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June 2013

15 Graduate from Chamber Community Education and Leadership Program “You have taken the first step in becoming

Log. Four graduates were also chosen

a leader in the Destin community. Don’t

by class vote to join the Destin Forward

stop what you’ve started. Keep visible,

Advisory Committee for 3-year terms. Those

keep active, keep learning, keep leading,”

graduates included Algarin; Sarah Sholtis,

charged the Chamber’s President and CEO

ResortQuest Real Estate; Missy Windes, Real

Shane Moody, as he addressed the 2013

Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc.; and Justin

Destin Forward graduates, during a May 7

Woodard, Community Bank, Destin.


Other graduates included David Bell, Carter

Destin Forward, the Chamber’s hands-

& Company CPA, LLC; Sarah Lee Chason,

on community education and leadership

Coastal Bank and Trust; Melissa Forte, ACN

program, was created by the Board of

Independent Business Owner; Suzy Nicholson

Directors to help find and educate future

Hunt, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce;

city and business leaders. After a retreat

Marilu Lammon, Fountain Investments; Holley

in August, the class spent the next eight

Langille, Northwest Florida State College;

months touring and learning about Destin’s

Pamela Martin, Gulf Power; Lanier Motes,

waterways; tourism industry; development

Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association;

and real estate; arts, culture, and non-profits;

Rosanna Padova, Southern Residential

environment; city programs and services;

Leasing; John Toombs, Harmony Beach

military bases; and the state legislature. Class

Vacations; and Maggie Woods, Emerald

requirements also included attendance at

Grande and HarborWalk Village.

several Chamber and civic functions. During the graduation event, the Destin

For more information about the program or how to join the class of 2014, please

Forward Leadership Award, which was

contact Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-

chosen by a class vote, was presented to

2711 x2. Applications are being accepted

class member Matt Algarin of The Destin

through July 22.

Above, Matt Algarin (center) is presented the Destin Forward Leadership Award by Chamber President and CEO Shane Moody and Chamber Chairman Mary Anne Windes.

Above, Destin Forward class members spend a day with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance using the boat the class donated to the organization as its class project. The boat will be used in the CBA’s mission to protect and sustain area waterways.

June 11 Leaders In Business Lunch & Non-Profit Appreciation Expo We are excited to spotlight our non-profit members during our June 11 lunch. This is our regular scheduled monthly lunch with a little bit of a twist. Enjoy great networking benefits, while learning about those who serve our community. Thank you to non-profit participants Air Force Enlisted Village, Children in Crisis, Feline Friends of Destin, First Baptist Church, Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Hope Medical Clinic, Horizons, Kiwanis Club of Destin, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Taylor Haugen Foundation. The lunch will be at Destin United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register at or (850) 837-6241.

Find more information and register for upcoming events at!

Want to see your company highlighted here? Contact Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or or Jen Skillman at (850) 837-2711 x3 or

Sometimes Change is Good Several months ago we went into our monthly Leaders in Business Luncheon with no formal program or speaker. We decided to just “wing it” and have a little fun, play around a little, and see what happened. As it turned out that day, several of you emailed or called and told us how much you enjoyed that lunch. So, after some discussion in the office, we decided we’d make a change in the lunch plans and start doing that sort of thing a little more often. The May 14 lunch was the next time we tried it. We had Dr. Bawa as our sponsor, and he was fantastic, discussing health care and weight loss, and the 7 Dwarfs (you had to be there). Then we played a little bit, shared some networking tips, had several members introduce themselves, and gave attendees five or so minutes during lunch to do organized “mix and mingle.” At the end of the lunch, before I turned the stage over to Amy to handle door prizes, I shared something I learned at Chamber Institute back in 2000. It was short, sweet, and simple, and I really didn’t think anything of it. Interestingly, many of you did. I received numerous emails from attendees asking if I could send them what I talked about. I had no idea that something, such as that, would go over so well. To those of you who have attended the new format and sent us your comments, thank you! I’m not sure we’ve ever received the positive feedback on a Chamber function like we have the past few lunches. I’m glad that such a simple alteration in the lunch would be so positive. It’s also something we would not have done without your feedback. The next lunch is June 11 at the Destin Life Center of Destin United Methodist Church. This lunch, too, will have a totally different format as it will be our first mini-expo, this time featuring non-profit organizations who are members of the Chamber. We hope you’ll come out to “service day” and give us your feedback. There are a couple of more mini-expos in the future, don’t miss out. And, because many have asked, here are the tips I shared. These tips are designed to help you provide better service for your customers. These are tips I received in a member services class at chamber school. It encourages you to be a VAP (value added person) rather than a VIP. Here you go, and put them to good use. 1) To be interesting is to be interested; 2) be surprisingly cultured; 3) be passionate about life and living it, be a participant, not life’s spectator; 4) be radically present right where you are; 5) treat others as special, not equal; 6) your small talk should contain the seeds of understanding; 7) find someone’s essential bright spot; and 8) learn to dance in the gray. Again, thank you for your participation, support, and feedback. I hope to see you soon at one of our “changed” lunches. After all, working together to build networks and business allows us to build this world-class community one business at a time. With wishes for continued success, and until next month,

