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Island Times Volume VIII, Number 3 Pensacola Beach, Florida May 25, 2012 High Five High Five Beach School Sandpipers Take FlightPensacola Beach Elementary School is the nurturing educational environment where these youngsters are turned into scholars, good citizens and friends. Some of the students will leave after spending their entire six years at the little elemenNot in photo: Courtney German. For more on this story, turn to page 2.


PAGE 2 Island Times May 25, 2012 Published every other Tuesday SHELLEY W. JOHNSON, PUBLISHER islandtimes@bellsouth.net www.MyIslandTimes.comNo portion of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Island Times Super Sandpipers Madison Clay, left, and Carlee Amberson, will be recognized for their achievements during the Pensacola Beach Elementary School Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony, June 5, at Hunt Hall. Beach School Sandpipers Soar To Next Level Attorneys Announce BP Oil Spill Settlement Funds Available Soon To Leaseholders, Coastal ResidentsHurricane Resistant Wooly Boogers Host Event


Island Times PAGE 3Forever ...Barefoot on the BeachAs a tribute to Jane Waters who passed away January 10, Island Times will continue to run some of Janes favorite columns for your enjoyment May 25, 2012 Our latitude will change your attitude Lunch Specials MonFri 11-2 Dinner Specials NightlyCATCH IT ALL! Oysters Fresh Gulf SeafoodOPEN EVERYDAY Waterfront Dining Live Music Gift Shop Kids Playground#2 Via de Luna 934-3660Sports in Hi Def40 TVs 8 Big Screens 934-3660 WINGS45Every Thursdayc Monday Cajun Nite Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Specials Tues: of Wine Wed: Specials Thurs: Specials Tuesday Surf and Turf Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Wed Mexican Madness All Sports Always On Pensacola Beach Advocates Want Master Plan Input The Islander Newspaper April 19, 1985 If you think youve read this column somewhere before, you have. It appeared in the August 14 issue of The Islander at a time when Supt. Charlie Stokes said he could arrange for Beach middle and high school students to attend Gulf Breeze schools. This concept is now clearly in danger of being zapped with the announcement of Supt. Mike Holloway that Santa Rosa County wants all $750,000 paid in school taxes by Islanders, to accept these students. As an alternative suggestion, why not allow the parents of Beach children choose the school their children will attend on the mainland? Does it have to be Clubbs? Or Pensacola High? Why not Workman? Or Washington? Granted there are only a few kids on the Beach, but the $750,000 tax money should carry some weight. If there is no opportunity for them to go to the Gulf Breeze schools, and if there is no possibility for them to have their own Island school facility, at least let them choose their school in the Mainland. Why not? After all, they are certainly not governed by any school district boundary. Read on Kids are kids. No matter where they live they should be entitled to attend school within some reasonable distance of their homes. Residents of Pensacola Beach, although they pay their share of school taxes, have been the step-children of the Escambia County education system for years. It was a monumental struggle to get the little elementary school established on the Beach. And, although we call it the Pensacola Beach Elementary School, in reality it is an extenElementary School. Have you Pensacola Beach Elementary School in the phone book? gan in Harry Gowens A-frame house. Subsequently, it was moved to its present location on Via de Luna, where classes from kindergarten through sixth grade are conducted. The school is unique in modern times with two classes to each teacher, and special instructors who come to teach music, art and physical education. The children who go to the school, set in the sand beach, love it. When they leave to go to middle schools, they have an exceptional background in basic knowledge. But here, the problem begins. Our kids start the seventh grade thirteen miles away in Pensacola in a middle school which begins at the sixth grade. According to Diane Roberts, the Beach children are placed in a compromising situation among students who have their patterns set a year earlier. They have learned the ropes in an ever-changing situation. The designated middle school itself needs upgrading. So, what do Beach parents do? They opt to send their children to private schools in town, or they move away. Then, when the remaining parents petition the school board to add grades to the Beach School, they say it is not feasible because there are not enough youngsters to warrant the addition. True. They have moved away to get into a better school program. The circle grows vicious. Finally, Beach high schoolers are bussed to Pensacola High School unless they again decide on and can afford a private high school. While it is an educational institution with a good reputation sacola High School is a long way from home for these teenagers. Consider the permanent population of approximately 2,500 people on the Beach. Consider how many people would want to reside here if the school situation was different. Consider the construction of residential condominiums like Tristan Towers. Will more children be year round residents of Pensacola Beach? Throughout this country, there are hundreds of small towns and villages with a complete public school system. Many have a population of a thousand or less. In many cases, the school is the focal point of social and athletic activity in the town. Recently, we heard that it is possible that the Escambia County School Board would pay the Santa Rosa school Board so Beach students could attend Gulf Breeze Middle and High Schools. long trip to the mainland would be gone. Still, Pensacola Beach is changing. It is growing into a community of civic minded citizens. School should be part of this growth plan. Someday, the back-to-school issue of The Islander could feature kindergartners through seniors in high school, attending classes within a few minutes of their homes. It is a dream we would all like to see come true. [Editors Note: Escambia County closed the Beach School June 30, 2002, and a group of parents committed immediately to re-opening it as a Charter School. It is run by a Board of Directors, financed by the State and the communitys monetary contributions. Although almost half of the Beachs ad valorem taxes are allocated to the Escambia County school district, none of that money comes back to the Beach Elementary School. The standardized test results are higher than all Escambia County schools. The school has won numerous national awards and is ranked among the states best performing schools. ] Citizens put the brakes on the ideas of a vehicular overpass or a pedestrian walkover being constructed at the main intersection on Pensacola Beach, but those were not the only ideas contained in the Pensacola Beach Master Plan. The Santa Rosa Island Authority, at the request of the Escambia County Commissioners, submitted a list of additional projects which included improvements to the toll facility, a pedestrian boardwalk encircling the core area, improvement projects to areas along Ft. Pickens Road and Via de Luna. The Master Plan was developed over two years by Ft. Lauderdale based EDSA. The SRIA appointed a steering committee to comment during the planning phases, and the SRIA board conceptually approved a vehicular overpass as the preferable way to meet the Master Plans goal to create a pedestrian friendly beach-to-bay experience. Pensacola Beach Advocates would like to know what you think about these projects. They have authored a survey which asks for priorities and comments. The survey is available online at www.pbadvocates.org and takes I think we can say the County is interested in moving forward with portions of the plan on a pay-as-we-go basis, and both Grover Robinson and the County Engineering staff have expressed interest in a survey president. We need people to take the survey to help set priorities. Cox further commented that there are many funding sources for these projects and that no increase in the toll is proposed at this time. The survey is open to anyone who is interested in Pensacola Beach to include residents, leaseholders, business owners, employees and day visitors. The survey is divided into topics based on the projects location on the beach. Responses The results will be compiled and made available online at the Pensacola Beach Advocates website. Its our goal to receive a large number of responses from a variety of interested parties, said Cox. After the results are compiled and reviewed by my board, they will be shared with the Santa Rosa Island Authority Board, County Commissioners and the Countys engineering department. The survey is available at www.pbadvocates.org. The site also has Beach tax information and a PBA membership application.


