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The Juan Sebastian de Elcano in Port

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by brent

The Fiesta of Five Flags and Maria Davis, Honorary Vice Consul to Spain, are pleased to announce that the Juan Sebastián de Elcano will visit Pensacola May 27-June 1, 2015. The Juan Sebastián de Elcano is the third largest “Tall Ship” in the world and was launched on March 5, 1927. She is the official training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy and entrusted with the formation and training of the Spanish Naval Midshipmen. Since 1927 the Elcano has sailed more than a million and a half nautical miles through all the seas of the world. Of the 85 cruises she has completed, 10 of them have been around the world. Considered to be a “floating embassy,” her presence in foreign countries and ports contributes considerably to the Spanish foreign policy. Elcano Captain Enrique Torres-Piñeyro of El Ferrol, Galicia, Spain and crew will sail into Pensacola Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9a.m. to help honor the U.S. citizenship of General Bernardo de Galvez, a Revolutionary War hero who won the Battle of Pensacola 234 years ago in May. Spanish commander Galvez defeated British troops in the Battle of Pensacola on May 9, 1781, reconquering West Florida for Spain and aiding the 13 American colonies in their quest for independence. Each year, Pensacola, which boasts a large population with connections to Spain, celebrates that victory. In December of 2014, the United States Congress conferred honorary citizenship on Galvez, citing him as a hero of the Revolutionary War.


The Juan Sebastián de Elcano has visited Pensacola six other times. The first was in 1959 during Pensacola’s 400th Anniversary. Mrs. Davis, who is also Chairman of the Elcano Committee, was responsible for the Elcano’s return to Pensacola five more times in 1981 for the Galvez Celebration, then again in 1984, 1995, 1998 and 2009 for the 450th Anniversary Celebration.


The ship will be docked at the Port of Pensacola, and free public tours will be offered *Wednesday, May 27 from 3p.m.- 6p.m., *Friday, May 29 and *Saturday, May 30 from 11a.m.–1pm. and 3p.m.– 6p.m. as well as *Sunday, May 31 from 3p.m.-6p.m (tour dates and times subject to change).


*A portion of the Port of Pensacola will now be open to the public on Wednesday, May 27, during the arrival with gates opening at approximately 8:00 a.m. To view from the Port, visitors must enter at Commendencia Street. Boaters are also encouraged to watch from the water. The Elcano is scheduled to come through the Pensacola Pass at approximately 8:00 a.m. arriving at the Port of Pensacola at 9:00 a.m. The gates will close at 10:00 a.m. following the arrival of the ship. Area boaters will be rendezvousing in Pensacola Bay near the pass around 7:30 a.m., and it is suggested to fly the Spanish flag or the Spanish colors of red and gold. Flag etiquette requires that the flag of the United States should always be flown in the position of honor. The United States Coasts Guard wishes to remind all boaters that the Elcano is a commissioned vessel of the Spanish Royal Navy, and, as such, certain precautions must be observed at all times.  No vessels will be allowed to approach within 600 feet of the Elcano during her cruise through Pensacola Bay, or while docked at the Port. Boaters are reminded to comply with directions given by any law enforcement agency that accompanies the Elcano through the Pensacola Bay into the Port of Pensacola. An alternate viewing area for visitors is Plaza DeLuna.


*Other public events during the Elcano’s visit include the Fiesta Days Celebration at Seville Quarter on Wednesday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m. ($35/person), a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Galvez Monument at Fort George on Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m., and the Fiesta Boat Parade and DeLuna Landing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. at Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. For more information regarding the Elcano’sarrival and corresponding activities, please visit or call 850.433.6512.


*Serving as committee co-chairpersons are Mrs. Davis and Collier Merrill. Committee members include: Jeri Blankenbeck, Rebecca Boles, Dr. John Brannan, Theresa Brannan, Stacy Brown, Deborah Caldwell, CAPT Mike Denkler, Heather DePew, Joe Gilchrist, Dr. Rick Harper, C. Flack Logan, Michael Long, Adelene Lovelace, CAPT Dan McCort, Alan McMillan, Clark Merritt, Bridget Middleton, Patrick Nichols, Hillary H. Turner, and Cathy Whitney.


Alabama – The Wharf – Sept. 6

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by brent







$73.50 – $63.50 – $43.50 – $25.00





OR CHARGE BY PHONE 800.745.3000.


Austin Webb – Close Up – May 29 – Grand Marlin

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by brent

It’s another Cat Country Close up with Austin Webb.  

When: May 29th

Where: Grand Marlin

What Time: 430p – Doors open all Day.

Tickets: Free / All Ages (Just be there)

Come and meet a rising star in Country Music. Get up close and personal and then tell your friends you saw him when…


Austin grew up in Greenville, S.C. listening to healthy doses of Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, 0 . Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar, he began pouring out his emotions into songs.

