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Allegiant Travel Adding New Travel Options Coming in 2021


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...

See our Updated List of Upcoming Events in Northwest Florida!


beginning the week of November 29

Sunday Matinee Series
Downtown DeFuniak Springs is hosting
Christmas-themed movies every Sunday now through December

Holiday Poinsettia Drive
Billy Gray Ministries annual poinsettia drive is NOW!
Poinsettias to be delivered December 4th or 5th

Sip N' Stroll Gallery Night
December 4 - 4:00-6:00 pm
J. Leon Gallery and Studio
Enjoy wine, champagne and eats while enjoying  artistic work from 11 artists from the Okaloosa/Walton area

Click here for additional details AND additional events through April 2021!


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


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...

Upcoming Events through April 2021!


See the list of Events Scheduled in Walton & Bay County
until April 2021!

Pups, Paddles and Pints

BOTE in Grayton Beach will host Pups, Paddles, and Pints to benefit local nonprofit, Dog-Harmony at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. Featuring food from AJ’s Grayton Beach, cold brews from Destin Brewery,  information from Pedego Electric Bikes and a chance to win a BOTE Breeze Aero paddleboard, this fundraiser will be a four-legged-family-member friendly afternoon. Event is free, with tickets to win the paddleboard available before and during the event for $10 each or three for $20.

Island Concert Series

Dance to the sounds of the Caribbean on the harbor from 6-8 p.m. Nov.21 with Aloe Vera's at HarborWalk Village. Tap your feet to the island beat.

Annie Kids

ECTC’s Educational Theatre program elementary students present one of Broadway’s family-friendly musical comedy classics in DeFuniak Springs at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and  2 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Purchase...

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


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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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,...

Food Truck Festival & Christmas Bazaar bringing holidays to Panama City Beach


Food truck festival & Christmas Bazaar bringing holidays to Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Food trucks and vendors from across the Southeast will come to Laketown Wharf for November 21 and 22 as part of the Emerald Coast Christmas Bazaar and Food Truck Festival.

The event does not have a price of admission and begins at 10 a.m. each day and will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Event Coordinator, Tracey Neudecker, said patrons can expect raffle and cash prizes, an appearance from Santa, kid’s games and a bouncy house, live entertainment and vendors selling a variety of merchandise to fit Christmas shopping lists.

The event does not have a price of admission and begins at 10 a.m. each day and will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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.

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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


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...

Easy Property Fixes to Prompt a Quick Sale


Easy Property Fixes to Prompt a Quick Sale
Small upgrades and aesthetic swaps can make all the difference in drawing buyers to a home.
October 26, 2020 | by Danielle Braff

Key takeaways:

  • Instead of replacing outdated furnishings, consider paring down decorative distractions to show off the natural attributes of a well-structured space.
  • Focus on flourishes in common, small hardware such as doorknobs and handles on kitchen cabinetry.
  • If there are significant property defects, play up the home’s backstory to redirect attention to a positive talking point.

Despite the thought and preparation that goes into listing a home, the two biggest hurdles to the sale are property photos, which should motivate buyers to request an in-person tour, and the showing, which needs to justify the photos, says Kenny Dahill, CEO and co-founder of Burbz Co., an à la carte property manager platform. Your sellers could do expensive home improvements like a kitchen renovation or a room addition. But how can they complete a project of similar impact without spending thousands? And after the work is done, how do you promote your listing’s new look?

The National Association of REALTORS®’ ...

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


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 

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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Construction has begun at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound!


Partners Minto Communities USA (“Minto”), Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (“St. Joe”) announce that construction has started on 13 model homes at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, the companies’ planned 55-and-better community. Models are projected to open in April 2021.

Model homes have been designed to capture the “no worries” tropical vibe that is so much a part of life at Latitude Margaritaville. There will be four distinct home collections – Conch Cottage Collection, Caribbean Villas Collection, and Beach and Island Collections of single-family homes. Home plans range from approximately 1,204 to 2,564 square feet under air, and prices are anticipated to start in the $200s.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City, near Panama City Beach, and just a short drive from the famed Scenic Highway 30-A corridor. This area, with its beautiful white-sand beaches, is the embodiment of the relaxed, beachy vibe that is at the heart of the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is the third Latitude Margaritaville community to be developed by Minto and Margaritaville, and the first to be developed in partnership with St. Joe. The first two Latitude Margaritaville communities have opened in Daytona Beach, Florida and near Hilton Head, South Carolina.