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    Tuesday, May 17, 2022
    Do you know your customers are happy with your products or services, but your online presence doesn’t showcase all of your loyal patrons' great experiences with your business? Our design and content coordinator Kayla Koger hosts this week's episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to share a few ways to increase your customer feedback through reviews on your online profiles, including Google, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 17, 2022
    On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, starting at 5 p.m., Emerald Coast Autism Center will host a public Groundbreaking Event for Emerald Coast Learning Center, a new building located directly next to Emerald Coast Autism Center on the campus of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) in Niceville, FL. This second facility will provide a safe, structured learning environment for the nonprofit's Transition ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Aletha's Legacy offers hope to the children of Liberia by providing quality education in a safe environment. Volunteers are needed to assist on the following committees: finance, event planning, fundraising, education/art, grant and construction. Want to help? Email info@alethaslegacy.org.
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    On Friday, May 6, 2022, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, hosted its monthly Sip N' Stroll event, where eight new artists debuted in the gallery's Summer show from May 6, 2022, until Aug. 1, 2022. The gallery welcomed artists, Neda Raeisian, Susan Lucas, Bradley Copeland, Rachael Homack, Robert Reynolds, Barbara Suhadolnik, Meghan Schultz, and Pam Singh to the talented ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Children in Crisis (CIC) hosted the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training which is designed to prepare parents and adults for working with children, families and in systems of care impacted by trauma.  TBRI purports three principles are the foundation for working with kids from hard places – Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. This week participants from Children in Crisis, ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is pleased to announce its participation in Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Administered by Americans for the Arts, AEP6 will examine the economic impact of the arts and culture in Walton County, Fla., and 386 additional ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group invites the entire community to celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 12, 2022, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park. Step One Fest is the company's way of saying THANKS to team members and their families, partners, and the community after five years of service, growth, forging new friendships, team accomplishments, and "stepping together". Step One ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners will appoint a citizen to the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) as required by Florida Statute. Applicants should be available to meet during the daytime, and typically meet twice per year, at the beginning of the hearing process and at the end to review the Special Magistrates’ decisions. Appointee will serve a one-year term, which may be extended upon the ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County residents to participate in the 2022 Okaloosa County’s Got Talent showcase, which will be Sat, June 4, from 6 - 10 pm hosted by Enlightened Studios.   All performing artists are invited to participate including dancers, musicians, and theatre groups/individuals.  The performance space is not large, so we recommend either ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Inlet Beach, Florida. It was a beautiful morning as crowds gathered to watch the endangered turtles head back into the Gulf of Mexico. All of the rehabilitated sea turtles had fallen victim to fishing hook related injuries. One of the turtles was outfitted with a satellite tag for the ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Don’t be a landlubber! Unleash your inner pirate aboard our 90-minute After Dark Cruise with the Pirate Life band on Friday nights during the Summer! One complimentary adult beverage included with each ticket! Featuring live music courtesy of The Crossbones, a pirate themed rock band, and other pirate performers, this cruise is especially designed for Scurvy Dogs 21 and over. Cut loose and enjoy ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Enjoy the peace of a Destin morning with a relaxing scenic cruise aboard the Southern Star! Complimentary donuts will be served as you cruise our picturesque Emerald Coast waters and observe dolphins in their natural habitat. Coffee, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys will be available for purchase as well, so you can kick back and unwind. Mornings are the time of day when our waters are typically the ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Multiple Area Rotary Clubs and community organizations from Okaloosa County pulled together recently to raise more than $15,000 for a major project at the assisted living facility—Twin Cities Pavilion (TCP) in Niceville. The Community Fire Truck Pull attracted 16, ten-person teams, young and old, who paid $250 to see who could pull a fire truck 50 feet in the fastest time. Funds raised will be ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    What do you do when someone writes something terrible? Negative reviews are never fun, but they are an important way to get feedback on your business. In this episode, I discuss the different types of negative reviews, my process and response to these comments, and next steps that you can take to prevent negative reviews online. Here are our eight tips and tricks to formulate the perfect response ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2022
    During the Destin Chamber’s May 13 Business Before Hours on the Beach Sponsored by Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Wendy and Steve Wilson, former owners of the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise and Buccaneer Pirate Cruise, were honored with the Chamber’s Business Persons of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    After hearing our review podcast about his book Herding Tigers, author Todd Henry joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast this week. Todd is the founder and host of the Accidental Creative Podcast, an author, and an international speaker where he shares his expertise on creativity, productivity, and passion for work. Listen to the full episode to hear Todd’s insight on recognizing strengths in your ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    For the sixth consecutive year, Bit-Wizards is named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2022. Hitting newsstands on May 17, in the May/June 2022 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces and company culture whether teams are operating ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.  “The safety of our patients has always been and remains our top priority,” said HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital CEO Zach ...read more
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    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Marketing is EXPENSIVE right? Traditional advertising, SEO, SEM, retargeting, buying lists, and social media ad campaigns can be a pricey method to gain new customers. But here’s another secret we utilize regularly, partnerships. Before you look at traditional marketing methods, tune in to our tips on cost-effective tools to grow your brand.  There are only two steps to start finding your perfect ...read more
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    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Join the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast for a Summer Teen Job Fair on Monday, May 23, from 3:30 - 5 p.m., at the FWB Boys & Girls Club at 923 Denton Blvd. N.W. Businesses are invited to participate at no charge to promote and recruit employees. Booth space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Ashley Bailey at abailey@sheriff-okaloosa.org or ...read more
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    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Okaloosa County launches new beach safety measures, championed and funded by Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism, in partnership with Okaloosa County Beach Safety and Destin Fire Control District. Administered by Okaloosa County Public Safety, the initiatives include a synchronized beach warning flag selection across all guarded beaches in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, a text alert system and GPS-mapped ...read more
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    Friday, May 06, 2022
    Food For Thought will provide eight weeks of summer services, reaching 2,000 children per week. There will be five pick up locations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  You can help! Sponsor a family for the summer to help bridge the meal gap. Find details here: https://fftfl.org/products/sponsor-a-family-summer.
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    Friday, May 06, 2022
    United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQGS: UCBI) (“United”) and Progress Financial Corporation (“Progress”) announced today the execution of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which United will acquire Progress, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Progress Bank & Trust (the “Merger”), in an all-stock transaction with an aggregate value of approximately $271.5 million, or $23.52 per share of ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2022
    Cloud computing has completely changed the business technology landscape over the last two decades. One might even say that cloud computing has altered the very nature of how businesses operate. Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or personal computer. “There are different kinds ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2022
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2022
    On May 3, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 14th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Jenna Kilpatrick of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2022
    On May 4, Ruby Slipper Destin celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce.  Ruby Slipper offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Brunch is front and center everyday. The menu features inspired and playful twists on traditional Southern brunch favorites, including Eggs Benedicts, Beignets, Bananas Foster Pain ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    Are you reaching your people? Social media is constantly changing and email marketing is one way that businesses keep in constant communication with their stakeholders. This week, Whitney talks about what will make your email marketing fail. Tune in to get Whitney’s tips and tricks to hack your email marketing campaigns through your subject line and get her best and worst examples. 7 Tips: 1. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital announced today the appointment of Karim Ghanem as vice president of operations, effective today, May 2, 2022.  Ghanem has six years of experience in the healthcare industry, and brings a strong clinical performance background to this role after serving as the director of performance improvement and a regional lead advanced practice clinician in HCA ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    KID CAMPS ARCHERY CAMP: A Bullseye Archery Camp will be held at the Destin Sports Complex softball field on Monday, June 20th thru Friday June 24th. Camp will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for incoming 4th and 5th graders, and 3:00 to 5:00 pm for incoming 6th graders and above. The fee is $55 for Destin residents and $65 for non-residents. Each participant must be present on the first two days of camp ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    It's officially Art Month! This initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton, is a month-long celebration of the Arts featuring events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County. This year's planned activities include Under the Sea - a fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art, an Art & More Auction benefiting ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    Do you have any wearable technology that you use to optimize your performance? Shantelle has been implementing new technologies into her routine to analyze and monitor important aspects of her daily life in hopes of optimization. Listen to this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to learn how Shantelle uses her Apple Watch, Oculus, and Oura Ring to track her daily functions, sleep, ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2022
    I am constantly amazed and grateful for the beautiful and wonderful community we have the pleasure of calling home to our families and businesses. If you have been paying attention to national news and trends, you know that Florida continues to grow and expand, and as a State we are doing very well when it comes to new jobs and unemployment. According to the Florida Scorecard, our State currently ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2022
    Get ready to roll with it! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its 9th mainstage season with its most ambitious production yet — “Xanadu: The Musical.”     The show opens Thursday, May 13, and runs two weekends through Sunday, May 22. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Thursday, May 19 and Sunday May 15 and 21.     Slap on ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2022
    The Better Business Bureau of Northwest Florida's online auction is open through 7:59 p.m., on Thursday, May 5. Proceeds go towards funding nine scholarships given annually to seniors in its 14-county geographical area. Visit https://nwfl.app.bbb.org/auction/ to register and place your bids for gift cards, hotel stays on the beach, auto services, and much more.
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    Monday, May 02, 2022
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and FloridaMakes have formalized a strategic partnership to support Florida’s small manufacturers.  The partnership will provide greater access to and awareness of Florida SBDC Network and FloridaMakes training and resources for small manufacturers in Florida. The agreement will foster greater communication, cross-referrals, ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2022
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank all the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 13th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. This year the theme was “Sparking the Arts”.  Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 218 entries are on display at Enlightened Studios (Grades 5th-12th) and the FWB Library (K-4th) through May 20, 2022. ...read more
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    Friday, April 29, 2022
    BizTech is back! Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, for a conference connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to get their brand noticed, convert fans into customers, and increase their bottom line. Sessions include the following: Where Should You Place Your Digital Marketing Dollars, Keeping ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Shannyn Stevenson (left) and Carolyn DiFebo as the first quarter top producers. Shannyn Stevenson earned “Top Listing Agent” for volume of properties listed, and Carolyn DiFebo achieved “Top Sales Agent” for January through March 2022. “With real estate sales continuing strong, we’re enjoying a great start to the year,” said Jeanne ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Company Trainee and Pre-Professional Program (PPP) auditions will take place on May 14, at the main building in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Trainee auditions will take place from 9-10:30 a.m., and auditions for the PPP and Company programs will be conducted from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Company auditions are open to students entering the eighth grade and up with no ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) wants to introduce the community to a young lady who is wise beyond her years. Meet 13-year-old Giselle McLaughlin, an 8th grade student at Liza Jackson Preparatory School in Ft. Walton Beach. Julie Porterfield, CEO of ECCAC, met Giselle at their Niceville Center when she presented a $280 donation check to Porterfield.  It seems that Giselle is ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, one of the largest accounting and advisory firms in the Southeast, is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2022. Team members throughout Warren Averett’s 15 offices are reflecting on the accomplishments of the past and looking forward to growth in the future.  To honor 50 years of helping local communities thrive, Warren Averett introduced a ”50 Acts of ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week celebrations by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.DWU is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Three Tri-County HCA Florida Healthcare teams have received HCA Healthcare’s nationwide Unit of Distinction (UOD) award for exemplary nursing. The following medical teams were recognized during a virtual ceremony Tuesday as the top-ranking nursing units across HCA Healthcare: •HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital: Cardiovascular intensive care unit; women’s and children’s services •HCA Florida ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    On April 26, Party Fowl celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce.Known for Nashville Hot Chicken, craft cocktails and local brews, Party Fowl's new Destin Commons location features two covered patios, wall-to-wall TVs and a Nashville "Hot Off the Hook" seafood menu. The restaurant also offers its award-winning brunch seven days a week with ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2022
    Former podcast guest Marcia Hull is back again on the Hello Frances Podcast! This week Shantelle and Marcia share about the upcoming 10th Annual Destin Rotary Crawfish Bash. As the chairperson of this year’s event and with nearly 30 years of service to the Rotary Club, Marcia explains what you can experience at the Crawfish Bash. Listen to the full episode now and mark your calendar to join us for ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2022
    Food for Thought has been forced to cut back on the amount of food going into bags for the rest of the school year due to the impacts of inflation and food costs. Instead of 13 items, the bags now contain six items, in an effort to manage the 40% increase in costs. The Alys Foundation wants to help! It will match donations up to $15,000 to help FFT RE-Fill backpacks. With these funds, students can ...read more
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    Monday, April 25, 2022
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    Monday, April 25, 2022
    Do you ever feel like you’re WAY behind on the changes in social media? Social media is constantly changing and sometimes it’s impossible to stay in the know. Keep up with the news and check out episode 9 of the Sociallee Relevant Podcast to hear Whitney Lee’s breakdown of four new features that are coming to Instagram. Description: Today we’re breaking down one of the “Big Boys” of social media, ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College is pleased to announce its 2022 Commencement Keynote speaker, Jamal Allen Sowell.  Sowell is a University of Florida alumni and UF Hall of Fame inductee. During his time at the university, he served as the UF Student Body President and Vice-Chairman of the Florida Students Association. He also worked as the Special Assistant to University of Florida President Dr. ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Members of Northwest Florida State College's Student Advisory Board were awarded for their contributions on and off-campus during the Florida College System's Student Government Association Year-End Conference. Led by Campus Engagement Director Marlena Veneszee and Campus Engagement Specialist Jessica O'Neill, NWFSC students gathered at the Florida State College in Jacksonville on April 8-9, 2022, ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Families across the country are dealing with the impacts of inflation. The rising cost of food, paired with the continued supply chain issues are now impacting Food For Thought as an organization.  For the remainder of the school year, bags will have six less food items in them as there has been a 40% increase in our costs.  FFT is committed to sourcing and purchasing food at the best possible ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    The City of Destin’s Department of Public Works provides one-on-one flood protection consultations to home- and business-owners within our City limits. These consultations include: a review of existing documentation (Elevation Certificates, V-Zone certificates, photos, development plans, etc.), an evaluation of the structural and/or mechanical vulnerabilities of the structure to flood damage from ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce a new branch will be added in Pace, Fla., making it the second location in Santa Rosa County. As part of the Credit Union’s growth and expansion efforts, property was recently purchased at 4413 US-90 in Pace. Construction is expected to begin in a few months and be completed in 2023. La Macchia Group is the design/build firm for the new Pace ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Mortgage Division Manager Woody Woodfin announced today that Mendy Gregory has joined Progress Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer. “Mendy’s long history of banking in the Destin area will be a huge benefit as we continue to expand our Mortgage services throughout the Florida panhandle,” said Woodfin. “She is well respected in the local community, and we are thankful to have her on board.” Gregory ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    As part of its 2022 philanthropic initiatives, the Be the Magic Foundation Board of Directors selected the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge as one of 12 nonprofit partners for the year. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s mission is education, conservation, and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna.     As part of the new partnership, Executive Director Crystie Baker and her ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2022
    The Taylor Haugen Foundation’s annual Savor the Sound concert fundraiser will ROCK with Password Reset and the LA Strangers! This community event provides entertainment for all ages, an array of food choices from local vendors and breweries, and highly sought-after auction items, all while honoring Taylor's legacy as we work to raise awareness and protect our youth athletes from abdominal ...read more
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    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently named Cory Fosdyck as its 3rd Annual Zeke Bratkowski Advocate Award winner, during its annual Gala. Hall of Famer Zeke Bratkowski was a famous NFL professional football player and an assistant coach in the NFL for over two decades. He passed away in 2019 and was a passionate supporter of ECCAC, founding the non-profit’s first Gala and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    Have you met our intern Jacie yet? We continue to learn so much from Jacie during her time with us at Frances Roy and this week we invited her on the Hello Frances Podcast to introduce her! In this episode, Jacie shares what made her pursue a career in communications, her future career plans, her favorite projects she’s worked on at the agency, and more. Listen to the full episode and leave some ...read more
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    Monday, April 18, 2022
    Join J.Leon Gallery + Studio on Friday, May 6, for its May Sip N' Stroll and enjoy the debut of eight new artists; new art by current artists; art from Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina, as well as the local area; and a LIVE illustration by gallery owner Jason Lindblad. As always, guests can meet the local artists, enjoy champagne and light bites, and tour the gallery and fully functioning ...read more
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    Monday, April 18, 2022
    This episode is a follow-up to episode 2, where Whitney shared how boosting your Facebook posts is a trap. So if you’re now diving into Facebook Ads Manager and feeling overwhelmed, this is for you! In this episode, Whitney shares the first (and most important) step in setting up an ad within Facebook Ads Manager.Listen here.
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    Monday, April 18, 2022
    A tropically clad Easter Bunny delighted hundreds of kids and their families on Easter Sunday at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin. The Easter Bunny was on hand to visit and pose for photos with boys and girls of all ages and their families to capture the memory, as well as to give each child a candy treat.    LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina.  For ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2022
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today released its annual Impact Report that reflects on the past year and highlights HCA Healthcare’s positive impact throughout the country. “This annual Impact Report highlights the teamwork and commitment of our physicians, nurses and other colleagues, and I am grateful for their dedication and the positive ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2022
    Children in Crisis (CIC) and Families First Network (FFN) will cohost a Foster Care Recruitment Event on April 23, Noon to 2 o’clock p.m., at CIC’s Kid’s Clubhouse located at 1000 Luke’s Way, Fort Walton Beach, FL. There is a shortage of Foster Parents in District 1 area, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. CIC will be recruiting Foster Parents to come live in their ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    Check out Emerald Coast Title Services' latest Let’s Talk Title with Podcast Ep: 21. Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen will explain the importance of how 1031 Exchanges apply in the process of buying or selling a property.Listen and watch here.
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    Today's Boutique's new storefront at the Destin Commons is now officially open! Located near Belk, Today's will continue its 40-year legacy of providing local women with top-of-the-line fashion in everyday, cocktail, and evening wear. The Dettle family will continue the tradition of hosting monthly events in the new location with the next trunk show planned for April 22-23, 2022, featuring ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    During the Destin Chamber’s April 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, Neko Stubblefield, Vice President of Membership and Community Development at Eglin Federal Credit Union, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    Shantelle recently read an article in her alma mater ASU’s Thrive Magazine that reminded her of something she needed to hear. In this episode, Shantelle shares her insight from the article written by May Busch, the former COO of Morgan Stanley Europe. In the article, May shares the 3 Cs you should avoid at all stages of your career - comparison, competition, and conflict. Shantelle breaks down ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today announced that it has been recognized for the second consecutive year on the 2022 LinkedIn Top Companies ranking, an annual list that helps professionals identify the top workplaces to grow their careers.  The list recognizes the top 50 organizations in the U.S. using LinkedIn data to rank companies based on ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    In this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, Shantelle and Hillaree discuss a leadership book they recently read called Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need by Todd Henry. In learning about piloting creative teams, Shantelle and Hillaree share their biggest takeaways from the book. Topics include building and sustaining trust, creating stability, personal ethics, and ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors was recently named to three of Accounting Today’s lists for 2022. The firm has been named a Top 100 Firm, a Top Tax Firm and a Regional Leader. These lists are ranked by revenue, and showcase accounting firms that have seen growth and innovation during 2022 while also dealing with different issues and challenges as they navigated the ongoing staffing crunch in the ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    The City of Destin Parks and Recreation Department is highly valued in our city and everything they do enhances the quality of life of our community. This department provides a wide array of programs and beginning today the public can register online at www.cityofdestin.com/reconline. The city has partnered with CivicRec to implement its parks and recreation management software solution. Available ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    HCA Florida Healthcare announces a new, statewide Consult-A-Nurse® line. By calling the free 24/7 line, consumers will speak with nurses ready to provide quick, convenient expert care advice and support. When dialing (844) 70-NURSE (6-8773), consumers, including those recently discharged from the hospital, can ask questions or speak with a nurse about any symptoms or illnesses they or someone in ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    Visit No Reservations Needed's Emerald Coast Service Center at 297 Azalea Dr., in Destin. For more information, call (850) 842-2223.
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    Annually, the City of Destin provides an update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the progress made in mitigating flood losses through the planning and construction of stormwater management projects. This update also complies with the requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. Due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is prone to ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    The Okaloosa County Mosquito Control Program schedule for treatment by broadcast spraying pesticide for control of adult mosquito populations is detailed below. Maps of showing general treatment area by days of the week are also linked. Broadcast treatment is conducted in the evening and is required by State Law to be justified. Justification is based on mosquito population surveillance data and ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    User Generated Content! End all of social media. You can say how awesome you are but if other people are saying you’re awesome - that’s PRICELESS For some businesses, it just HAPPENS. People love sharing stuff likefood, travel, clothes. But if you aren’t out there watching and listening, you’re missing opportunities! So If you don’t have expensive listening tools how do you know what’s out ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2022
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club congratulates Lindsey Harrison for earning PGA title in two short years. The Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) is one of the largest and most prestigious sports organizations in the world. The process of becoming a PGA member is no small feat in the golf community. Though the PGA allows up to nine years and most golf professionals average four years in ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 06, 2022
    One Okaloosa EDC and its Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN) are hosting the 5th annual TeCMEN Industry Day on April 26, 2022 at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Initially launched in 2017, TeCMEN Industry Day (TID) brings together a broad spectrum of companies and industry representatives from across the Gulf Coast region and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 06, 2022
    Giving free stuff to influencers??? *Insert eye roll* So many businesses are jaded by influencers who ask for free services and products but the business never sees any tangible results from their posts. In this episode, Whitney gives tangible advice on how to get influencers to actually produce sales and/or show results that matter. You’ll hear how her agency, Sociallee, took six unpaid ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 06, 2022
    Today talking about PR. Many people want to work in this industry bc they think it’s “so fun” - think we just go to parties and sip martinis. Samantha from Sex and the City made it look like so  glamorous and sexy. But I have also noticed a lot of distrust in the PR world. I first noticed this - I watch shark tank a lot -  and when people would ask for money for PR, the sharks would start to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Welcome to Sociallee Relevant, a Marketing & PR podcast bringing you relatable tips on how to market your business and ultimately boost your bottom line. You won’t find overwhelming or boring tech talk here - it’s all about breaking down the facts and making it understandable and most importantly, actionable. You’ll receive tangible takeaways on topics like Social Media, Content Creation, Paid ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Is your social media not producing anything for your business? Promoting your business online can be a tricky business, but that’s why Whitney is diving deep into how to engage your audience in an effective way. If you aren’t happy with how your social media platforms are performing, tune into this week's episode and many more like it to help you build your business and bring your ideas to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Social media ads can do a lot for your business when done right. In this episode, Whitney shares a valuable tip on the #1 mistake that people make when doing social media advertising. If you don’t know Facebook Ads Manager, it can be easy to resort to boosting your posts, but tune in to today’s episodes to learn why that may not always be the best option for your business.Listen here!
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Hiring an agency is WAY more expensive than hiring an in-house employee, right? Well - actually, let’s do the math. You might be surprised to learn the numerous ways you can save a significant amount of money and resources by hiring an agency. This episode will explain in detail why in-house marketing might actually be costing you more than you think and all the things an agency can do to take ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    With millions of users worldwide, Tik Tok is becoming a real player in the social media game for businesses. With numerous new social media platforms coming out each year, it can get overwhelming trying to decide whether or not your business should have a presence on each platform. Is your investment in these platforms worth your time, money, and effort? If you are asking yourself those questions, ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Hungry? Check out Holi Indian Restaurant's menu here.
