May 1, 2024

What is your favorite thing about life on the coast?This month we asked Bella readers to share their favorite things about life on the coast.

“There’s something about the sound of the waves and the smell of salt in the air that speaks to my soul. No matter how stressful my day has been, looking out over the water calms me and brings peace. Being near the water feels like home.”

— Carrie Gaut, administrative support, Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management Physicians

“My favorite thing of all is that we are the home of the Blue Angels. Growing up in a Navy family, I developed a strong love and support for all military and the Blue Angels are a great symbol for our freedom. There is nothing like hearing the sound from the air show followed by the cheers of the people; they make me proud to be an American.”  

— Cover Brooks, CPFA, financial advisor, The Palafox Group at Morgan Stanley, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

“Everywhere I drive during my workday I get to see the water. It could be Escambia Bay as I drive to Milton or Pace, Pensacola Bay as I cross the bridge to Gulf Breeze, the Blackwater River and East Bay on my way to Navarre. I am in awe of the ever-changing beauty of it all.”

— Susan Clark, community relations, Granny NANNIES

“I love that I can go to the water to sit in the sand and relax; I can swim in the water and exercise, and I can ride in a boat to play. I love that I can watch beautiful sunsets on the water. But most of all, I love that I don’t have to own a snow shovel!”

— Susan Bonsignore, public relations, Blue Arbor

“I’m lucky to work in a nonprofit and alongside like-minded coworkers dedicated to serve others. The network of friends over the years has created a sense of family for me and my family. And the landscape, how can you have a bad day when you are minutes from a beautiful downtown community, a beach with endless views or a trail tucked ahead to hike?!”

— Mary Zaledonis, vice president of Impact Services,

United Way of West Florida

“I love the weather, the laid-back social lifestyle and the people!”

— Katie Schutts, associate director of alumni relations at UWF

“I was born and raised in Pensacola, but it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized just how special it is here. I returned home after 25 years of living coast to coast; I now fully appreciate our scenic bays and beaches, our southern charm mixed with empowering philanthropy, our lively downtown and our vibrant festivals. There is always something fun to do here and delightful people to do it with you. Home IS where my heart is!”

— Martha Holden, vice president, Providence Construction Group