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We continually adapt through the shifting economic landscape. We use data and community feedback to guide our course.

KEYHOLDERS

The Keyholder committee team’s primary focus is recruiting new members and retaining current members through education and mentorship as well as volunteering to assist with Chamber hosted events.

Co-Chair: Curtis Cantrell, SouthTel

Co-Chair: Jim Beran, Gilmore Services

Meeting Time

First Friday of every month @ 9:00 AM; Hub Stacey’s at The Point

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Growing the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Educate and share Member benefits by hosting membership drives and campaigns.
  • Recruit and educate Current and new members about member benefits and business opportunities through onboarding mentorship/adopt a member.
  • Participate in Member retention quarterly check-in campaigns.
  • Attend and Assist chamber-hosted events such as ribbon cuttings and chamber-hosted events.
  • Promote Chamber events through social media and other networking channels.

The Keyholders Committee met on September 17th at The Carb Trap in Perdido Key. 

Present: Curtis Cantrell, Jim Beran, Judy Davis, Sally Bowen, Chad Swan, and Chamber staff Lori Raisch

The group revisited the discussion of branded shirts for the Committee members. The committee decided to put this project on hold for the time being.

Curtis volunteered to contact a new member, Coastal E-Cycle.

Upcoming events list through spring of 2022 was provided to the committee.

Chad Swan, the co-chair of the car show committee, updated the group on his discussion with Perdido Key Auto Hospital. It was decided that the charity to benefit from a portion of the proceeds will be the Escambia County Sheriff’s Foundation, Blazer Academy. The event is planned for April 2, 2022.

The October 1st Breakfast Brief was discussed. The topic will be the replacement of the directional signs that were damaged in Hurricane Sally. Dana is putting together an email to invite businesses that would benefit from being included in the signage. In addition, Jim will contact Dana to request a PowerPoint presentation be created for the event.

The October 29th Trunk or Treat and Halloween movie is confirmed for Baars Field. The committee was provided with event flyers to post in the community and was asked to recruit individuals and businesses to set up for the Trunk or Treat portion of the event.

November 13th Holiday Craft Fair and Christmas movie was discussed. Vendors are signing up at a good rate. Over a dozen have already registered.
Lori shared flyers for the September 30th Networking Luncheon to be held at the Point Restaurant as well as information regarding the Shop Hop to take place Nov 27 – Dec 15.

The October Member of the Month was chosen.

The committee discussed and planned a membership drive to encourage new members to join in time to be included in the 2022 Area Guide and Map that is going into production soon. The Sports Bar will host an event for potential members on Thursday, November 4th, from 5-7 pm. The group would like a mail out to all businesses in the 32506, 32507, 36561, and 36542 zip codes. Anyone who joins during the membership drive will be provided with a free FaceBook post or E-blast.

Next Meeting October 15th – Location TBA

The next meeting scheduled for Friday, October 15th, 2021, location is to be determined. Check the Events Calendar for more updated location details. 

The Keyholders Committee meets on the first Friday of each month at 9:00 am at Hub Stacey’s at the Point.

BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCACY

Works in partnership with our local leadership, public entities, and nonprofits to support the community as a whole. Advocating for the vitality of the local business, preserving the quality of life, campaigning for safety, and educating about our fragile wildlife and ecosystem. All helping to achieve the goal of community development.

Promote progressive leadership in commerce for a dynamic and prosperous community in the Perdido Area. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to endorsing the Perdido Area’s growth of regional businesses and community prosperity through Advocacy, leadership, economic development, education, and associations across state lines.

Co-Chair: Penny Esworthy, Community Member

Co-Chair: Wayne Garrison, Capital City Home Loans

Meeting Time

Last Wednesday of every month @ 8:30 AM; Chamber of Commerce conference room

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Assisting and ensuring in the Perdido Key Master Plan Progression.
  • Educating all businesses, residents, and visitors about the Perdido Habitat Conversation Plan introduced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency.
  • Advocating for safety including better crosswalks and the development of the Multi-Use Path.
  • Support the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Provide educational benefits by hosting workforce training and networking opportunities.
  • Develops and coordinates special events directly impacting local economy.
  • Committee must provide one at-large Non-board member for Nominating committee to meet in October.

The Community Affairs Committee met on July 28, 2021, at 8:30 am.

In attendance: Wayne Garrison, Dwight Potter, Pat McClellan, Connie Walker, Charles Krupnick, India Parson, Penny Esworthy, Kerry Pelletier, PKACC staff members Dana Pagador & Lori Raisch