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    Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    Hungry? Check out Fatboys' menu here.
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    Monday, April 04, 2022
    Steve DeMeo has been named the new men’s head basketball coach at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson and Athletic Director Ramsey Ross announced this morning that DeMeo will be returning to the College to coach the Raiders after serving as the assistant head basketball coach for East Carolina and St. John’s University.  “Our College feels incredibly ...read more
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    Monday, April 04, 2022
    Check out Emerald Coast Title Services' latest Podcast Ep: 20: New FR/BAR Financing vs. FHA/VA & Appraisal Riders. Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen will explain how the new financing contingency deadline is impacted by the FHA/VA & Appraisal Riders. &##127968;Watch and listen here.  
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    Monday, April 04, 2022
    After an eight-month battle with amyloidosis, a rare disease that can lead to life-threatening organ failure, 48-year-old Jennifer Reckner’s final wish was to see her twin sons graduate from high school in May. But as her condition deteriorated and it became clearer she may not live to see that day, loved ones worked with her hospice care team, school officials and HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin ...read more
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    Monday, April 04, 2022
    Children's Volunteer Health Network held its inaugural Soiree On The Bay event on March 18 and 19, benefitting the free dental services they provide to children in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Thanks to the generous supporters and sponsors of the event, CVHN was able to raise over $300,000 to support its mission. CVHN board members, staff and event hosts pictured L to R: Doug Herndon, Will ...read more
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    Monday, April 04, 2022
    The community and Destin High School (DHS) students are invited to sign up for Destin High Athletics Golf Outing, the first of a planned series of annual golf tournaments. The Golf Outing, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday, May 1, will be held at the Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club. One can register for the golf tournament on-line at www.GoDestinSharks.com, or at DHS. Pre-registration ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2022
    Food for Thought will delivery its 500,000th backpack during our services the week of April 4! This is more than five million food items to the food insecure children the organization serves in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Its eyes are set on the future and staying strong for another 500,000 bags! Please help FFT #StayStrong and continue to deliver on its mission to remove the negative impacts of ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2022
    Progress Bank's Mortgage Division Manager Woody Woodfin announced today that Jenny MacDonald has joined the Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer. “With the region’s overwhelming growth and our expansion into Panama City, the time could not be better for Jenny to join our Mortgage team in Florida,” said Woodfin. “Her local experience and expertise in the market will serve our clients well.” With more ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2022
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 13th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.  The theme for the contest is “Sparking the Arts.”  It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, mixed media, or crayons.   There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for three ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2022
    Tuesday ◊ April 26 – Niceville CenterThursday ◊ April 28 – DeFuniak Springs Center6 – 7:30 p.m. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in Niceville and the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center (PFCAC) in DeFuniak Springs are in need of volunteers.  One of the ways to help ECCAC is to volunteer in numerous capacities at either of their Centers, or volunteer at events in the area ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2022
    Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism continues dune restoration and stabilization on Okaloosa Island beaches. Community volunteers are needed to help with a project, funded by Okaloosa County Tourist Development and a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation matching grant. Volunteers will assist with dune stabilization by helping to plant 200,000 sea oats on Saturday, April 16, at 7 a.m. “The dunes are ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2022
    On March 29, No Reservations Needed celebrated a ribbon cutting and the opening of its Emerald Coast Service Center with the Destin Chamber.  The center, located at 297 Azalea Drive in Destin, features a Beach Party Store, Emerald Coast Shuttle Bus, and notary and printing services. For travelers waiting for accommodations to be ready or waiting on departing transportation, it offers WiFi, TVs, ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2022
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its Art in Public Spaces program. The funds will be used to add public art features to the U.S. Hwy. 98 at Inlet Beach Underpass Project that is currently under construction. The project is among 1,248 projects across ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    ArtsQuest, the 34th annual fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), is pleased to announce the 2022 Festival’s Featured Artist, Orestes Barrios Marañón.  A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, ArtsQuest is a juried show scheduled to take place May 7 - 8, in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Barrios Marañón’s custom artwork titled “Fable In Eden ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Alabama that April 22 is the application deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations affected by Tropical Storm Claudette on June 19, 2021.   The low-interest disaster loans are available in ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    “Every year we try to create awareness of April being National Child Abuse Prevention month and the services that ECCAC can offer to child victims.  It is imperative that everyone do their part to help protect children.  Prevention is the best protection against child abuse,” explained Julie Porterfield, Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center CEO National abuse statistics are alarming. According ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast is pleased to announce Robert Campbell as its new manager. Robert is retired after serving in the US Air Force for 23 years as a Services Specialist, along with 30 plus years of hospitality experience that he brings to the Fisher House. He is very passionate about making guests feel at home, loves being able to interact with the guests and lend a listening ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    Creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy recently announced Ryan Cobb in the newly created Operations Coordinator position. Cobb is responsible for day-to-day agency operations, as well as the logistics associated with events.  Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer, Shantelle Dedicke, notes the importance of this additional role.  "Deliberate growth requires a thoughtful ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    Today's Boutique is now open Monday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in its new Destin Commons location near Belk and Level 10 Salon, Enjoy its grand reopening and Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show on April 1 - 2. For event details, click here. Today's Boutique has brought fashion to the Emerald Coast for 40 years and has been voted "Best Boutique" on the Emerald Coast for the last 16 years. "Shop with ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    Have you checked out Adobe Creative Cloud Express? In a previous episode, we talked about Canva, a great design tool for those who are not graphic designers. In this week's episode, Design & Content Coordinator Kayla Koger breaks down Adobe’s similar product Adobe Creative Cloud Express. This new tool is easier to use than Adobe Creative Clouds' other design products, such as Photoshop, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2022
    790 is a locally owned restaurant serving Florida seafood and Louisiana flavors in a casual coastal atmosphere for lunch, dinner, happy hour & Sunday brunch. Families and large groups are welcome. Check out the new lunch menu here!Visit the new location at 14073 Emerald Coast Pkwy, in Destin.
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    What The Puck… It’s Been 40 Years! In celebration of of being in business in Destin for 40 years, Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill created a special, limited time T-Shirt. This shirt showcases all of our signature mascots and they are are cruising the beach… hopefully for another 40 Years! You only turn 40 once, so we have limited supply of what will soon be one of our best collectible World ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Crab Island Seafood At HarborWalk Village | Season Seafood & Pizza Restaurant, LLC, offers delicious Caribbean and Latin-inspired food on the beautiful Destin Harbor in HarborWalk Village. Entrees include seafood gumbo, salads, wings, nachos, peel & eat shrimp, grouper and crab cake sandwiches, burgers, prime rib, specialty pizzas and more. Enjoy a special happy hour menu on Monday through ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital has announced the appointment of Caroline Burris as Chief Operating Officer, effective today, March 21, 2022. Burris will oversee the growing 267-bed hospital which has served Okaloosa County for nearly 50 years. Burris has more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry. “In her new role, Caroline will support our culture by leading multiple ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.  “We remain committed to the care ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    The party with a purpose, Wine & Fries, powered by Step One Automotive Group was hosted by Hotel Effie Sandestin on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, to help raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, located in Pensacola. To kick off the night, guests were greeted with McDonald’s French fries, donated by Costa McDonald’s, followed by an evening of dining and dancing under the ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    When so much is going on in the world around you, it’s easy to feel helpless, out of control, and overwhelmed. In this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, Shantelle shares three things she does to help her get through the days when it seems nearly impossible. Listen to the full episode for practices you can implement into your daily routine to help find balance when the issues around you feel ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Check out The Sonder Project's 2021 Annual Report to discover all 2021 Projects,  Impact Stories, Financial Summary, Plans for 2022, and more. Join now to empower impoverished communities through high-impact, sustainable development.
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is holding its annual Grant Writing Workshop on April 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This in-person workshop is free and open to all nonprofit organizations serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Impact100 NWF is seeking grant applications that focus on projects in the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its celebration of spring with three family-friendly productions in April.      ECTC has performed for more than 6,000 students since 2012. Over 1,600 children and families attended its TYA productions through school field trips or family outings last season alone. Each field trip experience at ECTC includes educational enhancement activities for ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions by appointment at the downtown studio on Perry Ave. for the 2022-2023 academic year in April. Auditions for incoming third-grade students will take place on April 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and April 24, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Incoming fourth-grade students will audition on April 23, from 3-4:30 p.m.    Appointment reservations are ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDExecutive Director of One Okaloosa EDC Florida’s roughly 60 day state legislative session came to a close last week, with the House and Senate almost unanimously approving a record $112.1 billion state budget – thanks in part to $37 billion in federal money received as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a point of comparison, the proposed FY 2022-2023 budget is 10% more ...read more
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    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Featured winemakers and distillers have been announced for the 2022 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, taking place April 21 – 24, in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center. Celebrating 10 years, the charity festival is known for attracting top winemakers and master distillers from around the world. Festival attendees can meet these renowned winemakers and industry experts to discuss their wines ...read more
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    Friday, March 18, 2022
    On April 1, local non-profit Veterans 48 will host Flags of Honor Escorts. These escorts ride American flags to Veterans memorials and programs around the country, bringing awareness to the 22 Veteran suicides each day. Then they present the flags to Gold Star families to let them know we have not forgotten their sacrifice to keep our country safe.  Up to 10 riders will arrive by 6 p.m., on April ...read more
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    Friday, March 18, 2022
    On March 18, new restaurant Crab Island Seafood At HarborWalk Village / Season Seafood & Pizza Restaurant, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.  Crab Island Seafood At HarborWalk Village | Season Seafood & Pizza Restaurant, LLC, offers delicious Caribbean and Latin-inspired food on the beautiful Destin Harbor in HarborWalk Village. Entrees include seafood gumbo, salads, ...read more
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    Thursday, March 17, 2022
    On Monday, March 14, Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) celebrated the groundbreaking of its new office building, warehouses, and parking garage located at the George French Water Reclamation Facility at 14 Industrial Park Lane. The cost of construction is $19.5 million, including architectural and engineering fees, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. After suffering a near miss from Hurricane ...read more
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    Thursday, March 17, 2022
    It's time to raise your voice and let us know how your gift to United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) should be invested. By volunteering as a Community Investment Grant Panelist, you will have the unique opportunity to hear about the work UWEC's nonprofit partner agencies are doing across Okaloosa and Walton counties while recommending where Community Investment grants will have the greatest impact on ...read more
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    Thursday, March 17, 2022
    As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners has approved $1.5 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID–19 and to address its negative economic impacts. In acknowledgment of the significant challenges which non-profits have faced and in recognition of the critical ...read more
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    Monday, March 14, 2022
    During the Destin Chamber’s March 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Holloway Yacht Charters, Jimy Thorpe, owner of A Superior Air Conditioning Company, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our ...read more
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    Monday, March 14, 2022
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    Monday, March 14, 2022
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) celebrated the launch of Women United on Saturday, March 5. In honor of Women’s History Month, 118 ladies from across Okaloosa and Walton counties gathered at WaterVue at Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach to celebrate the launch of UWEC’s Women United chapter. At the event, our community’s most generous ladies were invited to raise their voice for the causes they ...read more
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    Friday, March 11, 2022
    On March 10, NextHome Cornerstone Realty celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Held in conjunction with a First Responders Appreciation Event, guests enjoyed a shrimp boil and beverages, while learning about the company, its work with local buyers, its affordable housing advocacy efforts in Tallahassee, and its community service projects. Whether you are considering an investment ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2022
    For the fourth year in a row Renovation Flooring is holding its Crawfish Boil event to show appreciation to their customers, families, and friends. This year they are joining forces to help the local charity Food for Thought Outreach, a non profit that helps provide easy to prepare foods for students at nearby schools.  “We love helping our community in any way we can. And this is one of the ways ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received donations of thoughtful hand-made gifts for the children from the Crafters group of the Ft. Walton Beach Snowbird Club. The Crafters gave dolls with handcrafted clothes, animals, blankets, pillows, and more.  “This is the 10th year we have received special donations from the FWB Snowbird Club,” said Julie Porterfield, ECCAC ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2022
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    Tuesday, March 08, 2022
    The 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Festival held on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at Destin Commons was a record-breaking success. The event raised $65,000 and welcomed roughly 1,500 attendees throughout the day. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 08, 2022
    Progress Bank Florida Market Executive Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Lane Redding has been promoted to South Walton & Bay County Market President. “Due to our recent expansion into Panama City, it was the perfect time to grow Lane’s role to Market President of that area and the surrounding community. She has been instrumental in our success since she joined the Bank in 2020 and we are ...read more
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    Monday, March 07, 2022
    What: Babies born at HCA Florida Healthcare facilities across the state on March 3, helped celebrate the launch of the new statewide brand in style. Dressed in its signature orange, 106 Florida babies now share a birthday with HCA Florida Healthcare, a leading collaborative healthcare network in the state.  HCA Florida Healthcare united approximately 11,000 physicians, 77,000 colleagues, 49 ...read more
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    Monday, March 07, 2022
    Public information is an important part of the City of Destin’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) reporting requirements through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  What is stormwater pollution?  Stormwater is runoff generated during and after a rainstorm. The runoff washes pollutants into our local waterways. FACT! Stormwater is the leading cause of ...read more
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    Monday, March 07, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College was recently named a 2022-2023 Military Friendly School with a Gold Distinction by MilitaryFriendly.com.   Every year, institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation are evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Final ratings are calculated by combining the institution’s survey scores with the institution’s ability ...read more
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    Friday, March 04, 2022
    Registration for the City of Destin’s Youth Fall Soccer League will begin on Monday, March 7, thru Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Destin Community Center. In-person registration is Monday thru Thursday from 8 am - 8 pm and Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended, and coaches/team sponsors are needed. The league is for children ages 3 – 15 (age as of September ...read more
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    Thursday, March 03, 2022
    NWFSC is committed to helping our community and business attract and retain a talented, vibrant, and skilled workforce. We offer apprenticeships in the Construction, Culinary, Hospitality, HVAC-AC-Ventilation, CNC Machining, Plumbing, and IT.  The program will blend classroom instruction and On-the-Job training to provide business and employees world-class training leading to employer recruiting ...read more
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    Thursday, March 03, 2022
    Spring is coming. Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) stages two entertaining special live performance events sure to put a song in your heart and a smile on your face.    Both performances will be held at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.    On Wednesday, March 16 join local singer-songwriter legends Forrest Williams and ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    For the first time in Florida’s history, more than 450 HCA Florida Healthcare affiliated sites of care across the state will unite under a shared brand on March 3. This transformation will create a leading collaborative healthcare network in the state, united through a shared dedication to improve more lives in more ways.   With one baby born every 17 minutes at an HCA Florida Healthcare hospital ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    A recent Northwest Florida Daily News article about local business Fish Window Cleaning was featured on Yahoo! News. "Don’t worry if you missed Random Acts of Kindness Week, which ended last Sunday. Thankfully, they can come at any time on any day … and they’re always appreciated. Acts of kindness rarely cost more than a few dollars, if anything, but the goodwill they spread is priceless. And ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    Wendy’s is bringing that sweet, sweet heat with our new Hot Honey Chicken sandwich and biscuit.  Try these new items today….You will not be disappointed!
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) undertakes a prevention/awareness program each month related to the health and well-being of children and teens. March is National Nutrition Month.  It is considered neglectful to withhold access to food from a child, or to deny the right food that they may need in order to thrive. Neglecting a child by withholding or denying food can impact a ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    Click the link below to enter for a chance to win park general admission and a Discover Harbor Seals Encounter for two people, valued at more than $150! Sweepstakes closes on March 7, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.  Don't forget to share the Discover Harbor Seals Sweepstakes with a friend. Enter Here!Click here to view the full official sweepstakes rules.
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2022
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    In partnership with the City of Destin, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the implementing Trustee for this Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) restoration project resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. DEP selected Taylor Engineering Inc., DAG Architects Inc. and Halff Associates Inc. to engage the community and conduct project planning, permitting, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    Ready for a dramatic summer? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces the 2022 Summer on Stage theater education programs.     “Our goal at ECTC is to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to come together and experience what it means to be a part of the tribe. Tribe means teamwork, tribe means confidence, tribe means community. ECTC is a place where every child can ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department (TDD) Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism expands fishing and diving opportunities with the upcoming deployment of a decommissioned tugboat (M/V MISS JOANN). The 64-foot vessel will be an addition to nearly 400 artificial reef sites offshore Okaloosa County. The deployment is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, by Morgan Marine with oversight from ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    On Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 12 - 3 p.m, at Destin Commons, the family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. There are three categories that each local restaurant can win in total: Judge's Choice Award, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    This week Shantelle shares our team’s recent discovery of the Adobe Creative Types test. We have taken many personality evaluations before, but this Adobe test shares insight into your creative personality. Through a series of 15 questions, the assessment not only determines your creative style but also shares your strengths, untapped potential, and ideal collaborators. Take the test at ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    Tickets are now on sale for “A Taste of Jazz,” a one-night-only fundraiser for Emerald Coast Theatre Company, a non-profit professional theater company serving Northwest Florida.   The event will be on Thursday, March 10 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.    Guests will enjoy a “delicious evening of live jazz, mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres and wine.”    Tickets ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    February was an exciting month for our Chamber as we announced the roll out of some new affordable health plan options, the Chamber Spectrum Benefit and Healthiest You by Teledoc, available exclusively to our Destin Chamber members.  First, we have partnered with Acentria Insurance to offer an ACA-compliant group health benefits solution designed to help our members manage their health and ...read more
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    Monday, February 28, 2022
    The 3rd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer was a huge success. The event raised a record-breaking $40,000 and welcomed more than 1,200 attendees in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.   "We are truly blessed to live in a community that continuously comes together to support the next generation and invest in the ...read more
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    Monday, February 28, 2022
    For the 12th year in a row, the magical team at Bit-Wizards brought home a record-breaking number of American Advertising Awards at the Local competition level. The “ADDYs” are the largest and most representative competition in the advertising industry, recognizing and rewarding the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.   For their work in 2021, Bit-Wizards earned a whopping ...read more
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    Friday, February 25, 2022
    On Feb. 25, Pet Supplies Plus celebrated a ribbon cutting and the kickoff to its grand opening weekend celebration with the Destin Chamber. The celebration continues on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with Saving with Souls pet adoptions, a silent auction, indoor poker run with prizes, outdoor vendors, food by Chippers BBQ, corn hole games, local emergency responders, bands and lots of ...read more
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    Thursday, February 24, 2022
    ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival returns to Mother's Day Weekend, and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County invite you to get involved. PURCHASE A PROGRAM AD Advertise your business and show your support for the arts in the official ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival program! Copies will be printed and inserted into SoWal Life, Destin Life, Bay Life and more. Secure your spot today by contacting ...read more
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    Thursday, February 24, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, has announced broker-owner Hilary Farnum-Fasth as Scarlett Magazine’s inaugural Woman of the Year for 2022.    Highly respected by colleagues and clients alike, Farnum-Fasth has used her integrity, vast market knowledge, and disciplined sales strategies to become a preeminent real estate strategist of ...read more
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    Thursday, February 24, 2022
    Jerry Sullivan, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, announced today that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized sales affiliate Mike Johnson with the CENTURY 21 GRAND CENTURION Producer award following their successful 2021 sales totals. The GRAND CENTURION Producer award is presented to sales affiliates of CENTURY 21 who earn $864,000 in sales production or 195 closed ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 23, 2022
    To start up and run a competitive Athletic Program, Destin High School needs your help. Funds raised will provide compliant facilities, equipment, uniforms, and sport medicine care for Destin Shark Athletic Programs. Community support is essential to provide the best quality educational experience. Sponsorship and donations will assist us in securing these needs for our student-athletes.  Go, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 23, 2022
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    Wednesday, February 23, 2022
    It's time to see The Sonder Project's work in action! We are so excited to share this brand-new video highlighting success in our partner countries! Our friends at 20/30north Studios filmed this video in October of 2021 when they accompanied us to Malawi to observe our program's impact.   The video is only 3 minutes long. Check it out!
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    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance invites you to the 2022 Winter Arts Social on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2-4 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries at Northwest Florida State College located at 100 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578.   Join friends and art supporters for live entertainment by Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music students and the Fort Walton Beach High School Drama Club and ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    There is a sense of community service flying around Northwest Florida Thursday for National Random Act of Kindness Day.FISH Window Cleaning is in its first year of business in Okaloosa County. For their random act of kindness, they chose to lend a helping hand to Children in Crisis (CIC). FISH Window Cleaning employees spent Thursday cleaning the windows on the CIC clubhouse, and a newly ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    In this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, we interview self-proclaimed Enneagram Burnout Coach Hillarie Kay. Hillarie shares how to unlock your potential by utilizing the Enneagram as a tool to learn more about yourself and how you handle stress. She shares how each Enneagram type acts when burned out and she discusses the burnout cycle which starts with stress, then overwhelm, then ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    New Destin restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Scotches Bar & Grill, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, just released its new Caribbean/American menu. Check it out below!Breakfast MenuLunch & Dinner MenuLunch Special
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is honored to have Beré Jewelers as the Jewelry Sponsor for The Big Gala 2022 - One Snowy Night.   For a donation of $100, you'll be entered in for a chance to win a $5,000 SHOPPING SPREE at Beré Jewelers in Pensacola! There will only be 150 tickets sold, so act fast! The winner will be announced at The Big Gala on March 11, 2022 at the Court of De ...read more
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    The White-Wilson Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for programs effecting health outcomes in the local area. The nonprofit is seeking community partnerships to help increase access to health care for underserved men, women and children in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties.  Grant applications are available on the organization’s website, ...read more
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    Congratulations to those chosen as Hurlburt Honorary Commanders for 2022 - 2023! 1 SOW:  Neko Stubblefield, Vice President/Membership and Community Development, Eglin Federal Credit Union1 SOW/CCC:  Brian Squire, Executive Vice President, Hays Companies1 SOMDG:  Ann Hill, Executive Director, Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition; Director of Administration, Florida One DMAT, Inc.1 SOMSG:  Aaron ...read more
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    A donation, by a private party, to Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) leads to the first redfish restocking initiative in Choctawhatchee Bay.  Because of a $25,000 donation to CCA Florida, the Coastal Resource Team of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism will assist with the transport of 10,000 juvenile redfish between four and ...read more
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented Minto Communities USA with nine awards at the 2022 International Builders Show (IBS) held in Orlando, Florida in February. The awards included recognition by NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and the National Sales and Marketing Council for Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville communities.Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, located near ...read more
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    Friday, February 18, 2022
    The CAA and other arts organizations in Walton County and throughout Florida ask that you contact our state Senators and Representatives to encourage their support for the Arts in the State's 2022-2023 budget!  The Florida State Legislature session is at the end of week 6. There are 9 weeks in session. Your communications need to have met the eyes and ears of decision makers and influencers ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    Calling all hospitality businesses! Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (CMCA) is hosting its annual convention at The Island Resort on Tuesday, March 1 – Thursday, March 3, 2022. Sponsored by the Destin Fort Walton Beach CVB and The Island Resort, this convention will bring 200 attendees representing 100 meeting planners and 100 suppliers. Meeting planners are visiting to ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Okaloosa County for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2020. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    Our Design & Content Coordinator Kayla Koger gave you the basics of using Canva for your brand in our Canva 101 podcast episode. This week on the Hello Frances Podcast, our Digital Marketing Specialist Gregory Dedicke interviews Austin Miller, the Customer Engagement Director for Modlite Systems, to learn how his organization implements this tool into their content strategy. Gregory and Austin ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    A dazzling roster of celebrity winemakers, mixologists, and chefs will converge April 21-24, 2022 in idyllic South Walton’s Grand Boulevard Town Center to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine, spirits, food, music, fun and goodwill. South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Cheers to 10! An award-winning, ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    During the Destin Chamber’s Feb. 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Debbie Bruce of A 2 Z Specialty Advertising was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “A 2 Z ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
    Food For Thought has been awarded a grant from The Whataburger Feeding Student Success Program. The mission of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success Program is focused on addressing needs at the intersection of food insecurity and education for students. This mission reflects our values and commitment at Food For Thought Outreach fighting the negative impacts of hunger to empower the education ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
    As part of The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) was selected to receive a $2,000 grant. This grant award is thanks to a nomination(s) from a local Starbucks partner (employee) who recognized the work of BBBSNWFL. Through this unique program, The Starbucks Foundation invites Starbucks partners to nominate a local ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast announces violinist Ezinma to headline the 2022 Crescendo! Main Event on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.  Meredith Ezinma Ramsay, professionally known as Ezinma [Eh-zeen-mah], is a violinist, film composer, and educator. She has worked with renowned artists including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma and Clean Bandit to name a few. As a composer, Ezinma has ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) President Dr. Devin Stephenson will be among the few college presidents to be honored with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during Phi Theta Kappa's 2022 PTK Catalyst convention, April 7-9, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.    The Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction is PTK's most prestigious award for community college presidents and is named in ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties honors Real Estate Agents Heather Sprigler (right) and Shannyn Stevenson (left) as the 2021 Top Producers of the Year. Heather Sprigler was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2021 and Shannyn Stevenson earned Top Listing Agent for 2021. Tennessee-born and Georgia-bred, Heather Sprigler grew up visiting the beautiful beaches of Destin and South Walton. After a ...read more
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    Monday, February 14, 2022
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    Friday, February 11, 2022
    On Feb. 11, Mr. & Mrs. Scotches Bar & Grill celebrated its grand opening and a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Named after the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Mr. & Mrs. Scotches Bar & Grill serves American and Caribbean food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a full bar with daily happy hour. Visit the new restaurant at 34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Unit 104, right on Highway 98 in ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 08, 2022
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    Tuesday, February 08, 2022
    Father and daughter duo Steve Barber and Mary Aho join us on this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss their shared creative venture, Scarlett Magazine. With a bold stance and a goal to empower women, Scarlett Magazine shares the latest in women's fashion, beauty, home decor, lifestyle, and health. The magazine recently launched the Woman of the Year Awards, celebrating 100 females in ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Cyber-criminals are attacking businesses everywhere. You must protect your assets through diligent determination EVERY SINGLE DAY. Finding an IT partner or professional to watch over your network should be as much a part of your business as having business insurance.Keep reading here.
