will have the Property Appraisers legal team confer with the leaseholders lawyers regarding the values. Once we have some numbers, we will start that conversation, said Jones. We hope to get a meeting of the minds. This should be a step to avoid further litigation. Property Appraiser has presented the leaseholders attorneys with valuations in advance of issuing We are hoping Jones follows that mandatory precedent and avoids further litigation, said Attorney Ed Fleming of McDonald, Fleming, Moorhead who represents the Beach condo leaseholders. But he has said he does not believe he is required to follow that precedent, so we will see how he corrects his tax bills. The litigation is costly with Escambia County taxpayers footing the bill for the Property Jones stated he spent $1.7 million from 2004-2017 in the Pensacola Beach tax suits, noting that resulted in $200 million in collectable taxes. He further explained that $1.2 million is attributable to his successful defense of levying ad valorem taxes on Pensacola Beach leaseholders with perpetually renewing leases. The remaining $500,000, says Jones, was spent unsuccessfully defending the condo over-valuation and taxation cases. That issue, according to Fleming, has now been decided by four district courts of appeal and requests to review were rejected by the Florida Supreme Court three times. Fleming said if further litigation is necessary, taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars. He spent more than $400,000 in taxpayers dollars losing that battle in 2009, wrote Fleming. It would cost taxpayers several times that amount in the future as we are dealing with more than 20 condo associations not just one. All totaled, Jones had spent more than $1.146 million in taxpayer dollars as of May of last year (last records he produced) in losses. While he claims he has generated millions in tax revenues in spending that money. That is a false claim. He had been required to refund millions in illegally collected taxes in those cases in which he has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer funds. The issue of taxation of improvements has been over for years, and none of that $1.146 million was spent on that issue.Supreme Court Denies Request To Review Beach Condo Tax CasesTaxpayers On The Hook For More Than A Million Dollars Defending Property Appraiser In CourtSea turtle nesting season is just around the corner and Escambia County has launched the Sea Turtle Protection Program initiative to reduce the amount of artificial light pollution on Pensacola Beach. In support of the Barrier Island Lighting Ordinance, the Beach residents. If eligible, property owners may be reimbursed turtle friendly alternatives. Escambia Countys Barrier Island Lighting Ordinance was passed in 2014, requiring turtle friendly lighting for new construction, and allowed existing lights until January 1, 2018 to come into compliance. Any light visible from the beach must now meet the turtle friendly standards found in the ordinance. Properties that dont comply could be subject to a civil citation. Escambia County has additional funding from a Natural Resource Damage Assessment project titled Restoring the Night Sky," designed to restore sea turtle habitats impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and to assist homeowners to comply with the ordinance. The project has previously funded the parking lot and the Gulfside two Perdido Key condominiums to enhance nesting habitat within Perdido Key State Park. Artificial lighting is one of the largest threats to nesting and hatchling sea turtles. Bright lights can deter nesting behaviors, while hatchlings often conlights with the natural light sources they use to causes disorientation, leading hatchlings away from the gulf and into danger. Pensacola Beach residents and property owners are encouraged to contact Natural Resources Management at 850595-1144 or Samantha Bolduc at smbolduc@myescambia.com to see if they are eligible for the cost-share program. More information about the project and sea turtles in Escambia County can be found at myescambia.com/seaturtles. Lighting Cost Share Program Open To Beach Residents Dim Your Lights For Turtles

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PAGE 8 Island Times April 17, 2018 PBA HIGH MARKS The Pensacola Beach Elementary School students who earned a place on the Honor Roll for the third nine-week grading period are: Jordan McKinneys Second Grade Class A Honor Roll Aubrey Barden Noah Brewster Cooper Christensen Chloe Ciolino Rylee Fenech Adam Hough Alex Leshnov Cannon Mason Natalie McMullen Ayden McNorton Cruz McNulty Phare Newlin Bindy Nita Kenzley Vaughn Max Work A-B Honor Roll Max Burgoon Chloe Churchward Kate Crittenden Jane De La Piedra Amari Lovelace Ella Reaves Joy McLaurines Third Grade Class A Honor Roll Suri Amjad Lily Asmar Sawyer Asmar Samantha Budzowski Aubrey McMillion Kian Patel Sara Peterman Devon Uniacke A-B Honor Roll Jakub Alibasic Chase Baker Nic Brewster David Grosso Cameron Hoeft Charlotte Hunter Carter Jenkins Mena Patroni Anna Grace Pennington Rachel Roscovious Cayman Tidwell Erin Olson's Fourth Grade Class A Honor Roll Ava Biland Bella Ciolino Jack Cromey Chloe Hargraves Nick Jenkins Ryan Kalb Stella Keigley Lauren Olson Estelle Reese Ania Uszok A-B Honor Roll Kayla Cote Brayden Dadisman Sidney Flemming Julia Hills Brett Horton Mitchell McCoy Tre Patroni Graham Pennington Lily Roltsch Mason Simpson Lily Walker Rachel Armentrouts Fifth Grade Class A Honor Roll Dima Webber A-B Honor Roll Izzy Beech Maggie Corley Brody Hills Carter Hoeft Chloe McMillion Austin Mickler