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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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    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
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    Wednesday, May 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, June 1st, 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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    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company re-opens its doors for Summer Camp 2020. In addition to the online Summer Camp programs now underway, ECTC has released the schedule for in-person, on-site classes, workshops and lessons designed for various age groups that range from preschool aged children through 12th grade high schoolers.  Tuition ranges from $40 to $395 per student depending on the program. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    The City of Destin, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. The City of Destin will fund the grant with a contribution of $103,000. The individual grant amount is $2,500. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant. The Florida SBDC at UWF will process COMPLETE application packets for eligible for-profit ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Your Better Business Bureau® Serving Northwest Florida Foundation announces the three recipients of the 2020 BBB Student Ethics Scholarships in District II (Okaloosa and Walton Counties). Madison Gilmore, a senior at South Walton High School, Molly Hubbard, a senior at Seacoast Collegiate High School, and Victoria Sherwin, a senior at Niceville High School. The program was created to recognize ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Niceville-based creative firm and solutionist agency, Frances Roy, welcomes 2020 Summer Intern, Meredith Freeman. The unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 gave reason for the agency to consider delaying the internship program until the following summer, but with a calculated pivot, Frances Roy offered the internship to one individual who stood out among her peers. Frances Roy fosters the growth of ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital’s parent company, HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), today announced that it has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) with the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for its pioneering work using artificial intelligence to help reduce sepsis mortality. Sepsis Prediction and ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Blog from CRC Data Technologies -  Currently, there is no such thing as Business as Usual. Every day, small and medium businesses are re-inventing how they function. The most unfortunate side-effect of this COVID-19 crisis is that many small businesses have closed, and many of those will not re-open. The economic repercussions from this event will ripple throughout the landscape for decades. Only ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.7 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations, including five $101,600 grants in 2019.  Nonprofits need support to provide services to those in need in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Every ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 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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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast has released its second phase of grant money totaling $40,000 to seven local charities in Okaloosa and Walton counties from their COVID19 Relief fund.   United Way works with hundreds of partners to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Their COVID relief grants provide support to charities who provide ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    As an organization driven by one-to-one connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) had to adapt in many ways due to COVID-19. In response, BBBSNWFL remains virtual, keeping the health and wellness of the staff, volunteers, children, and families at the highest priority. The staff of BBBSNWFL is working remotely and innovating new engaging ways to remain connected with ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    As part of the Destin Library’s 2020 Imagine Your Story! Summer Reading Program, we are excited to offer access to great programs virtually from the library’s web page. Visit cityofdestin.com/library and click on the Summer Reading Program link to view these programs beginning June 1.  First up on our slate of performers is Jim Gill, a beloved singer and children’s performer from Chicago, ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    The Exchange Club of Niceville continued their 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.  The $1,000 annual donation qualifies them as a member of the CIC Kid’s  Club. Additionally, the membership donated paper products for the CIC foster homes.  This is one of the most used items ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    City Manager Lance Johnson announced a soft reopening of some of City of Destin’s facility lobbies, including city hall and community center, starting Wednesday. The gradual reopening includes limited public access to some buildings, with restrictions, and following all Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines. •Destin City Hall Lobby will be open to the public on Monday, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Artful Things of Niceville donated Art Supply gift cards and Toys to Kids living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood.  Thanks to the generous donation, the CIC Kids will have art and school supplies for the school summer vacation. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our children in need with school summer vacation activities and a BIG SMILE!  The donation ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Originally built in 1966 with just 100 rooms, Okaloosa Island’s iconic beachfront hotel has completely transformed following a $15+ million renovation.  Since January of 2018, The Island, by Hotel RL has been in the midst of the most extensive facelift in the property's 54-year history.  Before The Island was the chic, newly renovated boutique beach getaway, it was one of the first hotels on ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The 2020 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website and City of Destin Government Facebook page. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm.  For more information, please visit: www.cityofdestin.com/hurricaneguide. 
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Z96/WZNS, in conjunction with Eglin Federal Credit Union, is hosting a "Dance Party Prom" on Saturday, May 30, starting at 8 p.m.  The Fort Walton Beach-Destin radio station that plays “All The Hits,” is turning its weekly “Saturday Night Hit Mix” into a special occasion for area high school teens who didn’t get a prom this year due to COVID-19.   Z96 encourages students, teachers, school ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Now more than ever, there is a need for peace of mind when it comes to the cleanliness of vacation rentals. As travel bans are lifted and visitors are eagerly planning their trips once more, they will understandably have questions and concerns about the cleanliness of their property. In light of this, Southern Vacation Rentals has launched Southern’s Clean Initiative to provide that peace of mind. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Whether your thespian craves the glow of a center stage spotlight or prefers to make the magic happen backstage behind-the-scenes, Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s 2020 Summer Camp series has something to offer you.  Following CDC guidelines, this selection of “socially distanced” Summer 2020 classes are offered online. These sessions begin June 2 and run through June 18. The classes, workshops ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    CareerSource Okaloosa Walton’s Board has been awarded a $150,000 Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant to provide disaster-relief and humanitarian assistance temporary employment opportunities. The purpose of the grant is to minimize the employment and economic impact of COVID-19 in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Funds are limited!   The following are examples of potentially allowable temporary ...read more
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    Monday, May 18, 2020
    Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Destin Library’s Beanstack reading tracker app will go live! Patrons can either download the app to their mobile phones and tablets or access the web version at cityofdestin.beanstack.org to sign up for this great FREE service. After downloading the app, parents are encouraged to pre-register their children for our Beanstack Summer Reading Challenges, which begin ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    Lucy Buffett, CEO and owner of LuLu’s,  announced they have just re-opened their Destin restaurant. “We have worked diligently to create new guidelines with the utmost concern for the safety and well-being of our treasured customers and my extra-ordinary staff,” commented Buffett. “As we get back to business, we have made a few changes at the restaurant. Our team has implemented numerous ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    We have taken our time preparing for your return to our store - cleaned everything and added extra measures to help us social distance. We will wear masks and we ask our customers to do the same. Also, tried on clothing will be steamed before returning to the floor. Shop safe at Today's! Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Monday by private appointment only.  
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    CareerSource Okaloosa Walton will begin systematically reopening its Fort Walton Beach Career Center on May 18th  to serve those most impacted by COVID-19. Virtual services will continue to be provided online, by phone and email. Initially, the career center will be open by appointment only, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. More extensive career services will become available in accordance ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    Henderson Park Inn is set to reopen to the public on Friday, May 15. The team behind the Inn has worked diligently to create a new set of procedures in order to better protect their guests and employees.   Henderson Park Inn closed its doors on March 21 due to the heightened concern for the spread of COVID-19. The owners and management staff of both the Inn and Beach Walk Café have developed an ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    The BIA hasn't been able to have any events since February because of COVID-19.  We miss interacting with our members and the community. So we've come up with a fun idea to get our membership involved and have some fun with our local community! Building Bingo!  We're asking for 24 BIA members to put their logo and Facebook shortcut on a square of a BINGO card.  You will provide us with a ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    Local entrepreneur, Veteran and mom of two Chassity Jackson of Battle Beauties Fashion was recently featured in a Berkeley College article about amazing moms. Read the full article here.
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    The City of Destin is now asking residents to submit their Henderson Beach State Park annual pass requests online. Rebate requests are also available through online submission. Joe’s Bayou Boat launch passes for residents and non-residents are now available to fill out online as well. All online requests will be processed and made available for mail delivery or curbside pickup at Destin City Hall ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    As we prepare to open the doors of your local Destin restaurant on May 13, the well-being of our Guests and Team Members is our top priority. We are dedicated to ensuring our restaurants remain a safe and comfortable place, and I would like to personally welcome you, your family, friends and coworkers to come back together in our dining rooms to enjoy warm hospitality and sizzling steaks. At ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    As an organization driven by one-to-one connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has to adapt in many ways due to COVID-19, but the health and wellness of everyone they serve is their top priority. In response to COVID-19, BBBSNWFL remains virtual. The staff of BBBSNWFL is working remotely but remains ready and available to assist the community in any way possible via ...read more
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    Monday, May 11, 2020
    VIP Destin Magazine announced the release of the May issue. You may view it here.
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    Monday, May 11, 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, May 18th, 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, May 11, 2020
    As we move through Phase I of re-opening our state and sorting out the "new normal," NFB has remained committed to offering classes and staying actively engaged with our students as well as our community. Below you will find information on our annual Summer Workshop, which we are thrilled to provide. Although it is online, via Zoom, the quality of instructors and instruction reflect the standard ...read more
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    Monday, May 11, 2020
    The Destin Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program invites you to Imagine Your Story! On Monday, June 1, 2020, readers of all ages can register for the Summer Reading Program through the library’s easy website form. Participants will explore timeless tales told and retold around the globe including fairy tales filled with wonder and magic, or folktales to show the humorous side of life.  We are ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    Upon Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing Executive Order 20-112, physicians are actively scheduling medical procedures at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. This action expands needed health care for area residents as patients, in consultation with their physicians can scheduled needed procedures, as well as access emergency and inpatient services that have continued to be available ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    Nine attorneys from Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon have been selected to the 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Florida are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.  The attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers are Alan B. Bookman (15th year selected), Erick M. Drlicka (8th year selected), Patrick G. Emmanuel (9th year selected), ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    The Premier Property Group (PPG) proudly announces Alyssa Walker has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Walker will spearhead all marketing functions for The Premier Property Group, including creating, implementing, and monitoring marketing strategies for both the company and all agents, commercial and residential.  As part of PPG, Walker provides a wide range of ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 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, Fla. 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 for ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    “From a Distance,” features work created by artists while “sheltering in place” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists were asked to submit work created since stay at home orders were issued and to share works that represent their unique perspectives. The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is pleased to announce and offer our congratulations to the selected first, second and third place ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Destin is sad to announce that, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 8th Annual Destin Rotary Cajun Crawfish Bash Charity Fundraiser has been cancelled. “Working with our sponsors, we decided it would be better to cancel the event versus rescheduling it and risking a lackluster turnout and erosion of our net proceeds for our charities,” said Club President, John ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    In early April, Mike and Valerie Thompson, the founders of the Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown, along with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF), made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Chi Chi Miguel Weekend in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For 13 years, the Chi Chi events have supported charities along the Gulf Coast, including the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. (ECCAC) So, on April ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) is responding to meet the needs of Walton County, Fla., artists impacted by COVID-19 by launching a matching campaign for its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists.  #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Join Fore Her in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of charitable giving. #GivingTuesdayNow will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. In 2019 Fore Her helped 15 women and spent $49,964.72 on mortgage/rent payments, car repairs, and utility bills. So far in 2020 Fore Her has helped 7 women and spent $32,582.11. Now more than ever ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    In response to social distancing practices brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Florida State College will debut NWF Online LIVE, an alternative livestream instructional method for Summer 2020 semester, which begins May 18.   NWF Online LIVE will offer an abundance of general education courses with morning, afternoon and evening options. With this exciting new format, students will ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Thanks to the generous donations of face masks to the Children In Crisis Neighborhood, the children will be protected as the community opens in phases.  The protective masks were donated by Stephen Banks with n’Odor.  There are three sizes of masks and they’re reusable after cleaning. According to Stephen Banks who coordinated the donation, “I’m glad we were able to help because we know it’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    In an effort to send some joy at this time, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star collaborated with acclaimed artist Jeff Rogers to design and produce a custom 200 piece "Together" puzzle to send to each one of our Littles. Please join us today in defending the potential of our Littles by purchasing a puzzle! For every puzzle you purchase, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will send one to a Little ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    The past few weeks of this COVID-19 pandemic have created new habits for most people. From launching new businesses to learning new languages (unless you’re like us and juggling business and home life has been busier than ever), people are trying new things. Across the board, we have seen an increase in online activity, particularly people jumping on the bandwagon of those pesky Facebook quizzes. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Join Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast today in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow. Today is an opportunity for people to stand together in unity--to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal during these unprecedented times. Funds raised today will enable the BGCEC to continue paying payroll as well as operational expenses while we work to reopen centers next ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are. For this day of giving, Food For Thought will be kicking off our Sponsor a Family Program, in order to continue to feed families over the summer months.  Typically, we feed 600 families each summer, but in the ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Mayor Gary Jarvis wrote a letter encouraging our local grocery stores and pharmacies to maintain the shopping hours set for seniors and vulnerable citizens prior to the general public and continue the hours through Phase III of Governor Ron Desantis' s Recovery Plan for Florida. Read the letter here.
