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Reel good fishing - 2 tournaments this weekend

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 06/11/2014 at 10:59AM

Flora Bama Fishing Rodeo in Perdido Key

Father's Day weekend will be especially auspicious for anglers because they have a choice of two great fishing tournaments in Perdido Key!

Both the Bill Hargreaves Fishing Tournament and the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo offer free admission for children 12 and under, plus plenty of prizes in numerous categories.

The Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo is the new kid on the block. This is its first year and it promises to be "the funnest" tournament on the Gulf Coast. Anglers will compete in 30 categories, with more than $130,000 in prizes. The tournament will be based at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club, 17350 Perdido Key Drive.

Grand Lagoon Yacht Club is holding the Hargreaves Fishing Tournament, a longtime tradition for many Pensacolians. More than 200 junior anglers will compete for dozens of prizes.

For more information, please call Grand Lagoon Yacht Club at (850) 607-7569 or visit www.billhargreavesfishingrodeo.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature


Perdido Key will soon get an awesome 403-gallon aquarium designed by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of 'Animal Planet's' hit show, 'Tanked'

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/13/2014 at 02:54PM

Perdido Key will soon get an awesome 403-gallon aquarium designed by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of ‘Animal Planet’s’ hit show, ‘Tanked’

Tourists, local residents and swashbucklers alike will find the ultimate treasure in the new, pirate-themed aquarium built for Perdido Key by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit show, “Tanked.”
 
The bickering brothers-in-law are designing a 403-gallon aquarium to be installed in the new Perdido Key Visitors Information Center. The aquarium will feature fish and an ecosystem native to the Gulf of Mexico, and of course it will be filled with all the elements of a buccaneer party, including a pirate’s ship, treasure chest, gold coins, and a few other surprises to pay homage to Perdido Key’s annual Pirate Festival.
 
The Chamber will be using a BP grant received after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to include an interactive component for school children and other visitors.
 
“We’re basically creating a new tourist attraction,” said Tina Morrison, executive director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Visitors Information Center at 15500 Perdido Key Drive.
 
The “Tanked” crew will visit Perdido Key in June to film the installation for an upcoming episode of the Animal Planet series.
 
King and Raymer travel the world to create fish enthusiasts’ dreams of having their own piece of the ocean. They have installed tanks in everything from cars and phone booths to pinball machines and jukeboxes.
 
The show is sure to boost Perdido Key’s visibility to potential visitors. “Tanked” airs at 10 p.m. Fridays on Animal Planet, which is available in more than 95 million homes in the United States.
 
Morrison said Alabama Credit Union already has agreed to pay for educational materials to accompany the exhibit and an anonymous Perdido Key business has offered to take care of the tank’s maintenance. Both sponsors made three-year commitments.


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PERDIDO KEY OFFERS GREAT BEACHES, MUSIC, GOLF, MOTHER'S DAY FUN AND LOTS OF WATER SPORTS, TOO

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/06/2014 at 05:41PM

You Play, We'll Pay in Perdido Key, Florida

Perdido Key, which is ideally located between Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. is home to sugar-white beaches, turquoise water, great restaurants and top-rated events that provide the perfect May beach getaway for the entire family.

Book now and Perdido Key Visitors Center will give you a free $50 gas card when you stay at least four nights before May 31. Many area resorts offer their own specials as well, from discounts to free days. Visitors can enjoy the final days of low, off-season rates.

Book and stay four nights at a Perdido Key vacation property using “MAY2014” promotional code and get a $50 GAS CARD. Register between now and May 25. Stays must be completed by May 31. For full details and to register: www.VisitPerdido.com/you-play.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities in addition to pristine beaches, nature trails and Gulf Coast cuisine. The Blue Wahoos play minor league baseball at a waterfront stadium in downtown Pensacola, and Pensacola Naval Air Station is just a few miles from Perdido Key. There, you can watch the Blue Angels flight demonstration team practice their maneuvers and then tour the National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in style with a spa experience at one of the many Perdido Key salons that specialize in pampering women. Indulge in shopping at eclectic beach shops or save big bucks at nearby Tanger Outlet, home to dozens of outlet stores.

Music-lovers will flock to nearby Gulf Shores May 16-18 to enjoy Hangout Music Fest  while others will enjoy live music at the many Perdido Key restaurants and bars where entertainment is always on the menu.

There’s parasailing and jet skis as well as cruises for dolphin-watchers and folks who prefer dinner and a sunset sail. Or tee off on Perdido Key, a golfer’s dream. Lost Key Golf Course, a par-71 championship course, offers players of all skill levels a unique experience. At Perdido Bay Golf Club, the former site of the Pensacola Open for 10 years, you can play where the pros played.