4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-6241 • (850) 654-5612 fax Building a World-Class Community One Business at a Time

Executive Committee Mary Anne Windes, Chairman of the Board

Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. Destin Fishing Fleet Marina

Amy Perry, Chair-Elect Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A. Bill Lindsley, Immediate Past Chairman SimpleHR

Shaun Eubanks, Treasurer Julie Cotton, Vice Chairman/ Communications & Marketing Northwest Florida State College Karen McCarthy, Vice Chairman/ Community & Economic Development Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Ken Wampler, Vice Chairman/Membership Development Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. Jami Jones, Vice Chairman/Harbor Association Destin Charter Service

Mike Freeman, Most Immediate Past Chairman/Ex-officio Acentria, Inc.

Directors Hayward Dykes, Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP Steve Jay, Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel Rebecca Jones, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Andi Mahoney, White-Wilson Medical Center Pam Martin, Gulf Power Dave Morrow, Allstate Insurance - Ryland/Morrow Agency Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank Cyndy Thomas, ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals Carey Trotter, Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc. Chairman’s Appointee Charles Morgan, Harbor Docks Restaurant Special Appointees Jim Breitenfeld, Breitenfeld Development Services, LLC Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co. Inc. Management Team Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP, President and CEO

Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP President and CEO

Advertising our World-Class Community In our mission to support Destin as a world-class community, our Welcome Center recorded the following numbers in April 2013: Phone Calls/Emails — 594 Incoming Mail — 218 Relocation Packages - 6 Lobby/Welcome Center Visitors — 353 Directories Mailed — 522

Elizabeth Spies, Vice President of Communications

Suzy Nicholson Hunt, Events Coordinator Jen Skillman, Membership Consultant

Ashley Johnston, Information Specialist

THE CHAMBER MONTH AHEAD Our Military Affairs Council (MAC) will meet in the Chamber’s conference room at 12 p.m. Keep up-to-date on happenings at local bases and enjoy hearing military members share their stories. JUNE


Join us for our Leaders In Business Lunch & Non-Profit Appreciation Expo at Destin United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. - 1 pm. All registrations are due by Friday, June 7, at 3 p.m. JUNE




The Board of Directors Meeting will be held in the Chamber conference room at 11:30 a.m.

The Chamber’s Social Media Group offers members a forum to discuss social media tools and strategies, learn about new applications, and connect with likeminded Chamber members. Join us from 12 - 1 p.m., in the Chamber’s conference room. JUNE


Our Business After Hours sponsored by The Premier Property Group will be held at 495 Grand Blvd. Ste. 201J, in Miramar Beach. Event hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Please do not forget to bring your business card for networking and our door prize drawing. There is no charge for members to attend this event. The non-member fee is $20. JUNE


For information about all Chamber Events, please visit the Events Calendar at or call (850) 837-6241!

Summer With the Destin Area Chamber Summer and the Chamber are in full swing. It feels like “the good old days” with tons of people in town, entrepreneurs working hard to make their year, and money changing hands locally. Please note the “locally,” and please shop local whenever you can. Local dollars changing hands, as opposed to purchasing products outside of our city, increases our local economy and enriches the quality of lives of everyone who lives in our beautiful city. Make a difference, shop local whenever possible! I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day at a funeral. I won’t mention his name without his permission, but he is a wellknown, outspoken businessman with a huge heart for children and our city. His restaurant is one of if not the best local (non chain) places to eat. 99% of you know who it is, right? Anyhow, I asked him to give me two ideas of how to make our city better. Without hesitation, which makes me wonder what if I had asked him for 10, he said first we have to incorporate the northeast side of Emerald Coast Parkway. This is not only for the obvious additional ad-valorem revenues, but more importantly so that Destin can control its destiny, its vision, and its beautification. Good point! Second, he said we need to work harder to beautify our city. He felt that although the advertising has been productive, what we really need is to “WOW” the people who come here. Then they will go back and say that not only are the beaches beautiful, but the roads and the businesses and the homes are landscaped to the hilt. He recommended starting on Harbor Boulevard in the Harbor CRA district. If our tourists went home and said, “It’s more beautiful now than its ever been, and, if you haven’t been lately, go see it now”, that is the best advertising we could get. Each one of us could do our part with our own business, and, if it catches on, we could get the city and the county to follow suit. It dawns on me from his practical statement that people do go to places without beaches just for the landscaping. SCORE - I like that! Along those lines, the Chamber brought a resolution to the Destin City Council to beef up its code enforcement. It’s now part of the city’s strategic plan. Maybe we should take it a little further! Anyhow, that was just a five minute conversation in passing. What good ideas do you have, and are you willing to share them? Although convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Destin is THE best city in the whole world, the Chamber is motivated to enhance our city for the betterment of business and those who live and work here. We have a couple of networking opportunities for you this month, as well. First, we having our first Lunch with a Purpose. Our monthly Leaders in Business Lunch for June will include a NonProfit Appreciation Expo. We’ll meet at the Destin Life Center on the campus of the Destin United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. So far, we already have 12 non-profits signed up; they are Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Taylor Haugen Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village, Horizons, Kiwanis Club of Destin, Hope Medical Center, Children in Crisis, Feline Friends of Destin, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, and First Baptist Church. Second, our Business After Hours is sponsored by and held at the Premier Property Group in the Regus office building at Grand Boulevard from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Both of these events offer a great place to meet people and make additional business connections. Please hold the date for some upcoming events: Tuesday, Sept. 10, is our Business Palooza, a mini business expo luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and our BIG event of the summer is the 2nd Paddle at the Porch on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Back Porch Restaurant. We had 93 participants in our inaugural year and are expecting a much larger crowd this year. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call Suzy Hunt at 837-2711 x2. Have a wonderful summer, and if you have any big ideas that you’d like to pitch to the Destin Area Chamber, please call and share them with me at 837-2211.

Mary Anne Windes 2013 Destin Area Chamber Chairman Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. Destin Fishing Fleet Marina

June Ribbon Cuttings

Cabana Café

Wayne Anderson 112 Seascape Blvd. Ste. 1 Miramar Beach FL 32550 (850) 368-1911

Coyote Ugly Saloon

Joanna Olsen 100 Harbor Blvd. Destin FL 32541 (404) 538-3200

Destin Forward Class Project

Infinite Lasers LLC

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Preston Hood Chevrolet, Inc.

Drew Cooper 45 Harbor Blvd. Destin FL 32541 (850) 424-3759

Marcia Hull 4323 Commons Dr. W. Destin FL 32541 (850) 650-2226

4484 Legendary Dr. Ste. A Destin FL 32541 (850) 837-6241

Taylor Hood 212 Hollywood Blvd. S.W. Ft. Walton Beach FL 32548 (850) 664-7000

Celebrating Ambassador Successes Congratulations to top Ambassadors for April 2013! 50 points — Trisha Chason, SimpleHR and SimpleHIRE 45 points — Fred Fenn, St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church 45 points — Linda Kuykendall, A 2 Z Specialty Advertising 45 points — Sherry Schneider, America’s Swimming Pool Company

June 2013 Network Newsletter

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FWBMC & Twin Cities Introduce “SurgiTrak” Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital recently introduced SurgiTrak, a convenient new service that allows pre-surgery patients to identify ahead of time which family members and friends they would like to receive text messages or e-mails about their status as they move through preop to recovery.

ResortQuest with more than 10 years of experience in Florida real estate. With certifications in Resort and Second Home Specialist (RSPS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Loss Mitigation (LMC), and Certified International Specialist (CIPS), Mann has a wealth of experience.

Nathan Abbott Team Recognized

Newman-Dailey Reports Sales Increase Newman-Dailey Resort Properties real estate team reported sales increased 52 percent in 2012 over 2011. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has served the Emerald Coast for 28 years and is consistently listed by ECAR among the top 10 percent of real estate companies along the Emerald Coast for sales.

Warren Averett Named Finest Accounting Firm For the third year in a row, Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel was named the “Finest Accounting Firm on the Emerald Coast” in a reader’s choice program launched in 2011 by Freedom Florida, the company that publishes the Northwest Florida Daily News, Destin Log, Walton Sun, and Crestview News Bulletin.