Austin’s Martin guitar has been with him through thick and thin since he was 16 and is his most prized possession. He keeps signed photos of two of his heroes, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, on the back of it.

“I really love that guitar,” he says. “It never talks back, it never pisses me off, it never gets mad.”

For a time after high school, he went to Atlanta and played gigs up and down the East Coast. He worked twenty-five different odd jobs during his quest to make it as a singer/songwriter, including working on an assembly line building cars at a BMW plant.

“I’ve always had to work hard for everything; nothing was ever handed to me,” says Austin. “My family is not very rich. They’re just regular people, so I had to do a lot of things for myself, and so I’ve always had a pretty good work ethic.”

Austin’s first trip to Nashville was completely spontaneous after a bad breakup. He turned his car towards Tennessee and drove all night to Music City, stopping at Johnny Cash’s grave about four in the morning to pay his respects to the country legend with a few songs on his guitar. On his way back home from the trip, he stopped at a Waffle House, put Patsy Cline on the jukebox, and met a charming older couple. The husband turned out to be none other than Charlie louvin- (another influence of Austin’s)- and the two soon became friends. Charlie invited him to play onstage with him that night at the Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee, and when he introduced him, he told the crowd that Austin reminded him of none other than Kris Kristofferson himself!

After winning a local South Carolina songwriting competition, ironically called the Nashville Connection, Webb moved to Nashville. The demo he made through the contest made its way into the hands of Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore, who immediately offered him a publishing deal. His debut album on Streamsound Records is due out later this year, and it features his recent Top 40 single, “Slip On By.” The song is a sentimental ballad that stresses the value of time and not living in regret. Country Weekly named Austin as “One To Watch in 2013.”

Austin describes his music as “country soul” and strives for honesty and relevance in his lyrics. His top three musical influences are Joe Cocker, Otis Redding and Bill Withers, but he also has tons of songwriting heroes such as Townes VanZandt, Bob Dylan, and Guy Clark as well. From the upbeat “It’s All Good” to the gut-wrenchingly honest “Getting Even,” his songs convey the real emotion of everyday life in fresh and rousing new ways.

For some examples of the things Austin loves, check out his arm. His sleeve of tattoos includes pictures of his beloved basset hound, Archie, who passed away, a vintage radio, an ex-girlfriend, a ship’s wheel, and many more.


$10,000 or Quick Cat Cash?

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by brent

You have a decision to make at 9, 11, 1, 3, and 5 every weekday… “Will I take $98 in Quick Cat Cash or go into the draw down for $10,000?”  On Sunday May 31 at Milton Chevrolet someone will take home $10K.  Chloe Channell will be performing a set at 130p and the Draw Down will be at 2p.

What makes this time so special is you are eligible to win the $98 or go into the drawdown every seven days!!

Plus, everyone who chooses to go in for the drawdown is also eligible to win a JD Haas Dream Trip to the CMA Music Fest in Nashville from MCA Nashville (You must be present to win).


Shred A Thon – June 5

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Candy

The Cat along with WEAR TV 3, the Better Business Bureau and Gilmore Services are putting on another Shred-A-Thon at Cordova Mall in front of Dillards.  Get your personal documents shredded for free, up to 50 pounds per vehicle.  Please no tie bags and do not tape boxes.  Paper clips and staples are OK but no binders!


The date has been rescheduled to June 5th.

Eric Church at the Wharf – June 12

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by brent






RESERVED SEATS – $73.75 – $63.75 – $43.75





OR CHARGE BY PHONE 800.745.3000.


Help the Daniel Palmer Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by brent

Corporal Daniel Palmer is a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida in Santa Rosa County. He came home in 2012 severely injured. Daniel is married to Becky and they have two children, Cameron and Vanessa Faith. Daniel was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

Daniel enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2008. He deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in December 2009 as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. On March 20, 2010 Daniel was wounded while patrolling in Marjah, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, improvised explosive device, causing the loss of his right foot and a portion of his lower leg. He is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other medical issues.

After Daniel’s injury, he was sent to a medical facility in Germany where he was treated for a week. From there he went to National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for almost a month. Daniel was then transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he received physical therapy treatment for about nine months.

After his treatment in Washington, Daniel was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. for two years. There he went through the military medical board process and was medically retired in August of 2012 with 90% disability.

Daniel and his family returned home on July 27, 2012, to a thunderous welcome-home celebration at Pensacola International Airport. Hundreds of well-wishers were in attendance. Gulf Coast Veterans In Need organized this homecoming and has worked since to support the Palmer Family’s transition to civilian life.

The Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Foundation and the Gulf Coast Veterans in Need groups have been diligently working to build a new home for this local hero and his family. With a January groundbreaking in Chumuckla, Florida, it is expected that the home will be completed by summer 2015.

Additional help is needed. Blackie Black, Bagdad Construction, is the home builder who is generously donating his time and leadership for this project. For information on building material donations or volunteering, please call Blackie at (850) 572-8563.

