Monday, May 2, 2016

President's Message: Looking Ahead

As the spring season winds down and the community prepares itself for the influx of summer visitors, the Chamber will be preparing itself for a fall full of activities.  Paddle at the Porch is Aug. 20, the 50th Anniversary Party is Sept. 15, Bourbon at the Bay is Nov. 17, and the Chamber Holiday Party is in December.  The next thing you know, we’ll be planning our Annual Banquet in January 2017, and preparation will begin for January’s Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K, 10K & Half Marathon.  When you break it down like that, you realize how quickly things come and go.

Many of you have called, emailed, or had discussions with me about the new City Council.  I can assure you that the Chamber Board is closely watching and monitoring its actions.  We’ll continue to work with the new council to push pro-business, quality-growth actions.  Our focus will remain on ensuring a strong local economy and fighting actions that could take us the other way.  I can tell you that first on that agenda is making sure that the just-passed comprehensive plan stays in place.  We have spent too much time and energy on putting in place a comp plan that creates the kind of community that’s good and safe for residents and visitors alike. 

I want to personally thank City Manager Greg Kisela!  His work, his ethics, his knowledge, his skills – they will be missed.  Greg and I have had a great relationship over the years.  The Chamber and the City have worked so closely on projects, and we’ve succeeded in seeing certain things through.  I will miss him professionally, because I learned so much from him.  But I will also miss him personally and his friendship and his sense of humor.  I wish him all the best in his future.

Thank you to you, our membership and our community, for all you have done for the Chamber.  We learned several weeks ago that we had qualified for national chamber of the year.  Elizabeth spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks working on the very intense application so that we could try to qualify to become a finalist.  We won’t know the results until mid-June.  We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good news.  I’m very proud of our Board, our members, our volunteers, and Elizabeth, Bryce, and Dena.  You are what makes this organization hum, and I am humbled to be your Chamber President!

With wishes for continued success,
Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP
President and CEO
Destin Chamber of Commerce

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