Monday, November 10, 2014

November 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

ECAR Sponsors Golf Tournament to Benefit Emerald Coast Toys For Tots
In an effort to raise additional funds to help purchase toys for children in Okaloosa and Walton counties,Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR) is hosting a golf tournament Nov. 22, at Blackstone Golf Course in Mossy Head. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Emerald Coast Toys for Tots. Under the umbrella of ECAR, the Emerald Coast Toys for Tots was able to provide more than 12,000 toys for children last year in both counties. This year the association hopes to collect even more toys for the many children who call the Emerald Coast home. For more information about sponsoring or golfing, To learn more about Emerald Coast Toys for Tots toy drive,

WSRE to Broadcast Chloe Channell’s First Television Concert Nov. 13
Young entertainer Chloe Channell performed her first solo television concert recorded live before a studio audience at the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio in August. WSRE has completed show production and will broadcast the premiere of “An Evening with Chloe Channell” on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m. Channell has enjoyed a local following since she was seven years old and performed as a full-time member of The Sawmill Band at the Farmers’ Opry House in Chumuckla. Last year, she earned national fame at age 11 as a Season 8 finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and has maintained an eventful schedule of performances and career advancement ever since. Visit for channel and program information.

ECAR Donatees to Navarre School
Students at Holley Navarre Intermediate School spent Nov. 3 celebrating the arrival of some special visitors. More than 100 students crowded around to welcome the visitors, who were representatives of theEmerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR), carrying a check for $875. Jan Huyser, a Realtor and member of the ECAR’s Community and Military Outreach Committee, said he wished the Association could do more, but he hopes the school’s PE program will be able to accomplish some of its goals with the help of the donation.

Call to Art/Craft Vendor for Yule of Yesteryear Christmas Celebration
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida announces its “Call to Art/Craft Vendors” for annual Yule of Yesteryear - Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For an application and to reserve a 10x10 space, visit, call (850) 678-2615, or email
World Impact Real Estate Welcomes Lisa Mollitor
World Impact Real Estate’s Lisa Mollitor is no stranger when it comes to knowing the real estate world. She knows both sides of the closing table, since she is also a Florida title agent and registered paralegal. She currently serves on the Governing Board for the Women’s Council of Realtors-Emerald Coast Chapter as its newsletter editor. Mollitor has a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical administration from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. In her spare time, she is a founding director of Alaqua Animal Refuge and a previous member of both National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy. You may reach her at (850) 622-0050.

Whole Foods Market Coming to Destin Commons
Last week, well-known organic and natural grocery chain Whole Foods Market announced it will open a new location at Destin Commons, the company’s first in Northwest Florida. Offering trendsetting products and design, Whole Foods Market in Destin Commons will be built along Highway 98, immediately east of Bass Pro Shops. Construction will begin in 2015. For additional information, call (850) 337-8700 or visit

Okaloosa County Transit Honors Veterans
Representatives of Okaloosa County Transit (OCT) announced they will be offering free fare on Monday, Nov. 10, in honor of local veterans. The system’s fixed routes will be closed for Veteran’s Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Okaloosa County is home to more than 32,000 veterans. In addition to offering free rides to the community, OCT is also conducting a social media contest on its Facebook page throughout the month of November. The system is calling for riders to nominate local veterans who deserve to be honored for their dedication and service. In early December, several veterans will be selected to win prizes, along with a grand-prize winner who will receive a one-year pass to ride OCT. For information about routes and schedules, please visit or call Bob Berkstresser at (850) 833-9168.

Extended Deadline to Receive Discount on Property Tax Bills 
Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson encourages property owners to take advantage of the 4% early payment discount on property tax bills. The final day to receive that discount is typically the last day of November. This year, that day falls on the Sunday following the Thanksgiving holiday. Because of that, Anderson says State Statutes allow the early payment discount deadline to be extended one business day, or through Dec. 1. Customers who want to pay by check can either drop off those payments in the “drop box” at any of our branch offices or in the lobby where Tax Collector staff will be staged to receive those payments on Nov. 24, 25, and 26. Please note, if you choose to mail your tax payment, it must be postmarked by Nov. 30 to receive the 4% discount.

Kids FREE Weekend at Gulfarium
Kids 12 and under will get free admission to the Gulfarium all weekend long, on Nov. 15-16. In addition to marine animal shows and exhibits, kids may enjoy fun crafts and a custom aquarium bounce house. Parents will love the deep discounts on animal encounters and opportunities for their kids to get up close and personal with the animals. Limit 2 free admission kids per adult, not to be combined with any other discount or coupon. For a schedule of shows and animal chats or to reserve an animal encounter, visit

Harrison Sale McCloy Partners Acquire Emerald Coast Title Services, Announce Officers
The partners of Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law (HSMc) announce the acquisition of Emerald Coast Title Services, a full-service title insurance and real estate closing company in Santa Rosa Beach. Founded in 1983, Emerald Coast Title Services (ECTS) has its main office in Redfish Village on 30A with an additional closing office now at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. HSMc Partner Dion J. Moniz has been named President of Emerald Coast Title Services and Of Counsel Attorney L. Paul Sirmans has been named Vice-President of ECTS. The attorneys serving as officers of Emerald Coast Title Services have over 65 combined years of real estate experience.


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