Volume I, Number 25 Pensacola Beach, Florida April 12, 2006
- Beach Kids
You know it's spring when the umpire calls out "Batter Up" and the first pitch is thrown. Newcomers who are making their debut in a team sport are the Beach's Sidelines Sharks T-Ball
Team. They have already experienced the thrill of victory in their very first game, and they are looking forward to a winning season. The Sharks are Front Row (L to R): Cayson McCurdy,
Mallory Proctor, Carlee Amberson, BlairAmberson, and Meredith McCurdy. Middle Row (Lto R): Joshua Scheurich, Matthew Scheurich, Matthew McCurdy, Thomas Niven, Kaden West, and
Patrick Cronin. Back Row (L to R): are coaches Ken McCurdy, Kristin Amberson, and Todd McCurdy.
SRIA Board Hosts Its Own Spring Marathon
It was the Santa Rosa Island
Authority spring marathon
Wednesday, April 5, when the
Board crammed three meeting
agendas into one four-hour ses-
sion. A change in the order of
committee and full board meet-
ings made the transitional pro-
cess necessary. Committee meet-
ings will now be held on the first
Wednesday of the month, fol-
lowed by the full board meeting
on the second Wednesday.
The full board approved a
number of requests and items
which had remained in commit-
tee including a regulation which
prohibits the mooring of boats in
Little Sabine Bay while the is-
land is under a hurricane watch
situation or a more serious hur-
ricane condition. Boats must be
removed from Little Sabine Bay
within 24 hours of an announce-
ment by the National Hurricane
Center of a hurricane watch or
more serious conditions.
The Board also approved a
regulation which will prohibit
the parking of recreational ve-
hicles, busses, tractors, semi
trailers, boats and boat trailers on
public areas and parking facili-
ties. Board member Dr. Tom
Campanella cast the lone vote
against this regulation, citing the
fact that many of the people who
arrive in large vehicles patron-
ize island shops and restaurants.
SRIA staff reported that 65
trailers are still occupied by resi-
dents as temporary living quar-
ters although the deadline for re-
moving trailers was March 17.
Letters of removal will be sent to
all residents living in trailers.
However, 45 of the 65 are on the
premises of the primary resi-
dences of leaseholders, and they
will be allowed to stay if the resi-
dents come to the SRIA with their
requests for extensions. The other
20 must be removed.
The Board approved a con-
tract price of $15,500 with Gulf
Islands National Seashore to con-
duct marine turtle nesting sur-
veys on Pensacola Beach.
The Authority also approved
a contract for sand fencing in the
amount of $229,239, most of
which will come from FEMA
funds. They also approved of a
contract of $288,316 for dune
vegetation. This project is funded
by state monies.
In other matters, the Board
will go forward with the cancel-
ing of the Circle K lease on Via
de Luna as requested by the lease-
holder and will allow Jubilee
Entertainment Complex to begin
the county permitting process for
rebuilding, with construction
based on SRIA permits.
The board also established
construction deadlines for two
beach businesses which have
been closed since Hurricane Ivan.
The Coconuts location has 18
months to complete construction
School Invites Community to Open House
Pensacola Beach Elemen-
tary School will welcome visitors
at an Open House on Thursday.
April 27, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
This will be the first opportunity
since their return in January for
school officials to show off the
newly renovated and expanded
facility. After Hurricane Ivan al-
most destroyed the school, it took
a year and a half of rebuilding
before students and teacher could
return to the classrooms on the
Beach. While the school was un-
der construction, classes were
held first at the United Method-
ist Church in Gulf Breeze and
later at the First Baptist Church
in Gulf Breeze.
"This is our first chance to
Junkanoos Hop Along Bunny Trail
Members of the Krewe of
Junkanooo have put away their
Mardi Gras masks, and are now
hopping down the Bunny Trail.
The energetic krewe will host an
Easter Party for big kids at the
Sandshaker Saturday, April 15,
beginning at 2 p.m. The Adults
Only party will feature an Easter
Egg hunt inside the bar. Games,
raffles, 50/50 and prizes will be
part of the festivities.
There will be a "Guess the
Number" of jelly beans in the jar
contest and "Fishing for Eggs."
A Bunny Hop, Deviled Egg Con-
test, and Easter Bonnet contest
round out the day's activities.
"This is going to be a real
Junkanoo blast," Amy DePew,
Junkanoo president said.
"There's something for every-
Live music, great drinks,
and the Bunny Hop. Who could
ask for anything more?
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welcome the community to see
our new school," Conna
O'Donovan, chairman of the
event, said. "We hope we'll have
a large crowd."
The school board has estab-
lished a Partners-In-Education
program which will be presented
at the Open House. Partners may
select one of five different levels.
Businesses, organizations, and
individuals may become partners
with the school. The levels are
$250, $500, $1000, $2000 and
$5000 and over. Partners in all
levels will receive appropriate rec-
ognition in school publications
and local media. They will also
receive certificates and plaques. In
addition to cash contributions,
partners often develop working
relationships with the students.
Many partners attend school
events and offer to help fill needs
as they arise.
Pensacola Beach Elementary
School was founded by the late
Harry Gowens, and the first
classes were held in his A-frame
house. The school is now located
at 900 Via de Luna.
Now a charter school,
Pensacola Beach Elementary
School ranks academically among
the top schools in the State of
Florida. There are 150 students in
kindergarten through fifth grade.
Information on all areas of the
charter school will be available at
the Open House.
and the Holiday Inn Express will
have 36 months in which to re-
SRIA engineers brought the
following update on hurricane
repairs and road construction.
According to Dave Hemphill,
Baskerville and Donovan, much
had been accomplished in March
and all projects were on sched-
ule for completion.
are complete. Ft. Pickens Road
improvements are moving to-
ward a May 24 completion date.
Via de Luna Roadway Improve-
ments should be finished April
Sand renourishment at the
SRIA office's beach and roadway
repairs at Seashore Village are
complete. Both the Visitors In-
formation Center and the SRIA
Maintenance Buildings will be
finished at the end of this month.
The repairs to the Toll Booth
and the roads north and south of
Via de Luna are slated to com-
plete in Spring of 2006.
The Quietwater Pier will re-
open in May.
Projects scheduled for Sum-
mer completion are: Casino
Beach Public Restroom Facility,
Fort Pickens Gate Restrooms,
Park East Restrooms, Casino
Beach Pavilion, Cowley Park and
Fort Pickens Gate Shelters.
The next SRIA committee
meeting will be held on Wednes-
day, May 3 at 5 p.m. at the Au-
thority office. The meeting is
open to the public.
Beach Businesses Report
Better Than Ever Volume
Reports from Pensacola
Beachbusinesses a the March 27
Chamber of Commerce meeting
were indicators of the ongoing
strong economy in the post hur-
ricane retail community.
"We are having bigger
crowds than pre-Ivan or even our
grand opening. If you come to eat
at 6:30, plan to wait. We're lov-
ing it," Sean Rogan,
Hemingway's Restaurant man-
Jim Hlubeck, ERA Beach
Ball Realty and Beach Chamber
president said real estate on the
Beach is not all gloom and doom.
