The Latest Happenings on the Emerald Coast

Congratulations to Mackenzie Shinnick|!!| a graduating 8th grader at Liza Jackson Preparatory School|!!| who earned first place in the high school category of the 5th annual Okaloosa Arts Alliance’s Okaloosa County “Summer Fun” School Poster Contest. 


Harbor Docks in Destin hosted its largest Cobia World Championships tournament to date with 87 boats entered in the event. With over $66,000 paid out to 14 different boats, the Cobia World Championships combined with the Crab Cruncher Classic raised more than $20,000 for Take-A-Kid Fishing Day.

HarborWalk Village welcomes Fish Heads Bar LLC and The Fudgery Stores Inc., scheduled for a spring 2014 opening.

Billy Reid is now open at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The store carries

classic Southern-style apparel, bags and footwear with unusual accents in high quality fabrics with merchandise up to
60 percent off regular retail prices. William “Billy” Reid grew up in Amite, La., where his mother operated a women’s clothing boutique out of a home that was once his grandmother’s. The shop would later influence his interest and pursuits in design. Today, Reid’s designs can be found in retail shops all around the world.

The Board of Trustees of The St. Joe Community Foundation announced a grant of $10,000 to Sinfonia Gulf Coast in recognition and support of the non-profit symphony orchestra’s performance and education programs for the upcoming 2013–2014 season.



Ashley Vannoy has joined SunTrust Bank as vice president and commercial relationship manager for the Pensacola and surrounding markets. 


Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood executives recently appointed Tia Triplett as general manager of the AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant, located in Northwest Florida’s Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Triplett will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 200-seat fine-dining restaurant, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation.


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has announced the appointment of Jackson Cherry as the resort’s new manager of hotel operations.



The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has been awarded recognition for a higher standard of care for its marine mammal residents. General Manager Patrick Berry received the acknowledgment from the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), an international association representing marine life parks, aquariums and zoos dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study and wildlife presentations.

Hospitals operated by Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Miramar Beach and Port St. Joe have been honored with PRC Excellence in Healthcare Awards for 2013. These awards are based on information gathered through confidential surveys of patients regarding their perception of the care they received at Sacred Heart.

Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Jordan, a deployed maintenance superintendent with the 33rd Fighter Wing, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Jordan supported Operation Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa by guiding 1,400 maintenance personnel at three operating locations in support of flying operations for almost 100 aircraft conducting 8,000 combat missions.

Hand selected, Jordan was responsible for a variety of different airframes comprising a composition wing during an almost yearlong span. While the Bronze Star is set aside for a select few, it is even a smaller pool of people from the maintenance career field who are distinguished with such an honor.

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