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Beach Walk Café, located within Henderson Park Inn, will reopen to the public on Thursday, May 7, for take-out and delivery service. Take-out and delivery services will be available daily from 3-8:30 p.m. On Friday, May 8, Beach Walk Café will then open their dining room for their normal business hours, 5-9 p.m., while operating at a 25 percent capacity inside. The outdoor seating area will be ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is excited to share the next installment in its Art on Demand series! This initiative is a series of online classes, demonstrations and activities designed to help us connect and create during this time of physical distancing. Next up is an opportunity to join us virtually on Wednesday, May 6, at 9 a.m. for an Art on Demand class taught by Visit South ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) hopes that each student and their family is doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time. The OAA would like to invite all K-12th grade Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 11th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.  Due to school closures and COVID-19, this year will be a virtual contest and gallery.  The OAA wants to ...read more
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    Friday, May 01, 2020
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    Friday, May 01, 2020
    If you suddenly lost your job, what would happen to your retirement money? You have three choices with your 401(k). One may turn out to be better for your retirement goals than the other two.  Leave your 401(k) alone. The money will stay invested, but you may not have the control over it or access to it that you would like. Your investment choices could be few, and plan fees may be high. On the ...read more
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    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    During last night’s special meeting the Destin City Council voted unanimously to open Destin beaches from dawn to dusk beginning Friday, May 1st. This includes public and private beaches, beach accessways, trails, parking areas solely for accessing public and private beaches, and city beachfront parks. This currently excludes county operated James Lee Park and Henderson Beach State Park. Please ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    As I write this, we are anxiously anticipating the release of Governor Ron Desantis’ plan to reopen the Florida economy. If Florida were its own country, our 1.2 trillion dollar economy would be the 17th largest in the world. It’s very important to have this powerful economy up and running again.  In the past six weeks, I have been on numerous statewide web meetings, numerous local web meetings, ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, today announced 172 of its affiliated hospitals are participating in a national study to test whether plasma from convalescent, or recovered, COVID-19 patients may help in the treatment of individuals currently sick from the virus. As part of the effort, these hospitals are seeking qualified ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (BGCEC) hosted the first of two supply drives on Friday, April 24, in preparation of reopening. The organization is collecting donations of cleaning supplies, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and non-perishable snacks.  “As our state begins to look at options for reopening venues and services, the BGCEC  is preparing to create a safe environment for our ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s is celebrating the retirement of one of their most loyal employees, Tom Poling, after 37 years with the company. Poling began working at the Navarre McDonald’s in 1984. Over the course of three decades, Poling has dedicated his time with the company to providing top-of-the-line leadership, customer service, and a positive outlook for his employees. An employee with ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    While the global spread of COVID-19 has made a tremendous impact on how hospitals and physicians conduct patient care, what will never change is Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s and Twin Cities Hospital’s commitment to the safety of every patient and care facility. Access to emergency services remains available to all, and patients with urgent health concerns, whether COVID-19 related or not, ...read more
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    Friday, April 24, 2020
    In response to Northwest Florida State College’s (NWFSC) efforts to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Eglin Federal Credit Union (EFCU) has taken action by donating $5,000 to the NWFSC Student Emergency Fund.   Eglin Federal Credit Union’s support will help students who face circumstances that threaten their continued success at NWFSC.  Gifts to the emergency fund help cover the ...read more
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    Friday, April 24, 2020
    Beginning, Wednesday, April 22,Costa Enterprises McDonald’s will be offering free “Thank You Meals” for all first responders including healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics with a valid ID, badge, or uniform. This is a part of a national initiative created by McDonald’s to say thank you to those who have been putting themselves on the front lines to help their ...read more
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    Friday, April 24, 2020
    The University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering has announced the establishment of its second Innovation Station, UFIS at the REEF. Located in northwest Florida near Eglin Air Force Base (EAFB), the new engineering extension program will leverage the infrastructure and resources afforded by the UF Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) while providing further ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Payroc, LLC, a high-growth merchant acquirer, processor and payment facilitation powerhouse, today announced it has acquired the assets and operations of independent sales organization Gateway Payments, LLC. Gateway Payments, with its principal sales office in Destin, Fla., serves merchants in Destin, Pensacola, New Orleans and other high-growth Gulf coast markets. The company’s customers and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    In April, Destin High School’s (DHS) Governing Board announced  that the tuition free public charter high school will defer opening until August of 2021.  The COVID19 outbreak has significantly impacted the community as a whole, challenging schools, businesses, and religious organizations alike. All schools are closed through this school year and the Stay-at-Home order issued by Governor DeSantis ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College’s 55th Annual Commencement Ceremony will look a little different this year as a result of the social distancing guidelines put into practice in efforts to flatten the curve against COVID-19. To honor the accomplishments of our graduates in real time, college leadership is producing NWFSC’s first Virtual Commencement Ceremony airing on May 2. The virtual ceremony ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Selected among numerous outstanding youth, Jacinda Rassa has been named the Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 73rd year, the Youth of the Year program honors our ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Food insecurity is on the rise during this unprecedented pandemic where so many are out of work, and with school now closed for the remainder of the academic year.  If you, or someone that you know of is need of help to put food on the table, please email us at support@fftfl.org and we will connect you to the critical services that we provide. #wecanhelp  Packing services look a little different ...read more
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    Monday, April 20, 2020
    The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.7 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations including five $101,600 grants in 2019. With many people and businesses being restricted during this pandemic period, it has become more evident ...read more
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    Monday, April 20, 2020
    Please assist your city by participating in and completing your 2020 Census.  Our count of the U.S. population happens every 10 years.  This year’s Census will generate population numbers that will be used for the next 10 years to determine political representation, as well as the awarding of over $775 Billion dollars in federal funding in a myriad of uses from infrastructure to financial support ...read more
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    Monday, April 20, 2020
    Glast Heim, a real estate consultant agency based in Fort Walton Beach, recently presented Children in Crisis a donation for $6,000 to help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected and abandoned children of the local community. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We opened the Children’s Neighborhood in February 2008 and since then; we’ve provided a home to about 975 Kids and ...read more
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    Friday, April 17, 2020
    On April 24, at 7 p.m., join 3rd Planet Brewing for our first ever Virtual Benefit Concert! Casey Kearney has so generously offered to play at her house and live stream through our Facebook page just for you! This concert will benefit Sharing & Caring of Niceville. Sharing & Caring of Niceville started in 1989 as a food pantry. Over thirty years later they are able to help community members with ...read more
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    Friday, April 17, 2020
    HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital and one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today announced it will provide as many as 1,000 ventilators as part of the American Hospital Association’s collaboration with the federal government and health systems to distribute this critical piece of equipment to hospitals experiencing ...read more
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    Friday, April 17, 2020
    Starting next week, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart will start new drive-thru centers in Destin and Panama City to provide community testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Clinical staff from Ascension Medical Group will set up drive-thru sites to collect nasal swabs from people who have symptoms of COVID-19 respiratory disease. The testing center in Destin will be located at Destin ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    In these unprecedented pandemic times, the community has stepped up to help the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in Niceville and the Pierce Family Center in DeFuniak Springs. This is also a time to acknowledge the importance of the community working together to help prevent child abuse and neglect and also to promote the social and emotional well-being of impacted children and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has closed its facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic, but dedicated staff members continue to find ways to stay engaged with youth in the community. Last weekend, staff gathered at the Fort Walton Beach center for two drive-thru giveaways. “We know these are hard times for our members and their families, and we wanted to spread some Easter cheer,” ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    We are so grateful for all those in the community who are continuing to support Food For Thought during this crisis.  Below are a few examples of local businesses in our community who are helping to give back to Food For Thought during the Covid-19 situation:  •Culver's in Miramar Beach - donating proceeds form their Frozen Custard•Whole Foods in Destin - providing pre-packed bags of food for ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently accepted a grant totaling $35,000 from the Helping Hands Foundation of the All In Credit Union. These funds will go towards a second mobile dental unit to focus on restorative dental care in the Okaloosa and Walton counties.     “The children served in our preventive program are in great need of restorative care. Many of these families do not ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    We've been busily working on new ways to connect and create during this time of physical distancing. We are thrilled to share we're launching an Art on Demand series of online classes, demonstrations and activities! First up is an opportunity to join us virtually on Wednesday, April 15, at 9 a.m., for an Art on Demand class taught by Allison Wickey in partnership with our friends at Watersound ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) has reopened grant applications acceptance to groups that serve Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties and have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through WWCF’s community health grant program, organizations can apply for funding for programs that have been negatively affected during this period. The grant application is available at ...read more
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    Monday, April 13, 2020
    In response to the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on colleagues, clients, and communities, Beach Community Bank has announced Beach Cares, a comprehensive commitment of support. This program aims to provide support and sustainability for our community during the pandemic crisis.  “The health and financial well-being of our team members, clients and communities has never been more important as ...read more
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    Monday, April 13, 2020
    Congrats to Choctawhatchee High School senior Jacinda Rassa for being named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 73rd year, the Youth of the Year program honors our ...read more
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    Monday, April 13, 2020
    Cody Bowling representing Genuine Appliance Parts of Mary Esther was recently recognized for generous support as the “Presenting Sponsor” for the 14th Annual Children In Crisis Golf Tournament. Thanks to the great community support the Annual CIC Tournament was a complete sellout with 144 golfers! Ken Hair, President and CEO, Children in Crisis, commented, “Genuine Appliance Parts’ support to the ...read more
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    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    As most of you know Dennis Gagnon Jr, Brian Brennan and I formed the Affordable Home Insurance Charities Foundation in 2012. The foundations goal has always been to support our local community in any way possible. In the past we’ve partnered with The Eagle Fund, Sandcastle Kids, Pawsitive Love Foundation, and The Emerald Coast Breast Cancer Foundation to name a few.  Sadly, due to COVID-19 we’ve ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    Thank you to all who have donated to United Way's COVID-19 Relief Fund! United Way Emerald is proud to announce Phase 1 Grant recipients. These agencies were selected because of their expertise in their field. They will help us address immediate needs for food, shelter, and healthcare. These funds are intended to support our ALICE households - those who are facing financial instability and crisis ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    If your employment has been impacted by #COVID19 and you're looking to file for Reemployment Assistance, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting paper applications.  To download the application, visit https://bit.ly/3aHOuTf.  Customers can pick up an application outside our FWB Center, Crestview outside our Main Street Suites location and outside our Emerald Coast ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    In show business, the show must go on. Leave it to Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) creative minds to give that notion a healthy twist.    Though they are following CDC guidelines and have closed their physical doors at their performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, due to the COVID-19 crisis, ECTC has continued to remain engaged with its theater patrons ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    In response to COVID-19, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has gone virtual. In order to flatten the curve and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the staff of BBBSNWFL will be working remotely, but remain ready and available to assist the community in any way possible via phone and email. In this time of uncertainty, BBBSNWFL will continue to be a reliable resource for ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    The Destin Snowbird Quilters recently presented beautiful hand-made quilts to each child living at the Children In Crisis (CIC) Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “The donation will make a huge difference in the lives of our children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Support from the Destin Snowbirds is vital to our very worthy mission.” Children in Crisis is a non-profit, ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    As a part of HCA Healthcare, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital announced new policies designed to protect staff financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an email to all 270,000 colleagues, HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen announced a new “pandemic pay continuation” policy to help protect their financial security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “As our CEO Sam said, ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA) established this past week 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 CAA’s website, and grant awards will be available within one week of approval. A ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    High school teams from all across Northwest Florida competed in the 33rd annual Math Bowl at Northwest Florida State College on Friday, March 6. This year’s event was made possible through a partnership with Team Eglin.   “Northwest Florida State College is proud to once again host the annual Math Bowl for our area high schools,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “Exposure to STEM ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    After careful consideration and observation, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) has postponed or canceled the following events: April 23, 2020: Concerts in the Village with Jeffrey Steele - POSTPONED April 30, 2020: Concerts in the Village with the M-80s  - POSTPONED May 1, 2020: Vin'tij Wine Dinner benefiting MKAF - CANCELED May 7, 2020: Concerts in the Village with Accent - ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital has well-established protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and our emergency planning efforts related to COVID-19 are very comprehensive. We are working in partnership with local and state health departments and the CDC, and continue to monitor the situation closely.  Our overall preparedness efforts during the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Although Northwest Florida State College is closed for in-person services for the remainder of the spring semester in response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the institution is offering extended operating hours via phone and online chat to meet the needs of our students.    General inquiries can be made by calling (850) 678-5111 during our extended hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s served 9,056 free combo meals to medical workers as a part of their “Free Meals for Heroes” initiative which launched on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and ended on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.    Costa Enterprises McDonald’s created the initiative as a way to say “thank you” to all of the men and women who have been dedicating their time and putting themselves at risk to ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) and Twin Cities Hospital (TCH) announced today that all staff and providers in all patient care areas will now wear masks, expanding their use beyond suspected or positive COVID cases. Masks will be optional only for staff in non-patient care areas who can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet aside from brief interactions with ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Beginning Monday, March 30, all Northwest Florida State College in-person classes and student support services move to an online/virtual platform. As a result, many of our health science programs are left with a surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE). Supplies such as exam gloves, sterile gloves, masks and gowns were gathered from the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Dental ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Regional Mustang Club 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, “The donation will make a huge difference in the lives of over 100 children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home this year. Support from the Emerald Coast ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Food For Thought Outreach received a generous donation from Isagenix®, a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions, through the efforts and the help of Jim and Tammy Pierce. We are grateful for the Isagenix donation (retail value of $55,000), which will provide 6,700 meals and enough smoothie mix for over 6,400 smoothies. The Isagenix meals and smoothie mixes ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) today launched the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program to assist businesses across our communities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program was made possible by an initial contribution of $250,000 from Gulf Power through its economic development fund. “We ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    At Northwest Florida State College we are more than a College, we are a community. When one of our own is in need, we rally together to lift them up.  During these times of uncertainty, NWF State College is working tirelessly to remove barriers so that all students continue to receive the highest quality education during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, the NWFSC ...read more