In addition, here are some fun, FREE things to do on Perdido Key:

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team
When: Air show practices at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the team is not away (weather permitting)
Where: Sherman Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station
Info 

12th Annual Art in the Park
When: May 17-18
Where: Seville Square, downtown Pensacola
Info

Looking ahead to June, here’s a great tip for music-lovers:

The Flora-Bama Lounge, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, will hold its Second Annual"Shindig on the Sand" June 6-8. Country music star Billy Currington will play on a stage in the sand behind Flora-Bama at a unique beach concert at 5:30 p.m. June 7. Other performers in the three-day music fest include Wayne Toups, the Modern Eldorados, Sugarcane Jane, Melissa Joiner, Lucky Doggs, Heritage Band, Hotel Oscar, Cowboy Johnson, John Joiner & Nick Branch, Shawna P & the Earthfunk Tribe, Timberhawk, Gove Scrivenor, Bubba & Them, Hung Jury, Lea Anne Creswell and many more. Tickets available in the Flora-Bama gift shop and online at www.florabama.com. Join the Facebook event today!


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Rosamond Johnson Day Ceremony May 3

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/30/2014 at 12:05PM

Roasmond Johnson Day in Perdido Key

A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 to honor Rosamond Johnson Jr., a fallen hero and the first Korean War casualty of Escambia County. It will held at the beach named after him—Johnson Beach on Perdido Key. The beach is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Private Johnson was a 17-year-old African American who, under enemy fire, pulled two comrades to safety; he was killed while trying to rescue a third.

The public is invited to attend; park admission fees will be waived for those attending the event. It's hosted by Gulf Islands National Seashore, Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and Florida Black Chamber of Commerce.

Pensacola’s beaches were racially segregated at the time of Johnson's death; the Gulf Beach area was popular with blacks. At the suggestion of the Sunset Riding Club, the county-owned recreational area was renamed to honor Johnson. The club leased the land in 1950 from the county for the sole use of bathing, beach and recreational facilities for "colored citizens." Although the lease was canceled in 1956, the name Rosamond Johnson Beach remained. The area became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore on May 8, 1973. A permanent monument in Johnson’s honor was erected at Johnson Beach on June 10, 1996.

The program will start with a welcome from Master of Ceremony Eugene Franklin, President/CEO Florida Black Chamber of Commerce, and Dan Brown, Superintendent Gulf Islands National Seashore. We will have the Presentation of Colors, “Star Spangled Banner," and a bugler from the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center Performing Units.  Other special guests will include Reverend Jeremy Mount, Pastor, Central Christian Church; Gene Valentino, Escambia County District 2 County Commissioner; Alison Davenport, Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce; the Bailey Middle School BRAVO Boys Choir; Reverend Dr. James H. Miller, Sr., Pastor, First Baptist Church of Warrington, and the Johnson Family.

Join the Facebook event today!

For more details, contact the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 850-492-4660 or visit www.VisitPerdido.com.


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Florida Beaches Spring Travel Deal: Great Events Plus Free Gas for Perdido Key Travelers!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/15/2014 at 11:56AM

Get a $50 Gas Card When You Visit Perdido Key, Florida!

Perdido Key, which is ideally located between Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. is home to sugar-white beaches, turquoise water, great restaurants and top-rated events that provide the perfect spring beach getaway for the entire family. Book now and Perdido Key Visitors Center will give you a free $50 gas card when you stay at least four nights before May 31. Many area resorts offer their own specials as well, from discounts to free days. Visitors can take advantage of the final days of low, off-season rates.

Perdido Key Visitors Center will reward travelers with a $50 gas card for staying a minimum of four nights in Perdido Key accommodations between now and May 31. Registration for the promotion is going on now through April 25, or until all cards are gone. For a full list of rules and regulations visit www.visitperdido.com/you-play.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities in addition to pristine beaches, nature trails and Gulf Coast cuisine. The Blue Wahoos play minor league baseball at a waterfront stadium in downtown Pensacola, and Pensacola Naval Air Station is just a few miles from Perdido Key. There, you can watch the Blue Angels flight demonstration team practice their maneuvers and then tour the National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

Fun, FREE things to do while you’re here:

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team
When: Air show practices at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the team is not away (weather permitting)
Where: Sherman Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station
Info

Gulf Islands National Seashore Free Park Admission Days
When: April 19-20
Where: Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Johnson Beach Road
Info

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party
When: April 25-27
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
Cost: Free to watch; small charge to toss a mullet (proceeds go to charity)
Info

Pensacola Crawfish Festival
When: May 2-4
Where: Bartram Memorial Park, downtown Pensacola
Info

Remembrance of Korean War hero Rosamond Johnson
When: May 3
Where: Johnson Beach, named after Rosamond Johnson, a 17-year-old African-American who was killed in the Korean conflict after he rescued two fellow soldiers and tried to save a third. Cost: Event is open to the public and park entrance fee is waived for attendees.
Info

12th Annual Art in the Park
When: May 17-18
Where: Seville Square, downtown Pensacola
Info


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Flora-Bama's Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/08/2014 at 11:49AM

Perdido Key Mullet Toss

April won't be complete until we have crowds of people cheerfully throwing fish across the Alabama-Florida state line on the last full weekend of the month.

The 2014 interstate mullet toss will take place April 25-27 at the Flora-Bama Lounge, the beachfront bar that uses fishy fun each year to raise more than $20,000 per year for charity, award prizes to fish-flingers and to hold "the Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party."

