Emerald Coast Magazine - Emerald Coast Magazine April-May 2008

Paradise Found

By Faith Eidse T ranquil ponds mirror flared cypress trunks, great egrets, rare white-top pitcher plants and purple pickerel weed on a once-private fishing ranch near the Washington County community of Greenhead. Red-winged blackbirds soar and bees buzz among yellow St.…

Arts Alfresco

Arts AlfrescoThe Cultural Arts Association Celebrates an Emerald Coast Mother’s Day Tradition with the 20th Annual ArtsQuest By Christy Kearney Drive through South Walton County during the first week of May, and you are sure to see white-and-green flags waving…

Historicity

Blessings AboundFor More Than Half a Century, a Flotilla of Fishing Boats Has Graced Destin’s Annual Blessing of the Fleet By Christy Kearney It isn’t hard to realize that Destin has flourished since its early days as a cozy coastal…

Generation Next

Beat the Burn of SummerHelp Your Kids Catch Some Rays the Safe Way By Lori Hutzler Eckert  The surf is up, the sun is out, and summer is nearly here. And for kids, that means enjoying the Emerald Coast’s best…

Different Strokes

Different StrokesTake a Dip for a Low-Impact Workout with Refreshing Results By Christy Kearney Does the thought of slipping into a Speedo and tucking your tresses into a skin-tight cap take you a little out of your comfort zone? Don’t…

The Inventory Story

The Inventory StoryCreating a Comprehensive Home Inventory Can be the Best Policy for Insurance Compensation in the Aftermath of a Hurricane  By Mike McLafferty With the start of hurricane season looming around the corner, it’s time for you and your…

South Walton?s Resident Ranger

South Walton’s Resident RangerPatrick Hartsfield Aims to Educate and Entertain Visitors at Grayton Beach State Park By Christy Kearney Acasual drive down the scenic 30A corridor in South Walton County turned into a full-time job and lifelong passion for Grayton…

One to Watch: Laurie Hood

Laurie HoodHero for the Underdog By Lori Hutzler Eckert  Laurie Hood believes in living her life with purpose – and her purpose is saving the lives of countless abused and neglected animals in Walton County. When Hood, 41, realized that…

The Last Word

Farewell to Jerry LundquistA Businessman, a Gentleman … and a Friend  By Brian E. Rowland In early February, a man who made a huge difference in his world – and to me – passed away suddenly in the presence of…

From the Editor

Taking the Outdoors in Can Help Us Find Our Way By Lori Hutzler Eckert, Editor My skin seems to burn during the 30 seconds it takes to get from my front door to my car. Sand drives me crazy, with…