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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    When times are tough, marketing and public relations are often the first thing to be cut from a business. With a recession potentially looming, (according to the media – *eye roll*) many businesses are already looking for ways to save money. If you’re a business on a budget or maybe you’re a freelancer trying to gain more clients, tune into today’s episode of Sociallee Relevant to hear Whitney ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    Affiliate programs are taking the marketing world by storm… and for good reason. Affiliate programs can be a powerful tool to leverage word-of-mouth recommendations while incentivizing loyal customers.  But, you need to be strategic in how you set up your affiliate program so that you attract the ideal affiliates that will remain actively engaged and help bring your business results. In today’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    As marketers try to appeal to millennial and Gen Z consumers, we have noticed a bandwagon strategy that causes some businesses to appear fake AF. Authenticity is more powerful than ever in marketing, and some businesses are truly missing the mark when they try to hop on this trending marketing strategy. In a time where brands are afraid of cancel culture, many businesses feel the pressure to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcD Executive Director of One Okaloosa EDC Winston Churchill famously said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” This sage wisdom can be applied to virtually any situation that life can offer – whether taking a trip, playing a football game or saving for retirement. I would also venture to guess that anyone reading this piece understands the value of planning and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    The event will take place Oct. 21, from 12 - 3 p.m., at the Destin - Fort Walton Beach Convention Center. Enjoy keynote speakers, including Okaloosa County Judges Hon. Lacey Clark, Hon. Patricia Grinsted, Hon. Angela Mason, and Hon. Mary Polson, in a panel discussion led by WEAR News Anchor Laura Hussey. Register by Oct. 17, at OCCSW.com. Cost is $25, which includes lunch. There will also be a ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    Check out the latest news from Florida State Rep. Patt Maney's office, including the latest local legislative grants, 2023 legislative priorities, and ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Ian. Read the entire newsletter here.
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    Caring & Sharing of South Walton is excited to announce their 2nd Annual Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Emerald Coast Hospice. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 16th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm at the picturesque Gardens and Gallery of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach.  Guests will enjoy a fashion show curated from donations to the Caring & Sharing Thrift Store that are styled ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    Hurricane Ian has devastated parts of Florida and the eastern seaboard. If you or your members need support, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has resources to help businesses recover from a disaster and is here to support your community.    •     Disaster Help Desk: The Disaster Help Desk for Business, provides one-on-one expert assistance to small business owners before, during, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    We live in a community that supports and deeply cares for others. The City of Destin in conjunction with Biguns Hope Disaster Response Services will be hosting a donation drop off site for those impacted by Hurricane Ian at the Marler Street Public Parking Lot, located at 285 Harbor Boulevard. Donations will be collected daily, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. – to 6 p.m., until the truck ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    In times of crisis and natural disaster, Florida's business community always stands ready to support one another. Hurricane relief and resources are below:  1. Valuable Resources, Standing Ready to Help. HERE>  During times of crisis, the Florida Chamber will pivot to do what is necessary to help our members and all Floridians. A Florida Chamber team member has been assisting on the Emergency ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is excited to announce we recently received a $10,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation. For the past three years, The Allstate Foundation has presented BBBSNWFL with a grant through their Helping Hands initiative. The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing ...read more
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    Monday, October 03, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is pleased to announce that over $50,000 was raised at their special 10-year anniversary event, “An Enchanted Evening: Celebrating a Decade of Dreams,” presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®. The celebration took place at the theatre, located at 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite 200, on Friday, September 16, and transcended guests into a whimsical evening ...read more
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    Monday, October 03, 2022
    Happy International Coffee Day!  What better way to celebrate than a new and exciting partnership launched today with RedEye Coffee with three Tallahassee locations benefiting Make-A-Wish.   Today, we celebrate International Coffee Day! RedEye Coffee has partnered with Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida for the month of October to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses in the NW ...read more
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    Monday, October 03, 2022
    Impact100 NWF will announce the 10 grant finalists for for 2022 at the Legendary Yacht Club in Destin tomorrow evening, Tuesday, October 4. Please join us from 5:30pm - 6:30pm for the big reveal.  Impact100 leadership and members will be on hand, as well as representatives from the 10 local nonprofit finalists. Since the creation of Impact100 NWF in 2012, we have granted  $3.6 million to ...read more
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    Friday, September 30, 2022
    Join all Niceville Breweries (3rd Planet Brewery, Strange Colt, Bayou Brewery and Props) as they unite in support of Hurricane Ian victims by collecting needed supplies. Donations can be dropped off now through October 14th. Items being collected are: water, bleach, mops, brooms, 5 gallon buckets, Dawn dish soap, cleaning/shop rags, trash bags, electrolytes (such as Propel, Mio, etc), hand ...read more
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    Friday, September 30, 2022
    “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Get ready for all the tricks on stage when you come see Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat - part of Emerald Coast Theatre Company's Theatre for Young Audiences. The show opens Friday, October 14, 2022, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 23. Public performances are October 15 and 22 at 6.00 p.m. and October 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. School Field Trips are offered ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2022
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) celebrates the cultural arts by enhancing the offerings of its annual Festival of the Arts set for Oct. 29-30 at the scenic MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida, on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. One of the Southeast's premier art festivals, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of more than 100 artists (including the juried and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2022
    The Arby's Foundation is committed to supporting every community where Arby's has a restaurant. The Northwest Florida-area Arby's team recently selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida to be a recipient of a $30,000 grant, which will be used to support our Beyond School Walls program in Escambia County. In total, the Arby's Foundation anticipates giving out nearly 200 local grants ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    Children’s Volunteer Health Network has officially announced their new Executive Director, Megan Trent. Trent has worked for CVHN for three years, serving numerous roles within the organization, such as Mental Health Coordinator and most recently, Associate Executive Director. The change in leadership was one thoughtfully planned out, with Trent being well-versed in CVHN’s daily inner workings as ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2022
     Eglin Federal Credit Union was voted best Credit Union, Financial Planning Services, Mortgage Lending Company and Personal Loan/Title Company in the 2022 Finest on the Emerald Coast’s Official Community Choice Awards. Locals choose the best businesses in town through nominations and voting. Read the announcement. Eglin Federal Credit Union has won a community’s choice award every year since the ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the Perdido Key Area (Johnson Beach), Opal Beach, and Okaloosa Area in Florida beginning at noon on Sept. 29. The Fort Pickens Area including the Fort Pickens Campground will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30.   “Fortunately Gulf Islands National Seashore did not sustain damages due to Hurricane Ian,” said Superintendent Darrell Echols. “The Fort ...read more
    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces that improvements were recently made to the Watersound® Monarch Art Trail (WMAT), a program of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces (AIPS) program featuring eight original sculptures installed along South Watersound Parkway’s existing mile-long walking and bike path. The WMAT was created in 2021 with support from the St. Joe Community ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    Joining Shantelle on the mic for this week’s episode of the Hello Frances podcast is special guest Luisaura Alvarez, Digital Marketing Director at Step One Automotive Group. In this episode, Luisaura discusses the importance of owning your own light, having mentors in your life, and more.Listen here.  