It's a great way to get beach season underway; thousands of people make the Mullet Toss one of their must-attend events each year because there's so much fun to be had at the rambling bar just feet from the Gulf of Mexico.

The mullet toss begins at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are more than a dozen categories for contestants, including men, women, children and physically challenged people.

In addition, there will be beach games, live music from local performers, bikini contests and great food.

Before you plan your trip, check out www.VisitPerdido.com/you-play to see how you can get free gas for your trip. Register, then book four nights at a participating Perdido Key vacation property and get a $50 gas card. Learn more today!

For more about the Mullet Toss, please visit www.FloraBama.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals


Snowbird collects $1 million prize on Perdido Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/26/2014 at 12:32PM

Perdido Key Lottery Winner
Gary Shepherd of Owosso and his wife are shown in this courtesy photo from the Florida Lottery.

Sometimes snowbirds go home from Perdido Key with more than sand in their shoes.

Gary Shepherd, 62, of Owosso, Mich., recently claimed a $1 million MEGA MILLIONS prize from the Florida Lottery drawing held on March 18. Now there’s an amount that will make a trip extra memorable.

Shepherd bought his winning ticket at the Publix grocery store at 13390 Perdido Key Drive.


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Blue Angels will begin practices over Perdido Key area March 26

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/25/2014 at 01:23PM

Blue Angels
Photo by Emerald Coast Images

Now you can sleep in and still easily see the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, as they practice their amazing aerial maneuvers over the Perdido Key area.

The practice times have been moved to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Sherman Field at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The practices are free and open to the public.

The Blues used to start practices much earlier, but the time has been moved to 11:30 a.m. because it more closely matches the time of many air shows they perform each year. It also will help reduce traffic aboard the base during the busy morning commute for civilian workers and military personnel.

The Blues have been at their winter home in California, but are slated to begin practices in Pensacola on March 26.

The Blue Angel pilots will continue their tradition of meeting the public after Wednesday practices. They will sign autographs and talk with people at the nearby National Naval Aviation Museum. A seating area behind the museum also offers a good vantage for seeing the team practice.

For more information about practices and shows in 2014, see www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/


Topics: Events and Festivals


Enjoy wine and art at VIP event April 4, free event April 5

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/24/2014 at 12:51AM

Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival 2014

Bring your appetite April 4 when top restaurants serve signature dishes at a VIP event at the Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival at the new Visitor Information Center, 15500 Perdido Key Drive.

The restaurants include Flora-Bama Yacht Club, The Jellyfish Bar, The Sports Bar of Perdido, The Oar House and Voyagers Restaurant. Each dish will be paired with a delicious wine.

The VIP event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; cost is $25 each, $45 per couple. Musician Pat McCann will perform; he plays a diverse mix of Brazilian jazz, New-Age-Classical, porch pickin,’ and funky fusion.

The event includes numerous artists and crafts vendors. The featured artist is Margaret Biggs, whose work is shown from Carmel, Calif., to Gulf Shores, Ala.

Admission is free April 5, when the festival’s hours are noon to 8 p.m. and people can enjoy food and live music. For $15 you will receive a souvenir glass and tickets to taste five wines.   

White wines for April 5 will include PQ Chardonnay, Campus Oaks Peach Sparkling, 99 Vines Moscato, Fruit and Vine Pear Pinot Grigio, and Giani Sweet Chardonnay. The list of red wines: Howling Moon Pinot Noir, Ramsay Cabernet, Campus Oaks Old Vine Syrah, Arabella Merlot, and Los Acequias Malbec. Prices range from $10 to $18 per bottle.

For tickets, please visit www.PerdidoWineandArts.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Dining


See Cirque du Soleil perform with Varekai March 19-23

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/18/2014 at 02:14PM

Cirque du Soleil present with Varekai in Pensacola

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its newest arena show, Varekai, to the Pensacola Bay Center! Become immersed in a spell-binding acrobatic adventure, filled with fantastical creatures that fly through the air, dance on stilts and not only juggle fire, but humans as well. And, as with all Cirque shows, clowns and other performers will keep everyone smiling, too.

Varekai will wow the audience when brightly-hued creatures find their lives disrupted by a man, Icarus, who suddenly falls from the sky into a glittering forest where he embarks on an eye-opening journey. Through Icarus’s excursion, a multitude of creatures emerge from the forest to perform a diverse range of intricately choreographed and physically demanding acts aimed to astound the audience.

Created and directed by Quebec’s very own Dominic Champagne, an award-winning artist and director of both Cirque’s Zumanity and the Beatles-inspired Love, Varekai echoes Cirque’s version of a modern circus.

The critically-acclaimed production features an International cast of 50 performers and musicians that have brought wonder and delight to over 8 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Since then, Varekai has visited more than 72 cities in 20 different countries around the world.

Now it’s your turn to see Varekai perform one of seven shows, March 19 – 23 at the Pensacola Bay Centeronly the second time a Cirque du Soleil show has visited this city. Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


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