PAGE 4 Island Times May 25, 2012 T?? ? ??? ? ? ? ? ? ?rivia?? ????? ? ? ??? ? PEOPLE Dance in the sand STAY & PLAY Waterfront Florida Retro Inn paradisebar-grill.com paradiseinn-pb.comBar/Grill: 850-916-5087 The Inn: 850-932-2319 Come as you are Bike, boat or carFull Service Bar Live Music Seafood to snacks Waterfront Stage Swim & Sun Soundfront beach live entertainment Seafood to rent kayaks & paddleboards Multi-tasking... lounging & suntanningSpend some time in Sat May 26 Mon May 28 30 x 90 Tues May 29 Biscuit Miller & The Mix Wed May 30-Thur May 31 Motor City Josh Friday, June 1 John Hart & Fatty Waters Sun, June 3 Eric Lyndell Tues, June 5 & Thurs, June 7 Guitar Shorty Fri-Sat, June 8-9 Dream Vipers updates: paradisebar-grill.com Wooly Boogers Keep The Hurricanes Away Bawl SAT JUNE16 3-6 pm Everyone is invited. For unexpected emergencies, our experienced ER team is on duty 24 hours per day. Gulf Breeze Hospital is just minutes from the beach, downtown Pensacola and Navarre. EXP ER T CAREP ER SONALIZED S ER VICEGULF BREEZE HOSPITAL PROUD TO BE A 100 TOP HOSPITALS WINNER 850.934.2000 GulfBreezeHospital.org The Trivia Master is puffed up sitting on the stage strumming a victory tune after last editions question separated the Master from the guessers. There is much ado about the wildly successful Tuesday night Bands on the Beach concerts, so the Master asked if anyone remembered the former name and year that the Santa Rosa Island Authority established the program? No one, not a soul. Some were close. Some were creative. The venerable commander of the Knights of the Trivia Roundtable sent an answer that the Master could not substantiate so will give Sir Morrie Drees the nod for his wealth of memories. the Beach was started in the early 90s by Charlie Stough and a local group called the First City Blues. Well, Sir, perhaps. The question which asked about the SRIAs Tuesday night concerts, has a simple answer. Blues on the Beach was name of the series in 1996. It was created and produced by Dee Lucas who was the SRIA Events and Tourism Director. In 1997 a band called the In Tunes played the second season kick off concert. SRIA staffer Robbie Marie Lofty, who was awarded a Shining Star Award by the Pensacola Chamber, will not get a star from the Trivia Master this time. She said the SRIAs ad agency sent the oldest ad for Blues on the Beach that they had in their archives, from 2002. That was their best guess. To her credit, she may have still been in elementary the Beach concerts took the stage. The Authority decided that a wider variety of music would create a smash hit and it did. So Bands on the Beach was the new name and a steady stream of rock, country, blues and people grace the island on Tuesday nights. Big Bob Dority was vying for a place in the Trivia Hall of Fame. His un-famous answer of Blues on the Beach but with no guess at the year, left him humming a sad tune. Retired U.S. Army Colonel Mike Cook marched onto the scene with what he termed as a wild guess. He knew it was Blues on the Beach, but thought it started in 1995. Wild Mikes answer was just off the mark. The Master loves history and applauds the Gulf Islands gang for their newly opened Museum at Fort Pickens. The civil war era fort hosts all kinds of interpretive programs from cannon balls to seashells, so the parks staff really knows some trivia. According to the rangers, where does the white sand at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island come from? If you are a geologist or a sand sculptor, sweep the grains off your hands and email your answer to islandtimes@bellsouth.net. The Master expects to see Trivia in the subject line along with your name and phone number. Deadline is Tuesday, June 5.BEACH MAYORPensacola Beachs Mayor Bob Merriman decreed that his constituents should prepare for yet another year of partying. He celebrated his birthday, May 19 at the Sandshaker, where the vote was unanimous in favor of his decree. The mayor discusses important issues in his beachside members. Congrats to entertainer Holly Shelton who earned a straight As this term in pursuit of her Masters Degree in Social Work. She had her nose in the books when she was not up on stage; and it paid off. HIGH SEAS TRAVELERSAlida Newton has conquered another continent. Newton, who lived all over the world, but calls Gulf Breeze home, cruised with friends for ten days and was most excited about Moscow on her itinerary. Perhaps she drank a vodka martini. Beach residents Carl and DJ Zemenick went shipboard for their latest vacation. DJ, an avid photographer, has pictures of her entire trip.DANCIN JIMJim Elbert has returned to his Panferio Drive home after hip surgery. It wont be long until hes ready to dance the night away with his wife Bonnie. Dad should be ready to celebrate Fathers Day said son Jeff. Maria Weisnicht was a happy crew member aboard the Reach Around which took first place in the Pensacola Beach Yacht Clubs SeaBuoy Race May 12. The skipper is Jeff Hunt. Will they win the Memorial Day Regatta on Saturday? Stay tuned. AT THE DUNESChad and Laken Harvey are beach kids who were temporarily relocated to Pensacola. They are very grateful that their parents, Diana and Casey announced that Santa Rosa Dunes will be their new home. Back to the Beach!A REAL COOL JOBAshley Chisholms daughter Bailey celebrated her birthday last week. She is the cool teenager who serves sno-cones at the stand near the Gulf Fishing Pier. According to mom, she digs the paycheck and tips!NEWLY WED NEWSFormer Beach resident Delores Wernet, says son David, 27, is a newlywed living in Baton Rouge. He is in campus ministry and wife Kayla works as a graphic designer for the Baton Rouge newspaper. Parents Delores and Lock live in Destin.


