November 15, 2022

Business Person of the Month November 2022

Good afternoon, Elizabeth!

Congratulations to Tyler Jarvis, Co-Founder and Operating Partner of The Bald & The Beard Restaurant Group, who was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award, during our Nov. 10 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Gateway Payments Gulf Coast. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. He is seen here 2022 Chamber Chairman Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.

Read more here.

Emerald Grande Nov 15 2022

Thanksgiving Hours

Our office is closing at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will remain closed until Monday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Register for 2023 Breakfasts & Lunches & Save $$

Register and prepay for our 2023 breakfasts and lunches, and save $40! In 2023, we will have 10 breakfasts and two lunches. If you attend all of them, the total cost is $290. Prepay for the events by Jan. 31, and your total cost will be $250, saving you a total of $40. To register, please call (850) 837-6241 or email

Mark your calendars! In 2023, breakfast dates are Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 9. In lieu of breakfast, we will hold our Great American Cookout on July 11, and our Bowling for Business Tournament & Lunch on Dec. 1.

Northwest Florida State College Hosts Strategic Plan Town Halls

Northwest Florida State College is hosting multiple town halls seeking community input on its mission, visions and values as it develops its 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. Make plans now to share your thoughts during one of the four sessions to be held on Nov. 30, 2022.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Fort Walton Beach - Bldg. 1, Rm. 126

1170 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

10 - 11 a.m.

Niceville - Bldg. 400, Rm. 302

100 College Blvd. E,

Niceville, FL 32578

1 - 2 p.m.

Crestview - Rm. 121

805 East James Lee Blvd., (US Hwy 90),

Crestview, FL 32539

3 - 4 p.m.

DeFuniak - Bldg. 500, Rm. 103

908 U.S. Hwy 90 West,

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

Okaloosa County 2022 Community Survey Opens to all Residents

Okaloosa County is pleased to announce that the comprehensive quality of life survey, previously offered to randomly selected residents living in unincorporated areas of the county, is now open to all residents living in Okaloosa County. The open participation survey, found at, runs Nov. 1 – 15, 2022.

We ask that, if residents received a mailed survey invitation, please respond via that survey link instead of the open participation survey. For those who have already responded to that survey, please do not participate in this one as well; the survey questions are identical, and your responses have been noted.

City of Destin to Host “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade

The 38th annual “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade, the application is available online at

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Tyler Jarvis Honored as Destin Chamber’s Business Person of the Month

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Launches Emergency Room ‘Concierge’ Program

Gulfarium Press Announcement - Two Sea Turtles Return to the Gulf of Mexico

Thanks and Giving - Next week, we begin our Thanksgiving Services at Food For Thought

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller is Appointed to Prestigious Young Conductor Artists Board of Directors

16 Raider Athletes Join the Florida College System Activities Association’s 2021-2022 All-Academic Team

Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Announces 30K for 30 Campaign

WWCF Awards Grants to Advance Community Health

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Earns Second National Recognition for Maternity Care

A Wish to be Zookeeper for a Day

Chance to Win a Beré Jewelers Shopping Spree!

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2022 Bourbon at the Bay

Bowling for Business Tournament & Lunch

Friday, December 2 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Hurricane Lanes

Registration and payment required.

We will award prizes to top male, top female, and top team, and a perfect score will win a FREE 1-year Chamber business membership! 

Young Professionals Holiday mixer
Military Affairs Council

Military Affairs Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 7 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Location: Destin Chamber

Find details here.

James T. (Jim) Wood Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Retired), will discuss the US Army Patriot Air Defense Artillery System.

2022 Awards Party
Community Events

Tuesday, November 15

Beachworx's Two for Tuesday Open House With Special Guests Veterans & Military Spouses

Pajama Storytime at the Destin Library

Wednesday, November 16

Legal Update: New Condominium Legislation

Thursday, November 17

10th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale

Darts & Music at the American Legion Post 296

Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20

Northwest Florida Ballet's 43rd Annual Production of The Nutcracker

Friday, November 18

City of Destin's 16th Annual Holiday Craft Show

Grand Boulevard's Christmas Holiday Lights Kick Off

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting

Eddie 9V To Headline CAA's Pearl Party in Alys Beach

Karaoke at American Legion Post 296

Saturday, November 19

Grand Boulevard’s Farmers’ Market

City of Destin's 16th Annual Holiday Craft Show

AJ's on the Bayou brings you some fun with our PIRATE Themed Murder Mystery Dinner Show: "A Pirate's Death For Me"

Sunday, November 20 - Monday, November 21

City of Destin's Holiday Baking Class

Sunday, November 20

Sunday Breakfast at American Legion Post 296

Sunday Brunch at 790

Monday, November 21

Bingo Fundraiser at American Legion Post 296

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December 5 - Destin Snowbirds Roost

December 6 - Elevated Laundry (details coming soon)


LiveOak Fiber

Smile n Wave Sailing Adventures


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