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Florida sees Tourist Boom in the 3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter Tourism Boom in Florida


The numbers are out and Florida easily exceeded the number of Visitors for the 3rd Quarter of 2021 from last year's numbers.

Between July 1st and September 30th we saw an estimated total of OVER 32 Million tourists, just over .3% more than in 2019, before the Pandemic began.

We're seeing not only visitors from around the country, tourists from around the world come to see our beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic beaches in our diverse state where there's something for everyone.

Counted in the total number included visitors travelling on cruise ships and attending theme parks proving that our state is OPEN for BUSINESS.

To read the entire article click here.

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Safety Tips to follow for your pets during the Holidays

KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE THIS
HOLIDAY SEASON

While everyone is celebrating the holidays remember these important tips to follow this Season about your Pets

Foods NOT to feed your pets:

Bones can easily splinter and could cause serious health problems and, in some cases, death

Candy, especially chocolate is lethal and toxic to dogs, cats and other animals

Do not give your pets any candy that contains
Xylitol, a toxic sweetener

Any Citrus foods and any fruits that contain pits, such as cherry, peach pits and apple seeds

To see what the Humane Society recommends for your pets click here .

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What you didn't know about Walton County

DID YOU KNOW......

Walton County features the highest point in the State AND is the lowest high point in the United States!

Walton County is the 13th biggest County in Florida

Walton County is the FASTEST GROWING County of all 67 counties in Florida

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Walton County making plans for more parking and beach access

Walton County Working on More Public Beach Access Points

Those of you know that when it comes to finding a place to park when you're heading for the Beach can become difficult and you find yourself, along with others, vying for the same spot that just opened up!  With the growing number of tourists it's clear that something needs to be done.

Walton County is very aware of these issues and are making plans for opening up to 7 parcels dedicated just for public parking and access to the beach.  The problem is that it can take up to 4 years to do it.

Ground has recently been broken on one of these parcels, expected to open up by next June.  This new beach access point will come with amenities including bathrooms, a lifeguard station, a wheelchair accessible ramp and parking, not only for cars but also for bicycles and golf carts.

No word yet on how far along the process is for the remaining 6 parcels but it's hopeful they'll be built sooner rather than later.

Check back for upcoming developments on this important need for our area.

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After 28 years or More Well Known Businesses in Gulf Breeze Close up!

2 Well Known Businesses Closed
in Gulf Breeze

2 Established and well-known businesses on Hwy 98 in Gulf Breeze have closed. 

After 28 years the popular Gulf Breeze Flea Market has closed.  The Western side of the parcel will be the location for Santa Rosa County's newest South end High School.

Many of the vendors are moving to the newer location at the old Iron Gargoyle Antique Mall about 3 miles west of the Flea Market, but will have to wait to move in as the Owners are renovating the interior.  The plan is to open up before the end of the year.

Other vendors have decided to either move to another flea market or just call it quits altogether.

If you're looking for your favorite vendors after they've moved, a Facebook group has been created named #GulfBreezeFleaMarket.


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New Condominium Complex gets green light from Panama City Commissioners

NEW WATERFRONT CONDOMINIUMS
TO BE BUILT IN PANAMA CITY BEACH

Building is expected to begin soon on the old Tibbets Boat Works located by the Tarpon Dock Bridge.  Plans include Two Five-story buildings consisting of 60 units and a Marina with 49 wet slips.

To learn more about this new waterfront development click here.

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Look no further than Santa Rosa Beach for the Holidays!

PLAN TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS
ON THE EMERALD COAST!

It's not too late to start making your plans for the holidays! 
What better place to celebrate than on our beautiful beaches?

Consider Santa Rosa Beach for your destination!  Warm days and beautiful emerald green waters are perfect for relaxation with family and friends!

Click here to see what Southern Living says about Santa Rosa Beach as they've chosen it as one of the best small town destinations in the South!

 

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County Commissioners Meeting includes an Update on Navarre Beach Projects!

Navarre Beach update

During the latest meeting of the County Commissioners,  the current Navarre Beach Manager gave a presentation showing current beach conditions from recent complaints received. 

From reports of vandalism, maintenance, parking lots, beach and trash, it seemed clear that one thing needs to take place, more cleanup crews are needed.

With an increasing amount of visitors flocking to the area it takes more manpower for the cleanup necessary to keep our beaches and areas clean.  Relying on our tourists is not an option.

Pictures of the area’s public bathrooms showed dispensers being pulled off of the walls and found laying on the floors, holes cut in the bathroom stalls, power boxes being destroyed and more.

Another area of concern are visitors staying overnight in the parks.  More and more locals are making reports of seeing homeless people loitering in the parks.

Future discussions will need to occur before anything can be accomplished and implemented.  Hopefully this can be fully addressed before the Spring Break season begins next year.

