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Navarre Beach Tourism Surges in November During the Pandemic

NAVARRE BEACH SEES
RECORD TOURISM IN NOVEMBER

After suffering through the dismal Spring months of 2020, when most of the country was in lockdown due to the Pandemic, Navarre Beach Tourism soared.

When Florida began to reopen their doors, it was evident that vacationers were eager to get back to normal after being shut inside, and go out and play and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches around.

The numbers are astonishing with tax revenue being up almost 27% in October and 55% in November.  Total tax revenues for the year came in at $3.5 million, being only $400K less than 2019.

Unfortunately, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key didn't fare as well.  Tax revenues on Pensacola Beach were up, but just by 3% in November.  Perdido Key's revenue dropped by 30% in November.

So, why did Navarre Beach do so well but Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key did not?  Most contribute it to the fact that the Three-Mile Bridge was closed due to hurricane damage. Also contributing could be that Navarre Beach only has one hotel while Pensacola Beach and Perdido are filled with hotels, which were closed. ...

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound Update!




Update on the New

Latitude Margaritaville WaterSound Community

It's Full Steam ahead on the construction of 13 Model homes and the first 258 homesites at this new Community, designed for the Active Senior!
Located near Panama City Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway, this long anticipated neighborhood comes with it's "No Worries" lifestyle.

Model homes are currently on track to open in April 2021.  Choose from four distinct single family home collections with prices beginning in the $200's.  Plans range from approximately 1,204 to 2,564 Square feet.

The first phase is projected to include approximately 3,500 homes.

Also included in this all-inclusive community is a town center with amenities such as a Town Square with Concert stage and jumbo movie screen, state-of-the-art fitness center, a lagoon-style swimming pool, dining, a dog park, tennis and pickleball courts and nature trails.

For additional information contact Amin Delawalla at 850.225.9899.

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NatureWalk at WaterSound Origins VIP Preview Next Week!


NatureWalk at Origins Community Model Park is
ready to Preview by Appointment Only!

Call Amin at 850.225.9899 TODAY to schedule an APPOINTMENT before it's filled up!

Ask about the Pre-construction pricing and more information on this
NEW section of the Community!

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Learn how Food and Wine Festivals are coping during Covid-19


*How Food and Wine Festivals are Pivoting During Covid-19 | Wine Enthusiast Magazine (winemag.com)


This year we're
all trying to manage and cope with the challenges that Covid-19 has affected, not only our families, businesses and even events.  

Whether it be by virtual events or social distancing they've been Thinking outside of the Box more than ever.

Click here to see how festivals across the country are changing to conform.

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Local Non-Profit, Trees on the Coast, plants 10 trees at South Walton School

Trees on the Coast plants 10 trees at South Walton, Florida school (nwfdailynews.com)

Trees on the Coast plants 10 trees at
South Walton Elementary School


SANTA ROSA BEACH — Trees on the Coast, a local environmental nonprofit, planted 10 trees during a planting ceremony on Nov. 13 at Van R. Butler Elementary School.

This was the first tree planting ceremony the organization has hosted since COVID-19, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

Principal Jimmy Ross and 40 students participated in planting the trees. Board members from Trees on the Coast were in attendance to educate the students on the trees and what purpose they would be serving the community.

The trees that were planted are available for adoption as “Honor Trees.” The cost to adopt, along with a customized naming plaque, is $250, the release said. 

Those interested in purchasing a naming plaque or getting more information...

Watercrest Senior Living Community now welcoming Residents


Santa Rosa Beach's Newest Senior Living Community
Now Welcoming New Residents

St. Joe and the Watercrest Senior Living Group announced last month their new facility in Santa Rosa Beach is now accepting new residents!

This BRAND NEW facility features 107 units with amenities such as a promenade, signature water wall, fireplace, pool, salon, spa, grand balconies and multiple dining options.

For more information on this exciting New Community click here.

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Santa Rosa Beach family finds pair of bears on front porch

*www.wjhg.com - 11/25/2020

Santa Rosa Beach family finds pair of bears on front porch

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

Alli Benton and her family woke up Tuesday morning to an unexpected sight, two large black bears digging through trash on the front porch.

