MAY 22: Santa Rosa Island Authority Committees approved report on design/preparation to bid new Visitors Center; Gulf Coast Summerfest Concert on Aug 31; $10,000 donation to Naval Museum Foundation; The Drowsy Poet Coffee House and Ministry to locate at Innerlight; Hot Spots tackle and fishing charters to locate at Innerlight; Segway Tours originating from Tiki Island. Revenue for March is up over last 2012. Bids to landscape island avenues were opened May 9. The items go to the Full Board, June 12 at 5 p.m.
May 22: 38 Military Anglers brought in a record catch of Amberjack and Mingo Snapper. Congrats to Jim Knell for a successful 8th Military Fishing Expedition. The Sandshaker's Sonny Campbell was honored in a recognition ceremony for his heroics as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corp during Vietnam. Special thanks to businesses who assisted. The Grand Marlin has been a major sponsor of this event. Owner Cindy Lumpkin went fishing with the group.
MAY 12: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra performed to a packed crowd at the Symphony By The Sea Mother's Day Concert at the Gulfside Pavilion. This concert, along with the Bands on the Beach are funded by commercial and residential lease fees.
MAY 12: Nineteen athletes took on a Sprint Triathlon under the direction of MPI coaches and staff at Portofino.
MAY 7: Pensacola Beach Chamber and Pensacola Beach Advocates met to prepare critieria to grade RESTORE projects. Their suggestions will be presented to the RESTORE Committee, Monday, May 20.
MAY 6: Spanish Delegation visits Pensacola Beach and receives a warm welcome from SRIA Director Buck Lee.
MAY 1: SRIA Full Board approved the Turtle Lighting Ordinance, the lease modification that allows LaFitte Cove sand to be dredged by the County and remain on the island, and Wilderness Graphics to print and install signs on the Eco Trail. Chairman Campanella instituted a rule that all speakers must sign in prior to meeting. No speaker request forms will be accepted during the meeting, even if discussion spurs the public's willingness to give input.