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07/16/2015
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Books to Read on Vacation by Local Destin and 30A Authors

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If you’re trying to decide what book to read on vacation why not choose a book written by a local author or a novel based on our local area!? The Destin/Miramar Beach/30A area has attracted and inspired many creative individuals. With our white sandy beaches, abundance of sunshine, and southern charm the Gulf Coast fosters a hub of inspiration. One of the best ways to relax on the beach is to read a book. Relax and read on the beach with one of these books by local Destin and 30A

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11/13/2014
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New Year’s Eve on the Emerald Coast!

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Destin and 30A are very popular destinations during the holidays. After all, what can be better than spending holidays with family and friends in paradise!? Still, many people ask, what are some popular New Year’s events on the Emerald Coast? There is no shortage of events and activities surrounding Destin, Florida to ring in the New Year. Countdown the final ticks of 2014 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-the-year party. Dance to live bands, take in the stellar fireworks show, and grab refreshing cocktails. For those that don’t mind

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05/30/2014
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Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

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William Augustus Bowles, AKA Billy Bowlegs, came to Pensacola, Florida in 1779 to prevent the capture of Pensacola from the Spanish. After being defeated by the Spanish, Bowlegs developed a fueled hatred for Spain and began the lucrative business of pirating on the high seas. He was known for forming the Independent State of Mukegee, the longest lasting independent state, behind only the Independent Republic of Texas. Next weekend, June 5-7, Billy Bowlegs will return to ye ol stompin grounds and try to round up some new faces to reek

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05/23/2014
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The Track

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If you’re looking for some family fun in Destin, The Track Recreation Center is the destination for you. The track features mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, an arcade, and a bungee jumping tower. There is also a designated area for younger children, Kids Country with a train ride, a carousel, a plane ride, spin tops, swings, a Ferris wheel, and kiddie karts (rookie karts) that travel at a slower speed. The following are the recreational activities for the full-sized members of your party: -Go-Karts: Hop in a single, or a double-seater

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05/15/2014
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Boogie on Down: Dancing with the Stars Pros at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

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The Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Destin, Florida will host a special night of dancing put on by some of the internationally acclaimed dance champions from the hit show Dancing with the Stars. The event is entitled Dancing with Desire, and will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 7pm. The performance is hosted by local dance school Fred Astaire Dance Studio out of Fort Walton Beach. Celebrity dancers who can be seen at the event include Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Maksim Chmerkovski, and many more. General admission

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05/15/2014
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Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

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Eglin Air Force Base in Niceville will host its 11th annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic. The event acts as The Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event and will take place on May 16 and 17. Golfers will get to experience the serene beauty offered up by the 6,869 yard Falcon course. The event will kick off at noon on May 16 and a second round will take place at 8:30 am on May 17. Prizes will be offered to the winning teams, the Longest Drive contest

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05/2/2014
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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

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Digital graffiti is the WORLDS FIRST outdoor festival dedicated to projection art and it’s happening right in our very own Alys Beach on June 5-7. Often referred to as “Urban Projection”, artists use projectors and animation technologies to cast their images onto the urban structures and skyscrapers of Alys Beach. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to showcase this group of underground artists work. Alys Beach is the perfect location for such an art show because all the structures in the town are white

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04/25/2014
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Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill Coming to Destin

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Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill will open its new 20,000 sq. foot location at the Destin Commons in early July 2014. The restaurant will feature a full dining room and 16 bowling lanes. The bar will be island themed and the decor is reminiscent of the skeletal remains of a sunken ship. There will also be seating outside, an upscale billiards room, and an outdoor fire pit to combat the cool Gulf breezes. The restaurant is part of a 100,000 sq. foot addition to the commons area that also includes

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04/18/2014
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Emerald Coast Boat Run

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Jet fuel powered boats with over a 1000 horsepower deafeningly speeding though the Gulf is something everyone can marvel over. The Emerald Coast Boat Week and the Emerald Coast Poker Run is in its 21st year in Northwest Florida. The celebration benefits the Emerald Coast Foundation, an organization that supports local children’s charities and youth organizations. The event includes The Miss Boat Week Bikini Contest, Lucky Ladies Casino Night at Helen Back, and The Emerald Coast Poker Run. More info on the event can be found here.

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04/18/2014
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Sand Sculpting in Destin

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It does not get much better than building three foot tall sandcastle towers on the pristine beaches of Destin, Florida. Lessons for building sandcastles are available from Fort Walton beaches all the way through the beaches of 30A. Sandcastles for special events such as proposals, centerpiece sculptures, wedding sculptures, and corporate events can be built in just a few hours. Classes and workshops are available throughout the area and more information can be found here.

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04/11/2014
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Destin Nightlife

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After a long day in the sun, everyone can use a cold drink and some good tunes to mellow out. Destin is infamous for not only its beautiful beaches, but also for its booming nightlife. With plenty of different ambiances and atmospheres, here are a few local favorites: -AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar- a great party choice in Destin Harbor, usually featuring live music and -always with great beer specials -McGuire’s Irish Pub and brewery- Beer is made on location and the place is fully decked in Irish memorabilia. The

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04/11/2014
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Big Kahunas

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Big Kahuna’s in Destin, Florida has been voted one of the best water parks in America by the Travel Channel! With an adventure park, kiddie areas, rides and slides, and wave pools, this adventure park has something for everyone. If you’re looking to stay high and dry at the park, there are plenty of options for you land lovers. Mini golf is always a good go-to option with families with young children that might want to stay away from the more altitude intensive rides. Big Kahuna’s has 54 holes spanning

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