Volume V, Number 18 Pensacola Beach, Florida
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December 29, 20091
The full moon will be the only illumination of the inky black sky above Pensacola Beach on the evening of December 31 until the strike of midnight when the
Chamber's New Year's Eve Fireworks Show explodes over the Gulf of Mexico. Ringing in 2010 on Pensacola Beach is easy. Parties and events are plentiful.
Little Max Harris is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new year he will celebrate his first birthday in 2010. Max can't join the hundreds who will brave the chilly
waters of the Sound at the Polar Bear Plunge at 2 p.m., because his parents, Sara and Rob Harris, say it's his naptime. For more on this story, see page 2.
Year Ends With A Bang 2010 Starts With A Splash
Wouldn't you like to bring in the
New Year with a big bang? Join the
New Year's Eve partiers on
Pensacola Beach at Casino Beach
to view the midnight fireworks and
herald the arrival of 2010 with a fabu-
lous display of fire in the sky.
"This is a special gift from the
Beach Chamber of Commerce,"
said Jeff Elbert, president. "It will
bring the New Year here in high
Restaurants, gift shops, and
bistros will be open on the brightly
lighted beach before the fireworks
display. Bands will play. Tiki Island's
game room will be open.
"Bring the kids out for the dis-
play," Elbert suggested. "They
would surely like to be part of see-
ing the New Year arrive amid rock-
ets and falling stars."
Everyone can sleep late and still
get to the Polar Bear Plunge on time,
since the chilly tradition does not
begin until 2 p.m. at Paradise Bar and
Grill on January 1.
Registration begins at 1 p.m.
when volunteers from the Pensacola
Beach Woman's Club will open the
sign-in table. The entry fee is $5 and
goes to the Pensacola Beach Cham-
ber of Commerce. Each entrant will
receive a wristband.
The official starter for the
Plunge will be Renee Mack, general
manager of Paradise.
"We will have New Orleans
sized bowls of black-eyed peas and
cornbread," Mack said.
"The entry fee includes a door
prize ticket to compete for bar tabs
The premier award of the day is
the huge basket of fabulous sur-
prises provided by Island Times.
"We are giving away one of our
coveted t-shirts, a computer bag and
embossed notebook, and a beach
chair, among other things," Shelley
Johnson, publisher said.
The good news is that the Is-
land Times award goes to the most
fabulous costume or plungewear.
You don't even have to be one of
the bears. Just get your best winter
ideas together for a costume.
Awards will be given at the
completion of the Plunge.
When asked about the weather
conditions for the Plunge, Bob West,
Santa Rosa Island Authority safety
director, predicted it could be as
warm as 70, or as cold as 40 or maybe
even 30 degrees.
"My kids and I are planning to
participate this year, regardless of
the air temperature," West said.
"The Farmer's Almanac says it will
be blustery and cold the day before
New Year's Day and very cold on
New Year's. I am therefore predict-
ing it will be in the 40's at Plunge
time. I hope I am wrong."
"Only those people who have
purchased wrist bands will be al-
lowed to Plunge," Mack said.
Line up will be on the shoreline
behind Paradise. The course is from
the Beach to the end of the Paradise
Pier and back.
Beach resident Marcia Hoven
has made the Plunge every year.
"Cold does not even adequately
describe the way the water feels
when you first wade out," she said.
"Then, it is just mind over matter as
you splashyour way back to the Bar
for hot food and cold drinks."
This year's event is a
fundraiser for the Beach Chamber
of Commerce. Funds from the sale
of Plunge t-shirts at $5 and from
the entry fees go to the Chamber.
For more information, call
Maureen LaMar at the Pensacola
Beach Chamber at 932-1500 or visit
Tax Ruling Clouds Holidays With Agony of Defeat But It's Not Over Yet
Happy New Year, Pensacola
Beach. Judge Michael Jones has
granted a Summary Judgment which
means that all residents, with a few
exceptions, must pay ad valorem
taxes on the improvements to their
properties. Arguments in the litigation
were complete in May of 2008, and
on the advice of their attorney, Danny
Kepner of Shell, Fleming, Davis and
Menge, many residents did not pay
the tax from 2004 whenthey received
their first tax bills. They will be as-
sessed twelve percent interest on the
However, the case is not over.
Beach resident Lila Cox, who serves
as a liaison on the tax lawsuit commit-
tee, reported after a meeting with the
attorneys on December 22 that a de-
cision was made to file a Motion for
Rehearing. Kepner filed the motion
The Motion is a request for the
Judge to take two actions. First, to
rule in favor of the leaseholders based
on precedent cases cited and how
Pensacola Beach leases differ from
the leases in those cases. Secondly,
to follow statutes which prohibit the
issuance of tax certificates to enforce
real estate taxes onimprovements; and
set the interest rate at 12 percent.
The Tax Collector has collected
18 percent interest from leaseholders
who have recently paid their taxes.
According to state law, the only
judge who can grant or deny the mo-
tion is Judge Jones. Jones has been
reassigned to hear Escambia County
family law cases effective on January
16. It is believed that he will rule on
the motionbefore that date, but is not
compelled to do so.
Leaseholders are under no obli-
gation to pay taxes until the order is
final in this litigation The order is not
final until the Motion for Rehearing
has been granted or denied, and until
the appeal process has been ex-
hausted should the leaseholders wish
to appeal. The appeals process goes
to the First District Court of Appeals,
and then, if available, the State Su-
Many of the leaseholders' ques-
tions were answered in the 49 page
document prepared by Judge Jones.
The answer to the question of why
the tax assessor chose the year 2004
to send out tax bills was offered in the
"Emboldened by the Ward v.
Brown (Navarre Beach) outcome in
the Santa Rosa Circuit Court, the
Escambia County property tax ap-
praiser assessed Plaintiffs homes and
condominium units as real property
for the purposes of local government
ad valorem taxes and the Escambia
County tax collector levied ad valo-
rem taxes upon the Plaintiffs lease-
hold properties on the portion of Santa
Rosa Island that lies in Escambia
County. The litigation ensued."
The Summary Judgment con-
cluded that Pensacola Beach lease-
holders were equitable owners of their
properties, by virtue that they can
buy, sell and sublease. Although the
leases were judged not to be perpetual
and there is no option to purchase,
the judge said that the leaseholders
enjoy the burdens and benefits of
ownership. Those included the en-
joyment of capital appreciation and
depreciation for tax purposes. The
leaseholder also must insure, main-
tain and repair their properties.
The document notes that the
lease fee paid by the resident is used
for administration and maintenance
of Beach entities.
The Judgment also noted that
none of these fees are deposited in
the Escambia County General Fund
from which the County pays law en-
forcement, maintenance of parks,
buildings, roads, neighborhood ser-
vices, long range planning, pre-trial
release program, emergency manage-
ment, communications, animal con-
trol, library services, mass transit sys-
tem, health department, Property Ap-
praiser, Tax Collector, Clerk of Court,
Supervisor of elections, medical
examiners office, BakerActpayments,
indigent burials, and cost of adminis-
tration. None of the lease fees sup-
port public schools although Beach
children have the right to attend
Escambia County Schools. (Obvi-
ously, Pensacola Beach, a self sus-
taining community has little or no
need forthe many services described.)
The document contains a para-
graph where the defendants have
pointed out that the Florida Supreme
Court has twice ruled that the lease-
holders on Pensacola Beach have the
equivalent of ownership.
"Since these leaseholders have
the equivalent of fee simple owner-
ship, it does not appear that they have
enriched the county in any manner
by building on the island."
Items such as the millions of dol-
lars collected in bed tax which go di-
rectly to the county nor the payment
of MSBU taxes which all Beach resi-
dents pay are not mentioned.
And now, who are the Beach
residents who are exempt from pay-
ing ad valorem taxes? Since 1984,
beach residents have been under the
impression that they were protected
from paying ad valorem taxes by the
Supreme Court ruling inBellv. Biyan
However, it seems that the only resi-
dents affected by this decision are
those who were actual named parties
in the suit.
