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Spring Break is over in Destin for another year

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I think all of the tourist and Spring Breakers all left Destin at the same time. Driving home from work on Thursday the traffic was the worse of the season. On Friday you could travel around without stopping. It was like everyone left Friday morning. We are now in a lull till Memorial weekend where we start our Summer season.

Our friends with the Southern Drawl Band were in town this weekend. This band continues to grow and gain popularity. They played at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach on Friday night and at Crab Island Cantina on Sunday evening. Both show were fantastic as always. We had to dodge some raindrops on Friday but it cleared up in time for the show to go on. Sunday they played on the inside stage at the Cantina as it was raining lightly but we still had a good crowd of folks there for the show.

While at the Cantina, the band got some good news. They were booked for the Destin Seafood Festival in October. They will be playing on the big stage on Saturday of the festival. This is big. The seafood festival draws over 80,000 people to the harbor over three days. It won’t be long before they make it real big!



Last week I wrote about a drunk driver who crashed into a car, a building and into a ditch. It turns out a friend of ours was at the scene and videotaped the chaotic scene. He posted it on Youtube and it has gone viral with over 300,000 hits. This week Sunshine Cindy and I saw a guy dancing in the middle of Hwy. 98 on Saturday morning about 1:30 am. What an idiot. And on Thursday there was a lady stepping into traffic on 98 on the island. I guess the crazies were out in full force last week.

In addition to getting out to see Southern Drawl Band, Sunshine Cindy and I also had some other adventures. We used her Christmas gift to go to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. This is a dining experience that we fully enjoyed. Our waitress turned out to be girlfriend of a bartender we have known for years. It was fun talking to her. There is also a new bar that is part of the restaurant. We stopped in there and will be back. It was a nice relaxing atmosphere.

We stopped in at our American Legion to donate the license plate we got from the legion in Marion, Il. Our local Legion was thrilled to get it. We left the Legion and stopped in at the Rotten Apple. Tommy and Pops were there. Tracy was bartending and Gigi came and talked to us for a while. We then headed to Fuds on the island for some food and a parrot head meeting. The upstairs at Fuds is a neat place looking out over the bay. I had a chance to talk with Pedro. He was a previous Crab Island Mambo bartender of the month.

It must have been a weekend for running into previous bartenders of the month. At Crab Island Cantina we saw Jesse. The last time we saw Jesse was when the Crazy Lobster was closing down. He was heading to New Orleans to work during Mardi Gras. He did and came back and got a job in San Destin at the Village Door. It was good seeing him.

Saturday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at Hogs Breath for a while. We enjoy sitting at the outside patio bar watching the traffic on 98. Rickie was working the bar and a good group of locals were there.

It looks like we are going to have a new place soon down on the harbor. The Monkey Bar has been torn down. Chris, the owner of Helen Back, is building a new place on the site of the Monkey Bar. I heard it might be called Duck Duck or something like that. They won’t do food on site but are planning to bring in a food truck that will serve Helen Back pizza’s. The plan is to be open for the summer season. The only thing constant around here is change.

Sunshine Cindy had a nice time listening to the concert from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Saturday night. We could hear the concert clearly. It’s nice sitting on our patio with our own drinks and we can hear a show!

It looks like we are going to have a stretch of rain over the next week. Each day is calling for about 80% each day. All I know is all this rain better bring May flowers!!!

We are getting closer to the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful” in Put in Bay. The Trop Rock party is only 2 months away. It’s coming up quick! Everyone is welcome to join us. Here are the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Have a great week. See ya Monday!

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Spring Break is over in Destin for another year

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I think all of the tourist and Spring Breakers all left Destin at the same time. Driving home from work on Thursday the traffic was the worse of the season. On Friday you could travel around without stopping. It was like everyone left Friday morning. We are now in a lull till Memorial weekend where we start our Summer season.

Our friends with the Southern Drawl Band were in town this weekend. This band continues to grow and gain popularity. They played at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach on Friday night and at Crab Island Cantina on Sunday evening. Both show were fantastic as always. We had to dodge some raindrops on Friday but it cleared up in time for the show to go on. Sunday they played on the inside stage at the Cantina as it was raining lightly but we still had a good crowd of folks there for the show.