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group ambassador and athlete Juan Manual "JM" Correa took home a podium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in his European Le Mans Series debut. The Prema Racing driver finished third in the four-hour race in his car shared with Ferdinand Habsburg and Louis Delétraz.  “I’m extremely happy with my first endurance race,” said Juan Manual "JM" Correa “I learned a lot this weekend, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    It only happens once a year - On September 27th everyone Is invited to celebrate National AJ Day at their favorite location!AJ's is celebrating 38 years since opening their doors in Destin on the Harbor. Head to your favorite AJ's location along the Emerald Coast from 4pm till 6pm to enjoy .38 cent cup of Seafood Gumbo and .38 cent 12oz drafts of AJ's El Dorado Lager or AJ's Sunset Ale, brewed ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to announce Robert Hoyt and Ann Yoshihashi as the recipients of the 2022 Big of the Year award in Escambia County. The pair was selected to receive this honor due to their dedication in mentoring their Little Brother, T'Anthony, and helping him grow and reach his full potential.  Bob started mentoring T'Anthony at school, when he was in first ...read more
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    Monday, September 26, 2022
    Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Florida Areas of the park to all visitors beginning at 8 p.m. Sept. 25, in preparation for Tropical Storm Ian. Closed areas include the Fort Pickens Area, Perdido Key Area (Johnson Beach), Opal Beach, and Okaloosa Area. The Mississippi Area, Naval Live Oaks Area, and Highway 399 will remain open at this time.  Working closely with the NWS, the park ...read more
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS) adds to its experienced team with the addition of Lydia Collins, Licensed Title Agent, and Lindsey McEwan, Licensed Title Agent and Florida Registered Paralegal. Collins will serve ECTS clients out of the upcoming Freeport office, while McEwan will work with clients out of the Santa Rosa Beach office.  “I am very excited to have Lydia join our team and help ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    Presented by Celebrities For Charity, the 26th South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, boasts a golf tournament with celebrities playing, and accompanying events that one won’t want to miss. It benefits the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. “Some of our celebrities this year include Jim McMahon, Chicago Bears; Ed “Too ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) a $2,245,280 grant as part of its Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program. The Strengthening Institutions Program helps eligible higher-education institutions expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen their academic quality, institutional ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    Come join the excitement as we announce the 10 Grant Finalists for 2022!  While every nonprofit is worthy of our grant, our Impact100 of NWFL Grant Review Committees have worked hard to narrow down the 20+ eligible applicants to the top 2 in each of the five categories. Learn who they are and their projects that will make an "impact" to our community.   Please join us for our grant funding ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    Hello Destin, Sixty-five minutes isn’t a lot of time. It’s shorter than a movie and maybe the length of a meeting at work. Yet every 65 minutes, one of our nation’s veterans takes his or her own life. I want you to know that YOU can stand up and help them. These men and women don’t have to be left on their own to fend for themselves.  In two short weeks on the evening of October 8, we’ll host our ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) hosted its ‘40 Under 40’ awards celebration on Friday, September 16 at The Island Resort. Presented by Florida Power & Light, nearly 200 people attended the sold-out awards celebration which recognized Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders. “FPL is honored to partner with United Way Emerald Coast as the Presenting Sponsor of the ’40 under 40’ event to ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    The event includes a delicious hot lunch, brief welcome by the sponsors and supporters, and the AC giveaway. This event is generously sponsored by Texas Roadhouse, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Beachy Beach Real Estate, Coastal Wildlife Removal, Herbafex, High-Definition Coaching, Ginny Richardson & Paul Naberezny. The lunch will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Faith Assembly ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 20, 2022
    As our services grow, so does our need for volunteers! Every week, FFT needs volunteers to help support our programs. Our volunteer shifts occur during the week as our services are provided every Thursday and Friday. We can help you find a volunteer opportunity that fits within your lifestyle. Volunteers can help in as little as 30 minutes once a month or as frequently as they like.  Our ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 20, 2022
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce the addition of Alexis L. Mays as a director in the construction and commercial litigation practice groups. She will work alongside the firm’s experienced 28 attorneys and more than 50 staff members who proudly serve clients from offices in Pensacola, Pace, South Walton, and Tallahassee.  Licensed in Florida and Alabama, Alexis concentrates ...read more
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    Friday, September 16, 2022
    Inc. revealed that Step One Automotive Group is No. 1867 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The company also ranked No. 152 in Florida and No. 139 in Consumer Products. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, ...read more
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    Friday, September 16, 2022
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) this morning to announce a $1.5 million Job Growth Grant for the expansion of the College’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program. NWFSC introduced its CDL program last September after receiving a $413,836 grant through the CARES Act Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Rapid Credentialing Program. The funding ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2022
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club welcomes their new Member Relations Coordinator, Tori Thompson. As the Member Relations Coordinator, Thompson will be managing the club’s internal and external communications, planning memorable, exciting member events to enhance the overall club experience, and forming meaningful relationships with the club members.  A recent graduate of Kennesaw State University, ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy (ECCAC) CEO Julie Porterfield was recently surprised with a note-worthy honor to recognize her years of loyal service. At an ECCAC Board of Directors meeting last month, President Janet Parker announced that as a result of Porterfield’s 23+ years of dedication, founding and running ECCAC, the Board unanimously approved that the Niceville Center will be re-named ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors has been named as the top firm in the large firm category (250+ employees) in Accounting Today’s 2022 Best Firms to Work For list. The Best Firms to Work For distinction identifies and honors the best employers in the accounting profession. To determine the 2022 list, Accounting Today partnered with the Best Companies Group and used their help to rank companies ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Shantelle recorded this week’s episode of the Hello Frances podcast with special guest Erin Rosetti, a former member of the Frances Roy team. Erin is an award-winning strategic communicator, passionate storyteller and issues management professional currently working as the Communications Manager for Memorial Health System. In this episode, Erin gets real with us and shares her thoughts on mental ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
     During the Destin Chamber’s Sept. 9 Business Before Hours Sponsored by CRC Data Technologies, Magda Cooper, co-founder of BOTE, 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.  “This month’s Business ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    The Destin Library now has subscriptions to TumbleBookLibrary and TeenBookCloud that all library patrons can access from home. These resources are free and unlimited! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books and educational games for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. There are over 250 animated, talking picture books as well as books in ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    The Destin Library presents the vibrant, often whimsical artwork of Halle Castille all through the month of September. Halle is the one-woman show behind Halle’s Comet Designs out of Pensacola, Fla. Her work is often interdisciplinary, mixing different art forms like 3D printing, painting, and sculpture to create new styles. In her latest works, she is investigating the dichotomy between more ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    The Destin Library is accepting donations for One Hopeful Place through the month of September. One Hopeful Place (OHP) is the primary homeless shelter in Okaloosa County serving single men, women, and veterans experiencing homelessness. Their mission is “to be the front door into permanent housing and to end the cycle of homelessness of those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County.” ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    The City of Destin, in partnership with POLCO/National Research Center, launched a community survey today for Destin residents. The survey will be active until Oct. 28. Residents will be selected at random and must be 18 years old to participate. All responses are confidential and no identifying information will be shared. Those selected will receive invitation postcards through the mail with a ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    Now is your chance to win the ultimate vacation package to the beautiful Emerald Coast along 30A in Northwest Florida while supporting a local nonprofit with a global impact!   The best of 30A is coming together in support of The Sonder Project, offering a vacation package like no other. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Relax in a world-class luxury vacation home rental property that's just ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group recently announced that it has acquired its 19th and 20th new car dealerships, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Andalusia and Nissan Andalusia. Nissan Andalusia is the first Nissan dealership in Step One's portfolio. The new dealerships provide new and used vehicle sales as well as parts, and service. Customers new and existing can expect the same great people and service under ...read more
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    Friday, September 09, 2022
    Picking up trash to ensure a healthy environment along the gulf coastEco Clean Marine is thrilled to announce that it has successfully concluded its trash pickup event at Pensacola, Florida. Held on the 3rd of September, 2022, the trash pickup event was designed to clean the waterways along Pensacola Beach. While in the process, the entire team and volunteers at Eco Clean Marine picked up over 22 ...read more
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    Friday, September 09, 2022
    Destin High School is hosting a 5K fundraising event to raise money for all Athletics!  We are partnering with Beach Camp Brew Pub along with many local businesses to support this exciting event!   registration is $35.00 Includes: BBQ Meal and a Drink (alcohol for 21+), T-shirt and Race Packet with small gifts! Late or same day registration participants will not receive a shirt. More ...read more
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    Friday, September 09, 2022
     Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory  Chipley, Fla. – Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. Okaloosa County:  •State Road (S.R.) 20 (John Sims Parkway) Resurfacing Project – - Drivers will encounter intermittent east and westbound lane closures on S.R. 20, from Edge ...read more
    Wednesday, September 07, 2022
    Do you have a heart for art? Then feel free to lend a hand. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.  Various shifts are available including set up (on Friday, Oct. 28), main entry, artist relief, children’s tent, and beverage booths as well ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    During the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Communications Summit, hosted by the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Shantelle recorded this week’s episode of the Hello Frances podcast with a live audience and special guest McKenzie Burleigh. McKenzie is Associate Publisher at Rowland Publishing and Yoga Instructor at Yoga Studio 30A. During the live episode McKenzie answers some ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    The Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Foundation held its Annual Board Installation and Recognition Reception on Thursday, August 25, 2022, to recognize new Foundation officers and directors, thank past directors, and highlight some of its many accomplishments within the last year.  Past Foundation Chair, Ken Wampler, was introduced by Foundation Board member Alan Wood and recognized for ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast continues its tradition of “redefining” the symphony experience as it enters its 17th annual season. With a mission to entertain, educate and inspire the Northwest Florida Gulf coast, the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra led by Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller, presents a stellar lineup of scintillating concerts for 2022-2023. From world-renowned ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ: SNCY) is extending its selling schedule through May 31, 2023, allowing customers to book spring travel including Memorial Day. In addition, Sun Country is launching new service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach (VPS), Florida, as well as service from Eau Claire, Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin to Orlando (MCO), Florida.  MSP ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Art Exhibit component of the 27th annual Festival of the Arts (Oct. 29-30, 2022) at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Fla.  One of the unique features of the Festival is the Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases the work of seasoned and emerging adult artists and local student ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    As part of its 2022 philanthropic initiatives, Bit-Wizards’ Be the Magic Foundation selected two organizations at Choctawhatchee High School (CHS) as donation recipients. At today’s Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Coffee, Choctawhatchee Style Marchers Director of Bands Anthony Denaro and Choctawhatchee High School Theatre Director Karen Monroe each received $2,500 checks for ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    Feel your spirits rise as Emerald Coast Theatre Company launches its 10th anniversary season with the uplifting Broadway musical, Godspell.    Join Jesus and his disciples as they recount the greatest story ever told. This classic Broadway musical features told through parables timeless songs like Day by Day and Prepare Ye shine a light on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. At times funny ...read more
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    Friday, September 02, 2022
    Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.   In preparation for the Labor Day holiday weekend, there will be no lane closures or other activities that impede traffic on major state roads beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and ending at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Okaloosa ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2022
    Enjoy the music of a brilliant musician on Wednesday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m., when St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea hosts renown organist, Friedemann Stihler. Mr. Stihler will be playing the organ in the St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea sanctuary and this short live-stream concert will be available via his Facebook page or in person. Mr. Stihler has a 40-year career in sacred music and is currently the Music ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, along with the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club, present the annual Fenner Ride on October 29, 2022. This cycling event gives riders a unique chance to experience Northwest Florida's native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery along the Blackwater Heritage Trail. The ride will start at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, located ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony today at its new Freeport Branch, making it EFCU’s first location in Walton County. As part of the Credit Union’s growth and expansion efforts, property was recently purchased at intersection of Riverwalk Boulevard and US Highway 331, south of the Publix shopping center in Freeport. La Macchia Group is the design/build firm for the new ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    In response to Northwest Florida’s growing healthcare needs, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital celebrated today the completion of the first phase of its $100 million expansion, which includes a new four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space.  This phase of the expansion adds 10 ICU beds, eight cardiovascular ICU beds and 24 surgical care beds ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    The Exchange Club of Niceville, in partnership with the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc., hosts the Field of Valor each year to honor service members from Florida that have been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. This week long event is free and open to the public.  Opening ceremonies are September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Please plan to attend, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    Local Marketing & Public Relations firm, Sociallee, proudly announces they have officially received a national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). “I am beyond honored to receive the WBENC certification and to be welcomed into a community of successful business women,'' said Whitney Lee, founder and principal of Sociallee. ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 30, 2022
    On Friday, Sept. 9, the Destin Chamber of Commerce will host their Business Before Hours Breakfast. Councilmembers Rodney Braden and Bobby Wagner, both candidates for Destin Mayor, will share their platforms and answer questions. Registration and payment are required before the event. No walk-ins or payments will be accepted at the door. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    YOU DID IT!  Thank you for making our Food For Thought 9th Annual Stock the Pantry Party such a success! We raised $91,366 & Collected 40,000 Food Items  With this support, our backpack program will start next week! Volunteer information here. 
