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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Photo Caption: Tracy Stage (left), Okaloosa County Airports Director, accepts the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month award from Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican. During the Destin Chamber’s April 9 Business Before Hours, Okaloosa County Airports Director Tracy Stage was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Listen up! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will put a song in your heart when singer/songwriter Tim Jackson takes the stage in The Listening Lounge.     New this season, The Listening Lounge is part of ECTC’s Professional Theatre Second Stage series that showcases live local musicians. Jackson is the final artist in the series and will perform a one-night only show on Tuesday, April 27, at ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    The winners of the 35th Annual James and Christian LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest and the Blackwater Review art and literature journal have been announced for 2021.  Fiona Morris of Santa Rosa Beach won first place and a cash prize of $100 for her poem Summers in the Screen Room.  Madison Gray of Freeport placed second with her poem Mea Culpa. Gray will be awarded a cash prize of $50. Two ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    After months of dedication, creativity and grout, two new mosaics are completed and installed in the President’s Office Suite of Northwest Florida State College thanks to local artist Sarah Hawkins. Hawkins was commissioned to create the mosaics in early 2020. The mosaics are made in the colors of Northwest Florida State College’s logo; red, black and white. The first art piece is an ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Bask in the sun safely &##127774; Help us spread Skin Cancer Awareness to the community. Join us for an afternoon of beach fun &##128526; and skin cancer prevention on May 15, from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Henderson Beach State Park in Destin &##127958; Meet us at our stand where we will be offering sunblock samples, water bottles and sodas while we will be playing music and beach games! Entrance ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    This summer, you want to be in the “room where it happens!” Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents 10 different Summer Camp programs including popular musicals like “Hamilton,” “Puffs (Harry Potter), “Sponge Bob,” “Seussical” the staging of a full-length musical, “Matilda,” plus hands-on workshops for theater “techies” and film buffs.    Altogether there are 16 ECTC program sessions ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Learn with us the fundamentals of ND filters and how great your videos can look with a few tweaks and tricks with filters. They are basically sunglasses for your camera so your footage isn't over-exposed and the subject is clearly seen in the shot.  For more tips, follow AB+Production, LLC, on Facebook.  
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    The Destin Garden Club proudly presents its annual Plant Sale on May 1, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Destin Library. The plants for sale will include many from garden club members with a focus on Florida friendly plants – no invasive species! There will be a Master Gardner table with helpful information for everyone and club members will be giving tours of the beautiful ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Tickets are $295 per person/ $590 per couple Proceeds benefit Sinfonia and its music education initiatives in Northwest Florida. Purchase your ticket here. A Sinfonia representative will contact you to confirm which dinner you would like to attend.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Lowes Home Improvement is looking for talented customer Service Associates to join our Destin team in a variety of positions. Seasonal jobs pay is $14.50 an hour and positions are available in a variety departments and job roles. Must be 18 years of age. Background and Drug test required. Apply on line at Lowes.com/careers. Then come in any Wednesday from 8AM to 10AM or from 2PM to 4PM for an ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    For the month of April, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at Winn-Dixie located at 798 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.  This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment, and fundraise for our cause.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Leadership speaker and Enneagram coach Jenn Whitmer joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast this week! While working in a toxic environment, Jenn discovered the Enneagram and has changed the way she now deals with conflict resolution. She uses this tool to discover what issues, fears, and resolutions are needed for particular situations and applies the skills she has acquired to help individuals and ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced today that the new freestanding ER in Navarre opened their doors Tuesday, April 13, at 7 a.m. This new ER expands access to emergency care in Santa Rosa County. The new freestanding ER is located at 1809 Granada Street, near the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. The new, 24/7 full service freestanding ER features 11 emergency exam rooms, CT scan, general ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    They are currently looking for participating restaurants, beverage providers and event sponsors. Participants may receive a $500 stipend! If you are interested in participating please contact Brittany Byrd at bbyrd@harborwalkvillage.com.
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    It's our birthday month! We're thrilled to celebrate 16 wonderful years of helping children in our local community, amazing community support, and the growth of CVHN programs. This year for our birthday, help us reach our goal of raising $16,000 to go towards building out our new mobile clinic with the necessary dental equipment and tools it takes to provide restorative services like filling ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The U.S. Treasury has awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID19 financial hardships. Beginning April 6, 2021, to ensure a successful economic recovery in our area, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.  This program is available to renters within ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Beginning Monday, April 12, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) will install a reclaimed water main across Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road in Destin that will also impact other roadways in the area. Motorists can expect a road closure at Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road during the construction and installation of the pipe. Local traffic will need to use Industrial Park Road the week of ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) and United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 7, 2021, officially opening the Little Free Pantry at the DOH-Walton Office in DeFuniak Springs, FL. The last couple of years, Little Free Pantries have been popping up nationwide in an effort to address hunger.  UWEC was recently awarded funding through a ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    On Wednesday, April 7, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) certified the ballots received in a union election to determine if Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Department of Corrections employees desired to have American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council 79 (AFSMCE) serve as a bargaining agent on their behalf.  Out of 98 eligible ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    President Joy Browne representing the Sons and Daughters of Italy of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., a $650 donation and pledged the club's support to CIC.  The donation will help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash Charity Fundraiser will return this year to The Towne Centre at Seascape with co-host Mezcal Mexican Grill on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The winners of the annual Arnie Hart Juried Student Art Exhibition at Northwest Florida State College were recently announced. The student art exhibition, as well as the annual NWFSC Faculty Exhibition, is currently on display through May 7, 2021, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries.    Jean Hart, wife of the late NWFSC art instructor Arnie Hart, provides an annual gift to help fund the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s restaurant in Destin hosted double events over Easter weekend. Not only did the tropically clad Easter Bunny visit with the kids on both days, but a brand-new Beach Arcade with age appropriate, state-of-the art video games for kids of all ages officially opened.  Hundreds of families lined up outside LuLu’s on Saturday and Sunday mornings to be among the first 50 kids who ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Students in Elementary School are welcome to join their first book discussion group designed especially for them: Kids’ Chat! On April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will lead the picture book discussion virtually using Microsoft Teams. Our first picture book will be Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott, written by Dee Romito. This book ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Classical Education or Charlotte Mason, what's the difference? On April 13, 2021, at 4 p.m., the Destin Library’s Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will discuss techniques used in Charlotte Mason style of Education, as well as the Classical Method. This virtual interactive workshop will allow parents to ask questions and learn about these two popular styles of education.  This workshop is free to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Bring your lawn chair, pack a lunch, wear your mask, and join your friends at the Destin Library for an engaging celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Destin’s Music Diva Dr. Cheryl Jones will perform on the Destin Library’s veranda on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Dr. Jones is a talented pianist, vocalist, composer, and music director who has led her award-winning music ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Life coach, author, business owner, and entrepreneur Terri Fedonczak joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share her background, her experience with imposter syndrome, and how she has completely transformed her productivity by taking time for herself. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board, multi-disciplinary team and staff gathered at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy  Center in DeFuniak Springs to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Janet Parker, Vice President of the Board, read a proclamation with one of its most important points being that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Saltwater Restaurants, Inc. has donated $10,000 to cover the rehabilitation costs for pelicans that have become injured or orphaned along the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area. The funds will assist with the treatment costs at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) where trained specialists work to help the pelicans heal with their injury and be returned back to their environment.  ECWR Asst. Executive ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Gulf Coast Friends and Santa Rosa Woman’s Club helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by having a food drive and donated a huge assortment of needed items.  Thanks to the generous donations, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will be better prepared for summer break. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk children living at CIC with ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The “Gateway to Crystal Beach” is now on its way to becoming a reality thanks to the partnership between the City of Destin, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and Trust for Public Land. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shore at Crystal Beach Park Expansion on Monday, April 12, at 10 a.m., located at 2964 Scenic ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The City of Destin will hold its Annual Arbor Day celebration at the Nancy Weidenhammer Dog Park, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. The event will include remarks from Mayor Gary Jarvis and special guest speaker Aubrey Santucci with Coastline Tree Service. Members of the Destin City Council, the Destin Parks and Recreation Committee, Destin Chamber of ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Mary Fomby just joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) staff as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Recently relocating to the Destin area from Utah, Fomby’s parents are also residents in the area. She was with the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority as the Content Marketing Specialist prior to her move here.  Receiving her Associates degree from Weber State ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions for third and fourth graders entering the 2021-2022 academic year on May 1, by appointment only. Incoming third-grade students will audition from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in 20-minute increments, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Incoming fourth-grade students will audition in 30-minute increments from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and at ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Butt Rubb is back! Rotary volunteers rub (with a secret blend of spices), smoke, pull, shred and cook approximately 180 pork butts, and then bag them for the customer’s convenience. Rotary members are now taking orders which will be ready for pickup Saturday, April 10. The cost is $25 for a half butt and only $45 for a full butt, ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is holding its annual Grant Writing Workshop on April 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.  This virtual 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; Family; ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Progress Bank Mortgage Division Manager Woody Woodfin announced today that Rion Golden has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Officer at the Destin office. “Throughout the past couple of years working with the Bank and prior to joining us, Rion has obtained a wide range of experience in the mortgage origination and processing cycle. I am excited to see him grow in this new opportunity as the housing ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is putting the “m” in musical comedy by staging two educational musical comedy performances in April.    “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” will be staged in two locations. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at ECTC’s performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Saturday, ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Destin Commons announces the grand opening of The Big Sale @destincommons and Nails Labelle Salon.    OPENING April 3, 2021: Nails Labelle Salon Nails Labelle Salon is a premier, full-service nail salon with highly trained nail technicians. Receive top-notch service in a relaxing and nurturing atmosphere where safety and sanitation are of top priority. Treat yourself to some self-care time with ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Ultramarathon runner Rich Torley joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share his experience preparing for and running the Marathon des Sables. This race, coined the toughest footrace on earth, is based in Morocco, and is a six-day trek of approximately 150 miles (roughly a marathon per day).Listen here.
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    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Photo Caption: Destin Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan (right) of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican recognizes Jason Hall of Five Channels as the Destin Chamber’s March Business Person of the Month.  During the Destin Chamber’s March 12 Business Before Hours, Jason Hall, CEO and founder of Five Channels, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Burning Up The Beaches is a fun-filled weekend with gearheads from all over the United States. Participating attendees will enjoy three days of events and showing off their cars on the sugar-white beaches of Destin and Fort Walton Beach.  Burning Up The Beaches kicks off Thursday, May 6, at 3 p.m., at The Island by Hotel RL in Fort Walton Beach. Once checked in, attendees will get the party ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Okaloosa County Commissioner Trey Goodwin (District 4) will host a Town Hall Meeting on April 1, 2021, to discuss the Dates Avenue NW Development and Proposed Stormwater Project. The meeting will be held at New Hope Christian Center, located at 311 Lovejoy Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, beginning at 6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the HTG Shoreline LTD intent to acquire ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs' signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. It's a prestigious honor given to exemplary Club members in recognition of their leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.  Congratulations to our 2021 winners! 
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    ZenBusiness, a one-stop-shop to form, run and grow a business, announced that more than 100,000 micro businesses have been formed using the platform since the onset of the pandemic - allowing these individuals to transition to full time entrepreneurship and follow their dreams. Business formations were on the rise before the pandemic, but over the past year the team at ZenBusiness has seen a micro ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    During the lockdown months of 2020, retired pharmacist Johnny Pope of Shalimar decided to get back into his long lost passion of painting. His inspiration? The sculpture of the seven dancers in the fountain at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.  “We had a ballet over here and my little granddaughter was in it and she started strolling around the fountain, and I started taking pictures and I said, ‘My ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS)! In this episode, ECTS's Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen welcome Paul Wunstell, Agency Owner of Goosehead Insurance. Paul shared important insurance tips as hurricane season approaches and gave some great advice on how to properly insure your home.Watch here!
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital announced the completion of its $6.7 million, 2,650 square foot emergency department expansion. The enhanced ER is now open to the community, and provides benefits to patients and their families through the addition of a new CT scanner, now located in the ER for a seamless transition; new triage and treatment sites; increased parking; and a renovated and reconfigured waiting ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Starting in March 2020, we at Food For Thought shifted away from our long established weekly backpack program to curbside food distributions. Curbside services ensured that we could continue to provide access to food to the children we serve while schools were closed and students were learning from home. Food For Thought increased the quantity of food to up to 50 full size food items a week ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloosa EDC The legislative season is upon us once again, and as lawmakers work to balance a wide range of competing priorities in Tallahassee, some encouraging signs are beginning to emerge regarding new life for Florida’s Qualified Target Industry (QTI) tax refund program. In a nutshell, QTI is a performance-based incentive program that incentivizes the creation of ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    On Monday, Oct.19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Navy Federal Credit Union has collaborated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) to provide virtual, financial education for Littles from Pensacola to Panama City.  Offered as quarterly, hour-long virtual training sessions, middle school and high school-aged Littles are participating in interactive workshops and given access to financial education tools and ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) celebrates the one-year anniversary of launching its COVID-19 relief fund to support local, community-based organizations that are providing services for individuals and families affected by the pandemic.   In March 2020, as the schools closed and local businesses started cutting hours, UWEC and its sponsors decided it was time to step up for the neighbors and fill ...read more
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    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    On March 24, Destin High School celebrated its groundbreaking, officially kicking off the renovation of former Grace Lutheran Church building. Set to open its doors in August to 9th and 10th graders, Destin High School is Destin’s new tuition free, charter high school. For 2021-2022, DHS will offer an initial group of academies in Business/Entrepreneurship, Commercial Fishing/Captain’s License ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    On March 23, Gregg Orr Marine celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.  Located right on the Destin Harbor, Gregg Orr Marine offers new and used center consoles, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons and more. Visit the location at 612 Harbor Blvd., or visit www.GreggOrrMarineDestin.com to see the full inventory online. For more information, please call (850) 424-5994.
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Submitted to the Northwest Florida Daily News by Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP This letter is in response to your March 15, 2021, article entitled “Online Shoppers Will Pay for Tax Break Florida GOP Endorses.”  While framed as an article for your paper, it is actually an opinion piece that labels the business community as “the bad guys”.  The byline of the article ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Join Brookdale Destin for a Walk-In Job Fair on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location: 2400 Crystal Cove Lane, Destin, FL  We are interviewing and hiring for the following positions: Caregivers CNAs  Med Techs LPNs Sign On Bonus Available On The Spot Offers Social Distancing Practiced The happiness of those we serve is dependent on the happiness of our associates, so you’ll receive ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Donate Here 1. We don't normally send emails like this, but this is a unique circumstance.  2. SOF Missions is continuing to work hard to empower veterans to find purpose and be resilient. We aim to provide premier whole health programs to at-risk veterans; changing lives and building strong families. We offer a unique approach to combat veteran suicide through a whole health intradisciplinary ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  Harbor and Waterways Board 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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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
      Only 4 days remain in Food For Thought's $50 for 50 Fundraiser - Walton County!  Did you know that we can purchase 192 Apples with $50 for our modified backpack and curbside service programs?! We also are accepting food donations at the Santa Rosa Beach Pantry. Desired Food Donation Items can be found HERE.  #youcanhelp$50 for 50 Days Fundraiser Details:•Walton County Campaign: March 8 - ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College Phi Theta Kappa student Stephanie Manning (pictured here) has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Big Kahuna’s Adventure Park has officially re-opened and will continue to be open Monday through Thursday 2 PM-9 PM and Friday through Sunday 12 PM-9 PM. Guests can enjoy clean, safe, and fun activities with friends, peers and loved ones, just in time for Spring Break. Big Kahuna’s has adapted their operations to meet Florida’s guidelines and continues to be a destination for a fun-filled ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, and a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.  That is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at ECCAC centers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  ECCAC is a part of the National ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Fidelity Federal Bancorp (“Company”), announced today the completion of a $35 million private placement of 4.50% fixed-to-floating rate subordinated notes due 2031. Additionally, the Company’s savings bank subsidiary, United Fidelity Bank (“Bank”), announced today the completion of a $25 million private placement of 8.00% non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock. The Company and Bank intend to use ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Spring is here in Destin, we have been busy with the spring visitors. We have completed new exhibits and started new ones! Exhibits coming soon……….. Dive Destin & Fish Finding!!  
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Join the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 17, 2021, as we celebrate Earth Day's 51st Annual Event. This year’s theme is “ReStore Our Earth.”  Earth Day is a time to enjoy the lovely scent of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or simply enjoy companionship of the plants and animals that surround us every day. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet, connect with ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
      The much-anticipated event for the Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast Grand Opening/Seacrest office is finally here! This week on THURSDAY we are celebrating the new office opening on 30A with the public, our agents, and our lovely partners. We would LOVE to see you there! Here are some details for you to know if you plan on attending: What: Grand Opening + Ribbon CuttingWhere: KWEC ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    With the COVID-19 vaccine effort ramping up, people are starting to plan future vacations and work travel. For many, this preparation involves renewing their enrollment in Trusted Traveler programs, such as TSA PreCheck or Global Entry in the United States. Scammers are on to this trend! According to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, con artists are creating lookalike websites in an attempt to ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all K-12th grade Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 12th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. We are excited to announce that Harborwalk Village will be hosting the OAA poster contest.   Due to COVID-19, students will have the option to email their entry, which will be virtual-only or mail in their entry and it will be ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, rescheduled for April 30-May 2, 2021.  Festivities begin on Thursday, March 25, at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. This program promotes service to Club, community & family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and poise & public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Sonder Project is hosting a virtual event to celebrate its impact and share what comes next, and you are invited! Hear stories of those impacted by our work. — Experience a performance by a West African Ngoni musician. — Be entered for your chance to win a 3-night stay for 2 to Rosemary Beach, or a YOLO inflatable paddleboard. Registration is absolutely FREE and all attendees will ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    How many times as a Real Estate agent did you find yourself calling prospect buyers and sellers, but not knowing exactly what to ask? Join our Lunch & Learn to learn How to Run the Perfect Discovery Call.  Learn to ask the right questions to make buyers and sellers realize that they need you as their Real Estate agent.  This event is FREE! Seats are limited, please reserve by emailing ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Impact100 NWF chapter was created in 2012 and has awarded $3.2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations over the past nine years, including four $112,000 grants in 2020.   The mission of Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties by empowering women as philanthropists and leaders, by bridging the ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Easter is egg-citing at The Island! Bring your family Easter Sunday, April 4, to an Easter egg hunt on the beautiful beach followed by a delicious brunch spread at Fish House. The Easter egg hunts will be tiered by ages, as detailed below. Easter Egg Hunt age groups and times:0-3 - Beach Patio | 10:00-10:10 a.m.4-7 - Beach Patio | 10:20-10:30 a.m.8-12 - Beach Patio | 10:40-10:50 a.m. Easter ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce its newest signature event, The South Walton Street Art Festival (SWSAF), will join this year’s Art Month South Walton schedule of May events. Artists, families, friends and school groups are invited to participate in this three-day festival that will take place in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center throughout Mother’s Day ...read more
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    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    On March 17, Realty One Group Emerald Coast celebrated its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting.  Realty One Group Emerald Coast is a dynamic, full-service, agent-centric brokerage that equips and empowers agents with the tools, technology, and education to best serve the needs of home buyers and sellers in Northwest Florida.   Visit the office at 321 Harbor Blvd., in Destin.  For ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is ready to release a ‘dramatic’ rainbow just in time for spring.   The next offering in ECTC’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program is Marcus Pfister’s “The Rainbow Fish” performed two weekends, Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, and April 2 and 3. All performances are at 9 a.m. The running time is 60 minutes.    TYA productions feature ECTC ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  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 www.cityofdestin.com/Boards-Committees or by contacting Rey ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Celebrate Spring and learn a useful skill with the Sew Springs Crafts Beanstack Challenge presented by the Destin Library. From March 29 to May 23 have fun learning basic sewing stitches while creating a new Spring-themed craft each week. You can earn badges by completing the challenges or by reading sewing books and logging your reading minutes. Beanstack is available as a free app for your ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    On March 31, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., follow the bunny trail through socially distanced stations where library staff will be handing out crafts, snacks, and treats to our Cuddlers and Toddlers. In case of rain, please refer to the library’s Facebook page or website for cancellation information the day of the event.     This event is for children ages five and under and there is no ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The City of Destin will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt Drive-Thru on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Morgan Sports Center, located at 4200 Indian Bayou (east parking lot), beginning at 9 to 11 a.m. Staff will distribute treats, prizes, and Easter eggs for patrons to collect safely from the comfort of their vehicle. Due to COVID-19 staff will be taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Destin City Council has authorized that the City of Destin partner with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Destin Harbor Capacity Study. The City’s Comprehensive Plan envisions the Harbor area to be a "festive market place" environment, to include tourist commercial and mixed use development that shall be planned and designed to encourage public access to waterfront views, foster a ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce a new public art project and is requesting proposals from artists or artist groups for the design, fabrication, and installation of small-scale or mid-scale permanent outdoor works of art along the planned Monarch Art Trail (MAT). Eight (8) pieces of work that are inspired by, representative of, or celebrating the natural ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    WHO: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort and home to Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse WHAT:  Using the finest ingredients possible, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has enhanced the seasonal menu at the award-winning Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Among the many highlights ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Veterans who’ve been deployed to places like Afghanistan and Iraq are coming back broken. Some are in financial trouble. Many of them don't have healthcare coverage. Yet they're dealing with issues like concussions, sleep deprivation, insomnia and PTSD. These are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers — precious family members just like us...  But YOU are helping SOF Missions do something about ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The AmeriCorps program of Northwest Florida State College is now accepting applications for 12 full-time positions for the 2021 - 2022 program year. AmeriCorps is a component of the National Service Network. Its goal is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet communities’ critical education, public safety, environmental and other human needs. AmeriCorps is an ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the 19 local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Spring rotation, which runs March 8 through June 27, 2021 in its Grand Boulevard location. The selected artists are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Jose Cantu, Andrea Chipser, Donnelle Clark, Kim Cleveland, Kim Eifrid, Pamela GaVette, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Dotty Blacker loves a challenge. Nearly 21 years ago, her first gift to Northwest Florida State College was a $100,000 “challenge” to encourage raising funds to build a visual arts center. Hers was the lead gift and the catalyst for starting construction. Since that time, Dotty has provided nearly $800,000 in support for various programs at the College. From visual arts, to science development, to ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    With the help of a little magic, the popular Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Arts Guild Lunch titled "Hocus Focus: Spotlight on Arts Education" returns on April 14, 2021. Hosted at the new Hotel Effie from 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Lunch features master magician and illusionist, Kevin Spencer. Proceeds from all MKAF events benefit the organization and its outreach and community engagement ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19, 2021.  This multi-day, virtual conference will equip Florida’s small businesses with the strategies and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Listen up! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart when singer/songwriter Daniel Pratt takes the stage in The Listening Lounge.     New this season, The Listening Lounge is part of ECTC’s Professional Theatre Second Stage series that showcases live local musicians. Pratt will perform a one-night only show on Friday, March 26, at 7:30 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    A draw for tourists and residents alike, the diverse natural areas of Walton County, including waterways, wetlands, and shorelines are especially unique and critically important. In an effort to restore a footprint of 6.71 acres of oyster, saltmarsh, seagrass, dune, and coastal dune lake wetland habitat, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida and the Walton County Board of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has done it again. Not only have they achieved the highest standard of a five-star chapter for the third year running, but they also were ranked #3 in Florida in the Distinguished Chapter Awards and were one of only three Florida Chapters recognized for the Distinguished Honors in Action Award.    The Distinguished Chapter ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    WHO: Sinfonia Gulf Coast WHAT:Gospel Brunch featuring D’Vine WHEN: Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:30 a.m. (Rescheduled from December)  WHERE: New Venue! Hotel Effie Sandestin1 Grand Sandestin BoulevardMiramar Beach, FL 32550 TICKETS: Tickets $95.00 - $125.00 (all inclusive)Tickets available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/GospelBrunch21 DESCRIPTION:The National Endowment for the Arts describes D’Vine ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency Art Director Janae Erickson guest hosts the Hello Frances Podcast this week, where she shares how she draws inspiration as a designer. With more than 40 clients, Janae makes a conscious effort to search for creativity for every project. Listen to the full episode to learn where she finds inspiration. We think you’ll be surprised by a few of them including, Anna & Elsa’s fashion ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Introducing “Savor The Sound” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville NWFSC outdoor amphitheater supporting the Taylor Haugen Foundation. For this first annual fundraiser, we are showcasing several home grown, well known, musicians headlining with the Allman Brothers tribute band, A Brothers Revival, featuring former Allman Brothers Band bassist David Goldflies. The venue will ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Latitude Margaritaville Watersound partners, Minto Communities USA (“Minto”), Margaritaville Holdings, and The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (“St. Joe”), announce that the community’s sales center and 13 island-styled model homes will open for by-appointment preview tours April 3-24. Appointments are available by calling (866) 609-8713, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.  Due to the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    As both locals and seasonal guests have discovered, LuLu’s in Destin is the place to go for great food and family fun, including a visit from the Easter Bunny and a brand new Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s Beach Arcade with age appropriate, state-of-the art video games for kids of all ages. Free $20 Arcade play cards will be given to the first 50 kids, both on April 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College would like to recognize its fall semester 2020 graduates, including those graduating with honors. “Our Raider graduates have shown great perseverance and resilience while completing their degree or credential amidst such unpredictability,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “Congratulations to each and every one of you for attaining your goal!”  For ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
      Newman-Dailey Resort Properties honored Real Estate Agents Heather Sprigler and Shannyn Stevenson (pictured above) as the 2020 Top Producers of the Year. Heather Sprigler was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2020 and Shannyn Stevenson earned Top Listing Agent for 2020. Heather Sprigler consistently demonstrates she is among the best real estate agents serving 30-A, Miramar Beach and Destin ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fifth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities. The initiative includes partner museums and cultural institutions throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Masking is a tool in a post that allows you to target effects to a specific area or section of your video clip. It also allows you to cut out something or even place something on top of your video. That means, if you want to combine two clips into one, you can. You just have to mask the videos. Watch the video for instruction. Follow AB+Production, LLC, on Facebook for more tips.