“My heart was beating a little bit, but I was never too terrified,” said Benton. “It was actually a really cool experience to see them so close.”

Benton says it isn’t the first time they’ve encountered bears in the neighborhood.

“There have been mornings you wake up and there’s trash in the front yard, and we’ve seen them on our Ring doorbell camera, but this is the first super close encounter,” said Benton.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, around 4,000 bears live in Florida.

They ask if a bear gets into something on your property that you secure it and any open food sources so they don’t come back.

Benton says that’s something they will look into over the coming days.

“We have noticed neighbors with bear safe trash cans, so it does seem...

Allegiant Travel Adding New Travel Options Coming in 2021

*https://finance.yahoo.com/news/allegiant-travel-algt-expand-domestic-164704966.html

Allegiant Travel to Expand Domestic Services in 2021

Allegiant Travel Company ALGT announced plans for a major domestic service expansion next year as air-travel demand, dampened by the coronavirus crisis, improves gradually. The airline will begin 15 new nonstop services in 2021, offering customers wider connectivity to   Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning Feb 12, 2021, the carrier will initiate services connecting Orange County, CA with Boise, ID; Grand Junction, CO; Medford, OR and Provo, UT.

Starting Feb 18, 2021, Allegiant Travel will introduce services connecting Orange County, CA with Las Vegas, NV; Missoula, MT; Reno, NV and Spokane, WA.

Additionally, the airline will begin services to/from Las Vegas, NV connecting with Spokane, Orange County, Asheville, N.C and Flint, MI. Flights between Las Vegas and Spokane as well as Orange County will begin in February, while those connecting Las Vegas with Asheville and Flint will commence operations in March.

From Grand Rapids, MI, Allegiant Travel will start flights to Newark, NJ and Destin, FL. Both these services will be operational Mar 5, 2021 onward. Further, the carrier will begin flights between St. Petersburg, FL and Fargo, ND as well as that between Houston, TX and Mesa, AZ. These services will be available from Feb 11, 2021.

Customers can avail these services for fares as low as $39, $49, $59, $69 and $79 one way. However, the offer is limited to those...

Senior Assisted Living Facility in Miramar Beach Recognized for Excellence in Service

*https://menafn.com/1101143450/Senior-Assisted-Living-Facility-In-Miramar-Beach-Florida-Offers-24-Hour-Nursing-Wellness-Staff

Senior Assisted Living Facility in Miramar Beach, Florida
Offers 24-Hour Nursing & Wellness Staff


(MENAFN - GetNews) The Blake in Miramar Beach offers excellence in wellness, dining, and memory care with around-the-clock services in gracious facilities.

The Blake at Miramar Beach is pleased to announce that they have established a senior assisted living facility in Miramar Beach, Florida , which offers nursing and wellness staff members on duty around the clock. The wellness and care offerings form the core component of the spectrum of services. The programs start with an initial comprehensive assessment, conducted by a team of health care pros. This assessment allows each resident to receive individualized care and placement as needed to promote health and well-being in every aspect of life.

Medical supervision is conducted by registered and licensed nurses to provide medication management. These include diabetic monitoring, administration, storage, and ordering of medications. In addition to medication management, there are on-site rehabilitation, exercise, performance enhancement, and therapy programs designed to assist residents in promoting longevity and remaining active. There is a primary care provider on-site and an experienced team of health care providers to help with care planning. After the initial assessment, regular follow-up assessments ensure that the ongoing services will continue to meet each resident's needs. Residents are also encouraged to participate in the activities of daily living.

More details can be seen at [To enable...

Gulf Islands estimates $4.5 million in damage from Hurricane Sally in Florida

*https://www.pnj.com - Gulf Islands estimates $4.5 million in damage from Hurricane Sally in Florida

Gulf Islands estimates $4.5 million in damage from
Hurricane Sally in Florida
Madison Arnold | Pensacola News Journal
Published 6:01 a.m. CT Nov 20, 2020

The Florida portions of the Gulf Islands National Seashore sustained more than $4.5 million in damages from Hurricane Sally, according to early estimates.

Much of the park still remains closed more than two months after the Category 2 hurricane. The largest damage came to the roadways with repairs estimated to cost close to $2 million, along with another $1.2 million to repair the "obliterated" ferry pier, said Superintendent Dan Brown. 