"Current prices are attracting
buyers and properties are clos-
ing," he said.
Most hotels are enjoying
near capacity weekends, and
many rooms have already been
booked for the summer. The
Hampton Inn reopens the second
week of April. The outdoor Tiki
Bar at the Springhill Suites is
scheduled to open mid-May.
And, down the line, the Palm
Beach Club will welcome resi-
dents back in October.
One of the biggest boosts to
the economy will come in No-
vember when Pensacola Beach
will be the "Olympic Village"
housing 1000 athletes and
coaches competing at UWF in the
Division II NCAA National Fall
Festival. Beach hotels have al-
ready been booked and sponsors
are looking for other rentals and
condos. Volunteers are needed in
many areas for this event. Any-
one interested in helping should
call Ray Palmer, 850-434-2800.
Sports will be cross country, field
hockey, soccer, and volleyball.
Businesses can obtain informa-
tion by calling the Visitor's In-
formation Center, 932-1500.
Sandy Johnston, Beach
Chamber Executive Director,
announced that Blues on the
Beach would continue on Tues-
day nights throughout the sum-
mer, due to grant money received
by the Santa Rosa Island Author-
ity. Businesses interested in spon-
soring the program during the
fall should call Sandy at 932-
Rick Sundstrom, president
of the Pensacola Beach Optimist
Club, announced that the Opti-
mists have contributed $30,000
over the past three years to the
Pensacola Beach Elementary
Chrissy Cook, president of
the Pensacola Beach Woman's
Club, thanked Island Times and
Island Realty for their cash con-
tributions to the Club's Game
The next meeting of the
Chamber will be at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 25 at the Comfort
Inn. Business After Hours will be
the same day at 5:30 p.m. at the
Sandshaker. It will be co-spon-
sored by the Best Western Hotel
and ERA Beach Ball Realty.
April 12. 2006
April 12 ,2006 Island Times PAGE 3
Barefoot on the Beach
By Jane Waters Cooper
They don't sell eggs in sport-
ing goods stores. But, they
should. Eggs are not just some-
thing you eat for breakfast or
hunt at Easter time. Eggs, which
are the beginning of most of life,
are also a significant factor in lots
of sports. Especially, this time of
One spring, my daughter Liz
and I spent a few days in the Ba-
hamas. Liz, who never wanted
to miss anything, signed up for
the hotel bus tours every day. I
would rather have stayed in the
Casino but Liz thought the tours
would enlighten us on the ways
of Bahamian life.
So that's why we boarded a
bus one morning and headed
away on a trip called "Beach
Party." When we arrived at our
destination which was a run
down wooden building on the
Atlantic beach, the sponsors soft-
ened us up by serving rum
punches. Then, the fun began. A
spaghetti eating contest was fol-
lowed by other lack luster com-
petitions. I opted out of every-
thing until Liz swore she needed
me as a partner in the Over-The-
Net-Egg-Toss. Eggs splattered
all over the Beach as we went
about the serious sport of throw-
ing an egg back and forth until
somebody missed and humpty
dumptied into the sand. Liz and
I finished in the top three and for
all that athleticism, guess what
the prize was? Rum Punch.
After the games, we returned
to the hotel, and I had some re-
ally dark thoughts about spend-
ing forty dollars a piece to throw
an egg over a net and drink rum
in a ramshackle hut. After all. I
could have been popping quar-
ters into a slot machine, resting
assured it would not pay out in
The memory of that egg
game in the Bahamas brings to
mind the unbelievable versatility
of the egg in sports. Just about
everybody has runa relay at some
time carrying an egg in a spoon.
There's no real purpose however,
in listing here the names of all
egg sports. Except for one.
And that's the notorious Egg
Drop. Years ago, Sandy Johnston
(yes, our own Executive Direc-
tor of the Chamber) was Promo-
tions Director for a very popular
radio station, Q-100. She origi-
nated the Egg Drop which took
its messy place every year in the
spring on Pensacola Beach. First,
the Casino Beach Parking Lot
Egg Drop area was covered with
plastic, a prudent idea since eggs
have a tendency to stick to sur-
faces like glue. A crane was set
up above the plastic field. Sandy
and her cohorts, climbed in the
crane's basket, carrying a bunch
of eggs with them. One by one
contestants, who had invented
their own egg catchers stepped
to the center of the playing field
to try to catch the Q-100 egg
which was falling twenty-five
feet from the top of the crane. A
few people actually caught an
egg without breaking it. They
received prizes. Not Rum Punch.
One was a little boy who had a
shoe box, filled with foam. His
was a smart device with a wide
top and plenty of protective ma-
terial inside. One guy who in-
vented the most elaborate catcher
was the late Stanley. His materi-
als were a coat hangar, a pair of
panty hose, and cotton. Once as-
sembled, it looked impressive.
One problem. It didn't work. His
egg went splattering to the plas-
The Egg Drop was unques-
tionably the second most popu-
lar spring event on the Beach in
the early eighties, topped only by
the appearance of nationally fa-
Hundreds of spectators
rimmed the plastic field, formed
cheering sections, and erupted in
a frenzy when some player actu-
ally caught an egg.
Well, the Egg Drop is no
more. And, I haven't heard of any
Over-The-Net egg tosses re-
cently. But, all is not lost. The
Krewe of Junkanoo is hosting an
Adult Easter Party at the Shaker
Bar, April 15. Hone you egg
skills. Maybe, you'll win a Rum
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Church Easter Service, 10 a.m.
PAGE 4 Island Times April 12 2006
Hewerdine celebrated her birth-
day on April Fool's Day. She
threw a party at her house and
her gift to herself was having
pink streaks dyed in her hair.
HOME SWEET HOME
Becky and Chris Shearman
are back where they belong in
their Sabine Drive residence.
After living off the Beach a year
and a half while their house was
rebuilt, home looks better than
Richard Wells, longtime
Beach businessman and resident,
is recovering after suffering a
stroke in March. Nothing gets
Richard down. He's driving and
was visiting Judy at the Bank of
the South shortly after his stroke.
HOME AT LAST
Slowly, but surely, the Beach
family is reuniting and getting
back to normal after Ivan broke
up the close knit tribe. Jackie
Henderson and her son, Thomas,
moved back to their Panferio
Drive home on March 25.
The Pensacola Beach Yacht
Club continues to welcome new
members. Going on board this
month are Steve and Debbie Ellis
Griffin, Pensacola Beach; Rick
and Peggy Van Sleen, Bruce
Capps, Beverly Kellerman, Gulf
Breeze; and Dodge Rees, (junior
Heidi Esposito, who is a vol-
unteer at the Pensacola Beach
Elementary School heard the fire
alarm go off during a reading
session, but she had no experi-
ence with the drill. "What do we
do," she asked?
A first grader, Edgar
Shigley, stepped up and told her,
"Don't worry Miss Heidi. I'll
show you the way." Next time
Miss Heidi gets caught in a fire
drill, she'll know where to go,
thanks to Edgar.