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    AB+Social is a social media marketing solution that allows multi-location brands, agencies, event coordinators, freelancers and small business owners to discover, schedule, and create content on social media and manage it in one place.  AB+Social provides users with 100,000 content ideas relevant for local audiences, AI scheduling tool, graphics editor, collaboration platform, and more!What Does ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    The 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival held on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Destin Commons was a huge success. The event raised $45,000 and welcomed roughly 2,000 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 sense of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Activate an awesome job at Urban Air Destin. We are currently hiring for:•Court monitor•Front desk•Cafe  Must be 16 or older.  Availability during weekdays is a plus.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the Urban Air Team click the “Apply Now” button below. Select the Urban Air Destin location in the drop-down. We will contact you when we are ready to schedule an interview.Apply now!
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The Destin City Council will host a meeting pursuant to section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
      The school year is already coming to an end, and Food For Thought needs your help to continue to fight food insecurity among children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Today launches our campaign for Walton County! A $50 donation will provide one student food for the last 10 weeks of school (think of it as a $1 a day for the last 50 days!). We also are accepting food donations at the Santa ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Newman-Dailey is passionate about giving back to the local community. For Valentine’s Day instead of showering guests with chocolates or champagne, Newman-Dailey is donating $14 per stay on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021, to Food for Thought to help fight food insecurity among area students. The donation of $1,000 will support services to more than 3,300 students signed up for the 2020-2021 school ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance's goal is 100 new CBA members in 2021! We have 115 days left of our member challenge campaign and still have room for you! Our education program is run year-round, from our traditional school programs, such as Grasses in Classes, to summer camps and Shelves to Shores library lessons. We supply students with the materials for each hands-on experience with CBA. We ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke is solo on the microphone this week, as she pulls the curtains back and shows the not-so-glamorous side of running a business. She’s currently going through a stage of feeling burnt out and shares her experience of pushing through these moments as a business owner even when she’s exhausted and overwhelmed. The endless amount ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    If you ever pictured yourself working for a great company that cares for their team members and makes a difference in guests lives, now’s your chance to make that happen! With Big Kahuna’s Adventure Park opening March 13 and the Water Park opening April 17, both parks are looking for fun and responsible team members for part time and full-time employment. Positions include but not limited to ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    On Saturday, Feb. 27, over 2,000 people packed the Destin Harbor for the 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. The second-year event is back and again, hosted by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, highlighting local restaurants and chef’s spanning from Fort Walton Beach to 30A all to benefit the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The afternoon started a little foggy and made for a wet ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency Content Director Hillaree Durso and Marketing Manager Kelsey Doar joined President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on microphone this week along with former FRA Intern Alicia Perez and former FRA Public Relations Strategist Erin Rosetti to discuss our final core service, Media. Within the realm of media, we complete media relations, press release writing and ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has launched its March MATCHness recruitment campaign. Throughout the month of March, BBBSNWFL is aiming to recruit 30 Bigs in 30 days to help fill the bracket and match new mentors with local youth from Pensacola to Panama City. “March is one of our favorite months at Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says BBBSNWLF CEO and president Paula Shell. ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    After 18 years serving the communities along Florida's Emerald Coast, SimpleHR continues to focus on giving back through volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, and knowledge-based resources. Giving back is business as usual for SimpleHR and the people who work at the employee management company.  "The staff of SimpleHR is blessed to live, work, and play in an amazing community. We are honored to ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Community members, local leaders, media, and representatives from the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and Destin Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to commemorate the beginning of the building process, during Destin Custom Home Builders' recent groundbreaking of its latest project, Tradewinds, located within Regatta Bay Featuring 55 new homes, each designed to evoke a West Indies style of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Tommy Bahama is also hosting VIP shopping March 6-9.  Anyone receiving  this concierge card may participate in the advance pre-sale. The store is adding new collections through out  men’s, women’s and home.
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Sunday, March 7, 2021, from 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m, at the 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 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic, the most common type of echocardiogram, which is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions.  According to the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Vendors are still being accepted. Please contact Renee Groom at reneegroom@gmail.com or Michelle Castro at shellecfl@gmail.com.
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Keller Williams Emerald Coast will hold a Grand Opening celebration at its new Seacrest office, located 8281 E. County Hwy 30A, on Mar. 25, 4 - 7 p.m. The new office will accommodate its rapidly growing presence in the local real estate industry and will focus on luxury residential properties. Keller Williams Emerald Coast has held a dominant presence over the past 20 years growing to seven ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Last month, the United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) was able to feed more than 500 local families alongside our friends at Destin Harvest, Feeding the Gulf Coast & the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, bringing the food distribution total more than 640,000lbs since April 2020!  Additionally, UWEC wrapped up the annual Coats for Kids drive at the end of January, spreading the warmth to children ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks-off the 2021 Spring Concerts in the Village series with a collaborative and creative event. Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings "The Music of Queen" with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk to the Dugas Stage. The concert serves as a celebration of the new ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    On Feb. 25, 2021, at 10 a.m., the Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) held a Press Conference to unveil the announcement of the new air service carrier Southwest Airlines to the lineup. The flexibility and value of Southwest Airlines now benefit both visitors and hometown travelers booking late spring and summer travel to Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). Southwest service begins May ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    What’s cooking at Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC)?    “Recipes in the Limelight: An Emerald Coast Theatre Company Production.”   ECTC veteran board member Sherry Londe of Miramar Beach and ECTC volunteer Karlene Gentile of Mary Esther collaborated on the development and publication of “Recipes in the Limelight,” a tasty new first-time creative cookbook.   “When the pandemic shut ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center in Northwest Florida released eight Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.  The sea turtles arrived at the C.A.R.E. Center on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, after being stranded off the coast of New England during a mass cold-stun event. The turtles were released in Cape San Blas, as required by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The beautiful golf course isn’t the only star at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. The club restaurant, Vue on 30a, has been recognized by both Visit South Walton and VIP Destin Magazine for multiple voter’s choice awards.  Visit South Walton voters honored Vue on 30a by naming the restaurant “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Wedding Venue” in the “Perfect in South Walton” awards program. Additionally, ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    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.  Food neglect can impact a child’s physical and emotional health, as well as their neurological responses and behaviors. Children who experience childhood food neglect are most likely to struggle ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast this Sunday, March 7, for a fun, family-friendly event at the Destin Commons that 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. Visitors are invited to taste each delicious vendor and ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The City of Destin will host a youth basketball clinic for ages 7-16 (age as of March 8, 2021) at the Destin Community Center. Space is limited (first-come, first-served) and in person registration is required. The clinic is designed to improve “in game” skills and tendencies. The clinic will begin March 8 through March 31, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Weekly fees are $35 for ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The Destin Community Center will offer a “Spring into Fun” Camp during Spring Break from Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, 2021. Camp registration is open to residents of Okaloosa County between the ages of 5 – 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $80 for Destin residents and $90 for non-Destin residents within Okaloosa County. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and will end ...read more
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    Friday, February 26, 2021
    Renasant Bank is pleased to announce that Meloney Howell has joined Renasant as Commercial Relationship Officer and Vice President. She is located at the Emerald Coast Parkway branch. "Having lived in the Destin area most of her life, Meloney draws on her understanding of the local market. Her 20 plus years of banking experience and first class customer service to clients brings tremendous value ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Google My Business is a free local marketing tool that allows business owners and marketers to manage how their business is displayed on Google Search and Google Maps. It is a listing on Google that shows your name, address, contact information, website link, your products, services, and hours of operation. The easiest and fastest way to show up in a Google search is to have a Google My ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Destin Library is pleased to announce a return to normal business hours effective Feb. 22, 2021. The library’s hours will now be as follows:  Monday:          9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday:         9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday:    1 to 5 p.m. Thursday:        9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday:             9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday:         9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most library services are open and available ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Award-winning artist Andi Scurto invites you to escape to the beautiful and diverse country of Italy via her art sketch travel diary at the Destin Library. Andi’s collection of 15 illustrations - some never seen – is currently displayed on the walls of the library and will be up through the month of March. Her art journal takes you on a journey spanning the entire length of the country and ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) announces that it has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State Athletic Director Ramsey Ross announced that men’s basketball head coach Butch Pierre resigned his duties effective immediately due to family medical reasons.   “We appreciate Coach Pierre’s dedication and effort in leading our student-athletes,” Ross said. “I am confident that as we move forward, Northwest Florida State men’s basketball will be stronger than ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    LuLu’s restaurant in Destin is seeking enthusiastic, fun-loving team members to join their crew. With positions available in all areas, they are holding Job Fairs every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. with interviews and the potential of hiring on the spot. Or, applicants can stop by anytime, seven days a week, for a job interview on the spot. GM Vanessa Owen commented, “Looking for a fun job, a ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The 15th Annual Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, March 19, 2021, at the Ft. Walton Beach Golf Course on Lewis Turner.  The day will begin with an 11 a.m. check-in/lunch and shot-gun start at noon. The tournament is to raise critical funds to help feed, clothe and care for the kids living at the Children’s Neighborhood.  Participants will enjoy refreshments from ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Island by Hotel RL invites healthcare professionals to experience self care and sunshine at the resort in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The Island recently completed a $15+ million property-wide renovation and features a beautiful Grotto pool and swim-up bar, over 600 feet of private beach, heated pool, and so much more. Guests of the resort will also enjoy other exciting family-friendly activities, ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Walton Works Training Center of Excellence is officially open at the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs. Members of the local community joined Walton County officials, NWFSC Board of Trustee members alongside College personnel to celebrate the grand opening of this state-of-the-art center on Thursday, Feb. 18. The overall purpose of Walton Works is to create a ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College was recently named a 2021-2022 Military Friendly School with Bronze Distinction in the Small Public category by MilitaryFriendly.com.  Each year, schools completing the survey are weighted according to six categories: military student support and retention, graduation and career outcomes, financial aid and loan repayment, culture and commitment, admissions and ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors, Lt. Nesli Suhi-Moore with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). Lt. Suhi-Moore just celebrated her 15th year with OCSO. During her time with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, she has spent most of her career within the Criminal Investigations Section. As a Sergeant, she was ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and Gracie’s Good Deeds are in alliance for a mutual cause -  to help children. For the past few years, Gracie’s Good Deeds has donated wipes, cleaning supplies, clothes, snacks, drinks, Pack 'n Plays, therapy graduation decorations, gift cards, toiletry items, and diapers to ECCAC in honor of their daughter. Unfortunately, David and Courtney ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital announced today the addition of a new option for 3D mammography designed to elevate the patient experience through a platform built to increase comfort and deliver superior accuracy of screenings. Senographe Pristina from GE Healthcare features adaptable paddles and added cushioning to create a more customized, relaxing experience for women undergoing this important routine ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    FRA Content Director Hillaree Durso, Marketing Manager Kelsey Doar, and Art Assistant Kayla Koger join President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to talk about all things digital. As one of our four core services, all of the work we complete for our clients includes some sort of a digital component. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Florida State College is a thriving program - virtually inducting 78 new members in mid-February. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs that promotes leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship. Eligibility for membership requires students to have completed at least 12 hours of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, today announced that it has been recognized for the 11th time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies. HCA Healthcare is one of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services! In this episode, Ada Bowman of AB+ Production, LLC, joins ECTS's Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen. Ada shared 2021 Social Media Tips for Real Estate Agents and how to position yourself against your competitor.Listen and watch here.
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Drum roll please... Shelter House's 5th Annual Palate & Palette Four-Course Wine Dinner & Live Painting event was a huge success! With two intimate dinners and a brand new virtual silent auction, Shelter House made its COVID-19 safe event accessible to all. More than $23,000 was raised and will support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Photo ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse, has been named a Recommended Restaurant in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards. Located inside Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Seagar’s is being showcased with other 2021 honorees on ForbesTravelGuide.com. Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority in genuine Five-Star service, ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will be played at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club the week of March 29 – April 4, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. This will be the fourth 2021 tournament scheduled on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour. Volunteers, both men and women of high school age and over, will play a major part in a wide variety of roles to assist in executing ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    CJ Lydon, Director of Sales & Marketing at Brookdale Destin, recently received the Brookdale Senior Living Servant Heart Award! Congratulations, CJ!
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Congratulations to the Thomas family for winning J. Leon Gallery + Studio's giveaway of a beautiful Skip Deems pottery piece! If you'd like a chance to win the next giveaway featuring a Skip Deems original, attend the upcoming Sip N' Stroll on March 5 at 5 p.m. At this event, attendees will have the chance to meet featured artists and view work from both local and regional artists. Only ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    \In today's digital world, the power of visual communication can make a huge difference in your marketing strategy. Visual content in your marketing effort can boost your brand and help you stand out in a pool of competitors. Whether you aspire to become a videographer or photographer, or just want to know how to shoot professional-looking visual content, you need more than a good camera. In ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Warren Averett Asset Management is proud to announce that Ashley Tucker, CFP®, has obtained her Certified Financial Planner™ certification with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). Tucker, a Financial Planning Associate serving clients across the Gulf Coast, is responsible for coordinating and interacting with clients on a variety of financial matters including ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Hurlburt Field’s 505th Command and Control Wing 2020 Annual Awards Announcement Congratulations to the wing's annual award winners! Airman of the Year:  Senior Airman Conner A. Kincaid 505th Combat Training Group 505th Communications Squadron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Rafael D. Jennings 505th Combat Training Group 505th Combat Training Squadron Senior ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    This week, Destin High School (DHS) reached a major milestone. The $4.6 million purchase contract with Grace Lutheran Church was officially closed with Greenwich Investment, LLC offering financing through municipal bonds. With the site now in the name of Destin High School, Inc., a 501-C-3 non-profit, DHS is slated for a 2021-22 school year opening to 9th, 10th and 11th graders in its first ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    These new items will go live on Tuesday, Feb. 16!
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    On Feb. 9, restaurant Fatboys celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting.  Fatboys is a local burger and wings restaurant serving fresh, never frozen, beef and chicken. Fatboys also offers salads, meatless options and gluten-free buns, as well as catering for weddings, private parties and events. Follow Fatboys on social media for daily specials.  Visit the restaurant at 104 ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Amber Santoyo 96 OG NCO TSgt Calvin Bostick 96 WSA SNCO SMSgt Jennifer Neal 96 CEG CGO Capt Joseph Haggberg 96 CTG FGO Maj Brandon Goebel 96 CEG First Sergeant SMSgt Natasha McCracken 96 MSG Cat 1 Mr. Nathan Shalduha 96 CEG Cat 2 Ms. Kathy Williams 96 MDG Cat 3 Mr. Jeffrey Fanto 96 CEG Honor Guard SrA Liliana N. Glazier Small ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke kicks off our four-part series featuring Frances Roy Agency’s core services with a conversation about the importance of strategy. Strategy is the foundation of FRA and the work we complete for our clients. We strongly believe this foundation provides the structure for businesses to stand the test of time. Brand strategy takes ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea, the Episcopal Church in Destin, has announced its Lenten worship and program schedule. Lent begins on February 17, 2021, which is known as Ash Wednesday. In the Christian tradition, Lent is the 40-day season of penitence and fasting preceding Easter. It is a time that invites self-sacrifice, prayer, study, and quiet reflection.  St. Andrew’s observance of Lent begins on ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Students from the Hurlburt Field Airman Leadership School helped the kids living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood by having a food and paper products drive.  Thanks to the generous donations, the kids received critical items to help them have a happier and better New Year. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk kids with needed items at a very ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    WHAT:         Destin Custom Home Builders (DCHB), a Legendary company, has postponed its upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for its latest project in Regatta Bay, Tradewinds, due to inclement weather. The ceremony will now take place on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. Guests and community members are welcome to attend the event where they will get the first look at renderings, plans, and information ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Individuals who suffer from dysphagia have a new hope in an evaluation procedure known as FEES-Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, now in place at The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, a department of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. This new procedure improves quality of life for patients who suffer from dysphagia, which refers to difficulty or discomfort in ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    The Thoughts Bazaar is a new kind of book club designed by the Library’s Youth Services Specialist to give teens and young adults a forum to expand their thinking while discussing YA titles with their peers. Meetings will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams on the first Tuesday of every month starting March 2, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  The Thoughts Bazaar will focus on a variety of fiction titles ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce that it has launched its new website as of Tuesday, Feb. 9. The website, www.cityofdestin.com, just underwent a 6-month re-design process by CivicPlus, the leading government website provider. The website now has new features such as interactive buttons, a Council Corner, which will provide council updates and high-level projects, as well as a cleaner, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Today, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) certified the ballots received in a union election to determine if Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners skilled trade employees desired to have American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council 79 (AFSMCE 79) serve as a bargaining agent on their behalf.  Out of 250 employees, 177 participated in the secret ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Maybe you’ve heard the buzz, maybe you’re on the waitlist, or perhaps you’ve entered a few rooms. The new social media app Clubhouse is gaining traction across many industries as influencers, celebrities, and marketing professionals are heading to the app to connect and collaborate.  Because of its exclusive "invite-only" format right now, it is difficult for people to understand what it is and ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Destin Commons is excited to announce the 15 local non-profit organizations selected to compete for over $85,000 in cash prizes at the 10th annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival. Each non-profit organization teams up with a restaurant or BBQ aficionado and fires up their grills for years’ worth of “Best BBQ” bragging rights.  Join Destin Commons in supporting the local charities by ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Do you know what types of books you like to read, but can’t decide on a specific title? Would you like to start reading a new genre, but don’t know where to begin? Does your five-year-old only want books about iguanas, but you don’t have time to search for them on the shelves? Let the Destin Library help with our Grab Bag service! Go to cityofdestin.com/library and scroll down to our online Grab ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    The City of Destin’s 15th Annual Spring Craft Show will be held at the Destin Community Center, located at 101 Stahlman Avenue, on Friday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be over 40 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and much more!  Vendor booths are available for $45/Destin residents and ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    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, Feb. 16. 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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    Monday, February 08, 2021
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Last week, eight 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.  This installation includes the following sculpture: Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Building Blocks by Zachary Long (Oklahoma City, OK), Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, February 05, 2021
    ZenBusiness makes it easy to start, run, and grow your business. We are a small business that is excited about helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams of creating and growing a successful business. By making business formation easy and affordable, we hope to foster a small business community where owners can connect on a local and national level and help each other grow.  