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    The Destin City Council will host a public workshop to discuss the proposed Flood Ordinance as recommended by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. In lieu of attending physically, the public may view the meeting at the following link: ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    With the buzz of its new golf course and clubhouse, and teed up by the incredible growth of the surrounding communities, membership at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club has catapulted beyond expectation. As a result, the club has officially announced that membership is completely full and while other experiences at the club remain semi-private, like beachfront dining at Vue on 30a - the club’s golf ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) was awarded two new grants to support students in their pursuit of innovative workforce and career education opportunities that lead to employment in high-demand industries.  The Florida Department of Education awarded the College $116,954 through the Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant to support apprenticeships in Computer Support and Computer ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    On Wednesday, Feb. 2, the hospitality industry gathered to celebrate the best of the best. Congratulations to all of the award winners: Hotel/resort FOHRosalie WongHampton Inn & Suites – Destin Hotel/resort BOHCarrie PritchardNewman-Dailey Resort Properties Hotel/resort managerJeff WelchHilton Garden Inn Destin/Miramar Beach Restaurant - FOHMaggie WhiteSlick LipsSandestin Restaurant - BOHAlex ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Hormonal imbalances may be to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms - from fatigue, weight gain, itchy skin, or a low mood. How do you know if your hormones are out of sync and what can you do to restore the balance? Read more here.  
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Since 1947, the Youth of the Year program has been the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, providing the highest honor any teen member can receive. The addition of the Junior Youth of the Year extends these opportunities to youth ages 10-13 years old. The Youth of the Year (YOY) embodies the values of leadership, character, and service; academic excellence; and living a ...read more
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    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Mayor Gary Jarvis will deliver the annual State of the City address and highlight the City of Destin’s accomplishments and strategic plan on Tuesday, February 22nd. Mayor Jarvis’ address shall take place during the City Council meeting being held at the City Hall Annex located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail at 6 p.m. The public may view the State of the City address at the following link: ...read more
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    Thursday, February 03, 2022
    Does your family, organization, or business want to support our work fighting childhood hunger in your community.  When you sponsor a school it will provide weekly food to students, as well as snacks provided to teachers to hand out for students in need of immediate help. To learn more about how you can help please click the link below: https://fftfl.org/collections/sponsor-a-school-2nd-semester
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    Thursday, February 03, 2022
    Okaloosa County is working to improve broadband to areas of North Okaloosa with little to no access at this time. A quick 10-question survey, with integrated speed test is a first step in accomplishing the goal. Participation is critical to the success of this project. “The areas of Okaloosa County, where there is little or no access to internet services, experience significant roadblocks for ...read more
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    Thursday, February 03, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $11,000 donation from the Rosemary Beach Foundation (RBF), of which a portion of this was raised from the 4th Annual BINGO Brews & BBQ event held this past fall. Established in 2016, RBF has donated $1 million to local organizations, schools, hurricane recovery and COVID relief.  RBF offers community events, educational ...read more
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    Thursday, February 03, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, today announced the promotion of Conner Morrison to Managing Broker. Since beginning his tenure at Corcoran Reverie as the Executive Business Administrator for owner/broker, Hilary Farnum-Fasth in May 2020, Morrison quickly became the point person for contracts and general questions for nearly every agent ...read more
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    Thursday, February 03, 2022
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is pleased to share that Attorney Michelle A. Olliff was selected as a 2022 Rising Star by Inweekly. Since 2008, Inweekly has asked peers, clients, and bosses to identify and celebrate professionals under 40, who are seen as up and coming leaders in their professions and the greater Pensacola area. More than 600 people have been celebrated for being stars at their ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 01, 2022
    Our Frances Roy Agency Design and Content Coordinator, Kayla Koger, takes the microphone this week to talk about the online design platform, Canva. She teaches the basics of using this as a tool and how it can be a great addition to your design strategy. The program is ideal for design beginners or quick and easy design elements needing a specific aesthetic, such as Instagram Stories or a social ...read more
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    Monday, January 31, 2022
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    Monday, January 31, 2022
    News from The Taylor Haugen Foundation - We are extremely excited to announce that Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy L. Davis will be our special guest speaker for our Wild Game Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 12, from 3:30-6:30. Individual tickets for this exclusive event are $250. Read the following passage to learn more about the heroic actions of our guest speaker: For conspicuous gallantry ...read more
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    Monday, January 31, 2022
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcD Executive Director of One Okaloosa EDC Have you heard? Northwest Florida has been discovered and the buzz is literally everywhere. The 2020 US Census found that, as a whole, Okaloosa County grew from 180,822 to 211,688 between 2010 and 2020 – a 17% growth rate. While nearly 20% growth is impressive in its own right, some Okaloosa County Census tracts experienced growth ...read more
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    Monday, January 31, 2022
    Ascension Sacred Heart has announced plans to create a family medicine residency program based in Walton County, in collaboration with the University of Florida College of Medicine and with support from the Florida Department of Health.  “With the growth taking place along the Emerald Coast, there is a significant shortage of primary care physicians. The projections are that the shortage will ...read more
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    Friday, January 28, 2022
    Check out the latest post on BillboardInsider.com to learn more about TierOne Media's Jesse London and his journey as an entrepreneur.
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    Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Miss Destin’s primary function is to represent the Destin Fishing Rodeo at weigh-ins everyday during the month of October. Destin resident high-school girls between the ages of 16 and 19 vie for the title of Miss Destin, which among other things, provides at least a $2,000 academic scholarship. The pageant is not a beauty contest, the young lady who receives the title of Miss Destin is judged on ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    On Jan. 25, Corcoran Reverie celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Corcoran Reverie, an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC – a leading residential real estate brokerage firm headquartered in New York City, is a locally owned high-end brokerage specializing in the luxury home market in Northwest Florida from Pensacola to Panama City and the coastal communities along 30A. With a 150+ ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Ken Wampler, President of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, is the Destin Chamber’s 2021 Business Person of the Year Sponsored by Trustmark National Bank. The award was presented by 2021 Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican during the Chamber’s Jan. 14 Business Before Hours & Annual Membership Meeting. Trustmark National Bank, who has been serving the financial needs of ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Enjoy a Tony Sands Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert and Six Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Fish House! WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2022  Tony Sands Concert:  Doors Open: 6:00PM Concert: 7:00PM - 8:30PM Tickets | 850-243-9161  Fish House Dinner:  5:00PM - 10:00PM Reservations Required | 850-243-9161 WHERE: The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE  Fort Walton ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Inspired by an Adam Grant tweet, Shantelle discusses learning the difference between the right opportunity to challenge and the right opportunity to contribute. A natural challenger, Shantelle actively works on challenging with a solution in mind while remaining open-minded. She shares her insight on how to practice a balance of challenging and contributing. Listen to the episode, and let us know ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Watch as Aletha's Legacy Foreign Liaison Officer Velia Lala gives her impression of her first mission trip to Liberia. Aletha’s Legacy is a 501(c)3 organization founded to give under-privileged children in Liberia and Africa hope and a chance to have a better education. Learn more about the work it is doing and where your help is needed. Watch the video here or visit AlethasLegacy.org.
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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Emerald Coast Marine was one of six marine industry organizations recently recognized by the Sea Tow Foundation for its exceptional boating safety campaigns and initiatives in 2021. The dealership won the prestigious “National Boating Industry Safety Award” for the ‘Retailer with One to Three Locations” category, presented at the Marine Retailers Association of America’s national conference in ...read more
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    Monday, January 24, 2022
    One Okaloosa EDC announced today that Boeing Global Services has selected Fort Walton Beach for a competitive expansion project.  The anticipated $2,550,000 project involves a 20,000 SF expansion to the company’s existing facility located at 20 Hill Avenue in the Fort Walton Beach Commerce & Technology Park.  In addition, Boeing’s current position as one of Okaloosa County’s largest private sector ...read more
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    Monday, January 24, 2022
    Progress Financial Corporation, the parent company of Progress Bank, announced its Board of Directors has declared a special one-time cash dividend of $0.25 per share. Approved at the recent January Board Meeting, the dividend will be payable on Feb 15, 2022, for shareholders of record on Jan. 31, 2022. “Our Progress Bank team contributed tremendously to the success of the bank in 2021. I’m so ...read more
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    Monday, January 24, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Okaloosa and Walton counties have monthly prevention and awareness programs to help children, teens and families. February is National Teen Dating Violence Month. This is an issue that impacts everyone, not only teens, but their parents, teachers, friends and communities as well. Teen dating violence affects nearly 10% of all teenagers ...read more
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    Monday, January 24, 2022
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    Friday, January 21, 2022
    In early 2021, Bit-Wizards took its philanthropic efforts to the next level by unveiling the Be the Magic Foundation (BTMF). The Foundation is committed to making the future of its community stronger and more viable through the support of Youth Development, Adults & Children with Special Needs, Animal Welfare, and Community Development.  After the Foundation’s announcement, dozens of ...read more
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    Friday, January 21, 2022
    After 22 years in The Shoppes at Paradise Key in Destin, Today’s Boutique formally announces they will be moving their luxury boutique to a new location in 2022. In the final stages of confirmation, the new location will be officially unveiled this spring through Today’s Facebook and Instagram profiles. This decision, in the midst of a global pandemic and ever-changing economy, will bring this ...read more
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    Friday, January 21, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union is proud to once again support the United Way Emerald Coast’s 28th Annual Day of Caring. Twenty-three employees painted and landscaped at the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach and at the Crestview Manor in Crestview on Friday, Jan. 14. This year’s Day of Caring aligned with Martin Luther King Day’s National Day of Service celebrated on Monday, Jan. ...read more
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    Friday, January 21, 2022
    Tune in and check out Emerald Coast Title Services' latest Podcast Ep: 19. "WHAT THE HECK IS FIRPTA?!"  Hosts Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen explain FIRPTA and how it affects your real estate transactions. &##127968; Watch and listen here. To learn more, visit our website at ects.com.
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    Friday, January 21, 2022
    On Thursday, April 21, 2022, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks off the 2022 Spring Concerts in the Village series with the showstopping Michael Jackson LIVE, direct from Las Vegas featuring Santana Jackson, one of the top Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world! The highly-anticipated season includes pop icon, Taylor Dane; fan favorites, Sister Hazel; and the Music of Led Zeppelin ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    After 22 years at the same location, Today's Boutique is moving! Come enjoy the "Storewide Moving Sale" from Jan. 14 - Feb. 12, with savings of 40 - 70% off the entire stock. Be on the lookout for details about the store's new location and its grand re-opening.  
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Continuing in its mission to bring award-winning health care to communities across the Emerald Coast, White-Wilson Medical Center has opened a new clinic location to serve families in DeFuniak Springs. This location will provide both pediatric and adult medicine services in one central location at the DeFuniak Shopping Plaza, 1045 US 331 South.  “For over 75 years, it has been our goal to ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    In today’s fast-paced world, we overconsume all the things we think we “should'' be doing. We fill up our calendars and create unnecessary stress when we put too much on our plate. In this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, Shantelle shares her list of what she wants to stop, including multitasking, constant social media scrolling, and more. Listen to the full episode for the rest of the items ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, is pleased to announce that Brenda Quiroga is the brokerage’s first dual-affiliated agent. Quiroga is not only a licensed real estate agent at Corcoran Reverie based in Seagrove Beach, Fla., but is now also a licensed real estate agent with Corcoran Ferester Realty based north of Houston, Texas, in The ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Area first responders from three local and DOD agencies completed maritime search and rescue training this week. The teams were composed of personnel from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Destin Fire Department, and United States Air Force SERE School.  The week-long course provided specialized search and rescue training designed to strengthen partnerships and promote mission success in the ...read more
    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Impact 100 is recruiting members to join Impact100 NWF in support of the 2022 grant period. Nonprofits need support to provide services to those in need in Okaloosa and Walton County. We welcome women 18 years or older to come to a membership event, meet the members, and learn how they can become a positive force for good in their local community. The scheduled 2022 in-person Membership ...read more
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    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    Frances Warner, Shantelle’s grandma and our agency’s namesake, joins us on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. Frances shares her advice on how we can spend our time, use our resources wisely, and stay positive throughout these uncertain times. Shantelle and Frances discuss so many tips and tricks that have been passed down within their family throughout the years. Listen to the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    Each year during the month of December, the Destin Library hosts a food drive to benefit the Harvest House Food Pantry. In the past, the library promoted this event as Food for Fines because the value of the donated food item was used to clear library fines on patron accounts. As of last year, the library no longer charges late fees, so the food drive was rebranded Harvest of Hope. Library patrons ...read more
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    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    New year, new art! On Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, hosted its monthly Sip N' Stroll event, where four new artists debuted in the gallery's Spring show from Jan. 1, 2022, until April 26, 2022. The gallery welcomed artists, Mindy McClendon, Andi Scurto, Wes Hinds, and MJ Montgomery to the talented lineup of featured artists.  "It is with great ...read more
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    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors and recruiting more mentors, also known as Bigs. Every January, people all over the world make a New Year Resolution. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is challenging people to do something important and impactful ...read more
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    Monday, January 10, 2022
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    Monday, January 10, 2022
    Mission of Compassion offers emergency and disaster relief, responding to hurricane and tornado victims across the south. The non-profit runs a thrift store and food pantry in Texas, with plans to open a similar store in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit the new website at www.missionofcompassion.net to stay up-to-date on happenings.
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    Residents who reside full-time within the incorporated area of Destin are eligible to receive up to two free Resident Annual parking passes (per household) for use in paid parking areas along Scenic Highway 98 in Crystal Beach, Gulf Shore Drive in Holiday Isle, and the Harbor District. Passes are available at city hall and online. All City of Destin residents who reside within the incorporated ...read more
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    In early 2021, Bit-Wizards took their philanthropic efforts to the next level by unveiling the Be the Magic Foundation (BTMF). The Foundation is committed to making the future of its community stronger and more viable through the support of Youth Development, Adults & Children with Special Needs, Animal Welfare, and Community Development.    After the Foundation’s announcement, dozens of ...read more
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that Benjamin T. Shell has become a shareholder with the firm.  Benjamin T. Shell “Ben” is a litigation attorney who practices Personal Injury Law and First Party Property Law, including matters involving automobile accidents, wrongful death, first party property (hurricane) claims, and bad faith litigation. Prior to joining ESC in 2017, Ben ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 04, 2022
    Looking for a ticket to the sold out 13th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival on Jan. 14 - 17? Become a volunteer! In exchange for your volunteer time, you will receive a general admission festival wristband. Volunteer applications are available at 30ASWF.com/volunteer or by emailing gabby@culturalartsalliance.com.
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    Tuesday, January 04, 2022
    Ringing in the new year was a unique one just for kids at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin at the 6th Annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration. It was non-stop, kid-friendly fun for the whole family, with excitement around every corner as LuLu’s celebrated the New Year. The day featured arts & crafts, face painting, live music, and more. But the highlight of the event was the kid’s countdown to noon with a ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 04, 2022
    Each year, a city employee is nominated and selected by co-workers to celebrate the qualities that inspire us to achieve the City of Destin’s mission: “We are an organization that strives to provide a healthy, safe quality of life, balancing the needs of our residents with the expectations of our visitors, and providing open, clear, accurate communication.” Destin City Manager Lance Johnson ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 04, 2022
    It’s 2022 &##127881; As we say goodbye to our fifth year in business and begin our sixth, we consider what is next for the Frances Roy Agency. After the death of a close friend, Shantelle reconsiders what’s important and how she wants to live her life and lead her business moving forward. As she enters a new stage of her life, she’s prioritizing creating balance, slowing down, being more ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Our entire team joins Shantelle on the microphone for our last Hello Frances Podcast episode of 2021. Each person shares one word they would use to describe the past year, their favorite project of the year, and where we see Frances Roy heading in 2022. We reflect on another year of the Hello Frances Podcast and the work all of our team members do behind the scenes to ensure we bring you a new ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 21, 2021
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest. The contest proved to be difficult to judge as many Destin homes, businesses and organizations did a fantastic job showing their Holiday spirit through decorations. Information was provided to the judges who canvassed Destin with the challenging task of picking the best-of-the-best.  Best ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 21, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company continues its 9th season with the return of the popular StoryTeller series, featuring professional actors and authors presenting compelling stories and dramatic works.    There are three StoryTeller presentations on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, and March 1, at 7:30 p.m., staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 21, 2021
    This week on Hello Frances, the design team talks about design trends for 2022. Listen as Janae, Kayla, and Morgan analyze the continued growth of bite-sized content. The team emphasizes the importance of motion graphics being short and repetitive. They also discuss the balance that exists between being trendy and staying on brand. What are your design predictions for 2022? Email ...read more
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    Monday, December 20, 2021
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, recently celebrated the season at its annual holiday party at The Watersound Beach Club. The brokerage invited its 150+ real estate agents and leadership team and held a silent and live auction benefiting The Sonder Project, whose mission is to empower impoverished community members through high-impact, ...read more
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    Monday, December 20, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and consulting firms, is proud to have been listed on two of Forbes’ annual lists: America’s Best Tax Firms and America’s Best Accounting Firms for 2022. The award lists were announced on December 2, 2021. The full article is available on the Forbes website.  This is the third year that Forbes has partnered with market ...read more
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    Monday, December 20, 2021
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced the appointment of Todd Jackson, as Chief Executive Officer of Twin Cities Hospital, effective Dec. 17, 2021. In his new role, Jackson will oversee the 65-bed hospital, which has served the communities of Northwest Florida for more than 40 years and recently received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of “A” for the third consecutive time. Jackson has ...read more
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    Monday, December 20, 2021
    ‘Twas the week before Christmas when all through the town, Wizards were joyful and shopping around! Several years ago, the team at Bit-Wizards decided that in lieu of client gifts and holiday cards, the company would donate to families in need.    For 2021, the Wizards determined that this year’s recipients would be the 16 children residing at Fresh Start For Children & Families. Fresh Start’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 15, 2021
    On Dec. 14, Destin Chamber members celebrated the holidays and the Chamber’s most outstanding individuals and businesses, during the Annual Holiday & Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Surrounded by the festive décor of Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2021 Destin Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and Destin ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 15, 2021
    Cumulus Media announces that its Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL, Rock station 99ROCK (WKSM-FM) raised $33,927 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in its St. Jude Rocks Radiothon.  99ROCK/WKSM devoted 26 hours of broadcast time on Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10, in which listeners could become "Partners In Hope" in support of the hospital and its mission. In addition, Step One Automotive ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    As a thank you to the Destin Chamber and its members for the invaluable relationships created during 2021, Parrot Head Yachts, LLC, is offering a special rate for Chamber members until March 1. For $600, a party of six may enjoy a two-hour cruise. The current rate for this cruise is $800. In season, it is $1200.   Parrot Head Yachts offers visitors the joy of spending several hours on an Emerald ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, has donated $40,000 as part of its sponsorship of the annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Race held in Rosemary Beach, Fla. The contribution will directly impact the Walton Education Foundation, the Seaside School Foundation, the Point Washington Medical Clinic, and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    Families enjoyed a memorable 6th Annual Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles experience at LuLu’s.  Billy Claus is Santa’s warm weather-loving brother who lives in the Caribbean, but comes this way to help Santa during the holiday season. True to his island tradition, Billy arrived via sea plane in the Choctawhatchee Bay right behind LuLu’s. The LuLuBelles are Billy’s version of Santa’s elves.   The ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    A very generous donor is providing a special Holiday Gift!  All donations, up to $50,000 will be matched this holiday season. This is the perfect time for you, your business, or family to make a donation and support our programs.  How to Donate Online: https://fftfl.org/products/matching-donations  Mail Checks to: Food for Thought Outreach Mailing Address 174 Watercolor Way, STE 103 ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, located on Okaloosa Island in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is embarking on a large, multimillion-dollar expansion project this winter and is excited to share the news with the community. The project will add a brand-new dolphin habitat to the park.  Construction is scheduled to commence in late December of this year and will take roughly 14 months to complete. ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    The Dec. 20 Destin City Council meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled city council meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 3. We hope that you and your family have an enjoyable Holiday Season.
