April 13, 2021
Hello!
Since Thursday, five firearms have been stolen from cars in Destin, according to Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Specialist Ashley Bailey. All were taken from unlocked cars. In 2020, there were 408 vehicle burglaries and 176 firearms stolen in Okaloosa County. 95% of the vehicles were unlocked and 1/3 of the firearms stolen belonged to tourists. Please help the Sheriff's Office spread the word to our visitors and locals alike - Lock, Take, Hide. Post the image below to your website and emails. For a printed copy to display in your business, email Ashley here.
Lock Take Hide - Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Want a Hands-On, In-Depth Destin Learning Experience? 
Applications for Destin Forward, our community education and leadership program, are now available. See what alumni say about the program:

"This was a very good class/experience for me being fairly new to the area. It helped me learn Destin, but also helped me form new, meaningful relationships that will be with me forever."
Denise Kendust, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

"The things I found valuable about the Destin Forward experience were the behind the scenes look we got at so many of the businesses and organizations, not only in the city, but the county and state as well. I also met and worked with other class members that have become close friends of mine. Almost all the organizations Iā€™m involved with now are a result of what I learned and who I met while in the Destin Forward class."
Skip Overdier, Destin City Councilman

Okaloosa County Highway 98 Widening Project is Complete
Here's the latest news and information highlighting the now completed U.S. 98 widening project in Okaloosa County. Click here for the update, along with what to expect for the section of U.S. 98 that is still under construction in Walton County.
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 www.mychamberadvantage.com/Chamber_SignUp to sign up online.
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, April 14 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Virtual

The Florida SBDC at UWF is hosting virtual consulting hours specifically for business owners in our area. Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan is available by email for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Mary Anne Windes
Wednesday, April 14 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Destin/Miramar Beach

In 2021, Ladies Who Launch is continuing its Powerhouse Women Series, highlighting impactful women in our community. Our April 14 event features lifelong Destin/Fort Walton Beach resident Mary Anne Windes of Real Estate Professionals of Destin.
Business After Hours Sponsored BOTE
Thursday, April 22 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
BOTE Destin

Enjoy delicious appetizers from AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, live music by Dan & Becca of Black Eyed Blonde, and a free gift from BOTE. One lucky person will win his or her choice of a hard or inflatable BOTE Paddleboard.

Cost is $5 for members.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, May 5 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

TSgt Jennifer Benenhaley from the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron will share her story, as well as a little bit about the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Wing.

Anyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge.
Business Before Hours on the Beach
Friday, May 14 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Henderson Beach State Park

Please join us for our May 14 Business Before Hours on the beach! Learn more about the City's Leave No Trace program and enjoy the beautiful beach view.

If you are registered for breakfast, there is no fee to enter the park that morning.
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
DestinChamber.com | (850) 837-6241