October 6, 2020
Greetings!
Did you know that four Destin City Council seats are up for election on the Nov. 3 ballot? Friday's Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican offers you the chance to hear from candidates and make an informed decision on those that will lead our city. The breakfast also features our non-profit partner Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Register here!

The Nov. 3 ballot also includes six constitutional amendments and two city of Destin charter amendments. Earlier today, we held a virtual Q&A featuring Andrew Wiggins, Senior Director of Political Affairs & Coalitions Advocacy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, focused solely on Amendment 2 and why it is bad for business. Listen here.
Shane Moody
President’s Message: The Election Looms
The election on Nov. 3 is the biggest, most important election this country has ever faced. The political mood in the United States is unlike any I’ve ever experienced, and something I never thought I’d see. But lost in the shadows of the Presidential Election are several state and local issues that will also be on the ballot.

2020 Golf Tournament
Green Earth Southeast Claims Top Spot at Golf Tournament
Twenty-seven golf teams teed off in the Destin Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank on Oct. 1, at Emerald Bay Golf Course. Green Earth Southeast took home top prize, followed by CPC Office Technologies and Warren Averett. Drew Armacost of Affordable Home Insurance and Matthew Howard of 360 Blue won the Longest Drive prizes. Kevin Bowyer of Warren Averett, Jeremy Sprenkle of 360 Blue and Erik Thompson of Five Channels won the Closest to the Pin prizes. 

BizTech Has Been Postponed
The 2nd Destin Business Technology Summit / BizTech, which was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, has been postponed. A new date will be set soon.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Breakout Sponsors - Bit-Wizards and Warren Averett
Lunch Sponsor - CRC Data Technologies
Cookie & Coffee Sponsor - Tecaba Tech
Booth Sponsor - Five Channels, Kloud 7, and Planet Secure
Accommodations Sponsor - Compass Resorts
Media Sponsor - AB+Production, LLC
Want to Serve on a Local Mom Panel for Destin-Fort Walton Beach?
The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism organization is dedicated to helping all kids, both local and visiting, experience the outdoors and get out on the water. Between the pandemic, virtual school and the latest social app, we know kids don’t get to safely explore the world around them as much as any of us would like. 
 
To help change this, your help is needed. The Tourism organization is creating a local panel of moms to try out new adventures. It will include approximately 50-75 area moms and their families just like you. Over the next six months, the organization wants to find out what would help you get out and take adventures on the water by testing the experiences (online and in person) and sharing how it could be better for everyone. 
 
Interested in being a part of this panel? Please take this quick survey to learn more.
Do You Need Masks For Your Business?
Thank you to the Florida Department of Health of Okaloosa County for providing masks for us to distribute to our members! If you would like to pick up masks for your place of business, please email espies@DestinChamber.com to arrange the quantity and pickup.
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on DestinChamber.com
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Florida Census
Your Census Makes A Difference
From directing federal funds to local communities to determining political representation in all levels of government, accurate census counts are vital. Destin is only reporting a 32.8% response rate to the 2020 Census. The state average is 63.2%. Please take time to complete the census today! Call (844) 330-2020 or complete the Census online at www.My2020Census.Gov.
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, October 8 | 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.
Business Before Hours Candidates Forum Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican
Friday, October 9 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Join us for our Business Before Hours Candidates Forum sponsored by the Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and learn more about the candidates running for Destin City Council. The breakfast also features our non-profit partner Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.
Business After Hours Sponsored by Aegean Restaurant
Thursday, October 22 | 5 - 6:30 a.m.
Aegean Restaurant Miramar Beach

Join us for our Oct. 22 Business After Hours Sponsored by Aegean Restaurant in Miramar Beach! There is no charge to attend this event, but we do ask that you register ahead of time so we can ensure we stay within recommended capacity.
Thank you to our renewing members!
  • 790 on the Gulf Restaurant
  • Acme Oyster House
  • Adventures Aboard Sea Blaster - Destin's Original
  • Affordable Home Insurance, Inc.
  • All In One Cleaning
  • Allstate Insurance - Ryland/Morrow Agency
  • Bay Breeze Patio
  • Bay Club Of Sandestin
  • Beach Liquors
  • Blacktip Fi
  • BluePoint Financial LLC
  • Boshamps Oyster House
  • Camp Gulf
  • CECO of Destin, Inc.
  • Centennial Bank
  • Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican
  • Championship Title Agency
  • Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County
  • Cumulus Broadcasting
  • Destin Botox
  • Destin Commons
  • Destin Flooring, Inc.
  • Destin Holiday Beach Resort
  • Destin Ice & Tackle
  • Destin Life
  • Destin Middle School
  • Destin Surgery Clinic
  • Emerald Coast Marine
  • Emerald Coast Rental Management
  • Emerald Coast Title Services, LLC
  • Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals
  • FamilyVest
  • Five Channels
  • Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
  • Great Southern Yacht Company
  • Gulf Coast Electric
  • Habitat For Humanity, Okaloosa County
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
  • Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
  • Harmony Beach Vacations
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Infinity Flooring
  • Inn on Destin Harbor
  • Integrity Laundry Services
  • Jan-Pro of Northwest Florida
  • Jim Liufau Ins. Agency, Inc., State Farm Ins.
  • Kloud 7
  • LegalShield/ID Shield
  • loanDepot
  • LuLu's
  • McGill Escrow & Title
  • McNeill Hotel Company
  • Motel 6
  • National Fire Extinguishers & Systems
  • Norton Insurance Of Florida
  • Ocean Reef Resorts
  • Office Depot - Business Solutions
  • Pelican Adventures Destin
  • Pepito's Cantina & Grill
  • Pepito's Mexican Bar & Grill
  • Pepito's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
  • Perfleek, Inc. 
  • Pinkie Flamingo & Friends LLC
  • Pleat & Perry, P.A.
  • Randy Wise Homes
  • Regional Self Storage
  • Rhodes Auto Repair
  • Salt Water Vacations
  • Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
  • ScubaTech of NW Florida, Inc.
  • Silver Dunes Condominium
  • Sinfonia Gulf Coast
  • Smileology at Miramar Beach
  • Smileology at Niceville
  • Smileology at Santa Rosa Beach Dental
  • South Walton Utility Co., Inc.
  • Southern Earth Sciences, Inc.
  • Sugar Beach Interiors, Inc.
  • Tecaba Tech
  • The Red Door Saloon 
  • Travel South Media, LLC
  • Twin Cities Hospital
  • Twin Cities Transmission & General Repair
  • Waterfield & Associates, Inc.
  • Whataburger
  • Wind Creek Hospitality /Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
  • Wyndham Destinations
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.
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