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    The City of Destin recently had its Harbor Pump completely rebuilt, an arduous process that has taken over six months. Parts original to the former pump configuration include the pump housing and one drive short shaft with the remainder being brand new. The pump’s re-installation began Nov. 18, with the arrival of a crane and support staff from Gilbert Pump (Fort Walton Beach). With the subsequent ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is proud to announce the addition of adoption to its roster of legal practice areas.  On Oct. 28, 2021, attorney Clay Whittaker joined the firm, bringing with him expertise in adoption and a four-year-old adoption practice, Gulf Coast Adoptions.  Clay is a licensed attorney in Florida and Alabama and practices in both state and federal courts.   Gulf Coast ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    On Dec. 10, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations in declared counties in Alabama, and the contiguous states of Florida and Mississippi, as a result of excessive rain, flooding, and Tropical ...read more
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    Friday, December 10, 2021
    On Dec. 9, 2nd & Charles celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.2nd & Charles is a bookstore and a whole lot more. The store specializes in buying and selling new and pre-owned books, games, toys, movies, music, and fan merchandise of all kinds. It’s the perfect place to find a new bestseller, to rediscover an old favorite to add to your stash of pop culture collectibles, or to browse ...read more
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    Friday, December 10, 2021
    This is how you Gift smART this Holiday season:•Skip the lines and book a personalized shopping experience to find the perfect gift. Call 850-842-3051 to book.•Don't "add to cart", instead purchase a piece of local art or pottery.•Keep shopping stress-free and purchase gift certificates, prints, and hand-made Christmas cards.•View all of our available art online on jleongallery.com. 
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    Friday, December 10, 2021
    Tickets are now officially on sale for Shelter House’s 6th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner, to be held Feb. 5, 2022, at Legendary Marine's showroom in Destin. This year's featured artist will be Nikki Cade, from Dallas, Texas. At the end of the evening, the painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in an exciting and competitive live auction! This year's event is presented by presenting ...read more
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    Thursday, December 09, 2021
    If you are a professional real estate agent, we invite you to join the Stock & Trade Design Co. Realtor Services Program. As a member, you will receive a 50% discount on the purchase of Stock & Trade gift cards* to use as Thank You gifts for your clients who are purchasing new homes. To become a member, simply complete the Realtor Services membership application and provide a copy of your ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    What are the benefits of visualization? Here at Frances Roy Agency, we implement an annual vision board day that allows us to slow down and visualize our short-term and long-term goals for the upcoming year. Setting time apart during the hectic holiday season for visualization is a meditative practice that allows us some time for self-reflection. There is no wrong way to create a vision board so ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    Visit thedestinsnowbirds.com for times, locations and entertainment for the Destin Snowbirds 2021/2022 season meetings. Be sure to follow Facebook.com/groups/thedestinsnowbirds/ for more details.
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    Friday, December 03, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) invites visual artists of all disciplines to apply to participate in the juried 34th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival planned for May 7-8, 2022, in south Walton County, along Northwest Florida’s beaches. ArtsQuest will take place in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard, which is also home to other large-scale events, including the 30A Songwriters ...read more
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    Friday, December 03, 2021
    A little-known fact about local tech company Bit-Wizards is that it manages and operates a SaaS (software as a service) application called TalkingParents. 2021 has been a massive year of growth and innovation for both companies.    TalkingParents is a leading co-parenting application supporting separated/divorced parents worldwide. The communications platform was founded by resident Stephen ...read more
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    Friday, December 03, 2021
    Submitted by Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloosa EDC Executive Director Happy Holidays! With Thanksgiving squarely in the rearview mirror, Hanukkah already underway and Christmas and New Year’s Day right around the corner, we now all find ourselves in the proverbial “Sprint to the Finish” that comes our way this time each and every year. Inevitably, this is the time of year that our internal ...read more
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    Friday, December 03, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is pleased to announce that 14 individuals have been promoted to Members of the Firm, effective Jan. 1, 2022. We are proud to recognize their past accomplishments and celebrate their future endeavors as they start this new chapter of their careers. Below, we have highlighted the 2 new Members in Fort Walton Beach and Destin. JONATHAN CHANCEY, CPA (Audit, ...read more
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    Friday, December 03, 2021
    Introducing our Full Circle Kitchen Series, now you can take a class in our Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen and learn from talented Chef & Beverage partners. EVENT DETAILS:•Each class will be for up to 10 guests.•Classes will be held at the Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. •Classes are $125 per person, your donation supports a class for 10 students in the kitchen ...read more
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    Thursday, December 02, 2021
    On Dec. 1, Parrot Head Yachts, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Parrot Head Yachts offers visitors the joy of spending several hours on an Emerald Coast excursion aboard a luxury motor yacht – manned by a US Coast Guard Certified Captain and Crew. This luxury yacht experience is for everyone, from families, couples, retirees and honeymooners to corporate teams, wedding ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 01, 2021
    On Nov. 30, photographer and photo booth rental company Coastal Reflections, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Offering a wide selection of modern photo booths, such as the Mirror X and 360 photobooth, Coastal Reflections, LLC, provides seamless, personalized services for clients’ special occasions. All photobooth rental packages include the services of a photo booth ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 01, 2021
    The Destin Library continues its yearly tradition of collecting donations for the Harvest House food pantry Dec. 1 through Jan. 7. Bring your non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products to the library to fill our donation box, then write your name on an ornament to decorate our special Harvest of Hope Christmas tree. The Harvest House accepts any non-expired, non-perishable food item ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    This Giving Tuesday, Shelter House wanted to give back to its supporters and kick off Palate & Palette ticket sales. Tickets are currently offered at the early bird price of $125 per person, but today’s special flash sale for Giving Tuesday gives you an additional $20 off when you purchase two tickets! The flash sale ends today, Nov. 29, at 11:59 PM CST.  The 6th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    On Nov. 30, 2021 we come together as a global community...to give.  GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. For this day of giving, Food For Thought will be fundraising to raise $10,000 to help feed 250 out of the expected 700 families we will feed for Christmas. The cost to sponsor one family is ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has once again joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 and provides an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—let’s rally to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
      It has been another tough year for countless children in our community. When times are tough, every moment counts for kids. Receiving a hot meal when you’re hungry, a kind and encouraging word, the academic support needed to graduate —these are the moments that add up to great futures.  This Giving Tuesday, your donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will ensure more kids in ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    Giving generously is a core value we practice at Frances Roy, but this time of the year giving peaks for many. Most nonprofits receive a lot of their yearly contributions during this period and heavily rely on the monetary support that comes during the holiday season. Everyone has something to give whether it's time, money, or talent, so be sure to research organizations that you can contribute to ...read more
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    Monday, November 29, 2021
    A Message from Shawn Talpey, General Manager of Emerald Coast Marine In case you've seen some local coverage or heard the news around the docks, Emerald Coast Marine was acquired by Safe Harbor Marinas on Nov. 1, 2021.  While more information will be forthcoming in the days ahead, I wanted to personally share this news with our ECM friends and family.  We're very excited by this opportunity to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    Are you a member of an industry association? Shantelle records this Hello Frances Podcast episode at the American Advertising Federation regional conference. No matter your trade, we’re confident there’s an organization that is a good match for you. Listen to the full episode to discover the many benefits we have received from prioritizing association memberships in our organization. Are you ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Drop off to 600 Grand Boulevard, Ste. M-206, in Miramar Beach, or call (850) 608-2088 for pick up.
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Real Estate Contracts Changing In Florida on November 1, 2021 Tune in and check out our podcast episode 18, where we talk about the NEW Changes to the FR/Bar Contract, effective as Nov. 1, 2021!  If you are looking for help with real estate transactions, ECTS has a team of experienced licensed agents ready to make the process easier for you. Visit our webpage and schedule a consultation for more ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  Local Planning Agency Public Works/Public Safety Committee  Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee  Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The first residents of Latitude Margaritaville Watersound have officially closed on their new homes and have been busy moving in and meeting neighbors. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories: Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc. Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property. Best on the ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its 9th mainstage season with three inspired December offerings sure to chase those winter blues and put your entire family in the spirit this holiday season.     All performances are staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach.    “The Snow Queen” (Theatre for Young ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
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    Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    Vote early and vote often (once a day per category) and the one with the most votes in a category will be the Best in Destin! Voting begins on Nov. 15, and ends on Dec. 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Vote!
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    Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    Is the phone call dead? Should we primarily communicate through text messages? What about email? We’re here to tell you that the phone call is still alive, and in this episode, we state our case of why it should still be a part of your daily life. In our heavily digital world, phone calls allow us the human connection that we need to build genuine relationships. Do you still talk to people on the ...read more
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    Monday, November 15, 2021
    On Nov. 15, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members. The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area.  For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit DestinSnowbirds.org. 
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    Your favorite library system now has a convenient mobile app! The Okaloosa County Library Cooperative has launched a new app available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices. The Aspen LiDA app has all the functionality of the Cooperative’s website at www.readokaloosa.org. Library patrons can browse the catalog, place items on hold, renew checked out items, and much more. Go to your ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    Despite being a chilly start to the day, the sun was shining brightly for the 6th Annual LuLu’s Marlin 5K Walk/Run with 180 runners participating for a good cause. The proceeds benefited high school cheerleaders and sports teams in Niceville and Ft. Walton Beach.    Men, women, teens and children from the age of 8 and under, ran or walked in the friendly, yet competitive out and back course that ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    The CEO of the Emerald Coast Autism Center Heidi Blalock and the Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Autism Center Stacy Berryman join Shantelle on the podcast this week. They share their story of pursuing their purpose to bring a full-time school for autistic children to our community. They share the story behind starting the school, their vision for the nonprofit’s future, how they have ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    For the third consecutive time, Twin Cities Hospital, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare North Florida division, received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.  “Each day, we strive to deliver the highest quality of care,” said David Whalen, CEO of Twin ...read more
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    Monday, November 08, 2021
    The members of Impact100 of Northwest Florida voted yesterday the grant recipients for 2021 - awarding four (4) $104,500 grants.  At its Nov. 7 Annual Meeting, Impact100 NWF members viewed video presentations from each of the grant finalists and voted for this year's grant recipients. The grant recipients were selected from the following five categories: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2022 Alumni Awards and needs your participation! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor deserving alumni of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Okaloosa-Walton College, or Northwest Florida State College.    There are four categories for the awards:•Distinguished Alumni Award – NWFSC ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Sometimes it’s helpful to have some insight into what other business owners and entrepreneurs are prioritizing. Shantelle dives deep into three topics she is focusing on at the moment. Listen to the full episode to learn more about how she is ensuring our hybrid team is engaged and connected, how she manages her calendar to make sure she has time for herself, and what she includes in the business ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Join One Okaloosa EDC at the Gulf Coast's premier technology and manufacturing conference, in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Florida! Exhibitor spaces are reserved for manufacturing companies, technology firms, engineering firms, and education and workforce partners. The opportunity is open to all companies nationally and internationally, regardless of One Okaloosa membership status. Discounts are ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Patients in need of orthopedic care, as well as neck and back surgery, now have expanded access to care across Northwest Florida.  This new program brings together providers from throughout the community to provide patients with advanced, personalized, comprehensive and cost-effective musculoskeletal care, with surgeries performed at Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals in Miramar Beach, Panama City ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) join two of South Walton, Florida’s most cherished resources, the arts and the Gulf of Mexico, with the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Named by TIME Magazine as one of 100 of the “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is the first and only permanent underwater sculpture museum in ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    On Saturday, Oct. 23, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (SRGBC) proudly unveiled its beautiful new course and club upgrades following a multi-million dollar renovation. Local media and club members attended the grand re-opening event and tournament that showcased the new overall course, short course, teaching facility, club house and more. The celebration began with a special ribbon cutting ceremony by ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Fine art welcomed a record-breaking 6,200 plus art lovers to the 26th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts. The two-day signature art celebration held Oct. 30 and 31 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Fla., featured exhibits of more than 110 premier artists from across the United States showcasing a diverse palette of artistic style. The weekend was ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    In recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Destin Chamber is hosting Col. (Ret.) Patricia S. Blassie. A decorated Air Force Veteran, Blassie will share her inspiring story about her brother's interment as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery and her family's journey to identify and reclaim his remains. This is a story of ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 03, 2021
    On Nov. 2, NewLIFE Fertility celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. NewLIFE Fertility’s goal is to provide infertile patients with progress toward a successful and healthy pregnancy, as promptly, gently, and cost-effectively as possible. Patients undergo complete diagnostic testing to allow the physicians to provide accurate advice when seeking fertility treatment. Patients ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Many families came out to enjoy a spooktacular day of Halloween festivities and a costume contest at LuLu’s 6th Annual BooLu's Halloween event.  Creativity abounded in the costumes worn by both kids and adults with costume contests held by age groups, as well as a family/group category.  Kids decorated mini-pumpkins throughout the day, received candy treats, and enjoyed live entertainment by ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    To help the children and families they serve, November’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) focus will be on National Family Caregivers Month. Foster parent caregivers are critically important to the safety, well-being and mental health of children. They take in children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. There are 400,000 children in foster ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    In this episode (Episode 18), we are comparing the addenda within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP. Watch here.
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Last year we exceeded our expectations so we decided to do it again! Our goal is to inspire our community to take on the Thanksgiving baskets challenge. All items will be donated to Children in Crisis, Inc. This charity is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization committed to “Providing Homes…Keeping Brothers and Sister Together.” CIC gives a home to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Okaloosa County leaders have approved an immediate increase for all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) new hires at the County, including an approximate $3 per hour higher rate for EMTs and $5.50 per hour higher rate for Paramedics. The goal is to incentivize those seeking a rewarding, public service career choice, with a more competitive rate of pay. Additionally, the majority of the County’s ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the appointment of Zach McCluskey, as Chief Executive Officer of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, effective Dec. 6, 2021. In his new role, McCluskey will oversee the growing 267-bed hospital which has served the Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties for more than 45 years.  McCluskey will assume leadership from Mitch Mongell, a 25-year ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    CareerSource Okaloosa Walton is excited to announce a job fair in support of Paychecks for Patriots (P4P). P4P is a statewide initiative that addresses the employment needs of transitioning service members, Veterans, and military spouses across the state of Florida by bringing together employers with current position openings and military-affiliated job seekers. CareerSource Okaloosa Walton (CSOW) ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has unwrapped its new winter gift card incentives just in time for the holiday season.  Winter Gift Card Incentive:  Spend $100 — Receive $10 Spa Rewards  Spend $250 — Receive $25 Spa Rewards + One Complimentary Dessert from Seagar’s Spend $500 — Receive One Complimentary Bottle of Champagne from Seagar’s Spend $1000 — Receive One Complimentary Night ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has been awarded a grant for $12,989.20 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program. The C.A.R.E Center received the grant to help with the purchase of seven AquaCal water chillers for their rehabilitation habitats. These new items will benefit sea turtles in NW Florida and Alabama.  The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center was chosen for the award through a competitive ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Ariel may be Disney’s princess under the sea, but The Island’s real life mermaid, Misty, reigns queen of Florida. The "Misty the Mermaid" campaign for The Island by Hotel RL proudly received four statewide awards for excellence in marketing, social media and public relations within the past month. On Aug. 8, the campaign received three awards at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Progress Bank Florida Market Executive Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Courtney Hellett (above left) and Samantha Vines have joined the Bank as the initial team for the Panama City office. “We are happy to welcome Courtney and Samantha to help jump start our Panama City branch,” said Youngblood. “With their combined experience in the area’s Banking industry, we are looking forward to ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, announced recent appointments and reappointments to its statewide advisory board. Kevin Carr, Rick Rodriguez Piña, Nathan Sparks, Harry Timmons, and Cathlee Tomkow were appointed, and Beth Cicchetti, Jason Clement, and Michelle Dennard were reappointed.  The board is responsible for advising, counseling, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    This week on the Hello Frances Podcast, we chat with British artist, Matthew Callaby, also known as Callaby. Currently based in Montenegro, Callaby uses acrylic on canvas to create cute, chubby characters in a strange, vivid world. His work often features anthropomorphic characters painted in his unique, illustrative style. Despite see-sawing between adorable and disturbing, Callaby’s goal is to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    On Oct. 19, 98 Flooring & Mattress celebrated its new showroom with a ribbon cutting. 98 Flooring & Mattress offers flooring, backsplash, pavers, mortar, Durock, interior design services and more. Visit the new showroom at 9501 Emerald Coast Pkwy., in Miramar Beach, for more than 250,000 square feet of flooring and mattresses to help you create your dream space.  For more information, call ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the anticipated official opening of the Watersound® Monarch Art Trail (MAT), an outdoor sculpture project created by the CAA with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The November 12th grand opening will kick off a weekend of festive events that offer creative education and fun for the whole family. It is well-known ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    Bit-Wizards was named 2021 Best of the Emerald Coast for Computer Services/Tech Support. The annual Best of the Emerald Coast readers’ poll results feature top companies across the region in the October issue of Emerald Coast Magazine.    “These are businesses that cultivate the respect and admiration of their customers by reliably and professionally providing products, services and experiences ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    On a recent pleasant fall evening, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) benefited from a dinner hosted by Mark and Kim Fressell, proprietors of Crust Artisan Bakery in Santa Rosa Beach, and Mike and Val Thompson, owners of the Thompson 31Fifty Winery located in the Russian River Valley area of California. From appetizers to desserts, with wine pairings, a sumptuous 7-course meal ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    The Destin History & Fishing Museum recently announced that Vivienne Williams is joining the team as Associate Director. She previously worked with the musem as an intern on two different exhibits in 2020. She has her Masters Degree in Public History from UWF, and she has experience in event planning, while working at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  Meet Vivienne at the Museum on Tuesdays - Saturdays ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) on Thursday to announce a $2.85 million award to the College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The funds will be used to establish the College’s Transit Technician program, which will support a broad range of industries through transferable skills to include the Florida Department of Transportation, heavy-duty ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has added an FM signal to its heritage News Talk radio station, WFTW.  Located at 107.5 FM, the new signal went live on Oct. 15. WFTW is also heard on the AM signal at 1260 AM and on multiple streaming platforms.   News Talk 1260 & 107.5FM WFTW is home to legendary talk show hosts like Sean Hannity and Chris Plante, as well as the next generation of talk hosts, ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Fall/Winter Rotation, which runs Oct. 18, 2021, through Feb. 6, 2022, in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The public is invited to a reception celebrating the selected artists on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5 -7 p.m. Enjoy tasty sips ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Gloria Frazier and the leadership team of ERA American Real Estate made a gift of $100,000 to Northwest Florida State College Foundation to establish the ERA American Real Estate Endowment. The gift was made possible through a portion of the real estate commissions received from the sale of the College Courtyard Apartments in the summer of 2021. This endowment serves as seed funding for the newly ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Shantelle and Hillaree wrap up our Hello Frances Podcast series on intrinsic motivation with a discussion about purpose. Those motivated by purpose care about the work they do for the sake of giving to a mission bigger than themselves. Those driven by purpose often find themselves drawn to nonprofit work, feeling successful when they contribute to the greater good, and often have a hard time ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The 2021 Emerald Coast Honor Games has partnered with DEKA-FIT and Spartan to bring you a world-class fitness competition. 2021 Schedule of EventsFriday, November 128 a.m.Honor BreakfastDEKA StrongSaturday, November 138:30 a.m.Opening Ceremony and Events DEKA MileStrength CompetitionHonorary Ruck 22Awards Ceremony & AfterpartyThe event is hosted by Legendary Marine, home to the Guinness Book of ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries Team attended the 2021 International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) Conference last week in Woodlands, Texas. Jeff, Daniel and Michelle spent time in classes sharing and learning current broker/intermediary practices and thoughts on valuation with the COVID pandemic that hit some businesses hard in 2020. Daniel Herring (top) received a 2020 IBBA ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA) is a regional alliance composed of industrial owners, contractors, associates, and training organizations focused on improving industry performance in the areas of safety, workforce development, quality, and productivity. As part of their mission, CGIA leads a nationally recognized evaluation and endorsement process for regional industrial craft training ...read more
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    Thursday, October 14, 2021
    On Oct. 14, BayView Private Wealth celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. BayView Private Wealth is a financial planning firm that provides personalized and comprehensive wealth management, investment management, and ongoing guidance. The new office is located at 1234 Airport Rd. Ste. 121, in Destin. President and Wealth Advisor, Mark Dutram, CPWA®, CFP®, AEP®, has more than ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    For the past 18 months, Food For Thought has been feeding the children in your community through our curbside services. With the onset of COVID 19, followed by the Delta Variant, we have not been able to safely return to schools.  So it is with great joy and optimism that we share, our backpack programs are BACK!  We training our volunteers and staff and refreshing our systems in the schools. Our ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler as the top producer for the third quarter of 2021. Sprigler earned “Top Sales Agent” and “Top Listing Agent” for July through September 2021. “We are extremely proud of Heather and her team. It’s been a very busy summer with listings and sales and Heather’s commitment to her clients has been remarkable,” said Jeanne ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) was the beneficiary of proceeds from a Men’s Night Out live auction lot sold at last spring’s Gala. Nine men bid on the lot that would be hosted at the home of area residents Wayne Paul and Susan Kiley in their “man cave.” The all-men evening was a huge success with the host couple personally preparing the food, which included heavy hors ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    Have you ever wondered why your brand would ever need videos on their social media?   Videos are undoubtedly the best tools to optimize your social media strategy.    Here are 5 Reasons why your brand needs social media videos:  1.) They reach a larger audience  2.) Videos have the most engaging content 3.) Videos are more memorable  4.) Videos help communicate messages more ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    We continue our series on intrinsic motivation with a conversation about mastery. Shantelle, Hillaree, and Gregory talk about what it means to be motivated by mastery, how to pinpoint what motivates people, tactics to keep team members intrinsically motivated, and more. In addition, they share how goldilocks tasks are the perfect way to keep employees challenged, engaged, and inspired. Listen to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Oct. 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, retired Col. Kim Wintner, USAF, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “Anyone who has worked ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Progress Bank has received regulatory approval to open a full-service office in Panama City, Fla. Located in Bay County, this will be the Bank’s 13th office, and the fourth in Florida. President and CEO David Nast said, “With our rapid growth in the Florida Panhandle, the expansion of our services to Panama City was the next logical step for the Bank. I am confident Dewayne’s team will continue to ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    It’s time to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children and their families in need over the upcoming holiday season. There will be many families in our area in economic distress, especially this year. Who couldn’t use a boost of Christmas spirit? ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families. It ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, to discuss the Gulf Power franchise agreement and undergrounding information. The public may view the meeting at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (SRGBC) announced the transformation of its past teaching building into a sophisticated instruction facility. As part of the renovation of the course and club, this facility will provide members with a new learning experience unparalleled to any other instruction facility in the Emerald Coast area.  The indoor, year-round golf instruction facility will showcase expert ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Voters in Okaloosa County have elected to expand the tourism development district countywide. After polls closed on Oct. 5, 2021, Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux shared that, out of the 18,817 votes counted, the unofficial election results ruled 12,296 in favor of expanding and 6,500 opposed. The election will be certified later this week.   Beginning March 1, 2022, Okaloosa County will now be ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Launched last year, Instagram Reels have become a central part of Instagram. They offer significant integration and promotion opportunities across the app. If you’re wondering, are Instagram Reels right for my business, we’re going to break it down. But what exactly are Instagram Reels?  Reels are 15-30 second long vertical videos with a number of creative features. These include music, audio, ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    The City of Destin will engage the community virtually this year for City Government Week, which runs Oct. 18 -24. Throughout the week Mayor Gary Jarvis and members of Team Destin will be showcasing all the different aspects of our city government and the services available to our citizens. Mayor Gary Jarvis will kick off the first of several videos on the city’s Facebook page ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    I mean, it was probably to be expected. Copycat fighting for users!  Just days after TikTok announced that it had reached a billion active users, Facebook has launched Reels for all users in the US, bringing its short-form video competitor to many more people. In all honesty, Facebook seems more excited about the addition than anybody else. The Social Network has been testing Reels in its main ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    After reviewing funding requests from many nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., recently announced the ten (10) grant finalists for 2021.  Representatives of the organizations were present at the announcement, as well as Impact100 NWF officers and members. The finalists were selected from the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end boutique brokerage and an affiliate of The Corcoran Group, today welcomed the Chapman & Williams Team, led by Bryan Chapman and Hardie Williams, to its portfolio of luxury property specialists in Northwest Florida, creating a unique partnership of two former military contractors. “We are thrilled to have the Chapman & Williams Team as part of the Corcoran Reverie ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Please join the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in congratulating the winners of this year's ArtsQuest Fine Arts... Best In Show: Orestes Barrios #57 2nd Place: Jeannie Maddox #26 3rd Place: Kimberly Mathews #53 Award of Excellence: Mary Jefferson #20 Award of Excellence: Daniel Lai #16 Award of Excellence: John Townsend #33 Judges Choice: David Campbell: #30 Judges ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Initially launched in October 2019, the public phase of the Northwest Florida Ballet's Académie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, just before the hiatus, NFB recognized the collective generosity of its lead donors' $200,000 in-kind commitments by dedicating the second floor of the building to Susan Myers, Clark West and Elliott Mitchell. ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Realty ONE Group Emerald Coast (ROGEC) recently launched a second branch in services: ONE Family Property Services (OFPS). This latest addition with a specialization in property management will allow property owners from Panama City to Pensacola to rent residential properties safely and legally.  Launched in September 2021, OFPS has already quickly grown a management portfolio featuring over 70 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has been awarded a grant for $20,306.25 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program. The C.A.R.E Center received the grant to help purchase a new digital radiograph (DR) x-ray machine. This new item will benefit sea turtles in NW Florida and Alabama. Since purchasing the DR x-ray plate the C.A.R.E. Center has already successfully completed radiographs on 31 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Social media can be a great way to make your business stand out in today's competitive environment. The best way to stay ahead in this fast-paced world is by following the latest trends. Keep up with what's trending and you'll always have a fighting chance! The key is promoting only the best of what you have, and not just trying everything at once! •Create a specific strategy for each social media ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Shantelle and Hillaree kick off a three-part series on intrinsic motivation. In this episode, they discuss autonomy in the workplace and how it plays a role as a motivator for some employees. Autonomy allows workers to not only have the authority to make decisions in the workplace but also have control over the direction of their lives. The ability to have flexibility over time and work has become ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    On Sept. 21, 2021, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the recommendation to hire Sheila Fitzgerald as Deputy County Administrator of Support Services. Fitzgerald has officially joined the team and reported for duty on Oct. 4. She brings 17 years of experience in the areas of budget management, grant administration and project management. She earned a Master of Science ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Corporate philanthropy has been around for ages. Any good business owner or executive knows it is in the best interest of their company to give back through monetary and/or service donations. Whether it’s for financial purposes or simply for the greater good of the communities an organization serves, it’s a proven business strategy. Depending on the size of a business, donations typically range ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, hosted its monthly Sip N' Stroll event where three new artists debuted in the gallery's Fall show running from Oct. 1, 2021, until Jan. 4, 2022. The gallery welcomed new artists, Robyn Martins, Gayle Campbell, and Roy Calvin Eure to the talented lineup of featured artists.  "We are excited to introduce these ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s gulf coast, has been recognized in the most recent “Best of Emerald Coast” reader poll conducted annually by Emerald Coast Magazine, the region’s premier lifestyle magazine. Readers voted the resort Best Full-Service Spa; Best Fine Dining Restaurant; Best Place to Watch a Sunset; and Best Event Space. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Last fall, the Destin Library received a generous CARES Act grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which was used toward technology. If you haven't been to the library in a while (yes, they are open!) now is a great time to visit and see all the exciting changes.  The library has always had public access computers, but they have now added a Tablet Station with six Samsung ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Soul Bistro Cafe is now offering Saturday Chicken and Waffle FUNdraisers! Your organization may sell tickets for $10 and 100% of the profits will go to charity. Please call (850) 842-2200. The first FUNdraiser is set for Oct. 16, 2021, from 8 - 11 a.m., benefitting Miss District of Columbia 2021.
