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Beach Safety Reminders

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

With warmer temperatures and spring break right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time for some reminders on beach safety. The beaches in Destin, Florida are about to get busier and there are a few things to look over that may come in handy for you and your friends. The Beach Flag System provides general warnings about surf conditions and knowing what each color means can help you decide if it’s a good day to be swimming. A red flag is high hazard and double red means the water...
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5 Simple Beach Hacks You Need to Know

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

The beaches of Destin , Florida attract people from all over year-round and that is no surprise to us. The soft white sand and clear blue-green water along with warm, sunny weather is exactly why we live here. And while we just can’t keep great tips to ourselves, we decided to share some beach hacks we’ve tried and love.  1 – Sand gets EVERYWHERE. You don’t have to be a kid to try the baby powder trick. Most beaches have a place to wash off but by the time you get to the car, there is inevitably...
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Destin Tops List For Popular Labor Day Destinations

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

According to Travel + Leisure , Destin, Florida is the most popular Labor Day destination in the United States. The national holiday is widely celebrated as an end of summer retreat. The Top 15 list shows that many are planning their long weekend at the beach. Among the popular spots are Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Miami Beach, Florida. We know that Destin is our own little paradise but it is consistently named as a top vacation destination. People around the...
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Fodor’s Names the Florida Panhandle on 2015 Go List

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fodor’s released their top 25 can’t-miss travel spots and the Florida Panhandle is #5! This coveted list also includes Norway, Barbados, Singapore, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fodor’s says the soft quartz beaches are more beautiful than what is found on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States.   Across the Emerald Coast, the beaches are the biggest attraction but there is much more to enjoy. Championship golf courses, premium shopping malls, fishing, and...
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Travel + Leisure Names Santa Rosa Beach a Top Town for the Holidays

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Emerald Coast is one of the top vacation and fishing destinations in the country. With the ultimate Destin vacation  rental selection as well as charming cottages in Seaside, visitors come year-round to enjoy our incomparable scenery. Now we can add more to the resume!   Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized Santa Rosa Beach as one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays. Coming in at #11, the quiet town joins the ranks of popular winter spots Park City, Utah and Breckenridge...
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10 Signs You Belong in Destin

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 – you wear flip flops year-round  9 – your screensaver is of your last beach trip (hopefully from last month, not last year)  8 – you keep a swimsuit in your car at all times “just in case”  7 – you book your next vacation while you are still on your vacation  6 – your cooking skills are lacking because all you do on Pinterest is scroll pictures of the beach  5 – you like umbrellas in your drink – everything tastes better when it looks tropical and your view is miles...
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Winter at the Beach

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Temperatures are cooling off in the evenings and winter will be here before we know it. As much as we hate to admit it, this usually means less time at the beach. We are lucky to have mild winters around here but a lot of us just aren’t made for being outside in the cold. Does this mean we should hibernate until it’s springtime and just look through beach photos to hold us over? No way! Whale’s Tail restaurant on Old 98 has a downstairs bar area with heaters. One of the longest running of Destin restaurants...
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Shark Week

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jaws, Sharknado, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week – we can’t deny we love a good shark show. Living by the beach along the Gulf of Mexico could either enhance this or very well terrify us. How common are shark sightings in our area? What are the odds of a shark attack while you are on vacation? According to the International Shark Attack File website, the odds of a shark attack are 1 in 11.5 million. Compared to other recorded fatalities, a dog attack is 33 times more common, lightning strike...
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New Surf Hut in Town

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s beach restaurants. Surf Hut is the newest addition to Old 98. Joining the ever popular tourist and local hot spots Crab Trap, Pompano Joe’s, and the Back Porch, is a new beachy restaurant right on the Gulf . The local reviews are in and overall it looks like it’s going to be a regular pit stop. Open air with a Caribbean-style atmosphere and optional seating right by the water, it’s a perfect place to grab a drink or meal before surfing. Families...
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Beach Fitness