Nathan Abbott of ResortQuest Real Estate was named “Finest on the Emerald Coast” Real Estate Agent for 2013. This recognition comes following the Nathan Abbott Team winning “Sales Person of the Year” at the ResortQuest Real Estate and Wyndham Vacation Rentals Annual Awards Banquet in February. The Nathan Abbott team boasted $28 million in closed production in 2012, ranking the team #1 in closed sales and total volume out of more than 100 ResortQuest sales associates.

Schools Collect Change for Children In Crisis

Mann Joins ResortQuest Real Estate ResortQuest Real Estate announced the addition of Mary Mann as the newest Realtor at ResortQuest’s Central Destin Office. Mann joins Page 4

Walton County schools participated in the annual Change for Children Campaign during the 2012-2013 year. The schools raised more than $12,000 in change to benefit Children In Crisis (CIC). The

campaign raised 10 times more funds this year than last year. Seen here, Carlene Anderson, Walton County School District superintendent, presents a check for $12,000 to CIC president and CEO Ken Hair.

Kiwanis Club Helps Children in Crisis

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso donated their time, talents, and hard work during a recent workday, called “Kiwanis One Day,” to help make the Children in Crisis (CIC) Children’s Neighborhood look great. The work group included about 20 Kiwanis members and 35 military members from the Hurlburt Field Tactical Air Control Party training school. Seen here, CIC president and CEO Ken Hair thanks Kiwanis president Steve Baldock.

New Windows 8 App for Boaters Bit Wizards Custom Software Solutions software engineer Bryan Soltis and web and graphic designer J.D. Compton developed a Windows 8 app that provides boating enthusiasts up-to-date marine information — seas, water temperature, winds — in an easyto-read format. By accessing buoy data from the NOAA’s National Buoy Data Center, the Marine Scout Windows 8 App displays pertinent data from all stations within a user-defined range.

Gulfarium Achieves Accreditation In April, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park received accreditation from the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), an international association representing marine life parks, aquariums, and zoos dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study, and wildlife presentations. Following a rigorous inspection in January 2012, the new accreditation confirms an even stricter level of care is being met by the Gulfarium encompassing animal training practices and a variety of educational and conservation strategies.

Fishermen Win Big at Crab Cruncher In connection with its current tournament, the Cobia World Championships, Harbor Docks hosted the 2013 Frank Helton Crab Cruncher Classic, a threeday tournament held from April 12-14. The tournament had 27 entries, with Johnathan Guarisco of the Trust Fun as the tournament’s winner bringing in a 70.5 lb cobia worth more than $44,000. The tournament paid out $150,000 with $15,000 going directly towards the 19th Annual Take-a-Kid Fishing Day.

Sacred Heart Wins PRC Awards Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received 11 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Awards for 2013. Nine departments won the 5-star overall quality-of-care awards and two departments won

top performer awards. These awards are based on information gathered through confidential surveys of patients regarding their perception of the care they received at Sacred Heart.

Covenant Hospice Honors Veterans

Covenant Hospice has met the strict requirements to reach Partner Level – 4 Status with the We Honor Veterans campaign, which was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is an accomplishment that demonstrates a sound commitment to serving our nations heroes. Seen here, Covenant Hospice We Honor Veterans volunteers recently honored Sam Tinkler of Superior Residences of Niceville with a Veteran appreciation certificate, a Navy Veterans service pin, and a Navy blanket.

Sinfonia Receives Funding from St. Joe

The St. Joe Community Foundation announced a grant of $10,000 to Sinfonia Gulf Coast in recognition and support of the non-profit symphony orchestra’s performance and education programs for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. June 2013 Network Newsletter

Cherry is New Hotel Operations Manager Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa announced Jackson Cherry as the resort’s new manager of hotel operations. Cherry’s responsibilities encompass all operational aspects of the hotel, including food and beverage, rooms, recreation, security, and the Serenity by the sea Spa. A native of Watkinsville, Ga., Cherry has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years. Most recently he was general manager of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Children in Crisis Remembers Maine

Children in Crisis (CIC) honored the memory of Walt Maine during a recent ceremony. Maine’s name was unveiled on the main entrance CIC donor recognition board for his many years as a member of the CIC board of directors and the CIC faith committee chair. Seen here are CIC board chairman Kitty Johnson and CIC president and CEO Ken Hair, along with Maine’s wife Latha and daughter Tonya Lawrence.

