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    Monday, November 29, 2021
    A Message from Shawn Talpey, General Manager of Emerald Coast Marine In case you've seen some local coverage or heard the news around the docks, Emerald Coast Marine was acquired by Safe Harbor Marinas on Nov. 1, 2021.  While more information will be forthcoming in the days ahead, I wanted to personally share this news with our ECM friends and family.  We're very excited by this opportunity to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    Are you a member of an industry association? Shantelle records this Hello Frances Podcast episode at the American Advertising Federation regional conference. No matter your trade, we’re confident there’s an organization that is a good match for you. Listen to the full episode to discover the many benefits we have received from prioritizing association memberships in our organization. Are you ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Drop off to 600 Grand Boulevard, Ste. M-206, in Miramar Beach, or call (850) 608-2088 for pick up.
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Real Estate Contracts Changing In Florida on November 1, 2021 Tune in and check out our podcast episode 18, where we talk about the NEW Changes to the FR/Bar Contract, effective as Nov. 1, 2021!  If you are looking for help with real estate transactions, ECTS has a team of experienced licensed agents ready to make the process easier for you. Visit our webpage and schedule a consultation for more ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  Local Planning Agency Public Works/Public Safety Committee  Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee  Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The first residents of Latitude Margaritaville Watersound have officially closed on their new homes and have been busy moving in and meeting neighbors. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories: Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc. Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property. Best on the ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its 9th mainstage season with three inspired December offerings sure to chase those winter blues and put your entire family in the spirit this holiday season.     All performances are staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach.    “The Snow Queen” (Theatre for Young ...read more
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    Monday, November 22, 2021
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    Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    Vote early and vote often (once a day per category) and the one with the most votes in a category will be the Best in Destin! Voting begins on Nov. 15, and ends on Dec. 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Vote!
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    Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    Is the phone call dead? Should we primarily communicate through text messages? What about email? We’re here to tell you that the phone call is still alive, and in this episode, we state our case of why it should still be a part of your daily life. In our heavily digital world, phone calls allow us the human connection that we need to build genuine relationships. Do you still talk to people on the ...read more
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    Monday, November 15, 2021
    On Nov. 15, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members. The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area.  For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit DestinSnowbirds.org. 
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    Your favorite library system now has a convenient mobile app! The Okaloosa County Library Cooperative has launched a new app available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices. The Aspen LiDA app has all the functionality of the Cooperative’s website at www.readokaloosa.org. Library patrons can browse the catalog, place items on hold, renew checked out items, and much more. Go to your ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    Despite being a chilly start to the day, the sun was shining brightly for the 6th Annual LuLu’s Marlin 5K Walk/Run with 180 runners participating for a good cause. The proceeds benefited high school cheerleaders and sports teams in Niceville and Ft. Walton Beach.    Men, women, teens and children from the age of 8 and under, ran or walked in the friendly, yet competitive out and back course that ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    The CEO of the Emerald Coast Autism Center Heidi Blalock and the Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Autism Center Stacy Berryman join Shantelle on the podcast this week. They share their story of pursuing their purpose to bring a full-time school for autistic children to our community. They share the story behind starting the school, their vision for the nonprofit’s future, how they have ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    For the third consecutive time, Twin Cities Hospital, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare North Florida division, received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.  “Each day, we strive to deliver the highest quality of care,” said David Whalen, CEO of Twin ...read more
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    Monday, November 08, 2021
    The members of Impact100 of Northwest Florida voted yesterday the grant recipients for 2021 - awarding four (4) $104,500 grants.  At its Nov. 7 Annual Meeting, Impact100 NWF members viewed video presentations from each of the grant finalists and voted for this year's grant recipients. The grant recipients were selected from the following five categories: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2022 Alumni Awards and needs your participation! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor deserving alumni of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Okaloosa-Walton College, or Northwest Florida State College.    There are four categories for the awards:•Distinguished Alumni Award – NWFSC ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Sometimes it’s helpful to have some insight into what other business owners and entrepreneurs are prioritizing. Shantelle dives deep into three topics she is focusing on at the moment. Listen to the full episode to learn more about how she is ensuring our hybrid team is engaged and connected, how she manages her calendar to make sure she has time for herself, and what she includes in the business ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Join One Okaloosa EDC at the Gulf Coast's premier technology and manufacturing conference, in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Florida! Exhibitor spaces are reserved for manufacturing companies, technology firms, engineering firms, and education and workforce partners. The opportunity is open to all companies nationally and internationally, regardless of One Okaloosa membership status. Discounts are ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Patients in need of orthopedic care, as well as neck and back surgery, now have expanded access to care across Northwest Florida.  This new program brings together providers from throughout the community to provide patients with advanced, personalized, comprehensive and cost-effective musculoskeletal care, with surgeries performed at Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals in Miramar Beach, Panama City ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) join two of South Walton, Florida’s most cherished resources, the arts and the Gulf of Mexico, with the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Named by TIME Magazine as one of 100 of the “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is the first and only permanent underwater sculpture museum in ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    On Saturday, Oct. 23, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (SRGBC) proudly unveiled its beautiful new course and club upgrades following a multi-million dollar renovation. Local media and club members attended the grand re-opening event and tournament that showcased the new overall course, short course, teaching facility, club house and more. The celebration began with a special ribbon cutting ceremony by ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    Fine art welcomed a record-breaking 6,200 plus art lovers to the 26th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts. The two-day signature art celebration held Oct. 30 and 31 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Fla., featured exhibits of more than 110 premier artists from across the United States showcasing a diverse palette of artistic style. The weekend was ...read more
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    Thursday, November 04, 2021
    In recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Destin Chamber is hosting Col. (Ret.) Patricia S. Blassie. A decorated Air Force Veteran, Blassie will share her inspiring story about her brother's interment as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery and her family's journey to identify and reclaim his remains. This is a story of ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 03, 2021
    On Nov. 2, NewLIFE Fertility celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. NewLIFE Fertility’s goal is to provide infertile patients with progress toward a successful and healthy pregnancy, as promptly, gently, and cost-effectively as possible. Patients undergo complete diagnostic testing to allow the physicians to provide accurate advice when seeking fertility treatment. Patients ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Many families came out to enjoy a spooktacular day of Halloween festivities and a costume contest at LuLu’s 6th Annual BooLu's Halloween event.  Creativity abounded in the costumes worn by both kids and adults with costume contests held by age groups, as well as a family/group category.  Kids decorated mini-pumpkins throughout the day, received candy treats, and enjoyed live entertainment by ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    To help the children and families they serve, November’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) focus will be on National Family Caregivers Month. Foster parent caregivers are critically important to the safety, well-being and mental health of children. They take in children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. There are 400,000 children in foster ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    In this episode (Episode 18), we are comparing the addenda within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP. Watch here.
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Last year we exceeded our expectations so we decided to do it again! Our goal is to inspire our community to take on the Thanksgiving baskets challenge. All items will be donated to Children in Crisis, Inc. This charity is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization committed to “Providing Homes…Keeping Brothers and Sister Together.” CIC gives a home to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in ...read more
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    Monday, November 01, 2021
    Okaloosa County leaders have approved an immediate increase for all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) new hires at the County, including an approximate $3 per hour higher rate for EMTs and $5.50 per hour higher rate for Paramedics. The goal is to incentivize those seeking a rewarding, public service career choice, with a more competitive rate of pay. Additionally, the majority of the County’s ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the appointment of Zach McCluskey, as Chief Executive Officer of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, effective Dec. 6, 2021. In his new role, McCluskey will oversee the growing 267-bed hospital which has served the Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties for more than 45 years.  McCluskey will assume leadership from Mitch Mongell, a 25-year ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    CareerSource Okaloosa Walton is excited to announce a job fair in support of Paychecks for Patriots (P4P). P4P is a statewide initiative that addresses the employment needs of transitioning service members, Veterans, and military spouses across the state of Florida by bringing together employers with current position openings and military-affiliated job seekers. CareerSource Okaloosa Walton (CSOW) ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has unwrapped its new winter gift card incentives just in time for the holiday season.  Winter Gift Card Incentive:  Spend $100 — Receive $10 Spa Rewards  Spend $250 — Receive $25 Spa Rewards + One Complimentary Dessert from Seagar’s Spend $500 — Receive One Complimentary Bottle of Champagne from Seagar’s Spend $1000 — Receive One Complimentary Night ...read more
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    Friday, October 29, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has been awarded a grant for $12,989.20 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program. The C.A.R.E Center received the grant to help with the purchase of seven AquaCal water chillers for their rehabilitation habitats. These new items will benefit sea turtles in NW Florida and Alabama.  The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center was chosen for the award through a competitive ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Ariel may be Disney’s princess under the sea, but The Island’s real life mermaid, Misty, reigns queen of Florida. The "Misty the Mermaid" campaign for The Island by Hotel RL proudly received four statewide awards for excellence in marketing, social media and public relations within the past month. On Aug. 8, the campaign received three awards at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Progress Bank Florida Market Executive Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Courtney Hellett (above left) and Samantha Vines have joined the Bank as the initial team for the Panama City office. “We are happy to welcome Courtney and Samantha to help jump start our Panama City branch,” said Youngblood. “With their combined experience in the area’s Banking industry, we are looking forward to ...read more
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    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, announced recent appointments and reappointments to its statewide advisory board. Kevin Carr, Rick Rodriguez Piña, Nathan Sparks, Harry Timmons, and Cathlee Tomkow were appointed, and Beth Cicchetti, Jason Clement, and Michelle Dennard were reappointed.  The board is responsible for advising, counseling, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    This week on the Hello Frances Podcast, we chat with British artist, Matthew Callaby, also known as Callaby. Currently based in Montenegro, Callaby uses acrylic on canvas to create cute, chubby characters in a strange, vivid world. His work often features anthropomorphic characters painted in his unique, illustrative style. Despite see-sawing between adorable and disturbing, Callaby’s goal is to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    On Oct. 19, 98 Flooring & Mattress celebrated its new showroom with a ribbon cutting. 98 Flooring & Mattress offers flooring, backsplash, pavers, mortar, Durock, interior design services and more. Visit the new showroom at 9501 Emerald Coast Pkwy., in Miramar Beach, for more than 250,000 square feet of flooring and mattresses to help you create your dream space.  For more information, call ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the anticipated official opening of the Watersound® Monarch Art Trail (MAT), an outdoor sculpture project created by the CAA with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The November 12th grand opening will kick off a weekend of festive events that offer creative education and fun for the whole family. It is well-known ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    Bit-Wizards was named 2021 Best of the Emerald Coast for Computer Services/Tech Support. The annual Best of the Emerald Coast readers’ poll results feature top companies across the region in the October issue of Emerald Coast Magazine.    “These are businesses that cultivate the respect and admiration of their customers by reliably and professionally providing products, services and experiences ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    On a recent pleasant fall evening, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) benefited from a dinner hosted by Mark and Kim Fressell, proprietors of Crust Artisan Bakery in Santa Rosa Beach, and Mike and Val Thompson, owners of the Thompson 31Fifty Winery located in the Russian River Valley area of California. From appetizers to desserts, with wine pairings, a sumptuous 7-course meal ...read more
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    Monday, October 25, 2021
    The Destin History & Fishing Museum recently announced that Vivienne Williams is joining the team as Associate Director. She previously worked with the musem as an intern on two different exhibits in 2020. She has her Masters Degree in Public History from UWF, and she has experience in event planning, while working at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  Meet Vivienne at the Museum on Tuesdays - Saturdays ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) on Thursday to announce a $2.85 million award to the College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The funds will be used to establish the College’s Transit Technician program, which will support a broad range of industries through transferable skills to include the Florida Department of Transportation, heavy-duty ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has added an FM signal to its heritage News Talk radio station, WFTW.  Located at 107.5 FM, the new signal went live on Oct. 15. WFTW is also heard on the AM signal at 1260 AM and on multiple streaming platforms.   News Talk 1260 & 107.5FM WFTW is home to legendary talk show hosts like Sean Hannity and Chris Plante, as well as the next generation of talk hosts, ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Fall/Winter Rotation, which runs Oct. 18, 2021, through Feb. 6, 2022, in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The public is invited to a reception celebrating the selected artists on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5 -7 p.m. Enjoy tasty sips ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Gloria Frazier and the leadership team of ERA American Real Estate made a gift of $100,000 to Northwest Florida State College Foundation to establish the ERA American Real Estate Endowment. The gift was made possible through a portion of the real estate commissions received from the sale of the College Courtyard Apartments in the summer of 2021. This endowment serves as seed funding for the newly ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Shantelle and Hillaree wrap up our Hello Frances Podcast series on intrinsic motivation with a discussion about purpose. Those motivated by purpose care about the work they do for the sake of giving to a mission bigger than themselves. Those driven by purpose often find themselves drawn to nonprofit work, feeling successful when they contribute to the greater good, and often have a hard time ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The 2021 Emerald Coast Honor Games has partnered with DEKA-FIT and Spartan to bring you a world-class fitness competition. 2021 Schedule of EventsFriday, November 128 a.m.Honor BreakfastDEKA StrongSaturday, November 138:30 a.m.Opening Ceremony and Events DEKA MileStrength CompetitionHonorary Ruck 22Awards Ceremony & AfterpartyThe event is hosted by Legendary Marine, home to the Guinness Book of ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries Team attended the 2021 International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) Conference last week in Woodlands, Texas. Jeff, Daniel and Michelle spent time in classes sharing and learning current broker/intermediary practices and thoughts on valuation with the COVID pandemic that hit some businesses hard in 2020. Daniel Herring (top) received a 2020 IBBA ...read more
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    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA) is a regional alliance composed of industrial owners, contractors, associates, and training organizations focused on improving industry performance in the areas of safety, workforce development, quality, and productivity. As part of their mission, CGIA leads a nationally recognized evaluation and endorsement process for regional industrial craft training ...read more
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    Thursday, October 14, 2021
    On Oct. 14, BayView Private Wealth celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. BayView Private Wealth is a financial planning firm that provides personalized and comprehensive wealth management, investment management, and ongoing guidance. The new office is located at 1234 Airport Rd. Ste. 121, in Destin. President and Wealth Advisor, Mark Dutram, CPWA®, CFP®, AEP®, has more than ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    For the past 18 months, Food For Thought has been feeding the children in your community through our curbside services. With the onset of COVID 19, followed by the Delta Variant, we have not been able to safely return to schools.  So it is with great joy and optimism that we share, our backpack programs are BACK!  We training our volunteers and staff and refreshing our systems in the schools. Our ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler as the top producer for the third quarter of 2021. Sprigler earned “Top Sales Agent” and “Top Listing Agent” for July through September 2021. “We are extremely proud of Heather and her team. It’s been a very busy summer with listings and sales and Heather’s commitment to her clients has been remarkable,” said Jeanne ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) was the beneficiary of proceeds from a Men’s Night Out live auction lot sold at last spring’s Gala. Nine men bid on the lot that would be hosted at the home of area residents Wayne Paul and Susan Kiley in their “man cave.” The all-men evening was a huge success with the host couple personally preparing the food, which included heavy hors ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    Have you ever wondered why your brand would ever need videos on their social media?   Videos are undoubtedly the best tools to optimize your social media strategy.    Here are 5 Reasons why your brand needs social media videos:  1.) They reach a larger audience  2.) Videos have the most engaging content 3.) Videos are more memorable  4.) Videos help communicate messages more ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    We continue our series on intrinsic motivation with a conversation about mastery. Shantelle, Hillaree, and Gregory talk about what it means to be motivated by mastery, how to pinpoint what motivates people, tactics to keep team members intrinsically motivated, and more. In addition, they share how goldilocks tasks are the perfect way to keep employees challenged, engaged, and inspired. Listen to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Oct. 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, retired Col. Kim Wintner, USAF, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “Anyone who has worked ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Progress Bank has received regulatory approval to open a full-service office in Panama City, Fla. Located in Bay County, this will be the Bank’s 13th office, and the fourth in Florida. President and CEO David Nast said, “With our rapid growth in the Florida Panhandle, the expansion of our services to Panama City was the next logical step for the Bank. I am confident Dewayne’s team will continue to ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    It’s time to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children and their families in need over the upcoming holiday season. There will be many families in our area in economic distress, especially this year. Who couldn’t use a boost of Christmas spirit? ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families. It ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, to discuss the Gulf Power franchise agreement and undergrounding information. The public may view the meeting at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (SRGBC) announced the transformation of its past teaching building into a sophisticated instruction facility. As part of the renovation of the course and club, this facility will provide members with a new learning experience unparalleled to any other instruction facility in the Emerald Coast area.  The indoor, year-round golf instruction facility will showcase expert ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Voters in Okaloosa County have elected to expand the tourism development district countywide. After polls closed on Oct. 5, 2021, Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux shared that, out of the 18,817 votes counted, the unofficial election results ruled 12,296 in favor of expanding and 6,500 opposed. The election will be certified later this week.   Beginning March 1, 2022, Okaloosa County will now be ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Launched last year, Instagram Reels have become a central part of Instagram. They offer significant integration and promotion opportunities across the app. If you’re wondering, are Instagram Reels right for my business, we’re going to break it down. But what exactly are Instagram Reels?  Reels are 15-30 second long vertical videos with a number of creative features. These include music, audio, ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    The City of Destin will engage the community virtually this year for City Government Week, which runs Oct. 18 -24. Throughout the week Mayor Gary Jarvis and members of Team Destin will be showcasing all the different aspects of our city government and the services available to our citizens. Mayor Gary Jarvis will kick off the first of several videos on the city’s Facebook page ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    I mean, it was probably to be expected. Copycat fighting for users!  Just days after TikTok announced that it had reached a billion active users, Facebook has launched Reels for all users in the US, bringing its short-form video competitor to many more people. In all honesty, Facebook seems more excited about the addition than anybody else. The Social Network has been testing Reels in its main ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    After reviewing funding requests from many nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., recently announced the ten (10) grant finalists for 2021.  Representatives of the organizations were present at the announcement, as well as Impact100 NWF officers and members. The finalists were selected from the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Corcoran Reverie, a high-end boutique brokerage and an affiliate of The Corcoran Group, today welcomed the Chapman & Williams Team, led by Bryan Chapman and Hardie Williams, to its portfolio of luxury property specialists in Northwest Florida, creating a unique partnership of two former military contractors. “We are thrilled to have the Chapman & Williams Team as part of the Corcoran Reverie ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Please join the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in congratulating the winners of this year's ArtsQuest Fine Arts... Best In Show: Orestes Barrios #57 2nd Place: Jeannie Maddox #26 3rd Place: Kimberly Mathews #53 Award of Excellence: Mary Jefferson #20 Award of Excellence: Daniel Lai #16 Award of Excellence: John Townsend #33 Judges Choice: David Campbell: #30 Judges ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Initially launched in October 2019, the public phase of the Northwest Florida Ballet's Académie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, just before the hiatus, NFB recognized the collective generosity of its lead donors' $200,000 in-kind commitments by dedicating the second floor of the building to Susan Myers, Clark West and Elliott Mitchell. ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Realty ONE Group Emerald Coast (ROGEC) recently launched a second branch in services: ONE Family Property Services (OFPS). This latest addition with a specialization in property management will allow property owners from Panama City to Pensacola to rent residential properties safely and legally.  Launched in September 2021, OFPS has already quickly grown a management portfolio featuring over 70 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has been awarded a grant for $20,306.25 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program. The C.A.R.E Center received the grant to help purchase a new digital radiograph (DR) x-ray machine. This new item will benefit sea turtles in NW Florida and Alabama. Since purchasing the DR x-ray plate the C.A.R.E. Center has already successfully completed radiographs on 31 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Social media can be a great way to make your business stand out in today's competitive environment. The best way to stay ahead in this fast-paced world is by following the latest trends. Keep up with what's trending and you'll always have a fighting chance! The key is promoting only the best of what you have, and not just trying everything at once! •Create a specific strategy for each social media ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Shantelle and Hillaree kick off a three-part series on intrinsic motivation. In this episode, they discuss autonomy in the workplace and how it plays a role as a motivator for some employees. Autonomy allows workers to not only have the authority to make decisions in the workplace but also have control over the direction of their lives. The ability to have flexibility over time and work has become ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    On Sept. 21, 2021, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the recommendation to hire Sheila Fitzgerald as Deputy County Administrator of Support Services. Fitzgerald has officially joined the team and reported for duty on Oct. 4. She brings 17 years of experience in the areas of budget management, grant administration and project management. She earned a Master of Science ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    Corporate philanthropy has been around for ages. Any good business owner or executive knows it is in the best interest of their company to give back through monetary and/or service donations. Whether it’s for financial purposes or simply for the greater good of the communities an organization serves, it’s a proven business strategy. Depending on the size of a business, donations typically range ...read more
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    Thursday, October 07, 2021
    On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, hosted its monthly Sip N' Stroll event where three new artists debuted in the gallery's Fall show running from Oct. 1, 2021, until Jan. 4, 2022. The gallery welcomed new artists, Robyn Martins, Gayle Campbell, and Roy Calvin Eure to the talented lineup of featured artists.  "We are excited to introduce these ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s gulf coast, has been recognized in the most recent “Best of Emerald Coast” reader poll conducted annually by Emerald Coast Magazine, the region’s premier lifestyle magazine. Readers voted the resort Best Full-Service Spa; Best Fine Dining Restaurant; Best Place to Watch a Sunset; and Best Event Space. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Last fall, the Destin Library received a generous CARES Act grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which was used toward technology. If you haven't been to the library in a while (yes, they are open!) now is a great time to visit and see all the exciting changes.  The library has always had public access computers, but they have now added a Tablet Station with six Samsung ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    Soul Bistro Cafe is now offering Saturday Chicken and Waffle FUNdraisers! Your organization may sell tickets for $10 and 100% of the profits will go to charity. Please call (850) 842-2200. The first FUNdraiser is set for Oct. 16, 2021, from 8 - 11 a.m., benefitting Miss District of Columbia 2021.
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    As Shantelle was thinking about the next podcast topic she would discuss, an Instagram post by Marcus Buckingham stopped her in her tracks. She knew immediately that the topic of the post was something she wanted to share with you. The post reads “What 4 skills do all of the best leaders share?” Do you know what they are? We think you’ll be surprised at the answer! Listen to the full episode to ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    LinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network. A recent count, LinkedIn is at 774+ Million users and climbing.  What’s even better than the size of the platform though is WHO is on it. A study showed that 4 out of 5 LinkedIn users drive business decisions at their company. This means that 80% of those using LinkedIn are C-suite executives, Directors, Founders, & CEOs. This is what ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    On Sept. 27, Northwest Florida State College, Seacoast Collegiate High School and The Seaside School Foundation signed a lease agreement creating a partnership to construct a new educational facility at the College’s South Walton Center.  The new facility, named Seacoast Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, will provide a dual enrollment educational center housing Seacoast ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    This volume of food items is what it takes to serve 3,420 students across 34 schools in Okaloosa and Walton County. Food is distributed to these students via curbside services, backpack services and through our holiday and summer programs.  Our mission continues to fight food insecurity for students in our community to bridge the meal gap. Learn more here.
