President’s Message: Now More Than Ever, Buy Local
Both The Destin Log and Northwest Florida Daily News ran a column asking citizens to support local businesses during this trying time. Here was my response and thank-you to them.
I want to thank you for your message in the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Destin Log asking citizens to support our local businesses. As you stated, it seems that the country, the state, the county and our cities have completely shut down overnight, and understandably so.
Now more than ever, everyone needs to shop and buy locally. That’s a message that the Destin Chamber of Commerce has always carried. But at times like these, local support is all these businesses have.
Support local restaurants by ordering for delivery or take-out. Support local stores by buying locally (even if you order online and go pick up your order) and staying off Amazon and other online retailers. Support local service businesses by using local CPAs, attorneys, and other professional services you need. Our local businesses are the bedrock of the community.
The people who work in these businesses and own these businesses are our friends. They are our neighbors. They are our families. They are sponsors of little league, youth soccer and basketball, local events, and more. They are consumers in the community. They are job-creators and add so much to the quality of life for so many of our citizens. By buying from them, you are saving jobs for our residents.
Not only are you supporting the local businesses and local employment, you are also supporting the tax base of our community. Sales taxes are used by our state, counties, and cities to build and maintain local infrastructure and basic community needs for us to live safe and comfortable lives.
So in this trying time, go out and buy from someone local. Support your friends and neighbors and taxpayers. This community has always pulled through and helped each other. There’s never been a more important time to do that than now. That’s how we’ll continue to build this world-class community!
Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP
President and CEO
Destin Chamber of Commerce