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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One key question that’s top of mind for homebuyers this year is: why is it so hard to find a house to buy? The truth is, we’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, so real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The number of buyers searching for a home greatly outweighs how many homes are available for sale.

While low inventory in the housing market isn’t new, it’s a challenge that continues to grow over time. Here’s a look at two reasons why today’s housing supply is low and what that means for you.

1. New Home Construction Fell Behind for Several Years

The graph below shows new home construction for single-family homes over the past five decades, including the long-term average for housing units completed. Builders exceeded that…

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If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. Here’s why.

Demand Is Very Strong

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:

“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates expected to rise in…

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently approved continued development of Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for four state-listed beach-nesting bird species, including the American oystercatcher, snowy plover, least tern and black skimmer.

All four species of state-listed beach-nesting birds are included in one set of draft guidelines, which is now available at MyFWC.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/species-guidelines/

Staff will return to a future commission meeting for final approval of the guidelines.

For more information on Florida’s shorebirds, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds.

The guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on…

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The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K will be back in-person for the 20th anniversary running on Sunday, February 20th, 2022, in Seaside, Florida. The three-day charity race weekend kicks off with the coastal cuisine event Taste of the Race on Friday night, then proceeds to a fun-for-all-ages Race Expo on Saturday, and culminates on Sunday morning with the running of the half marathon + 5K along the iconic Highway 30A starting and finishing in Seaside.

Both in-person and virtual race registrants will receive the following:
• A virtual goody bag full of surprises
• Vera Bradley® ReActive Sling Backpack in either the Really Regatta, Black or Neon Ivy fabric
• Iconic race shirt, designed by Billie Gaffrey
• A virtual training program
• A customized playlist
•…

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The annual Valentine Tour of Homes is a fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art for All program, which provides much-needed funding for arts education initiatives in Walton County, including grants and scholarships for students, teachers, artists and arts organizations.

The two-day event is a self-guided tour through some of South Walton’s most beautiful, unique, and art-filled homes, which range from historic cottages to gulf-front mansions.

Details can be found at CulturalArtsAlliance.com.

Source: Visit South Walton

https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/events/valentine-tour-of-homes/

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