For cash contributions to Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, you can donate on-line at or by mailing a check to: Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, Inc., Post Office Box 13245, Pensacola, Florida 32591.

The Donation List:

As of 2/25/15 at 3:17 PM
Name Donation
The Independence Fund, Inc. $25,000 grant
Coastal Bank & Trust – Karen Welch Bank Mortgage
Gulf Coast Veterans in Need $10,000 for lot
Alan Miller House Plans
Lonnie Joiner Lot Clearing
Southland Builders – Gordon Howell Fill Dirt
Santa Rosa County Building Permits
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. Septic Tank Permit
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete for Block
Swift Supply & Quality Masonry – split 1/2 Block for Foundation
Salter 3c’s Masonry Sand
Joey Palmer & Quality Masonry Block Labor
Florida Pest Control Soil Treatment
Robert Gonzalez Plumbing Plumbing Labor
Plumbing Material
USA Ready Mix & Gulf Breeze Rotary Club Concrete Material
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete Labor
Pittman Lumber & Building Supply Framing Package
Doug Albert Construction, Bagdad Home Builders & Volunteers Framing Labor
Pro Build Trusses
Vernon Martin Truss Labor
Electrical Material
Electric Light Construction & Clary Electric Electrical Labor
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Material
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Labor
REW Materials Shingles
Abrams Group Construction Roof Labor
Mobile Lumber Windows
Mobile Lumber Doors
Navarre Lumber & Supply Interior Doors
Foamseal Insulation System, Inc. – Jimmy Burgess Insulation – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock Labor
Navarre Lumber & Supply – checking w/vendors Trim Material
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc., Gulf Coast Cabinets & Volunteers Trim Labor
Sherwin Williams Paint
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. & Volunteers Paint Labor
Legacy Building Supply Company Vinyl Siding Material
Advanced Siding Vinyl Siding Labor
W R Taylor Brick Brick
Joey Palmer Brick Labor
Painter Plus – John Teach Carpet Labor
John Price Tile Labor
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutters
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutter Labor
Swort Home Solution Cabinets
Custom Wood Concepts of Northwest Florida, Inc. and Billy Swort Cabinet Labor
Randy Office Appliances
Quigley Electric Lights
Quigley Electric Ceiling Fans
Door Knobs & Locks
Panhandle Glass Mirrors
Indoor Sprinkler System
Lowes Plants & Labor
Pinkard Garage Doors Garage Door
Septic Tank
Clyde’s Well Service – Mike Ward Water Well
Sheriff Wendell Hall, Claude Duvall & Volunteers Fish Fry
Oakland Ard Cash Donation
21st Century Marble & Granite, Inc. – William Jernigan, President Bathroom Material & Labor
Debbie Watson – 9050 West Hwy 98 #27 Pensacola, FL 32506 $100 Donation
Commander Michael Curry – 3577 Stratford Lane Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carol Lanthrip – 5411 Greenleaf Drive Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carter & Sons – David Carter Portable restrooms for remainder of job
Phyllis Clark Sewing Machine

50th Annual ACM Awards Nominees 2015

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by brent
From our friends at» 50th Annual ACM Awards Nominees:
RCA’s Miranda Lambert leads nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards with eight, followed by seven for Capitol’s Dierks Bentley, five for Republic Nashville’s Florida Georgia Line and four each for Capitol’s Luke Bryan, Blue Chair/Columbia’s Kenny Chesneyand EMI Nashville’s Eric Church. The nominees:Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line.Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton.Female Vocalist: Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae, The Swon Brothers.

Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band.

Album: Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason AldeanPain KillerLittle Big Town;PlatinumMiranda LambertRiserDierks BentleyThe OutsidersEric Church.

Single: “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney; “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert; “Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line; “Drunk On A Plane,” Dierks Bentley; “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice.

Song: “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney; “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert; “Drink A Beer,” Luke Bryan; “Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves; “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church; “I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley.

Video: ”American Kids,” Kenny Chesney; “Cop Car,” Keith Urban; “Drunk On A Plane,” Dierks Bentley; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell; “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Event: “Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe; “Meanwhile Back At Mamas,” Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill; “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood; “The South,” The Cadillac Three f/Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli; “This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line f/Luke Bryan.

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for 7th ACM Station of the Year

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for ACM Station of the Year


Pensacola’s locally owned country radio station, Cat Country 98.7, has been nominated as Radio station of the Year in markets our size by the Academy of Country Music.   This is the 50th Annual Awards Show and this year the show is set for Sunday April 19, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and will be shown LIVE on CBS.  This will be Cat Country 98.7’s 7th nomination in the last 11 years and the station has previously won this award in 2006, 2009, and 2011.


Dave Hoxeng, station owner, said “Our team is passionate about our community and country music, this is a great honor!”

Best of the Bay 2014

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by brent

Congrats to our friends: