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2010 DESTIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BRIAN HAUGEN Chairman of the Board Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates MIKE FREEMAN Chairman Elect Whitney National Bank KAREN MCCARTHY Immediate Past Chairman Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union BILL LINDSLEY Treasurer Simple HR TIM EDWARDS Vice Chairman/Communications & Marketing Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill LES PORTERFIELD Vice Chairman/Community & Economic Development TEA, Inc. JIM BREITENFELD Vice Chairman/Membership Development Breitenfeld Development Services, LLC SHANE CANNON Harbor Advisory Board Ballard Cannon Development DIRECTORS ED ADAMS GCS Building Solutions, Inc. CARMELA BELL ResortQuest Real Estate KEVIN BOWYER O’Sullivan Creel, LLP SHAUN EUBANKS Community Bank, Destin BILL HEAD Fort Walton Beach Medical Center ED MCMULLEN, JR. Legendary, Inc. AMY PERRY Pleat & Perry, P.A. KATHY WHIDDEN Emerald Coast Chiropractic MARY ANNE WINDES Real Estate Professionals of Destin Destin Fishing Fleet Marina MYRA WILLIAMS Ex Officio Howard Group CAREY TROTTER Chairman’s Appointee Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc. TONYA HOLMAN Chairman’s Appointee KIM WINTNER Special Appointee Alliance Association Management Co., Inc. MANAGEMENT TEAM SHANE MOODY, IOM, CCE President & CEO ELIZABETH SPIES Vice President of Communications RISA GARNER Director of Events WENDY SCHAEFER Information Specialist SANDI MCCLANAHAN Membership Consultant


From the President’s Desk... Random Thoughts on the Monday of Seafood Festival Week

Shane A. Moody, CCE, 1OM Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s festival time! Didn’t we just complete one? The planning never stops. Man, did we have fun with the Rivals Radio guys when they were here broadcasting from Destin! It was a great two and a half days. It brought great publicity for the Destin area. It helped when the first six or eight callers on Thursday morning all expressed their jealousy that Rivals Radio was in town, while the callers wished they were here. On Friday, after discussing on air the fishing trip with Capt. Kelly Windes (thanks, Kelly!), we received a call in our office from Atlanta asking for Capt. Windes phone number because they wanted to go fishing with him. Also on Friday, a caller from Anchorage, Alaska – that’s right, Anchorage – said he was planning a vacation in the Bahamas, but because of all the Rivals guys were saying about Destin, he

had changed his mind and is coming here instead. Thank you to Mark Bellinger at the Okaloosa TDC, ResortQuest, Fisherman’s Wharf, Indian Bayou, and CenturyLink for your efforts in making the Rivals broadcast a reality. Also, thanks to Brian, Shaun, Bill, and Carey for taking a lot of time from your schedules to help with the entertaining. College football is in full swing – hooray! I didn’t realize how much I missed it until it kicked off. The SEC STILL RULES! Sen. Don Gaetz did a great job at our Chamber breakfast of explaining some of the amendments on the November ballot. The only amendment we officially have a position on is Amendment 4. The Chamber Board encourages you to vote NO ON 4! It will cripple our already devastated economy. If it passes, there will be traffic jams on I-95, I-75, and I-10 with businesses moving out of this state. Again, VOTE NO ON 4! He also explained the need for passage of Amendment 8, the class size amendment adjustment. While the Chamber does not have a position on this amendment, it’s a good one. It gives some flexibility

to the class size amendment passed a few years ago. It will base class sizes on averages for the school, rather than exact number of students. With the billions of dollars already spent in this state by school districts moving to compliance with the class size amendment, we don’t need to add any more expense to already strapped school district budgets. The teacher’s union opposes Amendment 8, which in my mind makes it worth passing. That’s MY opinion, not the Chamber’s, as our Board has not taken a position on Amendment 8. Also at our September breakfast, Sen. Gaetz and Reps. Marti Coley and Matt Gaetz said they would not vote for drilling in Florida waters. We hope they never do. We’ll be watching closely, and we’ll keep you posted. Remember, there is a difference in Florida waters and federal waters. Florida waters only go out nine miles, where the federal waters begin. We need to watch the federal government closely to see if they attempt to lift the current 125 mile ban on drilling off of Florida’s coast. And we’ll need to watch to see if anyone at the state level lobbies the federal government to lift that ban. The last

I saw and read, Marco Rubio supports offshore drilling. Watch it closely. Should I be concerned that Harper calls Alex “Buddy” all the time, and when you ask her what his name is she replies with “I don’t know?” The economic summit, held on Sept. 9, went well. Thank you to the City of Destin, Greg Kisela, and especially Councilor Larry Hines, whose idea it was to hold the summit. There were around 40 people in attendance in eight different work groups. I look forward to working with the groups identified during the session as playing key roles in shaping Destin’s future. I really hope this moves forward with great success. Thanks to the Chamber’s Executive Committee for its efforts as facilitators of the summit. Well, here we go. We’re staring the festival dead in the eyes. I hope we survive! By the time you read this, you’ll know whether we did or not. With wishes for continued success, and until next month,

Chamber Statistics: Advertising our World-Class Community In our mission to support Destin as a world-class community, the Chamber’s Welcome Center recorded the following numbers: August 2010 • Phone Calls/E-mails – 959 • Incoming Mail – 191

• Visitors to Welcome Center Lobby – 505 • Visitors’ Guide & Buyer’s Directories Mailed – 219 • Relocation Packages – 8 The Chamber’s website recorded 47,970 unique visitors for August 2010 and 628,130 unique visitors for Sep. 1, 2009 – Aug. 31, 2 010.