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014

Being a beach community, it’s no surprise that the Emerald Coast has quite a variety of fitness locations to choose from. Of course, there’s endless options to outdoor exercise including swimming, tennis, volleyball, surfing, and paddleboarding. Whether you prefer specialty classes such as Bikram Yoga, the dance favorite Zumba, or an intense Crossfit session, we can guarantee you can find something up your alley in town.   Destin Pilates Center is a full service Pilates, Aerial, and Barre...
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Beat the Heat this Summer

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We were so happy when the temperatures finally went up and the cold weather was over. While we love the beach, some days it just gets way too hot and we need somewhere to cool off. Where might that be? Big Kahuna’s water park is a crowd favorite. With rides and slides, a wave pool and adventure park, it’s no wonder it was voted one of the best waterparks in America by the Travel Channel. Don’t let the view fool you from Highway 98, it may look small but it actually has over 40 water attractions...
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Destin is Dog-Friendly!

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Whether you are traveling with your furry best friend or live locally, sometimes we just hate to leave our little guys all day. So where are some places that will welcome our four-legged buddies? Most beaches do not allow dogs, unfortunately. South Walton County is the exception but only for property owners with beach permits for their pet. But if you want to get your pup out for some exercise, Henderson Beach State Park allows dogs on the trail as long as they are on leashes.  Niceville...
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The Saintsations in Sandestin

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This week in Sandestin, the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders will be visiting for their annual calendar photo shoot. The Saintsations are known for their performances at football games and their community outreach. Since many  travel to the area from Louisiana to vacation, it’s the perfect location to host the cheerleaders. There will be photo sessions around the resort to be included in the next calendar. What a great start for the summer! ...
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The Flooding Aftermath

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Last week, Northwest Florida got a real downpour. Between tornado watches and flood warnings, residents tried to prepare for what was to come. Many were surprised at just how much rain our area got. By Wednesday morning, Mid-Bay Bridge and Brooks Bridge were closed, parts of Highway 393 and 30A were under water, and neighborhoods received unwanted swimming pools. Thankfully, the majority of local residents avoided flood damage but some areas still require attention. The rapid rate of rainfall...
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Destin on Ice

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

They said it was coming. Many of us were skeptical about seeing snow this week but low and behold, people around Destin woke up to a light snow and icy roads. Over the past few years, we have been used to temperatures getting to the high sixties in January. While we do see our warm days, it doesn’t surprise us to feel the low twenties at night. Thankfully, it will be back up for Superbowl weekend. Where will you be watching the big game? Many have planned their parties months in advance and...
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Destination on the Rise!

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Destin was ranked number 3 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise for 2013. The list is based on TripAdvisor users’ reviews and feedback and Destin placed right below locations in Hawaii and Alaska. TripAdvisor is one of the leading travel websites and their annual top 10 list ranks top locations that receive the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and interest. It looks like the rest of the world is coming to see what we already know: The Emerald Coast with its sugar white...
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Beach Ball Countdown Pier Park

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Can you believe we are just a countdown away from 2013! New Year’s Eve celebration is an evening many plan and look forward to all year long. What once meant lipstick, heels, and plenty of hydration so I could party all night, has now turned into dog sitters, kid sitters, and a designated driver who can get my husband and I back before 10:00pm. Although it has crossed my mind, I don’t think I’m ready to spend New Year’s Eve in my robe with a glass of champagne, and Dick...
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Destin Festival of Arts

An Ocean of Art

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

Destin Festival of the Arts is approaching once again and judging from the previous 16 years it will not be a disappointment. On October 27th and 28th, Henderson State Park turns into an artist's paradise complete with a sugar-white sand beach and emerald-green ocean backdrop. The Destin Festival of the Arts  is an event I look forward to every year! With over 100 talented artists from around the United States there is always a new piece that catches my eye and completes my...
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Pompano Joes in Destin FL

An Afternoon at PJ's

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Looking for a restaurant that is more than just dinner? I have the place for you! It’s Pompano Joe’s Seafood House right on the beach. This is a restaurant you could spend all day at. Located in Miramar Beach, situated right on the sand making Pompano Joe’s the perfect afternoon beach spot. There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon basking in the sun or floating in the ocean with a fruity cocktail by your side. Pompano Joe’s has you covered with, not just...
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Spike Into Spring

Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Emerald Coast Volley Ball Week is back and only a few weeks away! The official start of spring is here giving you just enough time to brush up on your beach volley ball game. This could be your lucky year! The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island hosts the Emerald Coast Volley Ball Week every year and registration is open. From April 18th-22nd you will be immersed in beach volley ball from dusk till dawn. What better way to spend your spring break under the sun, in the sand, enjoying a little friendly...
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Roll In the Weekend in Fort Walton Beach

Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2011

There’s a new trend in Fort Walton Beach and it sure beats the usual Saturday night dinner and a movie. Make your way to Ferry Road for action, speed, and dolls on wheels. I’m talking about the Beach Brawl Sk8R Dolls (BBSD) of Fort Walton Beach. The BBSD is the first-ever women’s flat track roller derby league in Fort Walton Beach. The team was developed in 2008 by a group of disciplined athletes, strong in mind and in body. Their dedication to advancing this sport and helping the community...
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Hear it First in South Walton

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

South Walton Beach has a brand new hot spot for your next Friday and Saturday night out, First Note! True to its name, First Note is a trendy little music hall that provides a stage to up and coming artists looking to showcase their talent. These artists can practice their performance to a smaller crowd and we can enjoy the show!   What a great concept! In the next year or so you may have to travel and pay a small fortune to see these artists. Right now, however, you can take in their talent...
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14 Ways to Cool Off this Summer

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

Summer is here and the heat is on! One thing about Destin, Florida, it gets hot in the summer. Sometimes all that is needed is a quick dip in the ocean. For those intense summer days you may have to use one of my 14 tried and true ways to cool off in Destin . The first way is Tahitian Vanilla! 32 Degrees is a new frozen yogurt bar in Sandestin, offering 14 delicious flavors, some periodically changing, throughout the seasons. Adjacent to Panera Bread and conveniently situated in the parking...
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Destin's Own Heritage

Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On your next trip to Destin you've got to coordinate your schedule to see local band Heritage. They are an absolute blast to watch and their music is packed with talent and a happy reggae feel. About 20 of my friends and I continually see their shows and we love to dance in the friendly and easy-going atmosphere they inspire. They play a blend of reggae standards like Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry to many original and 'get you movin' songs like Natural High . My two favorite things are their...
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Batters' Up In Pensacola Beach

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Minor Leagues are coming to Pensacola, Florida. The AA Minor League Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League are moving to Pensacola, Florida in 2012. The currently constructed, premier waterfront facility in Maritime Park will be the residence of the new league. The new owners Quint and Rishy Studer, who previously owned the independent-league Pensacola Pelicans , are excited about bringing an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team to Pensacola. The Mudcats will make their move from...
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Destin's Beachfront Gem

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010

My wife and I have been visiting Jade East Towers in Destin for nearly a decade now and we'll keep coming back at every opportunity. After staying at different places along Destin, we find the value of Jade East to be the best. What we enjoy most is its location. First of all, its beachfront is wonderful, with plenty of white sand and beach chairs and umbrellas. Also, the gulf side pool area is very nice, with plenty of lounge chairs and a hot tub. But more than that, its location is such that...
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Boutiques on the Beach

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s new shopping central. The great thing about Pier Park is you can enjoy all it has to offer without giving up the beach. This is what a beach vacation is about. Shopping, eating, and even catching a show while still enjoying the ocean breeze. Situated on the beach, this open-air shopping center allows you to do all of this and so much more. Now let’s get back to shopping! Boasting over 900,000 square feet filled with boutiques, department stores, eateries, and...
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BP Oil Spill Dollars Flow into Destin

Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2010

There’s a flow coming into Destin from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But it’s not oil sheen or tar balls, it’s a flow of money coming from BP’s relief fund. In an effort to resurrect a tourist season cut short by the disaster, Okaloosa County is giving away a $200 Visa® Gift Card to anyone who books and stays between September 17 and October 31, 2010. The only restrictions include a 2-night minimum stay and that the vacation home, condo or hotel is located in Okaloosa County, including Destin...
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Gulf Oil Spill Update for Florida

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If you are planning a vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast and are concerned about the potential impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, we encourage you to check with the local destination for the most up-to-date information. Currently, there are no impacts to Florida beaches due to the Gulf Oil Spill. Along the Northwest Florida beaches, visitors are taking advantage of the warm weather and clear skies we're currently enjoying. The following is a summary of state and BP response actions to...
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Frommers Names Florida Gulf Coast a Top Ten World Destination for 2010

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and its quaint beach towns are no longer best kept secrets – they are international hot spots thanks to a recently-published top ten destination list by Frommer’s Travel Guide. Frommer’s named the beaches of the Florida Panhandle as one of its top ten destinations for 2010. The Gulf Coast , along with Hawaii’s big island, represented the only two North American destinations to make the list. Other locations included Melbourne in Australia, Vietnam’s capital Hanoi...
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Family Fun in Fort Walton Beach this Summer!

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

If you’re looking for family fun in Fort Walton Beach this summer, come down to Uptown Station. In the heart of Fort Walton Beach and referred to as the heartbeat of the Emerald Coast, Uptown Station has something for the entire family. Kids can play in the dancing fountains and the amazing playground. Moms can shop till they drop at over 40 national and specialty stores. Dads can chill out in Central Park. The whole family will enjoy a variety of superb dining establishments, not to mention...
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Summer Fun in Pensacola

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

Pensacola, Florida is an active coastal town accommodating 52 miles of shoreline and 343 days of sunshine. Not to mention a calendar full of local festivals, concerts, activities, and more! Take a look at all the action Pensacola, Florida has planned for you this summer. Pensacola, Florida will keep you rockin with free out-door concerts every week. Bands on the Beach features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste. From May through September, every Tuesday night from 7-9 a...
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Celebrate Summer in Panama City Beach

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009

This year Panama City Beach stirs up excitement with impressive events all summer long. From weekend beach bashes to laid-back summer celebrations, Panama City Beach knows how to keep the party rolling. Check out what Panama City Beach is planning this summer! The sound of music fills the air with free outdoor concerts all throughout Panama City and Panama City Beach. Pier Park presents: Concerts in the Park. Every Thursday, from 7-9 pm, a different artist will perform in the Pier Park Amphitheatre...
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Spend a Hot Summer in Destin

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009

This year millions of vacationers are planning to spend their summer in warm Destin sand and the refreshing Gulf of Mexico. Destin, Florida always delivers a summer vacation full of breathtaking views and a medley of entertainment from one end of the island to the other. See why Destin is “Hot” this summer! Baytowne Wharf, inside the beautiful resort of Sandestin, kick-starts summer with Memorial Day Weekend. A weekend full of family fun with an array of kid’s activities such as: crafts and sandcastle...
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A Beaches of South Walton Vacation

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009

This summer put your cares aside and vacation in a place that promotes peace and tranquility, a place that encourages rest and relaxation, a place where every path leads to the sea, the Beaches of South Walton. Escape to the beauty of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and powder white sand that runs alongside it. The Beaches of South Walton is home to over 10 amazing beach communities, each one offering a little something for everyone. Grayton Beach was the first community established...
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The Sun Will Come Out in Pensacola

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pensacola, Florida sends a farewell to grey skies and a big welcome to blue with exciting outdoor events this Spring and Summer Season! If you’re looking for a place to warm-up this summer come to Pensacola, Florida. Known for its beautiful natural beaches and laid-back local hangouts, Pensacola Beach is named among the nations top ten beaches by Trip Advisor. With plenty of activities to do under the sun, check out why so many are warming up to Pensacola Beach this spring and summer. Pensacola...
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Spring Break Destination 2009 -- Destin Florida