While at the Cantina, the band got some good news. They were booked for the Destin Seafood Festival in October. They will be playing on the big stage on Saturday of the festival. This is big. The seafood festival draws over 80,000 people to the harbor over three days. It won’t be long before they make it real big!



Last week I wrote about a drunk driver who crashed into a car, a building and into a ditch. It turns out a friend of ours was at the scene and videotaped the chaotic scene. He posted it on Youtube and it has gone viral with over 300,000 hits. This week Sunshine Cindy and I saw a guy dancing in the middle of Hwy. 98 on Saturday morning about 1:30 am. What an idiot. And on Thursday there was a lady stepping into traffic on 98 on the island. I guess the crazies were out in full force last week.

In addition to getting out to see Southern Drawl Band, Sunshine Cindy and I also had some other adventures. We used her Christmas gift to go to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. This is a dining experience that we fully enjoyed. Our waitress turned out to be girlfriend of a bartender we have known for years. It was fun talking to her. There is also a new bar that is part of the restaurant. We stopped in there and will be back. It was a nice relaxing atmosphere.

We stopped in at our American Legion to donate the license plate we got from the legion in Marion, Il. Our local Legion was thrilled to get it. We left the Legion and stopped in at the Rotten Apple. Tommy and Pops were there. Tracy was bartending and Gigi came and talked to us for a while. We then headed to Fuds on the island for some food and a parrot head meeting. The upstairs at Fuds is a neat place looking out over the bay. I had a chance to talk with Pedro. He was a previous Crab Island Mambo bartender of the month.

It must have been a weekend for running into previous bartenders of the month. At Crab Island Cantina we saw Jesse. The last time we saw Jesse was when the Crazy Lobster was closing down. He was heading to New Orleans to work during Mardi Gras. He did and came back and got a job in San Destin at the Village Door. It was good seeing him.

Saturday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at Hogs Breath for a while. We enjoy sitting at the outside patio bar watching the traffic on 98. Rickie was working the bar and a good group of locals were there.

It looks like we are going to have a new place soon down on the harbor. The Monkey Bar has been torn down. Chris, the owner of Helen Back, is building a new place on the site of the Monkey Bar. I heard it might be called Duck Duck or something like that. They won’t do food on site but are planning to bring in a food truck that will serve Helen Back pizza’s. The plan is to be open for the summer season. The only thing constant around here is change.

Sunshine Cindy had a nice time listening to the concert from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Saturday night. We could hear the concert clearly. It’s nice sitting on our patio with our own drinks and we can hear a show!

It looks like we are going to have a stretch of rain over the next week. Each day is calling for about 80% each day. All I know is all this rain better bring May flowers!!!

We are getting closer to the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful” in Put in Bay. The Trop Rock party is only 2 months away. It’s coming up quick! Everyone is welcome to join us. Here are the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Have a great week. See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-break-is-over-in-destin-for.html

Easter in Destin

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Easter Sunday is kind of the end of Spring Break in Destin. Last week the town was packed though. Friday night trying to get home from work was like a summer day. In Fort Walton Beach they had the Downtown Art Walk. KC’s Sandbar had music flowing from the bar when I passed it. That part of Fort Walton was hopping and slow. Destin was just as busy with cars and people everywhere.

Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza to see Alan and Jackie. They were leaving to head home on Sunday. They had a friend, Charley with them. Charley is from Louisville and was in town to drive a youth sports team from city to city. He was an interesting guy. Julie also joined us. We had not seen Julie in a few weeks. Landshark was packed from the moment we got there till we left. People have found out about our secret locals spot.

When we left Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in at the Rotten Apple. JD was playing again. Courtney was behind the bar. She had our beers ready as we walked in. That’s the sign of a great bartender! We hung out for a while then headed to the American Legion for Karaoke. Julie beat us there. Capt. John and Monica were there too. It was a fun time and I even sang a couple of times. It was not a pretty sight or sound! LOL

Saturday Sunshine Cindy and I went down to the harbor. Fred and his son Nick were back in town from Atlanta to go deep sea fishing. We meet them after their trip at Margaritaville for a few beers. They were happy as they had a cooler full of fish.