Lily Montgomery Riley Seeliger Savannah Slusher Buck Trammell Gabbi Virant Kate Westholm GOOD WORK Congratulations to the follow Gulf Breeze High School students for achieving Honor Roll status during the third nine weeks: Seniors who had all As are: Blair Amberson, Meredith McCurdy and Lauren Stokes. A-B Honor Rollers are: Kendron Burt, Morgan Churchill, Adeleine Frierdich, Macy Mateer, Katelyn Stahl, John Sweet, Lawrence Uhl and Julie Wassner. Juniors on the A Honor Roll are: Carlee Amberson, Devon Elliott, Savanah Haynes, Annabel Jacobs, Hannah May and Sophia Slobodian. A-B Honor Roll students are: Margaret Braun, Chloe Huntley, Harrison ODaniel, Josh Thompson, Sydney Truax and Matthew Verbois. Sophomore A Honor Roll status was achieved by Ella McCurdy, Kimberly Noble and Shelby Rowe. Cali Hargrove, James Renfroe, Caleb Sampson, Joseph Urquhart and Victoria Williams were named to the A-B Honor Roll. Freshmen on the A Honor Roll are: Elizabeth Frierdich, Audrey Gordon, Lauren Kent, Lauren Thompson and John Turk. Hannah Buchalter, Lauren Feltenberger and Connor Wooden earned A-B Honor Roll status. REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN Beach School kindergarten registration has been changed from April 27 to Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. To be eligible a child must be five-years-old before September 1. Parents must bring the following required docustate student physical examination form signed by a licensed physician, Proof of residence (an electric bill or rent receipt) and the childs social security number. More information is at PBES.org. BONUS FOR BEACH SCHOOL The Crawfish Festival 5K and the Pensacola Beach Optimist Clubs Kentucky Derby Party ementary School. You can enter com. Advance tickets for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Party, are available for $25 each by mailing a check made payable to Pensacola Beach Optimist Club, c/o Dave Sundstrom, 4120 Monteigne Dr. Pensacola, 32504.

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PAGE 10 Island Times April 17, 2018 Bytes & BitsBy Joe Stukey, Your Computer Pal Q: What Is The Dark Web? A: The name Dark Web describes the darkest part of the Internet very well. Almost like a well-kept secret, it has oper ated in the surreal dark shadows since its beginning. Originally, the dark web was conceived by people who needed to operate anonymously to protect themselves. Perhaps those people lived in countries that did not have political and religious freedoms, where speaking against the government could bring severe penalties. It didnt take long for those who were of a more shady char acter to realize that the dark web could hide their activities too. Recent studies indicate that nearly 60 percent of the dark web activities are illegal and/or immoral. Many of the websites are operated by scammers who move to new website locations frequently to maintain their operations. It is a place where anything of a questionable nature can be bought or traded. I certainly dont recommend doing anything in the dark web. It use a credit card. The cybercurrency called Bitcoin is the currency of choice there. And, anything purchased might never arrive at your door. What can you buy there? but also lots of compromised credit card numbers, bank account numbers, guns, drugs, hacked identities (even stolen email accounts and emails), hacking tools, stolen subscriptions to just about anything, for pennies on the dollar. There is a full-blown black market in the dark web. The standard website name are not used in the dark web. Google Chrome wont get you there either. When the dark web was initially started, a browser program named Tor was developed to provide a way to enter that part of the Internet. The software guarantees protection of the users identity and anonymity. The search feature is primitive, much like the Inter net was in the 1990s. Some of the smaller networks are anonymous friend to friend networks, requiring authorization to enter. Theresomeone who uses it. Its good to learn about that part of the Internet, but dont go there! This article was provided by Joe Stukey, of the Stukey Group. Contact Joe at jstukey@mchsi.com, by phone at 850-206-3156, or look Joe up on Facebook. Ten-year-old Sadie McClendon performed the National Anthem at the Last Honky Tonk Music Series Concert of Light, March 31 at the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge. The event was part of the weekend hosted by Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, pairing professional songwrit ers and military vets to promote songwriting as a way to heal emotional wounds of combat. Local musician Robert Wayne, left, congratulates military veteran Matthew Williams at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival Last Honky Tonk Music Series Concert of Light, March 31 at the Beach Elks Lodge. The R&DA Military Assistance Program made a donation of $5,000 to further prosper Williams work with military veterans and suicide prevention. Travis Davis, left, was a featured speaker at the March 31 Concert of Light hosted at the Beach Elks Lodge by the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. Davis is a combat veteran who served in the 2nd Infantry division, deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Like many who returned home from deployment, he was not the same. He recovered from his darkest times with the help of his service dog, Coleman. The duo now tour the country and educate the public about PTSD and provide outreach to veterans. Davis is working toward a permanent facility to assist veterans called Til Valhalla Ranch.