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors was recently ranked as one of Accounting Today’s 2021 Best Firms to Work For. The Best Firms to Work For distinction is designed to identify and honor the best employers, notably those who have found ways to connect and evolve during the pandemic. Warren Averett ranked third in the large firm category (250+ employees).  To determine the list, Accounting Today ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    On Sept. 29, 2021, the partners behind Latitude Margaritaville Watersound announced that construction has started on the Town Center. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It  is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    The Arby’s Foundation has committed $500,000 to support every community where Arby’s has a restaurant, including Northwest Florida. The Northwest Florida-area Arby’s team is proud to have selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) as a recipient of a $13,900 grant to support its mentoring programs from Pensacola to Panama City. In total, the Arby’s Foundation anticipates ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will be recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness throughout the month of October. Domestic violence is abuse that happens between people that live in the same household. It encompasses a number of different abuses such as physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can happen between family members in a ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloose EDC Executive Director Looking back on a very successful summer for our friends in the hospitality and tourism sector, it is safe to say that Okaloosa County would not be the wonderful community we all know it to be today without the significant economic impact generated by visitors. It is already well documented that tourism directly supports countless jobs and ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    On Saturday, Sept. 18, more than 800 people braved the weather to sip and sample the rain away. The harbor’s latest foodie focused event brought American classics, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, together for an afternoon of fiery fun. The event featured local restaurants, caterers and chefs, as well as brewers and distilleries from Pensacola to Panama City. The event withstood the drizzling rain and ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Our Marketing Manager Kelsey joins Shantelle on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast to talk about the status of remote work. They discuss the surge of remote work since the pandemic and how companies should handle working remotely in the future. Now that working from home has become the new norm, employers and employees both need to adjust their work styles to ensure a balance between ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader. Anyone can be a boss, responsible for guiding their team and assigning tasks to different members of staff. But it takes something special to be a true leader. A genuine leader inspires their team and motivates them to accomplish amazing things.  Effective leaders get to know their employees, so they can understand their strengths ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    On Sept. 21, 2021, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved to adopt an ordinance and amend the Tourism Development Plan to the proposed expanded footprint. Should eligible voters elect to expand the tourism district from its current footprint south of the bay, the adopted ordinance will include a monetary set-aside of 12.5% of TDC revenues for all cities as an annual ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Berkeley College NYC featured local Veteran and entrepreneur Chassity Jackson of Battle Beauties Fashion. "Today, she runs several ventures – Battle Beauties Fashion, designs for military women; Emerald Coast Fashion, which helps feed homeless veterans and teaches industry skills; Wingmen Official, a line for military men; and Boots on the Ground International Ministries, a nonprofit that aids ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released seven rehabilitated sea turtles on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Saint George Island, Florida. Tabitha Siegfried, Stranding Coordinator for the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center, gently situated the rehabilitated turtles into the C.A.R.E. van to make the four-hour trek to Saint George Island. "It is quite a ways to go from our facility for this ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    We are pleased to announce that Okaloosa County Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Mel Ponder (District 5) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties. His new role with the FAC will be instrumental in guiding Okaloosa County with fellow commissioners within the state to address the diverse interests of the County, as well as the state. He will spend the ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Some of the earliest evidence of stories date as far back as 30,000 years ago to cave drawings that depict animals, humans, and other objects. The point is, we, humans love stories.    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) launches its 2021-2022 StoryTeller series with four original plays by local actor/playwrights.    Local actress/playwright/director Shirley Simpson returns to ECTC’s stage ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    Food for Thought is are looking for organizations, businesses or families to sponsor one of 34 schools within Okaloosa and Walton counties!  Each sponsorship lasts the full school year and will help provide weekly food to students, as well as snacks provided to teachers to hand out for students in need of immediate help.  For questions, visit Food For Thought - Sponsor a School!
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has had its Child Safety Matters prevention programs in place for the past several years. They have gone into Okaloosa and Walton counties schools and reached around 37,000 K through 12 students each year in 66 different schools during this time. The nation has recently witnessed the sexual abuse testimonies of several young female Olympians ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    As a leader or a manager, your job will be easier if you know how to motivate your team. Employees who care about their work will be more resilient, innovative, and productive. However, you may have a long way to go. According to the latest Gallup report, 51% of employees are disengaged in the workplace. The challenge may be even greater when you add in the new demands of remote and hybrid teams. ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    If you really want to be a successful prospector, here are 5 keys I've learned from running my own businesses first hand. However, first you have to really understand the sales process. Targeting is the foundation that underpins sales prospecting. Success is the strength of your list and the precision of your targeting. Make sure you add value in every touch with the right offer. Leads: One who ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) officially announced that Christen Cowgill will be joining the team in October as the non-profit’s Director of Development and Marketing. In this executive role, she will be leading the development and marketing efforts of ECCAC’s Centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Cowgill has an extensive background working with people and events, most ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Congratulations to CBA's new Advisory and Executive Committees. We are excited to continue working with all our re-elected members. Both the Advisory and Executive Committees are 100% volunteer positions helping to guide the activities and missions of CBA. We want to welcome Steve Young, Jerimi Nuckolls, Emily Gregory, Julie Terrell, and Monica Wallis to our Executive Committee as Chair, ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) welcomes Dr. Paula Gardner as the new restorative dental provider. Along with this new addition to the team, CVHN is expanding its oral health care reach with the addition of a second mobile dental bus. This will allow their mobile dental team to provide preventative and long term dental solutions to children without access to dental care or insurance ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Lisa (Captain) Curry, known as Lisa Kay, co-host of the “Lisa & Chris Morning Show” on Coast 93.3/WNCV-FM with Chris Kellogg, has retired from radio broadcasting after a nearly 40-year career. Curry’s last day on-air was Friday, Aug. 3, 2021. On-air personality Leslie Gray (pictured here) steps into the Coast 93.3 morning co-host role, joining co-host Chris Kellogg for ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    In 2021, a marketing checklist for your business is essential. In order to succeed and grow in a competitive market, it's not enough to only commit to one strategy and continue to follow it for the life span of your business. You have to be able to adapt your strategies when the market changes. It is not only about producing good content, but you also have to be on top of social media trends to ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast’s (UWEC) Emerging Leaders is pleased to announce the inaugural class of “40 Under 40” honorees, presented by Step One Automotive Group. This award seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in their workplaces and making a difference in the community.  This is UWEC’s first year organizing the Emerging Leaders 40 Under 40 award. Seeing the ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Thanks to the generosity of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), presented by the Jumonville Family, they raised over $2 million to benefit 16 area children’s charities. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a significant $150,000 check from this year’s proceeds, which included the proceeds from an exclusive Patrons Dinner for ECCAC hosted by Cory & Hillary ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Due to the uptick in COVID-19 pandemic variants, out of an abundance of caution, the 2021 Best Of the Emerald Coast event slated for Oct. 16, in Grand Boulevard Town Center, has been cancelled.   “The safety and wellbeing of our partners, staff and community is our No. 1 priority,” said Brian Rowland, publisher of Rowland Publishing, Inc., whose proprietary flagship magazines include: Emerald ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented a check for $500 to Children in Crisis to help feed, clothe, and give a loving home to the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “2021 has been a difficult year due to COVID-19 and a reduction in donations which makes the challenge critical. The donation will make a huge difference in ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center teamed up with local freediving company Benthic Ocean Sports to successfully release 131 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings on Tuesday morning, Sept. 14, 2021. It was a cloudy morning as the C.A.R.E. Center and Mike Pooler from Benthic Ocean Sports set out for a long offshore boat ride, searching for weedlines to release the loggerhead hatchlings. The hatchlings ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The average person conducts between three and four online searches every day, and it’s estimated that Google processes about 5.6 BILLION searches per day (HubSpot, 2021). With Google controlling 95% of the U.S. search engine market share, any updates Google makes can kick off major changes in search engine marketing. Along with being prepared for a future without cookies, here are several other ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Board of Directors of Progress Bank, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, announced that it has received regulatory approval to open a Loan Production/Deposit Production Office in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will be the Bank’s 12th office. President and CEO David Nast said, “With the expansion of Progress Financial Services in Tuscaloosa earlier this year, we have been anxiously awaiting the right time ...read more
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    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Echelon Luxury Properties, a premium asset management firm offering boutique services for high-end vacation rentals, announces its grand opening in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. The firm’s growing luxury portfolio consists of exquisite vacation rental properties from Destin to Rosemary Beach. Each of the homes offer a unique experience and are evaluated by their special amenities, location ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Sept. 10 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “Our community ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Turning down business can be hard, but we can tell you from experience that working with a client that is not the right fit for your organization is even harder. In this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast, Shantelle shares the four key criteria we consider when finding clients that are the right fit for Frances Roy. This checklist guides our decision-making process when discovering not only ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
      On Sept. 14, the Youth Village, Inc., celebrated its 22 years serving children and the completion of remodeling and renovations on a newly purchased building, located at 644 Anchors St. N.W., in Fort Walton Beach. The Destin and Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce joined in the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Opened in 1999, the Youth Village is a non-profit after school care ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Help your favorite teacher win $500 for school supplies. Emerald Coast Title Services loves our teachers, so ECTS is donating $500 to TWO teachers in our community. Visit the ECTS Facebook page and nominate your favorite teacher in the comments section of this pinned post. The teachers with the most nominations will receive $500 to help purchase school supplies.Find details here.
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Part IV of Florida Contracts Series has arrived! In this episode, we have provided an explanation of the closing defaults and dispute resolution within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP.Watch here.
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Local Veteran Entrepreneur Chassity Jackson of Battle Beauties Fashion was recently featured in the CNBC article, INVEST IN YOU: READY. SET. GROW. Don’t let fear and anxiety ruin your financial life. These strategies can help you stay on track.   
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy is pleased to announce Nicole Malley in the newly created Events and Content Coordinator position. Malley is responsible for client and internal event logistics and content creation across digital platforms. Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke notes the importance of each Frances Roy team member.  "Every new ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Understanding the Importance of Personal Branding Your personal brand helps you to:1.Prosper as a free agent. Your personal brand is your reputation. It’s the way others see you. If you’re like most people, you may be switching jobs and employers regularly. Your personal brand is an asset you can take with you wherever you go.2.Chart your own direction. Your brand will help you to establish goals, ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    The City of Destin would like to clarify the Notice of Proposed Tax Increase that was issued last week. The tax increase is due to new residences becoming occupied and to property values increasing. The current Millage Rate of 1.615 went into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The City of Destin proposes the same millage rate for FY22. Due to the rise of property values going up this equates to 3.75% ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received the American Heart GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the US ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) announced its 2021/2022 line-up of Board members and officers.  They are Janet Parker, President; Renee Pellegrino, Vice President; Alan Wood, Treasurer; WCSO Chief Audie Rowell, Past President; and Shaun Eubanks, member at large.  Other Board members are Todd Bierbaum, Stephanie Brannon, Cindy Cole, Christen Cowgill, Bill Fletcher, Velia Lala, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board of Directors recently welcomed Tracy McLean to its Board.  McLean and her husband Norman are residents of Santa Rosa Beach. She has lived in the Panhandle since the age of 12 and has been living in the Destin area since 2004. They are self-employed with McLean administratively working with her developer husband in his high-end ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Click here for the 2021 FOA Program Ads Media KitClick here for the 2021 FOA Sponsorship Kit
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    This week, Food For Thought officially kicks off our 11th year of service! We are grateful we are able to continue to serve our community and continue to bridge the gap in food insecure children among 34 schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties. There are three ways that #youcanhelp through our Back to School Sponsorships:Sponsor a Student | Sponsor a School | Corporate Sponsorship
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    If you desire more engagement, sales, clicks to your website, and more, you need to understand the customer value journey. This process is how you turn users who were once ordinary strangers that stumbled upon your profile to becoming your super fans. Discover the customer value journey and find out how this 8-step model is important for amplifying your customer base. Step 1: Make Them Aware The ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Richard McCook 96 OG NCO TSgt Mayursinh Jadeja 96 MSG SNCO MSgt Shannon Cassinelli 96 OG CGO Capt Andrew Petry 96 OG Civ Cat 1 Ms. Wendy Swartz 96 MDG Civ Cat 2 GS-11 Derek Erickson 96 MDG Civ Cat 3 NH-03 Adrian Nunes 96 WSA Honor Guard SrA Elisabeth Harper
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is proud to announce that September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month. This month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is spreading awareness for the critical need of mentors from Pensacola to Panama City through its End the Wait Campaign.  Over 100 children in BBBSNWFL’s service area are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, with 80% of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    Ransomware attacks are more prevalent than ever. Most organizations approach their IT in two very different ways: proactive and reactive. The reactive approach is becoming increasingly dangerous as ransomware attacks rise. Learn more about how this approach can cost your business time, money, and your reputation.  Read more from Bit-Wizards' blog here.
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    The Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners has approved $437,500 in funding through a RESTORE Act subaward to the Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Coalition. The money will be used for supporting consultant services to draft a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan by the Estuary Program. The plan will describe projects and how they should be implemented to restore and protect the integrity of ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a premier beachfront resort located on Florida’s gulf coast, recently announced key additions and promotions to the resort’s stellar culinary team. These additions come following the announcement of Dan Vargo’s departure. Ending a distinguished tenure, spanning over a decade, as Executive Chef at Hilton Sandestin and Executive Chef of Seagar’s Prime Steaks ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    Who’s ready for a break from all the nonsense? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opens its 9th mainstage season with one of Off-Broadway’s most popular musical comedies, “Nunsense.”    The show opens Friday, Sept. 17, and runs three weekends through Sunday, Oct. 3. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    A2Z Specialty Advertising presented Bit-Wizards with the “Gabby Award” as part of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Coffee event. This award was given to Bit-Wizards for delivering excellent service to their customers and going above and beyond to help numerous individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community.    Named in honor of long-time resident and ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
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    Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    While the entrepreneurial journey can be overwhelming at times, one huge benefit to owning your own business is cultivating the work environment that you want. Inspired by the book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual and the Slack article 6 Simple Ways to Foster a Positive Work Environment, Shantelle shares how our agency creates an environment that is positive and inviting for our ...read more
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    Friday, September 03, 2021
    Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel received overwhelmingly positive feedback, alongside Public Works Director Jason Autrey and County Engineer Scott Bitterman, at the unveiling of the improvement concept designed for Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island. The county organized a town hall for Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, and invited the community to attend and engage in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Destin Chamber Trustee members are celebrating and thanking local first responders with a free cookout on Friday, Sept. 10. They will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at Destin Fire Station #9 at 848 Airport Road, in Destin, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, beach safety, EMS and military are invited.Trustee membership is the highest membership ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    Now is your chance to win the ultimate vacation package to the beautiful Emerald Coast along 30A in Northwest Florida while supporting a local non-profit with a global impact!   The best of 30A is coming together in support of The Sonder Project and offering the ultimate local vacation package.  Stay in a world-class luxury rental property provided by 360 Blue for 6-nights, and ride around in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    In early August, Northwest Florida State College hosted a Scouts of America Welding merit badge camp. Twelve (12) Scouts from regional troops spent the day learning the art and science of welding from NWFSC Welding Program Director and 2018 Welding Instructor of the Year, Scottie Smith. The Scouts learned safety, explored welding with the virtual reality welding machine and used the GMAW welding ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recognized Lisa Z. Blady for being the newest $2,500 Guardian Angel with the non-profit’s Champion of Hope membership program. An author, Lisa is pictured here with her granddaughter who is on the cover of her book, Sons & Daughters Emerging. ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    SocialLee PR & Digital Media won three awards at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) State Golden Image awards! Each award went to the "Misty the Mermaid" campaign for The Island Hotel. The full campaign was awarded a Golden Image award in the Integrated Marketing category, making it the #1 Integrated Campaign in the state of Florida. The Mermaid Tails social media video series won an ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    Thank you all for your generous support of our Annual Stock the Pantry fundraiser; as you read this we are unpacking our food shipments and getting ready for services! While we did work very hard to start off this new school year with direct delivery of our backpack program, the Delta Variant seems to have other plans. With guidance from our school district partners we will kick off our 11th ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
      Check out our exclusive interview with Ashley Vannoy of Heartland Bank! In this interview, we learn more about Ashley and her journey to how she has led her business today. Ashley discusses her story, how she helps others in her field of business, how this business has impacted the community, and provides some helpful advice to others. We want to thank Ashley Vannoy for taking the time to do ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    With three new businesses opening and several more in the queue, Grand Boulevard office space is in high demand. TEKsystems, an international tech company, will open its new offices in Grand Boulevard this fall. The company delivers all aspects of IT, including services, personnel and cyber security.    “We are so excited to be in Grand Boulevard! We enjoy the convenience of meeting with clients ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    The Food For Thought 2020 - 2021 Annual Report has been released to review a summary of our last fiscal year (August 2020 - July 2021).  We appreciate and are grateful for all who have contributed to help ensure that Food For Thought was able to continue to help fight food insecurity, especially in a year that had many ups, downs and unknowns. We look forward to serving in our community an 11th ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    The City of Destin’s first budget hearing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the City Hall Annex located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    De’Andra Roberts, Founder of A Life to Share, shares her entrepreneurial journey with us on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. When she realized she missed out on many family stories through the passing of her grandparents, De’Andra wanted to ensure that from now on her family history would be thoroughly documented for future generations. A Life to Share makes it easier, quicker, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    This year, Arts in Education Week is Sept. 12 - 18, and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County would like to continue our tradition of celebrating by shining a spotlight of some of the amazing Arts educators making a difference in our community. We invite you to nominate a great teacher you know and tell us how he or she utilizes the Arts (music, visual art, performing art, literary art, ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Feeling dramatic? It’s not too late to play a part in Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s (ECTC) 2021 Fall Educational Theatre Programs.     “There couldn’t be a time where self-expression through the performing arts is more essential for our children,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We realize most of the schools in our community cannot offer the theater ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    In celebration of World Entrepreneurs’ Day, we talk all about power moves on this week’s episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. First, we dive into what a power move is (and what it isn’t). Shantelle shares one of her biggest professional power moves and discusses examples in both professional and personal situations. Do you feel a pull to change things up? Maybe it’s time for your next big power ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is proud to have been named as one of the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms by Construction Executive for the second year in a row. Out of the firms that scored high enough to be awarded this designation, the Firm was ranked 23rd by the survey.  Warren Averett’s Construction Practice Group is made up of 50 experienced professionals who meet monthly to stay ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The Social Security Scam has been around awhile now and became more prevalent when consumers were not falling for the IRS calling them. There are several ways a scammer can try and get you with this scam, including:  How the Scam WorksYou answer the phone (or listen to a voicemail message) from someone alleging to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or another government entity. The ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Your BBB has received reports of a current scam in the Pensacola Area. Someone is calling residents claiming to be from ‘Davis Bail Bonds’ informing them that a family member is in jail and they need to pay their bond to get them out. BBB contacted the owner of Davis Bail Bonds, Mr. Tony Davis, and learned that he, too, has been fielding inquires as to the legitimacy of these calls for the last ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The EOD Warrior Foundation was presented with a $1,000 donation on behalf of two Realty ONE Group Emerald Coast agents, Brandy Parker and Sonja Ramakka. Both military spouses, Parker and Ramakka have pledged to both donate $1,000 from each closing to their client’s non-profit of choice - EOD Warrior Foundation or Fisher House. It is their goal to donate $10,000 by the end of 2021. Pictured Left ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    On Thursday, Aug. 19, HOWSE hosted a grand opening celebration in conjunction with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting with the chamber to officially welcome the new business to the community. Located at 43 North Geronimo Street, the HOWSE product collection is curated of custom upholstery made in the ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Along with providing many services to children who have experienced abuse, abandonment or neglect, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) also have significant prevention programs in place.  According to Jasie Landeros, who heads up the prevention department as ECCAC’s Outreach Program Manager, “We have been focusing on creating awareness for monthly prevention programs this past ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Together, with your help, Food For Thought raised more than $208K and collected more than 36K food items. With these donated food items and monetary donations, FFT will be able to stock its pantry to begin serving 3,400 students weekly in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Food Drive Team Standings (Top 3) - 36,800 TOTAL FOOD ITEMS Legendary Company - 10,057 Items Ohana Institute - 6,715 Team ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    The Destin Library and the other five libraries in the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative are converting to a new software system for their library management effective Sept. 13, 2021. This new system will be utilized both internally by the libraries and by library patrons via the website portal at www.Readokaloosa.org. The data conversion will affect the library hours of operation as ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    When you send cold emails to your prospects, you are competing with dozens of emails in their inbox. Just imagine, there were around 300 billion emails sent in 2020. The average professional receives 126 emails per day. That’s a lot of competition! For your cold email campaign, the primary goal should be to stand out from the crowd and make prospects open your emails. Subject lines are undoubtedly ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Last week, we talked about writing a cold email that converts without being pushy. I'm sure we have all sent cold emails to prospects before, and what people don't realize is the amount of competition there is on the prospect's receiving inbox. In our previous newsletter, we talked about great techniques for writing a cold email that converts, and in this newsletter we'll talk about how to craft ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    If you are displaced by Hurricane Ida, Okaloosa County libraries want to help. Take a break from weather watching with instant online library access. Register for a 14-day free courtesy account offered to storm visitors from LA and MS. Download ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to distract and relax your mind. Register now at Read Okaloosa.org.  Staying longer? Visit an Okaloosa Cooperative ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    A recent survey found that 87% of small businesses fail within the first 18 months. What was your experience like during the first 18 months of your business, and what advice would you give to people just starting out? What is your business about? The Wednesday Highlights interview with Ada Bowman, CEO and Founder of AB+Production, will be focused on offering listeners a glimpse into the process ...read more
    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast is excited to kick off Rock United - presented by Gulf Power Company, a virtual singing competition for local bands and musicians. Rock United celebrates and recognizes the great musical talent in Okaloosa and Walton counties, while helping our community by supporting the efforts of United Way Emerald Coast.  Rock United is organized in a single-elimination bracket ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    The Destin City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19, will be cancelled due to lack of quorum. The meeting was originally scheduled on Aug. 16, and was postponed due to Tropical Storm Fred. The council meeting is now rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the meeting at the following link: ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released five rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, Aug. 19, 2021 at Inlet Beach, Florida. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent sea turtle patients, consisting of three different species of turtle, including three Kemp's ridley sea turtles, one loggerhead sea turtle and one green sea ...read more
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    Friday, August 20, 2021
    On Aug. 19, Cissy’s Scenic 98 Café celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting, featuring live music and a silent auction benefitting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Located on the corner of Matthew Boulevard and Scenic 98, Cissy’s Scenic 98 Café is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite to eat. Choose from Amavida coffee, pastries, sandwiches, flatbreads, beer, wine, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    The community rallied to attend an energetic public grand opening and ribbon cutting last week for the new Destin High School (DHS). This is the first new high school to open in Okaloosa County, Fla., in more than 50 years. A welcoming ceremony included lively cheers by the new Varsity cheerleaders, speeches by the DHS Governing Board, Destin Mayor Jarvis, Buddy Runnels, and an amazing a Capella ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    From Ada Bowman of AB+Production, LLC As the founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency, after creating almost 7,000 posts within a year for various clients, I've found that the fastest, most cost-efficient way to benefit from social media is to create an engagement, listen to strategy and set aside a test budget for targeting.   Here's how to get started: First, decide what you want to ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    The Sonder Project recently announced the completion of its 12th school, St. Elizabeth, inaugurated on Monday, July 26, 2021, in the community of Khundango in the Central Region of Malawi. Khundango is home to an estimated 1,655 people, with 710 students registered at St. Elizabeth.   The school offers grades 1-8, but only had two adequate classrooms before this structure was completed. The new ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College is lowering the barrier to higher education by offering multiple grant and scholarship opportunities for the Fall Term. It’s not too late to apply!  NWFSC has been awarded grant funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). It is our goal to reach as many students as possible. Funding will be awarded per semester (Fall and Spring) and will be on a first-come, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    ArtsQuest, the 33rd annual fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), is pleased to announce the 2021 Festival’s Featured Artist, Chandler Williams. Chandler is also Visit South Walton’s 2021 Artist of the Year and owner of Modus Photography and Modus Gallery in Grayton Beach, Fla. ArtsQuest is a juried show scheduled to take place Oct. 9 & 10, in the Town ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    Greg Fisher, Community Manager at MAHI, joins Shantelle on the microphone this week to announce his newest entrepreneurial venture, The MAHI Project. The world’s first NFT digital art gallery, the MAHI Project is a crypto-backed collection of digital art NFTs that will be displayed in a public virtual gallery. Greg shares how he has combined his passion and interests in art, ocean conservation, ...read more
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    Monday, August 16, 2021
    During the Destin Chamber’s Aug. 13 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Kevin Bowyer of Warren Averett was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community.  “One of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    The City of Destin is now accepting registrations through Monday, Aug. 16\, for the fall Destin Dolphin Cheerleading program. Practices will take place at the Destin Community Center on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6 pm. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 10, and the cost is $45 for non-Destin residents and $35 for residents, plus uniform cost. Practices will begin the week of Aug. 16, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Below are the rules: 1. Post a picture of you having some summer fun &##128262; 2. Include any of our ECTS custom drinkware in the picture &##128248; 3. Tag @emeraldcoasttitle (if on Instagram) or our Emerald Coast Title Services Facebook Page (if on FB) in your post BONUS ENTRY: Add your post to your story and tag us *There are UNLIMITED entries! Each post is considered an entry and stories ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Can you believe it? We are celebrating the 100th (!!!) episode of the Hello Frances Podcast! To our listeners, thank you so much for tuning in every Monday to listen to us. In celebration of this milestone, we decided to look back at your top 10 favorite episodes!  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances with Kimberly Cadena  Kimberly and Shantelle candidly share their experience of starting their ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for Oct. 30-31, 2021 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, and is free for attendees. "The festival is a celebration of the wonder of arts and culture. We will feature new surprises this year ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Part II of Florida Contracts Series is finally here! We have provided an explanation of leasehold interests and the different financing contingencies in FARBAR and CRSP.Listen and watch here.