  • Penny and Wayne are in the process of revising the goals and activities of the Business and Community Advocacy.
  • Shop Hop tasks and timelines were discussed. Securing a location for the finale is the most urgent need at this time. Flyers, sponsorship documents, and other marketing materials are in the process of being updated to reflect this year’s event dates. Dana will take the lead on finding a location for the finale.
  • Dana shared information related to the Condo collapse in South Florida, there was discussion of changing the inspection intervals from the current 40 years, to 20.
  • Dana also discussed the ongoing planning for a mini-golf tournament, more updates to come.
  • The replacement of the directional signs that were damaged in Hurricane Sally was the next topic of discussion. The cost will be approximately $120k. The Chamber is requesting funds from the County and Visit Pensacola to help offset the purchase and installation costs.
  • Pat McClellan spoke about the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Transportation Planning Office. No Perdido Key area citizens are on the CAC, there are representatives from communities on both sides of the Alabama/Florida line. The group discussed attending future Board of County Commissioners meetings as a group to provide input on matters affecting Perdido.
  • A discussion of the traffic challenges facing the Key evolved to sharing information on the Perdido Key Chamber Breakfast Brief series, which will kick off on August 6th at Hub Stacey’s at the Point. The event will be held the first Friday of every month and will feature an area civic leader to discuss issues important to the Perdido area. The first speaker will be Christine Fanchi, Escambia County Transportation Engineer, to provide updates on current and future road projects on and near Perdido Key. Networking will begin at 7:30 am and the presentation will start at 8:00, the event is free to attend for Chamber Members, non-members will be asked to pay $5. Coffee and Tea and pastries will be provided to attendees (while supplies last).
  • Litter, vandalism, sea turtle nest interference and other problems on our beaches is a major issue facing the area. Currently, there is not enough law enforcement presence to address these problems. The committee would like to see the County use some of the bed tax funds to create a Perdido Key specific beach patrol to maintain restroom facilities and curb the illegal and harmful activities that are becoming prevalent and affecting both residents and visitors to the area.
  • Charles provided information on a clean-up event at the West Area of the State Park on September 18th from 8 am to noon. Volunteers are needed and sponsors are being recruited. Connie Walker volunteered to take the lead on requesting local businesses sponsor trash stations at the public beach access points. The desired outcome is for small handheld baskets, as are available in most retail establishments to be utilized by visitors to the beaches to gather trash. There was a suggestion that if a basket of trash is turned in at a sponsor location, a small gift or discount on an item would be given in appreciation.
  • Dana shared updates on the progress of Preservation Park and the Multi-Use Path. The path is fully funded and will eventually connect to the Greenways Trail. The Chamber is partnering with the County in requesting funds to provide improved landscaping to Preservation Park, replacing non-native plantings with vegetation that is compatible with the Habitat Conservation Plan. The area will be used as demonstration gardens to promote similar plantings by area residents and businesses.

Next Meeting – August 25th, 8:30 am in the Chamber Conference Room

 

The Business & Community Affairs Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

MILITARY APPRECIATION COUNCIL

Being the Cradle of Naval Aviation since 1913, our economy relies heavily on military members and their families within our community. Our committee focuses on inclusion, appreciation, and giving back to those who have served and to make the Perdido Area a desirable community for military families to live, work, and play.

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Bridge the Gap between military families and the local business community by providing resources to incoming families and assisting veteran entrepreneurs.
  • Educate the community on the importance of the military history of the Perdido Area.
  • Support, empower and appreciate the military veterans and their families through events.

Events:

  • Wreaths Across America
  • Rosamond Johnson Day
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • Veterans Day Memorial

The Military Appreciation Council met virtually on August 31, 2021, at 4:30 pm.

In attendance: Erin Wilmer, Dayre Lias, Craig McDonald, Karl Schwelm, Joann Slaydon, Rich Yeskis. Welcome to new members – Al Giordano, Dorothy Tampary, Rodney Pittman! Also in attendance were Dana Pagador & Lori Raisch (Chamber staff)

The meeting was called to order at 16:33.

After introductions of Committee members, Al Giordano described his efforts in pursuit of additional posthumous medals for Private Rosamond Johnson Jr. in recognition of his service and sacrifice. The request is making its way through the channels in Washington D.C. and Al will keep us updated on the progress.

Wreaths Across America was the next item of discussion. Dayre shared information on the event coming up on October 2nd at the Veterans Memorial Parks featuring a mobile exhibit for Wreaths Across America. The event theme is Welcome Home Vietnam Vets. Dayre will be speaking about the event on the radio on Wreaths Across America Radio about this year’s event at Barrancas National Cemetery Aboard NAS Pensacola. To log on and listen online go to https://www.iheart.com/live/wreaths-across-america-radio-8845/. September 17 at 6:15 am.

The Committee is asked to help recruit volunteers for the actual wreath-laying on December 18th. The last day to purchase wreaths is December 1st.

In other business, Military Appreciation Festival planning is on hold until the base makes a determination regarding reopening.

Erin expressed a desire to have an annual event focused on Veterans in the Perdido Area. The committee is invited to brainstorm event ideas and present them at the next meeting, with the hope of a launch in 2023.

Information on upcoming Chamber events was provided to the group the Chamber Breakfast Brief meeting is on the first Friday of each month at Hub Stacey’s at the Point, and on Friday, Sept 3rd the guest speaker is Sheriff Chip Simmons. More information is available on the Chamber website, Facebook and Weekly Update newsletter.

Dana will re-send the information on purchasing a brick for the Veteran’s Memorial Park downtown.

The next meeting is September 28 at 4:30 p.m. – location TBD

 

The Military Appreciation Council meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm at the Edward Jones Investments Office: 12385 Sorrento Road, Suite D2 Pensacola, FL 32507.