Lee Automotive Donates to Children in Crisis

Lee Automotive helped the kids of Children in Crisis (CIC)

by having a Cumulus Radio remote broadcast at its KIA dealership. Food, cleaning supplies for the foster homes, gift cards, donations, and much more were accepted. Seen here are Lee Automotive marketing director Maureen Bierman, CIC president and CEO Ken Hair, and CIC volunteer and events coordinator Travis Hill.

Say Yes to the Dress

In late April, Mary Kay Independent Consultant Team Leader Sheri McDonald attended the Gladys Magazine Wedding and Couture issue release party, held at the Windsor Art Gallery in McDonough, Ga. The entire cast of the photo shoot used Mary Kay products. McDonald is seen here, second from the right, with Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress, model Courtney Lynne Smits, and Gladys owner Andrea Forte.

Seagar’s Appoints New General Manager Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood announced Tia Triplett as general manager of the AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. Triplett will oversee the day-today operations of the 200-seat fine-dining restaurant, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation. Triplett has garnered more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Most recently, she served as general manager and director of food and beverage for the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia, Pa.

CVHN Celebrates 8 Years Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) celebrated its 8th birthday and hosted a Shrimp Boil at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet on April 22, to honor volunteers, providers, and community partners who play a significant role in the organization’s success. Since inception in 2005, CVHN has helped more than 5,000 local children and facilitated more than 27,500 medical, dental, vision, and mental health care procedures for kids who have limited or no access to the health care they need and deserve.

Kelly Joins Coastal Bank and Trust Coastal Bank and Trust, a division of Synovus Bank, named John Kelly as a senior vice president and commercial banker. Kelly has more than 10 years of experience in providing creative lending solutions for Okaloosa and Walton county business clients with commercial and industrial lending and commercial real estate lending. Prior to his banking career, Kelly was a Naval Aviator in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Bit-Wizards Launches Marketing University Bit-Wizards Custom Software Solutions launched its first partner-developed website, Digital Marketing University (DMU), a free marketing and continued page 12 Page 5

Thank you to Dr. Bawa & Associates for sponsoring the Chamber’s May 14 Leaders In Business Lunch.

Dr. Bawa & Associates is a

general medicine practice that provides assistance with weight loss, bio-identical hormones, holistic medicine, lasers, and aesthetics. It also offers urgent care. Once its patients are feeling better and losing weight, they generally want assistance in looking better. Dr. Bawa is able to provide several state-of-the-art laser services, such as fractional laser treatments, laser hair removal, laser vein removal, pore size reduction, scar reduction, and thermage. Besides being Board-Certified in internal medicine, Dr. Bawa also employs ideas from holistic medicine. For details, please call (850) 424-7320; visit 155 Crystal Beach Dr. Ste. 121, in Destin; or visit

Thank You for the Door Prizes! • Capt. Nemo Kid Cruises • Coastal Reflections • Destin Water Taxi

• Party Boats Destin Princess & Destiny • Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A.

• Ear Care Associates, Inc.

• ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

• Eglin Federal Credit Union

• ResortQuest Real Estate

• Emerald Coast Chiropractic

• S.E.A. Chase Watersports, LLC

• Gulf Coast Immediate Care • Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida • Merrill Merr Me rrililll Ly ync nch h Lynch

• Sleep Inn • Windswept Dunes Golf Club

Thank you to the Boathouse Oyster Bar for sponsoring the Chamber’s April 25 Business After Hours. Located right on the Destin Harbor, Boathouse Oyster Bar is Destin’s best kept secret and has been voted Emerald Coast’s Best Gumbo, Raw Oysters, Baked Oysters, and Best Place to Have a Beer. For more information, call (850) 837-3645 or visit


the Boathouse and enjoy its new outdoor deck and bar at 288-B Harbor Blvd., in Destin.

Thank You for the Door Prizes! • Coastal Reflections • Destin Pools • Dockside Watersports & Parasailing • Mary Kay Independent Consultant Team Leader Sheri McDonald

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• PML International – LegalShield • S.E.A. Chase Watersports, LLC

*All members are welcome to bring door prizes to Chamber events!

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Member Spotlight

Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department film-related local jobs, putting $56 Million directly into the local economy.