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Beach Changes Being Considered in Walton County

Changes are being considered for
Walton County’s Beaches

In a recent meeting with the Walton County Commissioners some of the areas they’re looking at include further definitions of a “tent” and an “umbrella”, banning tents from some of the beaches, or possibly considering a law to keep from people linking their tents together. 

Other areas of this discussion included changing the process of vendor suspensions and revocations of permits, defining violations and their severity and the possibility of using a point system for vendors.  This way if they get to a certain amount of points then they will be suspended, not just for the first violation.

Commissioners are looking to clear up some of these issues before next year’s Tourist Season, therefore they are asking that specific proposed changes to the ordinances be brought to them for consideration by January 1, 2022.

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See what Forbes says are the Best Places to Travel this Winter!

FORBES NAMES 9 BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL
IN THE WINTER

After a year of being locked down with travel restrictions, everyone is ready to take off and get away, either to visit with family and friends or take time to discover our beautiful country.

Forbes has come out with the 9 Best Places to Travel this Winter, from East to West and North to South!

Click here for ideas on where you would like to go!

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St. Joe Announces New Developments in Bay County

St. Joe Announces
New Projects in Panama City Beach!

Ground breaking has begun for the Latitude Margaritaville's Watersound's Town Center in Panama City Beach! 
This community is made with the 55+ age group in mind.

Amenities include:
Large Amphitheater & Concert Stage
2-story waterfront restaurant
Fitness Center
Indoor & Outdoor Pools

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Navarre Named in Top 12 of Best Fall Fishing Destinations

FishingBooker Blog Names Navarre in the TOP 12 of
BEST FALL FISHING DESTINATIONS in
the UNITED STATES


FishingBooker is an International Blog of the world's largest fishing charter community.  This year Navarre has been named as #2 on the list of Top 12 across the United States

Here is part of what they had to say about what we already knew:

"Navarre in itself needs no introduction.  Nestled on the threshold of the Gulf of Mexico, this beachside community offers a fantastic fishing diversity.

To read the rest of their review and see the other 12 destinations click here.

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See where Filter King names the TOP 50 BEST PLACES in America to Own a Beach House!

See the TOP 50 Locations in the United States to live and own a Beach House

Not surprisingly, Beaches are among the top vacation destinations among those looking for some well-deserved R & R in the U.S.

Also, not surprisingly to those who have visited or live here, 20 of those destinations are in the beautiful Sunshine State, Florida!

Many factors, such as home prices, temperature, conditions of the beaches, rainfall have been taken into consideration in compiling this list for this year's Best Places to Own a Beach House.

Click here to see these TOP 50 destinations.

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Money Names Navarre in the Best 50 Places to Live in 2021

Navarre Makes it in the
TOP 50 Places to Live in 2021!

Anyone who lives along the Emerald Coast won't be surprised to hear the news that Money Magazine has named
Navarre 34th in the Top Places to Live in the United States in 2021! 
There's no way our secret wouldn't get out at some point!

From the beautiful beaches to the stellar schools and nearby Military Bases, residents have enjoyed the quiet, small town living Navarre has to offer.

Click here to see who else made it on the Top 50 list! 

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Conde Nast Traveler names Grayton Beach State Park as one of the Best Beaches in the U.S.

    Grayton Beach State Park


Condé Nast Releases List of the 19 BEST
Beaches in the U.S.

It's no surprise here that Grayton Beach State Park was named one of the top 19 Beaches in the United States!  A total of FOUR beaches were in Florida!

Other beaches in Florida were Caladesi Island State Park, Bowman's Beach in Sanibel Island and South Beach in Miami.

To see all 19 beaches in Condé...

New Developments in Navarre Making Progress

Construction is moving ahead in Navarre with their newest 332 Luxury Apartment complex named "Elevate Navarre" beginning in mid-September.  Located at Hwy 98 & Hwy 87, this complex also will include a clubhouse.  Seven parcels in the rear of the complex will be built as soon as retailers have committed to the space.

Heading East on Hwy 98 at the corner of Ortega Street, the site has been cleared and construction has begun for the new Aldi Grocery store.  Also located in the same location will be T-Mobile and Dunkin' Donuts where construction is ongoing as well.

Keep heading East to near the county line of Okaloosa County, the First National Bank in Wynnehaven Plaza has been torn out, trees removed and the site is being cleared to build a new Publix, with their new 2-story design.  A cafe & bakery will be on the 2nd story.

While Navarre is seeing much growth, Santa Rosa County has the 8th fastest growing population in the entire state.  Watch out for updates and more new additions for Navarre!

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Visiting our area? Try one of these Waterfront Restaurants in Panama City Beach!

Waterfront Restaurants in Panama City Beach

If you're visiting our area and looking for a nice, waterfront Dining experience we've got a few ideas!  Whether it be casual or Fine Dining here are some restaurants you may want to try to enhance your Panama City Beach experience!

Some of our suggestions include Harpoon Harry's, Sharky's Beachfront Restaurant and more!

Click here for more in-depth ideas!

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