"We have this very, very long list of storm recovery projects and we're having to prioritize them," Brown said.

In all, the Florida side has 26 separate repair projects to do for Hurricane Sally, and about just as many on the Mississippi side following Hurricane Zeta.

In the past, Congress has passed supplemental appropriation for storm damage at National Parks but haven't done so for recent storms. Instead, the park will have to reprioritize its existing funding that it uses for regular rehab projects to those repairs needed following Sally.

"What is likely to happen is that our region for the National Park Service, the Southeast region of the country here, is going to have to reprioritize...

Where to eat or pick up Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants in Panama City


*https://www.newsherald.com/story/entertainment/2020/11/19/thanksgiving-dinner-restaurants-panama-city/6312540002/

Where to eat or pick up Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants in Panama City

Jan Waddy | The News Herald
Published 6:46 am ET Nov. 19, 2020 | Updated 10:25 am ET Nov. 19, 2020

PANAMA CITY — Whether you need a little help or a lot this Thanksgiving, area restaurants are serving up options to bring the holiday meal to your table or to enjoy at theirs.

Sunday, Nov. 22, is the deadline for order smoked turkey, smoked ham and BBQ butts from Angel's BBQ and Catering, 6034-B U.S. 98 in Parker, for pick up noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. A portion of the proceeds will go to Anchorage Children's Home. For more information, call owner Victor Hunt at 850-890-1922 or email angelsbbqofpc@gmail.com.

Beau's, 2304 Thomas Drive, has a Thanksgiving take-out menu with pick up from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. All food will be prepared and ready to serve after heating (with heating instructions provided). Main dishes include smoked ham, turkey, beef loin or chicken. Add on cranberry sauce, turkey gravy or chimichurri.

Sides include collards, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, squash casserole, green beans, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, creamed corn, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli rice casserole. Call Beau's at 850-775-1828 or email info@beauspcb.com for more information.

Capt. Anderson's Restaurant, 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, is offering Thanksgiving favorites, from coconut and Key Lime pies to salad dressings,...

St. Joe has undertaken 22 projects and spent more than $100M since Hurricane Michael


*Nathan Cobb | The News Herald
Published 11:03 a.m. ET Nov. 13, 2020 | Updated 12:11 p.m. ET Nov. 13, 2020

St. Joe has undertaken 22 projects, spent more than
$100 million, since Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY BEACH — With rays of sunlight shining through gloomy skies, construction crews worked Tuesday to add the finishing touches to phase 2 of Pier Park Crossings Apartments. 

Located off Pier Park Drive, the complex is one of many developments spearheaded by the St. Joe Company since Hurricane Michael made landfall more than two years ago.

Since the Category 5 storm steamrolled the Panhandle, the company, which owns more than 100,000 acres in Bay County, has spent more than $100 million on developments to help in the community's recovery. That includes 11 completed projects and 11 others in development or under construction.

Mike Kerrigan, spokesman for St. Joe, dubbed Pier Park Crossings Apartments as one of the company's most successful projects in recent years. The first 240 units began filling up with tenants almost instantly after they opened in 2019. The second phase of construction will add 120 units.

To read the entire article click here. 

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Gulf Power Foundation contributes almost $100K to local organizations


Gulf Power Foundation contributes almost $100,000 to local community organizations | Causes
From staff reports | Published 8:04 am CT | 11.11.2020

 The Gulf Power Foundation recently awarded almost $100,000 to local charitable or nonprofit organizations to support communities throughout Northwest Florida.

 Recent quarterly grant recipients for the region are:

  • Bay Youth Summer Work Foundation — $3,000
  • Every Child A Reader in Escambia — $3,800
  • Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition — $8,500
  • Food4Kids — $10,000
  • Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders — $12,000
  • Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center — $5,315
  • Studer Community Institute — $5,000

In addition, the Gulf Power Foundation awarded two other grants in partnership with its parent company’s charitable foundation, the NextEra Energy Foundation:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast — $37,500
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bay County — $12,500

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Pamper yourself while visiting Rosemary Beach and stay at The Pearl Hotel



You've made it through 2020!  Now it's time to Pamper Yourself!