The suit was filed by Marian B.
Bryan, Nellie B. Bryan, Walter D.
Bryan, Ruepert D. Bryan, Jr., WO.
Wedel and Merrell Fairchild.. They,
or their heirs, will not have to pay ad
It should be noted by Beach resi-
dents that Judge Jones prepared a
long document, which was thorough
and comprehensive, giving detailed
information on the history of the is-
land and the past tax cases as part of
the background for his ruling.
The ruling and Motion for Re-
hearing can be viewed at
Each leaseholder who is party to
the suit will receive a letter in January
from the law firm about the ruling and
Published every other Tuesday
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Post Office Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562
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December 29, 2009
December 29, 2009 Island Times PAGE 3
Barefoot on the Beach
By Jane Waters Cooper b
Now is the time for resolu-
tions and predictions. I'm choos-
ing to write about predictions. I
like to live dangerously.
BEAUTY & THE BEACH
Some really high powered
people have been hired to submit
a plan to, shall we say, change the
Beach. We can probably say
goodbye to funky and fun build-
ings like Tiffany's which just
would not be a good fit in the
Beautification Plan. Places like the
landmark Sandshaker will remain.
The Beach will be more beau-
tiful. Should be an interesting
Yes, and not a drop is safe to
drink. Or so say the members of
an organization called Environ-
mental Work Group who studied
100 cities and ranked Pensacola at
the top of the worst list. ECUA
officials say their water supply is
in compliance with all regulations
January 6 may not mean much
to some people, but to Pensacola
Beach's Krewe of Nereids the an-
cient feast day, the Twelfth Night
after Christmas, is the time to begin
their Mardi Gras season.
The Nereids King Kake Party is
on January 9 at Paradise Bar and Grill.
This custom dates back to New Or-
leans in 1870, when the King of Mis-
rule crowned his queen at the cer-
emonial ball which included a giant
sized pastry. The King would give
each young lady a tiny gift box, but
only one contained the prized gold
bean. The recipient of this would be
the Queen. This tradition has long
since been lost by the faux rulers,
but the children in the Big Easy
carry on the tradition by hosting
King Cake parties during carnival
The Nereids will provide free
cake for everyone at the party. The
Mustard Brothers straight from the
heart of New Orleans will begin play-
and is safe. Dick Snyder, UWF
professor, says a filter would clean
out any contaminants in the wa-
ter. Advice: get a filter.
The water quality will improve
now that this dubious report has
had widespread publicity.
The Pensacola Beach Elemen-
tary School can only get better. But
how can that be? It is already a
Blue Ribbon School, posting the
highest ranking grades in state
The Beach School will start a
band with horns and drums. It will
be the only elementary school
band for miles around.
Not a chance with the new
Queen Shugah leading the de-
fense. She will be bringing herbag
of New Orleans voodoo and Poi-
son dolls to outwit the wind.
ing at 4 p.m. and Boogie, Inc. will
keep the crowd on their feet with
popular Mardi Gras music.
Reigning Queen Elaine Mitchell
and King George Henshall will
crown the new royalty in a glittering
ceremony. The new rulers will reign
over the King Kake Party, the
Moonpie Party at the Sandshaker,
January 15; and the Grand Masquer-
ade Ball on January 30.
The King Kake party is a
fundraiser for charity with chances
on door prizes available for one dol-
The eighteen-year-old Krewe of
Nereids is one of the oldest Beach
Mardi Gras organizations. The high
spirited ladies want to remind every-
body that the King Kake and
Moonpie parties are open to the
public. There is no charge to enter.
"We want everybody to partici-
pate inMardi Gras, said QueenElaine
Mitchell. "If you are looking for fun,
we have plenty to share with you."
Another hurricane free season.
OVER THE TOP
Oh, bottom dwellers of yes-
teryear, the New Orleans Saints are
now riding on the wings of angels.
Winners of the NFC soon. Tomor-
row the world.
It is written in the stars. Brees
and buddies can do it all - and
Isn't it a shame that Commis-
sioners could not stop the
squabble between their hired help
and the High Sheriff. They fired
the administrator so that solved
their problem. This sort of thing
makes our six-member SRIA Board
look like we're living in Camelot.
Somehow, these same County
Commissioners appointed five
nice, stable, sane members to the
SRIA. We, the people, elected our
favorite candidate who is also
nice, stable and sane. The six of
them walk down an oftentimes pre-
carious pathway, but they govern
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The SRIA will continue lead-
ing the way.
In less than two years, the
Beach Chamber of Commerce has
risen and taken its rightful place
as the unchallenged leader of the
businesses on the Beach. They
have provided the community with
a number of outstanding events,
most recently the thirty days of
holiday celebrations. Now, they
are making themselves visible and
effective everywhere - at in town
tourism meetings, County Commis-
sion meetings, and every other
gathering that has anything to do
with the promotion of Pensacola
The Beach Chamber will con-
tinue to persevere, bring quality
and quantity to their already illus-
trious list of events.
GOOD TIMES ROLL
Mardi Gras is in full swing
Mon- Fri 11-2
right now on Pensacola Beach,
rounding out its thirtieth year. Yeah,
long time for a Beach tradition to last.
Right now, the krewes are peaking
toward the climax which will be a
firestorm of events from the Krewe
of Wrecks parade to the culmination
at the Krewe of Coma coronation.
No matter what obstacles may
rear their ugly heads, the Mardi
Gras will live forever on Pensacola
Beach. It is tattooed into the
hearts and souls of the partiers.
Love is a commodity which cap-
tures a young man in the spring.
Which flows from parent to chil-
dren. Which, sometimes, not very
often, engulfs an entire community.
Which is the glue that holds the
Beach folks together in all kinds of
Love for each other and for
their paradise is the first sign of
spring. We will breathe deeply of
the salt air elixir of life on the is-
land long, merry and exotic.
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Former Beach resident Layla
Knell has landed an intern's posi-
tion with the famous celebrity chef
Rachael Ray on her popular daytime
television show. The Beach School
grad is hoping to see her parents
Jim and Lynda and all her beach
friends who visit New York. Tickets
are free, but have to be requested in
advance at www.rachaelray.com.
Christy Sullivan readied the Pub
and sent out reminders to all her
friends prior to Christmas Day. She
noted that hubby Mike was in Bos-
ton visiting relatives for Christmas,
so she spent the day with her beach
Darlene Smith was the big win-
ner at the Krewe of Wrecks' Decem-
ber21 meeting at Sidelines. She took
home the cash prize from the 50-50
drawing. The Wrecks membership
has grown to 104 strong. There are
still a few memberships available.
Carleen Wheeler's son John
Robert was headed to Pensacola for
the holidays, so Carleen planned a
party in his honor. ANor'easter with
62 mile per hour winds blew his
travel plans away. He was stranded
at his Martha's Vineyard home. He
missed his party but arrived in time
Deb Friedman enlisted the help
of her friends in a dash to move from
her Sandollar Condo to the Sabine
Yacht and Racquet Club. She com-
pleted the move in one day. Good
thing, because she had to get to
Charleston to see her grandson Lo-
gan for Christmas.
John Pinzino transforms from
his all-business demeanor into Su-
per Grandad this week. His
granddaughters Charlotte andAlyssa
Kuemmeth willbe on the Beachvis-
iting him until the New Year.
Each year Margaret
Cunningham orchestrates a Christ-
mas celebration in Swenson Park in
Gulf Breeze. The frightful weather
postponed the December 12 event.
Margaret worried that no one would
show up at the rescheduled event.
Santa sprinkled some holiday magic
on the event and over 300 people
Joann Johnson, owner of the
Chase-N-Fins dolphin sightseeing
boat, decorates her vessel and takes
passengers to ride in the Chamber's
Lighted Boat parade. This year ticket
sales were so brisk, that Johnson
made a donation to the Toys for Tots
program with the profits.
