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Wednesday October 22nd 2014

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My Pensacola—Sabrina McLaughlin

Sabrina McLaughlin
Day Job: Executive Director of Marketing and Creative Services since July 2011 and a member of the Communication Arts Faculty since 2007 at the University of West Florida.
Pensacola Resident Since: I have resided in Navarre since 2004, but was born and raised in Milton.

Good Eats: I never miss the opportunity to have the duck fries at Hopjacks or indulge in fish tacos and a glass (or two) of sangria at Cactus Flower. Of course, when I am after something sweet I am a true southern girl and keep it real with a plain glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut. One of those and a glass of milk (low fat, of course—it cancels out the calories) and I am all set.

Retail Therapy: Shopping is truly my favorite past time (much to my husband’s disappointment). When I am downtown I love checking out the latest home decor and accessories at Artesana. They have this amazing line of wooden plates, bowls and serving pieces that add an elegant, but earthy touch to any of our dinner parties or tailgating events. I am also an avid cook, so I frequent both Pensacola Hardware and Distinctive Kitchens.

Watering Holes: I visited 5 1/2 for the first time a few months ago. It was such an amazing atmosphere—very Manhattan, but with our own Gulf Coast vibe.  It’s a great place to go after work on a weekday with the girls.

Outdoors: Together with my husband Allen and my little girl Graci, we spend most of the summer in our boat traveling and fishing the area’s bays and rivers. I grew up in Milton off of Peterson Point on the water, so boating is a way of life. As a teenager my mother, father and I spent many nights docked on our boat behind the Boardwalk on Quietwater Beach.

Arts & Culture: As a native Northwest Floridian I have fond memories of school field trips to the Pensacola Historic Village and the T.T. Wentworth Museum. I am looking forward to taking my little girl to those same places, so she can learn more about the culture and history of our area. The university’s commitment to the downtown area and expanding our reach to tourists interested in history and cultural events is incredibly exciting.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: The Gulf Coast Seafood Festival and Pensacola Crawfish Festival are family requirements in our house. We are huge seafood lovers so being able to enjoy the best our area has to offer, great music and a fried Oreo is a wonderful way to spend a weekend. Although we love seafood our favorite festival is by far UWF’s Festival on the Green!

Sports: I am a HUGE sports fan, particularly football. Until UWF fields a football team, I will continue to cheer on my Alabama Crimson Tide. As a graduate of UA, I am totally obsessed with everything Bama and Nick Saban. In addition to football, I am also a baseball fan. I am looking forward to taking my nephew to see our Argonauts and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season!