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The Florida legislature will reconvene June 1 to hash out a deal on healthcare for the state's most needy residents. Meanwhile, one of the groups that could be most affected by those negotiations is taking matters into its own hands - not in the statehouse, but in the sand.
The Flora-Bama beach bar - which straddles the Alabama
line in Perdido Key, Fla. - will host the third annual Shindig on the Sand music festival June 5-7. The event, which is expected to draw as many as 200 musicians and 70 different musical acts performing on five stages, is intended to raise funds for the Gulf Coast Musicians Assistance Fund.
Flora-Bama Community Relations Director Jenifer
Surface-Ivey said "More than just a weekend music festival, Shindig on the Sand helps to provide affordable health care for Gulf Coast musicians so that they can go on doing what they love and never miss a beat."
The fund was established three years ago to help provide low-cost medical care to area musicians — who are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as the general population, according to a 2010 study by the Future
The fund was created in partnership with American Family Care, a Birmingham-based healthcare provider with clinics in four Southeastern states. The Flora-Bama has committed to donating $100,000 to the fund over the next 20 years. "For any Gulf Coast musician, that means you'll be able to get immediate care at any one of the local clinics for only $25," Surface-Ivey said. "You just have to prove with a pay stub that you are a working Gulf Coast musician."
This year's lineup will feature performances by Grammy Award winner Wayne Toups, along with Grayson Capps, Hotel Oscar, Mary Sarah, Kim Carson, Federal Expression, The Springs and others. The festivities will kick off at noon each day — with a $5 cover after 5 p.m.