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    Monday, March 30, 2020
    While schools are closed during this unfortunate Covid-19 situation, we at Food For Thought are continuing to provide food for the students in our backpack program on a weekly basis serving both Okaloosa and Walton County students. Families will be able to pick up a bag of food (26 food items) each week at our pantry locations. Please Read below how #youcanhelp & details on our modified ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Do you have your estate planning documents (Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney) complete and up-to-date? Can you identify coronavirus scams? As the COVID-19 crisis continues, LegalShield’s provider law firms and IDShield’s Licensed Private Investigators are available and ready to support you and help with any personal legal or privacy-related matter you may encounter.  No office visit necessary. ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    As communities around the world grapple with the lasting economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, community support organizations like United Way are in need more than ever. United Way Emerald Coast is honored to be the recipient of a $125,000 donation from the Gulf Power Foundation to help members of our communities impacted by COVID-19. “I am constantly inspired by the Gulf Power ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Dear Industry Partner,As the 2020 Florida Legislative Session ends, I’m pleased to announce that VISIT FLORIDA will be reauthorized for three additional years (until October 2023) with a recurring appropriation of $50 million. This is a huge win for VISIT FLORIDA and the entire Florida tourism industry because our organization will continue to be able to offer important services and marketing to ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    For the past nine years, Superior Waterfront Properties, LLC and LMI Holding, LLC (a Legendary affiliate), have been equal partners in the HarborWalk Village and the adjoining Emerald Grande Towers located in Destin, Florida. Today, the partners are happy to announce LMI Holding's purchase of Superior's interests in HarborWalk and the Emerald Grande Towers. LMI's chief executive, Peter H. Bos, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Costa Enterprises McDonald's announced it will offer free combo meals for all hospital employees with a valid ID beginning March 18, 2020, through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.    Due to the heightened concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, Costa Enterprises McDonald’s would like to honor and give a special “thanks” to all the men and women who dedicate their lives to work in their medical ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) envisions a healthy community for all residents and is greatly concerned about the local impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). UWEC is collaborating with a network of non-profits and community partners to identify the region’s most critical social service needs and mobilize support across Okaloosa and Walton counties.   UWEC created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to help prevent child abuse and neglect, as well as to promote the social and emotional well-being of impacted children and their families.  That is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Eric Miracle, the Adult Ministries Director, and Sierra Lawrence, the Assistant to the Lead Pastor of Beachside Community Ministries Church, presented a $5,000 donation to the kids living at Children in Crisis. Thanks to the generous donations from the members and the “Be Rich” program, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have critical necessities during these difficult times. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    A2Z Specialty Advertising, Inc., would like to update our Destin Chamber  membership on how we will move forward since the recent passing of my husband, Gabby Bruce. We will continue to operate serving our clients and community! A2Z is a local family-owned and operated promotional products distributor and has been in operation for over 30 years.  Our team provides expert advice and support to ...read more
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    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Both The Destin Log and Northwest Florida Daily News ran a column asking citizens to support local businesses during this trying time.  Here was my response and thank-you to them. I want to thank you for your message in the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Destin Log asking citizens to support our local businesses.  As you stated, it seems that the country, the state, the county and our ...read more
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    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Destin, Fla., March 23 – In response to the significant economic impacts from COVID-19 in Florida, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Destin Chamber of Commerce and DigiPro Media have partnered together to announce the Save Florida Business Initiative to support Florida businesses during this unprecedented time for our industry.The Save Florida Jobs Initiative will help Okaloosa County ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    This July 3 brings the 10th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival, and Destin Commons recently announced the 18 area charities chosen to benefit from Coins for a Cause and event proceeds.  Participating charities team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados to fire up their grills and cook for over $85,000 in prize donations.  Join Destin Commons in supporting the local area ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Julianna Cannon and Matthew Nguyen, both involved with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), have been named Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholars for 2020.   The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation partnered with Phi Theta Kappa to bring the scholarship programs to PTK chapters across the nation. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Annie Stutts, residing in Santa Rosa Beach with her family, recently became an Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) board member.  She is a stay-at-home mom raising a 7-year old daughter. In South Walton County, Stutts volunteered with the Treehouse Episcopal Montessori School race committee and also serves on the Children’s Volunteer Health Network board, where her primary focus is ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    In full support of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Last Mile Completion Program announced in October 2019, Northwest Florida State College has begun awarding scholarships to students who meet the criteria outlined below:•Florida resident•Within 12 or fewer credit hours of completing their first associate or baccalaureate degree•In good academic standing•Attended a regionally accredited post-secondary ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    For the eighth consecutive term, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) announced that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center/The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida has been accredited for a period of three years for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and Stroke Specialty Program.  This designation represents the highest level of accreditation ...read more
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    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Walton County’s first neonatal intensive care unit has begun caring for premature and critically ill babies at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast.  This 10-bed, Level II unit will care for infants born prematurely, up to two months early, who weigh more than 3.3 pounds. The comprehensive group of caregivers includes board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with specialized training in the ...read more
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    Monday, March 09, 2020
    The Walton County Snowbirds, Inc., showed that the panhandle is their winter home, and they are truly at home while in the area. They presented Children in Crisis with a check for $2,628 and pledged their support as members of the community. The Snowbird President made the presentation on behalf of the membership. Funding for the donation came from proceeds generated from community coupon book ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    Destin, Fla., March 6 – The Spa at Silver Shells celebrated the completion of its recent “face lift” with a ribbon cutting.This luxury day spa offers the traditional Swedish and European massage techniques, combined with the latest industry trends, including hydrotherapy and aromatherapy, to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  The Spa at Silver Shells also offers an extensive array of ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    Gulf Coast Shutter and Overhead Door Company of NW Florida are proud to announce a partnership with Dillard Door & Security Inc. Since 2001, our core business has always been storm protection for homes and businesses, decorative shutters, garage doors, commercial/industrial overhead doors, awnings, retractable screens, and the highest quality of service. The new partnership with Dillard adds ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    Progress Bank Okaloosa & Walton County Market President Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Clayton Hicks has joined the bank as a Commercial Lender.   “We are pleased to have Clayton join our Destin team. He has a long history of Commercial Lending with both local and out-of-state financial institutions, which will serve him well in his new role,” stated Youngblood.   Hicks is a graduate ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is excited to announce the Triumph Gulf Coast Board unanimously voted to advance the Aviation Center of Excellence (ACE) project at its meeting on March 3. The Triumph Gulf Coast Board’s action moves the proposal forward from economic impact review to term sheet development. Over the next 10 years, the College projects Northwest Florida residents will earn ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    On Saturday, Feb. 29, more than 1,000 people packed the boardwalk for the inaugural Shrimp & Grits Festival along the Destin Harbor, celebrating one of the South’s most beloved dishes. The afternoon was filled with variations of the dish, by local restaurateurs and chefs from Fort Walton Beach to 30A, all competing to be crowned the best Shrimp & Grits on the Emerald Coast. The first year ...read more
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    Friday, March 06, 2020
    New retail store and restaurant openings, and popular marquee events take place this spring season in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Joining the recently opened lululemon and Kittenish by Jessie James Decker, Southern Tide will open in 2020, bringing its coastal lifestyle apparel brand that embodies a Southern state of mind and adventurous spirit. Southern Tide is best known for its Skipjack Polo, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 03, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center held a ground breaking ceremony for the new freestanding ER in Navarre today. The ground breaking ceremony started with a welcome from FWB Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Todd Jackson, as well a statement of what the Navarre ER will provide the community of Navarre once completed. Following Jackson’s statement, those in attendance heard from Dave Piech, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 03, 2020
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties awarded Real Estate Agents Shannyn Stevenson (left) and Diane Green (right) as the 2019 Top Producers of the Year. Shannyn Stevenson was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2019, and Diane Green earned Top Listing Agent for 2019. Achieving top sales agent for 2018 and 2019, Shannyn Stevenson knows the Gulf Coast. From Destin to Rosemary Beach, she understands the ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 27 – Are you looking for the perfect location for your next special event? From birthday and retirement parties to receptions and showers, A.J.’s on the Bayou’s newly renovated event room is the perfect setting to host your guests.On Feb. 26, AJ’s on the Bayou opened the space during a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce.Located at ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    Niceville native Scott Jackson and his wife Wanda have established a scholarship endowment to honor their family with a $20,000 bequest to Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). Jackson is a Niceville High School graduate and alumnus of NWFSC, having earned both an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from then Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. He earned his Bachelor of Science ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    The Kiwanis Club of South Walton recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., a donation of $1,000 to 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 build the CIC Neighborhood. However, it’s a struggle to find the necessary funding to feed and clothe the ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    The Z96 Radio Station Team has hundreds of dresses available in 2020 for the Z96 Prom Dress Campaign.  For the past 15 years, Z96 has provided FREE prom dresses to young ladies from high schools throughout the Florida Panhandle and beyond.  In conjunction with Step One Automotive Group and the HSU Foundation, dresses are provided free of charge to those students whose families may not have the ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    The USCG Auxiliary, Eighth Coastal Region, Division 1, Winter Meeting was held at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The Division 1 meeting began with the invocation by Duane Treadon. In attendance was COMO Chuck Maricle, DCAPT-E Barry Fox, DCDR Dan Berry and Flotilla Commanders/Staff from Pensacola Destin and Panama City. Flotilla Commanders briefed the Division and guests on ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced today that its Emergency Department Nursing Unit has earned the 2019 HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award – an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare sites of care. The “Unit of Distinction” designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.7 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations including five $101,600 grants in 2019. IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida is accepting applications for their 2020 NextGen Program. For women ...read more
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    Monday, March 02, 2020
    Dear Business Partner, Northwest Florida State College is excited to announce Career Day 2020 on Friday, April 17! Businesses that are actively hiring qualified individuals are invited to attend and meet with NWFSC community, as well as those considering enrollment in degree and certificate programs who are seeking employment. All attendees will be encouraged to bring resumes and be prepared to ...read more
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    Friday, February 28, 2020
    The Track Family Fun Park in Destin recently launched a college scholarship program as a new employee incentive. Each year the park hires around 150 energetic, customer-service oriented employees.    “Young adult workers are vital to the success of the park, and we are excited to add this new benefit to invest in their future,” said Danny Adkins, General Manager. “There are a limited number of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 26 – On Feb. 25, Helix Construction LLC celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Helix Construction offers marine, residential and commercial construction and remodeling services. To start your next project, please call (850) 687-3909.  
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    Monday, February 24, 2020
    Accomplished musician and performer David Seering accompanied by pianist Bobby Van Deusen and vocalist Amanda Holmes-Rippert, delighted a near sell-out crowd raising over $14,000 for Children in Crisis. The concert pushed the nine-year total to more than $189,000 for the at-risk children living at the CIC Neighborhood. The concert was held at the Village Baptist Church in Destin and all proceeds ...read more
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    Monday, February 24, 2020
    "Laissez les bons temps rouler" or "Let the good times roll"! Destin Commons' Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade was filled with fun on Friday, Feb. 21, from 6 - 8 p.m. The family-friendly event provided live music, free face painting, a photo booth and the best Mardi Gras parade along Florida's Emerald Coast. The parade was led by this years' King and Queen, Shervin Rassa CEO of the Boys and Girls ...read more
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    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast proudly announces a new partnership with British Swim School. The British Swim School teaches water safety and survival skills to children as young as three months old. The British Swim School, founded by Rita Goldberg in 1981, currently operates in over 215 schools across the United States and Canada. British Swim School will be using its unique and highly effective ...read more
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    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    The Northwest Florida State College Nursing program was recently ranked eighth among all Florida college and university nursing programs by RegisteredNursing.org. This ranking is based on an analysis of past and present pass rates of the NCLEX-RN, a national exam used to assess competency of registered nursing students that is required for licensure. RegisteredNursing.org ranked the top 50 ...read more
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    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Destin Commons, the premier open-air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment on the Emerald Coast, is pleased to announce the addition of Elizabeth Eulberg as Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator. Eulberg joins Destin Commons' marketing team with 5 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. Her role at Destin Commons entails the delivery of ...read more
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    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Local real estate broker and First Vice President of ERA American Realty Northwest Florida, Lucinda “Cindy” Frakes, has pledged $15,000 to establish the Lucinda J. Frakes Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an AS degree in a career or technical field. Cindy is dedicated to equipping every student ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    After years of trying to dredge the East Pass, the Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the City of Destin and Okaloosa County will begin dredging the navigational channel Near the end of the month under a joint FDEP Permit issued to the City and County.  The project is expected to take approximately 30 days dependent on the weather and the final amount of material to be removed.    The ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    The 5th Annual Tropical Re-Union wedding vow renewals were held recently at LuLu’s in Destin. Ordained minister Hurricane Jane Carver presided over the ceremonies to renew the vows of 100+ couples. The “newly-weds” were given official Certificates of Reunion and they enjoyed complimentary champagne toasts, a wedding cake and flowers for the “brides.”