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    &##127897;Let’s Talk Title: Episode 15 with ECTS! Part III of Florida Contracts Series has arrived! We have provided an explanation of the closing costs and repairs within the contracts FARBAR and CRSP.Listen and watch here.
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    Monday, August 09, 2021
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
      On Aug. 5, Destin High School welcomed the community to an Open House & Ribbon Cutting as it prepares to welcome its first students next week.  Destin High School is Destin’s new tuition free, charter high school. For 2021-2022, DHS will offer an initial group of academies in Business/Entrepreneurship, Commercial Fishing/Captain’s License Prep, Biomedical Sciences, and Cyber/IT. It will also ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    Purses with a Purpose, a signature Shelter House event, returns for the 10th-anniversary event to be held at Destin Commons, Sept. 23-25, 2021. Over the past decade, Purses with a Purpose has become a must-attend annual shopping experience for ladies across the Emerald Coast. Shoppers at Purses with a Purpose have the opportunity to select from hundreds of new and gently used purses, wallets, and ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    On Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., at the Okaloosa County Administration Building, located at 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, FL 32579, a meeting will convene to discuss issues related to the proposed expansion of the tourist development taxing district pursuant to Chapter 164, Florida Statutes, and an assessment of the conflict from each governmental entity involved. Members of the ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    Recently, Norton Insurance of Florida announed a new partnership with V.I.V. Insurance based in Crestview, Fla.  VIV was founded by Vivian Meredith in 2005, who brought extensive insurance experience to the area. This independent agency specializes in commercial trucking and transportation insurance and has developed an enviable reputation for service, knowledge, value and professionalism with ...read more
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    Friday, August 06, 2021
    For 12 consecutive years, Bit-Wizards ranks in the Top 10 of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For. The annual Best Companies To Work For In Florida list featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine ranks 100 companies in small, medium and large employer categories.    To participate, companies or government entities were required to have at least 15 workers in Florida and to be in ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    Join us this week on Hello Frances for our most transparent episode yet! Shantelle chats about our dynamic team, what she looks for in an ideal employee, and how the pandemic forced many of us to discover something new and to get creative.Listen here.
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    Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler (left) and Shannyn Stevenson as the top producers for the second quarter of 2021. Heather Sprigler earned “Top Sales Agent” and Shannyn Stevenson was named the “Top Listing Agent” for April through June 2021. “We are extremely proud of our star performers for the second quarter. With current market conditions, listings ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    Nathan Cordle is Vice President of Emerald Coast Title Services and an Attorney with the affiliated law firm Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC. His experience and practice areas include real estate law, business and general corporate law, probate law and probate litigation, estate planning, and community association law. As a former real estate agent, Nathan brings a unique perspective to his role ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist Estelle Grengs as the 2021 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle Grengs is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England, as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Grengs uses mostly acrylics but enjoys the ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    On a perfect July morning, members of the local community joined Okaloosa and Walton County Officials, Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustee members along with College personnel to pay tribute to our local fallen public safety professionals from both Okaloosa and Walton counties – law enforcement officers, fire fighters and first responders. Northwest Florida State College’s Public ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    After more than 50 years, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club unveils a new and impactful logo to coincide with its course and club renovations. The club and its membership had a strong desire to not only pay tribute to the past but also realize its future. After months of research and design, the club’s board of directors and committees have unveiled what they feel will reflect how the community, ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    It’s back to school time and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is doing its annual drive for school supplies donated by the community. The supplies will help children whose families are economically challenged. They are needing binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, folders, rulers, paper, scissors and any other school supplies for all ages. Donations can be dropped off during the ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the Florida Chamber Foundation, CareerSource Florida, and the University of West Florida Haas Center today released new data from the second phase of a research study to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s small businesses as the pandemic and subsequent economic impacts surpassed the one-year mark.     The Small Business ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    In order for the videographer to have a clear scope of work and help you achieve the vision you want for your brand, you must do the following for your video idea: Write it Down: First of all, you must write your video idea down as thoughts or ranting regarding your idea. You may think that "less is more," but that is not the case. The more information we have about the video, the more we can ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    SimpleHR was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.  "Our team is honored, once again, to be recognized as a best company to work for in Florida. Given the events of the past year, this award is a tangible recognition of the tireless efforts of our team of dedicated professionals who work continuously to deliver only the very best client experience.  I am immensely proud of ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    The Excellence Circle Leadership Course helps you understand your unique design, grow your influence, develop a mindset of joy, connect with others, become a rainmaker, and move your business to the next level all for less than the cost of a mastermind group.
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    Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    In this week’s Hello Frances episode, Shantelle is joined by her daughter and FRA Event Coordinator Anna Dedicke to talk all about event planning. They break down the importance of communication, starting early, and being creative. Their conversation reminds us that if you plan a personal gathering, a client event, or a huge conference, there is a standard to uphold.Listen here.
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    It’s almost here…the community is invited to celebrate the official grand opening of Destin High School (DHS), on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. This is the first new high school in Okaloosa County in more than 50 years. The school, located at the former Grace Lutheran Church site, 4325 Commons Drive West, will officially open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders on Aug. 10. There will be a welcoming ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    With its ninth annual season Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents 14 (and counting) reasons to escape to the theater to have a laugh and be entertained.    “Season nine marks a new era of growth for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” says ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “This past year we thrived because our community gathered around us and supported us. ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is pleased to announce Whitney Lee recently earned two professional certifications in public relations and now has both designations of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Lee now joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide with their APR who ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    Khaliqa Wheatley, a Sergeant employed by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), is a new member of the Board of Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). A resident of Okaloosa County, Sgt. Wheatley, and her now 6 year-old son, came to Florida by way of the military in 2015. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Sgt. Wheatley currently works ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    This week on Hello Frances, Shantelle and Hillaree take the mic together to talk about the importance of customer reviews. In this episode, they discuss asking for good reviews, how to handle negative reviews and tools your company can use to share reviews across your digital platforms!Listen here.
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    On Monday, July 19, 2021, registration opens for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 2021-2022 After School Program. Registration is open to current and new members. Space is available but limited and parents are encouraged to contact their local Clubs for information and membership rates.  After School Program Dates Okaloosa County - August 10, 2021, to May 25, 2022 Walton County - ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks off the 2021 Fall Concerts in the Village series with a fan favorite, the Velcro Pygmies, and ends the 26th season with the showstopping, Heather Hayes Experience.  "The Fall Concerts in the Village are a nice encore set of events that will feature a great mix of artists and bands. Proceeds from all concerts benefit MKAF ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    This week on the Hello Frances podcast, Shantelle welcomes guest Diane Fraser with the Emerald Coast Science Center. Diane talks about the importance of discovering wonder and why it’s crucial to ask questions. By being curious and asking questions, you ignite your willingness to be able to learn something new which in turn brings you joy.Listen here.
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released nine rehabilitated sea turtles on Tuesday morning, July 13, 2021, at Inlet Beach, Florida. It was a cloudy but beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released its recent sea turtle patients consisting of three different species of turtle, including four Loggerhead sea turtles, three Green sea turtles, and two Kemps Ridley sea ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    Christen Cowgill, residing in Destin with her family, and also the Director of Events at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, recently became the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) newest board member.  Wearing numerous hats, Cowgill is a passionate and driven woman. In her Grand Boulevard position, she has had the opportunity to support major community events, such as South Walton ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) has recognized Daniel Herring, Senior Intermediary of Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries, Destin, FL, with the Chairman’s Circle Award for outstanding performance in 2020 as part of its Member Excellence Awards Program.   “Business Brokers support the health of small businesses and communities worldwide, and these award recipients are among ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    After four years of encouragement, Northwest Florida State College Early Childhood Education student, Christina Walden finally joined SkillsUSA. She said looking back, she doesn’t know what took her so long to join, but she’s glad she was talked into it.  “I started pursuing my Early Childhood Education degree in 2015, and I recently graduated with my bachelors,” said Walden. “The whole time I’ve ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    Start a business by first deciding who your target audience is. Choose what to sell, and market it specifically for that person's needs. Generate leads so you can have the potential buyers come to you once they see how great of an offer this is! Be sure not to lose customers after making those initial sales; stay in touch with them and make customer retention easy through special offers or ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel with the Presidential Advocacy Award at its recent Annual Conference, for her work during the 2021 Legislative Session. “We are thankful to Governor DeSantis for the approval of State funding in all four of our top priorities, totaling over $2.5 million in the 2021 State budget,” ...read more
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    Monday, July 19, 2021
    The Destin Library, along with the other five libraries in the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative, is excited to announce they are converting to a new software system for their library management. This new system will be utilized both internally by the libraries and by library patrons via new website portal. So staff can have adequate time for training and data conversion, the Destin Library will ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Welcome back to another &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services! This is Part I of our new series on Florida Real Estate Contracts: Dion and Ashley discuss the important terms in the FARBAR and CRSP contracts. Watch here.
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Local creative firm and solutionist agency Frances Roy celebrates five years in business. Frances Roy's President and Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke raised a glass thanking her team, their clients, and the support of the local community at Niceville’s 3rd Planet Brewing. "Key performance indicators measure our business, many of them nonhuman and intangible, but our true metric of ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Summer Rotation, which runs June 28 through Oct. 17, 2021, in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The public is invited to a reception celebrating both the Summer Rotation and Juried Exhibition artists on Wednesday, July 14, from 5 -7 ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    On this week’s Hello Frances episode, Shantelle welcomes guest and friend, Director of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Alison McDowell. In this episode, Shantelle and Alison discuss the CBA’s partnership with Walton County for the “All Hands on Deck” campaign. Anyone can have a “hand” in helping sustain and maintain our environment, you just need to get out there and get involved. Alison talks ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    As the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club golf course gets a facelift, the club’s staff is also starting to ramp up and re-envision new beginnings with their re-opening this fall. The team of dedicated individuals that are working to enhance the club is growing and expanding alongside the course.  Several new additions are being introduced to the management team. Zach Philips will be taking over as the ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Perhaps you retired to Florida to write the next Great American Novel, or maybe you have ideas about crafting a memoir from the anecdotes you post on Facebook. You might have been writing for years and your work needs a final polish, or you’re possibly just getting started and have yet to find your voice. Wherever you are in your writing journey, feedback from your fellow writers can be ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) partnered with United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) to host a Snack Pack Kit Build, a corporate engagement opportunity provided through UWEC to support our neighbors experiencing hunger. FWBMC accompanied the kit build with an internal food drive, engaging over fifteen departments within the organization.  “Our colleagues enjoy helping the community and it ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Emerald Coast Title Services would like to invite you to attend a Lunch and Learn regarding tips for real estate agents to boost your google my business profile. This lunch and learn is sponsored by the Centennial Bank. It will be located at the Destin Chamber of Commerce. Ada Bowman is the founder and owner of AB+ Production, as well as the Team Leader of AB Experts Group eXp Realty. Real ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton is very pleased to announce the initial round of confirmed artists for the 13th Annual 2022 30A Songwriters Festival! Headliners will feature iconic artists BROTHERS OF A FEATHER feat. CHRIS & RICH ROBINSON OF THE BLACK CROWES, DAWES, MAVIS STAPLES, JENNY LEWIS, EMMYLOU HARRIS, and RICKIE LEE JONES For the past 12 years, the 30A Songwriters Festival has ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Local technology company Bit-Wizards is known for its eclectic, fun-loving company culture, national caliber employee and client base, and philanthropic efforts. Over its 20 years in business, Bit-Wizards has given back to the Northwest Florida community through monetary, service based, and volunteer efforts amounting to over $1.6 million dollars in community support.    Today, Bit-Wizards ...read more
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    Thursday, July 08, 2021
    Kim Cox has joined United Fidelity Bank as Business Development Officer for the Fort Walton Beach and Destin banking centers.  Kim has over 40 years of banking experience in the NW FL market, and was one of the original founders of Beach Community Bank.  Kim has truly been a leader in the banking industry in the Fort Walton Beach area.  Kim serves as Chair of the United Way Emerald Coast, is on ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The City of Destin has partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Carrying Capacity Study through the Corps of Engineers’ Planning Assistance to States Program. The Harbor Capacity Study will, among other things, focus on the following three goals: •Protect the environmental health of the harbor and surrounding waterways.•Promote safety and enjoyment on our local waters.•Promote the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a workshop to discuss the FY22 Capital Projects Budget on Monday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. For any questions, please call (850) 837-4242.
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    On Thursday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., the Destin Library invites you to come and hear Fishermen’s Tales presented as part of the 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales. Local fishermen will share their favorite and most fantastical stories from working at the Destin Harbor. There will also a video presentation with Kathy Marler Blue from the Destin History & Fishing Museum recounting fish ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Registration for the City of Destin’s Youth Fall Soccer League will begin on Tuesday, July 13, thru Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at the Destin Community Center. In-person registration is Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended, and team sponsors are needed. The league is for children ages 3 – 15 (age as of Sept. ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    As part of its 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, the Destin Library presents Didgeridoo Down Under on Thursday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. Adventure into Australia with a themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling, and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Frances Roy team members join FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the microphone this week to reminisce and celebrate five years of FRA! Team members share their favorite and earliest memories with the organization, what they consider to be their biggest accomplishments over the years, the biggest challenges, and how the agency has evolved. We think you’ll be surprised ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) leadership volunteered with CareerSource Okaloosa Walton (CSOW) to educate teenagers about healthcare career opportunities and pathways within the hospital.  Every year, CSOW has a three-week summer youth employment program that focuses on developing and practicing employment readiness and interpersonal workforce skills. This year the program was called ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    What are Horizontal video formats? One of the situations we encounter as marketers regards content creation and all that goes into it. We get a lot of questions from our clients regarding certain video formats. Regular horizontal videos, such as on YouTube videos, movies, and anything portrayed on a desktop screen, are at a wide format of 1920 x 1080 or 16:9 aspect ratio.What are Vertical video ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    The Sonder Project is thrilled to share the commencement of a brand new student sponsorship program supporting vulnerable students to stay in school. Learn more about the students involved and how you can help here.
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    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    On June 29, Soul Bistro / No Reservations Needed celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting!   Soul Bistro / No Reservations Needed was birthed from a calling to give everyone the gift of a spice called "love," from the first bite to the last. Entrees include fried chicken, pork chops, barbecue ribs, Salisbury steak, meatloaf, pot roast, crab legs, crab cakes, catfish nuggets and ...read more
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    Friday, June 25, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Aviation Center of Excellence (ACE) officially opened June 23, 2021, at the Hsu Innovation Institute North in Crestview. More than 200 members of the local community attended the celebration. With a shared vision for excellence, Northwest Florida State College along with the Hsu Educational Foundation, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, Okaloosa ...read more
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    Friday, June 25, 2021
    On June 24, Coastal Stitches, Inc., celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Coastal Stitches is Destin's local quilt shop, featuring longarm quilting and classes, as well as a retail and fabric store. It also offers embroidery for shirts, towels, quilt labels and more. Visit the store at 809 Harbor Blvd., in the Target Shopping Center near the intersection of Highway 98 and Main ...read more
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    Now known as Paddle at the Park, Destin’s favorite annual standup paddleboard event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and welcoming two new categories – kayaks and inflatables! Now in its 9th year, Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER is set for Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at 9 a.m. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races and a 6-mile elite race. The weekend fun begins on Friday, ...read more
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released six rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, June 24, 2021, at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent sea turtle patients. It was the first public-invited release in over a year due to COVID-19. "We were delighted to conduct our first public sea ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    In this video, the AB+Production LLC team goes over the creation of Sunblock Social as well as showcasing the highlights, success, and fun at the first Sunblock Social! 