I have to say Margaritaville does not make it easy or cheap to stop there. We could not order two drinks each as we wanted to sit upstairs at the top bar overlooking the harbor. You had to be present to order and could only order one at a time. I understand kids at spring break but we don’t fit that criteria. So we got our one drink each and went upstairs. Then Sunshine Cindy and I wanted to buy a round but even though they knew who we were we could only get one drink each. I ordered one for me and Cindy, she took them upstairs then she came back ordered one more for me and her and we took them up so all four of us had drinks. I don’t blame the bartender, she was following directions and they have camera’s on them but come on, give your front line folks some leeway in making intelligent decisions. Finally when we were ready to leave Sunshine Cindy got a diet Coke to go…it cost $3.87 for one small ice filled glass of Coke. No wonder the locals stay away.

We decided to go to the Boathouse. As we pulled out of the parking garage onto Hwy. 98 we got a call from Alan and Jackie, they were walking up to Crab Island Cantina. So we turned around, got our same parking spot and joined them at the Cantina bar. We had a nice time visiting with them. We won’t see them again till June. They are great people and have become wonderful friends. The Cantina was busy. Judy and Mike came by to say hello. Ken walked by with his dog, Baby Girl. You could tell it was a busy holiday weekend.

When we left to head home, we saw blue lights up the road. Before we got to the blue lights we saw a car in front of AJ’s badly damaged. It turns out a drunk lost control, went up on a sidewalk and nailed a car trying to leave AJ’s, careened across Hwy. 98 and crashed into a scuba building, backed up and then crashed into a parking lot. Lucky no one was killed. This guy should be put away for a long time as he had no license for previous DUI’s.

We had a nice Easter Sunday with Sunshine Cindy’s parents at their house. The weather was great. We sat out on the dock for a while and had a couple of dolphins swim right by. One came up about 10 feet away from us. That was cool. I hope everyone had a nice Easter Sunday.

The old Fisherman’s Wharf is reopening this Wednesday as Brotula’s Seafood and Steamer. The Jackacuda’s folks are running this place too. It’s locally owned and operated. I will be interested to see what it’s like.

There were a lot of boats on the water this weekend. The Dolphin cruise boats were all full and many private boaters were out enjoying some nice weather. We also saw a bunch of pontoon rentals out in the harbor too. It’s getting closer to Crab Island time. I saw Brian on Friday. Brian used to have the Sinkin Weenie food boat. He still does catering and food on Crab Island. He is gearing up right now for the season.

This week will be a busy one around here. Southern Drawl Band will be in town playing at KC’s on Friday night, Juana’s on Saturday night and Crab Island Cantina on Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend you get out and catch one or all of their shows as these guys are great. I will have a full report on Monday!!! See ya then!!!

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Road Trip…

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One of the things about living in Destin is we are pretty close to some fun big cities. There are times we get a wild hair and decide to road trip. This weekend was one of those times. Friday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I talked about Ray Fogg playing in New Orleans at the original Tropical Isle. Well one thing lead to another and we decided to head over to NOLA on Saturday for the day. We would get to listen to Ray and visit with our friends Pam and Earl, the owners of Tropical Isle.

By noon we were pulling into town and got checked into our room at the Provincial Hotel. We had a great time going to as many places as we could in a few hours. The city was very crowded with many Spring Breakers running around. Sunshine Cindy and I had a great time. Ray put on his usual fun adult humor show. We meet some cool people including one guy who lives in the quarter who just got back from Cuba. He showed us a bunch of pictures he took. That was cool. We capped the evening at Pam and Earl’s restaurant “Orleans Grapevine” where we had some dinner and a few last drinks.

We headed home Sunday stopping in Biloxi for a quick stop that turned into a longer stay when the drawbridge in Ocean Springs was stuck in the “up” position. We had to backtrack all the way back through Biloxi. It was a fun weekend but we were tired by the time we got home.

Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at the Rotten Apple this past week. We got to talk to Gigi. She is now running this place. We saw a bunch of other friends there too.

Spring Break is winding down. Destin has been pretty calm this year. All of the real craziness is happening in Panama City Beach. Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for….Nuff said!

Okay, time for another week. See ya Monday!

