• September 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 5

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    September 29, 2015
    LuLu’s Shares Summers Stats, Shifts Gears to Fall
    Since opening its doors in mid-June, LuLu’s has served the following:
    •    16,670 pounds of Wild Gulf Shrimp
    •    17,474 cups of Gumbo (my grandmother's recipe btw)
    •    21,616 Kids' Meals
    •    49,246 Signature Burgers sporting Pimento Cheese & Fried Green Tomatoes
    •    930 Orders from our Allergy Menu
    •    6,653 glasses of Un-Sweet Tea
    •    15,316 glasses of Sweet tea
    •    22,570 bottles of beer 
    Now, it is time to shift gears to the off-season. Stay tuned for the following celebrations: BooLu's, Billy Claus, and Noon Year's Eve. Click here for details. Also, the LuLu's Loves Locals program will begin in October.

    Realtors Honor Wounded Warriors with Day of Fishing 
    Emerald Coast Association of RealtorsMore than 80 veterans spent Saturday, Sept. 26, fishing and feasting as part of the Third Annual Soldiers on the Water. The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors invited military men and women injured in the line of duty to enjoy a day of deep-sea fishing on the Gulf. The soldiers boarded volunteer charter boats in the morning and returned victorious in the mid-afternoon with new friends and, of course, heaps of fish. Once the veterans returned with their bounties, they were brought up to the Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer patio for a well-deserved fish fry.



    Hilton Spirit of Blue Energy Award Winners
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & SpaTiffany Howell and Alex Rowe of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Recreation Department were recently awarded the Hilton Spirit of Blue Energy Award – the highest honor for Hilton Hotels and Resorts Team Members in the Hilton brand – for going above and beyond the expectations of their roles. Advocare held its 2015 annual conference at Hilton Sandestin Beach. As part of the conference, the meeting planner requested the recreation team to coordinate a Tie-Dye Day, where the meeting participants would tie-dye shirts and have the property launder, fold, and deliver the completed shirts to the guest’s rooms before the following morning. Service was pre-coordinated with a local dry cleaning service who agreed to complete 650 shirts in 10 hours. On the day of the event, a water line broke, which delayed the start of the services, and the dry cleaning company did not have enough staff on hand to finish the project in the allotted time. Howell and Rowe dropped their other on-property responsibilities and worked side-by-side with the dry cleaning personnel – at one point even offering to take the shirts and launder them at their own homes – so they could get the task accomplished. Seen here from left to right are Howell, Kristina Mackenzie, and Rowe.

    Volunteers Needed for South Walton Fashion Week
    Do you love fashion, modeling, the latest trends, or just want to help support your favorite local non profit? Join in the excitement by volunteering for South Walton Fashion Week, from Oct. 8-10. Enthusiastic volunteers are needed for a wide range of duties.  All volunteers will receive a free ticket for a day they are not volunteering. If you have any questions, please email renee@culturalartsalliance.com or call the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County office at (850) 622-5970. For details on the event, visit www.SWFW.org.

    Rehabilitated Leatherback Sea Turtle Released by Gulfarium
    Staff members from the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park were astonished to see the numbers on the scale on which a recently stranded leatherback sea turtle was settled. Originally estimated at 500 pounds, the female turtle actually weighed 608 pounds just prior to her recent release back into the Gulf of Mexico. First noticed by beachgoer Dianne Masterson in Pensacola Beach, the turtle appeared to struggle in the shallow surf about a mile east of the Portofino Towers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) quickly determined that rescue and treatment was necessary for the large leatherback. During a 4-day treatment period under Gulfarium's Sea Turtle CARE (Conserve, Act, Rehabilite, Educate) Program, the team completed an exhaustive series of diagnostic tests, which enabled them to develop a treatment plan that included antibiotic, fluid, and laser therapies. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the turtle was loaded onto the team's 41-foot research vessel at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Destin and was released 20 miles off the coast of Pensacola in an area where other leatherbacks had recently been seen foraging on jellyfish.