Marie Steele broke her ankle
three weeks ago and is healing
from surgery at Gulf Breeze Hos-
pital. After maneuvering around
on crutches and one foot, she's a
shoe in to lead the Junkanoo's
Easter Bunny Hop.
OF A TEACHER
Pete Della Ratta and his
three hundred students from
Woodlawn Beach Middle School
will descend on Shoreline Park
in Gulf Breeze this week. Pete ar-
ranged through a grant to spend
three days teaching his students
about fishing, water quality and
shoreline protection. There will
be six hands-on stations, games,
prizes and a picnic lunch. Pete is
our fishing columnist, and a very
Christy Jones has the Lively
One II booked for Monday, April
17. If you can get up at dark thirty
and want to wet a line, then call
her at 934-6535, to reserve your
space. She's sure they'll be
bringing home a full box of fish.
JJ Waters has landed her
dream job, a rep for World Pub-
lications, calling on four and
five-star resorts. When she is not
traveling, she is dreaming of the
day that her Ariola Drive home
will be completely rebuilt.
Beach business members gathered at Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub to
attend Business After Hours. The evening event was co-sponsored by
Island Realty Tuesday, March 28. Chamber members were treated to hours
d'oeuvres and door prizes. (L to R) Mike Cronk and Yvonne Stompe were
presented with prizes by John Pinzino, Island Realty and Chamber exec
Sandy Johnston. Scott Carstens and John Johnson (background) discuss
Beach construction strategies.
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you with the excellent service you and your family deserve.
Trivia players, have you lost
your touch? We got you on the
last question. No one knew the
correct answer. The question
was, "Several years ago, two
Beach Mardi Gras krewes spon-
sored parades on Easter Sunday
afternoon. Canyou name them?"
The correct answer is the Krewe
of Rock and Reggae and Krewe
of Junkanoo. All right, try, try
again. "Pensacola Beach used to
have a season which opened on
one holiday and ended on an-
other. What were the two holi-
days? Better get your answer in
early on this one!
The rules are the same.
Email your answer with
"Trivia" in the subject line to
fore 5 p.m. April 19.
Be sure to include your
name and phone number. An Is-
land Times t-shirt awaits the first
correct emailed answer.
If you are really into com-
petitive games, go to page 13 to
checkout the Island Times Pi-
rates in Paradise Contest. Just
find where these swashbucklers
hang out and you could be rich.
Cash prizes to the first entry with
the most correct answers.
Beach Community Goes
To Bat for Mrs. Wright
SOME FEATHERS WILL
Pensacola Beach Elemen-
tary School Board members
noted a significant increase in
visitors at their March 27 meet-
ing. Most of the audience had
heard the possibility that Marie
Wright, veteran third grade
teacher, might not be rehired af-
ter teaching at Pensacola Beach
Elementary School 24 years.
They came to the meeting to
voice their support for Marie.
Charlie Schuler, who has 31
years in education and is now a
PJC administrator thanked Mrs.
Wright for what she did for his
children and all children.
"Now with my experience as
a teacher and college administra-
tor, I can tell you it's not just
about money. An institution is
judged by how it treats its people,
especially a school. It's how we
treat our children and how we
treat our teachers. When we have
to make a difficult decision we
have to do what is fair for our
people. So, I find it unfathom-
able that someone who was as
good a teacher for so long as she,
a teacher who successfully
touched as many lives as she did,
would then be asked to leave in
her last year. I must admit that
in my 31 years of teaching I have
never heard of this," Schuler
Casey Trout, Mary Alice
Roose and Sally Chamberlin
whose children all were taught
by Mrs. Wright reinforced
Schuler's comments and were
highly supportive of Mrs.
Peggy Baker, former teacher
at PBES, and Sandee Bredesen,
currently teaching at the Beach
School, both praised Marie for
her ability and courage.
Speaking on her own behalf
Mrs. Wright said, "When PBES
became a charter school all the
current teachers were asked to
stay as leased employees. They
made a commitment and a good
faith promise that we would re-
main here as teachersfor as long
as we wished to stay. They felt
that this was of paramount im-
portance to the student's success
at this school. Mr. Castleberry
asked why I felt any hurt about
the end of my employment. My
attempt to reply is this: It sends
a message to the community and
the school that I am not a good
teacher. It implies that I have
done ..ii,,,. rii,,, very wrong.
Since employees of 24 years as
a teacher are not generally re-
movedfrom their position unless
they have failed in teaching the
children. I feel that this places a
black mark on my reputation as
an educator I have not had any
formal or informal observations
ofmy teaching over the last three
years, have not been told by my
supervisor of any specific areas
of inadequacy, nor have I been
counseled or given any specific
direction to change my teaching
style. My end of the year evalu-
ations have always been satisfac-
tory. My third grade classes
FCAT scores have consistently
been at the top ofthe county. Last
year's class was the only one in
Escambia County where every
student passed both reading and
math. I never envisioned my ca-
reer at the Beach School would
end this way. "
Vernon Niven, responding
for the Board said, "We now have
eight weeks to work on this. In
defense of the Board, we have
never been in this situation be-
fore. We have no experience with
this. My recommendation right
now is how the community might
best serve the needs of Mrs.
Wright, the school and our par-
ents. We need to spend the next
eight weeks working within the
Sunshine Law. We will get all the
input we need and try to come
up with the right answers. That's
ourjob. We'll make the right de-
In other business, Todd
McCurdy said one thousand dol-
lars was needed to have play-
ground equipment, which was
donated by the Hampton Inn, in-
corporated into the existing play-
ground equipment. The Board
approved the expenditure.
Beach school children will
have shade when a 25 by 40 foot
aluminum frame with a canvas
top is installed on the grounds.
The school received a grant to
cover the cost of the sun shade
according to Vernon Niven.
A discussion on the class
size cap resulted in the Board's
decision to retain the current
written procedures and adhere to
the Florida State standards which
puts the total school population
The PBES Board meets next
on April 24 at 6 p.m. at the
School. The meetings are open
to the public.
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Well, I hope you're all sit-
ting down we actually had a
party that did not take place at
Paulette Provost's house!
Paulette's only complaint about
my last column was that I failed
to mention that we were at her
house when Courtney gave me a
ride home. So, there Queen
Shugah, are you happy now?
Anyway, the party was for
Christine Hewerdine's Birthday.
She is better known as "Bunkie"
to the beach crowd. We went to
her house. Christine has her own
"island" in her backyard and it
is gorgeous! In fact, she had a
sign (before Ivan the Terrible)
that said "Christine's Island."
Lonnie, her husband, did all the
tile work surrounding the pool
and it is beautiful. So, now you
know why Bunkie doesn't come
out to the beach often all she
has to do is go in her backyard.
Well, since Ivan, a lot of us have
been and still are in her "back-
Lonnie has worked on a
crane for over 20 years and, for
the first time ever, is now work-
ing on our Beach. Beep when
you see him, he's between the
Hilton and the Hampton. Wel-
come to the Beach, Lonnie!