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    As Shantelle was thinking about the next podcast topic she would discuss, an Instagram post by Marcus Buckingham stopped her in her tracks. She knew immediately that the topic of the post was something she wanted to share with you. The post reads “What 4 skills do all of the best leaders share?” Do you know what they are? We think you’ll be surprised at the answer! Listen to the full episode to ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    LinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network. A recent count, LinkedIn is at 774+ Million users and climbing.  What’s even better than the size of the platform though is WHO is on it. A study showed that 4 out of 5 LinkedIn users drive business decisions at their company. This means that 80% of those using LinkedIn are C-suite executives, Directors, Founders, & CEOs. This is what ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    On Sept. 27, Northwest Florida State College, Seacoast Collegiate High School and The Seaside School Foundation signed a lease agreement creating a partnership to construct a new educational facility at the College’s South Walton Center.  The new facility, named Seacoast Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, will provide a dual enrollment educational center housing Seacoast ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    This volume of food items is what it takes to serve 3,420 students across 34 schools in Okaloosa and Walton County. Food is distributed to these students via curbside services, backpack services and through our holiday and summer programs.  Our mission continues to fight food insecurity for students in our community to bridge the meal gap. Learn more here.
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors was recently ranked as one of Accounting Today’s 2021 Best Firms to Work For. The Best Firms to Work For distinction is designed to identify and honor the best employers, notably those who have found ways to connect and evolve during the pandemic. Warren Averett ranked third in the large firm category (250+ employees).  To determine the list, Accounting Today ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    On Sept. 29, 2021, the partners behind Latitude Margaritaville Watersound announced that construction has started on the Town Center. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It  is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    The Arby’s Foundation has committed $500,000 to support every community where Arby’s has a restaurant, including Northwest Florida. The Northwest Florida-area Arby’s team is proud to have selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) as a recipient of a $13,900 grant to support its mentoring programs from Pensacola to Panama City. In total, the Arby’s Foundation anticipates ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will be recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness throughout the month of October. Domestic violence is abuse that happens between people that live in the same household. It encompasses a number of different abuses such as physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can happen between family members in a ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloose EDC Executive Director Looking back on a very successful summer for our friends in the hospitality and tourism sector, it is safe to say that Okaloosa County would not be the wonderful community we all know it to be today without the significant economic impact generated by visitors. It is already well documented that tourism directly supports countless jobs and ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    On Saturday, Sept. 18, more than 800 people braved the weather to sip and sample the rain away. The harbor’s latest foodie focused event brought American classics, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, together for an afternoon of fiery fun. The event featured local restaurants, caterers and chefs, as well as brewers and distilleries from Pensacola to Panama City. The event withstood the drizzling rain and ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Our Marketing Manager Kelsey joins Shantelle on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to talk about the status of remote work. They discuss the surge of remote work since the pandemic and how companies should handle working remotely in the future. Now that working from home has become the new norm, employers and employees both need to adjust their work styles to ensure a balance between ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader. Anyone can be a boss, responsible for guiding their team and assigning tasks to different members of staff. But it takes something special to be a true leader. A genuine leader inspires their team and motivates them to accomplish amazing things.  Effective leaders get to know their employees, so they can understand their strengths ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    On Sept. 21, 2021, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved to adopt an ordinance and amend the Tourism Development Plan to the proposed expanded footprint. Should eligible voters elect to expand the tourism district from its current footprint south of the bay, the adopted ordinance will include a monetary set-aside of 12.5% of TDC revenues for all cities as an annual ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Berkeley College NYC featured local Veteran and entrepreneur Chassity Jackson of Battle Beauties Fashion. "Today, she runs several ventures – Battle Beauties Fashion, designs for military women; Emerald Coast Fashion, which helps feed homeless veterans and teaches industry skills; Wingmen Official, a line for military men; and Boots on the Ground International Ministries, a nonprofit that aids ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released seven rehabilitated sea turtles on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Saint George Island, Florida. Tabitha Siegfried, Stranding Coordinator for the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center, gently situated the rehabilitated turtles into the C.A.R.E. van to make the four-hour trek to Saint George Island. "It is quite a ways to go from our facility for this ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    We are pleased to announce that Okaloosa County Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Mel Ponder (District 5) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties. His new role with the FAC will be instrumental in guiding Okaloosa County with fellow commissioners within the state to address the diverse interests of the County, as well as the state. He will spend the ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Some of the earliest evidence of stories date as far back as 30,000 years ago to cave drawings that depict animals, humans, and other objects. The point is, we, humans love stories.    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) launches its 2021-2022 StoryTeller series with four original plays by local actor/playwrights.    Local actress/playwright/director Shirley Simpson returns to ECTC’s stage ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Food for Thought is are looking for organizations, businesses or families to sponsor one of 34 schools within Okaloosa and Walton counties!  Each sponsorship lasts the full school year and will help provide weekly food to students, as well as snacks provided to teachers to hand out for students in need of immediate help.  For questions, visit Food For Thought - Sponsor a School!
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has had its Child Safety Matters prevention programs in place for the past several years. They have gone into Okaloosa and Walton counties schools and reached around 37,000 K through 12 students each year in 66 different schools during this time. The nation has recently witnessed the sexual abuse testimonies of several young female Olympians ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    As a leader or a manager, your job will be easier if you know how to motivate your team. Employees who care about their work will be more resilient, innovative, and productive. However, you may have a long way to go. According to the latest Gallup report, 51% of employees are disengaged in the workplace. The challenge may be even greater when you add in the new demands of remote and hybrid teams. ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    If you really want to be a successful prospector, here are 5 keys I've learned from running my own businesses first hand. However, first you have to really understand the sales process. Targeting is the foundation that underpins sales prospecting. Success is the strength of your list and the precision of your targeting. Make sure you add value in every touch with the right offer. Leads: One who ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) officially announced that Christen Cowgill will be joining the team in October as the non-profit’s Director of Development and Marketing. In this executive role, she will be leading the development and marketing efforts of ECCAC’s Centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Cowgill has an extensive background working with people and events, most ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Congratulations to CBA's new Advisory and Executive Committees. We are excited to continue working with all our re-elected members. Both the Advisory and Executive Committees are 100% volunteer positions helping to guide the activities and missions of CBA. We want to welcome Steve Young, Jerimi Nuckolls, Emily Gregory, Julie Terrell, and Monica Wallis to our Executive Committee as Chair, ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) welcomes Dr. Paula Gardner as the new restorative dental provider. Along with this new addition to the team, CVHN is expanding its oral health care reach with the addition of a second mobile dental bus. This will allow their mobile dental team to provide preventative and long term dental solutions to children without access to dental care or insurance ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Lisa (Captain) Curry, known as Lisa Kay, co-host of the “Lisa & Chris Morning Show” on Coast 93.3/WNCV-FM with Chris Kellogg, has retired from radio broadcasting after a nearly 40-year career. Curry’s last day on-air was Friday, Aug. 3, 2021. On-air personality Leslie Gray (pictured here) steps into the Coast 93.3 morning co-host role, joining co-host Chris Kellogg for ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    In 2021, a marketing checklist for your business is essential. In order to succeed and grow in a competitive market, it's not enough to only commit to one strategy and continue to follow it for the life span of your business. You have to be able to adapt your strategies when the market changes. It is not only about producing good content, but you also have to be on top of social media trends to ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast’s (UWEC) Emerging Leaders is pleased to announce the inaugural class of “40 Under 40” honorees, presented by Step One Automotive Group. This award seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in their workplaces and making a difference in the community.  This is UWEC’s first year organizing the Emerging Leaders 40 Under 40 award. Seeing the ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Thanks to the generosity of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), presented by the Jumonville Family, they raised over $2 million to benefit 16 area children’s charities. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a significant $150,000 check from this year’s proceeds, which included the proceeds from an exclusive Patrons Dinner for ECCAC hosted by Cory & Hillary ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Due to the uptick in COVID-19 pandemic variants, out of an abundance of caution, the 2021 Best Of the Emerald Coast event slated for Oct. 16, in Grand Boulevard Town Center, has been cancelled.   “The safety and wellbeing of our partners, staff and community is our No. 1 priority,” said Brian Rowland, publisher of Rowland Publishing, Inc., whose proprietary flagship magazines include: Emerald ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented a check for $500 to Children in Crisis to help feed, clothe, and give a loving home to the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “2021 has been a difficult year due to COVID-19 and a reduction in donations which makes the challenge critical. The donation will make a huge difference in ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center teamed up with local freediving company Benthic Ocean Sports to successfully release 131 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings on Tuesday morning, Sept. 14, 2021. It was a cloudy morning as the C.A.R.E. Center and Mike Pooler from Benthic Ocean Sports set out for a long offshore boat ride, searching for weedlines to release the loggerhead hatchlings. The hatchlings ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The average person conducts between three and four online searches every day, and it’s estimated that Google processes about 5.6 BILLION searches per day (HubSpot, 2021). With Google controlling 95% of the U.S. search engine market share, any updates Google makes can kick off major changes in search engine marketing. Along with being prepared for a future without cookies, here are several other ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Board of Directors of Progress Bank, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, announced that it has received regulatory approval to open a Loan Production/Deposit Production Office in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will be the Bank’s 12th office. President and CEO David Nast said, “With the expansion of Progress Financial Services in Tuscaloosa earlier this year, we have been anxiously awaiting the right time ...read more
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    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Echelon Luxury Properties, a premium asset management firm offering boutique services for high-end vacation rentals, announces its grand opening in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. The firm’s growing luxury portfolio consists of exquisite vacation rental properties from Destin to Rosemary Beach. Each of the homes offer a unique experience and are evaluated by their special amenities, location ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Sept. 10 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “Our community ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Turning down business can be hard, but we can tell you from experience that working with a client that is not the right fit for your organization is even harder. In this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, Shantelle shares the four key criteria we consider when finding clients that are the right fit for Frances Roy. This checklist guides our decision-making process when discovering not only ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
      On Sept. 14, the Youth Village, Inc., celebrated its 22 years serving children and the completion of remodeling and renovations on a newly purchased building, located at 644 Anchors St. N.W., in Fort Walton Beach. The Destin and Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce joined in the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Opened in 1999, the Youth Village is a non-profit after school care ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Help your favorite teacher win $500 for school supplies. Emerald Coast Title Services loves our teachers, so ECTS is donating $500 to TWO teachers in our community. Visit the ECTS Facebook page and nominate your favorite teacher in the comments section of this pinned post. The teachers with the most nominations will receive $500 to help purchase school supplies.Find details here.
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Part IV of Florida Contracts Series has arrived! In this episode, we have provided an explanation of the closing defaults and dispute resolution within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP.Watch here.
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Local Veteran Entrepreneur Chassity Jackson of Battle Beauties Fashion was recently featured in the CNBC article, INVEST IN YOU: READY. SET. GROW. Don’t let fear and anxiety ruin your financial life. These strategies can help you stay on track.   
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy is pleased to announce Nicole Malley in the newly created Events and Content Coordinator position. Malley is responsible for client and internal event logistics and content creation across digital platforms. Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke notes the importance of each Frances Roy team member.  "Every new ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Understanding the Importance of Personal Branding Your personal brand helps you to:1.Prosper as a free agent. Your personal brand is your reputation. It’s the way others see you. If you’re like most people, you may be switching jobs and employers regularly. Your personal brand is an asset you can take with you wherever you go.2.Chart your own direction. Your brand will help you to establish goals, ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    The City of Destin would like to clarify the Notice of Proposed Tax Increase that was issued last week. The tax increase is due to new residences becoming occupied and to property values increasing. The current Millage Rate of 1.615 went into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The City of Destin proposes the same millage rate for FY22. Due to the rise of property values going up this equates to 3.75% ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received the American Heart GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the US ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) announced its 2021/2022 line-up of Board members and officers.  They are Janet Parker, President; Renee Pellegrino, Vice President; Alan Wood, Treasurer; WCSO Chief Audie Rowell, Past President; and Shaun Eubanks, member at large.  Other Board members are Todd Bierbaum, Stephanie Brannon, Cindy Cole, Christen Cowgill, Bill Fletcher, Velia Lala, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board of Directors recently welcomed Tracy McLean to its Board.  McLean and her husband Norman are residents of Santa Rosa Beach. She has lived in the Panhandle since the age of 12 and has been living in the Destin area since 2004. They are self-employed with McLean administratively working with her developer husband in his high-end ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Click here for the 2021 FOA Program Ads Media KitClick here for the 2021 FOA Sponsorship Kit
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    This week, Food For Thought officially kicks off our 11th year of service! We are grateful we are able to continue to serve our community and continue to bridge the gap in food insecure children among 34 schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties. There are three ways that #youcanhelp through our Back to School Sponsorships:Sponsor a Student | Sponsor a School | Corporate Sponsorship
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    If you desire more engagement, sales, clicks to your website, and more, you need to understand the customer value journey. This process is how you turn users who were once ordinary strangers that stumbled upon your profile to becoming your super fans. Discover the customer value journey and find out how this 8-step model is important for amplifying your customer base. Step 1: Make Them Aware The ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is proud to announce that September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month. This month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is spreading awareness for the critical need of mentors from Pensacola to Panama City through its End the Wait Campaign.  Over 100 children in BBBSNWFL’s service area are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, with 80% of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Ransomware attacks are more prevalent than ever. Most organizations approach their IT in two very different ways: proactive and reactive. The reactive approach is becoming increasingly dangerous as ransomware attacks rise. Learn more about how this approach can cost your business time, money, and your reputation.  Read more from Bit-Wizards' blog here.
