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My Penscola—Robert Goodspeed

Name: Robert Goodspeed
Day Job: Islander’s Surf & Sport
Pensacola Resident Since: 1990

Good Eats: Five Sisters Blues Cafe is hands down my favorite local restaurant. I love everything about southern style food and this place has it all. The best part about Five Sisters is that a soothing combination of blues and jazz plays overhead while you’re enjoying your meal. Talk about an ideal first date spot. A very close second would be Vallartas Mexican Restaurant.

Retail Therapy: Islander’s Surf & Sport. Islander’s has a lot of cool clothes and accessories for everyone and I’m not just saying that because I work there. Conveniently located on the boardwalk after a long day at the beach.

Watering Holes: When it comes to swimming, I’m content with any pool as long as a cookout is involved. However, if I could pick a favorite spot it would probably be Vortex Springs over in Defuniak Springs, Fla. The water is ice cold and it always seems to rain when I go, but nevertheless it’s always a great time.

Nightlife: I’m not much for “going out” unless it’s to catch bands play at The Handlebar. Almost every night they have something happening so there’s no excuse to not be involved in the local music scene. As Beav would say, “Be cool, come to shows.” Hopjacks downtown is always popping and it’s great to see old and new faces every time I end up in there.

Outdoors: A lot of my nights are spent playing random sports on the UWF campus. Lately it’s been basketball, but now that the finals are over I can see that happening less.

Arts & Culture: I’m no expert in this field, but the arts festival that happens downtown every fall always delivers. Our city holds so much talent and it’s very rewarding to see it all in one place. Huge shout outs to my artistic friends Addie Mason and Chad Lawson.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: I’ve missed the past few years of DeLuna Fest, but this year they have really stepped it up. The lineup is beyond cool to me and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Also, a more affordable event to not miss would be a Blue Wahoos game. I feel like every Pensacolian should go to at least one and support what we have going on.