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center in Northwest Florida has released the final cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtle from a group of 16 that they received on December 17th, 2021.  On Thursday, August 25th, 2022, Turtle 473 was transported to Fort Clinch State Park, Florida, as determined by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), to be released into the Atlantic Ocean. The group of 16 ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Save the date for the Okaloosa Health Summit on September 8 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mark your calendar for the launch of the 2022 Community Health Assessment booklet and formation of our new workgroups! The workgroups will strive to improve the health of Okaloosans. The meeting will be held virtually and in-person at three locations across the county: Crosspoint Church - Niceville North ...read more
    Monday, August 29, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a $60,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation to help with their Child Safety Matters/Teen Safety Matters initiatives in schools and mental health services provided at the Pierce Family Center.  The Center’s staff teach children safety rules, choices and strategies for recognizing and responding to safe vs. unsafe situations ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    The Destin Chamber Trustee members are celebrating and thanking local first responders with a free cookout on Friday, Sept. 9. They will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and serving BBQ sliders 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 ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    We are pleased to announce the opening of Seagrass Restaurant student learning lab luncheon series at Northwest Florida State College for the Fall semester. The restaurant is designed to provide our Culinary and Hospitality Management students a hands-on learning environment while also showcasing their talents to the community.  Seagrass Restaurant, located on the Niceville Campus, will serve ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Welcome back to Let’s Talk Title With ECTS podcast Ep. #23 "Low Appraisal & what happens when it appraises below the contract price?" In this episode, Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen will discuss what happens if a property is appraised below the contract price. Whether you are a new or experienced real estate agent, check out this episode and learn more about low appraisals. ECTS is here to help you ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Award-winning entertainer, author, and entrepreneur, Patti LaBelle, will headline Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Annual Gala Event on Tuesday, Oct. 11. This incomparable music legend will grace the stage in the Magnolia Ballroom of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort located in Miramar Beach, Fla. This highly anticipated one-night-only evening of entertainment begins with a reception at 6 p.m. “Sinfonia’s ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    If you think blogs are only written by influencers that want to share an online diary then you are totally WRONG.  What most people don’t realize is that blogs are extremely valuable tools for businesses to have on their website, because they can greatly impact your Google ranking and increase your online reach. Tune in to today’s episode of Sociallee Relevant to hear blogging genius and owner of ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    On Aug. 25, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin celebrated its recent remodel with a ribbon cutting and Business After Hours with the Destin Chamber. The event featured delicious food, live entertainment and a silent auction benefitting the Air Force Enlisted Village. The silent auction generated $1630. With a matching donation from hotel owner Gurmit Advani, AFEV will receive ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Since taking the helm of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) as CEO in December 2020, Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller has grown patron and sponsorship support, elevated programming, and is increasing the brand awareness and reach of both art organizations by adding to his staff. As part of a synergistic partnership, Zandra Wolfgram has joined Sinfonia Gulf Coast ...read more
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    Friday, August 26, 2022
    Yesterday was our 9th Annual Stock the Pantry Party Couldn't Attend? You Can Still Help!  Our generous Stock the Pantry Teams have raise $85,784  Help us meet our $90,000 Goal  $7 = 10 food items for 1 child  Our 12th Year of Backpack Services start Next Week!  Help us Stock the Pantry as we serve at least 3,000  food insecure children across Walton & Okaloosa Counties Visit us here 
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    Thursday, August 25, 2022
    On Tuesday, August 30, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first phase of our new $100 million, four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space, which includes a kitchen ...read more
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    Thursday, August 25, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College's Nursing program has ranked among the nation's most affordable online RN to BSN programs, according to RNtoMSN.org. RNtoMSN.org ratings are determined by analyzing every college and university with online RN to BSN programs for per credit tuition numbers, mandatory credit minimums, hidden fees, one-off costs, and total estimated price. NWFSC was ranked as the ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club was recognized in the Renovation of the Year competition in Golf Inc. Magazine’s July issue. This distinguished publication is for golf course developers and operators worldwide and their Renovation of the Year competition seeks to identify the best-renovated golf venues each year.  Golf Inc.’s esteemed judges chose the winners for the Renovation of the Year ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    The Friends Guild of the Destin Library is pleased to host an afternoon with local musician Bo Adams on Tuesday, September 13th, at 2:00 PM at the Destin Library (Calhoun Room). Adams, who grew up in Destin and now lives on Panama City Beach, has been playing music since he was fifteen. And for the last 15 years, “Most of my living comes from music.” Recently Adams participated in a virtual open ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    Former Assistant Vice President of Princeton University Services at Princeton University Paul Breitman joins our host Shantelle Dedicke for this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. Paul shares what traits and values are important to dynamic organizations, what steps you need to take to be a dynamic organization, and so much more! Listen now.  
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    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    Saltwater Restaurants and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism is excited to host the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 8-10AM. For over 35 years, Ocean Conservancy has held the International Coastal Cleanup® which is a global event that prides itself in, “harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash.” The goal of the cleanup is to remove as much trash and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    How do you measure if your PR efforts are successful? There can be a lot of gray-area in what PR results actually look like in your business and in this episode, Whitney Lee is diving back into PR by explaining a checklist of specific benefits and results you should be seeing if you or your agency’s campaigns and pitching are effective.Listen now.
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    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    The Collegiate High School (CHS) at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) opened its doors to 335 students this month as the 2022-2023 school year began. Among those walking the halls were 50 new students who belong to CHS’s inaugural freshman class.  Last year, the Department of Education granted Northwest Florida State College $2 million through the Early College Career and Technical ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    Wendy’s is making your mornings SWEETER with our new French Toast Sticks. Try them today!