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    For the eighth year in a row, Southern Vacation Rentals proudly sponsored the 2020 Pensacola Double Bridge Run. The race took place on Saturday, Feb. 1, with over 4,000 participants in both the 15K and 5K races. The Double Bridge Run, a Pensacola Sports event, is hailed as one of the premier 15K races in the country and has been a staple in the Pensacola area since 1997. The 15K race began early ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    A Superior Air Conditioning recently presented Children in Crisis a check for $2,154.35 to help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of the local community. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We opened the Children’s Neighborhood in February 2008, and since then, we’ve provided a home to about 960 Kids and have kept all of our brother and sister ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, recently won a number of prestigious awards and accolades. Presented by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Walton County Tourist Development Council (Visit South Walton), and VIP Destin Magazine, the eight recent “best of” awards recognize the resort’s outstanding ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    On Saturday, February 15, Northwest Florida State College President’s Circle members were recognized at center court of the Raider Arena before the start of the final men’s basketball home game. Members of the President's Circle are committed to the future of higher education in our community. President's Circle gifts provide immediate support to the College and the flexibility to use the funds ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 14 – On Feb. 13, the Palms Bistro celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Now under new ownership, The Palms Bistro, located inside the Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center, offers live music, happy hour specials, lunch and dinner, and it is open to the public. The specialty cocktail menu features an array of different unique beverages ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Using the finest ingredients, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has enhanced its seasonal menu at the award-winning Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Highlights of new menu include Scallops Gratinee, with saffron risotto and fresh braised fennel; Charred Spanish Octopus marinated with olive oil, garlic, shallot, lemon and parsley, served over a beluga lentil hummus; and Crisp Bobwhite Quail, a whole 6oz ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Cherry Wealth Advisors Team of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis (CIC) a check for $1,000 to help provide a home and care to the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  The funds were raised by owner Jeff Cherry and his Team by accepting donations to CIC in exchange for a delicious cherry pie on “Cherry Pie Day.”  According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We opened the ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    With a generous cash gift of $24,000, Okaloosa Public Arts (OPA) has established the Okaloosa Public Arts Scholarship at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). The OPA scholarship will support NWFSC students enrolled in visual arts courses, based on talent. Second preference will be given to students in dance, art history, curatorial services, and other fine and performing arts courses. OPA is ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College would like to recognize its fall semester 2019 graduates, including those graduating with honors. “I wholeheartedly congratulate each of our graduates on this monumental achievement,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “I look forward to seeing them all excel and SOAR into their futures.” For students enrolled in a degree program (bachelor’s and ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    The Okaloosa County Law Enforcement Trust Fund recently presented a check for $5,000 to Children In Crisis. The funds will be used to continue the CIC Safe Neighborhood, Crime Prevention and Drug Abuse Prevention/Education programs. Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO commented; “Thanks to the Sheriff’s Department, the donation will make a significant positive impact on the children that will have a ...read more
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    Friday, February 14, 2020
    On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 Dunavant Enterprises and the Premier Property Group, project listing agent, held the official “groundbreaking” ceremony for Parkside, the latest expansion of the award-winning Henderson Beach Resort. While the actual construction of the site-work began months ago, community members and dignitaries gathered at the construction site directly adjacent to The Henderson to ...read more
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    Thursday, February 13, 2020
    The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties will hold the 41st Annual Home Show at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on the Okaloosa Island February 22 - 23, 2020. This show offers not only new and exciting products, but informational seminars that are offered at no additional cost to our attendees. The 2020 Home Show is a selling event! The 2020 Home Show Hours are ...read more
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    Monday, February 10, 2020
    IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which provides $100,000 grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, is holding its annual grant workshop on March 3, 2020, to assist groups who want to apply for grants from the organization. The workshop will be held from 8:30am to noon in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church located at 4325 Commons Drive West in Destin, ...read more
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    Monday, February 10, 2020
    On Feb. 4, the Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Florida State College inducted 66 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 degree course work and keep a ...read more
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    Monday, February 10, 2020
    Last year, Howard Group—a leading developer in emerging retail trends, neighborhood redevelopment, visionary spaces and places, hospitality, and more—recognized the need to rebrand its website so that it aligned with the branding and ethos of the company. The Idea Boutique, a full-service branding, marketing, and publishing agency located in Grayton Beach, Fla., was awarded the coveted business in ...read more
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    Monday, February 10, 2020
    With an initial gift of $25,000, Jeff and Leonora Claudio have established the Jeff & Leonora Claudio Scholarship to support students pursuing degrees in either Nursing or Emergency Medical Services. While working for an electronics firm contracted with the Department of Defense, the Claudios moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1982. After threats of base closures and lay-offs in the early 1990s, they ...read more
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    Monday, February 10, 2020
    Local leader Southern Vacation Rentals is proud to celebrate 25 years in business along the Gulf Coast. What began in Destin in 1995 with just a few vacation homes and condos has grown steadily over the last 25 years into an industry powerhouse with an inventory of nearly 1,200 vacation rentals. Southern’s presence now extends across over 200 miles of coastline managing properties with one to ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 04, 2020
    The City of Destin is now accepting applications for appointment to the Harbor Capacity Study Steering Committee. Application forms and the mission statement for this committee are available on the City of Destin Website at www.cityofdestin.com, and at Destin City Hall, located at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail. You can also obtain a copy by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at 837-4242. Members of ...read more
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    Monday, February 03, 2020
    The Henderson, a Salamander Resort, will host a three-day Wellness Weekend on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, 2020, showcasing a myriad of fitness classes, healthy culinary experiences, activities and keynote speakers, including world-renowned Peloton instructor and seasoned fitness professional Denis Morton.   The Wellness Weekend was created to focus on healthy living for the mind, body, and soul. ...read more
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    Monday, February 03, 2020
    The Destin Library now has a full-time, certified notary on staff. Kitti Capps will be available to provide notary services Monday through Friday during normal library hours. There is no charge for this service and appointments are encouraged, but not required.  If you have any questions, please stop by the library or give them a call at 850-837-8572. 
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    Monday, February 03, 2020
    The Destin Library’s annual Food for Fines program benefiting Harvest House was once again a success. During the month of December, library patrons had the option of paying their overdue fines with non-perishable food items or to donate the cash value of the fine. Many generous patrons who did not have fines contributed food and money as well. The program generated $312.15 worth of food and ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Jan. 31 – On Jan. 30, the Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry celebrated its 20-year anniversary and recent expansion of its Destin location with a ribbon cutting attended by the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Walton Area chambers of commerce."This expansion has allowed us to take better care of our patients, to be more flexible for them and live out our core value of ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Nine Northwest Florida State College and Collegiate High School students have been selected for the 2020 All-Florida Academic Team sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. Last year, NWFSC’s Sigma Mu Chapter of PTK was designated a five-star chapter, an honor bestowed on the nation’s most ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the seven sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the third installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA).  The 2020 installation will include the following pieces of sculpture: Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Building Blocks ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Café Thirty-A held its annual Christmas Charity Ball on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, and raised a total of $22,530 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 delight in beautiful holiday décor, a buffet, passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast upon entry. In addition ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    For the second year, Destin Hooters and Another Broken Egg presented food, toys, and gift cards to Children in Crisis. The fundraiser was coordinated by Candace Henderson, General Manager of Hooters, and all of the Hooters and Another Broken Egg team members who pitched in to collect the critical needs of the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.  According to Ken Hair, CIC President/CEO, “We opened the ...read more
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Progress Bank will mark its 12th anniversary of serving clients across North and Central Alabama and Destin/Inlet Beach, Fla., areas with a CD Special and activities within each of the nine locations. Both clients and shareholders are invited to join the celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 4.   Progress Bank opened on Feb. 4, 2008, with two offices in Huntsville and Decatur, Ala. The Bank has continued ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    Destin, Fla., Jan. 29 – On Jan. 28, DestinFlorida.com celebrated its launch with a ribbon cutting, attended by the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.DestinFlorida.com brings together the full experience of Destin, Fla. Visitors can find and book vacation rentals, such as beach homes and condos; browse an endless list of  renowned restaurants; discover many fun events and festivals; or ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    Cardiologist Adam Mizeracki, MD, has joined Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart’s regional network of doctors. Dr. Mizeracki will practice at two convenient locations: Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart at 30A, located at 12805 US Hwy 98 East in Inlet Beach, and Bluewater Bay, located at 4586 Hwy 20 East in Niceville. Dr. Mizeracki is accepting new patients. For information or to schedule an ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College was listed as one of the highest performing colleges in the state of Florida for the quality of our Teacher Education program. The National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ) Teacher Prep Review listed NWFSC as one of 16 colleges in Florida to receive an “A” grade in the area of Early Reading Instruction, an accolade our Teacher Education program has earned since ...read more
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    Monday, January 27, 2020
    The Membership of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso answered the call to help replenish Kay’s Cupboard food pantry at Children In Crisis (CIC), by presenting a check for $3,000 to Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO, last week to help bridge the shortage in the CIC food pantry caused by the Holiday break. Hair commented, “The Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club has a wonderful membership that’s ...read more
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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    Twin Cities Hospital announced a $6.7 million expansion of its ER at a special ground breaking ceremony, held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. The project includes the expansion and renovation of the ER, relocation and replacement of the existing CT, and a small surface parking addition. Currently, the ER is approximately 4,800 square feet and comprised of 8 rooms, with one room serving as a low ...read more
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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) - a charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all - kicked off its 25th season with an Awards and Induction Ceremony.  Outgoing MKAF board chairman, Heather Ruiz, applauded the following retiring board members for their dedicated service: James Campbell, Mike Freeman, Bill ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating Penguin Awareness Day in the best way possible, by announcing a new addition to their endangered African penguin family. The Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, revealed that a penguin chick hatched at the park on December 20, 2019.  The penguin chick was raised by surrogate penguin parents, Missy and Tubbs, for the first ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    The Public Safety Training Center at Northwest Florida State College has recently been recognized for excellence across three of its programs.  Law Enforcement and Corrections received the recognition of “perfect” following a Florida Department of Law Enforcement audit. This was the first time in five years that the law enforcement program received this esteemed accolade. The program’s yearly ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Thanks to the generous donation of $500 from the members of the Panhandle Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the kids living at Children in Crisis will have a little extra to help get ready for the New Year with new clothing and other necessities. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The Panhandle Fraternal Order of the Eagles’ donation will really help our at-risk children prepare for the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of February.  The Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.  ECTC was selected as the February beneficiary of the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues to see the fruits of its labor during its seventh season, celebrating new attendance records for educational final performances as well as the continuing partnership with the Florida Chautauqua Theatre in DeFuniak Springs.  “ECTC was founded because of the need for educational theatre opportunities in our community,” said Anna Fisher, ECTC’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    The Destin / Ft Walton Flotilla (F14) of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Aux held its Change of Watch ceremony on Saturday, January 11th., 2020, at USCG Station Destin. Flotilla 14 is part of Division 1 of the 8th Coastal Region of the USCG Aux. Henry Rice is now serving as the new Flotilla Commander (FC). Sheresa Waller, who served as the Flotilla Commander in 2019, is the new Vice ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Mary and John Howard recently came on board supporting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in a major way. They became the newest Champion of Hope Guardian Angels, which is the highest level of annual membership with ECCAC at $2,500. ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as well as helping to ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    The Destin Library is proud to display the artwork of the Beaty family all through the months of January and February. The colorful and diverse paintings line the walls of the library and are available for viewing during normal business hours.    The Beatys are long-time residents of Destin, Florida. Dill Beaty studied at Harris School of Advertising Art in Nashville and had a long career in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College was named one of the top online community colleges of 2020 by Intelligent.com. Intelligent.com, whose mission is to connect college students to reputable higher education resources, ranked The Top 60 Online Community College in the U.S. based on cost, program strength, online readiness, return on investment and student engagement. In the assessment, ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Beach Community Bank has entered into agreement with Florida First City Banks, Inc., and First City Bank of Florida that provides for the merger of First City Bank of Florida with and into Beach Community Bank.  Completion of the transaction willresult in a combined entity with approximately $675 million in assets, making it the largest community bank headquartered in northwest Florida.  “I am ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    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 $0.18 per share. Approved at the January Board Meeting, the dividend will be payable on February 14, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 31, 2020.   “We are committed to bringing value to our ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    On Friday, February 7, Costa Enterprises McDonald’s will serve breakfast to over 1,100 local student athletes and coaches at the All Sports Association’s 35th Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Breakfast hosted at Northwest Florida State College’s Raider Stadium.    This will be the fourth year in row Costa Enterprises McDonald’s has sponsored the Annual FCA Breakfast and served as ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2020 Alumni Awards and needs your participation! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a deserving alumnus of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Okaloosa-Walton College or Northwest Florida State College.   There are four categories of awards:•Distinguished Alumni Award – NWFSC alumnus ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    On January 9, Northwest Florida State College President Dr. Devin Stephenson and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Associate Director – U.S. Campus Operations Mr. Ron Garriga signed an agreement joining the two institutions to create a seamless pathway for student success.  “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University fully supports students transitioning from Northwest Florida State College, and we ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    In honor of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) 25-year historical journey, the popular Arts Guild Luncheon titled "Love for the Arts" returns on February 19, 2020. Hosted at the Emerald Grande, Emerald Ballroom from 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Luncheon will feature acclaimed guest speaker, Wendy Rodrigue, presenting “The Life & Legacy Tour of George Rodrigue.” This MKAF event is ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Long-time Children in Crisis (CIC) Board Member and volunteer Judy Wiseman gave the children living at the CIC Neighborhood a real opportunity last week. She asked friends from the local community to assist with Angel Trees for CIC for the 13th year! The volunteers donated new school clothes, shoes, gift cards, and books to help the CIC children and teens celebrate a joyful Holiday Season. Ken ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    A huge gathering of participants from along the Gulf Coast came out in force to have fun and support Children in Crisis (CIC) at the recent Destin Crafted Beer Festival. The festival was held at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa and sponsored by Chan’s Wine World. Thanks to a lot of hard work from the committee, sponsors, and participants, this year's festival far exceeded last year. All proceeds ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, Wind Creek Hospitality presented a gift of $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in support of the 30th Anniversary Bold Steps Campaign. This gift included support and expansion of the Bigs with Badges program. The check presentation took place at the new BBBSNWFL office located at 1320 Creighton Rd in Pensacola.    Big Brothers of Big ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    The Destin Life Church helped the foster children living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood by donating toys for the Holidays. The toy collection was coordinated by Michael Saunders and Blake Pryor but all of the memberships pitched in to help the children living at the CIC Neighborhood have a special Holiday Season. According to Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO, “We opened the Children’s ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    After beginning its seventh season this fall, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has seen greater success and attendance growth for both its Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions as well as its educational performances. ECTC has performed for more than 6,700 school students since its inception in 2012 with more than 1,600 children and families attending TYA productions through ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors and recruiting more mentors, also known as Bigs.  Every January, people all over the world make a New Year Resolution. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is challenging you to resolve to do something important and ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast recently recognized Joanne Waller, RN, with The DAISY Award  for Extraordinary Nurses. Waller is employed at the Family Birth Place. She has been a labor-and-delivery nurse for 24 years and joined the Emerald Coast hospital in 2010. The DAISY Award is part of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast's efforts  to recognize  the extraordinary, compassionate care ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    Heading into 2020, patients across the Florida Panhandle will have access to larger, newer, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, thanks to expansions and upgrades at four local hospitals.   Since 2015, four HCA Healthcare North Florida Division hospitals have invested in 19 expansion and renovation projects totaling more than $305 million. The projects have created an additional 116 inpatient ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    Grand Boulevard Festival of Christmas Trees of Sandestin recognized Children In Crisis  (CIC) as “Peoples Choice” winner-up at the recent competition with other area charities.  CIC was honored for its dedication in making a significant difference in the community and was presented with a check for $1,500.  The funds will be used to help make Christmas special for the at-risk children living at ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 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. This information ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    Customers and employees of the Destin Petsmart helped the kids living at Children in Crisis this week by having a stuffed toy drive. Thanks to the generous donations from the members, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have a little extra this year to make Christmas and the New Year special. The event was called “The Chance, (dog), & Lucky, (cat), Toy Drive." According to Ken Hair, CIC ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    On Tuesday, Dec. 17, many students at Fort Walton Beach High School received a special Holiday delivery for Christmas this year, thanks to the generous donations from the Kids on the Coast Foundation and AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. After discovering a few years ago that many teenagers in our local community have significant needs during the Christmas season, Kids on the Coast Foundation and Fort ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    Emerald Grande and HarborWalk Village surprised all their employees with a bicycle for each of their employees’ children.  The gift of 134 bikes was announced at the company’s annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the employees and their families celebrated together.Paul H. van Leeuwen, Chief Operating Officer for HarborWalk Hospitality commented, “Our employees’ families often sacrifice ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The day may have been chilly, but the mood was bright and the smiles were big on Friday, Dec. 13, when the 30A 10K group gathered the benefiting charities in Rosemary Beach to receive their funding. The event has given more than $430,000 to local charities impacting our community directly, and the CAA is thrilled to be included in this year's festivities and receive $18,000. A huge thank you to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $24,746.15 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The C.A.R.E. Center received the grant to help purchase a vehicle to aid in the transport of rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles. "This vehicle is going to help us accommodate the growing needs of our sea turtle ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    On Dec. 18, The Blake at Miramar Beach’s Sales Office celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.The Blake at Miramar Beach, a Legendary Living Community, will be located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Highway 98 in Miramar Beach convenient to shopping and medical services. The community will feature 123 apartments for assisted living and memory care.Along with luxury ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    Many local children are alive today because of the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and their families joined the radio station last week for “St. Jude Rocks.”  The radiothon took over the airwaves of 99ROCK/WKSM on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13.  99ROCK listeners and local businesses, including Step One Automotive Group, pledged $32,320 to support St. Jude Children’s Research ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    On Dec. 17, almost 200 Destin Chamber members gathered for the Holiday & Awards Party presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital to celebrate the successes of 2019 and honor outstanding community members. Surrounded by the festive décor of Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2019 Destin Chamber Chairman Julie Cotton of Northwest Florida State College presented the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    Provident Title proudly announces Nathan R. Cordle has joined the team as the new lead closing attorney.    A native of Opp, Ala., Cordle spent many summers and vacations on the Emerald Coast before relocating to South Walton in 2017.  He earned both his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Alabama.  As a South Walton resident, Cordle is active in the local community, having ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort played Santa to the kids living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood with its Christmas “Tee Off for Toys” campaign. This is the 8th year and the collection gets bigger each year. Thanks to the awesome donations from golfers and supporters, the kids at CIC will have a wonderful Holiday Season and 2020. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation ...read more
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    Monday, December 16, 2019
    The Kiwanis Club of Destin recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) a donation of $1,400 to 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 build the Children’s Neighborhood. However, it’s difficult to find critical funding to feed and clothe ...read more
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    Monday, December 16, 2019
    The City of Destin recognizes the changing nature of business in its jurisdiction. To that end, in order to efficiently manage an orderly transition of one use to another, the city will be implementing a Change of Use process effective Jan. 1, 2020. A Change of Use application is required under the following instances: 1.A property or structure (including portions of a property or structure) is, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Okaloosa Gas District donated more than 300 coats to United Way Emerald Coast Wednesday, Dec. 11, during the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast. The donation directly supports United Way’s annual Coats for Kids campaign, which aims to provide a warm coat to every child in need throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties during the holiday season. Unseasonably warm temperatures ...read more
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    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Northwest Florida State College, has been selected by the Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to serve a second term on the Board of Trustees. SACSCOC is a coalition of colleges in 11 southeastern U.S. states whose mission is to assure educational quality and to improve the effectiveness of its ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC), announced Monday its newest acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. The XI is the most advanced robotic surgical system available. This new robotic surgical system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    The City of Destin’s top staff honor has been awarded to Nnamdi Ohamuo, who was selected by his co-workers as the 2019 Employee of the Year. Ohamuo was presented the award at the city’s annual Christmas Party and will receive recognition for his accomplishment from the mayor and city council at the Dec. 16 council meeting. Ohamuo began working for the City of Destin in January of 2017, with the ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    In 2020, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) will launch a $80 million expansion and renovation project that will benefit our community, patients, and team members.   The first project to get underway will be the building of a free-standing ER in Navarre. With groundbreaking scheduled for January, FWBMC anticipates the facility will open in November 2020.  This community outreach project ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    The 40th Annual Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group Chapter #3605 Toy Run closed out by raising almost $20,000 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. More than 600 bikers met at the Sam’s Club parking lot in Ft. Walton Beach Sunday morning and paraded to the ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Dec. 6 – On Dec. 5, Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.From bite-sized and miniature to the perfect party size, Nothing Bundt Cakes offers delicious treats for all occasions. Enjoy flavors like chocolate chocolate chip, classic vanilla, red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, confetti, carrot, lemon, marble, and pecan praline. Looking for the ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast received an exciting holiday surprise this week! Larry Batchelor Mechanical LLC, parent company of Mills Heating and Air of Fort Walton Beach, donated $20,000.   When Chris White, Manager of Mills Heating and Air, was asked what inspired the generous donation he replied, Mills Heating and Air had a very good year in 2019 and we wanted to give back to the local ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Gulf Winds Credit Union presented a gift of $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in support of the 30th Anniversary Bold Steps Campaign. This gift included support and expansion of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. The check presentation took place at the new BBBSNWFL office located at 1320 Creighton Rd, Pensacola FL, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    This Christmas help us Stock the Stocking! Dec. 4 - 18, Food for Thought will be handing out stockings with a wish list of healthy, easy to open food items to feed kids in our program over the holiday break. With your help we can fill enough stockings to keep students from missing over 20 meals during Christmas break. This time of year is tough for the kids in our program as they lack access to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital donated over 10,000 pounds of food and water to help people in need during the holidays.   Each hospital held a food drive with their employees during the month of November to help the community during the holidays. FWBMC’s food and water weighed in at 9,577 pounds for the Sharing and Caring facility in Fort Walton Beach. Twin Cities ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County residents to participate in the first virtual arts contest and gallery.    The OAA wants to know what you consider “Holiday Spirit”, it could be a holiday song sung by you (maximum of 1 minute), a holiday dance or act (maximum of 1 minute), or any form of visual holiday art (drawing, painting, photography, etc). Any ...read more
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    Monday, December 02, 2019
    For the last 15 years library patrons have brought in food items to the Destin Library to pay off their overdue fines and in turn support a local charity. Beginning Dec. 1 - Jan. 5, 2019, the Destin Library will be accepting non-perishable food or personal hygiene items for Food-for-Fines. Each item donated is good toward $1 in fines. All donated items received will go to Harvest House of Destin, ...read more
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    Monday, December 02, 2019
    In memory of her late husband, Janice Eichorst has pledged $15,000 to establish the Kurt K. Eichorst Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). A man of faith, Kurt attended Crosspoint Methodist Church, where he met and married the love of his life, Janice. Together, they were avid supporters of the NWF Raider Athletics program and also volunteered at the Mattie Kelly Arts ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    The City of Destin needs interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment, Local Planning Agency, Public Works and Safety, and Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee. Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Each and every year, the members of Silver Threads Quilt Guild (STQG) work diligently to create charitable donations to help those in need in our area. At the November general membership meeting, STQG donated more than 50 beautiful handmade quilts just for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood located in Fort Walton Beach. Ken Hair, President, ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Board Certified Attorney John P. Townsend has joined Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.  He is certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law by the Florida Bar. Townsend has practiced in Community Association and Planned Development Law, Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law in Northwest Florida for several years prior to joining Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.  “I have worked across the table ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Located within the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa along Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast, the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa is celebrating the arrival of the holiday season with eight new “Spa-liday” treatments:  •Berries & Mimosa Hydrafacial – boosts the amazing effects of HydraFacial with the brightening benefits of Berries & Bubbles. Featuring muntries and pepper ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations in six major categories:Best Decorated Home: This will include single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.Best Decorated Organization: This category includes ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Costa Enterprises will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory luncheon to commemorate the opening of the new “McPlayroom,” located in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart.   The Ronald McDonald House Family Room opened earlier this year in the newly built Studer Family Children’s Hospital at ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    On November 15, 2019, Northwest Florida State College hosted a ceremonial memorandum of understanding signing with Troy University to celebrate a new agreement for students transferring to Troy University. The agreement went into effect July 12, 2019 and allows for NWFSC students and employees to receive a 10% tuition scholarship and waived application fees when transferring to Troy University ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College was awarded a total of more than $275,000 by way of three Pathways to Career Opportunities grants by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) that will focus on developing registered apprenticeships in the areas of carpentry, machining and plumbing. FDOE awarded more than $7 million to Florida College System institutions, public high schools, school district ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for 2019-2020. The Executive Board of Directors are: President- Bill Head; Chair of the Volunteer Committee, 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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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Destin Commons is excited to announce Another Broken Egg Cafe is now open at the center! Well known for their fresh and creative cuisine, Another Broken Egg Cafe's passion is to create Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with an artisanal flair, that is “craveably” delicious and can pair with refreshing, hand-crafted cocktails! "We are pleased to have Another Broken Egg Cafe ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 18 – On Nov. 18, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members.The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area.  For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Knights of Columbus, St Mary’s Council #4444 of Fort Walton Beach, helped jump start United Way Emerald Coast’s annual coat drive: COATS FOR KIDS at Christmas with a check for $500.  Much needed coats will be purchased for local children in need of a warm coat.  “Sharing the Warmth” (left to right) are Paul Spikes, Jesse Flores, Dan O’Roarke, United Way CEO Kelly Jasen, Michael Rivera, United Way ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    On Sunday, October 20, The Henderson, a Salamander Resort, hosted their third Sweet Sunday event, titled “Pumpkins and Primrose,” anchored by The Honey Hutch. The event drew over 1,000 locals and visitors to the resort who celebrated the flavors of fall, shopped local artisans, and most importantly, raised a total of $4,000 for The Sonder Project.  Guests made their way through The Henderson’s ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    With a gift of $15,000, Dennis and Cathy Stuteville have established a scholarship endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) in memory of Dennis’s sister, Doris Jean Stuteville. Doris, who joined the Army Reserves with the promise of getting her LPN degree, was proud to become a nurse and happy to be able to make a difference in, not only her own life, but also the lives of the many ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Sal Salaz of Brezzin Entertainment, LLC, recently celebrated the anniversary of the release of his Capture The Moment Latin Jazz album. Here samples of the songs and a video from his 2018 release party on his website at www.salsalaz.com/events. The CD is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    With the increase in holiday meal services, there will also be a need for increased volunteer hours and food items.  See below for ways that #youcanhelp this holiday season. Holiday Volunteer Days Needed in November AND December Email tiffanie@fftfl.org to sign up or for more info   Holiday Food Items Needed: Cereal Canned VegetablesApples & ApplesauceOrangesStuffingBreadaFruit CupsFood Can be ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    On Oct. 10, 2018, Panama City was changed forever. Since then, The Sonder Project has provided housing recovery support to 217 households with over $569,000 from 371 individual donors.   Much has been accomplished, but there's still a long way to go!  This is your last chance to donate to our one-year anniversary campaign. Click here to donate.