The birthday party was won-
derful and I want Lonnie's recipe
for that jalapeno dip it was
great! We were lucky to spend
some time chatting and catching
up with Liz Hewson Lizzard's
Here's a "forgot to mention."
It was great to see Janice Mor-
gan (long-time islander who
moved to Montgomery to be near
her parents) and herbeau, Randy.
They are the great Nauga Hunt-
ers and I don't think they've ever
missed a Nauga breakfast.
Okay, I'll get to what I'm
supposed to be writing since this
is about Easter. We'll be going
to Georgia to see the relatives,
watch the grandchildren hunt for
eggs, and eat tons of food. We
haven't seen them in six months,
so we're all excited. There's 20
grandchildren from 15 years old
down to six months. We still
hold our family gatherings at my
Mother's house. I know that she
and Daddy are watching and are
pleased that we will be together,
as always, for holidays. My fa-
vorite food for Easter (besides all
the things you can make with
left-over eggs) is Coconut Cake.
You can't have Easter without
Coconut cake! You can make so
many shapes eggs, bunny, bas-
kets. Besides it's the icing that re-
ally makes this cake. Okay, let's
FRESH COCONUT CAKE
1 box butter yellow cake mix
(mix as directed & bake)
Let layers cool completely.
ICING FOR COCONUT CAKE
1 8 oz. cup Cool Whip
1 8oz. cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1/ cup powered sugar
1/ package grated (frozen or
Mix ingredients well.
Spread over cake. You can
sprinkle remaining coconut over
frosted cake, but I don't because
I don't like dry coconut. Chill in
If you're so inclined, you can
make your cake from scratch, but
I don't have the time or energy,
and as I said it's the icing that
really makes this cake. Have a
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Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove got a chance to talk
about beach politics with local Realtor Nan Harper. Rove was speaking at
a Republican banquet hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn, on Pensacola Beach
Friday, March 31.
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No Fools, Just Friends Christine "Bunkie" Hewerdine celebrated her
birthday, Saturday, April 1. There were no April Fools jokes for her, just
old friends to wish her happy birthday. Well wishers surrounding Christine
(center) include (L to R): Pat Rovai, Mia Polaski, Kathi Lewis and Liz
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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
DIFFERENT IN WHITE WINE?
Galicia is a region of Spain just north of
Portugal. Not only is it separated from
the rest of the country by its Celtic back-
ground, it also has an atypical climate.
Instead of being hot and dry, like the rest
of Spain, its position next to the Atlantic
gives it a maritime climate. While cool
and damps for part of the year, the sum-
mers are sunny and dry. These are per-
fect conditions in which the thick-skinned
white grape variety known as Albarino
thrives in the important wine district of
Rias Baixas. Wines made from this white
grape are pale gold in color and dry, with
melon flavors. This is a white wine t hat
certainly merits consideration.
Hint: In Portugal, Albarino goes by the
name of Alvarinho, which is a principal
component of the local Vinho Verde
If you are looking for white wine alterna-
tives. Look no further than Beach Wines
and Liquors, Inc. We can provide you
with experienced expertise that can lead
you to the perfect wine choice. We guar-
antee your satisfaction with any pur-
chase made here. Questions?
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April 12, 2006
Get Your Tickets -
It's Game Day
After a Santa Rosa County
resident donated one million dol-
lars and land, the Santa Rosa
Kids House will become a real-
ity. Officers in the organization
which does volunteer work with
the children in protective custody
are Beach residents Angela
Moore, vice president; Karen
Cook Cowen, secretary; and Pete
Moore, treasurer. The Kids
House will provide space for all
agencies involved with helping
If you haven't already
marked your calendar for the
Capital Gains Team Seminar at
the Bay Beach Inn in Gulf
Breeze for April 13 from 7 to 9
p.m., write it down now. This
important meeting will be pre-
sented by a group of profession-
als who will provide information
on buying and selling in today's
market. This seminar is infor-
mational only. There will be no
selling of services.
MACK IS BACK
Renee Mack, well known
Beach chef, is now one of the
happy staffers at Paradise Bar
and Grill. Anyone who has
tasted Renee's fabulous meals,
will be glad to hear she's back
in the Pensacola Beach restau-
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Beauty columnist Danah
Gibson and Mary Kay Sales Di-
rector Susan Haselton-Barr
want you to be Beach beautiful
without leathery skin. Ask
them for the latest to protect
and perfect skin and hair.
TURN UP THE HEAT
We're roasting Mayor Bob!
If you have a story about the
long time Mayor of Pensacola
Beach, Bob Merriman, then ap-
pear at the Shaker, Thursday,
April 27 at 8 p.m. Be ready to
toast and roast. If you have
never met the Mayor, get there
early, to grab a front row bar
OFF BEACH OFFICE
Linda and Wally at the UPS
Store in Bruno's Shopping
Center in Gulf Breeze can be
your off-beach office center.
They offer just about every of-
fice service you can think of
plus postal and shipping. All
that and you can even pick out a
clever birthday card there.
PegLeg Pete says he is look-
ing through his spyglass down
Fort Pickens Road for approach-
ing scallywags. If you can get
past him, then come in for a
Snow Crab Bucket Special on
Pandora de Balthazar has
temporarily traded her beach
dress for a sparkling rhinestone
belt buckle and fancifully em-
broidered jeans. She is oversee-
ing her Antique European Lin-
ens store in Roundtop, Texas.
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Pandora said in Texas it doesn't
mean a thing, if it doesn't have
Don't waste a minute of your
precious Beach time worrying
about groceries. Call The Mar-
ket and have the whole list de-
livered right to your Beach house
or condo. Get some homemade
pie for dessert.
MIKE VISITS THE
Mike Lloyd and his graduat-
ing class from Whiting Field cel-
ebrated their April 7 winging
with a Friday night party at
Flounder's on the Beach. Admi-
ral Fred Flounder gave an appro-
priate send off to the new Naval
March Madness is over. Foot-
ball is in the off season. So, the
coaches at the Pensacola Beach
Woman's Club are hosting Game
Day on Friday, April 28. The
games begin at 10 a.m. with
lunch from 12 to 1 and more
games until 3 p.m. The always
popular event will be at the Bay
Beach Inn. Cost is $20 per per-
Teams and individuals can
participate in Bridge, Bunco,
Mah Jong, Rummy, Hearts,
Dominoes, and Scrabble. There
will be door prizes, a silent auc-
tion, and a 50/50 drawing.
The festive luncheon attracts
a sell out crowd. Tickets must be
purchased prior to the party date.
Contacts for tickets are: Naomi
Jones, 932-9644; Carol Stark,
934-5836 and Linda Knell, 934-
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Buck Lee Wins Distinguished Citizen Award
The Pensacola Beach
Elk's Lodge presented their
annual awards at their instal-
lation meeting March 25. The
award went to
Buck Lee, Santa
Rosa island Au-
thority General -
for his dedica- "
tion and service
to the residents
and businesses .,
of Pensacola Bu
award cited his diligent work
after Hurricane Ivan which
facilitated a prompt and effi-
"The past few years have
been challenging for our com-
munity," Buck said. "But I am
proud to see it coming back to
award went to
*i. Dick Zelius, who
received the Dis-
; tinguished Service
r Award for his 43
1 years of work in
He's been the sec-
NY retary for 35
.' .. years, served two
terms as Exalted
SRuler, one as Es-
ick Lee quire and has been
a five year trustee.