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is finally here, providing long days filled with warmth and sunshine. You’re invited to take a break from the cold and spend your spring in Sunny Destin, Florida. Destin boasts some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and a calendar full of exciting events all Spring long. Here’s a peek at what Destin has in store for you this Spring Break. The HarborWalk Marina presents... Destin’s 13th Annual Cobia Tournament . This month-long tournament will attract hundreds of anglers from Northwest...
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Spring Break 2009 on Okaloosa Island

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Experience Spring Break 2009 in Okaloosa Island, Florida. Located between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida on US Highway 98, Okaloosa Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Intercoastal Waterway. Take a brief tour down this barrier island and see why Okaloosa Island is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for Spring Breakers everywhere. From Fort Walton Beach, Florida head west and you’re just a bridge away from Okaloosa Island. On this side of the Island...
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Farewell Snowbirds, Hello Spring Breakers!

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009

Spring Break is coming back to Panama City Beach. Attracting college students looking for action and parents looking for family-friendly fun. Panama City Beach is a place where you can unwind, relax, and leave your worries behind. A place surrounded by sand and sun. And no one throws a party like Panama City Beach! Spring Break in Panama City kicks off Saturday, February 21st and every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday there after at Club La Villa. To all you party people this one is a must! Be there...
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Pensacola!

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009

The race is on in Pensacola, Florida. Nestled along the Gulf Coast, boasting 52 miles of shoreline, Pensacola offers a calendar full of outdoor adventures to lure the masses. Three unique areas, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key, invites visitors and locals alike to participate in the pre-spring activities that are sure to leave you breathless. Taking the lead on February 7, 2009, is the Double Bridge 15K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Race through historic Downtown Pensacola and Celebrate 450...
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Take a Tour Along 30-A

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2009

Separating powder-white sands and emerald-green waters from award winning dining and diverse shopping, Highway 30- A is a road leading to all that is good. So take a road trip... or bike ride... and discover the amazing beach communities that surround this South Walton Beach Highway. First stop, Santa Rosa Beach’s Gulf Place! An artist community filled with shops, boutiques, and unique eateries. Stop in for some coffee and conversation at Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor. Walk around this unique...
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Spend the Holidays at Pensacola Beach

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pensacola is a great destination for a family vacation this Holiday season. Among the beautiful white sand beaches and emerald waters you’ll find brand-new posh Hotels and 4-star restaurants. Not to mention attractions and entertainment as far as the eye can see. Pensacola appeals to the vacationer wanting a beach get-away or visitors looking for a unique place to spend their time. Yes the City of Pensacola offers the best of both worlds with 450 years of history and fine museums, as well as...
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Mako My Day

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Afunny thing happened on the way to fish for grouper for the 2007 Destin Fishing Rodeo. Capt. Robert Hill hauled in the largest fish ever caught in the 59-year history of the Rodeo — an 844.4-pound short fin mako shark. His boat, Twilight, hauled the monster back to the dock some 70 miles and still enjoys the Destin history-making buzz a year later. Hill’s friend Adlee Bruner, who caught the shark, has the head and jaws mounted in his hunting lodge in Bruce — so he sees it quite often. This year...
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Vacations Must Go On for Destin Tourists

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2008

Most markets are feeling the effects of the faltering economy by now, but tourism in Destin still seems to be running strong. “In the long run, I don’t think people will do anything much different,” said Brad Davis, a former local visiting from Flower Mound, Texas. The consensus around Destin is that vacationing will remain a priority for families on a tight budget, in spite of the times. The name of the game now is about balance when taking a vacation. “I towed my boat from Texas, so it killed...
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Destin Supports Beach Restoration

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2008

“If you could get 34 percent to turn out for an election in the county, you’d say we’d set some kind of record,” Destin homeowner Terry Trojan says. Trojan told the Destin City Council Monday that by that standard it’s great news that 34 percent of the beachfront homeowners contacted by Citizens for Healthy Beaches have signed petitions supporting a special tax assessment to pay for beach renourishment. Assessments require support from more than 50 percent of affected property owners, but Trojan...
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Emerald Coast Honored for Restoring Its Beaches

