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My Pensacola—Kyle Marrero

KYLE MARRERO
Day Job: Vice President for University Advancement, UWF
Pensacola Resident Since:  2005, but working for Pensacola Opera since 2000

My Pensacola exists between the UWF campus and downtown.  Life is good when I can get around the Olive Baptist Church intersection (University and N. Davis) in less than two street-light cycles. My wife, Jane, and our beautiful little girl, Lily, live in East Hill, attend McIlWain Presbyterian and spend most of our social time eating downtown.

Good Eats:
Food is an emotional experience for me! Thank goodness I’ve taken up running (ran my first marathon last month) because I eat like a 12-year-old. We love Jackson’s and Global Grill for fun/romantic dinners. It seems I always take out-of-town friends to McGuire’s – love the nachos!  I grew up in New Mexico and miss the Mexican food–Cactus Flower is our favorite.  Every Thursday night we meet our music-department friends at Franco’s (best Italian restaurant in town).

Arts and Culture:

Pensacola is an amazing community! Pensacola Opera is my passion, my musical/cultural lifeline–if you have never attended, you are missing out. Pensacola Symphony, the Children’s Chorus, Ballet Pensacola, Little Theatre and the Pensacola Museum of Art enliven downtown at least 30 weeks a year. But, don’t miss UWF’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts with over 60 shows, concerts and exhibits each academic year.

Sports:
I like to say I am a golfer…as long as there are no expectations of ability! I sneak out to the Country Club whenever possible but have always liked Marcus Pointe and Scenic Hills. Lost Key (known as “Lost Ball”) is a beautiful course and worth the drive.  I can’t wait for the first season of the Blue Wahoos (thank you, Quint!) Don’t forget UWF Athletics–last season’s UWF National Champion Division II Baseball Team was a great ticket. Can’t wait until football at UWF, but for now it is LSU, Geaux Tigers!