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A Message from the Chairman of the Board

Brian Haugen With the cooling of the air seems a warming of our local economy. An interesting bit of trivia regards economic recoveries. It seems that most people don’t realize or recognize an economic recovery – or financial healing – until well into the recovery. As a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, I agree. Is it

possible that our local economy has begun to recover, despite the financial difficulties so many of our members still face? I believe so, and here’s why…. We have so many things happening in our area right now, with so much activity, that we are generating business. Between the Seafood Festival, the City’s Harbor Boardwalk project, the recent concerts on the beach, the joint chamber events, and Destin Economic Summit (which was entirely focused on generating new business for our area within 12 to 18 months), we are making progress. Just take a look at what our CEO, Shane Moody, writes about on the opposite page. The recent social and economic activity that your Chamber has engaged in over the last couple of months is frenzied. The physical presence of the

Financial Healing “We are here to serve you – take advantage of it, it just may help your business!” nationally aired ‘Rivals Radio’ out of Destin has already generated direct, tangible new business to our area. Economic recoveries are often tied to consumer confidence. In fact, consumer confidence is often considered an economic leading indicator. Of course, we don’t have polls for consumer confidence for our immediate Chamber area. However, many Chamber members mention to me that things are not as bad as they were and others stated that things are going well! Where are you in your business? Are things better - perhaps slightly?

Do you notice that some of your friends or peers are seeing an increase in their business? If the answer is at least a lukewarm ‘yes,’ then we just might be headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, where consumer confidence tends to be a leading economic indicator, personal financial healing tends to be a lagging indicator. So, while business for some might be ticking slightly upward, we may not see a return of the ‘roaring 90s’ anytime soon. But, we are making progress – hang in there.

What can you do? Keep an eye on what your Chamber is offering for activities. We retain strong numbers for new member applications, and I believe that is due to the networking opportunities and the directed, community-oriented, economic initiatives and political interactions. We are here to serve you – take advantage of it, it just may help your business! Brian Haugen 2010 Destin Area Chamber Chairman Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates




THE CHAMBER MONTH AHEAD Please join us for our Business to Business Breakfast sponsored by CenturyLink at Louisiana Lagniappe. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $15 for members who RSVP, $20 for members that attend without registering, and $30 for non-members. Please visit the Events Calendar at www.DestinChamber. com to register. All registrations are due by Oct. 8. Always the second Friday of each month, these events are attended by approximately 150 area business professionals. With speakers, such as industry experts, economists, and area officials, and ample networking opportunities, these events are packed with value.

Member Spotlight

Marie Babin Southern Resorts Vacation Rentals



Join us for the October Leads Lunch at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill. Enjoy networking activities to meet potential clients and reconnect with old friends! All members are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. One lucky attendee will receive a free membership renewal worth $315! Please visit the Events Calendar at to register. All registrations are due by Oct. 18. Always held the third Wednesday of each month, these events are open to all members and are attended by approximately 100 area business professionals. OCTOBER


The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the second Destin Area Restaurant Week. Designed to drive business to local restaurants, this event will target area residents. Restaurant Week will provide incentives for Destin area residents to experience restaurants where they may not typically dine, affording the restaurant a chance to gain new customers during a normally slower time of the year. Ensure your prix fixe menu offers a good sample of signature dishes and new entrees for guests to enjoy. OCTOBER




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

Join us for our Business After Hours sponsored by Boathouse Oyster Bar from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Our Business After Hours events offer an end-of-the-day networking opportunity to help you meet new clients, gain exposure for your business, and expand your network. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please do not forget to bring your business card for networking and our door prize drawing. All businesses are invited to bring a door prize, which offers one more way for you to gain exposure. There is no fee for members to attend this event. The non-member fee is $20. Please visit the Events Calendar at to RSVP. OCTOBER


For information about all Chamber events, please visit the Events Calendar at PAGE 4

“We are looking to continue to grow in this region” Our October Member in the Spotlight is Marie Babin, chief operations officer for Southern Resorts Vacation Rentals. Celebrating 15 years, Southern Resorts repre-

sents almost 700 vacation properties along the beaches of Northwest Florida, including Destin, where it began. The company now offers Southern Perks, a free amenity

and activity program for guests. “We are looking to continue to grow in this region and are accepting new properties,” said Babin. “We are a locally

owned business with roots here in Destin and offer the most competitive rates.” For more information, please visit www.South

Non-Profits Strengthening Our Community

Northwest Florida Blood Services 90% of the population will need donated blood in their lifetime. Less than 10% of the population actually donates blood. It is a fact that people do not think about donating blood until they themselves are in need of it. Donating blood is easy, painless, free, and rewarding. Every pint of blood that is donated by you can help save the lives of three patients in our local community hospitals. Northwest Florida Blood Services is your not-for-profit, community-based blood center, serving the needs of patients at every hospital in the Pensacola, Okaloosa, and Panama City areas, where one out of every seven patients will require blood transfusions. This blood can only come from volunteer donors, as there are no artificial substitutes. As I said before, donating blood is easy, painless, free,

and rewarding. All you need to donate blood is a picture ID. The process of donating blood takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. You have to fill out a quick questionnaire and get a medical screening, which consists of a blood pressure check, temperature, pulse, and iron check. Once you finish with that, you head to a comfortable donor bed and get ready to donate. Once you are in the donor bed, you just relax, talk with your phlebotomist, the person drawing the blood, and have a good time. It takes about 10 minutes once the needle is in, and it doesn’t hurt a bit. After you are done, you get a delicious snack, some juice, and a free t-shirt. After that, we ask that you relax for the rest of the day and feel inspired because you just helped to save three people’s lives! Now you may be wondering, how could my blood

save three people? Well your blood is made up of three different components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The red blood cells are used to carry oxygen to all your cells. They are given to surgery and trauma patients and those with blood disorders, such as anemia and sickle cell disease. The platelets control blood clotting in your body and must be transfused within five days of donation. They are used to stop bleeding associated with cancer and surgery. The plasma carries clotting factors and nutrients. It is given to trauma patients, burn victims, organ transplant recipients, newborns, and patients with clotting disorders. Now that you know what your blood donation can do and who it can go to, we ask that you please come out and donate at your nearest blood

