March 15, 2022
March Business Person of the Year
Congratulations to Jimy Thorpe, owner of A Superior Air Conditioning Company, who won the Chamber's Business Person of the Month, during the March 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Holloway Yacht Charters. 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. Thorpe is seen here with 2022 Chairman of the Board Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.

Labor Roundtables Focused on Trends & Culture
On March 3, we hosted three roundtables consisting of Destin Chamber members to discuss the current labor situation with facilitator David Saviola of FourWard Financial Wellness. Here are some takeaways from the discussion.
2022 Legislative Session in Review
The 2022 legislative session saw 1,956 bills and PCBs filed with 285 bills passing both chambers. At $112B, the largest budget in state history passed.

Below are a few highlights from this session:
• Healthcare COVID-19 Liability Protections: Extends the COVID-19 liability protections expiring for healthcare facilities to continue to protect our healthcare workers from litigation through June 2023. 
• Florida Tourism Marketing: Reauthorizes VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism marketing arm, through Oct. 1, 2028, to provide certainty and allow VISIT FLORIDA to long-term plan and hire and retain top talent. 
• Significant Long-Term Infrastructure Funding: Investment in the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of current and future Floridians with another $10B+ for the FDOT’s five-year workplan, approximately $362M for attainable workforce housing, and record funding for water quality, resiliency, and environmental restoration efforts. 
• Net Metering Reform: Modernizes Florida’s net metering policy to ensure that all energy customers pay their fair share for the maintenance of Florida’s reliable, efficient, and resilient electrical grid. 
• Student Assessments Overhaul: Replaces the end of the year high-stakes Florida Statewide Assessment with a computer-based state standards-aligned progress monitoring testing system to better support student growth and improve accountability to teachers and parents throughout the school year. 
• Local Business Protection Act: Protects local businesses from burdensome and overreaching local government regulations by allowing local businesses to recoup damages if a regulation results in a significant loss of business profitability. 
• Continued Investment in Diversifying Florida’s Economy: Full funding of VISIT FLORIDA, Enterprise Florida and Space Florida continues Florida’s economic momentum to becoming a top 10 global economy by 2030. 
City Launches Community Development Public Engagement Survey
City staff is seeking the greatest amount of input from the community and stakeholders on their priorities, vision, and goals in this Community Development Public Engagement Survey. Please take a few moments to ensure your thoughts are heard.
Online Survey Launches for Joe’s Bayou Recreation Area Improvements Project
The improvement project at the Joe’s Bayou Recreation Area and Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk will provide and enhance public recreational opportunities and improve access to water resources. Public input and participation will provide planners with crucial insight on how to better serve the community. Members of the public are encouraged to provide input through the survey at
Your Input Needed for Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0
Florida needs to create 1.63 million net new jobs by 2030 to accommodate the current workforce and prepare for the 4 million more residents that will call Florida home. It is more important now than ever for Florida's businesses and education partners to unite to ensure the right things happen to advance the hard and soft skills needed to close workforce skills gaps and secure Florida's future talent.

If you have not done so already, please take 10 minutes to complete the Florida Workforce Needs Survey 2.0 – Part One “Addressing Florida’s Hiring, Recruitment, Community Partnerships, and Skills Gaps." Take the survey here.
Join the Chamber Team!
We are looking for a Membership & Events Coordinator to join our team. For details, visit our Job Board. To add your own job listing, log into our Member Portal. If you need your login information, send us an email at
Perks of Your Chamber Membership

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.

Affordable Health Insurance for Your Employees
We are pleased to offer an ACA-compliant group health benefits solution that offers premium savings from 10-20% compared to traditional carrier plans. View details here.

Healthiest You by Teladoc is a high-quality virtual care solution designed to serve businesses and their employees who cannot afford traditional health insurance. View details here.

Savings On Your Email Marketing Program
As a chamber member, you receive some great benefits from our partnership with Constant Contact, including special savings on email marketing. Click here to see how you can save up to 25%.
Young Professionals
Young Professionals of Destin VIP Meet & Greet Sponsored by Beachworx & Five Channels
Tuesday, March 15 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Beachworx

Connect with other area YPs, mix and mingle with the VIPS, and enjoy beer, wine and appetizers, courtesy of sponsors Beachworx and Five Channels.
SOLD OUT! Tourism & Hospitality Lunch Sponsored by Parrot Head Yachts
Wednesday, March 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer
This event is SOLD OUT! Find details here.

Our speaker will be Okaloosa County Tourism Director Jennifer Adams sharing her department's plans for 2022.

Registered guests, please arrive by 11:15 a.m.
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, March 17 | 10:30 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.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours Sponsored by The Blake at Miramar Beach
Thursday, March 24 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 90 Ponce de Leon St., Miramar Beach
Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers, during our March 24 Business After Hours Sponsored by The Blake at Miramar Beach! The event begins at 5 p.m., and culminates with door prizes at 6:30 p.m.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital
Friday, April 8 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Shoreline Church
Please join us for our April 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by HCA Florida Fort Walton - Destin Hospital and featuring non-profit partner Florida SBDC at UWF! Destin Mayor Gary Jarvis will give us an overview of all the major happenings at City Hall.
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Congratulations to NextHome Cornerstone Realty on Thursday's ribbon cutting to celebrate the new Destin location!
NextHome Cornerstone Realty
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