PAGE 5 Island Times May 25, 2012 Pensacola Beach residents and visitors will have additional attractions to enjoy this summer after the Santa Rosa Island Authority Development and Leasing Committee approved requests for recreation based businesses at their May 23 meeting. Coastal Paddle Company which offers paddleboard rentals intends to operate at the Soundside Center and Balls of Fun, will set up their operations at Castaways as early as this weekend. Its a shallow pool with giant clear ball for a person to get in, explained SRIA Executive Director Buck Lee. One more thing for people to do. The Operations Committee approved the plan for four parking places to be designated for electric powered vehicles only in the Casino Beach parking lot. This is a move toward being green, said SRIA Board Chairman Dave Pavlock. It a way to say thank you for driving electric vehicles. The Administrative Committee received a revenue summary from Dottie Ford, SRIA Director of Finance for March 2012. This looks good, said Board member Ed Guernsey. We are $345,000 above budget and $156,881 above the prior year. The Committee voted unanimously to support the Gulf Breeze High School Baseball Boosters summer tourney with a $2,500 donation. Teams who travel to the event are encouraged to stay on the beach. The SRIA will send each player a visitors guide. These items will appear on the Full Board meetings consent agenda, Wednesday, June 13. Is it time for a change in the structure and staff of the Island Authority or should the Board leave well enough alone? The complex issue was discussed at a Special Santa Rosa Island Authority Board Meeting, May 23, and will stay on the Full Board agenda into next month. In the meantime, the SRIA Director of Administration position remains vacant with dozens SRIA Board Chairman Dave Pavlock said after careful review of each department, and considering that the SRIA executive director is running for elected would like to see a Director of Administration hired. We need to be prepared to lose Buck, he said. I think it Beach Stakeholders Invited To SRIA Budget WorkshopThe Santa Rosa Island Authority Board has set aside Monday, June 4 at 5 p.m. for a special Budget Workshop, open to the public in their boardroom at #1 Via de Luna. We are the stewards of this money, but it is generated by the leaseholders on this island, said Vernon Prather. I think it is important that rather than discussing our budget after a long board meeting agenda, that we dedicate a separate time to this budget. I would like to have the leaseholders here to comment. The SRIA budget which has grown to nearly $7 million must be approved by the Escambia County Board of Commissioners in July. Beach resident Jim Cox referred to Escambia Countys budget shortfall caused by an unexpected state imposed Medicaid bill when he urged the Board to protect the islands reserve funds. The County is looking for $2.3 million to balance their budget, said Cox. Excess this board and addressed. The SRIA budget traditionally contains funds reserved for use to operate and rebuild after hurricanes. A draft budget is available Board will complete their budon June 27. Administration position. Board members Fred Gant and Ed Guernsey agreed, but Tammy Bohannon thinks this is an opportunity to review. I would like to see the SRIA modernize the model in what roles and capacities staff serves, she said. Board member Vernon Prather believes that the budget process ing the vacancy. I think this bears some more vetting. We can review our needs in light of what our budget shows, as well, he commented. In other business, the Board selected E.W. Bullock Associates as their ad agency and approved a task order which gives Baskerville Donovan engineers a green light to prepare a report about the feasibility of creating a public parking area located in the Beachs residential area. Engineer Mike Langston noted that the report will be a detailed evaluation of what could be placed on the parcel between Avenida 13 and 14. Historically the residents have been resistant to the idea of locating a public parking lot near their homes citing noise and disruptive behavior as drawbacks. The solution may not always be in the best interest of the residents who live there, but it is in the best interest of increasing the parking, said Langston. The SRIA board meets on Wednesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at 1 Via de Luna. The meetings are open to the public. Committees Approve Added Recreation, Green ParkingBoard Hires Ad Agency, Leaves Admin Post VacantPublic Input Encouraged at June 4 Meeting


PAGE 6 Island Times May 25, 2012 by Kathi Lewis peas, porridge & a dry martini Marias Fresh Seafood MarketTake a little bit of the Gulf Coast home! Fresh from the boats daily We can cold pack for travel or ship anywhere. 621 Cervantes Street Call for directions from the Beach 850-261-2462Owner Peggy Henshall is ready to keep you in stitches!www.CajunStitchery.com CajunStitchery@yahoo.comnames, logos, custom artsmall or large quantities native cafeowned & operated by friendly natives! Go Native Daily 7:30 AM to 3 PM Our sh tacos are the best! HATS Hiking & Backpacking Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear, Ropes & Shoes Indoor Rock Climbing Wallwww.weatherfords.net HATS Mens and Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Serving Gulf Breeze and the Beaches since 1987 Master of Laws Kudos to Joe Lewis & Co. Sausage & Cheese Rolls 1 package frozen yeast rolls 2 lbs. ground sausage, browned ing). Nancy Kittel, Mike and Susi Mardis welcomed Kathi Lewis and Melanie Rowe to the concert.


Island TimesPAGE 7 May 25, 2012 A Glimpse of Heaven A Glimpse of Heaven By Father Paul Lambert St. Anns Catholic Parish www.bankofthesouth.com 136 FORT PICKENS ROADPENSACOLA BEACH 850-932-9336Mon Thurs 9 4:30 Friday 9 5:30 LOBBY CLOSED FROM 1-3 PM EACH DAY. DRIVE UP OPEN DURING ALL BANKING HOURS. Bank of the South Island BranchFull Service Banking Close to Home 850-206-3156 Joe Stukey Computer Repair in Your Home www.ycpals.com joe@ycpals.com Jennifer Byrom, P.A. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Toll Free: 877-889-8822 Milton 916-9000 Sunday ServicesWorship by the Water, 9 AM Flounders Beach Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church www.gbumc.org Our Lady Catholic Church, 9:45 AM Avenida 18 /Via De Luna www.stanngulfbreeze.org Pensacola Beach Church, 10 AM Avenida 18 /Via de Luna Graduations, sign ups for trying to get onto or off the beach; yep, summer is almost here. It is about time to plan on how you are going to spend your summer. For some, summer is a time that business ramps up and one's hours of work begin to increase, for others it is a time for things to slow down. My challenge, regardless of your situation, is to truly soak up the Son this summer. I use the word "Son" on purpose referring to spending some time with the Lord this summer. I truly believe that there is no vacation from vocation; that we are called to spend time with God all year long. We have a tendency, as a culture, to take the summer off when it comes to our prayer life and church life. We have this completely erroneous lie that lurks in our minds that in order to relax during the summer we need to limit our responsibilities as much as possible. I want you to have a summer to remember, I want this summer to be the best you have ever had. I challenge you to take Jesus with you on vacation, whether you are staying local or vacationing elsewhere. If we believe that we can do nothing without God, then the same must be of rest. If we really want to get the most out of our vacation, our summer time, then we need to allow ourselves to be guided by God in our fun. I truly believe that if you have daily prayer during this summer, asking God to bless your rest, your fun, and your time, you will not be disappointed. Taking Jesus with you on vacation may not give you a person to play paddle ball with or apply some needed sun block, but what he gives is greater than any other gift. Jesus gives us peace. Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, presented a beautiful opportunity for Vicar Father Paul Lambert were on hand to celebrate the Children's Mass and welcome Brennan Nickelsen, Nora Elliott, Kate Allen, Bella Leidner and classes. Music was provided by Our Lady's Choir and the talented Mateer sisters, Macy and Maddie, daughters of parishioners Craig and Lesley Mateer. Photo and report by Mary Ann Claus, church communications director The longest tenured social organization on Pensacola Beach, the Womans Club continues their tradition of charitable giving. At their meeting, May 17 at the Pensacola Beach Community Church Fellowship Hall, they got to the serious business of announcing the recipient list. Receiving funds are: Pensacola Beach Elementary School, Pensacola Beach United Church of Christ, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, Manna Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and Favor House. During this membership year, the club donated money to support the Pensacola Beach Advocates Recyclemania and the Military Appreciation Fishing Trip on Pensacola Beach. They also made donations to Gulf Breeze Tree of Lights and Caring and Sharing of Northwest Florida. In all, the Pensacola Beach Womans Club made donations totalling $7,000. The Club hosts one fundraiser, their annual Game and Card party, which includes raffles and a silent auction. The proceeds fund this giving program. While celebrating the joy of giving, the Womans Club wished seven members happy birthday. Florence Calonder, Kathy Christoff, Bobbi Cunningham, Ann Hopkins, Gayle Crume, Mary Jo Tibbits and Cindy Curran are the May birthday girls. The Club meets monthly but does not conduct business during the summer. For more about the Club, email beachbunny808@ hotmail.com. Florence Calonder, Kathy Christoff, Bobbi CunTibbits and Cindy Curran are the May birthday girls.Gulf Islands National Seashore will host a special event in honor of Memorial Day at historic Fort Pickens on May 28. The event features a living history encampment by Company C, 3rd U.S. Infantry (1860-1865) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Uniformed reenactors will conduct period Colors and Retreat ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Company drill demonstrations will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Ranger led tours of Fort Pickens are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., a special moment of silence will be observed as an act of respect and remembrance to the brave men and women who have given their lives for their country. The program is free, but there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area. For more details, go to www.nps.gov/guis.Memorial Day Events Set At Historic Fort


