4th of July Celebration at Fort Walton Beach Landing
Come spend the 4th at the Fort Walton Beach Landing on Brooks Street, from 4 – 10 p.m., and enjoy food and exhibitor booths. The event will also include live music, entertainment, and children’s activities. The evening will conclude with a breathtaking fireworks display at approximately 8:45 p.m. The City of Fort Walton Beach is now accepting vendor/exhibitor applications for the 4th of July Celebration event. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website or by calling (850) 833-9575 or via email email@example.com.
Fort Walton Beach KIDS GOT TALENT!
Can your child sing, dance, or play a musical instrument? Does your child have a special talent? If yes, here’s an opportunity for your child to display his or her talent on stage at the 4th of July Celebration at the Landing! Fort Walton Beach Kids Got Talent event is open to kids 17 and under. Singing, dancing, juggling, and more…anything goes! Kids can sign up individually or in a pair/group (there will be a 5 min time limit per act). Talent hour is from 4 – 5 p.m. For more information and to sign up, please call Tiffiny at (850) 833-9575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No judging…everyone’s a winner! Each participant will receive a gift for participating.
United Way Welcomes New Board Members
United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties welcomes six new members to its Board of Directors, now comprised of 33 leaders. The new members include Sasha Jarrell, Northwest Florida State College; Sean Lynch, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office; Patricia Parker Davis, Trustmark Bank; Christine Powell, Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast; and Nathan Sparks, Okaloosa Economic Development Council. For more information, visit www.united-way.org.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. For more information about Sandestin, visit www.Sandestin.com.
Florida Chamber Names Two Distinguished Advocates in Panhandle Region
This week, Florida Chamber of Commerce announced House Speaker Will Weatherford as their 2014 Most Valuable Legislator and honored the following two Panhandle region legislators with 2014 Distinguished Advocates awards:
• Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- Shalimar)- Championed meaningful lawsuit abuse reform this session with his work on fair settlement legislation and reducing nursing home litigation.
• Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City)- Continued to advocate for environmental regulatory reform.
To see grades for all 160 members of the Florida Legislature, click here.
Insurance Agencies Sign Joint Venture Letter of Intent
Acentria, Inc., and Gateway Insurance Agency, L.C. announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to consolidate and join forces in the South Florida marketplace. Gateway, a cornerstone of the independent agent community, has been proudly serving Dade, Broward, and West Palm Beach communities since 1952. Acentria, with 10 Florida locations, is expanding the southeast corridor of Florida with this strategic merger. Once the joint-venture is completed, the two independent insurance agencies will continue to meet the needs of the community under the name, Gateway-Acentria Insurance with locations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. For more information on Acentria or Gateway-Acentria, please visit www.acentria.com orwww.gatewayins.com or call Mitchell Weinstein (863) 602-9600.
Landrum Ranks #77 in Florida Trend Top 225 Private Companies
Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc., ranked number 77 on the 2014 Florida Trend Top 225 Private Companies list. This is Landrum’s 14th consecutive year to be recognized and the only Pensacola based company to earn a spot on the 2014 list. Profiles of Landrum and other businesses listed are featured in the July 2014 issue of Florida Trend Magazine. For an online list of Florida Private 225, visit FloridaTrend.com. For more information about Landrum, visit www.LandrumHR.com or subscribe to its blog atwww.LandrumHRBlog.com.
Record Payout, Purse for 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
The 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, presented by Mojo Sportswear Company and ORCA Coolers, took place June 18-22, at the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, located in Florida’s scenic Panhandle region. And Team Reel Worthless is red-hot right now after winning big in its third major Gulf tournament this season. Angler Steve Brown and his team again combined with the Reel Fuelish crew to land the biggest—and only—blue marlin of the 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. That 594.9-pound fish was worth an ECBC record payout of $498,450, topping the previous mark set by UPTOIT in 2008 by more than $61,000. Reel Worthless swept the marlin division, top crew and all but one of the optional jackpot entries to claim the biggest share of the overall $1.68 million in prize money.
The 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is scheduled for June 17-21. For more information about the tournament and its winners, visit www.fishecbc.com.