    Children in Crisis Gets Keys to New Foster Home
    Children In CrisisRecently, Damian Curtis, owner of D. L. Curtis Construction, and Jamey Mattern, architect with DAG Architects, presented the keys for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation – Travis Tringas Cottage to Ken Hair, Children In Crisis (CIC) president and CEO, and Kitty Johnson, chair of the CIC Board of Directors. This is the fourth Family Foster Home to be built at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. CIC will cut the ribbon on the new foster home on Oct. 20, at 4 p.m.  


    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital Introduce Mobile Health Clinic
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are introducing a new service designed to help employers and their employees gain easy access to primary care.  The service will not be located in a hospital or in an office, but will be provided at the workplace in a new mobile health clinic.  The mobile on-site service will be offered first to teachers and staff of the Okaloosa County School District.  The first day of service is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Northwood Elementary School in Crestview.

    Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center chief executive officer, says the mobile health clinic is the result of meetings with area employers and health insurance agents to determine how the hospitals can be partners in finding innovative ways to help employees stay healthy and for employers to slow down the rising costs of healthcare.

    Local Dentist Offers Free Care
    Bluewater Bay DentalDr. Olivier Broutin of Bluewater Bay Dental in Niceville and Destin, along with Dr. Anish Patel and Dr. Trae Pappas, both of Panama City Smiles, and Dr. Jason Manchester of Manchester Dental in Key West, recently came together to provide free dental care at Dr. Patel’s Panama City practice. The doctors and their team of assistants and hygienists completed 185 dental procedures for 112 patients in just one day. More than $35,000 in free dental care was provided.  The procedures provided included extractions, fillings, and cleanings.  Each year the doctors participate in this day of giving back though their involvement in Dentistry from the Heart.

    South Walton Fashion Week 2015 Announces Celebrity Judges and Special Guests
    On Oct. 5-10, emerging designers from around the country will arrive to South Walton Fashion Week to debut their latest collections with the hope of being selected as the Emerging Designer of 2015.  Nearly 100 models from around the Southeast will walk the Vivo Runway in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, showcasing original designs and their own talent, but only two will walk away with the Sheila Goode Model of the Year Awards. For a full list of special guest judges, emerging designers, and models, as well as tickets and details, visit www.SWFW.org. This event benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.

    World Impact Realtor Shannon Henley’s “Fast Start to Success”
    World Impact Real EstateWant to know what a successful Realtor looks like?  It would be Shannon Henley.  Shannon began part time in real estate in August 2014.  Since that time Henley has closed 20 transactions totaling approximately three million dollars.  Because of his hard work and commitment Henley has now given up his full time job with the Northwest Florida Daily News and is now a full time realtor.

    If you are thinking about starting a real estate career or if you want to buy or sell property and only want “the best” realtor, call Henley, now with World Impact Real Estate, at (850) 217-4530 or visit www.850Homesforsale.com



    The Premier Development Group Announces New Development
    The Premier Development Group announces a new development, Dune Side at Blue Mountain Beach. Nestled in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach on Scenic Highway 30A, Dune Side is a quaint neighborhood consisting of just 22 home sites. In partnership with Chi-Mar Construction, a full-service builder specializing in single-family homes in the Destin and 30A area, Premier recently began construction on nine new homes in the neighborhood, all of which are located within walking distance of the beach. With three of the new homes already sold, early demand for the neighborhood has been strong. For additional information, contact The Premier Property Group at www.ThePremierPropertyGroup.com or call (850) 687-0399. 

    Local Scout Completes Eagle Project By Providing Benches to Local Persons with Disabilities
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast, formerly known as Horizons of Okaloosa County, would like to sincerely thank local Boy Scout Max Tuel for selecting it as the focus for his Eagle Scout project. Max Tuel is a Scout in Troop 544 and the son of Dr. Tim and Stacey Tuel. Scout Tuel completed his Eagle Scout Project by making five benches for use at The Arc’s Group Homes and Adult Day Treatment center in Fort Walton Beach. These benches exhibit pride in his work and provide sturdy seating to clients with disabilities. The benches are proof that Scout Tuel is fulfilling the Eagle Scout Pledge section that states "helps him find a worthy use for his talents."  