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    Today, the City of Destin has successfully gone live on Tyler's EnerGov™ civic services solution. The City of Destin has been using Tyler’s Munis® enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution since 1999 and the City, already familiar with Tyler’s public administration solutions, selected EnerGov™ for its COMPASS (COMmunity Permitting And Support System) project. “This is the largest implementation ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke vulnerably shares her experience through her entrepreneurial journey thus far. Frances Roy Agency is soon celebrating five years in business, and to honor the milestone, Shantelle discusses 5 of the biggest lessons she’s learned along the way. Some are snippets you’ve heard us say time and time before on the podcast, and some ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Chris showed up to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center (MKAC) with a gleam in his eye. It was his second time to train as an usher for a ballet recital, and he already knew what to do.  “I got my jacket. I need a nametag. I’m ready!” said the 15-year-old as he got prepared in the cloak closet at the MKAC.  Chris is one of seven students from the Emerald Coast Autism Center participating in the new ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    In honor of Independence Day, the City of Destin and Compass Resorts will host the 35th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show. The fireworks show can be seen over the East Pass and will begin at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 4. Tune in to Z96 (96.5 FM) for the simulcast music. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will take place on Monday, July 5, at 9 pm.  The City of Destin encourages ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Six attorneys from Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) have been selected to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Florida are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers are Alan B. Bookman (16th year selected), Erick M. Drlicka (9th year selected), Robert A. Emmanuel (15th year selected), ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Registration for the 8th Annual Stock the Pantry Team Fundraising Competition is now open. #youcanhelp us Stock the Pantry for the 2021/22 school year with your business or organization. What is Stock the Pantry? For the last eight years, we have used the Stock the Pantry Fundraising/Food Drive event to help prepare and make sure that our pantry is ready to go for back-to-school to serve the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Destin High School (DHS) is making great progress in the hiring of teachers and staff, as well as the renovation of the former Grace Lutheran Church to transform it into a new tuition free public charter school that will open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders this summer on Aug. 10. The DHS Governing Board and Principal Christine Cruickshank just announced the hiring of Courtney Murie Noe as the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    The Frances Roy Agency concludes its generation podcast series with baby boomers as its guests. Those that are between 55-73 years of age fall into this category and are stereotypically known for being workaholics, slow to adapt to technological advances, and resistant to change. Guests Lori Leath Smith, publisher and editor of Life Media; local realtor Gail Pelto; retired and former CEO of the ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    In this video, Corbin Stuckey of AB+Production LLC demonstrates the value of using LOG footage during post-production, which gives editors the ability to color grade their footage to their own liking and to add their visual personality through using color tones. Make your videos more vibrant and less basic.  Watch till the end and learn some marketing tips from our founder Ada Bowman. Also, ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    “Whalecome” to Destin Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program! The theme this year is Tails and Tales with stories and programs featuring our furred, finned, and feathered friends. Children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, are encouraged to complete reading challenges to earn rewards from June 14 through July 31. Adults need not feel left out because there are challenges for you, too!           ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today that Todd Jackson, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, has been promoted to Market COO to oversee comprehensive operations for both Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Twin Cities Hospital (TCH), in Niceville, Florida. A 15-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Jackson has served ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    On Thursday, July 15, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., Step One Automotive Group will host a Summer Celebration and multi-chamber ribbon cutting to welcome the company’s newest luxury point, Maserati Pensacola, to the Step One family.    Guests are invited to the recently built, 9,637-square dealership, located at 5600 Pensacola Boulevard, that is unlike any other in the area. Step One’s Maserati location ...read more
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    Monday, June 21, 2021
    On June 21-25, 2021, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast are inviting the community to join them for the National Boys & Girls Club Week to show their support of the Club and its impact on the community. This special celebration offers the general public the opportunity to experience the life-changing programs the Boys & Girls Club offers to children and teens along Florida's Emerald ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Children's Volunteer Health Network Mobile Dental Clinic, named Pearl, has traveled all across Okaloosa and Walton counties to serve the children of our community. Here is where our team has been during the 2020 - 2021 school year and the impact they have made. Assessments - 1,108 Varnish Flouride Treatments - 1.098 Teeth Sealed - 2,396 Sealant Patients - 664 Teeth Treated by Silver Diamine ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park is proud to be part of The World’s Largest Swim Lesson™ to bring awareness to Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ with a unified 24-hour global event on Thursday, June 17. Participants will check in at Big Kahuna’s at 8:30 a.m., and the event will start at 9:00 a.m. Thousands of children and adults at aquatic facilitates around the world will unite for this event for ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Photo Caption: John Tringas, Chairman of FNBT Bank, receives the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award from the Chamber’s Chair Elect Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC.During the Destin Chamber’s June 11 Business Before Hours, John Tringas, Chairman of FNBT Bank, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that Destin City Councilmember Prebble Ramswell was recently appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities 2021-2022 Municipal Administration Committee, one of the League’s five Legislative Policy Committees. Legislative Policy Committee chairs, vice chairs and members were appointed by the League’s ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Latitude Margaritaville Watersound on Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast has officially opened for sales. It is the third location of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and better who are growing older…but not up.  Planned to be the largest to date of the laid-back lifestyle communities, the initial phase of Latitude Margaritaville ...read more
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    Monday, June 14, 2021
    Healthgrades recently published its Specialty Excellence Awards, recognizing several facilities for top-line care. Healthgrades analyzed hospital performance based on patient outcomes, accounting for risk factors including age, gender and medical condition. Click here for more details on the methodology.Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was one of the 220 facilities recognized for joint ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Join Step One Automotive Group on July 8, at Volkswagen Fort Walton Beach, to celebrate the launch of the all new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 and 2022 Volkswagen Taos! Event is 5:30 - 9 p.m. There will be food and refreshments, and you can register to win a $500 gift card!RSVP required.
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Acentria Insurance, a premier independent insurance agency in the Southeastern United States, is pleased to announce and welcome a new Employee Benefits agent to its headquartered location in Destin, Florida, located at 4634 Gulfstarr Drive.    Mike Carraway joins Acentria Insurance as a Vice President of Employee Benefits with over 33 years of industry experience. Carraway specializes in a full ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart will host a Family Fun Day in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday, June 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. The location for the festivities will be the new Ascension Sacred Heart building at 179 Mack Bayou Loop.  The event is free of charge and celebrates the expansion of pediatric services to the Emerald Coast. The new building will be the home of ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Crane Fund for Widows and Children presented a donation check for $5,000 to Children in Crisis this week at a presentation ceremony.  The CIC donation will help provide a home, food, clothing and care for the foster children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  Each year almost 100 foster children have a safe, secure, loving home at CIC thanks to the great support of the community. CIC was nominated ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    On Friday, June 4, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area's newest fine art gallery, celebrated one year in business. The gallery welcomed more than 90 art enthusiasts to celebrate the big night. During the event, Visit South Walton's 2019 Artist of the Year, Jenna Varney, revealed her anniversary painting, “The Perfect Anniversary” a 36” x 48” acrylic painting. More than six consecutive months ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    For the entire month of June, when you purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Winn Dixie located at Bluewater Bay, $1 is donated to the Taylor Haugen Foundation.  The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. For more information about the program, please visit seg.bags4mycause.com.
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    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    Video marketing is the strategy designed by marketing teams to create, curate, and utilize videos as a means of marketing  their products or services to their target audience. The idea is to keep audience members engaged with the brand in a way that's simple and easy to digest.  Here are the types of videos you can use in your video marketing strategy:  • The spot • The explainer • The ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 08, 2021
    We continue our generation series with Generation X guests. This group includes those born between 1965-1980 and is the largest spread of years, but the smallest group in terms of population. Our guests this week include previous podcast guest and local photographer Sean Murphy, Director of Sales at Pursell Farms Kelly Galloway, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 08, 2021
    On Thursday, May 27, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) surprised dedicated Big Brother and Board Member, Rique Gwin, at The Block in Fort Walton Beach with the 2021 Michael Robidoux Hero Award. Rique is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force for roughly 25 years.    Big Brothers Big Sisters wanted to honor the legacy of Michael Robidoux by establishing the ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    During the Chamber's May 27 Progressive Business After Hours, HomeFi Digital Mortgage gave away a $100 donation to the charity of the winner's choice. The winner was Adam York of Congruence Talent Solutions, and his choice was to split the donation between the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Kohltan Ward #KohltanStrongForever. HomeFi Digital Mortgage will make a donation of $50 each in Adam's ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners top priorities, totaling over $2.5 million in the State budget, have been approved by Governor Ron DeSantis. On Wednesday June 2, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed the roughly $100 billion State budget confirming the funding of all four Okaloosa County priority projects.  Projects include $854,100 for a new Okaloosa County Agriculture Center. This ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Walton County resident Bill Fletcher was recently recognized as the 2nd Zeke Bratkowski Advocate Award winner by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) at its signature Gala.    Zeke Bratkowski was an NFL professional football player and an assistant coach in the NFL for over two decades. He passed away in 2019, and was a passionate supporter of ECCAC, founding the non-profit’s ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), housed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, has a new conductor. After 18 months of meticulous searching, Todd Craven has been named NFSO Music Director and Conductor right in time for the orchestra’s 35th season.  “We are pleased to announce Todd Craven as our new NFSO conductor,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, Northwest Florida State College ...read more
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    Friday, June 04, 2021
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    The City of Destin is continuing its partnership with The Haas Center at the University of West Florida by conducting a survey regarding public beach access and the public’s experience with Destin’s beaches. Beach patrons will see signage at each city operated beach park and trail with two ways to access the survey. They can visit www.uwf.edu/visitorsurvey or scan the sign’s QR code with their ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) announced today the launch of a new lung-screening program to detect suspicious lung nodules in patients that could potentially cause cancer. More than 500,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed with lung cancer; it is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Lung cancer does not always cause symptoms which is why screenings are critical to ensure ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital (TCH) announced today its newest addition of one of the most advanced robotic surgical systems, the da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot, to be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. It has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. Patients that require surgery completed using this system, can ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency team members Hillaree Durso, Janae Erickson, Kelsey Doar, Jodie Warner, and Rinn Garlanger chat about their generation on this week’s episode – the Millennial generation. Defined as those born between 1980-1994, this generation is known for being tech-savvy, family-oriented, and team-oriented in the workplace. Listen here.
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Here are some highlights from the first Sunblock Social event! Thank you to everyone that attended the event, and we hope you all had a great time. Our mission is to bring Skin Cancer Awareness to the Emerald Coast Life and we will continue to do so through our social media accounts. We invite you to follow us and stay tuned for next year's Sunblock Social. 
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloose EDC Executive Director What a difference a year can make! This time last year, Okaloosa County was reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19. Nearly 13,000 people were out of work, and our county’s unemployment rate was an eye popping 13.7% - a number not experienced during the Great Recession or in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Fast ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    Your Better Business Bureau® Serving Northwest Florida Foundation announces the three recipients of the 2021 BBB Student Ethics Scholarships in District II (Okaloosa and Walton Counties): Matthew Holden Mitchell, a senior at Paxton High School; and Makenzie Jordan Marez, Gabriel Lee Salazar, and Molly Grace Vann, seniors at Fort Walton Beach High School. The program was created to recognize high ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 01, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) is pleased to announce it is the first hospital in the region to offer a new therapy to treat patients diagnosed with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (Afib), who until now had very few treatment options. This new procedure, called the Hybrid Afib Convergent procedure, utilizes the EPi-Sense® System, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Our Generation Z podcast guests kick off our newest Hello Frances Podcast series where we discuss generational differences. This generation includes individuals born in the mid-to-late 1990s through the early 2010s. Our Generation Z discussion features our Frances Roy Agency event coordinator Annalise Dedicke, art assistant Kayla Koger, Website Developer Greg Dedicke, and former FRA interns ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    With virtually every business today seeking new and innovative ways to connect with customers and recruit prospective employees, this webinar will spotlight the importance of branding - and the value of innovative technological approaches like geo targeting. Please join One Okaloosa EDC to learn innovative branding and digital marketing strategies from Cox Media subject matter experts Molly ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Take a look at this recap of the recent Destin Rotary Cajun Crawfish Boil by social media and production sponsor AB+Production.
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Residents in need of lab testing will have a new and  convenient option in their neighborhood. Starting Tuesday, June 1, a new Lab Express - a collaboration between Ascension Sacred Heart and the Seaside Institute - will open at the Seaside Institute Assembly Hall, located at 168 Smolian Cir., in Santa Rosa Beach. Walk-ins are welcome on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7 a.m. to ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Summer’s hottest deal? Endless Play at Urban Air. Sign up for an Endless Play Membership today and get one month FREE*. Take full advantage of summer break and come to Urban Air Destin every day. Several membership plans are available, many including perks like free food, merchandise discounts, free socks, and a birthday party bonus. Choose the plan and attraction access that's right for your ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida announced today that its 2021 membership is 418 women, giving back $418,000 of grant award funding to nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.   Impact100 NWF finalists will be chosen from five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. Our Finance Committee will ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    For the fifth consecutive year, Bit-Wizards is named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2021. Hitting newsstands May 18 in the May/June 2021 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces and company culture whether teams are operating in ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Join J.Leon Gallery + Studio for a one-year anniversary celebration on June 4, from 5 - 8 p.m.! Enjoy a night of art, champagne, and delicious food by The Board Chef. Also enjoy LIVE artist paintings throughout the night and a very special giveaway. Visit the Facebook event, click "going" and share with friends!  Visit South Walton's 2019 Artist of the Year Jenna Varney will unveil her most ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, and Google Cloud recently announced a multi-year strategic partnership that plans to build on HCA Healthcare’s innovative use of information technology to accelerate the digital transformation taking place within the company.   The ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) invites visual artists of all disciplines to apply to participate in the juried 33rd Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening Oct. 9 & 10, 2021 in south Walton County, Florida as part of National Arts & Humanities Month. Usually held over Mother’s Day weekend, this year’s festival was rescheduled in the fall due to the pandemic. National Arts ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) names United States Air Force Personnel Flight Commander Alan Erickson as the 2021 Ron Mobayed Military Big of the Year. The Ron Mobayed Award was established as a memorial to the life of Lt. Ronald Joseph Mobayed, who was an outstanding Big Brother while he was stationed in Pensacola for flight training in the early 1990s. Tragically, Ron ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) recognized Navarre Big Sister Samantha Mortimer as the recipient of the Santa Rosa County’s Big of the Year award. Samantha is a Member Service Representative at Eglin Credit Union in Mary Esther, Fla. Every year, in each county that BBBSNWFL serves, a Big who has made a significant influence on the emotional growth and development of their ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Technological Improvements for New Product and Audience Development and Artist Employment Opportunities. The CAA’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday morning, May 27, 2021, at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park off of West County Highway 30A. It was a beautiful morning as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released some of its recent patients. "It is always so rewarding when we release the sea turtles back into the Gulf," states Will Merrill, President ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) presents Big Sister Cindy Kahl with the Okaloosa County Big of the Year Award. Every year, in each county that BBBSNWFL serves, a Big who has made a significant influence on the emotional growth and development of their Little is presented with the Big of the Year Award. “A big surprise,” says Kahl. “I think that the program is very ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    Legendary Marine is excited to host the unveiling of Everglades’ newest vessel. Everglades is one of the finest in innovation and ride quality in the boating industry. Legendary Marine is proud to be their largest distributor and to be the first to unveil the 455cc.  On Friday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m., the Legendary staff along with the president of Everglades boats will reveal the 455 to the ...read more
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    Friday, May 28, 2021
    It was a record setting evening raising $500K for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) at its 22nd annual signature Gala at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.  The “Bow Ties & Bling” sold-out event brought the community out in their finest attire to enjoy dinner, entertainment by David Seering and Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, along with live and silent auctions, ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Jessica Briggs (MSG) NCO TSgt Jennifer Moore (MDG) SNCO SMSgt Jason Whitehead (MXG) CGO 1st Lt Jessica Veldman-Domingo (MDG) Civ Cat 1 NJ-02 Fredrick Gren (MDG) Civ Cat 2 GS-12 Scott McCraney (CEG) Civ Cat 3 NH-03 Seth Giddens (MSG) Honor Guard SrA Mark A. Coste
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, two Okaloosa County EMS team members were presented with the Okaloosa County H.E.R.O. Award (Humanitarian Efforts Recognized by Okaloosa County) for their heroic actions earlier this year.  Paramedic, George Lee and EMT, Devon Hare had begun stabilizing a patient suffering from a medical emergency when the ambulance doors flung open, following a commotion outside. On ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Readers of VIP Destin Magazine have voted Dr. Richard Reno (right), of the White-Wilson Pediatric Clinic in Destin, Best Pediatrician in the magazine’s annual Best In Destin awards.  Following a two-week nomination period where he ranked in the top ten of vote getters, Dr. Reno was named a finalist for the honor and ultimately secured the “winner” title earlier this year. In true winner’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year.   The network’s anniversary theme “Decades dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed” reflects the Florida SBDC’s mission and celebrates the more than 1.4 million small businesses the network has helped since its ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has partnered with children’s grief center, Valerie’s House, as they begin their Pensacola chapter to support children and families experiencing loss. The Pensacola chapter of Valerie’s House is currently operating out of the Pensacola BBBSNWFL office and holds bi-weekly support sessions with children and their families. The mission of ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College announces proposed course fee changes effective for Fall 2021, to be voted on in the June 15, 2021, NWFSC Board of Trustees Meeting. The proposed course and lab fees recommended for adjustment with the start of the Fall 2021 semester can be found by accessing https://www.nwfsc.edu/tuition/. As itemized in the list, these fees cover expenses unique to course ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    A pandemic this past year has been difficult for everyone, but especially for someone who is seeking help. Agencies like the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center have been impacted by COVID-19, with Emerald Coast seeing 30% fewer cases in 2020. To support this mission, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is one of four centers in Northwest Florida to receive grants from the Gulf ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors is pleased to announce our annual Firm-wide promotions. The Firm promoted 9 individuals in our Destin and Fort Walton Beach offices.  •In Fort Walton Beach, Joel Bradley, CPA, was promoted to Manager in the Audit department. •In Fort Walton Beach, Paul Davis, CPA, was promoted to Manager in the Audit department. •In Destin, Jonathan Futrell, CPA, was promoted to ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    Hurricane season begins June 1, and ends Nov. 30. The 2021 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website and City of Destin Government Facebook page. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm.  For more information please visit: www.cityofdestin.com/hurricaneguide. 
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, announced that it will give $10 million over the next three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in communities near its hospitals in order to advance diversity in ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    For the fourth year in a row, White Point Road and Lakeshore Drive will be closed to through traffic on Saturday afternoons from May 29 - Sept. 4, 2021. The closure takes place each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day to maintain traffic safety and relieve residents on these roads from congestion brought about, primarily by southbound tourism traffic, on State Road 293 toward the Mid-Bay ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    On May 20, Wet Inc. celebrated the 1-year anniversary of its new storefront location with a ribbon cutting! Voted Best In Destin in 2019 and 2020, Wet Inc. has all of the quality equipment and apparel you need for to enjoy an active water-centric lifestyle, including standup paddle board (SUP) sales and rentals, bike rentals, skateboards, apparel, and more. Guided SUP tours of Crab Island and ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Boomers Parks’ Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park hosted a grand re-opening joint ribbon cutting on May 14, showcasing park updates implemented by the new ownership Cerberus. Local VIPs, community dignitaries, and the media were in attendance. Shane Moody, President and CEO of Destin Chamber, Ted Corcoran, President and CEO of Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber and Megan Harrison, President and ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Since the beginning of 2021, White-Wilson Medical Center has welcomed six new health care professionals to its team. These additions reiterate the 75-year-old medical center’s dedication to bringing highly skilled providers to the community and offering health care to meet a wide range of needs.  “With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the pandemic becoming more manageable, patients are ...read more
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    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Eye Center South Ophthalmologist Dr. Irene Ludwig recently authored “Strabismus Surgery, Innovative and Classic Approaches” a textbook and training guide for students and practicing ophthalmologists. Writing this book was a collaborative effort dedicated to the late Dr. Marshall Parks, internationally regarded as the visionary founder of the subspecialty of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    As we discuss the last part of our R.W.L. series, we first want to thank YOU for listening to our Hello Frances Podcast! Although this is always on our listening list, we share quite a few more podcast suggestions in the episode including Side Hustle School, Art for Your Ear, Fluent in Floridian, and more. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Photo Caption: Ken Wampler (right), President of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, receives the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month award from Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, during the Chamber’s May 14 Business Before Hours at Henderson Beach State Park.During the Destin Chamber’s May 14 Business Before Hours, Ken Wampler, President of Newman-Dailey ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge recently hosted founding members and board of directors from Sunday’s Child to tour the new radiology suite located on our campus located at 3051 Cloptons Circle, in Navarre. The addition of new digital radiology equipment was made possible by grants awarded to ECWR from Sunday’s Child and the Levin Family Foundation.    The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is the ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL)  is proud to announce its 2021 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winners. The company selected 31 public sector clients as winners from a broad and diverse field of applicants after demonstrating their excellence in developing, deploying, or maintaining Tyler solutions within their jurisdictions in innovative ways.  Tyler's excellence awards were announced ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Throughout the day on May 8, Northwest Florida State College held 13 individual ceremonies for members of the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. Graduates, family and friends were given the opportunity to safely experience all the pomp and circumstance deserving of this momentous occasion in a modified in-person experience. Of the 1,333 students eligible to graduate, nearly half of them walked ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Pop goes the music … and more! Emerald Coast Theatre Company is searing some sizzle into summer 2021 with a hot new live entertainment series.    Summer Pop is a series of four different fun-filled entertainment events — ranging from alternative pop/rock, comedy, Broadway, Rat Pack-era tunes and even a little opera. The series will run on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June and July at ECTC’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    After two rounds of voting by readers of VIP Destin Magazine, White-Wilson Medical Center was awarded the honor of being the 2021 Best Medical Practice in Destin. Alan Gieseman, CEO of White-Wilson Medical Center, had the honor of representing the organization of more that 75 health care providers and accepting the award at the magazine’s annual Black Tie Ball on April 10.   “Everyday since we ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the special exhibition “Con-scious Expressions: An Insider’s Perspective” is now on display at Perla Baking Co. in downtown DeFuniak Springs through May 31. The public is invited to a closing reception celebrating the exhibit on Friday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.  “Con-scious Expressions” was made possible through a new ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    WHO:             The Island by Hotel RL   WHAT:            100 Days of Summer Celebration   WHEN:            Saturday, May 29, 2021                         11 a.m. - 3 p.m.   WHERE:          The Island by Hotel RL                         1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE                          Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   DESCRIPTION: Get lost on an Island this summer and take a trip back ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., is currently accepting grant application requests for a 2021 Impact100 NWF grant award.   This is open to all nonprofit organizations serving Okaloosa and Walton counties who are seeking project funding in the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness.   In order to determine ...read more
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    Monday, May 17, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received a $30,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation towards its Child/Teen Safety Matters initiative in schools.  The ECCAC Child/Teen Safety Matters program objective is to deliver a comprehensive child abuse prevention education by teaching children safety rules, safety choices, strategies for recognizing and responding ...read more
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    Friday, May 14, 2021
    On May 14, Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park celebrated its grand reopening, after new owners Boomers Parks spent almost $800,000 revitalizing park attractions and adding additional safety measures. Big Kahuna’s Water Park has more than 40 water attractions offering guests opportunities to relax on the Lazy River or seek a thrill on one of its exciting waterslides. Younger guests will enjoy a ...read more
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    Thursday, May 13, 2021
    On May 12, Sea Star Vacation Rentals celebrated 18 years in business with a ribbon cutting.  Sea Star Vacation Rentals offers beautiful vacation rentals along Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. The ribbon cutting took place from the 3rd floor of vacation rental Sea Turtle Watch / Costa Vista 5 at Driftwood Road, in Miramar Beach. For more information, visit SuzetteInDestin.com or call (850) ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    Okaloosa divers and fishermen have a new artificial reef to enjoy as of Friday, May 7, 2021. The large 93-foot US Air Force steel-hull water training vessel BIG DAWG was sunk to the seafloor in 104 feet of water, 14 miles southwest of the Destin Pass.  Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County Coastal Resources Manager with Destin-Fort Walton Beach TDD, managed the acquisition, preparation and deployment. After ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    We are back with episode two of our R.W.L. (Read, Watch, Listen) series. We share our R.W.L. with you to offer inspiration for contagious creativity! In this episode, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke shares a few of her favorite shows, channels, and networks she’s currently watching. A few of the many she discusses include Masterclass, The Lost Kitchen, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    Stuart Bridges, SVP, Director of Investment Services, today announced Zachary Seabolt has joined the Santa Rosa Beach office of Progress Financial Services, the Wealth Management division of Progress Bank, as a Financial Advisor.  “We are excited to have Zach join our team as we continue to gain clients in northwest Florida.  Zach has extensive industry experience and a strong history of success ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Emerald Coast Marine Group is a strong advocate of boating safety. We want our customers to be safe and confident on the water. As such, we invest in and provide complimentary training for our valued customers featuring expert Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors as part of our pro-active safe boating initiative. Registration is now open for our next class!  Saturday, May 22 12 - 5:30 p.m. 115 ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Progress Bank Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer Dabsey Maxwell and Chief Credit Officer/Senior Lender J.E.P. Buchanan have been named 2021 Top Tigers by the Auburn University Harbert College of Business. The Top Tigers program celebrates entrepreneurial success by recognizing the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni. Other requirements include ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
      •Grab your boat and join Legendary Marine for the 6th Annual Billy Bowlegs Poker Run this Saturday, May 15. •Explore the best stops on the Emerald Coast, and try your hand in the Poker Party at Lulu's Restaurant. The Captain’s Party will be held Friday night at the Legendary Yacht Club. •Entry Cost: $100 per entry. This includes 1 registration, 1 hand of poker, admission for 2 to the ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    The City of Destin is now accepting applications for interim appointment to the Destin City Council. The Destin City Council will appoint one person on an interim basis to fill the Council seat that was vacated on April 30, 2021. The individual appointed will serve on the Council until a permanent member is elected during a special election on July 20, 2021. The deadline to submit an application ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with ECTS! Rachel Spencer, Closing Agent in the Destin office, joins hosts Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen of Emerald Coast Title Services. The topic for this episode is the current Florida Real Estate market and the crazy things we have seen lately on the title/closing side!Watch here.