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    The Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners has approved $437,500 in funding through a RESTORE Act subaward to the Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Coalition. The money will be used for supporting consultant services to draft a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan by the Estuary Program. The plan will describe projects and how they should be implemented to restore and protect the integrity of ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s gulf coast, recently announced key additions and promotions to the resort’s stellar culinary team. These additions come following the announcement of Dan Vargo’s departure. Ending a distinguished tenure, spanning over a decade, as Executive Chef at Hilton Sandestin and Executive Chef of Seagar’s Prime Steaks ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    Who’s ready for a break from all the nonsense? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opens its 9th mainstage season with one of Off-Broadway’s most popular musical comedies, “Nunsense.”    The show opens Friday, Sept. 17, and runs three weekends through Sunday, Oct. 3. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    A2Z Specialty Advertising presented Bit-Wizards with the “Gabby Award” as part of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Coffee event. This award was given to Bit-Wizards for delivering excellent service to their customers and going above and beyond to help numerous individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community.    Named in honor of long-time resident and ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    While the entrepreneurial journey can be overwhelming at times, one huge benefit to owning your own business is cultivating the work environment that you want. Inspired by the book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual and the Slack article 6 Simple Ways to Foster a Positive Work Environment, Shantelle shares how our agency creates an environment that is positive and inviting for our ...read more
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    Friday, September 03, 2021
    Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel received overwhelmingly positive feedback, alongside Public Works Director Jason Autrey and County Engineer Scott Bitterman, at the unveiling of the improvement concept designed for Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island. The county organized a town hall for Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, and invited the community to attend and engage in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Destin Chamber Trustee members are celebrating and thanking local first responders with a free cookout on Friday, Sept. 10. They will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at Destin Fire Station #9 at 848 Airport Road, in Destin, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, beach safety, EMS and military are invited.Trustee membership is the highest membership ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    Now is your chance to win the ultimate vacation package to the beautiful Emerald Coast along 30A in Northwest Florida while supporting a local non-profit with a global impact!   The best of 30A is coming together in support of The Sonder Project and offering the ultimate local vacation package.  Stay in a world-class luxury rental property provided by 360 Blue for 6-nights, and ride around in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    In early August, Northwest Florida State College hosted a Scouts of America Welding merit badge camp. Twelve (12) Scouts from regional troops spent the day learning the art and science of welding from NWFSC Welding Program Director and 2018 Welding Instructor of the Year, Scottie Smith. The Scouts learned safety, explored welding with the virtual reality welding machine and used the GMAW welding ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recognized Lisa Z. Blady for being the newest $2,500 Guardian Angel with the non-profit’s Champion of Hope membership program. An author, Lisa is pictured here with her granddaughter who is on the cover of her book, Sons & Daughters Emerging. ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    SocialLee PR & Digital Media won three awards at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) State Golden Image awards! Each award went to the "Misty the Mermaid" campaign for The Island Hotel. The full campaign was awarded a Golden Image award in the Integrated Marketing category, making it the #1 Integrated Campaign in the state of Florida. The Mermaid Tails social media video series won an ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    Thank you all for your generous support of our Annual Stock the Pantry fundraiser; as you read this we are unpacking our food shipments and getting ready for services! While we did work very hard to start off this new school year with direct delivery of our backpack program, the Delta Variant seems to have other plans. With guidance from our school district partners we will kick off our 11th ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
      Check out our exclusive interview with Ashley Vannoy of Heartland Bank! In this interview, we learn more about Ashley and her journey to how she has led her business today. Ashley discusses her story, how she helps others in her field of business, how this business has impacted the community, and provides some helpful advice to others. We want to thank Ashley Vannoy for taking the time to do ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    With three new businesses opening and several more in the queue, Grand Boulevard office space is in high demand. TEKsystems, an international tech company, will open its new offices in Grand Boulevard this fall. The company delivers all aspects of IT, including services, personnel and cyber security.    “We are so excited to be in Grand Boulevard! We enjoy the convenience of meeting with clients ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Food For Thought 2020 - 2021 Annual Report has been released to review a summary of our last fiscal year (August 2020 - July 2021).  We appreciate and are grateful for all who have contributed to help ensure that Food For Thought was able to continue to help fight food insecurity, especially in a year that had many ups, downs and unknowns. We look forward to serving in our community an 11th ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    The City of Destin’s first budget hearing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the City Hall Annex located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    De’Andra Roberts, Founder of A Life to Share, shares her entrepreneurial journey with us on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. When she realized she missed out on many family stories through the passing of her grandparents, De’Andra wanted to ensure that from now on her family history would be thoroughly documented for future generations. A Life to Share makes it easier, quicker, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    This year, Arts in Education Week is Sept. 12 - 18, and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County would like to continue our tradition of celebrating by shining a spotlight of some of the amazing Arts educators making a difference in our community. We invite you to nominate a great teacher you know and tell us how he or she utilizes the Arts (music, visual art, performing art, literary art, ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Feeling dramatic? It’s not too late to play a part in Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s (ECTC) 2021 Fall Educational Theatre Programs.     “There couldn’t be a time where self-expression through the performing arts is more essential for our children,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We realize most of the schools in our community cannot offer the theater ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    In celebration of World Entrepreneurs’ Day, we talk all about power moves on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. First, we dive into what a power move is (and what it isn’t). Shantelle shares one of her biggest professional power moves and discusses examples in both professional and personal situations. Do you feel a pull to change things up? Maybe it’s time for your next big power ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is proud to have been named as one of the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms by Construction Executive for the second year in a row. Out of the firms that scored high enough to be awarded this designation, the Firm was ranked 23rd by the survey.  Warren Averett’s Construction Practice Group is made up of 50 experienced professionals who meet monthly to stay ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The Social Security Scam has been around awhile now and became more prevalent when consumers were not falling for the IRS calling them. There are several ways a scammer can try and get you with this scam, including:  How the Scam WorksYou answer the phone (or listen to a voicemail message) from someone alleging to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or another government entity. The ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Your BBB has received reports of a current scam in the Pensacola Area. Someone is calling residents claiming to be from ‘Davis Bail Bonds’ informing them that a family member is in jail and they need to pay their bond to get them out. BBB contacted the owner of Davis Bail Bonds, Mr. Tony Davis, and learned that he, too, has been fielding inquires as to the legitimacy of these calls for the last ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The EOD Warrior Foundation was presented with a $1,000 donation on behalf of two Realty ONE Group Emerald Coast agents, Brandy Parker and Sonja Ramakka. Both military spouses, Parker and Ramakka have pledged to both donate $1,000 from each closing to their client’s non-profit of choice - EOD Warrior Foundation or Fisher House. It is their goal to donate $10,000 by the end of 2021. Pictured Left ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    On Thursday, Aug. 19, HOWSE hosted a grand opening celebration in conjunction with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting with the chamber to officially welcome the new business to the community. Located at 43 North Geronimo Street, the HOWSE product collection is curated of custom upholstery made in the ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Along with providing many services to children who have experienced abuse, abandonment or neglect, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) also have significant prevention programs in place.  According to Jasie Landeros, who heads up the prevention department as ECCAC’s Outreach Program Manager, “We have been focusing on creating awareness for monthly prevention programs this past ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Together, with your help, Food For Thought raised more than $208K and collected more than 36K food items. With these donated food items and monetary donations, FFT will be able to stock its pantry to begin serving 3,400 students weekly in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Food Drive Team Standings (Top 3) - 36,800 TOTAL FOOD ITEMS Legendary Company - 10,057 Items Ohana Institute - 6,715 Team ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The Destin Library and the other five libraries in the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative are converting to a new software system for their library management effective Sept. 13, 2021. This new system will be utilized both internally by the libraries and by library patrons via the website portal at www.Readokaloosa.org. The data conversion will affect the library hours of operation as ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    When you send cold emails to your prospects, you are competing with dozens of emails in their inbox. Just imagine, there were around 300 billion emails sent in 2020. The average professional receives 126 emails per day. That’s a lot of competition! For your cold email campaign, the primary goal should be to stand out from the crowd and make prospects open your emails. Subject lines are undoubtedly ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Last week, we talked about writing a cold email that converts without being pushy. I'm sure we have all sent cold emails to prospects before, and what people don't realize is the amount of competition there is on the prospect's receiving inbox. In our previous newsletter, we talked about great techniques for writing a cold email that converts, and in this newsletter we'll talk about how to craft ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    If you are displaced by Hurricane Ida, Okaloosa County libraries want to help. Take a break from weather watching with instant online library access. Register for a 14-day free courtesy account offered to storm visitors from LA and MS. Download ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to distract and relax your mind. Register now at Read Okaloosa.org.  Staying longer? Visit an Okaloosa Cooperative ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    A recent survey found that 87% of small businesses fail within the first 18 months. What was your experience like during the first 18 months of your business, and what advice would you give to people just starting out? What is your business about? The Wednesday Highlights interview with Ada Bowman, CEO and Founder of AB+Production, will be focused on offering listeners a glimpse into the process ...read more
    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast is excited to kick off Rock United - presented by Gulf Power Company, a virtual singing competition for local bands and musicians. Rock United celebrates and recognizes the great musical talent in Okaloosa and Walton counties, while helping our community by supporting the efforts of United Way Emerald Coast.  Rock United is organized in a single-elimination bracket ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    The Destin City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19, will be cancelled due to lack of quorum. The meeting was originally scheduled on Aug. 16, and was postponed due to Tropical Storm Fred. The council meeting is now rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the meeting at the following link: ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released five rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, Aug. 19, 2021 at Inlet Beach, Florida. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent sea turtle patients, consisting of three different species of turtle, including three Kemp's ridley sea turtles, one loggerhead sea turtle and one green sea ...read more
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    Friday, August 20, 2021
    On Aug. 19, Cissy’s Scenic 98 Café celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting, featuring live music and a silent auction benefitting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Located on the corner of Matthew Boulevard and Scenic 98, Cissy’s Scenic 98 Café is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite to eat. Choose from Amavida coffee, pastries, sandwiches, flatbreads, beer, wine, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    The community rallied to attend an energetic public grand opening and ribbon cutting last week for the new Destin High School (DHS). This is the first new high school to open in Okaloosa County, Fla., in more than 50 years. A welcoming ceremony included lively cheers by the new Varsity cheerleaders, speeches by the DHS Governing Board, Destin Mayor Jarvis, Buddy Runnels, and an amazing a Capella ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    From Ada Bowman of AB+Production, LLC As the founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency, after creating almost 7,000 posts within a year for various clients, I've found that the fastest, most cost-efficient way to benefit from social media is to create an engagement, listen to strategy and set aside a test budget for targeting.   Here's how to get started: First, decide what you want to ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    The Sonder Project recently announced the completion of its 12th school, St. Elizabeth, inaugurated on Monday, July 26, 2021, in the community of Khundango in the Central Region of Malawi. Khundango is home to an estimated 1,655 people, with 710 students registered at St. Elizabeth.   The school offers grades 1-8, but only had two adequate classrooms before this structure was completed. The new ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College is lowering the barrier to higher education by offering multiple grant and scholarship opportunities for the Fall Term. It’s not too late to apply!  NWFSC has been awarded grant funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). It is our goal to reach as many students as possible. Funding will be awarded per semester (Fall and Spring) and will be on a first-come, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    ArtsQuest, the 33rd annual fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), is pleased to announce the 2021 Festival’s Featured Artist, Chandler Williams. Chandler is also Visit South Walton’s 2021 Artist of the Year and owner of Modus Photography and Modus Gallery in Grayton Beach, Fla. ArtsQuest is a juried show scheduled to take place Oct. 9 & 10, in the Town ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    Greg Fisher, Community Manager at MAHI, joins Shantelle on the microphone this week to announce his newest entrepreneurial venture, The MAHI Project. The world’s first NFT digital art gallery, the MAHI Project is a crypto-backed collection of digital art NFTs that will be displayed in a public virtual gallery. Greg shares how he has combined his passion and interests in art, ocean conservation, ...read more
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    Monday, August 16, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Aug. 13 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Kevin Bowyer of Warren Averett was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “One of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    The City of Destin is now accepting registrations through Monday, Aug. 16\, for the fall Destin Dolphin Cheerleading program. Practices will take place at the Destin Community Center on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6 pm. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 10, and the cost is $45 for non-Destin residents and $35 for residents, plus uniform cost. Practices will begin the week of Aug. 16, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Below are the rules: 1. Post a picture of you having some summer fun &##128262; 2. Include any of our ECTS custom drinkware in the picture &##128248; 3. Tag @emeraldcoasttitle (if on Instagram) or our Emerald Coast Title Services Facebook Page (if on FB) in your post BONUS ENTRY: Add your post to your story and tag us *There are UNLIMITED entries! Each post is considered an entry and stories ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Can you believe it? We are celebrating the 100th (!!!) episode of the Hello Frances Podcast! To our listeners, thank you so much for tuning in every Monday to listen to us. In celebration of this milestone, we decided to look back at your top 10 favorite episodes!  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances with Kimberly Cadena  Kimberly and Shantelle candidly share their experience of starting their ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for Oct. 30-31, 2021 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, and is free for attendees. "The festival is a celebration of the wonder of arts and culture. We will feature new surprises this year ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Part II of Florida Contracts Series is finally here! We have provided an explanation of leasehold interests and the different financing contingencies in FARBAR and CRSP.Listen and watch here.
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    &##127897;Let’s Talk Title: Episode 15 with ECTS! Part III of Florida Contracts Series has arrived! We have provided an explanation of the closing costs and repairs within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP.Listen and watch here.
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    Monday, August 09, 2021
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
      On Aug. 5, Destin High School welcomed the community to an Open House & Ribbon Cutting as it prepares to welcome its first students next week.  Destin High School is Destin’s new tuition free, charter high school. For 2021-2022, DHS will offer an initial group of academies in Business/Entrepreneurship, Commercial Fishing/Captain’s License Prep, Biomedical Sciences, and Cyber/IT. It will also ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    Purses with a Purpose, a signature Shelter House event, returns for the 10th-anniversary event to be held at Destin Commons, Sept. 23-25, 2021. Over the past decade, Purses with a Purpose has become a must-attend annual shopping experience for ladies across the Emerald Coast. Shoppers at Purses with a Purpose have the opportunity to select from hundreds of new and gently used purses, wallets, and ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    On Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., at the Okaloosa County Administration Building, located at 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, FL 32579, a meeting will convene to discuss issues related to the proposed expansion of the tourist development taxing district pursuant to Chapter 164, Florida Statutes, and an assessment of the conflict from each governmental entity involved. Members of the ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    Recently, Norton Insurance of Florida announed a new partnership with V.I.V. Insurance based in Crestview, Fla.  VIV was founded by Vivian Meredith in 2005, who brought extensive insurance experience to the area. This independent agency specializes in commercial trucking and transportation insurance and has developed an enviable reputation for service, knowledge, value and professionalism with ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    For 12 consecutive years, Bit-Wizards ranks in the Top 10 of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For. The annual Best Companies To Work For In Florida list featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine ranks 100 companies in small, medium and large employer categories.    To participate, companies or government entities were required to have at least 15 workers in Florida and to be in ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    Join us this week on Hello Frances for our most transparent episode yet! Shantelle chats about our dynamic team, what she looks for in an ideal employee, and how the pandemic forced many of us to discover something new and to get creative.Listen here.
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    Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler (left) and Shannyn Stevenson as the top producers for the second quarter of 2021. Heather Sprigler earned “Top Sales Agent” and Shannyn Stevenson was named the “Top Listing Agent” for April through June 2021. “We are extremely proud of our star performers for the second quarter. With current market conditions, listings ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    Nathan Cordle is Vice President of Emerald Coast Title Services and an Attorney with the affiliated law firm Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC. His experience and practice areas include real estate law, business and general corporate law, probate law and probate litigation, estate planning, and community association law. As a former real estate agent, Nathan brings a unique perspective to his role ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist Estelle Grengs as the 2021 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle Grengs is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England, as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Grengs uses mostly acrylics but enjoys the ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    On a perfect July morning, members of the local community joined Okaloosa and Walton County Officials, Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustee members along with College personnel to pay tribute to our local fallen public safety professionals from both Okaloosa and Walton counties – law enforcement officers, fire fighters and first responders. Northwest Florida State College’s Public ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    After more than 50 years, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club unveils a new and impactful logo to coincide with its course and club renovations. The club and its membership had a strong desire to not only pay tribute to the past but also realize its future. After months of research and design, the club’s board of directors and committees have unveiled what they feel will reflect how the community, ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    It’s back to school time and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is doing its annual drive for school supplies donated by the community. The supplies will help children whose families are economically challenged. They are needing binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, folders, rulers, paper, scissors and any other school supplies for all ages. Donations can be dropped off during the ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the Florida Chamber Foundation, CareerSource Florida, and the University of West Florida Haas Center today released new data from the second phase of a research study to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s small businesses as the pandemic and subsequent economic impacts surpassed the one-year mark.     The Small Business ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    In order for the videographer to have a clear scope of work and help you achieve the vision you want for your brand, you must do the following for your video idea: Write it Down: First of all, you must write your video idea down as thoughts or ranting regarding your idea. You may think that "less is more," but that is not the case. The more information we have about the video, the more we can ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    SimpleHR was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.  "Our team is honored, once again, to be recognized as a best company to work for in Florida. Given the events of the past year, this award is a tangible recognition of the tireless efforts of our team of dedicated professionals who work continuously to deliver only the very best client experience.  I am immensely proud of ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    The Excellence Circle Leadership Course helps you understand your unique design, grow your influence, develop a mindset of joy, connect with others, become a rainmaker, and move your business to the next level all for less than the cost of a mastermind group.
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    Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    In this week’s Hello Frances episode, Shantelle is joined by her daughter and FRA Event Coordinator Anna Dedicke to talk all about event planning. They break down the importance of communication, starting early, and being creative. Their conversation reminds us that if you plan a personal gathering, a client event, or a huge conference, there is a standard to uphold.Listen here.
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    It’s almost here…the community is invited to celebrate the official grand opening of Destin High School (DHS), on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. This is the first new high school in Okaloosa County in more than 50 years. The school, located at the former Grace Lutheran Church site, 4325 Commons Drive West, will officially open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders on Aug. 10. There will be a welcoming ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    With its ninth annual season Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents 14 (and counting) reasons to escape to the theater to have a laugh and be entertained.    “Season nine marks a new era of growth for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” says ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “This past year we thrived because our community gathered around us and supported us. ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is pleased to announce Whitney Lee recently earned two professional certifications in public relations and now has both designations of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Lee now joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide with their APR who ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    Khaliqa Wheatley, a Sergeant employed by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), is a new member of the Board of Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). A resident of Okaloosa County, Sgt. Wheatley, and her now 6 year-old son, came to Florida by way of the military in 2015. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Sgt. Wheatley currently works ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    This week on Hello Frances, Shantelle and Hillaree take the mic together to talk about the importance of customer reviews. In this episode, they discuss asking for good reviews, how to handle negative reviews and tools your company can use to share reviews across your digital platforms!Listen here.
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    On Monday, July 19, 2021, registration opens for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 2021-2022 After School Program. Registration is open to current and new members. Space is available but limited and parents are encouraged to contact their local Clubs for information and membership rates.  After School Program Dates Okaloosa County - August 10, 2021, to May 25, 2022 Walton County - ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks off the 2021 Fall Concerts in the Village series with a fan favorite, the Velcro Pygmies, and ends the 26th season with the showstopping, Heather Hayes Experience.  "The Fall Concerts in the Village are a nice encore set of events that will feature a great mix of artists and bands. Proceeds from all concerts benefit MKAF ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    This week on the Hello Frances podcast, Shantelle welcomes guest Diane Fraser with the Emerald Coast Science Center. Diane talks about the importance of discovering wonder and why it’s crucial to ask questions. By being curious and asking questions, you ignite your willingness to be able to learn something new which in turn brings you joy.Listen here.
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released nine rehabilitated sea turtles on Tuesday morning, July 13, 2021, at Inlet Beach, Florida. It was a cloudy but beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released its recent sea turtle patients consisting of three different species of turtle, including four Loggerhead sea turtles, three Green sea turtles, and two Kemps Ridley sea ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    Christen Cowgill, residing in Destin with her family, and also the Director of Events at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, recently became the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) newest board member.  Wearing numerous hats, Cowgill is a passionate and driven woman. In her Grand Boulevard position, she has had the opportunity to support major community events, such as South Walton ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) has recognized Daniel Herring, Senior Intermediary of Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries, Destin, FL, with the Chairman’s Circle Award for outstanding performance in 2020 as part of its Member Excellence Awards Program.   “Business Brokers support the health of small businesses and communities worldwide, and these award recipients are among ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    After four years of encouragement, Northwest Florida State College Early Childhood Education student, Christina Walden finally joined SkillsUSA. She said looking back, she doesn’t know what took her so long to join, but she’s glad she was talked into it.  “I started pursuing my Early Childhood Education degree in 2015, and I recently graduated with my bachelors,” said Walden. “The whole time I’ve ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    Start a business by first deciding who your target audience is. Choose what to sell, and market it specifically for that person's needs. Generate leads so you can have the potential buyers come to you once they see how great of an offer this is! Be sure not to lose customers after making those initial sales; stay in touch with them and make customer retention easy through special offers or ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel with the Presidential Advocacy Award at its recent Annual Conference, for her work during the 2021 Legislative Session. “We are thankful to Governor DeSantis for the approval of State funding in all four of our top priorities, totaling over $2.5 million in the 2021 State budget,” ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Destin Library, along with the other five libraries in the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative, is excited to announce they are converting to a new software system for their library management. This new system will be utilized both internally by the libraries and by library patrons via new website portal. So staff can have adequate time for training and data conversion, the Destin Library will ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Welcome back to another &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services! This is Part I of our new series on Florida Real Estate Contracts: Dion and Ashley discuss the important terms in the FARBAR and CRSP contracts. Watch here.
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Local creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy celebrates five years in business. Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke raised a glass thanking her team, their clients, and the support of the local community at Niceville’s 3rd Planet Brewing. "Key performance indicators measure our business, many of them nonhuman and intangible, but our true metric of ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Summer Rotation, which runs June 28 through Oct. 17, 2021, in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The public is invited to a reception celebrating both the Summer Rotation and Juried Exhibition artists on Wednesday, July 14, from 5 -7 ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    On this week’s Hello Frances episode, Shantelle welcomes guest and friend, Director of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Alison McDowell. In this episode, Shantelle and Alison discuss the CBA’s partnership with Walton County for the “All Hands on Deck” campaign. Anyone can have a “hand” in helping sustain and maintain our environment, you just need to get out there and get involved. Alison talks ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    As the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club golf course gets a facelift, the club’s staff is also starting to ramp up and re-envision new beginnings with their re-opening this fall. The team of dedicated individuals that are working to enhance the club is growing and expanding alongside the course.  Several new additions are being introduced to the management team. Zach Philips will be taking over as the ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Perhaps you retired to Florida to write the next Great American Novel, or maybe you have ideas about crafting a memoir from the anecdotes you post on Facebook. You might have been writing for years and your work needs a final polish, or you’re possibly just getting started and have yet to find your voice. Wherever you are in your writing journey, feedback from your fellow writers can be ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) partnered with United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) to host a Snack Pack Kit Build, a corporate engagement opportunity provided through UWEC to support our neighbors experiencing hunger. FWBMC accompanied the kit build with an internal food drive, engaging over fifteen departments within the organization.  “Our colleagues enjoy helping the community and it ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Emerald Coast Title Services would like to invite you to attend a Lunch and Learn regarding tips for real estate agents to boost your google my business profile. This lunch and learn is sponsored by the Centennial Bank. It will be located at the Destin Chamber of Commerce. Ada Bowman is the founder and owner of AB+ Production, as well as the Team Leader of AB Experts Group eXp Realty. Real ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton is very pleased to announce the initial round of confirmed artists for the 13th Annual 2022 30A Songwriters Festival! Headliners will feature iconic artists BROTHERS OF A FEATHER feat. CHRIS & RICH ROBINSON OF THE BLACK CROWES, DAWES, MAVIS STAPLES, JENNY LEWIS, EMMYLOU HARRIS, and RICKIE LEE JONES For the past 12 years, the 30A Songwriters Festival has ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Local technology company Bit-Wizards is known for its eclectic, fun-loving company culture, national caliber employee and client base, and philanthropic efforts. Over its 20 years in business, Bit-Wizards has given back to the Northwest Florida community through monetary, service based, and volunteer efforts amounting to over $1.6 million dollars in community support.    Today, Bit-Wizards ...read more
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    Thursday, July 08, 2021
    Kim Cox has joined United Fidelity Bank as Business Development Officer for the Fort Walton Beach and Destin banking centers.  Kim has over 40 years of banking experience in the NW FL market, and was one of the original founders of Beach Community Bank.  Kim has truly been a leader in the banking industry in the Fort Walton Beach area.  Kim serves as Chair of the United Way Emerald Coast, is on ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The City of Destin has partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Carrying Capacity Study through the Corps of Engineers’ Planning Assistance to States Program. The Harbor Capacity Study will, among other things, focus on the following three goals: •Protect the environmental health of the harbor and surrounding waterways.•Promote safety and enjoyment on our local waters.•Promote the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a workshop to discuss the FY22 Capital Projects Budget on Monday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. For any questions, please call (850) 837-4242.
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    On Thursday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., the Destin Library invites you to come and hear Fishermen’s Tales presented as part of the 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales. Local fishermen will share their favorite and most fantastical stories from working at the Destin Harbor. There will also a video presentation with Kathy Marler Blue from the Destin History & Fishing Museum recounting fish ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Registration for the City of Destin’s Youth Fall Soccer League will begin on Tuesday, July 13, thru Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at the Destin Community Center. In-person registration is Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended, and team sponsors are needed. The league is for children ages 3 – 15 (age as of Sept. ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    As part of its 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, the Destin Library presents Didgeridoo Down Under on Thursday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. Adventure into Australia with a themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling, and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Frances Roy team members join FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the microphone this week to reminisce and celebrate five years of FRA! Team members share their favorite and earliest memories with the organization, what they consider to be their biggest accomplishments over the years, the biggest challenges, and how the agency has evolved. We think you’ll be surprised ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) leadership volunteered with CareerSource Okaloosa Walton (CSOW) to educate teenagers about healthcare career opportunities and pathways within the hospital.  Every year, CSOW has a three-week summer youth employment program that focuses on developing and practicing employment readiness and interpersonal workforce skills. This year the program was called ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    What are Horizontal video formats? One of the situations we encounter as marketers regards content creation and all that goes into it. We get a lot of questions from our clients regarding certain video formats. Regular horizontal videos, such as on YouTube videos, movies, and anything portrayed on a desktop screen, are at a wide format of 1920 x 1080 or 16:9 aspect ratio.What are Vertical video ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The Sonder Project is thrilled to share the commencement of a brand new student sponsorship program supporting vulnerable students to stay in school. Learn more about the students involved and how you can help here.
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    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    On June 29, Soul Bistro / No Reservations Needed celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting!   Soul Bistro / No Reservations Needed was birthed from a calling to give everyone the gift of a spice called "love," from the first bite to the last. Entrees include fried chicken, pork chops, barbecue ribs, Salisbury steak, meatloaf, pot roast, crab legs, crab cakes, catfish nuggets and ...read more
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    Friday, June 25, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Aviation Center of Excellence (ACE) officially opened June 23, 2021, at the Hsu Innovation Institute North in Crestview. More than 200 members of the local community attended the celebration. With a shared vision for excellence, Northwest Florida State College along with the Hsu Educational Foundation, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, Okaloosa ...read more
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    Friday, June 25, 2021
    On June 24, Coastal Stitches, Inc., celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Coastal Stitches is Destin's local quilt shop, featuring longarm quilting and classes, as well as a retail and fabric store. It also offers embroidery for shirts, towels, quilt labels and more. Visit the store at 809 Harbor Blvd., in the Target Shopping Center near the intersection of Highway 98 and Main ...read more
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    Now known as Paddle at the Park, Destin’s favorite annual standup paddleboard event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and welcoming two new categories – kayaks and inflatables! Now in its 9th year, Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER is set for Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at 9 a.m. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races and a 6-mile elite race. The weekend fun begins on Friday, ...read more
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released six rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, June 24, 2021, at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent sea turtle patients. It was the first public-invited release in over a year due to COVID-19. "We were delighted to conduct our first public sea ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    In this video, the AB+Production LLC team goes over the creation of Sunblock Social as well as showcasing the highlights, success, and fun at the first Sunblock Social! 
