March 1, 2022
This is your final chance to register for one of three roundtable discussions we are holding on March 3, focused on Improving Your Labor Situation. Despite current challenges within the labor market, businesses that are willing to adapt have a tremendous opportunity to acquire excellent talent. Learn from others who have seen what works within their own businesses, ask questions, and brainstorm practical takeaways you can use to bolster your team.

Find details and register here. Roundtables will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Space is limited in each session in order to keep the group small and productive.
Jennifer Gutai Comella
Latest Chairman's Message Focuses on New Affordable Insurance Program for Members
February was an exciting month for our Chamber as we announced the roll out of some new affordable health plan options, the Chamber Spectrum Benefit and Healthiest You by Teledoc, available exclusively to our Destin Chamber members. 

We know how difficult it is to find and retain good employees and having affordable, good health care benefits for your employees can help your business do just that.

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, which will run for 30 days beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2022. For more information, please contact Gulf Coast Public Affairs Manager Rachel Schmalfuss 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.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Reports Fake Violinists Scam in the Area
The OCSO has reports of the Fake Violinist Scam happening in Destin and FWB. Please watch this video for details about the scam. The video is from Pinellas County, but the same thing is now happening in Okaloosa and Walton counties. If this is happening in a business' parking lot and the business would prefer the people leave, the Sheriff’s Office can ask them to leave and trespass them. The local non-emergency number is (850) 651-7400.
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%.
Military Affairs Council
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, March 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Our speaker will be Air Force Armament Museum Director David Fitzpatrick.  
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, March 3 | 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 Before Hours Sponsored by Holloway Yacht Charters
Friday, March 11 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
Our speaker will be Destin Elementary School Principal Joe Jannazo, as we learn more about educational opportunities in Destin and the way the business community can positively impact our students.
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.
Tourism & Hospitality Lunch Sponsored by Parrot Head Yachts
Wednesday, March 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer

Our speaker will be Okaloosa County Tourism Director Jennifer Adams sharing her department's plans for 2022.
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.
Community Events
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If you would like your event listed here, please submit it to the Events Calendar at Be sure to include your company name, as we only publish events of Destin Chamber members.
Pet Supplies Plus Ribbon Cutting
Congratulations to Pet Supplies Plus on Friday's ribbon cutting!
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