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is very pleased to announce the addition of a new Harbor seal to the park's resident animal family.  The female seal, named Zoey, arrived at the park in mid-October after transport from another zoological facility. Zoey was originally rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on November 22nd, 2009, and deemed non-releasable due to reoccurring infections. She has ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received a $25,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation towards its Child Safety Matters/Teen Safety Matters initiative in schools.  The Center’s staff teach children safety rules, choices and strategies for recognizing and responding to safe vs. unsafe situations and all forms of child abuse and exploitation as well as the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    The Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees met on November 6, 2019 in a special board meeting during which they unanimously approved a long-term lease with the Crestview Technology Air Park (CTAP) at Bob Sikes Airport and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Hsu Educational Foundation to house its new Airframe and Powerplant Program. This transformational partnership serves as a ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Executive Chef Dan Vargo of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa won first place in a head-to-head oyster cookoff during the 12th Annual Gulf Shores Oyster Cookoff (Nov. 1-2). The cookoff took place Saturday, Nov. 2 and required all competitors to create a minimum of 24 dozen oyster in each of the three categories: Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and raw oyster. Chef Dan received first place in ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Dr. Olivier Broutin, an implant, cosmetic and family dentist in Bluewater Bay is hosting a discussion on dental implants on November 21st, 2019, from 1 - 2 p.m.  at the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 East John Sims Parkway in Niceville.     Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  Reservations are requested, by calling 850-897-4488.  ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    United Way Emerald Coast has named Kelly Jasen as CEO, succeeding Rick Owen who became President of United Way of Florida in September.  She began work in her new position November 1 becoming the first woman to lead the 62-year old nonprofit organization.   “We are delighted to welcome Kelly to our Emerald Coast United Way team,” said Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, UWEC Board Chair and Principal of South ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    United Way Emerald Coast is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Community Partner Certification application opens Friday, November 15, 2019.  Each year, new and returning non-profit agencies are encouraged to apply to become a Certified Community Partner (CCP).  This application is open to all 501(c)(3), nonprofit organizations throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties that meet certain eligibility ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson recently presented Children in Crisis a check for $1,007.20 from their recent Emerald Coast Bike Fest event.  The donation will help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children living at the CIC Neighborhood. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We’ve provided a home to over 950 Kids and have kept all of our brother and sister ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    30A Songwriters Festival is the ideal opportunity to align your business with the thriving arts scene in South Walton. There are a variety of ways for you to join in the fun while supporting and celebrating eleven years of hooks, lines, and singers.  Get involved through event sponsorship, by becoming a lodging partner, purchasing a program ad, or volunteering. And, of course, don't forget to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Henderson Park Inn was named a finalist by Condé Nast Johansens for its 2020 Awards for Excellence under the “Best Luxury Value” category.   “Condé Nast is one of the premiere brands for luxury accommodations,” said general manager Dawn Moliterno. “To have earned a spot as a finalist, ahead of hundreds of thousands of other properties, we’re absolutely honored.”  A hidden gem nestled along the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 5 – On Nov. 21, kick off your holiday season – and shopping – in style with the 7th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale. Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne on the RE/MAX By the Sea tasting tables, try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull, bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center silent auction, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College is proud to announce its approval to join the State of Florida’s Apprenticeship System. This approval means that NWFSC will soon launch a new Apprenticeship Program to train skilled carpenters and plumbers, preparing them to join the labor workforce. “Congratulations to Northwest Florida State College on their approval to participate in the State of Florida’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is 5-star rated for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Hip Fracture Treatment outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented a check for $1,250 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, “The donation will make a huge difference in the lives of over 100 children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home this year.  Support from the FWB ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College Foundation held its Scholars & Donors Luncheon Friday, October 25. Every fall, the luncheon presents an opportunity to bring together the College’s generous benefactors, students, faculty and staff. The program encourages scholarship recipients and donors to get to know one another as well as recognizes newly established endowments and Distinguished Alumni Award ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    On behalf of CCB Community Bank, President Alan Wood presented a $15,000 pledge to Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). This unrestricted gift will further the College’s mission to develop a highly skilled, educated workforce that benefits the region.  “CCB Community Bank has provided NWFSC the opportunity to direct this gift to the institution’s most critical needs,” said Dr. Devin ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    It’s no secret that fall is the best time of year to visit the Gulf Coast, with warm weather, clear skies, and a variety of exciting activities to experience. Although this time of year is generally considered the off-season, Southern Rentals & Real Estate saw a spike in bookings for visitors coming to the Gulf Coast in their vacation rentals division.  The company is proud to report a strong 2019 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Children, families, and pets filled the interior streets at this year's Destin Commons' Halloween Haunt. Spooky festivities began at  p.m. with the costume contest registration and concluded with Destin Commons' Marketing Coordinator, Rachel Guidry, announcing the winners in each category.  Ages 0 to 4 years old:  1st Place: Empress Manalo as Skeleton 2nd Place: Jaqulin Anderson as Mary Had A ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    The Emerald Coast Foundation selected Children in Crisis to be one of the benefiting charities of the ECF Boat Week and Poker Run 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 over 100 at-risk children this year.   The donation to CIC was presented at an event held at The Island by Hotel RL located on Okaloosa ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is 5-star rated for coronary bypass surgeries, treatment of heart attacks and pacemaker procedures outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Oct. 21 – According to a recent Forbes article, 58 percent of cyber attack victims were small businesses, and the cost of lost revenue, money to fix the problem, and damaged reputation forced some to close permanently. Is your business a target? Yes! Designed for business owners and employees of all skill levels, the first ever Destin Business Technology Summit, or BizTech, is set ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    On behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation, Roger Stump, presented a $10,000 grant to Northwest Florida State College. This is the second Gene Haas Foundation grant awarded to NWFSC in just five years. The grant will support scholarships for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology or machinist training. Funds will also support CNC/Manufacturing programs such as SkillsUSA and SAE teams. “This ...read more
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    Friday, October 18, 2019
    Members of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso donated their time and hard work during a recent workday to build an outdoor patio for the kids to enjoy. The work group included dedicated Kiwanis members from the Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay areas. Several times each year the Niceville Kiwanis sponsors a work day, usually held on 5th Saturday mornings.  Their efforts help to ensure ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    It’s not too early to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children in need over the upcoming Holiday season.   ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Last year, the program helped 197 children in 70 families have a brighter Christmas.   Sign up to ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    TripShock, celebrating 10 years of company growth and expansion, announces the launch of WaveRez.com. WaveRez, through the latest technology and innovation, is the newest solution for online reservations, resource management and customer retention.   Designed specifically for watersports and tour operators, the reservation software easily manages online bookings, controls inventory, provides ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    The 12th Annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting Children in Crisis raised over $30,000 to provide a home to local foster children.  The funds will be used to help feed, clothe and care for the at-risk children living at the CIC Children's Neighborhood.   The tournament was held at Kelly Plantation and golfers from all around the panhandle came to enjoy the awesome event.  The day ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Step One Automotive Group has officially opened their first Pensacola location, Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola, located at 5651 Pensacola Blvd. To commemorate the official grand opening, Step One hosted a Grand Opening Gala on Thursday, September 26.   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, October 14, 2019
    On Friday, October 11, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) was awarded a token of appreciation from the Army Reserve Aviation Command in recognition for their continued support of the U.S. Military.As a company, DWU is committed to supporting and employing the nation’s veterans and active military living in the area. The presentation of the token came from one of DWU’s long-tenured employees, Command ...read more
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    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, has launched their 2019 Fall Offerings for locals and guests. In addition to their fall Love Locals promotions, the resort will be hosting various specials and dining events throughout the season.  Beginning this fall, The Henderson’s premier bar, Horizons, introduces Tacos & Tequila. Every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. guests and visitors alike can ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    Costa Enterprises hosted the president of McDonald’s USA, Chris Kempczinski, in September at their Port St. Joe restaurant, located at 115 US Highway 98. During the visit, Costa Enterprises recognized Kempczinski and other McDonald’s corporate staff who were visiting the location in honor of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael approaching. This particular location was directly ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance hosted a ribbon-cutting at Florida Park in Valparaiso on Friday, October 4, to dedicate their newest living shoreline project to the memory of CBA founding board member Michael Flynt. Michael Flynt was a champion of the CBA and of Northwest Florida State College. He served as a member of the NWFSC Foundation Board, the Institute of Senior Professionals, the ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Oct. 7 – The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) recognized Shane A. Moody (left), CCE, FCCP, and Elizabeth Spies (right) for their years of service to the chamber industry, during the FACP annual conference, held Sept. 17 – 19, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.Moody, President & CEO of the Destin Chamber and a previous chairman of FACP, was ...read more
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    Saturday, October 05, 2019
    Wes Fell with Paradise Promotions Home and Boat Show recently presented Children in Crisis a check for $2,500 to help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of the local community.  According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We opened the Children’s Neighborhood in February 2008 and since then; we’ve given a home to over 950 Kids and have kept all of our ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    On Wednesday, September 25, guests gathered at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen for a special culinary showcase benefiting Santa Rosa Beach-based Food for Thought and its innovative Full Circle Kitchen program in conjunction with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Led by Executive Chef Dan Vargo of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the event featured six of South Walton’s top ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Sacred Heart Health System has formally changed its name to Ascension Sacred Heart and is adopting a new logo. At Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, now known as Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, installation of signs bearing the new name and logo began last week.  The new name reflects the fact that for 20 years, Sacred Heart has been part of Ascension, which is one of the leading ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Twin Cities Woman’s Club, longtime friend of Northwest Florida State College, has established the Twin Cities Woman’s Club Scholarship Endowment with more than $23,000 to support NWFSC students. In addition, the Twin Cities Woman’s Club provided a $2,000 gift to ensure continued support to existing student scholars. The Twin Cities Woman’s Club is a group of women that raises funds for ...read more
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    Monday, September 23, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 20 – On Sept. 19, Yuga Sushi and Sake House celebrated a ribbon cutting with a Destin Chamber.Yuga Sushi and Sake House, formerly Simply Sushi, is proud to continue providing you the same delicious sushi you came to love at the new location near the fountain and playground area of Destin Commons. Executive Chef Sayam Junlakan, a native of Panama City Beach, is the mastermind ...read more
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    Friday, September 06, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 6 – On Sept. 5, Battle Beauties Fashion celebrated a ribbon cutting with a Destin Chamber.Battle Beauties Fashion, founded by Chassity Jackson, is a unique brand for curvy military women with a community-centric focus.  As an Air Force veteran who struggled with homelessness, Jackson uses her talent and the fashion platform to highlight the struggles of homeless veterans and ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 7 – The 8th Annual Paddle at the Porch Sponsored by Destin ER, a stand up paddle board race, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, in the beautiful emerald green Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Destin, Fla., July 30 – On July 25, Amazing Lash Studio Destin celebrated its grand opening with the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach, and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Amazing Lash Studio Destin offers state-of-the-art eyelash extensions. Highly trained stylists attach lightweight extensions to each of your eyelashes for longer, thicker, natural-looking lashes. In addition to its ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 03, 2019
    The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa’s Quarterly Sweet Sunday Event Raises $3KOn May 12, The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa hosted the second Sweet Sunday event, titled “A Mother’s Day Market,” anchored by The Honey Hutch. The event drew locals to the resort who celebrated moms, while showcasing local artisans, and most importantly, raised a total of $3,000 for The Sonder Project. The Sonder Project ...read more