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Island Times PAGE 11 April 17, 2018 Pensacolas Oldest Name in Retail Downtown since 1910 36 E. Garden Street Pensacola 850-438-1628 www.rcaamall.comREYNALDSCollectibles & Antique MallMid-Century Modern Furniture Chairs, Art, Tables & More Bar Ware Vintage Military Items Sharla Dawn At DawnLifes too short to read boring stuffNAME:____________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ________________________________________________ CITY: _____________________________________________________ STATE: ____________ ZIP: ___________ Get Island Times in your mailbox Send $32 to: Shelley Ink, PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 Island Times Gulf Front CondoSans Souci Unit 208 $429,000 MLS# 530607 Kim Gibbons, Broker/Beach Specialist 850-912-9826 Emerald-Coast.orgPensacola Beachs Sharla Dawn Gorder is the author of My Vices Collide, A Celebration of Being a Little Messed Up. The book is available at Geronimos on Pensacola Beach and Pizazz in Gulf Breeze. Its one of those broody, moody morningsclouds and shrouds of gray-green mist, low hazy light, lazy air. The sun seemed so reluctant this morning. Do I have to? Again? And yet it rose, a dutiful orange star on the horizon, then disappeared behind a mattress of ash-colored clouds. I walked the beach sulking. (Yeah, I do that sometimes.) Somebody done me wrong, and I was rehearsing in my head my clever, righteous retorts. With every step toward that sun that wouldnt shine properly for me, I got madder and maddermore and more indignant. More and more tangled up in my mangled mind. I went from sulking to seething. Then I heard it, Unh-uh! I was trudging back up the stairs to the house lost in my dark thoughts, and it scolded me again, Unh-uh! I looked around, chagrinned. I sat down in the big Adirondack chair on the corner of the deck and resumed my fuming. How dare anyone treat me Unh-uh! Unh-uh! Unh-uh! Okay, okay, okay! I get it, you annoying little Fish Crow. I get it! Choose another thought, Sharla. It isnt rocket science. You get to choose. Every moment of every day, you get to choose. Pick another thoughta song lyric, a prayer, a jingle, anything else. I settled on trying to whistle the theme song to the Andy the crow. the sun disappeared behind a mattress of ash-colored cloudsThe Run for the Roses Second Annual Carleen Wheeler Memorial Derby Party is set for Saturday, May 5 at the Santa Rosa Dunes Clubhouse on Fort Pickens the Pensacola Beach Elementary School, is open to the public. Doors open at 3 p.m. Drinks tion bidding commences. The Derby Hat Contest starts at 4 a chance to become a horse owner and post time is 5:25 p.m. Admission is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. Order tickets by mailing a check made payable to Pensacola Beach Optimist Club, c/o Dave Sundstrom, 4120 Monteigne Dr. Pensacola, 32504. For more information, contact Pensacola Beach Optimist Club President Bettie Lee Sundstrom at Sundstr8@aol.com.Optimists Ready To Host Derby PartyBeach Actresses Featured In CurtainsPensacola Beachs Macy Mateer and Victoria Williams are among the Gulf Breeze High School cast who will premier in Curtains, a parody of 1950s whodunit theater mysteries, presented Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 2:30 p.m at the Saenger Theater. Bring the whole family to experience this musical comedy mystery with unforgettable songs and toe-tapping dance numbers. Numbers include Show People, In the Same Boat and A Tough Act to Follow. The troupe is under the direction of Margie Timmons. Tickets, which start at $10, are available at the Saenger Theater Box office in person only Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster.com and the Gulf For more information, email DramaGBHS@gmail.com.