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    Friday, February 05, 2021
    Join Impact 100 in this is free virtual roundtable conference where Keynote Speaker Tony Cohn, Director of Strategy - Morgridge Family Foundation, will speak to us LIVE and highlight the key principles from Carrie Morgridge's report "The Future of Giving."  This Zoom virtual event will be held Feb. 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   The Future of Giving report is based on the premise that ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is hosting a job fair to fill full-time and part-time positions at the full-service resort. Opportunities include housekeeping attendants, food and beverage, guest services, culinary, security, spa, bellman/valet and more.   An impressive benefits package for employees at Hilton Sandestin includes a 401K program, health benefits, free daily meal service, ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
     
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Named “Best Golf Course” by Visit South Walton and Destin Magazine, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club is excited to announce that the best golf course in town is getting even better with its 2021 renovation underway. Two weeks into construction, the new and improved look for Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club is coming together. The three-million-dollar renovation will set apart this popular golf club from ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    The Frances Roy Agency (FRA) turned the tables this week's Hello Frances Podcast – FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke joins the podcast! Meredith Freeman, who interned with FRA last summer, follows up on some of their powerful conversations. One of Meredith’s favorite parts of FRA culture is the atmosphere of trust and family, and Shantelle lives this out in everything she ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast on Thursday, Feb. 25, at The Place on Beal in Fort Walton Beach for the BGCEC Annual Dinner. The evening will include a sit-down dinner and awards program recognizing key volunteers, community leaders, staff, and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Clubs here in Northwest Florida. Tickets are $50, and sponsorship ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Spend a romantic Valentine’s day weekend at The Island by Hotel RL enjoying the greatest hits from Frank Sinatra. Tony Sands has been performing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits worldwide for more than 20 years, and for Valentine’s Day weekend he’s making a special stop at The Island for hotel guests and locals. Attendees may also choose to enjoy a special three-course dinner that evening at Fish ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is now calling for nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations are accepted until March 15, 2021.  Four awardees per year are chosen based on nominations in the categories of: Distinguished Alumni, an alumni with a true success story in the state or national arena; Against the Odds, an alumni who has achieved success despite ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Progress Bank celebrated its 13th anniversary today, marking the occasion with a social media gift card giveaway to support local restaurants within each of our markets, as well as gifts for our team. Progress Bank was formed in 2007 as the only state-chartered, locally-owned and managed bank in Huntsville and Decatur, Ala. The initial leadership team, which has over 120 years of combined banking ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 02, 2021
    I was recently asked to do a presentation to a local organization in Destin about 2021 and what it holds for us.  They were looking for what might happen in the business world and the economy.  After receiving this request, I reached out to eight or 10 of my contacts and sources, people who are way smarter than I, and asked them to share their thoughts.  The consensus answer did not surprise.  ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Destin Custom Home Builders (DCHB), the residential construction company for Legendary, is pleased to announce that they will break ground on their latest project within Regatta Bay – Tradewinds – on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m.   Featuring 55 new homes, each designed to evoke a West Indies style of architecture with a Dutch influence, Tradewinds is the latest project within Regatta Bay that ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The American College of Cardiology has recognized Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The newest board member of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is Candace Vlahos, an attorney serving as General Counsel for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WSCO), and a resident of Miramar Beach for the past six years.  Originally from Monroe, La., Vlahos earned her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., in 2006, and proceeded to work at a law firm ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The Destin High School (DHS) Governing Board and Principal Christine Cruickshank will be conducting Information Session Meet & Greets on Thursday, Feb. 11,  at 5:30 p.m. for future 9th grade students, and at 6:30 p.m. for future 10th and 11th graders. The sessions will take place at the future home of DHS (Grace Lutheran) to acquaint potential students, their families and the community about DHS, ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    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. The alarming statistics show 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Pass the popcorn! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) caps its 8th annual mainstage season by staging Popcorn Falls.    The show opens Friday, Feb. 12, and runs three weekends through Sunday, Feb. 28. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Feb. 14, 21 and 28.   In James Hindman’s comedic play two actors portray more than 20 roles in a ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Today, the City of Destin launched its first e-newsletter. Destin City Manager Lance Johnson stated, “It is my pleasure to unveil the City of Destin’s first monthly e-newsletter! We are excited to provide a more user-friendly version to share City updates and keep our community informed on issues of interest. It will include information on City sponsored events, partnerships, Council actions, and ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Destin Commons has long leased 70,000sf of Class A office space over Main Street at the Center.  Due to increasing demand, Destin Commons Office Tower, located conveniently as part of the parking garage near Belk, is now activated.  The six-story building offers 88,000 square feet of Class A office space with build to suit suite opportunities ranging from 1,800 to 65,000sf.  Office tenants can ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Café Thirty-A held its annual Charity Ball on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at the restaurant. After being rescheduled from the original December date, the winter event raised a record-breaking total of $35,564 for Caring and Sharing of South Walton, an organization that provides food and financial assistance to area families and individuals in need.    Guests were invited to enjoy a decadent buffet ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2021
    On Jan. 28, Destin Chamber members celebrated outstanding individuals and businesses, during its Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Opening with a reception to celebrate Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin – Miramar Beach’s 20th anniversary, which was commemorated with a champagne toast, attendees gathered in the ballroom for dinner and the awards ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2021
    Jonathan Jernigan and Cali Hlavac join Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke and FRA Content Director Hillaree Durso on this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. Cali is a social media marketer, a podcast host, and the Founder and Creative Director of To Do in Destin. You may remember her from our Enneagrams & The Workplace series where she was our guest to ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast at the Destin Commons on March 7, for this family-friendly event featuring gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will compete for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote! For the first time ever, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    In hopes that the Spring will be a healthier time of year for all, Food for Thought Outreach has decided to move the Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood, to Monday, April 12, 2021. The seven-course dinner will remain the same - just a new date! Registration remains open for this one-of-a-kind dinner. Event description: Seven local chefs have curated an ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College is pleased to present its newest exhibition opening Friday, Jan. 22. The exhibit will be on display through March 5.  This solo exhibition is composed of the artist's traditional works of highly-staged digital photographic installations about nature and technology; for example, building materials as seen in Mass Foam #3, created ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke records this episode from the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin where she shares what her team is doing there and the importance of trying new things and breaking away from normal everyday monotonous routines. One new thing the team has tried lately is the new social media platform Clubhouse. Have you tried it yet? Listen ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    "Laissez les bons temps rouler" or "Let the good times roll!" Destin Commons will hold its annual Mardi Gras Masquerade on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6- 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with entertainment for the entire family! Dance the night away to New Orleans style music, don your own Mardi Gras mask with free face painting, create a lasting keepsake at the photo booth, and catch trinkets and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    As a consumer — and a marketer — one of my favorite brands to watch is Taco Bell. In the last five years or so, Taco Bell has begun making strides in its brand messaging. The brand has reinvented itself on social media, introducing a new, bold personality. With its food, packaging, marketing campaigns, events, philanthropic efforts, and interior design, Taco Bell reinvented itself into a full-on ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Progress Financial Corporation, the parent company of Progress Bank, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special one-time cash dividend of $0.21 per share. Approved at the January Board Meeting, the dividend will be payable on Feb. 4, 2021, for shareholders of record on Jan. 29, 2021.  “We are pleased with the performance of the bank, especially given the difficult ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The season of love is coming to prepare, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) gives you 10 “dramatic” ways to show you care.  1.Give the gift of live theater. ECTC presents the dramatic, adventuresome comedy Popcorn Falls, Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Nathanael Fisher and Jason Hedden take the ECTC stage to portray more than 20 roles in a world of farce, love and desperation proving ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) announced today that it received an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP grant of $150,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 150 RSVP volunteers serving in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  Established in 1971, the AmeriCorps Seniors Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) engages Americans age 55 and older in service, responding to our nation’s most pressing ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Mark your calendar! The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County announced that the 2021 30A Songwriters Virtual Festival is planned for Jan. 29-31. Expect many Hooks, (on)Lines & Singers and a retrospective look at over a decade of music on 30A. Tickets will be available online soon. Visit https://www.culturalartsalliance.com/events-manager/30a-songwriters-virtual-festival for updates.
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    A single book has thousands of experiences, come share yours with the Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club. This new book club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m., via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (HAHS) recently announced several key leadership changes for the firm. All the changes are effective as of Jan. 1, 2021. Roger L. Bates has been elected to a fourth term as Managing Lawyer for the firm. He has served as the firm’s Managing Lawyer since 2012. During his tenure, HAHS has grown significantly. Most recently, the firm merged with the former Harrison ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN SrA Amethyst Houston 96 MDG NCO SSgt Christina Austin 96 MDG SNCO SMSgt Jason Smith 96 MXG CGO Capt Joseph Morrow 96 WSA Civ Cat 1 Mr. Daniel Bylicki 96 MSG Civ Cat 2 Mr. Shawn Murray 96 CEG Civ Cat 3 Mr. Jedediah Wangsgard 96 WSA Honor Guard SrA Emma Britton
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    We believe every marketing campaign should be focused on metrics like revenue, leads, and new customers. Not on vague metrics such as impressions and views only. We often see that many people don’t have a website! The first step is to develop and launch your website.  When you do that, make sure to choose a developer that's experienced in building websites with a couple of things in mind.  First, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The Destin Harbor's newest event is back for year two!    Join us for the 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 12-4 p.m., for a showcase of one of the South's most beloved dishes. Enjoy delicious food, great drinks, and live music on the Destin Harbor, as local restaurants compete for the best Shrimp & Grits dish.  The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    At a special wine dinner event hosted by Vin'tij Food & Wine, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), a not-for-profit charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all, honored retiring CEO Marcia Hull. Hull who has served as the Foundation's CEO for the past 22 years received an evening of stories and praise from ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., (SESI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Bennett E. Dulaney, P.E., to Geotechnical Department Manager of the Mobile, Ala., branch office.   Dulaney joined Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., in 2011 as a student intern while studying Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama. He obtained his Alabama Professional Engineer (P.E.) designation in 2017 and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $5,000 donation from Bob and Ginger Grappone, who represented the Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Richard A. Capozzola Lodge #2865 in Crestview. In its 112th year, the Sons of Italy of America is a non-profit organization with chapters throughout Florida and the United States. It is the oldest and largest organization ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    On Jan. 19, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida celebrated its new Destin office with a ribbon cutting. Located south of Highway 98 across from Whole Foods Market, the location offers added convenience for the agency’s Destin-based sales executives and area customers. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida is a full-service real estate agency that is ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    During its Jan. 8 Business Before Hours and Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by Warren Averett, the Destin Chamber of Commerce installed its 2021 Board of Directors. Taking the helm as Chairman of the Board is Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican. “I’m honored to be the 2021 Chairman.  I believe this year will be a great year for our local business, and I am excited for what the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was recently named Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Overall Orthopedic Services and Joint Replacement and is 5-star rated in multiple specialties for patient outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. The recipients of the Healthgrades Top 10% ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    BizTech is back! Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations, find new clients, and protect their electronic assets. Thanks to BizTech sponsor and Destin Chamber Trustee member Five Channels, ...read more
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
    Know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em? Then we know you’ll love Dealer’s Choice, a new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library. Starting Jan. 25 - Feb. 28, enjoy interactive activities all focused on fun games you can play with a deck of cards. Log your game playing minutes and earn badges all while having fun with family or friends. Also, be sure to stop by the library to pick up a ...read more
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
    2nd Destin Business Technology Summit / BizTech 2021 Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations and protect their electronic assets. AB+ founder and CEO, Ada Bowman will be presenting the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Demetrius Fuller, the new CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and the Music and Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to discuss the new organization that will oversee these artistic powerhouses. In his new role, Demetrius will lead the new efforts for cultivating a vibrant arts and culture scene in our ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Progress Financial Services (PFS), the Wealth Management division of Progress Financial Corporation, today announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). “We are excited to achieve this important milestone and look forward to our continued growth and expansion into our new markets in the Florida Panhandle and Daphne, Ala.,” said Stuart Bridges, Director of Investment ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Mills Heating & Air associates Jackson White donated $25,000, and Larry and Pam Batchelor donated $25,000, for a generous total of $50,000 to benefit Destin High School (DHS). This is the company’s second donation to DHS in the past year. Since 1984, Mills Heating & Air has been providing residential and commercial services in Destin and neighboring communities in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Culinary and Hospitality Management programs present Seagrass Restaurant Spring Dinners, beginning Feb. 4. For dates, themes, prices and reservation information, click here.   These dinners will be banquet-family style with tables of 6 to 8 people and a set menu. Menus for each dinner can be found at https://nwfsc.edu/academics/degrees-offered/culinary/. Dinner ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, began the new year by welcoming Andrea Chipser, Lennon Michalski, Megan Patterson, and Melanie Moore to their talented lineup of featured artists.  "We are so happy to welcome these new artists. Each artist brings new life to the already vibrant band of artists featured at the gallery. We encourage guests to stop by and take a look at what these ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Don't miss out on the Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood. We are kicking off-off the New Year with a dining experience that will excite your taste buds. Seven local chefs have curated an evening of fine wine and delicious cuisine for an exclusive fundraising event, Jan. 25, 2021. The featured chefs include the following: Dan Vargo - Hilton Sandestin ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    For a donation of $100, you will be entered to win a $5,000 shopping spree at Beré Jewelers! There are only 150 tickets sold, so get yours before it is too late. Visit bbbsnwfl.org/events/big-gala/ and fill out the online form. The name you fill out on the online form will be the name entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced during The Big Gala 2021: Bigger Together virtual ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    For everyone's safety, the United Way Emerald Coast's Days of Caring has gone virtual for 2021! Each day in January, the United Way Emerald Coast will share a new way you can make your community a brighter place from home (or while social distancing). From donations, to community clean-up, to random acts of kindness - even the smallest act of caring can spark a chain reaction of good! Join the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Handfirm.com was created with the first-time visitors and long-term clients in mind, whether you know the firm or are looking for legal representation. The new site provides improved navigation and functionality bringing relevant legal news, attorney contact management and firm services together.  “It’s time for ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    The Destin Library now has an additional location to return your materials. Courtesy of the Destin Library Friends Guild, a new drive-up book drop is located at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, in front of City Hall under the awning. The new book drop is accessible from your car and items returned to this location will have all fines forgiven. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    The City of Destin will host a visioning session on Monday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Council, staff and members of the public will spend the day reviewing accomplishments, current projects, potential initiatives and refining a vision for Destin’s future. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical space limitations, we ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is asking you to take a bold step and make a Big resolution this year. As everyone adjusts to this world no one could have predicted, it has been a challenge for the strongest. Throughout the month of January, we must all come together to support the youth in our community. These Littles have ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    On Friday, Jan.15, 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is hosting the first virtual Big Gala from 7-8 P.M. (CST). The Big Gala 2021: Bigger Together is presented by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Although this event looks different than years past, it will still be filled with many of the fun signature elements that the community knows and loves. Virtual guests ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Local musician Casey Kearney joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the podcast this week! A well-known artist in our community, Casey shares how music was not always a part of the plan. In her adult life, she’s worked in real estate, wedding planning, and banking, but found her calling in the music industry. Although she started her career later in life, ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Local nonprofit Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) welcomed former board member Jim Rice as its new Director of Development. Rice joins the CVHN team with more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, including fund development, campaign management, consulting, and more.  Rice has had his fair share of leadership roles within nonprofit organizations throughout his career. Locally, he was ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Who isn’t ready for some laughs? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) rings in the New Year with Florida Girls a hilarious one-woman comedy by local playwright Nancy Hasty.   The show opens Friday, Jan. 15 and runs three weekends through Sunday, Jan. 31. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 24 and 31.   Set in Crestview, Fla., ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    We are recruiting members to join Impact100 NWF 2021 membership base. Join our President as she virtually conducts membership events from Grant Recipient locations throughout our community. During these events you will learn more about what Impact100 NWF does in the community, meet some of our members virtually and understand how our grants help local organizations transform their dreams into ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Destin High School (DHS) is slated to open next August for the 2021-22 school year. The new tuition-free public charter school will be located at the Grace Lutheran property located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village.  From now until Jan. 29, students and parents can go online to www.DestinHighSchool.org and click on the “Apply Now” button to submit student ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Videos are the most powerful way to tell your company's story. Check out AB+Production LLC's year in review. Follow AB+Production on Facebook to learn more strategies to promote your business.
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Four awardees per year are chosen based on nominations in the categories of: Distinguished Alumni, an alumni with a true success story in the state or national arena; Against the Odds, an alumni who has achieved success despite adversity; Rising Star, an alumni who is under 40 ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, January 08, 2021
    On Jan. 7, Austin Music Co celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Austin Music Co offers new and used guitars, keyboards, drums, band and orchestra instruments, some all-pro sound, and accessories, including strings, sticks, picks, cables and more. It also offers repairs, lessons, rentals, financing and consignment. Visit the store at 50 S. Holiday Rd. Ste. 700, in Miramar Beach, ...read more
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    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    For more information, call (850) 460-8720, visit FloatBrothers.com, or follow Facebook.com/floatbrothers. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has been selected to be a part of Winn Dixie's Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of January, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at Winn-Dixie ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    On Dec. 22, 2020, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced that the first distribution of the Moderna vaccine has arrived to be securely stored and safely administered. Frontline healthcare colleagues are scheduling their vaccination appointments as the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is now a reality. “The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine is a pivotal turning point in our fight ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, slated for February 12-14, 2021.  Festivities begin on Thursday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Shannyn Stevenson as the top producer for third quarter of 2020. Stevenson was honored for being both the “Top Sales Agent” and the “Top Listing Agent” for the third quarter of 2020. “Shannyn frequently earns recognition as a top producer with Newman-Dailey but this year’s challenges have made it an even bigger honor. While COVID-19 made ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The 41st Annual Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group Chapter #3605 Toy Ride closed out by raising critical funding to help the abused children served by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and the at-risk abused and neglected children living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood. 100 bikers met at Emerald Coast Harley Davidson in Ft. Walton Beach on Sunday, Dec. 20, and paraded on a ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s The StoryTeller Series returns with three new offerings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 - March 2.  The 2021 lineup includes Three Places at Yalta (Jan. 12 & Feb. 9), Give ‘em Hell Harry! (Jan. 16) and Katharine Hepburn (Feb. 23 & March 2).  The series begins with the world premier staging of Three Places at Yalta (Jan. 12 & Feb. 9), a one-man show ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites everyone to its Epiphany Festival of Light service on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. And on the same day at noon, St. Andrew’s will conduct its first weekly Healing Holy Eucharist (Communion). The Festival of Lights is set on the Feast of the Epiphany, which in ancient times was called the “Feast of Lights.” It ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    In previous years, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke shared her predictions for our industry for the upcoming new year through our blog, newsletter, and podcast. This year she takes the microphone to share that she will now take a step back on sharing industry predictions. Why? Because if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you never really know what will ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    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, January 04, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital has started administering the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine to frontline caregivers and staff, according to the state and federal prioritization guidelines. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are well prepared to administer the vaccinations. Clinical operations teams have developed a comprehensive plan to provide ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Save the date for Shelter House’s 5th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner, to be held February 6, 2021! This year, the event will feature five local unique artists and be hosted as five different intimate dinners across Okaloosa and Walton counties. Each artist will create unique pieces and at the end of the evening, these works of art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in an exciting and ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Want to give your winter guests an experience here in Destin they will never forget?  We recommend our award-winning Southern Star Dolphin Cruise!  Located in HarborWalk Village, we offer a 90-minute eco and sightseeing tour around the Destin Harbor, Crab Island and East Pass!  Enjoy stunning scenery, breathtaking sunsets and beer and wine onboard!  We encourage guests to please book in advance ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating the holidays by announcing two new additions to its endangered African penguin family. The first chick hatched at the Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, on Dec. 13, 2020, with the second following close behind, just four days later.     These penguin chicks will bring the number of chicks in the Gulfarium's penguin colony ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is now offering bamlanivimab antibody infusions to non-hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have other high-risk factors.  The first patient received the treatment on Dec. 22. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the only hospital in the tri-county area offering this antibody infusion.  The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
       Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that Suzanne Blankenship (above left) has become a Shareholder with the firm, and Benjamin T. Shell (above right) has become a Director with the firm. Suzanne Blankenship is a Board-Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer practicing law in Pensacola since 1996. Blankenship’s practice involves serving as legal counsel for ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The Governing Board of the upcoming new, tuition-free public charter high school Destin High School (DHS) has officially announced the hiring of its new Principal, Christine Cruickshank. DHS will be located on the Grace Lutheran property, retro-fitted as a high school, located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Prebble Ramswell, President of the Governing ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    This week’s guest on the Hello Frances Podcast is Erin Sharkey, owner of City and Clay. Erin and Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke “met” on Instagram after Erin reached out to us about our Enneagram & The Workplace series. From there, Shantelle and Erin connected over the journey of starting and owning their own businesses and how Erin started City and Clay ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Rodney Waits of Equity & Trust Realty joins Dion Moniz, CEO of Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS), and Ashley Bowen, ECTS Director of Operations. 2020 has been quite the year for all of us. Rodney shared us with his observations of the real estate market in 2020, and also shared some valuable info and advice for future buyers and sellers.Listen and watch here.
