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WOW! New YMCA For Pensacola in Maritime Park?

Fresh from the Pensacola News Journal Page:

Wow. Wow. Wow.

A $5 million pledge by Quint and Rishy Studer has kick-started a drive to build a new downtown Pensacola YMCA on a waterfront site at Community Maritime Park.

Studer said this afternoon he is interested in seeing a new YMCA downtown because of the positive impact it can have on children and adults, on community health and on residential development in the downtown area.

Studer said his pledge is contingent on the YMCA being located on a waterfront site at the southwest corner of the park, and that the project move forward at a rapid pace.

“We told them (the YMCA board) if they are serious, this has to move quickly,” Studer said. “Emotionally, Rishy and I can’t take another long, drawn-out things like with the stadium. We can’t take getting beat up again.”

Studer said the YMCA project, tentatively estimated at about $10 million, would be an excellent fit for the Maritime Park.
“There is a vacant piece of property there and either there’s going to be nothing on it, or a private developer will build something, or there can be a YMCA there.”

Brian Hooper, chair of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Urban Development Advisory Committee, said a new YMCA in the downtown area was a key recommendation of the report released last month.

“One of the most common suggestions we heard from the public was the strong desire to see a family-oriented community center downtown,” Hooper said. “As our final report recommended, a new YMCA in downtown Pensacola would provide those who live and work in the community with a centrally-located hub for recreation, wellness, learning, and community. And I’m excited to see that many of our recommendations — such as this one — are already being acted upon.”

In addition to Studer’s pledge, community benefactor Terri Levin said she is co-chairing the YMCA fundraising committee.

Levin also said she will be making a dollar pledge to the project but has not yet decided the amount.

Pensacola developer Eric Nickelsen and real estate developer Joe Buehler are co-chairing the steering committee.

Nickelsen said the 10-person, all-volunteer YMCA steering committee, which includes former Mayor Mike Wiggins and former Pensacola City Councilman Ron Townsend, is meeting later this month to recommend a site to the Y’s board of directors. It’s
expected the recommended site will be the CMPA’s waterfront parcel.

Nickelsen said the YMCA project is in the early stages of development, but has considerable momentum.

“Apparently there is good feeling among our committee members that we can be successful in our fund raising campaign,” Nickelsen said.

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Character, Charity, Community, Exercise, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Florida, Fund Raising, Health Issues, Pensacola | Leave a comment

It’s Just Not Right

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How can this be? Pensacola is hotter, at seven in the morning, than Kuwait or Doha at mid-afternoon? It is almost 70° at seven in the morning, in JANUARY??? This isn’t right.

I get my daily weather information from Weather Underground. They have a page that allows me to keep track of several cities at one time; they appear at the top of the page of my Pensacola report. 🙂

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Doha, Kuwait, Qatar, Weather | Leave a comment