PAGE 8 Island Times May 25, 2012 850-932-1417 500 Quietwater Beach Blvd Upstairs from Key SailingBurgers Fries ShakesWe have gone back to basics. Expect the same incredible quality food delivered in less time. DOG FRIENDLY DECK! BREAKFAST SAT & SUN 8-11 MAY May 25 9pm Mo Jiles May 26 2 pm Avenida 16 9 pm Mo Jiles May 27 3 pm Mainstream 9 pm Banana Republic May 28 3 pm Cabo Rock May 29 7 pm Shawna P & Adam Tyler Brown May 30 8 pm Richard Bowen May 31 8 pm Chronic JesterTrolley Stop #16 bamboowillies.com Lets Party!Atkinson Earns Top Spot At Texas Hold Em During AprilWinning is the name of the game, and Tex Atkinson is the Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun namesake and winningest player in April. Poker for fun has its perks. Promoter Rick Uzdevenes presented Tex with a vintage bottle of Scotch for his outstanding play. Results from Paddy OLearys games include first time winner Josh Rogers making his way to the top spot on May 3. He finished ahead of Larry Paz. Bryan Wilson outlasted Ted Gorder for the win on May Humphrey on May 17. Tommy Grice graced the winners circle after strong play on May 14 and as a runner up to James Taylor on May 7. Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun games are open to anyone with a basic knowledge of the game. Its great to have new people join us, even if it is just for one night, said Rick Uzdevenes. Tourists are welcome to pull a chair up to the felt. For more information contact Uzdevenes at 850-324-2667. The hostesses of the Pensacola Beach Martini Party (L to R) Sherry McReynolds, Helen Yates and Doris Hernandez shake things up at Santa Rosa Towers on May 16. Its a girls-only party until the last hour when they allowed the men to attend. Check out the cocktail glasses! by Tex Atkinson craft carrier during the Korean War. Many of those missions were close air support so I felt a kinship with those who fought in the trenches below. We often exchanged a wave and we each respected what the other was doing. Many of us saw our buddies die; those who fought in the trenches and those who fought from the air. And some of us who lived came close enough to death to at least sense some of the emotions involved. I have never spoken with anyone who was in combat for an extended period of time who thought of himself as a hero. On the contrary, if you ask one who was there such a question, they answer with a blank stare, and you sense that they are wondering if you are still working with a full deck. Or they might answer quietly, We left the heroes over there. I remember a particular mission that was scheduled during my time in Korea. It had all the earmarks of being a tough one. We were briefed. We had started our engines and I was in my AD suddenly, I knew without a doubt that if I took off I would not be coming back. I had never known such an overpowering feeling or anything like it in my entire lifetime. I remember thinking, Okay,Atkinson, you can shut down the engine, walk up to the bridge, lay your wings on the table, and live with the consequences for the rest of your life. Or you can get this airplane in the air and see what happens. I cannot honestly remember if I ever thought about my previous anxiety during the remainder of that entire flight, but I am certain that I never had that experience again. I would guess that beneath many of the white crosses lie the remains of a soldier, who, when alive, could tell us a similar story. Those who fight our wars experience at least some of what I have described and much, much more. They were and they are human beings with all of our faults. But overriding all is the one fact I told you in the beginning. Nearly all of them came to recognize that there are times in your life when the task before you is much more important than yourself. I leave you with words selected by the Korean Memorial Committee, They died and they took the remainder of their lifetime with them. They longed to hold a loved one just one more time; for long quiet talks with those who were most important in their lives. And no doubt in that last moment there was before their eyes a special and beautiful face, smiling in anticipation of all their tomorrows together which now would never be. Because of their sacrifice millions live in freedom. And to them this memorial is most respectfully dedicated. Today I add these words, and to them this Memorial Day is most respectfully dedicated. And to them our heartfelt thanks. Tex Atkinson, pilot, author and wily poker player is a contributing columnist to Island Times. The longtime Beach resident was honored during the Military Fishing Expedition awards ceremony, May 8, along with Ron Christian and Bob Kennedy. Remembering Heroes During Memorial Day


PAGE 9 Island Times May 25, 2012 check out the photo gallery at myislandtimes.comLindaMurphyRealtor@bellsouth.netis ready to assist you at 850-748-0865 LINDA TAYLOR MURPHYREALTOR ARE YOU READY?We understand your insurance needs!850-623-8092CALL DENISE TAYLOR TODAY FOR A QUOTE family owned and operated independent insurance agency Life, Business Auto & Motorcycle Commercial Vehicle Homeowners & Flood Call Dennis Remesch850-384-7607 www.denrem.com Ready To Buy? Homes for Sale GULF BREEZE 5/5 $574,900 3/5 $249,900 NAVARRE Brand new! Beautiful new soundfront community located just 3 miles west of the Bridge. 3/3 $182,900 Call for a personal tour! Stunning on Santa Rosa Sound. Your own beach with 1.73 acres. Build your dream home. $180,000. Owner will divide. Check out my other residential lot listings: Gulf Breeze addl locations Featured Listing Waterfront Lot Gulf Breeze Where do we go from here?We need your input! Take our survey.After hearing citizens concerns, the Escambia County Commissioners rejected the proposed plan for improving the Core Area. This basically leaves us without a Master Plan despite 2 years of effort and expense. Pensacola Beach Advocates is asking Beach residents, businesses, renters and mainlanders for their input on the Pensacola Beach Master Plan. Please help the SRIA and the County prioritize future projects. www.pbadvocates.org Please help the SRIA and the County prioritize future projects. With your help, we can chart a course for the future of Pensacola Beach pbadvocates.org survey is online at READY TO TRI Teenagers preparing for the Pensacola Beach Triathlon May 19 line up at the starting gate for the swim on Flounders Beach. They were a swift trio. Earning the top three spots in their age group are (L to R): First place, Brooke McSheehy, 18, third place Caitlin Mims, 15 and second Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m. Quietwater Amphitheatre Fiesta Boat Parade & DeLuna Landing Ceremonies


