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City offices will be closed December 25-26 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Years Day. 

Two Sanitation Services employees hailed as heroes for saving man's life 

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Pensacola Police Detective Alverson was out detecting and came upon quite the scene last week. 

The gentleman in the wheelchair, Mr. Parker, had managed to get his wheelchair wheels stuck in the railroad tracks while trying to cross. Two Sanitation Services workers, Gary Tucker and George Smith, Jr., rolled up on this and instantly knew that they had to act.

Tucker and Smith parked their truck to protect Mr.Parker from other cars and got to work trying to free Mr. Parker's stuck wheelchair. After some quick physics calculations and not a little grunting, they were able to remove the 200 lb. chair (plus Mr. Parker) from the tracks.

Detective Alverson realized just how bad this could have gone and presented Tucker and Smith with a PPD Police Navidad gift card from Pen Air Federal Credit UnionModern Woodmen of AmericaOlive Baptist Church, and Chick-fil-A Bayou Boulevard. They were surprised by the attention, and a little embarrassed, but happy to accept. Mr. Parker was especially happy that these two heroes pulled up to save the day. It's the Pensacola way.
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Jennifer Tille (Operations), Marcelino Botin (Chief Designer), Terry Hutchinson (Skipper & Executive Director), Mayor Grover Robinson, Port Director Amy Miller, Grover Robinson, V, Clark Merritt (Port's economic and development manager), Andrew Campbell (Sailing Team) Photo Courtesy: New York Yacht Club American Magic

Port of Pensacola will serve as American Magic's training base for winter

New York Yacht Club American Magic, U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, announced last week that the Port of Pensacola will serve as the team’s winter training base in late 2018 and early 2019. The team was formed in 2017 to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports.

Until warmer weather returns to the team’s primary training location in Newport, Rhode Island, over a hundred American Magic personnel will sail and support the Mule, the team’s advanced 38-foot test boat, on the sunny waters of Pensacola Bay. American Magic’s presence represents the first time an America’s Cup syndicate has trained on the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1970.

“Pensacola brings a lot to the table for our team,” said Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.), Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic. “Pensacola will give us consistently good sailing weather, a large and protected flat water training venue, efficient logistics and a welcoming community. The Port of Pensacola has been very accommodating as we set up our base, and really stepped up to create an ideal facility for an America’s Cup team.”

American Magic’s first exposure to Pensacola came during July 2018, when Team Principal and CEO Hap Fauth (Naples, Fla.) and team sailors Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) gave an America’s Cup presentation to over five hundred junior sailors, coaches and families at the Optimist U.S. National Championship hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club.

“We’re excited and grateful that Pensacola Yacht Club and the local sailing community have embraced American Magic and extended their hospitality since our first visit,” said Hutchinson, a sixteen-time sailing world champion. “Pensacola Bay is a world-class sailing venue, and hopefully our time here will help raise awareness of just how great it is to race and train in this region of the U.S.”

“Having American Magic training here for the winter not only provides the Port of Pensacola with a unique new customer, but shines a worldwide spotlight on the amazing natural sailing venue that is Pensacola Bay,” said Port Director Amy Miller. “Our hope is that we can work with tourism officials and our local sailing community to leverage this exposure and attract more training and competition venue opportunities in the future.”

The Port of Pensacola features world-class facilities and a convenient location. Port assets include a wide and deep channel, thousands of feet of dockage, extensive indoor and outdoor storage, direct rail access, a full range of cargo handling equipment and an experienced staff.

The 36th America’s Cup match will take place in Auckland New Zealand, in March 2021. Prior to the America’s Cup, American Magic will compete in several America’s Cup World Series events and the Prada Cup, the Challenger selection finals. The Challenger who wins the Prada Cup in early 2021 will earn for the right to face the current Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the America’s Cup match.

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Pensacola Energy holds holiday party and donates to a good cause

What's better than holiday party with your co-workers? A holiday party AND a blood drive with co-workers!

Pensacola Energy held its annual holiday lunch for employees and retirees on December 14. They enjoyed ribs, chicken, beans, and mac & cheese. The Bloodmobile was on site and 19 of our employees donated!

According to the American Red Cross, a single blood donations potentially saves three lives. That means Pensacola Energy could potentially save 57 lives thanks to their donation.

Outstanding work, Pensacola Energy!

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Two employees donating blood

Sign up now for the Osceola Winter Classic

Osceola Winter Classic is January 12! 

Entry fee is $100 per two-man team, and includes dinner on Friday, January 11.

There is also a practice round with skins game at 12 p.m. on January 11 and the cost is $35.00 per player.

Register in the pro shop at Osceola Golf Course or at the Fusion Grill.

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Hurry! Early bird registration deadline is approaching for Bill Bond Baseball spring season

January 1 is the early bird registration deadline for Bill Bond Baseball’s spring season. 

Bill Bond Baseball is hosted at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard for ages 4-14. 

Player registration is $190 per child before January 1, 2019, $200 on or after January 1, 2019.

Register here: https://billbond.sportngin.com/register/form/830013518

Interested in coaching or managing a team? Sign up here: https://billbond.sportngin.com/register/form/490311684…

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