Pensacola to Bring Beach to Cincinnati

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Florida City Celebrates Reds New Double-A Affiliate with Event and Contest

The Gulf Coast city of Pensacola, Florida, will bring the beach to Cincinnati – white sand and all – inside Kenwood Towne Center on Feb. 4, when it hosts a family-friendly event to celebrate the upcoming inaugural season of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

With the Wahoos’ home opener April 5 at brand-new Maritime Park, Pensacola adds tropical waterfront baseball to already-famous attractions like white sand beaches, the U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels, the National Naval Aviation Museum and the only Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Beach Hotel.

Pensacola Spokesperson Laura Lee looks forward to bringing her city to Cincinnati, as well as making it possible for winners to enjoy a unique beach vacation.

“A lucky family will win a trip for four, including airfare, as well as four nights at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, tickets to a Blue Angels practice and VIP treatment at a Blue Wahoos game,” Lee said. “And there will be something for everyone who comes to Kenwood Towne Center on Feb. 4.”

All that day, mall patrons can register for the VIP trip, and kids can pull beach giveaways from a treasure chest in the sand. Parrot Heads will enjoy Pensacola’s “Five O’clock Somewhere” celebration with free virgin margaritas, Jimmy Buffett music and Margaritaville giveaways from 4-7 p.m.

Reds fans who show up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. can enjoy Reds mascots and other special guests. Broadcaster Jim Kelch will be at the Kenwood Towne Center “beach” from 11 a.m. to noon, Reds Hall of Famer Leo Cardenas will be available from noon to 1 p.m. and former Second Basemen Ron Oester will be on hand from 1-2 p.m. – all signing autographs.

“Pensacola is thrilled to have an affiliate of the great Reds franchise call Pensacola home, and we look forward to sharing our new waterfront stadium with locals and visitors,” Lee said. “There has never been a better time for Cincinnatians to visit.”

Jimmy Buffett once said, “She came down from Cincinnati – It took her three days on the train - Lookin' for some peace and quiet – Hoped to see the sun again.” While Lee likes yet another connection between Cincinnati and Pensacola’s Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Beach Hotel, she is quick to point out that it takes much less than three days to get there.

“With a newly renovated airport, Pensacola is one of the easiest Gulf Coast destinations to reach by air,” Lee said. “The drive, at around 11 hours, can be done in a day.”

Maybe the best news for destinations and visitors is the Gulf Coast’s remarkable recovery from the BP spill of 2010.

“The energy in Pensacola has been amazing,” Lee said. “After our lost summer of 2010, visitors couldn’t wait to return last year, and we ended up having our best year on record. I think everyone appreciates the white sand more than ever.”
Those who cannot attend the Feb. 4 event to register for the VIP trip for four to Pensacola can visit http://www.visitpensacola.com/cincinnati.
For more information about the Pensacola Bay Area, recently named a "Destination on the Rise” by TripAdvisor, or to request a Visitor Guide, contact Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234, (850) 434-1234, or visit http://www.VisitPensacola.com. Cincinnatians can also stay informed of Pensacola Bay Area happenings through http://www.Facebook.com/VisitPensacola.

For More Information Contact: Katie Adkisson
(614) 264-9549, Katie(at)perituspr(dot)com

Media members are welcome to access videos and photographs of Pensacola attractions at http://www.visitpensacola.com/professional/media.

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