National Park Service Biologist
Mark Nichols is ready to talk turtles.
He set the annual Turtle Lighting
Symposium for February 25 at 8 a.m.
at the SRIA boardroom. Beach resi-
dents are encouraged to attend.
Katie Collins, who grew up on
Pensacola Beach, is a tireless vol-
unteer. She teaches a children's class
on Sunday at the Beach Church,
volunteered at the Breakfast with
Santa foster children's program, and
is always ready to lend a hand. She
works full time and runs a Mary Kay
business in her free time. She slowed
down long enough to blow out the
candles on her birthday cake, De-
cember 28; then it was right back to
her busy schedule.
Former Beach resident and busi-
ness owner Pam Dirschka reports
that she and husband Paul pur-
chased a 200 acre farm in Canada
recently. Pam loves the trees and
brought 70 pounds of her potato
crop home to Gulf Breeze last week.
In 2002 Nina Fritz did a water-
color of Island Times fishing colum-
nist Saltwater Rick. At that time, he
could not afford to purchase it and
it has since been sold to an unknown
art collector. Do you have it? Rick
wants to buy it. Fritz has offered to
do a re-creation of the watercolor.
So, Rick will sit once again for the
locally famous artist. If you know
the whereabouts of the first piece,
please call 916-5258 or email
islandtimes tt bellsouth.net.
The Trivia Master, during
his meaningless meanderings
came upon the Beach Ball Water
Tower in Casino Beach. Wonder-
ing how tall the structure is, he
decided to quiz his Trivia play-
ers for the answer. The water
tower which now serves only as
decoration is actually 128 feet
tall (as certified by the SRIA's
Director of Environmental and
Developmental Services Matt
Dave Wheeler, our frequent
player who emails from his home
in Atlanta, came closer than
anyone else with his guess of
110 feet which he admits is just
a guess. It was good enough to
win the t-shirt.
Runner up was Ben Womack
with a guess of 74 feet and 3
One incorrect answer broke
the bank. Melissa Irwin thinks
the water tower is 2,000 feet tall.
Two Knights of the Round
Table checked in with Sir Bill
Greene reporting from his Sand
Box West in the Arizona desert
that he thought the tower was
96 feet. And Sir Morrie Drees
asked his own question, "Was
it supposed to be measured from
the ground level or sea level?"
Never heard another word from
Sir Morrie, perhaps he is scal-
ing the tower right now.
Countess Kim, have you
gone underground for the win-
ter? The Trivia Master misses
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Jan 1 and 2 Josh Garrett and
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Wrecks balls and parties during
the early years of Mardi Gras on
the Island. Can you name one of
Rules are the same. Be the
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December 29, 2009 Island Times PAGE 5
Marriage vows may still be ex- would have to be stopped by 8 p.m.
changed on Pensacola Beach, but in on Sunday through Thursday nights
some cases, strings may be attached, and 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sun-
After hearing complaints over the days.
past few months from neighbors en- The Board asked staff to prepare
during the loud music and trafficjams another application to be presented
generated by the wedding celebra- to the Board on the January 13
tions, the Development and Leasing agenda.
Committee at its December 16 meet- A discussion followed the deci-
ing voted to accept the plan to re- sion to go forward with the applica-
quire short term renters to file an ap- tion and Board member Vernon
plication with the Santa Rosa Island Prather said, "We are trying to take
Authority before planning a large an activity which is not conducive to
wedding in a residential area. a residential area and make something
The Application which carries a fit the residential area which is not
fee of $25 would be required only if zoned that way. We have a commer-
the wedding party has more than 35 cial activity occurring in a residential
The agreement in the application Sheny Snyder who owns a rental
would contain the following limita- home said that motion would have
tions: unintended consequences.
Must be signed by both the
renter and the representative of the
owner of the home.
Outdoor bands and noises
"We built our home to rent it, not
necessarily to parties or a wedding,"
she said. "I am afraid about restric-
tions on how I can use my home as a
Combats Party Problems
The application will return to
staff for additional language for
guidelines which will include that
church and school parking lots can-
not be used by renters without per-
In other business, the discussion
on the lease extension request by
Tiffany's resulted in the item being
returned to staff. The longstanding
Gulfront business' lease is expiring
and the current location may be used
as part of the core area redevelopment.
Gregory Smith, Tiffany
D'Alemberte's attorney, suggested
his client needed more protection.
"She should have a comparable
location and comparable space and
the choice of where she is located,"
D'Alemberte's attorney will re-
ceive a copy of the draft of the lease
extension. After he reviews it, the
document will be sent to the SRIA
attorney for a final review. It will then
be returned to the SRIA Full Board
meeting, January 13.
The final request on the D and L
agenda was from Beach Buns and
Dawgs, a mobile vendor service op-
erated by Hal Harris. Harris was
granted permission to continue to
operate at Park East and Fort Pickens
Gate during summer months. He must
comply with the details regarding site
clean up and amenities as outlined
by the Board.
Buck Lee, executive director,
made two requests to transfer funds
to the Beach Chamber of Commerce.
The first was to add $20,000 to the
Fourth of July Fireworks fund since
the County is unable to send this
amount this year. The second request
was for $10,000 to establish a Cham-
"They do a first class job of run-
ning the fireworks," Lee said. "They
can get a band or expand the fire-
"The Chamber has not had a
website," explained President Jeff
Elbert. "We felt it would be a duplica-
tion of the SRIA website."
Lee said the SRIA has changed
some of the parameters of its site, so
it is a good time for the SRIA to help
the Chamber launch a site.
"I think the Chamber is doing an
excellent job," Prather said. "This is a
Both requests received unani-
mous approval from the Administra-
Dottie Ford brought the usual
good news to the Administrative
Committee. "October's financial state-
ments reflect that the revenues are up
$56,000 overwhat was anticipated. I'm
very happy to see that," she said.
The next Authority meeting will
be the Full Board on Wednesday,
January 13 at 5 p.m. at the SRIA of-
fice. Meetings are open to the public.
CRABS WE GOT 'EM
Only restaurant on Pensacola Beach offering breath taking views
of the Gulf while dining directly on the beach. Come as you are
straight off the sandy beach and enjoy our indoor/outdoor bar and gulf
side deck. Crabs has the largest selection of Crab on the beach, was
voted Best Crab by News Journal readers. She Crab Soup, Stuffed
Blue Crabs,Alaskan Snow, King orDungeness you'll find them all!
We have many other seafood favorites on our menu as well as a great
assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Don't forget to try one
of our signature drinks like 'The Crab Trap' which come with a souve-
nir glass to keep!
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch with live Steel Band. Look
for the Red Roof on Pensacola Beach. 850-932-0700
PARADISE BAR AND GRILL
A little bit of paradise at this open air, island style bar with its
own private white sand beach. Pull up a rattan stool. Cold beer. Live
Music. Exotic Libations. Friendly locals. Lunch and Dinner every-
day. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch of the Day. Renee's Famous
Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour 11-7. Live Bands. Poker on Monday
Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, it's di-
rectly on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7
The Gulf Coast's Premier Entertainment Complex. Seven rooms
of fun all under one roof! Karaoke, Texas Hold 'Em, Team Trivia,
Pool, Video games & more. Live Entertainment 7 nights a week.
Live music on 4 stages every Friday & Saturday night. Serving
lunch and dinner. New Gift Shop! Located in Historic Downtown
Pensacola at 130 East Government Street. Open Monday Satur-
day from 11 until 2:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until 2:30 on Sunday. Ring
434-6211 or visit www.rosies.com
FLOUNDER'S CHOWDER HOUSE
Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neathh the moon and
stars. Offering fresh Seafood including Tuna, Mahi and of course
Flounder! Award winning chowder, po boys, burgers and
Pensacola Beach Style baked oysters. Sample our Fresh catch
including the Shrimp Boat Platter- loaded with shrimp cocktail,
BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp and U-peel ems.