drive, or visit our center at 405 Racetrack Rd., in Fort Walton Beach.. Visit our website at www.fbsblood. org or call (850) 862-4384 to find out where the blood drives are in your area. For businesses, if you would like to help us out and donate something for us to give to our fabulous blood donors, please contact Jeanette Carder at (850) 598-0236. We would love to partner with you! Thank you for being a lifesaver. The above article is part of our series article spotlighting The above is part of series spotlighting our ourour non-profi t organizations. non-profi organizations. Their effortst strengthen the Their efforts strengthen the Destin community, and we Destin community, and we areare proud dedication proudofof their their dedication and hardwork. work. If If you and hard youwould would yournon-profi non-profittorganizalikelikeyour organization spotlighted here, please tion contact spotlighted here, please Elizabeth Spies contact Spiesorat at Elizabeth (850) 837-6241 (850) 837-6241 or NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

Destin Business Forum In partnership with Cox Communications, the Chamber’s monthly TV program will host the following organizations beginning in October: Beach Quest Properties, LLC 516 Sandy Cay Dr. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 837-5664 Category: Real Estate Chamber Rep: Dean Ladick California Closet Company 709 3rd Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35210 (205) 581-1677 Category: Home Accessories Chamber Rep: Sarah B. Haynie Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of NWFSC 109 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 267-1888 Category: Non-Profits Chamber Rep: Julie Terrell Destin Vacation Boat Rentals 612 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-2628 Category: Water Sports Chamber Rep: Heather & Chris Thomas Drape 98 Express, LLC 282 Corinthian Pl. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 225-8861 Category: Furniture & Accessories Chamber Rep: Chris Harrelson Elite Weddings & Events 104 Alder Ave. #3 Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 461-4343 Category: Wedding Consultants Chamber Rep: Mindy N. O’Neil NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

The Florida House of Destin 104 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 460-2288 Category: Restaurants - American Chamber Rep: Debbie Harris

New School Selling 6250 Calle De Hidalgo Navarre, FL 32566 (850) 936-7028 Category: Business Consulting Chamber Rep: Steve Clark

Beach Bums Vacation Rentals, LLC Compass Resorts Qivana

Host Amy Perry Pleat & Perry, P.A. Destin Business Forum airs on Cox Channel 6. The schedule is available online underneath the Channel 6 heading:

North Star Associates of the Emerald Coast, LLC 207 Windward Cove S. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 865-0617 Category: Business Consulting Chamber Rep: Gretchen Rauch

Rainmakers Marketing and Events 4300 Legendary Dr. Bldg. C Ste. 220 Destin, FL 32541 (419) 450-6285 Category: Promotion Chamber Rep: Ross Centanni

Reeds Jewelers 4240 Legendary Dr. Ste. 246 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 269-0133 Category: Jewelers Chamber Rep: Rene’ Watts

Ship Shape Cleaning Services 4300 Legendary Dr. Bldg. C Ste. 220 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 226-3071 Category: Cleaning Services Chamber Rep: Ross Centanni

Sports Commission Announces First Ever PUTToberfest Putt your way through 18 holes and a beer tasting during the area’s first ever PUTToberfest, presented by the Destin Area Sports Commission! Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, players will enjoy a round of miniature golf at the Golf Garden with beer sampling stations set up all along the way. The event also features additional contests, including longest drive and closest to the pin, and prizes will be awarded. Music will be provided by Jackie and

Dave, a Blackbirds acoustic set, and the Destin Rotary Club will serve Germanstyle food. Sponsors include Buffalo Rock Company, Inc.; the Blackbirds; Ecco Motors & Street Legal Carts; Community South Bank; Matthews & Hawkins, P.A.; and Pleat & Perry, P.A. Entry for a single player is $25. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Risa Garner at (850) 8372711 x2 or


Business Briefs Three Inducted into Woman’s Hall of Fame The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (OCCSW) inducted three women into the 2010 Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame at the annual Women’s Hall of Fame reception held Thursday, Aug. 26, at Northwest Florida State College. This year’s inductees included Martha C. Miller, city president of Coastal Bank and Trust; Karen Lauer, a 36-year Okaloosa County resident who has volunteered her skills for organizations, such as Shelter House, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, and others; and Doris Merlene Day, a business woman, inspirational speaker, and volunteer, who was instrumental in the passage of laws affecting better treatment of breast cancer patients and equal pay for women.

Bass Tournament Raises Funds for Children in Crisis Bass anglers from the community came out in force to have fun and support Children in Crisis (CIC) at American General Life & Accident Insurance Company’s first CIC Bass Tournament. The charity tournament kicked off at beautiful Hammock Bay in Freeport and raised more than $30,000 in prizes, in-kind donations, and sponsorships. Pictured are (left to right) Bob Solarski, WEAR TV 3; Johnnie Kirkland; Harold Godwin; and Ken Hair, CIC executive director

H. Britt Landrum, Jr., Celebrates 40 Years in Business. H. Britt Landrum, Jr., opened the doors to his new company, Landrum Personnel Associates, a private employment agency on Aug. 3, 1970. Over the years, staff count has grown to more than 100 internal employees; many have been with Landrum more than 10 years. Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc., now has three divisions: Landrum Staffing, Landrum Professional Employer Services, and Landrum Consulting. PAGE 6

Dancing With Desire Event Raises More Than $14,000 The recent “Dancing with Desire” event raised more than $14,000 to help feed, clothe, and care for the foster kids of Children in Crisis (CIC). The event turned out to be the “Hottest Ticket in Town” as almost 700 spectators filed into the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College. Pictured are (left to right) Angie Schultz, office manager of event sponsor Fred Astaire Dance; Ross Williams, Dancing with Desire committee chair; Luann Pulliam, owner of Fred Astaire Dance; Ken Hair, CIC executive director; and Joe Trovato, studio manager of Fred Astaire Dance

Rowland Publishing Earns Prestigious Awards Rowland Publishing, the premier publisher of upscale magazines in NorthwestFlorida, including Emerald Coast Magazine, brought home four prestigious awards from the Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards banquet. The awards included top statewide writing honors for 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida, and high honors for the longest standing title, Tallahassee Magazine.

