Spring is in the air on the Emerald Coast and we have curated a list of some of the month's top news stories to keep you up to date on everything going on from Destin to Panama City Beach!


Lawmakers Supporting Bill to Ban Smoking on State Beaches

https://www.nwfdailynews.com/story/news/local/state/2022/02/18/florida-smoking-ban-beaches-legislature-law-illegal-vaping-state-parks-cigarettes/6828476001/

 

Underwater Museum of Art to Add 10 New Sculptures 

https://sowal.com/story/underwater-museum-of-art-to-add-ten-new-sculptures

 

Tree Planting in DeFuniak Springs Honors Spires, Arbor Day 

https://www.waltonsun.com/story/news/2022/01/21/tree-planting-defuniak-springs-honors-spires-arbor-day/6606579001/

 

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In today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally rise. Why is that? When there are more people trying to buy an item than there are making that item available for sale, that drives prices up. And that’s exactly the case in today’s housing market. So, knowing what’s happening with the inventory of homes for sale and the demand for housing is crucial for today’s buyers and sellers.

Nationally, Demand Is High and Supply Is Very Low

The latest buyer and seller activity data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates buyer traffic heavily outweighs seller traffic today, as shown in the maps below.…

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Many things have changed over the past couple of years, and real estate is no exception. One impact is an increased desire to own more than one home. According to the recent Luxury Market Report from Luxury Home Marketing:

“As trends such as remote working and flexi-hours took hold in 2021, so too did the flexibility of relocating as well as the growth of second homeownership.”

This may be because the pandemic has altered how we think about our homes. Where we live has become, more than ever, our safe space and our getaway. And with the rise in remote work, more people are reconsidering where they want to live and buying second homes to give them greater flexibility. If you fall in that category, here are just a few of the perks you’ll enjoy,…

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In an annual Gallup poll, Americans chose real estate as the best long-term investment. And it’s not the first time it’s topped the list, either. Real estate has been on a winning streak for the past eight years, consistently gaining traction as the best long-term investment (see graph below):

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home this year, this poll should reassure you. Even when inflation is rising like it is today, Americans agree an investment like real estate truly shines.

Why Is Real Estate a Great Investment During Times of High Inflation?

With inflation reaching its highest level in 40 years, it’s more important than ever to understand the financial benefits of homeownership. Rising inflation means prices are increasing…

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Not only will ownership at The Grove at Seascape Resort  put you in Miramar Beach's newest luxury condominiums, you'll also have access to The Grove's collection of exquisite amenities. 

The Grove Aquatic Gardens will include a lazy river, family pool, social pool, zero entry pool, sun decks and covered seating, pool lounge chairs, open air pavilions, tv’s, events lawn, bathhouses, playground, lawn games, and food and beverage service. 

When your'e not spending time at the Aquatic Gardens, you'll be in the perfect spot to take advantage of The Grove's many other amenities, including beach access, live music and concerts, resort events, tennis, or a round of golf at Seascape's newly renovated, par three executive golf course. 


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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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