PAGE 10 Island Times May 25, 2012 Oyster Bar & Seafood Join us for lunch and dinner! LAGUNAS Fresh Seafood Over 60 Specialty Tequilas Sandwiches & Salads Indoor/Outdoor Dining Sunday Brunch The School Bell Rings PASSING THE CATBeach School Principal Jeff Castleberry reported that one hundred percent of his students who participated in the FCAT writing test met the passing mark. Additional scores in reading, math and science will be available next week. The Beach School traditionally scores higher than their peers in Escambia County. VOLUNTEER CHEERSA Volunteer Appreciation celebration was hosted at the Beach School May 17. Jill Johnson was honored as the Parent Volunteer of the Year and Laurie Gill was named the Community Volunteer of the Year. CAMPING ANYONE?Surf Camp, Pensacola Beach,www.innerlightsurf.com or 850-934-9004 Kids College at Pensacola State College, www.pensacolastate.edu/continuingeducation or 850-484-1797 Sailing Camp, Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, 850-502-3049 4-H Summer Camp, Fran Lainhart at 850-475-5230 or by Gulf Breeze Middle School National Junior Honors Society Inductees from the Beach School are (L to R): Maddie Grace McCurdy, Riley Thompson, Shelby Dunne, Mary Elliot, Kylie Finkbone, their Principal Richard Cobb, Daniel Green, Patrick Hodges, Benton Byrd and Reddon McLaurine.DONATIONSPensacola Beach Optimist Club donated $2000 to the School from the proceeds of the Kentucky Derby fundraiser. They also donated $200 to the Helen Cotton Media Center as a tribute to the staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. HONORS SOCIALITESPensacola Beach Elementary School alums have been recognized at the middle and high school levels of National Honors Society. Gulf Breeze High Chapter of the National Honors Society Induction Ceremony was May 2. Oceane Ziegler, Eric Post, Sage Baird, Kendall Hoover, PJ Dunne, Jack Ettelson, Adam Foley, Marina Johnson, Harley Taylor and Madison Penico were inducted. The National Junior Honors Society at Gulf Breeze Middle inducted 57 students and nine were Beach School grads. The honorees were Maddie Grace McCurdy, Riley Thompson, Shelby Dunne, Mary Elliot, Kylie Finkbone, Daniel Green, Patrick Hodges, Benton Byrd and Reddon McLaurine. Lauren Pinkston participated in the Sunshine Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition Preliminary, April 21 at the Gulf Breeze Recat a regional level this month. Lauren earned a big trophy and glittery her age group. She also brought home a trophy for prettiest eyes, hair and smile, Best Party Lauren is the daughter of Dr. Tracey Pinkston of Pensacola Beach and granddaughter of Bettie Lee and Dave Sundstrom.


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PAGE 13 Island Times May 25, 2012 Open everyday at 9 AM 850-934-3141 OPEN AIR DECK Overlooks Sabine Bay Free Sunsets Waterfront Location Next to the Yacht Club www.DalesBigDeck.com 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd at the Sabine Marina MAY 25 Crosstown 7:30 PM -11:30 PM 26 Posi-Tones 7:30 PM -11:30 PM 27 Lektric Mullet 4 PM -8 PM28 TIM MORGAN LIVE 7PM-10PM29 MIKE SARRA & DENNIS GOSSMAN 8PM-11PM30 KARAOKE W/ BECKY 7:30PM-11:30PM31 KARAOKE W/ BECKY 7:30PM-11:30PM JUNE 1 LIVE MUSIC2 THE BLENDERS 7:30 11:30 PMFOR UPDATED ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULES CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT WWW.DALESBIGDECK.COM Dales Big Deck Happy Hour 49 Via de Luna 916-9808 PaddyOLearysIrishPub.com Authentic Irish Pub Texas HoldEmSPORTS!All The Games! By Joe Stukey Your Computer PalBytes and BitsQ: What is Apples SIRI product? SIRI is an artificial intelligence software product that is installed on the Apple iPhone 4S. Using a technique called language parsing, the program understands what you say and talks to you. SIRI responds to your commands, allowing you to do many things, including making phone calls, making dinner reservations, buying tickets, scheduling meetings, sending messages, and doing research. If you ask where to find sushi, SIRI will return a list of Japanese restaurants that are nearby. If you ask it to tell you the diameter of the earth, it will MostlyBy Candace Segar I am a very lucky woman because I have more than one Segar man in my life. My husband Ralphs oldest brother, Gene is an avid reader, researcher and student of life much like me. Several months ago I received emails from Gene regarding a nuclear element called Thorium. I had never heard of it. The concept where it was being used in place of uranium as an energy source piqued my interest, but due to an intense work schedule at the time, I simply dropped the issue. Well fortunately for me, Gene pursued this topic. Recently he sent me a note that a new book entitled, Super Fuel Thorium the Green Energy Source for the Future, by Richard Martin had been released. I immediately purchased a copy and began to read about this element. Here is a glimpse into the wonderful world of Thorium! Before I begin, I must first clear up a large misconception that many folks have about renewable energy. Solar and wind generation is grossly misunderstood creating an illusion that these two energy forms can be and will be a panacea for all our future power needs. It is neither a practical consideration nor solution to our growing need for energy. Nuclear power provides the power grids with 20 percent of our required energy needs. Presently our boiling water and pressurized water reactors use uranium as our base fuel for these reactors. Nuclear power can do more. Enter Thorium! This element is four times as abundant as uranium in the United States. It is found naturally in the soil. So the next time you are digging in your garden, you are probably holding a small amount of Thorium in your hand. The half-life of Thorium or the time it takes for half of the atoms of Thorium to disintegrate is approximately 14 billion years as compared to uranium at 4 billion years. This long half life lowers the radioactivity level and lessens the exposure problems from radiation. It cannot be used in a standard nuclear plant. It is not able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction on its own like uranium. But it can be used in conjunction with a small amount of uranium. A new type of reactor would be needed called a liquid fluoride thorium reactor abbreviated as LFTR. One of the best gains for the public with this type of breeder reactor is that they produce as much fuel as they consume. In addition, this reactor could start using up leftover highly enriched fissile material from dismantled warheads and spent fuel from other nuclear plants. There would no longer be a need for underground storage of nuclear wastes. The reactor core contains a frozen salt plug. If a problem occurs, the plug melts, the fuel drains into a shielded container that can handle the residual heat making a meltdown physically impossible. We could power the entire United States with Thorium for thousands of years until we come up with a better alternative. India and China are jumping on this technology. And what as a nation are we doing? Pretty much business as usual which equates to little or nothing is being done. It is sad to me that our nation isnt leading this effort. I think one of the best things we could do as we the people of this great nation is to insist that all people running for office must pass a science test to see if they are truly knowledgeable and qualified to lead our country. Then maybe, Thorium and LFTRs would be topics on the agenda! get that information for you. The program searches through its online data bases to find answers to your questions. If the information is not contained in those data bases, the SIRI program will tell you that it doesnt know the answer. If you keep asking the same question, SIRI might remind you that you are repeating yourself. It sometimes seems that you are having a conversation with SIRI, because it will respond to your comments. If you say I love you, SIRI might respond Thats nice. Can we get back to work now? or Ill bet you say that to all your Apple products. The program evolved from a research project sponsored by the US military in 2003. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) worked with SRI International to complete the research. SRI then created a separate company which released the first version of the SIRI app for the Apple iPhone in 2010. Soon afterwards, Apple bought the newly created company and began to develop a more sophisticated version of the program. It now can understand English, German, Japanese, and French. For questions, contact Joe at joe@ycpals.com or 206-3156. There will be two ways to observe a very rare celestial event on Tuesday, June 5. As Venus transits in front of the sun beginning at 4:30 p.m. the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association volunteers will have telescopes set up at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach and also at Pensacola State College. This rare event will not occur again in our lifetimes, said Dewey Barker, Star Gaze and Events Coordinator. It will be 127 years before the alignments of Earth and Venus again cause Venus to appear to move across the visible disk of the sun. Venus will appear to touch the Suns disk about 5:10 p.m. and take about ten minutes to move completely onto the Sun. It will be almost half way across the Sun by local sunset, about 7:30 p.m. Always use care when attempting to view something involving the sun, warns Barker. There will be a number of websites streaming the event live, which of course, will be safe to view. For more information, about the Astronomers, log onto www. eaaa.net.Venus Puts On A Matinee in JuneOne Show Only, So Dont Miss It Greeting guests at Tammy Bohannons office at Harbourtowns Business After Hours and Open House May 17 were Louis Bohannon and his granddaughter Jocelyn Reeves. Jocelyn is a third grader at the Beach School. Louis, a long time beach resident, volunteers tirelessly at community events, most recently the Military Fishing Expedition fish fry on the Beach.