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    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Destin, Fla., June 20 – On June 18, Eyemart Express celebrated the grand opening of its 200th store with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Eyemart Express is an optical retailer offering the latest styles and brands of eyewear and accessories. Founded in 1990 and now located in 38 states, its philosophy is to ensure that every customer is completely satisfied with its products and customer ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Support Food For Thought Outreach This SummerDid you know that 110 meals are missed on average over summer break? Food For Thought Outreach distributes 6,600 food items to 600 students over the summer. $10K will feed at least 600 families for three months over the summer. Would you consider becoming a seasonal sponsor to help support children in need in your community while they are out of school ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Twin Cities Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTMTwin Cities Hospital announced recently that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Twin Cities Hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource ...read more
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    Monday, June 17, 2019
    Destin, Fla., June 17 – On June 14, Emergency Veterinary Clinic – Okaloosa Walton, Inc., celebrated the grand opening of its Destin Emergency Veterinary Clinic with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.“Destin Emergency Veterinary Clinic is a caring extension of your family veterinarian. We exist to provide compassionate and state-of-the-art medical care when your family veterinarian is ...read more
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    Friday, June 07, 2019
    Destin, Fla., June 7 – On June 6, Aegean Restaurant celebrated its recent remodel with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Located in Miramar Beach, this Greek restaurant takes reservations, is great for groups and kids, and offers catering and takeout. It has a full bar, including Greek wine and beer, and the outdoor seating area is pet friendly. It is open daily ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    At the May 20 Destin City Council Meeting, the chamber spoke in support of the Crosstown Connector.  Our position, as always, is this road is good for the business community.  As discussion about the connector continued, the council took the information and voted to stop all activity as it relates to the connector.  While that isn’t the vote we wanted, that’s not the most concerning thing about ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    Destin, Fla., June 3 – What are the most important takeaways from the recent Florida legislative session? Representative Mel Ponder will be on site to share his view during the Destin Chamber’s June 14 Business Before Hours event. Join the Destin Chamber, sponsor Destin Commons and non-profit partners SOF Missions and The Sonder Project at LuLu’s beginning at 7:30 a.m.The cost is $15 for those ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    Nurse Recognized at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is proud to honor Lynn Shortino-Sanchez, a registered nurse in the hospital’s surgery pre-op and recovery unit, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of Sacred Heart Hospital and the DAISY Award Foundation's goal to ...read more
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    Monday, May 13, 2019
    Destin, Fla., May 9 – On May 8, Miss Aegina Charters celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Since 1969, Miss Aegina Charters has provided memorable fishing trips for anglers of all skill levels. The boat accommodates up to six passengers, and anglers can enjoy fishing for cobia, king mackerel, wahoo, red snapper, grouper, mingos, triggerfish and more. For details or to book your ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    Destin, Fla., May 8 – On May 7, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 19 business professionals from its 11th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Brooke Zannis of Destin Commons. She is seen below (center) with Chamber Chairman Julie Cotton of Northwest Florida State College and Chamber ...read more
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    Thursday, May 02, 2019
    Strategic partnerships are crucial to a successful business. As defined, strategic partnerships are relationships between businesses, and typically it is for the betterment of both entities.  And that is not any different for chambers of commerce as they strive to be successful. The Destin Chamber has invaluable partnerships with our members and state, local and county governmental entities. By ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Destin, Fla., April 24 – On April 23, Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa offers massage therapy of all types; facials, including peels and microdermabrasion; and waxing. “We offer high-end luxury spa services at an affordable rate. We are strong proponents of both the physical and mental benefits of massage ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    As the spring tourist season goes into full swing, I realize that summer is just around the corner.  That means that, on any given day, we’ll have an additional 60,000 people-plus in town with us.  That means more money flowing through the economy, more diners, shoppers, golfers, swimmers.  But it also means more people on the road.             I spend a lot of time in my car going from Fort ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    NWF State College Announces Walton Works Partnership with Walton County Board of County CommissionersNorthwest Florida State College is excited to announce its partnership with the Walton County Board of County Commissioners in support of a Triumph Gulf Coast application for Walton Works. On Feb. 26, 2019, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners committed $1.5 million to the $5.25 million ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Opens Applications for Artists for the 24th Annual Festival of the Arts Artist applications and poster competition entries are now being accepted for the 24th Annual Festival of the Arts. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Festival of the Arts is one of the Southeast's premier festivals and showcases more than 100 artists from across the US. The Festival is a celebration ...read more
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    Friday, March 22, 2019
    Sponsorship Opportunity: Destin Library Summer Reading Program The Destin Library is currently looking for sponsors for its 2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories. These sponsors would provide support, either monetary or in-kind, to help make the Summer Reading Program a positive and educational experience for Destin’s children. In exchange the sponsors would receive prominent logo ...read more
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    Friday, March 22, 2019
    Destin, Fla., March 22 – On March 19, Gregg Orr Pre-Owned Destin celebrated its new state-of-the-art facility with a ribbon cutting.Gregg Orr Pre-Owned Destin offers automotive sales and service.“We carry top-of-the-line inventory and offer exemplary service,” explained Platform Manager Chris Files. Gregg Orr Pre-Owned Destin is “a family owned operation that values and takes pride in the ...read more
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    Friday, March 22, 2019
    Destin, Fla., March 22 – On March 21, Orangetheory Fitness celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.Orangetheory Fitness offers heart rate based, high intensity interval training.“We have proven results to burn more calories even post workout,” explained Manager Caleb Alexander.Visit the studio at 4495 Furling Ln., in Destin. For details, please call (850) 533-0084 or visit ...read more
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    Friday, March 08, 2019
    Destin, Fla., March 8 – On March 7, Wet Inc. celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Wet, short for Water Entertainment Transportation, offers stand up paddle boards, surf boards, kayaks, and e-bike rentals. It is also a local retailer for premium Starboard SUP and RayVolt Electric Bike, and the store carries its own apparel line.“We’re attempting to put a new spin and a new vitality ...read more
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    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    White Is President-Elect Designate of Florida Bar Young Lawyers DivisionAttorney Adam J. White is president-elect of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Association. He was elected without opposition at a recent board meeting in St. Augustine and will be sworn in as president in June 2020. White is a partner at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, where he focuses on corporate litigation, including real estate, ...read more
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    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 21 – On Feb. 21, Set Free To Be Me celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Set Free To Be Me offers a “structured experience for women to recognize personal issues, which limit them from productive and positive living. In a non-residential setting, both biblical and foundational truths and cognitive patterns are taught. One-to-one ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 15 – Do you have an interest in Destin area tourism? The Destin Chamber's newly formed Tourism Committee invites you to attend a lunch on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer. Jennifer Adams, Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department Director, will share 'The State of the TDD.'  The Tourism Committee's mission is to bring value to the Destin tourism ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 15 – After the success of the 2018 Destin Chamber Mega Door Prize Giveaway, the promotion returns with more prizes and greater value! From multi-media advertising to golf, vacation stays, a gas grill, and more, eight packages are available with values ranging from $500 to $2,562.For every Chamber breakfast, lunch or after hours a Destin Chamber member attends from February ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 13 – On Feb. 12, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated the grand opening of its Destin office with a ribbon cutting. Led by Regional Production Manager Balenda Hetzel, Loan Officers Bonnie Manthey and Melody Glasgow, and Loan Partner Rhonda Summers, the Destin office is Inlanta’s first office in the Panhandle and fourth office in the state. “We are excited to kick off our 25th ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Representative Ponder Visits Children In CrisisFlorida State Representative Mel Ponder visited Children In Crisis (CIC) this week to learn more about the foster care challenges in the community and CIC’s efforts to help. Ponder is the chair of the Florida House of Representatives Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee.  The subcommittee has been addressing the changes to the foster care program ...read more
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    Thursday, February 07, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 7 – On Feb. 6, Beyond Measure Jewelers celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Beyond Measure Jewelers is your fine jewelry and engagement ring specialists, also offering jewelry repair, watch repair and custom designs. Visit the showroom at 4489 Commons Dr. W. 4C, in Destin.For more information, please call (850) 424-7011 or visit shopbeyondmeasure.com.  
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Feb. 6 – On Feb. 5, Carrow Window Films/30A Tint & Tidy celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Carrow Window Films/30A Tint & Tidy is a professional window tinting, glass coating, and detail service for residential, commercial, automotive, marine, and aircraft. It offers 25 years of experience, and its premier products are eco-friendly.For more information, please call ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Jan. 23 – On Thursday, March 28, the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce will present a new event to the community – the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Taste & Business Showcase. This event will highlight the best of the area’s businesses, from restaurants and breweries to retail, home, and personal and professional services.  Guests will enjoy samples of delicious ...read more
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    Monday, January 14, 2019
    Altar’d State Employees Help Children in CrisisAltar’d State presented Children in Crisis a check for $3,882.75 to help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected and abandoned children of the local community.  The donation funds were collected by the Altar’d State employee volunteer program called “Mission Monday.” Seen here, Lesley Lowrey (left), CIC office manager, accepts the donation ...read more
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    Friday, January 11, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Jan. 11 – On Jan. 10, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a 5-story, 84-room hotel catering to business and leisure travelers with its open, intuitively designed, casual atmosphere. It offers 84 spacious guestrooms, Gallery Kitchen ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 02, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Jan. 2 – The Inaugural Big Dill Destin Pickleball Tournament will take over the streets at the popular outdoor lifestyle center Destin Commons on March 14 - 15, 2019. The tournament format will be round robin with doubles competing in men’s and women’s age-based and open divisions. Cost is $45 per person. Registration is open on Active.com, and space is limited. All registrations are ...read more
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    Friday, December 14, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Dec. 14 – On Dec. 13, 200 Destin Chamber members gathered to celebrate the successes of 2018 and honor outstanding community members. The Annual Holiday Party & Awards Gala presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital was held at Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach, and the awards were presented by Chamber Chairman Bob Perry (second from right), Destin ...read more
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    Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Dec. 13 – On Dec. 12, Bontemps Interiors celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Located in Miramar Beach, Bontemps Interiors is a full-service interior design firm specializing in coastal design with a global influence. Its designers believe that every environment should be unique - a reflection of each client’s ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 29 – On Nov. 9, Ecco Motors celebrated its new showroom with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff.Ecco Motors offers golf car and low speed vehicle sales, service, parts, rentals, and storage. It also offers custom rebuilt "signature series" vehicles and a street legal rental fleet. Visit the new showroom at 36058 Emerald Coast Pkwy., in Destin. For ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 29 – On Nov. 26, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members.The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area.  For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 29 – On Nov. 27, Solstice Sunglass Outlet celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Located in Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Solstice Sunglass Outlet offers a large selection of luxury, designer, high-end sport, and performance sunglasses and accessories. To find your perfect pair, please visit Solstice Sunglass Outlet at 10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. #115R, in Miramar ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 30 – On Nov. 29, The Shard Shop celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.This artsy boutique offers classes in ShardWorx, which allows you to enhance a painting with shards of glass, shells, or other treasured objects. Glass, resin supplies, and tools are also available for purchase. The studio is open daily and is a great venue for parties, special events, and ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald CoastIn October, Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation awarded a grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Walton Beach to fund an upgrade to the club’s technology center located at 923 Denton Blvd, behind Choctaw High School. The donation is part of a $150,000 grant Cox Communications and The James M. Cox ...read more
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    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 1 – On Nov. 1, new restaurant Jon Smith Subs celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Jon Smith Subs is committed to serving the absolute highest quality, large portioned, mouthwatering sub. Visit the new location in the Market Shops, visit www.jonsmithsubs.com online, or call (850) 389-8988.  