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    The Destin Library presents Sustainable September with activities for all ages that teach how to transform unused items around your home into upcycled tools and treasures. Reuse your today so you don’t have to reduce your tomorrow! To kick-off the month-long program, beginning September 1st, the library invites you to bring in your clean, plastic grocery bags and in return, you will receive a ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    Matt King has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, effective August 22. “Matt brings with him extensive experience and an impressive financial background,” said Zach McCluskey, CEO of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to our team as we continue to grow and expand the services we offer in the Tri-County ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is excited to announce a new corporate partnership with Levin Papantonio Rafferty Law Firm in Pensacola. The firm has come on board as a Beyond School Walls partner, which is a program that matches employees with high school students in need of a mentor in order to help them with their life skills and a career vision. "Levin Papantonio Rafferty is ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    Blake Morar recently became a member of Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board of Directors. A Santa Rosa Beach resident, Morar co-owns Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty that offers luxury real estate from Destin to Panama City Beach. Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Morar earned a degree in marketing from Louisiana Tech University. He then relocated to the Destin area ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce it will start developing a property located on the corner of Tiger Lake Drive and Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze. The short-term plan is to install two drive-thru ATM/Video Tellers in 2023. This will look similar to the drive-thrus currently being constructed near Niceville High School as well as the site at Jonquil Avenue NW and Mary Esther Cutoff NW ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    Congratulations to Trendi Johnson of Holley Navarre Primary for winning 2nd place in Emerald Coast Title Services' 2022 Favorite Teacher Campaign!&##127881; &##129395;  Trendi's wish list item for her classroom was a sensory table. With the help of ECTS, increasing her initial prize by an additional $200, they now can purchase it. We love supporting our community and hope the students of Holley ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    Welcome back to Let’s Talk Title With ECTS Podcast Ep. #22 “Top 5 Tips For Realtors.” In this episode, Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen will present the top 5 tips for realtors. Whether you are a new or experienced real estate agent, check out this episode and learn how the tips can help you have a smoother, more efficient closing process on your property! Click “Watch Now!” to view the newest episode ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    On behalf of Eco Clean Marine, we are excited to share with you another successful trash pick-up we had on Aug. 6, at HarborWalk in beautiful Destin, Florida! This trash pick-up was a huge success. We picked up over 15 buckets of trash that had been left behind.   Unfortunately, littered beaches and waterways are a real problem, and what's sad is that it's from us, locals, and tourists. Have you ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce an expansion of its programs and services with the addition of its Miramar Beach Creative Campus. The new Creative Campus will be an evolution and collaboration of the CAA’s Foster Gallery and J. Leon Gallery + Studio, which opened its doors in 2020 with the vision to be a high-end gallery attainable for everyone. The Miramar ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    Please join us in welcoming our new Events Director Allie Anderson! Allie will join the CAA team full-time beginning Sept. 1, and in her role will be responsible for  development and implementation of current and new events and programs, including the Flutterby Children's Art Festival, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, the Under the Sea Fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art, The 30A Songwriters ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    How do you get into big national media outlets like People Magazine, the Today Show, etc? Strategic public relations work could change the trajectory of your business, but so many people are left scratching their head about where to begin. Today, Whitney Lee is chatting with Des Dickerson of Uncommon Collective to share step by step actions to score national media coverage for your business. Des ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2022
    During the Destin Chamber’s Aug. 12 Business Before Hours Sponsored by A 2 Z Specialty Advertising, Merrill Lynch’s Senior Vice President and Resident Director Cory Fosdyck 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 ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) has been named a recipient of the 2022 CLEP Honors National Military Achievement Award.  The CLEP Honors Award recognizes College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test centers that administer high volumes of CLEP exams throughout the academic year. These exams enable students to earn college credit for introductory-level courses by achieving satisfactory ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    It’s our pleasure to be nominated for USA Today’s 2022 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Cast your vote for The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa in “Best Waterfront Hotel” and for Primrose in “Best Hotel Restaurant” if you've had an inspiring, iconic and unforgettable experience at our luxury resort and spa!
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    Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the appointment of three members to Northwest Florida State College’s (NWFSC) Board of Trustees.  Newly appointed member Jack “Tanner” Peacock of Santa Rosa Beach is a broker associate at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty. He was appointed as a Walton County Planning Commissioner and is a member of Florida Realtors and the National Association of ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union’s Chairman of the Board of Directors William “Bill” Rone was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council’s Hall of Honor at their annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 4, 2022. The Defense Credit Union is a trade association representing more than 180 nonprofit defense credit unions with over 30 million members and $400 billion in assets. Bill is one of ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Rachel M. Miller to the firm as an associate in the real estate practice group. Her addition brings the full-service law firm to 27 attorneys and 50 supporting staff members who proudly serve clients from offices in Pensacola, Pace, South Walton, and Tallahassee.  Rachel’s legal practice focuses on real estate and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 09, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) announced today the launch of the Health Academy of Northwest Florida. A joint partnership between HCA Florida Fort-Walton Destin Hospital and OCSD, the Health Academy of Northwest Florida is a program of the Career and Technical Education Department of OCSD, which provides high school juniors and seniors ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcD Executive Director of One Okaloosa EDC It seems everywhere you turn these days the tenuous state of our national economy is front and center. Pundits dissect comments made by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell with all the glee and intrigue of cryptographers deciphering ancient hieroglyphics. Great debates rage about whether we are already in an economic recession or ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    UPCOMING LEAGUES COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE: The City of Destin will host a coed recreation softball league beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31. A mandatory team captains’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Buck Destin Park (724 Legion Drive). Games will be played on Wednesday nights and spaces are limited to the first 16 teams. The team fee is $275 and must be paid before the team is ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    Influencers and affiliates are a new way to approach public relations, but which one is the best for your brand? And what’s the difference between the two? Tune in to today’s episode of Sociallee Relevant to hear how you can utilize influencers and affiliates to boost your bottom line and reach new customers for your business.Listen now.
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a special event titled, “An Enchanted Evening: Celebrating a Decade of Dreams,” presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®, on Friday, Sept. 16, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.    The non-profit theater company was founded by Nathanael and Anna Fisher in 2012 to inspire, educate, and entertain the Emerald Coast. They invite ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Chef Erin Miller from Urban Hearth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the First-Ever 2022 Queen of American Seafood after winning the 2022 Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday, August 6, in New Orleans. The 18th annual event was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    Children's Volunteer Health Network, an organization that provides free access to dental and mental health services to children in need in Northwest Florida, has announced the arrival of their second mobile dental clinic. The first bus, gifted to CVHN from the Dugas Family Foundation, is an operatory clinic on wheels. The dental unit meets children where they are and provides preventative dental ...read more
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    Friday, August 05, 2022
    For the 13th year in a row, Bit-Wizards has been named one 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. During the previous 12 years of recognition, Bit-Wizards fell into the Small Companies category. Due to their ...read more
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    Friday, August 05, 2022
    The Destin Library will be closed all day on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, for its annual staff training. Library staff will also be unavailable to assist patrons via phone or email. All six Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative libraries are involved in the training and will be closed all day. Patrons can still renew their items or place items on hold via the website at readokaloosa.org. Normal ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 03, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce it will start developing a property located at 677 Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs. The short-term plan is to install two drive-through ATM/Video Tellers. This will look similar to the drive-throughs currently being constructed near Niceville High School as well as the site at Jonquil Avenue NW and Mary Esther Cutoff NW in Fort Walton Beach. ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2022
    Registered Dietitian and owner of Hopewell Health, Hope Brandt, joins our host Shantelle Dedicke for this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. Hope shares tips on how to manage your energy from a nutritional standpoint, what has been a game changer for developing her business, advice she would give someone pursuing their own venture, and much more! Listen now.
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2022
    SimpleHR was recently named one 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. "Our team is once again honored, for the fifth time, to be recognized as a best company to work for in Florida. This award belongs to our team of ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2022
    Progress Bank's South Walton & Bay County Market President Lane Redding announced today that the Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City offices have welcomed new leadership.  Shaun Foster has been named Branch Manager of the Santa Rosa Beach office. Foster graduated from Troy University with a degree in Business Administration. With a 15-year history of banking in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, he has ...read more
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    Monday, August 01, 2022
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    Monday, August 01, 2022
    Can you imagine an Instagram account turning into a full-blown, cash producing business? To Do in Destin started as just a fun passion project for videographer and photographer, Cali Hlavac. Just a few short years later, this account has blossomed into a revenue stream, and has also put Cali on the map as one of the top influencers in Northwest Florida tourism. From starting off with reposting to ...read more
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    Monday, August 01, 2022
    The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, August 11, 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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    Monday, August 01, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) has ranked among the top 10 safest college campuses in Florida, according to Niche.com.  The rankings for campus safety were established after evaluating campus and community crime rates, rates of violent crimes, and student surveys on crime. NWFSC ranked number 10 out of the 48 colleges and universities evaluated in 2022.  NWFSC Executive Director of ...read more
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    Friday, July 29, 2022
    Destin’s Chef Al Massa of Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer will face 13 other chefs from around the country for the title King or Queen of American Seafood in the 18th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. To be eligible to compete in the event, chefs must either hold the current title of King or Queen of Seafood or be appointed by the lieutenant governor of their respective state or ...read more
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    Friday, July 29, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce Procurement Specialist Quentin Youngblood has been selected as the 5-Star Performer of the 2nd Quarter of 2022. Quentin has been employed with the Credit Union since January of 2012 and currently resides in Fort Walton Beach. President/CEO Jerry Williams said, “Quentin displays exemplary leadership and dedication to members and fellow Credit Union ...read more
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    Thursday, July 28, 2022
    The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, a standup paddle board race event, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald-green Gulf waters at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all age and skill levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    There’s no tap dancing around it, Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s 2022 Fall Educational Theatre programs offer something for everyone including both children and adults. “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. “Many of the schools in our community cannot ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 26, 2022
    There are no wailing sirens or bright lights, but when Paramedic Ashley Dumont arrives for a home visit, she brings a shining smile with her med bag and stethoscope. Walton County Fire Rescue is one of the first in the state to introduce a Community Paramedicine Program. The fire-rescue organization serves residents and visitors north of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County. Community ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 26, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, brings 113-A Sandy Shores Court in Seacrest, Fla., to the market at $18.99MM. Listed by Hilary & Jacob, Florida’s #9 Small Team by Volume as reported by RealTrends for 2022, 113-A Sandy Shores Court breaks records as the highest income producing property year-to-date with over $1MM in rental revenue ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    At its July meeting, the board of directors of Progress Financial Corporation, the parent company of Progress Bank, approved a special cash dividend of $0.16 per share. The dividend will be payable on July 27, 2022, for shareholders of record as of July 8, 2022.   “We are proud of everything Progress Bank has accomplished in its almost 15 year history.  We are pleased to pay this dividend to our ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    The Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida Chapter’s NE Region is holding its 2nd Wishmaker’s Ball on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach.  This is the signature MAW black-tie gala with a goal of raising enough funds to grant 50 wishes in the NE Region of Florida.  We are inviting Destin Chamber members to attend and/or donate products/services to the silent auction ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    Minto Communities USA announces that four of Minto’s five master-planned communities have been named on the prestigious RCLCO Top 50 Master-Planned Communities list. The list ranks the 50 top-selling master-planned communities in the U.S. based on sales activity midway through 2022. The Minto communities that are included on the list are Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach in Daytona Beach, ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    Are you getting ready to host a big event for your business? Event sponsorship takes time and dedicated research, but it can change the trajectory of your event promotion and reach. Today, Whitney Lee shares step by step instructions on how her agency builds event sponsorship packages for her clients that can be easily applied to the next big event for your business.Listen now.