PAGE 14 Island Times May 25, 2012 CLASSIFIED ADS are $5 for 20 words. Additional words are 10 cents each. Send ad with check made payable to Shelley Ink, P.O. Box 844, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562. Real Estate For SaleCLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGPensacola Beach Vacations Rentals. Call for the BEST RATES on Beachfront condos and beach homes. Toll Free 800-242-3224. Visit online gulfbluevacations.com Since 1963, RMI Vacations and RMI Realty have been the premier vacation rental company and real estate company located on Pensacola Beach. You can view, select, and book your vacation rental online! We offer spacious, affordable family beach homes, townhomes and condominiums. RMI also offers FREE Stuff with EVERY RESERVATION! www. rmivacations.com or 850-9325376. Real Estate For Rent CalendarMay 25 Star Gaze, Casino Beach. No Charge. May 26 Star Gaze, Casino Beach. No Charge. May 28 Memorial Day events at Ft. Pickens begin 9:30 am. All Day. May 29 Bands on the Beach. 7-9 Gulfside Pavilion. Free. June 1 First Friday, Boardwalk. 5:30 to 7:30. June 2 Fishing Chix Tourney. Weigh In Noon2p.m. Awards party follows. Flounders. June 2 DeLuna Landing at Boardwalk, 3 pm June 2 Island Fights. MMA. Hilton. Ticket required. June 2 National Trails Day, Ft. Pickens. 7 pm June 5 Bands on the Beach. 7-9 Gulfside Pavilion. Free. June 9 Stand Up Paddleboard Clinic. Innerlight, 9 am and 11 am June 12 Bands on the Beach. 7-9 Gulfside Pavilion. Free. June 13 Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting. 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna. Open to the Public. June 14 Flag Day June 16 Wooly Booger Keep The Hurricanes Away Bawl, Paradise, 3-6 p.m. Open. No Charge. Bring good luck charm. June 17 Fathers Day June 19 Bands on the Beach. 7-9 Gulfside Pavilion. Free. June 22 Star Gaze, Casino Beach. No Charge. June 23-24 King Mackerel Weigh In. Flounders Beach. June 26 Bands on the Beach. 7-9. Gulfside Pavilion. Free. June 27 Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting. 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna. Open to the Public. July 4 Happy Birthday America. Fireworks. 9 pm July 6 First Friday, Boardwalk. 5:30-7:30 pm BEACH CHURCH BINGO 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Dinner $6 at 6. Bingo $20 at 6:30. www.thebeachchurch.com ELKS BINGO 1st and 3rd Sundays, 6 pm, $1 per card. Family friendly. Open to public. 850-932-4444 BEACH BRIDGE CLUB 9:15 to 2 on MON and FRI Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge Sid Hite 932-1739 NAME:_________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________ CITY: ________________________________STATE: ___ ZIP: ______________ Be in the know! Have Island Times delivered to you! Send a check for $32 made payable to Shelley Ink Mail to: PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 Pssst . . if you want to be a wise guy about beach stu read Island Times WeddingsNOTARY to perform wedding ceremonies. 850-748-6878 East Bay Waterfront home 2,485 sq.ft. with 102 feet on the bay. $269,000. MLS listing # 402379 Call Linda Murphy, Keller Williams Realty 850-748-0865 New Construction. 3/3 Navarre. Soundfront community. $182,900. Two story. Beautiful details. Dennis Remesch, Re/Max on the Coast, 850-384-7607. Pensacola Beach Condo. Gulf front. 2-bedroom/2 bath. MLS#: 421524. $235,000. Island Realty, Nan Harper. 850-293-9321. A day on the beach is worth a week in town. Call Brandi Whitehurst, Coldwell Banker, 850-3419132. If its for sale, I can show it to you. BEAUTIFUL LOT Waterfront Gulf Breeze. Stunning on Santa Rosa Sound. Your own beach with 1.73 acres. Build your dream home. $300,000. Owner will divide. Dennis Remesch, Re/Max on the Coast, 850-384-7607 Villas on the Gulf Pensacola Beach. MLS#: 415543 $189,900. Very desirable 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath condominium just a few steps from the gulf. Noel Faddis, RMI, 850-932-5376 Building Real Estate Sales Team to meet demand. Top Commission and dis, RMI/Realty Marts. 850-932-5376 Items for SaleMirror place mats, $10 ea or 12 for $100. Crystal tray with 4 crystal bar glasses, $50. 4 Crystal bar decanters $15 ea or all for $50. Two nicely framed Chinese silk art. Need to see to appreciate. 850-932-4804. An eclectic collection of well-loved beach white wicker furniture as a lot. White wicker chair with side table/ottoman, cushions. Petite white vanity with mirror and seat,. Coffee table with glass. Side table with glass. (2 diff) End tables, round with glass. Curio shelf unit, curved top, white basket. All weather white faux wicker rocking chair with cushion, $195 for all. More info and request photos at islandtimes@bellsouth.net AMF Playmaster 8 Pool Table. 2005. Cues, cue rack, balls, etc. Slate top. All like new. $650. Pensacola Beach. 850-393-2202