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Island Times April 17, 2018 PAGE 12 Seeing Stars................... this weeks horoscopes S unrise and S unset with Safari-Su by Susan Haselton-Barr LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner Area and Oriental Rugs Tile & Grout Marble, Vinyl & Hardwood Cars, Boats & RV InteriorsV-8 Powered Steam Clean Process Dont forget932-7670 934-1913 Order by phone or online FREE DeliverySusan Haselton-Barr 850-934-3865Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultantwww.MaryKay.com/shaselton Call today to order850-206-3156 Joe Stukey Computer Repair in Your Home www.ycpals.com joe@ycpals.com www.extraspace.com15 McClure Drive Gulf Breeze Great Rates Safe, Clean & Secure 24/7 Digital Surveillance Professional Management Boat Parking Drive Up Access Moving & Packing Supplies Climate Controlled Self Storage 850-879-2112 850-932-2323new name, same great service Did you know...ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But don't let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when you'll want to be ready to take on new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for single Bovines seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people who've never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an advantage in assessing a possibly too-good-tobe-true offer. A trusted colleague has advice. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Expect to be called on once again to act as peacemaker in a long-simmering dispute that suddenly flares up. Offer advice, but be careful to stay out of the fray. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your organizational skills help you line up your priorities so that you get things done without added pressure. The weekend could hold a special surprise. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) New ventures are favored. But don't launch yours before rechecking all facts and sources. Also, be sure you can rely on support from certain people. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Don't be pushed into renegotiating an agreement, even though it might help avoid a potential impasse. Get legal advice before you sign or agree to anything. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Helping others is what Aquarians do so well. But this time, someone wants to help you. Expect to hear some news that will both surprise and delight you. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Things go so swimmingly that you're tempted to take on more tasks. Best advice: Finish what you have now, then enjoy a well-earned relaxing weekend. Jambo! (Hello Everybody ) Do I throw my organized life away at this particular windmill? If your husband is constantly throwing his dirty clothes on the floor in the bedroom and or bathroom, what do you do? Light bulb moment. Purchase a beautiful wicker basket. Surely all of the clothes will be neatly placed inside this decorators delight. But alas, clothes are surrounding the basket, on top of the clothes hamper, beside the basket. None, to your dismay, are actually in the hamper. What is a woman to do, you ask? One solution is to have your husband use the bathroom down the hall. You can conveniently shut the door. You do not have to go in. The odor wafting from the room is not strong enough. He still has enough clean underwear. TIP: Spring is here! 1. Keep your makeup light and natural -winter is finally coming to an end and your skin can breathe in the fresh air. Light coverage, pink hues, and the feeling that your skin is no longer trapped by winter's wrath gives you endless opportunities! 2. To keep your eyes bright and fresh this spring, try opting for an extremely fine lined eye. Achieve this look by applying pencil liner and then using serum or moisturizer on a Q-tip to remove most of the line, leaving only a fine line against the lash line. 3. Sunscreen! In the winter and spring months, many forget to apply sunscreen -but it's arguably the most important part of your skin care regimen. 4. If you haven't already, start using a Facial Cleansing Brush. Winter has been harsh to the skin and adding a facial cleansing brush to your beauty routine will repair the skin and prep it for light, breezy spring weather. Smile and dont let your dirty, messy, laundry spoil your day. When is the last time you let your crazy thoughts off the leash? What can we say? Not today. Lets look to the past only as it gives us pleasure. Lets look to the future only as it gives us hope. ... that Charlton Heston was the lead actor in the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes ... that the call sign for the helicopter that carries the president is Marine One ...that our sun falls into the classification as a Yellow dwarf star ... M divided by L = XX

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Island Times PAGE 13April 17, 2018 Nature Notes .........By Rick OConnor Sea Grant Agent at University of Florida IFAS/Escambia County Extension Andra MorganOwner/Broker850-450-8844Buying? Selling? Contact us! Kathy DreadinRealtor850-982-8140The Andra Morgan Team Professionals You Can Trust 850-450-8844 850-982-8140 andra@topgunpropertyrealty.com 17 years experience in Pensacola Beach Real EstateTOPGUNProperty.com Blue Sky Gift Shoppe 3479 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 850-932-7100 Pensacola Beach To Go! Which Local Creatures Eat Venomous Snakes? In my job, I get many calls about snakes. Most people want to know how to tell a venomous from a nonvenomous one and how to keep them out of the yard. I was recently reading a new book by Dr. Sean Graham entitled American Snakes and in the chapter on snake defenses, he provided a long litany of local creatures who consumed snakes some surprised me. Check this out Some on the list only consume smaller species of snakes but the list is still surprising. Spiders spiders were on the