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    Today, the City of Destin has successfully gone live on Tyler's EnerGov™ civic services solution. The City of Destin has been using Tyler’s Munis® enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution since 1999 and the City, already familiar with Tyler’s public administration solutions, selected EnerGov™ for its COMPASS (COMmunity Permitting And Support System) project. “This is the largest implementation ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke vulnerably shares her experience through her entrepreneurial journey thus far. Frances Roy Agency is soon celebrating five years in business, and to honor the milestone, Shantelle discusses 5 of the biggest lessons she’s learned along the way. Some are snippets you’ve heard us say time and time before on the podcast, and some ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Chris showed up to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center (MKAC) with a gleam in his eye. It was his second time to train as an usher for a ballet recital, and he already knew what to do.  “I got my jacket. I need a nametag. I’m ready!” said the 15-year-old as he got prepared in the cloak closet at the MKAC.  Chris is one of seven students from the Emerald Coast Autism Center participating in the new ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    In honor of Independence Day, the City of Destin and Compass Resorts will host the 35th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show. The fireworks show can be seen over the East Pass and will begin at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 4. Tune in to Z96 (96.5 FM) for the simulcast music. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will take place on Monday, July 5, at 9 pm.  The City of Destin encourages ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Six attorneys from Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) have been selected to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Florida are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers are Alan B. Bookman (16th year selected), Erick M. Drlicka (9th year selected), Robert A. Emmanuel (15th year selected), ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Registration for the 8th Annual Stock the Pantry Team Fundraising Competition is now open. #youcanhelp us Stock the Pantry for the 2021/22 school year with your business or organization. What is Stock the Pantry? For the last eight years, we have used the Stock the Pantry Fundraising/Food Drive event to help prepare and make sure that our pantry is ready to go for back-to-school to serve the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Destin High School (DHS) is making great progress in the hiring of teachers and staff, as well as the renovation of the former Grace Lutheran Church to transform it into a new tuition free public charter school that will open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders this summer on Aug. 10. The DHS Governing Board and Principal Christine Cruickshank just announced the hiring of Courtney Murie Noe as the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    The Frances Roy Agency concludes its generation podcast series with baby boomers as its guests. Those that are between 55-73 years of age fall into this category and are stereotypically known for being workaholics, slow to adapt to technological advances, and resistant to change. Guests Lori Leath Smith, publisher and editor of Life Media; local realtor Gail Pelto; retired and former CEO of the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    In this video, Corbin Stuckey of AB+Production LLC demonstrates the value of using LOG footage during post-production, which gives editors the ability to color grade their footage to their own liking and to add their visual personality through using color tones. Make your videos more vibrant and less basic.  Watch till the end and learn some marketing tips from our founder Ada Bowman. Also, ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    “Whalecome” to Destin Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program! The theme this year is Tails and Tales with stories and programs featuring our furred, finned, and feathered friends. Children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, are encouraged to complete reading challenges to earn rewards from June 14 through July 31. Adults need not feel left out because there are challenges for you, too!           ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today that Todd Jackson, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, has been promoted to Market COO to oversee comprehensive operations for both Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Twin Cities Hospital (TCH), in Niceville, Florida. A 15-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Jackson has served ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    On Thursday, July 15, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., Step One Automotive Group will host a Summer Celebration and multi-chamber ribbon cutting to welcome the company’s newest luxury point, Maserati Pensacola, to the Step One family.    Guests are invited to the recently built, 9,637-square dealership, located at 5600 Pensacola Boulevard, that is unlike any other in the area. Step One’s Maserati location ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    On June 21-25, 2021, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast are inviting the community to join them for the National Boys & Girls Club Week to show their support of the Club and its impact on the community. This special celebration offers the general public the opportunity to experience the life-changing programs the Boys & Girls Club offers to children and teens along Florida's Emerald ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Children's Volunteer Health Network Mobile Dental Clinic, named Pearl, has traveled all across Okaloosa and Walton counties to serve the children of our community. Here is where our team has been during the 2020 - 2021 school year and the impact they have made. Assessments - 1,108 Varnish Flouride Treatments - 1.098 Teeth Sealed - 2,396 Sealant Patients - 664 Teeth Treated by Silver Diamine ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park is proud to be part of The World’s Largest Swim Lesson™ to bring awareness to Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ with a unified 24-hour global event on Thursday, June 17. Participants will check in at Big Kahuna’s at 8:30 a.m., and the event will start at 9:00 a.m. Thousands of children and adults at aquatic facilitates around the world will unite for this event for ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Photo Caption: John Tringas, Chairman of FNBT Bank, receives the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award from the Chamber’s Chair Elect Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC.During the Destin Chamber’s June 11 Business Before Hours, John Tringas, Chairman of FNBT Bank, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that Destin City Councilmember Prebble Ramswell was recently appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities 2021-2022 Municipal Administration Committee, one of the League’s five Legislative Policy Committees. Legislative Policy Committee chairs, vice chairs and members were appointed by the League’s ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Latitude Margaritaville Watersound on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast has officially opened for sales. It is the third location of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and better who are growing older…but not up.  Planned to be the largest to date of the laid-back lifestyle communities, the initial phase of Latitude Margaritaville ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Healthgrades recently published its Specialty Excellence Awards, recognizing several facilities for top-line care. Healthgrades analyzed hospital performance based on patient outcomes, accounting for risk factors including age, gender and medical condition. Click here for more details on the methodology.Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was one of the 220 facilities recognized for joint ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Join Step One Automotive Group on July 8, at Volkswagen Fort Walton Beach, to celebrate the launch of the all new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 and 2022 Volkswagen Taos! Event is 5:30 - 9 p.m. There will be food and refreshments, and you can register to win a $500 gift card!RSVP required.
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Acentria Insurance, a premier independent insurance agency in the Southeastern United States, is pleased to announce and welcome a new Employee Benefits agent to its headquartered location in Destin, Florida, located at 4634 Gulfstarr Drive.    Mike Carraway joins Acentria Insurance as a Vice President of Employee Benefits with over 33 years of industry experience. Carraway specializes in a full ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart will host a Family Fun Day in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday, June 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. The location for the festivities will be the new Ascension Sacred Heart building at 179 Mack Bayou Loop.  The event is free of charge and celebrates the expansion of pediatric services to the Emerald Coast. The new building will be the home of ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Crane Fund for Widows and Children presented a donation check for $5,000 to Children in Crisis this week at a presentation ceremony.  The CIC donation will help provide a home, food, clothing and care for the foster children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  Each year almost 100 foster children have a safe, secure, loving home at CIC thanks to the great support of the community. CIC was nominated ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    On Friday, June 4, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, celebrated one year in business. The gallery welcomed more than 90 art enthusiasts to celebrate the big night. During the event, Visit South Walton's 2019 Artist of the Year, Jenna Varney, revealed her anniversary painting, “The Perfect Anniversary” a 36” x 48” acrylic painting. More than six consecutive months ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    For the entire month of June, when you purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Winn Dixie located at Bluewater Bay, $1 is donated to the Taylor Haugen Foundation.  The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. For more information about the program, please visit seg.bags4mycause.com.
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Video marketing is the strategy designed by marketing teams to create, curate, and utilize videos as a means of marketing  their products or services to their target audience. The idea is to keep audience members engaged with the brand in a way that's simple and easy to digest.  Here are the types of videos you can use in your video marketing strategy:  • The spot • The explainer • The ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 08, 2021
    We continue our generation series with Generation X guests. This group includes those born between 1965-1980 and is the largest spread of years, but the smallest group in terms of population. Our guests this week include previous podcast guest and local photographer Sean Murphy, Director of Sales at Pursell Farms Kelly Galloway, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 08, 2021
    On Thursday, May 27, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) surprised dedicated Big Brother and Board Member, Rique Gwin, at The Block in Fort Walton Beach with the 2021 Michael Robidoux Hero Award. Rique is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force for roughly 25 years.    Big Brothers Big Sisters wanted to honor the legacy of Michael Robidoux by establishing the ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    During the Chamber's May 27 Progressive Business After Hours, HomeFi Digital Mortgage gave away a $100 donation to the charity of the winner's choice. The winner was Adam York of Congruence Talent Solutions, and his choice was to split the donation between the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Kohltan Ward #KohltanStrongForever. HomeFi Digital Mortgage will make a donation of $50 each in Adam's ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners top priorities, totaling over $2.5 million in the State budget, have been approved by Governor Ron DeSantis. On Wednesday June 2, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed the roughly $100 billion State budget confirming the funding of all four Okaloosa County priority projects.  Projects include $854,100 for a new Okaloosa County Agriculture Center. This ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Walton County resident Bill Fletcher was recently recognized as the 2nd Zeke Bratkowski Advocate Award winner by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) at its signature Gala.    Zeke Bratkowski was an NFL professional football player and an assistant coach in the NFL for over two decades. He passed away in 2019, and was a passionate supporter of ECCAC, founding the non-profit’s ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), housed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, has a new conductor. After 18 months of meticulous searching, Todd Craven has been named NFSO Music Director and Conductor right in time for the orchestra’s 35th season.  “We are pleased to announce Todd Craven as our new NFSO conductor,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, Northwest Florida State College ...read more
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    Friday, June 04, 2021
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    The City of Destin is continuing its partnership with The Haas Center at the University of West Florida by conducting a survey regarding public beach access and the public’s experience with Destin’s beaches. Beach patrons will see signage at each city operated beach park and trail with two ways to access the survey. They can visit www.uwf.edu/visitorsurvey or scan the sign’s QR code with their ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) announced today the launch of a new lung-screening program to detect suspicious lung nodules in patients that could potentially cause cancer. More than 500,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed with lung cancer; it is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Lung cancer does not always cause symptoms which is why screenings are critical to ensure ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital (TCH) announced today its newest addition of one of the most advanced robotic surgical systems, the da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot, to be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. It has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. Patients that require surgery completed using this system, can ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency team members Hillaree Durso, Janae Erickson, Kelsey Doar, Jodie Warner, and Rinn Garlanger chat about their generation on this week’s episode – the Millennial generation. Defined as those born between 1980-1994, this generation is known for being tech-savvy, family-oriented, and team-oriented in the workplace. Listen here.
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Here are some highlights from the first Sunblock Social event! Thank you to everyone that attended the event, and we hope you all had a great time. Our mission is to bring Skin Cancer Awareness to the Emerald Coast Life and we will continue to do so through our social media accounts. We invite you to follow us and stay tuned for next year's Sunblock Social. 
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloose EDC Executive Director What a difference a year can make! This time last year, Okaloosa County was reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19. Nearly 13,000 people were out of work, and our county’s unemployment rate was an eye popping 13.7% - a number not experienced during the Great Recession or in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Fast ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Your Better Business Bureau® Serving Northwest Florida Foundation announces the three recipients of the 2021 BBB Student Ethics Scholarships in District II (Okaloosa and Walton Counties): Matthew Holden Mitchell, a senior at Paxton High School; and Makenzie Jordan Marez, Gabriel Lee Salazar, and Molly Grace Vann, seniors at Fort Walton Beach High School. The program was created to recognize high ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 01, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) is pleased to announce it is the first hospital in the region to offer a new therapy to treat patients diagnosed with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (Afib), who until now had very few treatment options. This new procedure, called the Hybrid Afib Convergent procedure, utilizes the EPi-Sense® System, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Our Generation Z podcast guests kick off our newest Hello Frances Podcast series where we discuss generational differences. This generation includes individuals born in the mid-to-late 1990s through the early 2010s. Our Generation Z discussion features our Frances Roy Agency event coordinator Annalise Dedicke, art assistant Kayla Koger, Website Developer Greg Dedicke, and former FRA interns ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    With virtually every business today seeking new and innovative ways to connect with customers and recruit prospective employees, this webinar will spotlight the importance of branding - and the value of innovative technological approaches like geo targeting. Please join One Okaloosa EDC to learn innovative branding and digital marketing strategies from Cox Media subject matter experts Molly ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Take a look at this recap of the recent Destin Rotary Cajun Crawfish Boil by social media and production sponsor AB+Production.
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Residents in need of lab testing will have a new and  convenient option in their neighborhood. Starting Tuesday, June 1, a new Lab Express - a collaboration between Ascension Sacred Heart and the Seaside Institute - will open at the Seaside Institute Assembly Hall, located at 168 Smolian Cir., in Santa Rosa Beach. Walk-ins are welcome on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7 a.m. to ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Summer’s hottest deal? Endless Play at Urban Air. Sign up for an Endless Play Membership today and get one month FREE*. Take full advantage of summer break and come to Urban Air Destin every day. Several membership plans are available, many including perks like free food, merchandise discounts, free socks, and a birthday party bonus. Choose the plan and attraction access that's right for your ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida announced today that its 2021 membership is 418 women, giving back $418,000 of grant award funding to nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.   Impact100 NWF finalists will be chosen from five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. Our Finance Committee will ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    For the fifth consecutive year, Bit-Wizards is named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2021. Hitting newsstands May 18 in the May/June 2021 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces and company culture whether teams are operating in ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Join J.Leon Gallery + Studio for a one-year anniversary celebration on June 4, from 5 - 8 p.m.! Enjoy a night of art, champagne, and delicious food by The Board Chef. Also enjoy LIVE artist paintings throughout the night and a very special giveaway. Visit the Facebook event, click "going" and share with friends!  Visit South Walton's 2019 Artist of the Year Jenna Varney will unveil her most ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, and Google Cloud recently announced a multi-year strategic partnership that plans to build on HCA Healthcare’s innovative use of information technology to accelerate the digital transformation taking place within the company.   The ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) invites visual artists of all disciplines to apply to participate in the juried 33rd Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening Oct. 9 & 10, 2021 in south Walton County, Florida as part of National Arts & Humanities Month. Usually held over Mother’s Day weekend, this year’s festival was rescheduled in the fall due to the pandemic. National Arts ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) names United States Air Force Personnel Flight Commander Alan Erickson as the 2021 Ron Mobayed Military Big of the Year. The Ron Mobayed Award was established as a memorial to the life of Lt. Ronald Joseph Mobayed, who was an outstanding Big Brother while he was stationed in Pensacola for flight training in the early 1990s. Tragically, Ron ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Navarre Big Sister Samantha Mortimer as the recipient of the Santa Rosa County’s Big of the Year award. Samantha is a Member Service Representative at Eglin Credit Union in Mary Esther, Fla. Every year, in each county that BBBSNWFL serves, a Big who has made a significant influence on the emotional growth and development of their ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Technological Improvements for New Product and Audience Development and Artist Employment Opportunities. The CAA’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, May 27, 2021, at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park off of West County Highway 30A. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent patients. "It is always so rewarding when we release the sea turtles back into the Gulf," states Will Merrill, President ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) presents Big Sister Cindy Kahl with the Okaloosa County Big of the Year Award. Every year, in each county that BBBSNWFL serves, a Big who has made a significant influence on the emotional growth and development of their Little is presented with the Big of the Year Award. “A big surprise,” says Kahl. “I think that the program is very ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Legendary Marine is excited to host the unveiling of Everglades’ newest vessel. Everglades is one of the finest in innovation and ride quality in the boating industry. Legendary Marine is proud to be their largest distributor and to be the first to unveil the 455cc.  On Friday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m., the Legendary staff along with the president of Everglades boats will reveal the 455 to the ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    It was a record setting evening raising $500K for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) at its 22nd annual signature Gala at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.  The “Bow Ties & Bling” sold-out event brought the community out in their finest attire to enjoy dinner, entertainment by David Seering and Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, along with live and silent auctions, ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Jessica Briggs (MSG) NCO TSgt Jennifer Moore (MDG) SNCO SMSgt Jason Whitehead (MXG) CGO 1st Lt Jessica Veldman-Domingo (MDG) Civ Cat 1 NJ-02 Fredrick Gren (MDG) Civ Cat 2 GS-12 Scott McCraney (CEG) Civ Cat 3 NH-03 Seth Giddens (MSG) Honor Guard SrA Mark A. Coste
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, two Okaloosa County EMS team members were presented with the Okaloosa County H.E.R.O. Award (Humanitarian Efforts Recognized by Okaloosa County) for their heroic actions earlier this year.  Paramedic, George Lee and EMT, Devon Hare had begun stabilizing a patient suffering from a medical emergency when the ambulance doors flung open, following a commotion outside. On ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Readers of VIP Destin Magazine have voted Dr. Richard Reno (right), of the White-Wilson Pediatric Clinic in Destin, Best Pediatrician in the magazine’s annual Best In Destin awards.  Following a two-week nomination period where he ranked in the top ten of vote getters, Dr. Reno was named a finalist for the honor and ultimately secured the “winner” title earlier this year. In true winner’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year.   The network’s anniversary theme “Decades dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed” reflects the Florida SBDC’s mission and celebrates the more than 1.4 million small businesses the network has helped since its ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has partnered with children’s grief center, Valerie’s House, as they begin their Pensacola chapter to support children and families experiencing loss. The Pensacola chapter of Valerie’s House is currently operating out of the Pensacola BBBSNWFL office and holds bi-weekly support sessions with children and their families. The mission of ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College announces proposed course fee changes effective for Fall 2021, to be voted on in the June 15, 2021, NWFSC Board of Trustees Meeting. The proposed course and lab fees recommended for adjustment with the start of the Fall 2021 semester can be found by accessing https://www.nwfsc.edu/tuition/. As itemized in the list, these fees cover expenses unique to course ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    A pandemic this past year has been difficult for everyone, but especially for someone who is seeking help. Agencies like the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center have been impacted by COVID-19, with Emerald Coast seeing 30% fewer cases in 2020. To support this mission, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is one of four centers in Northwest Florida to receive grants from the Gulf ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is pleased to announce our annual Firm-wide promotions. The Firm promoted 9 individuals in our Destin and Fort Walton Beach offices.  •In Fort Walton Beach, Joel Bradley, CPA, was promoted to Manager in the Audit department. •In Fort Walton Beach, Paul Davis, CPA, was promoted to Manager in the Audit department. •In Destin, Jonathan Futrell, CPA, was promoted to ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Hurricane season begins June 1, and ends Nov. 30. The 2021 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website and City of Destin Government Facebook page. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm.  For more information please visit: www.cityofdestin.com/hurricaneguide. 
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, announced that it will give $10 million over the next three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in communities near its hospitals in order to advance diversity in ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    For the fourth year in a row, White Point Road and Lakeshore Drive will be closed to through traffic on Saturday afternoons from May 29 - Sept. 4, 2021. The closure takes place each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day to maintain traffic safety and relieve residents on these roads from congestion brought about, primarily by southbound tourism traffic, on State Road 293 toward the Mid-Bay ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    On May 20, Wet Inc. celebrated the 1-year anniversary of its new storefront location with a ribbon cutting! Voted Best In Destin in 2019 and 2020, Wet Inc. has all of the quality equipment and apparel you need for to enjoy an active water-centric lifestyle, including standup paddle board (SUP) sales and rentals, bike rentals, skateboards, apparel, and more. Guided SUP tours of Crab Island and ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Boomers Parks’ Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park hosted a grand re-opening joint ribbon cutting on May 14, showcasing park updates implemented by the new ownership Cerberus. Local VIPs, community dignitaries, and the media were in attendance. Shane Moody, President and CEO of Destin Chamber, Ted Corcoran, President and CEO of Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber and Megan Harrison, President and ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Since the beginning of 2021, White-Wilson Medical Center has welcomed six new health care professionals to its team. These additions reiterate the 75-year-old medical center’s dedication to bringing highly skilled providers to the community and offering health care to meet a wide range of needs.  “With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the pandemic becoming more manageable, patients are ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Eye Center South Ophthalmologist Dr. Irene Ludwig recently authored “Strabismus Surgery, Innovative and Classic Approaches” a textbook and training guide for students and practicing ophthalmologists. Writing this book was a collaborative effort dedicated to the late Dr. Marshall Parks, internationally regarded as the visionary founder of the subspecialty of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    As we discuss the last part of our R.W.L. series, we first want to thank YOU for listening to our Hello Frances Podcast! Although this is always on our listening list, we share quite a few more podcast suggestions in the episode including Side Hustle School, Art for Your Ear, Fluent in Floridian, and more. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Photo Caption: Ken Wampler (right), President of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, receives the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month award from Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, during the Chamber’s May 14 Business Before Hours at Henderson Beach State Park.During the Destin Chamber’s May 14 Business Before Hours, Ken Wampler, President of Newman-Dailey ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge recently hosted founding members and board of directors from Sunday’s Child to tour the new radiology suite located on our campus located at 3051 Cloptons Circle, in Navarre. The addition of new digital radiology equipment was made possible by grants awarded to ECWR from Sunday’s Child and the Levin Family Foundation.    The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is the ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL)  is proud to announce its 2021 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winners. The company selected 31 public sector clients as winners from a broad and diverse field of applicants after demonstrating their excellence in developing, deploying, or maintaining Tyler solutions within their jurisdictions in innovative ways.  Tyler's excellence awards were announced ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Throughout the day on May 8, Northwest Florida State College held 13 individual ceremonies for members of the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. Graduates, family and friends were given the opportunity to safely experience all the pomp and circumstance deserving of this momentous occasion in a modified in-person experience. Of the 1,333 students eligible to graduate, nearly half of them walked ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Pop goes the music … and more! Emerald Coast Theatre Company is searing some sizzle into summer 2021 with a hot new live entertainment series.    Summer Pop is a series of four different fun-filled entertainment events — ranging from alternative pop/rock, comedy, Broadway, Rat Pack-era tunes and even a little opera. The series will run on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June and July at ECTC’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    After two rounds of voting by readers of VIP Destin Magazine, White-Wilson Medical Center was awarded the honor of being the 2021 Best Medical Practice in Destin. Alan Gieseman, CEO of White-Wilson Medical Center, had the honor of representing the organization of more that 75 health care providers and accepting the award at the magazine’s annual Black Tie Ball on April 10.   “Everyday since we ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the special exhibition “Con-scious Expressions: An Insider’s Perspective” is now on display at Perla Baking Co. in downtown DeFuniak Springs through May 31. The public is invited to a closing reception celebrating the exhibit on Friday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.  “Con-scious Expressions” was made possible through a new ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    WHO:             The Island by Hotel RL   WHAT:            100 Days of Summer Celebration   WHEN:            Saturday, May 29, 2021                         11 a.m. - 3 p.m.   WHERE:          The Island by Hotel RL                         1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE                          Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   DESCRIPTION: Get lost on an Island this summer and take a trip back ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is currently accepting grant application requests for a 2021 Impact100 NWF grant award.   This is open to all nonprofit organizations serving Okaloosa and Walton counties who are seeking project funding in the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness.   In order to determine ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received a $30,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation towards its Child/Teen Safety Matters initiative in schools.  The ECCAC Child/Teen Safety Matters program objective is to deliver a comprehensive child abuse prevention education by teaching children safety rules, safety choices, strategies for recognizing and responding ...read more
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    Friday, May 14, 2021
    On May 14, Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park celebrated its grand reopening, after new owners Boomers Parks spent almost $800,000 revitalizing park attractions and adding additional safety measures. Big Kahuna’s Water Park has more than 40 water attractions offering guests opportunities to relax on the Lazy River or seek a thrill on one of its exciting waterslides. Younger guests will enjoy a ...read more
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    Thursday, May 13, 2021
    On May 12, Sea Star Vacation Rentals celebrated 18 years in business with a ribbon cutting.  Sea Star Vacation Rentals offers beautiful vacation rentals along Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. The ribbon cutting took place from the 3rd floor of vacation rental Sea Turtle Watch / Costa Vista 5 at Driftwood Road, in Miramar Beach. For more information, visit SuzetteInDestin.com or call (850) ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    Okaloosa divers and fishermen have a new artificial reef to enjoy as of Friday, May 7, 2021. The large 93-foot US Air Force steel-hull water training vessel BIG DAWG was sunk to the seafloor in 104 feet of water, 14 miles southwest of the Destin Pass.  Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County Coastal Resources Manager with Destin-Fort Walton Beach TDD, managed the acquisition, preparation and deployment. After ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    We are back with episode two of our R.W.L. (Read, Watch, Listen) series. We share our R.W.L. with you to offer inspiration for contagious creativity! In this episode, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke shares a few of her favorite shows, channels, and networks she’s currently watching. A few of the many she discusses include Masterclass, The Lost Kitchen, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    Stuart Bridges, SVP, Director of Investment Services, today announced Zachary Seabolt has joined the Santa Rosa Beach office of Progress Financial Services, the Wealth Management division of Progress Bank, as a Financial Advisor.  “We are excited to have Zach join our team as we continue to gain clients in northwest Florida.  Zach has extensive industry experience and a strong history of success ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Emerald Coast Marine Group is a strong advocate of boating safety. We want our customers to be safe and confident on the water. As such, we invest in and provide complimentary training for our valued customers featuring expert Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors as part of our pro-active safe boating initiative. Registration is now open for our next class!  Saturday, May 22 12 - 5:30 p.m. 115 ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Progress Bank Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer Dabsey Maxwell and Chief Credit Officer/Senior Lender J.E.P. Buchanan have been named 2021 Top Tigers by the Auburn University Harbert College of Business. The Top Tigers program celebrates entrepreneurial success by recognizing the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni. Other requirements include ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
      •Grab your boat and join Legendary Marine for the 6th Annual Billy Bowlegs Poker Run this Saturday, May 15. •Explore the best stops on the Emerald Coast, and try your hand in the Poker Party at Lulu's Restaurant. The Captain’s Party will be held Friday night at the Legendary Yacht Club. •Entry Cost: $100 per entry. This includes 1 registration, 1 hand of poker, admission for 2 to the ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    The City of Destin is now accepting applications for interim appointment to the Destin City Council. The Destin City Council will appoint one person on an interim basis to fill the Council seat that was vacated on April 30, 2021. The individual appointed will serve on the Council until a permanent member is elected during a special election on July 20, 2021. The deadline to submit an application ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with ECTS! Rachel Spencer, Closing Agent in the Destin office, joins hosts Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen of Emerald Coast Title Services. The topic for this episode is the current Florida Real Estate market and the crazy things we have seen lately on the title/closing side!Watch here.