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Island Times PAGE 17 May 25, 2012 FLOUNDERS CHOWDER HOUSE Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neath the moon and stars. Offering fresh Seafood including Tuna, Mahi and of course Flounder! Award winning chowder, po boys, burgers and Pensacola Beach Style baked oysters. Sample our Fresh catch including the Shrimp Boat Platterloaded with shrimp cocktail, BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp and U-peel ems. Kids love our Pirate Ship playground located on our beach well within view of dining parents. For late night Dance all night on Flounders beach to the most popular bands from across the south. beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003 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 them all! We have many other seafood favorites on our menu as well as a great assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Dont forget to try one of our signature drinks like The Crab Trap which come with a souvenir glass to keep! Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch with live Steel Band. MCGUIRES IRISH PUB One of Americas great steakhouses; proudly serving USDA mans bouillabaisse, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherds Pie all inside a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuires is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed dollar bills hanging from the and warm and friendly service by Employees who Give a Damn! Visit our on-site brewery and the OTolf Wine Cellar featuring the Artist Series. Featured on NBCs Today Show, highly recommended by Fodors, Frommers and AAA travel guides, Florida Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member. Open every day at 11, 850-433-6789, mcguiresirishpub.com Commercial & Residential Appraisal Consulting & Sales103 Baybridge Dr. Gulf Breeze, FL G. Daniel Green, MAI, SRAState-Cert. Gen. REA #RZ836 Real Estate Broker #BK176669 Sandcastles and such...Pensacola Beach Real Estate After Sundown... SIDELINES SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT big screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, its here. Kids menu for the JV players. Full bar. Indoor or outdoor seating. Video sports games. Centrally located on Via de off at 11 a.m. seven days a week. 934-3660. SANDSHAKER LOUNGE The World Famous Sandshakera Pensacola Beach Tradition since 1973. Home of the Original Bushwacker. Been selling this signature drink for over 30 years. First bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen concoction. Monday half price HoldEm at 7 p.m., $2 Tuesday Across from the Boardwalk. Open 10 am 3 am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com 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. and Dinner everyday. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour Monday and Wednesday. Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Open 7 days. 850-916-5087. PEGLEG PETES Ahoy, Matey. Youve found a Pensacola Beach treasure. Pirates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or outside on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar overlooks Dinner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers a t-shirt. Were here everyday at 11. 932-4139. www.peglegpetes.com BAMBOO WILLIES BEACHSIDE BAR bar serving your favorites. Specialty Fat Tuesday frozen drinks like the Octane on stage. Bikini contests. Crawday afternoons. Willies Wear Gift Shop. Waterfront on Santa cated at the Boardwalk. 850-916-9888. www.bamboowillies.com SHAGGYS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILL through the open air dining room and side bar. friendly. Arrive by boat or car, bike or on foot. Open everyday at 11 a.m. in the big red building on Pensacola Beach Boulevard. 850-934-4852. www.shaggys.biz 2012 Visit us on the web at: www.mcguiresirishpub.com E-mail: mcguiresirishpub@aol.com ONE OF AMERICAS GREAT STEAKHOUSES 11 Time Golden Spoon Award WinnerFlorida Trend Magazine Hall of FameBeef Backers Award Best Steaks in FloridaFlorida Monthly Magazine Best Pub in FloridaFeatured on NBCs Today Show and on The Food NetworkHighly Recommended by Fodors, Frommers, Mobil & AAA Travel Guides A TURN OF THE CENTURYNEW YORK IRISH SALOON PENSACOLA'S OWN SINCE 1977 A TURN OF THE CENTURY NEW YORK IRISH SALOON ONE OF AMERICAS GREAT STEAKHOUSESTM 11 Time Golden Spoon Award WinnerFlorida Trend Magazine Hall of FameBeef Backers Award Best Steaks in FloridaFlorida Monthly Magazine Best Pub in FloridaFeatured on NBCs Today Show and on The Food NetworkHighly Recommended by Fodors, Frommers, Mobil & AAA Travel Guides 2011Visit us on the web at: www.mcguiresirishpub.com E-mail: mcguiresirishpub@aol.com 41524-25_DinrCoverPensacola31412.indd 1 3/19/12 11:56:27 AM WHAT A VIEW! Palm Beach Club 2/2 neatly appointed to provide immediate enjoyment, $259,000 garden tub, attractive furnishings. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets await new owners. Complex has 450 feet of water front on the sound/intercoastal. Joanne & Noel Faddis toll free 1591 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 www.rmivacations.com RMIs Precious Pelican says, Owners, if you want higher income, lower costs and fewer problems, let me show you how! Were booking fast! Island Times May 25, 2012 PAGE 12