Clean Coast Music & Art Fest a Success Despite Rain

Chris Sehman Recognized for Helping Children in Crisis Chris Sehman, owner of Helen Back Restaurants, was recognized this week by Children in Crisis (CIC) by placing his name on the CIC donor recognition board. The donor Board is located in the entrance of the CIC Neighborhood Center, which is its most visible display of community support. Pictured are (left to right) Chris Sehman, owner of Helen Back Restaurants, and Ken Hair, CIC executive director.

Village. The foundation continued its wonderful support to CIC and other children’s charities again for the second year. Pictured are (left to right) Deborah Prather, Emerald Shores district manager; Debbie Buchanan, CIC development director; Ken Hair, CIC executive director; and Josh Van Blair, Fort Walton Beach Wachovia.

Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Donates to Children in Crisis The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation along with the Emerald Shores Volunteer Association presented a donation check to Children in Crisis (CIC) this week at a ceremony held at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk

Rain didn’t get in the way of the Clean Coast Music & Art Fest this past Sunday at HarborWalk Village. With 250 volunteers and more than 40 bands donating their time and talent for the cause, the musicians rocked on four stages all day and into the evening to what was estimated to be 8,000 people. Benefiting organizations were the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge; Alaqua Animal Refuge; Emerald Coastkeepers; Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; the Gulf Restoration Network; and United Way.

HarborWalk Village Honors Capt. Walter The Red, White and Blue Celebrations at HarborWalk Village are weekly celebrations that honor local heroes. The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond, demonstrating heroism and loyalty within our community. On Sept. 2, the celebration honored Capt. Bobby Lee Walter, a gentleman closely connected with the historic Destin harbor and rich heritage of the Destin fishing fleet.

Jami Ray named Adjunct Professor at FSUPC Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club’s Jami Ray was recently named an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at Florida State University’s Panama City campus. While maintaining her position at Santa Rosa, Ray will be teaching two undergraduate courses for the fall 2010 semester – Creative Strategy and Writing for Public Relations.

Mortgage Company Welcomes New Originators Beach Community Mortgage is proud to announce the addition of Lee Ann Arrigo and Julie Kuhn to its team of experienced local mortgage loan originators. Arrigo and Kuhn will be Lee Ann Arrigo based at the Fort Walton Beach office. See BRIEFS on page 7 NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

BRIEFS Continued from page 6

Matthews & Hawkins, P.A., is pleased to announce the addition of Mark D. Davis and his staff to the firm. Davis will become Of Counsel for the firm and his current DeFuniak Springs office will become Matthews & Hawkins’s newest branch office. Davis is currently chairman of the Walton County School Board and has served on the School Board for 15 consecutive years. He has played an integral role in public service to Walton County for many years.

CAA Announces Teacher Mini-Grants & Artist Awards The Cultural Arts Association (CAA) of Walton County, Inc., is pleased to announce the following teacher mini-grant recipients for the 2010 4th quarter: Cindy Watkins of Freeport Elementary School received $348.13; Misty Hicks of WISE Pre-K Center received $347.41; and, from Maude Saunders Elementary School, Kathy Harrah received $349.78, Heather Hester received $348.26, Patsy Lathinghouse received $276.58, and Krisy Spence received $350. Constance Rogers of Butler Elementary School received a $950 Need-Based Student Grant for students to participate in after-school art education programs.

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On Sunday, Aug, 22, during the Clean Coast Music & Art Fest at HarborWalk Village, the Destin History and Fishing Museum held a “History on the Harbor” fundraising event at Harry T’s Lighthouse Restaurant. An exhibit table featured pictures of early Destin, fishing, and information on the museum. Through the generosity and support of Dan Empson and Harry T’s Restaurant, the Destin History and Fishing Museum received $1,224.28 to support new exhibit production.

EmeraldCoastFreeCou Brings Big Savings to the Emerald Coast The Petermann Agency has launched www.EmeraldCoast This easy-touse site features free, printable coupons for local business. From dining, to shopping, to home services, www.EmeraldCoastFree is the new source for savings on the Emerald Coast. New coupons are added weekly, so visit often and start saving.

Matthew Price Named Director of Sales for Hilton Sandestin The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa named Matthew Price as its new director of sales. In this role, Price will be

responsible for the overall coordination, the functional management, and the leadership of all sales team activities, working with Marshall Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing. In addition to his new role, Price, who has since 2004 served as the hotel’s director of event planning, will continue to directly oversee the sales and operations of the Hilton Sandestin Beach’s group caterings, weddings, and special events, including the Hilton Sandestin Beach’s proprietary social functions, such as its New Year’s Eve gala.

Flaton and Robsono Join Cox Team Dave Flaton and Tina Robsono recently joined Cox Media. Flaton will serve as production coordinator for the Florida/Georgia region. He previously was a self-employed video producer. In his new role, he will be coordinating production of television commercials between the sales and production departments.



Matthews & Hawkins, P.A., is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah L. Villa to the firm. Villa is a graduate of the Florida Coastal School of Law and received her B.A. in Human Communications with an emphasis in Business from Arizona State University in 2003. Since December of 2008, Villa has worked as an assistant public defender for Florida’s First Judicial Circuit, where she represented clients in more than 2,000 cases and has sat first chair for numerous jury trials.