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TV show in Destin

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One of the neat things about living in Destin is you never know what might happen. This past weekend was a prime example of that. A while back Sunshine Cindy and I got a call from our friend Fred from Atlanta. Fred told us about a concept he had for a TV show called “Barstools and Beach Chairs” and that he wanted to film the pilot in Destin. In addition he wanted Sunshine Cindy and I to be in the show. This weekend was the time he choose for the taping. Joining us in the taping of the show was part time Destin and Atlanta resident Renata. She is the owner of Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals. If you are looking for a place to stay in the Destin area then you need to call Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals. http://www.shoredreams.net/

The taping of the show was a blast. It started Friday at The Boathouse Oyster Bar. A big Friday night crowd was at The Boathouse giving the crew plenty of action to shoot. At one point they put a mic on me and I joined Fred behind the bar as Bree mixed up a Boathouse original drink for us. Other places we visited over the course of the two days was Crab Island Cantina, Harbor Docks, Royal Palms, Harborwalk Village, No Alibi fishing charter boat, Boogies Water Sports for a Pontoon Boat and Crab Island. We even ran into some Parrot Heads at Margaritaville. Who would have guessed that happening? LOL



The camera guys, Phil and David were some of the nicest guys you could ever meet. They were true professionals but very respectful of the businesses. Fred is such a nice guy. He is a natural in front of the camera. Fred’s wife Georgia and his kids were here too. They all had a great time. We have a new friend in Renata now too. Sunshine Cindy and I were so glad Fred asked us to be part of this pilot. We hope he is able to get it on the air. I will announce when it happens.

Destin is right in the middle of the Spring Break season. There are a lot of people in town but the large crowds of college kids are not as big as in the past. Destin and Walton County does not want to be like Panama City Beach so the authorities have made it a point to crack down on underage drinking and rowdy behavior. The area wants more families and not the drunken crowds. I think they have done a good job making that happen.

Sunshine Cindy and I got out a little before and after the filming of the pilot. One stop we made was The Crust Pizzeria. They do a great job with their pasta dishes and I needed to get my fix. We hit Johnny O’Quigley’s one night and Crab Island Cantina another night. We also went to the island and met our friends Alan and Jackie at Fud’s then we went to the Ramada Inn beach bar. After the sun went down we all went inside to the lobby bar. This past weekend Alan and Jackie saw rapper Ludacris. He was staying at the Ramada. They got a picture of him with some of the Ramada staff. He was in town to do a show at Nighttown.

It’s supposed to be a nice warm and dry week in Destin. I will have a full report next Monday of all the “Chaos!” 

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Lulu’s in Desting Looking Good!

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A short and sweet blog today as Sunshine Cindy and I were out of town for the last 4 days. I can say driving back into town today we can tell it full with spring breakers. This is the busy time for sure.

It looks like Lulu’s new place is coming along well. As we came over the Mid-Bay bridge today we could see the building going up. It is going to be a great place right on the bay. I hear it might open sometime in the summer. I hope so!

St. Paddy’s day is tomorrow. The big party in Destin will be at McGuire’s. They always have huge crowds as they close the parking lot and have bands and tons of beer.

Have a great week. See ya Monday.

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They’re back!

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Spring Break started last week but it was not until this past Saturday that we really noticed the increase in the crowds around town. Sunshine Cindy and I went to Johnny O’Quigleys for lunch on Saturday. When we left you could see the cars streaming in from the Mid-Bay bridge. The town filled up in a hurry.

We had a nice lunch at Johnny O’s. I am not sure why we have not been there recently as the food is good and they have a ton of TV’s to watch all the games. We will be back. Saturday was also the tequila and taco festival at Crab Island Cantina. I heard the crowds were very large in Harborwalk. The weather was perfect so everyone wanted to get out and about to enjoy warm day.

Saturday night Sunshine Cindy and I met some friends at Landshark Pizza to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game. We called it hockey night in Destin! We had Bob, Darla, Julie, Jan and Loujean all come out for the game. We had a great time. The food was good as usual and Tampa won a good game. Landshark was packed all night. The spring breakers were there but so were the hold over snowbirds. Austin, Ryan and Haley were working their butts off. They did a great job keeping everyone happy.

On Sunday I stopped back in at Landshark. Brian was not working but hanging out for a while. He asked me if I wanted to join him at The Other End. It was a nice evening so we went over there. This place sits right on the harbor. Clay was working. I knew his Mom from the Parrot Heads. It was a nice time there.

