Celebrate with Beachy Beach in Destin and don’t forget your PB and J!


Beachy Beach Real Estate has been growing like wildfire and now they are spreading Peace, Love and Beachy Beach from PCB to Destin.

Last year, broker and owner of Beachy Beach Real Estate in Panama City Beach,  Karen Smith celebrated the official Grand Opening of the Beachy Beach 30A office in Seagrove with partners Hugh Smith and Hilary and Chad Farnum and this year, the Smith/Farnum team are taking their fun, boutique Real Estate concept to Okaloosa County.

In a few days, Tuesday the 25th to be exact, the team will once again join forces to welcome the community to join them in cutting the ribbon for their  Beachy Beach Destin location off of Hwy 98 and 200 Calusa Blvd, right next to Destin Plastic Surgery Center, and just a little east of Destin Commons.

In addition to celebrating the office opening, Beachy Beach is using this event to highlight the expansion of Food for Thought from Walton County into Okaloosa County.  The organization helps local school children who battle with “food insecurity”, providing them with easy to prepare meals to help them keep their minds focused at school, instead of their rumbling stomachs.

Now the the “PB and J Soiree” event title makes sense, make sure you go catch the BOGO sales to get the best deals on peanut butter and jelly!  Food for Thought is requesting the containers be non-glass and the lower sugar options whenever possible.  You can learn more about Food for Thought and what their other needs are at: www.foodforthoughtfl.org

For event updates, stay tuned to Beachy Beach Destin’s Facebook page and use the event page to invite your friends.

Official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and blessing of the business will start at 4 pm and last until 7 pm as guests will enjoy live music courtesy of Destin Escapes Vacation Rentals, frosty beverages thanks to Coastal Insurance and sweet treats from Veritas Appraisal services.

Guests will also get a chance to win as they play Beachy Beach’s version of Plinko and nab some fun items from local businesses.

There will also be door prizes given away, as well as raffle items attendees can bid for to support Food for Thought.




Synovus Mortgage Corp is also providing a very generous spread of delicious food for guests as members of the community not only enjoy the festivities, but hopefully learn more about FFT and what they can do to help.  Thanks to the support of companies like Synovus, 150 guests will receive the inaugural Food for Thought  reusable grocery bag with goodies from local businesses.

Attendees will be able to commemorate the fun thanks to local photographer Tasia McDaniel of TasiaMade Photography and Design as she will have a fun, summer photo booth for people to visit and hopefully, enjoy a few laughs!  It’s not every day you get to wear an inflatable frog float after all.

And you just might get famous for it, VIP Destin Magazine will be in attendance covering the event and will also have an opportunity for guests to win! You might want to go ahead and “like” their new page on Facebook so you can tag yourself after Tuesday’s event.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday, June 25th at 200 Calusa Blvd in Destin.  For more information about event or to donate a raffle prize item or other ways you can help the Smiths and the Farnums spread the word about Food for Thought, email: destin @beachybeach.com or contact myself, Britt Matthews at 732-539-6720.

(Please advised, parking will be an issue, so we encourage those of you coming with a group to please car pool! Thank you!)


Spring Break IS Upon Us

_mg_6742Every year, at the beginning of spring break, I’m always glad to see the life pumped back into Panama City Beach.  The Beach Wal-Mart is packed with young energy, the streets are pumping with life and local businesses are happy the winter months are over and they can start living again.  Of course, I’m always glad to see them go at the end as well.

“As little as four weeks ago, we were a little worried,” said Russ Smith, Vice President of Resort Operations.  He went on to say that over the last couple of weeks, things have picked up and it looks like at this time, occupation is right on par with last year over the entire spring break, but the times in which visitors are coming in have shifted.  “I don’t know if it was the recent warnings about going to Mexico that’s given us the boost or just late planning on the part of the college kids.”

“Everyone seems to be cautiously optimistic this year,” says Dana Lent, Communications Manager for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “The proof is in the pudding, we’ll see how the numbers really pan out when we see the bed tax collections.”

What is mostly empty now, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant will be filled with spring breakers tomorrow night and in just 8 days time the local beach club will be jam packed.

For the first year ever, Sharky’s will play host to beach tennis and beach volleyball that will ultimately culminate in a professional tournament with professional volleyball players such as 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.  Beach tennis will start off on Sunday March 1st and players can battle it out until March 18th.

This next upcoming week is really the first “big” week of spring break, with this past week having students from Michigan and Canada here in small numbers.  Next week just under a half million students will be on spring break across the country and the week after around 1.8 million will be on spring break around the country.  Note to other media that has gotten these numbers confused in the past – I said “around the country”, not necessarily coming here.

This year should be a fun year.  There is a lot of emphasis on family spring break (another article coming on that!) and there are quite a few family activities coming up.

Check below for a complete list of colleges on spring break this week, courtesy of TripSmarter.com:

March 2-6, 2009 (Mon-Fri)

College / University


Alverno College


Barry University


Beloit College


Bennett College


Bethune-Cookman College


Bishop’s University


Boston College


California University of Pennsylvania


Cambrian College


Clark University


College of Charleston


Duquesne University


Fairfield University


Florida A&M University


Florida Atlantic University


Georgia State University


Grand Valley State University


Greensboro College


Lebanon Valley College


Lehigh University


Loyola College, Maryland


Loyola University, Chicago


Mary Baldwin College


Moore College of Art and Design


North Carolina A&T


North Carolina State University


Pepperdine University


Rice University


Rocky Mountain College


Saint Cloud State University


Saint Francis University


Schoolcraft College


Silver Lake College


Stetson University


Universite du Quebec (Montreal)


University of Evansville


University of Virginia


Valparaiso University


Villanova University


Virginia Western Community College


Western Carolina University


Western Michigan University


Wingate University


Xavier University




Pier Park Beach Ball Drop Video

Pier Park’s Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach was a huge success with thousands in attendance from all over the south-eastern United States.  The CVB’s marketing blitz covered our drive-to market while locals attended in droves.

I had a blast there with my buddy Lou shooting the whole event and have actually spent probably 12 hours reviewing and editing to get just over 5 minutes of reliving the New Year’s Eve Party on Panama City Beach.

The original version was about 8 minutes long, but I edited it down to really focus on the action. I hope that this brings back some of the emotion of the night for those of you that were there, and for those that were not there, I hope this depicts what an awesome time it truly was.

I want to thank Pier Park’s Felecia Cook for all the hard work that she and her assistant, Ashley Capps did to pull this great event off.  With the help of the PCB CVB and the local tourism industry, this is sure to be a grand tradition that we will all enjoy for years to come.

Enjoy the video.

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