He not only received a plaque,
but also funding for a trip to
Las Vegas with his wife, Claire.
Rick Van Dyk was named
Elk of the Year and Larry
Gunter was named Officer of
the Year. Recognized for meri-
torious service to the lodge
were Jim McReynolds, Dave
Perry, Ron Christian, Buddy
Scruggs, and Chris Dugas.
Posthumous awards for ser-
vice were presented to the
families of Tom Roche and
Beach's DeNunzio Takes Gold in Science Olympiad
James DeNunzio earned top
honors in his division of the
Florida Science Olympiad, April
1 in Orlando. James, who is a
Gulf Breeze High School student,
won the Scrambler and Wright
Stuff. He will be part of the Gulf
Breeze High Team who will rep-
resent the state of Florida in the
National Science Olympiad May
19 and 20 at Indiana University
Gulf Breeze Schools Science
Olympiad Teams have won the
High School division for the last
three years and the Middle
School division for eight con-
Members of the Gulf Breeze
High Team who were medalists
include: Rita Yelverton, Harrison
Sepulveda, Sara Stout, Holly
Brown, Kelsey Campbell, Kim
Dirschka, Adam Rockett,
Meagan Schaeffner, Kyle Finelli,
Stewart Williams, Will
Dirschka, Johnathan Lott, Will
Rone, Daniel Hatcher, Huy
Pham and Kara Brown.
Gulf Breeze High Coaches
included teachers Merrill
Bordelon, Susan Cundiff, and
Leslie Skinner, with parents Liz
Yelverton, Paula Brown, Ellen
Finelli, and Pam Dirschka.
Gulf Breeze Middle's medal
winners were: Ryan Burke,
Hunter Bradshaw, Andrew
Clark, Vincent Costers, Nick
Musmansky, Tiffany Sharar, Eric
Burke, Nathan Gupta, Rachel
Harvey, Roland Harvey, Cody
Meadows, William Farmer, Joey
Finelli, RJ Burns, Ryan
Henderson, Will Spearing,
Adam Woods, Kayla Bates, and
GBM coaches traveling
with the team included teachers
Melanie Waite, Sharon
Schaeffner, and Bob Smith; par-
ents Ellen Finelli, Patty Burke,
Roberta and Jim Harvey, Lisa
and Sunil Gupta, Griet Roes,
Chris Costers, Christine
Henderson, and Frances Spear-
ing. Family members who made
the trip were Judy Bradshaw,
Janice Clark, Lee Farmer,
Jeanne Meadows, Patrick
Henderson, Nick Gupta, and
Dave Woods. Teachers Deborah
Cathey and Mike Ruth and par-
ents Scott Finelli and Scott
Musmansky also coached events.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 13
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April 12, 2006 Island Times PAGE 9
Cross in the Sand
Dr. Chuck Randle
Pensacola Beach Community Church
The Community Easter Egg
Hunt, sponsored by the Pensacola
Beach Community Church, will
be on Saturday, beginning at 9:00
Easter is one of the most signifi-
cant days in the life of the Chris-
There are so many symbols,
many used without an under-
standing of their underlying
meaning or origin. As Easter
speaks of new life, it has been the
custom to wear new clothes sym-
bolizing the shedding of the old
life and taking on the new life.
In the early church, those who
were baptized at the Easter Vigil
dressed in white robes and wore
the robes during Easter week as
a symbol of their new life in
Christ. People who had been
baptized in previous years wore
new clothes to indicate their shar-
ing in the new life. New clothes
at Easter became a symbol of
Easter eggs also speak to
new life as little chickens burst
out of their shells into a new life.
The egg itself promises new life
as in spring, birds, and many
other animals are hatched from
eggs. More than 1 billion Easter
eggs are hunted in the United
States each year in parks, back
yards, and other appropriate
The Easter sunrise service
was brought to America by Prot-
estant immigrants from Moravia
who held the first such service
in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1741. The
Gospel of Luke records:
"......but on the first day of the
week, at early dawn" womenvis-
ited Jesus' tomb and found it
empty. Many of the symbols of
Easter had their beginnings in
other cultures as legends and
lores, but they have been re-
claimed by the Christian tradi-
tion and their relationship to
other traditions have been forgot-
Just as Easter speaks to new-
ness of life, so we have taken
these symbols of an earlier time
and given them new meaning
and significance. Whatever sym-
bols we are inclined to use, noth-
ing can be filled with more en-
thusiasm and hope as a Christian
congregation singing on Easter
morning, "Christ the Lord Is
Risen Today!" And though we
may have a variety of understand-
ings, we are one in our under-
standing that Easter speaks to us
of new life, not just for the next
world, but for the present as well.
It feels like
A lunch with a munch.
With all your might,
You will fight.
You may have to do it at night.
It gives you a fright,
Because it's the journey of life.
A journey of life,
Is like a knife.
It will hurt,
Yes, it will.
Till the sorrows fill,
It hurts so much.
It hurts a bunch.
Pack A Bag For Overnight Teen Retreat
All High School age youth
are invited to participate in a
Holy Thursday Retreat as part of
the Life Teen program at St. Ann
Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze.
The overnight Holy Thursday
Retreat will begin at 5 p.m. Holy
Thursday, April 13 and be held
through noon on Good Friday.
Participants are encouraged to
bring their Bible, rosary, pillows,
sleeping bags and toiletries with
St. Ann is located at 100
Daniel Drive in Gulf Breeze be-
hind Dolphin Football Stadium.
Registration and permission
forms are required.
For more information please
contact Youth Director Bryan
Burnett at 932-4215 or St. Ann
Pensacola Sail and Power Squadron educational officers Ron and Phyllis Swope visited Pensacola Beach
Elementary School to announce winners of the Poster Contest. Winning students who were judged on content as
well as color choices are: Front row (L to R) Sara Post, Jace Amberson and Lia Lampone. Back row (L to R):
Kimberly Stelson, T.J. Baughn and Slater Trout.
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Hiking & Backpacking Gear
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a HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Life Teen Retreat
Mass of the Lord's Supper
Adoration until Midnight
Stations of the Cross
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Easter Vigil & Reception
Easter Sunday Mass
Easter Sunday Mass
Easter Sunday Masses followed by Brunch in XAI k, /,, Hall
100 Daniel Drive Gulf Breeze
Call for directions from the Beach
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THE SEAGULL S
A Journey of Life
By Sage Baird
TA LIZZARD'S TONGUEC Last Week's Weather straight from HeavenO
Okay, I admit it. I am an
iPod addict -- plain and simple
an Apple junkie.