This profile focuses on the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department (TDD) and its Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Emerald Coast Convention Center, and Emerald Coast Film Commission. Tourism is the largest private industry in Okaloosa County with more than 3.9 million annual visitors, $3.8 Billion in annual spending, and 14,000 local tourism jobs. The TDD is funded by the tourist development impact fee placed on short-term lodging facilities in the southern portion of the Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Mary Esther, and Cinco Bayou areas The fee is paid by tourists only. No ad valorem Okaloosa County budget dollars are ever used. The TDD provides the following community benefits at no cost to residents: Year-round beach cleaning and trash removal on 9.6 miles of beaches, at a cost of more than $450,000 annually. Local Beach Restoration Project at an estimated total cost of $20 Million. A state-mandated Turtle Watch Program at a cost of $38,000 per year in order to receive the state’s permit to continue local beach cleaning services. Dune and beach restoration programs, sanctioned by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Promotion and sponsorship of festivals and special events for visitors and local residents to enjoy.

Planning, engineering, constructing, and restoring of ADA accessible public parks, beach accessways with restrooms, picnic facilities, paved parking, and landscaping ($7.9 Million at no cost to local residents). Funding of $20,000 annually provided to Fort Walton Beach and Destin Area chambers of commerce for their special events/festivals.

The UWF Haas Center Economic Impact Study of the Emerald Coast Convention Center concluded that “although measurable in monetary terms, the socio-economic impact of the Emerald Coast Conference Center is considerable. As event activity grows, the economic impact will grow with it, thus adding jobs, activities, and dollars to Okaloosa County’s economy.” $7.7 Million visitor spending generated in Okaloosa County economy $7.7 Million net positive effect on Okaloosa County’s gross regional product

Funding for beach safety and lifesaving programs at more than $700,000 annually.

300% return on investment from tourist impact fee revenues

The construction, operation, and management of the Visitors Welcome Center on Okaloosa Island to serve tourists and local residents. The Visitors Welcome Center provides information on activities in the area, places to go, items of interest, and discount coupons, and is open to the public seven days a week.

62,000 visitor nights at local lodgings for Convention Center events

Funding for the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, which markets group and family business to the area, providing $23 Million in group business during 2011. In 1994, the Economic Development Council (EDC) requested the TDD oversee the Film Commission and provide its source of funding. The Emerald Coast Film Commission has provided more than 30,504

$15+ Million in total demand for goods and services in the economy $3.8 Million personal income generated in Okaloosa County $3.2 Million disposable personal income generated in Okaloosa County For more information, contact the TDD at (800) 322-3319 or (850) 651-7131, or visit You may contact the Emerald Coast Convention Center at (877) 574-5123 or (850) 609-3800 or visit

Highlight Your News Through Exclusive Sponsorship of Chamber’s Weekly E-Newsletter Tuesday Talking Points Members may be the exclusive sponsor of our weekly Tuesday Talking Points email, sent to more than 1,500 area business professionals. Sponsorship includes a banner ad at the top of the email, which links directly to member’s website. Cost is $100 per week, and sponsorships may be purchased for a week or longer. For details or to reserve your space, please contact the Chamber’s VP of Communications Elizabeth Spies at (850) 837-2711 x5 or Page 8


June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 Rock the Docks 7 p.m. Location: HarborWalk Village

6 p.m. Location: Rosemary Beach

June 3, 10, 17, and 24 SummerWILD Children’s Summer Camp

June 11 Free Merrill Lynch Seminar – Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: HarborWalk Village

4 – 5 p.m. Location: Destin Area Chamber of Commerce (850) 269-7007

June 4, 11, 18, and 25 Pardi Gras Parade

6 p.m. Location: HarborWalk Village

June 6, 13, 20, and 27 Red, White and Blue Celebration 6 p.m. Location: HarborWalk Village

June 12 Wealth & Wisdom Series: Investment Outlook & Global Market Update 8:30 a.m. Location: Vue on 30A/Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (850) 650-0990

June 6 Concerts in the Village: The Mike Veal Band

June 13 Concerts in the Village: The Craig Woolard Band

June 7 First Friday Concert Series

June 15 Fish Fry Benefit to Benefit the Destin History & Fishing Museum

7 p.m. Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

6 - 8 p.m. Location: Destin Commons


June 7 2nd Walk Her Way to Benefit Shelter House

7 p.m. Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Harry T’s Lighthouse (850) 654-4800



June 20 Concerts in the Village: Heritage

7 p.m. Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

June 23 No Shrinking Violets: Tea Time, Southern Women and Downton Abbey

3 – 5 p.m. Location: Judy Byrne Riley’s Home (850) 484-1211

June 27 Concerts in the Village: Alter Eagles 7 p.m. Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

To submit your events, please log into the Members Only section of our website at or email your event information to mail@DestinChamber. com. For your login information, please call (850) 837-6241.

