A satellite photos shows the area to be dredged on the north side of the Marler Bridge.

The latest maintenance dredging of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Destin boat basin and access channel began Tuesday and is expected to be completed by March 6.

The basin stands next to the station on the west side of the Marler Bridge, and the access channel extends along most of the north side of the bridge.

“Every few years, the sand builds up in there,” Cory Palmer, senior chief petty officer and the officer in charge at Coast Guard Station Destin, said Thursday. “It’s getting dredged out so our boats can get in and out of the area better.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is performing the dredging work, which is taking place 24 hours per day and is being paid for by the Coast Guard.

“Commercial traffic will not be interrupted by…

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The Concerts in the Village series returns to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.

Taking place every Thursday night at 7 PM, from April 21 thru June 23, music-lovers can enjoy a night under the stars featuring local and national acts. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious snacks and a blanket or chair. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more information and tickets, visit mkaf.org. 

MKAF Spring Concerts in the Village
Doors open at 6 PM | Show starts at 7 PM  

April 21 | Michael Jackson LIVE
Santana Jackson is one of the top Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world. He has been a dedicated MJ fan since he was six years old and is committed to bringing the magic of Michael Jackson to…

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Enjoy a special spring weekend at a lavish community gathering featuring fine wine, food and spirits on a scenic, captivating estate on the Choctawhatchee Bay, benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

The benefit weekend is presented by the Dugas family, and will take place on their family estate overlooking the cultured grounds, with stunning bay views. On Friday, March 18, the VIP experience begins with Porc et Vin featuring drinks from Thompson 31 Fifty Wines, Balcones Whiskey, and Southern Fields Brewery, along with delicious cuisine provided all weekend from Cafe Thirty-A and live music presented by SETCO Services. The VIP experience continues Saturday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. with a special VIP Party featuring bocce ball,…

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Poor Excuses & Lazy Tropes. Pen and ink on paper. Joshua D. Wilichowski. 2021.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is honored to present PINPOINT, a solo exhibition of drawings by Joshua D. Wilichowski, through March 19. 

Why would an artist spend hundreds of hours laboriously drawing a utilitarian object like a stairwell or a trashcan? The levity, skill, time and thoughtfulness of Wilichowski's art practice reflect his thinking about the role functional objects play in life; how they become placeholders for moments in existence.

In addition to the artist's highly skilled pen drawings, this exhibit includes CAD (Computer-Aided Design)-inspired renderings for NWFSC's architecture students. NWFSC has an architecture transfer program with Florida A&M University.

Wilichowski…

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The Fisherman's Boatyard in Freeport was busy this week with many of the Destin fishing fleet there for a bit of maintenance.

The Fisherman’s Boatyard in Freeport was abuzz with sanders on Wednesday as about 18 boats from the Destin fishing fleet were on blocks and undergoing basic maintenance. 

“It’s too pretty of a day not to be smearing something,” said deckhand Danny Brennan as he prepared a mixture of paint to go on the bottom of the Special K. 

The sun was out and the temperature was in the mid-60s by mid-morning. Deckhands and captains were already starting to shed their jackets as they sanded, painted and buffed. 

Brennan wasn’t the only guy with a paint brush or a roller in his hand. 

Capt. Tom Schmitz of the dive boat Under Pressure was lying on his back and brushing paint on the bottom of his boat. 

“We’re just doing a quick bottom job,”…

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Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the 5th Annual Panama City Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival back to Aaron Bessant Park Saturday, Feb 5th, and Sunday, Feb 6th from Noon to 5 PM (VIP hour 11 AM to Noon).

Thirty of Florida’s most popular food trucks will dish out fan favorites while 50+ national, regional and local craft beers will be available to wash it all down. This 2022 festival will be a weekend of craft beer, great food, lawn games, music, and fun for the whole family. The trucks will be serving everything from fall-off-the-bone BBQ to wood-fired pizza to spicy Korean to gooey mac & cheese and so much more!

Activities:

- Enjoy outdoor games like cornhole, giant jenga, and a bouncy house for kids!
- Dance to the tunes of…

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Visit South Walton has announced the 2022 Perfect in South Walton award winners. The annual awards, now in its eighth

year, are nominated and voted upon by visitors and residents alike and recognizes local restaurants, businesses and events in a variety of categories.

“The Perfect in South Walton awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate local businesses, to help them feel a little love from locals and visitors who have made great memories thanks to the people working hard to create a special experience for them,” says Visit South Walton Director of Communications Matt Algarin. “It’s one of the ways we support those businesses and help remind visitors of the many reasons they have to come back again.”

You can view all the…

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The 17th Annual Girls Getaway will be held Feb. 10-13 in Rosemary Beach.

Festivities include Thursday welcome bonfire, workshops (fashion and wine), yoga, tour of homes, tour of outdoor sculpture exhibition, Saturday evening bash with dinner, dancing, silent auction, Sunday brunch and more.

Tickets www.rbfgirlsgetaway.com and more information and schedule of events is available at https://www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org/girls-getaway.

The 17th Annual Girls Getaway benefits the Rosemary Beach Foundation and their charitable partner, Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Hospital's new pediatric emergency room. The new pediatric center will include four treatment rooms, one triage room, and three observation rooms, all with advanced equipment…

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Our winter temperatures go back and forth all season here in North Florida – one week it’s winter, the next week we may think spring has arrived. This back and forth with cold and mild temperatures throughout winter is typical in North Florida.

As a result of the freezing periods, the less cold-hardy tropical and subtropical landscape plants can be injured. For example, it’s normal for popular landscape plants such as oleander, hibiscus, bottlebrush and philodendron to suffer some cold damage. Then, the first impulse for many gardeners is to cut away the dead and dying leaves and branches. But, this really is not the best idea.

During winter, it’s difficult to tell how much damage has been done to these plants. If you prune immediately after a…

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