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PK Visitor Guide 2017

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5 VISITPERDIDO.COM DISTRICT II COMMISSIONER, ESCAMBIA COUNTY Doug Underhill PERDIDO KEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 15500 PERDIDO KEY DRIVE PENSACOLA, FL 32507 VISITPERDIDO.COM 850.492.4660 CHAMBER STAFF JO ANN SLAYDON, DIRECTOR LARSEN LIEN, COMMUNICATIONS LYNN MORTIMER, SALES JERRI PRICE, SALES SAMANTHA RAMOS, ADMINISTRATIVE MARY JANE LORD, VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS BILL STROMQUIST, CHAIRMAN CAMERON PRICE, VICE CHAIR NOAH MOSELEY, TREASURER SALLY BOWEN, SECRETARY CHERYL BAMONTE BRETT BENNETT JIM BERAN PEGGY BUTLER CRAIG DALTON JUDY DAVIS KATHY JUSTICE PAT MCCLELLAN DANA PAGADOR JEAN PIECUCH ERIN WILMER CREATIVE DIRECTOR & DESIGNER LARSEN LIEN CONTRIBUTING EDITORS JO ANN SLAYDON BILL STROMQUIST PHOTO CREDITS ALL THE DETAILS BLAKE BROWN EMERALD COAST IMAGES WENDI DAVIS AL GRAHAM GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM LARSEN LIEN NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE VISUAL ARTS DEPT. COLIN YOUNG VISIT FLORIDA VISIT PENSACOLA THOMAS R. BIRDWELL CHERYL CASEY SARA KUCHARNIK CODY MEADOWS J. PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY PUBLISHER FRED GARTH GUY HARVEY MAGAZINE PERDIDO KEY IS often referred to as a "diamond in the rough" by those that do not recognize it for its unique beauty. In a world of homogenized va- cation destinations, Perdido Key stands alone as one off the last great beach destinations without the traffic and hustle and bustle of most beaches. Often times vacationers get home from a visit to the beach and need a "vacation from their vacation." Not so with a visit to Perdido Key. After a week on our is- land most visitors are asking themselves, "Why do we have to leave here?" The reason for this is simple: Perdido Key is not simply a tourism destination, it is our home. When you visit us, you are not a tourist, you are a guest. Many of us who are blessed to call the Key home came here first on vacation. Those who are visiting us today are our future neighbors. Here, we subscribe to the philosophy of, "Build the community you want to live in, and the visitors will flock to it." Driven by that philosophy, we dedicate ourselves to the preservation of our "wildlife and our way of life". An enormous part of the island is protected critical habitat for shorebirds and turtles as well as the Perdido Key Beach Mouse. However, unlike many preservation-minded communities, we do not seek to separate our wild areas from human interac- tion. We know that the best defense of our natural resources is for the people to be able to see, learn and appreciate that beauty. Visitors and residents alike participate in "Turtle Patrol", guiding hatchling turtles to the surf for their first swim. In our restaurants, bike baths and beaches, locals and visitors mingle as old friends, and it doesn't take a visitor long before they know a handful of "lo- cal's secrets" and feel as though they have been here for years. Perdido Key is home to many professionals and artists, pirates and pa- triots, and most everything in between. It is not uncommon to see folks from every walk of life sharing a boat drink and colorful conversation on this island. No matter how diverse we are, we are united in our passion for the Gulf Coast Lifestyle, our respect for each other and our love of this island. So welcome to Perdido Key, and know that even after you leave the island, the island will never leave your heart. Welcome TO PERDIDO KEY

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