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Everyone knows that the Emerald Coast has great beaches, but now the area has an award to prove it. The seven miles of nourished shoreline in western Walton County and the City of Destin won the 2008 Best Restored Beaches Award from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Tracy Louthain, spokeswoman for the Walton County Tourist Development Council, said she is happy the area got the nod. "This is a huge, huge recognition," she said. According to an ASBPA news release, communities...
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Beautiful Dune Lakes of South Walton

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008

Downy white and teetering on long black legs, the Ardea alba is belly-deep in the dark water at the lake’s rim. Tiny bulged eyes focus just below the surface, black pupils darting left and right, and then farther right. An iridescent flash cues the primitive bird brain to strike, and the sharp yellow bill pierces the water like a needle punctures fabric. Before disappearing down the S-shaped neck of its predator, a wriggling Cyprinidae gets its first and last look at dry land. Stalking the shallow...
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An Off-Season Overnight Trip to Destin, Florida

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Isn’t it funny how something occasionally comes along at just the right moment? Such was the case before the cold weather set in. We were “waxing nostalgic” for the Florida Panhandle (re: The ReView, February 7, 2008) and thumbing through a Budget Travel magazine. There it was: The Beachside Inn in Destin for only $79.00 a night. First, a word about Destin lodging. Destin lodging can be fairly reasonable if you have built up a billion points with certain hotel chains, or if you shop for prices...
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Business and community leaders declare it ‘The Beach’

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2008

After 13 months of planning, the previously unknown Coastal Vision 3000 Committee unveiled a plan to unify and strengthen the identity of Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties. Committee chairman Buddy Runnels presented the committee’s proposal for “The Beach” at the Feb. 6 Walton Area Chamber’s Power of Business luncheon at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Runnels is founder and chairman of the board of Sterling Companies and Cornerstone Development. Last year, he said, business leaders...
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Marina Plans on Norriego Point

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2008

It will be at least six months before the Destin City Council can hold development hearings on a proposed Norriego Point marina, City Manager Greg Kisela says. Kisela told the council Monday that Pointe One LLC’s proposal for a 53-slip marina might receive approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida cabinet within six months, though it would more likely be six to 18 months. After that, Kisela said, it would return to Destin...
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Rudy Giuliani to barnstorm through Destin

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

For the second time in less than a month, a GOP candidate for president will make a stop in Destin. Thursday morning, Republican presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will make a short stop at Destin’s The Donut Hole restaurant to meet with supporters. Giuliani,who gave the keynote address at the Walton County Chamber of Commerce’s 80th Anniversary Dinner in September 2006, is expected to arrive at the Destin eatery at around 9 a.m. before heading off to a campaign...
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Experience a Pensacola Beach Vacation

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pensacola is just one of the many hot spots in Florida, but it offers up a unique experience that young and old alike can enjoy. A Pensacola vacation is easy to plan. With so much to do, the hard part will be deciding how much you can do during the visit. Try visiting the Seville Historic District. It is one of the oldest districts in Florida, and its architecture will take you back to another time. Within the small neighborhood is Old Christ Church, the oldest church in all of Florida, it dates...
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Family Fun and Natural Beauty Along the Emerald Coast

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

If you've lived in Montgomery for more than about a year, you've probably had the opportunity to take a vacation to the Gulf Coast with your family. Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up within driving distance of the Emerald Coast have made dozens of trips to the beach with our families and friends, and for good reasons. The coasts of Northwest Florida offer beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of accommodations, activities and eateries to choose from...
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Voted Best Destination in the Southeast

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Welcome to the most celebrated town in Northwest Florida. Welcome to Destin! Located along the panhandle of Florida, Destin is quickly becoming one of the top vacation locations in the world. Once you have walked through our powder-white sand, taken a swim in our emerald-colored waters, and experienced our breath-taking sunsets you will fall in love. It’s to no surprise that the readers of Southern Living voted Destin the best destination in the southeast....
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Federal, State & Local Leaders Voice Strong Support for Airport Relocation