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center in Northwest Florida has taken in twelve Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were recently stranded off the coast of New England during a recent mass cold-stun event. The sea turtles made the trip down from Massachusetts to Florida on Monday, December 14th, 2020. The C.A.R.E. Center would like to thank Turtles Fly Too and their pilots Chuck Yanke and Julie Tromblay for ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    It is a fact: Cell phone cameras are getting really, REALLY good! But will the camera in your phone ever replace the professional DSLR cameras that professionals shell out thousands of dollars for?  We agree that the iPhone 12 Pro produces pleasing portraits in optimal conditions, but where it can't keep up with the DSLR is in low light. In extremely low light the iPhone can't even activate ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Progress Bank Okaloosa & Walton County Market President Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Lane Redding has joined the Bank as Senior Lender, Business Banking. “We are thrilled to have Lane join our team in the Panhandle. She brings a great amount of local experience and expertise, along with a long history of success in our area that will serve her well in this new role,” said ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that a new associate attorney, Amelia J. Strom, has joined the firm’s Pensacola office. The addition of Amelia is part of the firm’s continuous growth and commitment to the development of new attorneys along the Gulf Coast.     Amelia’s practice focuses on a variety of matters including Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Real Estate, ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Last week, the Emerald Coast Foundation (ECF) presented The Arc of the Emerald Coast with a check for $20,000! The donation from ECF will help The Arc continue its mission of empowering those with developmental disabilities to live meaningful lives here in our local community. ECF Board Members Jackie Blue and Peggy King officially presented the check to The Arc staff and CEO John ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea announces that the Reverend James J. Popham and the Reverend Jo P. Popham have accepted St. Andrew’s call to serve as rectors, effective Nov. 1, 2020. They succeed the Rev. Joseph Hagberg, who served as interim rector at St. Andrew’s from 2018 until Oct. 31, 2020. The Reverends Popham come to St. Andrew’s from Lake Charles, La., where they were serving as priests-in-charge ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort hires Tennis Professional Charlie Fischer as the new Director of Tennis. After 27 years as the Tennis/Marketing Director of Golf at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville, Ga, Fischer moved to the Emerald Coast to provide support to the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Tennis Center. He has now found a permanent home at Hidden Dunes Tennis Center where he ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    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. The City received multiple phone calls and emails pointing out locations that had done an outstanding job of decorating their ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are scheduled to receive their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines early next week. "Knowing that some of the first COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered at our hospitals next week is very exciting. Ensuring healthcare professionals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine is essential in our fight against the pandemic. We will ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces applications are open for the third round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 28 through the CAA’s ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso recently presented Children in Crisis a donation of $6,500 to help give a special Christmas to the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood and help bridge the funding shortfall due to COVID-19. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to build the Children’s Neighborhood.  However, ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has announced Cindy Cole as its newest Board member. The career-long entrepreneur relocated to Destin in 2009 from Atlanta, and began her real estate career. Well known in Northwest Florida, Cole is the top selling Realtor in the Keller Williams 5-state Gulf Coast region. She has been named as one of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” by ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Trustmark has partnered with 69 organizations throughout its footprint in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas to support local hunger relief efforts that have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During the “Sleigh Hunger” campaign over the last two weeks, the company contributed more than $250,000 dollars to assist relief organizations in their mission to feed ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Come join the latest, mouthwatering new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library: Heartwarming Soups and Stews. From Jan. 4 - Feb. 28, 2021, warm your heart and tummy with interactive cooking activities, videos, recipes, and cookbooks each week. Have fun creating your own soup or stew and then share your recipe with other challengers. Participating in the activities earns badges that will ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    It's a very Merry Christmas for 162 kids from nine Boys & Girls Clubs across the Emerald Coast. Thanks to a generous donation made by Rusty and Brooke Skalla, 162 children each received a once in a lifetime shopping trip at the Walmart in Destin. The kids purchased necessities like socks and winter clothing, and the donation left room for a few fun purchases as well.  "Because of a huge and ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the 18 local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Winter rotation, which runs Dec. 14, 2020, through March 3, 2021 in its new Grand Boulevard location. The selected artists are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Jose Cantu, Andrea Chipser, Donnelle Clark, Skip Deems, Kim Eifrid, Pamela ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Stay Home for the HolidaysThis year, we invite you to Stay Home for the Holidays and make a difference in our local community. Thanks to the UWEC Board & Staff, your gift will be matched up to $5,000, doubling the impact. Together, we can make our community stronger this season.Visit Home4Holidays or text Home4Holidays to 91999.  Volunteer OpportunitiesMake a difference in the lives of families ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Twin Cities Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation announced Demetrius Fuller as its new CEO. Fuller will replace Marcia Hull, who has served as MKAF CEO for the past 22 years. After years of devoted service, Marcia is retiring on Dec. 31, 2020.  Fuller, who will continue to serve as the Music & Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, will lead at the helm of an arts and culture partnership between the Mattie ...read more
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    Monday, December 14, 2020
    On Dec. 11, Latitude Hammock Bay celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin, Niceville Valparaiso and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Latitude at Hammock Bay is an upscale collection of residences situated within the master-planned community of Hammock Bay. With open-concept 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floorplans, these new homes are styled with designer details to create a look and feel that is ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Visual artist, animal lover, Enneagram type 4, and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Education Director Melanie Moore joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss overcoming creative blocks. As an Enneagram type 4, Melanie is naturally creative and her career requires consistent optimal creativity. Listen here.
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    The much-anticipated Destin High School (DHS) is slated to open for 9th and 10th graders (and currently investigating the possibility of 11th graders) in August of 2021. The tuition-free public charter school is under contract to purchase the Grace Lutheran property, located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. DHS will be a model for innovation providing ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
     Though more than two decades have passed since Bill Gates’ seminal article “Content is King," content marketing remains one of the most effective lead generators for B2B companies. According to HubSpot’s 2020 State of Inbound Report, more than half (65%) of the marketers reviewed said that content creation is their top Inbound Marketing priority. Content isn’t just on the list of priorities for ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Winners by Category AMN SrA Aimee Llewellyn 96 WSA NCO SSgt Michael Barron 96 MSG SNCO SMSgt Dustin Hindel 96 WSA CGO Capt Joseph Haggberg 96 CTG Cat 1 Mr. Nicholas Gilmore 96 RN Cat 2 Mr. Eric Miller 96 MXG Cat 3 Mr. Michael Wehmeyer 96 CEG Honor Guard A1C Ta’Zion Mayeux
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Emerald Coast Marine is very pleased to present its new philanthropic arm, “ecm cares.” Our first effort launches this Christmas as we support “Children in Crisis,” an awesome 501c3 organization that works to keep siblings together who have had to be separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or other circumstances. We are hosting a toy or gift drive for children from the ages of 7 to ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    2020 had some unexpected twists and turns, but we are fortunate to have the support of our community that allows us to continue to provide free dental care to students in Okaloosa and Walton counties. We look forward to the New Year and the plans we have to expand, but let's take a look at all we have accomplished in the past year...   2019/2020 School Year Even with COVID 19 restricting us from ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    On Dec. 8, J.Leon Gallery + Studio celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. J.Leon Gallery + Studio is the area’s newest, fine art destination. Owner Jason Linblad’s vision is to make high-end art attainable for everyone.  In addition to showcasing works from local artists, the gallery is also home to a working ceramics studio with a robust calendar of ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    Shervin Rassa, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances podcast this week in honor of Giving Tuesday, a global movement encouraging individuals to make a difference in their own communities by donating to local organizations that need the support. Like many, 2020 has been difficult for ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    On Dec. 15, 2020, from 6 - 6:45 p.m., the Destin Library will transform into a Winter Wonderland featuring a socially distanced meet-and-greet with Santa Claus. Bring your children for a photo opportunity with Santa and pick out a special holiday-themed grab bag to take home with you along with crafts and sweet treats.  Registration is required for this event to insure there are enough goodies ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    With local designer Alec Hritz, who was part of the White House Christmas decorating team in 2019, at the helm, local boutique hotel Henderson Park Inn is ready to show off the most spectacular Christmas décor it’s ever displayed.    “We’re honored to have a decorator with this kind of resume at the Inn,” said Shannon Howell, owner representation and general manager of Henderson Park Inn. “He is ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    In honor of the memory of Jacobe Turner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, in conjunction with Jacobe's family, has established the Jacobe Turner Memorial Fund. Turner was awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Organizational Youth of the Year Award in 2019 and was an active and beloved member for over a decade.  "Jacobe is a huge part of our Boys & Girls Club family and ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced that, effective Dec. 1, the organization will be known as One Okaloosa EDC. Along with the name change, a new organizational logo was unveiled. Stylized as a circle indicative of forward motion, the logo utilizes the organization’s long-standing gold, blue and green colors as a nod to the EDC’s 31 year history. Specific design ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College celebrated the grand opening of the Kay Litke Culinary Arts Greenhouse – a unique space where our students will learn farm-to-table culinary techniques and innovative green practices on the Niceville Campus. With more than one hundred guests in attendance, it is clear to see the impact the Litke Family has made on this community.  In late 2019, Major General (ret) ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Foundation selected Children in Crisis to be one of the benefiting charities of the Great Emerald Coast Poker Run Draw Down and donated a check for $20,000.  The funds raised by the event will help feed, clothe, care, and give a safe, loving home to more than 100 at-risk children this year. The selection of CIC for funding clearly shows Emerald Coast Foundation’s continued ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Young Ambassador board recently hosted a fundraiser at the Marina Café on the harbor in Destin. The restaurant was kind enough to donate 50% of the evening’s bar sales which amounted to a $1,278.69 donation. Photo Caption: Marina Café GM Lee Pardue, presents a $1,278.69 donation to the Young Ambassador board. As well, Marina Café is now ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    Get into the holiday spirit by donating to The Sonder Project and give the most vital gift of all—clean water! The first $11,000 donated to help us reach our goal of funding 2 wells in sub-Saharan Africa will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the generous support of Dr. Sarika Tamaskar and her husband, Dr. Reese Ruder, owners of Seacrest Dental in Miramar Beach. Help us fund one well in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
      Raffle Prizes include the following:- Choice of Bottle: Weller Special Reserve or Eagle Rare, Donated by 790 on the Gulf- Cigar Factory Prize Package, Donated by Cigar Factory- Two 60 minute float gift cards, Donated by Float Brothers Spa- Two 90 minute float gift card, Donated by Float Brothers Spa- $50 Landshark's Pizza gift card, Donated by Landshark's Pizza- Sandcastle Class for up to 7 ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    It is time once again for Food for Fines at the Destin Library to benefit The Harvest House Food Pantry. For each non-perishable food item or toiletry item brought to the library from Dec. 1 - Jan. 8, the library will apply $1.00 toward your overdue fines. If you don’t have any fines, you can still donate items to this worthy cause. The Library will accept any unexpired, unopened food items, ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance believes that the future of our waterways lies in the hands of our children. With our education programs, we aim to capture their hearts and minds to foster a stewardship ethic amongst our youth. We need YOU to help us continue this endeavor. Even joining at the $25 "Oyster" level will fund a lesson for one of our 93 Grasses in Classes classrooms. If you are ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    The virtual Under the Sea IS LIVE on the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Facebook page, and CAA is inviting everyone to make an online donation or become a sculpture sponsor of the nation’s first permanent underwater museum. In support of #GivingTuesday 2020, Facebook is matching donations made on Facebook to nonprofits up to a total of $7 million -- DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR on a first-come, ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    2020 has been unique for all of us in some form or fashion; nevertheless, The Arc of the Emerald Coast is thankful during this season for all of its supporters and donors who keep it going and allow it to continue to serve its clients and their families. Here is some relevant and timely guidance on year-end giving, most of which is unique to this year, in hopes it helps you and your loved ones ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    Eileen H. Arpke, an ardent advocate and supporter of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), has created a fourth endowment through the NWFSC Foundation.  The newest endowment, established with a gift of $20,000, will create an award to recognize faculty excellence.  Ms. Arpke has previously established the Charles and Eileen H. Arpke Scholarship, the Eileen H. Arpke Scholarship and named the ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) received the Chairman’s Sustainability Award from Cenergistic, a national conservation company at November’s Board of Trustees meeting. The Chairman’s Sustainability Award honors clients who have reached noteworthy savings from a long-term energy partnership. The program’s impact on organizational practices has shaped NWF State College into a national ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    In order to make sure every needy child along the Emerald Coast gets a new bike this Christmas, Highway 98 Country is once again doing the highly successful “Bikes or Bust” event for a 10th year. On air personality Bo Reynolds will spend 98 hours camping out 30 feet in the air atop a mechanical lift with only a tent and sleeping bag to protect him from the chilly nights. Bo, who serves as host of ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Step One Automotive Group has officially opened its new state-of-the-art Subaru dealership, located at 916 Beal Pkwy. To commemorate the official grand opening of its 14th dealership, Step One hosted a Grand Opening event on Thursday, Oct. 22.    The celebration was hosted at the new dealership, which was transformed inside and out into a dazzling event space by Showtime Events and TSC ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Air Force Special Operations Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, joined a multi-part discussion on race in the military hosted by the Center for a New American Security on Nov. 17, 2020. The podcast took a deep dive into the Air Force's efforts to address diversity and inclusion through fostering honest conversations, emphasizing the importance of inclusion, and building the next ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    In November, Emerald Coast Title Services initiated a Thanksgiving Challenge to inspire people to donate Thanksgiving baskets to the local charity Children in Crisis. ECTS ended up with a total of 20 baskets and the results have been completely beyond what was expected! Thank you for the donations from our business community: • Adriana Bowman with AB Real Estate Experts Group, eXp Realty • ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Two or more members of the Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency-Advisory Committee may attend the Destin City Council workshop scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting is to discuss matters related to livery vessels. The workshop will be held at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, Florida 32541, and members of the public are ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    The Destin Library now has 24-hour access to an up-to-date academic encyclopedia and other online research sources that they are sharing through their website. With COVID-19, many students need to study remotely or perhaps they waited until the night before to write a report for school; they now have access to credible sources of information whenever they need it. The Destin Library has online ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    If you’ve ever used Siri, Alexa, or Google Home, then you’ve used voice search. Voice search is on the rise, and you can capture some of that traffic if you know how to optimize your site for voice search.  A significant portion of voice searches are questions. People want to know who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner or whether dogs can have ice water or how many ounces are in a pound. To optimize ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    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 ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Beginning, Tuesday, Dec. 1, full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass via the city website at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joes Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2020
    ‘Tis the season of giving and Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has 10 “dramatic” ways to stuff the stockings of everyone on your list.   1.Give the gift of live theater. ECTC presents Charles Dickens’ beloved classic tale, A Christmas Carol Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Dec. 6, 13 and 20. This ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    Destin local Zhalman Harris joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week. A former rapper, actor, writer, and photographer with Destin VIP Magazine, his biggest role is founder and president of Aletha’s Legacy, a nonprofit organization founded to give underprivileged children in Liberia and Africa hope and a chance to better ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    Due to COVID-19 response, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) was unable to host its annual Under the Sea fundraiser that normally helps cover the cost of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) sculpture deployment. So in true 2020 fashion, the CAA is taking it virtual and inviting everyone to support the nation’s first and only permanent underwater museum this GivingTuesday. The Under ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce a successful Fall fundraiser, despite unprecedented times. Rotary members rubbed, smoked, pulled, shredded and cooked 180 pork butts, sold 174 and donated six. Of the money raised, the Destin Rotary Club is supporting various charities, including Food For Thought, Harvest House Destin, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), and the Boys and Girls ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    As an organization driven by one-to-one connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has had to adapt in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As everyone adjusts to this world no one could have predicted, it has been a challenge for the strongest. Throughout holiday season, BBBSNWFL is asking for support to help their Littles take bold steps. The Bold Steps Campaign ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    J.Leon Gallery + Studio Gallery Partner Shawn Tomasello, a biopharmaceutical executive and public board member with more than 35 years of experience in leading teams and companies at the highest levels, discusses how to build a highly engaged workforce culture on the latest Leadership Jam Session Podcast. Hosted by Rob Fonte, the Leadership Jam Session Podcast hosts leaders at all levels of ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    We are thrilled to continue offering our Annual Thanksgiving buffet and Thanksgiving family meal ‘TOGO’ for pick up!  We are taking an enhanced measure to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, guests and community during these trying times.  Outside of our rigorous cleanliness standards for the staff and guest touchpoints, employee temperature checks and additional sanitizing stations ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    Episode 8 of Let’s Talk Title is up! Dion Moniz, CEO of Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS), and Ashley Bowen, ECTS Director of Operations, discuss probate and what happens when property owners pass away with attorney Jane Kerrigan of Hand Arendall Harrison SaleListen here.
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    In this week's episode, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke interviews Danielle Torley, a Destin local, a TED speaker, and a fire dancer. Not a combination you hear of often, right? A close family member of Danielle’s died in a house fire when she was young. She didn’t realize how much this event affected her entire life until she was an adult. On the podcast, ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    The City of Destin will host its 34th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from 6 - 8:00 p.m., at the Destin Community Center parking lot, located at 101 Stahlman Avenue. Join us by cruising through our Christmas light decorations and patrons will be able to see our Christmas Tree lit up from the comfort of their vehicle. A visit from Santa & goodie bags will be ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    The 36th annual “Joy to the World” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade, please ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    Sick and injured children in Walton County will soon have access to specialized medical care, thanks to a new pediatric emergency room from the Studer Family Children’s Hospital and Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. The Miramar Beach hospital campus will open a new pediatric emergency room on Dec. 14, including four treatment rooms, one triage room and three observation rooms, plus advanced ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    The application deadline for FEMA and SBA in Florida for Hurricane Sally is Dec. 1. (In AL for Hurricane Sally, the application deadline is Nov. 19.)   Here are the By County cumulative disaster loan totals for Hurricane Sally.  As of COB yesterday, 1,391 loans approved for $54.8 million These By County figures are from Monday, Nov. 16: Escambia County, FL -- 953 applications approved, ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2020
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Florida Chamber Foundation, and University of West Florida Haas Center are pleased to release The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Florida’s Small Businesses, a new study examining the impact of the coronavirus on the state’s small businesses and extent of damage to their business operations.  Preliminary findings from the study were ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    On Nov. 17, Gulf Coast Axe House celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Gulf Coast Axe House is the first and only axe throwing venue in Destin and Miramar Beach. Open daily, it is the perfect place for date nights, parties or just a fun time out with friends. Customers are invited to bring their own beer or wine. Delicious pizza & wings ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Can 24 hours of creativity change a community? On Dec. 18, 2020, local creative firm and full-service marketing agency, Frances Roy, will choose three small businesses (open less than a year) to benefit from free marketing services. Small businesses are encouraged to pitch all project ideas. Project examples include but are not limited to graphic design, copywriting, social media, and general ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Angie Van Diver just earned the prestigious honor of being named the Joyce Gean Outstanding Volunteer for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). With the longest record of volunteering, Van Diver has volunteered twice a week at ECCAC’s Niceville center for over twenty years. She works the front desk, which involves answering the phone, greeting clients and visitors, assisting ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications from local non-profits who wish to become Partner Agencies. This application is open to all 501(c)3 non-profit organizations serving Okaloosa and/or Walton counties; partnership status will be valid for one year. There are many benefits in becoming one of UWEC’s Partner Agencies. It enhances your organization’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is offering new curbside pick-up service for a wide range of fan favorite food from the resort’s award-winning culinary team. The service includes an All-Day Menu (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and artisan flatbreads and pizzas. From 4 to 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), the service also includes a selection of creative handmade ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Google wants to make its users happy. The happier people are with search results, the more they will use Google.  To gauge user satisfaction, Google looks at User Experience (UX) Signals. In simple terms, it looks at how people interact with a page and then rates the page based on those interactions.  If Google sees people interacting with your site in positive ways, it will rank you higher in the ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Tracy Louthain, Director of Marketing and Communications for Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast this week. She and Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke record the episode on the balcony of a 10th-floor property in Jade East Towers in Destin to discuss the power in a change of scenery.Listen here.