Island Times MAY 25, 2012 PAGE 18 Turtle TRAX By DJ Zemenick Dolphin Cruises850-492-6337Located at the Beach Marina 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 850-723-6142 Pensacola Beach Marina Sailing/snorkeling trips from $55! Of all the sea turtle species, the smallest and most rare is the Kemps Ridley. It is Critically Endangered, meaning it faces an extreme risk of becoming extinct. At adulthood they weigh between 85 100 pounds; have a heartshaped shell (called a carapace) which grows to approximately 2 2 feet in length; and they reach sexual maturity in about ten years, about half that of larger species. a few of these rare sea turtles have begun to nest in the Pensacola Beach area. Unlike loggerhead and green sea turtles, Kemps Ridleys come ashore to nest (and hatch) during the day. Weighing less than half that of larger sea turtle species, their tracks leave a shallow impression in the sand and will disappear quickly on a windy day, making it even more come ashore. Unfortunately, they seem to prefer windy days for nesting. Perhaps their inclination to come ashore during windy conditions is a type of survival mechanism which helps camoupatrollers who try so hard to save them. Prior to the 1950s, Kemps Ridleys were plentiful in the Gulf of Mexico. Though some people had claimed to have witnessed thousands of these small sea turtles come ashore all at one time for a mass nesting, called an arribada, no one had actually documented such an event. In 1947, a young pilot who wanted to witness an arribada persevered excited to see a mass nesting of Kemps Ridleys in progress at Rancho Nueva, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and was able to land his Several years later, in the summer of 1961, the film the way into the hands of a marine biologist who presented it at a meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The audience was stunned. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of the arribada and its site became public knowledge and soon nearly every nest was falling victim to poachers. The eggs, considered a delicacy, were sold in markets and shrewd marketers even claimed they held aphrodisiac powers, though such claims were baseless. Between poachers, other predators, and the drowning of both adult and juvenile sea turtles in shrimp trawler nets (in the days before Turtle Excluder Devices were invented), the population of Kemps Ridleys quickly plummeted. From the time of the film to the mid-60s, the population of the arribada dropped from an estimated 40,000 Kemps Ridley females to approximately 2,000 females. By the 1980s, there were only 300 nesting females coming ashore. Though frightening that Kemps Ridleys came so close to extinction, their future is now somewhat brighter. The United States and Mexico had begun working together in 1977 on a recovery plan for the critically endangered Kemps Ridley. The ry nesting site at Rancho Nuevo; the second was the introduction of devices which prevented drowning deaths of sea turtles in shrimp trawling nets; and, lastly, a bold headstart program that was initiated in an attempt to establish a new nesting population by imprinting hatchlings on a section of Gulf Islands National Seashore in South Padre Island, Texas. The crucial process which results in a sea turtle returning to its natal beach to nest is the magnetic imprinting which takes place during the march from their nest to the sea as a hatchling. Scientists believe the tiny pieces of magnetite within a sea turtles brain somehow provides them with magnetic bearings, an internal GPS system, if you will. How we came to have Kemps Ridley nests in our area in recent years is still a mystery, and scientists continue their study, but the rest of us surmise the small sea turtles, like us, knew their hearthome when they found it. You can Google 1947 Kemps Ridley sea turtle nesting, documented arribada; or, Saving the Kemps Ridley Texas Parks, to learn more about their comeback from extinction. Until next time, Lights Out! Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to be better. Its not. ~ DR. SEUSS Fishing collides with fashion at the sixth annual Fishin' Chix Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo, May 31 June 2 at Flounders on Pensacola Beach. The events begins with a Thursday night Captains Meeting. An2 from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The awards party will commence at Flounders immediately following the weigh-in. The event is open to women only, and the appropriate attire of pink boots is strongly encouraged. Seasoned anglers who have their own boat can enter for $215. If you dont have a vessel, captain or equipment do not despair, the Fishin Chix can supply you with everything you need to get out on the water for an entry fee of $322. Registration can be comclubexpress.com. Captain Hallie Burnett is the Chix-in-Charge of the event and can be reached at 850-501-1279 com. Pink Booted Anglers Ready To Reel In The Big FishChampion Paddleboarder Conducts Pensacola Beach ClinicSlater Trout was a young sandy haired boy who attended Pensacola Beach Elementary School, and now he is an elite professional stand up paddleboarder. After moving to Hawaii, Trout never forgot about his friends on Pensacola Beach. He returns Saturday, June 9 to instruct a skills clinic at 9 a.m. in Little Sabine Bay. The event, hosted by Innerlight on Pensacola Beach, is for two levels of paddleboard fans. The early session is for accomplished athletes, who wish to improve their stroke technique. The second session begins at 11 a.m and geared to beginning and intermediate paddleboarders who want to learn the basics. The event is open to those 8-years-old and up, who are limited number of boards available for use, so bring your own board if you have one. After the clinic is complete, there will be relay races with prizes. No one goes home empty handed. There will be swag bags for each participant. Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world, said Shannon Hampton, Innerlight. One of its young stars is returning to the Gulf Coast to provide expert instruction for new and seasoned paddleboarders. This is such a great opportunity. Entry fee is $50 and space is limited. Registration is required and can be completed in a number of ways. Call 850-549-4011 or log on to www.innerlightsurf.com for online registration. SEEKING GULF FRONT ANNUAL RENTALFamily of 4 looking for beach home to rent. Gulf or gulf side preference. Email contact information to libby@myislandtimes.com


Island Times PAGE 19 May 25, 2012 readin the water readin the water Saltwater Rick appointed lady angler Terri McKamey to write his column this week. One Stop Shop for the Watersports Enthusiasts PARASAILINGSMILE HIGH CLUB Feel the Thrill ~ Join the Club! You wont stop smiling even if you tryPensacola Beach at the BoardwalkSALES & RENTALS KAYAKSSINGLE/TANDEM HOBIE CATS SAIL AWAY PONTOON BOATSHOURLY/DAILY WAVERUNNERS FAST & FUN Rentals Include: All safety gear Expert instruction Ask about eco kayak tours paddle boardsNEW! Video Your Vacation. Waterproof Cam850-932-5520 www.KeySailing.com OPEN 9 to 6weather permittingIt's almost June and just like In the late afternoon it's Retired USMC Major Jim Knell, right, always brings roars of laughter from the participants of the Military Fishing Expedition when he announces the Smallest Fish Award. The winner, whether earned or not, always goes to the highest ranking angler. This year Command Master Chief Jimmy Carter, left, willingly plays along with the spoof, May 8 at the Elks Lodge. Representing the United States Navy Todd Lied caught the ing Expedition, May 8. He accepted a trophy and goodie bag full of prizes. The event was founded and organized by Jim Knell and is sponsored by the Beach Chamber. Michael and Jason Haynes the Slots and Spots Tournament at Flounders May 15. The and number of spots earned the anglers 68 points. MON: 10 AM -Close Half Price Drinks/Shots for BARE Customers. Poker, 7 PM. Trivia, 9pm $2 TUES: 10 AM -Close $2 Wine/Beer/Well. Karaoke 8 PM WED: Ladies Nite. 5 PM -Close $2 Wine/Beer/Well. Mike Jencks Band, 8:30 PM THURS: 7 PM -Close 1/2Price Drinks w/ Shaker Shirt. Rez plays 8:30 PM SUN : 9PM TIL KARAOKE & MUSIC W/DJ VIC Sandshaker.com 850-932-2211Somethings always Shakin First Drink FREEfor Veterans & Active Duty on Memorial Day Monday, May 28 VOTED TOP TENBest Beach Bar FloridaBeachBar.com Fri, May 25, 9 pm-1am The Mainstream Sat, May 26, 9 pm-1am Secret Sun, May 27, 4-8 pm Mike Jencks Band Thur, May 31, 8:30 pm-12:30am Fish Sandwich Fri & Sat, June 1&2, 9 pm-1am Class X Sun, June 3, 4-8 pm The Mainstream Thur,June 7, 8:30 pm -12:30 am Ricky Phelps & Dennis Gossman Fri & Sat, June 8&9, 9 pm-1am Buzzcutt Sun, June 10, 4-8 pm Lektric Mulletan American tradition since 1973


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