Monday, July 14, 2014

July 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 3

SOCKS Shares its Shelter Needs
Save Our Cats & Kittens (SOCKS) knows some of its supporters like to buy a specific item for the shelter. Here is a list of needs outside of its ordinary list.
• Canister Vacuum – “We don't need fancy or expensive, as these will get ruined. We'd love to have ‘new, but cheap,’ that could be replaced every six months or so.”
• Litter Scoops
• Deep Litter Boxes (especially the large ones, lids not required)
• Small Plastic Bowls
By far, its biggest requirement is money for spays and neuters, so please donate. For more information,click here.

Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center Offers BrainCore Therapy
Regatta Chiropractic & Laser Center of Destin is officially the first practice on the Emerald Coast to offer BrainCore Therapy. Neurofeedback has more than 40 years of scientific research behind it and has been shown to be powerful, drug-free alternative to prescription medication. Most frequently, it is used to address the symptoms associated with a wide range of neurological conditions, including ADHD/ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Migraines, and Chronic Pain. The goal of neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. In doing so, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. For more information, call (850) 424-7856.
Newman-Dailey awards their Top Producers for Second Quarter 2014
Sales associates Jerry Bielawski and Mark DeSalvo were recently awarded as the Top Producers for Newman-Dailey’s Real Estate Division for the second quarter of 2013. Bielawski was recognized as the top sales agent, and DeSalvo was recognized as the top listing agent.

Bielawski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Michigan State University. Following a rewarding career with Dow Chemical in sales and marketing, he moved to Destin. He is among the top 10% of all agents on the Emerald Coast, according to the 2013 ECAR Closed Sales Summary Report.

DeSalvo has excelled in real estate sales at Newman-Dailey for 12 years and counting. Most recently he was awarded Top Sales Agent for 2013 and Top Listing Agent for the last three consecutive quarters. Originally from Little Rock, Ark., DeSalvo obtained his Arkansas Real Estate license 30 years ago. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Arkansas. He is a licensed Broker Associate in Florida and maintains a license in Arkansas. DeSalvo’s credentials include being a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Graduate of REALTOR Institute (GRI), and an Internet Professional (e-PRO).

For more sales information, call 800-225-7652, (850) 837-1071 or visit online at

Coastal Bank and Trust Helps Bring History to Life
Coastal Bank and Trust donated $1,200 to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in support of its upcoming Night at the Museum on July 19 and 20. This event, unlike any in the area, will feature the Dream Players Theatre, who will bring history to life through characters of the past. Guests will enjoy a guided tour, a food tasting from five sponsoring restaurants, entertainment, and a silent auction. For details on the event, visit or call (850) 678-2615. Seen here are Coastal Bank & Trust managers Vicky Dutton, Shirley Daniel, and Ellen Hurzek, with museum manager Gina Marini.

Rehabilitated Sea Turtle is Home Thanks to C.A.R.E. Program
A little turtle with a big name returned to the Gulf of Mexico after spending several months in rehabilitation with Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park's Sea Turtle C.A.R.E Program. Captain Hook, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, caught a ride on a research vessel in Pensacola for his release 60 miles out into the safety of floating weed lines. The 2-lb turtle had nearly doubled in size since volunteer nest observers on Okaloosa Island brought him to the Gulfarium after noticing there was some difficulty in his mobility. For more information, please click here.

SBA Deadline in Florida to Return Disaster Loan Applications is July 21
The US Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Florida of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from April 28 through May 6. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan has been extended to July 21.

“Currently, 860 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $35,845,300 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and register. Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Niceville Business Leader Named to PSC Nominating Council
Florida Senate Pres. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) announced the appointment of Tim Herndon to the Nominating Council of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). The 12-member Council is charged with screening, nominating, and submitting applicants to the Governor for appointment to fill vacancies on Florida’s PSC. Tim Herndon of Niceville is partner-in-charge of the Niceville and Crestview offices of Carr, Riggs, & Ingrams, (CRI), which provides comprehensive, innovative audit and tax services to companies across various industries. Also serving as a member of CRI’s executive committee, Herndon offers more than 23 years of experience in government contracting and interpreting agency regulations. For more information on the Nominating Council, please visit

President Gaetz Appoints Northwest Floridians to Lead "Florida Is For Veterans, Inc." 
Florida Senate Pres. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) appointed three Northwest Florida community leaders to serve as the Senate’s first appointees to Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., a nonprofit corporation created by the Florida GI Bill and responsible for strengthening Florida's standing as the most military-friendly state in the nation. Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., is tasked with promoting Florida as a veteran-friendly state to retired and recently separated military personnel; promoting the value of military skill sets to businesses in the state; facilitating workforce training to veterans to meet the needs of employers; and to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of veterans. The corporation is governed by a 9-member board of directors. The President, the Speaker, and the Governor each appoint three members to four-year appointments.

His nominees are Prebble Ramswell, Tom Rice, and Jim Bagby. Ramswell is a Destin City Councilor, open water rescuer with the Destin Fire Control District, and an instructor with the Destin Junior Lifeguard Program. Rice is chairman of the Veteran’s Tribute Tower Organization, a board member of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, a member of Sen. Marco Rubio’s Service Academy Nomination Board, and owner and chef of the Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton Beach. Bagby is the executive director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council, a board member of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, and a lector and Eucharist minister at Resurrection Catholic Church.

Today’s Boutique Celebrates 33 Years in Destin
Today’s Boutique invites you to celebrate fashion, fun, and friends during its 33nd Annual Anniversary Week. The Celebration bash will held on July 18 - 19. Today’s Boutique, which has been named the Best Women’s Clothing store for the past 13 years, has been dressing women of the Emerald Coast in the latest styles since 1981. As part of the celebration, the Dettle’s welcome their friends and customers to enjoy a Hawaiian Luau celebration with Mai Tai’s, refreshments, Hawaiian Snacks, modeling, a drawing for a $500 gift certificate, Wheel of Fashion, and discounts. For more information, call (850) 837-5565 or

Taxing Authorities Benefit from 100% Certificate Sale
Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson announced that the annual Tax Certificate Sale held on May 31, accomplished something rarely done in the State of Florida. Anderson shares that 100% of the Tax Certificates were sold and that Okaloosa County is the only county in the state to achieve this mark through an Online Sale Platform this year. This year’s Tax Certificate Sale produced $5,805,769.67 in revenue for the Okaloosa County Taxing Authorities from 3,872 certificates sold. According to Tax Administrator, Justin Gordon, over $193,000,000 in 2013 Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property taxes have been distributed to date. If anyone is interested in the Tax Certificate Sale or BillExpress and would like to find out more information, please contact the Tax Department at (850) 651-7604.

Exclusive Renovation Preview at Emerald Bay
Visit Emerald Bay Golf Club on Wednesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m., for an exclusive opportunity to view renderings of the beautifully redesigned course by Bob Cupp and be the first to learn about the new membership program. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar with drink specials, and live entertainment. For details, call (850) 837-5197 or visit

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