Emerald Coast Magazine - Emerald Coast Magazine February-March 2009

The Other Side of Ray Sansom

Rep. Ray Sansom Replaced as House Speaker Story Updated Feb. 4, 2009 Emerald Coast magazine’s Feb./March cover feature on Rep. Ray Sansom was written before Sansom subsequently recused himself as speaker of the Florida House and then was replaced permanently.…

With This Ring

Weddings 2009The Emerald Coast Lures Couples from Near and Far to Celebrate Their Special Day By Ashley Kahn and Jennifer Walker-Journey For centuries, weddings have been a symbol of a couple’s love for each other, their ceremonies shaped by culture,…

Ghost Towns of West Florida

Ghost Towns of West FloridaArchaeological Survey Uncovers Vanished Settlements  By Faith Eidse Time took a village in West Florida, a successful mill town with stores, boarding houses, a hotel, a school and two churches – Baptist and Methodist. So solid…

One to Watch

Jennifer Steele Saunders. Photo by Scott Holstein. ONE TO WATCHJennifer Steele Saunders By Stephanie Castellano  Jennifer Steele Saunders is a singer, actress, businesswoman and mother whose 2-year-old plays the mandolin. Executive director of the Cultural Arts Association in Walton County…

Dr. Meow

PET PROJECTS Doretha Jones, creator of Dr. Meow Art Glass Beads, jumped head first into glass working with total abandon, stretching the limits of her imagination with the shapes she creates for her beads – including cats. Photo by Scott…

Chairmen of the Boards

UPRIGHT CITIZENS Jeff Archer (left) and Tom Losee (below) created the YOLO Board, a stand-up paddleboard providing a total-body workout and fun on the water. Photo by Scott Holstein. Chairmen of the BoardsTwo Emerald Coast Entrepreneurs Find Success with Their…

Cleaning With A Hint of Green

Spring Cleaning With A Hint of GreenNatural Products and Methods Keep a House Clean Without the Toxic Side Effects By Vandy Vela-Schneidt The lemony scent of a magnolia blossom and the sweet sound of native songbirds signal the arrival of…

Go Red for Heart Health

Lacey Renteria. Photo by Scott Holstein. Go Red for Heart Health By Ashley Kahn There’s something about a lady in red. She turns heads. She knows her rights. She celebrates life. This February, break out that red dress. There’s a…

Connecting for a Cause

TYPICAL KID Annabelle Adkinson (left), enjoys riding her scooter and playing with her sister, Ava, despite her juvenile diabetes diagnosis, says her mother, Erin (right). Photo by Scott Holstein. Connecting for a CauseOne Mother Helps Emerald Coast Families Join Forces…

Strong Foundation

Strong FoundationFamily and Friends Celebrate Taylor Haugen’s Life by Fostering More Kids Like Him   By Wendy O. Dixon Taylor Haugen was a passionate sports fan. He especially loved the Florida Gators. He was on the junior varsity (JV) football and…