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    As an organization driven by one-to-one connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has had to adapt in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As everyone adjusts to this world no one could have predicted, it has been a challenge for the strongest. Throughout holiday season, BBBSNWFL is asking for support to help their Littles take bold steps. The Bold Steps Campaign ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
     "And I didn’t know what it was and we got green beans today and I couldn’t believe it! I was like oh my gosh, green beans! Anyway, thank you so very much. I appreciate it." - Message from Parent after a Curbside Pickup, 2020 Food for Thought asks you to save the date for giving Tuesday!•Help us feed 200 families over the Christmas Holiday by Sponsoring a Family for only $40•Our goal of $8,000 ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    We are recruiting members to join Impact100 NWF 2021 membership base.  Join our President as she virtually conducts membership events from Grant Recipient locations throughout our community. During these events you will learn more about what Impact100 NWF does in the community, meet some of our members virtually and understand how our grants help local organizations transform their dreams into ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    On average, Northwest Florida State College graduates accumulate only $4,668 in federal loan debt, according to the 2018 data used for U.S. News & World Report’s latest college rankings. The next closest regionally accredited college was Pensacola State College. Nationally, NWF State College ranks fourth for all Regional Colleges in least debt to students.    “As an open access institution, this ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is accepting proposals for classes, workshops, and demonstrations that advance learning of the visual, performance, literary culinary arts, and wellness for any and all learning levels and age groups. This opportunity is open to both CAA members and non-members.  The mission of the CAA is to advance the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    The City of Destin needs interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees: Board of Adjustment, Harbor and Waterways Board, Harbor CRA Advisory Committee, Town Center CRA Advisory Committee, Local Planning Agency, Parks & Recreation Committee, and Public Works and Safety Committee. Please submit your application to the City of Destin no later than Nov. 30, 2020. ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Dogs. Beer. Food. Need we say more? On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., BOTE in GraytonBeach will host Pups, Paddles, and Pints to benefit local nonprofit, Dog-Harmony. Featuring mouthwatering food from AJ’s Grayton Beach, cold brews from Destin Brewery, exciting information from Pedego Electric Bikes and a chance to win a BOTE Breeze Aero paddleboard, this fundraiser will be a ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    On a sunny November afternoon, members of the Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) leadership team and Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Directors joined together to celebrate the donation of a fire truck, ambulance and 40 SCBA packs (self-contained breathing apparatus - air packs) from the WCSO’s Fire Rescue Division to NWFSC’s Walton Works Public Safety Program. The 16-year old fire truck ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Ascension Sacred Heart is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from LifeNet Health, which coordinates with hospitals to honor gifts of tissue donation. These donations help save lives, improve the quality of life and give hope to many in Northwest Florida. During 2019, Ascension Sacred Heart increased its number of tissue donations by 9 percent — impacting even more lives. A total of 106 ...read more
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    Monday, November 16, 2020
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released three rehabilitated sea turtles on Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park off of West County Highway 30A. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent patients. "It is always so rewarding when we release the sea turtles back into the Gulf," states Patrick Berry, Director of ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    Local entrepreneur Cali Hlavac of To Do In Destin joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the final episode of the Enneagrams & The Workplace series to discuss Enneagram type nine. Cali is a social media marketer, a podcast host, and the Founder and Creative Director of To Do in Destin. Cali is a true type nine and has used the Enneagram to greater ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    This 3 hour hands on training class covers the proper selection and installation of Prosoco R-Guard Air and Water Barriers.Join Northwest Florida State College in collaboration with Sherwin-Williams on Nov. 11, 2020, to engage in a half day training course covering the Prosoco products. Learn about how Prosoco R-Guard Air and Water Barriers can help save you time, and money while improving the ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    WHAT: On Nov. 3, 2020, Progress Bank opened its 11th location in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  WHERE: 3063 US Highway 98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549 ADDITIONAL INFO: This office marks the bank’s third location to open in Florida, with additional locations in Destin and Inlet Beach. Dewayne Youngblood | Executive Vice President | Okaloosa & Walton County Market President, and Brock Rice | Vice ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the realm of the living? On Thursday November 19th, at 2:00 p.m., take a trip beyond the veil with the Destin Library and Curt Strutz to find out! Curt is a paranormal researcher and keynote speaker for the Illinois Paranormal Conference whose expertise has also been featured on television. Using a fun mix of history, photography, storytelling, and humor, ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    It’s time to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Christmas programs to help cheer up the lives of children in need and their families. There are many families in our area in economic distress, so ECCAC will again be implementing two Holiday initiatives. One is ECCAC’s annual Adopt-a-Family program. The non-profit organization is seeking donors who will ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College is pleased to announce our fall exhibitions from the College’s esteemed permanent collection. (See photo on right) The Delightful Mount. 17 ½ x 13 ½ inches. Woodblock print on paper. Salvador Dalí, Generous gift of Dottie Blacker to the Northwest Florida State College Permanent Collection.  Salvador Dalí, The Divine Comedy: In ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is ready to lift your spirits this holiday season. ECTC continues its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in December with both classic and new holiday entertainment. All holiday productions will be staged at ECTC’s performance space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.    As ...read more
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    Monday, November 09, 2020
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    Friday, November 06, 2020
    On Nov. 5, Lucky Beach Nutrition celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Serving fast food for healthy people, Lucky Beach Nutrition offers delicious low-carb, low-calorie, low-sugar meal replacement shakes and sugar-free energy teas. Enjoy classic shakes, beauty drinks, loaded teas, specialty teas, and a fitness menu. Healthy ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Okaloosa and Walton counties have instituted monthly prevention and awareness programs to help the children and families they serve.  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. ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 03, 2020
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    Monday, November 02, 2020
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2020 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park off of West County Highway 30A. Despite the rainy weather, there were smiling faces all around as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent patients. "It's been an extremely busy sea turtle season for our C.A.R.E team," states ...read more
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    Monday, November 02, 2020
    When you search for something with Google, you’re looking for something specific. There is intent behind your search. Search intent is a big ranking factor with Google. Google wants to give people the information that they’re seeking. The more a page matches a person’s search intent, the more likely it is that Google will show it to them. So, if you want to get organic search traffic, it’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 02, 2020
    Local Veteran entrepreneur Chassity Jackson, Founder of Battle Beauties Fashion, was recently featured in the CNBC news article '6 Tips for Starting a Successful Business from these Female Military Veterans Who Did It.' According to the article, "Female veteran-owned businesses make up just 15.2% of the 2.52 million veteran businesses, according to Census Bureau Statistics. About 97% of those ...read more
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    Monday, November 02, 2020
    Race organizers invite participants to register from wherever they may be this Thanksgiving for the 9th year for the annual 30A 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run races. Because of the pandemic, this one will be a virtual event. This race has been ranked one of the top five Thanksgiving Day races in the South.  Participants, from any location, have the week of Thanksgiving, between Nov. 21 - 29, to ...read more
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    Friday, October 30, 2020
    Watch how Food For Thought continues to help fight food insecurity in our community.   Current Programs Food For Thought is Offering this Fall: Curbside Services:  This program is continuing into through the end of the year, while our in-school backpack programs are on hold due to the pandemic. 5 Locations for families to drive up for a box of food with 30+ food items + produce itemsThis ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    Emerald Coast Title Services' FREE calculator will give you a clear estimate of what to expect for title closing costs. Its helps you plan ahead and it is readily accessible from anywhere! ECTS offers two ways for you to check your quote:- Instant Quote If you’re looking for an approximate idea of what closing costs will be, click the “Get a Quote” button in the bottom right corner of any page on ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke’s brother Roy joins her on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to continue the Enneagrams & The Workplace series discussing the Enneagram type eight. As a type eight herself, Shantelle dives into the characteristics she and Roy both possess. This Enneagram type is known as the protector and is typically decisive, resourceful, ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    Fine art welcomed more than 2,000 art lovers to the 25th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts. The two-day signature art celebration held Oct. 24 and 25 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Fla., featured exhibits of more than 65 premier artists from across the United States showcasing a diverse palette of artistic style.  "In its 23rd season, the ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented a check for $1,000 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, “2020 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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    Monday, October 26, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency’s Marketing Manager Kelsey Doar joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the microphone this week to discuss Enneagram type seven. This type is known as the adventurer and is generally optimistic, versatile, spontaneous, and enthusiastic.Listen here.
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    Monday, October 26, 2020
    A recent article appeared in the NWF Daily News titled “The System is so Broken” by USA Today network investigators concerning the State of Florida’s foster care system. On the contrary, DCF Circuit 1, and Okaloosa County, Children in Crisis’ (CIC) Children’s Neighborhood has provided homes and excellent care to over 985 children during the past 12 years. In 2003, Children in Crisis, Inc., was ...read more
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    Monday, October 26, 2020
    The members of Impact100 of Northwest Florida voted and announced today the grant recipients for 2020 - awarding four (4) $112,000 grants.  At its Oct. 25 virtual Annual Meeting, Impact100 NWF members viewed video presentations from each of the finalists and voted for this year's grant recipients. The grant recipients were selected from the following five categories: Arts & Culture; Education; ...read more
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    Monday, October 26, 2020
    In April, the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $7,858.27 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program. The C.A.R.E Center received the grant to help purchase a new stainless steel surgery table, a secure narcotic medication safe, a stainless steel utility cart and a surgical light system for their sea turtle rehabilitation hospital. These new items will benefit sea turtles in NW ...read more
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    Monday, October 26, 2020
    This fundraising concert, A Night With The Stars, is put on by and to benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).  The non-profit organization is celebrating 20 years of preventing child abuse and neglect, protecting children, and restoring the lives of impacted children. The live concert will open with popular local guitar/vocalist Nic Turner and his Lucky Strike Retros band, ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    On Oct. 22, Step One Automotive Group celebrated the grand opening of its new Subaru Fort Walton Beach location with a ribbon cutting with the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Coast Minority, Navarre Beach Area, and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Subaru Fort Walton Beach offers new and used vehicles, parts, service and financing. As an eco-friendly certified retailer, it demonstrates ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $20,000 donation from Mills Heating & Air. This donation will assist in providing services to many children.  With donations coming in at a much lesser rate this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially appreciated by ECCAC. Mills Heating & Air owner, Jackson White, commented, “We are humbled by the amazing work ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    The annual Betty & Johnny Main Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Member Artist exhibit, which usually takes place at ArtsQuest, is featured in-person in the Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s lobby through Dec. 20, and on the CAA’s website. All works are available for purchase online. This year's winners are as follows: Best in Show Paula C Mims – “Anchor Down” Award of Merit Sarah Riley - ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The Executive Board of Directors are: President Bill Head, Colonel (Ret), USAF, MSC; Vice President Ken Hair with Children in Crisis; Treasurer Susan Kneller, Chair of the OAA Grants Committee; and Secretary-Becky Belcher with the Arts & Design Society. The Board of Directors are Karen Reid with Young ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) 2020 Keep Dancing Membership Drive will take place now through Dec. 4, to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on the organization. This fundraising effort provides patrons with the opportunity to join at two levels and receive benefits, including access to archived productions plus discounts on 2021-2022 season subscriptions.    NFB, like many non-profits ...read more
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
    The City of Destin 2021 Budget Book is now available to view online at https://www.cityofdestin.com/DocumentCenter/View/13964/2021-Budget. 
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    Friday, October 23, 2020
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency’s Content Director Hillaree Durso joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to discuss her Enneagram Type – type 6. Sixes are known as the loyalists and are considered to be reliable, hardworking, responsible, and trustworthy. Listen here.
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    The Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola presented a District 6940 COVID Disaster Response Grant of $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds were used to purchase essential back-to-school items, such as shoes, socks, and undergarments to Littles and their families. Local Rotarians joined BBBSNWFL on Oct. 8 and 9 to ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Progress Bank has received regulatory approval to open an office in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Located in Walton County, this will be the Bank’s 11th office. President and CEO David Nast said, “With our third office along the Florida Panhandle, we continue to show our commitment to this market. We appreciate our clients and intend to be a valued community partner in Okaloosa and Walton ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Episode 7 of Let’s Talk Title is up! Dion Moniz, CEO of Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS), introduces new co-host Ashley Bowen, ECTS Director of Operations. In this episode, they discuss the current climate of the real estate market. Listen here.
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    ‘Tis some Poe, only this and nothing more. On Oct. 28, 2020, join the Destin Library for a chilling read through of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, fun facts about his life and legacy, and learn about recent works of fiction inspired by the timeless literary figure. This event is best suitable for audiences age of 12 and older. Videos will be posted to the library’s Facebook page and at ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    The City of Destin will host its 22nd Annual Pinfish Classic on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the weigh-in on the dock behind AJ’s Restaurant, located at 116 Harbor Boulevard. The catch and release event is open to children ages 14 and under.  Due to COVID-19 we are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe and provide an enjoyable event. The City will adhere to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Town Center CRA Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The City will host a virtual meeting regarding the Stahlman Avenue Assessment on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public the opportunity to ask questions, provide suggestions and comment on ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Local non-profit Children’s Volunteer Health Network has announced that Kelley Mossburg has officially joined the team as executive director. Mossburg comes from 35 years of senior-level corporate experience. Throughout his career, Mossburg has owned his own business and has served in a number of non-profits as a board member, board chairman, and president.  Mossburg’s career includes impressive ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    It’s that time of year again! With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the time to plan holiday parties has come. The Destin Bay House™ welcomes locals and visitors to host their events at this beautiful waterfront venue right on the Choctawhatchee Bay. With a spacious floor plan, on-site amenities, and more, the Destin Bay House™ is well-positioned to host any holiday party this ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Guaranteed BEST Seasonal Savings Plus Major Advantages on Your New Boat Purchase! Emerald Coast Marine is pleased to offer a unique boat buyer program that provides customers with the ultimate purchasing power, available exclusively from October – February Here’s how the ECM Win-Win Program works Local buyers simply select the boat make and model along with the options, power and color ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Facebook Ad Design Quick Tip #5: Client Testimonials Use your customers to make your Facebook ads compelling. There is no better sales representative than previous customers when you are trying to get people to click on your ads. Today's newsfeeds are extremely crowded since Facebook has become such a massive platform. That is why it is important to find creative ways to promote what your ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    WHAT:        Moonlight Serenade Series: Moonlight Cabaret featuring Morgan James   WHEN:       Thursday, October 29, 2020 (SOLD OUT)                    Friday, October 30, 2020 5:30 p.m.    WHERE:    The Lawn at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits    TICKETS:   $295 per person (includes reception, dinner, and performance)                     ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    October is National Cybersecurity Month and password security is a big part of that! Cybersecurity is so important and appropriate to discuss considering how scary it is out there! As we regularly cover, hackers are getting more advanced by the day, despite security measures improving by leaps and bounds. Of course, no monster is all-powerful and there are ways to protect yourself against these ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), recognized as the fifth largest charity wine auction in the U.S. by Wine Spectator, is pleased to announce the donation of $1.2 million to 16 children’s charities in Northwest Florida following its first virtual auction on August 22. Each charity was awarded their funding in a private check presentation ceremony, adapted to fit social distancing ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Thompson 31Fifty Winery and Crust Artisan Bakery and Italian Restaurant graciously hosted a wine dinner that benefits the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs. Julie Porterfield, CEO of ECCAC commented, “For many years, Mike and Val Thompson, owners of Thompson 31Fifty Wine in California, along with Mark and Kim Fressell, owners of the Crust Artisan Bakery ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    Effective Monday, Oct. 26, the Destin Library building will be open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5: p.m. and on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Curbside Service will still be available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact the library at 850-837-8572 or library@cityofdestin.com. 
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    Monday, October 19, 2020
    This is the last call for tickets aboard the Solaris yacht on Oct. 21. You do not want to miss your chance to bid on exclusive auction items! Featured in the live auction will be a private dinner with chef Chris Holbrook, a romantic dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House with private transportation, and a relaxing stay on the Destin Harbor at the Emerald Grande.   The fundraiser will be Wednesday, ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a second Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Oct. 13, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally. SBA representatives at the BRC can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.  “The SBA is committed to the Florida small ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Through the Federal CARES Act funding, Okaloosa County and all the cities within it have joined together to offer a variety of grants and other programs to help our communities cope with the effects of COVID-19. This assistance has categories for businesses, non-profits and individuals. For information on upcoming workshops, click here. More workshops will be added. To apply now, visit ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    CareerSource Okaloosa Walton is excited to announce it is hosting 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 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    In today's age, we all must be cyber aware. The average American today has access to more than 10 Internet Connected Devices in their household. Most have at least 2 computers and 2 smartphones. Across the world, an estimated 30 billion+ devices connect to the Internet. This connectivity generates massive potential for advancement; but in turn, creates a paradise for hackers. This is nothing new. ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Congratulations, Duchess, on the BIG Rock United win! Even with the new virtual landscape, United Way was able to transition this event to a successful virtual competition with a fantastic prize. Want to rewatch the competition? You can go to Rock United's Facebook page to watch it all again! Congrats to United Way Emerald Coast for an awesome event that raised over $50,000! Watch Duchess' final ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The BID Committee will meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., at Destin City Hall, located at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance with Governor ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Gather your little ghouls and ghosties for a Halloween Hike on the Destin Library’s front lawn on Oct. 28, 2020, from 10 - 11 a.m. Trick or Treat through socially-distanced stations where library staff will be handing out crafts, snacks, candy, and toys. In case of rain, please refer to the library’s Facebook page or website for cancellation information the day of the event.  This event is for ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 25th annual event is set for Oct. 24-25, 2020, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.  During the Festival, artists from across the United States will offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Best In Destin 2021 nominations are going on now! The top 10 businesses in each category from the October nominations period will move forward to the voting in November this year.   Please feel free to nominate your business and your friends' businesses. Continue doing so once daily per email address and ask your clients, customers and friends for their support.   You might have noticed on the ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    On Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, hosted its second Sip N' Stroll event and debuted four new artists. The gallery welcomes new artists, Estelle Grengs, Joan Vienot, Sereen Gualtieri, and Susan Lucas to their talented lineup of eleven featured artists.        "We are so happy to welcome these new artists. Each artist brings new life to the ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    The Destin Library has many useful services available to patrons through its websites and free mobile applications. Now, the library also has a video series to help you learn how to get the most out of these services: Answers with Amy! Twice a month, tune in to the Destin Library’s Facebook page or website (www.cityofdestin.com/library) for new short, informative videos on how to do everything ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    The City of Destin will host a Trick or Treat Drive-Thru Boo event on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Destin Community Center parking lot, located at 101 Stahlman Avenue. Patrons will be able to trick or treat safely from the comfort of their vehicle. There will be booths giving out goodie bags, candy, and prizes. City staff is asking for donations of one non-perishable food item for ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Harbor CRA Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Local Planning Agency will meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Destin City Council will host a meeting pursuant to section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, on Monday, October 19th, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. In accordance with Florida ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    The Witches of South Walton are set to ride in the 17th Annual Witch Ride this October with changes in place for 2020. The Witches will again be riding to support the mission of Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN), providing dental, vision and mental health services for children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. The Witches are excited to announce a ride in the Bluewater Bay/Niceville area ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is pleased to partner with Visit South Walton and Lamar Outdoor Advertising to expand our Art in Public Spaces program to include a special billboard art exhibition. The exhibit features original artwork by Walton County artists, including Visit South Walton’s 2020 Artist of the Year Doug Foltz, Francisco Adaro, Jose David Cantu, Linda Kernick, Bailey ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    If advertising is a war, then the newsfeed is your battlefield. And this battlefield is ridiculously crowded. If you want to get your ads clicked on, you must grab the users’ attention so that they read your ad. This will come down to your ad’s image. The right image can immediately attract the eye and earn you a click. Therefore, carefully select an image that will stand out from the crowd. You ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency’s own Gregory Dedicke joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the microphone this week to discuss the Enneagram type five. This type is known as the thinker and is alert, insightful, curious, independent, and inventive.Listen here.