Kids love our Pirate Ship playground located on our beach well
within view of dining parents. For late night revelers- Flounder's is
host to the worlds finest beach bands. Dance all night on Floundef's
beach to the most popular bands from across the south.
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch. At the Traffic Light on
beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003
Ahoy, Matey. You've found a Pensacola Beach treasure.
Pirates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or
outside on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar overlooks
LaFitte Cove. All kinds of oysters. Live lobster. Gumbo. Din-
ner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Land-
lubbers. Take home a t-shirt.
Look for the Jolly Rogers flying over the west end of the
Island at 1010 Fort Pickens Road. We're here everyday at 11.
SIDELINE'S SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT
Score! Don't miss a point. See it all in high definition 11
big screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, it's here.
Famous for Thursday Wing Night. Burgers. Seafood and Ribs.
Kids menu for the JV players. Full bar. Indoor or outdoor
seating. Video sports games.
Centrally located on Via de Luna, just east of the main
parking lot and the traffic light. Kick off at 11 a.m. seven days a
MCGUIRE'S IRISH PUB
One of America's great steakhouses; proudly serving USDA
Prime Steaks, seafood and Irish specialties including Irish fisherman's
bouillabaisse, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie all inside
a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuire's
is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed
dollar bills hanging from the ceilings of the pub. Live entertainment
coupled with great food and warm and friendly service by Employees
who Give a Damn! Visit our on-site brewery and the O'Tolf Wine
Cellar featuring the complete vertical collection of the Chateau Mou-
ton RothschildArtist Series. Featured on NBC's 'Today' Show, highly
recommended by Fodors, Frommers andAAA travel guides, Florida
Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member.
Open every day at 11 am, 850-433-6789 mcguiresirishpub.com
The World Famous Sandshaker"- a Pensacola Beach Tradition
since 1973. It's the Home of the Original Bushwacker and has been
selling this signature drink for over 30 years. The Shaker was the 1st
bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen concoction. Live Music
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. Karaoke Tuesday. "Grilling & Chillin"
with Lost Kees, Sat-Sun 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Across from the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Open 10
am until 3am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com for photo gal-
lery and event schedule.
Open at 7:30 a.m. six days a week. Closed on Tuesday. Owned
and operated by friendly natives serving locally produced seafood
and delicacies. The Fish Tacos are an experience to enjoy. The own-
ers say their goal is to preserve the unique flavors of the Gulf Coast.
Go fresh. Go native. Specialty desserts top off expertly prepared
meals. Seating is informal. Art gallery setting with local artists dis-
playing whimsical works.
45 Via de Luna. Downtown Pensacola Beach. 934-4848.
December 29, 2009
PAGE 6 Island Times December 29, 2009
I think I'll just leave the Christ-
mas decorations up all year; that's
the only way I'll ever get ahead of
the season! Does it seem to come
faster each year to everybody or is
that just me? One minute it's Thanks-
giving, the next it's Christmas and
before you know it, it's over. Where
did it go? And why didn't it take all
the wrapping paper, tissue and bows
Well, actually I do know where
all the tissue paper went.....
The Wednesday Night Mental
Health Ladies Annual Christmas
Party was held, as always, at Queen
Paulette Provost's nearly perfect
house. After some very confusing
numbering of the gifts by Peggy
Henshall and Charlotte Spencer, we
each drew a number from the beau-
tiful china cup. Peggy was Santa,
delivering each gift to the matching
numbered recipient. I'm not sure who
brought the gift or even who re-
ceived it. I just remember Amy
Depew exclaiming in a very loud
voice that the gift was way over-
wrapped and there were poor chil-
dren in China that didn't have any
tissue at all. So, we gathered all the
tissue for Amy so that she could
send it to these poor children. That's
our Amy, always worrying about
others....and keeping us laughing!
Oh c'mon, for those of you who
are calling the Political
Correctioness Police, I know you've
heard that before. My Daddy told
one of his five children at every meal
that there were starving children in
I guess it was a very bad time
for China when I was a child. I al-
ways had a hard time figuring out
how eating the dreaded lima beans
could possibly help those poor chil-
dren. But somehow, I guess Daddy
sure knew what he was talking about
'cause China is doing much better
Anyway, the Party was another
extraordinary night with the Ladies
as we practiced mental health in
abundance. Each gift somehow was
perfectly matched to its recipient. It
Really, I'm wearing mine right
now. It's a half sweater, which is per-
fect for me. Anyone who knows me
knows that I could not possibly wear
a whole sweater; I would melt into a
puddle of liquid. I know some people
probably refer to my gift as a sweater
vest, but half a sweater fits me much
better. I love it so much that I'm
thinking of getting half a coat to fin-
ish out the winter! I don't know why
I never thought of this before.
I hope the Mental Health La-
dies Night girls know how much I
love them. No matter how crazy my
life gets, they keep me sane. Scary
Well it's time to put away the
red stuff, keep the gold and green
stuff out, and dig through the stor-
age closet for all your purple stuff.
It's gonna be another short Carnival
Time and you don't won't to miss a
minute. Don't forget the fairy dust
'cause life is always better when it's
I want to wish you all a Happy
New Year, especially those who
serve in our Armed Forces. God
bless you and keep you safe. This
recipe goes out to all our Troops
who spent their holidays in a for-
eign country. It makes a big batch
of cookies that travel well and is
guaranteed to give these heroes a
taste of home. So, let's cook......
Orange Oatmeal Cookies
2 Cups All Purpose flour
2 Cups Sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Cup Shortening (Crisco)
4 tsp. orange zest
2 Tbsp. orange juice
3 Cups Oatmeal
Blend flour, sugar, baking pow-
der, salt and nutmeg; add shorten-
ing, eggs, orange rind andjuice. Mix
well. Stir in oatmeal. Drop level
tablespoonfuls of dough on greased
baking sheet 2" apart. Bake at 375
degrees for 12 15 minutes. Makes
Enjoy, share and Have a safe
and happy New Year!
When you're hot, you're hot
and you get a whole year to brag
about it, if you win the Krewe of
Junkanoo's Chili Cook-Off, January
16 at the Sandshaker Lounge. The
event opens at 1 p.m. and the tast-
ing concludes at 4 p.m. The awards
ceremony will follow.
Leigh Weaver, head Junkanoo
chili bean, says there is a list of rules
for the chefs to follow, but there is
one rule that must be adhered to,
"This event is sponsored by the
Krewe of Junkanoo. With this in
mind, all entrants must remember
that they are at the Beach. Have fun
and celebrate. If you are unable to
have fun, this event is not for you."
Entry fee for those who
can have fun and wish to com-
pete is $30. Registration forms
are available by mailing
or by calling 850-554-0405.
General Admission to the event
is $5 which includes a taste of each
entry and a voting ballot.
Prizes will be awarded for first,
KREWE OF WRECKS MEETINGS
All meetings begin at 6 p.m.
Memberships are available
at each meeting; $30.
Wrecks Mtg Flounder's
Wrecks Mtg Paddy O'Leary's
Wrecks Meeting PegLeg's
Wrecks Meeting The Islander
Wrecks Meeting Elk's Lodge
second and third for the Best Over-
all Chili. The winner's name will be
added to the Bragging Rights Plaque
that will be displayed at the
Sandshaker year round.
There will be a Battle of the
Badge where fire fighters, police and
EMS personnel will challenge each
other's culinary skills. Additionally,
judges will award a prize for the
booth with the best theme, decora-
tion or costume.
For more information, call
Weaver at 850-554-0405.