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2007

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced today that it had received expressions of strong support for its airport relocation project from federal, state and local officials. The new airport will be located in western Bay County north of County Road 388 and east of State Road 79 on land being donated by The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE). Earlier the Airport Authority announced the project was entering the construction phase after the...
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One Special Turtle

Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007

Even for turtle lovers, some turtle nests are more exciting than others. “This is a very big deal,” Sharon Maxwell of South Walton Turtle Watch said of a nest of Kemp’s ridley turtles that hatched in July in Walton County.“In the years 1998-2006, there have only been 26 (Kemp’s ridley) nests in the state ... This is a very rare thing.” By comparison, loggerhead turtles made an estimated 29,000 to 60,000 nests a year from 1989-2006, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Web site...
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Destin Gets Voted Best Destination

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

While we know that Destin is a fantastic vacation destination and home-town, it seems everyone else is catching on too! The June issue of the Birmingham Parent magazine awarded Destin the winner of the favorite "Out of State Destination" category, beating out Walt Disney World, which was voted runner-up. We are very excited to be the recipients of this designation. Destin has so much to offer -- world-renowned golf courses that keep even the pros coming back, award winning restaurants with fabulous...
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Beach Restoration Begins this Weekend

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2007

At long last, beach restoration in Destin is ready to begin. City engineer Chuck Meister said that after a Wednesday morning meeting with Great Lakes Dock and Dredge — the contractor of the $28 million Destin/Walton beach restoration project — he was told dredging would begin this weekend. The dredge Liberty Island arrived in Destin on Friday afternoon and Meister said dredging was expected to begin immediately, maybe as early as Friday evening. The project will start at the eastern Destin city...
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Destin City Beach Restoration Days Away

Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007

Relief for a stretch of Destin’s beaches is on the way. Greg Kisela, Destin city manager, met Wednesday with representatives from Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, the Chicago-area contractor of the $28 million Destin/Walton County beach restoration project, to discuss when restoration would begin on 2 miles of Destin beach east of Henderson Beach State Park. Kisela said Great Lakes has told the city that the dredge Liberty Island would arrive in Destin on Friday or Saturday of next week and that...
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Henderson Park Inn to Reopen

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Honeymoons, weddings and an unimpeded view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Henderson Park Inn is re-opening. Once touted as Destin’s only bed and breakfast, the Inn has been closed to paying guests for several years due to hurricane damage and today it’s undergoing major renovations for a re-opening in May. The Henderson Park Inn originally opened in 1992 and builder Bill Abbott said it was designed to fill a niche in the Destin resort market. “At that time, Destin did not have a bed and breakfast,...
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Wildlife Team Examines Whale on Holiday Isle

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s Marine Stranding Team. In early November, a 17-foot bryde’s whale beached itself in Walton County. A week later, a dolphin was found floating dead in the waters around Joe’s Bayou. This time it was a 10-foot pygmy sperm whale that had beached itself on Holiday Isle Thursday morning. Amanda Wilkerson, executive director of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, said the whale, estimate to be an adult or close to an adult, was...
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For Nature Lovers: Ultimate Beach Vacation is a Walk in the Woods

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2006

While beach vacationers flock to the always bright sun, beautiful surf and sugar white sands of northwest Florida's glorious Emerald Coast, for nature lovers the area's true paradise is found in the woods. One of the most engaging experiences of any vacation is the time spent exploring local natural features and wildlife habitats. None are more impressionable than the scenic step back into the Old South at the Eden Gardens State Park, located just east of Destin, Florida, one of today's most...
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Destin Hot Spot: Henderson Beach State Park

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Henderson Beach is a nature lovers dream. It offers 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline on the emerald coast that is a little quieter than many of the other beaches. It has just been re-decked with beautiful new composite lumber planks. The winding boardwalks allow you to enjoy all the animal and plant life without harming our precious dunes and their eco-systems. Over 200,000 new plants including sea oats, panic grass and blue stem are all being planted to help our sands heal from the past 2...
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Anglers spot fin whales 50 miles south of Destin