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    After reviewing a record number of applicants from nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, Impact100 of Northwest Florida announced today the ten (10) grant finalists for 2020. The finalists were selected from the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family, and Health & Wellness. At its Oct. 25, virtual Annual Meeting, ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    WHAT:  This October may look different, but breast cancer hasn’t stopped and neither has the American Cancer Society and its dedicated group of volunteers here in the Panhandle. Join the first ever Making Strides of the Emerald Coast Drive Event on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9-10 a.m. The route will start in the main entrance of Northwest Florida State College, take you to a festive pink tour around ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is excited to join forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs. Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in Okaloosa and Walton Counties and to all Floridians statewide.   “Workforce, ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Get ready for an eerily exciting Halloween celebration at Destin Commons!  On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., families will enjoy spooky crafts on the Uniquely Clever Art Bus, a photo booth by Epic Photo Co., balloon sculpting with Betty Longlegs, face painting by Arts on the Beach, and a magic and music show by Captain Davy and his Crew. Come dressed in your costume of choice and get ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Tis the season to be grateful for … live entertainment.     Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in November with three entertaining offerings.   “We love the season of giving. What better way to show the ones you love you care than to enjoy an evening of family-friendly theater. We are proud of our talented ECTC theater ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    On Oct. 6, Dennen IP Law, LLC, celebrated its expansion into the Destin area with a ribbon cutting.Led by patent preparation, prosecution and litigation attorney Ann I. Dennen, the Huntsville-based firm focuses on intellectual property, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, computer and internet law, and more. A background in Electrical Engineering affords Dennen a unique perspective on ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    By Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP The election on Nov. 3 is the biggest, most important election this country has ever faced.  The political mood in the United States is unlike any I’ve ever experienced, and something I never thought I’d see.  But lost in the shadows of the Presidential Election are several state and local issues that will also be on the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    On Sept. 30, local Veteran entrepreneur Chassity Jackson, Founder of Battle Beauties Fashion, took part in a CNBC town hall, where small and new business owners were offered access to a team of the country's most knowledgeable entrepreneurs, small business advisors, financial experts and thought leaders. They were able to ask their most pressing questions about surviving in the current business ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Jason Lindblad, local artist and owner of J. Leon Gallery and Studio, joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss his Enneagram type four. This type is known as the creative and is generally self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. As an artist himself, Jason shares how he deeply identifies with the imaginative, introspective, ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon (ESC) must close its Perdido Key office location due to damages sustained from Hurricane Sally. The office, located at 14508 Perdido Key Drive, has been opened since May of 2018.  The building, leased by ESC, suffered wind and water damages and is beyond repair. Firm staff who worked out of the Perdido Key office have been relocated to other offices or are working ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Nearly two decades of work paid off for the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI) at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) culminating in the publication of a comprehensive study on the composition of the area’s multiple coastal dune lakes and their effect on local ecosystems. Coastal dune lakes of Northwest Florida are waterbodies that periodically connect to the Gulf of Mexico, an ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
      Twenty-seven golf teams teed off in the Destin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank on Oct. 1, at Emerald Bay Golf Course. Green Earth Southeast took home top prize, followed by CPC Office Technologies and Warren Averett. Drew Armacost of Affordable Home Insurance and Matthew Howard of 360 Blue won the Longest Drive prizes. Kevin Bowyer of Warren Averett, ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is honored to announce its 2020-2021 Governing Board of Directors. A compassionate and dedicated group of individuals, the BBBSNWFL Governing Board is willing to do whatever it takes to help make a positive impact on the lives of children throughout Northwest Florida.  Introducing the Executive Leadership Committee: Chair, Brian Williams, ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The Florida Department of Education announced that Northwest Florida State College has been awarded a $413,836 grant through the CARES Act Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Rapid Credentialing Program. According to the Governor’s Office, these rapid credentialing programs are designed to increase all of Florida's state and technical college's capacity to enroll and graduate students in ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s delivered Teacher Appreciation Cards to 78 local schools in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington counties to show gratitude for the area’s educators. This totaled 6,900 Teacher Appreciation Cards.   As a part of the Costa Cares mission, Costa Enterprises McDonald’s is committed to giving back to the various communities ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The special meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The Destin City Council will receive a presentation from 3 professional engineering and ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The Destin Garden Club generously donated new gardening books to the Destin Library to boost the nonfiction collection. Titles include Camellia Garden Field Guide, Roots Shoots Buckets, and Boots, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, The New Southern Living Garden Book, Encyclopedia of Landscape Design, Minifarming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. Mr. Lee Vanderpool, Okaloosa County Master Gardener, also ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The City of Destin will engage the community virtually this year for City Government Week, which runs Oct. 19 - 25. Because of the challenges of COVID-19, the annual City of Destin Open House will not take place this year. Mayor Gary Jarvis will highlight the City’s strategic plan, City achievement’s, and how we meet the needs of the community we serve. To engage our youth on how city government ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    Activate your imagination as we celebrate National Arts & Humanities month this October! Join the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County for a collaboration of events and activities presented in diverse formats and various venues throughout South Walton. The calendar is full of virtual and onsite offerings, including the ArtsQuest virtual exhibit, a CAA Member Artist exhibit, Con-scious ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    We know that 2020 has been a struggle for many, businesses included. We at Food For Thought are grateful we have been able to continue to serve our community during this trying year. And we know that we are able to continue to fight food insecurity in our community from the support we receive from businesses and individuals, whether that is through time or monetary donations.  If you may be able ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    Every ad campaign needs a call-to-action (CTA). This can be featured in the ad copy and a video if applicable, but it should also always be reinforced with Facebook’s clickable CTA buttons. You want to tell users what action they should take, and then make it as simple as possible for them to do so. The right CTA can absolutely increase CTR and conversion rates significantly, For the most powerful ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has instituted monthly prevention programs to help the children and families they serve. Prevention is the key. It is hard to believe there are approximately 1,100 cases of child sexual and physical abuse reported annually in Okaloosa and Walton counties, an average of 3 a day. Despite those big numbers, nearly 2/3 of the actual needs to help ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    2020 has forced the United Way Emerald Coast to think outside the box, be creative, and find new ways to support its mission. Each year it hosts Cram the Van, a school supply drive that supports Okaloosa and Walton county students. The organization created an Amazon Wishlist to give the community an opportunity to donate supplies, accepted monetary donations, and several businesses even hosted ...read more
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    Monday, October 05, 2020
    At the start of the Fall 2020 semester, the Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Florida State College inducted 69 new members. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs that promotes leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship. Eligibility for membership requires students to have completed at least 12 hours of associate ...read more
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    Friday, October 02, 2020
    On Oct. 1, the Hilton Garden Inn - Destin/Miramar Beach celebrated its grand opening with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Located off Highway 98, the Hilton Garden Inn - Destin/Miramar Beach provides direct access to Miramar Beach and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors may enjoy world-class golf, parasailing, fishing and shopping all within a short distance. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    CNBC is featuring local Veteran entrepreneur Chassity Jackson, Founder of Battle Beauties Fashion, as part of a small business town hall on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 12 - 1 p.m. Central.  Here is more about the town hall from its online description: "Our communities are reeling from an economic halt while facing racial justice issues that strike the core of our nation. As we rebuild in a ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    To continue our series of Enneagrams in the workplace, Frances Roy Art Assistant (FRA) Kayla Koger joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke in this episode of the Hello Frances podcast to discuss her Enneagram type – Type 3. Known as “the performer,” type 3s are ambitious, driven, and energetic. This personality type has a natural charisma, hates failures, and tends to focus ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Submitted by Dr. G. Devin Stephenson, President of Northwest Florida State College I have been in a reflection mode the past few months, considering the valuable leadership lessons learned as our institution continues to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is obvious to me that we were not prepared for the ongoing and unprecedented challenges and frankly, I haven’t heard from or ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Today, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) announced construction for the hospital’s $80 million expansion and renovation project is slated to begin January 2021. FWBMC released final renderings showcasing the multi-phased expansion project, which will provide many benefits to the community including the addition of 42 licensed beds, bringing the total bed count to 309.   FWBMC announced ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, announces three new Sip N' Stroll event dates. Everyone is invited to enjoy new Fall Art Installations featuring eleven talented artists from the Okaloosa/Walton area, wine and champagne, and light eats. Visitors are encouraged to tour the gallery and the fully functioning ceramics studio.  "We would like to invite everyone to come out ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    The Destin City Council asked city staff for an assessment/study to be conducted that would collect data and provide recommendations to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the area of Stahlman Avenue, to include Zerbe Street and US Highway 98. The Stahlman-Zerbe-US98 area during the tourist season is regularly congested with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Options are sought to ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Destin City Council will host a workshop for the Destin Fire Control District regarding proposed land use at Clement Taylor Park on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Join Children’s Librarian Laura Harris for an exciting journey into our newest Beanstack Challenge: Botany for Kids! Beginning Sept. 28, and running through Dec. 20, children ages 7 – 12 will enjoy exploring the science of plant life with a new activity every week presented through the Destin Library’s Beanstack app. Participants will earn activity badges and will be entered into a drawing for a ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    The Destin Library will offer a variety of new services that assist patrons and staff with minimizing personal interactions and increasing on-site internet access thanks to an Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grant in the amount of $75,272. The Technology upgrades include a self-service tablet checkout station housing six Samsung Galaxy tablets with Wi-Fi internet connections, ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The BID Committee will meet on Thursday, October 1 at 2 p.m., at Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 5 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, the Destin Library will open to the public with limited services as follows: Doors open to the public: Mondays and Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays 1 – 5 p.m. Curbside services available Monday – Friday, 9: a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Building occupancy limited to 35 patrons. Masks recommended and temperature screening upon entry. Public computer access limited to 1 ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Fall in love with live theater all over again.    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in October with four distinctly different productions that offer something for all ages.    In accordance with CDC guidelines, all offerings will be performed in ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard, in Grand Boulevard ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Food for Thought Outreach is pleased to share a review of the 2019/2020 Food For Thought Fiscal Year in its Annual Report.  As for everyone, this past year was not what was planned, but Food For Thought remains committed to fight childhood hunger and food insecurity in the community.  The need is ongoing and growing.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, donated and encouraged Food For ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s is launching a social media challenge on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to celebrate the release of the new Spicy Chicken McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce.   The Spicy Chicken McNuggets are the latest menu items at McDonald’s accompanied by their own exclusive dipping Mighty Hot Sauce and the newly-launched Chips Ahoy! McFlurry. To celebrate the new menu item and introduce it to ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, Café Thirty-A will host its annual Christmas Charity Ball benefitting Caring and Sharing of South Walton.    From 7- 11 p.m., the restaurant will be transformed with festive holiday décor. Attendees will be greeted upon arrival with a glass of champagne and enjoy passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and a cash bar. There will be music by DJ 30A and a ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Do you know what the most influential emotion in a purchase decision is?  Fear People resist buying your product because they fear losing money; people are more afraid of losing something than they are excited about gaining something. Address customers’ fears by adding social proof to your Facebook Ad Designs. Social proof is visible representation of previous customer experiences. It can come ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    The Taylor Haugen Foundation is hosting a fundraiser aboard the Solaris yacht on October 21st. A live auction featuring a private dinner with chef Chris Holbrook, and other highly valued items, will take place after a fine dining meal. From the open air top deck, guests can enjoy the sunset overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Your support and this fundraiser helps us provide abdominal injury ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    If you aren’t thinking about virtual office scalability right now, you should be. Thanks to a microscopic virus, everything changed in an instant, including the business world. While we know that things generally fluctuate over time, markets rarely change so drastically without some leading indicator. So, what does this mean for you? No doubt, you’ve already found your employee needs changing ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 23 – On Sept. 22, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 11 business professionals from its 12th Destin Forward class. Though typically held in May, the ceremony was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, ensuring class members had time to finish their class project and other program requirements. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    In our last article, we discussed the security benefits of using a virtual office. In this blog, we’ll cover how a virtual office can help to make your job easier and more enjoyable. Let’s face it, you can have a beautiful corner office — but it’s still an office. Very few normal human beings enjoy being stuck in an office let alone commuting to one everyday. Thankfully, it seems that physical ...read more
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    Monday, September 21, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Harbor and Waterways Board will meet on Monday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance ...read more
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    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Remember that consumer behaviors change, ad formatting changes, and new ad placements roll out constantly, affecting otherwise stable results. Every time you are creating a new campaign, take the time to come up with at least 4 different Facebook Ad Designs and then split test. Different audiences will respond to different images, as will users at different stages of the digital sales funnel. ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Welcome back to another episode of Emerald Coast Title Services' “Let’s Talk Title." In this episode, we are discussing wire fraud scams that frequently encounter in real estate transactions. Homebuyers and real estate agents, make sure to watch and learn how to protect yourself from fraudulent activities.Listen and watch here!  
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency (FRA) Research Coordinator Jodie Warner joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to discuss Enneagram type two. This enneagram type is referred to as the caregiver and is known for being self-sacrificing, sincere, empathic, and warm-hearted.Listen here.
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) - a not-for-profit charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all - benefit from the annual event.  Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its 8th Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Community Outreach programs on ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Hurricane Sally has undoubtedly caused interruptions for many.  From the loss of power and loss of internet to major physical damage to homes and businesses.  We are very thankful the storm wasn’t bigger and stronger and are counting our blessings.  For those who are finding challenges keeping up with your regular work productivity due to Hurricane Sally, Beachworx is here for you.  We will offer ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Despite the tragic onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a blow to many businesses and the vacation rental industry in the spring, Southern Vacation Rentals is proud to report a successful summer season. The local management company saw record numbers for sales in June, with strong numbers continuing through July and August. In an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Florida Governor Ron ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Nine young professionals, comprised of men and women aged 21 - 40, currently serve on the Young Ambassador Board of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). This group supports the mission of the non-profit by helping to spread awareness through targeted service, social happenings and community outreach. Serving as the 2020-2021 Young Ambassador Board officers are Whitney Whidden, ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    This summer, Howard Hospitality received an American Flag and Certificate from Special Forces 7th Group. Ron, a member of the team, presented the company with a framed flag and certificate in appreciation for the support shown to his wife, Howard Hospitality employee Nogah Winfield, during his deployment. Howard Hospitality faced many challenges this year due to the global pandemic, yet the South ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    On Sept. 4, 2020, at 4 p.m., J.Leon Gallery + Studio, hosted its first-ever Sip N' Stroll event in Destin. An evening filled with creativity, guests enjoyed work from the gallery's seven featured artists, live painting by artist, Jenna Varney, and a book signing with talented writer Marti Veto and owner-illustrator, Jason Lindblad. In addition, Megan Paterson showcased the gallery's ceramic studio ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that City of Destin Mayor Pro Tem/Councilwoman Dr. Prebble Q. Ramswell was recently appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities 2020-2021 FLC legislative policy committee. Legislative policy committee chairs, vice-chairs and members are appointed annually by the League’s president. Florida League ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Help your favorite teachers win $350 for school supplies. We love our teachers, so we are donating $350 to TWO local teachers in our community ($700 total). Visit Emerald Coast Title Services Facebook page, nominate or vote for your favorite teacher (in Okaloosa or Walton county), and the TWO teachers with the MOST VOTES will each receive $350 ($700 total) to help purchase school supplies! Let ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Are you wishing life was a fairytale, right now? Escape into the magical world of live theater and it can be.    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) kicks off its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in September with two special productions performed in ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.     “Given ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    The United Way Emerald Coast's Rock United voting is currently happening! Artists are competing head-to-head for your votes. Every vote equals one dollar in donations.  The grand prize winner will open for Grammy Award winning Billy Currington on September 26th, receive a $2,000 cash prize, have a professional photoshoot with Blacksuit FM Photography, and enjoy a 2-night stay at The Island Ft. ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s Gulf coast, has been named a 2020 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Hotel. The award is presented to only the top 25% of 27,000 AAA Inspected and Approved hotels. The recognition honors the property’s overall cleanliness and condition as ranked by a AAA Inspector.  “I’m very proud that our exceptional ...read more
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    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    SocialLee PR & Media Co welcomed new employee Morgan Meszaros. Morgan is an alumna of the University of Alabama, graduating this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences. During her time at UA, she had various internships in the PR and Marketing industries. Before joining the SocialLee team in July as the newest PR and Social Media Coordinator, she worked as the ...read more
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    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    On Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m., Step One Automotive Group will host a Grand Opening Celebration and multi chamber ribbon cutting to commemorate the company’s newest Subaru dealership, located at 916 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.   The event marks the formal opening of the recently built, 16,046-square foot eco-friendly dealership. Construction on the project is set to be ...read more
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    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    Many companies have found themselves forcing employees to work from home throughout the pandemic and now as we navigate hybrid learning environments. This trend has been a long time coming, but it seems like we've progressed more in the last six months than the previous 20 years combined. Pandemic or not, remote working will be the future for many of us if it isn’t already the case. This month, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is teaming with Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup to ensure swimmable, fishable, trash-free waters in our beautiful estuary. Choctawhatchee Bay is the center of our community whose economy depends on her beautiful waters and abundant marine life. Whether you're a fisherman, birder, paddleboarder, or restaurant owner, you understand the importance ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    Eglin Federal Credit Union helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by donating $2,500 to help with the COVID-19 emergency.  Thanks to the generous donation, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have resources to help bridge the gap in funding caused by the coronavirus. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our children with much needed food, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency (FRA) Brand Designer Rinn Garlanger joins FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to kick off the Enneagrams in the Workplace series, as she talks about her Enneagram type one. Type ones, known as idealists, are organized, critical, and rational. This personality type is passionate about fighting for issues of social justice and helping those less ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    The Destin Library is excited to present a new interactive bird-watching program this fall. Birding with the Destin Library begins Sept. 21 - Nov. 16, 2020, and will be eight weeks of activities, articles, and videos all presented through our Beanstack app. Completing activities earns tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing held at the end of week eight. There will also be achievement awards given at ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    In the digital age, finding new clients online can feel like a drag and sometimes you just need to break out of your normal routine. Here are a few out-of-the-box ways to generate new leads.    - Chamber of Commerce Your local Chamber of Commerce is there to advocate and support businesses. Start by creating value packed content, then email your local chamber with the content, and request ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
       Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Lupe Batarao (left) and Carolyn DiFebo (right) as the top producers for the second quarter of 2020. Batarao earned “Top Sales Agent” and DiFebo was named the “Top Listing Agent” for April through June 2020. “We are extremely proud of our star performers for the second quarter. This year has been filled with challenges, but in spite ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL), along with the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club, present the annual Fenner Ride on Oct. 31, 2020. The event will be held at the Milton Community Center located at 5629 Byrom St. Milton, Fla. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, BBBSNWFL has added a new virtual participation element to this anticipated cycling ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    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 Sept. 11, 2001. This year, flags will be flown to recognize men and women from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties, who lost their ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College History Professor Victoria Stewart is making history more interactive for her students this year. A pop-up display showcasing the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote in the United States of America is located outside of her classroom on the Niceville campus.  Stewart secured the display, entitled, “Rightfully Hers,” by ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than 50 students who perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles: The Sinfonietta Strings and the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. Conductor Aaron King Vaughn has officially announced their call for new youth musicians to join the orchestra for the 2020-2021 year.  The Sinfonia ...read more
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    Friday, September 04, 2020
    HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of local healthcare facilities Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, today announced that it has been recognized by Military Times as one of the country's best employers based on the organization’s military-connected employment programs, benefits and support efforts. Since 2012, HCA ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    As a business owner, you will always have to write. Whether it’s a blog post, a response to a media request, or website copy, writing is a task that entrepreneurs can’t avoid because they need to be a voice for their business. In this episode, Frances Roy Agency's President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke is sharing the practices she uses to practice and improve her writing, including ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida The “N-word” It's a hateful word that draws upon a history of pain and suffering. What do we do with this word? Is anyone allowed to invoke the word in its full form? Does it matter if it ends in an "-a" versus an "-er?" Is it okay in art or music? Can I say it if I'm relaying the ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida It's all about "diversity of thought"...or is it? In this episode of AFSOC Unfiltered, Lt Col Chivis and I cover a broad waterfront: the "onion of identity"; diversity of thought; being the only XXX in the room; representing an entire category of people. As I reviewed this episode, ...read more
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    Monday, August 31, 2020
    AJ’s Kids on the Coast Foundation showed its great support to Children In Crisis by donating $1,000 in gift cards for the children living at CIC.  Thanks to the generous contributions from members and supporters of Kids on the Coast, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have needed school supplies for the upcoming year. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation from Kids ...read more
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    Monday, August 31, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    With a generous pledge of $500,000, Judy-ann Zoghby has established the Zoghby Learning Commons at Northwest Florida State College.  Judy-ann Zoghby began visiting the Emerald Coast with her late husband, Guy, in 1980. In the 1990s, they decided to make the Emerald Coast their permanent home when Guy retired. Ms. Zoghby is an avid supporter of the College’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center programs, with ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    Crane Fund for Widows and Children presented a donation check for $5,000 to Children in Crisis this week at a presentation ceremony.  The CIC donation will help provide a home, food, clothing and care for the foster children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  Each year over 100 foster children have a safe, secure, loving home at CIC thanks to the great support of the community. CIC was nominated by ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    This September, Fort Walton Beach resident and Big Brother McKinley Lewis and his father will be participating in the Six Gap Century Ride in Dahlonega, Ga., and using the event to raise money and awareness for  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBS of NWFL). Their goal is to raise $5,000 for BBBS of NWFL to help this tremendous organization serve even more children in the ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist Estelle Grengs the 2020 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle Grengs is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England, as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Grengs uses mostly acrylics, but enjoys the ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center today announced that it is a 5-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery as recognized by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. These 5-star ratings indicate that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s clinical outcomes for C-Section and Vaginal Deliveries are statistically significantly better than expected and patients ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    One of the most effective methods for spreading brand awareness and attracting new customers to your business is through content marketing. We chose three effective content marketing tips for you: 1. Document Your Content Marketing Strategy  Writing down your content plan provides you and your team with structure and discipline, but most importantly guidance. You need to be able to track your ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    The women of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Omicron Pi Zeta Chapter of Niceville, Fla., generously donated facial tissues, hand soap, baby wipes, snacks, juice boxes and sodas to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) for the children receiving services. ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College unveiled the new Raider Athletics Indoor Practice Facility on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Members of the local community joined NWFSC Board of Trustee members along with College personnel and student-athletes to celebrate the grand opening of this state-of-the-art facility.   The Raider Athletics Indoor Practice Facility features 6,250 square feet of indoor arena blend ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College is pleased to present the 28th Annual Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. This year saw applicants from across the country in a variety of media. Overall, the applications express a strong desire for connection to the familiar.  The show runs Aug. 29 - Oct. 16, 2020. Attendance is free and open to the public. ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    On Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) will commence a routine inspection and survey of its water line which crosses the Destin Harbor in the area of Captain Royal Melvin Heritage Park. Divers will be in the water in Destin Harbor setting buoys to map the water lines’ location and diving to perform a physical inspection of the condition of the line.  The work, which will take ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    Join us Wednesday, September 2nd at 9 a.m. for another virtual Art on Demand event brought to you by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Alys Beach, 30a.com and Florida Division of State, Department of Cultural Affairs. In this episode, hang out with partners Dave Rauschkolb and Phil McDonald of Black Bear Bread Co. & Bar Room. Learn more about these celebrated locals, ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    The 7th Annual Stock the Pantry Fundraiser, which was held virtually this year, raised $204,573, exceeding Food for Thought Outreach's goal by $53K. Thank you to all who contributed to this fundraising campaign. We will be able to purchase 271K+ food items to stock our pantries through December of this year. We have so much gratitude to all of the hard work that these teams put in this year, ...read more
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    Friday, August 28, 2020
    The global pandemic has changed so much in our daily lives, including the way we conduct business. One outcome we have noticed throughout the past few months is the sharp decrease in face-to-face meetings. Before COVID-19, many people (including us) would spend the majority of their days driving around town from one meeting to another. Since these in-person encounters are no longer feasible, we’ve ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    In this week’s episode of the Hello Frances podcast, Frances Roy Agency's President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke tackles the subject of imposter syndrome, the idea that an individual believes he or she succeeds because of luck and not because of talent or qualifications. Studies show that approximately 70 percent of people experience this at some point in their lives. Shantelle ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    When starting a podcast, you want to start a podcast that will get listeners not because they know you, but because they get value from each episode. To do that, you’re going to need a plan. Successful podcasts that outlast trends, stand out from the competitors, and remain relevant have a plan. Before recording your first episode, follow these 6 steps to launch a successful podcast in any ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    Voting in the first virtual Rock United competition benefiting United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) will begin Thursday, Aug. 20. 26 local music artists have entered the competition and will compete for the grand prize of $2,000 cash, opening for Billy Currington at the Gulf on Okaloosa Island on Sept. 26, a professional photoshoot with BlacksuitFM Photography, and a two night stay at The Island Hotel ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    Our daily operations have been adjusted to reduce exposure and risk for our clients and employees while keeping disruptions to a minimum. Modifications have been made to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Our Children's Center is open and serving children following DCF Childcare Guidelines (850) 244-9187.  The Early Intervention (Birth to Three) Program is providing tele therapy and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    The City of Destin is continuing its partnership with The Haas Center at the University of West Florida by conducting an additional survey regarding public beach access and the public’s experience with Destin’s beaches. Beginning this week beach patrons will see signage at each city operated beach park and trail with two ways to access the survey. They can visit www.uwf.edu/visitorsurvey or scan ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    Despite this challenging time, the 30A community has come together once again to support communities across the world through The Sonder Project. 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 30A has to offer has come together in support of The Sonder ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    The Florida House of Representatives has passed a resolution designating August 2020 as “Abdominal Injury in Youth Football Awareness Month.” The goal of this resolution is to better protect the roughly 40,000 student-athletes who participate in high school football throughout the state of Florida. HR 8045, sponsored by state Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, is bringing much-needed attention to ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    Lindsay Simmons helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by donating needed school items typically not available to the CIC Kids.  Thanks to the generous donations from her personal campaign, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood received necessary supplies to help them get ready for the new school year. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide school ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    The latest episode of Let's Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS) features Brandi Ealy of Progress Bank. Brandi shares valuable information and insights from the perspective of a loan officer with hosts Dion Moniz, CEO of ECTS, and Casey Jernigan King, Vice President of ECTS.Listen here.