The old Fisherman’s Wharf on the harbor will soon be reopening. The owners of Jackacuda’s is opening Brotula’s, another seafood restaurant. We had heard they were involved with this new place. I hope they have some of the charm the Wharf had.

Pontoons are being rented again, jet skis are in the water, all the places in town are back open as the 4-5 week spring break season is in full swing. Now if the weather cooperates the beaches will be packed otherwise look out at the bowling alley!

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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Here come the Spring Breakers to Destin

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Destin is in that weird time warp where the generations are mixing. The snowbirds are still here but they are starting to leave while Spring Break is beginning with the first schools being off this week. This is the time of the year when cars are either going 20 or 80 MPH….there is no middle ground. LOL  The Gulf of Mexico is pretty cold so I am sure not too many people will be getting in but they will hit the beach and the bars. The winter season was busy so it will be interesting to see how busy Spring Break will be. I have a feeling we will be very busy.

Sunshine Cindy and I got out and about a little the last few days. Thursday night I made a stop at The Crust Pizzeria. Charlie was there and we had a chance to catch up as I have not seen him in a while. Charlie is having a awning put up over his back deck. He plans to try and make the bar on the deck into more of a destination for happy hour. Our friend Matt might even come back to work one night a week behind the bar. That would be fun. It also looks like the Parrot Heads will have a Phlocking at The Crust in April. We had a blast there last year. After a couple Fireballs and beers with Charlie, it was time to head home.

The Parrot Heads were busy this weekend. We had a Phlocking at The American Legion on Friday night. Jan and Kenny played and did a great job. We had a big crowd of over 100 folks show up to support the Legion and the PH’s.

Saturday was the Chili Cook-Off on the harbor that the PH’s sponsor. It is a big fund raiser that is a lot of fun. I had some chili from almost all the booths. I loved Landshark’s Ghost Pepper chili. It was very hot but had a great flavor. With all the different types of chili, it is hard to pick just one that is the best but Landshark’s got my vote. It was breezy and cool on the harbor but that made it perfect chili weather.

As the cook-off wound down we moved over to Crab Island Cantina for a concert by Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef. A big crowd enjoyed Jerry’s Trop Rock music. We had friends from all up and down the Emerald Coast show up. It was great seeing all of them as well as our local friends. Jerry and the guys sounded great as they warmed up the cool evening. If you ever get a chance to hear Jerry live do it, you won’t be disappointed.

I am sorry to say our show at Crab Island Cantina caused a problem with Harry T’s. It looks like Crab Island Mambo won’t be spending any time or money at Harry T’s anymore. Sometimes you cut off your nose to spite your face and that happened here. Too bad…

This weekend I made a couple stops at Landshark Pizza. Friday I had a pizza and Sunday I got some wings for Sunshine Cindy and myself. Landshark Pizza is like Destin’s own “Cheers” kind of place. It is cozy and a real locals place. It does not hurt that they have some of the best wings and pizza in town too!

Most of the places that have been closed for the winter are reopening. Gilligan’s and The Other End are both reopening. The old Malibu Jack’s will be opening soon too as a new venture. I am curious to see what it will be and how they do. Plus the Destin Diner reopened today too! I can’t wait to try it out also.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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The Evolving Destin Scene

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Over the past week, Sunshine Cindy and I have been out and about a little. One night we went to the original La Famiglia Restaurant in Destin. This is the place close to the Red Door Saloon. We love the atmosphere in the place. It kind of feels like my old Italian family home we would visit on Sunday. As always the food was fantastic. We did learn they are closing this location and will relocate to the old Hard Rock location in the Destin Commons in March. That makes sense as they have a second restaurant just down the road above Crab Island Cantina. We wish them well in their move.

We also visited World of Beer again which is also in the Commons. Just like our first visit, the place was packed. Sunshine Cindy and I shared a Ahi Tuna appetizer. It was really good. I think I was the only person in the place drinking beer out of a can. I wanted Abita Amber and they only had some Mardi Gras promotional cans left but they were just $3 each so I was happy.

Another stop we made was at Uncle Bucks which is right across from World of Beer. Scott was behind the bar again. He remembered us from the last time we stopped in. John was also working the bar. John used to be the GM of The Block for many years. He told us a bunch of stories about some of the country music stars they had play there. He said they tried hard to get Willie Nelson to play there even meeting his tour bus at a truck stop and giving him a case of Jack Daniels but it was not enough to sway Willie to come to Fort Walton Beach to play.