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Mardi Gras on the Island
January 5 Krewe of St. Patrick, Flounder's, 6 PM
January 9 Nereids King Kake Party, Paradise, 3 PM
January 15 Nereids Moonpie Party, Sandshaker
January 16 Krewe of Junanoo, Chili CookOff, Shaker, 1 PM
January 23 Nauga Champagne Breakfast, Dock, 10 AM
January 23 Krewe of Brewe Black Tie Ball, Elk's Lodge
January 30 Nereids Mystical Ball, Elk's Lodge
January 30 Bananimals Ball, Bay Beach Inn
January 31 Beach Babe Contest & Cajun Boil, Shaker, 3 PM
February 6 Krewe of Kids Parade
February 6 Wrecks Grand Costume Ball
February 8 Queen's Dinner, Flounder's, 7 PM
February 8 King's Dinner, Elk's Lodge, 7 PM
February 13 Wrecks Champagne Breakfast
February 14 Krewe of Wrecks Parade, 2 PM
February 15 Red Beans and Rice Luncheon, Casino Beach, 11
February 16 Krewe of Coma, Sandshaker, 7 PM
February 16 Shoe Box Float Competition, Paradise, 8 PM
More details will appear as the season nears.
Not all events are open to the public. Some events require tickets.
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December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009 Island 1
Dine One Last
The promise and anticipation of
the New Year can be celebrated long
before the clock strikes midnight on
Pensacola Beach. Popping corks
and exquisite cuisine will create a
romantic interlude for couples who
dine at Flounder's. Locally famous
chef Mark Murphy is preparing a
special dinner for two comple-
mented by a full bottle of cham-
pagne, according to Manager Lewis
Irby. All your favorite menu items
will also be available at 2009 prices.
PegLeg Pete will be waiting to
greet his guests on the deck of the
Fort Pickens Road restaurant that
bears his name. Great oysters and
cold beer to ring in the New Year.
Sidelines will be serving their
famous wings. No time outs al-
lowed. Non-stop spoi
matter what day it is
games on December
more on January 1 G
You can have it a
Time in 2009
seats and first class service directly
on the Gulf at Crab's, We Got 'Em.
Full moon and fireworks on Decem-
Renee Mack will be serving a
fresh catch of the day and a hot band
of the night on New Year's Eve at
Paradise. The Hushpuppies will
play. The kitchen will be open late.
Kowabunga, dude. Surf Burger
will be open on December 31 until
9 p.m. Bring your best girl to grab a
burger and milkshake before 2009
slips away. Sports, especially surf-
ing on multiple televisions.
Chef Willie Eberlin reminds
diners that the ZooLights on the
Boardwalk will soon go dark, so
come early and stay late at
Bullfeathers. Champagne, cocktails
rts action no and dinner specials. 1 k.
. Five bowl Your first meal of the new year Santa Look Alike Alec Adams really had to check his Naughty and TU
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Floats Parade Into Paradise
Miniature float builders are
drawing up plans and gathering bits
of glitter and shimmering sequins to
turn ordinary shoe boxes into fabu-
lous Mardi Gras floats. The third
annual Shoe Box Float Competition
will be the final event of Mardi Gras
on the Island, Tuesday, February 16
at 8 p.m. at Paradise Bar and Grill.
Q: "What are Fake Virus
A: Fake Virus Alerts are mali-
cious programs that download them-
selves into your computer and try to
put you into panic mode. They are
designed to make you believe that
your computer is infested with vi-
ruses, malware, and spyware. They
are well-disguised as antivirus soft-
ware and appear to be there to help
you. That's why they are called
"fake virus alerts." Some of them
will have names like Antivirus 360,
Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010, and
Security Center Alert.
Their main goal is to get your
credit card number. When they first
appear on your computer (usually
"As is the custom in the New
Orleans schools, children bring a
shoe box to class and with a lot of
crepe paper, glitter and imagination,
turn it into a Mardi Gras float," said
Renee Mack, Paradise General
Manager. "Islanders are starting to
get the hang of Shoe Box float mak-
ing and the competition should be
from a website that you visited), the
programs begin to "scan" your com-
puter and immediately start report-
ing lots of viruses. The scan usu-
ally only takes a few seconds to
make a list of viruses. Remember
that a scan that lasts a few seconds
can't really locate that many viruses.
The scan is fake, and is done to con-
vince you to give them your credit
card number so that they can fix the
Sometimes, after typing in your
credit card number, the Fake Virus
program just disappears off your
screen, not bothering to even tell you
that the credit card was accepted. At
that point, it is best to call your credit
card company and put a hold on your
stiff this year."
In addition to the open division,
there will be a children's contest this
year sponsored by Island Times.
First, second and third place trophies
will be awarded.
Decorated floats will be ac-
cepted at Paradise beginning at noon
on Monday, February 15. Judging
The way to respond to those
Fake Virus programs is to reach
for the power button on your
computer. By turning the com-
puter off quickly, you have a
chance of clearing the Fake Vi-
rus from your computer. If it is
still there when you turn the com-
puter on again, you might as well
start looking for some technical
support. Those bad programs
can be very crafty and often dis-
able the real antivirus program
that you had been using.
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Steering Committee Needs More Time To Evaluate Planners
The thirteen member Steering
Committee which was created to as-
sist EDSA, land planners, met on
Wednesday, December 16 for two
hours, but that wasn't enough time
for them to meet their goal to reach
"some degree of consensus" to re-
port to the SRIA board.
"We will take your refinements
and bring them to the public pro-
cess at the third input session and
have a final plan in the Spring," Paul
Kissinger, EDSA, said.
Kissinger did appear at the De-
cember 16 meeting of the SRIA, and
told the Board members that the
Steering Committee would meet
again on the Beach where they will
prepare a recommendation based on
information from the public and the
"There will be another public
forum," Kissinger said. "And the
planners will refine and update; and
present the final plan."
During a public meeting in
Pensacola on December 15,
Kissinger noted that a number of
plans were presented to the audi-
ence and there seemed to be an over-
all acceptance of some of the plans.
"There were common themes of
concern," he said. "Among them
was parking, beach access, empha-
sis on natural beauty, parking strat-
egy for employees."
Although committee members
realized time was running short for
the completion of the task at hand
the EDSA team presented concep-
"We are not going to rush
through this," Kissinger said. "We
spent a lot of time creating these
plans and options and we want you
to consider them carefully."
The following elements were
included in the visual display:
* Enhancing pedestrian connectiv-
ity and linkages
* Reorganization of public parking
and circulation patterns for
* Extension of existing boardwalk
along Santa Rosa Sound
and connect to the core
* Relocation/reorganization of the
Visitor's Center to a more
centralized and prominent
* Creating a gateway and entry
experience into the core area
at the intersection of
Pensacola Beach Blvd, Via
de Luna and Ft. Pickens
* Strengthen the connection from
beach to bay
Various designs were presented
to achieve these results included:
* Changes in the road locations,
* Pedestrian promenades
* Enhanced pedestrian crossing
* Parking garages, enhanced
surface area parking
* Entertainment amphitheatre
* Extensive landscaping and
* Beachfront park and promenade
* Plaza and drop off area
* Pedestrian skywalks
Kissinger showed the inspira-
tional imagery that creates a feeling
of what Pensacola Beach is - surf
and sand dunes and movement of
water and wind.
Conceptual drawings of the toll
booth were shown and what the toll
booth could look like. The gateway
must provide a sense of arrival and
set a theme for visitors to the Island.
"What is the theme?" asked
Committee member Julian
MacQueen. "That should be created
first and, then, we move forward from
Member Tom Almon added, "I
think we are on solid ground to come
up with a catch phrase with the term
island that can be emblazoned on
the entryway and incorporated in
The Steering Committee mem-
bers heard information about the
funding methods for the redevelop-
ment of the core area of the Beach.
Robinson, IV, told the Committee
that the Commission wants to see a
plan, one plan, before discussing the
"The task is yours to get the
plan," he said.
SRIA Executive Director Buck
Lee has set the next Steering Com-
mittee meeting for Tuesday, Janu-
ary 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. atthe
SRIA boardroom. The meeting is
open to the public.
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The Krewe of Wrecks
flagship is cruising the waters
of Pensacola Beach now with
its party flag flying on high.