Look for fun changes to our Leaders In Business Lunch schedule! June 11 Non-Profit Appreciation Expo August 13 Tailgate Kick Off Party & Celebrity Waiter Lunch September 10 BusinessPalooza – A Mini-Business Expo November 12 Holiday Shop & Dine Details and locations will be announced soon. If you would like more information on the possibility of your company participating, please contact Events Coordinator Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or June 2013 Network Newsletter

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A 2 Z Specialty Advertising

Destin Realty, Inc.

Okaloosa Arts Alliance

Acentria, Inc.

Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc.

Private Gallery

Gabby Bruce (850) 654-3080 Mike Freeman (850) 650-1950

Jeff Sanders (850) 837-3484

Amy Baty (850) 499-8335

Raslean Allen (850) 873-3999

American Red Cross of N.W. Florida

Gulf Coast Insulation

Jerry Kindle (850) 432-7601

Erin LaGrosse (850) 685-9709

Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

Hog’s Breath Cafe Jason Thompson (850) 837-5991

Thomas Callen (850) 368-3951

BeachView Vacation Rentals Tom Nocito (850) 460-2883

Boomer Aviation, Inc.

Sarah Bailey (850) 278-3000

Holiday Inn Resort Ft. Walton Beach

Sandollar Carpet Cleaning Scott/Karen Harrison (850) 837-4372

Ivana Coteat (850) 244-8686

Homes & Land Of The Emerald Coast

Sandy Williams (850) 244-1313

Joe Nacchia (850) 650-1014

CenturyLink Mona Harris (850) 664-3006

Inn on Destin Harbor Chad Noonan (850) 837-7326

Coastal Maps Debbie Fraser (850) 376-4799

Kiwanis Club of Destin

Cracker Barrel

Ronnie McGee (850) 217-0808

Destin Charter Service

New York Life

Jami Jones (850) 837-1995


Anil Bhakta (850) 650-2236

Anita Patel (850) 654-7022

T.G.I. Fridays

Sandra Telemacque (850) 244-7444

Contact Jen Skillman, Membership Consultant, at (850) 837-2711 x3 or

Tim Kersanac (850) 650-3029

Destin Inn & Suites

Sleep Inn

Want to join the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce?

McGee Properties

Teresa Begley (850) 269-3344

Mary Ann Sexton (850) 837-3040

Telly’s Auto Repair Towing & Service

Felix Paulino (850) 650-3615

Byron Cotton (850) 651-9900

Sexton’s Seafood Inc.

Sam Foster (850) 654-5588

Jester’s Mardi Gras Daiquiris and Pizza

Cotton & Gates

Dwaine Stevens (850) 837-9094 Lee Padgett (850) 583-6701

Robert Saxer (850) 420-6015

Beaches ‘N Dreams

Publix Super Markets, Inc. Russell Landscape Group, Inc.

Hancock Bank

Howard Padgett (850) 269-6200

Kelly O’Brien (850) 654-2752

Jason Cox (850) 837-7606


SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER JUNE WORKSHOPS June 6, from 1 – 4 p.m. Starting a Business

June 7, from 1 – 4 p.m. Creative Capital for Small Business – Roundtable

To register or for more information, please call the SBDC at (850) 833-9400 or visit

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Anything Pawn & Auction Brenda Will 297 W. James Lee Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 682-8888 Pawn Brokers

Brannon & Brannon

Janice Porter 975 Mar Walt Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32549 (850) 863-5297 Attorneys

The Cam Firm, Inc.

Tracie Martin 4393 Commons Dr. E. Ste. 204 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 424-5751 Property Management Companies

Cherie Anderson, Metlife

Cherie Anderson 4300 Legendary Dr. #226 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-5566 Insurance

The Church of Destin, Inc. Mel Ponder Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-3400 Non-Profits

El Paso

Angelika Unzens 960 Hwy. 98 #102 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-2031 Retail Specialty

Harbor Launch Heath Owens Destin Harbor Destin, FL 32541 (850) 426-0900 Water Sports

Jason Cox 14081 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-7606 Office Supplies

Sleep Inn

Rogelio Chavez 529 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 685-1693 Restaurants - Mexican

Geronimo’s Outpost


Anita Patel 10775 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 654-7022 Accommodations - Hotels

Surroundings on the Harbor & Cafe Bridget Carnley 385 Harbor Blvd. Ste. 102 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 502-1529 Restaurants - Deli & Catering