History on the Harbor Event Raises Funds for Museum

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Local Builders Win Big at the 2010 Aurora Awards in Orlando The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties (BIA) would like to congratulate the winners at the annual Aurora Awards ceremony, during the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando. Babin Development Company of Destin won two Aurora awards – one in the Detached Single Family Home category ($1M - $1.5M range) and the other in the Commercial Construction category. Three member builders had winning entries in the Energy Efficiency – Residential category, including Randy Wise Homes of Niceville, Dixon Kazek Construction, Inc., of Destin, and Watree Construction of Shalimar.


Faith A. Gladding 3035 The Oaks Miramar Beach, FL 32550 850-650-3882 800-726-9625 email: website:

Robsono will serve as account coordinator for the Florida/Georgia region. She previously was an assistant traffic manager with Sinclair Broadcasting in Pensacola. In her new role, she will assist the national sales manager with daily traffic logs and insertion contracts for all national clients.

ROBERT E. MCGILL, III ATTORNEY AT LAW 36008 Emerald Coast Pkwy. • Suite C Destin, Florida 32541


Mark D. Davis Joins Matthews & Hawkins P.A.

Sarah Villa Joins Matthews & Hawkins P.A.


Arrigo, a longtime Destin resident, has worked in the mortgage industry locally since 1982. Arrigo has extensive experience in all types of mortgages from first time homebuyers to second Julie Kuhn homes and investment loans. During her career, she has received the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors’ Affiliate of the Year award twice. Kuhn, a Fort Walton Beach resident, has been in the local mortgage industry since 1991. She specializes in VA, FHA, and conventional financing. Kuhn is involved in the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, Building Industry Association, and the Greater Fort Walton Beach and Destin Area chambers of commerce.

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A Plus Pressure Washing Services, Inc. (850) 685-3348 Chamber Rep: Doyle Mullins

D & D Air Conditioning, Heating & Electrical Services (850) 650-3995 Chamber Rep: Benjamin Balzli Destin Directory, Inc. 3(850) 654-6799 Chamber Rep: Ms. Teresa Abraham

ABEC Realty (850) 650-9999 Chamber Rep: Bill Mitchell

Destin Ophthalmology, PA Pricilla G. Fowler, MD (850) 622-0757 Chamber Rep: Pricilla Fowler

Acme Oyster House (850) 622-1900 Chamber Rep: Mac Carroll Aviation Insurance Services of Florida, Inc. (850) 650-8445 Chamber Rep: Carl Shephard Back Porch Restaurant (850) 837-2022 Chamber Rep: Trey Horton (850) 622-2385 Chamber Rep: Duaine/Ann Kief Bonefish Grill Restaurant (850) 650-3161 Chamber Rep: Shawn M. Pollard Club Sun Tanning Salon (850) 654-7861 Chamber Rep: Larry Andrews

Elite Physique Personal Training (850) 598-7263 Chamber Rep: Colleen Riddle

Harry T’s Lighthouse (850) 654-4800 Chamber Rep: Dan Empson

Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill (850) 424-6744 Chamber Rep: Tyler Jarvis

Horticulture Services Group, Inc. (850) 603-9783 Chamber Rep: Shawn LaRue

Realty Advisors, Inc. (850) 650-2877 Chamber Rep: Jerry Bishop

Judy Shillingburg, Special Touch Gallery (850) 424-3212 Chamber Rep: Judy Shillingburg

ResortQuest Vacation Rentals (850) 837-4853 Chamber Rep: Phyllis Cullenbine

La Place USA Interiors (850) 269-0969 Chamber Rep: Roslyn Snyder

Emerald Coast Eye Institute, P.A. (850) 862-4001 Chamber Rep: Samuel Poppell

Life’s A Beach (850) 650-2780 Chamber Rep: Sam Seevers

Fantasea Scooter Rentals (850) 654-7772 Chamber Rep: Steve/Donna Fontana

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., Dallas TX Sondra Pace, Independent Beauty Consultant and Team Leader (850) 654-1353 Chamber Rep: Sondra Pace

Fort Walton Beach Flea Market (850) 301-3729 Chamber Rep: Roger Knight Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (850) 862-1111 Chamber Rep: Bill Head

Masters Touch Cleaning Service, Inc. (850) 729-1881 Chamber Rep: Kevin Adrianson

S & R Sprinkler Systems & Landscaping, Inc. (850) 837-8347 Chamber Rep: Richard Kersten Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund (850) 243-6713 Chamber Rep: Glenn Scharf Silver King Charters (850) 837-2028 Chamber Rep: Mike & Marguerite Parker Southern Resorts (850) 837-4099 Chamber Rep: Patricia Hardiman Surge Suppression Incorporated (850) 654-5559 Chamber Rep: Diane Kertz TCBY (850) 654-2076 Chamber Rep: Meena R. Shah

Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill (850) 654-1544 Chamber Rep: David Smith

McGuire’s Irish Pub Of Destin (850) 650-0000 Chamber Rep: Bill Martin

Culligan Water Service (850) 664-7771 Chamber Rep: Jay Trumbull

The Golf Garden (850) 837-7422 Chamber Rep: Jodie Lang

Northwest Florida Apartment Guide (850) 934-6680 Chamber Rep: Jackie Foxworth

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe and Emporium (850) 654-1743 Chamber Rep: Mario Mardones

Cumulus Broadcasting (850) 243-7676 Chamber Rep: Chuck Sullivan

Gulf Reflections Studio, Inc. (850) 863-2288 Chamber Rep: Mike WrightReynolds

O’Sullivan Creel, LLP (850) 837-0398 Chamber Rep: Kevin Bowyer

Vorbeck Law Firm, P.A. (850) 654-0880 Chamber Rep: Gary Vorbeck

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Gulf Coast Trade Exchange

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10123 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 298-8853 Category: Printing Chamber Rep: Renee Smith