They voted at their meeting at
The Break to designate Janu-
ary 4 at Flounder's as Tiara
Night. This is a not a Ladies
Night. It is "everyone must
wear a tiara" night. This por-
tion of the dress code will be
strictly enforced according to
Running Around Wreck Jeff
"We will have a large vol-
ume of business to complete,"
Reigning Queen Paulette Pro-
vost said. "We can get more
done while wearing proper
Mardi Gras tiaras."
The Wrecks are celebrat-
ing their thirtieth anniversary
and have adopted a nostalgic
theme for this year's events,
"ShipWrecked on the Beach
for 30 Years." The Wrecks'
board is in the process of in-
viting all former royal court
members back to the island.
Some have moved away. Some
are in hiding.
"We are trying to find
them all, so this year's Mardi
Gras will be the best ever,"
Two meetings of dire im-
portance are the Safety Meet-
ings called by the Escambia
County Sheriffs Department.
The first is at 6 p.m. on Janu-
ary 21 and the second is on
January 23 at 10 a.m. Both
meetings are at the SRIA of-
fice. All krewes must have a
float rider as a representative
at this meeting which con-
cerns the safety rules of the
Wrecks Mardi Gras parade,
scheduled for February 14.
Volunteers are still needed
to help decorate for the Cham-
pagne Breakfast, Grand Cos-
tume Ball, Krewe of Wrecks
float, and volunteers are also
needed to serve in various ca-
pacities at the Red Beans and
Rice luncheon and the parade.
Former Wrecks Queen
Claire Marcey invited all the
Wrecks to the Old Fogey's
New Year's Eve Party from 6
to 8 p.m. on January 31 at The
Memberships are still
available in the Krewe of
Wrecks at $30 per person and
they still have some Thirtieth
Anniversary t-shirts available.
For more informa-
tion, contact Treas-
Wreck Melanie Waite at
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The songwriters will return to
Pensacola Beach for their second
annual festival from September 27
to October 3, in 2010, and the stu-
dents at the Beach School will be
included in the activity. The group
confirmed the date at their Decem-
ber 15 meeting on the Beach.
Reneda Cross of J. Pasquale
Music, said the school kids were
involved last year when Pasquale
himself performed for the students
and answered their questions
about songwriting. Cross noted
that she hopes to expand this pro-
gram this year.
Return To Paradise
"There is a program called
Words With Music for kids. Stu-
dents write lyrics and submit them
to songwriters who put them to
music," she said. "This program
was developed by the Country
Music Hall of Fame to keep arts in
The first festival hosted 31
songwriters at five beach venues.
"Our goal in 2010 is to have
60 songwriters at ten venues," said
Pasquale praised the beach's
reception of the songwriters.
"People wanted to come to
Pensacola Beach. They loved it
when they got here. It was like a
songwriter's family reunion."
New at the 2010 festival will
be a vintage guitar show. This
brings vendors and enthusiasts
from all over the nation.
This festival could give
Pensacola Beach worldwide pub-
licity, according to Cross, who said
it will be featured in industry maga-
zines and those which are dedi-
cated to the vintage music collec-
For more information
about the Pensacola Beach
Songwriters Festival, email
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The Beach's favorite entertain-
ment DJ, David McDonald, is put-
ting down his party music mic, and
doing a week-long radio show for
News Radio 1620 AM. Tune in from
4 to 7 p.m. today through the New
Year to hear David's positive spin
on today's recession. His guests for
the "I Refuse to be a Victim" pro-
gram include Chamber Execs Meg
Peltier from Gulf Breeze, Dana Story
from Perdido Key and Donna Tucker
from Santa Rosa County. Well
known Beach personalities Art
Parrish, Doug Permenter and Shelley
Johnson will be on the air, too.
Former Pensacola newscaster Mark
Curtis will visit the show on Janu-
ary 1. Mark Curtis is currently a
Washington, D.C. correspondent.
ON TOP OF TAXES
Membership has its benefits.
Pensacola Beach Advocates mem-
bers were among the first to know
about the judge's order in the Beach
tax suit. They were alerted via email
almost immediately. Kudos to the
Beach citizens group, PBA. Informa-
tion about the group is available at
their website www.pbadvocates.org.
Bridge transponders have to be
renewed by December 30. Better get
over to the SRIA office and bring
your checkbook before they close
for the New Year's Eve holiday.
Saints fans are in good com-
pany at Paradise Bar where the staff
is outfitted in Drew Brees jerseys. If
the Saints win, you might even score
a free bowl of Renee's red beans.
FIND TREASURE ONLINE
You can watch WSRE's origi-
nal documentary, narrated by Ken
Bums: "Gulf Islands National Sea-
shore The Treasure of the Gulf
Coast" online at http://
national-seashore.asp The pro-
ducer, director and writer of the Gulf
Islands documentary, Jill Hubbs said
it was an incredible experience. She
spent a year researching, filming and
editing a film designed to showcase
the history, culture and beauty of
Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Share the link with out of town
friends. They will be lured to the
Florida panhandle to experience Gulf
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The Cervantes Street ski ap-
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fashions. If you want to hit the
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Nauga Queen VIII Karen Cook, left. Joining her for the fun are Nauga
royalty (Lto R): Gwen Gibson, Dana Graves, Tommy Grice, Karina Fos-
ter, Sharon Mattair and Danah Gibson. Nominations for the next Nauga
Queen were placed in a sealed leopard covered satchel to be deliv-
ered to the Secret Society of Royal Recognition. The new queen will be
crowned on January 23 at the Nauga Breakfast.
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days, make a trip to see them. An
added bonus, is the friendly yellow
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by E.K Hewson
It's been almost 50 years
since the first episode of "The
Jetsons" aired on television and as
we approach 2010, I want to know
where Rosie, the robotic house-
keeper, is. Even though she only
appeared in two of the original 24
episodes that began in 1962, the
show was re-run so many times
that I personally thought by now I
would own my very own Rosie.
Where is she? Don't even try to
counter with the fact that there are
automated floor sweepers on the
market. The Roomba is no Rosie,
with her extendable arms and her
perfectly executed 90 degree
I've have purposely modeled
my current lifestyle after "The
Jestons" in hopes that Rosie will
appear on my doorstep, ready to
be assembled, complete with a
maid's outfit and dusting cloth.
I somewhat have the George
Jetson work schedule. I work five,
four-hour days or sometimes I
work four, five hour days, but not
for a tyrannical boss. The com-
pany I work for provides IT ser-
vices. George, on the other hand,
worked only three, three-hour
days per week and for a short and
overbearing boss. Spacely Space
Sprockets did, however, manufac-
ture a product, sprockets.
I cook much like his wife
Jane. I take the cardboard box out
of the freezer, place it in the mi-
crowave, push a button and voila
I no longer have dogs, but
when I did they were always very
Astro like. When my first dog Roy
and I would go for a run, it was a
50-50 chance he would spot a cat,
take off and drag me along for the
ride. I think my last thought would
be as my workout clothes were
being shredded to bits was well at
least we're not on a treadmill.
Of course, I don't have a
teenage daughter named Judy. I do
have the genius pre-teen son, The
Kid, because he knows every-
thing. Didn't we all at that age?
I must admit I don't have the
cool aerocar, but I do drive a
Prius; and sometimes I just walk
out of my bedroom, down a flight
of steps and telecommute to work
or to go shopping anywhere the
internet will take me. That ought
to make rural Southern Maryland
somewhat comparable to Orbit
Right now, I own a Swiffer, a
Dyson, a Kindle, a Blackberry, an
iPod, and a microwave that says
"thank you" and "enjoy your
meal." I even have time released
air fresheners. But still no Rosie.
Maybe in 2010 she will make her
For now, I resolve to keep my
rosy disposition, thorns and all,
when it comes time to do daily
household chores. Of course, I
could be so totally retro and
Google maid services. Until next
time... Happy New Year!