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club’s Sassy Sisters group presented a donation of $40,400 at their season finale event “Hats Off to Walton County Sheriff’s Office” on April 27, at Vue on 30a. At the beginning of their season, the Sassy Sisters named “Project K-9” as their philanthropic focus with hopes of raising the funds to support the acquisition of an additional working dog for the Walton County ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Learning from families that they desire to have more fresh food (produce, cheese, milk, bread, etc.) it is our goal to be able to provide as much fresh food as possible for our summer curbside services. #youcanhelp by sponsoring a family for $40 this summer. In total, we will be providing 25 curbside pickups among five locations in Walton and Okaloosa counties, serving 600 families. Please ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year. DWU is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    The Destin Community Center will host a community yard sale on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For those interested in participating in the event there is a $15 sign-up fee for Destin residents and $20 for non-residents. The fee will include one table and 2 chairs and participants are welcome to bring one additional table. Set-up will begin at 7:30 a.m., in the parking lot on the ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade for the Spring 2021. The national designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards.  The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    This week’s Drinking Water Week provides consumers an opportunity to learn about the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year.Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week to recognize the vital ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Join Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard, on May 25, 2021, at 6 p.m., for the next ArtFul Dining series of wine dinners benefiting MKAF’s arts education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Vin’tij Executive Chef Iganacio Bernal will orchestrate a culinary palette to pair with the incredible wines of the Jean Charles Boisset ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is honored to announce a new community board to serve Okaloosa and Walton Counties. This board of dedicated and passionate volunteers are ready to spread the mission and vision of BBBSNWFL throughout this service area. Introducing the community board members: Rique Gwin, Department of Defense – Duke Field; Kelly Gwin, Department of Defense ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    Information provided by One Okaloosa EDC $29 Billion SBA Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program Now Open, Funds Expected to Go Quickly The US Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), established by the the American Rescue Plan Act, began accepting applications on Monday from eligible food and beverage establishments that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that on-air personality Erika Jeanine will join the regionally syndicated morning radio show Zazza Mornings as Co-Host. Zazza Mornings broadcasts live from Z96/WZNS-FM in Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL, on 97.5 WABD-FM in Mobile, AL, and on 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL.  Jeanine was previously on-air in Orlando, FL, at WXXL-FM and was on the programming team for WMGF-FM in ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed veteran Rock radio programmer, Dave Rossi, as Program Director for heritage Rock station, WKSM/99ROCK in Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL. Rossi joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia Nashville, TN, where he was program director for Classic Rock WNRQ-FM/105.9 The Rock, Alternative WNRQ-HD2/ALT983 and Classic Rock WEGR-FM in Memphis. Prior to that, he was Program ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, May 07, 2021
    On May 4, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 13th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Cassy DeJulio, Destin Chamber. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders.  After ...read more
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    Thursday, May 06, 2021
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    Wednesday, May 05, 2021
    The award-winning Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast is looking to fill a variety of full-time and part-time positions ahead of summer, including beach attendants, guest services, culinary, spa, security and others. In addition to offering competitive pay and exceptional benefits such as health care benefits, paid vacation, childcare assistance and more, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke kicks off our three-part R.W.L. (Read, Watch, Listen) series by sharing more about what she is reading. Our team members have been sharing our R.W.L. with you for years, but Shantelle takes a step back this week to explain why we do this and gives some insight into the importance of reading. Have you heard of deep reading? She ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    Whether she's your mother, your wife, or someone who's been like a mom to you for years - she deserves a much needed recharge. Let us help! A float is the perfect gift (and it doesn't require waiting in line!) For a limited time receive: (2) 60 min Floats (2) Bath Bombs AND a $30 Gift Card to Bitterroot for only $100! *Limit two per customer, while supplies lastShop Mother's Day ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The South Walton Street Art Festival is a new CAA Signature Event making its debut in 2021! The festival is planned for Mother's Day weekend, May 7 - 9, in Grand Boulevard Town Center and will feature dozens of visual artists and students creating works of art using only pastel chalk and their imaginations.   The socially distanced event joins the Art Month South Walton line-up and will also ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Each month, City of Destin staff will be participating in a litter clean-up around city facilities. It is our hope that area businesses will take part to clean their “home fronts.” Through a collaborative effort, we can all make a positive difference in the appearance and health of this great city. The City of Destin would like to thank the Compass Resorts team for being a member of the City’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Destin’s Mayor, City Council, staff, and special guests will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening of Destin’s newest park, Captain Leonard Destin, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. Named after the original founder of the City of Destin who came from New London, Connecticut, in the mid-1800s to establish a fishing village along the Florida Gulf Coast, the park is located on the same plot of ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating two new additions to the endangered African penguin family. The first penguin chick hatched at the Gulfarium on Feb. 17, 2021, with the second following close behind, on Feb. 20.  These penguin chicks were born to parents, Ninja and Jelly. The first chick to hatch spent the first 3 weeks of its life being raised by Ninja and Jelly, with the second ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center “Bow Ties & Bling” Gala – Friday – May 21 – 6 p.m.  Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is presenting its 22nd annual signature Gala. The “Bow Ties and Bling” themed Gala is at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 21, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Emceed by David Seering, guests will enjoy ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Places everyone for the greatest cocktail party on earth! Well, maybe the greatest at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin, Florida.    On May 6, at 6:30 p.m., Ruth’s Chris Steak House will host A Cirque Soiree to benefit Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC).   This inaugural event features cirque-style entertainment, live music by The Down Beat Jazz Orchestra, champagne, hand-crafted cocktails, ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Did you know that you help the members of your local Boys & Girls Clubs just by feeding the meters at Destin Commons?  Funds collected help us enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  Next time you head to the Destin Commons, consider contributing to the Center's parking meters.  Together, we are ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The school year is winding down and summer is right around the corner.  Students are looking for summer jobs and Wendy’s is HIRING!
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Art Month South Walton, an initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton, is a month-long celebration of the Arts featuring events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County. This year’s planned activities include the inaugural South Walton Street Art Festival, Digital Graffiti Drive Thru at Alys Beach, Arts Night ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Southern Athletica truly loves everything about fitness, wellness, and activewear. Find a great selection of men's and women’s activewear that is equally stylish, comfortable, and functional. You will find yourself wearing these pieces for more than just heading to the gym! Find Southern Athletica across from Bass Pro Shops. “We are thrilled to announce the opening of Southern Athletica at Destin ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    In efforts to create a safe and memorable commencement experience for our Raider graduates, their family members and guests, the 56th Commencement Ceremony will be partially virtual with an in-person experience. In-person commencement ceremonies and conferring of credentials will take place throughout the day on May 8, in groups of 50-75 students, so that family members and guests can comfortably ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Are you ready for adventure, mateys? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic tale “Treasure Island” with a creative twist.    Instead of protagonist Jim Hawkins, the lead character in this version, adapted for the stage by Toby Hulse, is Emily, and will be played by a female actor Rebeca Lake.    This classic pirate’s tale includes the feared ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Beginning May 3, 2021, the City of Destin's Community Development Department will resume its normal operating hours: Building/Permitting Monday to Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Planning/Zoning and Engineering Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   We would like to thank the public and the development community for their patience, as we dealt with the challenges of Covid-19 and the major tasks of the ...read more
    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The Grand Boulevard Job Fair Jam will take place Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., in Grand Park with more than 20 Grand Boulevard businesses participating. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for employment at a fun and vibrant Town Center. The job fair will be a fun family affair with music, games, prizes, food and drinks. We want to show attendees what a fun and exciting ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    WHO: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel and home to the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa   WHAT:  Located within the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa along Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast, the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa is celebrating Mother’s Day weekend with three exclusive treatments ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    With a shared vision for excellence, Northwest Florida State College along with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department have created a preeminent public safety training facility that will transform the career opportunities available for the citizens of both Walton County and the entire Northwest Florida Region. The Walton Works Public Safety Complex is located at the Walton County Sheriff’s Complex ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Councilman Skip Overdier resigned on April 30, 2021, from the Destin City Council, due to selling his home within the city limits of Destin and will relocate to Texas. Overdier was elected to the city council in 2018 and served on multiple local and regional committees to include the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Six of the eight members of the Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees were confirmed by the Florida Senate on April 29, 2021. These Trustees include Board of Trustees Chair Lori Kelley, Honorable Graham Fountain, Charlotte Flynt, Reynolds Henderson, Major General Don Litke (Ret.) and Major General Thomas “Rudy” Wright (Ret.).  The College’s remaining Trustees, Shane Abbott and Craig ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    &##128073;&##127996;Gen X chose Instagram as the platform to follow brands &##128073;&##127996;Baby boomers spend most of their time on YouTube and the Facebook Feed &##128073;&##127996;Millennials and Gen X selected YouTube as the platform they rely on when making purchase decisions &##128073;&##127996;Social media is part of every generation’s daily routine for different ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    Calling all volunteers! As the Alys Beach foundation has been such a strong supporter of Food For Thought, we would like to give back and help their team out during the Digital Graffiti event on May 12. This year, the event will be a drive-thru experience in observance of the CDC guidelines.   Volunteer Need: Festival Volunteers (10) Date: Wednesday, May 12, 7pm - MidnightEmail to Sign Up ...read more
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    Thursday, April 29, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    The First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association presented a check for $1,000 to Children In Crisis Inc. The funds will be used to purchase computer and educational equipment for at risk children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “The donation was truly a blessing and came at a perfect time.  We provide a home to about 100 children every year and most ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is excited to announce that individual tickets are now on sale for the Big Event 2021 Presented by Bill Cramer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC on May 1, 2021, at the BARN at Wicked Wheel. Formally known as Corks N’ Canvases, The Big Event will continue the tradition of bringing the Bay County community together to celebrate and support a ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    The Destin City Council will host a workshop to discuss the Crosstown Connector on Monday, May 10, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical space limitations, we encourage all to use GoToWebinar to virtually attend the session.  You may register for GoToWebinar to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    Reggie and Danica Phillips join Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss how they each take time to foster their creativity. Danica is a military veteran, a marketing professional, and an entrepreneur that runs her blog Danica Explains It All. Her husband Reggie is an active duty military member and an artist with a passion for ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Heather Sprigler as the first quarter top producer. Sprigler achieved both “Top Sales Agent” and “Top Listing Agent” for January through March 2021. “With real estate sales booming, we’re enjoying a great start to the year,” said Jeanne Dailey, founder and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. “Our agents have been hard at work and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Food for Thought announced that its Full Circle Dinner, held at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood inside the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, raised $25,000 to help feed the students in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The non-profit thanked the chefs and businesses that made this event successful: Seagar's Prime Steak & Seafood The Hilton Sandestin Resort Emily Roeckle - Hilton Sandestin ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Airport Road is now open after Destin Water Users completed installation of a new reclaimed water line across the road.  The road was reopened around 9 p.m., Wednesday evening after completion of repaving. Destin Water Users will continue extending the new reclaimed water line west along Airport Road right-of-way to Kell Aire Drive.  From there, the reclaimed line will turn north, and Destin ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    As a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL), the Gulf Power Foundation has donated to the agency $25,000 to support local mentoring programs that serve over 550 children from Pensacola to Panama City. Summer break is typically a time for children to relax, indulge in a little extra screen time, play outside, and embrace the kind of freedom that only comes ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Wheel of Fortune and Latitude Margaritaville are not only once again making it possible for a lucky viewer to win a new “Home Sweet Home,” but they’re also giving the opportunity to show contestants during the week of April 26-30. In an expansion of their long-time relationship, America’s Game® is partnering with Minto Communities and Margaritaville to add a home envelope to the bonus wheel ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Beginning Tuesday, April 20, Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) will continue its installation of a reclaimed water main across Airport Road in Destin, that will also impact surrounding roadways in the area. Motorists are encouraged to avoid Airport Road during construction. Motorists can expect a road closure of Airport Road at Industrial Park Lane during the construction and installation of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Through July 6, Murphy USA customers can make a monetary contribution to our local Boys & Girls Clubs at checkout. Murphy USA invites its patrons to round up or donate, $1, $5, $10 at the register.  Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated.
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Experienced business leader Tim Murphy joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss his tenure as CEO of Boomers Parks. Boomers owns multiple adventure and water parks around the country, including Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park in Destin. Boomers has recently taken ownership of this local staple, and Tim is sharing all of what’s to come with this well-loved family-friendly ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    With everyone fighting for attention on social media, experimenting with something new or trends. The truth is that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to posting frequency on social media. However, there is one thing that remains true no matter your business or industry — what you post matters more than how often you do it.  Don’t panic — make a plan It happens all too often. ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    MidSouth Bank, an independent community bank committed to serving local communities, is proud to announce Stephanie Larabee has joined the team serving as Okaloosa County Market President. Larabee is a Pennsylvania native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida. An integral part of the Okaloosa County business community for the past 10 years, she brings 25 years ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Local social media and public relations agency Sociallee PR & Media Co was honored with three awards at the local Image Awards competition through the Northwest Florida Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). The local agency was honored for the “Misty the Mermaid” campaigns for The Island by Hotel RL on Okaloosa Island.  Misty the Mermaid is a real-life mermaid who has ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Photo Caption: Tracy Stage (left), Okaloosa County Airports Director, accepts the Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month award from Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican. During the Destin Chamber’s April 9 Business Before Hours, Okaloosa County Airports Director Tracy Stage was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Listen up! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will put a song in your heart when singer/songwriter Tim Jackson takes the stage in The Listening Lounge.     New this season, The Listening Lounge is part of ECTC’s Professional Theatre Second Stage series that showcases live local musicians. Jackson is the final artist in the series and will perform a one-night only show on Tuesday, April 27, at ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    The winners of the 35th Annual James and Christian LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest and the Blackwater Review art and literature journal have been announced for 2021.  Fiona Morris of Santa Rosa Beach won first place and a cash prize of $100 for her poem Summers in the Screen Room.  Madison Gray of Freeport placed second with her poem Mea Culpa. Gray will be awarded a cash prize of $50. Two ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    After months of dedication, creativity and grout, two new mosaics are completed and installed in the President’s Office Suite of Northwest Florida State College thanks to local artist Sarah Hawkins. Hawkins was commissioned to create the mosaics in early 2020. The mosaics are made in the colors of Northwest Florida State College’s logo; red, black and white. The first art piece is an ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Bask in the sun safely &##127774; Help us spread Skin Cancer Awareness to the community. Join us for an afternoon of beach fun &##128526; and skin cancer prevention on May 15, from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Henderson Beach State Park in Destin &##127958; Meet us at our stand where we will be offering sunblock samples, water bottles and sodas while we will be playing music and beach games! Entrance ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    This summer, you want to be in the “room where it happens!” Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents 10 different Summer Camp programs including popular musicals like “Hamilton,” “Puffs (Harry Potter), “Sponge Bob,” “Seussical” the staging of a full-length musical, “Matilda,” plus hands-on workshops for theater “techies” and film buffs.    Altogether there are 16 ECTC program sessions ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Learn with us the fundamentals of ND filters and how great your videos can look with a few tweaks and tricks with filters. They are basically sunglasses for your camera so your footage isn't over-exposed and the subject is clearly seen in the shot.  For more tips, follow AB+Production, LLC, on Facebook.  
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    The Destin Garden Club proudly presents its annual Plant Sale on May 1, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Destin Library. The plants for sale will include many from garden club members with a focus on Florida friendly plants – no invasive species! There will be a Master Gardner table with helpful information for everyone and club members will be giving tours of the beautiful ...read more
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    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Tickets are $295 per person/ $590 per couple Proceeds benefit Sinfonia and its music education initiatives in Northwest Florida. Purchase your ticket here. A Sinfonia representative will contact you to confirm which dinner you would like to attend.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Lowes Home Improvement is looking for talented customer Service Associates to join our Destin team in a variety of positions. Seasonal jobs pay is $14.50 an hour and positions are available in a variety departments and job roles. Must be 18 years of age. Background and Drug test required. Apply on line at Lowes.com/careers. Then come in any Wednesday from 8AM to 10AM or from 2PM to 4PM for an ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    For the month of April, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at Winn-Dixie located at 798 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.  This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment, and fundraise for our cause.
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Leadership speaker and Enneagram coach Jenn Whitmer joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast this week! While working in a toxic environment, Jenn discovered the Enneagram and has changed the way she now deals with conflict resolution. She uses this tool to discover what issues, fears, and resolutions are needed for particular situations and applies the skills she has acquired to help individuals and ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced today that the new freestanding ER in Navarre opened their doors Tuesday, April 13, at 7 a.m. This new ER expands access to emergency care in Santa Rosa County. The new freestanding ER is located at 1809 Granada Street, near the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. The new, 24/7 full service freestanding ER features 11 emergency exam rooms, CT scan, general ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    They are currently looking for participating restaurants, beverage providers and event sponsors. Participants may receive a $500 stipend! If you are interested in participating please contact Brittany Byrd at bbyrd@harborwalkvillage.com.
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    It's our birthday month! We're thrilled to celebrate 16 wonderful years of helping children in our local community, amazing community support, and the growth of CVHN programs. This year for our birthday, help us reach our goal of raising $16,000 to go towards building out our new mobile clinic with the necessary dental equipment and tools it takes to provide restorative services like filling ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The U.S. Treasury has awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID19 financial hardships. Beginning April 6, 2021, to ensure a successful economic recovery in our area, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.  This program is available to renters within ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Beginning Monday, April 12, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) will install a reclaimed water main across Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road in Destin that will also impact other roadways in the area. Motorists can expect a road closure at Industrial Park Lane and Airport Road during the construction and installation of the pipe. Local traffic will need to use Industrial Park Road the week of ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) and United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 7, 2021, officially opening the Little Free Pantry at the DOH-Walton Office in DeFuniak Springs, FL. The last couple of years, Little Free Pantries have been popping up nationwide in an effort to address hunger.  UWEC was recently awarded funding through a ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    On Wednesday, April 7, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) certified the ballots received in a union election to determine if Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Department of Corrections employees desired to have American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council 79 (AFSMCE) serve as a bargaining agent on their behalf.  Out of 98 eligible ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    President Joy Browne representing the Sons and Daughters of Italy of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., a $650 donation and pledged the club's support to CIC.  The donation will help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash Charity Fundraiser will return this year to The Towne Centre at Seascape with co-host Mezcal Mexican Grill on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The winners of the annual Arnie Hart Juried Student Art Exhibition at Northwest Florida State College were recently announced. The student art exhibition, as well as the annual NWFSC Faculty Exhibition, is currently on display through May 7, 2021, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries.    Jean Hart, wife of the late NWFSC art instructor Arnie Hart, provides an annual gift to help fund the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s restaurant in Destin hosted double events over Easter weekend. Not only did the tropically clad Easter Bunny visit with the kids on both days, but a brand-new Beach Arcade with age appropriate, state-of-the art video games for kids of all ages officially opened.  Hundreds of families lined up outside LuLu’s on Saturday and Sunday mornings to be among the first 50 kids who ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Students in Elementary School are welcome to join their first book discussion group designed especially for them: Kids’ Chat! On April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will lead the picture book discussion virtually using Microsoft Teams. Our first picture book will be Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott, written by Dee Romito. This book ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Classical Education or Charlotte Mason, what's the difference? On April 13, 2021, at 4 p.m., the Destin Library’s Children’s Librarian Laura Harris will discuss techniques used in Charlotte Mason style of Education, as well as the Classical Method. This virtual interactive workshop will allow parents to ask questions and learn about these two popular styles of education.  This workshop is free to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Bring your lawn chair, pack a lunch, wear your mask, and join your friends at the Destin Library for an engaging celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Destin’s Music Diva Dr. Cheryl Jones will perform on the Destin Library’s veranda on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Dr. Jones is a talented pianist, vocalist, composer, and music director who has led her award-winning music ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Life coach, author, business owner, and entrepreneur Terri Fedonczak joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share her background, her experience with imposter syndrome, and how she has completely transformed her productivity by taking time for herself. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Board, multi-disciplinary team and staff gathered at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy  Center in DeFuniak Springs to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Janet Parker, Vice President of the Board, read a proclamation with one of its most important points being that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Saltwater Restaurants, Inc. has donated $10,000 to cover the rehabilitation costs for pelicans that have become injured or orphaned along the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area. The funds will assist with the treatment costs at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) where trained specialists work to help the pelicans heal with their injury and be returned back to their environment.  ECWR Asst. Executive ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Gulf Coast Friends and Santa Rosa Woman’s Club helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by having a food drive and donated a huge assortment of needed items.  Thanks to the generous donations, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will be better prepared for summer break. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk children living at CIC with ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The “Gateway to Crystal Beach” is now on its way to becoming a reality thanks to the partnership between the City of Destin, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and Trust for Public Land. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shore at Crystal Beach Park Expansion on Monday, April 12, at 10 a.m., located at 2964 Scenic ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The City of Destin will hold its Annual Arbor Day celebration at the Nancy Weidenhammer Dog Park, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. The event will include remarks from Mayor Gary Jarvis and special guest speaker Aubrey Santucci with Coastline Tree Service. Members of the Destin City Council, the Destin Parks and Recreation Committee, Destin Chamber of ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Mary Fomby just joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) staff as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Recently relocating to the Destin area from Utah, Fomby’s parents are also residents in the area. She was with the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority as the Content Marketing Specialist prior to her move here.  Receiving her Associates degree from Weber State ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions for third and fourth graders entering the 2021-2022 academic year on May 1, by appointment only. Incoming third-grade students will audition from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in 20-minute increments, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Incoming fourth-grade students will audition in 30-minute increments from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and at ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Butt Rubb is back! Rotary volunteers rub (with a secret blend of spices), smoke, pull, shred and cook approximately 180 pork butts, and then bag them for the customer’s convenience. Rotary members are now taking orders which will be ready for pickup Saturday, April 10. The cost is $25 for a half butt and only $45 for a full butt, ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is holding its annual Grant Writing Workshop on April 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.  This virtual workshop is free and open to all nonprofit organizations serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Impact100 NWF is seeking grant applications that focus on projects in the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Progress Bank Mortgage Division Manager Woody Woodfin announced today that Rion Golden has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Officer at the Destin office. “Throughout the past couple of years working with the Bank and prior to joining us, Rion has obtained a wide range of experience in the mortgage origination and processing cycle. I am excited to see him grow in this new opportunity as the housing ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is putting the “m” in musical comedy by staging two educational musical comedy performances in April.    “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” will be staged in two locations. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at ECTC’s performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Saturday, ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Destin Commons announces the grand opening of The Big Sale @destincommons and Nails Labelle Salon.    OPENING April 3, 2021: Nails Labelle Salon Nails Labelle Salon is a premier, full-service nail salon with highly trained nail technicians. Receive top-notch service in a relaxing and nurturing atmosphere where safety and sanitation are of top priority. Treat yourself to some self-care time with ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Ultramarathon runner Rich Torley joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share his experience preparing for and running the Marathon des Sables. This race, coined the toughest footrace on earth, is based in Morocco, and is a six-day trek of approximately 150 miles (roughly a marathon per day).Listen here.