PO Box 18134 Pensacola, FL 32523 (850) 434-5278 Category: Barter Organizations Chamber Rep: Fran Crumpton

14055 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-1882 Category: Restaurants – Seafood Chamber Rep: Tara Loper

Okaloosa County Republicans Executive Committee PO Box 455, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549 (850) 217-2532 Category: Non-Profits Chamber Rep: Barbara Wall NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

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4240 Legendary Dr. Ste. 246 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 269-0133 Category: Jewelers Chamber Rep: Rene’ Watts

34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy. #181 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 269-0439 Category: Ice Cream, Yogurt, Shaved Ice, & Chocolate Chamber Rep: Delaine Syster-Bomparola


MAC Hosts Vice Commander of 33rd Fighter Wing at September Meeting Military Affairs Committee (MAC) Chairman Kim Wintner (right), Alliance Association Management Co. Inc., thanks guest speaker Col. Arthur Tomassetti, Vice Commander of Eglin Air Force Base’s 33rd Fighter Wing, who will soon receive the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes.

Celebrating Ambassador Successes Congratulations to our top Ambassadors for August 2010: 95 pts – Richard Barrington, Holiday Isle Properties, Inc. 80 pts – Mike Schneider 80 pts – Larry Phillips, Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast

Small Business Workshops The following workshops will be offered by the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) during October 2010. For more information, please call the Fort Walton Beach SBDC at (850) 833-9400.

Women in Business Conference and Trade Fair - A day of networking, shopping, motivational and educational speakers, exhibitors, and more shopping. Call 833-9400 for more information and registration details. Attendees $49. Exhibitors $99.

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Family Photo Overall Winner in Destin Area Summer Photo Contest Five years ago, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Destin Area Summer Photo Contest to give area visitors and residents a forum to share their favorite Destin memories. “So many people were already sharing their photos and stories with the Chamber,” said Vice President of Communications Elizabeth Spies. “We wanted a way to showcase those photos, which together tell a wonderful story of family traditions, children discovering the beach for the first time, the activity along the harbor, and the natural beauty of the area.” During the contest, which ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 3, 45 photos were entered. One winner was chosen in each of three contest categories – Family, Beach, and Harbor/Bay – along with an overall winner. The winners are as follows:

• Overall Winner: Taryn Sciambra of Picayune, MS • Family Category Winner: Shira Gottier of Destin, FL • Beach Category Winner: Laura Martin • Harbor Category Winner: Eric Gan of Niceville, FL All contest winners will receive a Destin prize package, which includes a print by watercolor artist Judy Shillingburg, and will also be featured prominently in the Chamber’s 2011 membership directory. Winners were chosen by the Chamber’s Board of Directors and staff. The winners, along with all photos submitted, may be viewed at




Overall Winner: “This photo was taken on the last day of our annual Destin vacation outside of Pompano Joe’s. We had just finished eating dinner, and the kids wanted to go play on the beach and in the Gulf. The sun was setting, it was a beautiful evening.” Submitted by Taryn Sciambra of Picayune, MS

Family Category Winner: “I took this photo the weekend before the oil was reported to begin impacting our beautiful beaches. Unsure of what the future held, I wanted to capture a few photos of our shores. My daughter stands looking out, watching the approaching storm clouds as we wait and hope.” Submitted by Shira Gottier of Destin, FL

“Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.” Harbor Category Winner: “A typical summer scene on Destin harbor taken from Norriego Point.” Submitted by Eric Gan of Niceville, FL NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

Beach Category Winner: “Double rainbow picture taken the evening of Aug. 21, on Holiday Isle.” Submitted by Laura Martin

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Chamber Welcomes New Members During Reception On Aug. 17, new members were introduced to the Chamber, its Board Members, and staff at a new member reception held in the Chamber conference room. We would like to thank all new members who attended, including the following: Ala Carte Caterers; Carter & Company CPA, LLC; Drape 98 Express, LLC; Extreme Marketing Group, LLC; Fat Daddy’s Arcade; Florida House of Destin; M&M Photography; New School Selling; Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee; PCI Gaming/Wind Creek Casino & Hotel; SB Lighting LLC; and Ship Shape Cleaning Services. Read further to learn more about some of the Chamber’s newest members: A La Carte Caterers is a full service catering company that also offers complete event and party planning. Our food and service have proven successful on the Gulf Coast for more than 29 years. Over the years, we have established great relationships with some of the best event service providers in the area… whatever catering and event needs you have, we can help. Our services include pickup, delivery, themed buffets, coursed dinners, weddings, beach luaus, BBQs, passed hors d’oeuvres, private chef dinners, sunset cruises, bartenders, banquet rooms, entertainment, transportation, photographers, florists, and even discounts on accommodations. Call us at (850) 543-3506 or visit Carter & Company, CPA, LLC, is a full service accounting firm located on the Destin harbor. Our partners and professionals combine personalized service with their significant experience to bring our clients a quality of service that exceeds expectations. Please visit our website at, visit the office at 543 Harbor Blvd., Ste. 201, or call (850) 650-0125. Drape 98 Express, LLC, based in Destin, manufactures and installs custom drapes, roman shades, and blinds, especially designed for the beach resort market. We offer turn-key service, quick turnaround, and affordable, superior quality products made in our own Kentucky