Kim LoBue was rolling along in the Chamber's Surfing Santa Beach Parade
December 13 on her tinsel powered tryke. She and her wheels were beauti-
fully decorated. G. Cole and Jack White are in the background.
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Eubanks Announces Retirement from National Seashore
Ebenezer Scrooge scowled
at the frivolity and fun during
the Lighted Boat Parade VIP
Viewing Party at Flounder 's,
December 11. Throughout the
evening, he was warmed by the
good spirits, enchanted by the
lighted vessels and charmed by
the Chamber 's guests. He trans-
formed into the affable Villa
Sabine resident Jim Cox and
celebrated into the night.
The north winds blew during the Lighted Boat Parade, December 11,
but these friends did not feel the chill. They gathered to view the pa-
rade at the VIP Party at Flounder's. Cindy Allmon, Joann Hargrove,
Claudia Riberio, BJ Gyoerkoes and Karen Krasnosky were joined by
Chilly Willy the Penguin during the invitation-only event.
Fireside Stories Light
Up Fort Pickens
Gather round the campfire to
hear the history of Fort Pickens lo-
cated at the western tip of Santa
Rosa Island, Saturday, January 2 at
5 p.m. Entrance fee is $8 per vehicle.
Participants should bring chairs and
blankets and dress for outside
For information call 934-2600.
After serving as Superinten-
dent of Gulf Islands National Sea-
shore since December 9, 1984, Jerry
A. Eubanks announced that he will
retire on January 2. He has led the
country's largest national seashore
through numerous organizational
and operational changes which re-
sulted in extensive natural, cultural,
and recreational program improve-
ments. Among many other suc-
cesses, Mr. Eubanks has led the re-
covery efforts from numerous hurri-
canes, the implementation of a pre-
scribed fire management program,
and the inclusion of Cat Island within
the National Seashore. Cat Island is
considered by many the crownjewel
of the Mississippi Coast barrier is-
A native of McCool, Missis-
sippi, Mr. Eubanks joined the Na-
tional Park Service in 1960, after
graduating from Mississippi State
University with a Bachelor's Degree
in Civil Engineering and working for
a brief period for the Mississippi
Department of Transportation.
Early in his career Mr. Eubanks
was selected for and spent a one-
year assignment in Washington, D.
C., as a Management Trainee for the
Department of the Interior, an assign-
ment which included working as a
staff member for U. S. Congressman
Bernie Sisk of California. Mr.
Eubanks has received numerous
awards for his exemplary service to
the National Park Service, including
one for beach erosion control mea-
sures utilized while at Cape Hatteras
National Seashore and the Depart-
ment of the Interior Meritorious Ser-
vice Award in May, 2000.
Jerry and his wife Anne have
two married daughters living near
the Great Smoky National Park and
six grandchildren. After retirement,
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plan to plan to travel,
including to those Na-
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to live and work.
The public is in-
vited to a reception for
Eubanks on Friday,
January 22, 2010, atthe
Naval Live Oaks Visi-
tor Center in Gulf
Breeze from 2p.m. to 4
tendent Nina Kelson
will be Acting Super-
intendent until such
time as a replacement is hired.
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December Boasts Spirited Play At Beach Poker Games
The spirit of giving abounds at
the Texas Hold 'Em 4444 Fun poker
games on Pensacola Beach. During
December players gave each other
hard stares, blank looks, seductive
smiles and quizzical grins as they
battled and bantered their way to the
top spots. Justin Scher has staked
his claim among Beach poker stars
as the man to beat. By December 24
he had earned enough wins to be
crowned as the Player of the Year
Jenny Doherty wrapped up a
game prior to Christmas with steady
play and a little luck. She paired the
two Aces in her hand with the two
on the board to wipe out Justin Scher
and put Tim Koontz in second place
on December 15 at Paddy O'Leary's.
Billie Urquhart, Erica Sirmon
and Kristin Larmier are the Beach
ladies who outplayed the men this
The results are as follows:
1. Dr. GlennBurleson
2. Cassie Smith
1. Diamond Donnie Beall
2. Dr. Glenn Burleson
1. Erica Sirmon
2. Billie Urquhart
1. Justin Scher
2. Russell Patterson
2. Bill Dossey
1. Justin Scher
2. Trace Lewis
1. Todd Lentini
2. Russell Patterson
1. Justin Scher
2. Eric Weatherford
3. Jenny Doherty
4. Josh Nichols
Texas Hold 'Em 4444 Fun is open
to anyone 21 or older who has a ba-
sic knowledge of the game.
"We have a great poker family."
said promoter Rick Uzdevenes.
"About 18 to 20 players come to the
tables for week night games."
For more information, call the
poker hotline at 850-324-2667.
Monday: Sandshaker, 7 PM
Tuesday:Paddy O'Leary's.7 PM
Thursday: Paddy O'Leary's,7pM
Racers Prepare To Run The Beach
Runner and walkers can step
into the New Year with a sprint to
the finish line on January 16 during
the Pensacola Beach Run. The event
kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Gulfside
Pavilion at Casino Beach. Entries will
be accepted until thirty minutes prior
to the race start. The entry fee is $22
until January 15 and goes up to $25
The course is a fast, flat route
along paved roads on Pensacola
Beach. Runners will be treated to
views of the Gulf and the Sound as
they pound out the 5K and 10K
The post race party includes
live music, soft drinks and beer. The
fun starts at 9:30 a.m. The awards
presentation will take place during
the party and will include runner's
awards in Male and Female Overall,
Masters, Grand Masters and Senior
Grand Masters; and three deep in
standard five-year-age groups.
Walkers will compete in 5K and 10K
distances with the top five male and
female receiving awards.
For more information and reg-
istration go to www.active.com.
Cruise Over To Tour Historic Sailing Ships
In 1492, Christopher Columbus
sailed the ocean blue and replicas
of his vessels are available for self
guided tours in downtown
Pensacola. The sailing ships Nina
and Pinta arrived at Palafox Pier on
December 22 and are open from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. every day until Janu-
ary 3. The admission price is $7 for
adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for stu-
dents. Children 4 and under are free.
The Nifia is a replica of the ship
on which Columbus sailed across the
Atlantic on his three voyages of dis-
cover to the new world beginning
in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny
ship over 25,000 miles. That ship
was last heard of in 1501, but the
new Nifia has a different mission; it
is a floating museum, and visits
ports all over the Western Hemi-
The Pinta was recently built in
Brazil to accompany the Nina on all
of her travels. She is a larger version
of the archetypal caravel and offers
larger deck space for walk-aboard
tours and has a 40 ft air conditioned
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3RD GRADERS 3 WaSHES
The first semester of the school year is complete and students at
Pensacola Beach Elementary look toward the future. We asked the third
grade class to name three wishes they would like to have granted. Their
answers varied from the altruistic idea of peace on Earth to a ten foot long
chocolate bar. Joy McLaurine and Tara Turk are the third grade teachers.
McGuire Wolfe to live forever, peace and
love on the Earth, my sister to live safely
Emily Wang- more ice cream
in a week, don't want my dad to
leave too many times or for a
long time, my school will have
SAccomplished artist Josie Collins,
left, created tropical Christmas
scenes for the contestants at the
Island Style Coloring Contest to
decorate. Josie, an ,. ,gihi grader
in Gulf Breeze, inherited her
talents from her ,,, ..i. iri,,,i. ,
Bonnie Elbert, who crafted the
coloring sheets for years.
Over 50 talented artists submitted
entries in two age divisions. The
winners, announced on December
12 at Island Style are as follows:
8 and Older Division Firstplace,
Zofia Uszok; Second place,
Maddie Grace McCurdy; Third
place, Mary Elliott; and
Honorable Mention Patrick
7 and Younger Division First
place, Hannah Buzchalter;
Second place Kacey May; Third
place, Tommy Joy; and Honorable
Mention Lakin Harvey.