the black widow who probably could kill a small snake, but indicated there were othants, carpenter ants, giant water the list as well. Some of these may consume snakes only after they are dead but some can kill small ones. From the vertebrate world he mentions the larger salamanders (such as the hellbender), and other snakes (such as the short-tailed snake and the coral snake). There are several mammals including shrews, moles, and even the rodents themselves are consumers of snakes! He describes how hoofed mammals (such deer, goat, and horses) do not consume snakes, but can completely destroy one by raising a hoof and stomping on them leaving only small segments remaining. They have found the remains of snakes in the stomachs of all predatory mammals but the snakes greatest threat are birds by a long shot. Species from passerines to raptors have been known to kill and consume snakes. What about venomous snakes who consumes rattlesnakes and cottonmouths? There are surprises here as well Bullfrogs! Bullfrogs basically consume what they can get into their mouths and this includes snakes and venomous ones as well (though they would be small ones). From the fish world, both the gar and largemouth bass are known to consume venomous snakes. Opossums are known to consume at least 12 species of snakes, including venomous ones. They have a very low occurrence of rabies a cool animal to have around. Other mammal consumers of venomous snakes include raccoons, otters, fox, bobcats, coyotes, and black bears. It is understood they must take smaller members of the venomous snake population but a snake control is snake control. Most wading birds in our marshes consume snakes, including venomous ones, but it is the red-tailed hawk and the great horned owl that are the masters. Red-tailed hawks are known to consume at least 35 species of snakes, including venomous ones, and unlike other snake predators are a larger part of their diet, they seek them out. Great Horned Owls consume at least 13 species, and venomous ones are on the menu. From the reptile world we begin with the alligator, who has little problem consuming large specimens of both the rattlesnake and the cottonmouth. However, some of the snakes predators are snakes yes, snakes eat snakes and some consume venomous ones. Coral snakes, coachwhips, and cottonmouths have been known to consume other snakes. However, it is the Eastern Indigo and the Kingsnakes who actively seek out venomous species. It is known that Kingsnakes have a protein in their blood that makes them immune to the vipers venoms and it appears the vipers know this and avoid them. It is not known whether the Indigo is immune, but it is known they will seek out venomous snakes and consume. Both of these snakes can take relatively large venomous species. Of these two, it is the Kingsnake who is the king consuming at least 40 species of snakes. However, both the Kingsnakes and the Indigo are on the declined. The eastern Indigo is currently federally listed as endangered there has not been Florida panhandle since 1997. However, there are anecdotal reports and we encourage anyone who has seen one to send us a photograph. There is an active Indigo restoration program going on in Alabama and in the Apalachicola River area. These are the largest native snakes in the U.S. (about 8 feet) and, along with the six-foot Kingsnakes, are frequently killed. There is evidence that as the eastern Kingsnake populations decline copperhead populations increase, and vice versa. Some areas near Atlanta are currently experiencing a copperhead boom. Clearly, we should reconsider killing both the Indigo and Kingsnakes. We also understand that habitat loss is another cause of their decline, particularly in the case of the Indigo. When looking at this list of snake consumers we see species that cause other problems alligators, raccoons, coyotes, and bears have all have had their negative issues. But many we just do not like, such as the opossum, really cause us no harm and control snake populations. Everything has its place in the local environment and not one species seeks out humans for the purpose of harming us this would include snakes. The negative encounters are for other reasons. But for those who have a deep fear, or are currently experiencing high snake numbers, seeing one of the snake-eating animals in the neighborhood could be a relief. Carissa Kent and David Love with Save the Tortoises rescued this tortoise, estimated to be about 60 years old, from a construction site in Clermont, Florida. Gulf Power with Southern Company supported a Longleaf Stewardship Fund grant through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help relocate the tortoises to Eglin Air Force Base

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PAGE 14 Island Times April 17, 2018 CalendarCLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Are you looking for an interesting souvenir or just the right finishing touch to your condo or beach house? Antiques, collectibles, furniture, art, glassware, dishes, lamps and more. Pensacolas oldest name in retail. We have been downtown since 1910. Reynalds, 36 E. Garden St. Call for easy directions from the Beach. 850-438-1628. CAR FOR SALE 1979 MGB Pageant Blue, 80,000 orig. miles, carb conversion, new interior and top, tonneau cover included. Text or call 870-830-1202. Antiques and Such For SaleCLASSIFIED 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. Real Estate For Sale 1705 Ensenada Uno, Pensacola Beach. 5 Bedrooms/5Baths+2 Half Baths, 3313SF, $849,900 Stay. Play. Have it Pay! Unique waterfront home or investment property located on Santa Rosa Sound with 5 ensuite bedrooms, pier, boat slip. All rooms open to a balcony or deck with sweeping panoramic views MLS#518006 Linda Murphy, Keller Williams Realty, 850-748-0865 Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound, and eight miles of National Seashore; Portofino offers unmatched natural beauty along with top-notch resort amenities. 