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    Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Oct. 31 – On Oct. 30, the new owners of Rhodes Auto Repair celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Rhodes Auto Repair is a full service automobile repair shop, offering oil changes and scheduled maintenance, heating and air conditioning service, cooling system repairs, wheel and brake work, fuel and emissions services, computerized diagnostics, electrical systems repair, ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Oct. 31 – On Nov. 15, kick off your holiday season – and shopping – in style with the 6th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC. Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction. Also enjoy the Beach Liquors Premium Tasting Table and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Maternal-Fetal Medicine Doctor Joins Sacred Heart in Okaloosa, Walton CountiesMaternal-fetal medicine doctor Henry Roqué, MD, has joined the Sacred Heart Regional Perinatal Center. Roqué will offer outpatient consultations for women with high-risk pregnancies at Sacred Heart’s offices in Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Crestview and Pensacola. Roqué has more than 24 years of experience in ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    Emerald Coast Foundation Donates $26,000 to CIC KidsThe Emerald Coast Foundation (ECF) selected Children in Crisis (CIC) to be one of the benefiting charities of the ECF Boat Week and Poker Run and donated a check for $26,000. Seen here, CIC staff members Ken Hair, Allie Noah, and Laura Moore, receive the check from Donna Tashik, ECF board president, and members of the Board. The funds will be ...read more
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    Friday, October 05, 2018
    I am writing this in response to your Sept. 26 editorial in The Destin Log titled “Destin’s Lack of a Plan is Frustrating.”  While you are correct that the city has not released a specific plan of how it wishes to use its share of the half-cent sales tax that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, your editorial is short-sighted and does not see the big picture.   While Destin will certainly benefit from ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    Taylor Haugen Foundation Commemorates 10 Years Since Local High School Athlete’s DeathAug. 30 marks 10 years since Niceville High School student Taylor Haugen died from injuries suffered during a football game. His parents then founded the Taylor Haugen Foundation with the mission to provide awareness, education, and abdominal injury protection to secondary aged schools and leagues in contact ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Oct. 3 – On Oct. 2, Marian LoGatto, a Rodan and Fields Skin Care consultant, celebrated her ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Rodan and Fields, creators of ProActiv, have developed clinically tested skin care products using Multi-Med Therapy. This dermatology-inspired skin care provides everyone with the personal confidence that comes with a healthy, clear and even-toned ...read more
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    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Employees Hosted Lake Carillon Clean Up InitiativeResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals (RQWVR) recently hosted a Lake Carillon Clean Up initiative. Whitby Jerkins, RQWVR Seacrest Beach-based area general manager, and his volunteer team at Carillon Beach Inn Panama City, participated. Fifteen ResortQuest associates, guests, and employees from Carillon ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Taylor Haugen Foundation Receives $5,000The Taylor Haugen Foundation (THF) and BrightView Landscape Services, Inc., teamed up at Destin Commons’ Annual Smoke on the Coast event and proudly brought home 2nd place ‘People’s Choice’ and 3rd place 'Most Spirited’ awards. THF and BrightView cooked up a BBQ Macaroni and Cheese, and the foundation was awarded $5,000 for the delicious dish.ECCAC Brings ...read more
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    Saturday, September 22, 2018
    Sacred Heart Health System Names New CEO As Ascension Unites Florida Sites of Care Ascension has appointed Tom VanOsdol to serve as the chief executive officer of Sacred Heart Health System, as well as St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville. In his new role, VanOsdol will serve as chief executive for all of Ascension’s sites of care in Florida, which include seven hospitals and regional ...read more
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    Friday, September 21, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 21 – On Sept. 20, 3rd Planet Brewing, Inc., celebrated its new location, the ‘Mothership,’ with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and staff.3rd Planet Brewing is a craft beer brewing company in Niceville, pouring signature beers, as well as brews from other local breweries. It is dog friendly, kid friendly, and food friendly.For a full list of ...read more
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    Friday, September 21, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 21 – On Sept. 21, Clean Juice celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.Clean Juice is the first franchised juice and smoothie bar company to hold the USDA Organic certification. With 108 franchise units awarded to date, Clean Juice is on a mission to become the world’s most plentiful juice bar offering easy, on the ...read more
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    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Sept.14 – On Sept. 13, The Village Door at Seascape celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Legendary musician and entertainer John Wehner has built his second location on Highway 98 at Seascape Resort. The Village Door at Seascape is a premier destination for live entertainment, dance music, authentic high-quality ...read more
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    Friday, September 07, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 7 – On Sept. 6, the Premier Property Group celebrated its new Miramar Beach office’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. The Premier Property Group is a locally owned and independent real estate firm, serving Northwest Florida. It has been ranked consistently in the top 10% of luxury sales from the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR) since its ...read more
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    Thursday, September 06, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Sept. 6 – On Sept. 5, the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida celebrated its expansion with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Also in attendance were the Greater Fort Walton Beach and Walton Area chambers of commerce, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, Okaloosa County officials, area physicians, and others.   The Rehabilitation Institute of ...read more
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    Friday, August 17, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 17 – On Aug. 16, Destin Life celebrated its inaugural issue with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Destin Life is a community-focused and community-based newspaper geared to Destin locals. It joins the South Walton Life family of community newspapers with the launch of this new edition, particularly geared to promote and highlight all the positive and valuable activities, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 15 – On Aug. 14, new business Playzone Xtreme celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Playzone Xtreme offers indoor fun for the whole family. Enjoy a 20-foot inflatable rock wall, a Wicked Ninja Course, intense obstacles, Skybound Challenge, multi-sports arena & much more.Hours are Sunday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, from ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 8 – The 7th Annual Paddle at the Porch Sponsored by Destin ER, a stand up paddle board race, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, in the beautiful emerald green Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    Destin, Fla., July 31 – On July 24, SYOTOS LLC celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.SYOTOS LLC offers armed and unarmed guard services, vulnerability assessments, executive protection, counter intelligence briefings and screenings, and more. The company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). “We provide quality over quantity,” explains owner and CEO Trei ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 1 – In celebration of Dr. Bawa & Associates’ new location and the grand opening of its Sei Bellissima Medical Spa, a ribbon was officially cut on July 26 with the Destin Chamber.“Our motto is ‘optimize health, weight, and looks!” explained Dr. Nitin Bawa, a Board-certified internal medicine physician with a special interest in weight loss, bio-identical hormones, and anti-aging. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 19, 2018
    Healthgrades Recognizes Twin Cities Hospital for Achievements in Patient Safety and Patient Experience Twin Cities Hospital was recently recognized for two distinctions in quality excellence from Healthgrades: the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive ...read more
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    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    Frances Roy Agency Names Niceville Local as Art Director Newly hired Art Director Janae Erickson brings more than six years of design experience and a plethora of new opportunities to the Frances Roy Agency. Erickson will launch Frances Roy's full-time art department and oversee all visual design projects. A Niceville High graduate, Erickson began her creative journey at the University of Central ...read more
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    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 29 – The 7th Annual Paddle at the Porch Sponsored by Destin ER, a stand up paddle board race, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, in the beautiful emerald green Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 27 – On June 26, LegalShield celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Let Larry and Priscilla Rose assist you with plans to protect your family, your business, and your personal identity with simple, comprehensive coverage from LegalShield and IDShield. Unexpected legal questions and identity theft issues arise every day, and with Legal Shield on your side, you will ...read more
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    Friday, June 22, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 22 – On June 21, new women’s boutique Lizard Thicket celebrated its grand opening during a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Located in Destin Commons, Lizard Thicket is locally owned. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., it offers great customer service and affordable fashion.For more information, please visit the store at 4131 Legendary Dr. F112 in Destin, visit ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 20 – On June 19, popular beachfront restaurant Vue on 30A celebrated its grand reopening and officially unveiled its new renovations during a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Enjoy beachside dining at Vue on 30A, named "Best Waterfront Dining" by Florida Travel + Life Magazine and "Best Place to Watch a Sunset' by Emerald Coast Magazine. Open to the public, Vue on 30A ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 19 – On June 14, new business Cruise Planners celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Cruise Planners books land and sea vacations. It is the only agency associated with American Express.There is “no extra charge with an agent -- just personalized service!” explains Travel Advisor Rosemary Martinek.Cruise Planners is a franchise with more than 20 years in business ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 13 – On June 12, Sea Star Leasing & Management celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Sea Star Leasing & Management offers beautiful vacation rental condominiums and townhomes in Destin and Miramar Beach. Visit www.SuzetteSmithDestin.com for detailed property descriptions, photos, videos, amenities, booking information, and more. In addition, the website details ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 13 – Want a paddle board or a 2-night stay in Destin? How about a limo service with dinner or gift cards to a local retail furniture store, restaurants, or shopping center? Thanks to the generosity of its members, the Destin Chamber is presenting seven packages, or “mega door prizes,” to Chamber members, during its Jan. 8 Leaders In Business Lunch Sponsored by Warren Averett. ...read more
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    Monday, June 11, 2018
    McDonald’s Adding More Than 18,000 Jobs in Florida for Summer SeasonMcDonald’s is hiring and will add more than 18,000 jobs in Florida for the summer season. The company has also recently tripled its investment into the Archways to Opportunity education program and will allocate $150 million over a five-year period. The Archways to Opportunity program consists of free Career Online High School and ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    Destin, Fla., June 6 – On June 5, Action Home Inspection, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Action Home Inspection, LLC, offers licensed and insured quality home inspection. Its featured services include site conditions; exterior and structural components; electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing systems; insulation and ventilation; house interior; fireplaces and chimneys; ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Ruiz Promoted to Destin Commons' Senior Director of Marketing & LeasingDestin Commons’ managing partner Turnberry Associates of South Florida announced the promotion of Heather Ruiz to Senior Director of Marketing & Leasing. In 2016, Ruiz was the winner of the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) Foundation’s John T. Riordan Professional Education Development Scholarship and has now ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Destin, Fla., May 23 – On May 22, Beachworx, LLC, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.Beachworx is a collaborative and synergistic work environment that incubates professional and personal success. It offers private and shared office space, conference rooms and meeting spaces, business support services, professional programs, and networking events. Beachworx is flexible and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Destin, Fla., May 16 – On May 15, Harvest House celebrated its second location Harvest House Too with a day of events, culminating in a ribbon cutting.Harvest House, which has served the area for 32 years, is Destin's thrift store and food pantry. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and shelter to those who are less fortunate and at a point of need in their life. Its original location at 300 ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    BBB Study: Online Romance Scams Coaxing Millions out of Unsuspecting Victims  A study released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reveals an estimated 1 million Americans have been victimized in romance fraud scams with losses nearing $1 billion over the last three years. BBB warns those who use dating websites to be wary of scammers who prey on unsuspecting victims. The study – “Online Romance ...read more
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    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Destin, Fla., May 10 – On May 8, Expedia CruiseShipCenters celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Though Expedia CruiseShipCenters is one of North America's leading cruise specialists, it also assists with every vacation type possible, including customized trips, coach and rail tours, air travel, and more.Visit the Expedia CruiseShipCenters location at 4424 Commons Dr. E., in Destin, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Photo Caption: Members of the Destin Forward Class of 2018 include (left to right) Mike Butler, Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s; Casey King, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC; Rachel Giudry, Destin Commons; Vandy Vela, Cox Media; Brogan Petrone, Community Bank Coast; Aubrey Claxton, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast; Kelsey Perry, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals; Jennifer Gutai, Conerly, Bowman ...read more
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    Thursday, May 03, 2018
    Destin, Fla., May 3 – On May 2, Sea Glass Apartments celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.“Sea Glass offers a new concept in apartment living,” explained Community Manager Stephanie Englade.The apartments feature culinary kitchens, open living spaces, balconies and patios, and walk-in closets. Community amenities include a clubhouse, media lounge, coffee cafe, ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Destin, Fla., April 25 – Destin's 8th Annual Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K & 10K is set for Saturday, May 5, 2018! The 10K is USA Track & Field-certified. Both courses are set along Destin streets with peek-a-boo water views. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College, which restores and protects the Choctawhatchee Basin Watershed.The ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    The Premier Property Group Expands with Fourth Office LocationThe Premier Property Group (PPG) recently announced it will open a fourth office location, bringing its luxury real estate presence to Niceville, Florida. The PPG’s office, now under construction, will be located on John Sims Parkway near the new Starbucks and will open in Summer 2018. With over 490 Million sold in 2017, The PPG is ...read more
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    Friday, April 20, 2018
    Destin, Fla., April 20 – Twenty-two golf teams teed off in the Destin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Tax Relief Golf Tournament on April 19, at Emerald Bay Golf Course. Centennial Bank took home top prize, followed by Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA, and Acme Oyster House. Winner of both Longest Drive prizes was Ethan Cole, Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA. Winners of the Closest to the ...read more
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    Friday, April 20, 2018
    Destin, Fla., April 20 – On April 20, Destin Fit Body Boot Camp began its grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. The grand opening celebration will continue on Saturday, April 21, from 1 – 4 p.m. Visit the studio in the shopping center directly behind the Destin Target at 2001 98 Palms Blvd. Unit 101. Enjoy music, prizes, and a fundraising raffle, with proceeds ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
    Destin, Fla., April 6 – On April 3, Kahn’s Furniture celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Kahn’s Furniture is a full service furniture store, from design to delivery. It offers retail merchandise, including furniture, art and décor; interior design services; custom built furniture; and delivery. The store features “KahnCepts” by Katie Kahn, which is custom furniture and art designed ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
    On April 6, Pure & Couture Studio celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber and Walton Area Chamber.Pure & Couture Studio offers eyelash extensions, keratin lash lifts, microblading, permanent make up, facials and skin care, massage therapy, and so much more. The new studio is located in the Old South Center Complex at 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy., in Destin.For ...