MARCH 10, 2021
For your quick, weekly nugget of chamber knowledge from
President/CEO Ted Corcoran
Click the video/photo below.
Did you miss March's First Friday Coffee sponsored by Bay Port of
Fort Walton Beach?
Well then, you missed being entertained by the Choctaw High School Band, a sneak peek of the newest senior living community, Bay Port of Fort Walton Beach, various St. Patricks Day outfits, Ted's jokes, and much more. But since we love you, here are two opportunities to see what you missed or relive the fun monthly event again through photos and video. ALSO if you see yourself in a photo - TAG IT!

For photos CLICK HERE!
For a quick Highlight Reel CLICK BELOW:
Don't forget - TOMORROW!!
MEMBER APPLAUSE!!
Pups, Paddles & Pints raise $5000
The second annual Pups, Paddles & Pints on Saturday, Feb. 27, in downtown Fort Walton Beach, raised about $5,000 for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society. Six dogs and a cat also found homes. The event was organized by BOTE, The Boardroom Pub & Grub, and The Cowhead. Harrison Meyer of Fort Walton Beach won the prize drawing for a $699 Bote Aero Breeze inflatable paddleboard.
Congratulations Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast!
The Mac & Cheese Festival raises $45,000

This past Sunday, the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival took place at Destin Commons. The event raised $45,000 and welcomed roughly 2,000 attendees throughout the day. To see who went home with the honors and bragging rights READ MORE...
Shrimp & Grits Festival raises $20,000

The 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival, hosted by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, raised $20,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The festival highlighted local restaurants and chefs from Fort Walton Beach to 30A. READ MORE...
Vince's Beer Revealed!

NEW BEER AT PROPS! Watch this video from Jared Williams with Get the Coast, where he interviews our Vince Mayfield (Former Board Chair) on his new beer, "Vince's Gunslinger" now available at Props Craft Brewery on Miracle Strip. Vince was able to work with Props on crafting this small batch and for every pint ordered, Props will donate $1.00 to Emerald Coast Science Center!
Leadership Okaloosa Visits
Fort Walton Beach
Leadership Okaloosa is a 9-month leadership training and development experience designed to enhance the participant's leadership skills and provide community awareness. This year's 2021 class visited the Fort Walton Beach area last Friday. They learned the history and all the great things that make this area special. MORE PHOTOS HERE...

Fresh Start receives Concert Proceeds
Step One Automotive Group and Emerald Coast Harley Davidson recently partnered to present Thunderstruck, a live concert-show, honoring our military members. All proceeds from the event, $2,445.00, were donated to Fresh Start for Children and Families.
This week's Member Spotlight is General Sales Manager, John Griffo with JVC Broadcasting.

Click on the video to the left to learn about the company and what they have planned for our area.
COMMUNITY NEWS
Okaloosa County News
Ask a Lawyer Program

NEW SERVICE at the Okaloosa County Public Law Library! Have a civil legal issue on your mind and you're looking for an efficient way to get a few answers? What could be more efficient than 30 minutes with a volunteer local attorney for FREE via Zoom? Okaloosa County Public Law Library is setting appointments NOW for the complimentary, 'Ask A Lawyer Program'.

Spoiler alert: Rumor has it that our very own Commissioner Trey Goodwin (District 4) will serve as a volunteer for an upcoming session!

CLICK HERE for details and to complete a consultation request form. Signed request forms may also be hand-delivered to the Okaloosa County Law Library or scanned and emailed to lawlibrary@myokaloosa.com. Have questions? 850-651-7256
Infrastructure Surtax Project Update

Here's what City of Destin Government and Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners have to say about joining forces for a more walkable and bikeable community CLICK HERE.
On location right outside of Destin City Hall (Roundabout at Indian Bayou Trail and Commons Drive.) Anticipated Completion, weather permitting, near the end of this month! More details on the Commons Drive Sidewalk Connections, one of about 20 projects within the county CLICK BELOW
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport welcomes Southwest Airlines to the family! 
For full media release CLICK HERE.
Meet
Christy Gilliland!

Click on the video to the left and let Ted introduce you to the newest member of the One Hopeful Place Team, Christy Gilliland the new Community Outreach Coordinator.


The AMBASSADORS CHALLENGE YOU!!!

Join the Ambassadors in the ring with the Bunk Bed Challenge. They are sponsoring a bunk bed for One Hopeful Place and challenge YOU or YOUR business to do the same! One Hopeful Place needs 50 Bunk Bed Sponsors. Don't be a lightweight - join the Ambassador Champs for only $500!
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
THIS SATURDAY!!
Thursday, February 18, 2021
5:30PM-7:30PM

Monday, March 15, 2021
11:00AM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
8:00AM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
7:45AM
For the complete list of MARCH CHAMBER Events CLICK HERE
For the complete list of MARCH COMMUNITY Events CLICK HERE