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    Do you know who your target audience is? Are you fulfilling all of your promises to your current customers? Do you know who your value is most appropriate for? The answers to all of these questions need to be defined to continuously succeed in business development. Creating personal, mutually beneficial relationships is the key to a sustainable business. Listen to the full episode for Frances Roy ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is overwhelmed with excitement to announce the opening of a new club at Riverside Elementary School in Crestview, Fla. Registration will begin immediately by accessing emeraldcoastbgc.org, going to the programs selection on the navigation bar and then selecting after-school from the drop down. The Club is located at 3400 E. Redstone Ave., in Crestview, ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    So, you’re working on drafting an IT professional job description. This series covers the most important factors to consider before you hire an in-house IT tech or team. Our last article reviewed the hidden costs of hiring an IT Professional. Now, we’re talking about what IT actually does besides ask if you turned your computer off and back on again. Depending on the size of your organization, ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida In this episode of “AFSOC Unfiltered,” Lt. Col. Chivis and I talk about what it takes to be part of our Air Force and the expectations leaders have of their Airmen. At one point, Lt. Col. Chivis recalls an exchange he and I had some years ago during which I rather cavalierly informed ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida The Air Force is a great organization, made up of great people. That's why I'm about 30 years into a 4-year commitment. I love what I do, I love the people with whom I do it, and I love the reason why we do it. I've always thought of the Air Force as a meritocracy, where we all have ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida In this episode of AFSOC Unfiltered, we continue our journey into the topic of our Airmen's experiences with race with a few challenging conversations.Listen and watch here. WARNING: there is some use of "the N word" in this episode and we touch on the concept of "white privilege" ...read more
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Local Planning Agency will meet on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance ...read more
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
    The CAA announces a new public art project created in partnership with Visit South Walton and Lamar Outdoor Advertising and is calling visual artists to submit work for consideration. The Billboard Art Project will launch in October 2020 during National Arts & Humanities Month and will feature original artwork by at least 10 Walton County artists, including Visit South Walton’s 2020 Artist of the ...read more
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) awarded a total of $867,168 to local nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties from the COVID-19 Relief Fund, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), 2020-21 Community Investment grants, and donor-designated gifts. United Way works diligently with hundreds of partners to fight for every person's health, education, and financial stability in Okaloosa ...read more
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
    National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) for the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency ...read more
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    Friday, August 14, 2020
    Owner and artist at J.Leon Gallery + Studio, Jason Lindblad, and talented friend and writer Marti Veto launch “Send in the Nouns,” a just for fun ABC book for grown-ups! “Send in the Nouns” is filled with fantasy through circus-themed illustrations, vibrant colors, and clever narrative. Each sentence carries a whimsical, philosophical message of positivity, motivation, inclusion, gratitude, and ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    The new VIP Destin Magazine is now available. Read online here.
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Across the Choctawhatchee Bay, CBA works to improve swimmable, fishable waterways through education, research, monitoring, and restoration. We could not fulfill our mission without dedicated supporters like you, becoming CBA sponsors through monetary gifts of $25 or more. Add CBA to your giving plan today! Click here to donate.
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Videos are the most powerful and engaging way to tell your company’s story. Here is a sneak peak of some projects that we produced for some of our clients & partners. Check out our YouTube channel for more business marketing content and contact us to learn how our videography services can help you creatively connect with your audience!  For more information, visit AB+Production's website ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Shantelle Dedicke, President and Chief Creative Officer of the Frances Roy Agency, shares her sentiment on the life transitions we're currently experiencing and encourages listeners to embrace the transformation because, in some ways, the changes we are experiencing now aren’t all that different than when things are going well.Listen to the latest Hello Frances Podcast here.
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the sudden rise in digital learning, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort on Florida’s gulf coast, is offering several unique resources for virtual learning and educational experiences on the sugar white sands of the emerald coast. From brain-boosting breakfast options and midday energy pick-me-ups, to local physical education activities, and art and history ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    If your business is at the point where you’re thinking about hiring a fulltime IT tech, congratulations! Having enough consistent needs to fill this role means you’ve worked hard and made good decisions that drove business growth. Our best advice? Don’t stop now! Moving forward with hiring requires a lot of analysis to avoid major consequences down the line, though. One of the biggest decisions ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast’s COVID-19 Relief Fund continues to lift up thousands of families across our community. This month, we surpassed 24,000 neighbors served since launching the fund in April! These are neighbors, families, and friends right here in Okaloosa and Walton counties who needed our help. And you made that help possible. Thank you to everyone who believes in our mission and has so ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    While many small business owners are struggling to keep their doors open, a recent survey of business brokers and M&A advisors reveals about half of small and medium business owners can no longer get to the closing table as they face cancellations or delays in selling their businesses again in the second quarter According to the Q2 2020 Market Pulse Report published by the International Business ...read more
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    Thursday, August 06, 2020
    Two Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) program were chosen as the recipients of the 2020 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Rising Star Student Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s partnership with MiLB began in 2004 and has continued to grow ever since and spreading throughout the affiliate agencies around the country. Only 20 students were awarded with this ...read more
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    Thursday, August 06, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Public Works/Public Safety Committee and Infrastructure Surtax Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted ...read more
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    Thursday, August 06, 2020
    Amidst COVID 19, Shelter House has hired Rachelle Wyatt, a 2019 graduate of Florida State University, as the Program and Volunteer Coordinator. With her background in Hospitality, Wyatt will lead efforts in recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the various Shelter House events and donation drives.  Wyatt comes from a background of event planning and coordination in the Destin and Fort Walton ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    Destin, Fla., August 5 – During its Aug. 14 Business Before Hours Candidates Forum, the Destin Chamber will host candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 4, Okaloosa County Commission District 5, and Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools. The event, which takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at The Henderson, is sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and features non-profit ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    Over the past four months, you’ve heard the chamber say this when talking about the economy: Reopen, Recover, Reimagine. While we’ve reopened, the recovery is ongoing and the reimagine is being discussed. Our Economic Recovery Task Force has done a great job providing the chamber with thoughts and ideas on what’s to come. One of the major events just ahead of us is an election, an election that ...read more
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    Monday, August 03, 2020
    Henderson Park Inn today announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for Top Hotels in the U.S. ranking 23 out of 25. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’ ultimate favorite, top one percent of hospitality businesses around the globe.    “Winners of ...read more
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    Monday, August 03, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its eighth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.    “Given the extraordinary times we are all experiencing, we are especially honored to launch a thrilling season roster filled with exciting new program offerings for theater lovers of all ages,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We are implementing ...read more
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    Monday, August 03, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast is excited to announce the first virtual singing competition to come to the Emerald Coast. Rock United will celebrate and recognize the great musical talent in Okaloosa and Walton counties, while helping our community grow stronger through the efforts of United Way Emerald Coast. The virtual singing competition and fundraiser is for local bands and musicians. The Grand ...read more
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    Monday, August 03, 2020
    Stephanie Brannon recently became the newest Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) board member.  Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Brannon moved to Northwest Florida in 2005. She has since married and has two daughters, aged 9 and 5. Owning Setco Services, L.L.C., a title company, she and her husband, George Brannon, Jr., CEO, work together with their staff to offer title insurance, ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) board and staff members helped make the dreams of Little Sister Brittanie come true. After an initial car donation fell through in May, Little Sister Brittanie's response and story spoke to the hearts of many. With the help of Anderson Subaru, Dana Gaudet, Brittanie’s Big Sister Melissa, and donations from thirteen other board and staff ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    Henderson Park Inn is partnering with local non-profit, Food For Thought, to virtually stock the pantry for the 2020 school year with a monetary donations in lieu of physical food donations.    Food For Thought feeds more than 3,330 students per week in our community. Its goal is to start the school year with $150,000 to help stock the pantry with food for the children in our community.  To ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    Hey kids! Save your drama for the stage this fall.  Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its roster of 2020 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 ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    The CAA is now accepting applications for the SECOND round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through Aug. 28, through the CAA’s website, and grant awards will be ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Hall of Fame Dealer, Legendary Marine will host a three-event entertainment series on the water from August to October.  Titled Coastal Distancing – Boats, Music & Movies Tour the series will provide entertainment within the Choctawhatchee Bay area including a pre-show special featuring local live music followed by a featured movie each month.  Partnering with Legendary Marine on this community ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida We're back again for another episode of "AFSOC Unfiltered," where Lt. Col. Myron Chivis and I talk about our journey together on the topic of race. In our last episode, we broadly discussed the direction and purpose of AFSOC Unfiltered. This episode provides more context on how I met ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    The summer of 2020 certainly was not as anyone had planned, but we are thankful that we have been able to continue to serve our community and help the food insecure.   Summer by the Numbers: 5 Curbside Pickup Locations (expanded from 3) within Okaloosa & Walton counties 25 Curbside Service Events May - July 25 50 Curbside Pick up events since March 23rd 600 Families Served Weekly 15,000 ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Hacking, Phishing, Ransomware, and over-all Data Breaches are on the rise. It seems that every advancement we make with data security, hackers are able to find a way through. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of keeping your data secure. While we are using Medical Offices as an example, this information crosses over to almost every industry. If you use cloud storage, proprietary ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    We’ve all seen movies where a couple of thugs in trench coats walk into a store, take a look around and say something like, “Nice place you got here, shame if something were to happen to it.” Many people might think the days of extortion went away with the end of mob-run New York and Chicago, but it’s still alive and well on the internet — in the form of ransomware. To make things worse, as the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    In partnership with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the Committee for Justice, Equality and Fairness will present the second of a series of online community conversations surrounding social justice in Walton County.  The public is invited to participate in this second conversation that will include Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr. taking place Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.  Sheriff Adkinson is an ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    After its launch in 2015, Whitney Lee has built SociaLee PR and Media Co’s client roster into a variety of industries. With a growing list of responsibilities, it was no time until Lee added to her team. Elizabeth Eulberg began with SocialLee in April of 2020, right as COVID 19 struck the nation. Through the transition of businesses adapting to quarantine and social distancing, Eulberg jumped in ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Located on Northwest Florida’s gulf coast, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has announced a new trio of special packages for travelers in search of quick, easy, close-to-home vacation options that won’t break the bank. All three packages include a combination of discounts, credits and extras, providing attractive savings and special offers making it easier than ever for guests to safely ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    The Great Florida Insurance of Ft. Walton Beach, Inc., showed its great support to Children in Crisis by presenting a $500 donation to help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.  The focus of this year’s contribution was prevention of child abuse and giving a home to those children who are victims. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “We have been ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Wouldn’t you love to see more sales coming in to your website? If your website is where you hoped but you’re not seeing the search ranking results, the traffic, or the clients you were expecting to get out of it, you need to run an SEO audit. A website audit is the first step in improving your website, as it works to detect problems and analyze not only your own website but the competitors as ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Frances Roy Agency's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke intervies her mentor Shawn Tomasello on the latest Hello Frances podcast to discuss the importance of finding a mentor. Shantelle has considered Shawn her mentor for the past 18 months, and in this episode, they discuss what their mutually beneficial relationship has meant to each of them Cliff Notes Shawn explains the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Written by Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida We continue to listen and learn so we can be better leaders for ALL our teammates. Some weeks ago, I spent several hours with my former executive officer, Lt Col Myron Chivis. Lt Col Chivis and I talked about our ten-year journey together and some of what we've learned from one ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Dr. Ken Whidden with Emerald Coast Chiropractic is now certified by the state of Florida to practice no-needle acupuncture. His certification now allows his practice, Emerald Coast Chiropractic, to offer Digital Meridian Imaging (DMI), Laser Acupuncture, and Auriculotherapy. These treatment options tend to be faster than typical needle acupuncture, and the DMI allows patients to receive a ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    Beginning Monday, July 20, the Destin Library will be closed to the public, but we will be offering curbside service Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will be available via phone to answer questions, provide assistance, and check out materials for curbside pickup. As an added feature to help keep children reading over the summer, parents can request a “grab bag” of materials for ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    Managing expenses is one of the core tasks of any business owner or manager. Nothing is free, so if you want to keep the lights on and your office staffed, you need to know what’s coming in and what you’re paying out. But to run operations profitably, you might find yourself having to prioritize your expenses. When you do that, what gets bumped up-front and what gets pushed to the back? A mistake ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released three rehabilitated sea turtles early Friday morning, July 17, 2020 at Grayton Beach State Park off of East County Highway 30A. It's been a busy sea turtle season for the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. team, who has been working hard to rehabilitate many sick and injured sea turtles in their newly expanded C.A.R.E. Center, which is now viewable by ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    AB+PRODUCTION has been interviewing locals businesses as a means to put a face to the operation. We invite anyone who runs a business to come on board for an interview. This has many benefits including exposure, getting to tell your story, humanizing your business and much more! What kind of questions can you expect? The ball is in your court! Whatever you want showcased will be showcased! We, ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced today that it has created a new, on-line resource tailored to assist aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners. Dubbed Startup Okaloosa, the virtual incubator can now be found at www.startupokaloosa.com.    Structured as an information portal, the site links to traditional and non-traditional funding partners, ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The BID Committee will meet on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance with ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    In coordination with the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative, and the Okaloosa County Health Department, the Destin Library is giving away free face masks. The masks are 100% cotton with polyester elastic and are machine washable and dryable. One pack of five masks per family and are available during the library’s operating hours. Masks are also available at all other Okaloosa County ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Exchange Club of Ft. Walton Beach continued its great support to Children in Crisis by presenting a $1,000 donation to help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.  After the check presentation, the membership volunteered their Saturday morning to help with the weekly yard maintenance and other needed “To Dos.” Ken Hair, CIC President & ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    The dental hygienists from Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently made a visit to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in Niceville to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other children’s dental supplies for ECCAC to put in the backpacks they will be distributing to their children receiving services.  Pictured left to right are Kelly Taylor, Christina Peterson ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    To help address unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, the White-Wilson Community Foundation recently made $1,000 emergency grants available to area non-profits. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) applied for and received this grant. Funds will be used to address health, wellness and safety needs brought about as a result of the pandemic. “We appreciate ...read more
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    Monday, July 27, 2020
    Heading up the Prevention Department as the Outreach Program Manager, Jasie Landeros has joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).  Every county in Florida has the impressive Child and Teen Safety Matters prevention programs in place for child protection and advocacy via the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. Since 2018, thanks to a grant from the Impact 100 ladies, ECCAC ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Okaloosa Gas District will perform scheduled line maintenance Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24, 2020, between 6:00am and 6:00pm on the north side of Emerald Coast Parkway in front of Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach. Thursday, maintenance will occur at the intersections of both Emerald Coast Parkway & Scenic Highway 98 and Emerald Coast Parkway & Poinciana Boulevard. Continued ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Chelsea Fox, now with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) for the past four years, was recently promoted to be the Development Manager. Prior to her promotion, Fox handled and coordinated many of ECCAC’s events and volunteers. Now, in addition to overseeing the non-profit organization’s Young Ambassador board, she will also direct the development, identification, research, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Warren Averett, LLC is pleased to announce that Kevin Bowyer, the Firm’s Destin Office Managing Member, recently earned the Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) certification. The CDPSE certification is the first experience-based, technical certification of its kind. CDPSE assesses a technology professional’s ability to implement privacy by design to enable organizations to ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Fort ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Demetrius Fuller has joined the board of directors of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).  As the Music & Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only full professional symphony orchestra, Fuller has been dedicated to serving the community for many years through education, entertainment and community philanthropy. Fuller has previously served on the boards of ...read more
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    Friday, July 17, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is proud to announce the 15 local artists who were recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s 2020 Summer Rotation, which runs through Sept. 27, in our Grand Boulevard Town Center location.  The selected artists are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Andrea Chipser, Donnelle Clark, Skip Deems, Kim Eifrid, Sandra Horne, Iva ...read more
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    Friday, July 17, 2020
    If you’ve been following Emerald Coast Marine on Facebook or have visited the dealership’s headquarters recently, no doubt you’ve seen our spectacular new 10,560 square foot showroom featuring boat exhibit, sales and administrative office space!   After nine months of work, the two-story, mezzanine level showroom is now open for business and has created a perfect, climate-controlled venue for ...read more
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    Friday, July 17, 2020
    Content clustering uses pillar posts to drive conversions. We learned the ins-and-outs of content clustering from Aja Frost, the Senior Content Strategist on HubSpot’s SEO team. Thanks to Aja, we’ve been able to use content clustering to boost our own conversions, making us confident that this is a strategy you should know about. For each pillar post in your cluster strategy, you’ll create several ...read more
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    Friday, July 17, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Jenn and Lewis Bear III as the 2020 Escambia County Big of the Year. Throughout the years, the Bear family has dedicated endless time to the BBBSNWFL agency. Because of their dedication to not only the agency, but also with their Little Brother Sam, the staff of BBBSNWFL could not think of anyone more deserving of this ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    As positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Florida and here in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) and Twin Cities Hospital (TCH) are taking proactive action in order to position the hospital to better serve the immediate health care needs of our community.  Beginning Thursday, July 16, FWBMC and TCH will temporarily defer the scheduling of ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    The heat was no match for three inmates who recently completed a 240-hour welding credential training program through a partnership between Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Three graduates (left to right) Shauna Gilbert, Jessica Williams and Michele Grindstaff represented the first all-female inmate welding class at the Walton County Jail and ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach High School (FWBHS) alumni, faculty and other community members have joined together to establish the Ernie Green Memorial Scholarship Endowment through the Northwest Florida State College Foundation in memory of late FWBHS coach, Ernest Green. Those who knew Ernest "Ernie" Green say that he was the consummate professional as a coach, teacher and administrator. In his 35 years ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    At a recent virtual board meeting, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) announced the 2020/2021 line-up of board members and officers.  The Walton County Sherriff Office’s (WCSO)Major Audie Rowell is the new President, Janet Parker is Vice President, and Alan Wood is Treasurer. Other members are immediate past president, Bill Fletcher, along with Tammy Pierce, Eric Aden, Todd ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, July 20, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Monday, July 13, 2020
    Tiffany Merrell with WaterVue helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by holding a Pantry Party for CIC Kids.  Thanks to the generous donations from the staff and supporters through the “Pantry Party”, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood received necessary food and supplies to stock the CIC Kay’s Cupboard Food Pantry. WaterVue at Brooks Street is a breathtaking waterfront venue for ...read more
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    Monday, July 13, 2020
    Summer showers and soggy ground conditions could not keep Northwest Florida State College from proceeding with the rescheduled groundbreaking for its new Walton Works Training Center of Excellence at the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs. Members of the local community joined Walton County Officials, NWFSC Board of Trustee members along with College personnel to celebrate the building of this ...read more
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    Monday, July 13, 2020
    This month we’ve been discussing the value of updating your current technology. We are using Medical Offices as our example, but in reality, this information is important to all small businesses. In this week's blog, we will discuss the pitfalls of sticking your head in the sand by being resistant to change. Let’s assume that everything we’ve said about upgrading your technology resonated with ...read more
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    Friday, July 10, 2020
    Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast Guild has elected to recognize Roger Hall's significant contributions to the Northwest Florida region by creating the Roger L. Hall Legacy Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) with a pledge of $15,000. Hall has served as Regional President of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast and Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf for 18 years. ...read more
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    Friday, July 10, 2020
    The City of Destin’s highest priority is the safety of the public and our employees. Due to potential COVID-19 exposures and in order to maintain continuity of operations, the lobbies at Destin City Hall and the Destin City Hall Annex will close to the public effective today. Members of the public can still request to meet with staff, every effort will be made to honor those requests; however, all ...read more
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    Thursday, July 09, 2020
    The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with FloridaMakes which will add immediate value to the EDC’s long-standing Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN).   With a stated goal of maximizing the level of operational resources available to the EDC’s TeCMEN and its members, the ...read more
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    Thursday, July 09, 2020
    WHEN AND WHERE:Staples CrestviewSaturday, July 25, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Text and Virtual Donations accepted now through: Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Text Donation: Text CRAMTHEVAN to 41444 Online Donation: Amazon Wishlist: https://bit.ly/CTVAmazonWishlistMake a Gift Online: https://bit.ly/MakeAGiftCTV United Way Emerald Coast and community partners are hosting the annual Cram the Van school supply ...read more
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    Thursday, July 09, 2020
    Cody Bowling and Brian Ecenarro, representing Genuine Replacement Parts of Mary Esther, were recently recognized for their generous support as the “Presenting Sponsor” for the 13th Annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic, benefiting Children In Crisis. Thanks to great community support, the Annual Tournament has grown to be one of the most prestigious charity tournaments on the Emerald Coast! Ken ...read more
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    Thursday, July 09, 2020
      Welcome back to our series about Customer Value Journey. In the previous segments, we talked about how to: - Gain your customer's attention- Get them to engage  - Ask them to subscribe- Convert them into buyers - Excite them Now it is finally time for step 6 in the customer value journey which we call “ascension”. Step 6: Ascension Ascension happens after a new customer makes a purchase they ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released six rehabilitated sea turtles early Tuesday morning, June 30th, 2020 at Grayton Beach State Park off of East County Highway 30A. All six of the rehabilitated sea turtles fell victim to ingested marine debris in the Gulf or fishing equipment related injuries. Their time of stay in rehabilitation at the C.A.R.E. Center varied.    The first ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) announces United States Navy Logistics Specialist First Class Kwame Kusi Appiah as the 2020 Ron Mobayed Military Big of the Year.  The Ron Mobayed Award was established as a memorial to the life of Lt. Ronald Joseph Mobayed, who was an outstanding Big Brother while he was stationed in Pensacola for flight training in the early 1990s. ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced Wednesday that Northwest Florida State College has been awarded $1,497,320 to stand up the NWFSC Youth Apprenticeship Program. The full announcement can be accessed at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200630-1. The Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grant aims to increase participation by youth, ages 16 ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    This meeting has been cancelled. On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Harbor CRA Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday July 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    PROGRAMS •**NEW** PICKLEBALL: Play Pickleball at Destin Community Center! The fee is $3 per session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes! Session times vary, so call for available days and times 850-654-5184. •HALF DAY SUMMER CAMP: A summer day camp will be offered at the Destin Community Center from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a lunch program from ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    The current state of business is morphing into something we haven’t seen before. New ideas and procedures are being created every day to keep businesses running and to address these new challenges. A recent modern convenience is telemedicine. While it’s been around in a limited form for a while, current circumstances have given it a major boost in both interest and development. In this blog, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    In partnership with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the Committee for Justice, Equality and Fairness will present the first of a series of online community conversations surrounding social justice in Walton County.  The public is invited to participate in this first conversation taking place July 8, at 6 p.m. titled “Policing and Race in Walton County: A Conversation with DeFuniak ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    Warren Averett Technology Group has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) Stars for 2020, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software. This is the third year in a row that Warren Averett Technology Group has received this recognition.  Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    You’re invited to a free webinar focused on Desktop as a Service (DaaS). This educational webinar will focus on:Simplified IT Management Hardware Refresh - extend the life of existing hardware by no longer relying on the local machine to perform tasks or run applications.Scalability - rapidly add new users with the single click of a button – deploying the desktop and applications to anyone in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College administration has been working diligently to prepare for campus re-opening and is striving toward a safer, healthier campus environment so that we can continue offering high-quality education and fulfill our mission of improving lives on the Emerald Coast. The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Working closely with our ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    Shield of Faith (SOF) Missions is a non-profit organization serving our Nation’s warriors.  The purpose of SOF Missions is to combat the veteran suicide crisis by restoring purpose, resiliency, and life after service.  SOF Missions was founded in 2011 by Dr. Damon Friedman, an Air Force Special Operator who served four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The scars of war took a huge toll ...read more
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    Monday, July 06, 2020
    As a Level II Trauma Center, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center typically runs a high census in the ICU, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Bed capacity is a fluctuating figure depending on the care needed by our patients on any given day. This is why our hospital has been preparing for months to respond to potential impacts of COVID-19. We have surge plans in place for the ICU that will be ...read more
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    Monday, July 06, 2020
    Nothing Bundt Cakes in Destin, led by Kevin Arnold (owner on far left) and his team, Keith Crenshaw, Veronika Kuster, LaTiffany Redding and Alysia McLeod, graciously agreed to help the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) by showing ECCAC some appreciation. Nothing Bundt Cakes deeply discounted 96 “bundtlets” in individual packaging with personalized tags for ECCAC staff and some of ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    The City of Destin will host two Men’s Recreation Softball Leagues. Upper Division league will play on Tuesday nights, starting on Aug. 11, 2020. Lower Division league will play on Thursday nights, starting on Aug. 13. A mandatory team captains’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Destin Community Center. Space is limited to the first 8 teams per division that register. Team ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    In the previous email, we discussed how to get initial conversion and acquire new customers. Today, we will focus on the next step of Customer Value Journey: Step 5: Excitement  At this point, your customer has had transactions with you. Your goal is to make sure that they get value from their transaction. You also need to make sure that the transaction is a good one – the excitement of the ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Gulf Breeze Police Officer Dennis Youngren as the 2020 Santa Rosa County Big of the Year. Youngren thought he was going to Gulf Breeze City Hall for a training when he walked into many familiar faces applauding him. Dennis’s wife, Little Brother and family, Gulf Breeze Mayor Cherry Fitch, Gulf Breeze Police Chief Hawthorne, ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Enter to win a complimentary Dining in the Sand set-up for two or a $100 credit toward a larger group set up! This giveaway does not include dinner or drinks, but simply covers or credits toward the set-up fee for a Dining in the Sand experience. To enter, click here to be taken to the giveaway post on 790 on the Gulf's Facebook page page. Once there, you must:1.Like our Facebook page2.Like and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    As Florida continues to experience a high unemployment rate amid the coronavirus pandemic, the loss of health insurance coverage is also a major concern of those who are unemployed. As a member of the HCA Healthcare family, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) and Twin Cities Hospital (TCH) offers a free insurance hotline available to assist individuals and families who have lost health ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    On Wednesday, June 24, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) celebrated the completion of its newest water tower, Tower 5, with a valve turning ceremony honoring all of the companies and individuals who worked on the project.  Located at 719 Forest Street, the celebration brought together representatives from each company who played a part in creating the new tower. Community members and DWU employees ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    In our last two blogs, we've discussed the pros, cons, and popularity of using VoIP Phone Systems for small businesses. And we have concluded that VoIP technology is only going to become more popular moving into the future. If you’re tired of high phone bills, particularly from long-distance or international calls, then you need to look into getting a VoIP phone system. We’ve been getting a lot ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) names Pensacola Police Officer David Partrick and his wife Jennifer as the 2020 Bigs with Badges Big of the Year. The couple was surprised at the station by Pensacola Police Department leadership, BBBSNWFL staff and their Little Brother’s family.  David and Jennifer’s match with Kamari is what is called a ‘Big Duo’, where two people mentor ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces applications are open for the second round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through August 28th through ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College would like to recognize its spring semester 2020 graduates, including those graduating with honors. “Congratulations to all of our Raider Grads on the completion of their degree or credential,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “They have excelled under extreme circumstances, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.” For students ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    The Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program is still accepting applications from eligible businesses to be recipients of the $5,000 grant awards until such time that the grant funding is depleted. This grant was made possible through a $300,000 contribution from Gulf Power, and it is the second round of funding for the grant program. Please read the requirements to ensure ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
      In the previous email, we discussed how to gain more subscribers, and are continuing to engage them.  Today, we will focus on the next step of Customer Value Journey: Step 4: Conversion. As you gain more subscribers and are continuing to engage them, some of them will be ready to increase their level of commitment. They like the information you share and have begun to trust you, so they are ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    SocialLee PR & Media Co is excited to officially announce that United Way of the Emerald Coast has become its newest client! United Way Emerald Coast is a volunteer-based organization that brings individuals and groups together in a community-wide effort to help people. This local charitable organization partners with and raises money for local health and human care service providers.
