Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Member News: BBB Acreditation, Arts & Wine Festivals, New Realtors, & More

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Announces BBB Accreditation 
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties achieved the “Standards for Trust” required for Accreditation by the Better Business Bureau and is now a BBB Accredited Business. 

”We were excited to learn that Newman-Dailey has achieved BBB Accredited Business status,” said Jeanne Dailey, president and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. “We strive for exceptional customer service and the highest level of professionalism and integrity day in and day out and it is an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished organization.” 

Learn more about Newman-Dailey Resort Properties at DestinVacation.com.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Voted "Finest on the Emerald Coast" 
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that the readers of Northwest Florida Daily News named Wyndham Vacation Rentals "Finest on the Emerald Coast” in the category of vacation rental company for the second year in a row. The "Finest on the Emerald Coast" competition asks community members to vote for the businesses they feel represent the best of the Emerald Coast across more than 160 categories. This year's honorees will be recognized at the “Finest on the Emerald Coast” winners event held at HarborWalk Village on April 24. For details, call (888) 909-6807 or visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/florida/northwest-florida/.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival Wins Award
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival won an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) on April 16, at the annual Image Awards ceremony held in Pensacola. The FPRA Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs in Florida. The Northwest Florida Coast and Pensacola Chapters presented the award to Stacey Brady, executive director of the festival, and representatives of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, a founding partner and the venue for the festival. For festival details, visit SoWalWine.com.

AAA Member Appreciation Event at Silver Sands
AAA members are invited to Silver Sands Premium Outlets to enjoy extra savings during the AAA Member Appreciation Event on May 3 - 4. As part of the “Show Your Card & Save” program, AAA members can present a valid AAA card at the Information Center to receive a free VIP Coupon Book (a $5.00 value), a 2-day savings flyer with exclusive savings, and an entry to win prizes. The first 50 AAA members to check in at the Information Center each day will receive a gift bag with additional coupons and samples. For details, call (850) 654-9771.

Blue Marlin Realty Group Adds Two New Realtors 
Blue Marlin Realty Group continues to expand its team of more than 30 realtors with the addition of Rebecca Browning Miller. Born and raised in Destin, Miller has a true passion for the area and the real estate market as a whole. Miller attended Fort Walton Beach High School and received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Alabama. To learn more about the company and its services, contact the team at (850) 837-7800 or info@bluemarlinrealtygroup.com

Easter Bunny Visits Children in Crisis
Thanks to the generous donations from Jennifer Ramirez and friends, all the kids living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood received an Easter Basket with all the traditional goodies. Ramirez reached out to her Facebook friends and encouraged them to purchase the needed items for the baskets. She then assembled the baskets and delivered them to CIC on Easter eve. 

Celebrate ArtsQuest on Mother’s Day Weekend
Every Mother’s Day weekend for the past 26 years, art has been celebrated in South Walton with ArtsQuest, a fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. This special tradition, scheduled for May 9‐11 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, brings mothers and daughters, girlfriend groups and families alike to experience nearly 200 national and local artists, live music and kids’ activities. For details, visit ArtsQuestFlorida.com.

ERA American Realty Adds New Agents
Stephani Fuzy, TJ Martin, Ron Hefner, and Kelli Benscoter joined ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida’s real estate team and will be working from its 30A location at Grayton Corners and its Destin location on Mountain Drive. ERA American Realty, has 6 offices along northwest Florida and is a long established company that has been connecting people to properties since 1981. For details, visit ERA-American.com.

38th Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival and Heritage 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run 
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host the 38th Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival, a family-fun event with something for everyone, April 26, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guest will enjoy a 5K, live entertainment, historic craft demonstrations, re-enactors, festive foods, raffles, a Kid Zone, and more. For details, call 850-678-2615 or visit Heritage-Museum.org.

Legendary Marine Hosts Water Ski & Wakeboard Expo
Legendary Marine is hosting a first-ever Water Ski & Wakeboard Expo featuring 24x World Record Holder Cory Pickos and other world class competitors. Slated for Saturday, April 26, from 12 – 2 p.m., at Mangos on the Bayou waterfront restaurant in Fort Walton Beach, the event will include multiple demonstrations of various water ski and wakeboarding techniques moderated by Pickos, who owns and operates the Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is free to the public and no RSVPs are required. For more information about the event, contact Legendary Marine Sales Consultant and event organizer Bill McKissick at (850) 337-8300.

NWF Regional Airport Name Poll on VPS Facebook & Twitter
Approximately five years ago, VPS was renamed from Okaloosa Regional Airport to Northwest Florida Regional Airport in an attempt to clarify its location and identity to both local and out of state passengers. Please help determine if the airport name continues to accurately depict our location or if you believe a different name would be more accurate. Follow Facebook.com/flyvpsor Twitter.com/flyvps, and share your opinion. You will have 4 selections to choose from or leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

Tax Collector Team Holds Tax Certificate Sale Workshops
Representatives from the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office will be speaking to Civic groups and organizations around the county, educating citizens on the annual Tax Certificate Sale. Winning bidders can earn between 5% - 18% interest. Potential investors can log on toBidOkaloosa.com to take full advantage of the demonstrations, procedural information, links to public records, and the Delinquent Tax advertising list. Workshops are Monday, May 12, in Niceville; Tuesday, May 13, in Crestview; and Thursday, May 15, in Fort Walton Beach. All are at 6 p.m. For more details or questions, visit OkaloosaTax.com or call (850) 651-7604.

Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center raised $2,320 for the Junior League
Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center hosted its first Posture, Purses and Prosecco event on March 27, and successfully raised $2,320 for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC). This spring preview took place at the office of Dr. Shawna Hogan, located in the heart of Destin in Regatta Commons across from the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 women in the community attended and enjoyed wine tastings by Deliver my Wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and shopping. For more information, visit RegattaChiropractic.com

Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise on the SOLARIS Yacht
On Sunday, May 11, from 1 – 3 p.m., show Mom your love and appreciation with a special day of cruising and coastal cuisines. Indulge in a three-course, chef prepared meal that begins with freshly baked Artisan rolls with garlic, herbs and infused oil. Entrée choices include fresh-herb encrusted Filet Mignon, Gulf Fish topped with lemon beurre blanc sauce, cheese, and fresh herb-stuffed chicken breast with volute sauce or spinach & cheese stuffed pasta. End on a sweet note with Chef’s special Mother’s Day dessert. Price, including 2-hour cruise and 3-course meal, is $55 for adults (ages 11+), $25 for children ages 3-10, and $15 for infants under 3. Reservations required online at SunQuestCruises.com or by calling (850) 650-2519.

World Impact Welcomes Carolyn Anderson
Carolyn Anderson was attracted to World Impact Real Estate (WIRE) when it opened in Destin because of a common philosophy and value system, which is much like her own. Anderson became a licensed real estate agent after a successful career as a teacher and school administrator. Since relocating to the Emerald Coast in 1991, she has been intricately involved in the growth and development of our vacation resort community. She worked exclusively in a unique waterfront development with award-winning builders, where she gained extensive knowledge in waterfront property and new construction. You may reach Anderson at (850) 974-7417 for help with your real estate needs. 

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