workroom. From Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, Drape 98 has worked with hundreds of property owners, designers, and association and rental managers, as well as a variety of commercial customers. Our drapes have also been featured in Show and Idea Houses in Alys Beach, Seaside, and Port St. Joe. Visit our website at or call Chris Harrelson at (850) 225-8861 for more information. Extreme Marketing Group, LLC, offers business solutions to clients throughout Florida and the nation and can provide a “one stop shop” all under one roof. Extreme Marketing Group, LLC, has earned a reputation for offering great quality design and printing at affordable prices. We also offer promotional products, website creation, marketing, copies, and digital printing. Our offices are located at 10123 Emerald Coast Pkwy., in Miramar Beach, or we can send one of our awesome sales reps to meet with you. Visit or call (850) 298-8855 or (800) 385-0445. Fat Daddy’s Arcade is the newest hot spot for indoor family fun in Destin. Along with delicious pizza and ice cream with seating areas, Fat Daddy’s is home to more than 65 arcade games, including everything from skee ball and basketball games to Guitar Hero, interactive games, and more. Whether you are waiting for a great meal at neighboring Fudpucker’s (table seating buzzers work in the arcade), wanting to cool off from our beauti-

ful Florida sun, or planning a big birthday bash, Fat Daddy’s is the perfect place to make memories with friends and family. For more information, visit The Florida House of Destin restaurant is located at 104 Harbor Blvd., former site of Another Broken Egg Café. We are a casual, family friendly restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Decorated tastefully in old Florida style and moderately priced, we feature classic American cuisine. From breakfast favorites to stuffed shrimp, we have something for everyone. Relax with a Florida House burger and beer. Comfort food is our tradition. Desserts, such carrot cake and key lime pie, are homemade. That, with a glass of wine or espresso, should end your day on a light note. Open daily from 7a.m. – 9 p.m. M&M Photography was founded by Marianne Provaznik, a passionate photojournalist with a vision to revitalize the usual wedding photography. Our style is photojournalism. We capture the day’s events and emotions through photographs. At M&M Photography, our primary objective is to provide superior quality wedding photography. We believe every wedding and every couple is unique. We take time talking with our clients to understand their vision for their unique day. In addition to capturing amazing wedding photographs, we are dedicated to providing incomparable service at an unparalleled value. We also spe-

cialize in other portraiture, including families, children, maternity, and high school seniors. For more information, visit www.mandmpho or call (850) 279-4229. Steve Clark is North America’s #1 Sales Coach and is the CEO of NewSchoolSelling. com, an international business development and marketing consulting firm. He is the author of Profitable Persuasion – Proven Strategies for Sales and Management Success and the co-author, with marketing Gurus Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer, of Secrets of Peak Performers. He is a prolific writer and is a frequent national and international speaker, whose income ranks in the top 3% of all salespeople worldwide. To receive Steve’s FREE EBook and mp3 audio “Profitable Persuasion” go to The purpose of the Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee is to achieve the following objectives: election of qualified Republicans to office, promote an informed electorate, increase Republican registration, maintain a headquarters during election years, promote Republican values, and uphold the Republican principles of freedom, equality, and justice on which the government was founded. The headquarters is located at 214 Eglin Pkwy., in Fort Walton Beach, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore offers the finest in resort amenities, with more than 1,600 electronic gaming machines, a 17-story, 236-room luxury hotel, and outdoor concert amphitheater. With the signature Fire Steakhouse, Taste Buffet, Grill and Brew coffee bar, Wind Creek has something for every appetite. Lose yourself in treatments that are ‘comfort food’ for the soul at the Spa at Wind Creek. Cater to your inner Top Chef with fun, hands-on classes and demonstrations at the Cooking Studio at Wind Creek, featuring world-class Sub Zero/Wolf equipment. Both are the perfect complement to the Wind Creek experience. Visit www.windcreekca or call (251) 446-4200.

Renewals and Information Updates for 2011 Membership Directory Due Oct. 10 We will be going to print with our annual Visitor’s Guide & Membership Directory, the only advertising publication the Destin Area Chamber prints, by mid-October! More than 17,000 copies are printed and distributed each year to members, visitors, and residents. Only members in good standing will be included, so please send your dues, and be sure to send us any information updates you might have had PAGE 14

throughout the year. Whether your target market is local businesses and residents or those who visit us on an annual basis, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide & Membership Directory is a great value for your advertising dollars. It is your number one choice for business directory advertising. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Spies at (850)

837-2711 x5 or Thank you to all current advertisers, including the following: A Condo by the Gulf; Alexan Henderson Beach; Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union; City of Destin; Destin Magazine; Dune Allen Realty Vacation Rentals; Easy Street Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals; Eglin Federal Credit Union; Holiday Inn on the Beach; Holiday Isle Properties,

Inc.; Inn on Destin Harbor; Mid-Bay Bridge Authority; Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.; Northwest Florida State College; Pleat & Perry, P.A.; Regional Self Storage; ResortQuest; Resorts of Pelican Beach Resort; Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast; Sandcastle Escapes; Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort; Southern Resorts; and Whitney National Bank. NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

October Calendar of Events October 1 StudioAmped “Special Edition” Taping Location: WSRE’s Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Featuring songwriters from the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, the public is invited to be part of the studio audience and admission is FREE. The program is scheduled to air on WSRE Thursday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. Songwriters will perform their songs made famous by wellknown recording artists. October 1 – 31 Destin Fishing Rodeo Location: Weigh-ins at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Open to all anglers fishing aboard a registered boat in the rodeo. More than 30,000 anglers compete through the month of October and more than $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded. There will be daily, weekly, and overall prizes. Please find details here: www.destinfish October 1 – 31 Silver Sands Autumn Tides Month Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Redeem $300 in same-day receipts to Silver Sands Shopper Services and receive a complimentary, limited-edition Autumn Tides print by renowned artist Donna Burgess. Visit www. or call (850) 654-9771 for more information. October 6 – 9 Iliad, Odyssey & All Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, Sprint Theater Time: 7:30 p.m. On a simple stage, with the clock ticking, a cast from NWF State College speeds through all of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes! It’s funny, updated, and easy to understand. All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies, and the goofy characters are presented lightning-bolt fast with hysterical results as the clock is stopped with only seconds to spare. October 6, 13, 20, and 27 Wednesday Night Concert Series Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the continuation of the Wednesday Night Concert Series through the month of October. We’ll be tantalizing your musical taste buds with musicians to entertain all of our guests! October 9 Ronald McDonald House Annual Fire Truck Pull Location: Seville Quarter Downtown, Pensacola Time: 9 a.m. Teams of 20 people will compete to pull a fire truck 50 feet in the least amount of time. Groups, clubs, or businesses who are interested in competing can contact the Ronald McDonald House for fundraising and registration materials. NETWORK OCTOBER 2010

October 9 Purses with a Purpose Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m. Enjoy food, wine, and purses! Purses with a Purpose is a purse auction where new and lightly used designer purses are auctioned off with all profits benefiting Shelter House and Ronald McDonald House.

