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That vibrant energy is what drew Frederique Beroset from Paris, France, to move here. Beroset came for a three-month visit with a childhood friend and discovered a new place for her passion and profession as a biologist and environmentalist. While on vacation, she was offered a position to do research and grow plants for the coastal environment. “I grew sea oats and developed other species that were not being used along the coast,” said Beroset. Along the way, she started up Dune Doctors and made it her business to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, protect people and property, from Perdido Key to Pensacola Beach and beyond, through dune restoration, and develop beach resiliency projects.
Helping to maintain the beach for people, plants, animals and the environment drives her to make a difference. Her lofty goal is to help people understand the importance of the dunes, driven by a passion for the beach. But, the best reason for Beroset is the simplest one yet. “You can’t beat my office. Every day it is different and gorgeous,” Beroset said. “I couldn’t dream of a better place to work.”
Starting out as a tourist to Pensacola over 30 years ago inspired Lloyd Reshard, an electrical engineer-turned-entrepreneur, to set roots in one of Pensacola’s iconic historic neighborhoods — Belmont- DeVilliers. For Reshard, Pensacola is a great place to live. “That I work and socialize in Belmont-DeVilliers, a place of rebirth and creativity, is the best of both worlds,” he said.