3/3.5, 2033 SF. $939,000. Call Jeremy Johnson, Levin Rinke Resort Realty, 850-377-3145 jsjrealtor@gmail.com Live, Dream, and Play in Pensacola Beach! Have the home you have always wanted. This beach house has 6 bedrooms with 4 full baths. Deeded access to the water. Perfect for entertaining. Open kitchen, center island, stainless steel appliances, and double doors leading to breath taking views of the Sound. 115 Via de Luna, $749,000 MLS 529223 Schedule your showing today with Dustin Reeves, Upside Realty LLC DustinUpsideRealty@gmail.com 850-255-1655 850-255-1655 Now is the Best Time to Sell Your Condo. Prices are up Inventory down. Kim Gibbons, Emerald Coast Realty, 850-380-9064 EmeraldCoast-Realty.com APRIL 2018 17: Candidate Forum, Beach Church, 6 pm 17: Bands on the Beach, free concert. 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. No glass or pets. VisitPensacolaBeach.com 19: PB Chamber Beach Ball Breakfast Meeting. 7:30 a.m. Guest Passes call 850-932-1500. 20: Star Gaze, east of Gulfside Pavilion. Dusk. Weather permitting. eaaa. net 20: Beach School Astronomy Night, 6 8 p.m. Open to public. On school campus. Weather permitting. 21: Audubon Society Bird Walk, Meet at 9 a.m. at Park West. Walk will be in Ft. Pickens. 21: Earth Day at EPA, 10 2. EPA Pensacola Beach, thru Villa Sabine to EPA. lies and PB Boardwalk. Sunday, too. BambooWillies.com 21: Star Gaze, east of Gulfside Pavilion. Dusk. Weather permitting. eaaa. net 23: Town Hall Meeting, Congestion Management Plan, 5:30 to 7, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Via de Luna & Avenida 18 23: Pensacola Beach Elementary School Board Meeting, 6 p.m. on Campus. Open to public. 24: Beach Chamber Business After Hours, 5: 30 p.m. Frisky Dolphin. Guest Passes, 850-932-1500 24: Bands on the Beach, free concert. 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. No glass or pets. VisitPensacolaBeach.com 25: SRIA meeting, 5 p.m. #1 Via de Luna. Open to the public. Agendas 27: Pensacola Beach Elementary School Kindergarten Registration, 10 a.m. PBES.org 28: DeLuna Beach Games. 7:30 a.m. Three open water swim courses. Volleyball tournament. at Flounders. Hosted by PensacolaSports.org MAY 2018 1: Town Hall Meeting, Congestion Management Plan, 5:30 to 7, County Commission Boardroom, 221 Palafox Place, Pensacola. Open to the public. Attendance encouraged. 1: Bands on the Beach, free concert. 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. No glass or pets. VisitPensacolaBeach.com petition. Casino Beach. All weekend. Open to spectators at no charge 5: Pensacola Beach Optimist Club Kentucky Derby Party. Santa Rosa Dunes Clubhouse. Fundraiser for Beach School and others. Tickets, 850-384-7436 6: Art on the Boardwalk, Noon to 6 p.m. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. 8: Bands on the Beach, free concert. 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. No glass or pets. VisitPensacolaBeach.com Beach Dog Parks. Daily, 7 to Sunset. Leashed, friendly dogs. Parking Lot E located near park east and Parking Lot B near park west on Ft Pickens Rd. Pets are not allowed on the beach at any other location outside the dog park. 9: SRIA meeting, 5 p.m. #1 Via de Luna. Open to the public. Agendas 10: Pensacola Beach Elementary School Second Grader Opera, 6:30 p.m. at The Beach Church, open to the public. 11: Sandpiper Strut, Beach School to Gulfside Pavilion. 12: ProWatercross, Gulf and Casino Beach. No charge for spectators. Racing Thru Sunday. 12: Florida Trail Association, Western Gate Chapter, Hike on trail at Ft. Pickens. 8 a.m. https://www.meetup. com/ftawesterngate/ 15: Bands on the Beach, free concert. 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. No glass or pets. VisitPensacolaBeach.com 17: PB Chamber Beach Ball Breakfast Meeting. 7:30 a.m. Guest Passes call 850-932-1500. 17: Hot Rods in Paradise, thru Sunday. 18: Star Gaze, east of Gulfside Pavil-NAME:____________________________ ADDRESS: ________________________ CITY: _____________________________ STATE: ____________ ZIP: ___________ Have Island Times delivered to your mailbox Send $32 to: Shelley Ink PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 For all the small jobs you need done Call Rick at HANDYMAN SERVICES 904-557-1041 20 plus years experience Jane Waters Little Free Library Check it out! Books & Magazines Open 24/7. All ages. Take a Book Bring a book (optional)1203 Ariola DriveThis is your view I DO in intimate weddings. Pensacola Beach and surrounding areas. 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PAGE 15 Island Times April 17, 2018usinessuzzB B BEST BEACHPensacola Beach was voted as USA Todays 10Best Readers Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach. Visit Pensacola encouraged fans to vote for Pensacola Beach, and they did. The area boasted not one but two nominations for the contest with the Gulf Islands National Seashore coming in third place. To add to the celebration, the beaches of Northwest Florida dominated the competition with Panama City Public Beach coming in second and Navarre Beach coming in fourth.CHAMBER CHATTERThe Pensacola Beach Cham ber Board has appointed City Sprees Patty Spradling, Sandshakers Beverly Campbell, Photographer Christine Brewster, Joshua Roth and Island Times Publisher Shelley Johnson as 2018 Chamber Ambassadors. The group assists in membership recognition, retention and hospitality tasks for a term of one year. HARD WORK PAYSLocklin Technical Center Welding Technology students Daniel Castillo, Ashton Majors, Mitch McGee, Garrett Megela will be traveling to Louisiana for a unique and realistic internship experience with Universal Fab. They will serve as Welder Helpers and assist Journeyman Welders at a chemical plant in Louisiana. They will be making $25 an hour plus $100 daily per diem.NOMINATE USDuring April the National Recreation and Park Association, in collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, will provide 16 communities with $20,000 to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, inspire kids and families to live healthier lifestyles, and increase access to sports for youth through the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign. Fifteen of the cities are already determined, but the group is seeking nominations at-large. Nominate Pensacola Beach by visiting www.nrpa.