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    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Photo Caption: Destin Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan (right) of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican recognizes Jason Hall of Five Channels as the Destin Chamber’s March Business Person of the Month.  During the Destin Chamber’s March 12 Business Before Hours, Jason Hall, CEO and founder of Five Channels, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Burning Up The Beaches is a fun-filled weekend with gearheads from all over the United States. Participating attendees will enjoy three days of events and showing off their cars on the sugar-white beaches of Destin and Fort Walton Beach.  Burning Up The Beaches kicks off Thursday, May 6, at 3 p.m., at The Island by Hotel RL in Fort Walton Beach. Once checked in, attendees will get the party ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Okaloosa County Commissioner Trey Goodwin (District 4) will host a Town Hall Meeting on April 1, 2021, to discuss the Dates Avenue NW Development and Proposed Stormwater Project. The meeting will be held at New Hope Christian Center, located at 311 Lovejoy Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, beginning at 6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the HTG Shoreline LTD intent to acquire ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs' signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. It's a prestigious honor given to exemplary Club members in recognition of their leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.  Congratulations to our 2021 winners! 
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    ZenBusiness, a one-stop-shop to form, run and grow a business, announced that more than 100,000 micro businesses have been formed using the platform since the onset of the pandemic - allowing these individuals to transition to full time entrepreneurship and follow their dreams. Business formations were on the rise before the pandemic, but over the past year the team at ZenBusiness has seen a micro ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    During the lockdown months of 2020, retired pharmacist Johnny Pope of Shalimar decided to get back into his long lost passion of painting. His inspiration? The sculpture of the seven dancers in the fountain at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.  “We had a ballet over here and my little granddaughter was in it and she started strolling around the fountain, and I started taking pictures and I said, ‘My ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of &##127897;Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS)! In this episode, ECTS's Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen welcome Paul Wunstell, Agency Owner of Goosehead Insurance. Paul shared important insurance tips as hurricane season approaches and gave some great advice on how to properly insure your home.Watch here!
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital announced the completion of its $6.7 million, 2,650 square foot emergency department expansion. The enhanced ER is now open to the community, and provides benefits to patients and their families through the addition of a new CT scanner, now located in the ER for a seamless transition; new triage and treatment sites; increased parking; and a renovated and reconfigured waiting ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Starting in March 2020, we at Food For Thought shifted away from our long established weekly backpack program to curbside food distributions. Curbside services ensured that we could continue to provide access to food to the children we serve while schools were closed and students were learning from home. Food For Thought increased the quantity of food to up to 50 full size food items a week ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    By Nathan Sparks, CEcDOne Okaloosa EDC The legislative season is upon us once again, and as lawmakers work to balance a wide range of competing priorities in Tallahassee, some encouraging signs are beginning to emerge regarding new life for Florida’s Qualified Target Industry (QTI) tax refund program. In a nutshell, QTI is a performance-based incentive program that incentivizes the creation of ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    On Monday, Oct.19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Navy Federal Credit Union has collaborated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) to provide virtual, financial education for Littles from Pensacola to Panama City.  Offered as quarterly, hour-long virtual training sessions, middle school and high school-aged Littles are participating in interactive workshops and given access to financial education tools and ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) celebrates the one-year anniversary of launching its COVID-19 relief fund to support local, community-based organizations that are providing services for individuals and families affected by the pandemic.   In March 2020, as the schools closed and local businesses started cutting hours, UWEC and its sponsors decided it was time to step up for the neighbors and fill ...read more
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    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    On March 24, Destin High School celebrated its groundbreaking, officially kicking off the renovation of former Grace Lutheran Church building. Set to open its doors in August to 9th and 10th graders, Destin High School is Destin’s new tuition free, charter high school. For 2021-2022, DHS will offer an initial group of academies in Business/Entrepreneurship, Commercial Fishing/Captain’s License ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Submitted to the Northwest Florida Daily News by Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP This letter is in response to your March 15, 2021, article entitled “Online Shoppers Will Pay for Tax Break Florida GOP Endorses.”  While framed as an article for your paper, it is actually an opinion piece that labels the business community as “the bad guys”.  The byline of the article ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Join Brookdale Destin for a Walk-In Job Fair on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location: 2400 Crystal Cove Lane, Destin, FL  We are interviewing and hiring for the following positions: Caregivers CNAs  Med Techs LPNs Sign On Bonus Available On The Spot Offers Social Distancing Practiced The happiness of those we serve is dependent on the happiness of our associates, so you’ll receive ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    Donate Here 1. We don't normally send emails like this, but this is a unique circumstance.  2. SOF Missions is continuing to work hard to empower veterans to find purpose and be resilient. We aim to provide premier whole health programs to at-risk veterans; changing lives and building strong families. We offer a unique approach to combat veteran suicide through a whole health intradisciplinary ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  Harbor and Waterways Board Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee  Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
      Only 4 days remain in Food For Thought's $50 for 50 Fundraiser - Walton County!  Did you know that we can purchase 192 Apples with $50 for our modified backpack and curbside service programs?! We also are accepting food donations at the Santa Rosa Beach Pantry. Desired Food Donation Items can be found HERE.  #youcanhelp$50 for 50 Days Fundraiser Details:•Walton County Campaign: March 8 - ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College Phi Theta Kappa student Stephanie Manning (pictured here) has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Big Kahuna’s Adventure Park has officially re-opened and will continue to be open Monday through Thursday 2 PM-9 PM and Friday through Sunday 12 PM-9 PM. Guests can enjoy clean, safe, and fun activities with friends, peers and loved ones, just in time for Spring Break. Big Kahuna’s has adapted their operations to meet Florida’s guidelines and continues to be a destination for a fun-filled ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, and a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.  That is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at ECCAC centers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  ECCAC is a part of the National ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Fidelity Federal Bancorp (“Company”), announced today the completion of a $35 million private placement of 4.50% fixed-to-floating rate subordinated notes due 2031. Additionally, the Company’s savings bank subsidiary, United Fidelity Bank (“Bank”), announced today the completion of a $25 million private placement of 8.00% non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock. The Company and Bank intend to use ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Spring is here in Destin, we have been busy with the spring visitors. We have completed new exhibits and started new ones! Exhibits coming soon……….. Dive Destin & Fish Finding!!  
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Join the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 17, 2021, as we celebrate Earth Day's 51st Annual Event. This year’s theme is “ReStore Our Earth.”  Earth Day is a time to enjoy the lovely scent of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or simply enjoy companionship of the plants and animals that surround us every day. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet, connect with ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
      The much-anticipated event for the Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast Grand Opening/Seacrest office is finally here! This week on THURSDAY we are celebrating the new office opening on 30A with the public, our agents, and our lovely partners. We would LOVE to see you there! Here are some details for you to know if you plan on attending: What: Grand Opening + Ribbon CuttingWhere: KWEC ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    With the COVID-19 vaccine effort ramping up, people are starting to plan future vacations and work travel. For many, this preparation involves renewing their enrollment in Trusted Traveler programs, such as TSA PreCheck or Global Entry in the United States. Scammers are on to this trend! According to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, con artists are creating lookalike websites in an attempt to ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all K-12th grade Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 12th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. We are excited to announce that Harborwalk Village will be hosting the OAA poster contest.   Due to COVID-19, students will have the option to email their entry, which will be virtual-only or mail in their entry and it will be ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, rescheduled for April 30-May 2, 2021.  Festivities begin on Thursday, March 25, at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. This program promotes service to Club, community & family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and poise & public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Sonder Project is hosting a virtual event to celebrate its impact and share what comes next, and you are invited! Hear stories of those impacted by our work. — Experience a performance by a West African Ngoni musician. — Be entered for your chance to win a 3-night stay for 2 to Rosemary Beach, or a YOLO inflatable paddleboard. Registration is absolutely FREE and all attendees will ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    How many times as a Real Estate agent did you find yourself calling prospect buyers and sellers, but not knowing exactly what to ask? Join our Lunch & Learn to learn How to Run the Perfect Discovery Call.  Learn to ask the right questions to make buyers and sellers realize that they need you as their Real Estate agent.  This event is FREE! Seats are limited, please reserve by emailing ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Impact100 NWF chapter was created in 2012 and has awarded $3.2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations over the past nine years, including four $112,000 grants in 2020.   The mission of Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties by empowering women as philanthropists and leaders, by bridging the ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Easter is egg-citing at The Island! Bring your family Easter Sunday, April 4, to an Easter egg hunt on the beautiful beach followed by a delicious brunch spread at Fish House. The Easter egg hunts will be tiered by ages, as detailed below. Easter Egg Hunt age groups and times:0-3 - Beach Patio | 10:00-10:10 a.m.4-7 - Beach Patio | 10:20-10:30 a.m.8-12 - Beach Patio | 10:40-10:50 a.m. Easter ...read more
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    Friday, March 19, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce its newest signature event, The South Walton Street Art Festival (SWSAF), will join this year’s Art Month South Walton schedule of May events. Artists, families, friends and school groups are invited to participate in this three-day festival that will take place in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center throughout Mother’s Day ...read more
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    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    On March 17, Realty One Group Emerald Coast celebrated its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting.  Realty One Group Emerald Coast is a dynamic, full-service, agent-centric brokerage that equips and empowers agents with the tools, technology, and education to best serve the needs of home buyers and sellers in Northwest Florida.   Visit the office at 321 Harbor Blvd., in Destin.  For ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is ready to release a ‘dramatic’ rainbow just in time for spring.   The next offering in ECTC’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program is Marcus Pfister’s “The Rainbow Fish” performed two weekends, Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, and April 2 and 3. All performances are at 9 a.m. The running time is 60 minutes.    TYA productions feature ECTC ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment  Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee  Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at www.cityofdestin.com/Boards-Committees or by contacting Rey ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Celebrate Spring and learn a useful skill with the Sew Springs Crafts Beanstack Challenge presented by the Destin Library. From March 29 to May 23 have fun learning basic sewing stitches while creating a new Spring-themed craft each week. You can earn badges by completing the challenges or by reading sewing books and logging your reading minutes. Beanstack is available as a free app for your ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    On March 31, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., follow the bunny trail through socially distanced stations where library staff will be handing out crafts, snacks, and treats to our Cuddlers and Toddlers. In case of rain, please refer to the library’s Facebook page or website for cancellation information the day of the event.     This event is for children ages five and under and there is no ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The City of Destin will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt Drive-Thru on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Morgan Sports Center, located at 4200 Indian Bayou (east parking lot), beginning at 9 to 11 a.m. Staff will distribute treats, prizes, and Easter eggs for patrons to collect safely from the comfort of their vehicle. Due to COVID-19 staff will be taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Destin City Council has authorized that the City of Destin partner with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Destin Harbor Capacity Study. The City’s Comprehensive Plan envisions the Harbor area to be a "festive market place" environment, to include tourist commercial and mixed use development that shall be planned and designed to encourage public access to waterfront views, foster a ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce a new public art project and is requesting proposals from artists or artist groups for the design, fabrication, and installation of small-scale or mid-scale permanent outdoor works of art along the planned Monarch Art Trail (MAT). Eight (8) pieces of work that are inspired by, representative of, or celebrating the natural ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    WHO: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort and home to Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse WHAT:  Using the finest ingredients possible, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has enhanced the seasonal menu at the award-winning Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Among the many highlights ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Veterans who’ve been deployed to places like Afghanistan and Iraq are coming back broken. Some are in financial trouble. Many of them don't have healthcare coverage. Yet they're dealing with issues like concussions, sleep deprivation, insomnia and PTSD. These are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers — precious family members just like us...  But YOU are helping SOF Missions do something about ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The AmeriCorps program of Northwest Florida State College is now accepting applications for 12 full-time positions for the 2021 - 2022 program year. AmeriCorps is a component of the National Service Network. Its goal is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet communities’ critical education, public safety, environmental and other human needs. AmeriCorps is an ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the 19 local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Spring rotation, which runs March 8 through June 27, 2021 in its Grand Boulevard location. The selected artists are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Jose Cantu, Andrea Chipser, Donnelle Clark, Kim Cleveland, Kim Eifrid, Pamela GaVette, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Dotty Blacker loves a challenge. Nearly 21 years ago, her first gift to Northwest Florida State College was a $100,000 “challenge” to encourage raising funds to build a visual arts center. Hers was the lead gift and the catalyst for starting construction. Since that time, Dotty has provided nearly $800,000 in support for various programs at the College. From visual arts, to science development, to ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    With the help of a little magic, the popular Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Arts Guild Lunch titled "Hocus Focus: Spotlight on Arts Education" returns on April 14, 2021. Hosted at the new Hotel Effie from 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Lunch features master magician and illusionist, Kevin Spencer. Proceeds from all MKAF events benefit the organization and its outreach and community engagement ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19, 2021.  This multi-day, virtual conference will equip Florida’s small businesses with the strategies and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Listen up! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart when singer/songwriter Daniel Pratt takes the stage in The Listening Lounge.     New this season, The Listening Lounge is part of ECTC’s Professional Theatre Second Stage series that showcases live local musicians. Pratt will perform a one-night only show on Friday, March 26, at 7:30 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    A draw for tourists and residents alike, the diverse natural areas of Walton County, including waterways, wetlands, and shorelines are especially unique and critically important. In an effort to restore a footprint of 6.71 acres of oyster, saltmarsh, seagrass, dune, and coastal dune lake wetland habitat, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida and the Walton County Board of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has done it again. Not only have they achieved the highest standard of a five-star chapter for the third year running, but they also were ranked #3 in Florida in the Distinguished Chapter Awards and were one of only three Florida Chapters recognized for the Distinguished Honors in Action Award.    The Distinguished Chapter ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    WHO: Sinfonia Gulf Coast WHAT:Gospel Brunch featuring D’Vine WHEN: Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:30 a.m. (Rescheduled from December)  WHERE: New Venue! Hotel Effie Sandestin1 Grand Sandestin BoulevardMiramar Beach, FL 32550 TICKETS: Tickets $95.00 - $125.00 (all inclusive)Tickets available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/GospelBrunch21 DESCRIPTION:The National Endowment for the Arts describes D’Vine ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency Art Director Janae Erickson guest hosts the Hello Frances Podcast this week, where she shares how she draws inspiration as a designer. With more than 40 clients, Janae makes a conscious effort to search for creativity for every project. Listen to the full episode to learn where she finds inspiration. We think you’ll be surprised by a few of them including, Anna & Elsa’s fashion ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Introducing “Savor The Sound” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville NWFSC outdoor amphitheater supporting the Taylor Haugen Foundation. For this first annual fundraiser, we are showcasing several home grown, well known, musicians headlining with the Allman Brothers tribute band, A Brothers Revival, featuring former Allman Brothers Band bassist David Goldflies. The venue will ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Latitude Margaritaville Watersound partners, Minto Communities USA (“Minto”), Margaritaville Holdings, and The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (“St. Joe”), announce that the community’s sales center and 13 island-styled model homes will open for by-appointment preview tours April 3-24. Appointments are available by calling (866) 609-8713, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.  Due to the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    As both locals and seasonal guests have discovered, LuLu’s in Destin is the place to go for great food and family fun, including a visit from the Easter Bunny and a brand new Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s Beach Arcade with age appropriate, state-of-the art video games for kids of all ages. Free $20 Arcade play cards will be given to the first 50 kids, both on April 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College would like to recognize its fall semester 2020 graduates, including those graduating with honors. “Our Raider graduates have shown great perseverance and resilience while completing their degree or credential amidst such unpredictability,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “Congratulations to each and every one of you for attaining your goal!”  For ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
      Newman-Dailey Resort Properties honored Real Estate Agents Heather Sprigler and Shannyn Stevenson (pictured above) as the 2020 Top Producers of the Year. Heather Sprigler was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2020 and Shannyn Stevenson earned Top Listing Agent for 2020. Heather Sprigler consistently demonstrates she is among the best real estate agents serving 30-A, Miramar Beach and Destin ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fifth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities. The initiative includes partner museums and cultural institutions throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Masking is a tool in a post that allows you to target effects to a specific area or section of your video clip. It also allows you to cut out something or even place something on top of your video. That means, if you want to combine two clips into one, you can. You just have to mask the videos. Watch the video for instruction. Follow AB+Production, LLC, on Facebook for more tips.
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    AB+Social is a social media marketing solution that allows multi-location brands, agencies, event coordinators, freelancers and small business owners to discover, schedule, and create content on social media and manage it in one place.  AB+Social provides users with 100,000 content ideas relevant for local audiences, AI scheduling tool, graphics editor, collaboration platform, and more!What Does ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    The 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival held on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Destin Commons was a huge success. The event raised $45,000 and welcomed roughly 2,000 attendees throughout the day. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Activate an awesome job at Urban Air Destin. We are currently hiring for:•Court monitor•Front desk•Cafe  Must be 16 or older.  Availability during weekdays is a plus.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the Urban Air Team click the “Apply Now” button below. Select the Urban Air Destin location in the drop-down. We will contact you when we are ready to schedule an interview.Apply now!
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The Destin City Council will host a meeting pursuant to section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., at the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
      The school year is already coming to an end, and Food For Thought needs your help to continue to fight food insecurity among children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Today launches our campaign for Walton County! A $50 donation will provide one student food for the last 10 weeks of school (think of it as a $1 a day for the last 50 days!). We also are accepting food donations at the Santa ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Newman-Dailey is passionate about giving back to the local community. For Valentine’s Day instead of showering guests with chocolates or champagne, Newman-Dailey is donating $14 per stay on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021, to Food for Thought to help fight food insecurity among area students. The donation of $1,000 will support services to more than 3,300 students signed up for the 2020-2021 school ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance's goal is 100 new CBA members in 2021! We have 115 days left of our member challenge campaign and still have room for you! Our education program is run year-round, from our traditional school programs, such as Grasses in Classes, to summer camps and Shelves to Shores library lessons. We supply students with the materials for each hands-on experience with CBA. We ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke is solo on the microphone this week, as she pulls the curtains back and shows the not-so-glamorous side of running a business. She’s currently going through a stage of feeling burnt out and shares her experience of pushing through these moments as a business owner even when she’s exhausted and overwhelmed. The endless amount ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 09, 2021
    If you ever pictured yourself working for a great company that cares for their team members and makes a difference in guests lives, now’s your chance to make that happen! With Big Kahuna’s Adventure Park opening March 13 and the Water Park opening April 17, both parks are looking for fun and responsible team members for part time and full-time employment. Positions include but not limited to ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    On Saturday, Feb. 27, over 2,000 people packed the Destin Harbor for the 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. The second-year event is back and again, hosted by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, highlighting local restaurants and chef’s spanning from Fort Walton Beach to 30A all to benefit the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The afternoon started a little foggy and made for a wet ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency Content Director Hillaree Durso and Marketing Manager Kelsey Doar joined President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on microphone this week along with former FRA Intern Alicia Perez and former FRA Public Relations Strategist Erin Rosetti to discuss our final core service, Media. Within the realm of media, we complete media relations, press release writing and ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has launched its March MATCHness recruitment campaign. Throughout the month of March, BBBSNWFL is aiming to recruit 30 Bigs in 30 days to help fill the bracket and match new mentors with local youth from Pensacola to Panama City. “March is one of our favorite months at Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says BBBSNWLF CEO and president Paula Shell. ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    After 18 years serving the communities along Florida's Emerald Coast, SimpleHR continues to focus on giving back through volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, and knowledge-based resources. Giving back is business as usual for SimpleHR and the people who work at the employee management company.  "The staff of SimpleHR is blessed to live, work, and play in an amazing community. We are honored to ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Community members, local leaders, media, and representatives from the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and Destin Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to commemorate the beginning of the building process, during Destin Custom Home Builders' recent groundbreaking of its latest project, Tradewinds, located within Regatta Bay Featuring 55 new homes, each designed to evoke a West Indies style of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Tommy Bahama is also hosting VIP shopping March 6-9.  Anyone receiving  this concierge card may participate in the advance pre-sale. The store is adding new collections through out  men’s, women’s and home.
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Sunday, March 7, 2021, from 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m, at the Destin Commons, the family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. There are three categories that each local restaurant can win in total: Judge's Choice ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic, the most common type of echocardiogram, which is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions.  According to the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    Vendors are still being accepted. Please contact Renee Groom at reneegroom@gmail.com or Michelle Castro at shellecfl@gmail.com.