    Holiday Party Planning Tips from SOLARIS Event Planners
    According to Kristi Adkinson, SunQuest Cruises director of events, the golden rule for holiday party planning is to set your budget first to easily determine limitations and what discretionary funds will be left for the fun stuff. Many venues, such as the SOLARIS yacht, offer all-inclusive pricing, which offers a flat price per guest, including food, drinks, event planning, live entertainment, venue rental, linens, décor, taxes, and service fees. This truly eliminates stress, unexpected costs, or sticker shock at the end of an event. The SOLARIS is also docked at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, offering guests a variety of on-property accommodations and transportation options to ensure a safe and worry-free night. For additional holiday party planning tips and SOLARIS holiday party packages, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call its event planners at (850) 650-2519.

    D. L. Curtis Construction Presents CIC Sugar Sands Golf
    Children In CrisisSeen here, Ken Hair, Children In Crisis (CIC) president and CEO, receives a donation for $10,000 from Damian Curtis of D. L. Curtis Construction as a presenting sponsor for the CIC Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic to be held Oct. 12, at Kelly Plantation. Additionally, J. C. Oakes and Howard Oakes are presenting and major sponsors for this wonderful event for the children in need of a home. Golf Participants will enjoy a registration party at Tommy Bahama's Restaurant, Bar & Store on Sunday evening, Oct. 11, and on Oct. 12, golf at Kelly Plantation with lunch prior to play, refreshments and snacks on the course, and a full Italian family-style meal at Tuscany Italian Café after golf.  There will also be hole-in-one prizes, golf prizes for the top 3 foursomes, a Tommy Bahama shirt voucher, door prizes, and much more!  Please call the CIC office at (850) 864-4242 for information or to enter a team.

    Museum Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
    The Destin History and Fishing Museum is marking its 10th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 1, with free admission to the Museum. Take this opportunity to visit. There is nearly 5,500 square feet of exhibits, which feature the history of the early families from the 1830s, the fishing industry from net boats called seine boats to what you see in the Destin Harbor today, more than 75 fish mounts of locally caught fish, The Rodeo Gallery, and many other aspects of Destin’s unique history. While at the museum, visit the last seine boat built in Destin in 1926 and the original post office building with additional exhibits of Destin’s history. Each visitor receives a raffle ticket for door prizes and a limited edition 10th Anniversary sticker. For details, call (850) 837-6611.

    Sinfonia Gulf Coast Receives $10,000 Donation from Destin Commons’ Coins For A Cause 
    Destin Commons - Sinfonia Gulf CoastIn its continuing support of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Destin Commons’ Coins For A Cause program donated $10,000 to the professional symphony that serves Northwest Florida. As an original Founding Partner of Sinfonia, Destin Commons has contributed more than $125,000 during the past ten years. The Coins For A Cause program was created by Destin Commons to help local charities with the monies collected from the center’s parking meters. Local charities benefit from donations made to their respective causes related to issues such as health, disabilities, education, the arts, and children’s well-being. Coins For A Cause has donated more than $1 million to area charities since its inception 10 years ago. Seen here left to right are Don Roberts, Jeff Landreth, Michelle Sanchez, Heather Pike, Bob Perry, Demetrius Fuller, Liz Aylor, Elaine Tucker, Hense Ellis, and Denise Stegner.

    Bud & Alley’s Wins Big at Bloody Mary Festival
    Bud & Alley's Waterfront RestaurantThe popular Bloody Mary cocktail poured by the mixologist team at Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant won two awards at the first Bloody Mary Festival, held on Sept. 19, at The Market Shops. Bud & Alley’s competed against 14 Northwest Florida-based restaurants and bars who all were asked to concoct a Bloody Mary with Cathead Vodka. Bud & Alley’s rendition included the restaurant’s house made signature Bloody Mary mix garnished with Cherrywood smoked bacon, spicy gulf shrimp, spicy pickled bean, and a pickled okra. This spirited, savory cocktail earned the First Place Judge’s Award and Second Place for the People’s Choice Award. This inaugural charity event was attended by 500 people and proceeds benefited Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Seen here, bartender Mo Moseley (right) accepts the First Place Judges Award. Photo Credit: Pure 7 Studios
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