HolySmokes! BBQ Cook-off 2020

Calling Destin’s best amateur barbecue chefs. The fourth annual HolySmokes! BBQ Cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 on the back lawn at Immanuel Anglican Church.

Barbecue tastings, live music, good food and great fun will be available.

Establish your team of two or more members, which may represent a company as long as the company is not in the food industry. Teams are encouraged to create a fun team name like “Burnt Offerings," “May the Sauce be with You” or “Grilluminati” and to serve at least 200 (.75-1 oz.) samples of prepared barbecue meat (chicken, pork, beef, fish, anything goes).

Awards will be given for People’s Choice (first, second and third place) and Most Creative Station (based on fun-factor creativity).

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A new housing development will soon be making its way to Panama City.

Panama City Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to get to work on a new housing development.

It’s called Pelican Pass, it’s a gated community, 60-unit condo, spread across two five-story buildings. The complex will include a marina and 49 boat slips. Officials believe it will help bring more people to the area.

“That’s gonna add to the density downtown. More people walking around, more people get to enjoy what’s coming. So people need to probably sign up for those, I believe they will go really fast,” Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki said.

Panhandle Engineering will help build the condos, president Jim Slonina says they’re ready to break ground and rejuvenate…

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Walton is the fastest-growing county in the state, and people of all ages are relocating to the city of Freeport.

“When I first started we had like three thousand residents here, we now have 9,100,” Mayor of Freeport Russ Barley said.

Born and raised in Freeport, Barley said the city has kept its small-town feel throughout his nine years as the mayor.

“I think they are moving here for retirement, and location to the different military bases and things of that nature,” Barley said.

He said residents of all ages are choosing the east side of town, which is closer to parks, surrounding waterways and the Gulf. Many are even choosing to leave the South Walton beach lifestyle.

“People living in such places like Kelly Plantation and…

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The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County  (CAA) announces the anticipated official opening of the Watersound Monarch Art Trail (MAT), an outdoor sculpture project created by the CAA with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The Nov. 12 grand opening will kick off a weekend of festive events that offer creative education and fun for the whole family.

It is well-known that Northwest Florida is part of the migratory path of the Monarch butterfly, and every fall tens of thousands of Monarchs can be seen enjoying the indigenous flora that lives in Walton County. Since 1992, the CAA has celebrated this natural event with an annual children’s arts and science festival called The Flutterby Festival, and now the Alliance will include the MAT…

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Condé Nast Traveler has published its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach voted one of the top 15 hotels in Florida.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers rated their travel experiences across the globe to provide specifics about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

“I continue to be so thankful and proud of our Pearl team, who prove daily that sincere and personal service are the cornerstone of everything we do,” says David Merryman, General Manager of the Pearl Hotel. “It’s especially gratifying to be recognized by our guests and…

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Mountainfilm on Tour  is one of SoWal's most popular events, returning to WaterColor Inn & Resort’s Marina Park Amphitheater for its 21st anniversary this Nov. 5-6, with films that reflect Mountainfilm’s motto, “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit,” and use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

A two-night outdoor film festival dedicated to educating and motivating audiences about issues that matter, Mountainfilm on Tour at WaterColor brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films to Northwest Florida.

Marina Park Amphitheater offers a breathtaking outdoor setting against a backdrop of longleaf pines, under a starry sky to enhance the inspiring films. An…

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Annual Baytowne Beer Festival scheduled for Oct. 8-9.


Gather your friends and raise your pitchers at the 13th annual Baytowne Beer Festival Oct. 8-9.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is transformed for the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast," featuring more than 40 on-site craft brewers, nearly 200 domestic and international craft beers, seminars, samplings and live music.

Tickets may be purchased at www.bigtickets.com/events/baytowne/beerfest21/.

Friday Beer From Around Here, 6-8 p.m. 

Sample local breweries, taste appetizers from merchants in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and enjoy live music by the Forrest Williams Band on the Events Plaza Lawn. 

Saturday VIP Event, 1-2 p.m.

Exclusive beer tastings and great food from Marlin Grill. This…

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A schematic drawing shows the proposed layout for a parking lot on Walton County Highway near Walton County Road 30A, a popular tourist route. The lot includes a trolley station as part of an effort to boost public transit.

A parking lot planned for a 2-acre tract on Walton County Road 393 South near County Road 30A could become more than just a parking lot, according to Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) Director of Beach Operations Brian Kellenberger.

The planned lot, a short distance north of the regularly crowded Ed Walline Regional Beach Access on 30A west of Blue Mountain Beach, will include a structure that will serve as a stop for a planned public transit system designed to help get cars off 30A. The two-lane beachside road is a popular route for visitors to the county's beaches that can also get jammed with workers heading to businesses along the route.

Kellenberger expressed optimism Thursday that as it develops, the public transit along…

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In its 33rd year, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is scheduled to return to Grand Boulevard’s Town Center Saturday, October 9th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 10th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

 Usually held over Mother’s Day weekend, this year’s festival was rescheduled due to the pandemic and will be part of National Arts & Humanities Month which was established in 1993 by Americans for the Arts and is celebrated every October in the United States. It was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities.

ArtsQuest is a juried show that provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from over 100…

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