October 18 Leading Women Symposium & Golf Tournament Location: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Presented by Northwest Florida State College. For more information, please visit www.nwfsc, call (850) 729-5357, or email Benefitting NWFSC Women’s Programs.

October 9 Emerald Coast Parrothead Club Celebrates 10 Years of “Partying For a Purpose” Location: Calhoun’s Pub and Grub Time: 11:30 a.m. till midnight The event is to celebrate our 10 years of volunteer work in our community. All proceeds from this event will go to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and the Destin Fishermen’s Fund. Go to our website at for details.

October 21 Shelter House at Carrabba’s Fundraiser Location: Carrabba’s Italian Grill Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Join us for a culinary and wine experience! This fundraiser is a great way to mingle with friends and fellow Shelter House supporters. All proceeds for this event go towards sustaining the current programs. $55 per person. To purchase tickets, please call (850) 243-1201.

October 9 and 23 Silver Sands Autumn Tides Artist Signing Reception Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Time: 1 – 4 p.m. Redeem $300 in same-day receipts to Silver Sands Shopper Services and receive a complimentary, limited-edition Autumn Tides print by renowned artist Donna Burgess. Meet Autumn Tides artist Donna Burgess and have your print personally signed. Visit www.silversandsout for more information or call (850) 6549771. October 10 MOMIX Botanica - Broadway Series Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 2 p.m. Known internationally for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX, an electrifying company of dancerillusionists, conjur up the exotic, sensual, and mystifying realm of nature with their national tour of Bontanica.

October 22 and 24 22nd Annual WSRE Wine & Food Classic “Corks and Forks” Location: Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Time: Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the perfect pairing of delectable dishes and award-winning wines as our featured, top chefs surprise, entice, and delight you. This year the fundraising event will span two evenings to give more people the opportunity to participate. Tickets are $50 per person for Friday and $125 per person for Sunday and can be purchased online at wsre. org/WineAndFood or by calling (850) 484-1261. October 22 – 23 Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf American specialty beers from around the nation will be displayed for participants to sample, savor, and sometimes shun. Come together to learn about the more than 70 beer styles, and the different balances between taste, aroma, and appearances. While guest stroll along the 40 plus brewers, the events plaza will host a variety of live music to keep everyone entertained. Visit bay for details.

October 15 American Red Cross at Howl at the Moon Location: Howl at the Moon Time: 7 p.m. You don’t want to miss this night of rock ‘n roll and dueling pianos! Join us for an exciting evening of music, prizes, and fun! Tickets are $10 per person, and all ticket sales go directly to the American Red Cross.

October 23 Vettes at the Village Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 12 – 5 p.m. Happening at the same time as the 3rd Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival is Vettes at the Village! Take a break from all the sampling and walk up to the top of the hill. You’ll find the area’s best corvettes-- brand new to antique!

October 16 Best of the Emerald Coast Location: Destin Commons Time: 6 – 9 p.m. An event showcasing the area’s best of the best as voted by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. Winners will be honored at the annual “Best Of” awards ceremony. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 or the day of the event for $35. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. For more information, visit or call (850) 862-2665.

Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery Harvest Festival Location: Chautauqua Vineyards Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Come and help us celebrate our 20th anniversary! Entertainment will be Smokin’ Rodeo and local favorite Jones and Company. More than $600 in cash and prizes will be awarded in the Backyard BBQ Cook Off Contest. Show off your special car or truck with event dash plates to everyone who registers before Oct. 1. We also have arts and crafts, free wine tasting, and a day of fun! Call (850) 892-5887 or visit

October 23 – 24 15th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts Location: Henderson Beach State Park Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. More than 100 juried artists from the U.S., live music, bistro food court, and student/adult collaborative art exhibit. For more information, visit October 24 – December 2 Art Exhibitions Location: Mattie Kelly Arts Center Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays; and 6 – 7:30 p.m. prior to performances Free and open to the public. The prestigious Pastel Society of North Florida’s juried show will feature original works executed in pastel by artists from all over the U.S. October 29 American Red Cross 3rd Annual Mini Golf Location: Tiki Island Golf & Games, Pensacola Beach Join us to “tee up” for fun in the sun, good food, and great prizes and help your local American Red Cross! Prize for contests and winning teams. For more information call (800) 7737620 or visit October 30 Madame Butterfly Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 7:30 p.m. Soar with one of the most emotionally involving operas ever written as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra brings the romance and pathos of the heart-wrenching Madame Butterfly to life in full concert version sung in Italian with English subtitles. Visit www.nfsymphony. org for season concert updates and further information. October 30 and 31 Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 – Friends, fireworks, and frights! Come experience this family friendly Halloween event. Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they provide you with some of your favorite Halloween treats. The DJ will play frighteningly good tunes on the events plaza stage and don’t miss spooky story time on Cannery Lane. Then, to end the evening fireworks will light up the sky at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 – Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they provide you with some of your favorite Halloween treats. October 31 Silver Sands Store-to-Store Trick-or-Treating Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Children are invited to dress up in their ghoulish costumes for a spooktacular trick-or-treating event from store-to-store. Visit www.silver for more information or call (850) 654-9771. PAGE 15

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