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Keller Williams Emerald Coast will hold a Grand Opening celebration at its new Seacrest office, located 8281 E. County Hwy 30A, on Mar. 25, 4 - 7 p.m. The new office will accommodate its rapidly growing presence in the local real estate industry and will focus on luxury residential properties. Keller Williams Emerald Coast has held a dominant presence over the past 20 years growing to seven ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Last month, the United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) was able to feed more than 500 local families alongside our friends at Destin Harvest, Feeding the Gulf Coast & the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, bringing the food distribution total more than 640,000lbs since April 2020!  Additionally, UWEC wrapped up the annual Coats for Kids drive at the end of January, spreading the warmth to children ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks-off the 2021 Spring Concerts in the Village series with a collaborative and creative event. Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings "The Music of Queen" with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk to the Dugas Stage. The concert serves as a celebration of the new ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    On Feb. 25, 2021, at 10 a.m., the Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) held a Press Conference to unveil the announcement of the new air service carrier Southwest Airlines to the lineup. The flexibility and value of Southwest Airlines now benefit both visitors and hometown travelers booking late spring and summer travel to Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). Southwest service begins May ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    What’s cooking at Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC)?    “Recipes in the Limelight: An Emerald Coast Theatre Company Production.”   ECTC veteran board member Sherry Londe of Miramar Beach and ECTC volunteer Karlene Gentile of Mary Esther collaborated on the development and publication of “Recipes in the Limelight,” a tasty new first-time creative cookbook.   “When the pandemic shut ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center in Northwest Florida released eight Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.  The sea turtles arrived at the C.A.R.E. Center on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, after being stranded off the coast of New England during a mass cold-stun event. The turtles were released in Cape San Blas, as required by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The beautiful golf course isn’t the only star at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. The club restaurant, Vue on 30a, has been recognized by both Visit South Walton and VIP Destin Magazine for multiple voter’s choice awards.  Visit South Walton voters honored Vue on 30a by naming the restaurant “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Wedding Venue” in the “Perfect in South Walton” awards program. Additionally, ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) undertakes a prevention/awareness program each month related to the health and well-being of children and teens. March is National Nutrition Month.  Food neglect can impact a child’s physical and emotional health, as well as their neurological responses and behaviors. Children who experience childhood food neglect are most likely to struggle ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast this Sunday, March 7, for a fun, family-friendly event at the Destin Commons that will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food! Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. Visitors are invited to taste each delicious vendor and ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The City of Destin will host a youth basketball clinic for ages 7-16 (age as of March 8, 2021) at the Destin Community Center. Space is limited (first-come, first-served) and in person registration is required. The clinic is designed to improve “in game” skills and tendencies. The clinic will begin March 8 through March 31, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Weekly fees are $35 for ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    The Destin Community Center will offer a “Spring into Fun” Camp during Spring Break from Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, 2021. Camp registration is open to residents of Okaloosa County between the ages of 5 – 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $80 for Destin residents and $90 for non-Destin residents within Okaloosa County. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and will end ...read more
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    Friday, February 26, 2021
    Renasant Bank is pleased to announce that Meloney Howell has joined Renasant as Commercial Relationship Officer and Vice President. She is located at the Emerald Coast Parkway branch. "Having lived in the Destin area most of her life, Meloney draws on her understanding of the local market. Her 20 plus years of banking experience and first class customer service to clients brings tremendous value ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Google My Business is a free local marketing tool that allows business owners and marketers to manage how their business is displayed on Google Search and Google Maps. It is a listing on Google that shows your name, address, contact information, website link, your products, services, and hours of operation. The easiest and fastest way to show up in a Google search is to have a Google My ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Destin Library is pleased to announce a return to normal business hours effective Feb. 22, 2021. The library’s hours will now be as follows:  Monday:          9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday:         9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday:    1 to 5 p.m. Thursday:        9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday:             9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday:         9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most library services are open and available ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Award-winning artist Andi Scurto invites you to escape to the beautiful and diverse country of Italy via her art sketch travel diary at the Destin Library. Andi’s collection of 15 illustrations - some never seen – is currently displayed on the walls of the library and will be up through the month of March. Her art journal takes you on a journey spanning the entire length of the country and ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) announces that it has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State Athletic Director Ramsey Ross announced that men’s basketball head coach Butch Pierre resigned his duties effective immediately due to family medical reasons.   “We appreciate Coach Pierre’s dedication and effort in leading our student-athletes,” Ross said. “I am confident that as we move forward, Northwest Florida State men’s basketball will be stronger than ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    LuLu’s restaurant in Destin is seeking enthusiastic, fun-loving team members to join their crew. With positions available in all areas, they are holding Job Fairs every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. with interviews and the potential of hiring on the spot. Or, applicants can stop by anytime, seven days a week, for a job interview on the spot. GM Vanessa Owen commented, “Looking for a fun job, a ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The 15th Annual Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, March 19, 2021, at the Ft. Walton Beach Golf Course on Lewis Turner.  The day will begin with an 11 a.m. check-in/lunch and shot-gun start at noon. The tournament is to raise critical funds to help feed, clothe and care for the kids living at the Children’s Neighborhood.  Participants will enjoy refreshments from ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Island by Hotel RL invites healthcare professionals to experience self care and sunshine at the resort in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The Island recently completed a $15+ million property-wide renovation and features a beautiful Grotto pool and swim-up bar, over 600 feet of private beach, heated pool, and so much more. Guests of the resort will also enjoy other exciting family-friendly activities, ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Walton Works Training Center of Excellence is officially open at the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs. Members of the local community joined Walton County officials, NWFSC Board of Trustee members alongside College personnel to celebrate the grand opening of this state-of-the-art center on Thursday, Feb. 18. The overall purpose of Walton Works is to create a ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College was recently named a 2021-2022 Military Friendly School with Bronze Distinction in the Small Public category by MilitaryFriendly.com.  Each year, schools completing the survey are weighted according to six categories: military student support and retention, graduation and career outcomes, financial aid and loan repayment, culture and commitment, admissions and ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors, Lt. Nesli Suhi-Moore with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). Lt. Suhi-Moore just celebrated her 15th year with OCSO. During her time with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, she has spent most of her career within the Criminal Investigations Section. As a Sergeant, she was ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and Gracie’s Good Deeds are in alliance for a mutual cause -  to help children. For the past few years, Gracie’s Good Deeds has donated wipes, cleaning supplies, clothes, snacks, drinks, Pack 'n Plays, therapy graduation decorations, gift cards, toiletry items, and diapers to ECCAC in honor of their daughter. Unfortunately, David and Courtney ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Twin Cities Hospital announced today the addition of a new option for 3D mammography designed to elevate the patient experience through a platform built to increase comfort and deliver superior accuracy of screenings. Senographe Pristina from GE Healthcare features adaptable paddles and added cushioning to create a more customized, relaxing experience for women undergoing this important routine ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    FRA Content Director Hillaree Durso, Marketing Manager Kelsey Doar, and Art Assistant Kayla Koger join President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to talk about all things digital. As one of our four core services, all of the work we complete for our clients includes some sort of a digital component. Listen here.
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    The Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Florida State College is a thriving program - virtually inducting 78 new members in mid-February. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs that promotes leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship. Eligibility for membership requires students to have completed at least 12 hours of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and parent company of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, today announced that it has been recognized for the 11th time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies. HCA Healthcare is one of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Welcome back to another episode of Let’s Talk Title with Emerald Coast Title Services! In this episode, Ada Bowman of AB+ Production, LLC, joins ECTS's Dion Moniz and Ashley Bowen. Ada shared 2021 Social Media Tips for Real Estate Agents and how to position yourself against your competitor.Listen and watch here.
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Drum roll please... Shelter House's 5th Annual Palate & Palette Four-Course Wine Dinner & Live Painting event was a huge success! With two intimate dinners and a brand new virtual silent auction, Shelter House made its COVID-19 safe event accessible to all. More than $23,000 was raised and will support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Photo ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse, has been named a Recommended Restaurant in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards. Located inside Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Seagar’s is being showcased with other 2021 honorees on ForbesTravelGuide.com. Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority in genuine Five-Star service, ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will be played at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club the week of March 29 – April 4, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. This will be the fourth 2021 tournament scheduled on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour. Volunteers, both men and women of high school age and over, will play a major part in a wide variety of roles to assist in executing ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    CJ Lydon, Director of Sales & Marketing at Brookdale Destin, recently received the Brookdale Senior Living Servant Heart Award! Congratulations, CJ!
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Congratulations to the Thomas family for winning J. Leon Gallery + Studio's giveaway of a beautiful Skip Deems pottery piece! If you'd like a chance to win the next giveaway featuring a Skip Deems original, attend the upcoming Sip N' Stroll on March 5 at 5 p.m. At this event, attendees will have the chance to meet featured artists and view work from both local and regional artists. Only ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    \In today's digital world, the power of visual communication can make a huge difference in your marketing strategy. Visual content in your marketing effort can boost your brand and help you stand out in a pool of competitors. Whether you aspire to become a videographer or photographer, or just want to know how to shoot professional-looking visual content, you need more than a good camera. In ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Warren Averett Asset Management is proud to announce that Ashley Tucker, CFP®, has obtained her Certified Financial Planner™ certification with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). Tucker, a Financial Planning Associate serving clients across the Gulf Coast, is responsible for coordinating and interacting with clients on a variety of financial matters including ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Hurlburt Field’s 505th Command and Control Wing 2020 Annual Awards Announcement Congratulations to the wing's annual award winners! Airman of the Year:  Senior Airman Conner A. Kincaid 505th Combat Training Group 505th Communications Squadron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Rafael D. Jennings 505th Combat Training Group 505th Combat Training Squadron Senior ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    This week, Destin High School (DHS) reached a major milestone. The $4.6 million purchase contract with Grace Lutheran Church was officially closed with Greenwich Investment, LLC offering financing through municipal bonds. With the site now in the name of Destin High School, Inc., a 501-C-3 non-profit, DHS is slated for a 2021-22 school year opening to 9th, 10th and 11th graders in its first ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021
    These new items will go live on Tuesday, Feb. 16!
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    On Feb. 9, restaurant Fatboys celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting.  Fatboys is a local burger and wings restaurant serving fresh, never frozen, beef and chicken. Fatboys also offers salads, meatless options and gluten-free buns, as well as catering for weddings, private parties and events. Follow Fatboys on social media for daily specials.  Visit the restaurant at 104 ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN A1C Amber Santoyo 96 OG NCO TSgt Calvin Bostick 96 WSA SNCO SMSgt Jennifer Neal 96 CEG CGO Capt Joseph Haggberg 96 CTG FGO Maj Brandon Goebel 96 CEG First Sergeant SMSgt Natasha McCracken 96 MSG Cat 1 Mr. Nathan Shalduha 96 CEG Cat 2 Ms. Kathy Williams 96 MDG Cat 3 Mr. Jeffrey Fanto 96 CEG Honor Guard SrA Liliana N. Glazier Small ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke kicks off our four-part series featuring Frances Roy Agency’s core services with a conversation about the importance of strategy. Strategy is the foundation of FRA and the work we complete for our clients. We strongly believe this foundation provides the structure for businesses to stand the test of time. Brand strategy takes ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea, the Episcopal Church in Destin, has announced its Lenten worship and program schedule. Lent begins on February 17, 2021, which is known as Ash Wednesday. In the Christian tradition, Lent is the 40-day season of penitence and fasting preceding Easter. It is a time that invites self-sacrifice, prayer, study, and quiet reflection.  St. Andrew’s observance of Lent begins on ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Students from the Hurlburt Field Airman Leadership School helped the kids living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood by having a food and paper products drive.  Thanks to the generous donations, the kids received critical items to help them have a happier and better New Year. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk kids with needed items at a very ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    WHAT:         Destin Custom Home Builders (DCHB), a Legendary company, has postponed its upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for its latest project in Regatta Bay, Tradewinds, due to inclement weather. The ceremony will now take place on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. Guests and community members are welcome to attend the event where they will get the first look at renderings, plans, and information ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Individuals who suffer from dysphagia have a new hope in an evaluation procedure known as FEES-Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, now in place at The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, a department of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. This new procedure improves quality of life for patients who suffer from dysphagia, which refers to difficulty or discomfort in ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    The Thoughts Bazaar is a new kind of book club designed by the Library’s Youth Services Specialist to give teens and young adults a forum to expand their thinking while discussing YA titles with their peers. Meetings will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams on the first Tuesday of every month starting March 2, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  The Thoughts Bazaar will focus on a variety of fiction titles ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce that it has launched its new website as of Tuesday, Feb. 9. The website, www.cityofdestin.com, just underwent a 6-month re-design process by CivicPlus, the leading government website provider. The website now has new features such as interactive buttons, a Council Corner, which will provide council updates and high-level projects, as well as a cleaner, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    Today, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) certified the ballots received in a union election to determine if Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners skilled trade employees desired to have American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council 79 (AFSMCE 79) serve as a bargaining agent on their behalf.  Out of 250 employees, 177 participated in the secret ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Maybe you’ve heard the buzz, maybe you’re on the waitlist, or perhaps you’ve entered a few rooms. The new social media app Clubhouse is gaining traction across many industries as influencers, celebrities, and marketing professionals are heading to the app to connect and collaborate.  Because of its exclusive "invite-only" format right now, it is difficult for people to understand what it is and ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Destin Commons is excited to announce the 15 local non-profit organizations selected to compete for over $85,000 in cash prizes at the 10th annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival. Each non-profit organization teams up with a restaurant or BBQ aficionado and fires up their grills for years’ worth of “Best BBQ” bragging rights.  Join Destin Commons in supporting the local charities by ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Do you know what types of books you like to read, but can’t decide on a specific title? Would you like to start reading a new genre, but don’t know where to begin? Does your five-year-old only want books about iguanas, but you don’t have time to search for them on the shelves? Let the Destin Library help with our Grab Bag service! Go to cityofdestin.com/library and scroll down to our online Grab ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    The City of Destin’s 15th Annual Spring Craft Show will be held at the Destin Community Center, located at 101 Stahlman Avenue, on Friday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be over 40 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and much more!  Vendor booths are available for $45/Destin residents and ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Mayor Gary Jarvis will deliver the annual State of the City address and highlight the City of Destin’s accomplishments and strategic plan on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Mayor Jarvis’ address shall take place during the City Council meeting being held at the City Hall Annex located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail at 6 p.m. The public may view the State of the City address at the following link: ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Last week, eight new sculptures were added to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla.  This installation includes the following sculpture: Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Building Blocks by Zachary Long (Oklahoma City, OK), Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands ...read more
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    Monday, February 08, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, February 05, 2021
    ZenBusiness makes it easy to start, run, and grow your business. We are a small business that is excited about helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams of creating and growing a successful business. By making business formation easy and affordable, we hope to foster a small business community where owners can connect on a local and national level and help each other grow.  
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    Friday, February 05, 2021
    Join Impact 100 in this is free virtual roundtable conference where Keynote Speaker Tony Cohn, Director of Strategy - Morgridge Family Foundation, will speak to us LIVE and highlight the key principles from Carrie Morgridge's report "The Future of Giving."  This Zoom virtual event will be held Feb. 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   The Future of Giving report is based on the premise that ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is hosting a job fair to fill full-time and part-time positions at the full-service resort. Opportunities include housekeeping attendants, food and beverage, guest services, culinary, security, spa, bellman/valet and more.   An impressive benefits package for employees at Hilton Sandestin includes a 401K program, health benefits, free daily meal service, ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
     
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Named “Best Golf Course” by Visit South Walton and Destin Magazine, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club is excited to announce that the best golf course in town is getting even better with its 2021 renovation underway. Two weeks into construction, the new and improved look for Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club is coming together. The three-million-dollar renovation will set apart this popular golf club from ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    The Frances Roy Agency (FRA) turned the tables this week's Hello Frances Podcast – FRA President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke joins the podcast! Meredith Freeman, who interned with FRA last summer, follows up on some of their powerful conversations. One of Meredith’s favorite parts of FRA culture is the atmosphere of trust and family, and Shantelle lives this out in everything she ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast on Thursday, Feb. 25, at The Place on Beal in Fort Walton Beach for the BGCEC Annual Dinner. The evening will include a sit-down dinner and awards program recognizing key volunteers, community leaders, staff, and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Clubs here in Northwest Florida. Tickets are $50, and sponsorship ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Spend a romantic Valentine’s day weekend at The Island by Hotel RL enjoying the greatest hits from Frank Sinatra. Tony Sands has been performing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits worldwide for more than 20 years, and for Valentine’s Day weekend he’s making a special stop at The Island for hotel guests and locals. Attendees may also choose to enjoy a special three-course dinner that evening at Fish ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is now calling for nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations are accepted until March 15, 2021.  Four awardees per year are chosen based on nominations in the categories of: Distinguished Alumni, an alumni with a true success story in the state or national arena; Against the Odds, an alumni who has achieved success despite ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2021
    Progress Bank celebrated its 13th anniversary today, marking the occasion with a social media gift card giveaway to support local restaurants within each of our markets, as well as gifts for our team. Progress Bank was formed in 2007 as the only state-chartered, locally-owned and managed bank in Huntsville and Decatur, Ala. The initial leadership team, which has over 120 years of combined banking ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 02, 2021
    I was recently asked to do a presentation to a local organization in Destin about 2021 and what it holds for us.  They were looking for what might happen in the business world and the economy.  After receiving this request, I reached out to eight or 10 of my contacts and sources, people who are way smarter than I, and asked them to share their thoughts.  The consensus answer did not surprise.  ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Destin Custom Home Builders (DCHB), the residential construction company for Legendary, is pleased to announce that they will break ground on their latest project within Regatta Bay – Tradewinds – on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m.   Featuring 55 new homes, each designed to evoke a West Indies style of architecture with a Dutch influence, Tradewinds is the latest project within Regatta Bay that ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The American College of Cardiology has recognized Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The newest board member of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is Candace Vlahos, an attorney serving as General Counsel for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WSCO), and a resident of Miramar Beach for the past six years.  Originally from Monroe, La., Vlahos earned her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., in 2006, and proceeded to work at a law firm ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The Destin High School (DHS) Governing Board and Principal Christine Cruickshank will be conducting Information Session Meet & Greets on Thursday, Feb. 11,  at 5:30 p.m. for future 9th grade students, and at 6:30 p.m. for future 10th and 11th graders. The sessions will take place at the future home of DHS (Grace Lutheran) to acquaint potential students, their families and the community about DHS, ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Okaloosa and Walton counties have monthly prevention and awareness programs to help children, teens and families. February is National Teen Dating Violence Month. This is an issue that impacts everyone, not only teens, but their parents, teachers, friends and communities as well. The alarming statistics show 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Pass the popcorn! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) caps its 8th annual mainstage season by staging Popcorn Falls.    The show opens Friday, Feb. 12, and runs three weekends through Sunday, Feb. 28. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Feb. 14, 21 and 28.   In James Hindman’s comedic play two actors portray more than 20 roles in a ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Today, the City of Destin launched its first e-newsletter. Destin City Manager Lance Johnson stated, “It is my pleasure to unveil the City of Destin’s first monthly e-newsletter! We are excited to provide a more user-friendly version to share City updates and keep our community informed on issues of interest. It will include information on City sponsored events, partnerships, Council actions, and ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Destin Commons has long leased 70,000sf of Class A office space over Main Street at the Center.  Due to increasing demand, Destin Commons Office Tower, located conveniently as part of the parking garage near Belk, is now activated.  The six-story building offers 88,000 square feet of Class A office space with build to suit suite opportunities ranging from 1,800 to 65,000sf.  Office tenants can ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2021
    Café Thirty-A held its annual Charity Ball on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at the restaurant. After being rescheduled from the original December date, the winter event raised a record-breaking total of $35,564 for Caring and Sharing of South Walton, an organization that provides food and financial assistance to area families and individuals in need.    Guests were invited to enjoy a decadent buffet ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2021
    On Jan. 28, Destin Chamber members celebrated outstanding individuals and businesses, during its Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Opening with a reception to celebrate Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin – Miramar Beach’s 20th anniversary, which was commemorated with a champagne toast, attendees gathered in the ballroom for dinner and the awards ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2021
    Jonathan Jernigan and Cali Hlavac join Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke and FRA Content Director Hillaree Durso on this episode of the Hello Frances Podcast. Cali is a social media marketer, a podcast host, and the Founder and Creative Director of To Do in Destin. You may remember her from our Enneagrams & The Workplace series where she was our guest to ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast at the Destin Commons on March 7, for this family-friendly event featuring gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will compete for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote! For the first time ever, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    In hopes that the Spring will be a healthier time of year for all, Food for Thought Outreach has decided to move the Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood, to Monday, April 12, 2021. The seven-course dinner will remain the same - just a new date! Registration remains open for this one-of-a-kind dinner. Event description: Seven local chefs have curated an ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College is pleased to present its newest exhibition opening Friday, Jan. 22. The exhibit will be on display through March 5.  This solo exhibition is composed of the artist's traditional works of highly-staged digital photographic installations about nature and technology; for example, building materials as seen in Mass Foam #3, created ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke records this episode from the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin where she shares what her team is doing there and the importance of trying new things and breaking away from normal everyday monotonous routines. One new thing the team has tried lately is the new social media platform Clubhouse. Have you tried it yet? Listen ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    "Laissez les bons temps rouler" or "Let the good times roll!" Destin Commons will hold its annual Mardi Gras Masquerade on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6- 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with entertainment for the entire family! Dance the night away to New Orleans style music, don your own Mardi Gras mask with free face painting, create a lasting keepsake at the photo booth, and catch trinkets and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    As a consumer — and a marketer — one of my favorite brands to watch is Taco Bell. In the last five years or so, Taco Bell has begun making strides in its brand messaging. The brand has reinvented itself on social media, introducing a new, bold personality. With its food, packaging, marketing campaigns, events, philanthropic efforts, and interior design, Taco Bell reinvented itself into a full-on ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Progress Financial Corporation, the parent company of Progress Bank, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special one-time cash dividend of $0.21 per share. Approved at the January Board Meeting, the dividend will be payable on Feb. 4, 2021, for shareholders of record on Jan. 29, 2021.  “We are pleased with the performance of the bank, especially given the difficult ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The season of love is coming to prepare, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) gives you 10 “dramatic” ways to show you care.  1.Give the gift of live theater. ECTC presents the dramatic, adventuresome comedy Popcorn Falls, Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Nathanael Fisher and Jason Hedden take the ECTC stage to portray more than 20 roles in a world of farce, love and desperation proving ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) announced today that it received an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP grant of $150,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 150 RSVP volunteers serving in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  Established in 1971, the AmeriCorps Seniors Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) engages Americans age 55 and older in service, responding to our nation’s most pressing ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Mark your calendar! The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County announced that the 2021 30A Songwriters Virtual Festival is planned for Jan. 29-31. Expect many Hooks, (on)Lines & Singers and a retrospective look at over a decade of music on 30A. Tickets will be available online soon. Visit https://www.culturalartsalliance.com/events-manager/30a-songwriters-virtual-festival for updates.