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    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Grayton Beach State Park, Florida. Each of the turtles have been outfitted with small acoustic tags as part of a partnership between the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) team. These trackers will allow researchers to observe the movements of ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union partnered with Okaloosa Saves for the annual Teach a Child to Save campaign April 1 – June 30. Youth were encouraged to set a savings goal and make a deposit into a savings account at EFCU. This year there were 108 youth under the age of 18 who participated with deposits totaling $18,685. Their names were entered into a random drawing for six children to win a $50 ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    Three students with local ties each received $2,500 from the Be the Magic Foundation to further their education. Quin Gable, Brynn Repicky, and Aniah Gonzales were selected as recipients of the Foundation’s inaugural College Scholarship Program. Gable, Repicky, and Gonzales each overcame significant challenges during their quest for excellence in academics, sports, leadership, patriotism, and ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2022
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    Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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    Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    Emerald Coast Title Services appreciates our teachers so much that ECTS is giving away $1000 to two teachers in our community, &##128079; This is your opportunity to support your favorite teacher to win. The first-place winner will receive $600, and the second-place winner will receive $400 to help purchase school supplies. Visit Facebook.com/WeLoveClosings, and you will see a pinned &##128204; ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    It was a good news, bad news scenario when a fire occurred at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) 23-year-old location in Niceville that provides healing and protection to area children experiencing abuse and neglect.    ECCAC’s CEO Julie Porterfield commented, “We are just incredibly sad and devastated that our Niceville Center suffered significant damage Saturday, July 16. ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    Our Marketing Manager Kelsey joins Shantelle on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to discuss the ever-changing landscape of the workplace. They discuss the benefits of a hybrid workplace from both the employer and employee perspective, how to balance business needs and fairness, and how to implement a hybrid work model that suits your organization. Do your company’s employees work from home, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    Last week care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast completed their first Inspire procedure. Inspire is an FDA approved treatment option for people living with sleep apnea who struggle to use or get benefit from CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy. Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast is the first hospital to offer the procedure in Northwest Florida. The American Sleep ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    Destin Commons has announced the winners of the 11th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ competition. 14 local non-profit organizations competed, each partnered with panhandle-based BBQ groups and restaurants. Attendees spent a full evening enjoying BBQ tastings and eventually cast their vote for what team they thought cooked up the “Best BBQ.” Over $80,000 was given to the competing non-profits and ...read more
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    Monday, July 18, 2022
    Is Pinterest dying? ….are you kidding me? Pinterest isn’t your typical social media outlet – it requires a special strategy. Tune into today’s episode of Sociallee Relevant with Stephanie Riel of Riel Deal Marketing to hear how Pinterest can be a valuable tool for B2B and B2C brands that are interested in tapping into a new market in this episode. Get ready for the long game!Listen here.  
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    Friday, July 15, 2022
      On July 14, Emerald Coast Title Services and Hand Arendall Harrison Sale held a Summer Soiree ribbon cutting event to celebrate their new location. The event, held in conjunction with neighbor Hancock Whitney, showcased the beautiful new space, located at 111 N. County Hwy. 393, in Santa Rosa Beach. Offering personalized real estate closing services along the Emerald Coast since 1983, Emerald ...read more
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    Friday, July 15, 2022
    Registration has begun for the 2022 Charity Golf Classic, which will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at Burnt Pine Golf Club in Sandestin. The presenting sponsors this year are Grand Boulevard, Howard Group and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The chair of this year’s event is Bill Tate.    Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase advanced diagnostic imaging technology for the care of both ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    Setting healthy boundaries in the workplace is different for each individual, but when they are set you’re sure to be more energized and productive. Shantelle Dedicke hosts this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast with guest host Hillaree Durso to explain their experiences with settings boundaries and tips to implement when setting boundaries of your own. They also share questions they ask ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    It’s back to school time and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) prevention team is ready. They have had their Child & Teen Safety Matters prevention programs in place for the past several years.  Each year, ECCAC’s staff educates and empowers Okaloosa and Walton students with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (HAHS), one of the southeastern region’s largest law firms, announces three Destin, Fla., attorneys have been named in the recent honoree list of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 2022. Attorneys Dion J. Moniz, Leslie D. Sheekley and Hayward Dykes, Jr., have been recognized in the top 1.4% of Florida Attorneys selected this year.  In its 19th year, Florida Legal ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital has been named to the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals® list. This is the first time HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing Small Community Hospitals in the U.S. The annual list was published by Fortune. Merative, a data, analytics and technology partner for the health industry, has identified the ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    We are members of the Destin Chamber and wanted to introduce ourselves to everyone. My name is John, and my wife is Natalie. We own McCain’s Creations Photography, located here in Destin. We aren’t just any other photography business out there; we bring a different vibe to the photo. McCain’s Creations specializes in off camera lighting. What does that mean? Basically that means we can capture all ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that Employment Attorney Jennifer Shoaf Richardson was selected to be a part of the Leadership Florida Connect Class XII, a part of the state-wide Leadership Institute.  Forty-six Florida leaders aged 25-39, including business professionals, educators, healthcare professionals and non-profit executives, will participate in a nine-month ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) 2022-2023 season is set to include four incredible world-class productions, including two main stage productions at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and two free outdoor performances.    NFB’s 53rd season kicks off with The Ugly Duckling, performed by Lightwire Theater on Sat., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Grand ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    The 2022 Legislative Session was Representative Maney's second session in Tallahassee and his most successful to date. He successfully ushered six policy bills and one claims bill through the House and Senate that were signed by the Governor. He also secured over $19 million dollars for District 4 and it's communities. Read the entire newsletter here.  Want to receive the newsletter via email? ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, announced today that Brian Fairweather, former CEO of the Spears Group at Compass, has joined the firm’s award-winning leadership team as Chief Strategy Officer.    “Brian brings with him an impeccable pedigree and impressive portfolio of experiences,” said Corcoran Reverie owner Jacob Watkins. “We know ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    Bryan J. Walrath, an experienced healthcare leader, has been selected to serve as president of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. Walrath will replace Henry Stovall who is retiring July 30, after 12 years of leading and contributing to Ascension Sacred Heart’s growth and success across Northwest Florida.  “I am excited to lead a nationally recognized hospital in one of the fastest growing ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    Grab a pen and paper because this week, Whitney Lee and Jess Bargenquast are breaking down how you can alter your business strategy using search engine optimization (SEO) for beginners.  SEO is the single most important thing that you can do to drive traffic to your website and convert internet surfers to customers, and it’s not as hard as you might think! Tune in to episode 19 of the Sociallee ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    Are you a freelancer or agency owner that is ready to take the next step for your business? Finding new clients is a vital step to grow your company and the key to sealing the deal with new clients comes from a customized proposal. Marketing is not a cookie-cutter industry, it is so important to go the extra mile for your potential and current clients. Tune into episode 20 of the Sociallee ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    On June 27, 2022, Step One Automotive Group announced that it has acquired its 18th new car dealership, formerly Premier Chevrolet in Bessemer, Alabama. The new dealership, now named Chevrolet Bessemer provides new and used vehicle sales as well as parts, service, and a body shop. Customers new and existing can expect the same great people and service under the new ownership led by store director, ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2022
    After 22+ years of accommodating the needs of the original Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in Niceville, Fla., it’s time to expand to provide additional space to better enable services to children experiencing abuse and neglect. The Center’s existing 13,000-square-foot, child-friendly facility doesn’t house children, but is set up with a multidisciplinary team of child protection ...read more
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    Friday, July 08, 2022
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony today at its new Pace Branch location. This will be the second Eglin FCU branch located in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Branch opened nearly 15 years ago. As part of the Credit Union’s growth and expansion efforts, property was recently purchased at 4413 US-90 in Pace. La Macchia Group is the design/build firm for the new Pace branch, the ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    Join us for our 9th Annual Stock the Pantry Event as we kick off our 12th year of services at Food For Thought.  This annual event helps stock our pantry and fuel our programs. Stock the Pantry is our biggest event of the year and is the starting point for our backpack program every school year. Teams have all summer to collect food and raise funds in this friendly competition. Our goal with ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has again been named to the 100 Top Hospitals® list among 2,650 acute care hospitals in the United States..  Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health, released its 2022 rankings of the top hospitals and health systems in the U.S., in partnership with Fortune, on June 30. This award marks the 6th time that the Ascension Sacred Heart hospital has made the list of the ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    The City of Destin is now accepting applications for membership to the Auditor Selection Committee. Members of this committee will assist in developing criteria for evaluation of audit services for the city, procure proposals for audit services, and evaluate and rank the proposals with a recommendation on selection to the City Council. Applicants must reside within the city limits of ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital has received two American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2022
    Your Better Business Bureau® Serving Northwest Florida Foundation announces the three recipients of the 2022 BBB Student Ethics Scholarships in District II (Okaloosa and Walton Counties):  - Tiana Jordan Leal Fontejon, a graduating senior of Niceville High School, - Payden Wayne Ealum, a graduating senior at Walton High School, and - Stella Kathryn Hurley, a graduating senior at Baker High ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2022
    The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, July 14, 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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    Wednesday, July 06, 2022
    July 1st marks the 6th year of Frances Roy Agency, and we’re making this year all about our team. This week, host Shantelle Dedicke is joined by some of our team members to discuss goals and inspirations for year 6 and more. Make sure to follow along with us over the next year as we celebrate the Year of the Team and all the great things to come. Listen here.  