It all started at Christmas
when my husband gave me an
iPod nano, a 1.5 ounce MP3
player that holds up to 1000
songs. Now the sleek little enter-
tainment center has become my
First and foremost, I have set
my homepage on my computer
to www.apple.com/ipod/. So
much for Google. Then I have
proceeded to fill her little micro-
chip to capacity with free and
subscription pod casts, as well as
with previously owned music and
recently purchased songs from
the iTunes store.
Every night I slide her pe-
tite business card size body into
her matching white case and plug
her into the computer so in the
morning she awakes fully
charged and ready to play all day.
I have even purchased a host of
car and mobile accessories to
keep her in the style to which she
has become accustomed. Little
Nan even has her own wardrobe.
She has her white protective
sheath tojust hang out in; a black
leather flip case for the car; a lime
green arm carrier for sporting
activities and a Ziplock plastic
baggie for rainy days. Even her
headphones have custom ear bud
pads, including a silicon pair to
block out the effects of wind.
In her defense I found my-
self taking offense to Lynne
Truss, author of The New York
Times' best seller "Talk to the
Hand," who took a dim view of
those of us who wear our iPods
in public and become so involved
in what we are listening to that
we shut out the world around us
to the extent that we are rude.
Dancing in the driveway for no
apparent reason? Maybe. Sing-
ing out loud and off key? Abso-
lutely. Animatedly gesturing and
waving to others while running?
Guilty as charged. Rude? Never.
I have even put my life on
the line for Little Nan. Well
maybe not my life, but the entire
right side of my body. It was a
rainy day and I was out for my
morning jog. My contact lenses
were fogged from the heat of my
core temperature combining with
the cooler outside air. I was run-
ning along a small path when I
saw two Marines coming at me.
Trying to do too many things at
once, like adjust my stride, gauge
how far the Marines were mov-
ing over, and chew gum, I com-
pletely missed the curb. As I
tripped over it and proceeded to
fall forward, I remembered that
Little Nan was in my left pocket.
At the last second I twisted more
onto my right side, slid across the
pavement, took down the Ma-
rines, tore the skin off my right
hand and shredded my lycra run-
ning tights. More embarrassed
than hurt, I quickly got up, tried
to play down my injuries with the
two very young Marines and took
off running again with Cheryl
Crow blasting in my ears "the
first cut is the deepest." How ap-
propriate. Later I listened to an
ER doctor explain how lucky I
was and that he thought the
bruise on my back which was
about the size and shape of a
grown man's kneecap would keep
me out of my running shoes for
about six weeks and eventually
the gravel would work its way out
of my hand, too. Yes, I was very
fortunate and so were those Ma-
rines. I have no idea how I would
have reacted had Little Nan been
hurt. There might have been
three of us in the ER that morn-
To date I have found no
"anonymous" organization to
join to get my iPod addiction
under control, so as I download
just one more song from the
iTunes store and slide the pad-
ded headphones into my ears, my
life becomes "my bubble, my
Until next time.
by E.K Hewson
Audio Video Systems
Call Fred Esposito
House Calls in Gulf Breeze and
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750 ML Chardonnay
which days the port-o-lets are Let's look at Last Week's
cleaned. I guess they are saving
that for sweeps week.
I may scoot over to the Capi-
tal Gains Seminar, April 13. Lose
weight and gain money. That's
the plan to show a capital gain
without changing pants sizes.
Tuesday: Happy to be here
Monday: Fine day
e Dew formed on beer glasses
Saturday: Did I see clouds
Friday: Isaw a low front
Thursday: Cold suds needed
Wednesday: Postcard weather
Where are the April Show-
ers that bring May flowers? I
don't know. I do happen to know
that a replica of the fine boat that
sailed in 1620 to Plymouth Rock
is moored behind the Mayflower
April is always an interest-
ing month on the Beach. Easter
is big. Egg hunt for kids at the
Beach Church and for adults at
the Shaker. Sunrise Service at the
Amphitheater on the Boardwalk
and indoor service at the Beach
The Beach has been hopping
and not because it's Eastertime.
Good weather and spring vaca-
tioners have been everywhere.
Everyone's coming to the Beach,
even the local television station.
They aired a piece about the port-
o-lets at Casino Beach. Must
have been slow news night. They
promised a follow up story on
SBig Kids Easter Party April 15 2 p.m
Adult Easter Egg Hunt
SEaster Bonnet Contest
.:iJelly Bean Guess
'Bunny Hop Egg Fishing
Deviled Egg Contest
PRIZES & FUN FOR EVERY BUNNY
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Shaker Sundays Tunes in the afternoon
S16th: Terry Lee Poole & Friends, 2 until
23rd: H30, 2 until
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April 12, 2006 Island Times PAGE 13
Espos Surf Report
and rode old hand me down surf-
boards. It just couldn't get any
better. Life was quite simple. The
beach lifestyle was in full effect.
Now, well things look a little
Oi FiLead Esposao different. Our beach is not the
same place. Now, everyone's on
When I was a little kid, the We would spend all day and their cell phones or freakin' I-
beginning of summer on into the night, right there, in our PODs. Or just driving in and out
Pensacola Beach was the Holy spot. With all my peeps! Like a of the parking lots in little cheesy
Grail of my childhood, crazy tribe of savages. We sur- cars with really big spoilers on
Summer meant no school, if vived eating potato logs and them. Hey, and no surf racks.
you were lucky. Lots of girls in drinking orange thirsty smashes, Where did they go?
bikinis...and surfing at the pier and little else. The surf culture is now
with all my friends. Wow, what No big colleges in town. No mixed with hip-hop. It's shaken
a time! I can still smell the tourist invasions. Just locals, lo- with techno gadgets and foreign
Coppertone in the air. cals, locals, cars, and add a dash of creepy
The pier back then was a Life was grand indeed, old guys with wet longjeans on -
meeting place for all types, surf- Some of us would spend the and there you have it! The Pier.
ers, fishermen, footballjocks and night under the pier, so we would Am I just getting older?
long haired out of work hippies be the first in the water. Watch- Maybe, but our beach is chang-
selling tie-dyed t-shirts. Dude, ing the sun come up was the ing everyday with new condos
this place was so cool! thing to do and we were on it. and four lane roads. Who knows
Back then the pier was more No one ever seemed to com- what's next? Another traffic
of an icon. It was the place to be. plain. We lived in cheap trunks, light? Stay stoked..
SUPER STUDENTS Pensacola Beach Elementary School Fifth
Graders were selected as Students of the Month for January and February.
Teachers Margie Pitts and Tina Reichert selected these students for
outstanding performance academically as well as for being good school
citizens. Fifth grade winners are: (Front row, L to R) Sage Baird, Pearl
Clarkin, and Slater Trout. Back Row: Ariel Cantrell.
Ahoy, Matey! I
SPirates in Paradise Contest Play or Walk the lank.
There are pirates all over Pensacola Beach. Pillaging, plundering. Find them and win! 1. Identify the Pensacola
-- -Beach location of each
I pirate pictured. Write it
I under the photo.