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006

Lance Caine was on a three-day fishing trip with some friends from Atlanta when he noticed a puff of water coming from the water. They were about 50 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico and they went to investigate the sight. “I don’t think that’s a porpoise,” Caine told his friends. And, sure enough, it wasn’t. Out swimming leisurely were about half-dozen fin whales. “It was pretty amazing actually,” Caine said. “They were just out there. I thought you would have to go to California to...
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World's Largest Artificial Reef 33 Miles from Destin

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006

AT THE USS ORISKANY -- Boys became men on this aircraft carrier. Men died on it. Forty-four of them were taken when a fire raced through the ship on Oct. 26, 1966. Some of the Oriskany’s pilots didn’t come home either, having gone down during missions that originated on its flight deck. Other pilots were shot down and taken prisoner of war, including U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Some who served on the Oriskany are still listed as MIA. Some men went overboard, never to be found again. Today...
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FAA Delivers Final Environmental Impact

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2006

FAA Selects West Bay Site 8,400-foot Runway as Preferred Alternative Panama City, FL (May XX, 2006) - The Panama City - Bay County Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced Monday that it had received the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed relocation of the Panama City - Bay County International Airport. According to the FAA's FEIS: "The FAA selects the West Bay Site 8,400-foot Alternative as its preferred alternative...
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Beach Restoration Restarts

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2006

On May 7th at approximately 2am, a second Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was taken by the dredge. The project was initially suspended on Monday to October 1, 2006. After additional coordination and discussion by numerous agencies, the Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) loaned the Jacksonville District a Kemp's Ridley turtle take to allow the project to restart. On Monday, May 15th, representatives from USACE will be conducting a risk assessment to determine additional safeguards...
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Destin will Exceed Expectations of Summer Travelers

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pristine white-sand beaches, crisp emerald waves and golden sunrays. It’s our all-inclusive relaxation package. Destin offers a timeless adventure for the entire family. The locals are awaiting the return of our loyal guests and welcome those of you who have never ventured down to our quaint oasis. Although our beach is the pride of our area, it is not our best asset. The southern hospitality is overflowing in Destin and you will be hard pressed to find a town that hosts a better vacation experience...
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Beach Restoration Project Timetable

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006

The Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project is continuing through the mobilization process. Numerous pieces of equipment and onshore pipe have been delivered and are being moved into the Sandestin area. Unfortunately, weather has impacted the delivery date of the offshore submerged pipeline for more than a week. The tugboat with the pipeline attempted to leave Tampa two times last week, but due to rough seas had to return to port. The tugboat left Tampa on Sunday and is expected...
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Beach Restoration Project Is Underway

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006

After six years in the making, the TDC is delighted to announce the implementation of the Western Walton County beach restoration project. We have already begun receiving questions regarding the project and will be working diligently to keep you informed as the project progresses. We will also provide properties in affected areas the tools and information to communicate effectively to your guests. You and your staff can use www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com as the primary source of up-to-date...
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Federal Permit Passed for Beach Restoration in Destin

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005

For years miles of Destin’s beaches have been declared ‘critically eroded’. After every storm, the coastline erodes more and more, leaving less sand for beach lovers to enjoy and more room for beach property owners to worry! Hurricane Dennis alone washed away 12 million dollars of sand. Even more regrettable is the fact that our ‘pretty’ white sand is also ‘pretty’ expensive to replace. Surveyors estimate that it will cost 25 dollars a cubic yard to replace all the sand that was lost. Since...
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Destin Rotary inducts the first three women

Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2005

It's no longer a man's world at Destin Rotary By: Robin Brooks Staff Writer The Destin Log The implied "no girls allowed" sign has been removed from the Destin Rotary Club as three women are a step away from becoming full members. Sam Seevers, a longtime local resident and first-term member of the Destin City Council; Marcial Hull, executive director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation; and Jeanne Dailey, owner of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, will add three more to the estimated 145,000 women...
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