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2022
    Three sandcastles have been sculpted at Destin Commons as part of a summer-long viewing experience. The outdoor shopping center now has three elaborately sculpted sandcastles on display, each with its own theme and local partner. Playing on the beautiful beaches of Destin and all the area has to offer, Destin Commons hired Rick Mungeam, a sand sculpting professional of 12 years, to design and ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to present John Adams with the 2022 Bigs with Badges Big of the Year award. This program is aimed at bridging the gap between youth and those who protect, serve, and support our community through their chosen profession to build trust and respect within the relationship. These Bigs include: police officers, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2022
    It’s that time of year again – time to renew your Destin Business Tax Receipts (BTRs). To avoid any late fees, renewal payments are due each year no later than Sept. 30. For step-by-step instructions, visit www.cityofdestin.com/btr.  
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2022
    Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort, ranked among the top 50 tennis resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, hires Rhett Russell as the new Director of Racquet Sports. Russell replaces Renee Broxson who led the Hidden Dunes Tennis program for more than 17 years. Russell brings a long career of tennis instruction and tournament play along with the support of his racquet wielding family, which ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2022
    Registration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 2022-2023 After School Program will begin on Monday, July 11. All registration will take place in person at your local Club (not online).  Have questions? Give us a call at (850) 862-1616.After School Program Dates Okaloosa County - August 10, 2022 - May 25, 2023 Walton County - August 10, 2022 - May 26, 2023 Escambia County - ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    For the seventh year in a row, Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety – EMS Division has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives. “Okaloosa County is honored to be recognized by the American Heart ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    Eglin Federal Credit Union was recognized by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates as Credit Union of the Year in Florida for 2021 in the category of more than $500 million in assets. LSCU & Affiliates selected Eglin FCU for our outstanding service to members and the communities we serve. The award ceremony took place at the 2022 Southeastern Credit Union Conference and Expo in ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    “The Great War Through a Doughboy’s Eyes” was released on March 23, 2022, and chronicles the service of Corporal Howard P. Claypoole, told through the lens of his grandson and Miramar Beach local Gregory S. Valloch.   Corporal Howard P. Claypoole served in the US Army during WWI and was awarded The Purple Heart posthumously. Like his grandfather, Colonel Gregory S. Valloch also served in the ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Inlet Beach, Fla.  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 sea turtles back into the Gulf," states Patrick Berry, Director of the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center. "All species of sea ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    Okaloosa County has produced a limited supply of Okaloosa County Hurricane Guides. For convenience, the hurricane guides have been distributed to various pickup locations across the county. As hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30, the county published an online version on June 1, which will remain available year-round at myokaloosa.com.  Preparedness is key to successfully ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    “I would not recommend anybody else to meet your IT needs. Bit-Wizards can do it all."  - John Cash, Shalimar Chief of Police There were roughly 50 to 60 requirements set forth in the FBI audit, all of which Shalimar PD had to be in compliance with within 60 days of receiving the information. Learn how the Bit-Wizards Managed IT Services team made it happen.
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    Friday, July 01, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) has received the Energy Stewardship recognition from Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, for its comprehensive energy conservation program which decreased the College’s CO2 emissions by 51,417 metric tons over the past eight years. “Dr. Devin Stephenson, the board members, and the administration are demonstrating wise fiscal and ...read more
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    Thursday, June 30, 2022
    Last week, nine new sculptures and a Super Reef Anchor Point were added to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla.  Named by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is the first presentation of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA)’s Art In Public Spaces ...read more
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    Thursday, June 30, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) recognized the superior academic achievement of students who completed the Spring 2022 semester by naming them to the President’s List and Dean’s List. The President’s List includes students with nine or more credits in the semester who earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 in college-level courses during the semester. The Dean’s List includes students ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    Although graphic design has evolved throughout recent years, many still believe common myths about this ever-changing art form. Our Design and Content Coordinator Kayla Koger and Junior Copywriter Jacie Chandler host this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to share their takes on a few common graphic design misconceptions.Listen now.  
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    Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    The Premier Property Group, an affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International, has announced the $25 million record-breaking sale of an expansive, compound-style Gulf front estate in Miramar Beach, Fla. by top-producing agent Tony Manthey.   The transaction of the 10.78-acre property (10181 US Hwy 98) -- which is situated along Florida’s famed Emerald Coast -- has set a new benchmark for the region ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    In today’s episode, Whitney Lee shares her journey from leaving her cushy corporate job to becoming a solopreneur and now, an agency owner.  If you’re trapped in a job without inspiration or creativity, or if you’re looking for more freedom in your career, this episode is definitely for you. It may seem out of reach, but hearing Whitney’s story might make you realize that you are meant to be more ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    On June 27-July 1, 2022, 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 27, 2022
    Summertime is the season of joy and possibilities. Will you help us answer every wish kid’s call? Schools are out and that means that wish kids need our help to make their dreams come true this season. To make summertime dreams a reality, there is one way you can step up to the challenge today: giving appreciated stock.  Many of our supporters have been surprised to learn that giving stock to ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida announced the promotion of Tim Scarborough to Creative Director for the brokerage, which serves communities along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast from St. George Island to Navarre. Scarborough will be responsible for overseeing the video department and the company’s internship program along with assisting the marketing department in ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board of Directors recently announced Dr. Dennis Lichorwic as its newest board member.  Lichorwic is well-known in the community and a practicing cosmetic dentist. He founded the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in 1999. With great success over the years, he now has offices and cosmetic dentistry staff serving clients in Destin, ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    The Okaloosa County Watersports Coalition (OCWOC) released the second video in a three-part boaters education series. This video will educate locals and tourists on the safe and responsible operation of personal watercraft (PWC). It also discusses tips to safely navigate the Okaloosa County waterways. The video was sponsored in part by the City of Destin and the Okaloosa County Tourism Development ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Business owners often find themselves faced with big decisions they have to make that affect their business, their employees, and their future. Recently, Shantelle had to make an important decision for Frances Roy, and with doing her research, she began to consider her intentions and if they aligned with those of the agency. She discusses her process for making a decision for the organization and ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Join Food For Thought for its 9th Annual Stock the Pantry Event, as it kicks off 12 years of service to the community.   This annual event helps stock the pantry and fuel programs. Stock the Pantry is the biggest event of the year and is the starting point for the backpack program every school year. Teams have all summer to collect food and raise funds in this friendly competition. The goal with ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Earlier this year, St. Joe and the Walton County School District created “Read to Feed” to benefit Food For Thought Outreach. Students at the county’s elementary schools were encouraged to read independently and test their retention by taking accelerated reader tests in the classroom. For each successfully completed accelerated reader test St. Joe donated .25¢ to our organization.  In total, ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group is pleased to be named a presenting sponsor for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show and Reception to be held July 8, 2022, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. The Santa Rosa Island Authority is hosting the reception to honor the US. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, whose mission is to showcase the skill and teamwork of the Navy and Marine Corps through flight ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) was pleased to present the Advancing Institutional Mission (AIM) Award to FL Representative Patt Maney for his efforts in appropriating funds for the College and helping expand the educational opportunities in Northwest Florida.  In 2021, Rep. Maney’s efforts resulted in the College receiving approximately $800,000 in grants for various educational ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    Earlier this week, nine new sculptures were added to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla.     The 2022 installation includes the following pieces of sculpture: Currents and Tafoni by Joe Adams (Ventura, CA) Pirate Shipwreck by Sean Coffey (Pittsburgh, PA), Bloom Baby Bloom by Brit ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2022
    White-Wilson Medical Center took home one of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce’s biggest honors by being recognized as Large Business of the Year. The award was announced during the chamber’s Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Saturday, June 11. White-Wilson Medical Center opened its first clinics in Crestview in November 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    On June 16, Sea Market celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.  Sea Market offers fresh seafood, steak and exotic meats. Come in for lunch and lots of grab 'n go items. For travel, Sea Market vacuum seals to ensure freshness. Enjoy a live crawfish boil every weekend during season. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., on Monday - Saturday, and Sundays, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For details, ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, June 23, 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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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties recently announced its 2022 Fall and Winter events, beginning with the new Hammers & Hotrods Car Show on Aug. 27, 2022. The first-time event will be held at the Okaloosa Technical College and is made possible by Platinum Sponsor, TRU Plumbing and Gas.  "The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties (BIA) is ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    The Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation announced today that the Emerald Ball raised $190,666 benefiting Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast’s acquisition of a state-of-the-art CT scanner for Pediatric and Adult patients. The black-tie event was presented by Howard Group, Grand Boulevard Sandestin Town Center, Silver Sands Premium Outlets and Jim and Tammy Pierce. More than 290 community members, ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    If you’re looking for a job in public relations, you may be interested in what it takes to be successful in the industry. Tune in to today’s episode to learn Whitney Lee’s number one skill that you need to hone in order to be the best PR professional that you can be. Make sure to listen to the end for a bonus tip!Listen here.