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark. The winners will be announced May 9. TO SPEAKGulf Breeze Toastmasters meet each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, in the office building located at 555 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze. Learn public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. For more details visit http://gulfbreeze.toastmastersclubs.org/ HURRICANE GUIDEThe Island Times 2018 Hur ricane Guide is now available in print and online. Pick up a copy at the Beach Visitors Center or go to www.MyIslandTimes.com to get your e-version. Isaac McTee, 6, and his big sister Sage, 9, were they snagged at the Beach Churchs Egg Hunt, March 31. The youngsters were visiting from New Orleans. Eleanor, left, and Ainsley Shelton of Baton Rouge were dressed in their Easter best at the Beach Churchs Egg Hunt, March 31. They get to visit the beach often because their grandmother has a home in Villa Sabine. Pensacola Beachs Victoria Levai, right, is not really sure what to think about the Giant Easter Bunny who hopped around at Paradises Eggstravaganza March 31. Mom Nikki was obviously braver than Victoria. Juniper Armitage,3, left, listens carefully while Mom Jessie looks on at the Paradise Eggstravaganza March 31. Terese Shearman, right, explained how to dye eggs and when to visit the Easter craft stations.

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PAGE 18 Island Times April 17, 2018 Never Hurts To Tri .......... By Charles Gheen USAT Men & Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Hiking & Backpacking Gear Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear,Ropes & Shoes Kayaks3009 East Cervantes 433-2822 HATS 3009 East Cervantes 433-2822Hiking & Backpacking Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear, Ropes & Shoes Indoor Rock Climbing Wallwww.weatherfords.net Men & Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Hiking & Backpacking Gear Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear,Ropes & Shoes Kayaks3009 East Cervantes 433-2822 HATS Mens and Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Thursday Morning Swim Workouts Return For the past several years TriGulfCoast has held group swim workouts at the Quietwater Beach area on Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. The sessions ran every week from April through October and were organized and led by Coach John Murray. If you were a member of TriGulfCoast, it was a great opportunity to get in some extra practice on your open water swimming. You were with a group of like-minded athletes and the camaraderie was great. The water was quite cold in April and you got in some really good practice early in the morning to John Murray left the area last fall to explore the country with his wife, Kelly, and we were all concerned this great opportunity might not be available any longer. Now TriGulfCoast has partnered with TriPossibilities Coaching to carry on the training sessions. Coaches Helen Cain and Dom Risola will be leading the group starting on April 19 and continuing through October 25. Make sure your TriGulfCoast and USA Triathlon memberships are current and come join us. Gwen Jorgensen Rips A PR! Gwen Jorgensens triathlon endeavors and accomplishments have been detailed in this column previously. What was written probably didnt do her justice, but she was the best triathlete on the planet. She capped an incredible run of athletic excellence with the gold medal in triathlon in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following her victory in August of 2016, she ran the United States 10-Mile Championship (road racing) in early October in just 24 seconds behind the winner, a world-class runner. Without proper training she then ran the very difficult New York City Marathon just 71 days after Braher age group or among celebrity runners, but 14 overall. Yes, her 2:41 was 17 minutes behind the Kenyan champion, but she had never run further than 16 miles up until that morning. In January of 2017 came the news that Gwen was pregnant and her son was born at the end of the summer. After the birth then began training again. She began with the popular run-walkrun method and then ramped up her efforts and duration. She was focused only on running and added to that with strength and In November 2017, she announced her retirement from triathlon to concentrate on the marathon and said her goal was the Olympic gold medal at the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan. Subsequently she moved to Portland, Oregon and joined the Bowerman Training Group which includes several world-class athletes. In February 2018 she showed a sign of things to come when she ran a 15:15 5K race. After training for a few months in Portland, the group moved to Woodland Hills, Colorado for altitude training. One of her training partners is Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon champion who is training for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Running with an athlete of Flanagans abilities and stature has posed quite a challenge for Gwen and she has elevated her game considerably. in Colorado, she entered a feature 10K race at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. She was racing against numerous standout athletes including the NCAA 3K and 5K champion. Gwen paced herself for most of the race and then turned on the jets near the end to run a