Consider
THE PEARL HOTEL
in Rosemary Beach

This 55-room boutique property comes with AMAZING views of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Old World-European architecture.
Once you've spent one night in this 30A oasis you'll NEVER want to leave!
You deserve every minute of it!

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind luxurious hotel for your vacation, click here!

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Navarre Park Renovations Finally underway after delays


*Pensacola News Journal  |  Annie Blanks  |  11.6.20


Navarre Park's $3.3 million in renovations finally underway after more
than a year of delays

With time running out, construction crews finally are hard at work on $3.3 million in renovations at Navarre Park following more than a year of delays.

Contractors have just fewer than 270 days left to complete the first of the massive three-phase project. The renovations for the seven-acre park were first approved by County Commissioners in 2016, although work didn’t begin until last month. Contractors had barely gotten on site when Hurricane Sally hit on Sept. 16, causing substantial damage to the park.

“They (the contractor) may have mobilized and done a few small things (before Sally), but nothing much,” said Michael Schmidt, the environmental director for Santa Rosa County. “We asked them to hold off on starting the project until we could get our crews in there to clean up the park, because their contract had nothing to do with hurricane damage.”

The small pier leading into Santa Rosa Sound was destroyed in Sally’s storm surge, and strong winds and flooding brought piles of debris over the...

Watercrest Senior Living Group and St. Joe Announce Pre-Opening of Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living Facility!

*https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/watercrest-senior-living-group-and-the-st-joe-company-celebrate-the-pre-opening-of-watercrest-santa-rosa-beach-assisted-living-and-memory-care-301167211.html

Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company Celebrate the Pre-Opening of Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a 107-unit, signature Watercrest product offering 75 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments with resort-style service and world-class care.  The architecture and design boast a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, pool, salon and spa, grand balconies, and Florida-style outdoor living spaces.  Watercrest's uniquely designed Market Street Residence showcases an 'outdoor' streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming. 

"Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a truly spectacular community in its unique design, exceptional amenities and idyllic setting," says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group.  "We are thankful for an outstanding partnership with The St. Joe Company, and the opportunity to welcome the seniors of ...

Rehabilitated Sea Turtles by Gulfarium's C.A.R.E Center Released at Topsail Hill

*Published 10/28/2020 | Northwest Florida Daily News 
https://www.nwfdailynews.com/story/news/2020/10/28/gulfarium-releases-four-rehabilitated-sea-turtles-into-gulf-tuesday/3747124001/


Sea Turtles Rehabilitated by Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center released at Topsail Hill
by Devon Ravine

 SANTA ROSA BEACH — As rain from the outer edges of   Tropical Storm Zeta poured down, Gulfarium's staff and   volunteers released four juvenile green sea turtles back into the Gulf on Tuesday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in South Walton County.

“They were all brought in from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, and they were all caught in the mouth or foul-hooked externally,” said Terra Throgmorton, medical and stranding coordinator for Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center.

The turtles were rehabilitated at the nonprofit C.A.R.E. Center, which focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing endangered sea turtles.

One of the turtles, named Blackfin, has been at the C.A.R.E. Center since June. Blackfin recently had been cleared for release when the center got three more injured turtles from the pier, including one repeat offender.

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Baby Boomers Preferring Housing to Reflect Lifestyle

*Published Mon, Sep 21 2020 | Updated Thu, Sep 24 2020 on cnbc.com

The new retirement living: 
More baby boomers shun housing mega-developments

Where to live in one's golden years is one of the most significant decisions a new retiree has to make, and the traditional notion of retirement is changing.
The old formula of cookie-cutter retirement communities is being challenged by the rise of customizable living arrangements.  Sprawling housing developments in retirement havens like Florida are becoming less desirable and, as people live longer, they want their retirement to reflect their lifestyle choices.
To read the rest of the article, click here.

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Home Purchasing Reaches Highest Level in OVER a Decade

**Posted on Eye on Housing September 23, 2020

For the week ending September 18, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest Weekly Application Survey showed a jump in application activity, both in purchasing and refinancing.

The Purchasing Activity reached its highest level since January 2009.

Click Here to Read the Entire Article. 

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