September 14, 2021
In August, Destin had 41 vehicle burglaries, 33 of which belonged to tourists. There were also four vehicle thefts, where the keys were left in the car. All vehicles were left UNLOCKED. Please remember to LOCK your car, TAKE your keys and guns, and HIDE any personal belongings. LOCKING your car is proven to prevent crime. 

In 2020, there were 408 vehicle burglaries and 176 firearms stolen in Okaloosa County. 95% of the vehicles were left unlocked. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office can link stolen firearms to homicides and shootings in Okaloosa County.  

Businesses can help the Sheriff’s Office educate tourists and residents by placing Lock, Take, Hide signs in their parking lot. If you would like a sign for your business, condo, or neighborhood, contact Ashley Bailey at or cell (850) 259-0031.  
Lock Take Hide - Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Save $ On Office Supplies
Did you know Destin Chamber members save money on office supplies with Office Depot? Click here to print a store purchasing card to use in the Destin location or visit to sign up online.
Shop Talk With Diana
Thursday, September 16
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan will be available for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities. These meetings are confidential, no-cost, and allow you skip the traditional wait period after you request consulting from the Florida SBDC.
Tourism & Hospitality Lunch: Retaining Employees with Lino Maldonado
Wednesday, September 22 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: SunDestin Beach Resort

Join our Tourism & Hospitality Group for lunch and a discussion on Retaining Employees with Lino Maldonado, President and Managing Partner of BeHome247Technologies. Anyone involved in a tourism-related business or with an interest in area tourism is welcome to attend. Registration is required.
Our September 23 Business After Hours has been canceled.
RESCHEDULED: Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Teresa Halverson, The Manor at Bluewater Bay
Wednesday, September 29 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Teresa Halverson of The Manor at Bluewater Bay will share her experience as a healthcare management professional of more than 30 years, military spouse and military mom, while serving the community. Bring your own lunch. Registration is required.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, October 6
12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber
Young Professionals
Young Professionals of Destin
Sunset Social Aboard Cruisin' Tikis
Thursday, October 7
5 - 7:30 p.m.
Destin Harbor

Meet in the Harbor Tavern Parking lot at 5 p.m., to begin the 5:30 p.m. cruise. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Space is limited!
Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
Friday, October 8 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Shoreline Church

Please join us for our Oct. 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale! 
October 14 - BayView Private Wealth

October 19 - 98 Flooring & Mattress

November 2 - NewLIFE Fertility
Community Events
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