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club’s Sassy Sisters group presented a donation of $40,400 at their season finale event “Hats Off to Walton County Sheriff’s Office” on April 27, at Vue on 30a. At the beginning of their season, the Sassy Sisters named “Project K-9” as their philanthropic focus with hopes of raising the funds to support the acquisition of an additional working dog for the Walton County ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Learning from families that they desire to have more fresh food (produce, cheese, milk, bread, etc.) it is our goal to be able to provide as much fresh food as possible for our summer curbside services. #youcanhelp by sponsoring a family for $40 this summer. In total, we will be providing 25 curbside pickups among five locations in Walton and Okaloosa counties, serving 600 families. Please ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year. DWU is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    The Destin Community Center will host a community yard sale on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For those interested in participating in the event there is a $15 sign-up fee for Destin residents and $20 for non-residents. The fee will include one table and 2 chairs and participants are welcome to bring one additional table. Set-up will begin at 7:30 a.m., in the parking lot on the ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade for the Spring 2021. The national designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards.  The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    This week’s Drinking Water Week provides consumers an opportunity to learn about the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year.Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week to recognize the vital ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Join Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard, on May 25, 2021, at 6 p.m., for the next ArtFul Dining series of wine dinners benefiting MKAF’s arts education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Vin’tij Executive Chef Iganacio Bernal will orchestrate a culinary palette to pair with the incredible wines of the Jean Charles Boisset ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is honored to announce a new community board to serve Okaloosa and Walton Counties. This board of dedicated and passionate volunteers are ready to spread the mission and vision of BBBSNWFL throughout this service area. Introducing the community board members: Rique Gwin, Department of Defense – Duke Field; Kelly Gwin, Department of Defense ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Information provided by One Okaloosa EDC $29 Billion SBA Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program Now Open, Funds Expected to Go Quickly The US Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), established by the the American Rescue Plan Act, began accepting applications on Monday from eligible food and beverage establishments that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that on-air personality Erika Jeanine will join the regionally syndicated morning radio show Zazza Mornings as Co-Host. Zazza Mornings broadcasts live from Z96/WZNS-FM in Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL, on 97.5 WABD-FM in Mobile, AL, and on 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL.  Jeanine was previously on-air in Orlando, FL, at WXXL-FM and was on the programming team for WMGF-FM in ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed veteran Rock radio programmer, Dave Rossi, as Program Director for heritage Rock station, WKSM/99ROCK in Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL. Rossi joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia Nashville, TN, where he was program director for Classic Rock WNRQ-FM/105.9 The Rock, Alternative WNRQ-HD2/ALT983 and Classic Rock WEGR-FM in Memphis. Prior to that, he was Program ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    On May 4, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 13th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Cassy DeJulio, Destin Chamber. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders.  After ...read more
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    Thursday, May 06, 2021
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    Wednesday, May 05, 2021
    The award-winning Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast is looking to fill a variety of full-time and part-time positions ahead of summer, including beach attendants, guest services, culinary, spa, security and others. In addition to offering competitive pay and exceptional benefits such as health care benefits, paid vacation, childcare assistance and more, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke kicks off our three-part R.W.L. (Read, Watch, Listen) series by sharing more about what she is reading. Our team members have been sharing our R.W.L. with you for years, but Shantelle takes a step back this week to explain why we do this and gives some insight into the importance of reading. Have you heard of deep reading? She ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    Whether she's your mother, your wife, or someone who's been like a mom to you for years - she deserves a much needed recharge. Let us help! A float is the perfect gift (and it doesn't require waiting in line!) For a limited time receive: (2) 60 min Floats (2) Bath Bombs AND a $30 Gift Card to Bitterroot for only $100! *Limit two per customer, while supplies lastShop Mother's Day ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The South Walton Street Art Festival is a new CAA Signature Event making its debut in 2021! The festival is planned for Mother's Day weekend, May 7 - 9, in Grand Boulevard Town Center and will feature dozens of visual artists and students creating works of art using only pastel chalk and their imaginations.   The socially distanced event joins the Art Month South Walton line-up and will also ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Each month, City of Destin staff will be participating in a litter clean-up around city facilities. It is our hope that area businesses will take part to clean their “home fronts.” Through a collaborative effort, we can all make a positive difference in the appearance and health of this great city. The City of Destin would like to thank the Compass Resorts team for being a member of the City’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Destin’s Mayor, City Council, staff, and special guests will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening of Destin’s newest park, Captain Leonard Destin, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. Named after the original founder of the City of Destin who came from New London, Connecticut, in the mid-1800s to establish a fishing village along the Florida Gulf Coast, the park is located on the same plot of ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating two new additions to the endangered African penguin family. The first penguin chick hatched at the Gulfarium on Feb. 17, 2021, with the second following close behind, on Feb. 20.  These penguin chicks were born to parents, Ninja and Jelly. The first chick to hatch spent the first 3 weeks of its life being raised by Ninja and Jelly, with the second ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center “Bow Ties & Bling” Gala – Friday – May 21 – 6 p.m.  Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is presenting its 22nd annual signature Gala. The “Bow Ties and Bling” themed Gala is at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 21, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Emceed by David Seering, guests will enjoy ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Places everyone for the greatest cocktail party on earth! Well, maybe the greatest at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin, Florida.    On May 6, at 6:30 p.m., Ruth’s Chris Steak House will host A Cirque Soiree to benefit Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC).   This inaugural event features cirque-style entertainment, live music by The Down Beat Jazz Orchestra, champagne, hand-crafted cocktails, ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Did you know that you help the members of your local Boys & Girls Clubs just by feeding the meters at Destin Commons?  Funds collected help us enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  Next time you head to the Destin Commons, consider contributing to the Center's parking meters.  Together, we are ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The school year is winding down and summer is right around the corner.  Students are looking for summer jobs and Wendy’s is HIRING!
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Art Month South Walton, an initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton, is a month-long celebration of the Arts featuring events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County. This year’s planned activities include the inaugural South Walton Street Art Festival, Digital Graffiti Drive Thru at Alys Beach, Arts Night ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Southern Athletica truly loves everything about fitness, wellness, and activewear. Find a great selection of men's and women’s activewear that is equally stylish, comfortable, and functional. You will find yourself wearing these pieces for more than just heading to the gym! Find Southern Athletica across from Bass Pro Shops. “We are thrilled to announce the opening of Southern Athletica at Destin ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    In efforts to create a safe and memorable commencement experience for our Raider graduates, their family members and guests, the 56th Commencement Ceremony will be partially virtual with an in-person experience. In-person commencement ceremonies and conferring of credentials will take place throughout the day on May 8, in groups of 50-75 students, so that family members and guests can comfortably ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Are you ready for adventure, mateys? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic tale “Treasure Island” with a creative twist.    Instead of protagonist Jim Hawkins, the lead character in this version, adapted for the stage by Toby Hulse, is Emily, and will be played by a female actor Rebeca Lake.    This classic pirate’s tale includes the feared ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Beginning May 3, 2021, the City of Destin's Community Development Department will resume its normal operating hours: Building/Permitting Monday to Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Planning/Zoning and Engineering Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   We would like to thank the public and the development community for their patience, as we dealt with the challenges of Covid-19 and the major tasks of the ...read more
    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The Grand Boulevard Job Fair Jam will take place Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., in Grand Park with more than 20 Grand Boulevard businesses participating. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for employment at a fun and vibrant Town Center. The job fair will be a fun family affair with music, games, prizes, food and drinks. We want to show attendees what a fun and exciting ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    WHO: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel and home to the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa   WHAT:  Located within the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa along Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast, the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa is celebrating Mother’s Day weekend with three exclusive treatments ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    With a shared vision for excellence, Northwest Florida State College along with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department have created a preeminent public safety training facility that will transform the career opportunities available for the citizens of both Walton County and the entire Northwest Florida Region. The Walton Works Public Safety Complex is located at the Walton County Sheriff’s Complex ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Councilman Skip Overdier resigned on April 30, 2021, from the Destin City Council, due to selling his home within the city limits of Destin and will relocate to Texas. Overdier was elected to the city council in 2018 and served on multiple local and regional committees to include the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Six of the eight members of the Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees were confirmed by the Florida Senate on April 29, 2021. These Trustees include Board of Trustees Chair Lori Kelley, Honorable Graham Fountain, Charlotte Flynt, Reynolds Henderson, Major General Don Litke (Ret.) and Major General Thomas “Rudy” Wright (Ret.).  The College’s remaining Trustees, Shane Abbott and Craig ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    &##128073;&##127996;Gen X chose Instagram as the platform to follow brands &##128073;&##127996;Baby boomers spend most of their time on YouTube and the Facebook Feed &##128073;&##127996;Millennials and Gen X selected YouTube as the platform they rely on when making purchase decisions &##128073;&##127996;Social media is part of every generation’s daily routine for different ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    Calling all volunteers! As the Alys Beach foundation has been such a strong supporter of Food For Thought, we would like to give back and help their team out during the Digital Graffiti event on May 12. This year, the event will be a drive-thru experience in observance of the CDC guidelines.   Volunteer Need: Festival Volunteers (10) Date: Wednesday, May 12, 7pm - MidnightEmail to Sign Up ...read more
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    Thursday, April 29, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    The First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association presented a check for $1,000 to Children In Crisis Inc. The funds will be used to purchase computer and educational equipment for at risk children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “The donation was truly a blessing and came at a perfect time.  We provide a home to about 100 children every year and most ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is excited to announce that individual tickets are now on sale for the Big Event 2021 Presented by Bill Cramer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC on May 1, 2021, at the BARN at Wicked Wheel. Formally known as Corks N’ Canvases, The Big Event will continue the tradition of bringing the Bay County community together to celebrate and support a ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a workshop to discuss the Crosstown Connector on Monday, May 10, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical space limitations, we encourage all to use GoToWebinar to virtually attend the session.  You may register for GoToWebinar to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    Reggie and Danica Phillips join Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss how they each take time to foster their creativity. Danica is a military veteran, a marketing professional, and an entrepreneur that runs her blog Danica Explains It All. Her husband Reggie is an active duty military member and an artist with a passion for ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler as the first quarter top producer. Sprigler achieved both “Top Sales Agent” and “Top Listing Agent” for January through March 2021. “With real estate sales booming, we’re enjoying a great start to the year,” said Jeanne Dailey, founder and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. “Our agents have been hard at work and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Food for Thought announced that its Full Circle Dinner, held at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood inside the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, raised $25,000 to help feed the students in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The non-profit thanked the chefs and businesses that made this event successful: Seagar's Prime Steak & Seafood The Hilton Sandestin Resort Emily Roeckle - Hilton Sandestin ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Airport Road is now open after Destin Water Users completed installation of a new reclaimed water line across the road.  The road was reopened around 9 p.m., Wednesday evening after completion of repaving. Destin Water Users will continue extending the new reclaimed water line west along Airport Road right-of-way to Kell Aire Drive.  From there, the reclaimed line will turn north, and Destin ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    As a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL), the Gulf Power Foundation has donated to the agency $25,000 to support local mentoring programs that serve over 550 children from Pensacola to Panama City. Summer break is typically a time for children to relax, indulge in a little extra screen time, play outside, and embrace the kind of freedom that only comes ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Wheel of Fortune and Latitude Margaritaville are not only once again making it possible for a lucky viewer to win a new “Home Sweet Home,” but they’re also giving the opportunity to show contestants during the week of April 26-30. In an expansion of their long-time relationship, America’s Game® is partnering with Minto Communities and Margaritaville to add a home envelope to the bonus wheel ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Beginning Tuesday, April 20, Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) will continue its installation of a reclaimed water main across Airport Road in Destin, that will also impact surrounding roadways in the area. Motorists are encouraged to avoid Airport Road during construction. Motorists can expect a road closure of Airport Road at Industrial Park Lane during the construction and installation of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Through July 6, Murphy USA customers can make a monetary contribution to our local Boys & Girls Clubs at checkout. Murphy USA invites its patrons to round up or donate, $1, $5, $10 at the register.  Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated.
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Experienced business leader Tim Murphy joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss his tenure as CEO of Boomers Parks. Boomers owns multiple adventure and water parks around the country, including Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park in Destin. Boomers has recently taken ownership of this local staple, and Tim is sharing all of what’s to come with this well-loved family-friendly ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    With everyone fighting for attention on social media, experimenting with something new or trends. The truth is that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to posting frequency on social media. However, there is one thing that remains true no matter your business or industry — what you post matters more than how often you do it.  Don’t panic — make a plan It happens all too often. ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    MidSouth Bank, an independent community bank committed to serving local communities, is proud to announce Stephanie Larabee has joined the team serving as Okaloosa County Market President. Larabee is a Pennsylvania native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida. An integral part of the Okaloosa County business community for the past 10 years, she brings 25 years ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Local social media and public relations agency Sociallee PR & Media Co was honored with three awards at the local Image Awards competition through the Northwest Florida Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). The local agency was honored for the “Misty the Mermaid” campaigns for The Island by Hotel RL on Okaloosa Island.  Misty the Mermaid is a real-life mermaid who has ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Photo Caption: Tracy Stage (left), Okaloosa County Airports Director, accepts the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month award from Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican. During the Destin Chamber’s April 9 Business Before Hours, Okaloosa County Airports Director Tracy Stage was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Listen up! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will put a song in your heart when singer/songwriter Tim Jackson takes the stage in The Listening Lounge.     New this season, The Listening Lounge is part of ECTC’s Professional Theatre Second Stage series that showcases live local musicians. Jackson is the final artist in the series and will perform a one-night only show on Tuesday, April 27, at ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    The winners of the 35th Annual James and Christian LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest and the Blackwater Review art and literature journal have been announced for 2021.  Fiona Morris of Santa Rosa Beach won first place and a cash prize of $100 for her poem Summers in the Screen Room.  Madison Gray of Freeport placed second with her poem Mea Culpa. Gray will be awarded a cash prize of $50. Two ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    After months of dedication, creativity and grout, two new mosaics are completed and installed in the President’s Office Suite of Northwest Florida State College thanks to local artist Sarah Hawkins. Hawkins was commissioned to create the mosaics in early 2020. The mosaics are made in the colors of Northwest Florida State College’s logo; red, black and white. The first art piece is an ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Bask in the sun safely &##127774; Help us spread Skin Cancer Awareness to the community. Join us for an afternoon of beach fun &##128526; and skin cancer prevention on May 15, from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Henderson Beach State Park in Destin &##127958; Meet us at our stand where we will be offering sunblock samples, water bottles and sodas while we will be playing music and beach games! Entrance ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    This summer, you want to be in the “room where it happens!” Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents 10 different Summer Camp programs including popular musicals like “Hamilton,” “Puffs (Harry Potter), “Sponge Bob,” “Seussical” the staging of a full-length musical, “Matilda,” plus hands-on workshops for theater “techies” and film buffs.    Altogether there are 16 ECTC program sessions ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Learn with us the fundamentals of ND filters and how great your videos can look with a few tweaks and tricks with filters. They are basically sunglasses for your camera so your footage isn't over-exposed and the subject is clearly seen in the shot.  For more tips, follow AB+Production, LLC, on Facebook.  
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    The Destin Garden Club proudly presents its annual Plant Sale on May 1, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Destin Library. The plants for sale will include many from garden club members with a focus on Florida friendly plants – no invasive species! There will be a Master Gardner table with helpful information for everyone and club members will be giving tours of the beautiful ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Tickets are $295 per person/ $590 per couple Proceeds benefit Sinfonia and its music education initiatives in Northwest Florida. Purchase your ticket here. A Sinfonia representative will contact you to confirm which dinner you would like to attend.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Lowes Home Improvement is looking for talented customer Service Associates to join our Destin team in a variety of positions. Seasonal jobs pay is $14.50 an hour and positions are available in a variety departments and job roles. Must be 18 years of age. Background and Drug test required. Apply on line at Lowes.com/careers. Then come in any Wednesday from 8AM to 10AM or from 2PM to 4PM for an ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    For the month of April, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at Winn-Dixie located at 798 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.  This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment, and fundraise for our cause.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Leadership speaker and Enneagram coach Jenn Whitmer joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast this week! While working in a toxic environment, Jenn discovered the Enneagram and has changed the way she now deals with conflict resolution. She uses this tool to discover what issues, fears, and resolutions are needed for particular situations and applies the skills she has acquired to help individuals and ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced today that the new freestanding ER in Navarre opened their doors Tuesday, April 13, at 7 a.m. This new ER expands access to emergency care in Santa Rosa County. The new freestanding ER is located at 1809 Granada Street, near the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. The new, 24/7 full service freestanding ER features 11 emergency exam rooms, CT scan, general ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    They are currently looking for participating restaurants, beverage providers and event sponsors. Participants may receive a $500 stipend! If you are interested in participating please contact Brittany Byrd at bbyrd@harborwalkvillage.com.
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    It's our birthday month! We're thrilled to celebrate 16 wonderful years of helping children in our local community, amazing community support, and the growth of CVHN programs. This year for our birthday, help us reach our goal of raising $16,000 to go towards building out our new mobile clinic with the necessary dental equipment and tools it takes to provide restorative services like filling ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The U.S. Treasury has awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID19 financial hardships. Beginning April 6, 2021, to ensure a successful economic recovery in our area, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.  This program is available to renters within ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Beginning Monday, April 12, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) will install a reclaimed water main across Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road in Destin that will also impact other roadways in the area. Motorists can expect a road closure at Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road during the construction and installation of the pipe. Local traffic will need to use Industrial Park Road the week of ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) and United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 7, 2021, officially opening the Little Free Pantry at the DOH-Walton Office in DeFuniak Springs, FL. The last couple of years, Little Free Pantries have been popping up nationwide in an effort to address hunger.  UWEC was recently awarded funding through a ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    On Wednesday, April 7, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) certified the ballots received in a union election to determine if Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Department of Corrections employees desired to have American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council 79 (AFSMCE) serve as a bargaining agent on their behalf.  Out of 98 eligible ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    President Joy Browne representing the Sons and Daughters of Italy of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., a $650 donation and pledged the club's support to CIC.  The donation will help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash Charity Fundraiser will return this year to The Towne Centre at Seascape with co-host Mezcal Mexican Grill on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The winners of the annual Arnie Hart Juried Student Art Exhibition at Northwest Florida State College were recently announced. The student art exhibition, as well as the annual NWFSC Faculty Exhibition, is currently on display through May 7, 2021, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries.    Jean Hart, wife of the late NWFSC art instructor Arnie Hart, provides an annual gift to help fund the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s restaurant in Destin hosted double events over Easter weekend. Not only did the tropically clad Easter Bunny visit with the kids on both days, but a brand-new Beach Arcade with age appropriate, state-of-the art video games for kids of all ages officially opened.  Hundreds of families lined up outside LuLu’s on Saturday and Sunday mornings to be among the first 50 kids who ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Students in Elementary School are welcome to join their first book discussion group designed especially for them: Kids’ Chat! On April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will lead the picture book discussion virtually using Microsoft Teams. Our first picture book will be Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott, written by Dee Romito. This book ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Classical Education or Charlotte Mason, what's the difference? On April 13, 2021, at 4 p.m., the Destin Library’s Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will discuss techniques used in Charlotte Mason style of Education, as well as the Classical Method. This virtual interactive workshop will allow parents to ask questions and learn about these two popular styles of education.  This workshop is free to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Bring your lawn chair, pack a lunch, wear your mask, and join your friends at the Destin Library for an engaging celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Destin’s Music Diva Dr. Cheryl Jones will perform on the Destin Library’s veranda on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Dr. Jones is a talented pianist, vocalist, composer, and music director who has led her award-winning music ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Life coach, author, business owner, and entrepreneur Terri Fedonczak joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share her background, her experience with imposter syndrome, and how she has completely transformed her productivity by taking time for herself. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board, multi-disciplinary team and staff gathered at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy  Center in DeFuniak Springs to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Janet Parker, Vice President of the Board, read a proclamation with one of its most important points being that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Saltwater Restaurants, Inc. has donated $10,000 to cover the rehabilitation costs for pelicans that have become injured or orphaned along the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area. The funds will assist with the treatment costs at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) where trained specialists work to help the pelicans heal with their injury and be returned back to their environment.  ECWR Asst. Executive ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Gulf Coast Friends and Santa Rosa Woman’s Club helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by having a food drive and donated a huge assortment of needed items.  Thanks to the generous donations, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will be better prepared for summer break. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk children living at CIC with ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The “Gateway to Crystal Beach” is now on its way to becoming a reality thanks to the partnership between the City of Destin, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and Trust for Public Land. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shore at Crystal Beach Park Expansion on Monday, April 12, at 10 a.m., located at 2964 Scenic ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The City of Destin will hold its Annual Arbor Day celebration at the Nancy Weidenhammer Dog Park, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. The event will include remarks from Mayor Gary Jarvis and special guest speaker Aubrey Santucci with Coastline Tree Service. Members of the Destin City Council, the Destin Parks and Recreation Committee, Destin Chamber of ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Mary Fomby just joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) staff as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Recently relocating to the Destin area from Utah, Fomby’s parents are also residents in the area. She was with the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority as the Content Marketing Specialist prior to her move here.  Receiving her Associates degree from Weber State ...read more
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