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    Jacie Chandler, former Intern and current Junior Copywriter of the Frances Roy Agency, is the host of this week's episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. In this episode, she discusses her time as an intern and why she believes internships are important. She shares some key takeaways from her time at Frances Roy, including real-world experience outside of the classroom, learning how to work with a ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    Six legislative priorities, proposed by Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, have gained support in the State budget. On Thursday, June 2, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the roughly $112 billion State Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget, confirming the funding for projects totaling nearly $8 Million to benefit Okaloosa County. Approved projects include $750,000 for Overbrook Area ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida announces Austin Holliday has been named as the Ron Mobayed Military Big of the Year for 2022. Austin was selected to receive this honor because of his commitment to helping his Little Brother DaShawn learn, grow and reach his full potential.    Austin is currently an Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. Navy and has been stationed at Naval Air Station ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    Today’s episode of Sociallee Relevant takes a deep dive into Facebook and instagram ads for the experienced marketer in paid social. From paid advertisements on Facebook to pixel events to creative strategy, these experts in paid social media talk you through the tips and tricks to understand paid products on social media. Join Whitney Lee and Dorothy Hollabaugh for a discussion on best practices ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    On Sunday, June 12, 2022, Step One Automotive Group invited the entire community to celebrate its fifth anniversary, and over 2,000 people attended. Step One Fest was 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 Fest featured ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    The City of Destin is now accepting applications for membership to the Destin Youth Council. Applicants must reside within the city limits of Destin and must be a high school student to qualify. Additional information, by-laws and application forms are available online at www.cityofdestin.com. For questions, please contact the city clerk’s office at 850.837.4242.
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    Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    With its 10th anniversary season Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents six professional main stage productions and three Theatre for Young (and Very Young) Audiences, plus a special Year 10 Celebration — 10 reasons (and counting) to escape to the theater to have a laugh and be entertained.    “Season 10 marks a major milestone and a new era of growth for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” ...read more
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    Friday, June 10, 2022
    On June 9, The Edge Seafood Restaurant and SkyBar celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.New to the Destin Harbor, The Edge features a walk up bar for drinks-to-go, a gift shop, boat tours and more. Its fast casual dining menu offers fresh local seafood, salad, steaks, sandwiches, fried baskets, and a delicious selection of hot apps and small plates. While you are there, don't forget ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released five rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park off of West County Highway 30A.  It was a warm, sunny 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 ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
    One year ago, on June 6, 2021, our brand new yacht charter company launched here in Destin and immediately joined the Destin Chamber of Commerce! (Smart move on our part.) Since then, we have become a well-recognized name here in Destin, participating at the fullest level in Chamber and other civic activities. We have donated dozens of yacht charters to various charities, sponsored special events ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
    The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, a standup paddle board race event, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald-green Gulf waters at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all age and skill levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. The weekend fun ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2022
    Both Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs are in need of front desk reception volunteers. The front desks at both centers are staffed entirely by volunteers so that the paid staff can be free to assist the children and families through the process of healing. Volunteers are the first people the children and visitors see when they step into the ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2022
    The Highland Group is proud to serve as the Design-Builder for Monolithic Building Systems’ manufacturing facility at the Mossy Head Industrial Park in Defuniak Springs, Fla. The 6-acre site will feature a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility where Monolithic Building Systems will manufacture its Emmedue (M2) concrete panel building systems for the Southeastern United States.  The site also ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Step One Automotive Group Maureen Bierman joins us on this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss their past five years of business and their upcoming celebration for their anniversary. Maureen shares the exciting details of their Step One Fest on June 12, the core values of their company, the successes Step One has had over the years, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    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 6 through Oct. 2, 2022, in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m., celebrating the selected artists. Enjoy live music, tasty sips and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    Smoke on the Coast is back at Destin Commons. The 11th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival, benefitting Coins for a Cause, is making a return on Sunday, July 3, 2022. This year’s event is magically presented by PRESTO! at The Magic Parlor, a pop-up magic show featuring five internationally-renowned acts that have graced the stages of Broadway, London’s West End, America’s Got Talent ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    The Destin Library is excited to showcase the vibrant artwork of SN Dabson during the months of June and July. To coincide with the library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program theme, Oceans of Possibilities, the artist has curated a collection of aquatic-themed pieces to delight the whole family. Playful otters, vivid fish, and a myriad of octopuses swim through dramatic seascapes alive with color. Come ...read more
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    Monday, June 06, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group announced the addition of Evan Williams Bourbon and its American-Made Heroes Foundation to the June 12, 2022, Step One Fest celebration. The bourbon company recently selected the Founder of Healing Paws for Warriors, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Ret), Mike Arena, as one of its "American-Made Heros." Arena joins Evan Williams Bourbon on the Step One Fest stage at 1 ...read more
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    Monday, June 06, 2022
    Dustin Terry, CEO of Clear Harbor Wealth Management, recently announced the launch of the Curio Capital Crypto Opportunities Fund L.P.,  a hedge fund providing clients the ability to further diversify their investment portfolios by investing in the fast-growing crypto industry.  The fund is only available to those investors who are accredited investors as defined in Rule 501 under the Securities ...read more
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    Monday, June 06, 2022
    Let’s talk about one of the most overlooked social media channels, LinkedIn! LinkedIn isn’t just for job seekers, it’s one of the best channels to drive leads, grow your audience, and expand your personal brand. And the best part is, decision makers are on LinkedIn, they aren’t floating around on Facebook and Instagram. There’s so many ways to continue to promote your business and yourself using ...read more
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    Friday, June 03, 2022
    On June 2, Lone Wolf Pizza Co celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Enjoy a delicious selection of appetizers, salads, hoagies, pizzas and calzones using the freshest ingredients and original recipes. A kids’ menu is available. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Visit lonewolfdestin.com to view the menu or place your ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast was named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The hospital also received this designation in 2021.    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast  is one of only three hospitals in Florida named as a 5-ribbon facility on the list. The Best Maternity Care distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Thank you to (left to right) Savannah McQuaig of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Eric Gillum of Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin and Kayla O'Leary of Championship Title Agency, LLC, for donating their time to local non-profit organization Food For Thought! Together, they packed 100 bags, which will be distributed to families during the summer.