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    A single book has thousands of experiences, come share yours with the Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club. This new book club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m., via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (HAHS) recently announced several key leadership changes for the firm. All the changes are effective as of Jan. 1, 2021. Roger L. Bates has been elected to a fourth term as Managing Lawyer for the firm. He has served as the firm’s Managing Lawyer since 2012. During his tenure, HAHS has grown significantly. Most recently, the firm merged with the former Harrison ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Winners by Category AMN SrA Amethyst Houston 96 MDG NCO SSgt Christina Austin 96 MDG SNCO SMSgt Jason Smith 96 MXG CGO Capt Joseph Morrow 96 WSA Civ Cat 1 Mr. Daniel Bylicki 96 MSG Civ Cat 2 Mr. Shawn Murray 96 CEG Civ Cat 3 Mr. Jedediah Wangsgard 96 WSA Honor Guard SrA Emma Britton
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    We believe every marketing campaign should be focused on metrics like revenue, leads, and new customers. Not on vague metrics such as impressions and views only. We often see that many people don’t have a website! The first step is to develop and launch your website.  When you do that, make sure to choose a developer that's experienced in building websites with a couple of things in mind.  First, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The Destin Harbor's newest event is back for year two!    Join us for the 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 12-4 p.m., for a showcase of one of the South's most beloved dishes. Enjoy delicious food, great drinks, and live music on the Destin Harbor, as local restaurants compete for the best Shrimp & Grits dish.  The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    At a special wine dinner event hosted by Vin'tij Food & Wine, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), a not-for-profit charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all, honored retiring CEO Marcia Hull. Hull who has served as the Foundation's CEO for the past 22 years received an evening of stories and praise from ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., (SESI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Bennett E. Dulaney, P.E., to Geotechnical Department Manager of the Mobile, Ala., branch office.   Dulaney joined Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., in 2011 as a student intern while studying Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama. He obtained his Alabama Professional Engineer (P.E.) designation in 2017 and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $5,000 donation from Bob and Ginger Grappone, who represented the Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Richard A. Capozzola Lodge #2865 in Crestview. In its 112th year, the Sons of Italy of America is a non-profit organization with chapters throughout Florida and the United States. It is the oldest and largest organization ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    On Jan. 19, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida celebrated its new Destin office with a ribbon cutting. Located south of Highway 98 across from Whole Foods Market, the location offers added convenience for the agency’s Destin-based sales executives and area customers. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida is a full-service real estate agency that is ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    During its Jan. 8 Business Before Hours and Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by Warren Averett, the Destin Chamber of Commerce installed its 2021 Board of Directors. Taking the helm as Chairman of the Board is Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican. “I’m honored to be the 2021 Chairman.  I believe this year will be a great year for our local business, and I am excited for what the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was recently named Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Overall Orthopedic Services and Joint Replacement and is 5-star rated in multiple specialties for patient outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. The recipients of the Healthgrades Top 10% ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    BizTech is back! Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations, find new clients, and protect their electronic assets. Thanks to BizTech sponsor and Destin Chamber Trustee member Five Channels, ...read more
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
    Know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em? Then we know you’ll love Dealer’s Choice, a new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library. Starting Jan. 25 - Feb. 28, enjoy interactive activities all focused on fun games you can play with a deck of cards. Log your game playing minutes and earn badges all while having fun with family or friends. Also, be sure to stop by the library to pick up a ...read more
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    Friday, January 15, 2021
    2nd Destin Business Technology Summit / BizTech 2021 Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations and protect their electronic assets. AB+ founder and CEO, Ada Bowman will be presenting the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Demetrius Fuller, the new CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and the Music and Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke to discuss the new organization that will oversee these artistic powerhouses. In his new role, Demetrius will lead the new efforts for cultivating a vibrant arts and culture scene in our ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Progress Financial Services (PFS), the Wealth Management division of Progress Financial Corporation, today announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). “We are excited to achieve this important milestone and look forward to our continued growth and expansion into our new markets in the Florida Panhandle and Daphne, Ala.,” said Stuart Bridges, Director of Investment ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Mills Heating & Air associates Jackson White donated $25,000, and Larry and Pam Batchelor donated $25,000, for a generous total of $50,000 to benefit Destin High School (DHS). This is the company’s second donation to DHS in the past year. Since 1984, Mills Heating & Air has been providing residential and commercial services in Destin and neighboring communities in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Northwest Florida State College’s Culinary and Hospitality Management programs present Seagrass Restaurant Spring Dinners, beginning Feb. 4. For dates, themes, prices and reservation information, click here.   These dinners will be banquet-family style with tables of 6 to 8 people and a set menu. Menus for each dinner can be found at https://nwfsc.edu/academics/degrees-offered/culinary/. Dinner ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, began the new year by welcoming Andrea Chipser, Lennon Michalski, Megan Patterson, and Melanie Moore to their talented lineup of featured artists.  "We are so happy to welcome these new artists. Each artist brings new life to the already vibrant band of artists featured at the gallery. We encourage guests to stop by and take a look at what these ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Don't miss out on the Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood. We are kicking off-off the New Year with a dining experience that will excite your taste buds. Seven local chefs have curated an evening of fine wine and delicious cuisine for an exclusive fundraising event, Jan. 25, 2021. The featured chefs include the following: Dan Vargo - Hilton Sandestin ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2021
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    For a donation of $100, you will be entered to win a $5,000 shopping spree at Beré Jewelers! There are only 150 tickets sold, so get yours before it is too late. Visit bbbsnwfl.org/events/big-gala/ and fill out the online form. The name you fill out on the online form will be the name entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced during The Big Gala 2021: Bigger Together virtual ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    For everyone's safety, the United Way Emerald Coast's Days of Caring has gone virtual for 2021! Each day in January, the United Way Emerald Coast will share a new way you can make your community a brighter place from home (or while social distancing). From donations, to community clean-up, to random acts of kindness - even the smallest act of caring can spark a chain reaction of good! Join the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Handfirm.com was created with the first-time visitors and long-term clients in mind, whether you know the firm or are looking for legal representation. The new site provides improved navigation and functionality bringing relevant legal news, attorney contact management and firm services together.  “It’s time for ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    The Destin Library now has an additional location to return your materials. Courtesy of the Destin Library Friends Guild, a new drive-up book drop is located at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, in front of City Hall under the awning. The new book drop is accessible from your car and items returned to this location will have all fines forgiven. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    The City of Destin will host a visioning session on Monday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Council, staff and members of the public will spend the day reviewing accomplishments, current projects, potential initiatives and refining a vision for Destin’s future. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical space limitations, we ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is asking you to take a bold step and make a Big resolution this year. As everyone adjusts to this world no one could have predicted, it has been a challenge for the strongest. Throughout the month of January, we must all come together to support the youth in our community. These Littles have ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    On Friday, Jan.15, 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is hosting the first virtual Big Gala from 7-8 P.M. (CST). The Big Gala 2021: Bigger Together is presented by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Although this event looks different than years past, it will still be filled with many of the fun signature elements that the community knows and loves. Virtual guests ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Local musician Casey Kearney joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the podcast this week! A well-known artist in our community, Casey shares how music was not always a part of the plan. In her adult life, she’s worked in real estate, wedding planning, and banking, but found her calling in the music industry. Although she started her career later in life, ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Local nonprofit Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) welcomed former board member Jim Rice as its new Director of Development. Rice joins the CVHN team with more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, including fund development, campaign management, consulting, and more.  Rice has had his fair share of leadership roles within nonprofit organizations throughout his career. Locally, he was ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Who isn’t ready for some laughs? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) rings in the New Year with Florida Girls a hilarious one-woman comedy by local playwright Nancy Hasty.   The show opens Friday, Jan. 15 and runs three weekends through Sunday, Jan. 31. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 24 and 31.   Set in Crestview, Fla., ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    We are recruiting members to join Impact100 NWF 2021 membership base. Join our President as she virtually conducts membership events from Grant Recipient locations throughout our community. During these events you will learn more about what Impact100 NWF does in the community, meet some of our members virtually and understand how our grants help local organizations transform their dreams into ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Destin High School (DHS) is slated to open next August for the 2021-22 school year. The new tuition-free public charter school will be located at the Grace Lutheran property located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village.  From now until Jan. 29, students and parents can go online to www.DestinHighSchool.org and click on the “Apply Now” button to submit student ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Videos are the most powerful way to tell your company's story. Check out AB+Production LLC's year in review. Follow AB+Production on Facebook to learn more strategies to promote your business.
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Four awardees per year are chosen based on nominations in the categories of: Distinguished Alumni, an alumni with a true success story in the state or national arena; Against the Odds, an alumni who has achieved success despite adversity; Rising Star, an alumni who is under 40 ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2021
    On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 ...read more
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    Friday, January 08, 2021
    On Jan. 7, Austin Music Co celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Austin Music Co offers new and used guitars, keyboards, drums, band and orchestra instruments, some all-pro sound, and accessories, including strings, sticks, picks, cables and more. It also offers repairs, lessons, rentals, financing and consignment. Visit the store at 50 S. Holiday Rd. Ste. 700, in Miramar Beach, ...read more
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    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    For more information, call (850) 460-8720, visit FloatBrothers.com, or follow Facebook.com/floatbrothers. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has been selected to be a part of Winn Dixie's Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of January, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at Winn-Dixie ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    On Dec. 22, 2020, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced that the first distribution of the Moderna vaccine has arrived to be securely stored and safely administered. Frontline healthcare colleagues are scheduling their vaccination appointments as the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is now a reality. “The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine is a pivotal turning point in our fight ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, slated for February 12-14, 2021.  Festivities begin on Thursday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Shannyn Stevenson as the top producer for third quarter of 2020. Stevenson was honored for being both the “Top Sales Agent” and the “Top Listing Agent” for the third quarter of 2020. “Shannyn frequently earns recognition as a top producer with Newman-Dailey but this year’s challenges have made it an even bigger honor. While COVID-19 made ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The 41st Annual Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group Chapter #3605 Toy Ride closed out by raising critical funding to help the abused children served by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and the at-risk abused and neglected children living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood. 100 bikers met at Emerald Coast Harley Davidson in Ft. Walton Beach on Sunday, Dec. 20, and paraded on a ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s The StoryTeller Series returns with three new offerings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 - March 2.  The 2021 lineup includes Three Places at Yalta (Jan. 12 & Feb. 9), Give ‘em Hell Harry! (Jan. 16) and Katharine Hepburn (Feb. 23 & March 2).  The series begins with the world premier staging of Three Places at Yalta (Jan. 12 & Feb. 9), a one-man show ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites everyone to its Epiphany Festival of Light service on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. And on the same day at noon, St. Andrew’s will conduct its first weekly Healing Holy Eucharist (Communion). The Festival of Lights is set on the Feast of the Epiphany, which in ancient times was called the “Feast of Lights.” It ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    In previous years, Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke shared her predictions for our industry for the upcoming new year through our blog, newsletter, and podcast. This year she takes the microphone to share that she will now take a step back on sharing industry predictions. Why? Because if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you never really know what will ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Annually, the City of Destin provides an update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the progress made in mitigating flood losses through the planning and construction of stormwater management projects. This update also complies with the requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. Due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is prone to ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital has started administering the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine to frontline caregivers and staff, according to the state and federal prioritization guidelines. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are well prepared to administer the vaccinations. Clinical operations teams have developed a comprehensive plan to provide ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Save the date for Shelter House’s 5th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner, to be held February 6, 2021! This year, the event will feature five local unique artists and be hosted as five different intimate dinners across Okaloosa and Walton counties. Each artist will create unique pieces and at the end of the evening, these works of art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in an exciting and ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Want to give your winter guests an experience here in Destin they will never forget?  We recommend our award-winning Southern Star Dolphin Cruise!  Located in HarborWalk Village, we offer a 90-minute eco and sightseeing tour around the Destin Harbor, Crab Island and East Pass!  Enjoy stunning scenery, breathtaking sunsets and beer and wine onboard!  We encourage guests to please book in advance ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating the holidays by announcing two new additions to its endangered African penguin family. The first chick hatched at the Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, on Dec. 13, 2020, with the second following close behind, just four days later.     These penguin chicks will bring the number of chicks in the Gulfarium's penguin colony ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is now offering bamlanivimab antibody infusions to non-hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have other high-risk factors.  The first patient received the treatment on Dec. 22. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the only hospital in the tri-county area offering this antibody infusion.  The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
       Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that Suzanne Blankenship (above left) has become a Shareholder with the firm, and Benjamin T. Shell (above right) has become a Director with the firm. Suzanne Blankenship is a Board-Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer practicing law in Pensacola since 1996. Blankenship’s practice involves serving as legal counsel for ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2021
    The Governing Board of the upcoming new, tuition-free public charter high school Destin High School (DHS) has officially announced the hiring of its new Principal, Christine Cruickshank. DHS will be located on the Grace Lutheran property, retro-fitted as a high school, located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Prebble Ramswell, President of the Governing ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    This week’s guest on the Hello Frances Podcast is Erin Sharkey, owner of City and Clay. Erin and Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke “met” on Instagram after Erin reached out to us about our Enneagram & The Workplace series. From there, Shantelle and Erin connected over the journey of starting and owning their own businesses and how Erin started City and Clay ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Rodney Waits of Equity & Trust Realty joins Dion Moniz, CEO of Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS), and Ashley Bowen, ECTS Director of Operations. 2020 has been quite the year for all of us. Rodney shared us with his observations of the real estate market in 2020, and also shared some valuable info and advice for future buyers and sellers.Listen and watch here.
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center in Northwest Florida has taken in twelve Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were recently stranded off the coast of New England during a recent mass cold-stun event. The sea turtles made the trip down from Massachusetts to Florida on Monday, December 14th, 2020. The C.A.R.E. Center would like to thank Turtles Fly Too and their pilots Chuck Yanke and Julie Tromblay for ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    It is a fact: Cell phone cameras are getting really, REALLY good! But will the camera in your phone ever replace the professional DSLR cameras that professionals shell out thousands of dollars for?  We agree that the iPhone 12 Pro produces pleasing portraits in optimal conditions, but where it can't keep up with the DSLR is in low light. In extremely low light the iPhone can't even activate ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Progress Bank Okaloosa & Walton County Market President Dewayne Youngblood announced today that Lane Redding has joined the Bank as Senior Lender, Business Banking. “We are thrilled to have Lane join our team in the Panhandle. She brings a great amount of local experience and expertise, along with a long history of success in our area that will serve her well in this new role,” said ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon (ESC) is pleased to announce that a new associate attorney, Amelia J. Strom, has joined the firm’s Pensacola office. The addition of Amelia is part of the firm’s continuous growth and commitment to the development of new attorneys along the Gulf Coast.     Amelia’s practice focuses on a variety of matters including Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Real Estate, ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Last week, the Emerald Coast Foundation (ECF) presented The Arc of the Emerald Coast with a check for $20,000! The donation from ECF will help The Arc continue its mission of empowering those with developmental disabilities to live meaningful lives here in our local community. ECF Board Members Jackie Blue and Peggy King officially presented the check to The Arc staff and CEO John ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea announces that the Reverend James J. Popham and the Reverend Jo P. Popham have accepted St. Andrew’s call to serve as rectors, effective Nov. 1, 2020. They succeed the Rev. Joseph Hagberg, who served as interim rector at St. Andrew’s from 2018 until Oct. 31, 2020. The Reverends Popham come to St. Andrew’s from Lake Charles, La., where they were serving as priests-in-charge ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort hires Tennis Professional Charlie Fischer as the new Director of Tennis. After 27 years as the Tennis/Marketing Director of Golf at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville, Ga, Fischer moved to the Emerald Coast to provide support to the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Tennis Center. He has now found a permanent home at Hidden Dunes Tennis Center where he ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest. The contest proved to be difficult to judge as many Destin homes, businesses and organizations did a fantastic job showing their Holiday spirit through decorations. The City received multiple phone calls and emails pointing out locations that had done an outstanding job of decorating their ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are scheduled to receive their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines early next week. "Knowing that some of the first COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered at our hospitals next week is very exciting. Ensuring healthcare professionals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine is essential in our fight against the pandemic. We will ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces applications are open for the third round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 28 through the CAA’s ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso recently presented Children in Crisis a donation of $6,500 to help give a special Christmas to the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood and help bridge the funding shortfall due to COVID-19. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to build the Children’s Neighborhood.  However, ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has announced Cindy Cole as its newest Board member. The career-long entrepreneur relocated to Destin in 2009 from Atlanta, and began her real estate career. Well known in Northwest Florida, Cole is the top selling Realtor in the Keller Williams 5-state Gulf Coast region. She has been named as one of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” by ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Trustmark has partnered with 69 organizations throughout its footprint in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas to support local hunger relief efforts that have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During the “Sleigh Hunger” campaign over the last two weeks, the company contributed more than $250,000 dollars to assist relief organizations in their mission to feed ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2020
    Come join the latest, mouthwatering new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library: Heartwarming Soups and Stews. From Jan. 4 - Feb. 28, 2021, warm your heart and tummy with interactive cooking activities, videos, recipes, and cookbooks each week. Have fun creating your own soup or stew and then share your recipe with other challengers. Participating in the activities earns badges that will ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    It's a very Merry Christmas for 162 kids from nine Boys & Girls Clubs across the Emerald Coast. Thanks to a generous donation made by Rusty and Brooke Skalla, 162 children each received a once in a lifetime shopping trip at the Walmart in Destin. The kids purchased necessities like socks and winter clothing, and the donation left room for a few fun purchases as well.  "Because of a huge and ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the 18 local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Winter rotation, which runs Dec. 14, 2020, through March 3, 2021 in its new Grand Boulevard location. The selected artists are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Jose Cantu, Andrea Chipser, Donnelle Clark, Skip Deems, Kim Eifrid, Pamela ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Stay Home for the HolidaysThis year, we invite you to Stay Home for the Holidays and make a difference in our local community. Thanks to the UWEC Board & Staff, your gift will be matched up to $5,000, doubling the impact. Together, we can make our community stronger this season.Visit Home4Holidays or text Home4Holidays to 91999.  Volunteer OpportunitiesMake a difference in the lives of families ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Twin Cities Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Twin Cities Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation announced Demetrius Fuller as its new CEO. Fuller will replace Marcia Hull, who has served as MKAF CEO for the past 22 years. After years of devoted service, Marcia is retiring on Dec. 31, 2020.  Fuller, who will continue to serve as the Music & Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, will lead at the helm of an arts and culture partnership between the Mattie ...read more
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    Monday, December 14, 2020
    On Dec. 11, Latitude Hammock Bay celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin, Niceville Valparaiso and Walton Area chambers of commerce. Latitude at Hammock Bay is an upscale collection of residences situated within the master-planned community of Hammock Bay. With open-concept 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floorplans, these new homes are styled with designer details to create a look and feel that is ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Visual artist, animal lover, Enneagram type 4, and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Education Director Melanie Moore joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss overcoming creative blocks. As an Enneagram type 4, Melanie is naturally creative and her career requires consistent optimal creativity. Listen here.
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    The much-anticipated Destin High School (DHS) is slated to open for 9th and 10th graders (and currently investigating the possibility of 11th graders) in August of 2021. The tuition-free public charter school is under contract to purchase the Grace Lutheran property, located at 4325 Commons Drive West, next to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. DHS will be a model for innovation providing ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
     Though more than two decades have passed since Bill Gates’ seminal article “Content is King," content marketing remains one of the most effective lead generators for B2B companies. According to HubSpot’s 2020 State of Inbound Report, more than half (65%) of the marketers reviewed said that content creation is their top Inbound Marketing priority. Content isn’t just on the list of priorities for ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Winners by Category AMN SrA Aimee Llewellyn 96 WSA NCO SSgt Michael Barron 96 MSG SNCO SMSgt Dustin Hindel 96 WSA CGO Capt Joseph Haggberg 96 CTG Cat 1 Mr. Nicholas Gilmore 96 RN Cat 2 Mr. Eric Miller 96 MXG Cat 3 Mr. Michael Wehmeyer 96 CEG Honor Guard A1C Ta’Zion Mayeux
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Emerald Coast Marine is very pleased to present its new philanthropic arm, “ecm cares.” Our first effort launches this Christmas as we support “Children in Crisis,” an awesome 501c3 organization that works to keep siblings together who have had to be separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or other circumstances. We are hosting a toy or gift drive for children from the ages of 7 to ...read more
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    Friday, December 11, 2020
    2020 had some unexpected twists and turns, but we are fortunate to have the support of our community that allows us to continue to provide free dental care to students in Okaloosa and Walton counties. We look forward to the New Year and the plans we have to expand, but let's take a look at all we have accomplished in the past year...   2019/2020 School Year Even with COVID 19 restricting us from ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    On Dec. 8, J.Leon Gallery + Studio celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. J.Leon Gallery + Studio is the area’s newest, fine art destination. Owner Jason Linblad’s vision is to make high-end art attainable for everyone.  In addition to showcasing works from local artists, the gallery is also home to a working ceramics studio with a robust calendar of ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    Shervin Rassa, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, joins Frances Roy Agency President & Chief Creative Officer Shantelle Dedicke on the Hello Frances podcast this week in honor of Giving Tuesday, a global movement encouraging individuals to make a difference in their own communities by donating to local organizations that need the support. Like many, 2020 has been difficult for ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    On Dec. 15, 2020, from 6 - 6:45 p.m., the Destin Library will transform into a Winter Wonderland featuring a socially distanced meet-and-greet with Santa Claus. Bring your children for a photo opportunity with Santa and pick out a special holiday-themed grab bag to take home with you along with crafts and sweet treats.  Registration is required for this event to insure there are enough goodies ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    With local designer Alec Hritz, who was part of the White House Christmas decorating team in 2019, at the helm, local boutique hotel Henderson Park Inn is ready to show off the most spectacular Christmas décor it’s ever displayed.    “We’re honored to have a decorator with this kind of resume at the Inn,” said Shannon Howell, owner representation and general manager of Henderson Park Inn. “He is ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    In honor of the memory of Jacobe Turner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, in conjunction with Jacobe's family, has established the Jacobe Turner Memorial Fund. Turner was awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Organizational Youth of the Year Award in 2019 and was an active and beloved member for over a decade.  "Jacobe is a huge part of our Boys & Girls Club family and ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2020
    The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced that, effective Dec. 1, the organization will be known as One Okaloosa EDC. Along with the name change, a new organizational logo was unveiled. Stylized as a circle indicative of forward motion, the logo utilizes the organization’s long-standing gold, blue and green colors as a nod to the EDC’s 31 year history. Specific design ...read more
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