2nd Paddle at the Porch The Destin SUP Cup Saturday, August 17, 2013 10 a.m. The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House The event features a one mile recreational race, three mile recreational race, and a six mile elite race, to be followed by awards, food, and fun! Registration is now available on Search for the keywords ‘Paddle at the Porch.’ Stay up-to-date with race details at Thank you to partners BOTE and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, in conjunction with 99 Rock (WKSM). For sponsorship details, please contact Events Coordinator Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or

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Business Briefs (continued from page 5) training program sponsored by Kentico CMS, designed to provide people who are new to the marketing profession an opportunity to learn, engage, and interact with top industry experts. Kentico CMS hopes that by providing this resource, marketers will not only be able to take what they’ve learned and apply it to their careers, but also share any insight or new ideas with the DMU community.

CVHN Dental Bus Visits Children in Crisis

The Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) Dental Bus recently visited the Children’s Neighborhood at Children in Crisis (CIC). During the visit, CVHN dentists and technicians provided vital care to more

than 20 children. Dental exams, X-rays, cleaning, and sealants were provided at no cost. Seen here are CVHN dental technician Denise Johnston, CIC president and CEO Ken Hair, and CVHN dental technician Kelly Taylor in front of the dental bus.

Students Assist CBA Students across Okaloosa and Walton counties are wrapping up a year-long restoration project. Throughout the 20122013 school year, around 1,300 students participated in Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s Grasses in Classes Program, which encourages students to develop an interest in the local environment by growing shoreline grasses at their school. Throughout May, CBA hosted 14 field trips at restoration sites along the bay. The students planted close to 2,000 shoreline grasses, which will slow erosion and provide a critical, intertidal habitat.

Keller Williams “Gives Where They Live”

On May 9, Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast associates spent the day volunteering for Harvest House in Destin, Sharing and Caring in Niceville, the Red Cross in Navarre, and Food for Thought in Walton County. It was part of a RED Day effort to “Give Where They Live.” Seen here, Destin Mayor Sam Seevers visited the office on May 2 to present a proclamation designating May 9 as RED Day in Destin.

Sacred Heart Earns “A” in Patient Safety

Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2013 Hospital Safety Score. Leapfrog is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Sacred Heart’s “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, which assigns scores to US hospitals based on 26 measures of publicly available safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

To see your company news highlighted here, please send your press releases to VP of Communications Elizabeth Spies at

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was recognized with an “A” in Page 12

DESTIN BUSINESS FORUM In partnership with Cox Communications, the Chamber’s monthly TV program hosts the following in June 2013: - - Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. - The Spine Institute on the Emerald Coast

Join the Chamber! As a member of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, you will enjoy the following benefits and services: Networking Opportunities - Access to more than 25 events per year providing contact with business leaders. Events include Business After Hours, Leaders in Business Lunch, Golf Tournament, Business Expo, Annual Banquet, New Member Luncheon, PUTToberfest, and more Listing in Business Directory at, including a link to your website, and in annual Visitors Guide & Membership Directory

Weekly Schedule on Cox Channel 6 is as follows: - Sundays, at 8:30 p.m. - Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. - Wednesdays, at 9:30 a.m. - Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. Shows are also available on Cox InDemand and the Chamber’s YouTube Channel at Contact Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or to have your business featured here. This is a free benefit of Chamber membership!

Members-only pricing Access to leading business information, including weekly Chamber email, monthly newsletter, and special, as needed, notifications Member recognition - Membership decal, use of logo with written permission, and listing in Network newsletter Access to training/meeting facility (Chamber conference room) Educational opportunities

Host Amy Perry Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A.

Thank you to Cox Communications for its support of this program.

Job postings on Access to appearance on Destin Business Forum, the Chamber’s TV show Access to Chamber database and mailing labels Free distribution of company marketing material in Chamber visitor center Access to advertising in Network Access to online marketing tools Opportunity for 50-word business description List of events on Chamber’s online community calendar Unlimited business representatives receive emails Volunteer opportunities Ribbon Cutting services Access to weekly inquiry list Opportunity to sponsor signature community events, such as Destin’s Bayou, Bay & Back 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon and Paddle at the Porch Ribbon Cutting services For information on any of the benefits and services listed above or about membership in the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, please contact Membership Consultant Jen Skillman at (850) 837-2711 x3 or Please note there are five levels of membership within the Chamber, with the upper levels offering opportunities for multiple business listings, as well as advertising and sponsorship incentives.

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