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to announce Daniel Pink as the 2022 Okaloosa County Big of the Year! On May 23, Daniel's Little Brother Alex joined other staff members at the Okaloosa STEMM Academy to surprise him with the award. Daniel, who currently teaches at the school, has gone above and beyond the expectations of our program. Daniel was matched with Alex over two ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Eric Schuck, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer (CMO), of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital, effective June 1. In this role, Dr. Schuck will lead the clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and practice standards across HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital. Dr. ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    To celebrate the 2022 Summer Reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities,” the Division of Library and Information Services and Florida State Parks bring you “The Real Florida Reader” state park pass. This pass is available for library card holders to check out from the Destin Library or any of the other five Okaloosa County Cooperative libraries. The pass allows for single day-use entry for one ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, urges small business owners to prepare for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins today and extends through Nov. 30.  According to a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2022 season is predicted to be above-normal, with a range of 14 to 21 named storms, of which ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcD Executive Director of One Okaloosa EDC While the true start of summer may still be a few weeks away, it only requires a visit to one of our local eateries, a stroll on our beaches or a short drive down Highway 98 to confirm that summer is already in full swing. Here at One Okaloosa EDC, spring went by in the blink of an eye but left many good memories and new opportunities ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    The Cultural Arts Alliance and Russell Carter Artist Management are excited to share that the 30A Songwriters Festival Summer Series is part of a unique arts and cultural entertainment lineup at The Pavilion at Watersound® Town Center this summer. The "Sounds of Summer" event series is scheduled for June 2 - August 18, 2022 with three slots set to feature artists from the popular 30A Songwriters ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Step One Automotive Group, in partnership with the Freedom Alliance and U.S. Bank, delivered a 2019 GMC Acadia to U.S. Navy Seaman (ret) Ryan Blackwell in honor of his courageous service to our country. At delivery, Step One recognized Blackwell and presented him with three years of free maintenance to the vehicle. The presentation was made possible by the "Driven to Serve" initiative led by the ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2022
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is pleased to announce its annual firm-wide promotions. The firm promoted three individuals in our Destin and Fort Walton Beach offices.  •In Fort Walton Beach, Stephen Perkins, CPA, was promoted to Senior Manager in the Tax department. He started at the firm in September of 2014 and focuses his services on the medical, restaurant and real estate ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    Photographer and Black and Gold Agency owner Elizabeth Waterman joins us on this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to share her journey in the creative world and owning and operating her creative agency. Elizabeth shares how her business has evolved throughout the years, where she plans to take Black and Gold Agency in the future, how she and her team impact the clients they serve, advice she ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    Automotive News, the leading North American automotive business website, recently announced its Top 150 Dealership Groups in the U.S., and local company, Step One Automotive Group was named No. 100. According to AutoNews.com, Step One Automotive Group is ranked highest among new additions to the annual list. Step One was also recognized in the Top 100 Retailers Ranked by Used Vehicle Sales in the ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    Are you ready to start digging into the marketing and public relations efforts for your business? That’s great! It might be time for you to start looking for a marketing or PR agency that can help you boost your bottom line. During your search, make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these three red flags in a marketing or PR agency. An agency that promises results If an agency is making big ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end real estate brokerage and an affiliate of Corcoran Group LLC, secured the highest sales prices for a Bayfront estate in Panama City Beach, Florida history according to information provided by the Central Panhandle Association of Realtors. Represented by Taylor Buckalew, Lori Buckalew, Hilary Farnum-Fasth, and Jacob Watkins, 3807 Delwood Drive closed at $7.5MM and has ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2022
    Destin High School (DHS) was the first new high school to open in Okaloosa County in more than 50 years. A tuition-free, public charter school funded through donations, fundraisers, and supporters. DHS officially opened last summer for its first 2021-22 school year. At a recent community press conference, they announced that enrollment for the 2022-23 school year for grades 9, 10, 11 and now 12, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2022
    White Point Road and Lakeshore Drive will be closed to through traffic on Saturday afternoons beginning May 28, 2022. For the fifth year in a row, the seasonal closure will take place between the approximate hours of noon to 6 p.m., on May 28 - September 3, 2022.  The Memorial Day through Labor Day closure takes place each year to maintain traffic safety and relieve those residing along these ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2022
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale Attorneys at Law congratulates Jennifer Gutai Comella in her recently elected position as treasurer for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. “Jennifer is not only active in our northwest Florida region but has been involved for quite some time on projects throughout our state.  This nomination and election are evidence of her commitment to her peers and the law.  ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. announced today that a record-breaking 530 women have signed on to award five $100,000 grants to local nonprofits this year. The announcement came at a “Member Number Reveal” Event at JoJo’s Coffee and Goodness in Niceville on Tuesday evening.  Based on annual membership, Impact100 NWF provides $100,000 grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    The Mattie Kelly Art Center at Northwest Florida State College welcomes visual artists of all styles and media to apply for the 30th Annual Emerald Coast National Juried Exhibition. The exhibition is an open call without a set theme and features working artists from all over the country.  This year's guest judge will be Viet Le, Ph.D., MFA—an accomplished international artist and scholar based at ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    Come cool off at Grand Boulevard this summer with Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s production of “The Tempest.” Wade through the storm to a magical island filled with scaly fish men, woodland sprites, and a powerful wizard pulling all the strings. Sit in the splash zone and experience the action up close- if you dare!  Part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, “The Tempest” is a ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) was recently presented with the Triumph Gulf Coast Horizon Award for its accelerated implementation of its FAA certification program at the Aviation Center of Excellence.  Triumph Gulf Coast is a competitive development fund in Northwest Florida that supports infrastructure needs, develops industry-driven workforce and education training programs, and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    The Florida SBDC Network Small Business Success Summit will take place June 27-28, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. This inaugural event will bring small business owners, Florida SBDC Network experienced business consultants, and partners from across the state together to help small business owners access capital, win contracts, and make valuable connections.  The summit will feature keynote speakers, over ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    The City of Destin’s Summer Adult Kickball League will begin on Monday, June 20, at Morgan Sports Center. The league is for ages 17+ and a mandatory captain’s meeting will be held on June 6, at 6:30 p.m., at Morgan Sports Center. The meeting will cover league rules, department policies, schedules, and uniform requirements. Player fee is $20 for residents (must reside within city limits and show ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2022
    CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Demetrius Fuller joins us again on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share MKAF updates. Shantelle and Demetrius discuss the importance of art in a community, the mental health benefits art can provide, the impact of art on culture, and so much more. Demetrius also shares what MKAF has in store for the community for the rest of 2022. If you are not a ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2022
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is searing some sizzle into summer 2022 with a hot live entertainment series in June.    The Summer Pop Fun-raiser serves up three fun-filled Friday evenings of pop rock and, comedy and improvisational comedy theater.    The Summer Pop Series will be held at ECTC’s performing arts place located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard Town ...read more
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    Monday, May 23, 2022
    Hashtags previously were THE key in growing your following and reach on Instagram and Twitter – but the tide is changing! In today’s episode, we’re breaking down hashtags on Instagram and Tik Tok. When used appropriately, hashtags grow your following, help establish your brand, and they are the easiest way to gather content from your customers. Tune in for advice on how you should now be utilizing ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    On May 19, Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce.  Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin offers spacious suites with a full-size kitchen and refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, round trip beach shuttle, onsite laundry, free hot breakfast, evening social, pool, spa, splash pad and much more. It's pet friendly too!  For ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to announce Jill Cumbia as the 2022 Beyond School Walls Big of the Year. Jill is a Digital Products & Services Specialist at Pen Air Federal Credit Union. She joined the Beyond School Walls program in February of 2021.    The Beyond School Walls program is aimed at helping students improve their chances of graduating and transitioning to the ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College was pleased to join the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation earlier this month as they honored Collegiate High School students during the Take Stock in Children Student Awards Ceremony.  The Take Stock in Children program serves deserving, low-income youth throughout Florida, helping them succeed in life by providing them with mentors, student advocates, case ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage two free outdoor community performances at Grand Boulevard and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in June. The series includes NFB’s return to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park on Sat., June 18, at 7:30 p.m., for Ballet at Twilight. The second performance will take place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation on Sat., June 25, at 7:30 p.m.    Both ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Divers participating in the 4th Annual Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament successfully removed 13,835 lionfish from local waters. The invasive species prey on native fish and have no known predators due to their venomous spines. Hosted by Destin-Fort Walton Beach, alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife at HarborWalk Village and AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, this event is a key component in ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Corcoran Group, LLC, announced today its affiliate, Corcoran Reverie, has welcomed Worth Properties LLC of Nashville, Tennessee, led by co-founder, President, and Principal Janet Jones, to its growing operation. The announcement was made by Corcoran President & CEO Pam Liebman, and Corcoran Reverie broker-owners Hilary Farnum-Fasth and Jacob Watkins. Corcoran Reverie’s growth marks the seventh ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Northwest Florida State College is pleased to announce that its president, Dr. Devin Stephenson, has been appointed as a Southern Regional Education Board member by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The Southern Regional Education Board strives to improve education by providing policymakers with reliable data to inform sound policies, collaborating with states to share resources, and serving ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    The Destin Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program will set sail soon! This year, Oceans of Possibilities await readers with weekly themes exploring what the ocean provides as well as its mysteries and myths. Children and adults will be able to compete in reading challenges for badges and prizes including a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. There will be weekly special events and ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2022
    Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The 2022 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. Hard copies of the guide will be available at all city facilities as well as the Destin Chamber of ...read more
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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
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Richard McCook 96 OG NCO TSgt Mayursinh Jadeja 96 MSG SNCO MSgt Shannon Cassinelli 96 OG CGO Capt Andrew Petry 96 OG Civ Cat 1 Ms. Wendy Swartz 96 MDG Civ Cat 2 GS-11 Derek Erickson 96 MDG Civ Cat 3 NH-03 Adrian Nunes 96 WSA Honor Guard SrA Elisabeth Harper
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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
    Categories: Member News
    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