personal record (by two minutes) 31:55 for the win. Her next goals are to ramp up her mileage (from a current 80 miles per week to 120) and race a half-marathon. Were going to keep an eye on her. The Mullet Man Triathlon Changes Course Every April the Mullet Man Triathlon is held at the Florabama Lounge on Perdido Key. I must like it because Ive run it seven times and its always fun. Its the twenty-second year of the event and its always a little quirky. The course has been changed a few times over the years and this year the bike course will undergo a major renovation. It used to run west from the lounge, across the Perdido Pass Bridge, past Orange Beach and then return over the bridge back to Transition. Now youll bike east to the Theo Baars Bridge, ride under it and then go all the way back west to the Perdido Pass Bridge, ride under it and then back to Transition. I can guarantee the water will be chilly and wetsuit legal. So be prepared and bring your wetsuit with you. I will see you there at the waters edge Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 a.m. More information is available under events at www. Gulf Coast Half Marathon Champ Matthew Blunden, 38, ran the 13.1 miles in 1:14:05 on a cold, April 8 morning on Pensacola Beach. The starting line was at Casino Beach and the There were 448 half marathon runners. Dr. Beverly Fair receives pleting the 10 mile distance at the April 8 Gulf Coast Half Marathon on Pensacola Beach. Fair would be awarded more hardware at the post run party

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Island Times PAGE 19 April 17, 2018 By Terri McKamey One Stop Shop for the Watersports EnthusiastsFeel the Thrill ~ Join the Club! You wont stop smiling even if you tryPensacola Beach at the BoardwalkSALES & RENTALS 850-932-5520 www.KeySailing.com OPEN 9 to 6weather permitting Rentals Include: All safety gear Expert instruction Ask about eco kayak tours paddle boardsNEW! Video Your Vacation. Waterproof Cam The weather just hasnt made up its mind yet, one day rain and windy; the next sunny and beautiful. Temperatures have been up and down, too. My fishing expeditions have been just like the weather one day good and the next not a single bite. Well, I dont care. Just because the weather isnt perfect, doesnt still a great day. Theres so much to be grateful for here in our little corner of paradise. Pompano continue to be the the Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle Tourney with a 6.32 pound pomp on the board. My advice is to get out there and get them while they are hot and heavy. Ive had shrimp. Even though I lost a pretty one the other day, Ill be on the beach ready to catch an even bigger one. Good news for fishing in Alabama State waters the Red Snapper season this year will span 47 days. According to the NOAA information, the Alabama state waters season will run from June Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus daily June 30 through July 8. Florida state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico. The 2018 Florida State Season has yet to be determined. (The 2017 season was Saturdays and Sundays in May, then daily Memorial Day weekend through July 9. Plus Fridays, Saturday and Sundays in September and October, and Labor Day.) berjack in the state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico has been set for 2018. NOAA Fisheries announced the recreational in federal waters (9 nautical miles and further out) will open May 1 through May 31. The season will be closed for the months of June and July and will re-open Amberjack will be August, September, October and May. Fishing for Amberjack in the Gulfs state waters opens May 1-31 and August 1 to October 31. Get ready! Spanish Mackerel have started to arrive and Kings will follow shortly. Cigar minnows are the bait to use. April is a fine month for sharks, too, if thats your thing. Makos come to the beach to feed on the Cobia and Jack Crevalle. and make for good eating, too. The weather will continue to improve all month and so will the Monday: 10 AM -Close Half Price Drinks/Shots for BARE Customers. Trivia, 9 PM Tuesday: Karaoke w/Becky 8 PM Whisky Wednesday: $5 Crown & Shots 7 PM -Close Tyler Mac Band, 8 PM Throwback Thurs: 1/2 Price Drinks w/Shaker Shirt, 7 PM -Close 4/19 Under Pressure 8 PM 4/26 at 8 PM Raising Karma Sandshaker.com 850-932-2211 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd across from Boardwalk Its Shakertime!A Pensacola Beach tradition since 1973 Somethings always Shakin at the Shaker Bar GREAT DRINKS at GREAT PRICES 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd across from Boardwalk 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd across from Boardwalk Fri-Sat April 20-21: 9 PM 1 AM Buzzcut Sun, April 22: 4 PM 8 PM Francisco Vidal Band 9 PM Midnight Karaoke with Becky Fri-Sat, April 27-28 9 PM -1 AM Class X Sun, April 29: 4 PM 8 PM Tyler Mac 9 PM Midnight Karaoke with Becky Party with us! Live on the Shaker Stage 4/19 Under Pressure 8 PM 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd across from Boardwalk 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd across from Boardwalk Fri-Sat-Sun LIVE BANDS Sun, April 22: Sun, April 22: 4 Francisco Vidal Band fromATLANTA! University of West Florida Alpha Delta Pi sorority hosted their elevFlounders March 31. Jillian Desalle, left, chapter merchandise chairman, and Macey Kornely, intramural chair, were busy selling event shirts and soaking up the sun while directing the fraternity and sorority teams to their court locations. Seven-year-old Britley Bosso found one of the special sparkle eggs at the Easter Eggstravaganza at Paradise, tured 1,800 eggs plus one Britley was thrilled to get the cash, but wasnt sure what she would spend it on. When shes not egg hunting, Britley is a student at Cordova Park Elementary School in Pensacola.

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