Brian at Landshark Pizza was doing a special Rib Eye Steak special on Saturday. Like our friend Eric Stone said, “Having steak at a pizza place is like having sushi at a bait and tackle shop.” It does sound weird but the steaks were very good. Brian was also smoking chicken wings. They looked great but I was stuffed already. Hopefully he will smoke some more wings again soon.



Last week the American Legion in Destin had a special fundraiser. They had Kevin Black (Clint Black’s brother) playing. He was really good. A big crowd was there and a lot of money was raised for some of the local Veteran’s hospitals and services. The Legion is the home of many of our vets and they can use your support. Stop in sometime and help keep the Legion going strong.

After the show Julie, Loujean, Jan, Sunshine Cindy and myself all stopped at Hooters for some dinner. It was late and the place was nearly empty but we had a good time like we always do. I tried their chili and it was actually very good.

Speaking of chili…This coming Saturday is the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Clubs Chili Cook-Off in Harborwalk Village. Up to 20 different restaurants and individuals will be competing for the title of best chili in Destin. You can taste test the chili with an armband that is $10 per person pre-sale or $15 at the event. All proceeds will benefit Horizons and Relay for Life.



As the cook-off winds down on Saturday, Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef will be playing at Crab Island Cantina from 3-7 pm. Jerry and the band is an award winning Trop Rock band from Texas. There is no cover charge and everyone is welcome to party with band.

Spring break is now starting. The next couple of weeks we will have a transition from snowbirds to young party animals. The authorities have been cracking down on the rowdiness as they don’t want this area to become like Panama City Beach. We want everyone to come and have a good time but to respect our beaches and town.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!!!

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Out and about in Destin

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Destin continues to be busy for our so-called off season. It looks like Destin is really becoming a year round destination. We even heard Destin mention on Good Morning America the other day. I guess the secret is out.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I went to Panama City Beach to party with our Parrot Head friends over there. Jeff and the Camaro’s were having a CD release party. Steve and Dottie also went from our club to party with our friends in PCB. No one knew we were coming so it was a surprise. We had a blast. Driving over traffic was heavy taking us over an hour to get there. Then coming home we made it in 45 minutes. Much easier!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. Personally I don’t think you need to show the love of your life that you love them only once a year. You should do it every day. But I know, if we did that the Hallmark’s and candy companies would not make any money!

We went to Niceville to visit with her parents. We all went to a late lunch at The Boathouse in Val-P. It was a nice time. When we headed back across the Mid-Bay bridge we were amazed at the amount of traffic heading north. It was a steady stream. In Destin we stopped at TGI-Friday’s for a nightcap. There was a line waiting for tables. I don’t know but I can think of a few better places for a romantic dinner. lol  Friday’s has been going downhill recently. But they did have some new bartenders who were hustling making sure everyone was taken care of. That’s a good first step.

Sunday Funday saw Sunshine Cindy and I down on the harbor. I had a chance to talk to Carlos about our upcoming Trop Rock music at the Cantina. We are working on getting a schedule together. Sunshine Cindy and I listened to Flash Flood perform on the big stage then walked down and talked to Matt at his charter booth. We kept going heading to the Boathouse. On the way we saw and talked to Jonelle. She also books charters for some of the boats.

At The Boathouse we ran into a bunch of friends including some folks from Louisiana who we had not seen since the fall. They were back in town for a few days. I also ran into some guys that I work with. Everyone was having a good time. The Boathouse was packed. After Kelly Byrd finished playing we went up to the Red Door Saloon. We hung out there for a while then tried to get in to see Rusty at The Boathouse. The snowbirds had the placed packed. We didn’t want to sit outside so we took off.

We made a stop at Landshark Pizza for some food. They had a decent crowd in there. Hailey and Ryan were working and they were training a new girl, Liz. We got some food and headed home to call it a night.

I know most of the country is in the deep freeze. It’s colder than normal in Destin but not too bad. We are still in the 60’s during the day and will be in the low 40’s at night with a few nights coming up in the 30’s. It’s still better than below zero and tons of snow!

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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