I 2. Mail your entry to:
Island Times, PO Box
I 844, Gulf Breeze, FL I
IA "3. Booty for Winners:
,IFirst Prize: $75 cash
.. ,Second Prize: $25 cash
Third Prize: Pirate t-shirt
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SEARCH PENSACOLA BEACH BUSINESSES FOR THESE PLUNDERING PIRATES.
I FIND AS MANY AS YOU CAN & MAIL YOUR ENTRY IN TODAY! ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 19, 2006 1
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l Bauty & each
By Danah & Gwen Gibson
ULIN AND KWN
When we're on the beach,
we all know we need to protect
our skin from the sun's harmful
rays. How many people do we
know that have developed skin
cancer (melanoma)? Remember
the days of mixing baby oil and
iodine, heading to our favorite
spot and baking for hours? Little
did we know back then, that this
is a big no-no!
Of course, it's impossible to
avoid the sun. Who wants to stay
inside all summer when you live
in paradise? And the sun's not all
bad anyway. Sunlight helps our
bodies create Vitamin D. So, fol-
low these tips to help manage sun
( Wear sunscreen with a
sun protection factor (SPF) of at
least 15, even if it's cloudy or
don't plan to spend alot of time
If you go swimming, or
plan to be out for hours reapply
every hour. Even if the bottle says
waterproof or sweatproof.
Look for the words
"broad spectrum protection."
This blocks UVA and UVB rays.
noncomedogenic on the label
means it will keep your pores
Use the "Shadow Rule."
If your shadow is longer than you
are tall, then it's a safer time to
be in the sun. Rays are strongest
between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00
Apply more sunscreen
when you're around reflective
surfaces, like our beautiful white
sands, water, snow and ice.
Some medications, such
as birth control pills and pre-
scription acne medications can
increase your sensitivity to the
sun, so be careful. If you want
the glow of a tan, try faking it
with self tanners or salon tanning
treatments, like the spray on
stuff. Avoid tanning beds though,
because although manufacturers
claim that tanning beds are free
of UVB rays, they still use harm-
ful UVA rays!
Finally, Happy Easter and
if you feel the need to cover
your hair with an Easter bon-
net year-round perhaps you
need to call the Hair Hotline at
Get in the Swing of Things at
Bayview Community Center
Ayden Lee Kirby is destined to be a Beach Boy according to his
grandparents, Rita and Gene Von Bon. Ayden was born on February 24,
weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring 21 inches. His parents are Tina and
Don Kirby who are presently stationed in North Carolina. They will be
moving to Florida this year. Rita commented, "I can make my new blonde
headed baby a real beach boy! Gene and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival
of the Kirbys to the Panhandle area."
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If you want to dance like the
stars, put on your zoot suit and
sign up for Swing Dancing les-
sons, which are offered every Fri-
day Night at Bayview Commu-
nity Center in Pensacola.
The Swing and Latin les-
sons begin at 8 p.m. and the
dance begins at 9 p.m. Advanced
lessons are also offered at 8 p.m.
These dances are smoke
and alcohol free. All ages are
welcome. It's great family fun.
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Stay Out All Night
For A Good Cause
Gulf Breeze Relay for Life
will be Friday April 28 at the Gulf
Breeze High School Track.
Beach resident Maria Weisnicht
is the team leader for the
Daughers of Penelope, a team of
women from the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox church.
Relay for Life is an over-
night event that unites our com-
munity in a common effort to
support the American Cancer
Society's lifesaving mission to
eliminate cancer as a major
health problem. It starts just be-
fore dusk on a Friday evening
and continues until the morning
of the next day. You don't have
to stay all night but stay as long
as you want.
For more information please
contact Maria Weisnicht at 850-
932-6581 home; 850-261-6146
cell or email
Poker Players Vie for Championship Titles, Bragging Rights
Poker Fever has spread
across Pensacola Beach like
wildfire. The Texas Hold 'Em 4
Fun Poker Tournament of Cham-
pions hosted at the Paradise Bar
and Grill on March 31, pitted
former weekly winners against
each other until one lucky player
gathered all the chips. Invitations
were issued to Larry Richard, Jeff
Vowell, David Osborne, Tim
Rinker, and Chris Hogan. Trace
Lewis was on the alternate's list.
When all the cards were
dealt and the smoke had cleared
Trace Lewis led the pack with
David Osborne as the runner-up.
Trace will be the Champion's
Champion until the next tourna-
ment takes place on April 28.
Weekly winners who will be
invited to the April Tournament
of Champions will include Jeff
Lockwood who outlasted Chris
Hogan to take the win on Mon-
day, March 27 at Paradise Bar
and Grill. Fran Cox will also add
his name to the winner's list. He
posted his first win at the historic
Islander Lounge on Wednesday,
March 29. Lisa Muir was a close
Famous author Tex
Atkinson gave Joe DeMario a
challenge for the chips, but Joe
chalked up the win at the Mon-
day, April 3 showdown at Para-
dise. Action moved down the
street to the Islander Lounge on
Wednesday, April 5 where
Mike Captain showed the crowds
how to win in style. This was
Mike's first ever win. Ray Cocuy
played to a second place finish.
Louis Farmer made the trip to
play this week.
Texas Hold 'Em 4 Fun pro-
moter Saltwater Rick said, "The
games are open to anyone 21 and
older. If you have a basic knowl-
edge of the game, you are wel-
come to join us."
Games are played at Para-
dise on Monday nights and the
Islander Lounge on Wednesday
nights. Players should arrive be-
fore 7 p.m. to sign in and get a
seat. The call to shuffle up and
deal comes about 7 p.m. There
is no charge to play.
For more information on
Texas Hold 'Em 4 Fun, contact
Rick Uzdevenes at
Poker in Paradise winner Jeff Lockwood admits
that card playing skill is important but a little luck never
hurts. Jeff had all the chips in the March 27 weekly game.
Trace Lewis was crowned the Champion of
Champions at the Texas Hold 'Em 4 Fun Tournament.
Trace is a regular at the weekly Beach poker games.
Lisa Muir (left) came in a sizzling second to Fran Joe DeMario, left, and TexAtkinson are looking at
Cox at The Islander's Wednesday night poker game. the flop on the felt to decide their next move. Joe
She is ready to win all the chips next time. outlasted Tex at The Islander's weekly game.
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What's All the Commotion?
by Pete Della Ratta
What's All the Commo-
It's here again folks! That's
right, Cobia season. It is time
to knock the dust off that 9 to
10 foot medium to fast action
rod and re-spool that reel with
the common 17-30 lb. test line.
The Cobia is one of the hard-
est fighting fish to land and if
you do get them to the boat,
make sure they are over the size
limit. Then, do not pass go but
head directly into the cooler. If
you go to the pier, be careful.
Some anglers use 1-3 ounce
weighted lures that can be dan-
gerous when tourists or the in-
attentive locals walk near or
behind a casting angler.
Whether you get to them
by boat orby way of pier, don't
miss one of the most delicious
fishyou will ever taste. Lightly
fried or baked is the way I like
them depending on the amount
of time I have and how much
clean up I actually want to do.