Emily Chaney was awarded the
SPeople Choice Award. The
coloring contest is part of the
Chamber 's Season Your Holidays
a with Island Spirit promotion.
million dollars, super
powers, light saber
Veronica Gyoerkoes- a razor
scooter, I want a DSI really bad,
All DogS Go To Heaven the movie
The Adult Coloring Contest was hosted by the Sandshaker Lounge on
December 19. Crayons and colored markers sat next to cold beers and
bushwackers. Christy McClusky ofPace works on her entry which earned
her a second place award. The coloring contest is part of the Chamber 's
Season Your Holidays with Island Spirit promotion.
Grace Reece- a new
puppy, my family doesn't
move, a happy new year
a e Je osNl
Olivia Chaney- a
guitar, a piano, a
a a a fol
Lae aneaPa atr d aind
another phone ,
abit of love
ladi Clay- that the Dallas
cowboyss win the Super Bowl, I
vill never change my mind so I
an be a Marine Biologist, that my
nom will let Lola grow big
Ashley Price- that animals don't
eat other animals, powers to heal
animals that are sick, power to
change pennies and one dollar
bills into a million dollar bill
Isabella Rose Rise more peace
on Earth, Everybody will be nice
to one another, no more doing
stuff to Earth like pollution less
cars- recycle use busses stay
Zoe Cooper- world S
peace, no animal g
abuse, no war
Emily Boyle- A million dollars (I
really want it!), A horse (I really
want it!), super powers (I really
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backpack clin' ots f candv,,,
Alabama wins, more sunny
days, no more pollution
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ca, orld peac toto South
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reat holiday, be a singer 2010
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Comfoi & Joy
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January has long been consid-
ered "White Sale" month for many
shops, stores, and manufacturers.
Oddly enough, inventories have
somewhat been emptied by Decem-
ber 31 of each year, so this is a time
of renewal, realignment and reduc-
tion in shelf product, and yet a bo-
nus to those in need of linens, tex-
tiles, and bedding. Be sure the styles
and sizes match your needs.
Here are some helpful tips for
you to use to pre-plan your January
White Sale shopping:
> How long have you had your
> When was the last time you
washed your pillows?
[If the answer about laundering
was more than six months...the time
has come to either wash or replace
> How many set of sheets do
you have per bed?
> How often do you change
[The recommended number of
sheet sets is three, and linens should
be changed every third day...after all,
you change your clothes at least
once a day, yet you are on your
sheets 40% of your life]
> How many people live in
How many sets of towels do
[The recommended number of
towel sets is three per person...do the
> How many bathrooms do you
> How many hand towels do
[Handtowels are the perfect an-
swer to recycling, so long as you use
and launder them often. Keeping
fresh handtowels in your powder
rooms and bathrooms is extremely
important to good health and clean-
liness. One for each day is a begin-
ning; and one for each guest is a
necessity! Save them, launder of-
ten, and enjoy how beautiful and
practical they are. ]
> How many dining tables do
> How many table cloths do you
have ready to use?
> How many sets of napkins do
you have per cloth?
[The recommended number of
table cloths per table is three, and
the number of napkin sets per table-
cloth is also three.]
So, start checking your own in-
ventory of linens before you buy,
and remember to focus on your own
good health and cleanliness at home.
After all, the environment in which
you sleep, eat, and entertain is a di-
rect influence on your own well be-
As Mama used to say, "Clean-
liness is next to Godliness," so do
yourself a real White Sale favor, and
invest in linens that feel great, last a
long time, and canbe laundered and
turned regularly, to offeryou the best
home and sleeping environment you
While on the subject, take time
to assess the light and sounds inyour
bedroom, or that possibly disturb
your sleep..it does make a differ-
ence, and perhaps your own white
sale item should be black out shades
or black out drapes...to help you
during the deep sleep process.
January is a time for fresh starts,
and fresh linens. Resolutions to good
health should include one of the
most basic elements of your daily
regime good sleep.
A good night's rest will bring
about amazing wake-time results.
Make a goal of eight or nine unin-
terrupted hours of sleep per night.
Prepare your sleeping quarters to be
conducive to rest. Don't take the
day's worries to bed with you. The
old adage, "Let me sleep on it,"
should be set aside for "I'll be fine
if I get nine."
Success with sleep will yield
many benefits. You should experi-
ence improved health, and greater
Best wishes for a restful new
I've heard people say, "I'll be
so glad when this year is over! Per-
haps next year will be better!"
Those who are unemployed,
experienced a serious illness, lost a
loved one, suffered through a great
disappointment, may feel relieved -
feeling that a day on a calendar
marks the change to new possibili-
ties. And they may be right. Very
often, the attitude we take on makes
all the difference. It is called "Self-
fulfilling Prophecy." If we think it
will be better, the attitude we adopt
will help to make it better. In the
same way, if we think it will not be
better, chances are that everything
we do will be designed to fulfill that
prophecy. Robert Merton, professor
of sociology at Columbia University,
coined the phrase "Self-fulfilling
Prophecy," and it has been a part of
the philosophy of those who work
to make a difference in the lives of
people, businesses, and corpora-
tions. It is often amazing at how well
it works. For once we establish an
expectation, whether accurate or
not, we act in ways that are consis-
tent with that expectation, and in
many cases, the end result is surpris-
ing in that the expectation comes
As we begin the New Year, we
would do no better than take seri-
ously the words of Stacey Chillemi,
Ivories At Music
Professional jazz pianist and
piano teacher Al Martin will be the
featured artist at the Music Study
Club meeting, Wednesday, January
13 at 10 a.m. in the Pleitz Chapel at
First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox
Street in downtown Pensacola. The
event is free. The interested public
is cordially invited. Light refresh-
ments will be served before the pro-
gram. For information, visit the
"Do not be afraid, take one day at a
time, be proud of who you are, walk J
with courage and your head up high,
believe in yourself, focus on the Bring
positive, for the footsteps imbedded the
in the ground of your new path will whole
become the solid foundation to your family! [on 9 to 5
future." a Th 9to9
Perhaps, just perhaps, as we & F 9 to 7
move through the New Year, we will at 10 to 5
be able to proclaim not that the past
were the best years of our lives, but
that these are the best years. Expect
the worst, and the "self-fulfilling HAIR
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reading' the water
by Saltwater Rick
This is the
last issue of
2009 and I
would like to thank our readers for
the wonderful support you have
given the Island Times this past
The winter weather is here, so
there have been some days that
have not been the best for fishing,
but, if you work your way into the
warmer spots around the Sound and
Bays you should be able to find a
nice Redfish or two for the dinner
The Specks are getting' big and
Sheepshead are all over the Bridge
Piles. The Mullet are everywhere
and it is oyster season with very
tasty Northwest Florida oysters be-
ing served in our local eating joints.
At least the cold weather is
good for something. Remember to
put oysters in the dressing if you
have a New Year's meal or find a
recipe that includes the local catch.
Here's to wishing that your New
Year is bountiful with friends and
fish. Enjoy the fishing pics and do
yourself a favor, take a kid fishing.
Justin Scher with a Black Tip
Shark caught near Fort Pickens.
Scher took his Texas Hold 'Em
friends out to wet a line last
month. Scher seems to possess
the right mix of skill and luck.
Todd Lentini hoisted this Bull Red
out of the water long enough for
a photo after a night of fishing at
FISHING PIC OF THE MONTH
ANGELA THE ANGLER
Angela Hartzog hooked her first
fish ever during a December fish-
ing excusion with Justin Scher
and friends. She was bundled up
to fend off the cold night air, so
all you can see is her smile. An-
gela joins the ranks of lady an-
glers who patrol the shores of
Santa Rosa Island in search of the
Licensed & Insured
Santa Rosa & Escambia Counties
Eric Weatherford landed this beauty while fishing at Fort Pickens with
Justin Scher and his Bull Red the Texas Hold 'Em 4444 Fun gang.
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December 29, 2009
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