As we head into the final days of 2021, make sure you know of the best spots to ring in the new year! 

 
Noon Year's Eve 

Friday, December 31 10:00am

Lulu's

Non-stop kid friendly fun for the whole family, there will be crafts, face painting, and more followed by kid safe "fireworks" and a beach ball drop!

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Baytowne Countdown

Friday, December 31 6:00pm - 1:00pm

 The Village of Baytowne Wharf 

Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8pm & midnight. Enjoy our family friendly evening from 6pm-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on…

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we are celebrating all month long! Visit with Santa, shop at a local holiday market, or sit back and enjoy live Christmas music and entertainment all before before ending the year at one of the area's most fabulous New Year's Eve parties!


Merry Mainstreet 

Every Friday and Saturday Prior to Christmas

Downtown DeFuniak Springs 

Free to attend “Merry Main Street” boasts live music and theatrical performances, an outdoor market, food trucks, rides on the Choctaw Express Train, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids character appearances by The Character Clubhouse, and more family fun – all taking place along Baldwin Avenue in downtown DeFuniak Springs.

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Manatees should soon be on the move as their annual fall migration inland to escape cooler winter conditions along the coast. 

Their immune system can't deal with colder temperatures, and the sea cows can get cold stress illnesses once water temperatures dip below 68 degrees, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Coastal water temperatures are just a few degrees above that, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. 

"It looks like it's around 71 or 72 degrees off Fort Myers Beach," said Nicole Carlisle, a meteorologist with NWS. "It starts with the first big cool down of the season; and as we keep getting additional fronts, that will allow the water temperatures to slowly fall. So you can expect that…

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The natural beauty of Grayton Beach is known to draw visitors from all over the word and generations of locals to stick their toes in the sugar-white sand and relax in nature.

South Walton High School student Hannah Smith wants to empower beachgoers to help keep the place they love to visit clean and beautiful with a new pilot beach basket program. Six baskets are currently stationed nearby the trash receptacles at the end of the Grayton Beach public beach access boardwalk. Beachgoers are encouraged to grab a basket and use it to pick up trash, dispose of it in the nearby bins and then return the basket to the stand when they’re finished.

“I want to reduce the amount of litter in our water and on our beaches,” she said. “Overall, the main…

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2020 Best Decorated Home

The city of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories:

• Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.

• Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property.

• Best on the Harbor: This category is for homes on the harbor.

• Best Overall Holiday: This category includes all homes, business, and organizations throughout the city limits that go above and beyond.

• Best Decorated Home: This will include single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.

• Best Decorated Organization: This category includes…

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Latitude Margaritaville Watersound

The first residents of Latitude Margaritaville Watersound have officially closed on their new homes and have been busy moving in and meeting neighbors.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and better who are growing older ... but not up.

Becky and Jim Entrekin from Collierville, Tennessee, were the first to close on their new home. They began moving in on Oct. 25.

The sales and lifestyle team at Latitude Margaritaville made sure their closing was a celebration, complete with streamers, leis, a Fins Up! balloon sculpture and champagne…

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4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity | MyKCM

Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year.

If you’re looking for the best ways to use your growing equity, here are four options:

1. Use Your Equity To Buy a Home That Fits Your Needs

If you’re finding you no longer have the space you need, it might be time to move into a larger home. Or, it’s possible you have too much space and would like something smaller. No matter the situation, consider using your equity to power a move into a home that fits your changing lifestyle. Moving into a larger home can…

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House | MyKCM

As we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price appreciation, growing equity, low inventory, and competitive mortgage rates are motivating homeowners to make a move that addresses their changing lifestyles.

In fact, recent data from realtor.com shows a larger share of homeowners are planning to list their houses this winter. So, that means more homes are about to hit the market, which will lead to more choices for buyers too.

According to George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research at realtor.com:

“The pandemic has delayed plans for many Americans, and homeowners looking to move on to the next stage of life are no exception. Recent survey data suggests the…

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The 37th annual “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec.11, at 10 a .m.

The 37th annual “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Dec.11.

The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (U.S. Highway 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.

For those who wish to participate in the parade, email Recreation@cityofdestin.com to request an application.

Applications must be received no later than Dec. 1 and can be dropped off in person to the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave;, faxed to 850-654-8998, or email to recreation@cityofdestin.com.

In lieu of an entry fee, each applicant must donate a toy, which will be given to a local charity. All donations can be dropped…

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