Sheepshead are still preva-
lent in local waters where any
kind of structure has withstood
Mother Nature. (Do I dare say
their names? Most of us just
want to rebuild and look to the
future.) All you need is a #2-
#6 hook with some live shrimp
on it and throw it around some
structure. Try the fiddler crab
if the Sheepshead are being
picky, because you can never
have enough options in bait. If
you feel some light nibbles,
that is the Sheepshead saying
thank you for the meal because
if you wait until the second or
third nibble it is too late. They
are called assassins or convicts
because of this alone.
Trout and Redfish are still
found on the flats (shallow wa-
ter) but usually around the
docks and canals. The rivers
are producing some quality fish
in places usually not deemed
appropriate for these species.
White Trout is being caught at
the Three Mile Bridge rubble
with shrimp being the bait of
choice. Make sure you have a
good live well and recharge
that battery or have extra bat-
teries for a long day on the
water. Live bait will out-fish
dead bait most of the time. If
you like the cast and retrieve
method, throwing light jigs,
spoons, and grubs
will also catch the oc-
casional Trout and
If you are like me
and enjoy a day of re-
laxing on the beach
with your feet in the
sand, some food, and
a cold beverage,
Pompano fishing is for you.
A bycatch of Redfish, Whit-
ing, Sheepshead, or the all
wonderful Catfish will some-
times be on the other end of
the line. Make sure you bring
sunscreen, wear a hat or vi-
sor, and have the all impor-
tant polarized sunglasses.
Whether you like to spend all
day on the boat or just get
your feet wet, now is the time
to do it before it gets too un-
bearably hot outside.
Don't forget, if you'd like
to visit the middle school
fishing and environmental
seminar that I am hosting at
Shoreline Park South, it will
continue through Thursday,
April 13 from 9:30 until 1
p.m. Students from
Woodlawn Beach Middle
School will be testing water
quality, fishing, and practic-
ing casting nets. Adult volun-
teers are always welcome.
Contact me at DellaRattaP@
Until then, may you have
good tides and tight lines.
CULLEN'S COBIA Cullen Stanley hooked this
thirty pounder on March 31 using a Cobia Jig. Cullen,
who has lived and fished all of his life on Pensacola
Beach loves Cobia season. But, that's no surprise he
has Cobia fishing in his genes.
Historic Fort Offers Daily
Tours to Hearty Visitors
Florida Scenic Trail volun-
teers from the Western Gate
Chapter, park volunteers, and
employees recently completed
a variety of tasks including re-
routing the Florida Scenic Trail
and sweeping out Fort Pickens
in preparation for the recent re-
opening of the entire Fort
Pickens Area to the boating, cy-
cling and walking public.
While the eastern section of the
popular Fort Pickens Area was
reopened to the public earlier,
the historic district from the
Ranger Station at Langdon
Beach to the western end of the
island was closed because of
damages to the structures from
"Although the Fort
Pickens Road remains closed,
the public can now tour historic
Fort Pickens, fish off the fish-
ing pier, and walk the entire
shoreline," said Seashore Su-
perintendent Jerry Eubanks.
The Fort Pickens Road is
SKOMP'S SIXTY Jeff Skomp offered this Cobia a
live eel and it was off to the races. After he boated this
sixty pound beauty out in the Gulf on Sunday, April 2
there was nothing but high fives. Jeff will be right back
out there as long as the season lasts.
open to pedestrians and visitors
on bicycles while the camp-
ground, Battery Langdon, Bat-
tery Copper and adjoining
beaches will remain closed
while cleanup work continues.
For their safety, visitors
should observe all closure and
safety signs; be prepared for
changing weather and water
conditions; drink plenty of wa-
ter; remember to take back
whatever they packed; and
watch the time.
The Fort Pickens Area
hours of operation are 8:00
a.m. to sunset and tours of Fort
Pickens are given daily at 2:00
p.m. For information contact
850-934-2600 or visit the
park's web page at
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If you had to choose a type
of wood from three choices of
wood, which one would you
choose? a. particle-board, b. ply-
wood, c. pressure-treated ply-
wood. If you asked, "For what
application," you get an A. If you
said pressure-treated plywood,
you also get an A.
Crazy Crowbar &
There is nothing I cannot
destroy, oops take apart, disas-
semble when I use my trusty
crowbar and hammer. They are
my crewmates in times of demo-
lition. Never leave home without
Now I tell you it doesn't get
any better than when you have
custom designed scaffolding. You
want to make sure you look your
best when you're sanding over-
head and crap is falling down on
your face and hair. Well, at least
your scaffolding looks good.
Now there is glue and then
there is "Gorilla Glue." Use it for
woodjoints. It is so strong it will
stick your butt to the table. Don't
try this application, just trust me
Now, my drill is a tool v
great sensibilities. It has o
mum force and power and bef
you know it, you screwed
screw through the middle of
planet or at least all the way
Toughie Coated Drywa
Well, you may be think
a screw is a screw. Oh no, th
screws rank with pressure-trea
plywood. Enough said.
Is there anybody out th
who doesn't just love concre
It's tough, it's strong, it's bea
ful. What's not to love?
I had a big fear of circi
saws. So I bought a 4 inch I
tery operated Makita. This is
equivalent of training whec
Eventually the pressure trea
plywood required abig girl's s
I now have a 7 1/4 inch Mal
I like the look of a le'
When you buy a 100 year
house and you are planning
renovate it, give your level a
kiss and throw it in the trash
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Students master carpentry
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Lots on Pensacola Beach
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603 Ariola Drive
Corner Lot, Located across
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Large Corner Lot in prime lo-
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Call Conna O'Donovan
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The Beach Specialist
Just Steps from the Gulf.
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House Calls! Computer not
working? Just call Freddy 850-
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John Parrish can find the
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Moore Imports 850-341-1200.
Stop in and see John Monday
thru Thursday and Saturday.
Hurricane Shutters and
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Tired of searching for answers
to you or your child's learning
difficulties? Offering a series of
programs that work. Fun and
different. Paradise Learning
Unlimited Services or PLUS
or call Gene at 850-723-8900
or Rita at 850-934-1389.
Capable, Bonded, Licensed
Available to clean your home
or office. Please call 850-490-
5817 or 850-494-0964 for an
Laundry Service. Let us do the
work.Freshly laundered and
folded ready to take home.
Don't take a suitcase full of wet
towels and dirty clothes as sou-
venirs from your vacation.
Come to the Beach Laundry, 37
Via de Luna. 932-3005. Down-
town Pensacola Beach.
Find a Flounder
Pick it up,
And all the day
You'll have good luck.
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BEDROOM SET 7 piece Solid
Wood Set, still in box. Retail
$3000. Sell $1095. Can deliver
DINING ROOM SET NEW
double pedestal table, w/leaf, 2
arm, 4 side chairs, hutch & buf-
fet. Retail $4K. Must sell $1595.
Can deliver. 850-418-5274
lie mattress si.ets brand
name ,arrant still in plas-
Full from 112`.
Queen from 1140
Full from 1i.i 5
Queen from i1 7.
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