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Recently the Arc of the Emerald Coast installed new flooring and appliances at the Fort Walton Beach Adult Day Training Center, which is a program that offers adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities a variety of opportunities to have fun, be creative, learn, and be productive. The much-needed renovation of the Adult Center was made possible thanks to a generous donation of $20,000 ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    This donation marks over $95,000 that Rosemary Beach Foundation has gifted Shelter House throughout the years! Thank you, Rosemary Beach Foundation. You are changing the lives of local survivors! 
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    The Island by Hotel RL recently completed more than $15 million in renovations. The resort-wide renovations are a must-see for any vacationer and local. Book your next vacation or staycation with the Island soon.  We hear, if you happen to stay over the weekend, you can meet the resident mermaid, Misty. 
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Tune in to see the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra musicians individually record their part to Star Wars "Main Theme." This is the culmination of a series of online rehearsals under the direction of Music Director Aaron King Vaughn. They each individually recorded their part and Sinfonia blended their videos together to make this incredible performance!
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida announced today that the 2020 membership is 448 women, giving back $448,000 of grant award funding to nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.   Impact100 NWF finalists will be chosen from five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Recreation & Preservation, Family and Health & Wellness. Our Finance Committee will ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Navy Federal Credit Union, Mortgage and Lending Supervisor; Christopher Martinez as the 2019-2020 School to Work Big of the Year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, this recognition took place virtually. The BBBSNWFL staff chose Christopher for this honor because of the impact he has on his Little ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Destin City Council will host a workshop to discuss the Norriego Point Park Embayment’s on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Okaloosa County, AARP has cancelled the free tax preparation services at the Destin Library. Representatives from AARP will contact everyone with an appointment to notify them of the cancellation. AARP will not resume their service for this tax year. They do plan to partner with the Destin Library to offer free tax preparations next year.  If you have any ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On June 24, 2020, crews will be working at Clement Taylor to replace the seawall. Most of the park and portions of the parking lot will be closed for the public’s safety due to the large construction equipment that will be utilized to repair the seawall. The children’s playground and nearby pavilion will remain open for public use. 
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Board of Adjustment will meet on Wednesday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    PROGRAMS •HALF DAY SUMMER CAMP: A summer day camp will be offered at the Destin Community Center from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a lunch program from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. The camp is for ages 5 - 12 years of age and costs $65 per week for non - Destin residents and $50 per week for Destin residents (lunch is an extra $15/non-resident & $10/resident). Each day will be a morning ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop Monday, June 29, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On June 16, Northwest Florida State College’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the College’s budget for the 2020-2021 academic year with no increases to tuition or fees. This marks the seventh consecutive year the Board of Trustees has held tuition flat for students. “It is our mission here at Northwest Florida State College to provide high-quality, globally competitive education at affordable ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    Help Stock the Food For Thought Pantry for the 2020/21 School Year!  In light of the current state of our daily lives, we are revamping our annual Stock the Pantry Food Drive to be a virtual team-based fundraiser this year. There are 10 Team spots left!  Instead of collecting food items, we will have this virtual fundraiser, where each team will contribute to raise money towards our goal of ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is excited to announce the Triumph Gulf Coast Board unanimously voted to approve a grant of $7,064,665 to Northwest Florida State College to fund the Aviation Center of Excellence (ACE) project at its meeting on June 18. This transformational center serves as a catalyst for workforce training to support the growing aerospace community in our region. Over ...read more
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    Monday, June 22, 2020
    On Friday, June 19, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) attorney Adam J. T.W. White was installed as president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Florida Bar. The ceremony was held virtually in Pensacola due to COVID-19 concerns and was originally scheduled to take place in Orlando at the Florida Bar Annual Convention.  White has served on the YLD Board of Governors for five years. In his ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    In the previous email, we talked about Customer Awareness and Engaging. Last time we discussed how to engage in meaningful conversation. Once someone likes their experience with your brand, trust begins to build.  Now, it's time to get their permission to constantly be in touch with them. Here comes the next step of Customer Value Journey:   Step 3: Creating Subscribers  Think back to the ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    On Thursday, June 11, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Big Sister Sally Pink as the 2020 Okaloosa County Big of The Year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, this recognition took place virtually over Zoom with her family, friends, her Little Sister, and members of the BBBSNWFL board and staff. The BBBSNWFL staff chose Sally for this ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    Food For Thought continues to serve the community, and fight childhood hunger through modified services. Each week, 600+ families are served at five locations through curbside pickups. We are grateful for our volunteers and members of our community who continue to give their time and resources when the needs in our community are not just ongoing, but growing. We are here to continue to ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Diane Green and Carolyn DiFebo as the top producers for the first quarter of 2020. Diane Green (left) earned “Top Sales Agent” and Carolyn DiFebo (right) was named the “Top Listing Agent” for results achieved January through March 2020. “We had a great start to the year, and it is great to celebrate Diane and Carolyn for their hard work ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast released the third phase of grant money totaling $70,000 to 15 local non-profit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties from the COVID-19 Relief fund.  Since United Way began the COVID-19 relief grant process, they have provided a total of $140,000 back to 19 vetted local non-profits.  United Way works with hundreds of partners to fight for the health, education, and ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy is pleased to announce its recent hire of Brand Designer Corinne (Rinn) Garlanger. In her role as Brand Designer, Garlanger works to create publication designs, branding, digital advertising graphics and interface design for a slew of clientele. Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke notes the importance of each Frances ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Town Center CRA Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday June 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    On Thursday, June 4, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized Big Brother Marcus Dillard from Okaloosa County, with the 2020 Michael Robidoux Hero Award. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, this presentation took place virtually over Zoom with his family, colleagues, and the BBBSNWFL staff. Every Big is extremely important to the organization, but Marcus has shown a ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College recognized the superior scholastic achievement of students completing the Spring 2020 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 with nine ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Local Planning Agency will meet on Thursday, June 18th, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Summer reading isn’t just for kids anymore! We are excited to invite library patrons ages 18 and up to participate in our first ever Adult Summer Reading Challenge using our new Beanstack reading tracker. Create your FREE account on the web at cityofdestin.beanstack.org or download the free app to your mobile device. After registering, click on the “Log Reading and Activities” button to log your ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Planning your dream wedding, but the national pandemic has you in a panic? The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks is giving away a FREE wedding package hosted at the Emerald Coast’s gorgeous Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida. Essential employees from Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, or Walton counties who have had to work during the COVID-19 epidemic can enter to win a wedding ceremony package ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Nonprofits from throughout the area are feeling the squeeze as many are challenged to increase programs to meet growing needs, while working to keep those they serve safe. This growing demand is further exasperated by lack of funding as a result of cancelled fundraising events. Many are facing unanticipated needs for funding; so, in response the White-Wilson Community Foundation has introduced a ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    The City of Destin will host the 34th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The fireworks show will begin promptly at 9 p.m. and can be seen over the Destin Harbor, East Pass. Spectators may tune in to Z96 (96.5 FM) for the simulcast music. Residents and visitors are highly encouraged to practice social distancing and other necessary precautions while gathering at the ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about VoIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is just fancy jargon for an internet phone system. People are hearing from friends or business acquaintances who are using VoIP that, not only are they saving money, but this “new” technology has added a lot of flexibility to their daily operations. While it is true that VoIP systems will save you money over ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    PROGRAMS •HALF DAY SUMMER CAMP: A summer day camp will be offered at the Destin Community Center from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a lunch program from 12 - 1 p.m. The camp is for ages 5 - 12 years of age and costs $65 per week for non - Destin residents and $50 per week for Destin residents (lunch is an extra $15/non-resident & $10/resident). Each day will be a morning full of ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    There may be many changes to the way that food is now provided to the families we serve, but Food For Thought remains committed to help fight against hunger no matter what the future may bring.  What we do know, is that there is a need, and we will continue to adapt to provide food for families in our community; the need is ongoing and growing and we will not stop our mission to fight food ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Destin Commons announces the openings of Klara Haloho, Bella Vita Boutique, and Bell Family Dispensary. "We are very excited to add these three locally-owned shops to our award winning lineup of stores and restaurants. They will provide additional one-of-a-kind shopping options for our guests as they enjoy returning to in-person activities."  - Heather Ruiz, Senior Director Marketing & Leasing, ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Harbor and Waterways Board will meet on Monday, June 22, at 5 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in accordance ...read more
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    Friday, June 12, 2020
    Thank you for coming back on the Value Journey with me as we discuss the 8 steps to creating a powerful word of mouth marketing campaign for your business.   Last week's article discussed step 1, talking about customer awareness.  Now that they are aware, we need to talk about Step 2: Engaging Conversation  This step is about engaging in meaningful, valuable conversations. It is so VITAL, ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, June 15th, 2020, at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    In accordance with Florida Statute 1009.23(12)(a) and to be voted on in the June 16, 2020, NWFSC Board of Trustees Meeting, the proposed course and lab fees recommended for adjustment with the start of the Fall 2020 semester can be found by accessing https://www.nwfsc.edu/about/leadership/board-of-trustees/.  As itemized in the list, these fees cover expenses unique to course offerings, such as ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    With an unusual spring semester for the class of 2020, one thing remains the norm, an opportunity to receive a prestigious scholarship named to honor Taylor Haugen’s legacy. Haugen, T as his friends and family called him, passed away from an abdominal injury sustained while playing football for Niceville High School in 2008. After some fundraising by Niceville High School students, a scholarship ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    Ascension Sacred Heart has named Henry Stovall as regional president to lead Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals serving the Emerald Coast and Gulf County. He will replace Roger Hall, who will retire as president of the two hospitals on July 5, after 18 years of service that produced a steady growth of high-quality healthcare services in Walton County and Gulf County.  Stovall also will oversee ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s Gulf coast, recently received a coveted Award of Excellence in the 2019 Hilton Hotels and Resorts Brand Awards, an annual recognition celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Hilton Hotels around the world. As an award recipient, Hilton Sandestin has demonstrated the highest level of quality and ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    Here’s a quick test – what do these seemingly random alphanumerical groupings have in common? 123456 password 123456789 12345678 12345 111111 1234567 sunshine qwerty iloveyou That is a list of the top ten passwords used in 2018. Recognize any of these? If you don’t, you’re not necessarily in the clear, but your chance of becoming compromised or hacked is far less than someone who uses ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    In the last article we talked about an 8 step process called “A Customer Value Journey.”   It’s the path a company takes a potential customer on to convert them from a stranger to a buyer to a raving fan.    The first of the 8 steps is all about customer awareness. People need to know your business exists. So, think of this step as the introduction you get when you meet someone new.  Whether ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s celebrated two recent graduates, Josiah Gould and Candice Montague (pictured here), who were able to attain higher education degrees through Costa McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity Programs. Due to COVID-19, traditional graduation ceremonies were cancelled, so the Costa team took it into their own hands to celebrate the accomplishments of Gould and Montague. Complete ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    Throughout June, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is working to promote their specialty Florida State License Plate. The Tax Collector offices throughout Northwest Florida have partnered with the agency to help spread the word and encourage the surrounding communities to support BBBSNWFL in a big way. BBBSNWFL ranks third out of the eleven agencies in the state for most ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    On June 3, 2020, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art destination, opens in Miramar Beach, Florida. Born with a vision to make high-end art attainable for everyone, the gallery features seven artists and a fully equipped ceramic studio for both classes and open studio time for advanced artists. Owner and artist Jason Lindblad welcomes all guests to the gallery to experience the ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    You are our guest and we want you to be able to fully relax while on vacation, knowing that your vacation rental is clean and that you and your family are safe.  Our cleaning and sanitation habits have always exceeded the requirements set by the Vacation Rental Management Association, and we have upped our standards to meet the new guidelines presented by the CDC that are directly related to the ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    InterMountain Management is proud to announce the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Destin Miramar Beach. The 111-room hotel is just a short walk to the sugar-white sand beaches and emerald green waters of the Gulf Coast. Shopping is just across the street at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall with more high-end retail shops, restaurants and movie theaters available at Grand Boulevard. The ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    As many of our locals have discovered, the boating lifestyle has offered a great antidote for Coronavirus. While many around the country were hunkered down in their homes, our local boaters were able to huddle with their families and enjoy precious time on the water.  Emerald Coast Marine immediately enacted safe boating and social distancing measures throughout the property, involving all ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology. The Harbor CRA Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday June 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) in ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    Beginning June 8, 2020, residents who reside full-time within the incorporated area of Destin are now eligible to receive up to two free beach parking passes (per household) for use in paid parking areas along Scenic Highway 98 in Crystal Beach and Gulf Shore Drive in Holiday Isle.  Parking passes will be available to obtain online at www.cityofdestin.com/annualpass. Or citizens may come to pick ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, the Destin Library will implement the following updates in services:  •Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m.•Building occupancy will be limited to 70 patrons.•In-person library events remain suspended until further notice. Online Summer Reading Program activities for ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    The Destin City Council voted on Monday, June 2,  and approved staff to allow for full competition between child and adult fall sports teams from the same local geographic area with adherence to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guiding principles for youth sports. In accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’s latest Executive Orders (EO) concerning COVID-19, recreation staff are actively planning ...read more
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    Friday, June 05, 2020
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released two rehabilitated sea turtles on Tuesday morning, June 2nd, 2020.  With sea turtle nesting season officially starting on May 1st, the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center team has been busy rehabilitating multiple sick or injured turtles. The immediate release of two of their patients was a joyous event for all. The first turtle to be released was ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    As we are just beginning the road to reopening the economy, there is no doubt that the Governor allowing Northwest Florida to open short-term rentals has been a boon to this area.  The tourists and visitors are here.  They are in the stores and restaurants and are enjoying the beaches and attractions our community has to offer.  There is no doubt that families were ready to hit the road and do ...read more
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    Monday, June 01, 2020
    On Tuesday, May 26, The Allstate Foundation presented a Helping Hands Grant of $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in recognition of a school supply drive orchestrated by local Allstate agents from Pensacola to Panama City. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, this check presentation took place virtually over Zoom with participating agents ...read more
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    Monday, June 01, 2020
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would also like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 11th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest and first virtual poster contest due to COVID-19. This year due to COVID-19 we asked participants to share what they have been doing or seeing during COVID-19. Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all ...read more
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    Friday, May 29, 2020
    Nathan Sparks, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County recently served as a guest on the national Advanced Manufacturing Now podcast. Tune in to hear Nathan discuss the many advantages that Okaloosa County offers to advanced manufacturing enterprises (a primary business recruitment target for the EDC). Notable local employers, innovative educational partnerships ...read more
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    Friday, May 29, 2020
    What do you do when you discover a restaurant where you love the food and the atmosphere? Or when you see a movie that absolutely exceeds your expectations?   Do you keep all that good stuff to yourself?  Probably not.   We like to talk about the experiences we enjoy.   Word of mouth marketing is the most powerful form of marketing any business can have.   So, how do you get to the point ...read more
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    Friday, May 29, 2020
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions for third graders entering the 2020-2021 academic year on June 27 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only must be made by June 24 at 5 p.m. No prior dance training or academic achievement level is required for students seeking admittance to the third grade. Auditions are open to all children in the community, and ...read more
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    Friday, May 29, 2020
    The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Northwest Florida State College has been awarded a grant of $1,152,483 to fund the NWFSC Job Corps Scholars program. The full announcement can be accessed at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200528-0. This non-residential program will include, at no cost to the participants: a 12-month career technical training component, with up ...read more
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    Thursday, May 28, 2020
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    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    This summer, Food For Thought is providing curbside food pick ups for 500-600 families twice a month, at five locations in Okaloosa and Walton counties. These families are struggling to feed their kids due to the widespread unemployment caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, which is causing an increase in food-insecurity. At each food service, the families will receive 30-50 food items in order for ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    You’re happily humming along on the Internet thinking you’ve got a pretty good understanding. You can navigate your way around Google, Facebook, Amazon, and news sites. You’re actually only visiting four percent of the Internet. There’s a whole world (96% of the Internet) hiding beyond these safe surface-level sites, known as the Dark Web. It’s a much less hospitable place. What exactly is the ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    On Thursday, May 21, the attorneys and staff of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) brought ice cream trucks to Ascension Sacred Heart to treat the associates who have been working hard to help keep the community well during the pandemic of COVID-19. “Our team had a lot of fun hosting ice cream for all of the dedicated doctors and staff at Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola,” said Wes Reeder, ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is pleased to announce a new 2020 Concerts in the Village lineup. With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that concertgoers adhere to the following social distancing measures. •Groups must be ten people or less•VIP tables spaced 10 feet apart•Maintain 6ft distance between your ten-person or less group and ...read more