• January 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 4

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    January 27, 2015

    Henderson Park Inn Owners Announce Timeline for Henderson Beach Resort
    Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., owners of the Henderson Park Inn, announced exciting plans for the development of the new Henderson Beach Resort, a multi-phase project, the largest and first of which is currently underway north of Scenic 98 across the street from the inn. This 171-room luxury hotel is appropriately named "The Henderson" and will be managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, one of the country's top luxury hotel companies. Serving as the grand anchor hotel for the overall Resort development, its location adjacent to the east end of Henderson Beach State Park affords future guests amazing views across the park to the beach. The Henderson is scheduled to open in late spring of 2016 and will also boast a world-class spa, multiple dining venues, a conference center, and a multi-level tropical pool experience - significantly raising the level of amenities for our guests. Future phases of Henderson Beach Resort also include plans for poolside condos planned, detached resort homes, and Parkside condos.
    Anderson joins World Impact Real Estate
    John W. (Buck) Anderson has been a life-long resident here on the beautiful Gulf Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida. After completing a tour in Vietnam, he earned his real estate license in 1973. However, because of his love of flying, he soon returned to the skies and used his skills as a helicopter pilot to complete a 40-year career with 28 years as a flight instructor and 14,000 hours of flight time. After retirement he decided to fulfill his original dream by helping others to fulfill theirs - purchasing a home or a location for a business venture. As a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, he hopes to assist veterans as well as all home buyers find their place on the Emerald Coast. He now works with World Impact Real Estate. Call (850) 865-0555 to let Anderson help you find your paradise.
    Landrum Human Resources Announces New Business Consultant
    Landrum Human Resources announced that sales professional Kirk Waters has joined the firm as a business consultant for its HR and Employer Services division. In this role, Waters will work closely with business owners in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties helping them maximize their organization’s productivity and growth. Waters has more than 25 years of sales and consulting experience in Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast. Currently, he is president of the Sub West Rotary Club, an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House, and a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

    Craft Vendors Wanted for Annual Saturday in the Park Festival
    The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida seeks art, craft, and antique vendors for the 39th Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival on April 25. Craft vendors must produce quality, hand-crafted, original items only. To register, visit Heritage-Musuem.org, e-mail info@heritage-museum.org, or call (850) 678-2615.

    The 39th Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival, which will be from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., is a family-fun event attracting 4,000 visitors in support of the museum's mission to promote the rich history of Northwest Florida. It begins with the Heritage 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., and then includes a day filled with re-enactments, traditional heritage craft demonstrations, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, old-fashioned games and contests, a kid zone with crafts, and more.

    Lucy Buffett and LuLu’s team visit Destin 
    Lucy Buffett and her Gulf Shores LuLu’s management team made a visit to the new Destin location. LuLu’s new restaurant is currently under construction and expected to open this summer along the Choctawhatchee Bay next to Legendary Marine at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge. At its Gulf Shores location, LuLu’s has an annual economic impact in excess of $20 million dollars along with its high-profile community involvement and philanthropy. Buffett intends to have the same impact in Destin beginning with the creation of more than 200 jobs, along with the intention of the same active community participation and support. For more information, contact Gabrielle Barnett at (251) 968-7453, visit Facebook.com/LucyBuffettLULUS, or visit LuLuBuffett.com.

    BBB® Warns of Tax Identity Theft
    Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information “like your Social Security number” to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return.

    In the spirit of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (Jan. 26-30), your BBB offers these tips to help you keep your identity to yourself:
    - File your tax return electronically or, if you choose to mail it, do so directly from the post office.
    - Shred copies of your tax return, drafts, or calculation sheets you no longer need.
    - Respond to all mail from the IRS as soon as possible.
    - Know the IRS won’t contact you by email, text, or social media. If the IRS needs information, it will first contact you by mail.
    - Get recommendations and check out free BBB Business Reviews of tax preparers before you hand over personal information. BBB can also provide a list of BBB Accredited tax preparers.
    - If your SSN has been compromised, contact the IRS ID Theft Protection Specialized Unit at (800) 908-4490.
    - Check your credit report at least once a year for free at annualcreditreport.com to make sure no other accounts have been opened in your name.

    For more advice you can trust, start with BBB.org.

    “Pieces of the Past - Okaloosa’s Centennial” Opens in February
    To celebrate Okaloosa’s 100th Anniversary in 2015, the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will open a new exhibit, “Pieces of the Past – Okaloosa’s Centennial.” Catherine Nolan, museum trustee and archaeologist from Colorado State University, has created a unique and special exhibition showcasing never-before-displayed artifacts from the museum’s historic collection related to Okaloosa County and information about its history. The exhibit will open to the general public on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior/military, and $3 for children. Museum members and children under 4 are free. Group tours and programs are available by reservation. Call (850) 678-2615. Museum members are invited to a special Exhibit Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. Visit Heritage-Museum.org and become a member today!


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